ballet and football and friends and routines

The days get away from me now friends!

The routine has settled in, here’s how it goes.

Wake up, Randy goes running and I either work out or sleep. Get ready. Breakfast. Scriptures. Drive to work together. Work work work. Randy sometimes goes in later or leaves earlier depending on his schedule, and goes and runs errands which is AMAZING (love you!). Get done with work. Drive home together. Make dinner. Watch a show, read, play games, spend time with friends, go shopping for more house things, have FHE, go to the temple, make treats, or a mix of any of these. Then we do it all over again. Surprisingly, I really love the routine we have settled in to. It makes me feel like we are real life adults, a family, and I love that security.

Now here’s time for the ballet part of this post:

My sister danced her last recital at Clytie Adams a few weeks ago. It was so nostalgic for my family. We have had a ballerina there for the past 18 years. And now we’re all done dancing at that wonderful studio. Clytie came to my wedding a few weeks before the recital, and jokingly asked me when another Richards girl would be coming to dance for her. I have left so much of my heart at that studio, on the stage at Weber, in the dressing rooms downstairs, in every toe shoe and pair of tights. Dancing 100% has made me who I am today. I will always be a ballerina even though I’m not dancing as much anymore. Dancing at Clytie’s are some of the most precious memories I have. I danced for me when I was there. Just for me. Because I loved it. I learned elegance, grace, friendship, technique, determination, hard work, how to smile through hard things, and that I could absolutely anything I put my mind to. I am forever thankful and so happy that I had the chance to be a Clytie Girl, and that my sisters also both that to do that.

Sometimes at work we throw tiny footballs off the parking garage and I win jump ropes for being the closest to the target. I seriously love my job and the people I work with.
And I also love spending time with these fun friends. We spent a Saturday with them playing games at the arcade and then playing board games at our apartment, and talking long into the night. They are so much fun and I’m lucky that these friendships survived the test of time. 
ALSO another glimpse of the apartment! I promise I’ll be posting the whole thing once I’ve got all the finishing touches. It will be wonderful, promise!
And lastly, happy one month of marriage to my sweetheart. It’s so amazing to me that after loving him through high school, college, a mission, and more, I love him even more in marriage. This month has taught me about Randy’s sleeping habits (snoring, sleep talking, not being awake until he’s had a shower) that he’s incredibly grumpy and sassy when he’s hungry, that when he honks the horn or tickles me until I stop being mad at him, it works, I’ve learned that he always wants lots of meat with dinner, and ramen is his breakfast of choice, I’ve learned that he sings in the shower sometimes, gets really excited about the most random TV shows, and that I love him more than I can even comprehend. After a month of marriage, I’m not sure that eternity will be long enough. I love you sweetheart and I’m so happy that you chose me.
For now, happy Tuesday everyone (holy smokes it’s only Tuesday! How will I survive this week??)

Baseball and Pillows and Daddy

Summer has been BUSY BUSY BUSY. Randy and I both work full time, I’m at Ken Garff and loving it, and Randy is at US Bank and loving it! It’s fun to both be downtown working, and Randy sometimes gets mornings off which means he can run errands which is SO helpful for me. He seriously has been so amazing, working and cleaning the house and running to the store and doing all the little things that I don’t have time for. He’s pretty amazing, and I feel super lucky!

We FINALLY got our couch and things are starting to fall together in our new home! We LOVE the pillows Randy’s Grandma made for us, she’s so crafty and cute and we love it!

More pictures of the house to come, promise!

 Ken Garff sent us to the Bee’s game – with fireworks! We had way too much fun and were so close to the field, it was a great summer night!

And last but not least, happy Father’s Day to my two favorite boys. My dad has been and always will be the best father I could ever ask for. He does so much for me, and loves Randy like his own son, which makes me so happy. And happy Father’s Day to the future father of my kids. I’m so happy they get Randy to be their dad!

