Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family!
Forgive us for the hiatus of blog posts lately, my computer has been on "donotwanttowork" mode lately, and since that's where all of our pictures are stored...we can't seem to blog without any pictures. However, this is no excuse for some good ol' fashion updates. Ryan and I have been busy lately. December brought a get together at our friend's Beth and Cody Kluver's home while watching the Big 12 Championship, Christmas cookie baking, exchanging stocking stuffers, work christmas parties, ice skating, and enjoying the beautiful snowfall and winter weather that God has given us.
I have noticed that bad weather usually puts people in bad moods. On facebook today, it seemed like every other status was blaming mother nature for not being able to be with their loved ones this Christmas. Now, I realize people have to plan out work schedules and family schedules in advance, so its not so easy to just pick up and head out the door whenever a storm might be on its way. I just wish we could all see the beauty in every little thing God gives us. For me, and I think I can speak for Ryan as well, snow and chilly weather reminds us of Christmas. Just this morning as I was driving to work, I was singing along to Christmas carols as I was bundled up in my coat and mittens. Christmas isn't about cookies, presents, trees or parties. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. So when tempers flare around this Christmas time, remember the true reason you are celebrating.
My family just got word today that my 25 year old cousin, Klayton, is starting hospice care. A very intense form of cancer started in his lungs in September and has spread through his bones and has reached his brain. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers this Christmas season as well.
May you and your family and friends be so very blessed this Christmas Season and all year through. Remember that life's a gift, God's greatest blessing of all.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Today is Ryan's 25th Birthday! Thank you Ryan for blessing my life with your presence. Every day I am so grateful to have such a fabulous, loving, and devoted husband. Thanks for always making me smile! You are the best husband a girl could ever ask for! I love you, and Happy Birthday!
Here are just a few pictures of "little bubba"...Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Sunday of Brie and Jason's visit, my mom and I decided to throw a bridal shower for her. Since Brie lives in San Diego, we thought this would be a great time to celebrate her engagement and upcoming nuptials. It was great to see lots of friends and family members...we played games, had some yummy food and of course had lots and lots of girl chat. Ryan and I are getting very excited to head out to San Diego for Brie and Jason's wedding in March. Drumroll please....the wedding is 4 months away! and we can't wait! It has been just wonderful having Brie and Jason here for an extended period of time, and we're so thankful for the amount of time we've gotten to spend with them.
Monday, November 2, 2009
If you've never played Partini! We HIGHLY suggest it. Partini is kind of like Cranium, wait, its exactly like Cranium with a different name, I guess either one will do! :) We had such a great time playing Partini when my parents and brie and jason visited. Not only did we enjoy the game, but I think we'll have many inside jokes for years to come. Throughout the night, a vase was broken, many comments were made about apples for bobbing for bobbing for apples, and we found out that you must use just the right amount of clay for the clay smoothie game....or else things get wierd. We highly suggest Partini!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
After telling Jared that Brie and Jason and Mom and Dad would meet up with him later on in the weekend, Ryan and I decided we would take him out to dinner for his actual birthday (Wednesday) instead. But what Jared didn't know was that Brie and Jason were flying in early for his birthday and they were already at the restaurant. When we walked in to Buzzard Billy's Jared was surprised to see Brie and Jason and mom and dad sitting at the table with birthday cheer!
Happy 21st Birthday Jared! We hope you had a great night!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday was great and so was Saturday night. We attended a Halloween Housewarming party for our friends Matt and Rachael Breck. We got to hang out at their new pad and even donned some great Halloween costumes (we were golfers, of course).
Sunday was filled with Vikings football and some more house hunting/lot looking. I'm not sure if the lot looking really goes together, but I thought it fit nicely.
If we don't post before Saturday, HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all of you!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Ryan and I decided that we would start our own tradition and carve pumpkins this year just like we did when we were kids. Our pumpkin adventure began with a trip to the grocery store to pick out the best pumpkins. I picked out a cute medium sized pumpkin, and Ryan picked out one of the largest of the bunch. What we didn't realize about these pumpkins is that they had been sitting outside for the past couple of weeks...with the colder weather we've been having, they were a bit frozen, which would make our task a tad more difficult.
After working hard to get all of the gunk out, we decided to create our masterpieces. But first it was pumpkin seed time. Our recipe said to let the pumpkin seeds dry overnight, but if you know us...we're not patient people. So we improvised (see pictures below) and in 15 minutes the seeds were dry and ready for preparation!
After about 45 minutes of carving and beautifying our pumpkins, it was time for apple cider and the big reveal. We turned off all the lights in the apartment and lit the candles inside. It was very exciting, verrry exciting! We hope you all have a Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
At the moment I'm hanging out at our place waiting for Ryan to arrive back from Kansas City! I've got the fireplace going and the cozy socks on...this 40 and 30 degree weather is quite a change from the end of September, but I'm not complaining one bit! I'll be enjoying my spiced tea in T-5 minutes :)
A few weekends ago Ryan and I enjoyed a beautiful fall hike at
It was the most beautiful day! After church, we headed home to pack up a picnic lunch and a few bottles of water, and we were off! The weather was great, with just a slight chill in the air, autumn was here! We hiked for about 6 miles and were quite exhausted when we were finished. What a beautiful and perfect day!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
It's Thursday night October 8th and we're ready for some HUSKER FOOTBALL!!!! With Nebraska ranked 21 and Missouri ranked 24th it should be a good battle between the Huskers and the Tigers. Mike and Sara are headed over tonight to enjoy a good meal before the game begins. We've been looking forward to Thursday night all week! GOOD LUCK HUSKERS!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I mixed the batter and got all of the prep work ready and then it was time for Ryan to help. He was the criss crosser and sugar shaker, and he did such a fabulous job! After a good bake in the 350 degree oven we had warm, soft, yummy peanut butter cookies.
I took a dozen to work on Monday morning, and by 10:00 AM they were all gone! I guess next time I'll have to bring a few dozen!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It was mom's second time flying, but she did really great this time! We got the chance to see Brie's reception and ceremony spaces, helped Brie pick out a bridal gown, and had a bridal luncheon with the other bridesmaids. We also got the opportunity to take a Sea World tour, got in a little shopping, had breakfast in Ocean Beach, and got our sunbathing in on Labor Day. Overall a GREAT trip! We can't wait to go back next year!
While Amberly was away, Ryan enjoyed his Labor Day at Lake Okoboji with his family. Lots of hanging out, water skiing, and even came home with some yummy banana bread!
We're looking forward to a run tonight and for Husker and Vikings Football this weekend!!!! Go BIG RED and SKOL VIKINGS!