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Friday, September 30, 2005

A Brother's Toast

When Jen and I were growing up, our parents had this phrase they would use to get us to shape up when we weren't behaving at our "finest"...YOU DECIDE

For example, "Do you want to go to your room?" YOU DECIDE
"Do you want to go to the waterpark tomorrow?" YOU DECIDE
"Do you want to continue taking gymnastics and ballet lessons?" (specfically for Jen) YOU DECIDE

As much as we hated this phrase, I think it actually fine-tuned our decision-making skills over the years. I remember Jen coming to me on many occasions for advice on a variety of things:
What should she do when she grows up?
What college should she go to?
What it it like to drive a car? (which she could still use some advice on)

Yet regardless of the difficult choices at hand, she always seemed to make the right ones. Moving away from her childhood home and friends, starting a new life at 15 wasn't easy, but she still managed to make new friends, one of which is still her best friend today. Anyone here notice how she tends to gravitate towards people named "Jen"? I think there's 15 Jen's here today.

She figured out on her own that she wanted to go to the University of Maryland, and then to Johns Hopkins. Her creative and artistic side mixed in with a love for science/animals led her to choosing a career in medical illustration, something at which she is such a perfectionist that she's often too hard on herself, and doesn't realize how good she really is.... Earlier this year I was at an engagement party in Dallas with my in-laws, and the bride-to-be happened to be a medical illustrator. When I mentioned Jen's name, she knew EXACTLY who she was, and told me in fact that Jen was somewhat of a mentor to her.

But the most important choice of all was finding someone who fits her personality so well, and that someone is Ron. He is not only creative like Jen, but funny like Jen, spontaneous and adventurous like Jen, and talented in his own profession, in the computer industry, like Jen.

When I see them together I just know that they are so happy. All you have to do is watch them and listen to them to know this is true. I swear, in almost every photo I have they're doing that swing "dip" pose. I really like Ron a lot and am proud to have him as my new brother-in-law.

Yes, Mom and Dad, Jen has heard your repetitive anthem from our childhood loud and clear. She's made her decision, and it was an excellent one.

I'd like to raise a toast to Ron and Jen: May the two of you continue to make good choices together for many years to come.

Ron and Jen, YOU DECIDE

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Dolly Llama

Yes, the rumors are true. The Dolly Llama was in fact the official ring bearer at the Fairman Schmelzer wedding. Dressed in his finest garb, he proudly wore each of the gold bands on his two ears, bedecked with a beautiful peach silk ribbon. His holiness the Dolly Llama rode in, high on the shoulder of the Best Ma'am, Wilson Farrar. The groom gave "Wilkie" a Llama Dolly because she was to visit the Dalai Lama the week after the wedding. Thankfully she was not harmed in the earthquake that occured that week!

Now for some funny Llama entertainment:

Llama Llama Duck lyrics

here's a llama
there's a llama
and another little llama
fuzzy llama
funny llama
llama llama

llama llama
llama llama
llama llama

i was once a treehouse
i lived in a cake
but i never saw the way
the orange slayed the rake
i was only three years dead
but it told a tale
and now listen, little child
to the safety rail

did you ever see a llama
kiss a llama
on the llama
llama's llama
tastes of llama
llama llama

half a llama
twice the llama
not a llama
llama in a car
alarm a llama

is THIS how it's told now?
is it all so old?
is it made of lemon juice?
now my song is getting thin
i've run out of luck
time for me to retire now
and become a duck

Monday, September 26, 2005

Charlie's "Jen" Angels

How many Jens do you know? What are the chances of having 50% of your classmates named Jen? This is what happened when Jen attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins - with 3 of her 6 classmates, including herself, named Jen! Call parents from the 1970's creative, or crazy, but it is true! The 3 Jens, Brumbaugh, Fairman and Gentry, decided to continue one of their favorite graduate school pastimes, and posed as Charlie's Angels, using only flowers as their weapon of choice.

Just Married!

So what's next? Ron and Jen drove to North Hampton, Massachusetts for a weekend get-away/pre-honeymoon excursion of rest and relaxation. Along the way, many passers-by on the road gave Ron and Jen and celebratory honk seeing that the PT cruiser had been decorated with paint and balloons (among other objects of interest). They stayed at the lovely Hotel NorthHampton, a landmark that is over 100 years old. The next day they went window shopping, and of course enjoyed one of NorthHampton's favortie past-times: marble slab ice cream!

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed...

and what could be BLUE? Jen decided since no one would see her feet under her long gown, to paint her toes baby-blue. The other ladies decided on a lovely shade of raspberry red. For something old, Jen had her mother's veil wrapped around her bouquet of roses. Jen wore a new ivory silk strapless gown with a cascade of silk ruffle in the back as a train. Her veil was borrowed from her good friend Pamela Berberich.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

At Last!

The Big Day has come and gone! It was a wonderful rain-free day for an outdoor ceremony, and now we are catching up on our zzz's. To view more photos and our wedding website, go to Stay tuned for other plans.