Monday, May 30, 2011


With the help of an entire crew of family and friends....

Who all wore their "Camp H&M" t-shirts with pride...
We got married.

And. It. Was. Awesome.

We are in Philly now, about to leave for our mystery destination honeymoon. So I will be MIA again. But this time, at least everyone knows what I'm doing... it :)

I'll be back soon to fill these posts with wedding pictures (from my baby camera I had in my pocket) but until then. Let me leave you with this.

My adorable nephew ring bearers...
I mean really? WHy are they so cute?


p.s. I can't wait for our photographer to put up some more pics. Her teaser is killing me!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

2 days away!

Today we got a pretty awesome package all the way from China and this girl
She always knows the best gifts.
These awesome "king" and "queen" heart shaped coffee mugs. And traditional Chinese wedding slippers for the future little ones.
Of course!

Thank you Kara! We wish you and Peter were there but this is the next best thing!

....And because I'm exhausted and have no time, I thought I would leave you with a few pics from the day...
I am loving every minute of this crazy family time. I have the coolest family ever. I'm just saying, they rock.



Thursday, May 26, 2011

i love family

It's nuts.
Our house is full of sweet, crazy, little children.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

nader time

This morning Marshall came back to Stillwater so we went down to the court house!
Marriage license time!

Some were not as excited as others...!!

We signed our names...

And shook hands.
We're one step closer to it being official.

And then later that day the sky got dark and creepy.
So what else do we do?
We play outside.
And watch the storm come in.

And then we had 19 people stuffed into the storm shelter. We told the little girls we were camping and they were loving it.

No electricity + 19 people in a tiny space = sweaty

SO glad everyone is safe.


Monday, May 23, 2011

crazy house!

The family has started to arrive!
My cousin Leah, her husband Justin, their 3 sweet little kids, and their friend made the drive from Alabama to hang out early!

The house is crazy but that's perfectly fine with me.
I love this.
I especially love adorable little girls.

Jett loves to give kisses.
Lip kisses.
To his cousins. His 2nd cousin...

Let the madness begin!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Technology RULES!

My dear friend Tim, who I taught with in China, has had a lot going on the past few months. He has been planning his wedding to his Chinese fiancé Michelle in China!!! Think planning a wedding in America is stressful, imagine planning one in another country... in another language!

Tim, who is extremely technologically savvy, set up this live video stream of his wedding for his friends and fam who couldn't make the journey all the way to China. It started at 10:00 pm central Oklahoma time, 11:00 am China time.

It was awesome and so much fun.. especially because I could watch with my retainers on.
I chatted my other American teachers Jessica, Justin, and Kylie and we took many trips down our China lane. It was just so incredible to watch this marriage ceremony take place.

I am so excited for their lives together and can't wait to see pictures and hear all about the details! Pray Michelle gets her visa all figured out.. Tim is coming back to MD soon, and Michelle will join him when she can.

p.s. Marshall is in Tulsa and I'm in Stillwater. We are separated again, but this time it isn't as sad. It's exciting!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

t-minus 12 days

I really like having him with me.
And we are getting wedding stuff done!

Today, we went to the flower grower (the biggest in Oklahoma... we have a connection!) to pick out the flowers for the reception.
I told them "Just surprise me"

I'm finally learning to give up control.


Monday, May 16, 2011


I might be in and out of the blog the next few weeks.....because.....

Oh and we are getting married in less than 2 weeks.

We however did not take one photo today. This is wrong.

But I'm happy, so I don't even care!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Flat Stanley

One of the many awesome things about my time spent in China were the relationships that were formed with the other Americans. We were fortunate to have newlyweds on our team. Spending an entire year very closely to newlyweds was anything but boring!

Jessica and Justin (click there to see Justin's Chinese birthday) live, work, and go to school in North Carolina so the likely hood of them being able to come out for the wedding was slim.

But today, I received a letter. With 2 tiny little cardboard Royal cut outs with 2 beautiful faces glued on.
They have requested to make an appearance at our Royal wedding.
And don't worry. She apologized for wearing white to the wedding :)


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ways to help!

You all know all about Pryce.
You all love him already.

And I feel like you would like to help?
I know us young people often feel like we don't have lots of money to donate but you can help in other ways than just money.

Prayer. They need lots of prayer. And I know that is one thing that you can give.
Prayer for peace as they patiently await their new child, prayer for acceptance of a new baby brother from Jett, prayer for adjustments for all, prayer for the finances.
They need lots of prayer.

And if anyone DOES want to help financially (they are still trying to raise quite a bit of money still) they are selling t-shirts.

We are the t-shirt family. So why not right?
America or Bust!
1 color, front.
You pick your size, we send you a random color.
Kind of like a lottery. Kind of fun.

Or the 'We've Got Soul' baby blue
front and back design
How could you not love that panda bear?

If you're interested send me an email with your info and we will have it to you ASAP.

Spread the word. Link it to you blog. Pray lots.
You too can make a difference in this chubby little baby boy's life.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Why are you so cute?

Have you ever seen a more precious man in your life?
The answer should "no".
But I'm partial to this guy.

I love my Papa.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!

I have the best mom in the world.
I'm just saying.
She rocks.
I love cuddling, and snuggling, and hugging, and laughing, and shopping, and fighting, and cleaning, and eating, and Lifetime watching, and everything with you!

I'm sorry I didn't make you a fancy homemade meal, but the restaurant take out did a fine job. Probably a better job than I would have done.
But you're such a sweet mom that you would have said my cooking tasted good.

That's just one of the 289137292321 reasons why you are the best.

I love you.
Happy Mother's Day.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Weddings overtake Birthdays.

This year for my 25th birthday we had a giant wedding craft day.
I hate crafting. But having my friends and family there helping made it fun and easy.
A LOT got done!

Although Cathy looks like she was just reading the old books rather than helping...
A lot was accomplished.

I almost feel like I'm ready to get this wedding started... almost.

Also, Karli brought her baby over for some entertainment.
I think there was a love connection...

They both love the mailbox toy and the vacuum.
That's love.

Also, my dad had a big day.
He flew solo for the first time. Congratulations Papa Chop Chop!

I love how different and fun the 2 birthdays were.
I can't wait to see what and where next year will be like.

And a BIG thanks to all that helped with craft day. It couldn't have happened without you!