Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
The laptop has a built in webcam, so we were able to talk to and see Eric's brother Brandon last night. We also got to meet a few of his friends. That was fun, we haven't seen him in a long time.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
December has just been flying by, I can't believe Christmas is only 12 days away. Happy Partridge in a Pear Tree everyone! We're getting excited about the holiday, I can't wait to see what Jasmine got me, and I can't wait to see her face when she opens my gift to her.
I've already taken both of my finals for this semester, I'm still waiting for my grades though. Only 2 classes left and I'll have my bachelor's! I got accepted to the MSIS program at Walsh. I'll be starting in the spring, right after I get my bachelor's. I should be done with that in 2 to 3 years, depending on how many classes I take each semester.
We're getting ready for the crazy wedding weekend, today feels like the calm before the storm. Although Sam is over and she and Jasmine are running around talking about hair and clothes and jewelry and accessories...I'm glad I don't have to stand up at this one. We're looking forward to being able to relax at a wedding and not be the center of attention.
This past Sunday we took the eldest 3 children of the Moore clan to Chuck E. Cheese's. I was just as excited as they were, it was a lot of fun playing all the games and winning a bunch of tickets. Between all 3 kids we had about 450 tickets, which were cashed in for a bunch of little toys, including a dart gun, some jewelry, and bubbles. I can't wait to go back!
I'll try to post more often, I'm sure Jasmine will have pictures to post after this weekend.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. We are going to Aunt Karen's house, and maybe Sam's later on. I will be working part of Thanskgiving but will be done in time for dinner! Family dinners are always fun.
Gobble Gobble Gobble!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
for some information about the breed:
A page about the various color patterns
And for those of you who still don't believe that they can be from the same litter, here is a picture I found where the mom is very light colored, but she has brown marbled and spotted babies.
We adopted ours from a lady who was getting divorced and couldn't keep them anymore, and instantly fell in love with their beauty and personalities. If anyone is thinking about getting a cat that is both playful and cuddly, and so unique and beautiful, a bengal is definitely the way to go. As much as I'm a believer in adopting cats that need homes, I really think I'm sold on bengals.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
There are 6 sites in one on this link, you can see them in tabs at the top. By clicking the button on:
The Hunger Site, you donate 1.1 cups of food to the hungry
The Breast Cancer Site, you help a woman in need get a free mammogram
The Child Health Site, you help a child in need get health care
The Literacy Site, you help a child in need attain literacy
The Rainforest Site, you help preserve 11.4 square feet of rainforest
The Animal Rescue Site, you donate .6 bowls of food to rescued animals.
Besides all of the easy clicking, there are a bunch of other ways to help. They have a store, (its the same store in each tab, but depending on the tab you are in, the money will go to different things) where you can buy cute gifts and stuff, and part of the money goes to the charity. There are even things you can buy that were actually made by people in specific countries. I especially like these Bazura Bags, which are reusable grocery bags (good for the earth) that are made of recycled juice boxes (also good for the earth) by women in the Philippines to send their children to school (good for the kids). There are also things like fair trade coffee, and my favorite, Gifts That Give More. On this page, there are different needs from around the world with set dollar amounts, from $14.00 for a pair of school shoes for a girl in rural Africa, to $100 to heat a school in Afghanistan for the winter.
We did it for a couple of Christmas gifts last year, and it was great. You get a certificate that you can print out that explains where the money went that you can give to someone.
You could really spend hours on this site looking around, but I tried to put some good shortcuts into this entry. Check it out!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I guess they use advertising on the web page to pay for grains of rice. For every word you correctly define, you earn 10 grains of rice to feed the hungry through the United Nations. Here is a quote from the FAQ page
"The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. We encourage you to visit the United Nations World Food Program to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger."
Seems like a good plan, right? Well here's the thing. I counted 10 grains of cooked rice out, its like reaching into the bowl and taking a pinch...a small pinch. Thats 10 grains. I googled it, and apparently a cup of uncooked long grain rice has about 7250 grains. 1 cup of uncooked rice makes about 2 cups of cooked rice, but still, thats a lot of words to define!
Its actually really fun though, there are a few I don't know, and some that you can guess based on the root word. Try it out.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I work in the morning, and he works from noon until 8:30 so we usually miss each other during the day. He tries to come home a couple of times a week on his lunch break (which is at 4 so its more of a dinner break) but by the time he drives home and eats, its almost time to drive back. And by the time he comes home its almost time for me to go to bed since I have to get up early.
