Archive for 2009

2009 in Pictures

December 30, 2009

In January we bought our first house!

We became official homeowners in February...and began cleaning, painting, and installing new carpet and appliances.

In March we moved in! And we were blessed that the husband got a new job!

In April we celebrated Mo and Ali's engagement. Their wedding is May 2010 and the husband is a groomsmen and I get to be a reader...so excited!

In May we did a bunch of work in our yard.

In June the husband was in his friend Randy's wedding.

And then in July we did something that would change our lives dramatically...we got a puppy, Wrigley.

In August my best friend Erin got engaged to Mike. Their wedding is September 2010 and I get to be the matron of honor!

In September my mom came out to visit and we went to the Country Living Fair in Ohio.

In October we celebrated one year of marriage....up in a hot air balloon.

In November I went to California for work and got to visit with my best girls.

And in December we celebrated our second Christmas as a married couple and first in our new home.

Happy New Year! We are so excited to see what 2010 brings!

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Merry Christmas Eve!

December 24, 2009

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. My mom has been out here visiting, hence I haven't had much time to blog! This week the husband, mom, and I went to Meijer Gardens to see their Christmas trees from all over the world. Everyone else in Grand Rapids must have had the same idea as us because it was so crowded! Regardless we had fun looking at all of the trees. Our only complaint was that the trees were fake! Shouldn't a garden have real trees???
This tree was really pretty....I think it was from Poland but I can't remember for sure.

The outside was really pretty....but so cold! At least these trees were real.

They also had sing-a-long carriage rides....I wanted to go on one but I think I would have been the only one to sing! And I'm not sure anyone besides my husband actually wants to hear my horrible off key voice. Oh, and it was too cold too, I guess.

Me with the husband. We were freezing!

Cute pink elephant.

And it isn't Christmas without a pink cow too!

Back inside we got to look at more trees. This was the tree from Japan. I loved the origami garland!

And the tree from Africa was really cool too.

Me with the "tree of my people" as we were calling it....also know as the tree from the Netherlands.

Close up of the wooden shoes!

Large nativity from Italy....so pretty!

I don't remember what country this was from, but it was pretty!

Australia tree for our Australian friend Karri!

And last but not least, the USA tree.

It had lots of old fashioned reindeer and snowmen...so cute. Oh, and a popcorn garland!

We hope your Christmas is bright and merry!

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Yes, I did this.....

December 16, 2009

Sorry Henry, I just couldn't help myself. You looked so cute in your santa hat that I just had to snap a photo.

And then, to be fair, I had to take one of Pancake too. And they were thrilled about it, I'm sure.

Wrigley wanted a turn too, but the hat was a little too small for him. Sorry buddy.

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Snow Dog

December 14, 2009

In case you need some more Wrigley in your life, here is a video of him playing in the snow, which is quite possibly his most favorite thing ever. Enjoy!

video

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More Snow

December 9, 2009

We keep getting more snow! So we are trying to make the best of it. Yesterday Henry ventured out on the back deck to play and investigate. Pancake decided to stay inside and keep warm.

But nobody loves the snow as much as Wrigley!

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First Snow

December 7, 2009

On Friday we got our first taste of what it is like to live in Michigan during the winter....snow! Usually we get a little sprinkling here and there as a warm up...but not this year. The snow just dumped on us! This is our house on Friday afternoon. We had no snow the day before.
It really is pretty....as long as you don't have to drive in it.

It was Wrigley's first time seeing snow....and he loved it! He didn't hesitate at all...just jumped right in and started playing and digging.

He didn't want to come inside.

He's a snow dog for sure.

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Can't Get Enough

December 3, 2009

We just can't get enough of this cute little face....

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It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Chirstmas

December 1, 2009

It sure is starting to look like Christmas over at our house, and I love it! I can't believe it is already December. It is now our tradition to put up our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. I totally forgot to bring my camera along....which is a huge bummer because there were reindeer at the Christmas tree place! I've never seen a reindeer before, but they were really cute! I was so sad that I forgot my camera. Anyway, here is our tree! Do you see what is hiding under it?

We are really happy with how the tree turned out. The only problem is that Wrigley won't leave it alone.....so right after I took this picture we put a baby gate up around it.

Pancake loves to hide under the Christmas tree. And he loves the fact that Wrigley can't get him there.

