Wednesday, January 22, 2014

That one time I made French toast

Although we technically took possession of our house on October 1, we didn't get all my things moved until several weeks after the wedding. (And Je'rs stuff? Wellllll, that's kind of still at his parents house. We should probably get on that.) Cooking before we moved all my things was definitely interesting. Like that one time I made French toast.

First off, I hadn't ever made French toast before, and I didn't eat it much growing up so I only saw my mom make it a few times. Therefore, I had no idea what I was doing. I did at least know I needed a skillet or griddle and bread. As usual, I looked up several recipes online and then didn't follow any of them.


The ingredients were pretty basic. Bread, milk, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. It all seamed pretty simple really. Mix everything together; dunk in the bread; then toast on the skillet and eat.


Oh, but wait; did I mention that there was no skillet at our house? I had a large pot and a small pot. That's it.


But husband was hungry, so I powered on! I put a little butter in the pot to attempt to keep things from sticking (spoiler: it didn't work) and started toasting.




It all fell apart, stuck to the pan, and got burnt. Overall, not my most successful cooking adventure. Fortunately I have a gracious husband who ate it anyway and pretended that it wasn't a complete failure.


Oddly enough, he hasn't asked me to make French toast since then.

~ mrs g

Friday, December 27, 2013

Gingerbread Party

Jeremy and I hosted our first grown up party last week! We had three other couples over to make graham cracker gingerbread houses.

It's the whole party!



Jack and his girlfriend Jess
Husband and me designing our dream house
Jack and Jess' unfinished house
Jessie and Justin with their masterpiece
Salomon and Aryana's house
It's Santa'ss legs sticking out of the chimney
Our house. The gummy bears are supposed
to be Santa and his reindeer
We had a great time wasting candy by gluing/icing it to wasted graham crackers. Afterwards we played Taboo and Telestrations. Two of some of my favorite games. Telestrations is especially funny when played by sleep deprived people. If you're not familiar with it, it's a like a combination of the telephone game and pictionary. It's hilarious, my stomach literally hurt from laughing so much.

This was our first time to host something at our house (well, except for our second reception when 75 people that I didn't know came over the week after we got back from our honeymoon and before we had finished moving in...) and I'd proud to say it was a success! We have plans of using the house that God blessed us with to bless our friends with many parties to come.

~ mrs g

Monday, December 2, 2013

One month

Today is my husband (!) and my first monthiiversary! I can truly say our wedding was everything I had hoped for. It was practically perfect in every way!

Quick shout out to my awesome photographer Michael Doerman! He and his assistant Brittany were so fun to work with and the sneak peak he sent me is amazing; I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures! If you are looking for a photographer in the Tennessee Valley, I cannot recommend him enough!

The morning began at 9:00. We had the wedding as late as the church would allow so that we wouldn't have to get up early that morning. I got my hair did while the boys decorated the church. We weren't allowed to decorate the church the day before, so it all had to be done day of. Being the calm person that I am (ha), I trusted the groomsmen with the task and didn't even check in on them once. Well, okay, groomsmen and maid of honor. I probably wouldn't have been nearly as calm if it had only been boys working on it.

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Stacey Spearman is the talented artist who did my hair and makeup. One hard thing about planning the wedding long distance was finding someone to make me look good. I happened upon her on facebook and just trusted the most important day of my life in her hands.

We wanted our pictures taken before the wedding. Before the wedding party got involved we had a first look for just the two of us. As I walked outside to meet my husband, I suddenly realized that I was actually getting married. That was the only time (I think) that I cried all day.

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

I was worried about Jeremy liking my dress. I basically had the dress picked out since we started dating, but Jeremy had hinted he wanted me to wear a poofy princess dress. I asked if he was disappointed that it wasn't a princess dress and he said "But it is a princess dress; you're wearing it." Awwww.

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

We took most of our pictures downtown at Big Spring International Park. It ended up being the perfect location! The leaves were the perfect colors; and the sun was great: not too bright, not too cloudy. Our photographers were so fun to work with and I'm looking forward to getting the rest of our pictures.



The wedding party went back to the church before we did. I found out later that they made a pit stop at Chickfila for a little mid-afternoon snack. I'm a little jealous, but at least we had Chickfila at our rehearsal dinner.

Our ceremony was lovely, if I do say so myself. A couple things didn't go as planned but we still managed to get married!

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Was there ever a more perfect wedding kiss? I think not.

Our reception was a lot of fun. I grew up attending weddings and church events catered by Becky Hartley and I'm so pleased that she was able to cater my wedding. Everything was delicious! I always heard that the bride and groom never really tasted the food. But I insisted that that would not be the case for us.

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Jeremy made our cake topper! I had seen something similar on Etsy for around $100, but that just wasn't in our budget. But my talented husband made one himself, way better than anything I could find on Etsy and for just a fraction of the cost!

We had a photobooth at our reception to help keep things fun since we had a dry, dance-less wedding. I think it's safe to say it was a hit! You can see more pictures at our wedding website.

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography


We left the reception around 7:00 or 7:30 I think. We got about a mile down the road when we realized we had left our gps in the groomsmen car. Jer called Salomon and asked him to bring it to us, just down the road. He said he was changing and would be right over. ...
We should have returned to the church to pick us up. It was an entire hour before he finally brought it to us! Thanks a lot for delaying our honeymoon! Ah well, we used the time to open all of our wedding cards and update our marital status on facebook.

Photo credit: Doerman Photography

Photo credit: Doerman Photography


Our honey moon (post to come!) was great, and I am enjoying our happily ever after.

~Mrs. G

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tomorrow

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow, you're only a day away!

Tomorrow is the day I marry my favorite person in the whole, entire world! I've never been more so happy, excited, and stressed in my life! After nine months of planning (and spending lots of money), I'm ready for the big day to be here so we can begin our happily ever after!

~em

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fire

If your apartment complex was on fire, what would you grab?

I chose my wedding dress and wedding shoes. And then I went back inside and got the wedding flowers.


Yup, there was a fire at my complex today. Everything else can be replaced, but I need the wedding dress in four weeks, and I imagine it would take insurance awhile to replace everything and I just went through the trouble of getting my dress altered, I don't want to do it again.

Fortunately the fire was quickly put out and the fire didn't even spread to my building. But the fire alarms certainly provided a scare to everyone. Hopefully the next four weeks are a little less eventful.

~em

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lovely Company (pt 3)

It's super easy to tell the weather in Seattle; just check Mount Rainier. If you can see the mountain, it's going to rain. If you can't see the mountain, it's already raining. For the last day of my mom's visit, we decided to take a trip up the mountain itself!

As we started to near the top, we heard a few pops in the car. At my shower we got cute little jars of delicious marionberry jam. I was lazy and left them in my car for a couple days. The pressure change caused them to come unsealed!



We enjoyed a picnic up at the national park  We brought a bag of chips with us, and it was also affected by the change in pressure. So that was pretty exciting. Science in action, folks.




After our delicious food, we took a short "hike." Nothing super strenuous or anything, really just a nice saunter along a trail.




Everything is beautiful up there, and we had a great time enjoying God's marvelous creation.







Unfortunately the day had to come to an end and my mother had to fly away, but we had great time enjoying each others' company and seeing some great sights in Washington. I'm looking forward to her next visit!