Monday, June 27, 2011

Hello From Louisville!

The 14 hour drive from Auburndale. Fl to Louisville. Ky has been made!  We arrived in Louisville this morning.  Can't wait to post all of the pics from this short but wonderful glimpse into where my next 4 years will be spent!  We went to our new apartment complex first.  We are at buildings right next door to each other! Absolutely perfect.. We then went on to lunch and hanging out downtown and then finished up visiting our *schools* for next year and walking along the Ohio River.

Meeting the people I'll be working with next year was such a blessing.  I feel so much more at ease starting in a month now that I know a few friendly faces in my department. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, watch out!

Once again, I have just had a blast with Chris.  He has done such a good job of picking a cool place for him to go to dental school, me to start grad school, and for us to begin this next chapter of our lives.  I'm so excited to move here and begin the fun.  I'll post pics when I get back tomorrow...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gotta love the fam time!

This weekend we had our annual Bartels family reunion! My dad, his sister and brother and all of their kids/grandkids spent Thursday-Sunday at a condo on Panama City Beach!  It was such a fun reminder of how neat having a good family is and how blessed me and my brothers are to have such a fine example through Dad, Aunt Julie and Uncle Bill.  
We began each day with one of the siblings cooking breakfast and everyone went to that condo to eat.  Dad got the first morning and he made scrumptious banana/chocolate chip/plain waffles... Go dad Go!  We then spent the entire day on the beautiful beaches under the life saving tents Aunt Julie and Uncle George brought and set up.  We all had reading material but we spent the majority of the time just talking, watching/playing with the babies, and floating in the water.  (The high school/college cousins were MIA a lot... scoping girls out by the pool I think). At night, we'd reconvene at another siblings condo for dinner.  The last night, Will, Wes, Ross, Chris and I went *CosMic BoWlinG* (Oh shoot)!  I didn't score that well sadly but still managed to have fun with my wonderful cousins.
It was just a great weekend of catching up with the family!  Seeing my tow older cousins, Leah and Dean, with their new little families was just awesome.  They both have such cute, sweet, happy and fun young families... I hope Chris and I model after them!
Here's a pic of the whole, wonderful gang:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

First Post!

So today is my first post!  I'm sure they'll get better as I  do them more, but here's my shot at it:

This morning my mom and I worked on Chris and I's  *Wedding Registry*!  We only did dishes, kitchen stuff and silverware; stuff that I don't think Chris minded we did without him ;)  Let's just say we're going to have the CUTEST kitchen ever...
Here are the dishes:
And here are the pretty serving dishes:
Needless to say we had fun!

Then I spent the rest of the day in Marianna, Fl, working with my amazing Relay For Life Volunteers.  I actually stopped by to see as many of them as possible to tell them that I was accepted into graduate school and that my last day with the ACS will be July 22.  They were all so encouraging, supportive and excited for me and this new step!!  It all seems real now that the volunteers know... Crazyyyy!