S: 2011 A Year in Review
1: A Year in the Life of the Mitch Toland Clan
2: February was an exciting month. I applied to BYU's Dietetic Internship and got accepted. To celebrate, Steve took me out to eat at Carrabba's. For a belated Valentine's Day, Steve bought me roses and a necklace.
3: Over Valentine's Day, Steve went on a cruise to the Caribbean for work. Unfortunately, he could not take me with him. Consequently, he had a miserable trip and stayed in his cabin and thought only of me--hardly. He had a blast! After he came home we got to celebrate a belated Valentine's Day.
5: Graduation Day April 2011 After 6 long years, I finally graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in dietetics. The dietetics faculty held a nice reception for us. This occasion was made even more special by the fact that my mom and dad came to see me walk.
6: In May, the Wells family (except for Allison) came up to visit the Missouri Tolands. They were treated to a fun trip of seeing the sights which included Gateway Arch, a botanical garden, and Meramec Cavern.
8: Meramec Cavern
9: Enjoying Meramec Cavern with the Wells. It would appear that Jared has inherited Mitchell's love of getting his picture taken. (This was the only picture of Jared for the past year that I was able to get my hands on.) He looks happy too!
11: Steve worked hard to train for various races. He ran regularly and signed up for all the races he could. Over the summer he ran 4 races, including a half-marathon. In the fall, he completed an unofficial triathlon.
12: We had a blast at Universal Studios. We spent the most time at Harry Potter Land and enjoyed the butterbeers. We spent a total of 3 days in Orlando. | You are cordially invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . . . Anniversary 2011 at Universal Studios Orlando
15: Fourth of July was a busy few days for us. The weekend before, we hiked to the Y with Kevin and his girlfriend Holly. We enjoyed pretending to hear the Stadium of Fire concert and enjoyed watching the fireworks. We brought up martinelli's to truly celebrate. On the actual day, we watched the Provo City parade and went to a barbeque Julie planned for her family and friends. That night, we had family home evening together with Julie and Kurt. We read the Declaration of Independence, played Guillotine, and lit off our own fireworks. | Fourth of July
16: Hiking Stewart Falls
17: One of our favorite parts of summer is the sun and that we can enjoy the great outdoors. Steve and I enjoyed going to the park for picnics, barbeques, and of course. . . swinging.
18: Fun At The Zoo With Friends
20: In September, I got to go to San Diego for the ADA Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. I had an enjoyable time going to classes, eating free food, and seeing the sights, including the Mormon Battalion Visitor Center where we got to pan for gold. Because BYU had so many students there, we also won a school spirit award and got to meet the ADA President, Sylvia Escott-Stump. One of my favorite memories is walking around the parks in the area on Sunday night with Kate Kauffman and Katie Aston. | FNCE 2011
21: Cousin Irene Bortolussi comes to visit.
22: Romantic Dinner on a Boat | Mom and dad went on a double date with their neighbors the Murrays. They had a lovely dinner on a boat.
23: Rock N Roll Theme Day As part of my Pen Court foodservice management rotation in my internship, I had to help plan a theme day with my fellow interns. It was a lot of work.
24: Carving Pumpkins
25: Harry Potter Halloween Party | House Guests Steve-Tom Riddle Amy-Gryffindor Student Jordan-Professor Lupin Kelly-Professor Trelawney Ian-Dobby Julie and Kurt-Vacationing Muggles
26: Merry Christmas
27: Christmas is our favorite time of year because we get to decorate the tree, sing carols, make gingerbread houses, and decorate cookies.
