Monthly Archives: November 2013

So thankful!

Happy thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you all are able to be near someone you love this week, and have something to be truly thankful for on this day (and every day). 

I am thankful for so much in my life, especially in  this season of change for me. I am so excited and thankful that George and I will be able to head to St. Louis to see so many people I love and who love me. Thanksgiving definitely rates among the top on the ranking of holidays. It’s not because I like the pie and all the food (don’t get me wrong, that’s nice), but rather that I get to be with family. Each year we celebrate thanksgiving with my grandma’s cousins, and their families. This is my Dad’s mom’s cousins. I know it sounds complicated, and I guess it is. I don’t think most people even know their Grandma’s cousins, but I do, and I am so incredibly thankful for this. 

My grandma was an incredible woman, so strong, joyful, funny, beautiful inside and out. She had such a youthful spirit that I hope to carry with me. She fought cancer and passed away the summer before my 7th grade year. Thanksgiving is my favorite because when I am surrounded by her “people” I feel her spirit the most. I love hearing stories of her adventures and love seeing her in the people she shaped and was shaped by. 

This past weekend my cousins planned the most amazing spa day to celebrate me before the wedding. I was looking forward to the weekend, and having the chance to relax and let go of some of the wedding planning stress I have been harboring. The weekend ended up being so much more than just relaxing to me. Since my grandparents passed, and the cousins have grown, it has been hard to get the group together very often. The time we have together is so precious to me. We spent the morning getting pampered and drinking fruity wine. I know Grandma would have given anything to be there with us, and I know she was. After we were all massaged, manicured, and facial(ed), we brought our drinks out to the hot tub and girl talked. We shared our memories of Grandma and Grandpa, the sleepovers we had at their house, and the countless Spice Girls’ songs we preformed. This weekend I saw my Grandma’s spirit living in my sister and my cousins. I am so thankful to have them and these moments to share with one another and with her. 

I have so much to be thankful for, but over the past few months the women in my life have been so wonderful, So I want to dedicate the rest of this post to thanking them. First and foremost my mom has been incredible helping me to plan the wedding of my dreams. I know it is hard for her to plan for this day when she still wishes I “would shrink back down to a 2T” and be her baby forever. She has dropped all she was has been doing to fly to KC (twice) to help me. These were two of the best weekends I have spent in KC. Thanks mom! My sister (the maid of honor) has also been a huge help for me. She has had her hand in every event, and is doing as much as she can even though she is not close. She has dedicated many weekends traveling to me and the wedding festivities. My cousins, aunts, and girlfriends have given so much time, support, and money to making me feel so incredibly special. I have been celebrated more than I deserve, and am still looking forward to another shower and another girls celebration this weekend. My heart just swells at the thought. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I started this blog to write for me, to remember my adventures and thoughts about life, but your reads and comments bring me up. Thank you! I wish you a wonderful holiday and much more to be thankful for!

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Wonderful weekend!

This past weekend came at a great time! I had a totally insane couple weeks at work. And after work. And weekends. I was so grateful that Geroge decided to come to KC to spend his pre-birthday weekend with me!

I presented him with a pile of presents (wraped in left over shower boxes and paper hehe).  I outfitted him with a few collared shirts and polos for his work wardrobe. Yes, George will have to trade his signature v-neck t-shirt for something a little more professional. However, the real gift was the planning and booking of our honeymoon which I completed just in time for the weekend. Jamica, we look forward to your sun and beaches!

We spent Friday night with our friends Trent and Katie at an aswome 90’s house warming party.  I was totally impressed with the party and all the details. These guys had  a great playlist from the first 10 NOW C.D.s. Do you remember these? Pogs? My sister and I had a handful, but we never did really know what to do with them.

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They also had an entire room of twister, and a ton of 90’s snacks and drinks. What is a 90’s snack you might say? Think gushers, kool-aid jammers, bagel bites, fruit by the foot, tang, air heads, bubble tape. These guys might have a few too many fruit by the foots. Hello sugar high!

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Many people dressed up in thier best 90’s fashion… our outfits were a little lame compared to the host’s Justin Timberlake get up.

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We spent Saturday running some errands for the wedding and enoying our time together.

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I then cooked a fancy birthday dinner using many of my new kitchen goodies! I special thank you to all the ladies who helped celebrate with me at my bridal shower a few weeks back. George and I felt so established eating from real plates, with nice silverware, and crystal glasses. I felt like Rachel Ray in the kitchen preparing coconut shrimp and speghitti squash.

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After our fancy dinner we headed to the BYX dance on the plaza. I tested out the white dress look…

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Shameless selfie (Ps did you know “selfie” is the word of the year?)

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It was a great weekend! Sunday was a little bitter sweet. It was sad to see him go. We don’t have too much longer, just 45 days!

Such a Beautiful Earth

I came across this buzz feed on surreal places to visit that I wanted to share. Nature always amazes me, it can literately take my breath away. Standing at places like these, the grand canyon, the petrified forest, table mountain, or even just in the quiet woods on a beautiful day cause my chest to tighten.

What a beautiful world that we live in. A world created by our God for us. A world full of science and mystery.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/surreal-places-to-visit-before-you-die

I liked this page because it gives a few of the explanations for the beautiful sights. (Even a little geology, Dad)

Enjoy!

