Wednesday, June 29, 2011

{Wordless Wednesday}

just too stinkin' cute not to share
and to show that his boots really are purple!
Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

{Tipful Tuesday}

When faced with the choice of hopping the wall to retrieve a basketball from the neighbor's yard that is home to two huge dogs, choose to just get another basketball. 
Lesson learned here.

This is the back of David's leg. From one dog. From one bite. BIG DOG!
I've been working hard to keep it clean and infection-free.
Lucky for him it didn't really pierce the skin. Either way, I've been watching it like a hawk and waking up with him in the mornings (2 in the stinkin' a.m.) to clean and bandage it before work. And then I can't fall asleep after he leaves cause I'm worried it will get infected. sleep makes for a long week.
But oh right, this is about poor David's leg, not my sleeping patterns.
POOR DAVID!!! He's a tough cookie though. He hasn't complained about it AT ALL. (well okay, so he flinches a bit when I scrub him down with Betadine, but other than that...) The bruises look even more terrible in real life. Poor, poor David.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A little adventure.

Two weeks ago we went on a little adventure (the 14th). Monday night we were trying to decide what we wanted to do Tuesday when David got home and Wednesday (his day off). Chris told us about this little desert oasis he found and we decided we wanted to check it out as well. So as soon as David got home we got everything packed up and headed out (thank you Grandpa for letting us take your truck and 4-wheeler!)
I don't know if Chris wants me to share his secret spot with the worldwide web, so just know that we basically drove to the middle of nowhere southern Nevada,
 drove south on a dirt road for a bit, then headed toward the mountains. At a certain point we unloaded the 4-wheeler, tied down all of our gear, and then rode in for about another 5 miles.
Funny story 1: When we parked the truck, David was scanning the area, and then says to me- "Do you see that jack rabbit?" I'm trying to find a hippity hoppity rabbit bouncing through the sagebrush. "Negative" I say not seeing anything move. David then proceeds to give me directions of where to zone in to find said rabbit. "You see that bigger bush on the left? And that other bigger bush to the right of that one?" "Mmmhm" I reply. "Well between those two you can see the tips of its ears." 
What the what what??? I was reminded again of why I called him eagle eye when we were dating. Seriously, only an inch or inch and a half of those ears were poking up. And even then, I would have passed them off as some sort of plant. iuhknow.
David then turned to me and asked with youthful pleading, "Can I shoot 'im? Please?" "Sure!" 
David then quickly proceeded to take out his rifle, load, aim, and shoot. And then he nailed the poor little bugger. 
As I was taking this photo, he was grossed out by how many tics were all over it and urged me to "Hurry up and take the picutre!"

Funny story 2: At one point we needed to stop to tie something down that was on the verge of being lost (it was David's sleeping bag, and he didn't want to take any chances). Not having anywhere else to strap his rifle on the 4-wheeler, David just had it slung across his back. As he was turning to climb off, the barrel of the rifle swung back and whacked me right on the bridge of my nose. Owww! The look on David's face was so sad and he felt so bad about it that all we could do was laugh about it..after some blank blank words may or may not have escaped from my mouth. It's a good thing my nose isn't one for bleeding, because a nose bleed most definitely would have been a set back as were already pushed for time trying to find a camp site before the sun got away from us. (when we got home the next day after I washed my face I noticed a good-sized patch of red on my schnozz. Interested, I leaned in closer thinking it was an odd sunburn or zit. After touching it I realized it was bruised from my meeting with the end of D's gun. hahahha)

Anyway, we found a place to pitch our tent and make camp for the night and eat our hobo dinners. Yum!
The next morning we went exploring. We went as far as we could with the 4-wheeler and then hiked up between some mountains in search of the water source Chris told us about. We're not sure if we found what he was referring to, but we did find a few spots with water coming out of the rock. It was pretty cool! You can tell that this area must have some sort of water source, because the mountain looked lush and green (for desert standards)
The mountains around this area were extremely sparse and brown in comparison. On our way we saw lots of cow pies and tracks, and to David's giddish delight, deer tracks and deer rubs.
Before we headed back down, David tested out his scope. It met his approval.  After seeing some buck tracks and lots of rubs, David was really intent on finding a shed or two. Sadly, we came across none. But I have a feeling that we'll back in the fall in search of some then. 
And then he showed me his saweet hat hair.
Hot stuff!
And then we headed back down to the four-wheeler where we saw several cows (it was really weird) and back to our camp, packed everything up and headed out. It was getting hot!
I had to take a photo to prove that I was in fact present on this little journey.
I love having David all to myself and I'm so glad we went and explored this area.
We're "Makin' Memories!" (as Mama Nessie would say)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A trip to the Shops

I couldn't post these pics a few weeks ago, because then David would demand to know why I went to Bass Pro Shops without him. And if he pushed the question than I most definitely would have spilled the beans on his fishing gear gift. I have to admit, I have never been to Bass Pro or Cabela's without David by my side, so it was really strange not having him there. But these two and Felicia were excellent company. :)
Mesmerized by the disgustingly ginormous catfish.

