Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wedding Present

Duane commissioned Scott Anderson (who did designed our wedding invitations/programs/thank you cards with Lloyd's artwork) to paint a painting for my wedding present. The funniest part was that I had asked Scott to do a painting for Duane and I guess I asked about 24 hours after Duane had asked! Pretty funny that we both had the same idea so Scott and Duane were quite excited about the little secret since Scott had told me he was "too busy" this spring to do it. I was shocked when I opened the painting realizing what had happened! Here it is in our kitchen. We LOVE it and are BOTH excited about it!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

San Diego and Aunt Jan

Aunt Jan was in San Diego for business so we took advantage of the excuse to see her and to check out San Diego. I hadn't been there since running the marathon 2 years ago and was a little preoccupied then anyway. We spent the day at the zoo (it was VERY hot), enjoyed lots of laughs with Aunt Jan, and Padre's game. We forgot our camera but thanks to a co-worker from Westmont I saw at the zoo she sent some animal pics to us. so -- here's to cute pandas!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Luke's graduation

The family celebrations continued with the Torjesen side this weekend for Luke's college graduation. We also got to see our dear friends, Em and Dan for a night before they move to Equador. After our wedding & Kenny/HIlary's wedding-- Luke decided to go the other extreme and bbq rattlesnake. um.... I didn't try it but apparently it 'tastes like chicken". Congrats, Luke. We're excited for your new job in San Diego and hope we see you soon!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Kenny and Hilary

The weekend we came back from Maine we got to go to Duane's cousin's wedding (Kenny and HIlary). It was at the Biltmore Hotel and absolutely gorgeous. The whole evening was wonderful and fun to be at a wedding less than 2 weeks after our own. Congrats Kenny and Hilary! We're excited to be family with you.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Thanks to the gracious gift of the Jones family, we went to Calais, ME and enjoyed a peaceful, relaxing, beautiful week and a half in ME. We were also able to go to Prince Edward Island a few hours away for a few days. We used to vacation there as a family growing up so it was fun for me to go back there with Duane! We stayed in a cool, OLD inn that was renovated in PEI so Duane loved looking at the building. We had some great hikes, canoe rides, and a day in Acadia National Park at the end. Thanks, Jones for such a great honeymoon spot! We loved Maine!

Wedding Weekend!

We had such an amazing weekend for our wedding. In hindsight, we can't imagine being more joyful, peaceful, or excited. We have described it as a taste of heaven with so many of our dear friends and family in the same place at the same time. Truly overwhelming to look at and given group of people and to see friends from college, family, and Noah's -- not to mention friends and family of Duane's as well. We truly felt ushered through the gate of marriage throughout the weekend and so supported and loved! Some of the weekend highlights: square dancing, watching everyone come forward during communion, taking the group picture and literally being enveloped by everyone, dancing with my dad, seeing duane for the first time, hanging out at the beach relaxing with people from out of town the day before, Duane leading us in camp songs at the rehearsal dinner, being pronounced man and wife! Here are some pictures from the weekend to give a taste to those who weren't able to be there and hopefully some fun memories for those who were! We love you all -- we feel humbled by your love and support for us!