Sunday, February 7, 2010

Our First Blog... In months!!!

I'd like to dedicate this extra long post to Orchid Christensen, one of our dearest friends. She has been hounding me to update my blog... So Orchid, this is for you!

Jeffree and I are having a wonderful time in Rexburg. We're enjoying snow, ice skating, scraping the car, teaching, student teaching, and exhausting our winter wardrobes. Here's what we've been doing the past few months...

Our First Thanksgiving: We spent it with Jeffree's family, but got to spend time with both families. It was different to be the family that no one had seen for so long!

After a crazy semester, we decided to take a picture of all the books that were required for me to read for my 19 credits. Here they are arranged by class.

After a stressful semester, Jeffree and I attended our first homemade school dance. Jeffree decorated his classroom and surprised me with the cutest dance ever, complete with refreshments, a punch bowl, a theme song, lights, streamers, and a poster made by his 3rd grade class. He never ceases to amaze me. He's so wonderful.

Our first Christmas... Spent at Lori's house, but with plenty of chance to be with both families. We had fun creating our own little Christmas traditions.

I hope that our tilted Christmas tree isn't a tradition, but here it is... Our First Christmas Tree!

Exchanging gifts Christmas Eve.

My first birthday as a married woman. We went to Utah for the wedding of one of my best friends since forever. When we got home on my birthday, this was waiting. Jeffree said he wished he could take credit, but it was definitely Orchid who'd gone all out for me.

In the envelope on the door, I found this invitation to a Hannah Montana themed party. Clever, Orchid. Well done.

Jeff had my presents wrapped along with a Bday message written in popcorn. He is so cute. I left it on the counter for quite a few days.

Orchid made me a funfetti cake with rainbow chip frosting - my favorite. It's a heart. I don't think it's supposed to be broken. :)

We had dinner with Alex's parents and family (we LOVE them).

And here's what I enjoyed for dessert...

Naturally, Jeffree Dean serenaded me with his guitar.

The next day was my birthday party. The Johnson's, Brantingham's, McMurry's, Christensen's, Jeffree, and Caitlin all showed up to make a wonderfully fun event.

The cake was divine, the company even better.

Here's a shout out to Jeffree, who always does his best to make my days wonderful. I love him so much. While I am 1 year older, and wiser too, he continues to prove himself more loving, giving, selfless, kind, thoughtful, and downright hilarious. Being married to him is the best thing in the world. We've almost been married 7 months, and we continue to fall in love with each other every day.

I love you, dear. Love, me.


  1. I LOVE YOU LORI SHIRLEY!!! YOU ARE ONE OF MY GREATEST FCFs IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!! I really don't know what I would've done without you!!! We love you!!!!!!

  2. I like your new post. My favorite pictue is definitely the one of you two under the umbrella. Very cute. I love you