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38 Days-Contemplating Married Life

4 May

Today has been a very “married” day.  This seems to be happening more and more frequently, and I LOVE it.

This morning on my way to work I was feeling a little queasy, but figured it would pass.  At the gas station I started feeling downright nauseas and then realized that I had locked my keys in my car. Score.  Fortunately, I was at QT (the greatest gas station chain ever created) and there were very nice people inside who gave me a phone book, and a very nice customer who suggested a reasonable locksmith. By reasonable I mean, they demanded our first born, but hey, it’s better than their competitors who demanded all of our eventual offspring.

While this is happening I text my mother-in-law to be to see if she knows anyone in the area.  Meanwhile, as I peruse the yellow pages my stomach decides it would rather not keep the smoothie I had for breakfast, so I nonchalantly head to the sparkling clean QT bathroom, and return to call the locksmith.  Aside from the poor lady washing her hands as I rushed in, I don’t think anyone else could tell I was sick.

Then, I text Jeremy and he immediately has several rescue options available.  One involved driving 6 hours for a spare key.  That’s true love. 🙂

Needless to say, I’m feeling terribly so I went home and Jeremy showed up soon after and made me chicken noodle soup.  We ran a few errands, but I didn’t last long, so he brought me home.  Despite feeling miserable, my body does not want to sleep, so I’m quietly typing away as my hubby-to-be rests on the couch before work. I’m just in a rather contemplative mood and enjoying just being together.

I love the simplicity of it all.

I love him.

I love that I’m going to be his wife.

Oh my!  I need to wake him up!!!

Oops!  Well, he’s up and getting ready to head to work.

This week has been crazy for us.  But it’s great because it’s leading up to an awesome couples shower!! (how do you spell that any ways?  Is it an apostrophe in reference to a shower for the couple, or is it just an s as in multiple couples who will be attending??? My inner English major periodically rears its nerdy head. Excuse me.)  We also have a meeting with a new florist (I know it’s late to meet with a florist… there will be another blog with flower details) My fabulous sister, and maid of honor, has taken care of all of our cake details, so we will do a little bit of cake testing this weekend as well.  I’m SO excited!

No big news right now, which is why the blogging has been rather infrequent.  Mostly drama with the flowers and I’ll blog about that once it’s settled. 🙂 I found a fabulously simple bouquet from one of the photographers I blog stalk. 🙂 So, in case you’re terribly curious, here is what I’m hoping the bridesmaids’ flowers will look like:

38 days until I’m Mrs. McNair.

Get ready to read about my cooking attempts, our RSVP’s, new workout options, and more.  The days are ticking by and I LOVE it!!

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58 Days- Wedding Photography and Embarrassing Confessions

13 Apr

I’m just going to begin this wedding blog by kindly asking that you do not judge me.

I’m serious.

I’m about to talk about a subject that makes me feel like one of the most conceited and self absorbed people on the planet.

Jeremy and I have always sort have been the designated “photographers” in our families.  When my parents gave me my first camera in high school, I fell in love.  I love to capture my nephews catching crawdads in the creek, playing football, or jumping ramps on their BMX bikes.  I love getting family pictures on the holidays, flowers in spring, pulling over to capture old rundown buildings, and capturing the clouds as the sun streams through them.

I love pictures.=

Jeremy and I would love to eventually have our own photography/Graphic Design company. Needless to say, we wanted to get some pretty phenomenal engagement pictures.

Engagement Session #1: We found an awesome photographer at a Bridal Extravaganza last year. Jeremy loved the pictures we took with her and I liked them pretty well. We decided we wanted her to do our wedding. Soon after, she drastically changed her style and didn’t do the things she said she would.

Ouch.

Jeremy and I started scouring Craigslist.

Engagement Session #2: Some good friends of ours started their own photography business so we said we’d be their models to help build their portfolio.

They took some really great pics, but we still needed a wedding photographer.

Okay…

Engagement Session #3: After several weeks one of us found some pretty awesome newbie photojournalism grads. Cool, right? We loved their wedding photography, contacted them, and they wanted to do an engagement session with us to get to know us and build their portfolio… Eh… We already have two… Oh well, it’ll help them.  We said yes.

Oye!

Turns out the engagement pictures weren’t at all what we expected.  They really captured the day, but we also ended up looking frightening in many of the pictures. Ech! Then they took wedding pictures of good friends and we liked what they did, but the style was entirely different than the wedding we had initially seen…

Oops.

