Thursday, August 24, 2006

This and That

Andy commented that I posted the last two posts backwards as we went camping long before we went to the Twins game. Oh well, sometimes life feels backwards. Andy's 27th birthday was on Tuesday so I got to try my hand at making and decorating a cake. I was looking in all the stores for a cake decorating kit but all they had were the prepackaged gel or frosting stuff already made. Needless to say I was not impressed but ended up buying the gel stuff which we now know turns your mouth and teeth the appropriate color. So I'm still on the hunt for a real decorating kit. I got Andy some discs for disc golf for his birthday, so we went disc golfing after I got off work on his birthday. Andy's old roomate Jay came over for supper then we all went fishing where I tried out my new fishing pole and managed to tangle the line many times. We didn't catch too much, but we had fun. It's been storming a whole lot today, really big storms too. Our power went out for a moment but then came back on. It got so dark outside at one point that the street lights came on. I love storms so this was fun. Other than that, I've been feeling rather contemplative because if I hadn't finished a 2-year degree and gotten married, I would have had to be back at school today. I don't miss the rules and such, but I sure do miss my friends. I'm so thankful to be married to Andy though. I told him that I'd have had to be back at school today and he immediately said "I'm glad you're not". I asked if that was 'cause he could kiss me now. He says "Yup". :-) In other news, Andy's parents are coming for a visit this weekend so that will be nice to see them. We haven't seen them since the wedding so it'll be so good to spend some time with them. Otherwise, I've been asked to teach 1st graders in Sunday School starting soon. I'm excited about that. I'm also helping in Sparks in the AWANA program, so that's good too. Andy helps with the guys T&T so we'll both be helping in some capacity. I'm very excited about getting more involved at church. It's finally feeling like home, although I'm still lacking a solid girlfriend here in town so if you could pray about that, I would appreciate it. Andy and I will have been married 11 weeks on Saturday, which doesn't sound like much when you put it that way, but it's been a wonderful summer. I'm so thankful to be married to him and I wouldn't change it for the world. He's really my best friend and I wouldn't trade any girlfriend for him. Here's some pictures for your enjoyment:

This is Andy's birthday cake. So it was my first attempt and I can't say that it was the greatest, oh well, I'm learning. It tastes good anyway. And I did make my husband happy and use his full name. He always refers to himself as Andrew and introduces himself that way. I seem to counteract that whenever possible. :-) He still loves me.

This is my adorable husband out fishing on the night of his birthday. That's half of Jay in the background by the way. It was a gorgeous night and even though we didn't catch much, we had fun.

This is Andy and I on his birthday with his cake. And yes, the Twins are on in the background. The discs I got us are on the counter there as well as the filet knife Jay got him.

This is Andy's and my friend Tuan who is a specialist with the National Guard in Iraq. He was home for about 2 weeks on leave and it was so good to see him. Please pray for his safety as he works some dangerous missions.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Camping Trip

So a while back, right before my birthday, Andy and I took our first camping trip together. I'm just now posting the pictures obviously. I'm only going to post a few now but I'll post more later. It was a lot of fun even with me getting sick and a quick trip to the doctor. Here's some wit and wisdom for you: You'll never feel so gross as you do when you've been camping and smell like campfire and worse as you do when you're in a sterile doctor's office. :-) Oh well.

This photo above would be me getting surrounded by the creepy fish described below. The little pink bow was what the fish was trying to eat. Andy liked them, they obviously creeped me out.

These fish may look harmless, but they're really very deadly. Okay not really, but they're kind of creepy. They swam right by us. I mean they seriously touched us. Several nibbled on some strings on my swimsuit until I tucked them away. I killed a fly that landed on the water and almost got bit by a fish eating it. It was funny and a neat experience, but kind of weird washing my hair wondering if the fish will be eating it.

This photo is me down by the lake. The water was nice, the fish, kinda creepy.

This was Andy getting ready to ride the bike trail by where we camped.

Twins Game

So last Thursday I took Andy to a Twins game as part of his birthday present. The Twins didn't win, but it was close as Justin Morneau came so close to 2 homeruns. He got one homerun, but the other two were just a foot or so from making it. Oh well, can't win 'em all I guess. We had a really good time though, minus the 4 crabby swearing ladies behind us. They were a little upset because people walking in the aisle were blocking home plate. So they yelled and swore at them. One of the ladies said she hoped they weren't ruining the game for us and Andy was like "Yeah, a little bit". Eventually they got up to try to get better seats, so that left us in relative peace and quiet to enjoy the game. We had a lot of fun with me experiencing my first "Dome Dog" and of course singing along to "Take Me Out To The Ballgame". We ended the day with some fruitful shopping and a nice car ride home together minus a few traffice jams. The crazy part of the daywas as we walked a few blocks from our parking spot to the Dome I looked across the street to see a man getting dropped off and realized I knew him. In downtown cities I ran into Pastor Paul, from our old "Campus Crusade" days back home. I had just seen him at Sal's wedding but Andy had never met him, so it was awesome to see him even for a few minutes. He was on his way to a meeting for his church planting. Who else but the Lord could orchestrate such a meeting? We did see Ron Gardinheir (spelling?) drive away after the game, Andy thought that was cool. Anyway, it was a great day. :-) Andy's birthday is tomorrow so I'm baking a cake tonight. Hopefully it's good. :-)
Below is Andy with his rally hat. It didn't work, they still lost. But he looks cute anyway. :-)

To the left is Joe Mauer batting. He's Andy's favorite player because of his sideburns. Don't Ask. Below is my sweetie and I at the game.