Playin' with the golf simulator.

After we got back we headed for the pool.

I think Miss Millie is a little water baby. She was loving it even though it was kind of windy.

This summer has been one of the most laid back ones since before I was in high school I think. I could definitely get used to it! Poor David, he works all day and I play all day (for the most part).

Monday, June 20, 2011

Just Fishin'

I thought I posted this yesterday, but I guess not! woops!

Happy Father's Day!!!
Have you heard this song on the radio? I think it's so cute! Especially because I know David will be doing this with our future little ones. 

Just Fishin’ Lyrics
by Trace Adkins
I’m lost in her there holding that pink rod and reel.
She’s doing almost everything but sitting still.
Talking about her ballet shoes and training wheels, and her kittens.
And she thinks we’re just fishin’.
I say daddy loves you baby one more time,
She says I know, I think I got a bite.
And all this laughing, crying, smiling, dying here inside
Is what I call living
And she thinks we’re just fishin’ on the river side,
Throwing back what we could fry,
Drowning worms an killing time,
Nothing too ambitious
She ain’t even thinking about what’s really going on right now
But I guarantee this memories a big one
And she thinks we’re just fishin’
She’s already pretty, like her momma is
Gonna drive the boy’s all crazy
Giver her daddy fits
And I better do this every chance I get
’cause time is ticking
And she thinks we’re just fishin’ on the river side,
Throwing back what we could fry,
Drowning worms an killing time,
Nothing too ambitious
She ain’t even thinking about what’s really going on right now
But I guarantee this memories a big one
And she thinks we’re just fishin’
She ain’t even thinking about what’s really going on right now
But I guarantee this memories a big one
And she thinks we’re just fishin’
Yeah, she thinks we’re just fishin’
We ain’t only fishin’
This ain’t about fishin’
Speaking of David and fishing, I got him a tackle box filled with fishing supplies for father's day. He needed to replace his old, destroyed, stuff and I thought it would be fun to surprise him. I had to wait for like 2.5 weeks to give it to him, and it was so hard for me to not tell him about it sooner! I had it hidden in a bass pro bag upstairs. Yesterday morning I sent him this text:  I know you're not a father yet, but I feel like I got such a great CATCH when I REELED you in, that I couldn't resist getting you a little something on this day. And then I gave him clues of where he would find his surprise. 
I wish I had a camera with me when he found it and opened everything up. He was so excited. He said it was better than christmas. :) And big kudos to me: he nodded his head, smiled, and was sayin', "good, good" to all the different lines, lures, hooks, etc I got. He only wants to take one thing back to get something a little different. Only ONE. UNO. Ok, so I can't take full credit for grabbing the stuff he would want/need. I took Preston with me and he helped me with everything. :) Thanks P!
anyway...Happy Father's Day (again)
now let's all go fishin'!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

{Sunday Dessert}...A New Daily Special

{Sunday Dessert}
A series dedicated to our "Sunday Best" dress.
I don't get dressed and "cutesy" all that often. I'm more of a hurry and throw on jeans and a t-shirt kind of gal. But I posses an inner fashionista that comes out full force on Sundays. When asked what his favorite outfit of mine is, David replies "Sunday Clothes!". I guess he likes me all dolled up. (hint hint Giulia! You should beautify yourself more often) Good thing he likes me just as much all tamed down. :) Either way, it's always a "treat" [dessert] when I don a pair of heels and lipstick. 

and because we never did get around to taking any pictures's the best of what I could find on my laptop. Which is really sad, because you can't really see the whole outfit + this is from Fall '09. haha! This series is off to a great start!! Oh well. I still like and use these two items frequently, so it counts. :)
the breakdown:
dress: Target clearance ~$8.00
belt: Plato's closet ~$3.00

Saturday, June 18, 2011


...the newest Stolworthy addition...
Miss Jade
...the most petite bundle of joy I've ever held...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What Happened to the Month of May?

I had been looking forward to, preparing for, and anticipating the month of May for a long time. And then it finally came, and then it was gone before I had time to catch my breath. 
1st week of May: Finals. Veni. Vidi. Vici. Booyah!
1st weekend: Ashley's Wedding!!!!
LA getaway video coming (hopefully)
I was real busy running around doing this and that, so I don't really have any "Wedding Pictures" except these from the reception clean-up.

and oh! I just downloaded these! Thanks Ashley for being super awesome and making them available in digital format as well. :)

Because the next weekend was Erin's wedding, and the week in between was my week off from school before summer terms started up, and I wanted to spend some time with some special people that I don't get to see that often anymore, I didn't want to drive back down to Vegas just turn around and head north and back again 5 days later. So I stayed in Utah county for a few days hanging out with these guys.
...See below...
His little snow boots were killing me.
The camera flash messed with coloring.
They look blue in the pic, but I swear to you they are purple!
Too funny.

