Jords & Mads

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Category: romance

Today is our six month mark

and we’re celebrating, somehow! (Maybe by going tanning? Actually, we’re kind of anti-fakebake, but looking at this picture and how pasty I am now almost makes me want to reconsider.)

Jords is working that convention again all day today so probably we’ll end up counting last night’s date as our six month celebration, which is still awesome.  We’ve been missing the movie theater (after going at least weekly all summer) so we did a classic dinner & movie last night at Red Robin and In Time. Delicious and fun, for sure.

Funny thing is, I feel like we’ve been married way longer than six months. Our single lives just seems like ages ago — and honestly, neither of us misses it. Being married is a blast 🙂 and there’s nothing better than having such a perfect & permanent best friend.


remember that video I wanted to post?

Well I think I finally figured out how to make it work! Here it goes:
[don’t forget I warned you that this is a little glitchy and it has our inexperienced narration and my awful videography (half the time I’m not pointing the camera at what Jords is talking about) … yeah I think that was all of my disclaimers]

just in case

my video never decides to work, here’s a little sampling of our trip:

Honestly, we loved every second. But also honestly, it felt really good to be back in the States and back in Houston for a couple of days before we’re off to school again. Anyone up for a road trip? We might have room to strap someone on top …

a million trillion pounds

were lost and gained on this trip, simultaneously. What better way to measure the success of a vacation, though, than by a shrunken wallet and a bloated waist? We couldn’t be happier, seriously.

Jords toured Europe with a study abroad group last Fall — they started in Rome and finished in London, and went everywhere you can think of in between, I swear. He sent me the sweetest emails, videos and pictures, and even spent crazy amounts of money to call a few times, but I still felt a tiny bit bitter about it every time I sat down to write a paper or take a test (who wants to date someone touring Europe while you’re stuck in school??). Not to mention his group consisted of a thousand girls and eight guys; what’s a girl back home supposed to do with those odds except pore over every email looking for some hint of another potential interest?
Anyway, he had an amazing time and when he came back home and we became engaged, it only made sense for us to go to Europe for our honeymoon since I’d heard so much about it and he wanted to show me around his favorite spots. Hence this trip to London & Paris; it was incredible, seriously. (That last line kinda rhymes if you say “Paris” in the fancy foreign way, haha.)
Trip highlights include:
  1. The Phantom of the Opera. In London. Lifelong dream come true, basically.
  2. H&M shopping. We spent enough time there that we almost should have just gone to Vegas for our honeymoon.
  3. Hyde Park. There weren’t any soapboxes around when we went (although we’ve heard they still do that on Sunday mornings maybe?) but that whole area was just gorgeous. Plus Jords got to feed squirrels, can’t beat that.
  4. Cafe Concerto. Most delicious gelato ever, even if our waiter didn’t like us.
  5. Eating gelato and walking around this cobblestoned, quiet area just outside of and above Paris, with an amazing view of the city.
  6. Camden Lock — a marketplace with everything you can think of. It extended for miles, no joke. We were late to see Les Mis because we dug too far into its depths and couldn’t tear ourselves away.
  7. Little miracles and tender mercies, like a really nice lady letting us skip security to help us make our train to Paris after the Tube slowed us down by a solid half hour.
  8. The Louvre — don’t murder me, but I might have enjoyed the architecture of that incredible building more than most of the art we saw.
  9. Croissants & eclairs.
  10. The Eiffel Tower. One of the times I knew I’d marry Jordan was last year when he sent me a video from the Eiffel Tower, promising the next time he stood in that spot, I’d be there, too.
So I stuck some of our favorite memories into a quickly-made movie, feel free to check it out. However, just so you know: country music, dorky commentary, and lots of cheesy smiles. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Pictures might be coming in the next day or two.

[actually, I can’t get the video to work yet, so raincheck on that one]

Life’s little mysteries

How do you know you found a great guy?
When he surprises you with a new pillow since your
old one keeps hurting your neck —
only to discover that really the two of you somehow just switched pillows and you didn’t need a new one at all.

Maybe you’re tired of these, but I’m not!

I’ve always loved looking at wedding photos — so maybe I’m going a tiny bit crazy with mine. But you know, the great thing about blogging is there’s unlimited space … so nobody can really complain if I just keep posting them, right?

Everyone’s told me that if I won’t ever do anything with these photos if I don’t do it now. So I’m starting a just-for-fun scrapbooking project, and hopefully that’ll keep me from obsessing over the wedding so much online. 🙂


Some things that have happened lately, starting with:

Sierra’s graduation!
Of course, she technically graduated a semester early and spent it with me at BYU, but it was still exciting to watch her walk with her senior class.
Isn’t she lovely? Congrats, Si!

Jords & I had our one-month anniversary! Cheesy? Yeah, for sure.
But still exciting.

Last weekend, I realized how little I have going on in my life —
Hubs was working
Two sisters were babysitting
Another sister had a birthday party
A fourth sister had a friend staying the weekend
And my parents had a party
So …
I convinced the sister & friend
to celebrate National Burger Weekend with me

At Five Guys, of course! Yum.

Earlier that day, Jords & I spent our weekly day-date with his family at an amazing Asian restaurant and went shopping at our favorite grocery store, Central Market. Don’t these turtle cheesecakes look amazing?
I’m lucky to have such wonderful family and friends!

Marry me, today and everyday

More photos to celebrate the happiest month of our lives.

Exiting the temple, finally together forever

We’re so blessed to have such lovely friends & family to support us

It’s so fun to finally wear the wedding part of our rings!

Sisters, cousins and best friends all part of my gorgeous bridesmaids

Our raspberry toenails and matching flip flops for some summer fun

Jords and his groomsmen, jumping for joy — they didn’t even plan their perfect formation

The Smith sisters

A new sister!

A bridal shot

Or two 🙂

Photos at the temple

We absolutely love being married and are so grateful for everyone who helped us get to this point! I’m also grateful for a husband who likes to make crepes on Sunday mornings, and that’s where I’m headed right now … this is just a sampling, hopefully more photos will be in the works soon!

You make me wanna say I do

Gosh time flies!

To celebrate our ONE MONTH anniversary, I’m {finally} posting some wedding photos!
This may take a few posts, so please have patience with me 🙂
Just for fun, we’ll go backwards and start with some details from the reception:

A wall of our lovely engagement photos, taken by my fabulous parents
A display of flowers and a canvas of Jords & I at our lovely temple
The most gorgeous AND delicious cake ever, by Bobbie Sevy with Southern Elegance
In the photo booth with silly hats
Raspberry ribbons decorating the outside of the reception
Memorable moments from the wedding party and piano
Sister signing our engravable photo frame
Divine Texas-shaped groom’s cake, also by Bobbie Sevy
Can you tell we had a photo theme going on?
Special thanks to the wonderful April & Mark with condiffphotography — these shots are beautiful and I’m so glad to have them to remember how perfect everything was.

Let the countdown begin!

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Jords & I are going to LONDON! A long time ago, we decided to postpone the crazy awesome honeymoon until August — less time off work, less post-wedding stress, less time trying to figure out where to live in Houston in August, etc., so we took a long weekend and relaxed at an amazing spot in Texas instead.
Now I have another huge event to look forward to — major bonus!
I can’t wait to see sights like those. Hubs toured London (and everywhere else in Europe) on a study abroad last fall, and here are some of his lovely shots:

We’re actually going to be glad to see this summer fly by. I’m especially excited to see Phantom there … he went without me and I haven’t let him live it down since. He’s aiming to make up for it with this amazing trip — will it work?
Most definitely.