…and we’re back Part 2

Hello avid blog readers. Strap yourselves in for part 2 of our update! We left off in September 2009 so I’ll just jump right in with October 2009. In October, we had our grandest adventure yet: we went to England and Rome for 10 days! Well, it might not be very grand for Brett but it was my first time out of the country and it was very, very awesome. We stayed with Brett’s sister, Jamie and her family (thank you!) and we had a great time with them. We met baby Ellie for the first time and she was just adorable! We went to London and saw Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Tower of London, rode an open top double decker bus, saw Les Miserables in London’s West End and other random things. We also saw a castle, went to Brighton Pier and had a great time hanging out with the Giles family.

Phone Booth

Phone Booth

From there, we flew to Rome! I fell in love with Rome. Other than the fact that I couldn’t understand anything, I was constantly lost and couldn’t talk to anyone, it was fabulous. Thank goodness I had a fluent Italian speaker who could order gelato for me twice a day! Everything about Rome was wonderful. I loved the food, the tiny, windy roads with overgrown plants and laundry hanging out the windows, I loved all the ancient ruins and the romantic feeling that lingers in that beautiful city. We saw all the sights: Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica where we saw La Pieta, (the sculpture Michelangelo did when he was 25 of Mary holding Christ’s body after he was off the cross-incredibly moving!)  and the beautiful Sistine Chapel. We also saw the  Colosseum, the Roman Forum (Rome’s ancient town center),  Palatine Hill, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi fountain, Campo di fiori, and Piazza Navona where we saw water fountains sculpted by Bernini. I have a very detailed journal entry about this England/Rome trip with history and all sorts of facts I’m not going to write here. If you want to know them, just call me up and I’ll tell you everything I know. :D

Sarah & Brett and some ancient ruins from Paletine Hill

Sarah & Brett and some ancient ruins from Palatine Hill

We had a fabulous trip to London and Rome and we are looking forward to our next one…whenever that will be! Brett was especially sad to leave Europe because he told me “I’m a European trapped in an American body.” hahaha. Gotta love him!

After our trip to Rome, we went to Sacramento to help with our friend, Jessica Edvalson’s wedding. Grandma & Grandpa Rosenlof were helping a lot so we decided we could help too. We had such a great time with the newlywed couple dancing and eating great food. It was such a fun night!

Brian & Jessica Edvalson

Brian & Jessica Edvalson

Of course, we went to our ward Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween and we dressed as nerds this year. I know, I know, we’ve already been nerds for Halloween but our thoughts the whole month of October were on our trip and not on Halloween. Our time was up. Our creativity suffered. And we resorted to something we are only too familiar with. We were nerds.

Nerd Brett

Nerd Brett

Now isn’t that hilarious? I laugh every time I see this picture. Sorry you don’t get to see my picture as a nerd. It was too horrifyingly ugly to be seen in public.

Moving on! November! In November, Brett turned 25! He had some cake, some wonderful gifts and we had some friends over to celebrate.

Happy 25th!

Happy 25th!

Soon after that, Brett’s family came to Sacramento for Thanksgiving with the Rosenlofs-a yearly tradition for as long as Brett can remember. We had a great Thanksgiving weekend with family eating way too much food and delicious pies, trying out the ram’s horn, going geocaching, watching slides, breaking wishbones from the previous year, catching up on sleep and talking with family. I love the holidays!

Thanksgiving walk with my honey

Thanksgiving walk with my honey

December came in a hurry and we had gifts to make! We decided to try and make a lot of our gifts that year for a fun, economical, meaningful way to give gifts. We screenprinted shirts, onesies and notecards, jazzed up some shirts with some beadwork and sewed a messenger bag. We got a Christmas tree and then ditched it before Christmas because we flew home to be with family! It was the first time Brett’s whole family was together since he left on his mission in 2003. We also got to visit my family in St. Louis which was wonderful. Always a treat to be with family for the holidays.

Brett & Sarah Christmas holiday

Brett & Sarah Christmas holiday

After so much traveling that fall, we decided we wanted to stay home in January. I enrolled in school full-time and was busy getting classes done from two different colleges. I also got my wisdom teeth out and looked like a chipmunk for Martin Luther King Jr weekend. Luckily, I had an extra day to recuperate from the awful experience that was.

Pathetic haha

Pathetic, haha

In February, our stake hosted a dance for the adults. It was themed in the 50′s and they even hired a live band! It was so much fun! I got together with some girls in the ward and we sewed skirts for the dance.

Let's go to the Hop!

Let's go to the Hop!

