Thursday, July 26, 2012

RE: California

California was everything, and more, that I dreamed it would be to me this time around. I got to spend time with lovely people who I adore, dig my toes into the sand at the beach, and be a part of a wedding for two people that I love. (more to come on that soon)
But for now here are a few photos, and little letters of love and thanks. 

Dear Melinda,
Thanks for letting us stay in your home this past week. I felt so welcome and loved by you and your family and it really meant so much to me. Thanks for taking us to the beach, for the countless tacos and other meals, diet cokes, introducing me to styrofoam bagel me cups, the cookies, picking us up at the mall, all the laughter,  the pedicure and sharing Jenna with us during these days leading up to the wedding. It meant so much to be able to share in this exciting time with you guys, and I can not thank you enough.

PS Also thank you for the invitation to move in. You know I'd love to, but I should probably finish school first. Until then can we settle for frequent weekend visits?

Dear Greg,
Thanks for letting us laugh at your e-mail draft, and for putting up with the scent of nail polish and sound of chick flicks in your home. You handle being out numbered like a champ. You were so welcoming, and could always make me laugh(even if there was a hurricane brewing). Being able to spend the week in your home was so wonderful, and I can't tell you thanks enough.

Dear Carly,
Thank you for making me laugh! Sorry we didn't get to watch Revenge of the Bridesmaids, that I teased you so much about your maid of honor duties,  and for waking you up Jenna style (your mom insisted). I hope you know that I loved being able to hang out with you this last week! Thanks for being my California navigator, and for the flower arranging tips. You are the greatest and I miss you already!

Dear beach,

I ache for you already.

Dear Brad and Brittney,
Hanging out with you at the reception was a highlight of the trip! It was so good to see you. Thanks for coming, and for being the best groomsmen ever. I can't wait to have you both back in Provo soon!

Dear Toll Road Ticketers,
Please, please, please have mercy on this Utah girl and don't give me a ticket.

PS-$6.50?! Seriously?!

Dear Grace and Jean,
You are such good friends to make the drive and come to the reception. I loved seeing you guys and catching up! I hope you enjoyed San Francisco!

Dear Natalie,
You are the best driver for stuck in traffic situations, as well as the most patient one for when your passenger has to use the bathroom. You are also a great navigator, DJ, partner in crime, beach buddy, roommate, shopping companion, and friend. I'm glad we got to go on this little adventure together!

Dear Jenna,
Thanks for letting us hang out, and inviting me to be a part of your big day. It meant so much to be able to spend some time with you before the wedding. The talks on the beach, watching you pack for Hawaii, and time spent just hanging out were absolutely wonderful. You handled everything this week with such grace, and you really were the most beautiful bride I've ever seen. I love you and could not be more happy for you and Mike.

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