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2011: The happy tears and the sad tears

Well 2011 was a pretty amazing year.  I survived wedding planning (whew!) and married my best friend, the love of my life, my person. 🙂 Then we went on an amazing trip to Hawaii and started the next chapter of our lives as husband and wife!

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect.  For anyone who attended, you know the ceremony was a little less than uneventful (I may have had to ask for a chair and then drink a soda mid-ceremony to prevent myself from passing out, oops!), but that just made it that much more memorable and special – and totally me.  Our reception was exactly what I wanted, just a big fun party – the photo booth was awesomeee!  Don’t get me wrong, there were things that went wrong along the way, but none of them mattered.  I just had such an amazing time and was SO happy to marry M. that the whole day was perfect to me. 🙂 And our honeymoon was SO wonderful, too – our trip had everything we wanted, romance, excitement, togetherness, adventure, amazing food, gorgeous views, relaxation – it was just wonderful. 🙂

Unfortunately, once we got home from our honeymoon, reality kicked in quickly, and M. and I dealt with one of the most difficult things we’ve ever gone through together.

We’d noticed earlier in the summer that Rotor, our two-year old orange tabby (aka our first son), didn’t seem as playful and active as usual and it seemed as though he was losing some weight.  So when we got home from our honeymoon, we took Rotor to the vet, and after multiple doctors and tests, were informed we only had a few months left with him.  It was devastating.  Here was this awesome little guy, who played fetch and did tricks, he cuddled with us every night, and was waiting at the door for us every day that we came home, he was a part of our family – he was awesome – and we were told we had 1-3 months left with him.  After getting over the initial shock of the news, we were blessed to get another two and a half months with our “Little Lion Man” (a nickname we had affectionately given him).  He fought as long and as hard as he could, but when it was time, it was just time.  It was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make, but I know we made the right one.  I know it may seem silly to anyone who has never had a pet, but I still miss him like crazy even a month later; he was a member of our family.  But I just think of Rotor up there in heaven now, fat and happy, and I know he’ll be in our hearts and our memories for years and years to come.  And even though our kids won’t get to meet Rotor, we’ll be sure to tell them stories about our awesome cat who opened doors and played fetch and always made us smile. 🙂

Where did the time go? Oh right, I know!

Funny how when you’re planning a wedding, getting married, going on a honeymoon and then trying to re-join the “real” world as a completely new person (legally speaking), three months can fly by at the blink of an eye!  So here I am, a newlywed, with a new last name and a pretty new ring on my finger.  And so far, it’s been pretty awesome.  Mind you, 40% of our marriage thus far has been spent in Hawaii, but whatever, that included 48 hours of travel time, which we survived, so I think we should actually get bonus points!

Now being back at work, on the other hand, has been a bit of a downer, especially when I feel like there’s still so much to be done at home (cleaning, writing thank you notes, actually opening our new pots/pans, actually opening our new duvet, finding a place for all of our new crystal bowls, registering my car).  I always feel as though I could be SO much more productive at home then I am at work.  And no one tells you just how much there is to take care of AFTER you get married!  Holy crap!  I never really thought about how many memberships, accounts, credit cards, identification cards, etc., etc. would have to be changed!  It’s everything!  I just keep reminding myself, one thing at a time and eventually I’ll get it all done!

Come back later and I promise I’ll post on the wedding, our honeymoon AND the awesome spouse flight I got to go on! 🙂

Wedding Progress!

Yes, another wedding post. 🙂

Well we’re almost to the 10 week mark and let me just say, this past week has been SO productive!  Seriously!  I’m starting to finally feel like I really have a grasp on this thing and it’s not just carrying me away!  Yay!  So here’s the update (because it makes me feel good to write it out and I know y’all care so much ;)).

1.  I finally booked an officiant!!!  For anyone who has seen me in the last six months, you know this has been my #1 stressor for wedding planning and thank GOODNESS it is finally over and we have an actual officiant who can legally marry us!  Whew!

2.  We decided on our favors – personalized m&m’s since that’s how M. proposed to me. 🙂 On Monday we ordered them and on Wednesday they arrived – wow!  And since the MP volunteered to put them all together for us, they’re pretty much checked off my list at this point.  Yay!

3.  I bought the LED candles to go in our luminaries this past weekend at the Christmas Tree Shoppe for a SUPER afforadable price.

4.  I’ve figured out our plan for the escort cards, programs, and menus and L. is helping me make all of them!

5.  I made a digital photo album (50+ pages!) of the first five years of M. and I together to have out at the wedding for people to look through.

6.  I had my hair trial run earlier this week and it went great.  I’m just going to wear it down with a little bit pulled to the side (using the awesome barrette I bought for $11 at a craft fair).

7.  We got our invitations in the mail this week, so we have a good two weeks to address them, stamp them and get them out at the 8 week point.

8.  We picked our menu for dinner.

Yay for wedding productivity!  I can’t wait for the day to just be here so we can get married and be husband and wife and go on our honeymoon! 🙂

Fancy Nails Follow-up

Just wanted to do a quick follow-up to my previous post about having my nails done for a few of you ladies who were interested.  It’s been two weeks now since I’ve gotten them done and from a distance, I’d say they still look fine (see picture below), but if you look up close they’re starting to look… aged?  Lol, not sure if that’s the word, but I’ll explain.

