Tuesday, June 30, 2009

To my soulmate, my love, my friend

Today is our second year anniversary. I have to say that I have really enjoyed our second year of marriage, which has been so full of change and adventure that it has not seemed to be a let down from the first year. Last summer we were busy with vacations and fun activities like going to the pool together. You started your current job, which you love, and which has made you a happier person in general. I'm so glad to see you in a profession that you absolutely love.
In the fall I started my second year of law school and we tailgated a lot. We watched Mizzou do really well in basketball and football and enjoyed the fall weather at home. Furthermore, we had a lot of fun debating about the election. We saw all of the major party presidential and vice-presidential candidates speak. In the winter we went to Colorado, which was really fun. I'm still glad that you taught me how to ski so I could share that hobby with you.
Finally, this spring, we went to the most romantic city on earth: Paris. We had a wonderful time there with my brother. We laughed a lot. This summer we've had an adventure living in a new city, and now we are home to enjoy another year of school and the life we've built for ourselves here.
And finally, we're here, again at June 30. We had a wonderful wedding day, full of family and friends and happiness. Over the last two years we have learned how to enjoy our own interests and pursuits while still cultivating a strong relationship with each other. Every day I thank God that I have you in my life. You are so wonderful and kind to me.

Here is to another wonderful year of marriage and an eternity of love for each other!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Settling home/Menu Monday

Okay, so I was not completely forthcoming the last time I posted about our whereabouts and my job situation. For the past six weeks, we have been subletting an apartment in a city near us, working and interning. This weekend we moved back to our regular home and I start a new internship on Wednesday. Both of these internships were/are with Legal Aid. I will post more about it later.

But for now, while we are figuring out where to unpack everything and cleaning up our house, I wanted to post Menu Monday!

Monday: Cobb Salads
Tuesday: it is our anniversary, so we are going out to eat!
Wednesday: Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette. David's sister graciously had us over for dinner a few nights ago, and she cooked this chicken. I've been craving it ever since so I am going to attempt to recreate the recipe.
Thursday: Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto, which Sarah also served, and a summer strawberry and spinach salad with honey roasted almonds
Friday: Italian salad with salami

Yum!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Weekend!

We're off to the Lake for the weekend with friends. Updates when we return!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Arizona, Part 3: The Grand Canyon!

The Grand Canyon was simply amazing. I always hated it when people say that pictures don't do it justice, but after being there I see why they say that. It was kind of different than I imagined: I imagined it to be like some mountains and then a drop down, and I also imagined it to be redder than what it actually was. Actually, we were kind of standing on a flat surface with the canyon cutting deep below us, and it was not very red like the red rocks of Sedona. Above is a picture of me and my mom at the canyon, and below is a picture of me and my two cousins, Emily and Colleen:
We went from Sedona to Williams, Arizona for the night before heading the rest of the way to the canyon the next morning. This was a good idea (my cousin Emily planned everything) because Williams was only about an hour to the Grand Canyon and it was cheaper to stay there. However, the Grand Canyon had some cute looking hotels in the park. Here is our AAA scenic drive to the canyon:

We climbed a couple thousand feet before reaching Williams, and then I believe we went up some more before actually reaching the Grand Canyon:
It was 10 miles from where we were standing to the other side.
The Canyon was so deep that we didn't even lay eyes on the Colorado River, which cuts the canyon.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there.

I wanted to give a shout-out to my dad, who I adore. I've been seeing a lot of him lately as he's been staying at our house a few days a week, and he is such a help and it is so nice to see him on a regular basis. Like my mom, my Dad is extremely supportive of my educational endeavors and I can always count on a heartfelt "I'm so proud of you!" from him whenever I have good news. Dads like that are hard to come by in this world, and I feel so lucky to have mine. My fondest childhood memory of my Dad was when he used to wait for me and my brother to get off the bus and ask us about school every day. So many Dads miss out on these fun moments with their kids because they work, but luckily for me and my brother my dad was a farmer while we were growing up and could devote more time to us. I love you dad! Thanks for all you do!

Next I wanted to say Happy Father's Day to my grandpa, who also reads this blog. My grandpa has also always been very supportive my education when I was growing up. I admire that even as he gets older, he seems to have a curiosity for new knowledge and information. He and my grandma are both always informed on current events and the latest political news, which delights both me and David when we go to visit them. But anyway, I appreciate Grandpa's encouragement and support as I have gone through school, college, and now law school. I love you, Grandpa!

Also Happy Father's Day to my father-in-law, Tom! You are a great Father-in-Law to have and David and I both appreciate the support you give to us, whether it is advice on how to build a deck or helping (!) us put up our new door in our house. I love you and appreciate your being there for us!

Finally, Happy Father's Day to the fathers who read this blog...to my uncles and family friends. I know a few wives of people will pass along Father's Day greetings to family and friends like Wayne (who is the husband of my old baby-sitter, Juanita, and practically deserves a Father's day greeting from me considering how much time I spent growing up at his house!), Uncle Richie (RoRo's husband), Mark (Terri's husband), Dan (Mrs. Haid's hubby who has been working VERY hard to prepare for their new arrival), and Steve (my brother-in-law), just to name a few.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fun Thing Friday!

The fun thing I want to share with you today is my china.