Just a quick update for ya, expect more regular blogging and a few more of those bigger posts ahead!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Pre-Wedding Feels

Like I said in earlier posts, coming up I’ll be posting all about our wedding day, but I want to do that with all the photos and everything. So. For now I’m going to post my pre-wedding feels and so is Randy. It’s going to be sappy and dumb, so if you’re not into that you can skip this! We just want to make sure we document everything. The day goes by so fast, and I know that we’re going to want to look back and remember it all.

So about a month before we got married, I was done waiting. I felt like I’d been doing nothing but waiting, waiting, waiting. I waited for us to graduate high school, then for his mission call, then for him to leave, then for him to come home, then to get engaged, to the worst stage of waiting, the waiting for it to be all official. I felt like so much of my life had been leading to this point.

Three weeks before we got married was when the crying started. I was crying at absolutely everything. Just ask Randy. We would be driving down the road and I would glance over at him, and seriously burst into tears. Not because I was sad to be marrying him (haha) but because I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe we had done it. We’d made it. And Randy is too good to me, and I don’t deserve him, and all those things made me cry. A lot.

The crying phase lasted for a while, I was just stressed and excited and antsy and done waiting and so, so happy. Being engaged is hard, but Randy and I also had a lot of fun being engaged. I still wear my Feyonce shirt constantly!

There’s not really a way to describe the last few days before we got married. I was at work trying to make sure everything was set, I was packing up my apartment like crazy and Randy was being SO wonderful and moving everything in to our new place. He built furniture like a madman while I worked my day away downtown. People would ask me how I felt, and honestly it was strange. I felt like I was in a dream, a daze. It didn’t seem possible that this could really be happening. I don’t think I ever felt unsure or nervous that I was making a wrong decision – I’d been praying about this decision for years. I was sure it was right. It just felt strange that all the years of waiting and hoping were paying off.

The day before we got married I went into work for a half day – just to finish up a few things. They threw me and another engaged co-worker a shower which is so beautiful and fun. It seemed like the day just drifted by, like a slow moving cloud. I wasn’t wishing it would go faster, just content. I’d been thinking a lot about how my whole life it seemed was leading up to that day. There’s life before you get married, and life after you get married. That day was the turning point. It was the thing I’d been thinking about and pretending since I was a little girl. I was more sad that the anticipation was going away, and that soon my one BIG day would be over, than anything else.

Randy and I popped over to our new place to unload the things I’d gotten at the shower – and to exchange wedding presents. Randy got me two beautiful church books about marriage and shining a light for others, and I got Randy a book to write down all our dating memories and a key chain/inside joke.

As Randy read the note I wrote to him, he started sobbing. And then I started sobbing. I asked him what was wrong, and he just shook his head. He grabbed me and we just hugged, and then he said “We did it Maddy. We did it. We did it.”

I can’t begin to explain that feeling. After waiting, hoping, praying, and fighting for each other for four years, we had done it. It was the best feeling in the whole world.

I went home and spent time with my family, and so did Randy. It was very relaxed, and I don’t remember being very nervous, just anxious for it to be night so I could go to bed. I wrote a big long note about how I was feeling before I went to sleep, and got a wonderful priesthood blessing from my dad. I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to sleep at all, but surprisingly I was so exhausted from the anticipation that I slept really well. And I was so glad I did!

It is difficult to describe how it feels to be engaged and waiting for your own wedding. I met Maddy a LONG time ago and I’ve always thought the best of her. She’s the most fantastic person I know. I really love her so much. 

Right before I asked her to marry me, I really considered the decision I was about to make. It was a really serious decision and I wanted to make the right choice. Every second that I thought about it made me more sure that there wasn’t anyone for me, but Maddy. I was almost nervous that It was such an easy choice. I didn’t want to rush into anything, but Maddy is perfect for me. She is my dream girl and more.

