Saturday, September 30, 2006

More Wedding Fun

Andrew and Becky's Wedding Ceremony

Janice, Rob, and Ashleigh waiting outside the church

Leaving the Church

We got to see our friends, Andrew and Becky get married last Saturday in Golden. I've known Andrew for several years now and he is the brother of one of my roommates I had after college. Their ceremony was beautiful and done by the same pastor that officiated at Rob's and my wedding at the same church we attended while dating. They also had a fun reception at a Mariott hotel and I never knew Andrew could be so romatic with his singing and serenading his new wife in front of 150 people. Rob and I sang a duet together at our own wedding and while I was used to singing in front of people, and it was still nerve-wracking to add that to your wedding day. Kudos to you, Andrew (and Adam)!

I love weddings, as they're so fun and happy and makes you remember all the things you love about your own marriage and spouse. The day-to-day living can drag you down at times, but it's fun to celebrate with old friends and reminisce. Becky was just overflowing with happiness and the new married life she and Andrew were about to embark upon. Even Andrew who doesn't show a lot of emotion most of the time was happy as well with stars in his eyes. May God bless you both in your new life together!

The newlyweds, Ryan and Carrie

Sarah with Lucas (9 mo) and Ashleigh (23 mo)

Rachel, Lucas, Janice, and Ashleigh

Andrew and Becky's First Dance

Daddy and Ashleigh on the dance floor

Friday, September 15, 2006

China Adventures

Rob's two-week trip to China turned into a three-week trip as his work had no one else to send and his last day with his current job is rapidly approaching. No pictures on this post as the digital camera is in Xiamen for another few days. Luckily typhoon Shenshen curved to the north, so it looks like he'll be OK and back at the regularly scheduled time.

So far, he's worked six days/week so he's really only had Sundays to sightsee. He's visited the local Walmart and also toured the city where he's staying and the neighboring island. Xiamen is straight west of Taiwan and about 800 miles south of Shanghai, so no going to the actual tourist areas while he's there. The food is mostly seafood with rice, but he has eaten at McDonalds twice and also KFC.

He's doing pretty well, but ready to be home again. We have discussions on whether it's harder being away from home and the family or being with all that's familiar in the comfort of your home, but having everything around to remind you of that person. I think being on the road is easier since you have less around you to take your mind off of missing your family and there are things like work and sightseeing that distract you. The hard part about Rob being away is that I don't really get a break from watching Ashleigh. Especially with being at home all of the time now. There are nap times and sleep times, but if I want to go run an errand or do something for myself, it's much harder now.

Ashleigh and I went camping at the Sand Dunes with my sister and her husband last weekend and to Albuquerque with my in-laws over Labor day weekend, so this weekend is the first weekend where we've actually been home in a month. I'm looking forward to the down time and time to get the house back in order before Rob gets back. There are still a few projects too that I need to work on as well. It's been a long few weeks, and we're definitely excited to have life back to normal again shortly, including Rob working normal days.