Friday, December 1, 2006

Thanksgiving in KC

Traveling by train, roasting a turkey in the world's smallest kitchen, being privy to the super-secret 24 hour salad recipe, watching the Macy's Day Parade Live then passing out in your friends' NYC apartment - this was Thanksgiving '05.

This year we faced the holiday with equal parts excitement (visiting with family, getting out of town, eating) and trepidation (how the heck do you top T-day in NYC??). Now that we are safely back home, I can tell you, we were right to be eager and foolish in our worry - we had a wonderful time! Driving was not nearly as nice as riding the train, although napping was easier.

Susie's feast was equally as great as Louisa's, and we had more room to stretch out! In fact, with Frank and Susie keeping seperate houses, Brad and I could have Frank's entire HOUSE to ourselves. We slept in, we relaxed, we watched TV for the first since July, we got wonderful camping gear for early Christmas and we were thankful. We saw all the old Kansas City favorites - Frank and Susie, Susie's boys Alex and Andrew (15 and 17), Danielle and Vicki - and a new addition - wonderful Jeff, Vicki's boyfriend (apprentice tattoo artist and cat lover).

Also, Melanie and her boyfriend Mike (an Aussie and a gentleman) drove to KC for the weekend and we got to visit with them on Saturday. We got to hang out at the Roasterie where Danielle works to look at pictures and catch up.

Afterward we went to the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City and saw some amazing doll houses, then had Mongolian Barbecue for dinner - yum! On our way back to Frank's house we got to see The Plaza all lit up for Christmas. All in all - a great weekend.


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Who said Texas doesn't have fall???

Well, when we moved to Texas, I thought it would be summer all year long... Boy, was I wrong. Suddenly, it's winter time. Fall decided to rear its pretty head last weekend. Too bad we weren't even in town to enjoy the three days of color changing. We were in Kansas City visiting family for Thanksgiving and when we returned the trees had already started shedding their leaves.

We settled in to enjoy fall and winter snuck up on us. I guess it didn't sneak, because the weathermen were telling us all about the major winter storm about to show up. It went from 75 to less than 30 overnight. And with it came a little freezing rain and a few snow flurries. I guess major is a relative term (for those of us from Wisconsin, at least).

So, whoever said Texas doesn't have a fall was wrong. We DO have a fall! And it lasts a whole week. Oh ya, winter lasts about a week, too.


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Monday, November 27, 2006

The Wedding

Wedding pictures are up!

Visit [edited for privacy]


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About time!

Dear, lovely, wonderful and patient family and friends, here they are....


We know the wait was unfair, but we hope you enjoy them all the same.

With Love,

Jenny and Brad

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Saturday, July 29, 2006


We just walked in the door from our fabulous honeymoon at Disney World. When we have eaten and rested a bit, you can expect a full report and pictures to boot. Man, it's good to be home!

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Sunday, July 9, 2006

We have a cake!

Well, our adventures in cake land are finally over. It took a while to get everything finalized, but the effort seems to be worth the wait. I met with our baker (Petit 4) this morning and everything was agreed upon. The cake will consist of rich chocalately goodness, with a smattering of berries. Or, as described by our baker: Delicious Sacher torte (chocolate almond) soaked in Grand Marnier, filled with ganache, raspberries and blackberries, and bittersweet chocolate buttercream. The outside shall be decorated with Italian meringue buttercream with straight edges and elegant borders.

Yum Yum.

If you look really hard and squint your eyes at these two pictures, you might be able to imagine what our cake will look like:


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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

What Wedding?

Two and a half weeks until the wedding!! Am I worrying about the wedding? the honeymoon? the move? the whole 'starting a new life in a new place' thing? No. I'm worrying about placement auditions for S*M*U's orchestra.
They will be held a week after Brad and I move, and I am thinking maybe I ought to be working on the music, even though I had promised myself a practice-free month before the wedding. Obviously the nagging practice guilt has not motivated me very far since it hit a couple of days ago:

In other news, I am still holding out hope that my baby garden is going to produce before we have to leave! I am just sure my morning glories are going to start to bloom any day now and that my brave little green tomatoes are going to ripen at any moment. Maybe.


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Saturday, July 1, 2006

The Saxony Apartment

Brad found an apartment!! I can't beleive he actually found something that fit all out our requirements at a price we could afford, but he did it! In two days! I guess I didn't really have to worry about sending him to Dallas all by his lonesome-self to find an apartment after all! This boy is good, I'm telling ya. Guess I'll have to keep him...

Here are pictures of the living room looking into the dining room and then the living room itself.

Here is a tiny but tidy kitchen and a view out the dining room windows - just lovely!

And last but not least - the views from our patio - the pool area and walk-way to the parking area. All in all, a pretty awesome apartment at the right price. Love it!


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