Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Of course, most of you have already seen the pictures via Facebook or Shutterfly, but I thought I'd do a series of photo posts on the blog. That way I can tell the stories behind some of the pictures. No matter how hard I try, my eyes still well up every time I tell one of those stories.
Not today's story, though. I thought to kick things off, I'd tell you about the first time Ross and I saw each other all dressed up in our wedding duds. It was July. (Reader: Didn't you get married in August?) Yes, we did. But, in what I still consider a stroke of genius, I decided we should have a pre-wedding photo shoot with BOTH of us, not just me. We did our bridal and groomal shoot on July 3 in Siloam Springs, where our photographer was located.
**Side note!** If you live in the Northwest Arkansas area (or nearby), and you need a photographer for any life event, we highly recommend Jonathan Edward Photography! Jonathan & Becky are crazy talented photographers and incredibly nice people to boot. Go sign 'em up for your next event.
I got dressed in the tiny bathroom at our photographer's office/studio, with my mom's help, and told Ross to shoo. He waited down the sidewalk...
And then I snuck up on him.
And then, we looked at each other for the first time in our wedding clothes -- the clothes in which we would become husband and wife before God and our families and friends in just one short month -- and at that very moment, we both knew we had found our perfect soulmates. It was the most romantic moment of our relationship.
I have to say, Ross looked really good, but I just didn't find it all that moving. Maybe it's because we still had to wait another month to get married. But I think if we'd waited until the day to see each other, it still wouldn't have lived up to the hype. Really, it's just a suit and a dress. Sure, we looked pretty, but our romantic moments are not made from fine clothing and grand events. It's just not us.
So we said a simple, "Hey, you look good!" And we gave each other a hug.
And a kiss.
What? We were a month from getting married. Cut us a little slack. :-)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
It's a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment for our stand mixer. And in a word, it ROCKS! All you do is freeze the bowl for a day or so, then you're ready to make a homemade batch of heaven. No rock salt required. For ease, we store ours in the freezer so we can make ice cream whenever the craving hits us. (I say us. Usually, it's just me.)
2 cups heavy cream
2 1/2 cups half & half
1/8 t. salt
2 t. vanilla extract
1) **IMPORTANT** Do not for one second think about how many calories and/or fat grams this ice cream contains. It's detrimental to your happiness.
2) Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk together to incorporate sugar.
3) Attach freezer bowl to bottom of KitchenAid mixer. Pour cream mixture into bowl.
4) Attach dasher to the head of the mixer & turn to "stir." Mix for 25 to 30 minutes.
5) Transfer to a 2 qt. container and freeze at least six hours before serving.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
We rented Duplicity from Redbox a few weeks ago, and for total lack of a better topic, I've decided to review it for you. Here's what we liked about it:
- It was $1.
- We both stayed awake through the whole thing.
- The end is hilarious.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
- I don't get to sleep in. I still get up when Leah does, which is way too early for any normal person
- I don't talk nearly as much - there's no one to talk to! I bet I didn't say 5 words yesterday between 7:30 and 4
- I still am not productive enough to do everything that I would like to do, like practice, read, and listen to sermons
- There's nothing on TV during the day, especially if you only have basic cable (we're poor)
- Spouses who actually do stay at home deserve way more respect than they get - this is hard!!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
No, not Leah and I...we haven't even made the zero mark yet!
I was looking through some pictures today, and I came to the realization that I've now been playing guitar for ten years!
It all started many years ago in the summer of 1999, when I was but a wee lad...
I still remember my first guitar. It was a Bentley, which I think was some cheap knock-off brand. After I realized that I was going to stick with it, I moved up to the Takamine in the photo above. It was also cheap, but I thought it was the coolest guitar in the world.
Now, ten years have gone by. It doesn't really seem like it's been that long. For one thing, I would have hoped to be a better player than I am after ten years, but there simply aren't enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to get done and practice.
Anyway, feel free to wish me and my guitars a happy anniversary in the comment box. This really is a momentous occasion!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I did finally find what I want: A single black “W” in some kind of block lettering to go on top of my cake. I don’t want anything too curvy or scripty; it’s just not us. (In fact, that’s why neither Ross nor I like weddings very much; see the Details page!) But I do want it to be black so it will go with our black & white theme. It was so hard to find, but I finally located it! The only problem...it costs $100! Geez!!
I’ve been looking for alternatives, and I think I might go with a wooden painted block letter from another online vendor I found: http://www.craftcuts.com/painted-wooden-letters.asp. At less than $20, that’s a major savings over the $100 legit cake topper. And I think we can make it work...but I’m not sure! Any thoughts from readers out there? If so, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wedding planning...what an adventure.