An Illustrated Guide to Kissing

In 1976, Hallie’s mom wrote a guide to kissing. In 2013, Hallie illustrated it.


As Rachel can attest to, being unable to remove my glasses in a moment of romantic fervor is a problem I face quite frequently these days. I used to have glasses where the temple hinge was much more forgiving (and could even rotate through 90°), perhaps allowing such haphazard removal; unfortunately I had no cause to remove them in such manor at the time.

via Kottke


Preliminary Guest Information

We’ve sent out our Save the Dates! Hooray! Here’s the online reveal:

Photo by Bryce Covey. Design by Shannon Erickson.

Now that you have the date saved, you probably need to get to Bozeman. We’re working to update the site with resources to do just that. First up is Guest Information, which has information on getting to Bozeman if you’re from out of town, and most of you are:

There’s currently information on flights and travel distances if you’re driving. If you are interested in carpooling, shoot us a note — we’ve received several requests already! In the next two weeks or so, we’ll be posting information on accommodations and fun things to do in Bozeman.

Our Reception Venue – The Baxter!
Mike Greener/Chronicle; The neon Hotel Baxter sign will be relit this winter. The historic sign was erected in 1929 when Bozeman's tallest building was built.

Our Reception Venue – The Baxter!

Mike Greener/Chronicle; The neon Hotel Baxter sign will be relit this winter. The historic sign was erected in 1929 when Bozeman's tallest building was built.
Mike Greener/Chronicle; The neon Hotel Baxter sign will be relit this winter. The historic sign was erected in 1929 when Bozeman’s tallest building was built.

Our venue for the reception is the historic Baxter Hotel. We are so excited! Extra excited because last week the large sign on the top of the building was relit for the first time in decades. Here is the low down: The Baxter Hotel was built in 1929 and is no longer a hotel as the rooms have been converted into apartments. The ground floor holds two bars (the Bacchus Pub and Ted’s Bar) and a restaurant, Ted’s, which one of my favorite places to eat in Bozeman. We’ll be celebrating in the Ballroom on the second floor.

Watch a short video on the relighting of the sign here

Unique features of the Baxter building include a 32-foot high by 45-foot wide electric “Hotel Baxter” sign on the roof. Erected when the building was completed in 1929, it was intended to be seen from the top of mountain passes up to 70 miles away to “serve as a beacon for travelers.”The red neon sign was nonfunctional for decades, but was refurbished, repaired, and officially re-lit on January 10, 2013. The roof of the building also features a flashing blue light, which is turned on throughout the winter to alert local skiers that fresh powder snow is falling at the Bridger Bowl Ski Area. First installed in 1988, it is activated every time Bridger Bowl accumulates two inches of fresh snow, and remains on for 24 hours. Local skiers depend upon the beacon because the ski area can have a great deal of fresh powder, dubbed “cold smoke” by the locals, even when it is not snowing in Bozeman. For this reason, maintenance of the light is a priority for skiers. It has only been out of operation for two days in the last 20 years.

I can’t wait to see everyone at the Baxter! Bring your party pants/dress and dancing shoes. There WILL be dancing. Yipee!


Save This Date

We have a date! Saturday, June 8th, 2013! And we want you to save it.
Yesterday we sent our first batch of Save The Dates (photo by the talented Bryce Covey, designed by the lovely Shannon Erickson). There isn’t a sneak peek pic as I want them to be a surprise so check your mail. Thanks to Momma F for helping address and send!

Sending - That's a lot of postcards!
Sending – That’s a lot of postcards!

Why We Postponed Our Wedding

About three months ago, we made the decision to postpone our wedding. We had a date chosen (hooray!) and a venue secured (relief!) and were starting to dive into the details of wedding planning, the nitty gritty.

Throughout our engagement we have prepared for marriage, attending premarital counseling and working at diving deep into the issues that most couples inevitably face. These are the ugly things in relationships and human nature that if left unaddressed and ignored, could cause heartache and strife later on.

