Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We will be heading to Waukesha, WI for Christmas tomorrow afternoon to see my family. Tonight, we will be attending a candlelight Christmas Eve service at Blackhawk, and then we will watch movies and bake some goodies. We're trying for a relaxing, quiet first Christmas together :)

Safe travels everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

The End of an Era

This past weekend was Aaron's graduation ceremony from the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. We were joined in the celebration of Aaron's impressive achievement by both of our parents. The weekend's events caused us to reflect on the last 4 years and all the friends we made, all-nighters we pulled, crazy activities we survived, and the great times we shared. We had so much fun in our early years of college that it actually made us sad that we're so boring now!!

College was the time when we figured out who we were. It was definitely some of the most difficult times and some of the most fun times. For those of you reading this that are currently in (or almost in) college: soak it up. Work hard, but enjoy yourself. It goes by so fast.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wedding Pictures - Preview!!

Our awesome photographer has posted "preview" pictures of our wedding on her blog. Check them out!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Keeping Connected

Hey everyone!
We decided to start this blog to keep you all informed on the little day to day things going on in our wonderful, new, exciting life together! yay! So here goes nothing...

Last week, we decided to put up a Christmas tree, and, oh boy, did we not realize what we were getting ourselves into! First, we had chosen to get a large, real tree. Although I love the look/smell of a real tree, this was probably our first mistake as first-time-tree-putter-uppers. The first problem we ran into was that the tree trunk was too short for the tree stand we had. Luckily, the man who sold us the tree had enough foresight to suppose that this may be an issue. He gave us an extra piece of "trunk" to nail to the bottom of our tree if this came up. Awesome! Oh, but the only nail we could find was too short and didn't go all the way through the wood piece.

So, we were off to Wal-Mart to buy some nails. (At this point, it was 9pm on Wednesday night) After driving cross-town and wandering around the store for a while, we made our purchase and headed back home. Aaron nailed the wood piece to our tree, and, of course, our tree trunk was still too short for the stand. So, we pulled out the hack-saw we happened to have lying around, and took out a few of the lowest branches. Low and behold... The tree now fits!

The next task was to actually get the tree to stay up on it's own in the stand. Aaron's job was to tighten the EIGHT metal screws under the tree, and I was in charge of holding the tree straight. (Now if you are usually the person under the tree, please know that hold the tree up straight is not as easy as it seems!) Since this was the first time we had used this tree stand (and it was plastic), the screws were nearly impossible to get tight enough (poor Aaron!) It was during this task that one or the both of us reached our peak of frustration and shouted "I hate Christmas!!"

About 45 minutes and three horribly crooked tries later, we finally got a straight Christmas tree. This is when we realized that we were only halfway through this awfully difficult holiday tradition! Next came the lights (second worst part, in my opinion), ornaments, and star.

When it was all said and done, we found ourselves with a beautifully decorate, semi-straight Christmas tree in our living room. We're learning to just breathe when things get stressful around the holidays and remember what this time of year is all about.

We hope you're having a great holiday season (despite the stress of the tree, the shopping, and the crowds)... Merry (almost) Christmas!!
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