The Adventure Starts Here: August 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chris' guest blog - anniversary edition

Rare guest blog fom Chris......

Wow, hard to believe it's been a year since the wedding.   I still remember checking the weather almost hourly the few days leading up to the wedding, because of the outdoor ceremony.   True, we did have a backup indoor plan for the ceremony, but it wouldn't have been nearly as nice, so that was our last resort.   Much to our delight, it turned out being a perfect day and it allowed us to have the fairytale wedding that Meghan and her mom so perfectly planned.   Fast forward to a year later, and Meghan and I cannot believe it's been a full year already.   With Hurricane Irene still leaving lasting effects from it's destruction, Meghan and I can quietly celebrate our one year anniversary and look back on all of the great moments and highlights from the past year.   We've been to RI, NY, PA, DC, Bermuda, etc, and have had many enjoyable and lasting memories, and the future year has all the makings of an even more exciting year for us!   Unfortunately my mom cannot refer to us as "newlyweds" anymore.   :(  I hope she's not too heartbroken!   haha   I love you Meghan!   Thanks for an amazing past year!

One Year Ago...

One year ago today, on Saturday, August 28, 2010, Chris and I were married.  Sometimes I feel like we've been together longer and other times I feel like our wedding was just yesterday!   We had so much fun getting ready with our friends and we were so happy that the weather was nice so that we could have the ceremony outside on the deck.  When I think of the party and look at all the pictures, I wish we could have another one just like it every year :)

What a difference 1 year makes in respects to the weather!  Originally we had planned to go out to dinner Sunday night to celebrate, but since we knew the hurricane was coming, we went Friday night instead.  We went to Capital Grille and had a delicious meal :)

Sunday, August 28th we lost power at 6:30 am.  We put some perishable items into the cooler and then decided since there was nothing else to do that we would go back to sleep.  I think it was the latest we have ever slept in til... almost noon!  Finally it was light in our apartment without having to use flashlights and candles, so we exchanged our anniversary gifts and took out our wedding cake.

As I've heard from most people, the wedding cake one year later really isn't any good.  It was much easier to cut than I expected (I really thought it would be so hard and stale that a knife wouldn't go through it).  Fortunately and unfortunately there were no fresh strawberries in the top layer of our cake, so it was just vanilla cake with chocolate mousse.  Technically there was nothing wrong with the cake but it wasn't good enough to actually eat a slice.  So we took one bite each to complete the tradition and then threw the rest out.

After that we packed up our laptops and headed over to my parents' house where they have power.  We had to take a slightly different route to get onto 287, but once on the highway everything was fine.  Morristown itself is out of power and no traffic lights were working, so it was a little crazy with all the confusing traffic going on.  Thankfully my parents have power and even if it does go out they have a generator.  If we didn't get down here we would have been so bored and I wouldn't have been able to post this blog :)

We hope that everyone stayed safe during Hurricane Irene and that the clean up isn't too much.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Aimee and Mark get MARRIED!

On Saturday, August 27th Chris and I went to Aimee and Mark's Wedding.  We were getting worried about the weather, but the day of they were able to move the reception up so that we got home before the storm was expected to start.  The ceremony was at a Ukrainian Catholic Church in Passaic at 2pm.  It was interested to see the different traditions that Ukrainians have in weddings.  The father of the bride does not walk the bride down the aisle... instead the couple walk down together.  They also get crowned and walk around in a circle three times together during the ceremony.  

The cocktail hour was originally supposed to start at 6:30, but because of the hurricane, it began at 4pm. The food was amazing, and we definitely ate too much.  Then we went into the main room and had a blast.  We were seated at a table with all of Chris' friends and it was a lot of fun.

You put some Bon Jovi on at a New Jersey Wedding... and EVERYONE goes CRAZY!

It was a great wedding... Congratulations Aimee and Mark!  Have fun on your Honeymoon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer Fun

Chris and I had a fairly busy week.  One of the big things that happened this week was that we finally sold Chris' Infiniti G35.  We had decided to sell it since we haven't been using the car since we got married and we don't even park it at our apartment since we don't want to pay to park two cars in our garage.  Chris literally walks out of our apartment and is on the platform to the train to NYC.  As a result we really didn't need two cars.  It took a few months to find a buyer, but we finally did.  Thursday, Chris and I headed over to my parents to meet up with the buyer and exchange the title for the check :)  I know that Chris is a little sad to see his car go, but we know it's the right decision.  It served it's purpose while we were dating... it definitely impressed me lol.  

Saturday Chris and I had planned to spend the day at the pool, but when the sun still hadn't come out by noon, we decided to call it a day.  Instead we headed to Chris' parents' house for lunch and then to go mini golfing.  We had wanted to do it all summer so we were glad we were able to finally find the time to go.  It was really humid but still fun.  The rain held off while we played and started just as we finished the last hole... we were very fortunate!

Sunday we were able to go to the pool all day... it was very hot!  Usually we just jump in the water every once in a while, but Sunday we instead stood in the water with our books so we could stay cool while reading.

Sunday night we were lucky enough to have some very special visitors.  We had met Fredrik and Fredrik on our New Year's Cruise in 2009.  They are from Sweden, but since they travel so much (they've been on around 37 cruises!), when they said they would be in the New York area, we decided to plan a get together.  They came down to Morristown and we took them to dinner at Pazzo Pazzo.  It was pretty hot eating outside, but good food and conversation made it worth it.

Since there's only a month left of the summer, I'm glad that Chris and I are actually doing the things that we had on our Summer To Do List.  Only a few things left :)
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