BEGIN August 2012 | Corina's Corner

Just a quick update...

8.30.2012


1. Well folks, we are home from our vacations (sadly), recovered (thankfully), and back to the grind. I have started my student teaching and am thoroughly loving it so far. All I'm doing for the time being is observing, but I think I'm really going to like being a teacher.

2. The only hard part about Student Teaching so far is how early I have to wake up (and I know I will have to continue waking up this early if I am a teacher). I have to be at school by 7, which means I have to leave the house in the 6 o'clock hour, which I do not like.

3. Tomorrow is Jordan's last day at his internship. It has been a great job for him and we're very thankful that he was able to get some good experience this summer.

4. As I am typing this we are watching the cougars march onto the field. I had a hint of sadness that I wasn't there. This is the first time I have felt weird for not being in Provo. I have been too busy to really miss it but now that I'm just sitting here watching the game on TV, I can feel it.

5. I forgot to mention a funny thing that happened to us while we were staying at the Lighthouse. When we were checking in, the lady at the front desk asked us where we were from. We mentioned that we were visiting from Utah, and she replied by saying that one of her co-workers was from Utah. Later that night we ventured back to the office and her co-worker "from Utah" was there. She pointed this out to us and he quickly told us that he was NOT from Utah, but that he considered that area home. He then said, "Well, I'm not from Utah but my youngest brother lives in Utah. He is the football coach of...umm...of, um...BYU? Bronco Mendenhall?" Kind of asking us if we had heard of him. We replied with things like, "Serious? That's so cool!" or "Really? We go/ went to BYU!" to which he said, "Yeah, whatever." HAHA. It was so funny, and quite the coincidence. We should have said, "Are you serious?! He's like a celebrity in Utah."

6. I filled out my graduation application today! It's getting REAL.

7. I forgot to mention that I was featured here. You should check out this site. I love their Best of the Web series.

8. We're excited for the long weekend. Do you have any fun plans? We don't, and could use some suggestions.

9. We need to buy a car. What kind of car do you have? Do you like it? How's the wear and tear? I think there's so much more you can learn from a personal recommendation/ experience than from facts and figures...

10. Have you ever seen this? It is ridiculous.

California Trip | Day 5

8.27.2012
On our last day in California, we toured Alcatraz. I was so excited for this our whole trip, and it was worth the wait. We couldn't decide if it was weird or not that we celebrated our anniversary by going to a prison...but either way, we loved it. We took a boat out to the island, and then listened to an audio tour as we walked around the old prison. Jordan said that his favorite part was the fact that everyone was listening to the audio tour, so when you took the headphones off, there was no talking, just shuffling footsteps - which made it kind of sinister, given the location. I think my favorite part was the decorated cells. I loved seeing what they would have looked like, when it was a working jail.



We had a great time. After Alcatraz we headed back to the Ferry building to grab some food for the road the next day, then we checked in to our hotel. We had the best view from our room! From our hotel we wandered through town over to Little Italy for dinner. We had some great food and an overall great day.


And that concludes our wonderful Summer vacation. We loved San Francisco (as well as all of the parts of California that we visited) and can't wait to go back again someday. Thanks for the recommendations and tips you gave us here. They were so helpful!

California Trip | Day 4

8.25.2012
We took things a little bit easier today, and didn't head unto the city until lunch time. We started the day at Tartine Bakery. We got the Spicy Turkey sandwich and a tart and headed over to Alamo Square, where we ate our food. All of it was super yummy. From Alamo Square you can see the Painted Ladies, which I loved. They are gorgeous.  Plus, I think I have seen every episode of Full House ever made, so this was right up my alley.

After the Painted Ladies, we went through Haight Ashbury and over to Twin Peaks. We were hoping for a great view but it was way foggy and we couldn't see a thing. It was still fun though.

After Twin Peaks we headed to the Golden Gate Bridge. As we were driving there, the whole bridge was in the fog, but as we started walking across it, the fog went away. I thought that was fun. Anyway, I loved the bridge. I thought it was really beautiful, and the view from there, of the city, was fantastic.

After the Bridge we headed over to Outer Richmond and had dinner at the Shanghai Dumpling King, then we called it a day!

California Trip | Day 3

8.24.2012
We started our third day of vacation at the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building. We wandered around the booths until we found something we wanted for breakfast: a breakfast sandwich, an almond scone, and a super delicious peach.

After the Farmer's Market we headed to Chinatown! We went to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, and looked at all of the fun shops. I love paper lanterns, so my favorite part of Chinatown was definitely the paper lanterns, it was so festive.  I loved it.

After Chinatown we headed to Pier 39 and then on to Fisherman's Wharf. We were scared by the Bushman, and loved the street performers. Then after that we went to Ghirardelli, where we had lunch, and got an ice cream sundae.


Then on to Lombard Street, which I was really excited about, and it totally lived up to all of it's hype. Luckily we weren't driving because the lines to drive down it were crazy long. After Lombard we headed one street over to Filbert Street. This street is the 4th steepest street in the world! It was unbelievably steep, I couldn't believe that cars were actually parked here without rolling down.

