So, we’ve had some big stuff going on lately, and I just wanted to recap it here so I remember how it all went down years from now.
March 22, 2009 – Violet’s Baptism
Our youngest niece, Violet Grace Patton, was baptized in Augusta. We were able to travel down to be there, and it was great to get to visit with family. Dad rode down with us because Mom had been in Savannah earlier that week and would be coming in from there. We went on the 21st, and we just caught up with Dad during the car ride, which was nice. Mom brought me a nice gift- a pair of dark wash Seven jeans in my size. I love clothes, but being a newlywed is kind of like being in college-happy, hard-working, and poor. We prioritized our money towards the house, so we both cut out unnecessary spending, and getting a new pair of jeans was like getting a birthday present. =) Anyway, now that I’m done writing a book about clothes, I’m laughing to myself about the way that night went. Tom and I stayed in Tyler’s room (he’ll be 6 in May), which he shares with Anna Kate (2). He slept in Madeline’s room (4) for the night. Anna Kate, Madeline, and I got down to important business after dinner-nail painting. Talk about a couple of girly-girls. I had a blast with them. Maddie sits perfectly still. Anna Kate is a moving target. Plus she’s in a stage where she likes to assert her independence. I got a lot of, “I can do it!” and “I want to hold this.” and “I do it myself.” haha She disappeared with orange fingernail polish while I was doing Madeline’s nails, and we found her painting her nails on top of Madeline’s white bedding. I thought I’d have a heart attack, but she actually didn’t get any on anything but her toes. Impressive for two, but, still, that was the end of my not keeping an eye on her while I painted toes.
Later that night, we woke up often to the sound of Anna Kate talking in her sleep from her crib in the room with us. Now I know how Tom feels sleeping next to me, a notorious sleep-walker, -talker, -laugher, -screamer, -crier, etc. In the middle of the night, Maddie wandered in to get in bed with us, and she brought Rascal, their Malti-Poo with her. Tom, Rascal, Madeline, and I shared the bed for a while, then I made Rascal leave the room. He was too wiggly. It was cramped, but amusing. I got to see a glimpse of what parenthood holds, and I think it’s good we didn’t plan for kids our first year of marriage, as we both love to sleep. haha
The baptism was so nice. Violet is so sweet, and she pretty much slept through it all, then woke up for pictures after church. A preacher’s dream for an infant baptism. haha We all went to eat afterwards, then Tom and I went home.
- Jonathan, Lisa, and the kids at the front of the church.
- Handing Violet Over
- Being Baptized
- The Grandparents with Violet
- Lisa Holding Violet
- Madeline, Anna Kate, Tyler, Lisa, Violet, and Jonathan
- Tom and Meghan at the Church
March 28, 2009 – Alejandra and Jose’s Engagement Party
Our good friends Jose and Alejandra got engaged last fall, and we were going to throw them an engagement party. It got derailed because I got really sick and had to go get some stuff done at Northside Hospital’s Outpatient Center on the day of the party. So we had the party on the 28th, and we had a great time. We got to meet so many people from their college experiences, and they have some really fun, diverse, great (and greatly educated) friends. Since neither of them are from Georgia, pretty much everyone they had at the party was someone they’d met during their college years or right after. They looked great, and everyone talked and ate and hung out until the end when we decided to play “psychiatrist,” a fun but somewhat confusing game that Robert Lee, a friend of ours, introduced us to months ago.
- The Couple of Honor: Jose and Alejandra with the hosts: Us!
- Jose, Alejandra, Bonnie, and Zach
- Candles and Lamps for softer lighting.
- Food-not all of it was out on the table in this picture.
- More Food.
- Jose trying to figure out the pattern in “psychiatrist.”
- Playing “psychiatrist.”
