Our life in July according to my iPhone:
I learned a thing or two about granite running an errand for my mom:
Isn’t that granite so cool? I don’t think she is going to use the one on the right, but I think the one on the left might be making its way into their new house.
After a long Friday of studying, Grant swept me away for a fun Friday date night. We went to one of the places on our “list of things to do,” called the Blue Door Pub. Although it was all very delicious, we both ended up feeling a bit sick afterwards…But really, when you have a burger stuffed with cheese and topped with barbecue and coleslaw, what do you expect?
After dinner we went for a walk (we go on a lot of walks) down beautiful Summit Ave in St. Paul. The street is known for its old, beautiful, historic homes. The Governor’s Mansion is on this street. We think we found a great starter home for ourselves.
Our sweet friend Megan sent us flowers to congratulate us on our engagement. Aren’t they so beautiful? I love how the colors transition together.
Another Friday night date night surprise! (He really is so good to me) This time Grant swept me away to a Middle Eastern festival in St. Paul. That’s a falafel pita you see on the right. The band on the stage was pretty good, but not nearly as entertaining as the small child who danced like no one was watching (and everyone was watching) for at least 30 minutes.
I was asked to teach a class for the Minnesota Youth Conference. The Conference was hosted by our Church for any and all youth who wanted to attend. There were over 800 youth from all over the state in attendance. Their energy and Spirits were kind of amazing. Specifically, I was asked to teach a class to the 14 and 15 year old boys (I know, what? I don’t even have a brother.) The class topic was about standing up to peer pressure. Preparing for the class was pretty challenging, but fortunately I have a wonderful fiance who was able to provide me with awesome ideas and guidance. There were almost 40 young men in my class. It’s hard to know how it went overall, but they were very respectful, and I was very grateful to have been able to work with them and learn from them.
Gift registries. This was sort of awkward for both of us initially because we don’t really like the idea of suggesting to people that they should buy us things. But, we jumped in with both feet and ended up having way too much fun. At Bed, Bath, and Beyond we seemed to have an additional goal of hiding in different sections to avoid the sales people who were oh-so-eager to assist us in finding the perfect items for our newly-wed home. We had a lot of laughs registering there. (Did you know that bone china is actually made out of bones??)
A couple weeks later we hit up Target. I was feeling guilty as we were going through the kitchen stuff because I realized that we registered for most of our kitchen stuff at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. (I have always had an allegiance to Target, and it’s gotten worse since I started dating Grant…) However, once we left the home goods section and realized we could register for anything in the store, we kind of let loose. We registered for camping stuff and a bunch of games. Think: scrabble, catch-phrase, bananagrams, etc. We also wanted to register for a Wii, but when the team member pulled it out for us to scan, we couldn’t register for it because it was on clearance, so we did what any normal couple registering for household necessities would do: we bought a Wii. This is so totally out of our character, but it was so exciting. Naturally, we had to then register for extra controllers and some games to go with our Wii. We went with the essentials: Mario Kart and Donkey Kong. There was also some dancing in the aisle with the portable speakers. And finally, we might have come home with some stress relief outlets…
We may have also hit up R.E.I. as a fun gift registry adventure. We are having visions of Minnesota camping adventures.
Looking back, I don’t know how I managed to do so many fun things in July when in reality the vast majority of my time was spent studying for the bar exam. (More on that later) I saw A LOT of this in June AND July. (That’s one of my many online lectures)
This wasn’t just one specific time, but I just love when he plays the piano. He is so good at it. Sometimes he even sings for me.
I’m glad I took all those photos. We hope you had a warm, wonderful July!