Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Deep in the Heart of Texas...

Umm...we're moving to Dallas.  That's all I have to say for now.

Oh yeah...WE'RE MOVING TO DALLAS!!!!!! 

I'm a little excited.

Things I will miss about California:
#1. Caleb & Aidan (and Gina & Chris)
#2. Our church family
#3. Caleb & Aidan
#4. The lovely weather
#5. In & Out Burger (Matt is helping me make the list)
#6. The view of the mountains & short drive to the beach
#7. See #1 & 3

We're not just moving for the fun of it...Matty got a new job with Ernst & Young.  He'll still be doing International Trade, just with a new company.  We've been trying to find a place to live & making plans with friends and family, now that we'll be living so much closer!  Ok, that's really all I have for now.  Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bowling Pins...

Last week Matt's company had a big fundraiser for Junior Achievement.  This is a program where people from various business go into classrooms to teach elementary students about finances.  Last spring, Matt taught a group of 2nd graders all about city organization, using a debit card, and other fun topics!  As part of the fundraiser, each team was supposed to decorate a bowling pin.  There were no guidelines as to how it should be decorated, so here is what we came up with for Matt's team:

Bowling Pin Before:

Bowling Pin After:
I helped with a little sewing, but it was Matt's idea & he did most of the work!  I think it turned out pretty cute!  They still haven't announced who won the competition, but I think his team has a good shot!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Busy October...

I can't believe October has already come & gone.  Matt and I were very busy traveling last month, and I never posted (thanks for reminding me, Mom)! 

At the first of October we spent 10 lovely days in Alabama.  I have to say, when we moved there 5 years ago, I NEVER thought that I would miss it when we left.  But, moving to California proved me wrong.  I really miss all of our friends there & I miss living in our house!  It's hard moving out of a house you own & into an apartment that costs 3 times your mortgage payment.  All that said, I was not having the best attitude about living in California (no Mom, I'm not sad or depressed...please don't start worrying) and going back to 'Bama was just what I needed!  What wonderful friends we have there!  We got to stay in our house, since our friends Jordan & Shelly are renting it from us. We also had lots of lunches & dinners with friends, went to the Faulkner Benefit Dinner & saw Sarah Palin, attended Eric & Lauren's wedding, Matt played several rounds of golf, and I enjoyed an evening at the spa with the girls. Here are a few pics from the week of fun...
We spent almost 2 weeks at home, and then we were both on the road again.  This time, Matt headed to Europe for 10 days on a business trip, and I headed down to LA to visit Regina, Chris, Caleb & Aidan!  Matt spent the week in Belgium, and got to visit Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & then headed to Amsterdam for the weekend.  He had a great trip & took lots of pictures.  Maybe I can convince him to write a post about his trip later...when he recovers from jet lag!  My week in LA was a lot of fun as well.  Caleb & Aidan are so sweet and funny & Gina and I got to have a little bit of girl time!  We mainly just relaxed & followed their normal routine, but it was nice to spend time with them.  Oh, and I made Caleb's Halloween costume: Mario!  Aidan was a pumpkin, which was the costume I made for Caleb when he was 2.  They were both adorable!  Sadly, Caleb's costume had a major blow out when he wore it to school all day (we're talking a rip all the way down the front!), but I was able to fix it & from all reports trick-or-treating went much better!  Since Matt had the camera in Europe, I didn't get too many pics, but here are some of the boys in their costume!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Bama bound...

We're sitting on the plane in Phoenix, about to fly to Alabama. We get to spend 10 days there with our friends. I'm VERY excited. Just thought you should know.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Well, I don't really have anything interesting to post.  In fact, I couldn't even come up with a title.  I just felt like it was time for a post...and I felt like putting off grading papers for a little while longer.  Here's what's happening in our lives lately (WARNING: our lives are not so exciting, so unless you're my mom you'll probably be bored with the following list):

1. We had a labor day cook out at our apartment with people from church.  I didn't take pictures, I don't know why.  I think it was a success...people seemed to enjoy playing horse shoes and bocce ball.