28: The Engagement Mitch and Laura
31: F | I | IRST | MPRESSIONS | MITCHELL I was at institute and class had just got out so everyone was congregating in the cultural hall for some refreshments before going home. While I was in there, Brother Hendricks—the institute director—came up to me and said, "Hey Mitch have you met Laura?" I said no, so he introduced us, and she informed me that I looked like her friend Ryan. My first thought was what comes quickest and most naturally to guys. "Wow. She is really good looking." We talked for only a little bit and then she left. Then, a couple of months later was a YSA conference. I missed the Friday portion because of work and so I attended Saturday. At the conference during lunch, Laura came up, said hi—once again reminded me that I looked like her friend Ryan—and walked off. Thanks. After the conference, there was to be a dance, which I promptly decided that I would not be attending under any circumstances whatsoever. I hate dances. Always have. Well, some friends of mine decided differently for me and were giving me grief. In the middle of trying to get one of my friends to move their car from blocking mine, so I could leave according to my will and pleasure, Laura overheard that I was trying to leave. She looked at me and shouted across the table, "Mitch you can't leave, I think you're cute and want to dance with you." I was totally caught off guard and would be lying if I said I didn't stand there looking like an idiot. Well I stayed and danced. I learned that Laura is extremely blunt and does not beat around the bush. By the end of dancing with her she asked, "Does it freak you out that I am so direct?" "No. It's refreshing." "Ok in that case, can I have your number?" And thus it began. LAURA My first impression of Mitch was that he was handsome. Before I really got to know him, I just thought briefly that he was cute but that he was out of my league, and then I kept going with whatever else I was doing.
32: D | ATING | MITCH The following Tuesday (from the dance) was our first official date. We decided to go for a walk in Queeny Park. First order of business though was meeting her entire family. Yup. Like I said she doesn't waste time. Nerve racking? Slightly. But all was well. I met them. They were great and we went to the park. We walked and talked about whatever came to mind. I saw my very first fireflies and even caught one. In the process of walking around on some trails, we got completely lost—it's a big park. So Laura got on the phone with her parents and they are pulled up a map online to try and help us out of our predicament. We made it out and went to Stake N Shake. At the restaurant, Laura asked if the she did a good enough job to warrant a second date. I said absolutely and asked the same, to which she responded I had earned that before we went on the first. LAURA I don't think there was ever an in-between phase when it came to my feelings for Mitch. I literally went from dancing with him one day, to realizing that I wanted to marry him two days later. Zero to sixty in a matter of days. I never worried, and I never doubted. There was literally never any question in my mind about whether or not I was doing the right thing. And after I'd made up my mind that I wanted to marry him, it didn't even occur to me that it might not happen. I just knew that it would. I'm glad he figured it out too :). I don't know that I have a favorite date with Mitch. As cliché as it sounds, I loved them all. We went to a beautiful park one time and climbed up to the top of an old silo that had been converted to a look-out point. It was a gorgeous view. Then later we went to the playground, which was empty, and he pulled his car up and turned on our song really loudly so we could dance. It was just really amazing to experience things like that with him. It was so comfortable. Nothing ever felt forced. He's wonderful. Someday I hope to be able to deserve him. :)
33: "A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you"
35: "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love."
37: MITCH I went to a floral shop and got three yellow lilies because yellow lilies are Laura's favorite. I also got a bunch of pictures of us and put them in frames. I picked Laura up from her house and blind folded her, not because I thought I could surprise her, but because it was over 100 degrees outside so I had to keep the lilies inside the car with the AC on full so that I wouldn't hand over droopy vegetation. I didn't want her to see everything right off the bat, so I blindfolded her. Cheesy? Yes. But not meant to be so. I took her to Queeny Park since that was our first date. While making sure she could not see "the goods," we walked over to a bench and sat down. I set everything behind her and handed her the first of the three lilies. The first, I told her, represented our past—everything that we have gone through and done that has shaped us into who we are and that brought our two roads together. Then, I handed her the second lily and said it represented our present. I gave her the pictures of us to remind her of the things we did in that time and how enjoyable it was. I said that I hoped someday, farther down the road, we would have more pictures together and that they would include additional members of a family. At this point, I handed her the final lily and said it could represent our future. In the middle of the flower on the stem was the ring. I took the ring, gave her the flower, and dropped to one knee. She said yes. | T | P | ROPOSAL | HE