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  • Welcome to our Blog!

    We are so excited to have you visit our blog.

    We decided that keeping a blog would be the best way for us to keep our friends and family updated on what we have been up to since we moved from Florida to Lawrence, Kansas.

    We like knowing that you visited our site, so please leave some comments. Thanks so much for stopping by; we hope you enjoy the stories and pictures.

date night

Chris took me on a date! We had a fun time together and went to the movies.

Earlier, Chris got a bunch of boxes to help organize his sample products. Hopefully some more organization will help him feel more settled in his new office.

Madelyn - September 21, 2008 - 8:14 pm

Chris organized? Will it ever happen? Maybe in a time far far away!!
Love ya anyway

GAMEDAY Tradition!

Ever since the wonderful days of Gainesville, Jimmy John’s has been one of our gameday traditions. (Slim 2 add cheese!) Anyways, its like the perfect lunch for gameday, nice and light but perfectly filling. It was fun to go there for Home games because the Gators would drive by on their way to the ‘Gator Walk.’ It was also good for Away games because you could grab it and head home to catch the pre-game on TV.

Well, keeping tradition alive we have located our local Jimmy John’s continue to stop by on gameday!

GO GATORS! (Georgia and Auburn are allowed to do good too.)

Madelyn - September 21, 2008 - 8:13 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t forget your 1st love:}


Well, as you guys have read over the past few weeks, we have some very dangerous (but very great) knives in our kitchen. Cole experienced that first hand when he came to visit and he must have thought we’d be needing lots of band-aids in the near future. So, for my birthday he sent me 4 boxes of Star Wars bandages! Haha! They’re great!

We have already used some!

Thank you Cole!

Cheryl - September 20, 2008 - 9:24 am

I think you should put one of these in your rotating blog header! Love, Mom

Bag Refund!

Today we went to the grocery store to stock back up. We used our reusable grocery bags for the first time. Usually we remember them after we get to the store.

We didn’t even know it but you get a 5 cent discount per reusable bag. Plus they are good for the environment!

Chris made us some great hamburgers in our cast iron skillet and some homemade banana pudding! Now we are watching some Monday Night Football (dun-dun-dun-dun).

Oh yeah, I was suppose to leave for Houston yesterday for a few weeks of training, but it got postponed because of the destruction of hurricane Ike. Chris’ sister, Jessica, and her husband John live in Houston; their power is out and could be for a few weeks! They are expecting a baby at the end of the month, so this is not a fun time for Jessica to be without electricity!

Ryan and Meghan Rigby - September 16, 2008 - 7:20 am

Hey guys! Don’t you just love the reusable grocery bags? We don’t get a refund, though!
Elyse – let us know when your training in Houston gets rescheduled. Ryan is heading to Houston for some training mid-October, so maybe you’ll both be there at the same time and could visit! We hope to talk to you soon!

Chef Cole - September 18, 2008 - 5:10 pm

I taught him his skillet burger skills…

Though I will say I am disappointed they are merely ‘great’ this time around.

Clinton Lake

This afternoon I asked Elyse if she’d like to go on a bike ride at the park. She said, “Yes!” So, I loaded up the bikes in the back of my truck and we headed to Overlook Park at Clinton Lake.

We saw this patch of mushrooms on the way in so we decided to back and take some pictures.

Doesn’t it make you want to go in and look around?

Well, we forgot to bring the camera on our ride but we had a really good time. We rode until the cement path ended but there were some dirt paths that kept going to we decided to give them a try. They ended up going up to the top of this little hill (it was called a mound?) that overlooked the lake. There was a bench at the top that we sat at for a little bit (mainly to catch our breathe) before heading back down.

When we got back to the truck we took a few pictures before loading up. I asked Elyse if we could go play a little Disc Golf and she said that would be fine! Our local disc golf course is at Centennial Park which is only a few miles from our house.

Here I am practicing a little bit by throwing my disc’s at Elyse. It was really windy today due to a cold front and some left over parts of Hurricane IKE. We had a really great time.

And here is the most beautiful person at the park!

Danni - September 15, 2008 - 3:27 pm

Heck Yes, disc golf rocks our socks! Looks like ya’ll had a great day!

Cheryl - September 16, 2008 - 8:53 am

I remember “the mound.” It was 0.3 miles from the parking lot and someone didn’t want to walk that far. I’m glad you got a picture so we could see what was actually there. Honey, why do you have on a jacket, it’s still summer? Love you, Mom

Michelle Graves Schulze - September 16, 2008 - 3:17 pm

Disc Golf! I had never even heard of it until Eric and I moved to Texas… they love it here!
Looks like you all are having fun; it’s neat to be able to read about adventures of other newlyweds in a new place!