2.  Matt has been working...a lot.  He comes home from work & works some more.  But at least he comes home and doesn't stay at work all night.  For that I'm thankful.  Last night we both sat on the couch and worked for several hours.  I think we said maybe 7 words to each other the whole time we were working.  But at least we were together.  Very romantic.

3. I'm back to being an Online Teaching Assistant.  I like it.  Some of the papers that are terrible make me laugh and keep me entertained, so that's good.

4. There's a girl from church that also works from home, so this week we have taken to "working" together.  In other words, we meet at a bakery or somewhere and chat while pretending to work.  It's not exactly efficient, but at least I have some social interaction.  I like her.  I think we could be good friends.

5. Today I'm working at Barnes & Noble.  Earlier, I went to the bathroom, pushed open an unlocked stall and found a man in the stall...I was in the girl's bathroom.  I checked.  Luckily, his back was to the door so he didn't notice that I peeked in on him.

I think that's about all I have to say for now.  I just noticed that my sentences are very choppy in this post.  Maybe the papers of the online students are rubbing off on me.  Have a good day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


     Well, Matt had to make a whirlwind trip around Asia a couple weeks ago, so I decided it was a perfect time to visit the family and took a 2 week trip to Oklahoma (thanks Mom & Dad). Although it was quite the shock to my system when I got off the plane at 9:00 at night and it was still 90 degrees (it was in the low 70's when I left Cali in the middle of the day), I quickly adjusted to the sweltering heat (it was at least 100 most days).  By "adjusted," I mean that I quickly learned to stay indoors at all costs.  I pretty much only went outside if it was absolutely necessary!   

     I did a lot of relaxing, and a lot of organizing my mom's closets.  I succeeded in helping her downsize her shoe collection to 42 pairs (she swears she wears them all), convinced her to get rid of at least 5 pastel-colored, crocheted sweaters, organized her tablecloths (not many people have enough tablecloths to need them organized--for her sake, we'll blame it on the wedding & baby showers she hosts), and helped my dad paint the guest bathroom (I would say that I helped him install some beautiful new light fixtures, but mostly I just talked while he worked).  To most people this probably sounds more like work than fun, but if you know me, you know I love to organize, so I loved it! 
     I also got to spend lots of time with family.  Chris, Gina and the boys were in from California as well, so I got to see them, and Amy & Shanda were in Duncan with their boys for the weekend too.  It was nice to have the whole family together, since we missed the chance at Christmas!  We had a birthday party for Dad, went to Kiddie Land, and had a Mexican Stack dinner at LouAnn & Kevin's.  I also had a chance to drive up to Blackwell, OK (it's a very happenin' place) to see Kelly for a few hours!  I hadn't seen her in almost 3 years, so it was a nice treat!  She took a chance coming down to see me, since she was only a few short weeks from having her new little baby!  Luckily, Seth didn't decide to make his appearance while she was on the road with her other 2 kids!  I also spent a couple of days in Oklahoma City with the nieces & sister-in-laws.  I enjoyed hanging out with the girls, having a movie night slumber party, and just spending time with the family!  That about sums up my Oklahoma trip.  It was a great time...and I can't wait to go visit again!  Of course, I always forget to take pictures when I'm in Oklahoma, but I did manage to get a few shots:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My mom...

So my mom had minor surgery today on her wrist.  She had a cyst come up that was hurting her & kept getting bigger, so an orthopedic surgeon removed it and fixed the tear so it (hopefully) won't return.  Our family's favorite part of mom having surgery or any need for pain medication is the funny things that she says and does while taking the pain meds.  She. Is. Hilarious.  My dad just called me when they were on their way home from the hospital and said that my mom had woken up and said she "weally needs to talk to her wittle girl." So, he decided to call me and let me talk to her so I could get a good laugh.  This was our conversation (remember, her speech was slurred and she said all her "r" and "l" sounds as "w"):

Me: Hi Mom, how are you feeling?
Mom: (something I couldn't understand)
Me: How's your wrist?
Mom: (in slurred speech) well...I fink iss ok, but it weally hurts a wittle
Me: well, is Dad taking care of you?
Mom: well, he's twyin, but don't wet him twy to put your bwa on you.  He don't know how to do it.
Me: Ok, I won't ever let Dad put my bra on me.
Mom: I want you to know I weally, weally wuv you.
Me: Ok, mom.  I love you too.
Mom: and tell that guy you're sleepin with that I weally, weally wuv him too.
Me: Ok mom, I'll tell Matt that you love him too.  Let me talk to dad now.