Corrine and Gid after a fun bike ride to Andy and Jenelle's building property.
And then I journeyed to Idaho to see Paige!!! (and Geoff)
Paige (pictured above right) is more like another sister to me rather than just a cousin. We both got hitched when we were really young (not that we're old now), and now she's having a baby!!! I just can't get over it. People my age are having babies. 
Nothing too exciting was planned. We just hung out, got her baby stuff organized, and got our craft on making cute hair bows and shoes (yes, shoes!) for her little one.

Thanks for letting me stay and play you two. And Geoff, thank you for your delicious Pizza and Calzone. If you're ever in the Idaho Falls area or somehow manage to wander into Roberts, ID- you need to stop and eat at Lucy's!!!! 
P.S. Happy Belated Birthday Paige!
remember when your nick-name was Tacky?weird...haha.
Sharing the reclining chair. Watching something on Netflix. Eating cookie dough. Perfect girls night!
(excuse my awkward face) 
After Idaho I made my way down to SLC on Friday afternoon. I spent the night with Grandmama. :) I loved getting to talk with her. Thanks Grandmama, Bridgette, and boys, for making me feel so welcome! 

Grandmama found out that I had never been to Golden Corral, and was determined to fix that flaw in my dining history. I sent David this picture...
...and he was super jealous. Sorry honey! :)

Saturday morning I picked up David and my mom from the airport and then we headed down to the valley for Erin's Wedding.

2nd weekend: Erin's Wedding
Another cousin that's more like a sister than a cousin. 
So happy for you Erin and Matt!
video coming (hopefully)

While we were in Provo, we went over and grabbed the scoot from Joseph and Felicia.

 These are from our little test drive/ joy ride.

video coming

After Erin's Wedding festivities were done, we packed everything up- scooter and luggage in the bed, and Mama in the backseat,- and headed back to the heat. 

Then my summer classes started. I've stayed busy with those and piano lessons. 

For Memorial Day we went to Panaca for Miss Ch's graduation. David loves going home, so thank you Chelsie for giving us a good reason to spend the money on gas to get there! I managed to not get a picture of us with her. In fact, I managed to not take any pictures the majority of the weekend. Woops! Luckily David had some on his phone.
video coming (hopefully)

Saturday was filled with lots of basketball, sunshine, and watching Zach's softball games in Caliente. We also checked out J&J's Fast Food Joint and Kershaw-Ryan State Park. It was a fun day.

That night we went fishing at Echo Lake and I beat David in the number of fish caught. muahahaha.

The last one I got swallowed the hook, so we didn't want to throw him back out to just have him die. So we (and when I say we, I mean David) cleaned the fish and took it back to the house. Fried him up, and ate him. It was pretty tasty! :) 

Saturday night/Sunday morning it rained and rained. The temperature dropped about 35 degrees. It was interesting going from shorts and sunburns to hoodies and freezing noses. Sunday after church we all drove around exploring the fun spots around Panaca- white cave, cathedral gorge, and the spring. We went for a fun, COLD, four-wheeler ride and then rode around the sand dunes and back home.
we were freezing. :)

I should mention that we brought and pitched our tent in the front yard. And we loved it!!! We knew that lots of people would be in the house, so we decided to bring our own home away from home. It was perfect.

Monday morning David was super duper nice and took ALL the boys fishing. He showed them who was boss and caught the fattest fish of the day. It really was huge! But he didn't get a picture. :/ 

Monday before heading home, we took these two shooting.

After tearing up the targets we made, they started going for anything that moved. Birds, lizards, rabbits. They got lots of lizards.

Funniest story: David had an empty water bottle that he filled with sand and using that as "clay pigeon" for Prest to shoot at. Then they switched and David had the shotgun while Prest was throwing up the bottle. The shotgun kept misfiring. Except at one point Quinton points to the ground at David's right and shouts, "Lizard!!!" Without hesitating, David turned and shot and nailed the poor little guy dead on. The one other time D was able to get the shotgun to fire is when he spotted another lizard, shot at it, and ended up getting two lizards off the one shot spread. lol. After that, the two boys were all for driving further up wash and shooting the plethora of lizards. Oh geeze. It was pretty funny sitting in the cab and listening to the two boys outside. Good times.  
And then we went home with Preston and Quinton in tow. I think that was the fastest, most fun ride home from Panaca that I've ever had. Thanks boys!

And that's what happened in the Month of May.

{Hairy Thursdays}...A New Daily Special

{Hairy Thursday}
A series of posts dedicated to hair (on the head). How to tutorials, product reviews, do's and do not's, etc.

Summer is upon us. The heat requires certain hair do's: anything out of your face and off your neck. 
A side braid (mermaid braid) [this one is an "outie"] and a low side messy bun are a perfect duo. 

Do you want to know how to do it? Do ya? Do ya? Check back next week for a toot! [tutorial]

Monday, June 13, 2011

{Summer Lovin' Series}...Team D&G Beginnings...

