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Annie & Marcus’s Wedding…late!

Our dear friends, Annie and Marcus, got married on July 7th. We thought we’d have babies by then and not be able to make it, but it all worked out! Despite some rain right up until time for the ceremony, everything worked out well for a beautiful wedding at Red Rocks Trading Post.

Annie and her mom descending the steps
Annie and her mom descending the steps
Picking up her dad to walk down the aisle
Picking up her dad to walk down the aisle
The kiss!
The kiss!
Coming down the aisle...so happy!
Coming down the aisle…so happy!
Us with the bride & groom...babies please come out.
Us with the bride & groom…babies please come out.

 

Traditional Liberian dance at the reception
Traditional Liberian dance at the reception (Joel is out there somewhere)

 

 

 

Other 2012 Highlights

Since there’s no way I’m going to make posts about all of these things, here are some other highlights from 2012. We did move in 2012, but I’ll actually make a post about that!

Skiing a few times, despite the bad snow year
Skiing a few times, despite the bad snow year
We went to Memphis for Rebecca's wonderful wedding
We went to Memphis for Rebecca’s wonderful wedding

 

Joel turned 30, and we had a big fiesta
Joel turned 30, and we had a big fiesta
Mom and Dad came out and conquered a difficult hike with us
Mom and Dad came out and conquered a difficult hike with us
Joel and 4 of us ladies went on a fun snow climb to the Citadel
Joel and 4 of us ladies went on a challenging snow climb to the Citadel
Matt, Erin, Evie, and Amelia came for a fun weekend
Matt, Erin, Evie, and Amelia came for a great weekend
We did round 2 of the snow climb up Kelso Ridge on Torrey's Peak with Sarah & Patrick
We did round 2 of the snow climb up Kelso Ridge on Torrey’s Peak with Sarah & Patrick
Some of our community group took a fun trip to Annie's family cabin in South Dakota over Memorial Day weekend
Some of our community group took a lovely trip to Annie’s family cabin in South Dakota over Memorial Day weekend
Fun on our block!
Fun on our block!
Although a little rusty, we brought out the old climbing gear a few times
Although a little rusty, we brought out the old climbing gear a few times
Joel's mentee, Kuatid, graduated from high school
Joel’s mentee, Kuatid, graduated from high school
We had a fun couple of days with Brittney and Dupree in the mountains
We had a fun couple of days with Brittney and Dupree in the mountains
Our 2012 garden
Our 2012 garden

 

We climbed the West Ridge of Quandary Peak...our 3rd way to climb it
We climbed the West Ridge of Quandary Peak…our 3rd way to climb it
Joel's parents visited and provided invaluable help as we and our neighbor sodded our front yards
Joel’s parents visited and provided invaluable help as we and our neighbor sodded our front yards

 

Guanella Pass provided one last chilly camping trip of the year with Sarah, Annie, and Patrick
Guanella Pass provided one last chilly camping trip of the year with Sarah, Annie, and Patrick

Brittney’s Wedding

Here’s a round-up of some fun from Brittney’s wedding in June. It was such a privilege to be the matron of honor. Everything was beautiful, especially Brittney, and besides the intense heat, things pretty much went off without a hitch. We are SO happy for Brittney and Dupree…we just wish they would go for the fellowship in Denver!

Brittney, right after getting ready:

 

Brittney and Dupree:

The bridesmaids (photo by Jason Tucker, the photographer):

Brittney and me (photo by Jason Tucker)–and don’t count on my hair ever being that fancy again!:

The ceremony:

The wedding party:

Joel, me, Mom and Dad:

 

Lately

I guess I just haven’t been into blogging the last few months. Maybe the zeal will come back one day. Here are some fun things we’ve done lately.

1. Started the garden/seedlings (yes, we are still looking for a house, so the garden thing is a bit of an issue). I’ve planted spinach and pea seeds and started tomatoes and peppers inside.

2. Skiing/snowboarding. We’ve been a good bit this year since we got season passes, and we’ve had fun times with friends like the Potorffs, Thomases, Simmons, Clendenins.

3. Joel had jury duty again, but he got dismissed right away. That was a relief after the terrible case he was on in Nashville.

3. We finally had our “Boo-rito” party that we won from Chipotle on Halloween. We had our small group plus some visitors over and had about 20 people in our skinny house!

3. We had a short but fun visit with Joseph while he was in town.

3. We got to hang out with the Mortons! They were in town for a youth rally, and we were able to spend two fun evenings with them.

