Rocking out with IndyMojo at their New Year’s Eve Platinum Party — what are your plans?

I know that as I type this we’re nearly 24 hours away from 2010, but if you’re like me I’m sure that most of you have probably waited until the last minute to figure out what you’re doing for New Years, so I thought that I would give you an awesome option to check out. After hearing about what my friends over at IndyMojo were planning on putting together for New Years out at Mosaic (the night club inside of Shelbyville’s Indiana LIVE casino) and after they gave this old-school MoFo (and his old-school MoF0 wifey) an official invite, we booked our spots on the bus and are now planning on rocking out Mojo-style for the night.

If you’re still looking to book some plans for your New Years, head on over here to check out the details and to snag yourself some tix for the NYE bash. They’re only $15 today, so go on and get after it!

Here are some of the highlights and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below:

* – Receive a free 8″ x 10″ photo print and New Year’s Eve tickets as souveniers
* – Champagne toast and countdown at midnight
* – Free late night appetizer buffet
* – VIP Booths and bottle service available
* – Free shuttle to and from downtown AND Castleton!

If you don’t end up rocking out 2010 with us, just be sure to have fun and to be safe!

Getting our hair did at Style Salon in Broad Ripple, IN

When Stephanie and I got back to Indiana one of the first things that we did was make an appointment to get our hair did with our friend Jamie at Style Salon in Broad Ripple. I was WAY overdue (I hadn’t got mine cut since before our wedding) and Stephanie was looking for a little bit of a change (as you’ll see in the video below). I also needed to get mine chopped off due to the fact that I was going to be in my man Tony’s wedding down in Seymour, IN and I didn’t want to look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo while I was standing up there in my tux.

As with most things that Stephanie and I do, we had a lot of fun getting our hair cut and it was really great to hang out and catch up with Jamie while she did her thing. Also, we caught some of the highlights on video, which you can see below or over here on YouTube (it feels good to do some video again!).

Groomsmen holding their balls and other great photos from Tony and Natalie’s wedding in Seymour, IN

This morning I was pleasantly surprised when my BlackBerry was full of Facebook notifications that told me I’d been tagged in a handful of photos by Natalie “Hinton” Jennings. The photos were from her and Tony Jennings‘ wedding, which was a couple of weeks ago down in Seymour, IN. The wedding was the main reason why Stephanie and I (and Frank) flew back to Indiana so early and it ended up being an absolute awesome time. We met the always entertaining duo of JD Arthur (who was in my wedding) and miss Aimee Achenbach (who did Stephanie’s makeup for our wedding) down there on Friday night after the rehearsal dinner and then met a ton of other awesome peeps at the reception the next night.

Well, the photos that were tagged of me on Facebook ended up being some of the groomsmen shots that we got the day of the wedding. Even though it was freezing outside that day, we sucked it up and made the most out of the opportunity and helped, in my opinion, get Tony some memorable moments on film. Of course, this was helped out by the fact that we had a playground and a bag of dodge balls to work with. :)

Check out some of the shots below, as well as some other great ones that were taken before and after the wedding. Thanks to Matt Nieman and Casey Pierce for the fantastic photog skillz.

Why is Casey on the ground? We’re not really sure.

Dangerous, but well worth the risk. Great shot!

Beatles, anyone?

Once we found the playground we were a little more creative.

Dodgeball! I’m not sure what face I’m making, but I guess it works.

Holding our balls (notice the Dora the Explorer balls — hardcore!)

I thought that we should take advantage of the beautiful sky that day.

One of my favorite shots of the night. What an awesome group of friends.

The ladies at the Funky Monkey in Seymour, IN. Heyyyyyyy….

Aimee and her Lady GaGa dress. Gah Gah Gah Gah Gahhhh lah lah lahhh lahhh

Me and Casey are both wondering what’s going on.

The dudes. Damn, we’re sexy.

Lady GaGa and JD (who has quite the ass cannon).

Stephanie and I are listening intently at something….?

Enjoying a beautiful (Satur)day with Stephanie, Zigs and the rest of the Peninsula Covenant Church crew

This past Saturday me, Stephanie and our weirdo (yet really fun) friend from Indiana, Molly Zigovits (her Facebook and Twitter for all of you lovely cyber-stalkers out there) decided to actually do something productive with our lives on a Saturday afternoon. So, instead of doing the normal laying on the couch watching college football while snuggling with the Frankster the 3 of us decided to head down to Redwood City to Fair Oaks Elementary School to help out with what our church calls Beautiful Day. Beautiful Day is an entire day (from 8am – 4pm) of selfless giving that was set up by a group of churches and the local Redwood City school system and it allows people like yours truly to help a great group of people (like a needy elementary school) who needs it, but may never really know who (or how) to ask for it.

The 3 of us ended up getting to Fair Oaks around noon and helped out with all kinds of stuff until around 3:30pm or so. Over 300 people ended up showing up throughout the day and let me tell you something — it’s pretty amazing what all can get done at an elementary school when there are a few hundred people willing to help.

