Friday, July 31, 2009
A few years ago Sandie, and her husband Craig, and Erik's great great uncle Wayne took Erik out to catch two different kinds of fish for his Boy Scout fishing merit badge. Erik was elated to have caught the first Northern Pike of the day and his special fish is featured in the book. The other book on Sandie's site is called "Yesterday... just yesterday" and it makes a great book if you are headed to any baby showers.
Enjoy. Ely is very special to our family and to many other people. If you are ever offered a week in the north woods take it =) In the interim, this book will take you on the introductory tour.
Then we finalized the invitations for the Bride Ride and asked for mock-ups of the invite for the Groom Zoom. Brian is getting excited about his ride too =)
Today we're going to meet with one more florist and then we'll make a final decision and get the order done. We're using Brian's lunch break to get our marriage license. These last five weeks are going to be gone in a blink.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
A little dance humor: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1519
In between rain showers we met with Brian Spatz to get our wedding bands ordered. My engagement ring is AMAZING so we picked something simple to let it continue to shine on its own. Brian's ring is made out of a newer metal and a "secret" ingredient so you'll have to ask him all about it.
After dinner we went for a nice bike ride to the teacher's fountain and then voted for early bedtimes. Today we both have long days at work and then homework.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Yesterday was wild (that is the nicest word I have) at work and I spent 5 hours on homework last night so I didn't get the flower lady called. With any luck I'll be able to get a lunch break today and make a few phone calls. Tonight we're riding either to Buster's for a quick beer or to Cold Stone Creamery to split a dish of ice cream.
This is our 90th post to the blog.... I'm still surprised at how much I like it!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Last night Brian and I went for a nice 8 mile "recovery" ride and worked on homework until it was time for bed. Tonight will be homework and finalizing any other items that need to be ordered before the end of the week.
Since I haven't given you this for awhile, it is now 5 weeks and 4 days until the wedding!!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
After we bought the dress and got it over to the shop for its work we met Brian, Erik, Brian's parents Jim and Becky and my personal attendant Marla at the reception hall, had a look at the whole thing empty, measured for the DJ and picked the menu. There will be both a cocktail hour with snacks and a full meal served as part of our reception so come hungry!
Yesterday afternoon my mom and I worked out the prelude, postlude and ceremony music. They are many things that will be played that are special to our families. As with other parts of our big day it will be a lot of fun!
Next weekend we will be working on the wedding power point, if you have any great or funny pictures of either one of us please mail to 1320 Aberdeen Lincoln, NE 68512 and we'll scan them in and then send them back to you, or you can e-mail them electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This afternoon we are heading to the reception hall to pick the menu and let our parents take a look. Hopefully they'll like it as much as we do!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Good news though, the camera's for the reception hall came in yesterday's mail and all is well with them. Brian and I contacted the photographer last night and we've narrowed it down to three options for the engagement picture for the paper and ordered an 8x10 to have matted for the reception. All in all we've had a pretty productive week. The RSVP's are continuing to trickle in and we're getting more excited every day.
For those who are counting. The wedding is in 6 weeks and 1 day. Make sure to keep pedaling and stay hydrated! We'll see you soon!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
A dear friend at work (Theresa aka Wonder Woman) heard of my plight and talked to a friend of theirs who is a welder and thought that he could do it. We drove to Clatonia last night and met with him in between rain showers and he took the job! He looked at our picture and said it was totally possible and he'll call back this morning with an official price on it but his estimate was UNDER the total budget!!! So Excited!!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tonight after work we both have homework and then maybe we'll be able to eek in one yard. Thursday we're planning a "wedding work day" and will be getting our marriage license, ordering our wedding bands and making decisions on the rehearsal dinner. Christi's office has had some changes to the hours its open so from time to time she gets off REALLY early, Thursday is one of those days! There is also an exciting appointment on Wednesday night related to the cakes. We're having a hard time finding a topper so we have an appointment to discuss having one made. These last few weeks are going to be a lot of work but we'll get through it!
Monday, July 20, 2009
For family and friends who are driving North on I-35 from the Twin Cities as part of their vacation - there is a nasty section of construction between Albert Lea and Owatonna where people have lost all ability to drive! Stop for a bathroom break and maybe gas before you hit it. We were caught up in it for 45 minutes on the way up and 25 minutes on the way back and it is truly only 4 miles of construction.
