Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Everything is breaking!

So have you ever noticed that bad things happen in threes? Well, in my world, it seems to be happening more frequently. Just within the past 2 weeks we have had our washing machine, dish washer, kitchen sink, both laptops and camera break. That's not even including our continuously breaking garage door. That's what I like to call a crap storm of bad luck!
Luckily, we have a home warranty and the kitchen sink and washing machine were a related problem so that was fixed in one visit (after both decided to overflow and make our kitchen a wading pool) but now we have to wait for another order to be put in for someone to come fix the dish washer. We must have really upset the household appliance gods.
The computers on the other hand, well, they have decided to not hold a charge AT ALL any more. Mine has been dying for a while, but all of the sudden, Brian's battery pooped out and on top of that our power cord likes to pick and choose when its going to work. And then, Brian's wireless internet thingy broke within his computer so we have to sit on the floor, in the guest bedroom, attached to the darn router.
Now my camera is another story, and partially a human error which is easily fixed, but a problem nonetheless (and I won't go in to for the fact that I will embarass myself, but bare with me on new pictures because it might take a while.)

Let's hope its just a bunch of bad stuff getting out of its system before the New Year and we can be problem free for a while.

a quick catch-up

Life has been moving in all kinds of directions since I last updated on here. I will spare you all the extensive details and just offer a quick rundown of life the past 6 ½ weeks.
First, to follow-up to the squirrel post. After I wrote the post about it, I couldn’t sit around and wait for Brian to get home so I geared up with a plastic bag, big gloves and a bandana over my face and prepared for what was to come down the chimney when I opened the flue. Nothing. I dug around with the fireplace poker and found nothing, so I turned the fireplace on as high as it can go, and we haven’t had a problem since.
:::knocking on wood:::
Brian’s sister, Darcy, and her boyfriend, Brian, came to visit us over Halloween weekend. We showed Brian around town, walked around Dealey Plaza (Where JFK was shot), went and toured the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, and Darcy and boyfriend Brian went to San Antonio for the WSU game against Notre Dame.
Brian and I attended our first game at Cowboys Stadium. Let me tell you … that place is pretty impressive. I felt like I was underdressed the stadium was so fancy. If you ever get a chance to check it out, I highly suggest it.
We spent Thanksgiving in Texas again this year, and decided to stay home and cook our first Thanksgiving dinner all by ourselves. I was pretty impressed. Everything turned out quite tasty, and more importantly … we didn’t burn the house down.
Since Brian has been traveling a lot lately for the “business” we agreed to stay in Texas for Christmas this year. We took a trip up to Washington in December to visit with my family and celebrate the holidays while we were there. It was great to see everyone, and just have a weekend to relax with the family. Brian also had some business to take care of while we were there, and hopefully soon I can tell you all about it. We are waiting for some final details before we share that news.
The Hall family decided to come to Texas for Christmas since we weren’t coming home. It was nice to have some family around for the holiday, and I believe that is what kept me in good spirits. I have to say that it was weird to not wake up at Mom’s house on Christmas morning. Hopefully we will make it home for the holidays for many years from here on out.
During the Hall’s visit, we did a lot of shopping, and also went to the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord Texan on Christmas Eve. It was a great holiday experience. AND…while we were there, it was snowing like crazy outside and I got my white Christmas after all. I don’t think I even have to say how excited that made me.

That’s about all we have been doing, beside the regular grind of work and life. Now that you are all caught up on our life, I will be updating more frequently and hopefully, with more exciting news.

(I will add some pictures to this post soon)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bad blogger...

...Is exactly what I have been for more than a month! I promise to re-commit myself to this blog here shortly, as I have many things to update on. And now that the holidays are over, and my hectic few weeks at work are just about complete, I will have time to write about all the happenings in our world.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

There's a party in our chimney ...

