Sunday, October 26, 2008

About Time To Update

It's been a couple weeks since our last update, so I figured it's about time for another. Life has been pretty uneventful, which isn't such a bad thing in light of our frequently trying circumstances.
Fall weather has finally hit Virginia, with temps averaging out in the 60s. We are loving every minute of it! Last weekend we went to Carytown to ring in the holiday season (yes, we are already considering it the holiday season). Carytown is a part of downtown Richmond (we think) that is a cross between downtown State College and Peddler's Village--shops similar to Peddler's Village set up like downtown State College. Our two favorite stores are the Christmas shop and the chocolate/candy store. Jeremiah came home with a bag full of exotic-flavored Jelly Bellys and I with a Kahlua truffle. Amazing! We have been happily anticipating our first Christmas together, and have already viewed a couple Christmas movies in our down time. 'Tis the season!
Later in the week I made Shep's day when I brought him and Shane each a pumpkin to carve. They had never carved pumpkins using the special tools and patterns, and were so excited about it. It was fun for me to help them and see them enjoy something that has been a huge tradition for my family.
For those who don't know, Jeremiah got me into a book club with a bunch of women he works with. I had never met any of them, but was glad to finally get the chance this past week at our first get-together. It was a lot of fun to hang out with people! Jeremiah and I are struggling to meet people and build relationships, so I am thankful for this opportunity. We meet again in the beginning of December to discuss our new book, One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell (think Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle). I didn't fair too well with the first book, which was 560+ pages, so I'm really trying to get a head start on this one since it is 430+ pages. We shall see.
This week Jeremiah will be away at a professional development conference from Wednesday through Saturday in Maryland. We're excited for this opportunity, because he was one of few people asked to go by the principal. A couple of his co-workers also asked him to play in a dodgeball tournament yesterday. J-Beezy, as printed on the back of his jersey, had a lot of fun.
Other than that, we have just been basking in the victories of Penn State and the Phillies and loving every minute of it! Oh, and I'm in the process of completing my first domestic project--painting my old toy box. Right now, I can see the old design right through the primer and first coat of paint. Lovely. I'm crossing my fingers for the second (and maybe third) coat to provide some better coverage.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Great Weekend

This weekend Jeremiah and I traveled back to the lovely state of Pennsylvania. Jeremiah was a groomsman in our friends' (Ben Thompson and Ashleigh Pfrommer) wedding. We headed up Friday morning for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner later that night in Lancaster. Of course the drive took longer than it should have, being that we were on 95 practically the whole trip. The wedding was beautiful and it couldn't have been a more perfect fall day. The sun was shining, the trees were colorful, and the temperature was just right. It was SO great to see our good friends! We were so thankful for the time we were able to spend with them catching up and laughing ourselves to tears. We also got to see Cameron, which was wonderful! Here's a couple pictures from the wedding: Jeremiah and me (how lovely of him to smile), and Cameron and Andrea.
After the wedding on Saturday night we headed to my parents' house in Sellersville to slip in a quick visit and pick up some delicious apple dumplings I'd been craving for quite some time. Although we got there close to midnight and had to leave the next afternoon, we had such a nice time seeing my parents. It was good to feel at home, even for just a short time. We miss seeing friends and family so much, and had a great time!!

We're back to work today, and what a day back it has been already. I was sent home a half hour early because I was pooped on. Revolting.

And on that note, have a great day! We miss you!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sunny Day

Just thought I'd share the lovely view out our living room door onto the back balcony. We are loving the beautiful fall weather in Virginia!


After two months of sitting in separate chairs and propping up the pillows from the bed against the living room wall, we are happy to say WE FINALLY HAVE A SOFA! The search is over, and we are more than pleased with our dark brown, corner sofa from IKEA. Our living room is now completely decked out in IKEA, as is most of our apartment. We traveled almost two hours to the only store in Virginia planning on bringing home a regular sofa; however, there was a credit event offering no interest no payments for a year, so we were able to get our ideal sofa. Four hours after it's delivery, Jeremiah and I were lounging and loving it. Why four hours? Unfortunately, everything from IKEA must be assembled. The pictures aren't the best, but you get the idea.