The other exciting thing after work today is that we have RSVP's to open.... can't hardly wait!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Classes started with a bang, I did an assignment and a quiz from the room last night and Brian and I both have things due by Tuesday. The 7 weeks until the wedding will go by in a blink, and hopefully we'll keep having fun.
We've gotten some calls and e-mails from out of town family and friends about the invitations and reservations. We can't wait to see you =) We are planning for vegetarian selections at all our events, if you have any preferences or needs just let us know. If you need a bike to ride holler and we'll see what we can come up with!
Friday, July 17, 2009
The rain has continued, I think the high here today is 52. We went into town this morning and had ice cream and got our Ely 2016 Olympic t-shirts. My mom and I went to Mary's Spinning Wheel and picked up some more fabric for her blueberry quilt and a few things for a wall quilt or throw for the basement at our new house.
We only got one good sunset this week so we thought we'd share a glimpse with you. Close your eyes, imagine the water lapping lightly at the rocks, smell the birch, the pine, the ferns and the blueberries, then take a deep breath and check out the sunset. Hopefully next year we'll have 1 day of rain and the rest will be sunny!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Guess we'll get back to our books =)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Today our classes started so we've been spending a lot of time in the wifi cabin going through opening assignments and getting ready for the term. Hopefully school will be smooth.
The excitement yesterday afternoon involved a chipmunk in the cabin and Brian with a giant fishing net. The problem resolved itself with a handful of sunflower seeds but I'm sure we'll all be laughing for years to come.
We found out about an hour ago that the invitations made it to Lincoln today, can't wait to see how many RSVPs have arrived by the time we get home. See you all soon!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
In Ely we sauna on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. As Brian mentioned in yesterday's post the water is refreshing (COLD) this summer so you have to psych yourself up a little before you get in. We made it about 20 minutes in the sauna and then jumped into the lake. Erik decided he would sauna and shower the way we did last year after high adventure. The best thing about sauna is the instant effect on your skin. I think we always look younger the next day!
This morning we checked out our boat and went for the scenic tour of the lake. About ten minutes in we decided since Erik is practicing driving he might as well get more familiar with the boat. He did a great job getting us in between the many islands and hazards and we're hoping to do another "tour" tonight.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tonight we're going to get yard work done and finish up the laundry and tomorrow we'll take on packing. Every year I forget how hard it is to get ready for vacation, but it's all worth it!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I wouldn't be doing my job if I did say thank you to Dave, Jeff, Jim (my dad), and of course Christi, and Erik. They all arrived before 6:30, and by 7:45 we were all the way done with it. I still have a little more work to do (tightening things down and such) but it's all stretched, and the gate is installed and working properly :)
The first picture is looking at the two sections, one going down the hill (east/west), and one going across (north/south).
The second picture is of the gate area, next to the house. Notice the deck only has two stairs on this side. One of the big selling points was that lack of stairs on the deck there. Christi & Erik's dog is getting up there in age, and doesn't really like stairs. Right now he has about 15 to go up and down every time he goes out, so these 2 should really be better for him. :) Also I know there is a lack of fence going to the house from the gate area. We are working on solutions for that area, as we can't dig the 18" down required for those posts. Dave had a really good idea about it, and I will likely try those here soon.
On the wedding side of things, it was an interesting weekend there too! We both took Friday off work so that we could get our engagement pictures done. Our appointment was at 10am. We got a call at about 8:30, saying it was too wet/dark for outdoor pictures. Then we went on standby for pictures. We thought we were going to have an opening on Friday afternoon, and then it started to rain again. As I think we've noted before on this blog Christi and I have a running joke between us "And then it started to rain again", and that's how the weekend went. We were rescheduled for Saturday, and once again Mother Nature had other ideas. Finally at 1pm on Saturday, we got the call that we were going to go for 2pm. We arrived, and did our pictures...Thank you for working with us Bill, I know we aren't the most usual engagement pictures...and promptly when we got into the car and started to drive away it started to mist again!
All in all we got some stuff done this weekend, although it could have been more, I think we are both partly re-charged for the upcoming week!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Nancy and Erik headed out for Kansas City this morning and we've been getting texts from Erik about his first major league baseball game. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will be clear for them on the way home tomorrow.