Oh, my.  She is a mess when she's on pain meds (or in this case recovering from the anesthetic from surgery), but she sure is funny!  Hope this made you laugh as much as it made me laugh!  Have a good day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm a Wimp...

So I went out to the car today and as I was walking I thought to myself, "Man, it's a little warm outside today."  So I checked the weather on my was 71 degrees.  Really? That's it?  I'm going to die in Oklahoma next week, I'm sure of it.  Oh, by the way, I'm going to Oklahoma next week and I'm REALLY excited!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Viva Mexico!

So Matty surprised me with a trip back to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to celebrate our 5th anniversary!  We were there for 5 nights and had a fabulous time!  We stayed in Hotel Riu Jalisco, which is an all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta.  It's great to stay at an all-inclusive place, because you don't have to worry about how much money you're spending on meals & snacks while you're on vacation.  It was fairly cloudy while we were there, but it was still warm enough to enjoy the swimming pool & the ocean.

We arrived in Mexico on Wednesday evening, settled in to our hotel & then went "exploring" around the resort.  Since we had been here for our honeymoon, we pretty much knew our way around, but it was fun to see everything again.  The next day we woke up & got busy relaxing in the pool & strolling along the beach!  That afternoon, Matt had scheduled us for an exciting swim with Dolphins!  It was so much fun!  I couldn't believe we actually got to pet the dolphins & go for a ride on them around the pool!  Matt said he has always wanted to swim with Dolphins, so he was so excited to get in the pool!

The next day, Friday, we had another fun adventure in store for us!  It was called the "Outdoor Adventure" and included a speed boat ride across the bay, 4 x 4 off road vehicles, a mule ride, 1000 ft zip lines, rappelling down waterfalls, and hiking through the Mexican jungle!  It was such a great experience and we had so much fun!
Saturday was a little less adventurous for us.  We headed into downtown Puerto Vallarta to do some shopping at the local markets.  Matt had fun bartering for our souvenirs, and I had fun shopping!  We were able to get a hand-painted spoon rest (love it) as well as a beautiful pitcher, some vanilla, and some ornaments.  We were planning to take the bus into downtown, but a Mexican family that was staying at our hotel was waiting for the bus with us.  Instead of the bus, the dad of the family convinced the taxi driver to take all of us to town (12 in all) for a very good price!  So our trip to town was much quicker & more comfortable than the bus.   We did decide to take the bus on our way back to the hotel.  We had to switch buses in front of Wal-Mart & the Mall, so we decided to take a look around.  The mall was very nice with some pretty fancy stores.  Wal-Mart wasn't too different than what you see in the states, except some of the products were different & the electronics were much more expensive!  While we were shopping, a World Cup game was on.  When we walked past the TV section, there were at least 50 people stopped watching the game!  Of course, Matt had to join the fun and watch the end of the game!
Saturday evening we got to go on the Rhythms of the Night dinner cruise.  For this excursion, we took a catamaran across Banderas Bay to Las Caletas, an uninhabited island.  Once there, we watched "stories of ancient Mexican civilization told through live music and dance."  The show was truly spectacular!  After the show, we walked back down the beach to a candlelit dinner.  Although the plan was for the dinner to be on the beach, it had to be moved under cover of canopies due to the weather.  Following dinner, we had time to explore along the beach and enjoy some time on this beautiful island in the midst of the tropical jungle!
Sunday was spent relaxing at our resort and enjoying our last full day in our tropical paradise!  Our hotel had 2 restaurants that required reservations for dinner, so we took advantage of both places.  One was a Brazilian steakhouse that served delicious food, including the best grilled pineapple I have ever eaten!  The other restaurant was an Asian restaurant, where Matt tried sushi for the first time.  He said it was good...I'm not brave enough for sushi!  Monday, we had a few hours before we had to leave for the airport, so we headed down the beach to Bucerias, a small fishing village that also has a large market.  We did a little more shopping there, then took a leisurely hour long walk on the beach back to our hotel for some lunch and a nap in the lobby before we were scheduled to leave for the airport.  We arrived at the airport thinking we were about 2 hours early for our flight, only to find out that our flight had been delayed.  After waiting nearly 5 hours, we finally boarded the plane to return home.  We finally made it back to our apartment, exhausted but thoroughly relaxed from our trip at 1 in the morning.  What a wonderful way to celebrate our 5th anniversary, as well as our birthdays!  Thanks, Matty for a great trip! 

