Saturday, July 9, 2011


Photo courtesy: JCE Photography. [She's AWESOME!]

Thanks to everyone who helped make our wedding exactly as we wished it to be! For now, we're home honeymooning with tequila and a cool Santa Monica breeze. Love you all!

Mr. and Mrs. Freeman

Thursday, April 14, 2011

etsy shop!

Hello family and friends!

I've recently started an Etsy shop! So far I have two items listed, but more are coming very soon!

I'm selling (so far) birth announcements and wedding invitations that are printable. For Ally, my future sister-in-law, I designed several birth announcements, and she's using two of them to send out!

This is one of the two she's using. It's TH (the baby I introduced in the previous post), but I changed all their personal information for the Etsy shop.

You can see my shop by clicking the link below! Any feedback you'd like to give is welcome. :) Hope you're all doing well! I miss you ALL VERY MUCH!

Aunt Becky, Aunt Sissy, I think you guys are crafty enough to do this! And Jamie, I made these in photoshop, so I KNOW you can do this! :)


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

new baby boy!

I wanted to write a quick post to let you know that Ally and Scott had their baby boy today!

His name is Thomas Hamilton Freeman, and he is 7 pounds, 4 ounces. I think he will be called TH, but I'm not sure about that, since I haven't spoken to the happy family directly.

No pics yet, but soon! :)

Can't wait to meet you TH, T-Dawg, T-Ham, Tommy Boy.


Aunt Jess + Uncle Mark

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


After Nashville, I hopped in the car with Emily, we picked up Kim in Louisville, and we headed up to Chicago. We stayed with Oregon in her lovely condo in Wicker Park in Chicago.

Here's the downtown Chicago skyline. It was pretty chilly there, and luckily Chelsea let me borrow her jacket for the trip!

This is me, Emily, and Oregon huddled up for a picture.

This is "The Bean" in downtown Chicago (the picture above), and the picture below is me taking a photo of myself reflected in The Bean.

Below are two pictures from the surprise Bachelorette party that they threw for me! We started out at the apartment, dancing around to music and opening lovely gifts. Then we went to a Mexican restaurant for margaritas and tacos. We were planning on going dancing afterward, but our conversation was so great we just sat and talked for 2+ hours!

After dinner/convo/buckets of margaritas, we walked to a bar that was virtually empty, but we managed to make two fun friends! Oregon and the girl (Katie, I believe) exchanged numbers since she was new to Chicago and looking for friends. Yay!

The bartender brought us free shots (yum!), which prompted Katie's man friend to buy us another round (yay!). Kim talked the DJ into playing Bob Dylan for us, so when Tangled Up In Blue came over the speakers Kim and I geeked out! Next came Bohemian Rhapsody, and Katie and I sang and danced to the entire song. So much fun!

On Saturday, we headed to Oregon's friend Heidi's apartment in Wrigleyville for a keg party which started at 9:30 a.m. The keg had green beer (which turns your teeth green, by the way). Heidi made everyone breakfast sandwiches with green eggs and ham (or bacon)!

This is Oregon (or Ellen, her real name) with her boyfriend Fluff (or Sean, his real name) in their St. Patty's Day green.

The lovely Emily Moore, teacher extraordinaire.

Kim and Emily, ready to dominate the beer pong table.

But wait, they have forgotten the rules! Quick recap...


After a brief and disappointing round of Quarters, we headed to the living room to play a chant game with a lot of ladies at the house. It was pretty hilarious, and I'm sad I got no video...

I had so much fun with my WKU ladies in Chicago! I can't wait to get together with them again. :)

After the keg party, my cousin Nikki picked me up and we went back to her apartment. Later we walked to grab a delicious sushi dinner. Her and Eric (her fiance) were fabulous hosts! I had lots of fun with them, too. And also Oliver, her dog, who slept on the air mattress with me that night. :)

Sunday morning, very early, Nikki drove me to Midway and I boarded a plane to LA. I slept almost the whole way there, and when Mark picked me up, he was very happy to have me home!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nashville travels

Introducing: Sookie! from jessica bates on Vimeo.

Cougar Arm Wrestling from jessica bates on Vimeo.

Arm Wresting: Mom vs. Maggie from jessica bates on Vimeo.

In Nashville, I thought I would have tons of time to see everyone, hang out with the family, and relax. It turns out, that was not the case! My days filled up quickly, and it feels like my Nashville stay was over before it even began. Over Christmas, Chelsea was working a lot, and I barely got to see her. This break it was the opposite: Chelsea and I had tons of sister-time, and Maggie and I barely saw each other!

I finally saw the wedding/reception venue (the Mill at Lebanon), and it's lovely.

Mom, Chelsea and I ate at Michael's Cafe, who will be catering the event. (YUM!)

We got some great decorating ideas. I got to invade a book club at Elizabeth's house, and I got to invade her classroom (even though I was late -- shocker!), and I got to see her in HER wedding dress!! Such a treat! I had a fitting for my dress, and as Elizabeth zipped me up, she said something like, "You better not gain another pound!" Yikes! Hahah, but it's true, it was snug. :) I have been doing some arm exercises because I want to look like a beautiful, buff bride (who doesn't?).

I got to attend my future sister-in-law's baby shower (Ally!), and her baby boy (my future nephew) will be here sometime in April! I got to attend my cousin Nikki's lingerie shower at Karen's, and some of the guests were nice enough to bring ME presents! So I had a mini-surprise-lingerie shower, too!

I left on Wednesday morning for Chicago. I rode with Emily (college roomie) and on the way we picked up Kim (other college roomie) and we stayed with Oregon (other college roomie!) in her condo in Wicker Park. More pics coming soon for the Chicago outing!

Now I'm back in Santa Monica, which Mark is really happy about. I am, too. Living out of a suitcase gets tiring! More soon. :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

happy birthday, Poppy.

Today would have been Poppy's 90th birthday. Cheers! (I'm guzzling a glass of Night Train in your honor. Love you.)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

engagement photos!

Here are just a few of the engagement pictures from this past Saturday. They were taken at the Getty, and our friend Chelsea took them ALL on her iPhone. (Really, she's amazing with that thing!) Enjoy!

We had a lot of fun, and Mark really enjoyed posing! What a dapper man. :)