Saturday, November 4, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy, Busy!

Man, we are buuuuusy! That's why we haven't been posting very much. I assume it's the same reason there aren't many posts on here: we are busy people. I guess that's a good thing. We lead very "productive" lives, and many of us even measure the value of our lives by the level of our productivity. Well, I am defying that thought as I sit here and write this post when I should be working on my mid-term exam. Speaking of which, let me tell you that I am currently taking a class called Security, Privacy, and Usability. It's all about how to stay safe and sane on the Internet. Well, it's more like how to keep others safe and sane. We learn about viruses, worms, phishing, hacking, encryption, passwords, identity theft, how to pick a lock, attack trees, firewalls, browser vulnerabilities, privacy law, and geese. Yes, geese; it turns out that geese make great watch"dogs." They make noise at the slightest disturbance and nothing can really quiet them -- except, perhaps, a well placed metal projectile. Gross.Well, enough boring you about my mid-term. I think I'll go start. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Married: Tim and Rebecca!

We did it! We were married on September 16, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. in the Provo Temple for time and all eternity! It was great to see so many of our family and friends there. Thanks to all for coming to see us.

It was a chilly day; snow had dusted the tops of the mountains the night before, creating a beautiful array of colors as the trees had begun to change for fall. Upon exiting the temple, the weather, though brisk, was perfect. We were herded around and were made subject to sore cheeks and prolonged silliness by our photo- and videographers. (we'll share these photos once we get them!) And the heavens' timing couldn't have been more perfect, for the moment we finished our "modelling session" and headed to the luncheon, a cold rain/snow came pouring down.

The luncheon was held in Spanish Fork at Rebecca's parents' Church meetinghouse. Served were delicious smokehouse meats, funeral potatoes (hey, everyone loves funeral potatoes!), and leftover desserts from the previous night's reception. My sister Sarah sang "When I Fall in Love" with my uncle Nels Draper in an unrehearsed and "uniquely-performed" style ;). Next, three of Rebecca's cousins (sisters, even) sang Gershwin's "Who Cares?" (accompanied by Rebecca's mom), suprisingly unheard of previously by yours truly (a pretty big Gershwin fan), and now a favorite.

The reception was the night before the wedding in the BYU Conference Center. It was also a great success. We decided to have the reception first so we wouldn't worry about it during the temple ceremony. I was amazed at the steady stream of people that came to see us. It was so great to see and meet people that mean so much to us. (And standing for three hours helped us to sleep that night!!!!)

We are living in Silver Spring, Maryland. I work in Reston, Virginia and Rebecca studies physics at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. We are excited to have started our little family and can't wait to see it grow!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

From the engaged couple...

Greetings from...well...we're really in a world of our own right now, and for some strange reason it keeps getting smaller. Check out our wedding countdown and links. We just registered some classics on, so be sure to check them out!
Now that the inconspicuous plugs are out of the way, let's get down to the real knews: After coming home from Hawaii on Saturday, Rebecca has to completely move out of her apartment by this weekend only to move into our new apartment weeks later. She'll be staying at a friends, probably sleeping on a couch, and once again living out of a suitcase. It's been fun, I guess; all we've done this week is pack and move. We're both very much looking forward to the holiday weekend. Hopefully Rebecca will find it in her to take off work on Monday (since she's a graduate student and the senior member of the lab, her schedule is pretty much up to her, a blessing and a curse!).
Wedding plans are going well. We're getting down to the home stretch. I reserved my tux (with tails, oh yeah!) yesterday and we're going shopping this weekend to buy some more jewelry. It's very exciting! We can't wait to get married and start a happy little family. The Lord is being so incredibly good to us and we know the best is always yet to come.
We love you all!

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

The Proposal

The morning of Saturday, June 3, 2006, while hiking through the trails of Maryland's Seneca Creek State Park, I asked the most wonderful woman in the world, Rebecca Olson, if she would marry me. She said yes! We are planning the wedding for the 16th of September, in Provo, Utah. We are very happy to start spending the rest of forever together!