We kept Wrigley entertained with some Christmas lights.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009

We are off to my in-laws for some yummy food and I can't wait! I made an apple crumb pie...it was my first time making it, so we'll see how it turns out. Oh, and we are bringing Wrigley with us, so at the very least we should have an interesting day.

I have so much to be thankful for this year: My husband, my family, life-long friends, a warm house to call home, and of course Henry, Pancake, and Wrigley. Happy Thanksgiving!

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I'm sticking with my guy...

November 23, 2009

Okay....so I saw New Moon on Sunday. By myself. Like a loser. But I totally didn't care. I couldn't talk the husband in to going with me....I really didn't try too hard because I know he would rather jam hot spikes into his eyeballs than see a movie about shirtless vampires and werewolves. So yeah. I was that girl. Luckily it was crowded (at 11 a.m. on a Sunday!) so I don't think anyone noticed my loserness.
Anyway, let me tell you what I thought of the movie...because I'm sure you haven't already read a million other reviews on other blogs. If I lost you at the whole "I saw New Moon on Sunday" part, then I'm sorry. I'm a twenty something girl...what can I say? We are all obsessed.
Moving on, I actually liked the movie even though it was my least favorite of the books (there are 4 for all of you non-Twilight people). I liked Twilight too, even though it was cheesy and the make-up was awful. I think they did a better job on New Moon. The effects were better and the make-up was a little less cake-like. Oh, and they didn't leave a bunch of stuff out, which was good too. Apparently everyone joins Team Jacob after seen this movie because he is basically shirtless the entire time. Um, hello? He is 17. NO THANK YOU! I wasn't feeling that at all. But, I do have to admit that he did a great job in the role. And it made me like him a little bit more. However, I am still on Team Edward, even though he wasn't in much of the movie (he wasn't in much of the book either, so I was prepared). I totally loved Charlie, Bella's dad, in this movie. He is just so cute and awkward. And I sort of liked Bella too....even though I can't stand the actress who plays her (please someone tell her to try and smile when she does interviews. Oh, and sit up straight!).

I would have liked to see more of the Cullen Family. Except Jasper. He sort of creeped me out. I think it was his hair. Oh, and I would have loved to see more of the Volturi (I would explain what they are to non-twilighers, but I think I lost you all a long time ago). Michael Sheen as Aro was wonderful. He was totally my favorite. Oh, and can we talk about the last few lines of the movie? I kind of loved that part. It made me laugh.
Overall, I give it a B+. Mostly because I am a fan....not because it was a great movie or anything like that. But I will definitely be buying it when it comes out on DVD.


So, what did you think of New Moon?

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Okay, I admit it....

November 19, 2009

Yes, I am a Twilight freak. I've read the books. I own the first movie (and secretly love it). And I'm definitely making plans to see New Moon this weekend. No, I won't be wearing a "Team Edward" shirt, or screaming at the screen....but I'll be there for sure. Who's with me?

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My Mom's House

November 18, 2009

My mom's house is amazing people. When I was in CA for my business trip I tried to take some photos of her house so I could share how cute it is with my blog readers. Unfortunately I decided to take the pictures right before we had company coming over....so I didn't get very far. And then I forgot to take any more. I really wish I could show you the front of the house...because it is beyond cute. Maybe my mom can snap a few on her camera to share with us? (that is your homework mom!). Anyway, here are the few I did manage to take. First up, the living room. So cute. Don't you love the hardwood floors? They are original to the house, which was built in the 1940s (or was it the 1920s?...mom, please help a girl out.)

Next up is the dining room. When my mom bought the house in the 80s, there were Greek goddesses and fountains on the walls in here. She quickly covered it up with flowerly wall paper which has since been replaced with paint. I love the woodwork in this room and the built in cabinets. The room on the left is the kitchen, which I also forgot to photograph which is really sad because it is probably the cutest room in the house! You can see a little of the cute checker board floor.
My mom collects cake plates. I love them. She needs to move closer to me so that we can share all of this great stuff!

Built in cabinets full of her depression glass collection.


Here is the den....complete with Pepper the cat! My mom is thinking about painting the woodwork in this room white. What do you think? I think it will look amazing! The paint in this room is a pale greenish yellow.

More den. And a glimpse of the pretty back yard.

Oh, and the guest bathroom! Not a very good picture, but you get the idea. And this must be when the doorbell rang and I had to stop taking pictures. So sad. Hopefully one day I'll get her entire house up here because it is seriously so wonderful.

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