Ah… dance conventions. To all those who have experienced one, those two words will bring a fair share of memories. Where else are you going to learn about dance all day, socialize with friends, compete, dance until 5am when the ballroom closes, and then wake up at 8am to do it all again for a couple more days?
Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. Jenni and I spent it catching up with Clark and Mary at Oysterville. I have to confess that I’m always a little leery of the 2.5 hour drive. Yes, I know, it’s not much, but it’s still 2.5 hours on my behind staring at the world coming at me. But when I get to Oysterville, it’s all worth it.
It’s so relaxing to be away from the city and just be with nature. I enjoy the small beach house that Clark’s family owns because it’s cozy enough for everyone to gather around and talk but big enough for a sizeable party.
At any rate, it was a great weekend of enjoying the gorgeous weather, fellowship, photography, and loads of junk food. The stay is never long enough, but a great time to reflect on life when there’s nothing else around but peace.
Oh yeah, the drive doesn’t bother me anymore now that I have an awesome copilot I’m married to who reads me Chronicles of Narnia or dreams with me about dance, dance, and more dance!
David makes me laugh. Just when I am tempted to feel “ho hum” about some mundane routine, he starts spinning tales and making light of everyday situations. For instance, my diet is limited by many food allergies. And so, while I try not to complain, I do get tempted to view the ever-familiar meal of rice and chicken as dull and repetitious… until David invites me into the world of imagination where I am a villanous chicken eater. Every place that I go… every state, every country of the world that I visit, is only to feed my ravenous hunger for ALL THE CHICKENS OF THE WORLD. I seem very innocent as I listen politely to conversation, until I learn that the stranger, friend, or foe is a chicken farmer. My eyes glint and my salivary glands kick into over-drive. “Chickens?” I think to myself. “Gotta get more chickens!”
Thanks to Jerry Hart, we have 1615 pictures from our wedding. Luckily, Jenni and I managed to cut it down to just under a 300 for your viewing enjoyment. It was such a great party! We are so happy that so many people were able to come celebrate. If you got any fun stories to share from that day, please let us know!
Married life is awesome. Things are going very well and we look forward to years and years growing together in Christ.
What an incredible honeymoon. Thanks to everyone who suggested Maui. It was gorgeous weather, relaxing scenery, and of course, my best friend as company. It was paradise. We had our fair share of adventures and we have a few to share through pictures!
Go to our photos to see our Maui honeymoon!
It’s hard to believe that Jennilyn and I have only been courting each other for a year. We’ve liked each other a little longer than that, but not much more. It’s exciting that so much blessing can come of one year.
We had a great anniversary on Valentine’s Day. The Portland Steak & Chophouse was packed so we had reservations at 9:15pm. It was fine at that hour, we enjoyed a more comfortable setting as people left and we were able to snap some great pictures. I’m lucky to have a girl who’s patient as I set up shots =)
February is half over now! The wedding isn’t far off… more to do!
Jennilyn found a cake topper that brings out the fun, security, and closeness of our relationship. Here’s our history with “dips.”
I remember not dancing very well with Jennilyn the first few times, I felt that we didn’t connect. But at Portland Dance Festival 2003, Jennilyn and I found our connection. We had wonderful dances and at the end of the night, I spun her in for a dip. I looked into her eyes and I was caught off guard that I didn’t look away shyly like I usually do. I kept on looking.
One of my favorite photographs of Jennilyn and I was taken by Clark and it was a dip. We both look very happy to close. It’s special to me because I love how Jennilyn smiles, and that picture captures her essence.
Ah Halloween, the one day a year that people
fund dentists their job securities dress up in costumes and pretend to be someone—or something— else. I’ve never been much for costumes, except when I was young because it meant I got free candy. As I grew older, I couldn’t go trick-and-treating unless I got dirty looks from people, so the costumes lost their appeal to me. But being married to Jennilyn comes with a young-at-heart spirit, so here I am getting in costume with Jenni at the Portland Swing Dance Club masquerade dance.
In celebrating our six month anniversary, we went to the dance at Norse Hall in our bride and groom attire, with some masks to hide our identities. Our friends in the dance community smiled and were very happy for our celebration.
Halloween this year is anti-climatic, but I’m not troubled by it at all. Jenni and I have had a long weekend bouncing around so we look forward to a quiet, peaceful Halloween where maybe some neighborhood kids from our apartment complex will visit us for treats—like carrots and celery.
Did a quick update to put our photos online. Had a great time this past weekend hanging out with Jennilyn for almost four days straight. Nothing better to end the visit than pumpkin carving. She was kind enough to give me a slimy handshake while we carved. This is the best pumpkin I’ve messed with. Funny faces…
Note: this post refers to our previous design of www.davidandjennilyn.com.
After a few more tweaks and changes, I’ve added our wedding information page in preparations for our “Save the Day” e-mails which have this web site’s URL printed on it. Most of the site’s content is to come but I wanted to get our site up.