We ate dinner in Japantown after visiting some Japanese stationary stores, one of my favorite things in the world. We did so much walking all day and were so tired by the end. We walked everywhere except to Chinatown (we took a trolley) and back to our car from Japantown, where we took the bus.

To finish the day we headed over to Oakland to meet some friends at Fenton's (the ice cream parlor in Up!). We just couldn't call it a day without TWO more ice cream sundaes....I think we deserved it though, because of all of the walking. It was such a fun place and it was so great to see friends.

California Trip | Day 2

8.23.2012

When I heard about this lighthouse/hostel I knew I wanted to stay there. Jordan and I aren't all that adventurous, so we opted to stay in a private room, instead of the dorm rooms, at a little extra cost. When we first got there I was a little bit sad that it was cloudy and foggy (so I couldn't take tons of great pictures), but then Jordan reminded me that weather like that is the reason why lighthouses were built, and then I didn't mind so much.

I think the coolest part about staying there was the hot tub. They rent out this hot tub in 30 minute time slots to their guests for $7. We loved it. It might have been my favorite part of the trip. We rented it at dusk from 7:45 to 8:15. I didn't get very many good pictures, because like I mentioned, it was foggy, but that's also why it was cool. It was neat to be sitting in a totally secluded hot tub, while the air around you is freezing, watching the waves crash on the rocks. There were even a few seals on the rocks!

The next morning we got up and headed down to the beach, where we ate our breakfast. It was really fun exploring all of the tide-pools and seeing all of the creatures.

After the beach we started our whirlwind State Park Tour. We figured that since your pass is good all day and in any state park we would try to go to as many as we could. We made it to three. First, we headed to Ana Nuevo to see the elephant seals. These are truly strange animals. They are humongous and really fun to watch move around the beach, but mostly they just sit there, throwing sand on themselves.

After Ana Nuevo we headed back to Santa Cruz for lunch and stopped by Natural Bridges on our way up to Big Basin to see some redwood trees. I loved Big Basin. It was so hard to get a picture that accurately portrayed how large these trees were, but I tried. One of our favorite parts of Big Basin was the huge slice out of one of the trees, that had various dates labeled to show how old the tree was. That particular tree sprouted during the Byzantine Empire, around 544 AD. Near the edge of the tree were labels like Columbus landing on America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which I thought was a long time ago, but apparently not. I had never seen a redwood tree before, and I definitely loved it.

After Big Basin we headed back to Santa Cruz (we loved Santa Cruz, if you can't tell), were we went to dinner at Burger. The real reason why we went back to Santa Cruz, was because Jordan's Aunt and Uncle (who were so kind to let us stay with them), were going to see The Fixx at the Boardwalk, so we went and met them there. Before we sat down to watch the show, we rode the Skyride. The Boardwalk was a really fun place with lots of good people watching. After the show, Doug and Jordan got Corndogs. It was another great day in Sunny CA.

California Trip | Day 1

8.22.2012
Jordan and I got home from California last night. We had a blast! We are a little tired and worn out (Jordan was a trooper for getting up and going to work this morning) but despite the tiredness, I'm excited to share some of our pictures, as well as some of our favorite parts of the trip.

We started with a trip to Monterey Bay, primarily to go to the Aquarium. We loved it. We got to see lots of fish feedings, which were really fun, but my favorite part was definitely the jelly fish. I could have watched them for hours! Another highlight was the Open Sea Exhibit, with HUGE turtles, hammerhead shark, and 19,000 anchovies.

After the Aquarium we wandered around Cannery Row until we found lunch. We had crepes: one chicken, pesto, spinich and then a strawberry, kiwi, and honey crepe for dessert. After lunch we rented a surrey and rode around the coastal bike trail. On our way out of town we stopped at Pezzini Farms and got some fried artichoke as well as some fruit for breakfast the next day.

After Monterey we made our way up to Santa Cruz, where we went to Kelly's French Bakery to grab a few more things for breakfast the next day. Everything was delicious. I especially enjoyed my very first macaron.

Then we made our way up to Pigeon Point, where were were staying that night. We stopped along the way to look and play for a few minutes at the beautiful beaches. We ate dinner at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero, (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives) before we settled in for the night at the Lighthouse where we slept that night!

Wedding Recap

8.17.2012


Our second wedding anniversary is in 3 days. I have posted wedding pictures on the blog but I haven't written up a post about our wedding day, and all of the work and planning that comes with a wedding. I decided it was about time I do this before I forget it all, and what better time than our anniversary. Read on for the details...



I designed my invitations with the help of our photographer. We had them printed at Nextdayflyers.com, which I think is one of the best kept wedding secrets. We got about 650 invitations (we only ordered 500, but we got a bunch of extra ones for free!) for about $60. I ordered the envelopes at Actionenvelope.com, they have great prices as well, and a huge selection. I ordered the stamps at USPS.com (you can browse through the various options here). I figured since it was going to cost 44 cents to mail these things no matter what I might as well use this as another way to customize our wedding for $0 extra. It was a bit of work because there were 7 stamps on every invitation, but it was worth it to me and I LOVED how they looked on the brown-paper-bag envelopes. We sent them out with the picture above on the left.






