Thursday, May 31, 2012

Busy Week

So this is all you get.
Those chubby knees! I die.

Update on Babe #2.  Loves to dance.  On my bladder.  ALL THE TIME.  Any hopes of #2 being a zen master are out the window.  Chaos is about to hit this family.  Cue evil laughter.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

5 Years Strong: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Five years ago today I married my best friend.  The day was perfect, just as I imagined and I had no idea just how blessed I was to call myself his wife.

Chris and I have known one another since middle school.  We go as far back as 6th grade.  I wasn't too fond of Chris in middle school.  I was pretty awkward, (in a blue tights and thrift store t-shirt kind of way) and Chris and his friends were cooler than me (not saying much) and they knew it.  Chris was rocking Science Olympiad competitions while I was creating Spice Girl music videos on the weekends with friends.  Little did we know that someday we would be husband and wife.

Through high school we were in similar circles.  Young Life was a significant part of our high school experience and foundational in both of our spiritual walks.  We ran with mutual friends but did little mingling between one another.  I was pretty good friends with Chris' brother, David, and spent time at the Jaeger household when I was hanging out with Dave.   Here's a fun fact: I almost asked Chris to Sadie Hawkins our senior year.  We were TAs together in a class and I thought he'd make a fun dance partner but opted instead to ask his best friend, Adam, instead.  (Adam was a wonderful date, btw.)

College came and we ended up in the same dorm at the University of Missouri.  Adam and Chris lived on the floor above me and we had a freshmen level psychology class together.  I used to walk to psych class with Chris freshman year, having to knock on his door and wake him from his mid-afternoon nap in front of CMT (ah, college- glorious).  We both led Young Life but at different high schools.  We both served in the middle school ministry at our church and attended a weekly Bible study together.

Sophomore year of college I looked across the table at Lion's Choice and saw Chris for the first time. Like realized this gem of a man had been in my life all these years and it had never dawned on me what a fine catch he was.  I went home and told my roommates I was going to marry Chris Jaeger.  (I sound crazy, impulsive, and dang sure of myself, don't I?)  I began privately (not so private if you asked my dear friends) swooning over Chris.  I would take lots of time and care to look my very best when I knew I'd run into him.  I offered rides home from leadership or Bible study, rides back to KC when we were both headed that direction.  I tried to put out my lady tiger vibe and Chris was absolutely clueless.

After a year of hoping and praying this dude would wise up and ask me out I decided it was time to move on.   Chris did not give any indication that he was interested and I wondered if my infatuation was completely one-sided.

Over Christmas break our junior year, I received a phone call out of the blue.  It was Chris.  He sounded nervous and he wondered if I'd want to go to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum with him.  I remember sweating bullets as I took the phone call and told him, "yes, I'd love to go."  I got off the phone and was so uncertain if this was a date or a friend thing.  I did a celebratory dance and then got myself ready.  He'd asked if I had wanted to go later that day.  He was cute, but not date savvy- who asks a girl out for later that day?  But I didn't care that he'd asked last minute, I'd waited an entire year for something to happen and I wasn't about to go all Emily Post on him.

After what I considered to be a successful first date he waited an entire MONTH to ask me out again.  The agony.  The uncertainty.  The painfully slow process that he took.  By the way, Chris is still much slower and thoughtful about big decisions.  I have always been the one waiting on him to join the party.  I have learned in marriage, though, to treasure this wisdom he has and to thank God I didn't marry someone as impulsive as me.  The good Lord always knows what He's doing.

We dated two and half years before we got married in 2007.

I dug up some photos for a good laugh.
 Two blondies!
 Chris made that cake for my birthday and to celebrate my summer internship in DC.
 Chris came out to DC to visit while I spent the summer there.  I am certain this summer apart was what convinced Chris he simply could not live without me.
 Sweaty at the outdoor wedding of friends.  Oh, red eyes, you make me look like the devil every time.
 Chris after the Chicago marathon.  So proud of his accomplishment!

 Our engagement photos.  These were more of the out takes.  Oh, my.

And my personal favorite.  Yes, folks, he still married me.
 Our first look.

Babe, it's been an awesome five years.  You were totally worth the nail-biting wait.  Here's to many more blessed years together!  Happy Anniversary.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Still as Handsome as the Day I Met Him

Dr. Jaeger is 29 years old today.

I am so thankful to call him my husband and to raise babies together.  Chris is the most hilarious, compassionate, rational, intelligent, and smokin' hot man I know.

For his birthday I wish him all kinds of blessings.

Chris is celebrated for so many reasons!

He loves his family so well.
He keeps me grounded but pushes me to keep dreaming.
He always asks the next question.
He cares deeply for the people God puts in his life.
He loves to dance and can seriously cut a rug.
His singing voice is actually quite good.  Especially his falsetto.
He makes our daughter laugh like no one else can.  Deep, belly laughs that take her to the ground.
He makes the world's best chocolate chip cookies.
He works so hard everyday and never complains.
He trusts God's timing and plan when I doubt.
He encourages people to be more of who they were created to be.
He makes me coffee every morning before he goes to work.
He loves to send text message inside jokes.
He sees the potential in all people.
He is committed to those around him.
He makes me feel beautiful.

The list could go on.  All this gushing paired with the pregnancy hormones could easily make me cry with appreciation.  So I won't go there.

