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


This week flew by..

I'm ready to sigh, drop my shoulders and enjoy my weekend.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy 1 Month!

The videographer sent us some screen grabs..

This MAY hold me over until Thanksgiving when we get the real video.

Happy One Month Married, HB.

Monday, November 16, 2009

God Bless My Husband

When I cook, he cleans and I don't even need to ask him to.

Isn't he fab?

Check, Check & Check

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

Two Things

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.

Last of the Honeymoon

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

yup, there's more...

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.

..And Going..

After four days at the pool and drinking frozen drinks-- we decided to get out there and take a boat tour of the island. We weren't total bums before the boat tour, though. Sandals provides hundreds of couples activities each day and we participated in quite a few. Of course my husband forced me to participate in the couples beer pong tournament, and we also participated in some couples contests, water polo, beach volleyball etc.

But back to the boat tour-- the boat tour circled the entire island while we laid back, relaxed and enjoyed the sights.

The boat ride was a blast-- and it helped that they served rum punch to liven up the mood.

After a few hour tour, we stopped on a private island to snorkel and to eat lunch. Oh my gosh- that lunch was one of the best we've ever had. It was only pasta salad, jerk chicken and rice/lentils but it was phenomenal.

A few more couple pics...

We were looking quite tan by this point!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Still Going...

We didn't get a great picture of our room-- but here's the mirror...

The classic John pose....

Both of us!

I don't know why, but I love this picture.

Up next-- our circumnavigation cruise around Antigua! That was our boat!

More Honeymoon

We had the most beautiful weather the entire week. It was 85, sunny and gorgeous. We heard that it rained in Maryland the entire time we were gone. We did have a light rain shower as seen in the picture about every other day-- but it lasted less than a minute so it barely even counts.

Here's another picture of the rainstorm.

And a few minutes after the storm-- GORGEOUS. You can see part of another one of the restaurants to the right.

The proud husband!

The happy wife!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honeymoon, Cont.

What did we do the whole time?

Not a whole lot-- and it was fabulous.

Here's a shot of the hotel looking up from the beach/pool area.

Everynight, we took the exact same picture. John leaving our room, and me standing by the flowers. It's a difficult task to get couple pictures when you're the only two on your honeymoon.

Here I am. The resort mandates that men need to wear shoes and pants for dinner-- girls can wear skirts or dresses. It was fun to dress up for dinner every night.

Here's a picture overlooking our table at one of our favorite restaurants at the Sandals Antigua. Gosh, I miss it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The husband and I left for our honeymoon the Monday following our wedding.

We were up at 3 (yes, ugh) am to catch a 6am flight out of Baltimore to Antigua!

Despite the fact that The Office made fun of Sandals resorts-- John and I decided to give it at shot. Neither of us had ever been to an all inclusive before, but we figured that it was worth a shot. We didn't want any surprises money wise, and we didn't spend an additional cent the entire week.

I'm glad we took a chance, because it was the best week of our lives and we can't wait to hit up another Sandals as soon as we gather the funds.

I tend to be a bit of a hotel snob (I lived in a hotel for more than 2 years combined as a child/teen -6 months in Connecticut, 1 year in New York City, and 6 months in Pittsburgh, PA- and my father is in the hotel business). As a result, I'll admit I'm a travel snob. The one time in our lives that we had to stay at a Days Inn, my mom ended up sleeping on a towel because she didn't want to catch fleas. Unreasonable? For sure. Can I help it? No. :)

Anyways, I'm not going to say that it was the most updated hotel that I've ever seen, but it was pretty darn great-- especially for the Caribbean. Five stars there, is not five stars here. It was clean, the people that worked their were amazing, and the bed was comfy.

The best part about the hotel? The food and drinks! It was all free and I probably gained 12 pounds over the course of our honeymoon. We ate lunch twice a day, sometimes and feasted on lobster (it was fabulous), shrimp, and fantastic steaks for dinner every night. The bar service never ended-- not even at the pools, because they had swim up pool bars! Is that sweet or what?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Big Day

It's a big day at the Newlywed's House!
Thanks to some very generous friends and family, we've upgraded our bed....
After spending 730 nights in a full sized bed-- we've bought ourselves a king.
It's being set up (John's at home) as we speak. 

Friday, November 6, 2009


I'm it...

1. Where is your cell phone:
On the end table. The spooky thing-- it started ringing as I looked over to find it.

2. Your hair:
Longer than usual and blonde

3. Your mother:
Is a best friend

4. Your father:
Is fabulous

5. Your favorite food:
Crab Cakes (ONLY from Maryland)

6. Your dream from last night:
That I was dating Chuck Bass. I have serious dream issues.

7. Your favorite drink:
Soda. Full cal.

8. Your dream/goal:
To love my husband as much as I do now- fifty years from now, to raise a family, to pay off debt, to get back to my pre-John weight.

9. What room are you in:
The living room

10. What are your hobbies:
Cooking, tennis, kickball, and sewing

11. What is your fear:
Do you want the top 10?

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years:
In a bigger house with 2 kids

13. Where were you last night:
In bed by 9:30

14. Something you are not:
A fan of bananas

15. Muffins:
Usually aren't worth the calories

16. Wish list items:
A new coffee table, a new couch, new 42 inch TV for the basement, a lap top, a David Yurman bracelet, a purple coach purse, and a Vera Bradley weekender in a very specific print.

17. Where did you grow up:
Where didn't I grow up?
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Tennessee, Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland (I'm still growing).

18. Last thing you did:
Ate Five Guys with the husband and his best friend. Spooned with Sage. Watched Project Runway.

19. What are you wearing:

20. Your pets:
I'm obsessed. Sage and I just spooned for an hour.

21. Your friends:
I wish we could chat more.

22. Your life:
Pretty perfect.

24. Your mood:
It's Friday.

25. Missing someone:
I need to call them.

26. Vehicle:
2 new Hondas.

27. Something you’re not wearing:
Socks, make-up, a watch.

28. Your favorite store:
Ann Taylor Loft.

29. Your favorite color(s):
Deep Aubergine Purple, Green, & Yellow

30. When’s the last time you laughed:
All. The. Time. At least 10 times tonight.

31. When’s the last time you cried:
On my wedding day-- specifically when I read the card that John delivered.

32. Your best friend:
Is upstairs sleeping.

33. One place you go over and over:

34. One person who emails me regularly:
I don't know that I email anyone regularly.

35. Favorite place to eat:
Anywhere with good crab cakes or good Asian food.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Has it really been three days since I last posted?

Sorry about that- life got busy. Apparently taking two weeks off during the school year wasn't my brightest idea (but so worth it). I'm just working triple time to catch up now! It also doesn't help that I've been sick for the last two days.

I'm STILL anxiously awaiting my professional wedding pictures and/or video. I know that it will be at least another two weeks, but I'm dying to see more pictures. My family etc. have yet to send me any pictures and I've exhausted the 100 or so that were posted on facebook. =]

In the meantime, I'll answer some questions:

Blogger hotpants™ said...

What was your first dance song?
Although it's been done before and isn't entirely original, we went with Rascal Flatts', God Bless the Broken Road. We are so glad that we did because at the end of the day it was the perfect choice.

Blogger Duchess said...

What song did you use for the daddy/daughter dance?
This song has also been done before, but we just loved it so much. We used Heartland's, I Loved her First. It was a special moment!

We have a super busy weekend ahead of us (we get to go to a wedding), but I'll try to move on to the honeymoon recap soon!

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Wedding: Part 5

Check out the party---

as always- if you have questions, just ask!