I had a miscarriage a couple of weeks ago. I was only 4 weeks along, and it wasn't really planned. We're doing okay though. We spent a loooong day in the hospital and then I was on bed rest for a couple of days but I'm feeling much better now.
We went and got our first marital pumpkins from Long's, they're so orange and round! I think tonight we're going to carve them. I don't know if we'll get many trick or treaters. Eric has to work but I'll hang out for a while and see if we get anyone, and if not I'll go to Adam and Amy's, they always have lots of cute trick or treaters. Fall is such a pretty season at our house!
This is the view from the sliding door
We've gotten a lot of decorating done in the house, all of the art is up now, it really looks like a nice little house. We discovered yesterday though that our red slip cover has dyed the wall behind the couch and the carpet beneath it red...thats no good. I don't know what exactly we're going to do about that but I'm thinking we may need to replace our 4th generation couch. Underneath the pretty red is a very ugly white leather couch that has previously belonged to my grandparents, then my uncle, and then my parents before coming to us. Its a very comfy couch but the white leather just doesn't cut it. So we'll see what happens with that.
Yesterday we had our very first big family gathering. We did September, October, and December birthdays with my dad's side of the family, which is my mom, Aunt Laura, Uncle Rick, and my dad. I made my Great-Grandma Rose's meatball recipe and steamed veggies. Aunt Karen brought a veggie tray, my dad brought cranberry relish, and Grandma Susan brought a fruit salad. My mom and I made the birthday cakes. It was fun. We had some trouble with the rice cooker (it overflowed and we called the help hot line, it was a big mess) But overall, it was a success. I think everyone had fun.
Today was David's Halloween party at school. It was so cute! I got the kids in their costumes, dropped Ninja Turtle David and Darth Vader Thomas off at school, and Cheerleader Kaylee and I went to Panera for coffee and a blueberry bagel. I'm really enjoying the one on one time I get with her while David is in school, she's at such a fun age. We went back to the school in time for the party. The kids sang some cute songs, then did some games and crafts. It was so funny to see them eating the marshmallows and donut holes hanging from strings without using their hands.
We have another cat show to go to with my dad next weekend. Its supposed to be a big one so hopefully we'll sell a lot. We've done well at the other shows we've been to, and we're starting to get people that come to the show just to buy more of our stuff.
This morning was the first frost, it was pretty, but I never look forward to winter, at least driving in the winter. I did just get a new winter coat that is really warm from Land's End, so I was excited to wear it to work today!
I think thats all for now, I'll try to keep up!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Bill O'Reilly's amazing epiphany that black people, are, in fact, people. It was amusing to see on The View. Love Whoopi Goldberg. "Has he never seen The Cosby Show?"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/09/26/watch-whoopi-and-sherri-_n_65961.html video of Whoopi and Sherri's reactions
The honeymoon was amazing, when Eric gets home from work we'll write about it together. We had lots of fun but we're so tired.
Monday, September 3, 2007
As you saw in Eric's post the other day, our home is now complete with a new tv. It was tricky getting it in the entertainment center, it barely fit, but its nice. We watched Grey's Anatomy in HD, and between the quality of the picture in HD, and the size of the screen, we could see every blemish and hair on the actor's faces when they did the close-ups. They can't be happy about that.
We did a cat show with my dad this past weekend selling meowijuana. My mom also handmade some little quilts, which sold like crazy, we ran out. Our cats each have one, and they're obsessed with them. They also wash well (and make great gifts!)The quilts aren't up on the website yet but we can take orders if you're interested. For those who haven't seen the site, its www.meowijuana.com Its funny to watch people read the sign when we're at shows, they always think about it for a second, and usually start laughing. (we do get looks from some parents though)
Its also fun to see all the different kinds of cats...there are some freaky looking cats. I'm still unsure of how I feel about the Sphynx Cat, or some of the other really odd looking cats there, but its fun to see.
We are almost all organized...my mom is closing Gymboree and is giving us a bunch of her shelving, so we've been waiting on that to finish organizing everything. Eric's grandma has graciously offered to adopt our little lovebird, since we don't really have a good place for her here, and we have to organize the spare room a little bit, but other than that it pretty much looks like a home.
I go back to work every day tomorrow. I've been doing 2-3 days a week all summer since my boss is a teacher, but school starts tomorrow for Walled Lake. I'm excited to get back into a routine. David starts school on Wednesday.
