Moving- Oh the Joys

For as much as Jesse and I hate moving, we sure do a lot of it. I know if Jesse had his way, we would raise the money to bribe everyone we know and love to come and move to Dallas, just so we didn’t have to move again.

But we moved. And we survived, surprisingly. I can’t say the same for Clay, who got heat exhaustion (I’m so sorry!!). But we are all standing, leg cramps and all, and doing well on the unpacking.

On that front- I LOVE our new apartment! Never mind that we now have a garage attached to our entryway, or that the second bedroom is as big as our living room. I already love love love having two sinks in the master bathroom. Seriously, who likes whiskers on their toothbrush!

Since we now have brand new plush (and free of pee spots!) carpet, we have taken a dramatic approach to potty training Claire-Bear. We borrowed a baby gate from our good friend, Julie Dreher (you can read her husband’s blog here) and set it up in front of the spare bathroom door. Claire has decided she doesn’t like to pee on hardwood floors, so this works perfectly to our advantage. She only comes out on a leash to go straight downstairs to the side yard to pee. We have her on a “pee schedule” if you will, 4 times a day. After she’s done, she can run around and play in the house for about an hour, but then it’s back to the bathroom!

So far, the system has worked fairly well. We have only had 2 accidents- one, as I was walking her downstairs to pee, I paused to tell Jesse something. Before I knew it, Claire was squatting. The other time was when we let her out to meet Mark and Shelley Hopson. Luckily, Jason picked her up and stopped her in the act.

One of the first things I did was unpack all of our books and categorize them in the office bookshelves. I’ve never actually done this before, so I was shockingly hit with a few funny revelations.

#1 We have a TON of marriage books! Actually, the one in the middle isn't about marriage, it's about hymns throughout the ages. Steph and her family gave it to me for my high school graduation.

#1 We have a TON of marriage books! Actually, the one in the middle isn't about marriage, it's about hymns throughout the ages. Steph and her family gave it to me for my high school graduation.

We have a ton of philosophy/psychology books! Seriously- everything you see here has to do with something related to the mind/soul relation

#2 We have a ton of philosophy/psychology books! Seriously- everything you see here has to do with something related to the mind/soul relation

Add on to that our 6 Spanish textbooks (and how is it that neither of us can speak it?) and 4 GRE prep books, and there you have it. One odd little library!

Anyways, here are some sneak previews of our apartment. I will take real pictures later on- these are only to tease you πŸ™‚

This is the view from our back porch.

This is the view from our back porch.

Finally a real wood burning fireplace!

Finally a real wood burning fireplace!

The shelves surrounding our couch

The shelves surrounding our couch

One view of the shared wall between the dining and living room

One view of the shared wall between the dining and living room

Spectacular!

So You Think You Can Dance had a few SPECTACULAR moments last night. If you haven’t seen them, you need to.

This first one is a piece inspired by those who are battling Breast Cancer. It was great- by the end of it the dancers were crying, the judges were crying, even the audience and choreographers were crying.

Talk about extremes, but the routine right after that one was an excellently executed “Zombie and his Mistress” hip-hop routine, which was inspiring, but in a whole different way.

Mood

I wish this had been me today.

I wish this had been me today.

Cat-certo

You might find this “Cat-certo” funny…

Boxers vs. Briefs

Last night, I’m pretty sure that Janelle had two of the best one-liners in the history of “Inappropriate Honeycutt Dinner Conversations”.

Kelly: “Joe, what’s that odd mole on your chin?”

Keith: “A hickey”

Mom: “It’s already been looked at by a dermatologist. <pause> Boy Joe, that sure does look weird…”

Janelle: “Dad REALLY should’ve worn boxers instead of briefs!”

After we’d all dried our tears from laughing so hard, Joe was able to explain that this “boxers vs. briefs” was something Mr. Bartel had told them about in Anatomy Class. Apparently it can sometimes effect the normalcy of one’s children.

