I just realized that I haven't updated in a long time. My apologies go out to all of you blog-stalkers (being one myself, I feel your pain). Anyway, Ceej and I recently helped his sister, Natalie, celebrate her 6th Birthday! We had a great time at her party, and we also really enjoyed her gift from us: a trip to the movie theater to see "Marley and Me." Other news: one of my closest friends, Jess, has just gotten married! She and her new hubby, Nate, started their marriage in Cozumel, Mexico last week. I ran into their new tan selves grocery shopping at Walmart, with their a cart filled to the brim with goodies for their new apartment. It made me excited to go grocery shopping for Ceej and I someday because grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do (I am such a dork). Anyway, I'm so happy for them! The picture above is of Jess and I at her Bachelorette party, and the one below is of her sister at the party. Jess had to be handcuffed to "Mini Nate" (i.e., a blow up doll with a big picture of his face taped on the doll's head) and walk around all night. After dinner we went back to her house for gifts and her 2 year old little sister was infatuated with the doll. She kept looking at it and laughing and saying, "my Nate!" She even tried kissing him as he was just her size! It was so cute! (Jess gave me permission for posting this picture because she thought it was hilarious as well!) The picture below is of Andy, Mandy, and us on one date night. We went for dinner at Red Lobster and then went to two small "hole in the wall" bars that none of us had been to before. It was really fun to try new places... especially the one with red carpeted walls (haha).Random news: I am currently job-less, although not for lack of trying! I'm filling out applications, but there isn't a whole lot out there. Luckily I've been able to pick up about 30 hours/week at Lutheran Social Services for the time being because they are short staffed. I know something will come up, so I just keep prayin' that God will let me know when he's ready for me to take something on. I'm also still working on my application to the University of Minnesota's Master of Occupational Therapy program, which is taking much longer than it should due to my amazing procrastination skills. Other than that, we're both happy and healthy. Wedding planning is in full swing and we are loving it! We haven't been too overwhelmed and it's just been really fun so far.
After being crazy in love for a decade, we officially became a family on May 23, 2009. We are thrilled to be married and enjoying this exciting time in our lives! Ceej worked as a Journeyman plumber and is now bidding jobs for a local plumbing company, and Em graduated from UW-Madison in December of 2008 and is in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Minnesota to be completed in the Fall of 2011. Our sweet baby Hazel Leann arrived April 1, 2011 (no foolin'!) and is the biggest joy and blessing we didn't know we needed. Life isn't perfect, but it sure is wonderful - We're truly enjoying every new second of God's awesome plan for our lives!
Pictures credit to Forever Photography (family/baby) and McManigal Photography (wedding).