Freezing Your Buns Off Is Better Together

We spent the weekend up in Chicago, a treat of a paradox as the fast paced metropolis was actively being blanketed the whole time by a unifying, and strangely silencing, pile of snow.  What was originally meant to be bonding time with our wedding photographer– (the best kind of bonding, an engagement shoot)– turned into a sibling weekend! My sister moseyed on around Lake  Michigan from little Grand Haven to the Big City, and Tyler’s brother and sister-in-law had just finished a one-way-ticket kind of trip from their former home in Philadelphia. (Welcome back to the Midwest! We’re so glad you’re near!)

Highlights of the trip:

– We arrived early to our photo shoot.  Like before-the-photographer early. That is a feat of epic proportions.

– We were akin to models, i.e. not incredibly camera shy. Although, one can definitely watch us warm up while flipping through the group photos from start to finish.

– All appendages, stayed appendages. As our photo groove warmed up, the rest of our beings chilled waaay down.  At one point, our photographer even said that “I know this is hard for you, but I really need you to stop looking so visibly freezing.” Um, ok. Cue the beaming beach face.

– Our siblings (minus the eldest sadly) got to do the meet and greet and get down with it… over some deep dish pizza!!  It was a new place for us– Lou Malnati’s– and the sad part is, I don’t think it will make my top ten pizza list.  However, if you are looking for the dessert of a lifetime, I would say the chocolate chip pizza is now in my top three. Of anything. Ever. Til I meet a new ice cream dessert…

– I got to introduce my sister to “P.S. I Love You” for like the fifth time.  Not sure why she always falls asleep– (it’s such a good movie!)– but apparently this time she lasted longer than any other.  No one tell her the last ten minutes!

So this is just a peek at our wedding journey.  So far the love sesh/engagement shoot is the funnest wedding-related task, but there is so much more to come.  And as one of our friends says… we’ll “keep you posted”.





photos by louie abellera

“Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree. But people have always been dimly aware of the problem with the start of things. They wonder how the snowplough driver gets to work, or how the makers of dictionaries look up the spelling of words.”

― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

And so, I too, have found myself stumped for months, not sure how to get this thing called a blog up off the ground. I couldn’t really bear to visit an ugly, empty webpage every week to make a new post, but there doesn’t seem to be anything quite so effective at livening a blog then, well, a blog post.  So here we go.  I’m still not sure how the snowplough driver has been getting to my house this past month-of-snow-storms– (oh wait. he hasn’t been.)– but I for one am inaugurating the greatest blog ever to sprout from a Murphman mind! Enjoy.