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Monday, April 28, 2008

Leaving

Tomorrow morning at about 4:00am I am leaving Provo to go to Jerusalem for 6 weeks. It is going to be an amazing spiritual adventure. But you know, last night Russ and I read our Patriarchal Blessings together. It was the first time anyone outside of my immediate family has read it, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm serious. I felt the spirit bring us together in such a different kind of way. Russ Lee is amazing. I'm in love with him. I just thought you all should know that! :D

6 weeks really is going to be long. BUT! We can do it! Modern technology is amazing.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wedding Dress Shopping

The RAs at Chipman Hall decided to take me wedding dress shopping! My mom is just going to make my dress, but I still wanted to have that experience. Here are pictures of the dresses I tried on. I've decided that in life, if there are two things you should be picky about, they are your wedding dress and your wedding ring. So please don't think I am being mean in my comments about the dresses. They are all beautiful, but everyone likes different things!


This dress isn't lacy, but it was VERY pretty. It had beautiful beading on it, but it wasn't white. This is the dress I like the most now, though...


I don't get this dress. It looks like they had a mini-skirt dress that was white and then they put lace on the bottom that felt like......tissue paper or something. Not pleasant.


This dress is lacy and not too poofy, which I like - but I didn't like how high the waist was or how long the train was...it just felt weird.


This dress also had a lot of pretty things about it. I really liked the beading, but it's not white.


This dress is REALLY pretty, but didn't flatter me that much. It had SO much beautiful beading on it though.


This dress didn't even make it out of the dressing room. It was too big and there were weird puckers in the fabric...plus...buttons all the way down the back? huh!?


This is the one I liked the most at the store, so they dressed me up like a bride in it. I like the top...the bottom is kind of crazy. I felt like I was wearing a bunch of lace aprons. But I still felt pretty.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

ENGAGED!

It has taken a few days for me to write this post. It's not because I'm not excited, but because it's finals week, which means tests and checking out 35 girls from my floor. I was thinking about it and Russ and I got engaged during finals week and we're talking about getting married during finals. I guess we like stress. :)

Okay. Now that I have told this story about a million times, I think I have all of the details. The actual engagement happened on Sunday, April 20th. I woke up that morning just feeling terrible, and I called Russ and asked him to come over. I was worrying about every single thing that could go wrong in a marriage, and I knew he could help me feel better. We were supposed to meet at 9:30 anyway to practice the duet we sang in Sacrament Meeting, but I asked him to come a little early. At that point, as Russ was getting ready, he said he received a prompting to bring the ring with him (he had had it for about a month, which I didn't know). He was going to ignore it at first because he had a plan of how to propose and we had talked about not getting engaged until after I got back from the Jerusalem Center, but he got the prompting again, and put the ring in his pocket.

When he got to Chipman Hall, we were just talking about how I had been feeling and Russ told me that "perfect love casteth out all fear" and asked who I felt had perfect love for us, and I said Christ did. Then he started to talk about what a beautiful day it was and how we had started dating in that very lobby. Yep. That lobby is where we had our DTR where we went in frustrated and with me saying, "I don't think we should date because you are ready to get married, and I am just looking for a relationship to teach me things...I don't want to end up wasting your time because I am NOT going to get married..." to "okay. Let's take a chance on each other." So we went back and sat in the very same chairs that we sat in when we had that talk. I was nervous at this point because he was being STRANGE! I thought he was going to break up with me! He talked about how much this lobby meant to us and I was just totally lost. At this point he had put his hand in his pocket and slid out the ring, but I didn't see any of that.

Finally, he just said, "This was a good place to start a relationship, I guess this is a good place to end it." And I was shocked. I thought he had broken up with me, but he knew he had to act fast and he dropped to one knee. I thought he was joking except that he had the ring in his hand, and it went a little something like this:

Russ: Adri, will you marry me for eternity?

Adri:..........why!? I am so dumb and make so many mistakes.

Russ: (while slipping the ring on) We will work through all of them together.
Throughout our relationship, I have felt moments of perfect love.

