Lady Grace is Not a Baby Anymore

Since your first baby only turns one once, we wanted to do a little photo shoot and cake smash before her birthday party. I enlisted C. Zolman Photography to take the pictures. And we love them. Hopefully it will get a little easier in the future because as her Great-Great Grandma Thelma says, “She is like a maggot in hot ashes.” And check back later for details on her party and video proof that sometimes she is a little crazy. Enjoy!

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Life updates

It has been over a month since I last posted anything. The last few weeks have been super crazy with finals, work, and an upcoming internship. I had my last final yesterday, so I am all done with my first year in the book arts program. To celebrate, I went to bed last night at 7:30 and slept until 6:15 this morning. Not the most exciting way to celebrate, but much needed. We are going to see the Avengers movie tonight, which will be a little more exciting. I will have some updates on my projects this semester in the coming days, including the two books that I printed. And starting next Saturday, May 12, I will be posting from my beloved Utah, where I will be doing a 4-week long internship at the LDS Church History Library in the conservation department. My cousin is also getting married in June, so we will be there for that too. 
And since I can’t write a post without a picture, here is the instagram of our Easter haul. Aaron got my the Big Bang Theory (so funny) and he got Psych and a Gamestop gift card. Plus LOTS of candy, which was not the best choice, but its Easter. Until next time, 
Tommie

The Holiday Season in Review

It has been several months since I last blogged. Since that time, there has been Thanksgiving, finals, moving apartments, flying home to Utah to spend several weeks with family, my parents’ 25 wedding anniversary, I went through the LDS temple to receive my endowments, Christmas, my wedding, my birthday, New Years, flying back to Alabama, an open house after we got home, Aaron’s birthday, and school starting again. It has been a crazy three months, but I absolutely loved it. Over the next few weeks, I am planning on posting about the wedding, new years resolutions, changes to the blog, our apartment, and life. I am so excited to be starting this new chapter in life, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

And for a little teaser, here is one of our pictures at the temple.

Until next time,
Tommie

Life Happenings and Temple Announcements

Its been over a month since I last posted, although I have meant to post before then. School and life has been super crazy lately, and we are in the middle of wedding plans now. I will post updates about all of those things soon, but I wanted to talk about something that is super special and awesome to me.

This weekend was General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On Saturday and Sunday, the General Authorities and officers of the church speak and I came away with renewed peace and conviction, as well as a long list of ways to better my life.

There were several things that were my absolute favorite, which I wanted to briefly mention. First, the announcement of new temples, especially the Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Provo Tabernacle. Aaron was called to three different proselyting missions, and served in several countries in Africa, including Togo and Cameroon. The last mission he was called to, although he never served in the country, was the Kinshasa Mission. He was super excited that there is going to be another temple in Africa, and so close to the people that he served.

I was super excited to hear that the Provo Tabernacle is becoming a temple. This building is special to me; I had high school graduation there, had stake conference and other church meetings, and went to musical concerts and other events. Last December, an accidental fire completely gutted the building, and left only the shell of the building. I am sad to see that the community is losing a cultural center and wonderful building used for community events, and hopefully the Church or Provo City will create another building that can be utilized in a similar manner. However, it is super awesome that it will be completely preserved and rebuild to be used at a new temple. It is a beautiful building, and was still stand as an important part of the community, but will have a new life and purpose that is ultimately more important.

Preliminary sketch of temple via
I will write about my other favorites from conference later this week, as well as school and wedding updates. Thanks for reading!

Why do vactions make me so tired?

We are back in Alabama after a quick and dirty trip to Utah. And I have been since for the last several days. My throat has been soar and yucky all this week, and today my head started hurting and my nose is running constantly. In addition, tonight is the last day of my summer class, so I had several assignments that were due this week, plus the excitement that is work. It is rather exhausting, and I feel like I need another vacation from the vacation. Luckily, I don’t start class again for another 3 weeks, so I will have plenty of time to rest and readjust before the craziness of fall semester starts.

(The boys all spent the night at our house, and were exhausted)

Fourth of July Festivities

The 4th of July was a much needed holiday, with food, relaxation, rest, and fireworks. We had barbeque with a family in the ward, and played games until the 4th of July concert. It rained most of the afternoon, so we were afraid the festivities would be cancelled, but it all worked out.

Aaron and I at the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Independence Day concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. We tried about three with my camera before giving up and using Aaron’s iPod. (It worked much better.

After the concert was the fireworks show over the river, which we watched from the amphitheater. I always forget how much I love firework until I see them again.
(Sorry for the poor quality of pictures. My computer is freaking out, and I couldn’t get them to edit.)