Being an engaged couple is one of the best things ever…..and it sucks. It’s hard to describe. It’s a ton of fun and I was so excited to marry her. However, waiting to get married feels like it takes forever! The thing that was probably the hardest for me was going back to my apartment every night and being alone. It was amazing to spend as much time as I did with her while we were engaged, but it never was enough. I always wanted to be with her longer. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to now that we are married.

Being engaged is also really dramatic. Maddy and I were always so emotional and it was a little bit intense. Sometimes we would just lose it for no reason and sometimes we got into weird fights. Emotions were just flying everywhere! I remember the time right before I left on my mission was very similar. We were always emotional. It was good though because we got to see all emotions pouring out of each other and if Maddy is ok with marrying me after she’s seen me as an emotional wreck, she’s perfect for me. I don’t know anyone else that would be able to handle me hahaha.

Once May came along, I was done waiting. I was just ready to be married. It was good timing for us to get married at the end of May. I spent most of May moving stuff from Maddy and I’s apartment to our new apartment. It was a really long and frustrating process, but now we live here and if feels like home. Maddy and I exchanged wedding gifts a couple days before our wedding. With her gift she gave me a really special note.

In the note, she wrote that she chose me. She also wrote a couple promises for me and as I read the note, I was overwhelmed thinking about all that we have done to get to this point. We went through high school together and all the teasing we got for dating. We spent two years apart while I was on my mission. I felt how much I wanted this girl with such intensity at that moment and I just lost it. I was so happy and I’m still so happy that I get to be with her forever. 

Everyone’s pre-wedding feels are different, I guess mostly I was just so relieved that it was actually happening. That this was real life.

We feel really lucky, and so so happy that we get to be together. I don’t think either of us would want it any other way.

Happy Monday everyone!

A little of this a little of that – Honeymooning and more

I still have so much to catch up on! So now I”m going to throw a bunch of photos up here with a little explanation and hopefully you just love them!

The Low family threw us an amazing shower right before we got married! Randy’s grandma and aunts are so crafty and adorable, and it was fun to meet all of the extended family! I sure do love them!

It was so nice to have Maddy at my grandparent’s house. We had a really awesome time. My family really loves Maddy and she fits in really well.

For this cutie’s birthday right before the wedding, we all took off to Thanksgiving Pointe to play. It’s one of my family’s favorite spots, and we figured how else should we ring in Liv’s adulthood than by running around like kids!

Thanksgiving Pointe is apparently a really big deal for the Richards family. So, for Liv’s birthday, we all went to Thanksgiving Pointe and played tag through mazes and played all the kids games. I think I was having too much fun. I was actually embarrassed that I was having so much fun. Maddy’s family really saw me turn into a four year old. It was a blast! 

Also we had a freak hail storm while we were there. It was insane. Hail as big as pennies and they HURT. Such a fun family memory!

Then wedding stuff – pictures and posts to come

The night of our wedding, Maddy and I stayed in the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The Hotel was perfect! 

This is Randy getting our sparkling cider and chocolate covered strawberries. Such an awesome hotel!

Our Honeymoon began with a road trip to San Diego. We stopped in Henderson Nevada and decided to go check out Las Vegas in our free-time. Maddy really hadn’t been to Vegas so we stopped in Caesar’s Palace and the Venetian. There is a lot about Vegas that I don’t like, but we had a blast! I loved shopping and exploring with this beautiful girl!
Randy and I drove to San Diego which was an AWESOME choice. We loved road tripping, blasting music and chatting, playing games and taking turns napping, getting snacks and seeing really pretty places. Really, roadtripping for your honeymoon is a great idea! 
Instead of driving straight through we stopped in Henderson Nevada, right by Vegas. It was awesome to not have to stay in the city, but to go to dinner and check out some of the fun hotels and sights! We strolled and ate at Ceasar’s Palace, the Bellagio, and the Venetian. 