Thats all for now, I'll try to keep up from now on ;-)
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
I start a week from Monday with 4 weeks of training, I am very excited and doing something new with many opportunities. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Things have been going great for Jasmine and I, we finished painting the kitchen with some help, all we have left is the trim in the bathroom. We got the entertainment center put up and we have our computers set up now. The month has gone by quickly but I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Go to www.mikegreer.com but DON'T click on enter. Look to the bottom right and click on current clients. Find our picture, put in your email address, and the password is sovel.
You can order them from the site, he does high quality prints, but we also get a cd of all the pictures so we can email them to you. I don't know when we'll get that. He also does really big pictures that look nice and you can get the big pictures put on canvas, which looks beautiful! Since we know you all want us on your walls ;-)
Sunday, August 5, 2007
From the left: Uncle Joe, Uncle John, my mom, Grandpa, Aunt Joyce, and Aunt June
not pictured: Aunt Janice
Eric got up early and made me pancakes this morning! He left them on the counter, which, we discovered, we can no longer do. Max dragged a pancake off the plate, and was actually eating it! We snuck up on him (with the camera) and caught him red handed. As you can see, he was unable to hide his guilt!
It might take an extra couple of seconds to load but its really cute!
Friday, August 3, 2007
We have had a pretty busy week. While Eric was mountain biking with Uncle Guy on Tuesday, Sam and Alex came over to watch the wedding video. I made a salad and chocolate chip banana bread (that is sooo delicious!) and we ordered pizza. It was a lot of fun.
On Wednesday, we had the first bridesmaid's meeting for Janelle's wedding. That was fun...but I think we did more laughing than planning.
After the meeting, Eric took Sam and I out for a drink. I had a raspberry stoli and lemonade, which I really liked, and Sam had a long island (which I really don't like) and then we shared a fuzzy navel (which was a little stronger but I liked it). Eric had a sprite. I'm on a quest to try all the drinks (well, just the ones that are fruity and delicious). Its going to take awhile. My next 2 goals are one that is blue, and one that is frozen.
Today I had lunch with my dad, ran some errands, and then made dinner for Eric. Clam chowder with bread for dipping, corn on the cob (from Grandma), and beet greens (from Eric's mom's garden) sauteed with garlic, cumin, pepper, salt, and hot pepper flakes. The flake bites were a little much for me but Eric liked it. The clam chowder was from a can...but I'm looking up how to make it for next time. I still haven't used my crock pot...maybe I can use it for that.
I can't believe its already August! I'm excited to go back to work though. I miss seeing the kids every day. David is going to a new preschool, and its 3 days a week instead of 2. That will be exciting. And Kaylee is so talkative now. She's really funny. Last week she said "I love David" and I said "I love David too" and she said "no, you love Eric!"
This weekend is organization weekend...trying to get everything put away and not just stuffed in the spare room. We need to put up some more shelves, and I'd like to hang the art we got for the dining room.
If you look up on the right of the page, I added a link to my food blog. You can see my recipes, pictures, and you can write reviews!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
The cats are so much fun! We started locking them out of the bedroom so we can sleep...Max is fine, he plays all day and sleeps all night, but Ian likes to sleep all day, so he licks and nibbles our faces in the middle of the night, and that just had to stop. They haven't seemed upset about it, they don't whine at the door or anything so thats good.
Max is pretty dog like...he plays tug of war and meets us at the door when we get home, and loves to go for walks outside. He has a little harness and collar and he gets all excited when I get it out. He loves to walk...when I take him out during the warm parts of the day though I don't like to let him go out in the road because I think it might be too hot for him. He doesn't like when I carry him across the road to go to the grassy area...he wants to get down. He likes to stalk birds, and he catches a couple of bugs each time. He doesn't shy away from cars, and he always wants to go up to people. Ian isn't very interested in going out so he usually takes a nap while Max and I get some fresh air.
When Eric gets home from work he usually likes to lay on the couch and relax for a little while, and Ian is right there with him, usually on his chest where he can lick his face. They're good matches for each of us.
We went to see the Simpsons movie with Eric's cousin Jason and his fiance Tanya on friday for Jason's birthday. He loves the Simpsons. It was cute. The guys really liked it.
On Saturday we went to Natalie and Dave's wedding which was beautiful! I can't believe Grandma Charnesky made Natalie's dress!
Tomorrow I'm really excited because Eric is going mountain biking with Uncle Guy, and Alex and Sam are coming over (2 of the bridesmaids) and we're going to have pizza and make drinks and watch the wedding video. Just a nice relaxing girly night...since I've been living with a boy for 3 weeks!