Happy birthday, Chris!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Confession Time

I have a secret I need to put out there.  You might already know this, or perhaps you've assumed.  I've dropped hints from time to time and there have been a few posts devoted to this particular topic.   But in pursuit of full disclosure you need to know:

I love McDonalds.

Sigh of relief.  It's out there.

I know, I'm a girl and I'm supposed to like chicken salad and Panera paninis (which I also love) but I would never turn down a McDouble if one was put in front of me.

My mother-in-law is making a face right now.  Some of you might be quickly deleting me from your Google Reader.  But in an effort to be completely transparent, I need you to know that I have a serious love for the golden arches.

I realize it's not lady like.

I was discussing with a friend this weekend how there is some shame associated with a preference for fast food.  Especially for the ladies.

But if you tell me that you simply do not enjoy those tiny onions or the salt and pepper they put on their cheeseburgers I might call you a liar to your face.

So there you have it.  I'm not all Super Size Me about it.  I don't frequent the McDonald's drive thru but when we're on a car trip you better believe I'm casting my vote for a #2 Extra Value Meal with a Dr. Pepper.

There you have it.  I hope we can still be friends.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Kansas City! A Post with an Unbelievable Amount of Photos

We had the wonderful fortune of attending two friends weddings back home in Kansas City this last week.  Chris' brother, David, was home for the week so it was an extra special treat to spend quality time with him since he lives in Seattle and we don't get to be together all that often due to crazy schedules and expensive airfare.  Lakin loved the week with Gigi and Papa (Chris' parents) and Grandma and Grandpa (my folks).  Last time we were home was over the New Year and she's certainly a more active kid now!

Prepare yourself for details and photos galore!

 Lakin enjoyed about 6 rounds of Dora and the Crystal Kingdom in her travels from Minnesota to Missouri and back.  Thanks Miss Cathy for loaning us this gem of a travel partner.
 Wedding #1 was for friends, Scott and Sara.  Sara was seriously so gorgeous.  Can't wait to see their professional photos.  They married at Redeemer church downtown and had their reception at a new venue, Black on Burlington in Northtown.  It was freaking awesome. What a cool place for a reception and Sara had tons of personal touches to make the space their own.
 I loved Sara's dress.  Their babies will be pretty dang good looking, don'tcha think?
 This handsome devil is my brother-in-law.  This is his smoulder look.
 We dined on Jack Stack BBQ.  OH MY WORD.  Kansas City BBQ is out of this world.  Jack Stack is my ultimate for KC BBQ though.  You Minnesotans who think Famous Dave's is wicked delicious would be knocked off your feet.  Thank you, Scott and Sara for some D.Licious grub.
 Please check out the ambiance.  Oh, and the photographer in the photo.  Whoops.  :)  Since becoming a wedding photographer myself, I love watching photogs at weddings to see just what they're up to...
 Geri getting her boogie pants on!
 We had Mother's Day breakfast with my parents at Kate's Kitchen.  Lakin was in a grumptastic mood.  Don't let that look fool you.
 Lakin spent the greater part of her vacation at the edge of my parents property calling to the cows and pigs and horses (who were not present).

 Where does she get these faces?  I have a guess.
 Awesome Mother's Day hug peace offering for the birthday bathtub poop debacle.

 We did Mother's Day Grill Out at the Jaeger's.  Geri with her boys.
The whole crew.  Can we please take a minute and be astonished at the size of that bump?  Oh my goodness.  Out of control.
 Geri scored a great deal at a garage sale and we took full advantage of the wagon and the beautiful Kansas City weather.
 Lakin took to Papa's MU Tiger's hat.  Good taste in Universities.  She spots the Tiger and says, "Go Tiger."  Watch out Columbia, MO.  Lakin might be headed your way someday.
 We found ourselves at several parks.
 We celebrated Chris and my birthdays at Pizza Bella and finished off the meal with gelato from Glace.  Both babies like the pizza and gelato.   Just like their momma!
Lakin with her napkin hat on.
 For our birthday gift, David took us out to breakfast one morning.  We dined at You Say Tomato, a great local restaurant, with seriously awesome food.  My breakfast sandwich was incredible.
 Chris had the french toast.  Yes, I am that person who photographs what she's eating at a restaurant.  I am thinking of creating a blog of images of the food I eat.  Would you subscribe?
 Lakin enjoyed the many fountains at Zona Rosa.  She was quite unsure of the water at first but quickly got into the fun.

 Becoming less timid by the minute.
Full immersion.
 My mom went with us to Deanna Rose Farmstead in Overland Park.  It was a great place for kids Lakin's age or a little bit older.  If you're in KC and looking for something fun and FREE (Mon-Thurs) check this farmstead out.
 Making Grandpa proud- although he'd probably prefer she picked the John Deere.

 The petting area with baby goats only confirmed Lakin's affinity for baby goats.  She hugged every goat in the pen.

 Grandma had some markers for coloring.  Lakin has to color with markers shirtless.  It's a rule.
Friday evening we attended Steve and Brooke's wedding.  Steve was my best friend in high school.  Sure do wish I'd gotten a decent shot where you could see the big smiles on their faces.  The wedding was a blast, the band was kickin, and we rounded off the evening with Taco Bell drive thru on the sidewalk.  If that doesn't say "Good Time" I don't know what does.

Our week away with family was filled with lots of laughter, tons of great food (obviously) and much needed relaxation.