Adri: (crying now and hugging him)

Russ: ...well, you didn't answer me!

Adri: yeah.

Russ: you only get one chance to say this, and you say "yeah"?

Adri: .....yeah

By this time we are both crying and Russ is still on one knee, and our pianist walks in, ready to practice our song. She caught on really quickly as to what was going on and Russ said, "Can we just have FIVE more minutes?" :D

So then we kind of sat there, crying, and said a prayer together and looked at the ring and now that I think about it, ever since I was a beehive, I have had my set reply to when I got proposed to. I was supposed to say, "I'll marry you on three conditions. One: we have to go on a mission together. Two: you have to tell me you love me every day. Three: I want to laugh every day." But you know, none of that even mattered when it came down to it. It was something that was not as elaborate and romantic as Russ had planned, but it was something that was very spiritual. We both had promptings, and saying a prayer together and having the spirit driving the proposal more than romance is just fine with me. I think that sets a good tone for our life together.

You might be thinking it is not very romantic to get engaged in the lobby of Chipman Hall. It's not a very romantic place, and on the weekends, it is filled with trash and needs to be cleaned. But you know, it's kind of a cute RA story. We dated as RAs and then got engaged in the dorms. Hey, maybe we'll have our reception there!!! (no. that is a joke.) It's just the perfect ending to our little RA romance. Besides, it is our story and so it doesn't matter when or where or how it happened - it's ours and I love it.

Oh. Here is another part of that story. He hadn't talked to my parents yet! So when they called for their weekly Sunday afternoon phone call, Russ talked to them for a while, talked to my dad, and then we told them our engagement story. The conversation from that point went something like this:

Dad: Hey wait a second. I thought this wasn't supposed to happen until after you got my approval.

Russ: (uncomfortable silence)

Adri: (jumping in to save him) Jason (my brother-in-law) didn't ask before he asked Lissa to marry him. He also called after.

Mom: yeah. That's right. Did you even ask my dad to marry me before you asked me.

Dad:..........no.

Mom: well then Russ, I guess you're okay. You're just upholding our family tradition.

But Russ hadn't talked to HIS parents either, so we tried to call them and they didn't answer. So we told his sister and then headed off to church. When we got there, we decided to go say hi to the bishop. I shook his hand (with my left hand) and he didn't notice anything. So Russ told him to shake my hand again and then the Bishop just said, "well Geez! It's about time!" and gave me a hug. That got the attention of all of the congregation, so while we sat down, lots of eyes and hushed voices followed us (I'm glad we got there early or we would have caused a scene).
Then we sang our duet as the musical number, and the bishop got up afterwards and said, "Ya know, I was trying to look up at Adri and Russ, but I kept getting blinded by something on Adri's finger. Something about a diamond sparkling. You know, I remember, early on in the year that I had Russ in my office and he was telling me how life was miserable and then we opened the door, and there was Adri. I told him to take her out and she said 'no no! I have a boyfriend! he is on a mission' so I told her that Russ just wanted to take her out - not marry her!" Man. I am going to miss Bishop Gillan. He is a good man.

We got mobbed after sacrament meeting and had to tell our story in Sunday School and Relief Society and Priesthood. I wonder how many times we told our story that day. Then came the phone calls. I don't know how many of you know this, but the Lee family is about 500 strong and the Carson family is about 8 strong (including grandparents). So we tried to do something where we would call someone on HIS phone and then someone on MY phone, but I ran out of people a lot faster than he did. It was a lot of fun (although, I must admit that Russ probably made about 10 calls on his own while I did other things).

Sorry this is so long. If you have made it to this point, you are a true friend indeed. To be honest, being engaged doesn't feel that much different, except our interactions have changed a little. We make more plans together and talk about our goals and things like that with a little better perspective. We have chosen to grow and live and learn together, and that is going to be pretty exciting. Scary? Kind of, but I know that Russ loves me and that he loves life and he loves the Lord. I know that he works hard and puts his family first. I know he and I have differences (ex. he sleeps in and I wake up early....he eats A LOT and I eat a little.....I don't like a lot of foods he likes - which is kind of sad for him because I'm sure I'll be doing most of the cooking) but those things are not important compared to the way we communicate and the fun we have together and in all of the ways that we are similar. I look up to Russ, and that's not just because he is so tall. :)


It's an interesting thing to have this ring. It's so sparkly and pretty and I catch myself looking at it all the time. <3

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Goodbye Winter Semester!

