Monday, December 29, 2008

Some pictures

These are a few pictures from our wedding from my friend Jenelle that I just got this weekend and I wanted to share them with you. Thanks Jenelle!

Here is a picture of me going down to meet Dan at the alter.

Here is a picture of the Young's and I after the highland games in Enumclaw.

I love this picture of Dan and I, Thanks Nell.

This is a great one also.

I love this picture, because it has my parents, Dan's family and us in it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ginger Bread Houses

The back yard of Andrea's Ginger Bread House.

I was very brave this year and decided to make gingerbread houses. Well actually it was Dan's idea, he really wanted to make one. And me being who I am i decided to go all out and make them from scratch. It went way better than I thought it would, I just ended up making way to much dough and icing (I wanted to be sure we had enough.

Before I made the dough we had to make a rough out line of what we wanted our houses to be. Well as you can see Dan is not the traditional type. he wanted something rough and rugged looking so a castle fell into that category. And for me I wanted to do a house, but a normal square house would not do. So I added another room to my house to give it more depth :)

Dan's castle model

Andrea's house model.

Then came the baking, now this took me some time. After I made the dough I had to cut the pattern out, chill the dough and then bake it. And with how big we both wanted to make our houses it took about 4 hours of baking, cooling, cutting and rolling. I have a new respect for bakers. With the left over dough I decided to make a few cookies also.

After the pieces cooled over night, we then put them together today. It took both of us to get Dan's to stand up at first, but the frosting worked better that I thought it would. And mine went up with out any trouble, with the help of some soup cans.

Using canned food to hold up the sides while it dried :)

After we got them all together the fun part started, the decorating. It took me about an hour to do mine, Dan's was a bit shorter :) I got a little carred away with the candy, bit I baught all of it so I was going to use it. Here are our finishe ginger bread houses.

Andrea's ginger bread house

Dan's ginger bread castle

Dan's ginger bread Man who is guarding his castle, with his Neco shield, mint pillow armor, and candy cane sword.

I loved doing it and Dan had a blast too. I think I will make it a tradition to make them every Christmas.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Throwing, weather, birthday :)

I competed in a meet this Saturdays here at MSU. It was our inter squad meet for the track team and I threw as an exhibition competitor (that means that it did not count how far I threw for a place, I was doing it for fun). It was a blast and I did not do half bad. I threw the shot 44'1" (gliding) and the weight 56'3"(two turn), better than I thought I was going to do.

Also on Saturday we had a huge snow storm, we got about 6 inches of snow, which is not that bad, except for the freezing temperatures. Yesterday it was a high of -10 and today is a high of -5 degrees. My biggest worry was if our cars would start so Dan and I could get to work. Luckily they did and it was about -20 this morning. Now at work, it is cold in the weight room also, it is about 50 degrees inside, not the greatest insulation.

I also celebrated my 30th birthday yesterday, I cannot believe I am 30 already, I don't feel 30, well on some days I feel 90, but not all the time. Looking back I think I have done a lot in 30 years from learning to walk and talk :), to graduating College, going to the Olympic trials, getting a great job and finding the man of my dreams. In my 30 years I have met a ton of amazing people and made many great friends, but the thing that I think is most valuable that I have learned in my 30 years is that I do not know everything and I never will. I just have to keep using the common sense my parents gave me and do the best I can in life :)

Anyway, I had a great day at home with Dan snuggling on the couch watching movies and trying to stay warm. I ate way to much junk, which was fun, and I got a lot of well wishes from my friends and family, Thank you all.

Well I will try and post more pictures and maybe even video of me throwing later when I am not at work.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


OK so as you all know I am the worst with blogging. I have had a hard time just getting up to go to work every day, working 12 hours then rushing home to change and come back to work to lift with dan, then come back stuff my face and fall into bed to do it all over again.

So I had a few minutes this morning so I decided to post a few pictures I have been wanting to post for awhile. Here are is one.

These are the roses Dan gave me about a month after we got married. He told me to keep them in my office to think of him when I am at work. I love them so much and I still have them. I am actually going to re-pot it today, it is growing huge!