And only squirrels are invited.
So as most of you already know, we have had quite the run-in with squirrels since moving into our house. The squirrels have always liked to sit in the tree or on the roof tourmenting our dogs.
Then the squirrels found a way to get into the attic. That resulted in it making its way into our garage and Roxy, who loathes squirrels, acting as our rodent exterminator.
Fast forward a couple months and another squirrel finds its way into our attic. Well just repeat the previous scenario but in our back yard this time. Roxy is earning her suppers around here, and Mack on her heels helping any way he can.
Then, again, lets go forward a few more months to a couple weeks ago. This time things played out a little different. Instead of going into our attic, the squirrel decides to fall down the chimney and get stuck on top of the flue. This leads to Roxy freaking out and trying to get into the fire place ... running inside and outside to the fireplace chute.
We are assuming at some point it found its way out, but Roxy wasn't satisfied. After listening to Roxy sniff at the chute for hours on end, I decided to open the chute to show her there is nothing in it ... well I went back inside to return a few minutes later to this:

She dug her way into the chute and wedged herself in as deep as she could go ... absolutely covered in sut.
After hosing her and the patio down, I thought we were done with the squirrel issues. Boy was I wrong. A day or two later, I hear strange noises in the chimney again, and this time its loud and clear. Well this little squirrels buddy was on the roof making lots of noise. But no noise was louder than when that squirrel fell down the chimney itself and a squirrel fight broke out on top of our flue. I was home alone, and positive that these things were going to fall through into the house.
As soon as Brian gets home, the noises stop, but I am positive that they are still in there so we think that we can open the flue with a plastic bag under it and catch the squirrels...well nothing falls through and we haven't heard the noise since. Finally...our squirrel issue is over.
Until today ... when I start smelling something funny. Could it be? No...the squirrel couldn't have died in there could it? Hopefully Brian is in a good mood when he gets home today because he will be playing chimney investigator.
... to be continued

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"The hills are alive ...

... with the sound of music!"

At least any hill that I drive over is because, ladies and gentlemen, I have a stereo in my car again! I know, I know, its amazing isn't it? After our car got broken into on Nov. 5 2008 I have been driving in silence, well silence or me singing (which I don't wish on anyone to have to endure.) I decided that it is about time that I purchase a new face plate for the stereo since that is all that they stole. So I stopped by Car Toys where they told me the model number of my stereo and tried to sell me a replacement face plate for $110+tax. I told them thanks, but that I would have to talk to my husband first (always a great excuse to get out of sale pressure), took the model number and left.

I came home, got on the good ol' Google machine and found a face plate for $15 on Craigslist from a person just 20 miles away. Being my first purchase from Craigslist, I made Brian come with me to pick it up. We hopped in the car for one last drive sans music and in less than an hour my James Blunt CD was released from the CD player after a year of confinement and I was programming my favorite stations into my new-used fancy 1997 Pioneer face plate.

You are jealous, aren't you?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

State Fair of Texas

Brian and I made a point to visit the State Fair of Texas this year since we hadn't been before. I had gone to the fair for work purposes 2 years ago, but never got to just enjoy the fair. We are glad that we went, because we had a great time.

Our first stop was the dog show. They had all kinds of dogs doing all kinds of tricks, diving into pools, catching frisbies and racing over hurdles. There was even a dog that did a handstand on its front legs in the palm of the trainer's hand, then proceeded to walk on its two front legs across the arena. It was pretty humorous.
After the show, we wandered around for a while, looking at all the crazy deep fried foods and food on sticks. We definitely got a little of each. Brian tried a famous Fletcher's Corny Dog (which he didn't rave about) and then we tried deep fried jalapeno poppers (delicious), a deep fried latte ( wasn't deep fried) and deep fried cheesecake (amazing).

We tried to get deep fried cookie dough, but I guess Oprah had the same idea because she was at the food stand filming for her show that they were shooting at the fair the next day. We couldn't even see the counter so after trying to catch a glimpse of her, we cut our losses and went on without it. Next time around I think the cookie dough will be a must, as well as deep fried guacamole or queso.

And no, we didn't just eat the whole time. We wandered through the car show, livestock barn and the kid's petting zoo. We were definitely a couple of big kids in the petting zoo trying to get up-close and personal with the giraffe, ostrich, zebra and Brian's favorite the Joey/baby kangaroo ... as well as tons of other cool animals.

We even took a private tour of the Cotton Bowl. It was pretty neat to hear the history and get access to all the private locations like the press box, locker rooms and down on the field.

It was definitely a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Friday, October 2, 2009

A month of birthdays!

