was a banner year! It was, without a doubt, one of the best, most exciting, and busiest years yet.
Without further adieu, I....
1. Took a girls trip to Boston where we drank a lot, ate a lot, shopped a lot and worked a little.
2. Purchased our first house and started our first remodel/DIY projects!
3. I turned 28
4. I celebrated the summer with a fantastic bridal shower and bachelorette party
5. I married the man of my dreams
6. I had THE MOST phenomenal wedding
7. I spent 8 days of absolute bliss in Antigua
8. I celebrated my first married Thanksgiving and Christmas with my husband.
I'm sad to see 2009 go, because I know it will be hard year to top. I look forward to trying, though!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I'm usually not a big holiday decorator. I go all out for Halloween, but I usually think a tree is sufficient for Christmas.
All that changed this year-- I've married a Christmas decorating fanatic and he's turned me on to the idea of red and green.
Although I have not gone Christmas decorating crazy, yet (give it a few years)-- we did add a few things to our rotation this year. The fact that we hosted a Christmas party on December 11th further motivated me to get off my butt and to get decorating.
The banister up the stairs. Ooh, Ahh.
Our lights-- I love filling them up with fun stuff. This year, we've got red, green, and silver glitter balls. (BTW, I certainly rearranged the seam on that lamp after taking this picture).
Our stockings, which were made my John's mom. The cat stocking cracks me up and John picked out the pattern. My mother-in-law gave me these at my bridal shower.
Just a little something we have on our bookcase. Next to our wedding pictures of course. =]
If you sent us a Christmas card, we've got it right there in the kitchen.
Do you spot the nativity scene in our China Cabinet- that was a wedding gift.
Yeah, Yeah, Christmas is over and I'm just now showing you our tree.
So sue me, I was busy.
Plus, everyone loves Christmas and I'm all for extending the season.
(also-- blogger is annoying me and it's uploading my photos backwards. Sorry)
My favorite accessory and the resident cuddle-bug-- SAGE...
The tree after we finished decorating.
I really got into trimming the tree this year...
I'm five feet, five but I look like a dwarf compared to the tree my husband picked out.
Here I am stringing the lights!
This was the first year since living with my parents that I have had a real tree. We figured that our since we're living in our first home, during our first year of marriage, we need our first real tree. It's been a year full of firsts and we're enjoying every minute of it (hence the slow blogging)!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
I know this is long, but try to get through it-- I need advice!
Although I've shared several of our wedding pictures (and I have many more to share), I'm actually slightly disappointed with our wedding pictures and our photographer.
She did get some fabulous shots, but there were just as many shots that made me go, huh?
She has/had fantastic ratings and a superb reputation, which is part of the reason that I'm upset. Out of the 545 pictures that we were given, at least 30 of them still contain "red eye." Plus, 80% of the group shots are off centered and far from perfect. The lighting is okay, but not great. My parent's friend, who isn't even a professional photographer, questioned the flash that she was using in the church (he didn't tell us this until after the wedding). My sister had to remind her to take pictures of the details and of the food. Prior to the wedding, I gave her a list of what I was looking for and I think we're lacking at least a quarter of my "must have" shots.
In our initial meetings with one another, I stressed to her that more than anything, I was looking for candid shots. There are approximately 2 candid shots of John and I dancing at our wedding (to be fair, we have about 200 candid pictures of our guests, just not many of us), 1 candid shot of us cutting our cake, and 3 from the toasts. There is 1 picture of me throwing my bouquet and 1 of John with the garter. I don't think that we have a single picture of the girl who caught the bouquet....
I don't want to sound like a total jerk, because there are a lot of great pictures of me and my friends and of John and his friends. Unfortunately, there is not a single shot of John and I that makes me go wow (aside from a few shots of us leaving the church in the rain).
anyways, you get my point and I've been stewing over this since before Thanksgiving.
I decided that I was probably being a brat and I decided to let it go.
However, more recently we were watching our wedding video and we noticed that the photographer took a lot more shots in the video than we actually received/saw. She was in our wedding video pointing and clicking and we cannot find many of the pictures that she appeared to be taking during our wedding video.
At this point, we own every picture and have copies of every proof on paper and on a CD. We do need to meet with her again to design our professional album.
Is it worth rocking the boat to email her and inform her that we were watching the wedding video and it appeared as though many of the photos that she took were not on the CD that we received? I do want an explanation as to why we only have two pictures of our first dance and 1 of my father and I dancing. Is it fair to ask if the other pictures that she took just did not turn out? The lady seriously has a 5.0 out of 5.0 rating on Wedding Wire, which makes me nervous about complaining at all.
What would you do if you were in my shoes? Help please!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The husband and I did not see each other before the ceremony, but we were able to get some group shots done beforehand.
(click on them to see them better)
Me with my parents..
This one is one of my favorites. I love this picture with my parents...
All the girls...
Do I look nervous yet?
I'm not too sure about it, but it seems to be a fan favorite so far.
(Blogger will not upload my pictures in the appropriate manner so sorry that they are not in order).
I kinda like this pictures-- that's my sister over on the far right. I think it's cute.
This one looks better when it's blown up, but it's a cute idea.
My dress from the back...
My photographer was desperate to get pictures of me getting dressed. As you can see, I wasn't totally into that for obvious reasons. The picture is funny though. =]
This was more of my style! Call me modest, I don't care.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I'm probably going to bore you this week with all the wedding pictures.
