The Adventure Starts Here: November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Crazy Weekend!

Chris and I had the craziest weekend we've had in a while! So not only did we just fly back from Cancun on Thursday, and then have Marlaina and Tom's Wedding on the Friday, but Saturday we moved Chris into his new apartment. He just got a 1 bedroom place in Morristown... it's the Highlands right next to the train station (perfect for him commuting to Manhattan). We had done all the shopping (he got all new stuff) on previous weekends, but the day where we actually had to move it all was finally upon us.

We got up early and drove over to the apartment, and the first problem arose. This is a brand new apartment, no one has ever lived in his unit before, but I guess when maintenance came to do something or the alarm people came, they didn't wipe their feet, cause there is red crap all over the hallway and bedroom carpet. Honestly, it looks more like some people had a wine party and were a little messy. Then we open the closet, and that's where the biggest stain was... maybe that's where they kept the wine during the party lol.

So I was worried that they wouldn't let him move in that day cause they'd need to replace the carpeting, but they said that the carpet guys would come on Monday and would work around it. It wasn't bad anyway, since most of the stuff was for the living room and kitchen, and those 2 rooms were in perfect condition. So we spent the day moving everything in, and thankfully Chris' friend Ken came to help with a huge truck. With the help of Ken, the truck, and the elevator, we were able to move all the stuff in pretty easily. Then came the fun part... putting all the furniture together. We were able to put together one bedside table, the coffee table, desk, and bookcase together before we gave up and left. So now Tuesday, Chris is taking the day off from work to wait for Verizon to set up the TV and Internet and for Macy's to deliver the bed, couch, chair, and bar stools. He then gets the joy of putting the huge dresser and the other bed side table together. I will get to go to work while he does this and hopefully when I stop by on my way home, the place will look amazing!

Well our weekend didn't stop there... that was just Saturday. So Sunday we were able to sleep in a little, but at noon we met up with a girl I know from high school at the Watchung Lake and she took some engagement photos of us. From what I saw on her camera the pictures should turn out great! We walked around the lake, goofed around on the playground and baseball field, then headed to Washington Rock, and finally to the Warren Library where we played on the swings and rock climbing wall... all while being captured on film! I can't wait to get the pictures and choose which ones to use for the Save-the-Dates!

Straight from there we had to make another visit to the Walmart and get a few more things for the apartment... it never ends, no matter how much planning you think you've done before hand! Then we went back to my house and helped my parents put up the Christmas tree decorations.


We were a really good team hanging the lights

My mom kept having us pose for pictures

Me and my daddy

Maybe we should have had my mom get in a picture at least once!

We put on some Christmas music and had a ton of fun decorating the house. My mom even made Chris some Rice Krispie Treats for him to take home. We then went to dinner at McCormick and Schmick and strangely enough ran into the family that I used to babysit for all the time! They hadn't met Chris yet, so it was a perfect place to introduce them to him before the invitations go out!

Despite it being a very hectic and tiring weekend, we had a blast. I just wish I had one day off to do nothing before having to go back to work.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Marlaina's Wedding

So just the day after Chris and I got back from Cancun, we had Marlaina's wedding to go to. I was a bridesmaid in the wedding... I've been best friends with Marlaina since we were in Middle School! So I woke up early and was at her house by 8:30 for hair and makeup. We had a blast getting ready and the party was amazing! Chris and my parents also came to the wedding and they met me at the church. Marlaina was the happiest I've ever seen her and I know that Tom and her will have a very happy life together! Have fun on your Honeymoon!


With Marlaina at the Hair Salon

With Chris at the Cocktail Hour... one of our new favorite pictures!

Best Friends Forever!

Cutting the Cake

Everyone had an amazing time and we danced the entire night!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Cancun with the Flinn's

So every year (for the past few years) the Flinn family goes to Cancun, Mexico for the week of Thanksgiving. This year, I was invited to come along... considering I will be a Flinn very soon!

Chris and I flew out on Friday, November 20th with his brother Justin, and Justin's girlfriend, Ingrid. Chris' mom was already in Cancun... she had spent the previous week down there with 3 of her friends from high school. Chris' dad was supposed to fly down the next day, but in the end wasn't able to come due to some health issues. It turned out he was okay, but at the time the doctors didn't want him traveling outside the country.