{Summer Lovin' Series}
I'm not sure how much more writing I'll get out of David, because you have to admit, that was quite a bit before. So, you'll probably be hearing more about our story from my point of view here on out because it's hard for D to just sit at a computer for extended periods of time (more than 15 minutes).

Some thoughts that have been brewing for a while:

What I love about our love story is that we have a bit of everything in it, minus a dramatic break-up. Your cliche "love at first sight": as soon as we saw each other the first time we both knew something was there. The quickly "falling head over heels" speedy romance: once things finally got going, we never could get enough of each other- we just love(d) being with one another no matter what we we're doing. "Choose who you love; love your choice": this is one of my all-time favorite quotes from President Monson (I'm pretty sure it's him that said it) and I think that, although we had the love at first sight and whirlwind romance going on, we also had a choice to make. Both of us had other plans for the future, and it could have been easy to either stick to OUR OWN plans and avoid each other, or blow everything off as it just being a summer fling and go on our separate paths come August. Instead we each took our time and prayerfully came to the conclusion that we were choosing to love one another, even though love and marriage was something that both of us were wanting to hold off on for a few more years. We've been married, sealed to one another, for not just time and death do you part, but for time and ALL ETERNITY. This decision was a relatively easy one because we both chose to love each other, and we both promised to love our choice, forever. How simple and beautiful is that?
I hate hearing stories about couples falling out of love. Love has become so dramatized, Hollywoodized, that society doesn't know what love between husband and wife is anymore. Choose your love, love you choice. Committed. No excuses. Simple, perfect. 

Is there anyone else out there who, about 6 months after their sealing ceremony, realized what a big deal that ceremony and those covenants are??? Not that I thought a marriage covenant was an easy, breezy, nonchalant, item of business. The seriousness of what I committed myself to just hit me hard one day, and I was like "Whoazaaa!" But it also made my cup overflow with joy because I have David by my side. In my opinion, you can't find someone better than my David. I am one lucky, lucky girl to have caught his eye. 

Buon Cumpleano!

Buon' Cumpleano alla Principessa Bella!!!!
 I'm so happy you are so happy! This has been a good year for you. :)

Happy Birthday to the Beautiful Princess!
I love you sister!
(post-publish note for Ashley: I just realized that I don't know if you want these pics out or not or what. If you want them off here, let me know mmk?)

{Monday Confessional}...A new daily special

{Monday Confessional}
Oh...Monday, Monday. Since there's not much to be said about Mondays, let it be our day to share a secret or two.  :) sound fun? 

Now that I have to give up some of my ghosts (confession![the first one]: this isn't really going to be a series dedicated to spilling our deep, dark secrets because a) this would not be the place to do so, and b) I'm not sure if we have any skeletons in our closets; it's more or less a way to get me to commit to post something, anything, interesting-ish) I don't know which one to start with. Eek! I'm nervous. 

um...I really don't know what to say...

Ok, I have one: since I haven't mentioned it on here yet, I guess I'll officially announce that:

I've been doing the "Insanity" workouts! And let me tell you, it is insane. But I love it! (and David detests it. mwahaha.) Next week if I'm super brave I'll post my progress results. 
My favorite quotes so far: That shniz was bananas!
"You can freakin' do it!"
November '09 when I was doing p90x. We were on the GBSN (ghib-sin) diet.
I  will get my body back, I will!
What did I lose my body to, you ask? The married million of course!
But since it's Monday Confessional, I'll be completely honest and admit that I went on the downhill slope as soon as volleyball season was over senior year. Fui! Just look at me in the pictures in the post below. Scary! 

Friday, June 10, 2011

{Summer Lovin' Series}...Team D&G Beginnings as told by Giulia

reposted, but this time it comes with a few pictures!, from our wedding blog in November '09:

Team D&G beginnings. Giulia's Version.
Conversation between Breezy and Giulia the day we were done with finals: (abridged...slightly skewed from Giulia's sketchy memory)
G: Breeeezy. I don't want to go back to Vegas. It's sooo hotttt.
B: blehhh I know! (Breezy then tells me a bit about her childhood summers spent on the lake with her family) Conclusion: the heat is bearable when you go to the lake!
G: jealous! My family (or should I just say my parents?) isn't into water activities at all. I've always wanted to have a friend with a boat. (Lol. but really.) The last time I went to the lake I think I was in 5th or 6th grade and it was with Aubrey. NOT COOL. (pun!)
B: Yah man. Sigh. I miss the lake.
G: Breezy, I'm going to befriend someone with a boat this summer.
B: Good plan. Can they be my friend too?
G: mmmhm.
Giulia and Breeze clean, pack, go to a wedding, move back home for the summer, and commence their work for the City of Henderson aquatics department. Giulia's first week back in her home ward, the bishopric asks her to speak on Mother's Day. Giulia's friend, Courtney, was also asked to speak.
Mother's Day Sunday rolls around and as Court and I are sitting up on stand, scanning the crowd, Courtney gasps.
G: Courtney? You ok?
C: David! He came! I haven't seen him since he got home from his mission because I was stuck in Provo.
G: Oh that's cute. He came to see you speak! When did he get home?
C: A couple months ago...
(Giulia's never been interested in fresh RM's)
Giulia looks where Courtney's family is sitting and spots said cousin of Courtney's. Giulia thinks: Wowza! David is hottt!
We both gave our talks (Giulia bawled for at least half of hers). After sacrament meeting, I went to Sunday School with my mom, and I'm assuming Courtney ran to go talk to her cousin.