This next one might only be funny if you REALLY know our family well…see, my dad likes to say lots of quotable things, but none so famous as “Your name means ‘dirt’ “. Again, probably another long story, involving a waitress of ours 10 years ago at IHOP who was wearing the nametag, “Adam”. Keith may have made a license plate cover out of this quotable and he definitely gave it to my dad for Father’s Day.

Dad: “Janelle, that comment is only funny the first time. The second, it’s inappropriate.”

Janelle: “Boy, you should really make a license plate cover out of that!”

I was sitting across from Keith when this happened. Right before he dissolved into laughter with the rest of us, his eyes practically bulged out of their sockets, obviously thinking, “MAN! I SHOULDA SAID THAT!”

Ave Maria

I thought the music at Heidi’s Wedding deserved its own post so that it wouldn’t get lost in all the other wonderfulness. Mr. Trinidade played the prelude music. For the parents to walk in, there was a beautiful recording of Morning Has Broken. As the bridesmaids walked up, Andrea Bocelli’s “Con te partiro” played, switching keys and crescendoing triumphantly JUST as Heidi and Uncle Larry walked through the doors and everyone stood. It was fabulous timing.

And then came my sister-in-law Autumn and I, singing and playing “Ave Maria”. Meanwhile, Heidi and Kyle were saying personal and private vows to one another. Apparently, they were beautiful- our teacher conducting the ceremony was quite choked up afterwards and said, “I only wish you could have heard what I just did”.

I hope you like it. I think it’s super sweet to watch these two πŸ™‚

Heidi and Kyle’s Wedding

This is going to be a longer-than-usual post, because yesterday I experienced the best wedding I’ve ever been to, aside from my own (I think there’s a rule about that one being my favorite). My cousin Heidi was finally married after 4 years of engagement to Kyle Waller. My Aunt Bridget literally planned and executed 95% wedding from start to finish. Since Kyle is a chef (he actually catered our wedding), he saw to the food. Julie, my other cousin, is a florist and did all of the flowers. Other than that, my Aunt did it all, including the clean-up this morning. It wasn’t that she had to — her mother planned her entire wedding, so it is something of a tradition in their family for the mother to plan everything for the bride to be.

And what a difference it made! Heidi was the most relaxed and exuberant bride I’ve ever seen. It was as though she was able to show up to a fantastic party and have the time of her life. I’ve also never seen a bride be so selfless and gracious- I think she was actually able to talk and visit with every single guest without ever needing a receiving line. Perhaps I focused on this because the fact that I wasn’t able to get around to all of the tables at our wedding was one of the biggest regrets I have. I actually woke up in a panic while we were on our honeymoon, wondering if all of the wonderful ladies at Covenant Community knew how much their love and hard work meant to me.

Add onto Heidi’s awesome demeanor just how DROP DEAD GORGEOUS she is, along with the fact that you can just TELL Heidi and Kyle LOVE being around each other having fun, and there you have it. Awesomest wedding ever. The actual wedding took place at a church in Paso Robles and was officiated by one of our favorite teachers in high school. The reception was at a privately owned winery in the Paso countryside (which made for FABULOUS red and white wines at dinner! LOVE WINE COUNTRY!) There were high-class appetizers in the front courtyard for anyone who showed up before the wedding party, and a 3-course steak dinner later on, accompanied by gourmet cupcakes and cake.

Tomorrow morning the couple will be leaving for New York for a 10 day vacation. Congratulations Heidi and Kyle!

Heidi waiting for her fabulous dress to arrive

Heidi waiting for her fabulous dress to arrive

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Putting on the dress- soo beautiful!

My cousin Maisie, the flower girl

My cousin Maisie, the flower girl

The beautiful bridesmaids bouquets that Julie put together with flowers from Trader Joe's

The beautiful bridesmaids bouquets that Julie put together with flowers from Trader Joe's

Decorations in front of the church

Decorations in front of the church

The gorgeous bridesmaids, who all wore vintage lace kid gloves and giant red high heels. Their hair-do’s were fabulous, with a side french braid that twisted into a complicated bun of curls that cascaded out down their shoulders, complete with decorative lace netting and a few small feathers (Kyle’s sister is a hairdresser, so she made sure to do an outstanding job).

