Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Invitations are out - we're getting so close!

After an extremely well organized group effort, we were able to efficiently mail all six hundred and something invitations. (Before I say anything else, I understand the possible sensitivity of this topic. Let me just say, this was a very hard process, and if you are surprised you didn't get one, we probably are too. There is just no way to get everyone, I almost didn't even send one to my parents...ok that's not true.)

Anyway, both mine and Shelley's roommates helped us out a ton. We met in the conference room of my office on campus and had an invitation assembly party that lasted until 2 am. Within 16 hours every invitation was assembled, stuffed with the correct inserts, thrown into an already addressed envelope (I had printed those a few days before), and mailed. You can see a pdf of the invitation on our website (click Announcement).

One last thing about assembling the invitations. The final step of sealing envelopes was the most dreaded part. During a meeting at work, all my coworkers pitched in and we got every single one sealed in less than 10 minutes. It was awesome. I have such great coworkers - there is an real feeling of service and charity where I work.
Look at this team! (look at all the envelopes getting sealed...!)

Henry Ford was right!

Many hands make light work!

In addition to this exciting checkpoint, we have been very busy with school and other festivities. This past weekend we enjoyed the Semi-Annual LDS General Conference. I was talking with my brother between sessions and we agreed that the first weekends of April and October could really be considered the Mormon Holiday. Even missionaries get a break for a few hours! As always, the messages were incredibly inspiring and uplifting. We both feel spiritually charged and excited about the future. Knowing that there may be some reading this who aren't familiar with what this worldwide General Conference is all about, I have provided two links that may be useful:
While I'm on the topic of churchy things, Shelley and I are charge of a Family Home Evening group in our ward. This week, for the activity, we made videos about our beliefs and shared our feelings about different gospel-related topics. We then posted the videos on YouTube for the world to see. Randomly, I noticed while watching the video of myself that the left side of my face is limp. My guess is it either has to do with surgery or sledding...

Anyway, if you want to watch the videos, click here.

While wedding preparations occupy much of our time, Shelley and I have also been sure to maintain a little balance. Shelley has really been balancing...on her toes. Ok, sorry, bad joke. She did do some dancing last week at the Museum of Art. Her dance company, BYU Kinnect, has been performing there for the Walter Wick: "I Spy" exhibit. When I watch modern dancing I feel like an uncultured neanderthal trying to understand art. These performances, however, (as is the case with most of Shelley's dancing - yep, I'm a little biased) have actually been really fun to watch. It also helps that I LOVED "I Spy" books as a kid. The few times I have been to the MOA to watch these performances I usually end up in the gallery spending way too much time staring at "I Spy" pictures.

That's Shelley in the air in the back. This dance was inspired by the "I Spy" book Levers, Ramps, and Pulleys (or something like that).

I've also been busy working and playing and trying to finish the semester strong. In the meantime I've been finding time to play Ultimate Frisbee and maintian our website which has been really fun for me. I'm also proud to announce that I'm now trying to teach Shelley how to play tennis! I gave her a private lesson last night. I think the "blind leading the blind" would be a good summary of how it went, but we sure had fun!

One week left of class! One week until we get the keys to our new place! And 2.5 weeks until we get hitched! Yahoo!


  1. Wow, what an awesome exhibit for Kinnect to work with! Yea for Shelley and Kinnect! As an alum of Kinnect, I've gotta say I really miss those days. Actually just dancing in general. And I'm so excited for your impending marriage! It will be a great day. I haven't even met Trevor, but given what I've been exposed to via this blog I feel that he's good enough for the majorly adorable Shelley. :) Congrats to the both of you!

  2. Wow, you two live an exciting life! We should get together to play tennis sometime (I'm just a beginner, but would love the practice.) Good luck with the end of the semester and getting ready for the wedding. I'm so excited for you two!