On Valentine’s weekend, Brett and I hung out with friends, went out to an Italian restaurant for dinner and had a great time together. We planted some cute succulents too.

succulents

succulents

In February, Brett was chosen as a finalist for the Nokia Push N900 competition. See more about that here. Before he started on his design, we spent the weekend with Grandma & Grandpa Rosenlof in Pajaro Dunes. It was a great weekend and wonderfully relaxing before the busy month we had ahead of us. We had the competition and I had finals the same week we were presenting to the judges.

More on that in March….and the next post! Stay tuned! :D

…and we’re back! (Part 1)

Hello dear people. I know many of you have been anxiously checking our blog…for the past year…and hoping for a new post (sorry!) but here it is at last! Brett and I are back. :D

Well, to catch you up since last May 2009 (Can it really be July 2010 already???), I decided to put up a few pictures of the highlights of this past year for us. So sorry it has taken me so long to post! Here goes:

So the last thing I posted about was Ashley coming home from her mission and Kelly’s graduation. Shortly after that, my Mom flew to San Jose to visit me! Unfortunately, it was a short visit. Long enough to go to In-N-Out, a yoga class and then get the call that my Mom’s mother had passed away in South Carolina. Soon we were online looking for the first flight out. Brett had to stay home because we were in charge of a ward activity and we both couldn’t be absent if we were the sole ones in charge. Thank you, Brett. Mom and I got to South Carolina and went to Mama Bui’s funeral. It was a very sad but spiritual experience, especially since I got to help dress Mama Bui for the funeral. I miss her like crazy and still cry when I think about her, but I know I will see her again someday.

Sarah & Mama Bui December 2007

Sarah & Mama Bui December 2007

That’s the end of May for us…on to June! There aren’t too many highlights for this month. Brett hid a geocache:

Can you see it?

Can you see it?

We saw “The Fixx” free concert at Santa Cruz Beach:

On the beach

On the beach

and we started our boat!

Captain Brett and his boat

Captain Brett and his boat

July came before we knew it and we decided to go backpacking on the Fourth of July weekend. It was hot but it was great! We went to Henry Coe State Park (near Morgan Hill) and hiked down to a campsite, spent the night and hiked back to our car. We saw a lot of neat things on our hike, including terrifying snakes but we won’t talk about them…

Henry Coe State Park

Henry Coe State Park

We were also fortunate enough to go to Pajaro Dunes for a wonderful weekend with Grandma & Grandpa Rosenlof. They took us to the Carmel Mission. Look at these cuties!

Two Cuties!

Two Cuties!

We had a wonderful weekend in Pajaro. Always so refreshing to be at the beach! A few days after our weekend in Pajaro we were off again! This time to St. Louis for my Mom’s 50th birthday surprise party.  Brett and I got out of Dad’s car at the corner of the street and just started walking down the sidewalk towards their house. Mom was outside talking to neighbors and Dad and she looked at us THREE times before she realized it was us! Then she almost had a heart attack and started screaming! It. was. awesome! We spent the weekend together as a family and even went on the Becky Thatcher for a Riverboat Cruise that ended in fireworks! The perfect day.

Mom & Dad and the Becky Thatcher

Mom & Dad and the Becky Thatcher

That pretty much wraps up July. We had a great month in August too. We went to the Strawberry festival, 2 plays with Grandma & Grandpa (Cats & Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and we went to a friend’s wedding reception.

Brett, Sarah & Cam Audong

Brett, Sarah & Cam Audong

In September, I turned the big 21! People called me, wrote on my facebook wall and sent me really nice presents. Thank you all! Brett bought me an adorable dress and took me to see a show! It was a great birthday!

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

I also tried my hand at a little more sewing and made these baby shoes!

Baby Shoes!

Baby Shoes!

Some of you may know that Brett and I like to ride our bikes around town. But you may not know that before we put our bikes away, we always did tricks. My tricks were usually pretty lame like the ol’ side saddle. But Brett’s tricks were always fun and slightly dangerous.

The ol' side saddle trick, not very cool :)

The ol' side saddle trick, not very cool...

The ol' feet on the handle bars trick. Scrunch face included :)

The ol' feet on the handle bars trick. Scrunch face included :)

Brett and I also went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium last September and had a great time. They had an awesome sea horse exhibit that was my favorite part of the aquarium. I think Brett’s favorite part was seeing me scream when I saw the hammer head shark. Those things are scary! Their eyes are on the sides of their heads! Gross.

Awesome sea horse!

Awesome sea horse!

Last highlight of September: Kayaking in the Pacific Ocean at Santa Cruz! We were really excited to go and we had a great time! Our favorite things were the otters we saw playing in the water and seals sleeping (and snoring!) with their flippers sticking out of the water. So cute!

Cute sea otter

Cute sea otter

Are we done yet? Not quite! Stay tuned for part 2!