March 29, 2009 – Tom’s Half Marathon
We got in bed around 12:30AM after the engagement party, and we woke up at 5:20AM to get ready to head to Atlanta. Tom ran in the ING Half-Marathon, and he did an awesome job, running 13.1 miles in less than two hours. It was pretty chilly, so after I took a million pictures of the start of the race, I headed into the CNN Center and read a book for an hour and a half. Then I went down to the finish area. It was packed, so I said plenty of “excuse me”s and pushed through the crowd and the bushes until I was at the front next to a woman whose husband and some friends were all running also. We had fun cheering on the runners and chatting while we waited, cameras in hand. I felt so silly, but I could have cried, I was so proud when Tom came into view. I told her “That’s him!” And we both cheered, haha. I love meeting other outgoing, friendly people. I got a great shot of Tom running in right when he saw me yelling his name and smiling, and he looks so happy to have achieved this big accomplishment that he trained for for so long (and, I’d like to think, he was happy that I was cheering, haha). He honestly looked like it was no big effort. He was barely even sweating when he got done, and he said he could have kept running. I can’t relate to that, as I’m NOT a runner, but I was really happy for him. You can read Tom’s account of the big run (and see the “happy” picture I took) here.
- Tom, walking towards the starting point with the other runners.
- My view from the CNN Center as they cleaned up the starting point.
- Tom, about to cross the finish line!
- Tom, posing for me after finishing the race.
- We were both tired and happy!
April 1, 2009 – Closing on Our House
On April Fool’s Day, we met with the lawyer, bank representative, and Ruby, our realtor, to close on our house. It took about an hour and a half to go through all of the paperwork. That lawyer could explain legal procedures, such as seizure and foreclosure of a house, in one or two breaths. She’s been in the business for about 25 years, and you could tell. After we closed and got the keys, we went to OUR HOUSE! Whew, it’s been an exciting and nerve-racking experience, but we finally are homeowners! We immediately set to work trying to figure out paint colors for the downstairs. Benjamin Moore’s website lets you “paint” a room with their colors online so you can see how it will look next to another room or hallway that is painted. I love it.
- Tom, signing.
- Meghan, signing.
- Tom and Meghan signing at the closing.
- Right after we received our keys.
- We had to get a picture with Ruby! She worked so hard for us and was so great.
- YAY! It’s OUR house!
- Although I am excited to have a walk-in pantry, that’s not why I included this picture. I did it because I wore my cowboy boots that day, as I have on countless other occasions. And Tom, Will, Ben, and Henry told me all summer when I bought those that I wouldn’t get my money’s worth out of them. That was years ago, and I’m just proving a point. =)
April 5, 2009 – One Year Anniversary
Our first married year has flown by! To celebrate, we made a weekend of it. We didn’t exchange gifts, because we agreed that the house was our gift to each other for this anniversary. On Friday, we stayed in, ate Mexican from El Torero, and watched Marley and Me. What a great movie! I boo-hooed through the last third of it, haha. On Saturday, we hung out and relaxed at home, and for dinner, we went to Stoney River. YUM!! Today, Sunday, is our actual anniversary. We went to church, then came home to hang out. Tonight we are eating the top tier from our delicious wedding cake and popping open a bottle of the champagne that we had at our wedding. Yay!
We both feel like it was a great year. People always say that the first year is the hardest. It’s funny because they make it sound like it’s going to be so tough and even somewhat miserable. What we felt was that the difficult part is learning to “be grown ups” with all the bills and work schedules and responsibilities and making all of that work together. We have very different jobs and somewhat different hours, but we have a routine that works really well for us. We also got Sam and Liam, our sweet puppies who will be one year old in May, and that required adjustment. In many ways, that brought us closer. We were both getting up in the middle of the night to take them out to “potty.” We were both feeding them, playing with them, walking them, and sharing in their funny anecdotes. We’ve been a part of a newlywed small group through our church, and we’ve learned so much from our friends in that group and have been able to contribute some as well. We’ve also learned how to budget and how to have a healthy discussion about finances, something we’ve learned that many people twice our age are still trying to figure out. That’s not to say that we’re so great and have it all figured out, just that we’ve learned from trial and error and also listening to the wisdom of others. There are many ways to communicate about topics that aren’t always fun to discuss but are always important to discuss. It’s been a big, wonderful, blessed year, and our family of four is ready to move into our new house next month and to dive right into our second year.
- Heading out to Stoney River for dinner on April 4th.
- Tom out to eat.
- Meghan out to eat.
So, here we are. One year of marriage strong and loving it. =)