Friday, August 10, 2012

Genetic Hilarity

Josh and I met when we were both attending EFY and wound up in the same group. Since you already know the end of the story (we get married and live happily ever after - obviously) I want to tell you the beginning. The very VERY beginning.

I was there with a friend of mine (Hi Platt!) and Josh was there all on his own. Because he was soooo mature! and dreamy! He drove his OWN car! (like this) Because HE WAS MATURE. 

Our very first group activity took place at the top of a grassy knoll on BYU Idaho campus back when it was still Ricks. All 36 of us (24 girls, 12 guys) stood in a circle and put on our blindfolds as instructed by our leaders. Spoiler alert: nobody was murdered! Then our leaders (looking back they were children themselves really...) came around the circle and whispered an animal name into each of our ears. Our instructions were to make the animal sound and while blindfolded find "animals" like us.

I was assigned to be a pig.


Being the ever-obedient girl that I am, I began snorting and listening for other snorters. When I finally ran into (literally - blindfolded remember?) someone like me, I must have turned 15 shades of red because she was this beautiful dainty little dancer girl who was walking around saying the word "oink oink" while I was my big awkward and uncomfortable self snorting like an ACTUAL PIG.

At some point Josh heard my snorting and immediately fell in love with me. But he was hissing like a snake and nobody could hear him because snakes are quiet and sneaky and hissy. And he was the only one. So the leaders finally put him out of his misery and told him he could take off his blindfold and just pick a group. He picked my group. Because of my extraordinarily appealing snorting and not at all because of the beautiful dainty and lovely dancer girls I'm sure.

Anyway, we fell in love at that EFY and the rest is history. (Ha! That's not true at all, he went on a mission - we only wrote a time or two - and dated somebody else when he came home. It took me kicking his butt at a card game before he realized he loved me. Somehow the snorting didn't seal the deal.)

Lookit us? What were our parents thinking letting us go off to fall in love? We were just babies.
Also, I know it's totally vain, but I love this picture of us. LOVE it.

And as we know, life goes in cycles.

Apparently Tommy inherited my snorting abilities and John inherited Josh's strange affinity for pig sounds.

It's only 28 seconds, just go back and listen to the hysteria and snorting. Come it.

The two played this game for the better part of an hour, and now you know why I let Tommy jump on the sofa.


  1. Ha, loved this! The story and the video.

    And um, would it surprise you at all if I told you that Greg and I hung in similar circles (him even going out with one of my roommates and getting ready to ask out another) when I KICKED HIS TRASH in a card game and he realized I was amazingly irresistable and charming and we were pretty much inseparable from then on . . .

    1. Are we the same person? Because I sortof think so..... (only you're the much more funny, confident and optimistic half of me...) :D

  2. Adorable love story and ADORABLE BOYS!! My word, that laugh of John's is pretty much the best thing I have heard all day!

  3. I love it, and I remember it all very well! I think you are both adorable then and now, snort and all! xoxo

  4. Amy that just brought back so many memories!!! I cant even begin to tell you all of us girls were so in Love with him at that time. YOu got yourself a great guy!! I love reading your posts by the way.

  5. I love that picture of you two. I think it's adorable. I didn't even remember the point of us being on the grass. Just that we were on the grass. So good job at having a good memory. :)

  6. This is the sort of thing that makes brothers great! I love this! Also, I love that photo of you two too. :)

  7. this just cracks me up. every bit of it!
    esp. love the part where your boys are bffs. it only gets cuter from here (if you can look past all the fighting...). hehe :)
    p.s. don't move. please.


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