Fred came to visit!

Fredrik, an old roommate of ours, came to visit this weekend and Raj is officially back in town!  Adam, Brett, Raj and I took the opportunity to eat at the awesome, Original Pancake House (or OPH as I like to call it (pronounced ‘opah!’)).  We had a really fun wine and cheese party at our house where everyone was supposed to bring a hunk of cheese or some wine…though we ended up with a cooler filled with beer present at the evening too 🙂  Much of the evening was also filled with self-imposed ’90s hits, singing and dancing!  I made a really yummy shortbread, caramel, and chocolate layered dessert for Joanie’s birthday and some chocolate chip cookies that were completely gone by the end of the night.

The shortbread caramel bars looked just like these from bakersroyale.com 🙂

 

Fred, Raj, Brett, and I played 3 games of raquette ball….there was supposed to be another round of that over the weekend so that Fred and Mal could reap some revenge but we never quite made it back to the gym.  🙂  The boys passed a lot of that time spent not at the gym playing a bunch of halo, and we ate some great German food in nearby Gibson city 🙂  Here are just a few pictures from the weekend

Happy Monday!

Holidays, Michigan, Illini games, and Holiday cards

We haven’t talked a lot about our winter break!  (mostly I think because I (Mallory) want to forget that HUGE chunks of it spent studying ever happened haha!)  We will post more pictures soon but these are two that seemed fitting 🙂  The first is Brett and KJ in their pjs with pups in their laps 🙂 and the other is when Brett and I went to the St. Louis Symphony’s playing of the Pirates of the Caribbean with my dad and brother.  The music was soooo good!  We’ll post more pictures of the rest of break soon  🙂

After returning to Champaign and after my qualifying exam, Brett and I had a great trip to Michigan with the pups to finish our Winter Break 2012-2013.  Here are a few pictures (from my phone!  the resolution continues to amaze me)  from the trip which included walking on the beach (seeing how much Caya loves the water (though is frightened slightly by waves) which I learned while hiking with a friend in TN), visiting a casino just to spend most of our time in the Kid Zone (read, arcade…why gamble for real when you can play AWESOME games and then win tickets to get cool prizes?!?!?!), yummy dinners out (shown here with one of our awesome wins from the arcade), and much more.  🙂  More pictures to come!

 


Click here to watch a movie!  — walking on the beach

A few weeks back from break Brett and I were able to take advantage of my dad’s season tickets to the Illini Basketball games!  🙂  The game wasn’t the greatest (we lost to Northwestern?!) but we had a lot of fun!  Go ILLINI!!!

 

Finally done (for the time being, hurumph!) with that pesky qualifying exam, I worked hard over the weekend to finish sending out holiday cards and then ran out of them before finishing!  🙂  I quickly drove around town looking for cards to no avail.  Que the Internet-to-the-Rescue!  More cards were quickly ordered 🙂  Just proves that you really can by anything at anytime on the internet!  So some of those cards will be a tad bit later than desired (seeing as its mid to late January and all haha) but better late than never.  Sending out holiday cards is still one of those ‘adult’ like tasks that I really enjoy.  I so love getting everybody else’s cards and reading about what their lives have been like for the past year.  For some of those people, I know everything that has happened before even opening the envelope since we stay in touch but for others it has been a while and the card is a nice and endearing way to see that we’re all thinking of one another.

What do you all think about holiday cards?  An archaic tradition or something to keep going strong?  🙂

 

Exams and the end of Winter Break

Hello everyone!

Things in our house have settled down since returning from spending the holidays with our families and then celebrating New Years here in Champaign.  Not many fun things have happened though…we just keep studying!  Brett has some pretty important deadlines on Friday and I still have that pesky qualifying exam on Thursday morning.  The pups have taken advantage of the cold weather inhibiting walks as well as our busy schedule and had some fun with a comforter earlier today…

Inca here has been posed with the crime she may or may not have actually committed 🙂  Good thing we’ll have a chance to get some much needed walks outside and some good, old, R&R this weekend  🙂

I hope that all of you are doing well!

Happy not studying to you all!  I will be among you again in 2 days!

Love, Mallory

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2013 to all!

We hope that everyone out there is doing well, taking life day by day 🙂  We had a great 2012!  Our wedding was a huge success (if we don’t say so ourselves haha), our academic lives are flying by, and we spent our first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years together as a married couple 🙂  Our website is evolving too!  We’ll slowly be switching out the wedding content (though keeping some of it for you potential ‘soon-to-be-married’ people out there who may need or want info) and we will be adding content as our life together unfolds.  Check back often for new posts, pictures, and content!  We currently have a new ‘Our Wedding Vendors’ tab where you can find the list of great people who helped us with our wedding here in Champaign, IL.  Come back soon!

 

Love, Mallory & Brett