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

The head tables at the reception site

The head tables at the reception site

Close-up of the table decor, all keeping with the vintage-theme

Close-up of the table decor, all keeping with the vintage-theme

More table decor, complete with coffee beans surrounding a candle

More table decor, complete with coffee beans surrounding a candle

The fabulous view

The fabulous view

One of the inside rooms of the winery

One of the inside rooms of the winery

The yummy cupcakes with chocolate feathers on top. Kyle made these the morning of the wedding!

The yummy cupcakes with chocolate feathers on top. Kyle made these the morning of the wedding!

The courtyard were appetizers were served

The courtyard where appetizers were served. Again, CHECK OUT THAT VIEW!

The gorgeous couple. How STUNNING is Heidi's veil? She looks like a Spanish Princess! In actuality, she's Irish!

The gorgeous couple. How STUNNING is Heidi's veil? She looks like a Spanish Princess! In actuality, she's Irish!

Here she is again. See what I mean about her literally beaming the entire time?

Here she is again. See what I mean about her literally beaming the entire time?

My fabulous sister-in-law

My fabulous sister-in-law

Father Daughter Dance, during which my Uncle Larry was crying

Father Daughter Dance, during which my Uncle Larry was crying

The touching toasts from Maid of Honor #1

The touching toasts from Maid of Honor #1...

...and Maid of Honor #2, who was a bit tipsy at this point :)

...and Maid of Honor #2, who was a bit tipsy at this point πŸ™‚

Heidi, happy as ever

Heidi, happy as ever! It would have been hard to catch her NOT smiling!

The Tim Burton-esque cake topper- so very Heidi and Kyle!

The Tim Burton-esque cake topper- so very Heidi and Kyle!

Keith and I. He was one of the groomsmen- otherwise I can guarantee you he wouldn't be wearing pink!

Keith and I. He was one of the groomsmen- otherwise I can guarantee you he wouldn't be wearing pink! His face...well, he can't help that, SoCal sun doesn't like his complexion

I know, we don't even look like cousins!

I know, we don't even look like cousins!

Heidi's giant rock. I think the whole ring was over 3 carats! She says she'll hardly wear it though since she's "not a ring person".

Heidi's giant 1+ carat rock. She says she'll hardly wear it though since she's "not a ring person".

Heidi and Kyle onn the dance floor inside

Heidi and Kyle on the dance floor inside

Everyone having a good time!

Everyone having a good time!

Would you live in a Church?

If you had the money, would you live in a church? I’ll admit this looks AWESOME, but I don’t know if I could do it!

church living room

church bedroom

Go here to see the rest of the pictures.

4th of July- you know it!

Last year, Jesse and I spent the 4th of July watching fireworks on TV and eating tofu burgers (it was a Friday). Talk about stereotype confusion?

This year, we decided to actually spend the holiday with some of our closest friends- well, most of them anyway. The Unruhs are in San Antonio with family. Luckily, God has surrounded us with wonderful people who love us and enjoy just hanging out and talking.

Once Vespers and Vigil were over, we convened at Heather and Josh’s house and grilled hotdogs and sausage links. Afterwards we sampled Heather’s 4th of July tradition- fruit pizza made with sugar cookie crust and cream cheese frosting! The top is supposed to be covered with enough blueberries and strawberries to look like a flag, but alas, kiwis were cheaper πŸ™‚

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MAN this was good!

And we fully intended to make it to the fireworks show, really we did. But we were having such a good time chillin’ that we voted to skip the fireworks and stay home. We even ended the night with a little more singing, as Jenny, Heather and I perfected our Wailin’ Jennys song.

The boys felt it was very patriotic to drink beer and watch Saving Private Ryan

The boys felt it was very patriotic to drink beer and watch Saving Private Ryan

Jenny says I never post pictures of myself. That's usually because I'm the one taking them!

Jenny says I never post pictures of myself. That's usually because I'm the one taking them!

The Trants' new $500 puppy!

The Trants' new $500 puppy!

Nummy cupcakes

Nummy cupcakes

Cheers!

Cheers!

Yummmm

Favorite photos of the day.

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