It’s about time I have a wedding related blog post, don’t cha think?! I’ve been waiting on getting my wedding pictures back so I can do things more smoothly and THEY’RE HERE! Last night M and I sat down with a bottle of champagne and went through all of them. I have never laughed so hard! I was reminded how much I loved our big day and I can’t wait to share our pictures with all of you guys! But before I get into all the wonderful wedding pictures, I wanted to start off by talking about my Bachelorette Party! We didn’t do anything “over the top” but I loved what we did and I had SO much fun! I’m not one for public attention, so some of the things that took place were horrifying, like opening up underwear in a restaurant. Haha! We first went to dinner at Culinary Dropout and it was wonderful. My closest friends were all there and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
We then headed over to Dierks Bentleys Whiskey Row bar in Old Town Scottsdale. I was expecting it to be a low-key and it was anything but that! When we got there, the band that was playing that night introduced themselves and we quickly made friends. Little did I know the night would lead to us dancing on stage with them, meeting tons of people, and having the time of our lives!
Thank you to the people at Whiskey Row and to Aces Up for providing an awesome night of amazing live music!
Eh, didn’t think so. But nonetheless, I’M BAAAACK!
And the most exciting part?! I’M NOW A MRS!
I feel like i’ve been waiting for this for just about forever, but in reality M and I haven’t even been together a year.
Hey, i’m just excited we’re married now. Don’t judge me.
To everyone who attended our wedding, contributed in some way, and sent kind words of encouragement, THANK YOU. You all mean the world to us.
Our wedding was my idea of perfection. Everything from my makeup, to the food, to the weather. It was all flawless. I couldn’t have dreamt up a better day.
I will starting a ‘wedding series’ on the blog to highlight each area of our wedding planning/big day. I think going through things step by step will be helpful to any other brides in the area or anyone taking on the task of wedding planning!
I am excited to start this and I hope at least a few of you will be excited to read along!
If you have any questions or specifics you’d like me to talk about in this series, please comment or shoot me an email. I love to hear from you guys!
After the most amazing week away on our honeymoon, it’s actually nice to be home and getting into the swing of things. This weekend we have a little girl turing four and we have an entire house that needs unpacking/de-cluttering. Wish me luck!
I hope all of you have had a wonderful few weeks!
Did anything exciting happen in your life recently?!
9 days until one of the best days of my life! And where am I currently? Laying on my living room floor feeling sick as a dog. Lucky me, huh?! Actually, I am pretty lucky because I have an amazing man here who is fetching gatorade and midol for me. Nothing screams romance like that, huh?! It’s officially crunch time and I have 492 things on my “To Do” list. This was not the most opportune time to feel like I got hit by a 10-ton truck. But nonetheless, trying to get ready to leave for the wedding must go on. We are headed down to the valley this weekend so we can be down there the week of the wedding to finish up last min. details and meet with the people we need to meet with for our final meetings. My living room currently has all of our wedding items sprawled across it. Truly, you would think I am a hoarder of some kind. I promise you, i’m not. (Although my sister would beg to differ) The next two days will consist of packing up the cars with what we need to take, packing for the honeymoon, and getting our house clean because when we get back we are having a birthday party for a special little girl! Uhm, do I really have an (almost) FOUR year old?!? You know when you have a million things to do and you just want to take a nap instead? That’s where i’m at with my life right now. Except I really am sick and I really feel like death, so that’s acceptable, right?! Luckily my amazing future mother in law helped me with our favors yesterday and we were able to finish those! Just a few more things I need to get in place and we are pretty much set for the big day! EEEE!!! I figured this will probably be my last post before the wedding, but in the off chance that something super exciting and blog-worhty happens in the next fews days, i’ll be sure to fill you all in! We leave the next morning for our honeymoon (which I am BEYOND excited about), so I will be back in a couple weeks. If you just can’t get enough of me, which I know all of you can’t, you can follow me on instagram. That’s where I make most of my appearances. Something about filters and hashtags just really revs my engine. No but really, follow me over there and check out the shenanigans that will be taking place this next week. Family and best friends flying in, bachelorette party, and any other kind of mischief I can get myself into. You won’t want to miss the fun! I hope you all have a great couple of weeks! Wish me luck! Next time you hear from me, I will be a MRS! P.S. – How cool is it that this is my 50th post?!
