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Ringing in the New Year

We had yet another laid back New Year’s Eve this year. After Joe got off work, we headed to his parents’ cabin in the mountains for the night. My parents came, too, so it was a lot of fun. Lucy had a blast and LOVED being the center of attention. Shocking, I know.

I had a tough time staying up until midnight. Lucy ended up waking up, so she was up when we rang in the new year. We watched the ball drop in Times Square, and she tried sparking cider (she didn’t like the fizziness).

Next year, we may host a party for our friends at our house. We haven’t done that in a while!

A Brief Photo Post

Here are a few pictures from our road trip to Ohio. I have plenty more to share once we get home, but now we’re off to Amish country. Yay!

Thanks, Ike.

The birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken

“Dude, you rock.”

It’s Florence, Ky., ya’ll!
florence, ky

The ceremony

We’re married!

Do the hustle.

Two Years

At this time two years ago, we were celebrating our marriage at our reception. I can’t believe it’s already been two years. Time flies when you’re having fun. I still can’t believe how calm I was on our wedding day. I wasn’t stressed out about anything and had the whole “whatever” attitude. I didn’t see a point in stressing out. I just wanted to enjoy everything.

But, I did cry. I really didn’t want to, but I think my mom jinxed me when she told me she cried through their ceremony and wasn’t able to say her vows (we wrote our own, and yes, I wasn’t able to get through mine either). The crying started when my dad saw me for the first time and started to choke up himself and just went downhill from there. Joe thought it was sweet, though. :)

me looking out chapel window

dad kissing me in chapel

Our ceremony started *exactly* at 2 p.m., which is what I wanted. I didn’t want mine to be one of those weddings where the guests have to sit around waiting for things to begin.

dad walking me down the aisle


joe saying vows


Our reception was a lot of fun. I was probably the only bride who didn’t dance at her own wedding (besides the first dance, of course, which, in my case probably couldn’t be called a dance since I suck at it). I tried to do the electric slide but my shoes kept getting caught in my dress, so I spent my time going around and talking to everyone. I wanted to make sure I saw as many people as I could.

first dance 2

electric slide



The only thing that went wrong was that our dj didn’t have Hava Nagila for the chair dance. He blamed me because I didn’t specifically list it, but, really, what dj goes to a part Jewish wedding and *doesn’t* have that song? It didn’t matter though. Everyone sang it themselves as they danced around it. Like I said, no need to stress out. Everything worked out. I take that back. I *did* get a little stressed out on the chair because my brothers were holding mine and were tilting it so I’d fall off.

chair dance

chair dance

Probably the best part of the day, though, was my friend who was my “Head of Security”. He stood in front of the bridal room door and wouldn’t let anyone in unless he cleared it with me. I wish someone had gotten pictures of him! I thought it was awesome, though, because I didn’t want anyone seeing me before the wedding.

me in bridal room crop

Two years later and I still love looking at our pictures. Happy anniversary, baby. Here’s to many, many more!

house pictures

here are some pictures of our new house. and yes, the boxes in some of the pictures are now gone. yay! i’m finally feeling more moved in and relaxed!

the living room

the kitchen

the deck

the bedroom

the office/guest room

my scrapbook nook (which i’ve hardly had time to use yet!)

the rest of the back room