Later that day I get a text from Courtney. read about it here. What I purposely failed to mention in this post was that before I got to Courtney's she told me that her cousin David will be there too. Giulia is suddenly all nervous and excited to go. Strange... because Giulia isn't interested in boys at this time in her life. Her plan: work two jobs this summer to save lots of money for school next fall/winter and Italy in the spring; serve a mission; graduate; get a good job; and then she would consider dating for reals. Giulia did go on quite a few dates during her year at BYU, but if they asked for a second she always played the "we're just friends, sorry dude" card...and was named "the ward heartbreaker" by one of her guy friends in the ward. Sorry boys! :) So yes, this giddy, butterflies in the tummy feeling that she got upon hearing that David would be coming was strange to her. "You haven't even met him before. Settle down," she told herself. [another interesting factor considering that Giulia has met A LOT of Courtney's cousins on the Robbins side of the family, including David's sisters and apparently one of his brothers (I don't remember said meeting, but Courtney swears Zach and I have met before.)]

Giulia shows up...and David isn't there! She's surprised to feel disappointment from his absence. Courtney announced however, that David was on his way from their Aunt Mer's house. Giddy nervousness, excitement, and butterflies resume. David arrives and the game begins! A little bit into the game while David and Giulia are both "in line" waiting to get into the "D" square, Giulia turns to David and says, "Hi! I'm Giulia bytheway..." while giving a nice big 'hello' wave. Courtney exclaims, "Oh! You two haven't met? I thought you did! Sorry, I would have introduced you to each other earlier." David stutters, "uhh...nope, haven't met. Hi, I'm David." And then it was his turn to go in. I don't think we said anything else to each other all night. Despite this, Giulia felt like she already knew this David Robbins whom she had never met or spoken to before now.
Giulia went home that night, blogged about foursquare, smiled about the Australian accent and words that slipped out of David, and was determined to not be "interested" in David...because if she was, she would have to change her plans, and she didn't want to change her plans (get an idea of what those plans were here). With that said, she fell asleep with David consuming her thoughts as she reconsidered her plans for her anti-social summer working two different lifeguarding jobs.
I tried to convince myself that this was the only boy I wanted in my life at the moment. Brutus!!! I miss him. 
A few days later we all met to play some foursquare again. It was followed by a game of Aggravation, the first time Giulia ever played. As Giulia was trying to figure out this game, David and Rob would try to get Giulia to kill her teammates (Courtney and Lindsey). At one point, Giulia accidentally "killed" one of her teammates, and David gave a "wahoo" and put out his hand for a high-five. Rude! Giulia punched it out of the way. But she wasn't mad at all. David touched her! woohoo!
The next day, Giulia got a follow up call from an interview with the Bellagio Pool requesting her to come pick up her uniform and get processed (because I totatlly ROCKED that interview, they basically wanted to hire me on the spot). She hesitantly got ready to go, suddenly not sure if she really wanted to go through with this (working for the city in the morning and the Bellagio in afternoon/evenings). As she was leaving the house she got another call from the Bellagio saying that they just decided to reconsider her availability (because I would be managing for the city in the mornings and didn't have the most open available hours that they might need from me). Giulia wasn't upset for one second, she was actually quite relieved.

Sometime after this, David finally got Giulia's number [read as stole it from Courtney's phone. I say stole, because he certainly did not ask me for it. But...I'm not complaining!] Soon enough, David and Giulia were talking to each other all day long. Having a message from David waiting for me after teaching a swim lesson put the biggest smile on my face. My co-workers knew whenever I had a message from him, "that smile gives it away every time" they would say. Giulia's thinking, "ahh crap! You're never this easy to read, girl! Get it together! David does not fit into your plans! So get over this little fascination you have with him! ASAP." At the end of the week, she wrote the post to the last link above. If you missed it, here it is again.. What you are not reading in this post is that Giulia is doing everything possible to keep David out of her thoughts and thinking of her plans and how there is no way David can fit into her plans. She even consigns herself to say that the only kisses she'll be getting from any boys for a long time (3+ years) would be from her dogs, Buddy, Brutus, and Harley. You see, Giulia is putting up walls, making up reasons why she has to stop liking this David boy, telling herself that she'll only be getting kisses from her dogs (gross), telling herself that her hair has to be at least 8 inches longer before she gets serious with anyone because if she gets serious with someone that means she'll marry that someone and Giulia has always pictured having long hair on her wedding day (that really was a reason. I did not make that up as I'm typing. I was using whatever I could!) Deep down though, she wanted all the walls to tumble down. 