To the left is me singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" while my husband sneeks a picture. :-) Below is my first ever "Dome Dog". I will admit it was better than a regular hot dog that's for sure.

So this is Andy eating his "Dome Dog" with way too much stuff on it for my tastes. He looks like he's enjoying it though. Below is the big screen showing who was playing.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Our Home

Andy and I have finally entered a little farther into the technology age and bought a digital camera, so you might see more pictures here in the future. For now, here are a few quick snapshots of our home and us of course. :-)

Okay, so this on the left is our living room and the door into our bedroom. There's not usually a bicycle in our living room, but Andy's been replacing his tires (for the past week) so that's an added feature. Below is Andy in our bathroom, which is off the kitchen.

To the left is the view of the kitchen and back door from the living room, the bathroom is past the fridge and to the left. And that's about it, it's small, but we like it. :-) It's definitely home now. It's nicer to be in this apartment because of the windows in the living room and there isn't a wall between the kitchen and living room, which is nice to have it all open. P.S. That rose on the coutner is from my wonderful husband just so you know. :-) He's pictured again down below.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The last of the wedding photos

Alright, I'm getting sick of posting photos, so these will be it for now, Hope they help all of you who couldn't make it, we really did miss you!

This is probably my favorite photo of Andy and I, we're outside, which we love, and the look on my face says I adore my husband, and his is filled with love. Pretty perfect.

This is the entire wedding party right before the flower girls got sent home to take a nap before the wedding.

This is Andy with his guys: back row left to right: Jay, Ryan, my brother Caleb were the groomsmen, Alex my nephew was the ringbearer, front row is Tom and Andy, Tom was the best man.

This is the entire wedding party right before the flower girls got sent home to take a nap before the wedding.

Our wedding cake! I love gerber daisies.

This is Andy and I with my parents, grandparents, brother, sister-in-law, and nephew.

This is Andy and I with all of my extended family that were there. And that wasn't even half of them! I have a huge family. :-)

This is Andy and I with my Grandma Hattie. She passed away 2 1/2 weeks after the wedding, so these photos of her are priceless to my entire family. I miss her so much. God truly works miracles because I prayed for years Grandma would be at my wedding.

More Wedding Photos

Okay, the last post posted without too many problems, so I'll try some more photos. If you haven't though, go down and look at the others first. These will be in random order, but hopefully you enjoy them anyway.

This happens to be my mom's favorite photo of me, it's just as we're getting ready to leave and I'm telling everyone good-bye. I really felt as joyful as I look. It's neat because my mom is in the background, and I look so much like her at my age.

Anybody from Pillsbury will appreciate this photo. This is Andy's dad, my dad, and our serious Bible prof. Mr. Hudson all sporting "Frostbite Farm" baseball hats. That's my dad's farm, and this cracks me up.

This is Andy and I with His mom and dad and sister who was a bridesmaid.

This is Andy and I with his entire family that was there.

Here are all my girls and myself. The 4 colors were so much fun to do, especially with decorating. So left to right, back row is Jenn (Maitron of Honor), Tracy (Maid of Honor) Myself (the bride), Janelle (Andy's sister and bridesmaid), Anne (bridesmaid).
Second row is Andrea in pink and Abigail in purple (Jr. Bridesmaids). The little flower girls are Ryan and Emma. They were adorable!.

This picture I think is so cute! I was fixing my dad's tie for him while Emma (flower girl) watched. :-) It was fun seeing my dad in a tux.

Here's Andy helping me into our "Honeymoon Car" Which was my parents very nice Toyota with A/C, sunroof, leather seats. It was a surprise to me after losing my car (it was stolen by my brother to decorate) finding our luggage and generally just wanting to get out of there. It's a fun memory though. :-)

This is my car, which we were supposed to take on our honeymoon until my brother and uncle stole it from the hiding spot. Andy saw it at the church before we left, I didn't obviously.

One of the many enjoyable kisses at the reception. :-)

The new husband and wife getting ready to leave, for the first time. Boy did they all get me after a missing car, a vehicle switch, some quick decorating, we finally left again! ;-) Off to the honeymoon on the beautiful Gunflint Trail.

Here are my dad and I walking down the aisle, he had to hold me back! I always walk to fast and if he hadn't been walking slow I would have been down that aisle in no time flat. :-) I had a cute boy to meet down there after all.

This photo is after we were pronounced man and wife and Mr. and Mrs. Andy, we walked back down the aisle to the theme from "MacGyver" We were definitely 80's children! We love that show and it was something fun we watched together when we were dating, so it seemed so appropriate.

Finally, Wedding Photos

Alright, so I have finally remembered to bring discs to the library to post some wedding photos. Not quite sure how to do it since it's been a while, but I'll try. Hope you enjoy!

So this is the best picture of all, the first kiss as husband and wife. It didn't seem all that long, but it must have been because everyone started laughing. :-)

The one on the left is the groom ( now my wonderful hubby Andy!) Waiting at the front of the church. Stuff was kind of chaotic at the back of the church before I walked down the aisle so I was about halfway down before I remembered to look at him. :-) It was sure worth it when I did though.

So here's me, probably tired of smiling already, but I love looking at the pictures, and realizing how unstressed I was about picking out a dress. I literally said "This one will work" and now looking at the pictures I realize that I loved the dress, it was perfect.

This one is the happy couple at the front of the church. It was so funny because the florist freaked out about 2 days before the wedding because her supplier had sent her the wrong shade of pink gerber daisies. I didn't really care, I wanted some shade of hot pink, some shade of soft pink and white, so I thought they were beautiful. definitely not cumbersome to carry.