I loved my dress.  I bought it at Sweetheart Bridal in Provo. I loved the lace and beading.  I really liked the neckline, because it wasn't exactly rounded or square. I had ribbons added to tie a bow in the front. There were buttons all the way up the back and a slight train, with a bustle.



I wore white high heels part of the day, particularly at the temple, and then I switched to pink scandals at the reception.  I thought that they would be more comfortable for lots of standing, plus then I would match my bridesmaids!






All of the flowers were so pretty! I got them at Lehrer's Fresh Flowers, a wholesale flower store in Denver. I had so much fun picking out all of the different types and pretty colors of flowers that I wanted. A very nice friend and woman in our ward, Cheri, put together all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. I loved how they turned out! They were absolutely gorgeous and I was so thankful for Cheri and her great talent. 






Jordan and I were married in the LDS Denver Temple. I love the Denver Temple. It was always my goal to be married there. It was a beautiful day and I'm so happy so many of our friends and family were able to be there to support us. I'm so happy that Jordan was able to take me to the temple to be married. We were sealed by a family friend, Mark Baer.

 




Jordan and I are both the oldest in our family, so this wedding was a first for both of our families. It was definitely an adventure. We were both so happy that we had so much love and support in our decision. Jordan's brother, Devan, was on his mission when we got married, so he wasn't able to attend and we missed him (we did sent him a groomsman tie and he wore it in Singapore the day of our wedding). We were also lucky to have so many of our friends and relatives come from out of town to support us. On a side note, it's crazy how much little boys can grow in 2 years. Dylan and Logan look tiny in these pictures. They aren't quite tiny anymore...






I was so lucky to have such good friends with me on my wedding day. All of these girls are so special to me, and I was glad that they were able to come to Colorado to support me. In the picture below, from left to right, my bridesmaids were Melissa, Kara, Allison, Tara, and Sophia.



The light pick dresses are from eShakti, which I would highly recommend, if in the search for a bridesmaid dress, or any dress for that matter.  There are great customization options on this site, including neckline, sleeve length, knee length...etc, and just about every color dress imaginable. The dark pink dresses are from Target. Last minute I wanted to get matching sandals for everyone, and I just happened to be at Walmart when I had this thought, so I checked the shoes and they had the perfect ones, and for the perfect price, $10/piece. Score!



Jordan has great friends.  Most of them have known each other their whole lives. In the picture below, from left to right, his groomsmen were Landan (Jordan's brother), Jared, Bear, Chase, Kevin, Matt, and Austan (Jordan's brother).



Totally unplanned, all of the boys who wore watches, wore Nixon watches. They really must be friends after all, since they seem to have the same taste. The boys' ties were from The Tie Bar.




I'm pretty sure that everyone thought I was psycho about the decorations (and I probably was) but I loved how it turned out. Among my favorite decorations were the paper lanterns. There were probably a hundred or so, pink, red, orange, and white, and any other color that we had that matched.  I loved how they made the room look. Another one of my favorite decorations was the clothes line pictures.  We set up 4 or 5 posts and strung twine between them in 4 rows. We hung baby pictures and pictures from our childhood, as well as pictures of us together, and engagement pictures on the twine with clothespins. I thought this was a fun way to display pictures without doing a wedding video.



We also gave away bags of rock candy with tags on them that had our name and the date. I loved the paper bags that we put the candy in.  And of course the rock candy was our wedding colors.



I got the idea for the guestbook here. I used a Moleskin notebook and ordered tiny envelopes from Actionenvelope.com (the same place I ordered the envelopes for our invitations). I glued the little envelopes in different arrangements in the notebook and had paper for people to write their names on as well as a little note if they wanted.





We had fantastic food at our reception.  I wanted to serve a bunch of different kinds of dessert.  So many people helped prepare the food and keep the food table stocked.  I think one of the favorites was the mini pies; key lime and chocolate, which my Aunt Shari made. Another one of my favorite parts was that my grandma let me use her pretty sandwich servers to serve the food.

 

 

My wonderful friend, Laura, made our wedding cake.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  Laura is Wonder Woman. Basically I just drew her a picture and she made it happen.

 


 

I got the idea for my centerpieces from a blog called Weddings and Cookies (see here). We collected branches for about an hour, gathering enough to fill up about two trashcans. We brought them home and laid them out on our back porch and spray painted them white. I had previously punched out and made hundreds of paper flowers, which we hot glued to the white branches after they dried. We put the branches in all different styles of glass vases filled with sand. Also on the table we put a pot with pens. When people got to the reception they were given a little tag on a Popsicle stick, on this tag they wrote us advise and left them in the pot. It was so fun to go through and read all of the advise after the wedding. Along with the vase and the flower pot there was a mason jar with pink candy canes. My uncle worked at a candy factory, so we were able to get the perfect color of pink candy canes.

 


 

We bought my ring at Sierra West and Jordan's tungsten ring at Overstock.com (it was a fantastic deal, check them out if you're in the market).  We spent our honeymoon in Cancun.



There were so many people who lovingly helped us make our special day perfect. We were so thankful for the love and support! 
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