Our first Christmas together! How special is that?!
This was definitely a Christmas I will never forget. We were lucky enough to be able to spend the holidays with both our families. We did our Christmas with his family on Christmas Eve and then drove to see my family for a few days.
On Monday I got to experience my first Progressive Dinner. This is a tradition his family does and it was so much fun. In my family, our only real traditions are opening a present on Christmas Eve and going to Outback! (HAHA!) Anyway, Progressive Dinner is when all his family gets together and goes from house to house and has something different to eat at each one. The first house we went to we had salad, rolls, and delicious spiced cider. Then we went to his Aunts house and had the best homemade chicken noodle soup. I’m talking homemade noodles and all, people! And then back to his mom’s house for dessert. At his mom’s house all the little kids dress up as characters in the nativity and they act it out. It was adorable. Also, Santa pays a visit at the end and hands out one present to each kid. Oh and did I mention going to each house we rode on a hayride and sang christmas carols!? How fun is that?! If you know me, you know I loathe don’t really like christmas music, but hey, it was a lot of fun. It was such a fun night and I can’t wait to keep doing it for Christmas’ to come!
(Christmas is about tamales, right?!)
The next morning we got to do Christmas with his family. I will just say one thing, this Christmas I got S-P-O-I-L-E-D! Hey, i’m not complaining. 😉
Baby girl asked for three things: A bike, sick baby, and a robe.
ONLY a sick baby though. She wanted to play doctor!
Well, all her doctor dreams came true with grandma and grandpa!
She got her sick baby and then some!
(my future MIL got a baby grand for christmas and I have no idea my knew how to play)
After all the excitement of this Christmas, we headed to my parents house to spend the rest of the holiday with them.
(we do Christmas jammies the night before)
(with her robe that grammy got her)
Daddy pulled out the big guns and got baby girl the princess bike she had been wanting! She was reluctant at first saying she “couldn’t ride it until she was bigger”, but she quickly got over that!
M and I both had really amazing years when it came to gifts. I got everything I could have hoped for and more!
(The top bracelet has mine, baby girls, and M’s birthstones as well as my initial with a diamond. The bottom locket has my new initials on the front and then inside was the picture from the first night we met and a picture of our cute little fam bam.)
I also got a lot of things to start homemade canning. I got M “The Total Money Makeover” and I have LOVED reading it so far!
Also, I had a life changing event happen. For as long as I have lived, I have hated cheesecake. Like loathed entirely. But I tried this cheesecake my sister and brother-in-law had brought and WOW! It was seriously the best cheesecake i’ve ever eaten. It was from a company in New York I believe called ‘Juniors’. It was heavenly, people!
For the most part, that wraps up our Christmas. It was the best one i’ve ever had. I loved spending it with M and his family and also being able to see my family as well. Baby girl had the best time ever and ultimately that is my Christmas goal, to make sure she’s happy.
As much as I love Christmas, I’m ready to say goodbye. Why?
BECAUSE THREE WEEKS FROM SATURDAY I WILL BE GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!
How crazy is that?!?! It’s crunch time for the wedding and I’m so so so excited!
I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with your family and loved ones!
2013 was nothing I expected it to be, yet everything I needed it to be. I never thought the year would start out the way it did or go as amazingly as it did. Everything I have ever hoped and dreamed for happened this year and I can’t wait for next year to see what adventures lie ahead of us! 1. I met this one boy. In February I met this boy. I had no idea the amazing relationship that would soon start, but I am so beyond grateful that it happened.
(This is the first night we met. You can read more about that here.)
2. Another year of Country Thunder.
A lot of people wouldn’t add this to the list of “amazing events in a year”, but honestly this weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I got to spend it with my absolute best friends and it was perfection all wrapped up into a few days.
3. I traveled outside of the United States for the first time and WE GOT ENGAGED!
Hi, one of the biggest moments of my life! It was perfect in every single way.