Barstow is a super fun stop!
We drove on to San Diego where we stayed in Old Town. BEST PLACE TO STAY EVER. We were so close to Downtown, the beach, SeaWorld and the Zoo. Plus it was super romantic and rustic, but our hotel was clean and super nice. Pretty much the best.
We also found the Mormon Battalion Site while we were there and went on a fun tour! Randy even volunteered to dress like a soldier. Pretty awesome, right?

By the end of the day, I’m pretty sure I wore Maddy out. Couldn’t be happier to be married to her.


This tower in Sea World is way cool! You can see all of San Diego. Apparently they don’t want you getting on if you’re wet though. Maddy and I had just gotten off the water rapids ride in Sea World and were still a little damp. Fortunately they still let us on.

Sea World was a dream. Our favorite parts were feeding the sting rays and seals, the shows, the rides, pretty much everything haha. We loved running around like kids and just having a blast.
I had never been to Sea World before this. It was a blast. Don’t let me talk about feeding manta rays because I could go on forever about how cool it is. Such a blast!

Also Randy really, really loves wearing his ring.

The Zoo was another day full of too much fun. We saw hundreds of animals up close and personal, including a baby giraffe, baby jaguar, the panda, a polar bear, and a dozen different types of monkeys. 

A day at the beach! You can’t go all the way to San Diego and not go to the beach!

Maddy didn’t like me taking too many pictures, but how could I not! She’s such a cutie!

We took a trip to La Jolla Cove which was perfect! Cliffs and tons of seals, beaches and lots of waves. There was a seal right on shore next to us, it was crazy! At one point the sun moved, so the seal got up and walked up the stairs, and promptly laid down on one of them to go back to sleep, blocking everyone from going up or down. Luckily a life guard saved the day and had the seal move.
On a whim the last day in California, we decided it was time to chop my hair! (Totally my idea!) It was fun and random, and a great surprise for everyone when we got home.
Back in Vegas and at Randy’s favorite store.

And our first homecooked meal in our new apartment! We love it, and can’t wait to post more pictures once it’s no longer a train wreck!
I’m so lucky to be married to a beautiful girl who can make delicious food! I helped though! I fried the chicken. 😉
Happy Thursday everyone!


Don’t mind me, I’m just going to be posting hundreds of pictures here. I am absolutely obsessed with every single picture our photographer took. Eisha Braithwaite ladies and gentlemen. She’s an absolute gem and I would 100% recommend her for your wedding. All of my bridesmaids and all the groomsmen and family members commented to me about how delightful she was. So easy to work with, and the photos speak for themselves. Her pictures are easily worth a million words. She’s just a pure delight and you should book her NOW!

Now, without further ado….

I’m Going There Someday

I went through the temple about two weeks ago to receive my own endowments. I went with my parents and grandparents, and the love of my life who I was going to be sealed to 10 days later. It was an incredible and wonderful experience.

However, I don’t think my experience would have been as wonderful if I hadn’t been prepared.

I talked to lots of people about what to expect, and the answers I got varied. Some people told me it was amazing and wonderful and I would love it, others told me it was weird, would freak me out, and I wouldn’t get things right.
I was very nervous going to the temple. But the moment I walked in, I felt at peace. I was in the right place, it’s the Lord’s house. You have no reason to be nervous.

My goal with this post is to explain the best I can, how I prepared, and how I would recommend others prepare.

My second goal is to put your mind at ease if you haven’t yet been through the temple. It’s wonderful. It’s not what you expect, but it’s wonderful and you have nothing to worry about.

1. Go through temple prep. While this doesn’t necessarily tell you any big secret or let you know what’s coming, it will help put your mind at ease.

2. Read scriptures. There are a few sections of scripture in Moses and Genesis that have to do with the temple, but honestly they didn’t really make sense until after I went through. I’m saying, study the scriptures regularly so you’ll be close to the Spirit when you go through.

3. Go with an open heart and mind. If you’re in the mindset that this is weird, awkward, uncomfortable, etc. then that very well may be the experience you have. If you go thinking you’re going to learn and be close to Heavenly Father, that’s the experience you’ll have.

