Tuesday, May 31, 2011

happy birthday husband!!

Today is Addison's birthday!
We will be off on a walk through Kent most of the day, to Addison's utter disgust (we're not extremely athletic people). But we will finish the day off strong with a cadbury chocolate cake, made from yours truly, and a show of course! We're thinking about, "Love Never Dies", haha- aka "Phantom of the Opera 2". Or maybe we'll go to the cinema and catch "Pirates"? Who knows!
I love this guy.
We have the greatest time together. Can you believe we've spent a straight month together and not once gotten sick of each other? It's going to be hard coming home just for that reason. We're actually going to have to separate longer than going to the bathroom.
So here are some birthday balloons my dear!
Thanks for being my best friend.
Happy Birthday to the best husband I ever had. hehehe :)
We're going to have a wonderful day bashing around London!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

the facebook stalk.

One of the most interesting parts of London is this new circle of friends we've found ourselves in. We are brand new to all of them, and have been known as "the marrieds". It's so crazy because none of these people have ever known us as separate people. We have gotten to completely define ourselves as a couple here. They all assume that Addison and I have been married forever (not just 5 months ago!), and that I have always been a short haired brunette girl. Little did they know that I have had a slow progression from my natural hair for years now! 
At stake conference today I ran into a missionary. It was Mike Gillespe. We were students together at BYU Hawaii my freshman year, and hung out all the time! It was the craziest thing, that we met half way across the world, and now met again in London. But it took him some convincing that I was who I said I was, as when we knew each other (and when I met Addison for the first time) I looked like this:
BYU Hawaii Summer 2008
As the other students here have been trying to figure us out, several have confessed they've facebook stalked me. And this is what they would have found:
Jed/Emma's Wedding Summer 2008
Christmas 2008
London Study Abroad Summer 2009
Dating Addison Spring 2010
Engagements photos Fall 2010
LA, Spring 2011
Yesterday, Portabello Road 2011
Yes, blonde is my natural color, but now I know for sure Addison didn't just love me for my hair :)
Sooooo...maybe back to blonde next? Full circle?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

scotland, final chapter.

Our last day in Scotland started off with a bang.
 Bishop Gilardy offered to show us around his new bakery. We found deliciousness all around! 
 We had the most wonderful talk with this inspirational man. I've never met someone so driven by faith and guided by the spirit. We will always treasure those moments we got to bask in his light. We got to hear his incredible conversion story, and even got some marriage counseling. He is truly a spiritual giant! He even gave us some parting gifts! Slabs of delectable cakes, two loaves (the size of your head) of fresh bread, olive oil from Italy, and scottish pies! We about died, and have been well fed the whole week since we've been back. I crave scottish pie and crispy toffee cake daily now! Mmmmm! Needless to say, we adore the Bishop.
Our scottish pies with baked beans!
 On our way to Edinburgh Castle, we stopped at a small Kurdish restaurant. We were so nervous, especially as we were recommended the lamb...but we quite enjoyed ourselves! The naan and hummus was a highlight for me, but I loved the sweet almond rice, and even tried some succulent lamb! The felafel was to die for. We were so grateful that Eileen was there to guide us.
 On our way up the "Royal Mile."
 Edinburgh Castle was just what we wanted to see in a castle-so medieval and full of fantasy stories. We especially loved to see the crown jewels.
 Our fearless leaders.
 The breathtaking view from the top of the castle...no really, you couldn't even breathe with all the wind up there.
 George just put that ball down...amazing.
 Arthur's Seat (the mountain) behind us.
What a perfect day. We ate dinner with friends again that evening, and had a few laughs and wonderful stories. 
Words cannot describe what we came back with from Scotland. We had the time of our lives, and truly feel that we have family in Scotland now. These few days were so precious to us and gave us a new outlook on life. We will never be able to repay George and Eileen for their hospitality and love.
We can't wait until we meet again.

our last sweet days in Scotland.

As I promised: an account of our last days in Scotland.
 We began our day at "House for an Art Lover."
 The design was so revolutionary!
 There was a beautiful garden outside.
 In Glasgow we visited the center of the city and toured their version of a city hall-where Eileen and George both used to work.
 George, the charmer, picked this beautiful rose from me. I kept telling Addison that he better step it up or George might steal me away!
 We had dinner at Souter Johnny's! It was delicious, (I had the gourmet mac & cheese! topped off with sticky toffee cake) and we got to meet the wonderful friends of George and Eileen-including Bishop Gilardy whom I'd met in Utah last April!
We wrapped up the evening doing all we could do to pay George and Eileen back-we sang for them. This evening was my favorite spent in Scotland. There was such a warmth from all of these special people, and we felt such a connection. We miss them all already!

london road.

We saw this show tonight, and it was incredible.
It was all based on interviews this man did in Ipswich. In 2006 a serial killer murdered 5 prostitutes, and when they found him-he was in a house on London Road. This follows the story through the eyes of the community, and all of the music and dialogue is based very closely on the actual interviews. They use all the same cadences that people gave him, keeping the "ums" and "uhs", so it was all very human. Because it was so human nature and realistic, and I was completely captivated the whole time, I came to realize how intriguing just being human is. As an actor onstage, you're always asking yourself, "am I doing enough? am I being interesting?" This play definitely proved that human nature is enough, that we are intriguing without all the bells and whistles. What a treat to see this kind of theatre.

Friday, May 27, 2011

aching feet day.

What a crazy day! We have been on the tube, and back and forth between places more than I'd like to say. And we don't have much to prove for it except for these:
 These beach houses are on south bank as part of a festival. Some have vintage swimsuits in them, some are filled with sea-novels!
 They imported a bunch of sand as part of this festival so you can put your feet in the sand on the Thames!
 I couldn't resist...Addison could!
 We're bringing back the latest from London to furnish our apartment.
HA! I wish!