I am praying I am not the only human to have done this. You know those things that happen and you are just uncontrollably laughing at how….stupid you are? Welcome to the biggest blonde moment of my entire life. Wedding planning is fun, right? All the lovely pictures you put on Pinterest going into action, right?! Unless you’re me, and you realize how poor you are and that your Pinterest board is a far off pigment of your imagination. Nonetheless, wedding planning IS getting done around here! This is the time of the planning process where you pick out invitations and mail them out to all your amazing guests. Apparently you’re supposed to order a million “sample” invitations and decide what ones you like. How many “samples” did I order? Oh you know, none. And apparently you’re supposed to hire a calligrapher. In the wise words of my soon to be husband, “you only hire those if you’re rich”. Touché future husband, touché. None the less, I found some wedding invitations online that I loved. And how did I decide which ones to pick do you ask? The coupon code they sent me! Okay, just kidding. (Kind of) Really though, the invitations we ordered are perfect in every way and I LOVE them. Now for the good part? Here I am in my head: “So we have 135 people on the guest list, so order a few more than that…so the option for 144 invitations would be enough.”….enough was an understatement. Silly little me didn’t take into account that 135 people included couples and families and invitations that were being sent to the SAME ADDRESS. Moral of the story? I ordered about 3/4 too many invitations. The upside? I still LOVE the invitations and we got an AWESOME deal on them! Okay okay, you can all laugh at me now. Because let’s be honest, i’m still dying laughing at my stupidity. HAHAHA. Am I the only person who has ever done this?! I really really hope not. So uh….if anyone wants a wedding invitation for you know….scrapbooking….or fire starter…or whatever, hit a girl up. 😉
Our invitations we’re sending out
The amount of invitations we have left over
Thank you for reading along in my absolutely stupidity. Feel free to judge me at any time. Hahaha.
Goals. Everyone has them. Quite frankly, mine probably aren’t much different from anyone else’s I know. However, they’re the goals I am trying to achieve right now. I think having goals are important because it keeps you striving for something to better yourself or others. Without further ado, my current goals. 1. Exercise more. Or at all. I ran today for the first time in just about forever. I know you are all expecting me to say “IT FELT AWESOME!” or “It was totally worth it!” But you know what? It kind of sucked. A lot. It took everything in me to reach my goal of running/walking one mile. But I did it. And like M told me, “It will just be that much easier tomorrow”. He’s right. Tomorrow will be a better day at the run and each day is a new day for new running/exercising goals. I’m not concerned with losing weight exactly, although that would be awesome, I just wanted to be healthier and more in shape! 2. Eat better. Who doesn’t want this in their life? There’s always room for improvement. In my case? A lot of improvement. I love ice cream, popcorn, snacking on candy, and eating really bad for me foods. The next few weeks I am going to try really watching what i’m eating and also what i’m cooking for my family. 3. Try to cut dairy out. A few years ago I became allergic to dairy. Don’t tell me “wow that sucks”,I KNOW IT DOES!!! I don’t think i’ll ever be able to fully cut dairy out, but I am taking baby steps to do what I can do quit eating it in every single thing I eat. Because lets be honest, being sick every day is becoming really, REALLY old. 4. Not stress about the wedding. Dream big, right? Just kidding. I just don’t want to become bridezilla in the next two months and be the girl everyone hates. I’m trying to stay calm while still getting things done. It’s possible, right? 5. Swoon my handsome. With the wedding coming so soon and a million other things taking place right now, I want to make a serious effort to keep things exciting with M and I. Seems silly, but hey, it is a goal. (PS, I LOVE YOU BABE!) I feel like writing down goals helps you stay accountable a little easier. Also, posting it on the internet gives you crazy people who read my blog permission to kick my butt about any of the above listed goals. 😉 Do you have current goals? How do you stay on track?
I think my favorite part about “wedding planning” was taking our ‘Save the Date’ pictures! It truly reminded me how much I just LOVE M. We can be silly, and serious, and just be….in love! I kept looking at him and saying “I have no idea what i’m doing” and we would just laugh. I love that about him. I love that I don’t have to pretend to know what i’m doing, or pretend like i’m good at things. I was so excited to finally meet our photographer, who happens to be his cousin. Along with excited, I was a tad nervous. When he told me he “knew someone who took pictures” I was expecting someone who just owned a camera and took pictures for fun. Luckily, our photographer is AMAZING! She gave us direction and made us feel comfortable, which I loved and ultimately needed. This photo shoot reassured me that the photos of our wedding will be BEAUTIFUL! I am so in love with these pictures!
(Remember this whole ‘I don’t know what i’m doing’ thing?!)
Sometimes we’re really cute. Wouldn’t you agree?! 😉