Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
My oh so amazing Matron of Honor did some bridesmaid research and found that the bridesmaid should act as the frame while the bride is the center of the picture. Once my dress was selected and the bridesmaid dress hunt was serious I created a collage of all the dress options. Although I feel I could have made the final decision I definitely wanted my girls to feel included. To feel that they could provide feedback into their look for the day. So I picked out 6 dresses. Different styles, different price points, different materials, different blues. I gave the girls a month to shop...go to the different stores and try on the different styles. Then at the end of March all of us talked on the phone together to discuss their experiences and make the final selection. Thankfully we came to a decision pretty easy. Classic, simple, elegant. Supportive and flattering. Beautiful color and not crazy expensive. A pretty good combination, and everything that I wanted the dress to be. The official color is "indigo". I couldn't find a picture of the dress in that color, what's picture above is technically "cobalt". The indigo is a deeper blue. The sample of this dress in the stores is called "spice" which in my opinion is not a very attractive color. I can't wait to see the dress in person in the indigo color. The material is a nice satin and will compliment my dress beautifully. The back is a corset back, which my dress is as well, and I think that is a perfect similarity to both dresses.
Who knew I could write so much about one dress! I can't wait to see it all come together.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Yesterday morning we went to the Denver Deaf Nation Expo. Gma has been deaf since she was little, as is majority of her siblings. The expo was fun and interesting. Although, not a lot for me to do. I do know some ASL (American Sign Language) as when I was in HS a friend of mine dated a guy who was deaf. I quickly learned the alphabet and some words and instantly became fascinated with it. Then once in college I decided to take Sign Language, as my dream profession was to became a deaf counselor in the school system for kids. To this day it's something I find very intriguing and interesting and it's a joy for me to (try and) communicate with my future Gma in-law in this language.
After our visit at the deaf expo we headed to a local nursery. Chris, Mary, and Bobbie Jo all have a green thumb. This is something I don't have. I have had my house for six years and have treated my small backyard with absolutely no TLC. Thankfully Chris has spent these Springtime months giving some love to the backyard, and a nursery is exactly Mary and Bobbie Jo's idea of quality shopping. So we spent 2+ hours at this nursery looking at just about everything, and doing lots of shopping.
After the busy day we headed out to a nice dinner. Gma had a margarita and a half, and who knows the last time this young 83 year old has had that much to drink! Needless to say she became the entertainment! It was such a fun dinner!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Kari had asked what I would like my shower to be like, and let her know that although I don't consider myself much of a girlie girl, that I would like a girlie girl shower. Pastels and paisley and girlie details! She incorporated a little bit of me, a little bit of myself as a couple, a little bit of the wedding, and did a ton of details!!! The colors of the shower were our wedding colors only the pastel version...pastel blue's and coral's! She hung up pictures of Chris and I everywhere! And did a beautiful brunch spread! ...quiche, shrimp cocktail, veggies, fruits, chicken salad sandwiches, and mimosa's! Dessert was just over the top!!! Kari made these amazing sugar cookies with our initials on them, and the cake! Oh my the cake! Home made by Kari herself. Was a delicious white cake with lemon's, blueberries, and raspberries! Not only was the cake super tasty, but it was beautiful!!!
Each person who attended took home a goodie bag, and got a hair-clip all the way from Hawaii (courtesy of the MOT-B!).
She made this fancy tissue balls, and had details everywhere! It was truly an amazing day! Once I arrived I immediately cried in excitement and in being so blessed.
(missing is my Uncle Raymond)
Nikki, Charlene, Kari, me, and Cheryl
For my bridal party I bought these awesome hangers! Each personalized with their names, and mine with my future last name! ...My mom's reads "Mother of the Bride"!
Aunt Marie, Aunt Ruby (who traveled from OK!), me, Aunt Marice, Aunt Terri, Tammy, Christina, Viola, and Kathleen
Overall it was the best party!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
For my first Wedding Wednesday I’m just going to cover some random thoughts and feelings I’ve had.
My bridal shower is on Sunday, and I seriously can’t wait! I know it’s going to be emotional, as it’s kinda weird that a party is being thrown just for me! A HUGE thank you to my matron of honor Kari for throwing me this very special shindig.
I have this horrible habit of picking at my cuticles on my finger nails. It’s gross really. And for the longest time when I used to do this I would tell myself “You know one day if you ever get married you going to have to stop this because you don’t want gross looking fingers on your wedding.” In general I have pretty hands, and nice nails, and ideally I don’t want fake nails on my wedding. So now whenever I go to pick at my cuticles I have to force myself to stop. Needless to say, I’ve been taking very good care of my hands and nails as of late, just so that they can be pretty for the big day!
I’m thinking about using one of those over the counter teeth-whitening things before the wedding. Are they worth it? Any recommendations?
I’ve always envisioned my hair in a pretty romantic up-do for my wedding. For this sole purpose I never got my hair cut short. Who would have thought that the year I cut my hair is the year I meet my future husband? The good news is that my hairdresser says that the length my hair is now is just about perfect for any up-do.
Parts of me are over the planning already. Here are things I really need to get done that I keep putting off:
Call the church and find out when our payment to them is due.
Reserve two more hotel’s with room blocks for out of town guests.
Email the sign language interpreter, find out how much she is and get her booked.
Contact the Chateaux and find out if I can use the fancy new chairs they just got with our package.
Start shopping places for the rehearsal dinner.
One of the most annoying things about this whole wedding process is the amount of advertisements and solicitations. They are all so overwhelming. Especially the phone calls. I got two phone calls last night (after 8:30pm) letting me know Chris and I won something. Shame on me I suppose, because I don’t take these calls seriously, because I think there has to be some sort of “catch”.
