Friday, December 26, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

Well I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Here are some pictures of our holidays...

Our dinky display of Christmas lights!

Our tree on Christmas morning- look at all those presents! You'd think I was actually good this year! To the left of the tree was our giving table, where we put our presents we were giving to family and friends. It's empty, cause we gave them all away! (Mostly, we made the table because we didn't have anywhere else to put it and it looked kinda silly just sitting there. So we made it festive!)

The fireplace with stuffed stockings!

LOOK AT THAT WRAPPING JOB! I was thinking Jason would just want to admire my art of wrapping presents... bu NOOO he just tore right through that thing! All my hard work- wasted! Oh well... it's all about presentation, right?

My new peacoat! I was sooooo excited to get this! I've been wanting one for a really long time! Now I won't have to wear plain old sweaters to church anymore! Hooray!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


This is our wanna-be christmas card that we're not sending out to anyone... but just emailing and posting online! (the lazy way!) So now that you've seen it, you can pretend it was meant just for you! Happy Holidays! :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our Love Story...

Alrighty, so apparently this next post is supposed to tell our love story so the whole world can know how we met. After Jason and I got married, I made a wedding book so here is a little slice from that:

How We Met…
Jason Todd Raymond and Brook Van de Merwe met on a beautiful sunny day in August 2005. Brook was to start nursing school at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah so she moved into a house with seven other girls located at 4035 Fowler Avenue and became one of the "Fowler Foxes". Across the street lived eight boys, including Jason, they were better known as the "Fowler Fellas". Jason met Brook when she was moving in, and let's just say it wasn't exactly love at first sight! They both have exactly opposite views of how that first impression went, so here's his version and her version:

I had lived at the “Fowler Fellas” house for a couple years, and being in the house I knew what was going and on and when it was going on. My roommate owned the house I lived in and the house across the street. Often times I would be asked to help people move into or out of either of the houses. And that is how it began, it was a warm August summer day when two girls were suppose to move into the house across the street, and I hadn’t meet either of the girls. When I went outside I saw a girl moving boxes into the house out of her car, so I thought I would go out and offer to help her while I had time. I walked into the house and didn’t see her so I walked out into the back to the carport to see if they were still there. When I went out I saw two girls getting boxes out of the car, it was then Brook stood up and said, “You can help!” I didn’t know what to think or what to say, so I helped with a couple boxes. One of her new roommates had previously asked me to take her around town, since she didn’t have a car. Doing this I had to leave Brook and her sister to unload her car by herself.

My sister, Teneill, and I were unloading boxes out of my car into my new home when this guy walks up and asks "Can I help?" I had no idea who he was, but figured he was one of the guys across the street. I knew no one at Weber and wanted to make all the friends I could, so of course I said "Yeah! We could use some help!" He rolled his eyes and grudgingly picked up a box and carried it inside. I immediately thought to myself "What a jerk! Why did he even offer to help me if he didn't want to? Geez!" He came back out and I remembered that I didn't even know his name, so I nicely asked it as he was picking up another box to take inside. He replied "Jason" and took another box inside with that same attitude as before. After the second box, there was still a ton to be unloaded but Jason left and decided to drive one of my new roommates to the mall instead of helping. Never in a million years would I have thought that I'd end up marrying this man!

So to sum it all up, we were friends for a semester, dated on and off for a year, were engaged for about 4 months and got married March 9, 2007! So there you have it!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Ok, just for you Jill... I will try out this whole blog thing. Not too sure how it'll work out, but I'll give it my best! Let me just say, that just because we don't have a webcam doesn't mean we won't still be in the loop! This blog will become my new "webcam", So HA!