School is out! When you think about it, though, that doesn't mean anything. I still have finals until next Wednesday, check outs for the girls on my floor until Saturday. Then school is only going to be out from Saturday until Tuesday when I fly to Jerusalem!!

So in honor of school sort of being out, I am going to post a couple of pictures of my past week (which has nothing to do with school being out)...



Last Saturday, Russ and I worked at the Heritage/Wyview Invitational Dance. It was great! The decorations were fantastic. We worked part of the time at the movie theater.

Yes. The movie theater. All of the halls in Heritage had made home movies and some of the RAs worked at the concessions stand, complete with a popcorn maker and a lot of candy.
After about an hour of scooping candy into bags, someone handed me the coveted flashlight with a stick on it (I wanted to call it a lightsabor, but it really wasn't).
Do you know what that flashlight meant? It meant that Russ and Adri got to go chaperone the dance. We walked around that dance floor making sure people had shoes on and that no one was getting too close. It was a lot of fun because we actually got to dance a little bit too. We danced and then also got to take some formal pictures. It was just a lot of fun...except when I told someone I was an RA and they asked me what it was like to be the police. I really don't know why they think we are anything other than students. Sure we have to enforce the honor code sometimes, but that doesn't mean we are some kind of mutants who don't have a life of our own. But that is a tangent for another time.

The best part of the dance (for me) was when we ran into Russ's niece and her roommates. I was dancing with them while Russ was patrolling and Allison's roommate DOUBLE DOG DARED me to go give this cute guy we saw a kiss. SO I DID! Then I ran away, squeeling like a middle schooler. Then he came over and was like, "Hey. Um...what's your name?" and I told him and then kissed him right on the lips. (I wasn't even DARED to do that part) But before you get too wrapped up in this scandal, the guy was Russ...so it's okay. Some other girls in the group didn't know that I knew Russ though, which made it really funny. They looked really shocked/disgusted that I would just go up to someone and kiss them.


Here is me on the LOOOOVE swing, just waiting for my prince to come...I guess.


OH! He came! But I am not really very interested.

Also to celebrate the end of the year, we had a little bonfire. Russ's Sobe bomb. I had never seen one before. I wish I could have captured the sweltering mushroom cloud of flames that went about 100 feet up, but all I got was the fire itself. It's still pretty cool though. I had NO idea what to expect, so I was pretty shocked. (Sorry for the HUGE gasp I let out...I am pretty sure that is the most surprised I've
ever been in my life)




I LOVE THIS PICTURE! I especially love that Russ and I both have the same facial expression, which is the very expression I tease him about making all the time, and there I am doing it too!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Divine Comedy

There are a few perks that you just don't get anywhere but here at BYU. For example, Divine Comedy. It is one of the few things that I can just watch and will get me to laugh out loud, sing, dance around in my seat, and even occasionally cry (no. this is a lie. I just added it for dramatic effect). ANYWAY. The moral of the story is this:

I know that I have found the man for me because Russ Lee loves Divine Comedy quite possibly more than even I do. And we go to every show, partly because it is just good clean Mormon fun, and partly because it is a re-creation of our first date. What a good first date.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Very Own Blog

You are probably wondering why this is called "Adri's Blog Blog". If you aren't wondering that, maybe you should be, because it is a REALLY weird name. When I was a young child, I used to make books. I made books with pictures of my family in them...books of things I loved...books of things I didn't love...books about summertime. But for some reason, when I would title them, they would be something like this:

Adri's Tooth Book Book

...I don't really know. Maybe no one told me about book titles when I was 4 years old, or maybe my parents thought it was so cute they never corrected me. So. There you have it. Now I have Adri's Blog Blog.