Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wedding... Thursday!

This edition of Wedding Wednesday is coming one day late. I apologize for the delay. As promised in the last post, I will tell you about April 11, 2009.

Well, I'm sure you guessed it so I will just come right out and tell you! Brandon asked me to marry him on April 11. It was such a wonderful and special day. Brandon and I spent most of the day running errands and seperate from each other. We had made dinner plans that night to go to Ambrosia, a restaurant we had wanted to try for a while. We have spent quite a bit of time in the park pictured below and decided to go for a walk since it was one of first nice, spring days.

We walked around a few laps just to get out and get some exercise. On our last lap, Brandon popped the question right underneath the huge rotunda. I immediately said yes. Afterwards we talked about how excited we both are for the life we have ahead of ourselves. We did not have a camera that day, but when back the next day to snatch a picture right where it all happend.
And for those that don't see me that often.... here is a shot of the ring.
We enjoyed a magical dinner at Ambrosia. It was such an exciting feeling that we had official plans to spend the rest of our lives together. The wedding will take place on July 24, 2010!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wedding Wednesday: Dating

I thought it would be neat to allow pictures tell the story of how Brandon and I got where we are today.

In this picture, Brandon and I are visiting the Jack Daniel's Distillery. We took a trip to Memphis and Nashville over Spring Break one year. We discovered we had similar vacationing styles. We both are super curious and love to just to roam around museums, take tours, and just explore new places. In five days we visited Graceland, the Gibson guitar factory, The Civil Rights Museum, and The Country Music Hall of Fame. I might be missing something but it was a jam packed, fun filled trip.

Brandon and I also discovered a passion for food. Throughout our childhood our moms cooked for us and during college we both lived in Greek houses. After college we began to cook for ourselves for the first time. We researched new recipes to make for each other. To this day it is something we enjoy doing together. Too bad neither of us like doing the dishes! Pictured below is the best food found at the Indiana State Fair. We always eat healthier than this, but the picture makes both of us laugh so I thought I had to include it.
Brandon and I both share a love for the Colts. When the Colts play away games we like to throw our own tailgate parties with football food. It is such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Brandon and I also share a love of country music. Brandon got me tickets to see Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, and some others last summer for my birthday. It was so fun to see Keith Urban because he is one of my favorites. Here we are at the concert.

There are many mixed emotions from the last picture. Over Christmas break last year, Brandon joined my family on their annual vacation. We usually go to Hawaii but traded that in for Keystone, Colorado. Keystone was beautiful in its own way, but Hawaii is definitely more up my alley. It was a great time for Brandon to get to know my extended family better and it meant the world for me that he wanted to go. I think he had a blast skiing and I am proud of myself for at least attempting. The best part of the trip was that he spent over a week with my family and we all got along great. The village where we stayed had the cutest statue of a ski bum couple... still in love. So Brandon and I had to get our picture taken with it!

The last four years are filled with many more memories that are special to me. Check back next week to find out what happened on April 11, 2009.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wedding Wednesday: How We Met

I thought I would liven up the blog with a weekly wedding update on Wednesday. So look forward to a wedding update every Wednesday. I will start with one of the most important details... how we met!

It was the summer of 2005 and I had just moved back to the Indy area after graduating from Purdue. One of my best friends from college was marrying one of Brandon's best friends from college. There were several social events that we both attended. I secretly admired Brandon from a distance. He does not admit that I had caught his eye... but I know I did. ;) Finally it was the weekend of our friends' wedding and Brandon and I really hit it off. That night he noticed me for sure. Here is a picture of us at our friends' wedding.

Now there are different renditions of what our first date actually was, how it happened, and how it went. After much discussion, we decided that our first official date took place at Bazbeaux's in Broadripple in August 2005.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Indiana State Cross Country Meet

Today the Z'West Cross Country team had the opportunity to take part in the largest Middle School Cross Country meet in America. (According to the website!) There are easily close to 1,000 runners in the races throughout the day.

It was a chilly day, but luckily it was a little warmer than in this picture (taken from the meet in the past). All of the kids have been working so hard this year. Our girls team is very talented and ended up finishing second! I was a proud little coach. :) It is always so exciting and rewarding to see their hard work pay off. We will finish up our season next Saturday at the conference meet.