Friday, January 29, 2010
Can't believe I forgot the biggest piece of news this month! Doug accepted a position back in Des Moines and will finally be moving into our home. It's about time we get to live together after being married for almost three months! We are so excited to be able to start planning for our future now that we'll actually be around each other during the week. I don't think he could have picked better timing. Doug happens to have surgery on his knee Monday, February 1st and he can't put weight on his foot for six weeks. Looks like I'm going to have to recruit some friends for the heavy lifting!
I think we forgot that we had a Blog. Haven't been on here since August! So, after some inspiration from watching Julie & Julia, I'm setting myself a weekly reminder to make a post. For those of you still out there following this, way have you stayed around so long and what's wrong with you??? J/K, we're glad you're still there.
Ok, so here are the updates we have:
Doug and I were married on November 14th, 2009 at the Flamingo Garden Gazebo in Las Vegas. We had both an outdoor ceremony and reception. The weather was a little cold, seems to be a trend across the US this year, but we were surrounded by many friends and family who made the trip. The gazebo was absolutely beautiful and our rooftop terrace was an excellent background for the reception. We completed our wedding day with a limo coach ride around Las Vegas with our bridal party and photographer. I think one of the highlights from that day was our Gondola ride at the Venetian.
After our wedding in Las Vegas we went back to our home state of Iowa for a welcome home reception. We had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends that weren't able to join us in Vegas. We truly have the most amazing people in our lives! Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the start of our life together.
After the Des Moines reception we headed down to Missouri for Thanksgiving/Christmas with Doug's family. Pam, Doug's sister who lives in Alaska, was still in the states after the wedding. She took me on my first Black Friday Shopping Extravaganza and I think I'm hooked. We had such a great time that weekend and not enough sleep. It wasn't long before it was time to load our goodies and dog (Sophie) back into the car and head home, but we wouldn't be there long. Four days after returning from Missouri we were packing our bags once more. This time we were heading to Quintana Roo, Mexico for our honeymoon!
Doug and I stayed at the El Dorado Royale for a week of relaxation. This was our first REAL vacation together. Nobody else that we knew was there and we had no plans or places to be. Turns out we're just too active and can only relax for so long. We soon found ourselves involved in dangerous games of sand volleyball, ping pong and tandem bike riding. The tandem riding is a lot harder to do with a margarita in your hand. Good thing they had random bars located throughout the resort so we could stop and refill our glasses....and not worry about public intoxication!
Mexico came and went too fast. We headed back to Iowa just before Christmas and were greeted by the first blizzard of the year. At least the airport was nice enough to leave shovels out at the long term parking lots so we could dig our way out. January has been pretty uneventful. Trying to get back into the groove of not having a vacation every other week. Work has been keeping both of us busy and football has started. For those of you that don't know I play women's professional football for the Iowa Thunder - http://www.iowathunderfootball.com/ - Doug is the special teams coach for the team. Our weekends are now consumed with gymnasiums, conditioning, studying plays, working on formations and watching film but we wouldn't have it any different. Just a few more weeks of indoor practice left till we get to move outside. Our season begins with a scrimmage in April and then we swing into full motion in May.