They aren’t bad, just not at all what we expected.

Recently we sat down and really considered the situation:

If pictures are the most important part of the wedding day (aside from being married) do we want to settle for good photographers who aren’t at all our style? No. Since we hadn’t signed a contract, just in case, I signed up for free engagement sessions assuming we’d never actually win.

Well, we won.

Oh dear.

We vowed not to tell anyone, essentially to avoid looking like the single vainest couple in existence.

Then the pictures ended up amazing and were exactly what I’d envisioned. We clicked so well with the photographer that she offered to do our wedding for ridiculously cheap without us asking.

*Click the pic to go to her blog*

Oh man, now what?

I was actually embarrassed to tell my mom, afraid she’d think we were being silly and vain.  Amazingly, our parents really rallied behind us, because they understand how important photography is to us. They actually encouraged the switch.

So, we broke up with our second set of photographers and have finally decided on having Jenny Linh Photography shoot our wedding.

3rd times a charm, right?

61 Days-Suspenders, Wedding Workouts, and a Realization

11 Apr

Jeremy wore suspenders to church yesterday. Have I mentioned before that I have the COOLEST fiancé that has ever existed?  It’s true.

I’m not sure if Ryan Gosling wore suspenders over his white button up in The Notebook, but he should have.  That’s what Jeremy reminded me of today, except way more handsome.

I’m so excited for Jeremy and the groomsmen to sport their suspenders at the wedding!!!

Did I mention that renting suspenders from Men’s Wearhouse is free? Free! Awesome!

I know I said I’d write about my new workout buddy on Friday, but I just didn’t set time aside for that.  Sorry!

I need to make a confession: I’ve been getting bored with P-90X.

I’m just so used to changing things around and running more than anything else that working out in my bedroom or living room to the same 10 videos week-in and week-out has bored me.  So, I decided I would find someone to run with.  Since one set of neighbors scream at each other in the backyard and the other set is well… special… I don’t think I’ll ask either of those ladies to run, but I NEED to work out.

I am leash training Jeremy’s and my Australian Shepherd who doesn’t get enough exercise as it is… His big problem is tugging and if we’re running that problem should no longer exist. Good idea, right?  I’ll let you decide.

First 3 minutes: Lincoln runs into the road, zig zags in front of me and almost trips me 4 times.

3-6 minutes: We run north on the sidewalk & Lincoln tries to chase cars going south.

6-9 minutes: Lincoln clotheslines himself, sideways, on a stop sign.  Since he didn’t even yelp, I laughed, pretty hard.

9-12 minutes: Lincoln tries to Hoover vacuum leaves into his mouth as we run.

12-15 minutes: A tree is trapped between Lincoln and me by the leash and abruptly brings us to a halt.  Time to walk.

Next day: I try to walk Lincoln to the mailbox and he tries to run. Leash training ruined. *Head in palm*

Oh well, he’s cute, right?

On another note, today I had a humbling realization.  I believe I’m pretty blessed: I live in a free country, a have a phenomenal (suspender wearing) fiancé, a loving family, a college degree, a home, health, and most of life’s basic conveniences.

I’m pretty blessed.

Today I thought for the first time I realize that lacking something bodily or mentally is not a curse, and it’s not something evil God has done. Sight, use of my limbs, and being disease free are blessings.

We live in a country of people who feel pretty entitled to life’s comforts.  Who decided that we deserved these things?  Who decided that lacking in any area was a wrong to us?

If I see a child who is born blind I’m devastated for them and wonder, why?  Shouldn’t my thought instead be: How blessed I am to have this extra gift?

I need to treasure what I have and never grumble if there is a “lack” I never earned it or deserved it in the first place.  All the good that I have is a gift.

This certainly brightens my perspective on life.

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News Flash: We still need to figure out music and the wedding cake!  GAH!

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Suspender Photo Credits:

Top left and bottom right: http://www.mywedding.com/blog/real-couples/real-weddings/cassandra-joshuas-farm-wedding-from-forget-me-knot-weddings/

Top Right: http://onadaphotography.net/blog/wedding-sarah-tim/

Bottom Left: http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-andrea-wes-san-diego-wedding/

Center: http://weheartit.com/tag/groomsmen

65 Days-Facebook Proved It:He Can Deny It No Longer

7 Apr

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll know that Jeremy and I have been dating quite awhile. On top of that, we’ve known each other since the 6th grade. Longer than I can recall, Jeremy and I have disagreed about when we became friends. I have always been determined that we were friends in the 6th grade but he claims that we weren’t friends until later.

