Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Just under two months left till we get married. It's all very exciting. The last three weeks have been rather hard since I was gone in Korea and Japan with the BYU Wind Symphony. We toured there and performed in a lot of different halls and ended up playing for over 8000 people spread across 11 concerts. The people there are great and very loving. I got to see Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines as well as some very neat castles in Japan (they really know how to build them there).

Here's me at the Golden Pagoda in Kyoto, Japan.

This is outside the building that houses a 50 ft. Buddha Statue.
The building itself is 160ft. tall! Nara, Japan

The people there are great and
were very generous to us. Being away from Tiffany for so long was hard but we made it through. I am glad to be back with her again.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Ever since we announced our engagement several people have called or asked for the story. I figured it was a good way to begin the blog so here it is:

Skyler came over with the plan that we were going on a date. When I asked what we were doing he told me I couldn't know. We got in the car and he told me to get on the freeway and drive North. I kept expecting him to tell me to get off the road until we passed several towns in Utah County. By then I had figured out we were headed to Salt Lake.

Several weeks before I had mentioned that my favorite restaurant was an Italian Restaurant in Salt Lake City called Johnny Carinos. We took the backway into the parking lot and I was really excited when I found out where we were going. I knew the proposal was coming soon, but figured it wouldn't happen that day or that he was trying to throw me off.
We sat down to eat and were talking when he jumped up from the table and said he had to go to the bathroom. Having been to the restaurant before I knew he was headed the wrong direction, but I figured he'd find his way and didn't think too much of it.

A few minutes into dinner the waiters and waitresses started bringing out flowers and saying things like "this is so you have a good night" and "you guys are a cute couple." Each one had a cute note from Skyler saying how much he loved me. As the roses started to pile up I was told my smile got bigger. During the dinner people kept looking over at my stack of roses and smiling. I was a little embarrassed with all the attention. :)

After dinner was over I asked what we were doing next. Skyler told me it was my choice which confused me a little. While we were talking he said that he had something new that he picked up that day and wanted to show me. I started to get a little anxious until he pulled out an ipod touch he'd bought that day. I tried to force excitement even though I was slightly disappointed. I noticed the ipod had a playlist that had my name on it. The only song on it was Michael Buble's song "You and I". That referred back to a conversation we had on our way home about us needing to have a song. He told me that it reminded him of me and started talking about our relationship and how much he loved me. He definitely said "all the right things.":)

Afterward he told me he had something to show me, but I refused to get too excited. He reached into his pocket and couldn't find the ring. He pulled out everything out of his pocket, found it, and then got down on one knee. He asked me to marry him and I tried to mumble out the word yes without trying to cry. He got back up and gave me a kiss. I had wondered for a long time what the ring would look like and just sat and stared at it for a while. After dinner we called our parents and then headed back to Provo.

It was perfect. :) We are both looking forward to July 25th and everything that comes with it.