September was a busy birthday month in our family. My mom Corina, Brian's Mom Jan and psuedo Brother-in-Law Joe all celebrated their birthdays last month. While we were in town we decided to all go to dinner to celebrate this occasion at, if I do say so myself, the most delicious Italian restaurant I have been to in a very long time. So Happy Birthday Moms and Joey! Hope this next year brings even more joy than the last. Love you all!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A great trip to the Northwest

Brian and I took a trip up to the Northwest ... Tacoma Wash. to be exact ... for a business/pleasure trip this past weekend. And what a weekend it was. Brian had some business to take care of while I got to play with the family and friends. We stayed at my mom's house and Brian's parents came over and stayed with us as well. It was a full house but the more the merrier in our family.
We couldn't have asked for a better weekend either. The weather was perfect, but I was a little sad that the leaves weren't changing colors yet. We had a bon fire (at Rick's request), we got Janice to ride the horse (sort of) and Kendall ran around entertaining us all day every day.
I had the chance to visit my beautifully pregnant best friend Ashley, even if it was just for lunch. It's crazy how a few minutes with someone makes you miss them ten times more.

Our flight up to Washington. Brian helped pass the time by reading his new book.

Kendall loves feeding the ponies.

Jan had to take a moment to lecture the horse. He kept trying to eat her jeans.

... and Brian can always find a moment to strike a pose ...

What a ham! She wouldn't stop posing for the camera.

Goodbye Seattle! Hope to see you again soon.

Happy October!

It's the first of October and what better way to welcome the month than with a crazy hail/rain/wind/lightning/thunderstorm. Gotta love the crazy weather here. It was great all day then out of nowhere a storm comes flying through town, and leaves blue skies and a rainbow in its wake. So weird.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dear House,

I would really appreciate it if you quit changing shapes and sizes! As soon as the weather changes you feel the need to swell or shrink. I would rather not have to body-slam the back door to get it to close because one of these times I am going to go straight through the glass. I enjoy the rain but obviously it is causing you to bloat and making our lives more difficult. When its hot you shrink, when its humid you swell ... will it ever be win-win with you? I'd appreciate some cooperation.

Your homeowners

(For those of you who don't know ... the soil in Texas is clay and absolutely ridiculous. The slightest change in weather wreaks havic on the foundation and makes it do very crazy things. When it's hot, you have to water the foundation to keep it from shrinking, but when it gets too much water it swells and changes the shape of the door frames and such.)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fall in Texas!!!

It finally feels like summer is gone and we are moving onto the Fall season. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, but we don't really get true Fall weather around here. It has been all rainy and actually cooling down a little. (The high today is only 80!) I could sit here and watch it drizzle outside all day ... after a quick run to get the season's best indulgence, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, of course.
I know this weather won't last but I plan to lay on the couch under a big blanket and watch a movie today since the event I was supposed to cover for work got cancelled. People down here don't realize a little rain never hurt anybody, but I am not complaining.
And I am counting the days until we will be up in Washington. We are heading up there in 11 days and I am hoping the leaves will have begun to change colors by then.

Our big tree in our backyard is starting to show signs of Fall!

And I think Mack was born to live in the Northwest ... he loves the rain.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ever heard of growing a mocha baby?

I can't help that my Starbucks addiction has taken over me. Have you ever seen the movie "Juno"? The part where Leah says to Juno "Are you sure it isn't just a food baby?" Well, I definitely think I am beginning to show the initial signs of a mocha baby in my belly. And now that they have Pumkin Spice back, um... it might become twins. haha. I don't know if its being from Seattle that makes me feel a little more at home at Starbucks or if its working for a newspaper that makes me feel obligated to drink coffee, but whatever it is, Brian is going to need to get a second job if I keep this up (as I sip my venti iced 3 pump triple shot Pumpkin Spice latte).

Friday, September 4, 2009

It's Friday again...

... and a week has gone by with no posts. Boy am I bad at this blogging stuff. For those of you who actually read my blog, I am sorry I am not more entertaining.
I am not going to do a Favorites Friday today because, honestly, this week was kind of crappy. The only thing I could say that was my favorite about this past week is through all the crap we got dealt, it just reconfirmed to me how great my husband is. Isn't it strange that sometimes it takes a crappy situation to make you realize how much you should appreciate what you do have, instead of dwelling on the things you don't?
But ... we do have some fun stuff to look forward to. Brian and I are heading to Tacoma the end of the month and I always look forward to the chance to visit with our families. There will be lots of celebrating as well since Candice's fiance Joe's birthday was Sept. 1, my mom's birthday is Sept. 11 and Janice's birthday is Sept. 24.

