Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mom & Dad's Visit March 09

Today wraps up my 2009 Spring Break. All in all it has been an amazingly relaxing week. My mom and dad came out from Texas for about 5 days and we shopped, relaxed, & ate at our favorite spots, but the highlight of their visit had to be our hike on the Oregon Coast at Cape Lookout. It has been pretty cold here so we all started the day out a bit hesitant to say the least. We layered up with our long underwear, turtlenecks, hats and gloves and headed out. During the 1.5 hour drive we only became more nervous as the temperature dropped to 39 degrees and rain and hail periodically assailed us! But despite the low temperatures (especially noticeable to my Texan folks) and weather excitement, the hike was fabulous. We all got a good workout during our 3.5 hour mud-trek(!) but the views were amazing. We hiked through the lush green and alongside an almost sheer drop off to a point two miles out into the Pacific Ocean. It was breathtaking. To top it off we even saw a whale. It was a great adventure!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2008 - Year of the "I DO"

Well, I attempted to start blogging in 2007 right around the time when Steve and I got engaged. Didn't turn out so great! So 2008 has officially come and gone since my last post - oops! - I pinky-swear promise to be a better blogger in '09. I suppose after this entry I will already have blogged more in 2009 than I did in 2008...that's a start right?!

To re-cap 2008 in a nutshell...WEDDING! 2008 was a whirlwind year of planning, planning, and more planning culminating on sunny July 19th when we vowed to love each other through thick and thin for as long as we both shall live! July 19th, 2008 was the most amazing day of our lives. Now 8 months later we still find ourselves reflecting, laughing and comparing notes on the day!

We were so blessed to have had family and friends from all over the states (Wisconsin, Texas, Minnesota, Tennessee, to name a few!) fly out and show their support and love for us. Words can't begin to express our gratitude. It was amazing to see so many people we loved from so many of our life, high school, elementary school...come together.

Here are a few pictures from the day!

Portland's Street Car

Amazing Women! Thankful to have them in my life!
Sarah, Jessica, Jamie, Ashley

Steven and "The Men"!


The end of 2008 marked another great first for us - our first Christmas together (physically)! It's hard to believe that we've been together for 6 Christmas's now and because our families are so far apart we've always gone our separate ways. This year we took two weeks and flew to Appleton and then San Antonio. Despite many, many delayed or canceled flights, all worked out in the end and we had an amazing time with each of our families. It was really special to share the holidays together with each others' families.

That pretty much brings us to 2009 and while there are many details of 2008 missing...this post is long enough! I promise to be better this year. Until then,

C & S