Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving 2009
Thanksgiving 2009
We had a lovely first-married Thanksgiving on the Cape. We went to visit Kevin's mother and her family. His mom even made my favorite dish of sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. Kevin's cousin Katie doesn't usually make it for Thanksgiving so we missed her this year.

I'm used to spending holidays on the Cape. Besides spending the last two Christmases with Kevin's family, my dad's family has been spending Thanksgiving on the Cape for many years. This year we got to have two Thanksgiving dinners, one with the Rogers, and one with the Shutes!

I was completely spoiled this weekend with loads of old family pictures from Kevin's mother and grandmother. Kevin also drove me around to get my hair cut (I cut it all off!) and nails done, and Christmas Tree Shop-shopping. I am one well-rested happy wife.

Thanksgiving 2009
With Kevin's mom

Thanksgiving 2009
Kevin's grandparents have been married for 59 years!

One of the best parts of seeing the Shutes is watching my cousin Griffin grow up. I hate it when I don't see children for many years and they hardly remember who I am. I didn't get to spend a lot of time with my brother when he was growing up, and if I had to do over again, I would go out of my way to see him more. I missed seeing my other cousins Graham and Rachel grow up as well. Now I worry about the same thing with my friend's babies.

Thanksgiving 2009
With my parents

Thanksgiving 2009
Cooking dinner together

Thanksgiving 2009
The yearly burning of the sweet potatoes and marshmallows

Thanksgiving 2009
Good times!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Boston Celtics v. NY Knicks 2009

Good times! Can you tell who we were rooting for? Most of us are Celtics fans, though I'm not sure where Brian stands on the issue. Sadly we lost and I don't really want to go into the sadness. But at least we saw a bunch of famous people courtside.

Boston Celtics v. NY Knicks 2009
Mike, Brian, Me, James (low down) Kevin, Jon, and Becky

Boston Celtics v. NY Knicks 2009

Boston Celtics v. NY Knicks 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Our Engagement 2007

Two years ago, on the day before Thanksgiving (it fell early that year) Kevin proposed on the steps of the New York Public Library. He wanted to propose before the holidays; he was spending Thanksgiving with my parents and I was spending Christmas with his mother's large family. It wasn't our first holiday together, as we had already spent Thanksgiving together in Charlottesville in 2006 with his mother, brother, and cousin Katie. But it was our first holiday together since wedding magazines had suspiciously appeared in our apartment. We'd moved in together officially in September, and I would be an honest fiancee before I ate Christmas Chinese take-out with the family. (I told you we're Asian.)

He proposed in New York, where we planned to live when I graduated law school because I had a job waiting. Presumably he chose a library because as the wife of a writer professor I would be compelled to live in one. He wanted to make his terms of the deal extremely clear. He made his high school friend and future groomsman jump out and take pictures as it was all happening. Clearly, Kevin also understood my terms in the deal.

Our Engagement 2007
Proposing!

This is the only time I have seen the planet spin while sober. It is really something. I would place it second only to walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing everyone that Kevin and I love smiling at me simultaneously.

Here is our witness's take on it:

A picture from afterwards:
Our Engagement 2007
I am happy

Thanksgiving 2007
Thanksgiving dinner with my parents the next day 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

David's 21st Birthday 2009!

Last night Kevin and I went out for my brother David's 21st birthday. I accidentally ended up celebrating someone's 21st birthday about two and half years ago, but in general, I haven't done that sort of thing since the year 2000. He celebrated with dinner and dancing at a Latin restaurant/club in the East Village. After sending him some flan with a birthday candle in it, Kevin and I got down with our bad-salsa-dancing selves. We are very bad at salsa, but a large mango martini told me that this was not so.

David's 21st Birthday 2009
David and his best friends celebrating his 21st with dinner

David's 21st Birthday 2009
Melanie and David

David's 21st Birthday 2009
Blowing out a candle on his flan

We had a fabulous time and we love David and his girlfriend Melanie. His other friends were also friendly and fun. David and I have really odd things in common considering we weren't raised together and it's interesting and weird to figure them out. We both have the family dimple in our shoulder, we have bad senses of direction, we are what people call "light weights" though I don't think either of us minds this, and we feel compelled to label friends as family members. There are other things, but those are the easiest to explain.

Happy birthday, David!

David's 21st Birthday 2009
Everyone on the dance floor

David's 21st Birthday 2009
Familia! and Mango drinks!
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