I got married almost two years ago (scary, I know!) and this was my china:Source

Call me old fashioned, but I LOVED getting my china. Yes, it usually sits in boxes, but I am breaking it out tomorrow for a shower I'm having at my home. My china was probably in my top three favorite wedding gifts. You can only get china once in your life, so if you want you you might as well register for it! I remember selecting my pattern: David did not care at all and I saw this and loved it. I love that it looks traditional but isn't too plain. Everybody said that the china looked like it fit my personality!

Did you register for china? If so what is your pattern?

Edit: my pattern name is Royal Doulton Old Country Roses.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Arizona, Part 2: Jeep ride in Sedona


After our 2-hour drive from Phoenix to Sedona, we decided to grab lunch and then go on a jeep tour. The tourist office recommended Safari Tours, which was a lot of fun. We walked into their office and immediately saw a tarantula and a snake in a cage. Eeks! The owner said, "we have more in the back, do you want to go look at them?" and so Colleen and I went to the back to see more snakes. Yipes! Eventually one of the workers took a snake out for Colleen to pet, which caused me and Emily to run out of the place. I guess that the other worker didn't want us to feel left out, so he came running out with the tarantula in his hands, saying, "girls, do you want to hold my tarantula?!" Um....no thanks.

So we were off on the jeep, which was pretty cool. Our tour took us through the desert and our guide was very informative about plant life. For instance, this plant makes a nice tea:

And he also told us about a plant that you can smoke (but, he warned us not to smoke TOO much of it at once since it is a hallucinogenic drug) and use as a spa treatment in your bath. Useful! Really, he was very knowledgeable about the desert plant life.

Our ride was very bumpy (we drove up and down cliffs...no joke):


Eventually we stopped at an abandoned and creepy old cabin, where some guy in the 1800s made whiskey that was known around the area. He was found dead in his cabin. While creepy, the cabin was pretty cool:

Strangely enough, behind the cabin we saw a perfectly manicured golf course. The juxtaposition of the dirty red desert with the perfect course was amazing:Me and my mom in front of Sedona rocks:
Apparently a lot of those rocks behind us used to be under water when the sea level was higher. Our tour guide pointed out the sea level line on one of the rocks, which was amazing.
Finally, here is a picture of the entire group, with my Aunt Claudia, Colleen, my mom, me, Emily, and Aunt Carol in front of the jeep.

So apparently there are UFOs in Sedona. There were a lot of UFO gift shops and I asked our tour guide why I saw so many UFO references. He said that he's personally seen a lot of UFOs when he hikes up in the rocks, which he attributes to the clear skies in Arizona and Sedona (Phoenix does not use street lights). In fact, he said that he saw one just the week before in the form of a bright light shooting across the sky. He said, "Where do you think you came from, missy?" Umm...my parents conceived me? God put me here? Apparently there is evidence of some Native Americans in Sedona that just disappeared, similar to the Mayans.

Anyway, it creeped me out because I read books about UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, and the Loch Ness Monster wayyyyyy too early in my childhood. I remember being in fourth grade and being SO SCARED because of these books in our school library. Did I believe our tour guide? Well, he described what seems to me to be a shooting star, and about an hour before he had described how he smokes a cactus.

Do you believe in UFOs?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Arizona, Part 1: Driving to Sedona

I flew to Arizona very very early on a Wednesday morning and met my mom, two aunts, and two cousins at the airport. Luckily the airport had Wi-Fi because I had a while to wait! After they came we got their bags and headed through the hot air to the rental car place, where we got a van. We piled into our van and started heading north!
Our drive was simply beautiful.
Colleen excited for the trip:
Up next: UFOs, Sedona, and a haunted log cabin.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bad Blogger!!!

I am sorry that I have been such a bad blogger lately! But for now, can I offer you menu Monday?

Monday: bean enchiladas
Tuesday: Chicken and Spanish Rice
Wednesday: Frozen pizza (I know, I know, but after our frozen pizza binge of 2009, in which I ate pizza for literally every meal during the course of one weekend, I think I deserve this as we have not had frozen pizza for six weeks.)
Thursday: pasta of some sort

I need to clean out my freezer big time, so we are trying to use our frozen items.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Vacation!!!

I can't wait to post my photos from the trip I took last week with my cousins and aunts on my mom's side of the family. Here's a hint as to where I went:

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Kitty!

I went to my Aunt Georgia's house this weekend and got to see their kitty, Daisy! Isn't she fun?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

For your viewing pleasure

Here is a picture of me in one of my favorite poses: holding both of my cats at the same time! You can see that they love it too.

Why do I look so disgusting? Because I am training for a half marathon! We will see how it goes. My friend Julie and I are planning on running one this fall, so I've been trying to step up the work out regime for the summer. However, between being busy and the rain it has been pretty tough so far.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Another weekend


Another weekend has come and gone. We had a great time: on Friday evening we went to a Royals game! Here is a picture of me, David, and Ryan, and above is a picture of our friend Zach, David, and Ryan.
The field:
And me and my gorgeous friend Jancin:
And finally, on Saturday, me and my friend Justine drove to my other friend Ashley's bridal shower. It is only two months until Ashley's wedding. Justine and Ashley are my best friends from law school.