The next day. Saturday. Tyson's farewell party. And because Giulia has little self control, she struck up a conversation with David. It was discovered that David was wanting to go, but didn't want to because he didn't want to go by himself (the only people there he would know are Tyson and Courtney).
G: I don't want to go alone either! (although I would have) Do you want to just come with me?
D: Yah, that'd be sweet.
G: Alright, I'll come by around 6. I'll be driving the Red Wienie Wagon, aka a Ford Ranger, and you're not allowed to make fun of my stick driving abilities.
D: Deal. Can't wait!
(Giulia is actually quite competent at driving a manual transmission. She just thought that David, a guy who works on cars all day and who is from a small town, knew how to drive a stick-shift and was a lot better at it than she is. WRONG.)
After Giulia changed her outfit 5 times, she picked David up at the set time. On our way there David commented, "yah...I can't make fun of your stick driving abilities. You're a lot better than me. I've never learned how." This takes Giulia by complete surprise. "Whaaaaaa? Well you are learning how tonight!" So, after mingling at Tyson's partAy, David's first lesson took place. One of the most fun/funniest nights of my life! We drove up and down the "horse streets" for a long time as Giulia explained what to do and laughed at David's attempts to find "that balance" with his feet. We talked and laughed and talked and laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed and talked the night away. When I finally got home, my cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling so much. I told David, "You made my cheeks hurt." And suddenly, Giulia was falling. Fast and hard. And she didn't really care!

A conversation between David and Giulia the following week (still in May) (again...abridged and slightly skewed from Giulia's sketchy memory)
In the guard room at work one day Courtney mentioned that David stayed at her house super late. "What did you two talk about for that long?" I asked. Courtney replied, "ohhhh...lots of stuff (Giulia later learns that it was all about her. ha!) and I got him online to update his boating license (or something like that...we'll just say that's what it was for the progression of this story)." All Giulia heard was 'boat'. "Yessss!!!!" she screamed on the inside.
G: So, Courtney tells me you two were up pretty late last night.
D: could say that.
G: Well, what'd you do?
D: We talked about a lot of stuff and I did this boating license thing (or something like that...Courtney...what was it???)
G: Ha, she told me a little about that. She said you didn't want to quick review for it and you barely passed. If I'm ever on the same boat with you, am I going to be safe?
D: Well, you'll have to come and find out for yourself.
G: So you're saying that you would take me to the lake with you?
D: Yes. Why wouldn't I? You're the only person I talk with that I'm not related to. (but seriously, I was.)
G: Sweet! Does this mean we're friends??? (you did read the conversation between Breezy and me at the beginning, right?)
D: We are definitely friends.
G: goody! (or something. I don't know how the conversation ended.)

A few days later the Bellagio Pool called again. I didn't answer. They left a message saying that they would love for me to come get processed and be a part of their team! I didn't call back. (because suddenly, I wanted some sort of social life this summer. AKA I wanted to spend any minute I could with David.)

The rest of May was spent by beating David at basketball (hahaha), continued flirting on the phone, rock climbing, pulling pranks on Rob (it was us, okay!?) and continuing to teach David how to drive stick. Driving practice nights were always the best because we would just talk and talk and talk and talk, and never run out of things to talk about...or laugh about! I've never felt more natural and myself around someone, especially a boy, than I have with David.
On May 31st, I posted this. Let me bring to your attention the first quiz, the "When Will You Be Married?" one. Under it I wrote my last attempt at feigned nonchalantness (are you allowed to add on a "ness" to nonchalant???) for the whole David situation. "Ha. Yahh, we'll see about that," is what I said, trying to come off sounding as if nothing had changed in my plans. But in truth, I knew by this time that what I had "planned" wasn't going to happen. And that I would, like the crazy Facebook quiz predicted, be married VERY SOON.

After a crazy run in a rain storm at the end of May. I feel like my face expresses how I feel about my plans: they were fui! (foolish) And I just needed to accept that what I had mapped out for my life was not what the Lord had in mind for me. 
to be continued...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

{Summer Lovin' Series}...

{Summer Lovin' Series}
I realize that I have not fully documented our love story. Sorry to all of you that have been anxiously waiting for it to be in a typed format. Oh wait, no one wants to read about us and our gushiness? Well, too bad! I'm putting it up here because I want it all written down and printed with the rest of the blog. And summer is the best time to do this because we can reminisce about our summer romance 2 years ago. (2 years???what???) What's even better is that as we think about our summer love story, we can go and do the same things/dates we did then, and take pictures this time!!!! Is that a weird thing to do? I think it would be fun. Please don't think I'm super strange. :)
Without further ado, I present: Team D&G's Summer Lovin' Series. To start, we'll re-post what David wrote for our wedding blog back in November '09.