Between eating at parent's houses and getting leftovers, and going to weddings, I haven't really cooked anything in the last week. I did make sloppy joes for the first time last week though. Eric said thats one of his favorite foods...I thought it was just okay.
My mom has 2 big crock pots so she gave me her small one, so I'm excited to try that. I've never used a crock pot before. I'm an on the stove kind of gal usually. I have the other half of that meat chunk I used to make pot roast before...anyone have a good recipe for a big chunk of meat in a crock pot?
My cousin Jennifer took this picture of us, isn't it beautiful? She's studying to become a photographer. (clicking on the picture makes it bigger)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Things are going great! I had my midterm at Walsh this week for my E-Commerce class, it went swimmingly! Our kitties are so adorable and so fun to play with, Ian especially likes to let me know how much he likes me at 4 in the morning with kisses. Max seems to be a bit more playful but they are still warming up to their new home.
Jasmine has been fantastic, I hope she posts some more recipes of all the stuff she is cooking soon! I registered for my final class at OCC, it makes me feel a little sad knowing I won't have to take any more classes there after the fall semester, I know, a little weird, but still sad.
I finished Harry Potter, it was satisfying, I suppose...Still a great series
6 more weeks until this semester is over at Walsh, then only 4 more classes, I can't believe I am that close!!! March 2008 seems much closer now than before.
I'll see if Jasmine can post some pictures for me, I know we have a lot of kitty pictures, but they are adorable!!!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
We haven't named them yet, we have a couple of ideas in mind though. They are 7 months old, and they're brothers. They're Bengals, which seem to be very interesting cats.
Basically, the breed was started by breeding an Asian Leopard Cat (a wild cat from Asia) with a domestic cat. Ours are f4, which means they are 4 generations in from that. The point of breeding them is to get a wild looking cat that is friendly.
A lot of people say they have the personalities of dogs, which seems to be true. I played tug of war with one of them, with a feather stick, and he just kept pulling! They're also very vocal, the wild cats make a lot more sounds than just meows so that they can communicate in the wild. We've already heard a few of these noises.
They're so much fun already! I keep stopping this post to take more pictures. :-)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
My dad came over this weekend and helped Eric measure, plan, and install shelving in the front closet. What was once a dumping grounds for anything we didn't yet have a place for is now 3 rows of shelves and a rod for hanging coats. When everything is organized on the shelves, it looks like a lot less stuff than when it was all stacked up on the floor.
Eric's grandma gave us some plant cuttings, including 2 plants that belonged to her mother, which is very cool. I also potted the ivy from my bouquet into 3 pots and put them around the house. It really adds something to the house.
We also had our first wedding gift breakage...I was washing the mirror in the bathroom yesterday and knocked the soap dispenser off of the counter. It only cracked on the outside so it doesn't leak, so thats good.
Aunt Ann Marie sent us our first pictures for the house, Grace, Zach, and Ana's school pictures which are adorable! We need to get a frame or something for them, but for now they're leaning against the clock on the entertainment center.
The house looks really different again, lots of new additions. Unfortunately my computer is still at my parents house but hopefully this week we'll get it over here and I can post more pictures!
The days that Eric has class and I don't have anything planned are pretty lonely. Its a long enough day at home when he's just at work but when he has class until 10 its like I don't get to see him at all. I may need a hobby...besides cleaning the house all day. I lemon pledged the table for the first time today, its beautiful and I may do it every day. I also used bar keepers friend on the pots today, which worked well.
I signed up for the fly lady website. I figure if I start out on it, it should be easy. Today it said to get out the duster and get all the cobwebs. I went all over the house...but didn't find any. I dusted the grates though.
8 1/2 weeks until the honeymoon!!!
Friday, July 13, 2007
put a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of a tall drinking glass. Add 1 shot glass kahlua, and 1 shot glass coconut rum. Cover the ice cream with chocolate syrup, and fill to the top with milk.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
To top it off, Banana Split for dessert!!!
We are catching up on our house cleaning, we still have some organizing to do but we've made a good dent! Next comes the thank you cards...
I'll put some pictures up, if we could charge $4 for these banana splits we would be rich!
I can't believe I am almost 1/3 of the way done with the semester at Walsh, crazy 11 week semesters!
Lots of Love!
