Moving

It has been almost a month since Chris and I packed up and moved.  When you think about it we only moved about ten minutes from where we were living.  But, let me be honest here.

I MISS IT. 

I miss living downtown, the hustle and bustle.

I miss being in the seventeenth ward.

I miss being a leader in the Young Womens.

I miss getting to the U in under ten minutes.

I miss swinging by Chris’ work to go to lunch together.

I miss sitting on the Capitol Building’s Lawn.

I miss city creek.

I miss California Burgers and Deli.

I miss lots. (you get it.)

We were happy where we were.  Really happy.  So why did we all of a sudden move? Well for one thing the apartment we were living in only had a nine month lease which was ending in October.  We jokingly talked about moving somewhere when the lease was up but not very seriously.  It is never fun to pack everything up all the crap under our bed and in our drawers and closet etc.  That did not sound fun.  There was one dilemma.  Our apartment was quickly becoming too small.  We didn’t have a table to eat on or a desk to work at.  If you know Chris and I both of our jobs require a lot of work at the computer editing photos and working on after effects.  Sitting on the ground for several hours editing photos was becoming painful.  Bottom line. WE NEEDED MORE ROOM.  This made me kind of sad.  I felt ungrateful and vain.  How could two people have so much stuff after nine months???  Nonetheless I began the grueling task of searching through the KSL classifieds to see what was out there.  So many hours spent on that site.  After calling, texting, and emailing countless apartment owners I was becoming discouraged.  No place had everything we needed.  None were worth moving.  Until one Sunday night at my parent’s house we were watching a Niners football game and once again I was scrolling through KSL.  I came across an apartment with a familiar street name.  Sure enough it is a street less than a minute from my grandma’s house.  Not just my grandma’s house my newly married brother and sister in law’s house… and some of my favorite cousins, The Garriotts, Fuhrimans, and Nate the Great.  I have ALWAYS wanted to live on what we call the “Compound” but there was no place to live.

  Until NOW!

So I visited the place…  Basement apartment. PROS: so close to my relatives, TWICE as big as our other apartment.  CONS: it is OLDDDD.  Scariest bathtub you have ever seen.

Chris was absolutely against moving into this apartment.  I was devastated.  I was willing to shower in a terrible bathtub if it meant living right by my Grandma.  Chris didn’t quite understand that. Chris had been on his own for a long time now.  He had never lived right by family like I grew up with.  So I got over it. (kind of)  I realized it wasn’t something Chris would do.  We then visited the place Chris was dying to live.  Nice, big, GREAT bathroom.  Before going there I even told Chris we could live here… It’d be great.  I was trying.  We walk in with the owner and I just felt BLEH.  Which is weird because it was great.  I put on a smiley face though to make Chris happy.  The owner asked if we were ready to sign the lease.  Chris eagerly said “of course”  Luckily the owner forgot the paperwork!  We had the rest of the weekend to think about it.  As soon as we left I told Chris this is NOT where we are suppose to live.  That night we prayed for guidance of where to move or if we should even move.  The next day Chris talked the rent down on the place near my grandma.  Not only that he got them to resurface the bathtub!!!!!!!  IF THAT WASN’T GOD SENT I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS!!!  We moved in the next week and since then to say the least it has been so amazing.

I LOVE IT.

I love having room to breathe.

I love that we have kitchen table to eat at that cost $13

I love that we have a desk.

I love that I teach dance down the street and can run there.

I love that I can see my Grandma EVERYDAY.

I love that Chris gets to see how fun it is to live so close to family.

I love that I can go over to the Garriotts & Fuhrimans for anything like food, ib profen, and just good chats.

I love that we have already watched two movies with Nate the Great (Ghostbusters 2 & Robocop the Original)

I love that we spend our weekends watching football with my grandma and playing Casino with her.

I love that we can carpool to Family Sunday dinner with Asia & Zeke.

I love the quiet in our neighborhood. (you get it)

We are so excited for what is in store at this new apartment.

P.S. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED US MOVE! We couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for the delicious meal at Stella’s afterwards.

Mom, Dad, Mckay, James, Asia, Zeke, the Gochnours, etc.