(P.S. You should be able to click on the collages to enlarge the pictures).

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Birthday...

Ok, I realize that I have promised pictures of our apartment, but it's still not all decorated how I want it.  I might have to break down and post pics anyway.  Also, I recently realized that I was supposed to do a post about our spring break trip to Savannah, and I never did.  That was in March.  Also never posted about the end of school.  So, apparently I'm behind on posting, but it's OK.  Pretty sure my mom is the only one who is keeping up with the things I'm supposed to post.  She has seen the apartment, was with me in Savannah, and heard all about the end of school already.  So, if no one else is dying to hear about those things, I'll move on!

My 30th birthday turned out to be great!  I started the day by sleeping late, and when I woke up Matt told me he had decided to work from home since it was my birthday.  So, although he had to work, we still got to hang out together & we went to lunch at Red Robin.  Yum!  When we got back from lunch, I had a flower delivery from Mom, Dad, and Bubba.  The flowers were them!

Since Matt had several conference calls in the afternoon, I decided to treat myself to a little shopping trip.  My brother said I should go on a shopping spree, but we all know that I'm too cheap to do that.  So, I went shopping but didn't buy too much.  Still, I got to go to 2 of my favorite stores so I was so happy!  First, I went here:

And I bought these:

Ok, ok, I know most people wouldn't buy hangers on their 30th birthday.  But these are wooden hangers, and they look oh so pretty hanging in my closet!  They make the closet look so organized...and we all know I love organization.

Next stop was H & M.  Love that store.  I didn't buy anything, but I did exchange a couple of things!  After that, I headed back home.  Matt said he wanted to take me to dinner.  We went to Half Moon Bay, which is about 30 minutes from where we live.  We had dinner at a cute little place called Ketch Joanne's.  If you come visit me, I'll take you there!  It was delicious!  After dinner, we drove over to a little beach just in time to catch the sunset & have some sparkling grape juice.  It was beautiful, and the beach was perfect.  It was a small beach, and it was just us and a few surfers. 

We sat and watched the sunset, and then it was time for my surprise!  Matt had told me that he had planned a surprise trip for our 5th anniversary, and he decided to go ahead and tell me where we were going.  So, as the sun was setting, he gave me a card & an envelope.  When I opened the envelope, I found out that we're going back to Puerto Vallarta to the Riu Jalisco, which is where we went for our honeymoon!

 I was so excited!  I have always wanted to go back there for our 5th anniversary.  We leave on June 30 (next Wednesday) and come back on the July 5th.  I can't wait! 

Monday, June 21, 2010

30 Years of Living...

Well, today is my 30th birthday.  I'll post more later regarding birthday festivities, but I've had this song in my head today so I thought I'd share.  I think Tim McGraw said it well (or Phil Vassar wrote the song apparently, so I guess he's the one that said it well)...

I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

Hey my next thirty years I’m gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done
Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears
And I’ll do it better in my next thirty years

My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here
In my next thirty years

Oh my next thirty years, I’m gonna watch my weight
Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late
Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers (*shouldn't be a problem, since I don't drink beer!)
Maybe I’ll remember my next thirty years

My next thirty years will be the best years of my life
Raise a little family and hang out with my wife
Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear
Make up for lost time here, in my next thirty years
In my next thirty year.