Friday Favorites

Hey ya’ll I am taking a quick break from the wedding planning (Ps just 50 more days!)  to share a few Friday favorites with you!

1. Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam

nexxusI use this mousse every day after I shower to give my hair the extra volume it needs. It is a heat protectant so I feel better about blow drying or using styling tools. It doesn’t get hard or crunchy like other mousse products do.

2. Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses

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These little morsels might seem innocent, but for a bride -to-be on a diet/exercise plan, they are torture. My internal dialogue: “Oh just one little kiss won’t hurt”….20 kisses later and it looks like I might need another jog around the block.

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Make note, giving a future bride a 2qt kitchen canister FULL of these as a shower gift is a wonderful terrible gift. Okay I don’t mean it. I LOVE THEM!

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3.This guy

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This Friday favorite is coming in town today, and we have a weekend packed full of fun (I might sneak in some wedding work too). I am so excited to see him! The wedding is getting so close and I feel like my heart is about to just beat right out of my chest.

He is my favorite because he can brighten my day with his goofy smile. He is so patient (which has been so incredible for my seemingly high stress levels lately).  He is always searching for ways to improve himself and our relationship. He challenges me to grow and learn. He listens to me AND act on my feelings. He is incredibly strong and inspiring in his beliefs. He is always the first to admit his wrongs and back down from his pride.

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I am a lucky girl! (now how about some wine with all that cheese?)

 

P.s. The wedding series will be starting soon!

 

 

 

 

Sorry, I Am Not Sorry

Well hello there. I don’t know about you, but it seems like ages since I posted last (okay so maybe not ages, but I’ve fallen behind). I was going to apologize for not writing and keeping up, but sorry, I am not sorry 😛

 

I have been busy! (but then again, that’s not new). This has been a different kind of busy. As in the wedding is just 2 months away! I can hardly believe it. Part of me is freaking out wondering how I can possibly get everything ready in just two months. The other part of me just wishes time would speed up and get here already! I am so excited to wear my beautiful dress, excited to see all of my friends and family, excited to dance the night away, but most of all, I am excited to start this new chapter of my life with my very best friend.

I spend the majority of my day preparing for what will begin in just two months. Even when I am at work, I am constantly going though check lists in my head, making phone calls and typing emails on my lunch break. I have to remind myself to  think about work when I am at work.

I am preparing myself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  I haven’t had much time to write because I have been spending more and more of my free time with these preparations. I promise to make it up to you though. I have begun working on a HUGE wedding blog series. I want most of the details of our big day to be a surprise, but its hard to keep my mouth shut.  I have already begun to write post about the details of the day. Come early January, expect to see post on all wedding details. There will be how-to post, my suggestions, my decisions, the hardships, reviews on registry items, budget tips, song choices, pre wedding beauty, workouts, EVERYTHING!

 

All the really big stuff is taken care of right now, but there are plenty of details and prepping work that still need some attention. So what has been taking up all of my time?

 

Preparing physically:

 I started an intense workout routine so I can look and feel my best in the millions of photos that will be taken. I have started some new beauty routines so my skin, hair, nails, and teeth are all looking their best. I don’t know about you, but I have this idea that a girls wedding day is when she is her most beautiful. It’s probably the most documented day, so it should be. Those little things that I might not have put the time or money into now get that little extra bit of effort. I will share these details too! I mean honestly we all need a little pampering time even if its not a wedding!

 

Preparing spiritually:

I have found that with so much going on, it has been easy to let my faith get lost in the mix. I have been trying really hard to set aside time in my day for the Lord. I always make sure to pray for my future husband, our relationship, and the guidance to be the best wife I can be. I know this is the path the Lord is leading me down, but I also know that there will be many big changes and room for growth in our hearts as George and I become life partners and room mates. I pray that I harness the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can learn and grow together.

 

Preparing emotionally:

Disclaimer, I am not a bridezilla, I have not had any freak-outs, and things have been going well. That being said, the whole process is an emotional roller coaster filled with so much excitement for the day, and my future. Some days I actually jump on the bed because I can’t contain my excitement. I often stress out when I look at the huge check list. I tear up when I look up you tube videos for the daddy daughter song (PS. Dad, I am still waiting for a response to that email with the choices).

I have tried to play out the whole day in my head…will I cry? Maybe, I guess you will have to wait and see on that one.  George does a wonderful job of listening to my feelings and helping to level them out and bring me back where I need to be. Its harder since we are distance now, but thanks to skype, texts, calls, and snapchat, I have been able to let him ride this roller coaster with me.

 

Just plan preparing:

Now that George has officially accepted a wonderful job offer, I hashed out a budget for us to help us as a guideline to meet the goals that we have set as a couple, including a goal to purchase our first home!

I am working on the grand schedule for he weekend, and soon we will book the honeymoon. Like I said there are still lots of ends that need to be tied together, but it is getting there thanks to all the help I have been getting.

 

If you are beginning to plan a wedding have your mom and sister talk to my mom and sister because they have been wonderful! Even being in different cities, they have constantly been working hard to help me in so many ways. Mom came in town this weekend. I put her to work!  The whole process has been a great bonding experience with lots of shopping and girl time.

 

Whelp look at the time, I’ve got places to go, people to see, and a wedding to plan.  Ta ta for now!