Coffee Pot Roast
- 3 pound beef pot roast
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 can (approx. 15oz) diced tomatoes with liquid
- 1 cup black coffee
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 1/2 cups diced carrots
- 2 1/2 cups diced potatoes
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen veggies
- flour mixed with cold water to thicken liquids, optional
PREPARATION:Brown meat on all sides in butter in heavy kettle or Dutch oven. Add tomatoes, coffee, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add onion and carrot; simmer for 15 minutes.
Add potatoes and cook until vegetables are tender; add frozen veggies and cook for 3 or 4 more minutes.
To thicken liquids: Make a paste with 1 or 2 tablespoons of flour and a little cold water; stir until smooth. Stir into hot liquid a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Pot roast serves 6.
We put the bookshelf together in the bedroom, and it even has books on it! We went and picked up the entertainment center but haven't put it together yet. The house is really coming together. We'll put up more pictures soon.
Eric's potatoes are old so I'm off to buy some new ones.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
There were 573 pictures taken on the disposable cameras. Some of them didn't come out, a few were innapropriate, and there were a LOT of me, and a lot of the little girls, who were so cute taking pictures of everyone. Feel free to save any of these to your computer or make prints of them, I think there is a picture of just about everyone that was there.
Don't forget to share your pictures with us (we know you took them!)
We'll get to see the professional pictures in about 2 weeks but these will do for now.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The whole day was kind of a blur for us so we would love to see the pictures!
Hopefully we'll get everything organized here at home and be able to post more later. We're really enjoying married life!
Monday, July 9, 2007
We also have some pictures of the church reception, and of our 'day after' party, where a few close family members came over to help us eat leftovers and watch us open our presents. We also had a surprise birthday for Kana.
Kana's visit has been wayyyy too short, but it was fun to meet her mom.
I haven't quite settled in to married life...I still feel like I'm just visiting. And figuring out where everything is, and having a choice of bologna or ramen for a snack. But its a lot of fun.
We'll be sure to keep everyone updated as the pictures start coming in but enjoy the ones we have, and thanks to everyone that shared our special day with us!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Here are some pictures of the day
Eric and I were sitting out on the dock at one point, and Mikal and Adam came out and told us they were going fishing. They got their poles and got all ready and in position, and then looked at us and said "where's the worms?" The worms were in a box by our feet, and they were the huge nightcrawler kind. So I said "they're right here, you can get one out" and Mikal said "I'm not touching that!" and Adam said "You think we're crazy enough to touch a worm??" I wasn't about to touch them, they were too big, and Eric doesn't touch any creepy crawly stuff. Finally Malik came to my rescue and got one out for them. There weren't any big fish hanging around, but they caught a couple of small ones.
The fireworks on that lake are always so good! Everyone just sets them off on their own so there were little firework shows all around the lake.
This may be my last entry before I become Mrs. Jasmine Charnesky. I don't know how long it will be until that name starts to sound normal.
Today Sam and I are going to the Tricho salon and spa for my facial and nails, and Sam is getting a manicure. Then back to her mom's salon to get our eyebrows done. I can't believe the wedding is the day after tomorrow!!!
We had a little scare last night with the oven. My mom is making the wedding cake, and she was going to start baking today. The oven light burned out so my dad was replacing it, and shorted out the oven! Luckily he was able to fix it and wedding cake baking is going as planned. It smells so good in the house!
Aunt Karen loaned me some cds to use for wedding music, songs like the hokey pokey and the chicken dance, and then some other party songs. One I had never heard before, but am going to remove from the list, is Strokin' by Clarence Carter. Most innapropriate oldy song I have ever heard in my life! I'm glad I was listening to them while I was ripping them to my computer! There are a lot of really good ones on here though, I'm really excited!
Time to get ready for the spa! I'll see a lot of you tomorrow!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
We were walking around downtown Ann Arbor, right near the university, so there were a lot of young guys around, and 4 of them just happened to be playing beer pong in the front yard of their frat house. I had never played before, and didn't even know the rules, but they let me play, actually they just let me throw the balls until I got one in. I only drank a sip of the beer because it was soo gross but it was a fun experience.
Eventually we went back to the house and made some drinks and had chocolate fondue, and played some games. It was a lot of fun. The girls gave me a gift, a little nightgown and a robe. Shannon also gave me a lingerie set from Victoria's Secret, and a lollipop from Brandon. I'll let you guess the shape.
