23 June 2009

Banana Pancakes, Part 3

This weekend we drove up to Frederick to meet with a DJ (hired) and a hairdresser (hired). I think we're done hiring vendors which I thought would be a load off my back. Well, now I'm getting bogged down in logistics which is 10 times as stressful. I'm thinking that this is the part that everyone talks about as being stressful. I looked at Allison while I was making four lists at once and asked, "It's only going to get worse, isn't it? This isn't even going to be close to all that I have to worry about, is it? I'm only going to get more stressed out, aren't I?" And she confirmed what I feared. Well, at least I have her. I don't know what I'd do without her.

We also celebrated Father's Day with both of our families which was really nice. Jason and I originally planned to have a Father's Day brunch at our apartment with both of our parents but when I went to invite my parents, Allison offered their house (and kitchen). We took her up on that offer so that we could have a bigger cooking and serving space. We made a ton of food - but the main event was our famous banana pancakes (with and without chocolate chips) that I made for Jason on Valentine's Day and he made for me on my birthday.  We also had turkey bacon, eggs, berries, and mimosas. It was delicious. I intended to take pictures but after cooking pancakes for an hour and a half (there were a LOT of them) I was pretty exhausted and I didn't even think about pictures. Oops! Both sets of parents agreed that it should be the start of a tradition so I'll try to remember to take pictures in 2010!

14 June 2009

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Annual Gala

Last night, Jason and I went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual gala where they announce the Man and Woman of the Year. It was so great to go - Allison is amazing and it is so great to see her doing such good and making such a difference in the world. I'm sad I wasn't around when she ran for Woman of the Year (I was in Australia), but I'm glad she's still involved in such a great cause and that I can still support her now. She did a lot of announcing last night and she did a great job! She looked super pretty too. The candidates this year raised over $900,000!!! That is INCREDIBLE considering the economy this year. It made my heart swell to know that no matter the economy, amazing people still dedicate time, energy, and money into good causes. The world isn't so bad after all.

It was fun to go because it was a fancy event and we got to get all dressed up - I love getting dressed up every once in a while! Here we are before leaving our apartment.


And then again at my parents' house before cabbing it to DC.  Now you can see what we're wearing!


Here we are with my parents at the gala.


Here we are with our friends who joined us, Jessica and Joel.


In other news, we saw my little cousin Emma's ballet recital this morning (she's one of the flower girls) and it was just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. She did so great! Unfortunately, it went a little longer than expected so we couldn't go out and celebrate with the ballerina herself, but she sure was amazing!

Jason and I looked at a different apartment this morning and decided to apply for it and get rid of the deposit on the other place. We can save a lot of money if we get this place so our fingers are crossed! Plus it's really close to my work which is nice - I'll have a nice bike path to get to it which will be really great!

This coming weekend we're trekking it out to Frederick to do more wedding-related planning - we're meeting with a DJ and a hair stylist. We'll see if they can tame my mane! It takes lots and lots of bobbypins to get my hair all up... enough to make airport metal detectors go off! That literally happened to me once... can you imagine? Craziness.

07 June 2009

It's June? Seriously?

Life certainly hasn’t been slow! Allison says I’m still in “calm bride mode” and I plan to stay that way! Sorry for the lack of updates... This will be a big post!

Last weekend I helped Jakob make a cake for his elementary school's spring fair's cake decorating contest. And he won the blue ribbon!!! He was SO EXCITED and we were all so proud of him! Coincidentally, my dad's birthday was also around that time so we celebrated it with the cake!


My dad, me, and Jake (Jason was there too - he took the picture).


Jason and I spent the Memorial Day weekend at the lake - this year was a much better drive - we didn't hit any traffic! There were tons of people there - probably around 50 or so - and it was a blast! We got the jet skiis and boats out and even got into the water to swim! During an outdoor break, some of the ladies (Ali, Morgan, Linda, and Diane) took some time to look at old lake pictures while Terry looked on.


The view from the house.


We drove back early on Monday morning to make it to the block party on my parents' street to see all of my old neighbors... one of which even offered to marry us!

The Friday before Memorial Day weekend, my friend (and bridesmaid!) Ali came to DC for her brother's wedding so I got to see her for a nice little coffee break from work! I hadn't seen her in years, so it was sooooo good to see her! Please note: she works outside everyday and I am a cube monkey with no windows!


Jason and I have been looking around for an apartment for about 2 months now, hoping that we would find a place now so that we wouldn’t have to stress out about it later (our lease is up at the end of August). We ended up putting a deposit down on a place that is a little bigger than our current place and is only about a mile away (meaning we can still get to the dog park easily which is a major selling point). But... we weren't told to actually sign the lease so we're not exactly locked in (we don't think). So we're still on the lookout for a cheaper place but have the stability and peace of mind knowing that we have a place if we don't find anything better. We are NOT looking forward to moving. Again. It's not enjoyable to move each year, especially at the end of August when it is HOT out. We're obviously on the wrong cycle. Thankfully, this year we have moving helpers (thanks Eddie, Jessica, and Joel!!!). We’re hoping that with three extra heads and six extra hands things will be faster, more fun, and less nightmarish than last year’s moving experience!

My Uncle Steve sold me his old D-SLR for dirt cheap ohhh over a year ago now and I finally got lenses for it! I LOVE how beautiful the pictures are. A good camera and good lenses make ALL the difference. Here's my favorite subject:


I can't believe the wedding is now less than half a year away. I really only have four months left to plan everything which is a little crazy... but we're getting there! I just want October to be here already!