Wednesday, July 18

Once Upon A Wedding.

July 14, 2012 

The new Mr. and Mrs. Thomson!

This past weekend was one of those weekends that only can possibly happen once in a lifetime! Adam's roommate from college and our best friend finally got married!!!! He and his now wife [woohoo] have been engaged for a little longer than a year and we have all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their wedding.
Like many weddings lots of friends & family were in town to celebrate which meant getting to see lots of friends from college who I already missed way too much - more specifically getting to see Adam! :)

Weddings have a way of speaking for themselves when it comes to the details of the weekend so I'd much rather share pictures than bore you with too many unnecessary words - just know we throughly celebrated our friend's marriage!!! :)

[Also, to hear Adam's awesome Best Man speech to the newlyweds 
scroll down to the bottom of this post!]

The ladies getting ready!

Kevin's crew for the big day! 

Groom life!

Best of friends. 

Some wedding details up close!

Lots of wonderful people!

Can't get enough of the new Mr. & Mrs.! 

Best Man Speech: Enjoy!

Congratulations Kevin & Jordan!

Tuesday, July 10

Meet Jack!

Realized yesterday that I have officially lived here in Kirkwood for almost 1 whole month! I moved in late on June 12th, and this upcoming Thursday the 12th will be the big month milestone. Whew! Its unbelievable how fast time can go.  Living the intern life is going well, still continue to be blessed and amazed that my 'job' is to serve others - its an awesome thing! A few snapshots of life lately:

Meet Jack: 

My new betta fish as of Sunday! I can't wait until one day I can have a puppy, so in the meantime Jack has joined the fam! Took a little while to settle on a name for the poor guy, still call him "Fish" occasionally - but its totally fun have a little fish to come home too. Kinda panicked after I got him and learned that betta fish can actually jump out of their bowls/tanks that I would come home from work and find him dead on my table or something, but so far he seems content to stick to swimming instead of jumping - crisis averted!

Another St. Louis weekend:

LOVE living in an area of the country that has many people my age in general, [shameless plug my church has a young adult small group that I am really enjoying making new friends from!]. Also, this area happens to be where other friends [not so new] are located or visit often. AKA I got to see Jill and Leah this past weekend! Met these two beautiful ladies through my job as a Summer Staffer for Group. Leah is running a Week of Hope camp here in St. Louis for the summer (got to meet her awesome crew mate this weekend!), and Jill was in town for a visit! Shopping + FroYo + taking an interesting route into downtown + St. Louis Fair + free concerts + watermelon + lightening/rain + food + a deluxe tour of Leah & Sadie's camp facility = a wonderful weekend adventure. 

Daily intern life:

Got to give my first children's message over the weekend at church! Have settled into somewhat of a routine with my mornings/days in the office here which is nice and have been enjoying being a member at the local gym here in Kirkwood. Its 1 block away from my apartment building and has been such a blessing since the heat here lately has made the idea of running outside literally unbearable! Big news there, finally got my own gym pass made, kept missing the staff member who makes the cards when I would go - so I am an official official member now and can swipe in instead of explaining why I don't have a card every time - woohoo!!!

Wedding stuff:

Looking forward to being in and celebrating at the wedding of some of my best friends this upcoming weekend [also SEEING ADAM!!!].  And for our own wedding [fun to type that fyi] we are currently having fun figuring out the ins and outs of catering proposals :) 

Friday, July 6

Fruit on the Fourth.

There are many things about this country and our freedom we all can [and should] be thankful for! This Wednesday, I was super thankful for having time to make some yummy food! I am learning rapidly how not fun cooking for just 1 person [me] is, and that typically it is kind of a challenge to cook recipes in small portions. The result is needing to be super committed to eating what ya cook! [Example I made spaghetti with Adam for a date night when he was here, it took me 2 weeks to eat the leftovers]. 

My solution as of Wednesday this week [the 4th of July] was to make something I would LOVE eating for the next week haha - I found a great sounding recipe from Martha Stewart called Ruby Fruit Salad [ << click for her recipe] - and decided to give it a try with a few of my own fruit choices as well. This fruit salad I have now enjoyed on its own and with my oatmeal in the mornings for breakfast! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! 

Ruby Fruit Salad - My take!


  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (or 1 lime - Martha used a fresh lime of course!)
  • 2 purple or red plums (about 12 ounces), halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 peaches halved, pitted, and cut into small pieces
  • 1 nectarine halved, pitted, and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes
  • 1 qt blackberries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish (optional)


  1. Rinse all your yummy fruit! [testers are totally allowed!]

  1. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and lime juice. Let stand 10 minutes for sugar to dissolve.

3. Cut up your fruit - this part is by far the most time consuming so either enlist some help or pick out some great music for this step! Cut the grapes in half, [blueberries and blackberries are fine whole], and then cut up the plums, peaches, and nectarine into small bite sized pieces [and any other fruit you add, cut up as appropriate]

4.    Add all fruit into a medium to large size bowl as you finish cutting it. 

5. Give the brown sugar/lime mixture from Step #2 a good stir and then pour over your fruit; Mix everything together.

6. Chill fruit salad in the refrigerator [best if given a day to chill].