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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. 🙂


Air Show at Andrews AFB

Last weekend my parents and I went to the air show at Andrews AFB…

 My Dad was very excited to see FiFi…

My adorable helicopter pilot showing off the Huey to all the little kids…

My Dad holding his dog tag that was printed right there by a machine that was from the 40s… pretty cool…

Me and my helicopter pilot ❤

Christmas in July!

I know I already posted this on my Facebook page, but I’m just so excited I figured I’d blog about it too!  Here is a picture of Hallmark’s 2011 Fire Brigade fire truck (9th in Series) aka my Dad’s fire truck!

So here’s the scoop, last year Hallmark contacted my Dad and said they’d found a picture of his fire truck online and were wondering if it’d be alright if they modeled the 2011 Fire Brigade truck after my father’s actual 1957 Chevrolet fire truck.  [Side Note:  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hallmark ornaments, every year they come out with new ones; some of them are just random and some of them are part of a series where they release a new one every year and they become collectible.  The series are really anything you can think of from Harley Davidson to Snoopy to baseball heros to Barbie to a firetruck series!  And they release these ornaments in July (just a few months before Christmas, lol).]  So Hallmark contacts my Dad and (of course) he enthusiastically says yes!  My mother has been an avid Hallmark ornament collector for years and already owned the rest of the Fire Brigade series, so they were both beaming with excitement over the opportunity.  From there my Dad took hundreds of pictures of his truck, from every single angle, and sent them off to the ornament designer who took the pictures and modeled the little mini ornament version.  After that we all pretty much just had to sit around and wait for the ornament to get here (remember, all of this happened a year ago, so anticipation has been killer), but now it’s finally here!  Even though the ornament isn’t available for sale yet, Hallmark has released pictures of the 2011 ornaments, which have made their way to the internet (thus the picture above), so yay!  So now it’s just a matter of weeks before Saturday, July 16th gets here and the ornament is officially on the shelves and ready for purchase.  And if anyone is interested in seeing the actual fire truck, just ask, because I know my Dad is going to be smiling from ear to ear and proud to show off his fire truck (along with it’s little mini-me ornament) to anyone who’d like to see the pair.

Hello 2011! So nice to meet you!

Well here we are!  2011.  The year I get married.  Crazyyy!  I am getting married this year!  MARRIED!  By the end (hell, 3/4 of the way through), I will have a hubby.  Better yet, I will be a WIFE!  Wow.  This is the year I think I might actually start to feel like an adult (maybe).

Speaking of my future hubby, I dropped him off at the airport this morning to head off to the great state of New Mexico for five weeks… boo.  A little piece of me is excited to get a lot done and be crazy productive while he’s gone.  But like I said, a little piece, the other ginormous piece of me is sad that my roomie is gone for that long. 😦 At least Rotor and Natty will keep me company.

Productive things I want to get done while M. is away?

For starters, lose a little weight.  I’ve put myself on a diet, and I’m going to start seriously working out.  If I could just drop a few pounds and actually see results, I think it would really motivate me to be able to stick it out and get down to my goal weight for the wedding.  Wish me luck!  I also have a few wedding tasks to take care of while M. is in NM (mainly booking our hotel rooms).  Oh!  On a sidenote, I just booked our photo booth this weekend, which I am extremely excited about!  🙂 Other than that I just have some weeding out I want to take care of (some donations, some craigslist items, some trash).  It’s amazing how motivated I am to do stuff like that when I don’t have someone around to otherwise entertain me, lol.

All-in-all, 2011 has treated me very well so far.  I haven’t let anything stand in the way of what I want (even though I had the opportunity to chicken out already – but I didn’t!), and I’m proud of myself for that.  So go me!  And bring it on, new year!  I am ready for you! 🙂