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10 June 2009

A Delayed Reaction and Some Recent Happenings

As mentioned a few posts ago, the weekend preceding Memorial Day, Dan and I played host and hostess to our good friends Greg and Erika. They stayed from Wednesday night to Monday morning and for the most the time, we were like ships passing in the night as Dan and I ran to and from work, and they traveled to see friends and to a wedding a few hours west in PA. However, we did get spend some quality time together before they had to head home to Maine. We had our traditional cook out with the fire pit and then moved inside to play games and, of course, watch some Family Guy.
While the fire was burning us some prime cooking coals, Dan and Greg decided it would be fun to explore the barn in the woods near our house.
Erika and I waited safely outside


They came away with some treasurers - a little Star Wars figure (can't remember what it's called) and a crow bar. I think that classifies it as a successful trip.
This past weekend, we traveled out to Ohio to celebrate Jasalyn's 2nd birthday and spend some time with Carlee and Jason.

Testing out Uncle Dan's Crocs =)
Carlee and Jason set up a party at their community pool for Jasalyn and her little buddies. The theme was "Lamby" inspired (Lamby is the stuffed lamb/blanket combo that is Jasalyn's best friend... she even has a "Car Lamby" for whent the real Lamby fails to make it along for road trips).
Carlee ordered a lamb cake and my Mom made a Sand Cake (a vanilla version of the classic Dirt Cake - and just as yummy!)


Getting a kiss from Daddy after he smeared cake on her nose


Opening some more presents at home - the men look thrilled!



Aside from partying it up, we also took Jasalyn to a local water park called Breezy Point. It was definitely a place geared towards little ones, but we had a good time none-the-less. It was entertaining to watch Jasalyn frolic through the water squirters.
It's hard a photograph a toddler on the move!
We wrapped the weekend up with a double-date to play mini-golf and race go-karts at East Gate Adventures with Carlee and Jason. Much to Jason's dismay, Carlee kicked all our butts at mini-golf.

Back on the homefront, Dan and I are in the process of re-arranging our entire house... We got the hair-brained idea to turn our back "entertainment room" into our bedroom, and it's consequently turining into a bigger project than we anticipated and is pretty much affecting every room in the house. Our bedroom is the new TV room, our dining room now also has a sitting area with couches, his office is now our office, my office is on its way to becoming the guest bedroom, and the guest bedroom will soon be the cat room. *Phew!* By the time we get everything in order, it will most likely be time to pack everything up and start over in our apartment, but we're having fun with it anyway.

28 May 2009

Happy News

DANIEL GOT THE JOB AT EASTERN!!!  Woohoo! *^.^*

For those of you who don't already know, Dan interviewed for a Grounds Keeper position last week at Eastern and got the call yesterday that he was the man for the job. He starts Monday, June 15. We'll be commuting to PA together and will finally be able to enjoy our weekends on the same days- yay!!! We're both looking forward to this new stat.

Thanks for all the prayers!

More updates to come soon (maybe with photos?). Stay tuned =)

20 May 2009

Catch-Up and Mustard

Where to begin...

Let's see, my last "real" update was back in February... Quite a bit has happened since then!

At the end of March, I finally received my offer letter from Eastern and am now officially on staff full-time. I'm still working on the alumni website, the Eagle's Nest, and have also taken on the role of Prospect Researcher. Several weeks ago, I went through training for the latter of the two roles, and thus far, I have really been enjoying the new responsibilities. It's not a job little girls dream of doing when they grow-up, but I'm finding it to be a really fascinating field. Coming up in June, I'll be attending the Mid-Atlantic Researcher's Conference, where I should learn a whole boat load more about the profession and get the chance to network with other researchers from around the area.

Daniel is still at the Mansion, but has been looking for another job over in PA. He's been on a few interviews so far. Most recently, he interviewed for a ground's keeper position at Eastern. We're both praying that this job comes through - Dan would absolutely love to be working at Eastern, and of course, I'd be ecstatic, too!! This would also mean that Dan would be working more regular hours and we would have weekends off together (woohoo!) and we could commute together until we move over to PA.

Speaking of moving to PA, Dan and I had plans to move in July, but due to some unexpected circumstances, those plans have put on hold. Currently, we are looking to move around September and although we are casually looking, we'll fully resume our apartment search around June/July when apartment complexes will have a better idea of how many units will be available in the fall.

