Sunday, August 30, 2009

1st Anniversary

Well exactly one year ago, David and I walked down the aisle and became husband and wife. It has gone by SO fast. We can hardly believe it!

We have had a wonderful day celebrating this year. We started off with a trip to Carribou Coffee to read the paper, have breakfast and reminisce. Then, we headed to Church, our new Church - Northway Christian Community Church. We had grand intentions of playing golf, but unfortunately that didn't work out because the course was having a tournament. So we hung out on the couch for the afternoon. We cooked dinner together this evening and drank a bottle of wine from Scott and Kristi. Our sweet friends gave us this bottle and another bottle for our wedding gift to drink on our 5 year anniversary. So fun!

Then, we tasted the top level of our cake while wathcing our wedding video. (pics to be posted soon) The cake was surprisingly delicious and the video was hilarious!! We had fun watching people dance and we were so encouraged by the words of Pastor Gorham and Pastor Laubaugh from our ceremony.

We are so excited to have one year behind us...and quite the busy year I might add. I can't imagine doing this year without Dave. It had been a bit of an emotional roller coaster and through it all, I would say we are closer and happier than I ever could have imagined. I am anxiously awaiting this next year together.

Thank you all for your wonderful support this year - particularly our familes! You all made our wedding celebration a time we will never forget! We are looking forward to many more anniversary celebrations!!

I love you Dave! Who knew we would be living in Pittsburgh one year ago today? Thank you for making life so fun! I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for us next.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nemacolin with Mom & Marianne

So Mom had been talking to Marianne and I for some time now about doing a girl's weekend somewhere. It just so happened that Dave was going to be gone on his "Man Trip" during the first weekend in August.

**sidenote** Yes, a "Man Trip." This entailed 17 guys from Dave's pledge class flying to Colorado from all over the country to engage in a number of "Manly Activities." White water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, you name it. They had a blast! Dave has a great group of friends from KU and it makes me so happy that they continue to take time to cultivate those relationships. See Dave's facebook for "Man Trip" pics - they are quite hilarious. ;-)

Mom, Marianne and I decided this was a great weekend to work in a girl's trip. Mom did some researching and found Nemacolin ( I was SO excited because it was only 1.5 hours away from Pittsburgh. I had been out of town for 6 weekends in a row up until then and certainly appreciated not having to fly again. It wasn't until we arrived, I realized how cool it was! Think Dirty Dancing...this place has a million activities! Something for everyone - snow skiing, volleyball, little girl's spa, pizza/ice cream parlor, 2 golf courses, shooting range, ropes course, cooking classes, arcade, bowling alley and dog sledding!

Here is Marianne and me

For our activities, we opted for some spa treatments. So fun! We all got manicures together that evening and then massages the next day.

They also had a great pool with comfy chairs! I spent a little too much time out there as you can see below. But we haven't had the opportunity for a lot of pool time in PA, so I am soaking it all in while I can. I am dreading the winter coming back.

Here is us before dinner on Saturday. We ate at a yummy steakhouse on the property!

Here is Marianne teaching Mom how to pose for a picture - ha!

Nemacolin was such a great getaway! I can't wait to go back! On our way to the airport, we had 20 extra minutes on the road. Mom was wanting to see the new casino that had just opened. So we literally jumped out of the car, ran inside, played $20 in slots and left in 15 minutes.

Wheel of Fortune was good to us! Mom gave me a couple of dollars left from her winnings and I won $175! I like this place already!

We then jumped back in the car and headed for the airport. In our typical fashion, racing to the airport to take loved ones there makes it a lot easier to say goodbye! There isn't too much time to think about it. Cassie and Lindsey can attest to this too. =) Thankfully, Dave was coming home later that night. I had such a great time with the girls - I didn't want it to end.

Knowing them, I bet they come back ;-)

Monday, August 10, 2009

marianne + brett

So clearly I am way behind on blogs because I am currently posting about a visit we received in March! Ah! That is horrible! But I would be remis to continue blogging without including this special trip.

In March, Marianne (my sister) and Brett (Dave's brother) flew up to Pittsburgh. We had so much fun showing them our new home, playing board games, going to dinner, shopping and mostly laughing a lot! We missed you Julie!

Here is Marianne and Brett at the airport.

On Saturday, we had so much fun shopping and sitting on our patio. Here is our view of one direction. Can you believe all those houses in the hills?! So close!!
Here is Marianne and myself from the other direction. It is hilarious because there is parallel parking underneath us. Dave and Brett found it so funny to watch people attempt to park. There are those that try to pull straight in, those that hit the curb, those that reverse and pull forward multiple times. Who knew we required such cheap entertainment?

Then we decided to take them on the same tourist attraction we took our moms on! These are the trolleys that take you to the top of Mount Washington. Here is the view of Pittsburgh from here at night. So pretty where the three rivers come together!

Here is Marianne and Me up top.
Brett and David
We went to this new restaurant (to us). They had a great deck overlooking the city. We decided to get a drink before. the restaurant wasn't too popular for dining. We cracked up because we were literally the only ones in there at 8 pm!! Suffice to say, the food was actually really good, but as you can see, they needed a little updating. Probably awesome in its prime - circa '74.
The great thing about these two is that we still have a blast where ever we go!

Thanks so much again Marianne and Brett for coming up! It made for such a special weekend for Dave and me. We hope it isn't long before you back! We love you both so much!