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September, 2007:

The garage is clean, and it is time to start riveting!

I am so happy to report that the many tools and components to the airplane kit have now been contained! We had a great trip to Costco to pick up 2 shelving units and a gigantic tool box. All of the pieces are on the shelves and most of the drawers on the tool chest our labeled. Last week we spent dimpling and priming the skins and horizontal stabilizer pieces.

For a break from cleaning the house and working on the airplane we went to the Puyallup Fair where we enjoyed some yummy scones, watched Howie Mandel and Rob won a large dog playing one of the games. The people watching was amazing like always.

We started the Clecoing and riveting today…just a few down and so many more to go.

I am off to Chicago next week for a week of vacation with my sister and bro-in-law. Rob will join us for a long weekend to attend his college friends wedding. It is going to be so much fun, we are really looking forward to the trip!

One Week Wedding Anniversary

What do you do for your one week wedding anniversary? Well if you just married a man who wants to build an airplane you drive down to Oregon to pick up airplane parts of course! 🙂 The adventure to Bend, Oregon ended up taking a full day to get down there and another one to get back, but we made the most of it. We enjoyed the beautiful drive over the Mt. Hood pass.

Chuck is the guy who we purchased the tail kit and a ton of tools from. Who would have thought we could fill a 16′ rental truck? After loading all of the goodies into the truck we were back on the road heading home. Rob and I entertained each other using walkie talkies between our cars. I captured my rear view picture of Rob driving the budget truck for the entire 9 hour drive home. When we arrived close to midnight we could quickly tell that the spacious 4 car tandom garage of Chuck’s place is no match for our 2 car garage…

Mini Honeymoon

Our wedding night was spent at the Salish Lodge, it was so much fun to stay there when I didn’t have to be there for work! We then came home for a night before taking off for 3 wonderful nights on Whidbey Island. We took the ferry to Whidbey Island and enjoyed a very relaxing 3 nights at the Inn at Langley. I had no idea how tired I was until we slept over 12 hours the first day we were up there! We enjoyed walking around town and their local Greek restaurant. One night we splurged to enjoy the hotel’s fancy 5 course meal. It was delicious, but I did learn I am not a fan of a fig unless it is in a Newton 🙂

One day we went kayaking with a great guide. We learned a lot about the water and saw many sea creatures. We were also excited to get back which is when we opened our many gifts from the wedding. We are so thankful for everyone gifts, we have already started to use most of them!

We’re Married!

August 19th, 2007 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course is where the happy event took place. We were so excited for an outdoor ceremony and to show Rob’s many out of town friends and family how beautiful the Seattle area is in the summer. When we booked this date they even said it has only rained 7 times in the last 100 years on the 19th! Low and behold we wake up Sunday morning for our wedding and it is pouring buckets! Raining even more than a typical Seattle day. Well we proceeded to get ready like normal and the girls got extra hairspray to help hold it together in the elements.

Rob and I had our first sight in Kirkland on the waterfront. We have some really cute umbrella pictures and the drizzle helped relax us and prepare for a few hours of photos in the tempermental weather. When we arrived onsite at the venue for the wedding party and family pictures the rain let up. When the pictures finished we saw the black clouds rolling and knew that an outside ceremony would need to happen ASAP if it was going to happen at all. We started promptly at 4pm, instead of the original 4:15 plan. Just after we were walking back down the aisle after a wonderful ceremony the skies opened up….good thing it was time to go inside for drinking and dancing! 🙂

We also enjoyed a delicious rehearsal dinner hosted by Rob’s family at Anthony’s on Pier 66 the evening before hand. Lucky enough for our guests, it was also the weekend of hempfest so they were able to get a full taste of northwest living 🙂

You can find wedding pictures here: http://kochman.net/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=124817. We are trying to wait patiently for another 6 weeks when the professional pictures will be ready…