Tyson Brown - September 18, 2008 - 5:49 pm

That first pic of the pier thingy is cool! Nice & gritty.

Severe Weather Alerts for Lawrence, KS

Yesterday we got our first Tornado Warning. We were just hanging out, minding our own business when the TV switched over to a NOAA weather alert and let us know that current conditions included the formation of tornadoes. Elyse wanted to get in the closet and I wanted to go look outside. After a little more investigation (special thanks to & I found out that the storms were in our county but a little further to the east. Wanting to see a true Kansas Tornado I convinced Elyse to join me in a little adventure.

We loaded up the truck and headed towards the storm. I will go ahead and tell you now…we didn’t find the storm. It was too difficult to get to due to the lack of country roads heading in the right direction. Shortly after the start of our trip we turned around, unsure what we would have done if we did in fact find a tornado.

Here is something good to remember…

  • Tornado Watch: issued to alert people to the possibility of tornado development in your area
  • Tornado Warning: issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated by radar

One good thing did come from our running about! (Pay close attention Mrs. Cheryl) We found a huge wonderful field of giant sunflowers!

Oh yeah, currently we are under a flood watch.

Cole - September 13, 2008 - 6:02 pm

Obviously, if you find one, you have to take pictures of it.

And possibly reenact key scenes of Twister.

Cheryl - September 16, 2008 - 8:48 am

Please go back (when no tornadoes are being warned of) and take a picture of Elyse in the sunflowers. I’m a grandmother now, and my eyesight isn’t quite up to speed. The picture appears blurry to me.

AmyO - September 19, 2008 - 12:45 am

Okay – I connected my ‘spark’ page so you don’t think I’m some kind of stalker. I started following Tyson & Julia’s website several months ago and think all of you are so inspirational. You all really seem like you have great focus on your lives. You also seem like you have an awesome support system around you. With such a strong relationship with God and strong faith, you can’t go wrong! Anyway – Chris, I see that you have your own business and I was wondering if you ever thought about trying to advertise on some wedding websites, such as The I’m pretty sure your SIL Julia would know more about that one since that’s how I stubbled onto her website. You may be able to get a lot of business thru there!

I guess I felt a push to share that little tidbit of info with you. I hope you don’t mind me following your blog. It’s interesting to see what the rest of the world is doing. I live in Toledo, Ohio – which is only about 1-1/2 hr from where I am originally from, which is a VERY small town. Smaller than Lawrence I assure you! I come from a family of farmers and we also plant corn – so corn fields are not strange to me whatsoever! Anyway – if both of you would like for me to stop following your blog – say the word and I’ll be gone. I really think it’s so ironic that both Elyse & Julia are Industrial Engineers – because I’m in the same major in college! Unfortunately I’m not finished yet though. Well – keep on bloggin’. If I ever get ours started I’ll let you know!


Lawrence comes to Lawrence

Lawrence, or Uncle Larry to those of you who are fortunate enough, came to visit us today! We were so excited to have him visit. It was kind of funny because he called us last night and said “Hey, what are you guys doing tomorrow night?!” He came to Kansas City for business and was nice enough to come over to Lawrence to see our new place.

Here we are hanging out around the table. We went to dinner at Longhorn for a good Kansas steak!

Here’s Uncle Larry and me. I’m wearing the shrit that he and Aunt Liz bought me in Utah. I promised Uncle Larry I’d wear it when he came to visit us in Kansas for the first time, and he held up his end of the bargin!

Well, Uncle Larry has a flight out early in the morning, so he headed back to his hotel in Kansas City. Too bad he didn’t get to stay and make a guest post, but he promised to come back… to go looking for deer with us!

It was great to visit with him and kind of nice to have a last minute guest! Hope he has a safe flight home tomorrow.

Aunt Liz - September 11, 2008 - 10:09 pm

Hey, you guys are so cute…and “Uncle Larry” looks very handsome also!!! I love you both and can’t wait to see y’all…hopefully really soooon. We really miss you both, but are happy you are experiencing a different culture…early in life…so you can get over it and come back to the q-tip culture AND the natives that love you…love you lots, Aunt Liz.

The Master Suite

Here’s a shot of our room. It’s our next project in the house to get done; we still have a good bit to do to there.  In this shot we have our bedside tables and teal comforter. We still need to paint and polyurathane our bed frame, so hopefully there will be update photos down the road. 

Here’s our chest-of-drawers in our room after it was polyurathaned and dried. Also, Chris found these teal tables that match our comforter!

Here’s a shot of our dresser that you saw being poly’d in the last post.

Danni - September 11, 2008 - 3:25 pm

I really love the teal comforter and the awesome dresser and nightstands!

Madelyn - September 15, 2008 - 5:26 pm

Never knew that your Dad’s old dressers could look so good!