Ryan has a well stocked bar, so I got to try a couple of things, (kahlua and milk is going to be one of my favorites) and I found a recipe online that I thought sounded good, so I had them pick up the ingredients and I made it for all the girls (that were 21) and they really liked it, so I thought I'd put it up here:
Big Hawaiian (aka Jasmine's bachelorette party drink)
2 not quite full shot glasses of coconut rum
1/2 shot glass of watermelon schnapps
a 6 oz can of pineapple juice
1/2 shot glass of grenadine
It called for rum and coconut rum but we just used coconut. It made 3 little glasses of it.
It was a fun party night...Eric is in Canada right now with his bachelor party, I'm sure he'll post about it tomorrow.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Here are some pictures of my celebration!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Everything is coming together now, just the few last little details to go.
I got an A in my Software Engineering II and BIT Compliance classes, and an A- in my Database Administration class. Another successful semester at Walsh!
I just had my first E-Commerce class, the professor seems pretty cool, a little weird and off the wall, but cool. It should be a good class.
Tonight I have my Business and Technology Strategy class with Barbara, I am looking forward to this class =)
Work is going well, keeping busy learning Vista.
Also, I WENT SKYDIVING!!!
Jasmine got some good pictures, I'll see if I can get the video online later =)
Brandon went with Dad for his 1998th jump, he had 3 of his friends go with him.
I was Dad's 2000th jump, so I told him I would do it again for 3000, but I might want to go again sooner!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Then we went back to Eric's condo, where we finally had the chance to play tennis against my grandparents. They challenged us last year but we needed some time to practice. We lost horribly...we played 6 games...and lost 6 games. Although we got points in almost all of the games. My parents, Aunt Karen, Uncle Chris, Adam, and Amy came over and everyone hit the balls around for awhile, then we all went to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe (our new favorite sandwich shop down the street) and ate lunch (Grandpa paid) and then went back to the condo to show everyone around. Grandma brought a cake and we all sat around and talked and ate. Then Grandma and Grandpa had to leave, and the rest of us went down to the pool. The kids had a great time swimming. It was a really fun day, here are some pictures!
Then Sunday we had our pre-wedding photoshoot. Our photographer is awesome! He's so nice, and he's funny. We had a great time. We went to Robert Long Park, and took pictures all over the park. It was a little weird because everyone was staring at us everywhere we went, but it was really fun. We get to see the pictures Wednesday or Thursday, I'm so excited!
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Sam got to bring Camden home yesterday. He is just so cute. He looks just like his dad, but has Sam's ears and nose. (Sam has an ear with a point, like Spock, and both of Camden's ears have points) and instead of curling up like most newborns, he's always streched out. So far everything is going really well for all of them.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
More Camden Pictures
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Everything is going great so far! Eric has lived in the condo for a full week now, things are slowly but surely getting moved in, this will speed up after we have paint and can move the furniture and stuff in, and the tomatoes on our plant on the balcony are starting to turn red!
Today is Sam's due date, she's been dilated 1 centimeter for the past 2 weeks, so hopefully that will change soon. She isn't enjoying the heat but she's still so cute! If she doesn't have him by next Saturday, they're going to induce her. So in the next week at some point I'll have a nephew!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
I used the fitness center at our complex tonight, I could only run for about 12 minutes at a 7mph pace, I think I need to drink more water, I got a bit dizzy so I took a break, then got on the stationary bike and did a strength training workout for 8 minutes. It is going to be so nice to have a workout room so close by! I mean, who runs on sidewalks anymore?!? ;)
Well, I am exhausted now, time to grab my sleeping bag.
We will have some pictures up soon, Jasmine forgot her camera at home with all the excitement, good thing her Mom had her camera.
Lots of love for everyone!
Monday, May 21, 2007
The dentist on Thursday was no big deal, I was nervous because I had never had a cavity that required a shot and numbing and stuff, but it wasn't bad...I got 3 shots but none of them hurt, and it was weird to not be able to move half of my mouth...I accidentally bit my cheek a couple of times but not too hard. And I love my dentist so much, she's so nice! I hope she's on our new insurance...
Eric was sick and then I ended up getting sick on friday and saturday morning so we haven't made it to see Shrek yet :(
But today is the walk through for our condo!!! I'm so excited to see it again! We close on Friday and Eric is moving in then. Uncle Rick and Aunt Laura have offered to help us paint, and they painted their house so they're experts.
I'm so glad we have so many family members and friends that are there to help us with everything we do. We couldn't do any of this without all of you!!!
We'll post shower pictures either today or tomorrow so check back!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
The shower is this Sunday! I can't believe that, they started planning it forever ago!
