Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ah Ha!

Thanks to some assistance from Annie, I am now happy with the blog again and I can put this stupid computer down!

Random thoughts...

So, I haven't figured out yet what to do with the blog, so this bit of boringness will have to do for now. As soon as I find something I like, the cuteness will return.

Aside from that, Bobby and I have been helping out this weekend with a Young Single Adult conference our stake is doing...and can I just say that we are both so glad that we don't fall into that bracket anymore! It was a little painful watching the ice breakers, the dancing, and the socializing. I am so grateful that I have Bobby and am happily married and don't have to do those activities anymore!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Under Construction

So I got tired of the blog today and am now in the process of revamping it and making it fresh, work in progress...

Can I tell you how much I hate HTML and trying to figure out code and how to make this thing work??? Annie, I have a feeling a phone call will be in order some time this weekend...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How do you play video games?

Well, at our house, it involves the utmost concentration...

Bobby plays better when his tongue is stuck out of his mouth:

I don't even have control of my face when I'm thinking face turns on hard-core:

(and a little bit of the irked look on my face is because Bobby was taking the picture)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Let them eat cake!

Xax and Shannon had another reception here in Morgantown this weekend. It was a lot of fun, but the star of the show had to be the cake...not that I think Xax and Shannon were any less important, but let's face it, I love all things sweet and it was absolutely gorgeous. A woman Xax knew from Parkersburg lent her talents to its creation and it was nothing less than breathtaking. The best part? It tasted sinfully delicious.

And since this event was a little more casual, the bride and groom enjoyed smashing it in each other's face.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tim Tam Slam

My dad and mom have had a wonderful sister in their mission, Sister Utupo, from New Zealand. She's a wonderful, sweet, exuberant girl and she's going home this week. While we were visiting Mom and Dad, Sister Utupo taught us how to do a traditional "Tim Tam Slam". Tim Tams are delicious little cookies from the Kiwis and Sister Utupo was kind enough to give us some and impart her wisdom with us. The cookies are filled with chocolatey goodness and you dip them in a hot drink, like cocoa, and enjoy the yumminess that follows. Yes, it may be a little decadent, a little fattening (okay, more than a little), but goodness, it sure can turn a bad day around, I'm sure.

Here are her directions:

And our own demonstration:

Of course, just eating the cookies is enough to make anyone happy.

We are now converts to the wonder that is slamming Tim Tams...Yum!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Burger Bar

Bobby found this burger stand in Roy, Utah of all places awhile ago after seeing it featured on the Food Network. It's just a local place, good burgers, pretty of course Bobby loves it.

We stopped by with his mom and gorged ourselves on yummy food.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Xax and Shannon's Wedding

Xax and Shannon were married on Saturday and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was glorious, cold but sunny with just a dusting of snow. Both the bride and groom looked lovely and the ceremony was beautiful and there was so much love to go around.

They had a reception later in the evening with some munchies and a beautiful wedding cake.

Xax and Shannon, we love you so much and wish you an eternity of happiness!

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Bobby and Maggie Chronicles: I Love You

After Valentine's Day, our dating when on mostly as before. We enjoyed the time we spent together, missed each other when we were apart and loved talking on the phone to learn how our days had been. We'd been talking on the phone every night for quite a while now, and had even in the mornings. I worked early and Bobby woke up early for school, so on my drives to work I'd call and we'd see what the day held for each of us. I'd think of him when he took tests, and I'm sure the little prayers I said made a difference...since we've met Bobby has done better in school, little by little. He'd think of me when I was in the middle of moving furniture around and painting and looking disheveled.

Sometime toward the end of March he came to visit me. I don't remember what we did. The only clearly distinct part of that weekend that I remember is a conversation we had. We were on the couch watching a movie and Bobby turned it off and looked at me very seriously. He said, "Do you remember that conversation we had back in January?"


He smiled, "We were in your kitchen and I asked you how you would feel if I were madly in love with you. And you said, 'Are you madly in love with me? Because I'm not ready for that!' And I said, 'No.' I was just wondering how you felt about that now."

You know how in books a character has a single moment to think about something and somehow has enough thoughts to fill ten pages? I felt like that at that moment. Literally in one second this is what I thought: He's basically telling me he loves me, but doesn't want to tell me straight-out in case I don't feel the same way, but what if I do feel the same way, his eyes are beautiful, if I tell him I love him there's no turning back from this, why doesn't he just tell me first so I'll know if he really does love me, oh dear, I think I do love him...

I looked at him and said, "I love you." And then I groaned to myself because he looked at me with a blank stare and said nothing. (I would later learn it was because he was so dumbfounded that I even said such a thing). He slowly smiled and said, "I love you."

And then for the whole weekend every ten minutes he would turn to me and say, "I love you." Over and over and over again. I love him.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The reception

Our reception was a lot of fun. We both had wanted something casual and fun and that's exactly what we did. We had our reception at the Hilton Garden Inn which was just across the river from the temple, so the view was amazing. We had some yummy food to fill everyone's hungry bellies.

