Monday, June 27, 2011

No Turning Back!

Some things we've done lately have made this marriage thing all super real:
-Signing the lease. We did this a while ago, but I move into our new apartment in Tustin July 22nd. That's less than a month! I've gotta start packing!
-Family Plan. Torrey took me to the Verizon store so we could get matching 714 area code numbers, and..so torrey could get me an iphone!!! I got the white..so pretty :) He already has the black, so I love that we have his and hers iphones.

He literally got this for me so that I would stop taking his to plan the wedding with. It still doesn't feel like mine, but I'm sure I'll grow into it! My favorite app so far? TRAFFIC APP. I avoided an accident that happened 5 minutes before I got to it, probably cutting my commute in half. Yeah, I could get used to that :)
-Photos. We picked a photo to send in our invitations, and printed all 300+ of them at Costco. Not to mention that I just sent our invitation design (which I love to death!!) out to be printed. Which did we choose? you'll see ;)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Seal A Husband.

Happy Father's Day!

I love my dad. He loves his wife and daughters unconditionally, and works hard everyday to support them. All of us daughters hate our dad when we go through the dark teenage tunnel, but he has always made a point of letting us know how much he loves us. Every Valentine's Day he gives my mom a bouquet of flowers and a large box of chocolates, and each daughter a mini bouquet and a mini box of chocolates, and makes sure to always tell us how wonderful our mother is. He has shown us what a husband and father should be. 

Torrey and I drove to my parent's house in Murrieta yesterday so that I could cook my dad dinner as his Father's Day gift. My mom had been cleaning out the closet and ran into my "Seal a Husband" can that I made in Young Womens. It was the idea that our leaders had to have us write notes to our future husbands, and seal them in a can among other things, to open when we are sealed in the temple. (Get it? "seal a husband??" ahaha..)

We're engaged, close enough! So we opened it!

 There was a picture of me photoshopped in front of the San Diego Temple, a list of my Young Women's leaders (so I could send them wedding invitations lol!) A poem, a questionnaire about what I want out of my future husband, and a note to my future husband.


Families are Forever 


I gave Torrey the note, and we were surprised how fitting it actually was! I had wrote silly things like 'you must be really cute!' but I described what he must be like because I would be looking for those traits, and some really specific things it would take for me to find him. SPOT ON. When you make these sort of things as a youth, you don't really think about the end result. I'm glad my leaders took the time to make these cans for us, because it is something that I can truly charish now.

Oh yah, and at the bottom of my can:


 None of us, including Dad, have any idea how he snuck that in there! We laughed, and my Dad is thrilled that I ended up following this tidbit of advice (Riverside County, CA mission :D). Mackie has a can too, so will have to wait a few more years to see if he snuck one in hers too!

New York

Gah! its been so hectic lately I havent even posted about our time in New York! I tried to shove everything into one post, so here we go..


Central Park::
My absolute favorite part of New York. Its so beautiful and peaceful, and there's so many things to do! Our first Sunday there we spent part of the day lying on a blanket in a quiet spot by Turtle Pond, just talking and relaxing.

Torrey owed me a rowboat ride (last time we were there it was closed!) so we made sure we made time for it. It was the PERFECT day for a relaxing boat ride, such wonderful scenery.
Turtles!


We were lucky to have the opportunity to take the majority of our engagement pictures here. New York and especially Central Park have special meaning to me and Torrey, because it was where we first started dating. So far the pictures we've seen are BEAUTIFUL, and something that we will keep forever. Dielha was great to work with, I can't wait to see all of them!

 
Financial District:: 
For some reason we had a ton of fun here! We ran into Soul Daddy, the restaurant that won America's Next Great Restaurant, and just frolicked around a little :)



I'm sad because I want the giant anchor.

A giant mopping boat?
Brooklyn::
I wanted to go to Brooklyn for one reason : PIZZA. There is a show on the Food Network called The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and on it Ted Allen recommends Graziella's in Brooklyn as having the best pizza he has ever eaten. When Ted Allen speaks, I will listen. We walked across the Brooklyn bridge, and down through Fort Greene Park. I loved the feeling of Brooklyn. It had such a NEIGHBORHOOD feeling to it. It was a LONG walk, but completely worth it!  I expected the place to be packed, but we get there and..
EMPTY! It was us, one other couple, the chef and the waiter. We ordered the tomatoes and mozzarella appetizer and the Parmesan and arugula pizza that had Ted Allen's blessing. He takes our order, speaks in Italian to the chef chilling in the corner, who gets up and throws some wood into the fire as he gets our pizza ready. This. Food. Was. Amazing. Everything was so FRESH, I couldn't believe how delicious it was!! I ate in a solemn silence, recognizing that this will actually be the best pizza I will ever eat! Highly highly highly recommend.




Tomato and Mozzarella appetizer. =)

Wood-burning oven!!
Times Square/Columbus Circle:: 
Home base for us when we couldn't think of what to do. Just walked around and enjoyed the sights!


Chelsea::
Torrey wanted to go to this neighborhood just to see what was there, and I was being a butthead. It was getting hot, and I  didn't want to walk anymore. I told him that I would go, but I didn't want to because I KNEW I wouldn't find anything I'd like there. Then I ate my words, when we ran into this :

It was Chelsea market. An indoor farmers market that had tons and tons of different bakeries, restaurants, and specialty stores! Aw man, there were so many great things to eat in here! We ate at a Milk Bar, and walked out with a green apple-flavored sorbet.

There's apple in my sorbet!
They are making bread so that I may eat it!


I loved every second I was there. We had so much fun just walking, shopping, relaxing, discovering the city. I hope we will find out way back soon.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Can we live here please?

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If anyone would like to send donations to the "Noelle and Torrey Run Away to New York" Fund, please let us know! We love it here! We have only been here for a few days and have done so much already! We wake up, eat breakfast, and WALK. We've run into some cool fountains and parks,





hit Times Square,

and a personal favorite, Central Park

so handsome!
 
slipping into a Shake Shack coma
...oh and the FOOD? Haven't even scratched the surface! While walking, the three of us ran into this:





Um,  a mini food fest of New York restaurants showing off they're great food for cheap?? YES PLEASE! I had a pizza from Romano's Pizza, they had an on-site wood-burning oven! The crust was thin and oh-so-flaky

Portable wood-burning oven!


 We've had delicioso street gyros while shopping. mm-mm-good!
Theres so much more. I've gotta start posting it all soon!
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