I like this song, and I think it's a good look at life, especially on my 30th birthday!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yesterday was...

our 5th anniversary!  I can't believe that it has been 5 years since we got married.  In some ways, it seems like it was just yesterday that we said "I do", but we have definitely been busy!  Here's a quick recap of some of the things that have happened.  An overview in numbers, if you will.

In the last 5 years we have...
Acquired 1 dog
Bought 1 house
Lost 2 grandparents
Been stranded in 2 ice storms
Completed 3 graduate degrees
Lived in 4 states
Owned 5 cars
Moved 6 times
Had 7 roommates
Lived apart for 7 months
Gained 1 niece and 6 cousins
Been part of 7 weddings
Had 12 jobs
Experienced -30 degree wind chills
and spent countless hours in the car on road trips

Wow!  Like I said, it has been a busy 5 years, but it was a great 5 years!  Matt has blessed my life in more ways than I can count over the past 5 years.  He continues to spoil me and surprise me and make me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world!  I thank God for bringing Matt in to my life, and helping us make it through the challenges that we have faced over the last 5 years.  Although many wonderful things have happened, we have also faced the difficulties of law school, job hunting (in a terrible economy), losing loved ones, living many hours away from our families, and living apart (twice) for several months. 

On our anniversary, I can't help but think about our wedding day and all the wonderful people that helped to make that day absolutely perfect.  From our bridesmaids and groomsmen that helped us to relax and have fun, our moms who worked countless hours to make things beautiful, our family friends that also worked countless hours on our rehearsal dinner, reception, decorations, etc., my aunt Robbie who made all of the flower arrangements, to that special bridesmaid & her husband who packed up all the decorations at the chapel (without being asked) so that my parents wouldn't have to do it (thanks Kelly!) and so many others, we were truly blessed.   Everytime that I think about that day, I feel the need to thank all of those people all over again, but a simple "thank you" does not seem to accurately convey how important each of them is in our lives.  Not only did they make our wedding day special, but they have continued to love and support us throughout our marriage.  So to all of you who have loved us, encouraged us, and supported us, thank you!  God has blessed us in so many ways and I can't wait to see where the next 5 years will take us!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Santa Clara...

Here are some pictures from my trip out to California (click on the collage to enlarge it). We went over to the beach at Santa Cruz and then drove over to an adorable little town called Capitola for dinner. We had dinner by the beach & walked around down town to look at the little shops. The 2 pictures at the top in the center are a view of the mountains around Santa Clara. It really is beautiful out there!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I went to California...

So, this past weekend I finally got to visit California & our new apartment.  I had a great visit, and I really enjoyed seeing our apartment and the area where we'll be living!  We also did a lot of shopping for furniture, which was good since we sold all our furniture before Matt moved.

We got a couch...

And 2 dresser/night stands...

And an entertainment center & desk/book shelf, but I don't have pictures of them!  Yay for new furniture...and for Ikea which I absolutely adore!  It's nice to finally have a couch...the futon needed to be retired!  Pictures from California to come!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

An accomplishment...

I made it through an ENTIRE WEEK without having to write an office referral!  That's quite a hasn't happened all year.  It only took until the last week of April, but I'm praying this is a good sign for the 18 days to come.

Oh, and Matty found out today that he passed the Alabama Bar!

So it was a very good Friday.  Happy Weekend!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Well, obviously I updated my background & header.  I decided since we haven't lived in Chicago in quite sometime, the header was sadly out of date.  Not sure it will stay like this, but I've been looking at it for too long & my eyes hurt.  Plus, I love the Wizard of Oz, so it's a little tribute to my childhood.  What do you think?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Welcome to the World...

Ava Rose Askew!! My new niece was born yesterday, April 20, at 11:47 am and I am SO EXCITED! I wish that I had been there yesterday, but alas I still live far away from our families. But, I will get to see her before Matt, so at least I have that! She is a really pretty baby, and I can't wait to meet her when I'm in Oklahoma in June! Here are a few pictures of her for you to enjoy...

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Fabulous Weekend...

