Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!!!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy 2008!

Merry Ho Ho #2

Ben and I had so much fun coming back to see everyone. Coming back to the empty apartment was sad. But we hope to come back soon. Here are some pictures from the second Christmas...
From Top to Bottom:
1. Mom and Dad with Owen (Ben and my Godson!!!!!!)
2. Ben and I with my favorite brothers
3. Aunt Martha catches Wii fever :)
4. Nate enjoys a beer while Mom and Dad play tennis on the Wii
Love you all.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The DVDs are home

I forgot to post these pictures of the B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L dvd cabinet we received from Aunt Martha and Uncle Larry for Christmas. Uncle Larry made this cabinet for us. He's so talented. :) Our DVDs are very happy in their new home. Thanks again Uncle Larry and Aunt Martha!

Look Ma, I Can Cook!

The turkey turned out really well. Ben certainly enjoyed it. He carved nice THICK slices. :) We used our china for the first time. We wish that there were some other family members here to enjoy the delicious dinner with us, but at least we know that I can make turkey now. :) And our drink of choice was a great year white grape juice. My favorite.

More Christmas Pictures

Top Picture: Aida with her Christmas bagel bone. That was devoured in 5 minutes flat. :)
Next Picture: Me with the stocking that my hubby got me :)
Next Picture: Ben and his new studly looking robe from his favorite wife.
Bottom Picture: Ben putting on the stocking that i made him. It's not meant to be worn! The stocking isn't perfect, but it was made with a lot of pricked fingers and time. :)

Merry Christmas!!!

Ben and I had a great First Christmas morning with each other. Ben got off work at 6:00AM and was back to the apartment by 6:30. We opened presents, ate bubble bread and played with Aida and her new toy (a can of tennis balls). Overall our Christmas has been a success, we made it to church on time and got the turkey in the oven.....hopefully it will turn out well....we'll see. :)

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and we are looking forward to coming back in a couple days. Love you all!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Proud Papa

I took this picture the other day and thought it was rather cute. Ben really likes his girl. :)

Aida's 1st Birthday!

I didn't have a party or anything for Aida, but Ben and I had gotten her some special doggie cookies at the Wylie Wagg store. They were small cookies with blue icing and a icing snowflake on them. I think Aida quite enjoyed them. I did make her "sit" and "stay" before i let her eat it. So in the first picture she is intently staring at the cookie that I made her wait to take until I could take a picture.
So basically we spent the day relaxing (picture #2) and playing with her toys. I did take her out for a short walk around the complex but it had been raining all day, so we didn't make the walk long.
Overall, i would say she had a pretty happy birthday. :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Nathan,
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

Just wanted to wish Nathan a Happy Birthday! :)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Ok this is it for tonight!

These were some pictures that i forgot to post throughout my posting frenzy tonight...The top one is of the Nativity set that Aunt Debbi and Uncle Jim got us for our wedding. It sits right next to our tree. The second picture is of me unpacking kitchen things when we first moved times. And the last picture is of Aida. Her new favorite place to sleep, hide and play is underneath our bed. When we tell her she has to go to her Kennel she hides under the bed, right in the middle, so we can't reach her. She's a tricky one.
Well I hope this made up for the fact that I haven't posted in the last week or so. Now that we have our great new computer set up it's much easier to use rather than fighting Ben's old laptop to just turn on.
Love everyone, and miss everyone.

The storm before the calm....

These pictures are from when we first moved in. I forgot to post these first. So we have definitely come a long way from this. The first two pictures are from the living room, and then there is the kitchen and finally we have Nathan being swallowed up by the furniture, cushions and bedding. It was a lot of chaos, but a lot of fun.

You Know You Want to Come Visit!

Here are some pictures of the guest room and the guest bathroom. Since Ben's friend Joe is visiting we have the bed set up. Doesn't it look cozy? And the guest bathroom is nice and clean...and we request it is used only for the intended purposes a bathroom serves. Hehehe.
Well, I just wanted you all to know that you are welcome to visit any time. Can you tell I miss my family? :)

More Pictures....

Here are a few of the pictures I took. They are pretty self explanatory: Aida with the Christmas tree; the dining room; and the Christmas tree without using the flash on the camera so you can see all the lights! (I'm really proud of them :) )

Getting There

Well slowly but surely the apartment is coming together. Ben and I worked on unpacking the guest room and living room so unfortunately we have left our room to unpack yet. So I don't have any pictures from the master bedroom, but I will post those as soon as we finish the unpacking.
We love our Christmas tree. It has 1000 lights :) And Aida likes sleeping under it...she thinks she's a Christmas present.
So enjoy the pictures...and come visit!! :)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

What am I?

Ben and I got this really cool shrubbery foliage plant at Lowes yesterday, but it didn't come with an information tag. So I was wondering if anyone knew what type of plant it was or how to take care of it. It's a mystery.
Stay tuned for more pictures of the apartment and Christmas tree! :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Total Chaos

Well, Ben and I are officially moved into our new apartment. So far, we really like it. We are in the process of organizing everything and unpacking so hopefully we will feel at home soon. Mom, Dad, Nathan and Byron all came down to help us move. Good thing we had their help...i don't think we would even have everything moved over yet if it wasn't for them.

