Saturday, December 6, 2008

First Snow!! And new pictures :)

This is Bobby, my uncle's dog. Don't you love that name?! Can you see his eyes?? He is so sweet.

My cousins putting on a show for us. D.A. likes to shake it.

I had to capture this epic moment. Aaron watching the final games of the regular college season in our basement. Boo hoo....By the way, that couch will finally be upstairs soon!!

Our santa. Dad and Mom Meredith sent this to us along with some other goodies for St. Nicholas Day!

Our living room from the loft. We LOVE our vaulted ceiling! I had to be careful not to get too close to the edge! Do you like my accent wall, Mel?? :)

I haven't posted in a while so I decided I better stop being a slacker. Some of you are really good at posting regularly! Unfortunately, I typically don't even have energy to make dinner when I get home from work - let alone blog.

Today we had our first real snow! It's freezing out here, but there's nothing better than snow on a Saturday. Unfortunately, we chose today as the day to replace the ugly brass door nob and hinges on our front door. So our house was exposed to the cold most of the day. Sadly, the weather made for dangerous roads and an elderly man slammed into a tree just down the street from us. I think he's ok, but it was quite the sight with fire trucks and ambulances everywhere. The poor man was laying on the side of the street in the cold snow. Every street in this area is busy because it feels like the entire United States lives in Alexandria, but the street just outside our neighborhood is especially busy. We have seen some very entertaining things since moving here. For instance, shortly after we returned from our honeymoon, we were sleeping in our loft while we were setting up our room with the new bedroom furniture and at about 2 a.m. I was woken from a dead sleep with what sounded like a semi-truck hitting our house. I jumped out of bed to find a man in a truck who had hit 4 parked cars along the street right outside our window! He was trying to drive away so I started yelling, "He's trying to get away, let's stop him! He's trying to get away!!" I grabbed my phone as Aaron was still in a daze and I called 911. Long story short, the guy was drunk. The best part was watching out our window as the police made him walk the line and saying, "Uno, dos, tres...." I couldn't help but laugh. Really, how do you hit FOUR cars before realizing you might want to use your brakes? And buddy, you should have hit cars outside someone elses house because I wasn't gonna let you get away!

Aaron and I have been super busy lately. My new job has me working some longer hours than when I worked at NAB. I'm still pretty happy with my decision to take on this new opportunity, but of course it too has its challenges.
I'm still adjusting to life as a wife (I mean that in a nice way!) Sometimes it's challenging, though! Before, I made all of my own decisions. Now I have another person to consider! I've also realized that I can't just come home and eat chocolate chips for dinner anymore (bummer!) because my handsome, strong husband would not survive on that diet. I suppose I shouldn't be able to either. Hmmmm......Anyway, I am learning new recipes but i've found that pasta is so easy! Haha. It's good that Aaron likes it. ;) If anyone would like to pass along some yummy and EASY recipes, I am gladly accepting suggestions! Hint, Hint.

Aaron has been working hard to install our new bamboo floor. It's a lot like hardwood but more durable and it looks really cool! We hear it's the hot new thing so hopefully someday when we sell our house, people will be knocking down our door trying to get to it first! We're about 90% finished. The final touches are to finish the floor and install new railings throughout the house. I'm ready for our loft to not look so dangerous anymore. It's a good thing we don't have little ones around our home just yet. Aside from those final things, there will only be a bit of touch-up painting and we also hope to install french doors in our basement. Right now the sliding door is just nasty and terrible and bugs keep getting in - Gross!!!! I make Aaron catch them. Most of the time we get these bugs that look like beetles/grasshoppers and they jump really fast. I know they probably don't sound that bad, but they make my skin crawl - I just hate them!

Other than working on the house, Aaron is wrapping up his final weekend of the regular college football season. He wants to cry - I'm a little more OK with this. Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoy watching football with Aaron and often times I cheer louder than he does. But, this has just about consumed every Saturday for the past few months. And just when I think it's only Saturday, I realize there's also football on Thursday's Sunday's and Monday's, too! Yaaaayyyyyy! No, i'm not being sarcastic. Who am I kidding?? Is football on every day of the week??


Mari and the girls said...

Ooh great catch up blog!

I have a few comments:

1. If you don't have a crock pot, go get one! I will send you some recipes when I get home, but you can seriously throw things in there in the morning and it will be done when you get home, and they are so good on cold days!

2. At least (I think) you don't have to deal with the awful Fall combination of football season AND hunting! My friend from home and I find ourselves spending pretty much every Friday/Saturday together because our husbands are either hunting or watching football.

3. Your house looks really cute, and as for the bugs, I recommend the Ortho (from Lowes). We sprayed around the outside of our house, and the bugs die OUT THERE before they can come in!

dgordon said...

Aaron & Jenny:

The house looks awesome...I love the floor. Aaron, you have done an amazing job.

So sad about the end of football - I have seen a sad face or two over the years. Football is a necessity around here!

I love you both - counting the days to December 23rd. Oh, and keep an eye on your doorstep this Friday. Santa may have a few early treats for you both!!


..melissa.. said...

Oh man, so many updates...
*love the dog!
*love your home!
*LOVE the accent wall!! great color!
*Be careful in your loft! That is crazy! I am glad neither of you are sleepwalkers!
*You are such a neighborhood watch like me! Every noise I hear, I run to the window with phone in hand to call the police. You know lived with me and I called the police 3 times that year :) I need to start a neighborhood watch!
*I am excited to see even more pictures of your place!
*Have you gotten a Christmas tree? Or are you planning to since going to Washington..?
*I have an awesome chili recipe that I love-crock pot it! And some chicken recipes that can be made up the night before and popped in the oven when you or Aaron gets home!

Aaron and Jenny Meredith said...

You are all so wonderful! I have such great friends. I do have a crock-pot so i'd love some ideas from all of you! Can you believe I haven't used it yet?? I must really be missing the boat...

Thanks for the tips, Mari! You always have great ideas. And thanks, Mel - I'm glad you approve of my wall!!

Mom, I can't wait to see you in a few short weeks. :)

Love to all!