We close on the condo next Friday (the 25th) and Eric is moving in
My Grandma is throwing a small shower next Saturday for close family and a few of her friends to wish me well. We also hope to paint the condo that weekend...any volunteers to help?
June 3rd we are meeting our photographers for a photoshoot that lets us get to know them and their photography style. I thought that was a very nice idea. As if there won't be enough pictures of us this summer, right?
And in the midst of all of this, Sam is due June 2nd. We started a baby poll a couple of weeks ago so everyone could guess when she'll have him. As long as its not this week or she'll miss the shower she's been planning for so long! I picked May 29th so that his birthday will be a month before mine.
Eric's Grandma gave us a hand crank ice cream machine, it makes the best ice cream ever! We had some last night and I've been thinking about it all day! Look out, wedding diet! Too bad there isn't a good way to make low fat ice cream in it. We looked :(
On Thursday I have to go get a couple of little cavities filled, I'm a little nervous about that, I haven't had a filling done in years! So this week is funny because I want the week to go by quickly so I can get to the shower, but I also want it to go slowly because I don't want to go to the dentist. Its just one thing to get through though, so it will be fine.
I'm almost done working every day too, which I know will be nice because I'll have lots more time to get stuff done, but I always miss being there with the kids every day. (for those who don't know, the mom I work for is a teacher so in the summer's I only work a couple of days a week, and I don't have to get there as early in the morning) Since I started in the summer with them, this will be my third summer working for them. I can't believe how long its been! So it will work out nicely, I will be done working every day not long after Sam has her baby, so I can be there to help her out during the day and we can get all of the wedding plans done together.
I'm so excited for this summer!!!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I'm halfway through the semester at Walsh, things are good...and crazy
I'll post more later...we just heard that some people check every day so we wanted to give them something to read.
P.S. 55 days for those who are counting!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Eric and I went to Robert Long Park on Sunday (his actual birthday) so we could spend some time in nature on Earth Day.
Here are some pictures of the birthday weekend
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Its so nice to see how excited everyone is getting as the wedding gets closer...we're really excited too! Many of you have told us to let you know if we need any help; don't worry, that day is coming fast! As all of the festivities get closer (5 weeks until the first shower!) We will definitely be enlisting all of our happy helpers. We really appreciate all of the support we have gotten from our family and friends. With a wedding this big, we need all the help we can get to stay sane!
Here are some pictures from our day at the condo yesterday.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
She is doing really well, she's in the middle of her 32nd week. She's getting really big, every time I see her she looks bigger. We're all getting really excited about the baby coming soon!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
I guess there is not other way to do it though, the college can't pay him to show up every week and teach so they do it this way, I hope it works out.
Tonight I have my first class of the Spring semester, Software Engineering II. It is the second semester of the class I had last semester. The same teacher teaches it so it should go really well.
My Wednesday class, BIT Compliance, only has 4 people enrolled, but I have not heard from that professor yet, I guess I'll find out what will happen on Wednesday.
I am excited for this semester, the classes seem interesting and I hope I'll get some good stuff out of the classes.
Also, all of the honeymoon planning we have been doing is so much fun, I am really looking forward to going to Disney World =)
Hopefully the cold weather comes and goes really quick, just long enough to kill mosquitoes...
Happy Spring everyone!!!
Our plane takes off at 10:15am on September 14th, and lands in Orlando at 12:53. We have reservations at 5:15 at Tony's Town Square in Magic Kingdom, which is based off of the Lady and the Tramp movie, which was my very favorite movie until The Little Mermaid came out. I'm really excited about that, I'll be ordering spaghetti! And we were able to get reservations at Cindrella's Royal Table on the 17th at 7:40pm, thats the restaurant in Cinderella's Castle!!! They start taking reservations for this restaurant 180 days in advance, and it says its a hard reservation to get so we were a little worried but we got it! We also have reservations at Marrakesh, a Moroccan restaurant, Les Chefs de France, and at Chef Mickey, which is supposed to have a lot of the characters wandering around a lot. We still have other reservations to make but the 2 restaurants I really really wanted were Cinderella's Royal Table and Tony's Town Square, so I'm happy. One of us will set up an itinerary link on our website so you can check out our plans as they happen, and we're hoping to be able to borrow a laptop so we can keep everyone updated while we're there. We have tickets for 9 days, on the 10th day that we're there (the 23rd) our flight leaves at 1:30 so we won't be going to the park then.
We are getting really excited about it!!!