P.S.S.  I never want to ever have to move again.  It sucks.  (props to all those families who move all the time.. You the Real MVP)

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The Wedding Dress

The funnest part of all the wedding planning was easily deciding on the dress.  My mom and I went to try on dresses on several occasions yet, none of them seemed like me.  I wanted my dress to be fun, unique, and sophisticated.  Thankfully, Penelope’s  in SLC is around.  Penny has been making dresses for decades.  She offered me something every other dress store couldn’t… The chance to make a dress that nobody else has.  I totally recommend getting your wedding dress handmade if you can! It makes your experience so personal and fun.  Plus it ended up being about the same as me purchasing a dress from a dress shop.  WIN WIN YO!

The basic ideas Penny and I decided on were:

+long sleeves. With a winter wedding I wanted to be warm and classy.

+waistline.  I wanted my dress to hit me at my skinniest point and make my legs look longer

+train.  I wanted a bit of drama to the dress so Penny added a small train.

+stripes.  I had never seen anyone have a wedding dress with stripes.  Using a pattern on the dress was a bold choice but I thought it showed my personality and spunk.

+Bow.  If you know me at all you know I love bows.  I wore a ribbon in my hair almost everyday growing up.  I had a large bow at the back of my dress.

I was absolutely amazed and excited with how my dress turned out! MANY THANKS TO PENNY!

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Deciding On Chris

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I got married at 19.  Everybody called me crazy, naive, and unexperienced.  ALL TRUE.  However, It felt like nobody acknowledged that I was old enough to make my own decisions.  Granted, marriage is a huge decision.  We live in a world where marriage is becoming a rarity and something more and more difficult to keep together.  This is something I took seriously (as i should).  So, as a faithful LDS woman, I turned to the Lord for help.  When praying many times for an answer to the question “Should I marry Chris?”  I never received a firm answer.  My prayers weren’t answered in the way I traditionally heard of… I wasn’t reading in my scriptures one day and found a verse that told me what I was supposed to do.  I didn’t hear it in a conference talk.  In fact I didn’t even get some overwhelming feeling of peace or comfort.  I even listened quietly after I prayed by my bedside hoping to hear what my life was meant to be like.  I mean I was only 19!  In today’s society I was supposed to be living the college life, going to parties and on a study abroad.  What I heard from onlookers of my situation went something like this… Janie is crazy, anyone mormon who gets married that young is just wanting to have sex right?… She’s got her whole life to be married why doesn’t she wait a couple years?… Or she doesn’t even know him that well I hope they stay together. Luckily, I knew that I didn’t need to listen to those who really didn’t know anything about my relationship with Chris.  Chris as my family can attest has made me a better person spiritually and given me more maturity.  I didn’t want Chris to be the one I skipped over because I was too young and not ready.

My answer came from my Grandma Marcia Egan, the person I look up to most.  My grandmother helped me realize that heavenly father recognizes strength and a will to do good in every single one of his children.  When asking her what she thought about me getting married she responded with such poise that I wondered if the Lord had let her know I was in need of some help.  Her reply: “Well Janie, you have to consider a couple things while deciding to get married… 1. Does he love God? 2. Does he plan for the future and want a family? 3. Does he work hard? and 4. Are you attracted  to him?”  It was put so simply for me that it felt like a NO BRAINER (what my dad would say).  I knew that Chris would give me a marriage that would be solidified in the Temple, that our relationship could continue to grow with the help of the Lord through trials and good times, and that we could raise children as a sealed family. YES, Chris loves his Heavenly Father. I also had the surety that Chris and I would be equal partners in our family and that we could pave the path for future together. YES, Chris wants to have a family and share our burdens and triumphs in life.  Chris is one of the most determined and dedicated people I know.  Chris does his best in every aspect of his life. YES, Chris works hard and will his whole life.  Chris is also pretty cute and charming. YES, Chris is DANG attractive.  After this discussion with my 92 year old grandma I realized that Heavenly Father left the decision up to me.  I didn’t need to wait for a sign nor did I need to pray until it felt completely perfect.  My answer from God was “I trust you Janie and I will support and bless you in whatever you decide.” So I took a leap of faith and married Chris who is now my eternal companion.  We’ve barely been married three months (you could say we’re seasoned pros).  I am happy to say that I am loving being a wife and am excited to be a mother (NOT ANYTIME SOON) and that I have made covenants with the Lord that will strengthen me and my family.  No there haven’t been tremendously hard times yet, but I know there will be and I am blessed to have Chris by my side to lighten the load.  Who is to say one person may be more ready than another to get married?  Honestly, we are all just kids who grew up too fast.