4. My cousin Brent had a conference in town and spent the weekend with us. We had a great time snowshoeing, hiking, etc.

Anybody there?

Hello, is anybody there? Probably not, because I surely haven’t been here. Things haven’t been too interesting lately, and we haven’t taken many pictures, hence the lack of blog posts. Here is some new info for us.

1. I got a new job! I’m doing accounting at Save Our Youth, where Joel and I are mentors. It’s a great organization, and the job seems like a great fit for me, so I feel very blessed that the timing worked out perfectly.

2. We skied a lot before Christmas, and we’ve been a few times since then. I’ve improved this year, so it’s been more enjoyable. Oddly enough, we have been nearly a dozen times, and not a single day was just the two of us. We’ve had lots of skiing time with friends from in town and out of town (sadly few pictures–our camera died). Here is us with Kyle and Steph at Keystone.

3. We’ve had a few fun snowshoeing adventures. Here is a picture of Lewis and Vanessa eating lunch when we snowshoed near Loveland Ski Area. Following are pictures of us at Rocky Mountain National Park (we got a new camera!).

Nashville fun

We had a wonderful trip to Nashville around Labor Day. The weather was shockingly not hot which was such a blessing. We were hit with the humidity when we exited the airport, but it didn’t bother us again. During the trip, we were quite busy, but we had a great time visiting with family and friends. The highlights were Mandy’s wedding, seeing Joseph and Courtney’s new baby, having meals with my family, meeting up with Joel’s parents in Huntsville, going to Waverly to see Grandmommy, and visiting with the Fykes, Baxters, Huffards, Otts, Allyson, Dave, Brittney, and Joel’s old coworkers.

Joseph and Courtney with baby Noland:

Us with Noland:

Mom with Noland:

The Huffards:

Joel holding sleeping Noland in the sheep they received as a gift…I think it was called something like a Pillow Pal, and apparently they’re fancy?

Us in Huntsville at Monte Sano State Park with Joel’s parents (there wasn’t anyone to take a group shot):

Hiking with my parents at Radnor Lake:

We can’t wait for another visit!

Camping is fun

Oh yes it is. For part of the 4th of July weekend, we went camping with our friends Kyle and Stephanie in the Independence Pass area outside of Aspen. It is SO pretty. I guess we understand why it is insanely expensive to live there. We camped at the Weller campground, and our tent was nestled among a huge grove of aspen trees.

Joel and I headed out after work on Thursday, so we had some time to kill before Kyle and Stephanie arrived on Friday. Joel wanted to drive up to the trailhead of Capitol Peak. He and his friend Jason were forced off of it due to weather several years ago, and Joel is determined to avenge his loss. He has decided that we will return here in August, backpack in some amount of miles that is farther than I would like to go, camp, and then summit the mountain. We shall see. Anyway, it is really beautiful at the trailhead. Capitol Peak is on the left:

Here’s a picture of more beautiful aspens on the drive to the trailhead:

Our friends arrived later that day, and we drove to the Maroon Bells area. They said it’s the most photographed spot in Colorado. I think I can see why. We also hiked up to Crater Lake for a closer view of the mountains.

Here’s a picture of what is, if you’re looking at the picture above, to the right of the Maroon Bells.

Beginning with our trip up Torrey’s Peak, we have had camera drama. This is with our 2003-model point-and-shoot, and we think it’s finally biting the dust. We’ve missed several memorable occasions now, so I think it’s about time for a new one. This camera apparently hates altitude in its old age. Luckily on this trip, Kyle and Stephanie had their camera to capture the sights. Here’s a pic Steph snapped of us making dinner.

Joel’s and Kyle’s faces were too funny to not post this one:

We had a much-needed face-washing session on Saturday morning…we had some nasty hair, but Joel had a particularly beautiful style.

Our final activity was a strenuous hike to Cathedral Lake. It was beautiful, but I was huffing and puffing big time (of course)!

Weekend with the Mankins

The Mankins visited weekend before last, and we were worried they wouldn’t make it due to the snow in Nashville! Good thing we have a lot more snow in the mountains here so they didn’t miss too much. After their most exciting announcement of their upcoming family addition (baby in August!), we decided to go to Rocky Mountain National Park instead of skiing. We had a great time, and Joel and I can’t wait to go back in the summer. Here are a few pictures, and a lot more are on our picture website.

We had some fun at Red Rocks…

…visited the big bear at the Denver Convention Center…

…and played on the frozen lake at City Park.

We had a wonderful weekend, and we can’t wait to meet their baby in a few months.