I want to do something fun and different for our table numbers. I’m thinking of getting a single helium balloon for each table with the table number written on it. What do you think?
I feel as though we (I) jumped the gun on our wedding invitations. There was a decent sale going on, so I ordered them, and we got them back in March. I really wish I would have waited because they aren’t really what I wanted.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday morning we got up and went to church. The message was a powerful one. Celebrating Easter and a new start. It was joyful and blessed. Afterwards we went home and cooked a nice big breakfast. Scrambled eggs with canadian bacon, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese. With fruit, potatoes, and banana nut bread on the side!
For the rest of the day Chris cleaned out the garage. I have to say that it's a joy to see Chris come into the role of home-owner. He's never been a home-owner before, so it's great to see him take on the challenge. Last weekend we were about to leave the house, when I noticed water slowly coming out from under the freezer portion of the fridge. He was quick to become Mr. Fix-It, get the leaking stopped, and find the problem.
He's completely cleaned up the backyard, and has even started a garden! I sure am lucky to be marrying this man!
After his rearrangement of the garage we then made a super delicious dinner. He grilled some chicken while I made some mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.
We just have so much fun together.
Our first Easter together was fun and memorable. I'm looking forward to many many more.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
so i had yesterday off. it was so nice to have a full day off to myself. it was definitely something to look forward to. i had a morning cardio workout. followed by breakfast at Village Inn. i have to say this was a completely different experience from what it used to be. and a good reminder of where i came from. i used to go out to eat by myself just to pretend i had a life. just to get myself out of the house. to have some social interaction even if just with a waiter. it was sad, and you can read about this depressed part of my life if you go back in my blog to 2008 and part of 2009. but this time going out to eat by my self, i did it because i could. i was able to truly enjoy it, and my time alone. back when i was depressed out eating by myself i used to think about what it would be like to one day go out to eat by myself and not be lonely or depressed. and take comfort and appreciation with everything. i accomplished that feeling yesterday. to experience a feeling that you've wanted to have but never thought you would have it, it's surreal. to actually feel confident and ok with eating by yourself was a sigh of relief for me. to enjoy it and appreciate it, and know that my everyday life isn't eating by myself brought me comfort. but a happiness feeling of knowing that i still enjoy it, every once in awhile.
after my leisurely breakfast, i then headed to Body and Sole Spa for an extra special treat. a facial! i'm not a big spa person, but my spa treatments of choice are a facial and pedicure. i haven't had a facial since October 2010. and i've been wanting to get one for a really long time. i love going to this spa. i go see Erin who i've been going to since 2005. the spa is super close to my old apartment and i would go see her for my eye-brows, then i experienced her facials. and she's just fabulous all the way around! it was great to see her and catch up. i unfortunately don't go see her as often as i used to because of the location, which is why this was such a treat. it was great to see her and come out with a fresh face! ~thanks Erin!
later that day Chris and i went over to April's house for the 2nd annual night time Easter egg hunt. it was a great time to see everyone and all of the kiddos.
it was just a great day all around. time to me, time with chris, time with my friends. a pretty good mixture!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I'm thinking something along
lines for the flower girl dress.
I really think i
want to go see
Titanic in 3D.
i really want someone to sign our guest book
on our wedding website.
I'm on the hunt for another good book.
Six months until i say
Did you watch Betty Whites
Off Your Rockers
last night? holy hilarious it was funny.
I want to do something special on Easter.
but have no idea what to do.
Monday, April 2, 2012
I realize I seldom speak of church and religion on my blog. And honestly, that’s because I haven’t really had much to say. It’s interesting going to church, because a lot of times my church speaks of hard times. Finding God and your spiritual journey during difficult times, when you may not be believing, or find it hard to in the very least. And well, right now I’m my life I can’t really relate to that. Do you have things I’m dealing with?, absolutely. But for the most part my life is good. I’m in love, engaged, planning a wedding. I have a job that pays me every other week, gives me paid time off, decent benefits. I have friends and family that I cherish. All in all, life is good. No major complaints.
Well during yesterday’s message the pastor was talking about timing. Which got me thinking. How it seems we ask for God when we need him most, and how He truly shows up Right on Time. Of course there are times we want Him there. But I think for the most part we want Him there on our timeline. God doesn’t work on our timeline, He works on HIS timeline. He knows when we need something. We don’t. We might think that we do. For the most part timing isn’t perfect. There are definitely some things I wish I had in order before meeting Chris. Can I change that? Or would I want to change that? No! I truly believe that we were meant to meet when we did. The pieces fall into place how they should, under the control of my own Higher Power.
For the most part things don’t happen when we want them. When they do, we feel really really lucky! I could wish and wish that I would have met Chris sooner. Gotten married earlier. But that didn’t happen. As much as I like to think I’m working on my time, I’m not.
I hate how consuming it can be. We’re not even married, and lately all it seems like I can think about are kids. Chris wants kids sooner rather than later. I, want to be married. Enjoy our time as a couple. I like to think I’ve come up with a happy medium as to when we’ll actually start trying. I’m already having conversations in my head of “well if we get pregnant this month, we’ll have the baby this month.” I literally have to remind myself to breath. I have to remind myself it isn’t up to me. Ok, so yes, some of it is up to Chris and I. But, in regards to the actual “when” it’ll happen, not necessarily up to us.
Who knows what my point is to this post is. All of a sudden I have no idea what it is that I’m writing about. I suppose my point is that, it isn’t up to us. I can try all week to watch what I eat and hope to see a smaller number on the scale. But that didn’t happen. Does that mean I give up? No. That means I keep on pushing, and hope to see the change happen when it’s meant to, because I know that it will.