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TIME

We be here cause we right swiped on Tinder one day. Here’s our original Tinder photo’s that we both saw of each other that first time. 


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On the day of our wedding I tweeted at Tinder:

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That tweet ended up getting a lot of attention and even Tinder retweeted it, and reposted our picture to their Instagram. That same day we were contacted by a writer, Laura Stampler of TIME magazine:

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We did an interview with her and made it into the Feb 17 issue: (this is not the real cover)

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North Shore

Our honeymoon was pretty close to perfect.  We stayed in a treehouse/shack sort of thing in North Shore, Hawaii.  The place was equipped with bikes, surf boards (hope you’re all thinking of Beyonce now), long boards, a small little kitchen, and darling dogs who roam the grounds.  The gentleman who owns all the shacks is the chillest surfer bro, not even exaggerating.  Such a cool set up that I would recommend to anyone!

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We loved walking and riding our bikes to all the local beaches.  Our treehouse was 5 minutes walking distance to Sunset Beach.  Watching surfers at pipeline was amazing.  Ted’s bakery and that scrumptious chocolate pie.  Kahuku Grill had delicious burgers!  So many local shrimp and food trucks.  Jumping off Laie Point was a blast and perfect for the amount of thrill I was seeking. We loved shark’s cove grill that had a great view of ha shark’s cove.

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the Royal wedding


The Holladay 25th Ward is my HOME.
H25 pride has always gone through my veins.
I am so grateful for all my primary, young women, and relief society teachers and leaders.  All of you have taught me so many amazing things from homemaking and money management to forgiveness and christlike love.  This shower showed me how loved I am by my sweet ward and neighborhood friends.  I adore, admire, and appreciate every single one of you!
 
Thank you to all who helped with my
 
Royal Wedding
 
 
The group was outfitted with large English hats as if we were at a tea party or the races.
Our faces are superimposed onto the Royal Family wedding photo! I died!
 
No we are NOT pregnant! Just a clever joke!
 
However, the Royal couple wore a Tiara and Crown!
 
Teacups were used for our soup! so cute.
 
 I even received these cute mugs that say “Hooray for George”  Even though they are for the royal Prince George I can’t wait to use them! I am so excited to become a George!
 
Thank you for making me feel like a princess tonight!
 
 
#tendays

 

Y do I love U

Chris George and his ENTIRE family bleed Cougar Blue.
I mean REALLY Blue.  Both his parents and all his siblings went to BYU, his Sister, Tiffany, was a cheerleader there as well as her husband Dave, and his sister, Sadie, is currently a Cougarette.  Talk about a Y fan family.
And I’m there on my lonesome in Crimson Red just like “Go Utes.”
I’m learning to make it work.  I will always be a Utah Ute.  However, I learn to love my darling little Cougars.
So much gratitude for my sweet family friends.  So humbled to be surrounded by the most amazing and sweet people.
LOVE YOU ALL!
Day Count: 18
Foam fingers! WITH RINGS!
 
 THE yummiest thing one can ever eat.
 
The traditional “go to the country” song
 
 The most precious song.  Thank you Liz for all your love.

September 27th

If you told me a year ago I was going to be engaged at age nineteen, to a boy from Rigby, Idaho, that I met on Tinder, I would have laughed in your face.  Falling in love with Chris was unexpected but I guess falling in love always is.  To be honest from the first date on I have never been more happy or more motivated to be a better person.  Right off the bat Chris made me feel special and since then I’ve been treated to the standard of nothing less than Princess. Chris is kind hearted, passionate, creative, handsome, and absolutely perfect for me.  All I can say about dating Chris is that he was unlike anyone I have ever dated and as cheesy as it sounds I knew the right one came along.  So happy I am engaged to my best friend and that I get to be the luckiest girl in the world.