We had a great time... we lounged by the pool, Chris went parasailing, we swam with dolphins, and relaxed at the spa. Here are some pictures from our trip!


Chris parasailing... I wouldn't go cause I was scared at how close it was to the hotels!



Me, Chris, Justin, and Ingrid at the hotel

Dinner on the first night in Cancun

Waiting for our taxi

Everyone at dinner




Chris and I swimming with the dolphins... it was so much fun! Do it if you ever get the chance!


On our way to Playa del Carmen for the day

At dinner

They made me hold the lobster!

Mom's Birthday

So I know this was 2 weeks ago, but I was in Cancun (post to follow about that) so I'm late posting the pictures from Mom's Birthday!

Anyway, this year we celebrated another year of Sherrill Freel's life. It was on Sunday, November 15th, and Chris, my dad, and I took her to Ruth's Chris Steak House for dinner. First she opened her gifts, and once again I was able to surprise her! At the beginning of November my mom went up to Toronto to visit Luke (and other family members). While she was gone my dad and I used this opportunity to go shop for a TV for her. In her room she had a 19 inch that was so tiny she couldn't read the words on the TV. So we decided to upgrade it and found a 37 inch LCD TV (I was jealous I didn't have this TV!). So we ordered it and it was being delivered the day she was driving home from Canada. Of course that was the one of the few days my dad wasn't working from home, so I had to stay home and work from home that day. But since I tell my mom EVERYTHING... I had to lie. I told her I had woken up with a headache and decided to work from home that day. How else was I to explain that I wasn't going to work when I talked to her and why I was home early when she got home around 4:30! Anyway... the TV was delivered on time and I did some masterful hiding of it in the garage. I was so good that neither Chris or my dad (who both knew it was in the garage) could see it! It stayed there for about a week, and Sunday morning, when Mom was at church, I had to wrap this big thing. I was able to do it, rehide it, and then when it came time to open the gifts, Dad and Chris brought the thing inside. Mom still didn't know what it was, but was thrilled when she opened it! Now we are able to watch Dancing with the Stars and feel like they are dancing in the room!

We then went to dinner and had an amazing steak dinner. Below are some pictures from dinner.


Mom and Dad at Ruth's Chris

Chris and Me

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kaitlyn's 2nd Birthday

So this past weekend I went up to Rhode Island with my family for Kait's 2nd Birthday. Chris couldn't come this time because he was taking his dad to the Penn State vs Ohio Game! After the game though Chris said he probably should have come with me considering the outcome :(

I just thought I'd share some cute pictures of Kaitlyn at her birthday party.


Right after she had her picture taken she'd like to take a look at it on the camera.

Kaitlyn and her dad playing the harmonica for us... she gets really into it!

They had a Little Mermaid Pinata and the kids knew right away what to do... get that candy!!!

This was the only shot we could get of the family without Kaitlyn trying to get away!

I think she was a little in awe of all her presents

Even though Chris couldn't be there he sent her an Elmo present... she LOVED it!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Our Wedding Party

So Chris and I already knew who we'd ask to be in our wedding party when we got engaged, but as all things take time, we just finished asking everyone yesterday. So without further ado, here it is...

Trisha Freel (Meghan's Sister-in-Law) - Matron of Honor
Marlaina Snyder (Meghan's Friend from High School) - Bridesmaid
Amy Lambert (Meghan's Friend from University of Delaware) - Bridesmaid
Jenn Flynn (formerly Werb) (Meghan's Friend from University of Delaware) - Bridesmaid
Ingrid Achhorner (Justin's (the best man) girlfriend) - Bridesmaid
Kaitlyn Freel (Meghan's adorable niece) - Flower Girl

Justin Flinn (Chris' Brother) - Best Man
Luke Freel (Meghan's Brother) - Groomsman
David Freel (Meghan's Brother) - Groomsman
Craig Zarolnick (Chris' current roommate and friend) - Groomsman
Joe Piktel (Chris' Friend from Penn State) - Groomsman

So that's our wedding party! We are so excited that they all wanted to be part of our very special day! We can't wait to share these special though busy next 10 months preparing for our big day with them! We love you all!
 
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