Friday, August 28, 2009

If only life was more exciting

There really isn't much going on in our life these days so I am stretching to find something to blog about that anyone would actually care to read.

A quick Favorites Friday:
My mom and one of her friends came to visit Brian and I last weekend. It was such a great time to see her. We spent lots of time shopping and eating. It was tax-free weekend so the malls and stores were packed. I figured mom would last maybe 10 minutes because not only does she hates crowds, but she isn't the biggest fan of shopping all together, but she was a total trooper! We made our way all the way around the Allen Premium outdoor Outlet Mall, which took us close to 3 hours!
We also went up to the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo in Denton. It was a small fair, but we had a good time wandering around. And I convinced everyone to stop at the vintage shops, which I loved but had to shop fast because no one else was enjoying it.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Wedding Day Alexis and Dan!

Today our great friends Dan and Alexis got married. Unfortunately we were not able to be at the wedding since it was up in New Hampshire. We met Dan and Alexis when they moved from Boston down here to Dallas. They were in our same situation, Dan got a job here and Alexis moved with him for the adventure. Dan's company did work with Brian's old company and Brian offered to take them to dinner as we knew how they felt being new to the city.
Little did we know that it was going to turn into such a great friendship. Unfortunately about 2 months after we met them, Dan's company moved them to Chicago. This was more than a year ago, and Alexis and I have talked every week if not every day since then.
We got engaged 3 days apart and married 3 months apart so we were eachother's support systems through the planning process. We all came to the agreement that since we were all going through the wedding process and planning weddings in far-away towns, we would not attend eachother's weddings but plan a trip where we could spend a few days together shortly after.
Hopefully we can plan this trip soon because we really miss them and CAN'T wait to see them again.
They are that one couple that you only find once. We have more in common with them than any other couple we know and every time with them is a guaranteed good time. And you gotta love their Boston accents and their constant use of "wicked" and misproununciation of "idea" and "draw"
So congratulations Dan and Alexis. I know your day was beautiful and have fun on your honeymoon. The good times are just beginning. Can't wait to celebrate with you soon!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Maybe we will make it a bi-weekly or monthly post

So some how 2 weeks flew by and I realized I missed a Friday post (thank you for the reminder Jan!), or any post for that matter. I should probably update the blog more often, but we just haven't been doing anything that exciting lately. So here is a quick post for the time being.

My favorite things about the past 2 weeks are:
Booking our plane tickets to go up to Seattle for a weekend in September.
Brian getting a call we had been waiting on for quite a while now (more to come on that later).

I told you we aren't doing anything too exciting these days. More to come soon.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Favorites Friday

I have decided to start a weekly post that I am so uncreatively calling "Favorites Friday". I will post a thing, or two, or ten of my favorite things that happened the previous week.

My favorite things about this past week are:

When I saw my phone ringing and that it’s my sister calling, but when I answered I heared this sweet little voice saying “Hi Jenny” and it’s my niece Kendall. She is starting to actually understand what I am asking her and when I asked her what she was doing, she responded with “cuddling with mommy”. Oh she just melts my heart.

The “cold front” that came through Texas this week. We finally didn’t break 100 degrees. It’s crazy how 85 degrees at 9 a.m. can feel so refreshing.

Getting a phone call at work from someone who read an article I put together about a local baseball coach fighting his battle with cancer, telling me how much it means to the community that we take the time to shine light on local people that have made a difference in the lives of so many. It’s calls like these that make my dead-end job a little enjoyable.

That's it for this week ... what's your favorite thing from this week?