After seeing all of the awesomeness of everyone helping I guess what the famous English writer and poet John Heywood said in 1546 is true: Many hands make light work.

Here are a few shots that Molly took of us all getting our giving on throughout the day. As you can see she’s pretty handy with the ol’ picture box and if you want to see some more of her stuff be sure to check out her blog over here.

There was a lot of painting going on (and I still have plenty of proof on my jeans).

Stephanie was working hard packing up these supplies that were headed to El Savador.

We helped organize and stock over 1,000 books that were donated to the school.

Everyone got involved in whatever way that they could. I thought this lady was cute.

One of the many murals that we painted for the school — the kids loved to help out with these.

We cleaned (most) of this stuff up — sometimes paint can get a little messy.

Most of the manly men chose to do some serious landscaping work (insert growl here)

This is one of my favorite shots of the day and the mural that’s being painted looks amazing!

Of course, it wasn’t all work — me and my new buddy decide to take a break for some fun.

Then it was my turn — push faster!

He was actually pretty strong and after we finished him and his brother played for about another hour or so.

No, Stephanie wasn’t scolding this little boy, she was actually trying to find out his age.

Time to get down and dirty.

Don’t just stand there, get to work!

I love this shot, too — Stephanie was getting after it for an awesome cause.

Follow the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band on the road

revpeytonFor the past week or so, one of my buddies from back in Indianapolis has been followed by a camera every single day so that people like you and me can get a glimpse into the life on the road. No, my buddy isn’t some weird gypsy or Phish fan-boy who has just decided to hop on the road for no apparent reason besides to ‘find himself’. My buddy is the one and only Rev from the Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band, which is also made up of his pickle-bucket-hitting brother Jayme and his awesome, washboard-wrecking wife Breezy. The three of them make up one of the most unique bands that I’ve ever seen and I’m not just saying that because they’re from my home Hoosier state of Indiana.

Anyways, The Rev and co. have been tearing it up on the road since they sold all of their stuff in a yard sale in 2006 and they just seem to be getting bigger and bigger as time goes on. As long as their van continues to hold up (it’s had some serious issues), there’s no reason why they can’t become a household name here sometime soon.

When you get a chance, be sure to check out all of the Rev’s daily videos from the road and take a look at one of my favorite one’s below(where the band get treated to free Chinese foot massages). Oh, and props to Raidious for shooting all of the vids — they’ve done some great work and I’m loving every single one of these stories.

Reading Crazy Love And Still Being In Crazy Love After One Month Of Marriage

crazyloveThere are a couple of quick things that I wanted to talk about today in this super-awesome blog of ours (at least we think so). One thing that I want to give you all a little information about is the fact that Stephanie and I have joined a small group Bible study-esque type of group with some of our friends that we have met from our church. The group consists 3 other married couples and one of the couples is made up of the super blogging duo Matt and Christen Buman who I talked about over here in this post after we had our first dinner date with them. This is the first meet-up-and-have-a-Bible-study-and-talk-about-God type of thing that I have ever done before and after having just 2 meetings I feel like I’m getting a ton out of the experience.

One of the things that we’re doing that’s pretty cool is we’re all reading a book called Crazy Love together and playing along a DVD that the author, Francis Chan, put together in addition to writing the book. It’s a great way to read/interact through the book and we’re only through chapter 2, but I can already tell that the group, the DVD and the book are all going to spark plenty of interesting conversations around our faith and beliefs, which I guess is the point. Not all of the conversations are easy ones either, but the great thing is that we’re all in this group and this learning experience together, so there’s nothing that’s really considered off limits. I would say that it’s a situation that is pretty rare and hard to find these days, or at least it has for me. I’ll be sure to post some updates of what all Stephanie and I learn and experience in this small group as we move along, so this probably won’t be the last time that you’ll hear about it.

Besides announcing our involvement with the small group, I also wanted to let everyone out there know that Stephanie and I have officially been married for one full month and we are still as madly in love with each other as ever. It’s crazy to think that it’s been over 30 days since we met at the alter and had the best day of our lives together (and, of course, had one of the craziest receptions that anyone who attended has ever seen). So, tonight when I got home from work we had dinner together (stuffed peppers), celebrated our first month as husband and wife and made sure to let each other know how much we still are ridiculously in love. What a great night and what an awesome month. Here’s to many, many more of these to look forward to. :)

yeah, that was a pretty awesome day…

Just when I thought I was tall

Being 6’6″ (when I’m not slouching over) gets me all kinds of “Man, you’re tall!” and “How tall are you?” comments from those in the world who seem to think of me as some sort of giant freak. But, just to show you that I could ask another guy the same questions, I wanted to show all of you the above photo of the tallest man alive that my buddy Stu sent me a link to last night. Not only is the photo and article pretty funny, but being that Stu is from across the pond in the UK he has quite a way with words (as you can read in his email to me below):

Subject: Hup = short arse

In comparison to this guy

I feel short around Hup, i would feel like a smurf around this bloke!

