¡Bienvenidos a México!

We recently returned from a wonderful trip to the beach in the Riviera Maya area of Mexico. We stayed at an all-inclusive, Gran Bahia Principe Sian Kaan. It was a great escape from the real world for a little while. We mainly sat on the beach and drank Mojitos, but did take a few excursions. One of them included visiting the Mayan ruins of Tulum and retaking our engagment photo.

We also visited some other ruins at Chichen Itza, swam in a cenote, and swam through a cave at Rio Secreto.

You can check out all of the photos from our trip in the photo gallery.

About that Piano…

After a 190 mile drive in the back of my dad’s pickup, a piano arrived at our door last Saturday morning. Fortunately we had a good number of people (thanks again!) to help move the 500 lb. beast… downstairs… two flights of stairs… with a narrow landing. After some back and forth, and some math and science (it helps to measure) mixed in, we managed to get it down and set up. Even after not being played for 10 years, it’s not too out of tune. Anybody want to stop by and tickle the keys?

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year!
(with a few other photos for your enjoyment below)

Skiing in Steamboat

We just returned from a great trip to Steamboat, Colorado. We met Corey and Becky in Ames and then made the LONG trek west where we met Jon and Liz (who had a shorter drive from Denver). We skied for three days, and while the weather was cold (-18 on day one), we wore a lot of layers and had a great time.

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Deep in the Heart of…

We recently took a quick jaunt to Austin, TX. Jess had a couple of law school fairs to attend, and I tagged along for the ride. We were able to hang out with several friends while we were there as well as eat some good food. While Jess was law school fairing it, I camped out for what I was told was the best BBQ ever. I had nothing better to do, so we waited in line for four hours, and I can now say that the wait was worth it. I think it was probably the best BBQ I’ve ever had. Thank you Franklin Barbecue!

European Cruise

IMG_0043The photos have been up for a while… a post has taken a bit longer. Back in early May, we took a cruise through Europe. We started by flying to Rome, where we saw some ruins and took a tour of the Vatican. From Rome we took a train to Civitavecchia where we boarded our ship (The Legend of the Seas). We sailed to Genoa, Italy, then Marseille, France, Barcelona, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Valencia, Spain and back to Rome where we caught a long flight home. We saw many castles and cathedrals, and ate some wonderful food. It was a fun trip, and I wish we were still there!

Check out our (MANY!) photos.

No More Beard

I’m a little behind on getting this one up since I’ve been beardless now for over a month. Here it is being removed from my face.

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Winter!

Winter is upon us here in Eastern Iowa. Scott tried out the new snowthrower (yes, you read that right…snowTHROWER…just like it said on the box) and we’ve both decided it was the best money we have ever spent at Costco.

Christmas Photos are Up!

Check out photos from Christmas in Atlantic with the Fiddelkes, and then later that day in Iowa City with the Malotts.

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Photo Gallery

 

Merry Christmas