S: Year Two...
BC: YEAR THREE... OFF TO A GREAT START! OCTOBER 2011 MR. GOURDMAN'S PUMPKIN PATCH DERBY, KANSAS
FC: Year Two... October 2010-October 2011
1: Year Two... If two years ago you would have told me that we would be living in Wichita, Kansas... together... in a house that you bought... I would have laughed... and then probably rolled my eyes. WE MADE IT! Two whole years together! There were so many big changes this year but we stuck through it and laughed (for the most part) through the whole thing! We both started new jobs, in a new city... we built and moved into a new house, and agreed on colors, carpet, flooring, countertops...etc. We traveled for weddings and family vacations; we jumped out of planes and climbed mountains together. This year has been amazing... and the only reason it was so amazing, was because of you. We've grown up so much this past year having to make HUGE financial decisions together, and we made it! I couldn't imagine or would want my life any different than it is today. It's going to be a hard year to top! I know that if we made it though this past year, we can make it through anything! Thank you for your patience and honesty with me... and we can't forget cutting the grass every week :) Enjoy our year in review scrapbook style... it's been an awesome one! Love, Hallie
2: MAKING THE BIG MOVE FROM ALLEN, TEXAS TO WICHITA, KANSAS. EVERYONE WAS EXCITED, EVEN MR. BENTLEY! I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE WE FIT ALL OF YOUR BELONGINGS INTO THAT SMALL UHAUL!
3: THANKSGIVING AT THE APARTMENT
4: RINGIN' IN THE NEW YEAR! HAPPY 2011 | DINNER AT "BO LINGS CHINESE" ON THE PLAZA IN KANSAS CITY & PLENTY OF FUN AT "HOWL AT THE MOON" PAINO BAR.
6: OUR FIRST HOME 3030 NORTH ROUGH CREEK DERBY, KANSAS 67037
7: REMEMBER OUR WEEKLY SATURDAY MORNING TRIPS TO VISIT THE HOUSE AND SEE THE PROGRESS? IT SEEMED TO TAKE FOREVER TO BUILD!?!
9: ALMOST DONE! EVEN THE LITTLE MUFFIN'S WERE READY TO GET OUT OF THAT SMALL APARTMENT! REMEMBER BENTLEY FRANK HIDING OUT ILLEGALLY IN THE APARTMENT UNTIL THE HOUSE WAS DONE?!?
10: OUR FIRST SNOW! GOOD THING WE HADN'T MOVED IN YET SINCE WE DIDN'T HAVE A SHOVEL! | CABINETS ARE FINALLY IN!
11: FINAL WALK THROUGH! APPLIANCES, COUNTERTOPS, AND CARPET INSTALLED! NO MUFFINS ON THE TABLE WHEN WE EAT :)
12: WELCOME HOME!!!! | FINALLY OURS!
13: NOW WE JUST NEEDED TO DO SOME DECORATING! YOU AND MUFFIN HAD THE RIGHT IDEA, NOW IF BENTLEY WOULD JUST GET ON BOARD!
14: NOW THE HARD PART... PACKING. GOOD THING ZOEY WAS THERE TO HELP HOLD THE TAPE... OR LOOK CUTE... OR BOTH! | NOW WHERE WAS THAT LITTLE WHITE FLAG FOR OUR MAILBOX? | OUR PACKED APARTMENT | INSTALLING THE FAN WITH OUR "LADDER"
15: SOD FOR THE PUPPIES! I'M SO GLAD WE CONTRACTED OUT!
16: HAPPY 26TH BIRTHDAY OLD MAN! WE CELEBRATED BY PLAYING VIRTUAL GOLF! | GRANDMA & GRANDPA HARPER CAME TO VISIT THE NEW HOUSE!
17: FINALLY 25... WE CELEBRATED MY BIRTHDAY AT LUCIANO'S ITALIAN RESTRAUNT IN MULVANE. THANK YOU FOR MY DELICIOUS PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES AND BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!!!
18: EVEN WICHITA HAD A FEW FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO... | WE WENT TO "SAFTYSUIT" & "THE SCRIPT" CONCERT AT HARTMAN AREANA | WE WATCHED THE "WICHITA THUNDER" HOCKEY TEAM PLAY AT INTRUST BANK ARENA | THE ZOEY'S FINALLY MET WHEN YOUR SIBLINGS CAME TO VISIT!
19: WE HAD PLENTY OF FUN AT THE TODD AND WYLAM WEDDINGS IN ST. LOUIS! | AND FUN DINNERS OUT AS WELL!
20: COLORADO VACATION... OH YEAH!!
21: THE KITTIES MET THE PUPPIES FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WEREN'T HUGE FANS OF EACHOTHER TO SAY THE LEAST! WE WENT AND VISITED TOM & TRICIA IN FT. COLLINS FOR BEER TASTING AND HAD A GREAT TIME IN THE UPTOWN AREA OF DENVER WITH SARAH AND JOHN AT "STINGS"!
22: WE RACED/ATE CHEESE FOR THE CURE IN DENVER, COLORADO! | AND SOME OF US... SLEPT IN FOR THE CURE!
24: SKYDIVING IN LONGMONT, COLORADO FOR OUR TWO YEAR ANIVERSARY | SMILE FOR THE CAMERA! | FREE FALLIN! WITH A SAFE LANDING :)
25: THE LONGEST FREEFALL IN COLORADO... JUST AROUND ONE MINUTE! I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE WE ACTUALLY DID IT! WHAT A RUSH! REMEMBER THE 92 YEAR OLD GRANDMA WHO DID IT RIGHT BEFORE US? IF SHE COULD DO IT, WE COULD DO IT TOO! WE EVEN HAVE THE CERTIFICATES HANGING IN OUR OFFICE TO PROVE IT!
26: OUR FIRST 14'ER! MT. BIERSTADT ELEVATION: 14,065 feet WE MADE IT...BARELY!
27: BENTLEY HAD HIS CUTE LITTLE HIKING BOOTS ON... DEFINITELY A LIFESAVER! | WE HAD PLENTY OF FUN ON THE HIKE TAKING BREAKS AND COMPLAINING :)
28: WE FINALLY MADE IT TO THE PEAK... NINE HOURS LATER... BUT WHO WAS COUNTING (ME)??? WE ALL HAD OUR OWN WAYS OF CELEBRATING. BENTLEY TOOK A NAP, I CRIED A LITTLE, AND YOU SCREAMED AT THE TOP OF YOU LUNGS! I THINK I QUIT ABOUT 100 TIMES, BUT WE FINALLY MADE IT, AND THEN ENJOYED A DELICIOUS "PEAK-NIC"
29: EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS I THINK EITHER ONE OF US HAD EVER DONE... I'M GLAD WE DID IT TOGETHER! NOW IF WE EVER DO IT AGAIN... THAT'S A DIFFERENT STORY!
31: HERE'S TO THE NEXT AMAZING YEAR... I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH BETTER IT CAN GET!