FC: The Year Engaged and Married 2012-2013
1: Continuing the tradition, or perhaps starting one, this album begins with photos of our trio of cats.
2: There was a solar eclipse (for which I forget the official name). We got some fantastic pictures of it, even though it started off hiding behind clouds.
3: Greg continued to spoil me with delicious food all year. He does not believe in repeating a starch based breakfast food, so breakfast is always an adventure. Highlights include: 1. Waffles with plumcot sauce. 2. French Toast with pan-seared bananas and rum sauce. 3. Waffles with Butter Rum sauce made with Cruzan Rum. 4. Mini-French toast with plumcot sauce. 5. Strawberry pancakes with fresh berries on top.
4: We also continued "communing with nature" (please note the high degree of sarcasm) by walking or hiking more regularly. We mostly hiked in the neighborhood or on nearby trails.
5: We got the parents together again. They played a rousing game of trivial pursuit. I also spent some of the night packing up the remaining stuff I had at my parents. Greg helped.
7: In June we went on a family safari to Tanzania. We visited Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
8: Much of the year was spent in preparation for the wedding - including dress shopping with both the bridesmaids and my mom, and hair and makeup trials Our first wedding present was from Alan Cooper and was a Cocktail Shaker (quite appropriate).
9: My mom and I went dress shopping, and at our first store we found "the" dress! For a whopping $226. These are some of the other dresses we tried that didn't make the cut.
10: We also had engagement photos taken in the Dallas Botanical Gardens. Our photographer Kari Crowe was amazing to work with and caught great moments between the two of us.
13: Halloween was fun. I started making decorations for the house, including a wreath, and some spider-nests. I also made a wreath for my parents. I had so much fun with the ribbons for the wreaths (some had bats or eyeballs). Our pumpkins this Halloween- One was a lopsided vampire and the other had little Volt-teeth.
14: I finally met Doug and Kim at Thanksgiving, where all Greg's family was together, except Joyce and David and their families. This was definitely the biggest (16 people) holiday that I have celebrated in a while.
15: Over Thanksgiving I also had my Bridal Shower. Everyone was there, from all of Greg's family to Mom and even Walter.
16: Greg and I hosted Christmas at our house this year, because with the wedding on the 19th of January we couldn't justify going to Minnesota (as much as we may have wanted to).
17: Christmas Menu: Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (Blue Cheese and Cranberries) No-Knead Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls Creamed Corn Asparagus and Green Beans My parents made dessert!
18: On New Years Eve and Day, we built my Christmas present from Greg's parents, the Lego London Bridge! It took 4 books and over 4,000 pieces but it was oh so brilliant!
19: Greg also finally got his Lego Sopwith Camel for Christmas, which he had been wanting for ages. The cats also try to help build the Legos, on a regular basis. That or they just like the boxes. Or both.
20: On January 19th 2013, we had our wedding, at the Old Red Courthouse in Dallas. | It was the day and night of a lifetime. All our family and friends were there (including some that I had not seen in years). Everyone seemed to have an amazing time, and everything went smoothly. I still can't get over how well our cakes went over - especially the Lego cake (which you know we had to have). Really I could not have asked for anything better.
26: The following Monday we left for our honeymoon in St. Croix. We had the most wonderful time (but since this trip has it own album, its getting only a brief mention)