Love story… David’s Version
So on March 24, 2009, I had a long plane flight home from Australia. During that flight home I had lots and lots of time to do a lot of thinking about all kinds of stuff….. Most of it was how much I already missed my mission and all the experiences I had while I was there. But on that flight I also set many goals for the future, and one was to not really get into the dating scene. I wanted to get a good job, start making pretty good money, and get quite a bit of schooling out of the way before I started seriously dating somebody.
Soon enough I was finally home with all my family and I was trying to figure out what I should do with my life. I really needed a job and my Uncle Lonney said I could come back and work for him in Henderson. So I thought about it for a couple weeks while looking for other jobs. I found what I wanted to do. It was wildland fire fighting during the summer. I saw I could make a really good amount of money. A lot more than I could working with my uncle ( Uncle Lonney, I loved working for you =) ). I thought it would be perfect. There was one opening for me. While applying I did not have a good feeling about it. I continued to pray about it for a couple days and felt I needed to go to Henderson. I am so happy I did =)
Before I came to Henderson, I kept telling my mom the biggest reason why I didn’t really want to go. I knew that all of my aunts down there were all wanting to set me up on dates and all that. “Mom, I am not dating!” I was so set and determined not to.
As soon as I got moved down to Henderson, sure enough there were a few females that wanted to set me up with somebody. I just kept telling them I wasn’t ready for that social arena quite yet. And that is how it stayed… for a bit ;)
My first weekend in Henderson my Uncle Joe invited me to go to the lake with him and his family in his nice boat. It was a blast. During that trip he said that I could take his boat out any time I wanted. I told him I might take him up on that sometime. Thanks Joe =)
After being in Henderson for a little while I found out my cousin Courtney was speaking in her ward. I decided to go surprise her because I had not seen her since I got back to the United States. So I worked my way into church and found a spot by Courtney’s family. I sat down and looked up on the stand to spot Courtney. The first person I saw when I looked up was this gorgeous looking girl, and it was like I saw light about her. I got all of these feelings I don’t know how to explain. I couldn’t stop looking at her. I found out that her name was Sister Stolworthy. Then I kept telling myself, “Come on David. What are you doing? You don’t have or want an interest in girls right now.” After sacrament I talked to Courtney for a minute and told her good job. Then I was out in the hall with my Uncle Randy and Aunt Mer (also in the same ward) and they were talking to one of their friends. All of a sudden Randy (Turner) asked his friend “Hey, do you know anybody my nephew can date?” His friend looked at me and I started to shake my head “no” because, as previously stated, I was set on NOT dating. ANYONE. Then his friend said, “Hey, you could date one of the Stolworthy girls.” I shook my head no again and said “No, that’s ok.” But deep down inside, as soon as he said the name Stolworthy, I swear my heart skipped a beat!
After church I went home and did stuff with my family. Later that day I received a text from Courtney asking if I wanted to come to her house to play foursquare. I said sure, then she informed me that her friend Giulia was going to be there as well. I was trying to figure out if I knew Giulia, because I have met some of Courtney’s friends in the past. Nope. Giulia didn’t ring a bell. So I said “oh well it will be fun”. But really deep down, I was so hoping it was this Sister Stolworthy I saw in church!
It came time to go down to Court’s house and play. While I was driving there I was so excited and a little nervous and had butterflies because maybe this Giulia was that gorgeous girl I saw earlier in that day. I get out of my car and opened up the gate and saw Rob, Courtney, Trevor, and and and GIULIA. It was her! It was her! It was her! At that moment it felt like my heart started pounding fifty times faster and the butterflies were out of control! Soon the game started and the whole time I couldn’t stop taking glimpses of her. At one moment we were in line together and she turned around and said “Hi, I am Giulia by the way.” In my head, I was like, “David speak, spit it out, you know your name.” I said I was David and then Courtney, in her ever-cheerful voice said, “Sorry, I thought you two already met.” I don’t think we said anything else that night. [The competition was fierce, there was no time for talking.] When I went home that night I couldn’t get over her. She was all I was thinking about. And the one feeling that hit me hard was that it was like I already knew her. Like I knew her my whole life, but I have never met her before.
The next day I tried changing my feelings. I kept telling myself this isn’t what I wanted. I didnt want to date, not one bit, and I needed to get over these feelings. But during the whole week I couldn’t get this Giulia girl out of my head.
Next Sunday evening we played foursquare again and after that aggravation too. During the game I went to give Giulia a high five for something she did during the game ( you can read it in her version ) and she punched my hand away. It felt so good cause we touched for the first time. During that game I think we both knew there was a little bit of a connection between both of us. I think she caught me eyeing her a lot and I caught her doing the same all throughout the game. After the game was over it was time to go home. We walked out the door and I realized she didn’t have a car. So I offered her a ride and took her home. Nothing magical happened. Just the usual, “Thanks for the ride”, “No problem”, and a “See you later”.
Later that week all my walls that I put up came tumbling down. ( bytheway, have you ever heard the song, “Halo”, by Beyonce. We [D&G] like that song.) I wanted to know everything about Giulia. I ended up going to Court’s house during that week to talk A LOT. And all the talk was about Giulia. I think it was on one of those nights when I got her number =) Thanks Courtney.
Soon we, D&G, got to talking and one time the subject about Tyson’s party came up. I knew Giulia was planning on going. I said I would like to go but didn’t want to go by myself. Honestly, I could have cared less to go to the party. I was just trying to find some reason to be with this amazing girl I was falling hard for. We decided that she would pick me up and we went. On the way there Giulia discovered David didn’t know how to drive a stick. No joke, I honestly didn’t. I think some people don’t believe me. But I really didn’t. I never grew up with a vehicle that was a manual.
Anyway, after the party we decided that G was going to teach D how to drive a stick. Just like Giulia said, that was one of the most fun and memorable nights of my life. We talked and talked and talked and laughed and laughed and laughed all night long. After I went home that night I received a text from Giulia saying how much her cheeks hurt. I can’t remember what I sent back, but I remember texting her until I fell asleep and then woke up continuing the conversation that we fell asleep to the night before. We did that for days and nights after that. It was like our conversation never ended for a couple weeks. Every second we could, we were texting, talking, or were with each other.
During one of our conversations, I told Giulia that my Uncle Joe told me I could use his boat anytime I wanted. I think this made Giulia happy. I told her I would take her sometime. She said, “Does this mean we are friends?” I said, “Most definitely”…… PS, I still tease her that the only reason she wanted to be my friend is because I had connections to a boat =)
Sometime during all of this, I talked to my sister Felicia on the phone, and I mentioned a bit about Giulia. And she said, “Wait. Giulia Stolworthy? Keith’s sister?” I said, “Yeah, why?” She then talked about how she wanted Giulia to write me while I was on my mission. She talked about how she met her a few times (while she was living in Henderson) when a bunch of people went to Keith’s house to watch a movie or something like that. So that was pretty crazy that my sister all ready met this Giulia and thought we would make the perfect pair. WE SURE DO!!! =)
After I started hanging out with this girl and talking to her all the time, I couldn’t help but smile… all the time. I was the happiest that I have ever been in my life! It is like a happiness I didn’t know existed. And every time I received a text from her, I had the biggest smile on my face. Everyone always knew when I had a message from Giulia just by the grin on my face. =)
Now that happiness grows more and more everyday. The closer I get to Giulia, the happier I become. Just think how happy I will be when we are both eighty. =)
Every moment that we could be together we were. Our time together (before we were “together” if that’s what you want to call it) consisted of stick driving, stick driving, stick driving (I guess I needed a lot of practice), foursquare, me getting beat in horse, lay ups, one-on-one, rock climbing, watching movies at Court’s house, playing pranks on Rob, frozen yogurt nights, running through sprinklers, and talking, and laughing, and talking, and laughing….. A lot.

