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.
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!)Â and the beautiful Sistine Chapel. We also saw theÂ Colosseum, the Roman Forum (Rome’s ancient town center),Â 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!