Friday, July 17, 2009

The sweltering heat

Today was the first day in 10 days that we haven't had atleast 100 degree heat here in Dallas. This was the 17th day of 100+ degree heat this year, which passes the number for last year, but not nearly close to the record of 60-something days with 100+ heat. Please tell me we won't get even close to that.
We actually got a little rain last night which helped to cool things down pretty quick. It's pretty crazy, when the rain comes, the temperature can drop 25 degrees in a matter of minutes.
I think Brian is especially happy that its cooling down a little because I keep the thermostat on about 84 degrees in the house, which surprisingly feels quite refreshing after being outside. It makes the nights a little uncomfortable, so it will be nice to have the coldfront for a few days (the news today reported a dip into the mid-90s! Woo!)
I think the dogs are hating the heat more than us, but luckily they have a nice kiddie pool to lounge in during the day, and Mack definitely takes advantage of it. I will have to get some pictures of it soon.
Some days while I am working, I will listen to KMPS radio in Seattle, and I love when the DJ says "today will be a hot day, reaching temps of 85 degrees." I would love to have a little milder weather to where we could actually enjoy the weather instead of hide from it.
We have been trying to stay indoors, stay hydrated and keep cool. Let's hope this summer passes without too many more extreme days and we get into the amazing fall weather that Texas has to offer.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

And for a little clarification...

The solo serenade I mentioned ... all of you can get your minds out of the gutter (Gwen) ... because it was a very innocent, yet wonderfully sung, Happy Birthday song.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Brian!

It might be the 233rd birthday of the United States of America, but more importantly, it is Brian's 26th birthday. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful husband, who although he wanted to do what he wanted and stay home for his birthday, he let me plan a day of surprises for him, and went along with it, with a smile even!
I made him his favorite breakfast, eggs benedict, and then we relaxed a little, before we got ready and headed over to Fort Worth to the Rahr Brewery to sample some beer and take a look around the brewery. We met some nice people and listened to some live music for a while before we headed to our favorite mexican restaurant, Joe T. Garcias, for a late lunch.
Our day finished with a little relaxation ... a nap ... and some cake ... at home (and yes I did do a solo Happy Birthday serenade).
Oh ya ... and Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A little retail therapy

To help us cure our post-wedding day blues, we headed out to the mall last weekend for a little retail therapy. We had gift cards burning holes in our pockets so we thought we might as well go look and see what we could find. Much to our surprise, we found a lot that we both actually agreed on! (Brian and I have very different decorating styles). We have found a store that is great for our marriage because its a perfect blend of traditional (Brian) and a little more modern (me). The store is West Elm. It's a California store that is making its way around the country and there is even one in Portland, Or. Well... it might be good for our marriage but bad for our bank account. We bought this great duvet there...

and then we made our way over to Macy's where lots of damage was to be done. We bought new Martha Stewart sheets (my pick... the 4th one down, the bright ones)

and new cutlery (Brian's pick).

We were so excited to get a few new things but didn't even get close to using all of our gift cards. We also bought a wine decanter and some lamp shades to go with our great lamps that Steve and Tonia Larsen bought us.

But what should we get next? Any ideas?

Friday, June 26, 2009


You have no idea how great it feels to begin my first weekend in more than 60 weeks that I don't have anything wedding related on my mind! I am going to enjoy my weekend, work around the house, and maybe go spend some of our hard earned gift certificates we got for the wedding! We are in desperate need of some things to make our house a home.
So from here on out, this will no longer be about the wedding, but about our life as a married couple and where this incredible journey takes us. So check back often because I will be updating this as things happens.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We couldn't have asked for a better time

Now that I am recovered and caught up on my sleep, I can put together a post about the reception. We had the best time imaginable on Saturday and we wish we could go back and do it all over again. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us. It was such a great feeling to be surrounded by our family and friends. We wish we would have had time to sit and talk with everyone for longer, but we are hoping those that we didn't get a lot of time with understand that we appreciate them being there for us!
The weather turned out perfect, the food was delicious, and the drinks were flowing like water. We were so happy that everything turned out the way it did.
I hope that you all had as good of a time as we did. We are already looking forward to the next time we get to see you again.

So great to see some old friends/roommates
A few of my Kappa pledge class sisters!
Mama Corina, her babies and their favorite men
Yes they were still going strong at 3 a.m.! Wild moms!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Getting ready for the reception

I guess I shouldn't have been so non-chalant about the reception thinking I had nothing left to do. My head has been spinning today trying to get organized. I started getting all of these great, creative ideas that I have been searching for for months, only to realize I have 3 days to accomplish them. So I am going with the look of clean and simple.

But really though, everything is coming together great and the reception is going to look beautiful... please just don't let it rain! That will really make me sad because the best part of our location is the view from the terrace.

