Sunday, January 4, 2009

We're MARRIED!!!

and we're back from our honeymoon! We loved every second of our wedding. We had so much fun seeing everyone, dancing, talking, goofing around, and rejoicing in the fact that we were finally married!

After the reception ended (in a very sparkly, celebratory manner), we went to Embassy Suites on Deerfield Beach and stayed in a gorgeous ocean-front suite. Sunday morning we checked out, retrieved our beautifully decorated car, and were on our way to St. Augustine!

We loved both of our decorated cars...the one we left the ceremony in with its flags, ribbons, cans, and paint, and Zak's car that had to be taken out of valet to be decorated! Zak's car had paint all over the windows (even on the sunroof!) and long curly ribbons tied to both side view mirrors. Lots of people honked at us on our wedding night and on our way to St. Augustine.

This is the little house we stayed in on Vilano Beach, which is about 3 miles north of St. Augustine. It was only one house away from the beach and was so cute!

This was one of our favorite parts of St. Augustine....Kilwin's ice cream!! We got ice cream three times, one time making a trip into town specifically for the ice cream. The waffle cones are to die for.

St. Augustine was all lit up for 'Nights of Lights' which they do November-January. It was very pretty and festive at night. This is the Lightner Museum, and the photo above it is of the central plaza area between King and Cathedral Street.

We splurged on a fancy 4-course dinner at 95 Cordova for New Year's Eve. We had delicious appetizers (Jess had Filet Mignon and blue cheese eggroll! It doesn't get much fancier than that...), soup or salad, entree, and some incredible Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert. The greatest part of the restaurant was that the menu had LED lights in it that glowed when it was opened. Crazy...

We didn't spend a whole lot of time in St. Augustine, but we did go to the fort, the light house (photos above), a few antique shops, mini-golfing, and went on a walking ghost tour.

We walked on the beach almost every morning and/or night. We found lots of interesting shells, sand dollars, and sea glass. We also saw a dead puffer fish, huge horseshoe crab, and this speckled crab that Jess is holding. The beach was so quiet and peaceful--the only other people were fishing! It was perfect.

We went out and saw the sunrise the first day we were there, and Jess went out a few other times to take photos. The weather was perfect. It got windy and cold the last day or two we were there, but it was still sunny and blue skies!

Our honeymoon was exactly what we both needed after Zak's crazy first semester as a grad student, Jess's full-time internship, planning a wedding, and setting everything up in Tallahassee. We relaxed completely and had a wonderful time, but we were also happy to get back to our apartment. Tomorrow Zak starts work, and Tuesday Jess starts work and Zak's classes begin. We're excited to start real life together! Thanks for all of the support and prayers...we definitely appreciate them!!


Monday, December 15, 2008

It's been awhile

It's been a month again since we posted, but things have been pretty crazy. I finished my internship in Gainesville on December 5 and am now officially done with my Master's Degree! On my last day, we had cupcakes and punch, the kids made me really cute cards, and my teacher gave me group photos of our different classes, and a super industrial classroom pencil sharpener. It was a relief to be done with this semester, but it was also kind of sad to leave the kids. They all kept asking me, "Why can't you stay here and teach us?!" and they wanted to know if they were invited to the wedding. Mylia wanted to be the flower girl.

I packed all of my stuff up and drove to Tallahassee that day with an EXTREMELY full car. I couldn't see out the back at all! We went out to dinner with Becky that night at Carrabba's to celebrate me being done, and on Saturday we went over to our friends Andrew and Marisa's apartment to watch the Gators chomp Alabama. Becky and I also made an amazing stadium cake. We were quite happy with the results.

Throughout the rest of the week, Zak had to write and edit several papers, and worked all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I unpacked and organized everything (we have no boxes left!), ran errands, decorated, Christmas shopped, did laundry, and made Christmas gifts. We also got health insurance, car insurance, renter's insurance, changed bank accounts, paid bills, and all of that other fun stuff. It was a busy busy week.

The most exciting part of the week is that I got a JOB! I had applied for a position in November with the Florida Center for Reading Research (which is run by FSU) and while I was in Tallahassee, they e-mailed me and asked if I was still interested. The job description indicated that you had to be available 3 mornings of the week and the pay started at $8/hour. I figured that it would be better than nothing so I went in Friday morning for an interview. The job is seasonal, but for the first 6 weeks while we're in Tallahassee I'll be able to get 30 hours a week and she offered me more money because of all of my education and experience! It's really the perfect job because I'm not locked into anything, I'll be in 7 different elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and a high school, and I get to put research experience through a university on my resume! Friday was a little crazy because I then had to go back to get my social security card, get fingerprinted at the school board, get an FSU ID card, etc. etc., but it was worth it.

Zak had his bachelor party this weekend, where they played military-style laser tag and lots and lots of video games. We can't believe that there's only TWELVE days to go! Lots of final meetings this week, but everything is under control. Can't wait for Christmas and family time next week and then the wedding on Saturday!


Friday, November 14, 2008

Favorite New Recipe!