Thanks to Stu for actually making me feel short for once — it doesn’t happen very often.

A sweet shout-out from the Anti-Bride for our colorful wedding awesomeness

Check out the super sweet shout-out that our fellow SF superstar Carolyn Gerin posted about me and Stephanie’s wedding awesomeness over here on the Anti-Bride blog.

Can you feel the love? We sure can.

Now THIS is how you get picked up from the airport! (some fun with our roomie, Nic Engel)

nicWe haven’t talked a lot about the phenomenon that is our roommate, Nic Engel, but I’m starting to think that we should add a new section on this blog just for all of the amazingly wacky things that he does on a day-to-day basis. He’s by far one of the most randomly creative people that I have ever met and he never fails to surprise me with the awesome ideas that he comes up with.

For instance, Nic was coming to pick Stephanie and I up at the San Francisco Airport (SFO) a couple days ago and after we had grabbed our luggage and texted him that we were ready to roll out, he said that he’s be there in 3 minutes to grab us. It had been a long couple of weeks of traveling, a wedding, a honeymoon and lots of flight time, so needless to sat Stephanie and I were both ready to get back to the SOMA Shack (our condo) for some much needed rest. All we were expecting from Nic was a normal, everyday airport pick-up, but of course he had to go and take something that’s so simple and ‘normal’ and kick it up a notch to a level that he was a little more, ummm…comfortable with.

You see, to us we were just getting picked up from the airport after being gone for 2 weeks. But, to Nic we were getting picked up after being gone FOR 2 WEEKS and we were also COMING BACK TO AMERICA AFTER BEING OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR MANY, MANY DAYS!!! I use capitals because that’s really the only way that I can do this airport pick-up justice.

When Nic pulled up in Gloria (that’s what we call our black Pontiac G6) with the windows rolled down while blasting a CD of an African children’s choir that Stephanie and I had got from church, it didn’t really surprise me…but, it did surprise me when he started screaming “WELCOME TO AMERICA!!” while jumping out of the car and looking like a crazy Mexican Mayan Indian warrior  that was wearing a lei and holding two juggling pins. Oh, he was also wearing a red, white and blue “Happy 4th of July!” crown that Stephanie made in her preschool class, which I thought was a nice touch. :)

As the other people who were innocently standing on the curb waiting to get picked up watched in shock/horror, Nic threw the lei around Stephanie’s neck and slapped the 4th of July crown on my head. Then while screaming “WELCOME TO AMERICA — THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY!!” he grabbed our luggage and threw it into the back seat. The tribal markings that he had drawn all over his face and body with green, black and brown markers were also looking fabulous and they definitely added a lot to the overall entertainment value of the airport pick-up and it was good to see that Nic didn’t slack on any of the details (he never does).

I’m a little sad that I didn’t get video of this whole thing, but I did get a good picture of what he looked like, which is probably good enough to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. Check it out below and enjoy all that is Nic Engel. Oh, and don’t worry, there’s a lot more where this came from.


It feels like Christmas (the wedding gifts start to show up)

img_0431Getting married and putting together a wedding isn’t easy, it’s a lot more work than you would think — especially when you’re doing from about 3,000 miles away. But, as we move closer and closer to the wedding date (only 23 more days!) I think that Stephanie and I are both starting to see a lot of the work finally pay off in a few different ways. One of the first ways is that we are both getting more and more excited as the RSVPs continue to roll in. We had about 12 people RSVP yesterday alone (the Bridezilla RSVP video seemed to get more people sending them in…) and just imagining all of these amazing peope in one place, all at the same time literally gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Honestly it makes me a little nervous knowing that everyone is flying in and what-not just for our wedding, but hey — it’s going to be an amazing time, so I know it will definitely be worth it for everyone. :)

So, even though seeing the RSVPs coming in is pretty exciting, it isn’t even in the same ballpark as the awesomeness of seeing our wedding gifts starting to show up. Each day we come home and go check out our lobby like little, giddy kids on Christmas morning who are going to see if there are any new presents under the tree. Here the last few days we have seen a few new wedding gifts come in from our registries that we set up at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond and honestly, we can’t get enough of it. I think that one thing that this wedding has really shown us both us how amazingly blessed we are to have such amazing friends and family who really care a lot about us. Seeing the notes, emails and gifts come in have really reinforced this to us and if you’re reading this right now and have sent us a gift (or are planning to), we want to personally thank you for being so freakin’ amazing that it hurts.

Just to show how happy getting these gifts and letters make us, we decided to take a picture and show you. As you can see, Frank and Stephanie are very happy that my uncle Fred and aunt Bestsy got us a sweet, new KitchenAid mixer. I’m not even sure what the thing can be used for honestly, but Stephanie was practically doing back flips when she realized what was in the FedEx box.

Do they look excited, or what??? (Frank was a little confused)

You guys rock, thanks for reading and only 23 more days until the BIG day!

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