As I promised last week, I have some big news this fine day!  It's been really hard to keep this in for what felt like so long, but Clayton asked me to keep it more or less under my hat until now.  This morning, Clayton signed the papers to secure for us a house on the base.  We'll be in a neighborhood called Lawson Village, not far from some friends of ours.  The homes in that area are quite new, and we're very lucky to be getting one.  If all goes well, I'll be moving down there mere days before Christmas.  Possibly accompanying me will be our parents and the only two siblings left at home, Ani and Shannon.  So we're looking forward to a very unique and memorable Christmas in a house with no chairs or beds; it should be great!  Now for the really cool part, here's a link to a virtual tour of the model home in Lawson Village.  Clayton and I are super excited to finally be moving in together!  Now we just have to find out what our moving options are.
 
 
The pictures are here!  Actually, the hard copies (disc and prints) are still on their way.  If you've signed up on Pictage, you should be able to see the many (approx 1300) pictures our photographer posted there.  She also made an album on Facebook called "Brianna and Clayton," so check that out, too.  Feel free to tag people (if there are any left to tag!  I was really excited...) or share the album.  Check back soon for more pictures, which I will post exclusively here.  On Monday I know I'll have more big news (and anyone paying attention probably already knows), so check back for that, as well.
 
 
Just a little update here.  I have the thank you cards I ordered now, and I'm working on writing nice little notes of appreciation to everyone who attended our wedding.  Obviously, this would be a heck of a lot easier if I could make Clayton do some (and then we could both sign them all), but of course, that isn't going to happen.  Actually, Clayton says he wishes he could help me out with this task and, were it not so time consuming, I would consider sending him a bunch, along with a list of names and addresses.  However, being the one with handwriting that is actually legible to most of the civilized world, the work falls to me.  In short: it will take some time, but I'm working on them and I appreciate everyone's patience with me.

Next up is an update on our pictures.  EVERYONE wants to know where the pictures are.  We live in a digital age, surely I should have them instantly!  Well, that is not quite the case.  You see, whereas photographers previously had to manually develop the pictures, a process that had you patiently waiting for your proofs for months at times, today's photographers are developing them in a different way.  The Photoshop has changed the face of modern photography, and as a result, still has me waiting a few weeks for my photographers to fix peoples' shiny faces, red eyes, etc..  Also, my photographers, being the awesome people that they are, are rather busy this month. 

Now that I've (hopefully) diffused your understandable impatience with the process, I actually do have some news on the photographs.  Jenn (my primary photographer and the one with whom I signed a contract) has told me that many of the photographs will be available soon on Pictage, probably within a week.  If you all go to pictage.com  and search for "Brianna and Clayton Leverenz", you will be brought to a page with a guest book.  Go ahead and register, because only two things will happen as a result. 
  1. You will be notified by email when our wedding photographs are available for viewing
  2. If you pre-register, you will receive a $5 gift credit towards any of our pictures.
I've signed up, and I've noticed no spam or extra advertisements in my inbox as a result of doing so.  As for the gift credit, you might think that's pointless for you, as it wasn't your wedding.  However, I expressly told Jenn that I wanted lots of pictures of our guests, and of Clayton and myself spending time with them.  So odds are pretty good that there's at least one picture in there for which you might want to cash in your gift credit and get a print (or a coffee mug). 

Obviously, I won't have a wedding album to show anyone until I have the CD of our pictures.  The moms did not take any pictures at the wedding because they were helping out the whole time and/or being awesome and talking to guests.  So they have no pictures to show anyone, and will not until I give them some from the photographers (so please don't harass our mothers for documentation too much!).  The only pictures we have at the moment are from the photo booth (which only exist on this site and the disc the photo booth people gave me) and the kind guests who sent us some of theirs from cameras and/or cell phones. 

Most of everything that I have is available under Pictures on this site.  So if you have pictures, please send some on to me so that I'll be able to enjoy them, too.  And if you don't, then sit back and relax, and we'll show the professional photos to you when they're good and ready.  Thanks!

Brianna

 
 
Some more guests have kindly permitted me to share their pictures from the wedding with you all.  You can see them in the gallery under Pictures.  Also, I've added the official music video of the song Clayton and I used as our first dance (it's on the home page).  So run along and check out those new goodies.  But first, please comment on my last blog post!  Many thanks to Mom Leverenz for contributing her knowledge and opinions.  If you have some thoughts about what constitutes a proper couch, please share!  Thanks!

Brianna

 
 
Ok, so apparently no one felt like talking about the sushi.  Fair enough.  This time, however, I'm really really hoping that someone will want to contribute to the comments or emails, because I have a genuine concern.  Clayton and I need some advice on buying a couch. 

Our general furniture purchasing process goes something like this:
  • That is an attractive piece of furniture!
  • Is it comfortable?
  • Would it fit in the room I have in mind?
  • Can we afford it?
I'm sure that this is a good policy, however, certain pieces of furniture come with their own quirks.  For example, a kitchen chair should have you seated at a comfortable level with your kitchen table, and be light enough to move around frequently.  However, when it comes to couches, beyond the hope that they be comfortable, we know next to nothing. 

So do you, my dear readers, have any advice on what to look for in a couch?  Large arms?  One solid seat cushion, or several?  What about the back cushions?   Should they come in pieces, or be solid as well?  What's a good length (or other dimensions)?  What's too much to pay for a couch?  Are slipcovers overrated, or a necessity? 


I could go to some forums or surf furniture stores' websites, but I trust you people, so I'd rather get my information from you.  Indeed, you might be thinking I'm not asking the most important questions there are regarding couches, and that is because I have never purchased one before.  So please, I beg you all to hit me with your best words of wisdom regarding couches, sofas, loveseats and sectionals!   Thanks in advance!

Brianna