Big News

Been pretty quiet on here for the last few months. Obviously we’ve been busy – fall is always a crazy time of year. But we also discovered in early September that I’m pregnant. Since I had a miscarriage earlier in the year we decided to lay low with that information for the first few months. However as of tomorrow I will be at 21 weeks and a little over halfway so it is with hope and trepidation that I share this info here (for the very small band of people who actually read this site)!

In anticipation of some common questions here’s a little FAQ…

  • When are you due?!
    May 4th, 2017. Yes, as in Star Wars Day.
  • Are you going to name the kid Luke or Leia?
    No way. ‘Darth’, ‘Yoda’, and ‘Kylo’ are also out.
  • What are you going to name the kid?
    Not telling, sorry!
  • Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?
  • So which is it?
    It’s a girl! 😀
  • Are your parents excited?
    Yes, both sets of grandparents are thrilled. This will be Cam’s parent’s first grandchild so they’re very excited; my parent’s have two grandsons but are excited about their first granddaughter.
  • When is the shower?
    Dunno, though I’m assured there will be one. My goofy besties literally responded to the news of my pregnancy by asking if they could host the shower (like that was even on my radar) and I know my sis-in-law Bea is all over this, too.

If you have any other questions let us know. Also I don’t splash pics of my uterus around the internet but if you’re so inclined to see such things and we’re friends/family I don’t mind sharing.

Thanks to all of you who are or have been excited/supportive/giddy/encouraging, etc. We’ll keep you posted as things develop. <3

Summer Vacation

Cameron and I took what is now becoming our standard summer trip in August. Headed north and stopped for a short visit with Aunt Jean and Uncle Ken (and co.) in Slippery Rock. We then continued into Canada and had a short visit with my cousin and faux-niece Jenny. Then we headed up to the cottage in Muskoka for a nice relaxing 5-days of cool, sunny bliss.

Happily we mostly missed the hot and humid days that have plagued Canada this summer. My cool aunt and uncle Lisa and Mike and my grandmother were there for part of our trip and we also overlapped for a few days with my folks. This made for a somewhat crowded cottage at times but it was nice to see everyone.

On the way home we stopped in VA for a ride down the Creeper Trail. It was a bit overcast (ok, occasionally drizzly even) but very cool and it’s an easy ride. We bought a little carrier for Nala and Cam obligingly carted her around. Not sure she loved it… she tried to get out a lot but I think she really just wanted to wander around and smell everything.

As usual, photos are online – [ cottage ] [ creeper trail]. And a few pics here for easy viewing…

Congrats to Nicole and Babs!

My little bro Bobby got married this past weekend to a really sweet girl with an absolutely lovely family. They got married up in Portland, Maine so Cam and I took a couple of days up there to visit. It wasn’t really what I expected at all – but then again my last visit to Portland was the one in Oregon (so not the same). This Portland was much smaller and more quaint. And the people were so nice. We also got to do dinner with one of my best friends from college, Mandy, and her new hubby Apples, which was awesome! Miss her so much!

Got some photos here. I won’t lie: there was some drinking. But we had to in order to stay warm. That place has some ocean breezes.

Fall Fun

It’s been a crazy fall and I can’t believe it’s almost November already! We’ve been very busy: moving, redoing floors, selling houses, Oktoberfest, conferences. My brother Bobby recently got engaged to a lovely lady, Nicole – congrats guys! And we miss Greg and Erika up in Boston but we still get to see Mike, Bea, and the nephews, most recently for the Canes opening night.

Lots still to come this year!

We’re hitched!

Cameron and I are married!

JenCameron087We got hitched Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at the Lodge on Lake Lure in the mountains of North Carolina. It was a bit warmer than we wanted so we wound up getting married up by the lodge instead of on the dock. But it was a beautiful spot and – as it happened – right outside our room. We had a great officiant and got to come up with our own vows. We both cried. Our parents cried. I think everyone cried. It was great!

We had a lovely dinner afterwards and our siblings and parents got to hang out and enjoy the lodge. Skye and Ben took excellent care of Nala for us so Cam and I could relax after a very busy day. It was really beautiful and a great weekend all around.

11024602_10102633064704139_357108175081045470_nPictures! Our wedding photographer took a bunch of good ones for us and you can see the album on Flickr. Here’s one to tide you over, and another we took the evening before after a great dinner at my parents cabin on Lake Adger. Nate and Cyrus gave me the flowers for my hair. <3