Monday, April 2, 2007
well the point is that changes are being made, so be patient as we figure all of this out :)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
I got an A in both classes though! My cumulative GPA is 3.833 now =)
This next semester which starts in one week from Tuesday is going to be tough.
On Tuesday I have Software Engineering II, the first semester was good, I expect this class to be good too.
On Wednesday I have BIT Compliance, it is all about different standards and laws that apply to information technology, it should be interesting at least.
On Thursday I have Database Administration, I think this class will be a lot of fun, it is probably going to be one of the more technical classes I'll have at Walsh.
Sadly, my Friday Interpersonal Communication class at OCC will be going until April 27th so I'll have 4 night classes a week for 4 weeks.
Things are going well though, I am getting ready to finalize everything for the Condo and just about everything is planned for the wedding!
Happy Spring everyone!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We got settled down and then had to fill out the professor evaluations so we didn't get started presenting until 7PM.
I ended up fourth out of fifth, not my favorite position. I usually like to go first or last, I wanted to go last this time so I could gauge everyone else's presentations. It was an odd room so everyone else sat to do their presentations, I prefer to stand. Also, the girls were somewhat dressed up, but I was the only guy with a tie on (I hope that means bonus points).
My presentation went pretty well, I felt a little scattered, but I was trying to go through it fast because I didn't present until 8:30. My professor seemed to l like it though, he said he felt I obviously knew enough about network architecture.
We got out at 9, everyone was relieved.
Now I just have to worry about tonights final, it is open book and open notes, but the review questions were pretty tough...
On top of that, I left my books and notes at home, luckily Mom is going to bring them up and we can have lunch together, that will be nice.
Alright, back to work, more later.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The only sad part is that my Friday night class at OCC isn't over for a few more weeks so I'll have 4 night classes a week for a bit...
I keep forgetting I am in an online class, it is pretty much a joke, I just have to go on once a week and do a few things, write a few paragraphs and I stay caught up.
Interestingly at work, an opening for a Datatel Programmer (which I am not really qualified to be anyway) had been opened back in September that was closed and they were doing interviews last month. I guess they didn't find anyone they liked to they re-opened it. It says minimum qualifications are a bachelors, but mine is in progress. I am going to email around and see what I can find out =)
After Wednesday's final I'll only have 4 more semesters at Walsh until I am done, wow that is going by fast!
I am already starting to look into schools for a Masters Degree, I don't want to get stuck in a rut only going to Walsh, but we'll see...
Alright, off to class now, wish me luck!
Monday, March 19, 2007
It has been awhile since I have been able to update. I was just checking out Blogger which Google runs now I guess. It seems really cool so I switched over all of my old posts from http://charnesky777.googlepages.com and reposted them in Blogger.
Aside from that, things have been very busy. This week is finals week at Walsh so I have my finals for BIT Architecture (which did run with 5 people by the way!) on Tuesday and Software Engineering I on Wednesday. I really should be working on my final presentation/paper for Tuesday night but this is too cool!
I guess I should get back to writing, I'll post some more after my finals and I get some more time.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Our finished new house!!!
Friday, February 23, 2007
Not a whole lot else is going on, except for time flying and the wedding coming up pretty soon. I only have 4 more Montessori weekends! This past weekend, we couldn't stay on campus so instead of paying $75 a night for a hotel, I went and stayed at Janelle and Ryan's house. It was fun, we watched MTV and went to Meijer to get food. Their dog is kind of annoying but it was still fun. They are about a 45 minute drive from Adrian, which is kind of far but cheaper than a hotel and closer than the hour and a half drive to get home, so I might be doing that for the next few Montessori weekends.
This week is Walled Lake's mid winter break, and the family I work for is in Florida so I've had the whole week off...which was extremely boring and I can't wait to get back to work. I guess I'm one of those people who has to have a job, no slacking for me!
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
The first picture is the living room, taken from the top of the stairs. You can see the frame for the wrought iron and the beautiful view. Just to the left of where I was standing is a little window seat facing the woods. It was such a peaceful view.
The second picture is taken from the living room. Underneath the hanging lamp is the dining room, and into the kitchen. The counter you can see is the 'breakfast bar' so stools fit under it on the other side. You can see the little pantry and the space where our fridge will go. The open door near Eric is our laundry room.
The third picture is the kitchen. the open space on the right will be the microwave on top an oven, and the space on the left will be the dishwasher.
The fourth picture is the bathroom. They have the tub put in but not the toilet. I love the tile we picked!