It's just too hard to narrow down my favorites....
Getting Ready Pictures!
My jewelry on the bridesmaid bouquets
My sister in law and my dress
My mom and the veil
The guys. They had it easy.
I am/was so in love with my flowers.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I have been a craptastic blogger as of late.
But- I've been up to a lot.
1. Thanksgiving break. 5 blissful days without work. 5 days that went by far too fast.
2. I met with the photographer and got our professional wedding pictures! More on that later...
3. I met with the videographer and got our professional wedding video. It is phenomenal and I'm so glad we decided to go with a videographer as well as a photographer.
4. Thanksgiving with my family! My parents only live 45 minutes away, but they're always complaining about how they want to see us more, so we decided to stay for not one, but two nights. My cousins, aunt and uncle joined us and we had quite the celebration. Lets just say that it involved a lot of wine, a lot of dancing, and a lot of laughing.
A picture of the newlyweds on their first married Thanksgiving.
and another.. John love his gang signs (joking).
5. Christmas shopping. I don't believe in Black Friday, but we did hit up some of the sales on Saturday.
6. John's grandmother's 99th birthday party!
7. Cutting down our Christmas tree with John's side of the family.
Here's the manly man with his saw...
Our little family and our HUGE tree (it's the one on the left). If it gives you a frame of reference my husband is 6'3"ish
The gorgeous tree farm.
8. My husband's best friend and best man (his wife) had a baby last night. She was 10 days early and the first of our day-to-day friends to have a kid. We visited them in the hospital and I held baby Charlotte for an hour. I really want one to hold and kiss and cuddle, but I'm not quite ready to have one for life.
8. Now it's back to the grind and I'm back to scheming up ways to retire this year. =)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Is it just me, or do weekends go by ridiculously fast?
The husband and I had a lot of face time this weekend and it was fabulous. My priority (and I'll force him to do it =) is to do whatever we can to ensure that we have a solid marriage and a strong bond/connection over the entire first year- and obviously beyond.
This weekend we made it through a Sunday at Ikea. If a Sunday at Ikea doesn't test your marriage, I'm not sure what will.
My Sunday at Ikea was fabulous. The husband has allowed me free reign for redecoration-- and we did a little damage today. We picked up a big fluffy chair, an ottoman, two lamps, and a few shelving units for the living room. I'll be sure to post pictures after all is said and done.
We have yet to hang the shelves and I need to whip out the sewing machine to make the pillows. I'm hoping to have it all done by the end of the weekend.
My fun news for Monday-- I get to pick up our professional wedding pictures. I cannot wait to see them!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
When I cook, he cleans and I don't even need to ask him to.
Isn't he fab?
It's amazing how much you can get done when you're not getting married.
The year of my engagement was the best of my life (it's a given for a naturally born planner)-- but I have to admit- I have a whole lot more time on my hands now.
Over the last two days my husband and I have managed to....
- Paint our living room Harvest Brown (Behr) and fall in love with the new color. We originally painted our living room 6 months ago and we used Glidden's Water Chesnut. The color was weak, it reminded me of a flesh color (gross), and I couldn't wait to repaint. HB made me wait until after the wedding to repaint - I think he was hoping I'd forget about it. We make a good team though- I trim and he mans the roller.
- Hang our wood blinds in the spare bedroom. We've been living without blinds or curtains in that room since May.
- Hang curtains in the living room. We've had bamboo blinds up for quite some time now. We flanked each of the windows with beachy sheers as well for a more "finished" cottage look.
- Raked up a trillion leaves. I'm serious-- my neighbor girls spent hours in my leaves mountain this afternoon.
Next up, install roman shades in our bedroom and rearrange the living room furniture. I'll post pictures soon.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
1. Tuesday is our "We've been married for one month" mark! Got any ideas for how to celebrate?
2. Volvo is certainly taking advantage of the fact that Edward Cullen drives one. How lucky are they that the books worked out?
I drove a Volvo throughout high school, college AND my early twenties. Does that make me as cool as Edward Cullen?
Saturday, November 14, 2009
My husband picked up a shift today and left me all alone on a Saturday..
When the husbands away,
The wife will..... Shop.
I headed out to the local town center to browse and came home with three large shopping bags. I did get some very phenomenal deals though-- thanks to the extra 30% off coupon at Old Navy and The Gap this weekend. I also went a little wild at the Loft, but with my teacher ID and reward points I spent less than 50 bucks on four things.
It's time for another shopping hiatus. I actually had to find at least 10 things to give away, in order to make room for the new stuff.
If you look closely at that red shirt-- that's John signing us up for the beach Olympics contest. I'm sitting there eating my jerk chicken. :)
Wah, don't make me go home (that's what I'm saying in this picture).
John in the pool on our last day in Antigua-- immediately following this picture, we headed to the bar to watch the Steelers beat the Vikings (duh, wouldn't miss it)
Looking tan, feeling refreshed, and not looking forward to going home.
Our last night-- it's appropriate that our favorite Sandals employee peace'd us out of there.
Friday, November 13, 2009
It's a bit blurry, but on our second to last night, John participated in the Mr. Irie man competition. Apparently, Irie means charming and you know that my boy won the whole thing
He had to come up with pick up lines, do a dance, and sing a song-- more specifically he had to pretend to be a drunk drag queen signing "I will survive." His prize-- a bottle of Antiguan rum.
I was so proud.
.... AND a little drunk by that point in the nights. Whoops-- free champagne will do that.