*Many of you will be receiving New Years cards from the Bennett clan this year*
Also, notice Guinness' Bengals jersey!
Some others mentioned that I can't claim were:
I have so much to be thankful for and I think so often we forget to say "thank you". We also forget that we are blessed on a daily basis. At church in Cincy last week they talked about how we live in a "culture of forgetfulness". Gas is down under $2.00, but you don't see that all over the news like you do when it reaches $4.00. Too often we focus on the bad rather than stopping to be grateful.
OK, that's as deep as I'll get for a while.
Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce for dessert
Mark was STUFFED!
Daniel wasn't sure what to do after all of that food!
Another dessert, a Blarney Bulldog!
The Blarney Bulldog was great! I'm including the recipe if anyone wants it. It's delicious but dangerous!
This drink is very yummy!
The guys and gals:
Paul, Tim, Mark, Colin, and Seth
Me, Jen, Em, and Fink
(Diva B left early to catch a showing of Twilight)
This one was actually from our honeymoon in the Maya Riviera. We had such a great time together and we were just embarking on our new life together. We're such babies in this picture!
We spent our 1st anniversary in Gatlinburg in a great cabin for 2 nights. I remember how exciting it was to reach the 1 year mark!
We spent our 2nd anniversary in Cincinnati. We went to the Melting Pot (this was before it was in Lexington). We had a great time together!
For our 3rd anniversary, I suggested staying in Cincinnati again and getting tickets to the Bengals game (Mark was happy to oblige). We stayed on the river and went to the Hofbrauhaus on Saturday then the game on Sunday. This was one of my favorites to date!
This is obviously not from our 4th anniversary, but I thought I'd include it since it's a picture of our family to date. This year, Mark and I will be going to Cincinnati again (do you see a recurring theme???). We plan on spending the weekend away from work and school to just enjoy each other's company. We're planning on hitting up some museums (we realize that we are geeks...), staying the night at the Hyatt Place (an anniversary gift from my parents), and going to church at our favorite church which just so happens to also be called Crossroads. My brother goes to this church and Mark and I try to go at least once a month. We're going out to eat together tonight before watching the Bengals-Steelers game. I think the best anniversary present would be to see the Bengals win...I'm not holding my breath.
Who knows what will happen in this upcoming year. I'm excited already to start our 5th year!
The BLC Ladies (best ladies ever!!!)
Which costume is your favorite????
I truly consider Chris to be part of my family. I think to fully understand why I love Chris, we have to start at the beginning.
Chris was the first friend I was introduced to when I started dating Mark. Chris came to meet us at Common Grounds (our favorite hangout) and I immediately loved Chris. I have always said he is the most genuine person I know. What you see is what you get. Chris embraced me from the beginning as part of Mark's life.
I watched Chris as he tried to figure out what he wanted to do with his life and I remember the day he called Mark to say he'd joined the army. I was obviously nervous for him, but anxious to see how he would do. I remember as Chris got through 2 years of college, some time in Korea, and was then accepted to West Point. While this has proved to be a little difficult later, I am so proud of his decision to stick it out in the army and proud to know that someone like Chris is working to make our country's armed forces even better.
I don't believe Chris has even intentionally tried to hurt anyone. Chris has a way of putting a smile on your face no matter what. It is literally impossible to stay upset with him. He loves music and rock climbing, so he always keeps Mark happy! I couldn't think of a better best friend for Mark to have and I will always appreciate him for what he means to me and Mark.
With that being said, imagine my joy when MY best friend started showing interest in Chris. I mean, how could she not? And, to top that off, Chris became very interested in Em. How could he not? With a little prompting and coaxing, Em and Chris started their own little budding relationship. It was almost too good to be true. They fit together perfectly from the beginning and I knew it had to work out (I also knew that if it didn't, it would be very awkward when we all hung out).
Our excitement increased in February 2008 when Chris proposed to Em in Philly. I cannot wait until June 5th when they will finally say their "I dos".
Like I said before, Chris is family to me. I could not pick a better best friend for Mark. I could not pick a better best friend and soulmate for Em.
So, if you don't already know him....
Chris Hurst is someone you should know!