Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Becoming Domestic

For those of you who know us, you know that Tyson does a lot of the cooking (ok, the majority).  Before we met, he didn't live off of Mac & Cheese, cereal, and PB sandwiches.  He would cook for himself every night.  Now I, on the other hand, definitely lived off of those things!

When I moved in with Tyson, I started cooking a little more and now that we're married, I'm definitely making an effort to try to cook every night!  We usually sit down on Sunday nights and make a menu for the week.  Tonight is stuffed peppers!  Tyson has made them a few times, but it's my turn tonight (as he is still at work!)

I just realized that I haven't shown anyone a picture of our new Dyson!
I HAD to use Tyson's apron to cook with tonight.  I knew it would help!



Stuffed peppers....ready to go in the oven
My next task: cutting a pineapple for the 1st time
Here she is!

Ok yes...this is all I got out of it.  Better luck next time!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Slumber Party and Pigman 70.3

Tyson was competing in the Pigman 70.3 triathlon on Sunday in Palo, so we packed up Saturday night and headed to the Foster's so it would be a short drive to the race Sunday morning. After I spent Saturday morning working, we left for Cedar Rapids to pick up Tyson's race packet and goody bag! Then we headed back to Center Point to spend the night with the Foster's. As soon as we pulled up, Braydon was waiting for us at the door (he had been asking for about 30 minutes when we would be there!!) The guys headed outside to play baseball which ended in a water fight, while Robin and I relaxed in the air conditioned house. :)

Adam and Robin cooked us dinner and then Tyson and Braydon headed back outside to play more baseball while Adam made pancakes for Tyson's breakfast the next morning. After the pancakes were done, we went for a walk, and then came home for a little more relaxing. About an hour and 15 minutes past Braydon's bedtime :) he requested that Tyson read him a book and put him to bed. Braydon LOVES his Uncle Tyson!! The rest of us crashed not much later than B!
Water fight!!



B and T cuddling before bed
Race day morning, Tyson and I got up at 5am to get ready to leave by about 5:30. It was an extremely foggy morning, and for most of the drive we could barely see anything! However, we made it safely to the campground, Tyson got checked in, and went to warm up while I walked around. Finally around 7:00am we headed down to the beach for the pre-race meeting. We waited and waited for it to start. The minutes kept passing and then finally at 8:05 (almost an hour after the first wave should have started) they announced they were waiting for the fog to lift a little more. Tyson finally got in the water at about 8:30 (his wave was originally scheduled for 7:48). We knew this was only going to make it worse during the rest of the race with the heat and sun!

He finished the swim and I sprinted up to the transition area to see him before he took off on the 56 mile bike. After that, I went to read and nap in the bed of the truck! :) Around 12:15, Adam and Braydon showed up to cheer on Tyson. We saw him come in from his bike ride, but due to cramping during the ride, he decided to opt out of the run. Good decision! I would rather him not die out on the 13.1 mile run! :) We were proud of him either way!! Way to go Tyson!!!!
Transition Area


Check out that fog!!
Gettin' ready!!
Can you find Tyson??

Lookin' good after the swim!
Letting us know he's cashed!


B helping Tyson pack up
The guys!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Married Life

Since the wedding, we have just been trying to get back into a routine (work, workouts, and life).

One Friday night, we went golfing with some friends. We only made it through 8 holes before the rain decided to ruin our plans!







We also volunteered in the summer program for kids at church one Saturday night and Sunday morning. Tyson says it was the best form of birth control ever! :) We had matching purple shirts and everything!!


The following weekend, we helped Mr. and Mrs. Nelson celebrate their wedding!! We had a great time, especially watching Cory dance for Kim before he took off her garter! I've never seen Cory move like that....or Kim so embarrassed!!





Finally this past weekend, we went to dinner on Friday night. Then picked up Tropical Sno and a movie on the way home. Saturday we spent with Ava and gave her LOTS of loving!!! We also took her to Robin's baby shower and she was definitely the life of the party. On Sunday, we slept in and then hit up Panera for breakfast (Tyson had never been there for breakfast!! I told him he was missing out). Then I worked Sunday afternoon and night while Tyson had a long bike ride and run. What a great weekend with my hubby!

Oh, and this week I have started "training" for a triathlon that I'm pretty sure Tyson has me talked into doing at the end of September. Now...if only I could talk myself into it!!

Bach Parties and WEDDING!!!

Obviously I haven't gotten better at blogging. Every time I think about blogging, I get overwhelmed with how far behind I am, that I just put it off more!!

Anyway, this is going to be an extremely shortened version so that I can get to what we've been up to SINCE the wedding!

Rachel's bachelorette party was spent with a night in Des Moines. We headed down in a 15 passenger van and spent the afternoon shopping. We then went to the hotel, opened gifts, ate, and got ready for a night out on the town!! We went to the Funny Bone for some great comedy! Then we headed across the parking lot to a rooftop bar (not sure of the name). We spent a large majority of the night here! It was a blast!! Then, after I got directions on a napkin from the DJ to another bar (Buck's or something like that), we headed there. I scored a free tshirt when I walked in!!! We spent the night dancing away and then headed back to the hotel around 2:00am.
Sunday morning was spent driving home and trying not to get car sick! Hahaha!







Tyson's bachelor party was delayed until the week of the wedding. He waited for his Nevada boys to get into town and then they took off for Riverside Monday through Wednesday. They went golfing, spent some money at the casino, and I'm sure other adventures in Iowa City, but I didn't care to ask. However, when they returned home on Wednesday, they had gained another 3 people, so the party continued!



FINALLY, we made it to our wedding day on Friday. I woke up (at my friend Elizabeth's house) to a rainy morning. I was kind of nervous, but figured the sky would clear by 4:30! I showered and got ready, then headed to the hotel to get my hair done around 10am. My other bridesmaids, Tyson's personal attendant, Ava, my mom, and Tyson's family spent the morning hanging out and drinking mimosas (well, Ava didn't drink any!). It was a great morning!

A few of us then headed to Waverly for the hour of pictures that Tyson and I would have together. We hadn't seen each other, and waited for our first moment pictures. I walked outside and Tyson was waiting at the end of the patio with his back facing me. The closer I got, the more I could feel the butterflies in my stomach!! I finally reached him, put my hand on his shoulder, and turned him around. That's when we both lost it....but how perfect to have that amazing moment photographed. I cannot wait to see that pictures!!

The day went on and it started to get a little more humid and a little more hot! By the time we did wedding pictures with the wedding party, the guys were sweating through the tuxes! We called it quits early and let everyone cool off. Finally, 4:30pm was here and it was time to get married!!!!! Everything was perfect, and if it wasn't, I didn't know or care at that point. I could not stop smiling when I was standing with Tyson.

We could not have asked for a better day, better family & friends, better location, or better anything. It was all perfect!!!

(I'll have to do a little more searching for some wedding pictures! I don't have any saved to the computer yet)