So nothing has chipped, but a few of them have started to look like they could be peeled off, if I put the effort into doing so.  I think a big part of having these nails is about just not destroying them yourself (we are all guilty of the boredom which results in completely chipping/scratching/peeling whatever paint is left on our nails).  Then the white tips have started to show wear and tear and you can even see my natural nail under a few of them as they start to grow out.  And speaking of growing out, that is the one main visual issue, my nails are growing and you can very obviously see the space between my cuticle and the gel put on top of my nail.  I guess that’s why I’ve heard of people getting their nails “filled” as an upkeep sort of thing, but personally I’ll probably just see what happens and eventually peel the gels off myself, as opposed to spending more money.

Ahh yes, money.  These little babies were expensive!  I had thought about getting them done for the bridal shower and then paying to have them done a few times this summer through until the wedding, ha, yeah right!  I’d rather save that money for something fun on our honeymoon then pay to have my nails done again this summer.  With tip and everything, I spent somewhere in the $90 range.  Ugh, I’m ashamed to even admit that – don’t judge me!!!  So yeah, definitely won’t be getting them done again until the wedding and honestly I’m not even sure I want them done for the wedding.  I think I do, because they do look nice for pictures and stuff, I’m just not sure if I feel like they’re reeeeally worth the money.

Anyway, here is a close-up shot for you to see what they look like at two weeks:

I feel pretty, oh so pretty!

I had my wedding make-up trial run this morning and think it went really well!  My make-up artist’s name is Liz Wegrzyn and she seemed really confident and very knowledgeable.  I brought in some clippings from magazines of what I wanted my make-up to look like and she really didn’t stray at all and never made me feel uncomfortable when I asked her to tweak something she’d done, which was super important to me.  My wedding make-up is definitely something that I’m going to see in pictures for YEARS to come, so I don’t want a pushy artist who doesn’t listen to what I really want and just gives me what she thinks I want.  So here are the results:

As you can tell, I definitely went for a lighter/more natural look.  I didn’t want to walk down the aisle and have Matt not recognize me!  I mean, I know it’s my wedding day, but I still am who I am and I like who I am, so I didn’t want to go crazy making myself something I’m not.  My only thought is maybe my eyes should be a little more emphasized?  But then again, I really kind of like the simple look.  I dunno, what do you all think?

My Bridal Shower

This past Saturday was my bridal shower.  My bridal shower!  Can you believe it?  I hardly can, and I certainly woke up in disbelief that morning, with the thought, is today really my bridal shower? floating around in my head.  I mean, I’ve been to plenty of other women’s bridal showers, but (obviously) never had my own, so it was so strange for me to be getting ready for my own bridal shower.  Even once I got there I was pretty nervous; I had never been the guest of honor at anything before, so the thought of making sure everyone felt truly appreciated for coming and knowing all the right things to say to everyone did make me a little anxious.  But once I was there and just started talking to my friends and family the way I always do, my body definitely relaxed and I just really appreciated the day.  My matron of honor and my bridesmaids all did an absolutely amazing job putting everything together – I feel so lucky to have such awesome ladies supporting me during this special time in my life. 🙂 Love you ladies!

The day was really a great success with great company, delicious food, a fun silly little game, and everyone brought such thoughtful, wonderful gifts – I really do feel so lucky!

Frances, the Italian Seamstress Goddess

Yesterday, my big sister (aka my MOH) and the MP came with me to my first dress fitting.  I was back and forth about whether or not to just go to David’s Bridal for my dress fitting, or to trek all the way out to Columbia, Maryland to see Frances, the woman who fitted both my sister and my sister-in-law’s wedding dresses and did an awesome job.  I went over the debate of convenience with a questionable quality versus inconvenience with a guaranteed quality about a bajillion times in my head, until I finally just decided I wanted quality and I’d make the drive out to Columbia for it and let me just say, I am SO happy I did!

When I purchased my dress from David’s Bridal, they sold me one of those shapewear type bras (that go all the way down to your hips to suck in the belly) and a slip with all this extra poof.  Well when I got to Frances’s and put on my bra, she immediately pointed out that it didn’t fit me correctly.  I had kind of noticed it was tight on me, and kept asking people if it looked alright, but everyone just kept telling me it was the right size, so I just kept my mouth shut.  So I went ahead and tried on the dress with it anyway (since it was the only one I had) and she looked at me and said, “No, no, take it off” as she quickly started unzipping my dress and unsnapping my bra from behind, lol.  So I took off the bra and tried on my dress without a bra for the first time and it was like magic!  The too-small-bra had been pinching me and actually making me look chubbier up top, so when I took it off I looked slimmer!  Then she points out, “You don’t need to wear this slip, your dress has enough poof on it’s own, this slip will just make you hot.”  Man, where was Frances when I bought my dress?  Lol.  She also pointed out I don’t even need to have the dress fitted, the bodice already fits me perfectly and the length is just right.  THEN, to make the appointment even more amazing, Frances overheard me talking about how I still need a veil, and she instantly said (thick Italian accent and all), “Oh no, they charge $200-300, no no, I make you one, I make you veil to match your dress.”  Helloooo, Frances, my new best friend!

I seriously am just SO happy I decided to use Frances because I’m sure if I had used David’s Bridal they would’ve just made the situation worse and probably told me I needed to buy something else from them!  I do have to go back to them, though, and explain that they sold me the wrong type of bra and convince them to let me exchange it for the right type of bra, which I’m sure will be tons of fun.  Not.  But I’m hopeful it won’t be too painful of a situation!  Fingers crossed!