…for crafts, weddings, and holiday gifts!
It’s been a while since my last post. Josh and I have been busy cutting fabric over the weekend for our little christmas project we are working on. It is super fun to get crafty with the husband. Speaking of “husband,” Josh and I are planning on an official wedding certificate signing in the upcoming weekend (three years past our Mexico wedding in 2006)! We were going back and forth on just heading down to the courthouse verses putting something together at home and hiring an officiant. Our answer came to us as Josh was passing by his buddy Andy Paulson in the halls at work and said in a joking manner, “You don’t happen to be ordained, are you?” To which he answered, “YES! I AM actually…I filled out a form I saw in the back of a Rolling Stones magazine and now…I’m ordained.” Apparently, Mr. Paulson has never married anyone. He just thought that something like this would come up one day…and it has! For those of you who do not know Andy, this story sort of sums up his personality in a nutshell. As some of you remember, the lovely Miss Johnna Wells performed our original ceremony, and although we thought it would be funny to have her auction us off (she is an auctioneer), we went with the more thoughtful, loving ceremony. For family out of town, I am going to try to learn by Sunday how to video stream the signing so you can witness it, but if that doesn’t work out, I hope a photo of us signing the certificate will suffice!
For those of you who do not know, we are, for all intents and purposes married. We just never made it official with Big Brother when we returned from our out-of-the-country wedding. There are reasons why we waited this long…related to student loans and such things. But, next Sunday, on our 3-year anniversary, we are making it official AND I am changing my last name! I look at it as if we are renewing our vows already!
Every couple has a different way of doing things. Although this was not what we had planned, in some cultures there is actually such a thing as “trial marriages,” where couples are married for one year, and on the day following the year mark, they revisit the minister and announce their decision of whether or not they will be staying married. I think it is brilliant actually! Do you know how much our divorce rate would go down if more people did this!? The term is called “handfasting.” To learn more about this seemingly odd custom that we accidentally fell into, click here. I didn’t know about this until someone recently told me it was as if we have had a trial marriage up until this point and gave me the history.
On to other topics…for Christmas this year, Josh and I finally make the expensive leap to purchase blinds for the kitchen (which is fully surrounded by windows as if it were a sunroom) after living in the house for almost five years! Recently, our neighbors built an apartment above their garage and the new tenants windows and deck look right into our kitchen. Furthermore, a delicious new philly cheese steak restaurant moved into our neighborhood and when they are open in the evening, we feel the full affect of living in a fish bowl.
I took this picture of Josh inside Steakadelphia from our kitchen window. I had to use my zoom but you can see the need for blinds! We ordered the honeycomb, top down/bottom up blinds so we can have the blinds open on the top section and still get privacy. They just arrived in the post this weekend. Hopefully the installer will be able to get them in this week! It should help to insulate the room as well.
And, on a final note, I am so excited because I went to the MAC store yesterday to get a new set of headphones since mine have been shocking me when it rains, and I walked out of their with a brand new iphone 3G, and new headset….and the best part…it was all FREE OF CHARGE due to issues that were more expensive to fix than to replace with my Apple Care Plan. It felt like Christmas came early this year!