I recently got married to a pretty lil thang named Elaine. I love her so. To celebrate, we took a honeymoon warm-up trip (the real one is in January) to a little place I like to call Mexico. We visited Mexico City and Puebla, both beautiful towns with lots of great architecture, surrounding mountains, color, and vibrancy. We strongly, strongly recommend Puebla, as it is one of our favorite cities ever. Really beautiful.

Check out some photos of the places I just mentioned in the paragraph above:


West Virginia Wedding Weekend (and more!)

Let’s get this Shelblog thing going again, shall we? Here are a few photos from Kerrin and Elaine’s wedding weekend. Image

We were greeted by a little bit of snow when we arrived on the farm.




Practice makes perfect, right Emmy?


Emeline is not adorable at all.


Wedding Craig struck early. Photobomb!


Peter’s baptism, conducted by our man Pastor David W. Rohde!


Can you spot the newly-married couple?





HogEye Half Marathon

After a year of laziness in Oklahoma (no time, too flat, no motivation, etc, etc… the list of excuses goes on and on) we have turned over a new leaf in Arkansas. With our new jobs comes predictable hours, so exercise has once again become an almost daily staple. For me early morning gym workouts before the 7:45am work day begins, for Craig a nice lunch time run through the streets of West Little Rock. So with our new found love of exercise we decided a goal needed to be made and obtained.



After training for 3 1/2 months, Craig and I drove the 3 hours to Fayetteville and waited nervously at the start of the race, a race known for its hills. Unlike the Little Rock Half Marathon, which is relatively a flat course (but unfortunately for us was booked solid by Dec 2011) the Hogeye is known for its hills. We train in Little Rock. Lets just say we didn’t get a chance to run very many hills in our 3 months of training and on race day we were nervous!


*** Our biggest fans, niece Ella and nephew Luke***

And it was Hilly. And Hard. Very Hard.



But we finished!

My goals were to:

1. complete the race without walking

2. finish by 2 hours and 10 minutes

Craig’s goal was to:

1. beat me.

We both accomplished our goals.

Craig crossed the finish line at 1hr 53 minutes!!!

I crossed the finish line at 2 hrs 8.5 minutes!!!


Exhausted but happy!

Thank you to Marie, Lyle, Ella, Luke, Cindy and Kenny for coming out to support Craig and I! And especially for taking pictures :)


Christmas in Arkansas

Craig and I spent a Sunday afternoon decorating for Christmas – the tree was cut down from the neighbor’s yard and the wreath above the fireplace was made with extra tree branches. The kitten has enjoyed attacking the tree lights and banister lights :) Our cozy cabin is even more cozy with the addition of the decorations. Now we are just waiting for snow! Merry Christmas Everyone!

Oh Tannenbaum!

This past weekend we decorated for Christmas!  It was a wonderful chance to prepare for the birth of our Savior!  (Well I guess to prepare for the remembrance of the birth of our Savior).  While listening to Andrea Bocelli’s Christmas album with the aroma of pumpkin bread baking waftting through the house, we (and by “we” I mean “I”) strung lights and hung ornaments on our Douglas Fir, which had traveled from the mountains of Sparta, NC.  We hope you enjoy our modest but happy decorations!