Thursday, February 26, 2009


So, the husband and I have decided it is time to be more actively involved,
in the community and in life.
We have set up a few goals for the next few weeks/months...
1. Get a doctor.
Neither of us have a doctor.
I have never had a doctor (seriously, never), and Steve has not had one in years.
We both getting older, and it is time to get an actual doctor.
2. Involved with no. 1 is to get us both on the same insurance,
we are already on our way to this one.
3. Find someplace to volunteer on a semi-regular basis.
We would both love to do this, but don't know where to start.
Unfortunately neither of our schedules are regular enough to say that one
Saturday a month we will be at ______________
That is what happens when you are a firefighter and an event coordinator.
Neither of those things have respect for weekends.
If anyone has any ideas about where we should volunteer, let me know...
4. Get into better shape.
We bought an elliptical, we were given a Wii as a wedding present,
so we purchased Wii Fit (pretty cool).
5. Start wedding scrap booking, and yes, Steve is helping me with this.
Now we just need inspiration and ability...
6. Save more money
The wedding is over, we both work full time.
No more excuses.
I think that is about it for now. I'll let you know what kind of progress we are making.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


When I moved home from living in Redding I bought a Jedidah (skate brand) t-shirt. The t-shirt said: The Winds of Change are Always Blowing

I bought the shirt because it really spoke to my heart when I saw it. This may sound weird or lame to some of you, but it truly spoke to me.

It has been years since I purchased this shirt. However, it has been in my mind a lot this last weekend. Things are changing in my life once again. It is not even the whole marriage things, that has changed my life, slightly, but mostly we are still exactly what we were before we were married.

Things are changing. I am slightly anxious about these changes. Mostly I am aware, and I walk confidently forward into the future.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wedding Pictures, Part 5 (Reception)

This is after the first dance, our beautiful ending pose...

Cleaning cake off of his face after feeding it to him.

This is just before the toast got started. It also show my rad cake in the foreground. A friend carved the topper, and Steve made all of the rounds. Very cool.

I am not exactly sure at what point during the evening this took place, but it is a funny random picture.

For those who would like to see all 500+ pictures from the evening go here:
To everyone else, hope you have enjoyed the few I have shown you. It truly was a magical day.

Wedding Pictures, Part 4 (Coffill Park Ceremony)

Well, the officially husband and wife hours before, the second ceremony first kiss, if you know what I mean

While passing us down the ring (Steve's not mine) it fell to the ground below the stairs. My nephew Jeshua found it, so I am giving him a hi-five here after he found the ring.
My good friend Ashley performing the second ceremony.

Steve celebrating with his dad in the background. I don't think I have ever seen him do this, and I am glad we got it in photo form so that I actually got to see it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wedding Pictures, Part 3 (aka Catholic Ceremony)

The Catholic Ceremony. Here is everyone in the wedding (from left to right): Rob, Caleb, Jeff M., Jeff B (Steve's bro), Steve, Me, Amber, Michaelyn, Heather and Brook. (No kids in this pic, I will post one of all of the kids later)

Steve and I after the Catholic Ceremony.

Walking back down the aisle after officially becoming, "man and wife."

The first official kiss as husband and wife.

I have more pictures to post, but no time today, so it will probably happen tomorrow. I hope you enjoy what is up there so far.

Wedding Pictures, Part 2

All of these pictures were taken at my dad and Heidi's house, once again, before the wedding.

I will now, forever, be a redneck since I was driven up to the wedding in a backhoe. It is still one of my favorite things about the wedding though.

My brother and sisters with their kids. Left to right: Caleb (brother) and Brayden (his son), me, Jenica is below me, my nephew Jo, Sister Michaelyn, nephew Jeshua, Amber (sister), and her son Bradley.

One more pic of the family.

Me and Steve, I think this picture is awesome. I have about ten of these where I am trying to not laugh because he was totally breathing on my neck the whole time.

Wedding Pictures, Part 1

These pictures were all taken at my work on the morning of the wedding. It is because of all of these (plus many more) that I had to get my butt out of bed at 6am on the morning of the wedding. Really could not have asked for a more perfect day, especially in January.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Two and a half weeks down, the rest of my life to go

Got back from the honeymoon in Cancun on Monday, and finally back to work today, ugh.

I wish I had lots of fun and clever pictures to post here from the honeymoon, and believe me, we took many... They are not posted today because on the last night in Cancun the camera was lost, most likely for forever. Very, very sad. So, here are some descriptions about pictures that should be here, but unfortunately will probably never be seen by an English speaking person again.

First Pic: Here I am with a beer in one hand holding up my watch. My watch says 8. It is 8am and we are in first class (a honeymoon splurge) and decided to a have a beer to get the honeymoon going. Steve was so proud...

Second Pic: Our beautiful room overlooking the ocean. Look there in the corner, that is our spa tub for two that was out on the deck. It was wonderful.

Third Pic: This was taken on his birthday, Feb. 11th. It is both of our favorite day from the honeymoon. This is from when we went out to a wonderful dinner at a restaurant that I cannot pronounce. It was awesome though. Earlier this day we had some excellent fish tacos in Isla Mujeres at a restaurant that I did not even look at the name... I am wearing by beautiful green skirt and a black tube top, he is wearing dress pants and a long sleeve blue button up shirt, in case you were wondering.

Fourth Pic: This is our last night in Cancun. It is also Valentine's Day. This is a big deal because it is the first time in our relationship (pre or post marriage) that we have been together on the actual day, February 14th. I am wearing my new favorite dress from bebe. We went on a pirate cruise ship and ate lobster.

You might actually see a picture from this, because when we realized we lost the camera I made him not change when we got back to the hotel and we grabbed the cheap under-water camera we bought and had the guy at the front desk take a picture of us, since it was so late no one else was around. It will be another week before me, or anyone else sees those pictures though.

Other than losing the camera the honeymoon was completely wonderful, well, I wish it would have been a little longer too, but, oh well. I am sure you are all completely intrigued by all of my descriptions... Man do I have a way with the English language. I am sure I probably would have posted a miscellaneous picture of us on the beach or by the pool, but none of those are sticking out in my mind enough to describe them at all, other than, this is me and Steve by the pool (or beach).

For those interested, I just got the disk with all of the pictures from the wedding. Unfortunately, the disk drive on my computer at work is not working, and I only have dial-up at home. So, until I get to a coffee shop or some other place with high-speed internet access with my laptop you will have to anxiously wait. When I finally do post them, I am sure it will include a link to shutterfly or snapfish so that they will all be viewable (there are about 500+).

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

W-Day Wrap-Up Part 1

This is the first picture I have seen of the wedding day. This is at about 9am when Steve and I were heading off to take pictures. I think I got about 15 minutes sleep the night before.
A few W-Day Highlights for those who missed it:
Staying at the B&B
Being able to have the ceremony at Coffil Park
Driving up in a Backhoe
The ring dropping at the Park
The Unity Candle not lighting
Steve telling everyone that he spanks me (hilarious and humiliating)
Steve holding back the tears during the catholic ceremony
Steve's parents during the reception
Sharing a glass of wine and some hummus with Steve while taking out 100+ bobby pins out of my hair after everyone else had gone to bed
Steve calling me Mrs. Baran as we were going to bed
A thousand other little moments in between them all
It was a completely wonderful day. I have no regrets with any of it. More pictures will be posted once I get them. I am so thankful that we have the week of normal life before the honeymoon in Cancun. I can't imagine it any other way. We had more time to visit with friends and family that we rarely get to see, as well as get all of the gifts situated and clean the house, so it is homey when we get home, instead of a disaster area like it has been all week.