4. Dress modestly. This one is so, so, so huge. Ever since I was a little girl, my mom had us dress modestly, to the point where everything we bought was judged by whether we could wear garments with it, even though we were years away from the temple. I’m so, so thankful for this. I will tell you right now, that dressing modestly before you go through the temple will help you appreciate the temple. I did not want to be one of those people who find garments restrictive, or annoying. Too often I hear people complain about having to wear garments, or saying they’re waiting to go through the temple so they can wear their short shorts for a little longer. This makes me so incredibly sad. Garments are one of Heavenly Father’s greatest gifts to us. Just start dressing modestly now so you can appreciate it. Seriously, I can promise it will make your temple experience better.

5. Understand the covenants you are making are very important. I will never forget reading a blog where the woman talked about her temple covenants, and said she didn’t believe they were covenants she made with God. Understand that these are saving ordinances, and the promises you make there can impact you forever.

I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was to be in the temple with the love of my life, promising forever. Lots of people will say that I’m naive, sappy, in the “honeymoon phase,” but there are some things that were very clear to me in the House of God. That His church is true, that my family will be together forever because of the choices that Randy and I made, and that even though life isn’t perfect, God has a plan for us.

If you’re still nervous, here are a few of the sites I went to and found some answers, and comfort! Don’t just search “what happens in an LDS temple,” you’ll find things that people are just posting, basically explaining very sacred parts of the temple that shouldn’t be shared. You don’t want to read about them in that angry, hateful context. (This guy uses lots of quotes from general authorities and prophets – I loved it!)

Get to the temple. Make it your everything.

First Look

Randy and I had originally scheduled our bridals for a Saturday afternoon/evening. Well, just a few days before Saturday, we looked at the weather forecast. Pouring. Rain.

I did NOT want to have my bridals in the rain! I knew that on my actual wedding day I wouldn’t be able to control the weather, but I wanted some pictures in the sun! So we did a last minute change (huge thank you to our AMAZING photographer for making it work) and took our pictures on a Thursday instead. Can I just say, it was an amazing decision. The weather was PERFECT and I could not be happier with how it went.

Randy and I drove down separately so he wouldn’t see me at all before hand. My mom met us in Salt Lake and I got into my dress, and fixed my hair after putting on the veil. We took a little longer than we thought to get everything just perfect, and I hear Randy was going absolutely insane outside, waiting. I had been teasing him for weeks about my dress, and he was just dying to see what was true and what wasn’t! He was a really good sport about it all haha.

I thought I was going to pass out. I wasn’t told anything other than to not turn around where I was standing. However, it took Maddy quite a bit of time. Every time somebody walked up behind me, I thought it was her. It was brutal! The longer I waited, the more sick I felt. I was so excited that it felt like I was going to vomit.

I walked up behind him and he was seriously shaking he was so nervous. If you can’t tell by my face, I’m stupidly happy.

When he turned around it seriously was the best face I’ve ever seen. He was so excited and happy and just in shock. That’s the way every girl wants to be looked at. Like they just blew him away.  It seriously was one of the top 5 best moments of my life

Maddy showed her dress off a lot before we had this bridal session so I had seen other people’s reactions towards the dress. I still was not expecting what I saw. Maddy was absolutely gorgeous. The dress was everything I could have dreamed it would be. I was so happy.

Then we got to wander around, being in love and snapping photos. Which I’ll be posting later.

Basically, our first look was the best look, better than I could ever have imagined. And it’s the best feeling knowing I get to have looks like those for the rest of my life.

I legit almost passed out. I was really shaking!

Happy Saturday everyone!


We’re home. The Lows are back. It’s so weird to say that!

I have SO much to post, I’m going to get started right now and post like ten things in a row. Judge me.

Let me just say, that I’m ridiculously in love and have absolutely never been happier.

Coming up: First look, bridals, preparing for the temple, feelings before and after I got married, honeymooners, and more!