I am getting very excited to see everyone and spend an evening socializing and dancing. I warned the DJ that we have quite the group of Cougar graduates so no Huskie talk is allowed. I have not met him in person but he came with high recommendations, and sounded like a lot of fun on the phone.

And if you still need a place to stay, the Hotel Murano has a great "Staycation" special right now and you can get a room for $139 for a night, and it includes parking and a $20 voucher to the hotel restaurant/bar.

See you all in a couple days! And if I look stressed, hand me a drink, remind me to relax and drag me onto the dance floor!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Kendall!

Today is my niece Kendall's 2nd birthday so I found it appropriate to give her a post of her own. She is honestly the funniest little girl I have ever known. She has such a sense of humor, and we can already tell she will be the ultimate heartbreaker when she grows up (Like mother, like daughter). I wish I was there to celebrate with her today, but I will make sure to make it up to her next weekend. Happy Birthday pootie!

(Yes that is how Brian holds babies)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We survived the tornado...

Well... it didn't actually hit us, but the storm was crazy and the sirens were blaring. It's one of those things that you watch the news and can see it coming on the radar, but when you look outside its calm ... no rain, no wind ... then it hits. Within 5 seconds, the rain is pouring down, the wind is blowing so hard, the thunder shakes the house and the lightning fills the sky. And the rain doesn't fall downward, it gets blown horizontally. Then 10 minutes later, its calm again. It's crazy because you can see where they are tracking tornados on TV and see them coming right toward you, but you never actually see a tornado, but then again, it could be because the rain is falling so hard it becomes a white-out.

The dogs and I took cover in the hallway since it's the center most point of the house, while Brian stood in front of our giant glass doors watching the storm (bright idea, right?). But, the worst that happened was a big branch fell in the backyard. We definitely got lucky, but from the sounds of it, some neighboring communities weren't as lucky.

We are reaching the end of the tornado season so keep your fingers crossed that we make it through the rest with no damage!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I think it's time...

That we introduce you to our dogs. As much as Brian was against getting a dog to begin with, he loves our pups now, and when they aren't around, the house feels very empty. We got Roxy the day before we moved into our house a little over a year ago. She was my housewarming present from Brian and of course I couldn't wait until we were actually moved in. We got Mack this past November, after a lot of convincing that Roxy needed a friend. (I have a feeling I will be using these tactics again in the future when it comes to us having children.)
So here they are... Meet the infamous Roxy and Mack.

Oh our loving Roxy! She is just about a year and a half old, but still all puppy. We think she is a Shiba Inu/Chow Chow mix... but you never really know. She is our bratty dog who thinks she runs the house, but when she wants to be she is just the best dog.

When we first got her...

Her now...

He is about 9 months old and was born in the woods in Fort Worth. When he was rescued he was all bones and fur... weighing less than 6 pounds. We changed that real quick. I have fattened the boy up to a whopping 26 pounds. We have no clue what he is, but are guessing a Corgi mix of some sort. All of his litter mates looked different and they don't know who the parents were.

When we first got him (his name was Gopher)...

Him now...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Our new blog

As you all know, I change my mind a lot. So keeping with that... I have changed our blog for the third time. I like this one though. A little clever, a little play on words. Either way... I am not allowing myself to change it again so save this one if you want to follow what we are up to from here on out.

Monday, June 1, 2009

It's official

I am officially a Hall. Brian and I went to the DMV this morning so I could change my name and he needed to get a new license with our new address (we moved over a year ago! and who is the procrastinator here?). And my new social security card came in the mail last week.

While we were at it, we both finally registered to vote to we will be ready to go the next time an election comes around.

Now its on to updating my name with my banks, bills, and many other places I am sure I will forget even exist. Atleast we were smart enough to put the majority of the house bills in Brian's name so that saves me a lot of time.

So hello, for the first time legally, my name is Jennifer Hall...weird.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Now that the wedding is over...

We can't use that excuse as to why we have been slacking around the house lately. For the past year we have put a lot of yard work and house projects on hold, but no longer! We spent a good 8 hours in the front yard this weekend, and for those of you who have seen it... you know it needs much more time than that. But... we did make some great progress and I am so excited to finally see it coming together. Now we just need to get that big ol' tree taken down and get some grass put in. Take a look at what a little time and effort can do.