Zak and I made delicious Cheese Tortellini Soup with Shrimp and I wanted to share the recipe because it was amazing and extremely easy....enjoy!

love, z&j


4 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
15 oz. marinara sauce
1 cup white wine
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 (9 oz.) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1/2 lb. small cooked shrimp
1 cup loose-pack, frozen petite peas, thawed


1. Combine broth, sauce, wine and pepper in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add pasta; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

2. Add shrimp and peas; cook for an additional 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Home sweet home!

Our apartment finally resembles a home! The walls are still pretty bare, but we now have furniture and kitchen things and all kinds of fun stuff. This past weekend, Zak's parents, my parents, my brother Tom and his girlfriend Chelsea, and Becky all helped us move everything into the apartment. After we managed to locate my extremely mature brother, Thomas, (who hid in the closet for 15 minutes while we started to unload), it didn't take too long to get all the furniture upstairs. (I can say that because I didn't have to carry the really heavy stuff....) We had a wonderful visit, and it was great that everyone got to see our new place. We celebrated that night with delicious burgers from Ted's Montana Grill, our new favorite Tallahassee restaurant.

After everyone left Sunday morning, Zak and I got to work unpacking and organizing everything. We made several Wal-Mart and Target runs, and by the time I left to go back to Gainesville it actually looked put together! Here are a couple of photos. You can see all of them by clicking here.

Welcome to our new home--Plantations at Killearn!

View from the front door.

Entertainment Center and Family Room

Our balcony overlooks pretty Tallahassee trees!

Kitchen and Dining Room

Kitchen with fun rugs and tea pot and dish towels.

Our bedroom with Zak's bedding.

Our bathroom.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Busy busy busy

I haven't been very good about updating lately, and we've been doing lots of exciting things! The weekend of October 11, I had a bridal shower in Gville, and October 18 I had a bridal shower at home. The one in Gville was thrown by Jemma and Becky, and was just a few of my closest friends. It was a very relaxed night...perfect after a crazy crazy week! The shower at home was thrown by two of my bridesmaids, Colleen and Christine, and was a luau-theme. There were pineapples, leis, all of my favorite foods, fun games, wonderful people and we got lots of things for our new home. Colleen and Christine put lots of planning into the shower... they even had Rachel record a video asking me questions about Zak and played it for one of the games!

This past weekend, Zak and I flew to New York City to visit Rachel and Fabian! It was amazing just seeing them, so being in the city was an added bonus. We walked ALL OVER the city and saw EVERYTHING. Here's a quick rundown of our trip:

-Breakfast at the Seinfeld diner
-Walk through Central Park to 'Museum Mile'
-The Met
-Fifth Ave - FAO Schwarz, Mac store, Tiffany & Co.

Rachel and I on the roof of the Met

Saturday --> Zak's Birthday!
-Empire State Building
-New York Public Library
-Grand Central Station
-Cart food for lunch (Rachel's favorite part of the whole trip...)
-Tour of Rachel's office and NBC in Rockefeller Plaza
-Delicious Irish Pub food on Broadway
-Gypsy at St. James Theatre

Zak and I in front of the ice-skating rink at Rockefeller.

It was EXTREMELY windy on top of the Empire State Building!

Zak's bday Tollhouse Cookie Pie

-Tour of ABC from Fabian
-Wall Street and Financial District
-World Trade Center site
-Staten Island Ferry
-'Famous' New York Pizza
-Haunted Scavenger Hunt in Greenwich Village

On the Staten Island Ferry with pretty skyline in the background.

Our trip was fantastic and we really didn't want to leave on Monday! To see some more photos, click here for album 1, and here for album 2. There will be more coming! We miss you Rachel and Fabian and can't wait to see you again soon. :-)

Next weekend Jessica's parents and Zak's parents are coming to Tally to bring us all of our shower gifts and all of our furniture for the apartment. Invitations are out and we already started getting RSVPs for the wedding. Less than two months away and we can't wait!

Love to you all!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


We officially have a place to live in Tally! All week long we've been signing and faxing lots of forms back and forth, Friday afternoon we signed the lease, and Zak moved in Saturday morning! It happened really fast, and we're very happy with where we ended up. The complex is called Plantations at Killearn and is right on the edge of a very, very nice part of Tallahassee.

These are some of the things we're excited about:

1. Publix right across the street
2. FRESH MARKET right across the street
3. Maclay Gardens (state park with lots of running trails, kayaking, etc.) only 1.5 miles away
4. 10 elementary schools within 8 miles (all A schools)
5. Vaulted ceilings!
6. Living in the building next to the pool
7. Sweet island with cabinet space in the kitchen
8. Balcony and sliding glass doors
9. Cheaper rent than we were initially told
10. Living in and decorating our new home together!!

We have no pictures now, but as soon as we start getting furniture and decorations and such we will post them. Jess had a fun shower with her gville friends this Friday while Zak was packing and moving, and another shower coming up this weekend! New York in 2 weeks! And only 76 days til we're married! WOO HOO :-)

love, z&j

Saturday, September 27, 2008

the countdown continues

Our wedding is exactly THREE MONTHS from today!!