Even though we were looking forward to the move, we're feeling content about staying in our house for the summer. Daniel has done a lot of work outside constructing a fire pit for us. We've had several cookouts and have been enjoying having the best part of a camping trip in our own backyard. Yesterday, Dan also put up some torches that were left by the previous renters and the whole area looks very inviting. We're hoping to find a cheap table to keep out there as well so we don't have to keep using our nice fold up tables from inside.

Last week Daniel and I celebrated our 6 month "anniversary" with a dinner at Iron Moto, a favorite local hibachi restaurant of ours. *^-^* It's hard to believe that we have been married for half a year already! I know it's not that long, but I still feel like it was just yesterday that we started dating (rather, I began assuming that we were dating... ).

Tonight, our good friends Erika and Greg from Maine are coming to stay with us for a few days. They have a wedding in PA on Saturday and are taking a few days off to spend time with friends down in this area since they can't make it down very often. It should a fun few days!

14 May 2009

Back From Unplanned Blog Hiatus

This blog is in sad shape... I really did have the best of intentions when I started it! Somehow, I always let time get away from me....

Earlier I was thinking that I haven't updated because our life has been pretty uneventful since the last time I posted, but thinking back - that's a bold-faced lie! Quite to the contrary, life has been pretty busy as of late and perhaps that's why the blog has suffered. After working 10 hours and commuting at least an hour to and from Eastern (usually more), I'm pretty much beat by the time I get home and blogging is the last thing on my mind. But, I really do want to stick with it. So, I'll try to post a little something each week, even if it's short.

Now is not the time to play catch-up, but it will come soon (well, ok... it will come eventually. "Soon" may be too optimistic of a word). Anyway, let's see how long I can keep this up before I accidentally abandon it again for another 2 months =)

28 February 2009

Our Furry Friends

2 weeks ago (man, I'm really horrible at updating!), Dan and I welcomed 2 new furry Weldings into our clan! We adopted Edward and Bella, a brother and sister kitty duo, from Furrever Friends (the rescue I have been working with at Pet Smart on Sundays). They are incredibly shy, but have slowly been coming around. Bella is a bit braver than her brother, and they are both very sweet. Unfortunately, Phoebe has been less than pleased to have these two have intruders on her turf. This means that they have been living in our back room with limited time to explore the rest of the house lest Phoebe decides to pick a fight. Although, I'm optimistic that they'll learn to get along in time.

Edward is the gray and white kitty on the right and Bella is on the left (photo creds go to Kellyn for this shot):



Also speaking of furry friends, Dan spent Monday building a nice little enclosure for BunBun. My office is now much more rabbit friendly. I think BunBun enjoys have the extra space, however, it has not succeeded in making her less of a brat >.<

And, if you're wondering, there will no more furry additions for a while. We are planning on getting a dog, but need to wait until we have a yard and a little more income. These stipulations, however, have not stopped us from scoping out petfinder.com and the local shelters. ^-~ After the pup, our animal population will be maxed out.

01 February 2009

Hello, 2009!

January was quite a busy month for us. We had two weddings two weeks in a row. The second one happened to be in Disney World, so we decided to go a couple days ahead of time in order to get some park time in. I have quite a few photos from Disney, but I'm only going to put up a few favorites.

The first wedding we attended was on January 10th down in Maryland for two of our good friends from Eastern - Vickie and (John) Wyatt. They had star themed reception, complete with constellation table markers and one of the best cakes I've ever eaten (it was first time I've sampled gum paste, and let me tell you, I'm a fan!).




The next wedding was that of our good friends (and huge Disney fanatics!) Katie and Eddie. The wedding took place January 18th in Disney World! It was everything a Disney wedding should be - magical and romantic. Dan and I flew down to Orlando the evening of the 15th for our mini-vacation and came home on the evening of the 19th. Daniel also had the privilege of being the only guy at Katie's bachelorette party. :)

Dinner at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater:


I love this ride! It's a Small World:

Daniel poses with baby Mickey and Minnie in a shop on Main Street, USA:

My favorite shot from the bachelorette party at Fantasia Gardens mini golf (Dan is pretending to swim, but it looks more like he's sleeping)

This wedding had a lot of character! (haha- get it?? yeah... that was a pretty lame pun. I just couldn't help myself!)



My favorite part? The pastor said, in a Jamaican accent (or, close to it): "Go on and kiss 'dee girl":


gettin' our swing on... it had to happen! :)