Of course there had to be something sweet. Instead of the traditional wedding cake, I've always wanted to have cupcakes, because you can have more flavors, and I've never been impressed with the "tastiness" of wedding cake.

After eating and enjoying memories and hearing all our friends and family relate stories and fun times we enjoyed dancing. I danced with my dad, which, knowing our family, was a tear-filled event.

After a wonderful day, Bobby and I stayed at the hotel and excitedly awaited our trip to Panama.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My cutest niece

Lilly is my one and only niece and she is just the cutest little girl, I could just chew on her for a while! When we were taking our pictures, Lilly was intrigued by my flowers, so my photographer took a few with us together.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wedded Bliss

Our wedding was beautiful! The day was cold, very very cold, but it couldn't have been lovelier. We were married in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints temple in Idaho Falls. The ceremony was so special and intimate and it was such a blessing to be surrounded by friends and family.

We took pictures for as long as we could outside...despite the freezing temperatures and snow it made for fantasy photos. Everything was gilt with ice and snow and it made for a pristine backdrop. Bobby and I really didn't feel the cold until the very end. We were so excited and wrapped up in our love and the enchantment of the day.

Monday, March 9, 2009

And now the moment you've all been waiting for...

Wedding pictures are here! We've finally received our wedding pics (thanks for sending them, Mom!) and we have proof that the day ever feels like so long ago! We had such a beautiful time. Here's a sneak peek, but keep checking back this week and you'll see more.

And, Somers and Berry families and friends, if there are any photos you'd like to see, let us know and we can email then to you!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chili Cook Off

On Friday night our ward had its annual chili cook off. I don't love chili, but I do enjoy it, so I thought I would pass this one on to Bobby, who does enjoy a good chili. He diligently went to work researching different recipes and found one that called for chipotles and chocolate. Mmmm...sounds like a winning combination to me. Then we found out that this chili cook off also included a cornbread contest. So I took over the cornbread front.

Things went a little off plan because Bobby got sick last week, so I ended up making the cornbread and the chili (he did dictate the recipe to me as I read it, though, so he was a little involved). That night we had a great time eating and chatting with friends and enjoying a variety of really good food.

Our chili didn't take home any honors (I've discovered most West Virginians don't like to deviate from standard operating procedures, including "different" chili) but my cornbread won best in show.

Mmmm...full bellies means happiness.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Belated Valentine's Flowers

So, Valentine's Day was a little, shall we say, unobserved, by my dear husband. He was studying for tests that weekend, and though I shall never know, he didn't do anything for me except write me a letter and fold it into the shape of a heart while he was down in the basement studying. Sweet? Yes. Thoughtful? In a small way. Romantic? Kind of.

I had been thinking about Valentine's Day the whole week, trying to decide what to do, because I had a sneaking suspicion that Bobby wasn't going to do a whole lot. When he gets busy with school work it encompasses his life, which I'm resistently glad of, he's a hard worker and that work is going to bless our family in a few years. So I made us a nice steak dinner and chocolate covered strawberries and bought him a card and let him study, because that's what his job is right now.

Bobby assured me flowers would be forthcoming. So, finally, two weeks later I have my Valentine's flowers. I got them on Saturday and they're absolutely beautiful and sweet and thoughtful and romantic.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A closeup of the dress

Just for my sister Annie, here's the dress I bought for the formal. I should have taken a before and after because I had to alter it to make it modest. I bought it at Gabriel Brothers, and it only cost $20, so I bought two of them, one to wear and one for fabric to be able to make alterations.

I started by taking in the second dress (it was a size 10, and I'm usually a 4), and then by trying to figure out what to do with the back since it was too low. When I was at the dress party with the girls we thought I could take the front of my second dress and use that to fill in the back since the shape would be the same. It ended up working quite nicely and I added buttons to make it look a little more intentional.

Adding the sleeves was a little tricky too. Katie helped me with that and we had to work with a couple patterns to figure out one that worked with the dress, but in the end they looked perfectly natural and like part of the dress.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dancing the night away...

This Saturday was the dental school formal and Bobby and I had so much fun. We went out to eat with some of his friends at the Glasshouse, a local restaurant, which was very nice. I had a huge porkchop with an apple and onion sauce and mashed sweet potatoes. Bobby had some panko crusted grouper with veggies. We definitely left with satisfied and full bellies.

After dinner we went to the dance, which was at the Lazy Lizard, a bar/club in downtown Morgantown. I thought the location might be a little questionable, but the school had reserved the 2nd floor which was actually really nice and we had such a great time dancing and mingling with our friends. We have decided that we definitely need to dress up and go out dancing more often.

Here's the lineup of the girls:

And not to mentions the boys:

We stayed until about 10, then had to go because Bobby has been a little under-the-weather this weekend (that's the result of sleep deprivation and too many tests in one week), so I took my man home so he could get some much needed R&R. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed spending some time out on the town!