Thursday, September 11, 2014
Turns out working full-time, getting home at 9 pm daily, having a dog and planning a wedding doesn't leave much time for that.
But one day I will. Eric wants to get into food photography, so if I dust off the baking blog it will at least have better pictures.
So what is new?
Well let's see. Wedding wise I am in a good place. We have the venue, food, DJ photography and videographer picked. This past weekend I found cake stands and figured out the look of the cakes. I found my dress a few weeks ago.
Mom and I had two appointmenst one Saturday. I was dreading dress shopping. I was worried about how I would look, nervous I wouldn't love anything. Mom really wanted to go to this place about an hour away in PA. I wasn't sure what the obsession was but I made the appointment. I am so glad I did. The girl helping me was amazing. I found my dress, I tired on 7 but ended up with dress #2. I was so excited. I wanted to show everyone, but I finally had to stop because I wanted some pepole to be surprised come May. The best part is my mom's wedding veil works perfectly (once I get the funky hat thing taken off and a nice comb added)
I am working on flowers right now, I have an appointment with a local florist to see about them making my bouquet, the table flowers and other decorations are so simple we just need the flowers ordered.
Eric and I need to spend some time building the corn hole games for the yard at the venue. That will be a weekend project really soon.
Aubrey is coming up in October so hopefully we pick the bridesmaid dresses then.
It's all coming along I'm getting so so excited.
In non wedding news Eric and I have almost finished our bedroom makeover. I plan on doing a post about this and go room by room, something along the lines of from bachelor pad to beautiful home. I still need to get some artwork, and our bedding (which is on the registry so I am waiting until after the wedding to get that) but our room looks amazing and I love the color we chose.
Enzo is great walking off leash now, being such a good dog. I'm so happy I have him. I love him so.
Monday, June 2, 2014
I'm guilty of being distracted, Eric and I will sit at the dinner table with our phones in our hands not even talking, we've got to reconnect with each other and we have to connect with our kids(when we have them) or we will lose them to this world. The world is a scary place, imagine how scary it will be without a generation of kids who have had no positive influence in their life. My job is to work with kids, to support their families and it's something I've become passionate about. If I had more time to give to other places, I would, but I don't right now, so all I can do is what I'm doing now one day I'll do more. I know I will, I want to make a difference in this world and I'm starting with our kids.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I have a new alarm clock. It wakes me up around 7:00- 7:30am everyday. It doesn’t have a snooze button and can get quiet loud.
Its name is Enzo.
Eric and I have been looking at dogs for a while now ( ok I have been) and the consensus was we would get a dog after I finished Grad school.
Last Saturday we went to Pet smart for a $12 fish tank item.
I jokingly said, we are going to get a puppy, even double checked with Dani, our roommate, to make sure she wouldn’t kill us if we brought a dog home. Though I was still mostly joking.
We get to pet smart and there was the most beautiful black dog. He looked like a lab, upon asking, he is a lab and black and tan coonhound mix.
He looks so pretty, mostly black, but his fur is showing a lot of brown.
They said he was 11 months, and was already house trained, knows some basic commands and is working on behaving on a leash.
He was perfect, exactly what we wanted – an older dog, but not so old that he has unbreakable bad habits.
We walked around the store with him, and decided we would fill out the application, only one weekend early.
She spoke to one of our references, and was ready to give him to us. ( I personally believe she recognized us, as we go to pet smart on Saturdays, at least once a month, if not more, to look at puppies) He was perfect for us.
We did the paper work, and then went on a shopping spree. YIKES. Buying a dog on impulse means I didn’t get to scour craigslist for a cheap used crate, but our little boy now has a forever home, and we are forever hooked.
The first week was an adjustment for all, Enzo was used to living in a house with 7 other dogs, which provide constant entertainment. We weren’t cutting in, especially when we tired to do other things, like eat dinner, or do work. However, he is doing much better entertaining himself.
Taking long walks every night has been nice (until the rain came!) and it will be good for Eric and I too.
The first couple nights he slept locked in his bed, but then he did so well, we decided to try leaving the door open at night (I have some guilt about him being crated a few hours a day) he starts our laying by the bed, but always ends up sleeping in his crate.
Enzo had a great first vet visit, he was instantly everyone buddy there. Yesterday, we went to pet smart to get him food, and as we were leaving one of the employees there said “Is that Enzo?” They knew him and everyone liked him.
Enzo loves destroying his toys (must only purchase hard plastic toys now)
Watching life out the window
Playing in grandma and grandpa’s back yard- though Kobi (his uncle) hates him.
We are in love.
Daddy left for work and we were sad
Enzo thinks he is a lap dog
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
You get engaged, and the first thing people ask is “have you set a date?!”
Seriously? I JUST got engaged, no. I know I want a spring 2015 wedding, I have plenty of time.
But then you lay in bed making guest lists, and researching venues/caterer/DJs and realizing that 1- there is a lot to do 2-it costs a small fortune to get married (yes dad, I know the church is free, but I am not diggin’ the basketball court feel)
Then I started looking at venues more closely, since I knew that would be the first thing we had to decide.
I couldn’t believe it but May 2015 dates were already filling up.
I called and booked a tour the next day with our first choice in venue.
Eric and I drove out to Walkersville, my hometown, the weekend after we got engaged on Sunday afternoon. Driving out there I made the comment that I have never been super emotionally attached to Walkersville, I moved away pretty easily, but there is something about getting married where I grew up, just a mile or so from home, and right across the street from my middle school that is pretty cool; when we saw the place, all that didn’t even matter anyway.
It was beautiful, and perfect for the vision I had created in my head of my wedding. I didn’t want formal and fancy. That isn’t me. I wanted casual and fun. The guys aren’t wearing tuxes, and we just might serve BBQ as part of the dinner menu.
The venue allows for lawn games like corn hole and horseshoes and there is a fire pit in the yard for late night s’mores post dancing.
Another plus is you get the place until midnight and if it gets cold, then they will put the sides on the tent and heat it for us, for free. Amazing.
We left there a little bummed because we loved the place, but the price for a Saturday was over half what we wanted to spend on the wedding total! We threw around the idea of a Sunday wedding, as it offered some more savings, bringing it to a manageable price. Eric’s mom called us later with an idea that since we were thinking about Sunday, what about Monday, Memorial Day, it would offer much more savings and allow me to use that money for something else, putting us back on track budget wise.
I wasn’t 100% on board with the Monday wedding. So the next day Eric took his parents to show them the venue, and put a hold on the date while we look around at other venues. But once I knew we had a date at that venue, I got super excited and it didn’t matter anymore that it was a Monday.
It will be perfect.
Now I can’t stop researching other aspects of the wedding, reaching out to caterers and DJs.
Once school starts back up I will have to chill, but I am so excited, 2015 seems so far away! But I know it will be here before we know it.
****all pictures are taken from the venue’s facebook page , they aren’t mine, and not of my wedding ****