Well, Matt's visit to Montgomery has come and gone. Although I was very sad to see him head back to Cali this morning (at 6am...yes, I got up at 5:40 to take him to the airport...impressive for me, huh?), I was glad we had such a wonderful weekend with our friends! He got here Friday morning, and I surprised him by taking the day off work and meeting him at the airport. He had taken the red-eye flight from San Francisco, so he was exhausted when he arrived! We headed to our house to relax and grab a bite for lunch, and then he had to do a little work. He surprised me by booking a 2-night stay at the Renaissance Montgomery (thanks to our friend, Angela, who got us an AMAZING deal)! So, that afternoon we headed to the hotel to check in and nap before we went to dinner.

We met several of our friends for dinner at Wintzell's Oyster House downtown. We all had to call it a night fairly early, because we were all headed to the Walk for Life 5k race for Breast Cancer Awareness bright and early Saturday morning! (Don't worry, my knees still don't run...most of us WALKED).

After the race we all stopped by Chris' Hotdogs (an old Montgomery favorite) before heading over to take a stroll through the Alabama Book festival.

Saturday evening brought more excitement, as we headed to a Rhonda Vincent concert with Stephen, Kayla, and Shelly. She was incredible! If you like bluegrass and you haven't heard her, you should definitely check her out. Even if you don't like bluegrass. Incredible.

Sunday was a little more low key, with church, watching Matt's old soccer team play, a little nap time and pizza and games with friends. It was a wonderful weekend and I can't wait to head out to visit Matty in California in a few weeks!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Guess What...

Matty is coming to town for the weekend and I'm REALLY excited! I have missed him A LOT the last month and am looking forward to spending the weekend with him and our wonderful friends! Yay!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The apartment...

Well, Matt is all moved in to our new apartment in Santa Clara, CA! He arrived last Sunday after a long trek cross-country by himself. He stopped and visited family along the way, spending nights in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and Los Angeles. Thanks to all the family who welcomed him in & fed him dinner! He sent a few pics of the apartment, so I thought I would share (please keep in mind that he had to take these with his I-phone since I have the camera, and he wasn't completely settled in yet)...

The last one is the living room, it's kind of dark. Matt is quickly making friends with people from the church that he attended last week. He went hiking today, and repeatedly tells me how beautiful it is there. He starts his new job on Monday, so pray for him as he makes the transition!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cost of Living...

Has anyone ever told you that the cost of living is outrageous in California. Well, it's definitely true! Matt spent the weekend in California looking for us an apartment to call home. He found one. He did not, however, follow my instructions to take pictures of my future home, seeing as how I will be moving there without first setting eyes on it. The complex does have a pretty good website, so I at least have some idea of what it will be like. Thankfully, we will be upgrading from the 200 square feet that we grew so fond of in Chicago! Here is the website if you're interested. Be sure you're sitting down before you click on the Floorplans/Pricing tab, and remember that these were not the most expensive ones he found! I am especially excited that we will have a washer/dryer in our unit (not common in CA) as well as an ice maker (also not standard in CA apts). I think he did a great job finding us a place to live!

Friday, February 05, 2010

California Dreamin'...

Well, for those of you who haven't heard, Matt has accepted a job offer with KPMG in Mountain View, CA. Mountain View is in Silicon Valley, just outside of San Francisco. I know, we move all the time! But, this job is an incredible opportunity for Matt. He will be working in their International Trade department as a consultant. I'll be honest, I can't explain what exactly he'll be doing because I don't completely understand, but I do know that he'll be using his law degree as well as his LLM that he worked so long and hard to obtain. So, I am SO PROUD of him. Although this job initially takes us even further away from families in Oklahoma, it has more potential for eventually bringing us back closer than the opportunities available in Alabama. We are very excited about this chance for another life adventure, but we are hesitant to leave behind all the friends we have grown so close to in Alabama. But, we know God has a plan for our lives and we are trusting in him to guide and protect us. So, please pray for us as we make this transition. Matt will be headed out to CA in the middle of March and will start working March 29th. I have to stay behind and finish out the school year, so I'll head out there at the beginning of June. Once again, we'll have to live apart for a couple of months, but it is the only way to work things out. Anyway, just wanted to give a quick update on what's going on in our lives lately! Love to all!