Tune in throughout the summer to catch the rest of our story! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


People in the back seat. 
People in the front seat.
This is Frank.
This is David.

Long[ish] story short: David and his Dad are both masters at winning stuff on the radio. They both managed to win tickets to Sinatra's "Dance With Me" at the Wynn. We normally keep away from anything the strip has to offer, but we (parents included) figured that Sinatra's vocals with some dancers added to it was safe, especially considering that the Wynn's boxoffice website approved the show for 5 and up.
But as with all things Vegas, more and more clothing was being thrown off with every song and the dancing was getting more and more suggestive as the songs progressed. Not wanting to see the dancer's interpretation of the song, we walked out before the line-up reached "Let's Make Whoopie" about halfway through the show. 
As we walked out of the theater we noticed this cute'n'cozy smooch corner.

The parents didn't know where we went and thought that maybe we had stayed inside to enjoy the rest of the show. Negative. We enjoyed our own show! ;)
 Papa and Mama love birds couldn't resist the fun either
And really, aren't my $5 Saver shoes yummy?

The theater lobby was fun. 
After locating the vehicle in the parking garage, Scott said, let's go catch a rollercoaster! And we all said, okay!!! AdventureDome was down the street so we popped in there, purchased a pass for the CanyonBlaster (we didn't put out any money on the tickets for Frank, so why not?), waited in line,
 screamed our heads off, fixed our hair, tried to find our way out of the dome, on the way out hit up this game while singing "We Go Together" from Grease (or was that just me?).
Papa Bird showed us all up and was the only to walk away with a prize.
Then on the way home David mentioned that he had buy one get one free for U-Swirl (won on the radio), so we decided to check that out. Dear U-Swirl off 2-15 and Eastern: Your workers are rude and unfriendly. And why can't we take pictures inside your establishment? Even with your rude and unfriendly teenage workers barking at us to put cameras away, I still got this one of my man:
The End.