We have been here all of three days and have already received a note on our door from one of our neighbors complaining about our music being "way too loud." We can thank Nathan and Byron for that. They were playing Guitar Hero last night and I think they were trying to have their own "live" concert series. It was pretty loud. Hopefully it won't happen again though...we aren't fond of ticking off the neighbors.

Ben and I are pretty excited about our early Christmas present from Mom and Dad...A Christmas Tree!!!!! It is a big 7 1/2 footer, un-lit (the way I like it!...I love putting the lights on the tree myself :) ) and really nice looking artificial tree. It will be nice to have a tree for Christmas especially since I won't be home on Christmas Day:( We are excited. Ben has already opened the box so we can set it up...but I think we will wait until Wednesday so we can have at least some of the furniture and boxes put away :)

So stay tuned for pictures. We are still in the midst of chaos so I am not sure when I will be able to update the blog with pictures...but I will do my best.

Happy December!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Don't Run With Scissors

Well, that isn't exactly what happened, running with scissors I mean. But the way I did cut my thumb was just as dumb. So I decided to make stew for Ben and I on Saturday for dinner. And despite my mom's advice to use a cutting board when I cut vegetables (or anything), I did not use said cutting board. I was cutting the baby carrots length-wise and even thinking as I cut the first carrot that I should probably use a cutting board. I cut the carrot with the knife coming towards me. And I think that the knife had it in for me, because half way through the carrot it picked up speed and sliced not only the vegetable, but my thumb as well.

Needless to say, my thumb took a pretty good hit, but luckily no stitches were needed. The cut is still pretty tender, but it has started to slowly heal. Unfortunately the cut is still split open, so I have to keep band-aids covering it.
Oh well, I be dumb and I learned my lesson...i think. :)

Turkey Day!

7 days and counting until we come home! Can't wait to see everyone!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Three Dog Bakery

That bakery we went to has a website if anyone is interested. The shop was really cute.
To check it out visit:

Visit to Richmond

Ben, Aida and I took a trip down to Richmond to see Sara on Sunday. Aida did very well on the 2 hour trip. Once we arrived, as soon as I parked a BIG chocolate lab came wandering over to us. Of course Aida was barking her little head off at this point. The dog had no collar or tags but had a orange harness on. He (Ben found that out) seemed older and well fed. So we didn't want to just leave him, he was so sweet and laid back. Ben walked him around with the extra leash we keep in the trunk and asked people that were out if they knew whose dog it was or if they've ever seen him before. At first no one recognized the dog, but then some one said they thought it was one of the leasing agents dogs. He said that the dog has, in the past, pushed out the screen in one of the apartment windows and gotten out. So Sara called the emergency contact number since the office was not open on Sundays, and left a message that we may have the dog of one of the leasing agents. When the maintenance called back we found out it was in fact a leasing agent's dog and he had pushed through the window screen when his owner wasn't home. So long story short, we found the dog's home and all is well. If we hadn't, Ben was considering keeping him....I'm really glad we found his home.

After the lost dog incident, we hung out with Sara for a little bit before going to this really cool outdoor mall. The mall is really dog-friendly. Most of the stores allow dogs, including the Godiva shop! We went to this cute dog bakery called Three Dog Bakery. We picked up a couple bakery items: "chocolate" chip cookies, a pretzel, and a dipped bone. Aida was quite happy.

All in all, it was a very fun trip, Aida was well behaved, and we had a good time.

Aida playing with cousin Sara

Aida peeking thru her donut-shaped toy. That's really how she carries the toy around...

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Just a Walk in the Park

Today, Ben and I took Aida on a walk by the government center. We took her down a path across from an outdoor shopping area. We have never gone that way before, so I guess you could say we went "left for adventure." The scenery was beautiful and now Aida is nice and pooped.

Ben is determined to make a runner out of Aida

Along our walk we could see the back of the government building that Ben had his graduation from the fire academy at.

There are trees in Fairfax!!!

The happy family

Finally we made it back!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Gotta Love Ikea

Ben and Dad found the Ikea chairs calling their names

*Just thought i'd post this picture for fun :)

More Fun With Mom and Dad

I have been having some issues with the computer and Blogger tonight so I wasn't able to upload all the pictures I had planned to. So here are a couple from Saturday and Sunday.
Mom and Dad helped put our slip-cover on the couch. It is an awfully stubborn slip-cover.
Here's Mom and Dad at The Silver Diner on Sunday. This seems to be the official send off breakfast place. :)
So far, things have been going relatively well with the new Virginia Dog :) Aida seems to be adjusting well. Although she did decide to give the apartment complex a wake up call at 4:00am and 5:00am. I certainly didn't appreciate it so I am assuming those who may have heard her didn't appreciate it either.
We had fun with Mom and Dad coming to visit. Dad left his rain jacket here so I was hoping they would just have to make a trip back to get it. This weekend works for me! But it doesn't seem that my idea is going to work :) Oh well, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
Can't wait to see everyone!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

More Friday Fun!!

We had dinner at the Red Rock Canyon and we ran into Bond, Bob Bond

Ben had not only a pound of pork chops, but also a gigantic size piece of key lime pie...You'll have to excuse his blow-fish-face

Pooped out after a long day

Fun Times on Friday!

Dad enjoys his Reeses Nutrageous Bar..maybe a little too much :)

Aida helps grandpa finish up his shake from the Silver Diner

Mom and Dad playing the Wii. So much fun to watch!