November 2011

And last, but not least, is Eric’s older sister Tara.

Tara with her grandmother and sister.

Tara is a very creative person.  When I first asked Eric about her, he told me “she does everything”.  And she really does.  She is a personal assistant, a mother, a wife, and she also has her own business called “Cate & Ava’s”, named after her two daughters.  By the time I type this, she’ll probably have something new in the works, too :).  She created the “Berkshire-tini” glass, and makes all kinds of cute magnets, ornaments, and other glasses.  She’ll be making the toasting flutes for our wedding, and I’m really excited to see how they turn out.  We’re also very excited to have Tara’s daughters as our flower girls.

Eric with his nieces, Cate and Ava

Tara’s family will have a long trip as well.  Massachusetts isn’t exactly close!  We’re really excited that they’re going to be in our wedding, and we’re happy that they all get to see Montana for the first time.  I think they’ll be impressed 🙂


Leslie is Eric’s younger sister.

Leslie and the children from Zambia she and her husband sponsor

I got to meet Leslie for the first time last summer when Eric and I went to Virginia to see his family.   Leslie exhausts me.  She got her bachelor’s degree in 2 1/2 years, got her master’s degree right after that, and has a good portion of her doctorate taken care of.  Did I mention she just turned 25?  I was happy when I finally completed my bachelor’s after 5 years!  She is currently working as a school counselor and has a part time job on top of that.  She and her husband are also very active with their church, and she does a good bit of volunteering.  See what I mean about being exhausted?  I don’t know how she does it!  But I love that she has such a heart for God.  It’s always humbling and inspiring to be around people who are so generous.

I’m so glad that Leslie will be a bridesmaid.  She will be traveling over 2000 miles (one way) to be a part of our wedding so we’re very grateful for that.   I’m getting so excited to see everyone!

I do complain a lot about winter.  I’m not a fan of being cold, and it lasts soooo long.  This poses a problem because I love being outside.  Despite this, there’s just something about the first real snowfall of the season.  It’s almost magical.  It invokes childlike feelings and wonderment.  I woke up this morning to an inch or two of the white stuff, and big fluffy flakes floating slowly to the ground.  I decided that since it wasn’t bitterly cold or windy, it would be a perfect day to enjoy being outside.  I bundled up and walked Pasha to my local coffee shop and got my favorite foufou coffee, then we went to the park (I know it’s illegal to have dogs at the city parks, but since I think that rule is stupid and there weren’t many kids running around, I ignored it).  It was such a quiet and peaceful walk.  When we got there, I was so happy to just watch Pasha running around and enjoying herself.  Every time she plays in the snow, it’s like it’s her first time.  I think I can learn a few lessons from my dog about really living in the moment and finding the simple pleasures in life.  She is consistently, truly happy because she never worries about tomorrow, and she never worries about how goofy she may look.  She just embraces the here and now.  And aren’t those ideals that God teaches us to value?  Childlike wonderment and acceptance of His sovereignty are something that we should all strive for, but many of us (myself included) fail.  Sometimes I think dogs and kids really are the smart ones 🙂  All in all, it was a fabulous outing.  We played, we watched a family go sledding on the hills, we watched a child being pulled on a sled by his dog, we listened to the sounds of the last high school football game of the year, and we came back to a warm house.  I love the first snowfall.

Doggy joy

Our engagement pictures are available for viewing!  If you go to the Nashan website and click “your event”, you’ll be able to scroll down to us {labeled Jones/Hagfeldt, naturally}.  We’re really excited about them.  I’m more partial to some more than others purely for vanity’s sake.  I don’t know anyone who thinks their big cheesy grin is flattering :).  Melanie did a great job, and she was wonderful to work with.  So professional, yet so laid back and fun.  Great combo if you ask me.  Enjoy!

Well, I guess it’s official.  Fall is over (sad face).  To be honest, I’m shocked the weather waited until November for the first snowfall.  Granted, it’s just a few flakes and nothing is sticking to the ground, but still.  I remember having to buy Halloween costumes that were two sizes too big just so I could fit my winter coat underneath.  There were several Halloweens where we did our trick-or-treating in the mall or the college dorms because it was so cold and snowy.  Montanans aren’t used to having an actual Fall, and I have to say, I’m loving it.  Typically we have a month or two of Spring, three months of Summer, a few weeks of Fall, and a good six months or so of winter.  Now I can see why people love Fall so much!

As far as our wedding planning goes, not much to report.  We have the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner figured out.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to use Springhill Pavilion for our rehearsal the night before (there is another wedding taking place Friday night), so we will be doing our run through in a park and hoping it will translate  to our wedding venue.  Should be a good time 🙂

Anyway, I will leave you with a picture of my miserable dog in her Halloween costume.

Pasha's "I hate you" look.

Jaci is my sister-in-law (as of August 13th :)).

Jaci and my brother, Scott, on their wedding day (photo courtesy Nashan Photographers)

I first met Jaci when she and Scott started dating in high school.  They didn’t date very long before they broke up that same year, but they rekindled their relationship during their first year of college at MSU in Bozeman.  Yes, unfortunately she is a Cats fan, but I won’t hold that against her (except during the Griz-Cat game).   They dated for a few years, until last August when Scott popped the question.  They were on their way to see Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge, and they made a stop in Spokane, where he proposed to her.  They were married this August.

The newly engaged couple at the Gorge

I am excited to have Jaci as my bridesmaid, not only because she’s my sister-in-law, but because she is such a great person.  I keep telling Scott he married up (I like to remind him that she was his class valedictorian).  She has already been so helpful with our wedding; I’m very thankful for her advice.  She is fun to be around because she’s always up for anything (camping, going out, Farmer’s Market, etc…).  I’m very lucky to be able to call Jaci family.