Sunday, August 31, 2008


It only took me four years,
but they're finally here!

My Oregon plates.
(blurred to guard against identity theft or something).

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

This past weekend, I turned 22.
I love birthdays. I always have and I believe I always will.
A day where everything is all about me, and I get presents.
What's not to love?

Well this particular birthday was special. I'm not sure why,
perhaps it's because of the insane surprise weekend that Eric
planned for me.

It started Friday the 22nd.
We woke up, packed our bags (I had no clue what I was packing for)
hopped in the car and started driving.

We hit a small speed bump on the way - and by speed bump I mean flat tire.
The Lord was watching out for us though.
There happened to be a Les Schwab just a few minutes away.

We were back on the road in no time.
5 and a half hours later, I guessed where we were going:

Here was my face:
I had never been to Seattle
so Eric took it upon himself to enlighten me.
We drove to our hotel which was just a few minutes away from downtown.
Eric gave me my first present:
Two tickets to see the Gypsy Kings.
I realize most of you have probably never heard of them.
Let's just say my dad wanted his daughters to grow up with some
culture and introduced us to them at a very young age.
We have home videos of us dancing to them while Jayne was still in diapers.

There were for sure camera nazis everywhere so we took these
from our phone.

It was definitely a middle aged dance party + me and Eric but
it was one of the funnest concerts I've ever been to. The next morning we drove to Pike's Place Market.
We had breakfast at an amazing little french restaurant, walked
the waterfront, explored the city, and got a little lost.
Every second was wonderful.
We had a great day of seeing this beautiful city, but Eric had
one more surprise up his sleeve.

Dinner reservations at the Space Needle!

The view.
It was a surreal evening.

The next morning we went to City Church.
If I lived in Seattle, that's the church I would go to.
It was amazing!

Afterward, we found an awesome restaurant called Purple.
It was delicious!

Then, we headed home.
Seriously, this was a birthday I will never forget.
I love you Eric. Thanks for an amazing weekend.
Now, what on earth am I going to do for your birthday?!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The End of an Era

Yesterday, Nicolette moved.
Amazing friend for four years, maid of honor, sister.
There is sadness in her leaving, but to be honest,
I'm excited for her.
I know that while this is the end of an era here in Bend,
it's only the beginning of a new chapter in both of our lives.
I know she'll move back someday.
I know our kids will grow up together.
I know that this friendship is nothing less than supernatural.

Here are some memories I want to share with you:

I love you friend.
Thanks for sticking with me all these years.
The best is yet to come.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Photoshop, meet the Blog.

I've discovered Photoshop.
What a glorious thing this is!
Editing our pictures is going to be taken to a whole new level.
Here's how it happened:

Last night, I had a hot date.
I wanted to document this memorable night
with lots and lots of pictures. Mostly because I'm a big dork.
You have to understand something, however.
My husband doesn't just take pictures....oh no,
He will stinkin' spend 10 minutes positioning the camera
to get "the perfect shot".
I don't necessarily mind this.
1. It makes him really good at what he does for a living
2. You guys get blogs like this.

But moving on,
We got home from a very yummy dinner at Merenda's,
and I was so excited about our little date photo shoot,
that I convinced Eric to teach me how to use Photoshop
so I could edit our pictures right then and there.
Consequently, I spent the next hour or so (oh yes until after midnight)
messing with our pictures and discovering all the beauty that
that this ingenious little program has to offer.
The following is the fruit that bloomed from our
marvelous date and
Lindsay's first encounter with Photoshop.