Issues arose and wedding planning became stressful, fight inducing, and just plain wasn’t any fun. When we identified clearly what was going on with each of us individually and as a couple, we decided that, because of our tight wedding timeline we could either move forward with planning our wedding or we could take a timeout and work on our relationship, but we could not do both simultaneously. Moving forward with our wedding would likely be at the detriment of our relationship, so we made a tough call—we chose to postpone our wedding.

We both felt it was important that we work on these issues so that we can start married life together on the right foot, even if that meant postponing the wedding (and ruffling feathers). We continue to go through pre-marital counseling and feel blessed with how things have gone so far.

We are confident that taking this time has better prepared us to enter into married life as a team that can build one another up and, as God sees fit, enable us to better serve our community.

It goes without saying that this has been terribly challenging. The comfort has been that throughout making the decision to postpone the wedding there has been a sense of peace and comfort that it was the right decision. We praise God for His faithfulness and grace!

We are excited about what the future holds. Thank you for your love and prayers.


Tips on Budapest, Hungary

Editor’s Note: This originally started out as an email to a friend who was supposed to go to Budapest but then didn’t because of the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. My friend, Matt, is also venturing to Budapest, so I thought I’d expand my advice and make a more permanent record of my suggestions for others to stumble upon.

My original posts about being in Budapest:

Day 1:
Day 2:

Map of where I took photos:

All my photos from Budapest:

Notes on Budapest:

House of Terror is the museum I was talking about. It’s located at “Andrássy út 60”

I also walked around Margaret Island and that was fun to see another side of Budapest.

Towards the Northeast is Hero’s Square, and there a pretty cool park behind it, including a hot springs (although we didn’t go to the hot springs).

The Great Synagogue, also known as Dohány Street Synagogue, is the largest synagogue in Eurasia and the second largest in the world. We didn’t go in, but it was cool to look at from the outside.

Right next to The Lutheran Church on Deák Square is the National Lutheran Museum, which we went to and I thought was pretty cool.

The restaurant I was telling you about is called “For Sale Pub” and is located at 1056 Budapest, Vámház körút 2, Hungary‎ (that’s the full address). Here’s the google map of it’s location:

As a side mission, if you go to the For Sale Pub and sit facing the door, as if you were taking this picture:

18.0 mm || 1/10 || f/8.0 || ISO800 || NIKON D70
Budapest, Budapest, Magyarország

…then look up. You should be able find my business card picture, as seen here:

18.0 mm || 0.6 || f/6.3 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Budapest, Budapest, Magyarország

If you find it, take a picture of it. I’ll see about arranging some sort of super cheesy prize.

I also recall seeing some theaters. I suspect they might have some ballet…could be interesting.

Make sure you take an evening cruise on the Danube as the sun is setting. It’s spectacular. Also bring a jacket.

That’s all that’s coming to mind now. I hope you have a great time! We were only there for 3 days or so and I was already quite exhausted from traveling. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability.

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Dubbed Results

I’m in a bar in Maryland, watching the election coverage on TV. Fox News is on the screen I can see, but the bar has the audio from CNN piped overhead. It’s like watching a poorly dubbed foreign film, but more hilarious.



Just finished my ballot and dropped it in the mail. I’m not going to provide a diatribe about how I voted, just the highlights:

  • I-1185: Yes
  • I-1240: Yes
  • R-74: Rejected
  • I-502: Yes
  • ESJR-8821: Approved
  • ESJR-8223: Approved
  • ESB-6635: Maintained
  • SHB-2590: Maintained
  • King County Prop 1: Rejected
  • Seattle Prop 1: Rejected
  • P/VPOTUS: Gary Johnson and James P. Gray (Libertarian)
  • Senator: Baumgartner
  • Congressman: Bemis
  • Governor: McKenna
  • Lt. Gov: Owen

I would, of course, recommend you follow my selections. But being as this is America, you are welcome to make your own choices.

The good news is that I’m in a lab most of tomorrow and flying all day Tuesday, so this political season is pretty much over for me!

A Foreboding of an America