Merry Christmas

We started off the day by running an errand**, and then heading over to Jacob’s parents’ house.  I think everybody was pleased with everything they got.  I got cool soup spoons.  For those who don’t know, I love spoons.  I love to eat cereal with soup spoons, and I love to eat any other creamy thing with a tiny spoon.***

We then proceeded to Iowa for festivities at dad’s house.  Where Ronda made it known that they are expecting G4!  We had a lot of fun.  I kissed Jacob  while he was holding Geneva and she grabbed on to his shirt and pulled herself up to his face and puckered.  Geneva and Gretchyn are mimicking a bit now, and they like to mimic laughing.  Only I think they sound more like dolphins.  Listen for your self.  Gretchyn was not too interested this time.


From there we headed over to Galesburg for Christmas over there.  Everyone was extremely pleased with the project Karen has been working on.  Good job Karen, all the hours paid off, even if they don’t all know how many hours you put into it.****

*I am writing this after the fact as though it is current, and pre-dating my post. As it is my site, I reserve the right to do so.

**If you know, do not say anything about it, please.

***some people call this a baby spoon, I call it a dessert spoon.

****Karen got a hold of Grandpa Carl’s slide from over the years. This whole years she has scanned them in to make digital prints,  put them in order and cleaned them up to made a DVD for her mom and brothers and sister.  It was a lot of work, and turned out great.

Say Cheese

Snow is still around, good for pictures! Though I still do not like to be cold.

I offered to take some pictures for Jason, Jessie, and Aiden playing in the snow, but Aiden is the only one crazy** enough to play in it. So this morning I got some cute shots of her.

This afternoon Rick and Ginny came over and I got lots of pictures of them in the snow. I hope there is at least one that they like enough to use. Rick was so cold and tired of having snowballs thrown at him, so we were unable to get a good one of a snowball in the air. I am sure I could photoshop one in there. Directly against Skyler’s orders I got some kissing pictures. He told them that they are not allowed to kiss anymore until they are married. He he he.

This evening I babysat for other friends, and while I was there the doorbell rang. All three kids*** ran to the door. I opened the door and there he was. In his red suit and white hair, it was Santa Clause. He looked a little concerned and asked if it was the Smith**** house. I said it is and he looked relived. He asked the kids if I was the babysitter and they shouted “yes.” He asked it they had been good, again the chorus of “yes.” And he said then he brought them a plate of cookies/goodies. He “Ho! Ho! Ho!” ‘d and hopped in his old white car and drove away. Then the 6 yr old girl asked if that was the real Santa? I not knowing quite what the parents’ take on the issue is, asked her what she thinks. She said she thinks it is the real Santa, and the 4 yr old boy said he thinks it isn’t, so I asked why he thinks that. He said, “Because he wasn’t wearing red and white striped boots.” I said he was wearing a red suit with white trim, and the girl said he was “wearing black boots, and that is what Santa wears.” He seemed satisfied with that. Then when I put them to bed the older two made me promise to “tell mom and dad that the real Santa was here.” I obliged.*****

*I am writing this after the fact as though it is current, and pre-dating my post. As it is my site, I reserve the right to do so.

**By crazy I mean young enough to not know it is a crazy idea

***2,4 & 6 I think

****Insert family surname here

*****The 2 year old, he just wanted candy from the plate, he didn’t seem to care who brought it.

Just Like Abraham Lincoln

For our anniversary we went to Springfield. We went to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. It was really cool! There were awesome artifacts to see and great information to learn. We recommend it to all.

We got to see the marriage license for Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and learned that President and Mrs. Lincoln were Married 4 November 1842. That is 164 years before us, to the day. So, this weekend they would have been celebrating 165 years! Happy Anniversary to them too.

10 Months Down

? to go.

Today marks our 10th monthiversary of marriage.

Joking with Jacob I asked, “Can you believe we have been married for ten months and haven’t killed each other yet?” He responded with this question, “Does that surprise you?” Me, “More everyday.”

Truth be told, it does not surprise me. I love Jacob, very much so. We have learned many things in these ten months. Such as a dishwasher really does make happiness, and when you live in a house (v. apartment) you do not have to turn the TV down after 10pm. I think we have learned more about sharing and caring for some one else more than ourselves (at least part of the time). I know I need to work harder on that one, but after 27 years of not being married, there is bound to be some adjustment.

Then there is the dreaded “C” word, communication. Suffice it to say, we are still reading the dictionary on that one. I just hope we are using the same dictionary.

I love you Jacob, and I am glad you are my mate.

Money can’t buy happiness or love…

They say that money can’t buy happiness, and money can’t buy love.

What money CAN buy is….a dishwasher.

And when two people who both hate doing dishes fall in love and get married, that is money well spent on making those two people happier and helping them remember how much they love each other.

So money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can sure help.

We said “yes!”

Ladies and gentlemen, US!

Here we are coming out of the LDS temple in Nauvoo, Illinois after our wedding this morning. The day was fun and wonderful but exhausting at the same time. We’re excited and ready to jump into this new adventure head first.

We’ll post more pictures when we get back from our honeymoon, but for now, this classic picture in front of the beautiful doors of the temple will have to do.

We would be remiss not to recognize the talents of our good friend Dan Tieken who is a talented photographer, nice guy, and all around wonderful human being. He took this picture and most of the other great pictures of our wedding day that we’ll be posting.

So, without further ado… Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Thurman.

For the last time

Last night when all was said and done, I went home alone… for the last time.

I slept in a bed by myself… for the last time.

I woke up alone… for the last time.

I wandered around the apartment half asleep and all by myself… for the last time.

And now I’m sitting here, alone, about 10 minutes from leaving for Nauvoo.  When I get back, I’ll be the proud husband of a wonderful wife.

So, this post is my eulogy and lament for the end of single life, which I absolutely enjoyed and encourage all and sundry to enjoy without reservation.  However, at the same time, this is the beginning of an exciting new adventure in my life, which is no longer just mine, it is ours.  Hers and mine. Us.  We.  Together.  Forever.
There is no one else in the world that could convince me to give up being single, but with her, I believe that being married will be even better.

And she’s worth it.

The official wedding invitation picture

Jacob and Marcia's wedding invitation pictureI’m very proud of us the last few days. We’ve actually managed to make decisions. We have a menu for the reception. We decided on decorations (which will nicely reflect the colors that…we picked, even though I still can’t identify the exact shade of blue that is the key color of our wedding).

Perhaps most amazingly, however, we actually picked a wedding invitation picture! While the one in the invitation will be black and white, here’s the color version.

One of the things I like best about this picture is how it brings out the red highlights in Marcia’s hair.