Please note that the following statements are grossly exaggerated.

His argument is based on his idea that he was “the poster child for the nerd population” and I was “in the group of superpopular, superhuman people.”  (He even wrote a blog about it)

While we were in different groups in middle school, I always thought Jeremy was fun to hang out with. As proof, I have a very vivid memory when, in the midst of my “superpopular, superhuman” friends, someone over the school’s loudspeaker announced that Jeremy had gotten the part of the Jester in a school play. I cheered super loudly for him in the middle of class with no qualms.

Obviously, I always loved him. 🙂

Sadly, this memory dates to the 7th grade and only supports Jeremy’s claims.

Now, I have evidence to support the fact that we were, in fact, friends in middle school, despite our different “social status’ ”. I friend of mine from middle school randomly messaged me on Facebook a few weeks ago to let me know that she had found a picture of my fiance from 6th grade. Anxious to see, I opened the link to find something even better: Not only is Jeremy in the picture, I am sitting right next to him!!! In addition, I do believe our elbows are touching! *gasp*

Ta Da! Our very first photo together, in the 6th grade. When I tried to show Jeremy, the link was disabled and he couldn’t see it!!

Seriously???? 

Somehow he did some ultra photo stalking and found it, and then today I was tagged  in the picture so I was fianlly able to see it again! YES! 

Social Networking rocks.

I have now saved it and will post it on my blog for the world to see!

Not only must this go into the wedding scrapbook, Jeremy can no longer deny that he and I have been friends since the 6th grade. Here we are, in all our awkward glory, on a 6th grade field trip to the Alamo.

Tomorrow I’ll let you know about my new workout buddy and the plans to take part in the Word Press 5k!

67 Days-Yet Another Potentially Deadly Wedding Escapade

5 Apr

Don’t expect any cute fuzzies today. 

If you have been reading along, Jeremy and I have already had a pretty crazy encounter with a boiling hot metal ring and a mall fire. Today I faced another potentially deadly nemesis and didn’t recognize the full magnitude of my danger until the deed was one.

This morning after I was licking every single envelope seal for our wedding invitations I realized… Maybe that was a bad idea.

I have three nephews who are, well, boys. They love bugs, dirt, football, and put absolutely everything in their mouths as children.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve said:

 “Don’t put that in your mouth”

“Spit that out”

“Do you have any idea how dirty that is?”

“Do not eat that off the floor!”

“The five second rule is not a real rule!”

All of the reprimands came rushing back as I licked envelope, after envelope, after envelope.  I was on a roll and was, quite honestly, too lazy to go get a damp sponge and a bit worried that I would drown the invitations we’d worked so hard on. While I’m sure soggy invitations would be a topic of conversation, it’s not the kind of topic I would aspire to be the central figure of.  As I licked, thoughts trickled in.

“What exactly does this adhesive consist of?”

“How many creatures have walked across this and left their nastiness behind?”

Still I licked.            

“How harmful is this in mass quantities?”

“Should I take antibiotics or something just in case?”

By the time I finished I was so pleased that I ignored the consequences.  Out of curiosity and, admittedly, a bit of fear, I looked up possible negative side effects… Oye

Anthrax

40 Calories Gained (which is not okay because I didn’t do P90X this morning! 🙂 )

Paper Cuts

“Roach Jelly”

Malpractice where mop water was used to dilute adhesive

Cockroach eggs in small cuts in my tongue

To rub it in, e-how provided me with this lovely visual:

Gag.

While some of these side effects are ridiculous, others are too realistic to completely ignore, like anthrax.  Just kidding! I’m more worried about baby roaches inside of me. I suppose I should have listened to my own advice on this one.  Lord Jesus, please don’t let me get sick!

Advice: If you don’t have 72 hours to completely redo your invitations, buy envelope seals or envelope moisteners. While I’m sure I don’t have anthrax, this morning’s activities were probably not my brightest.

On the Bright Side: The invitations are lovely and in the mail!!!!!!!  Because of the small venue size, were only able to invite family and a few close friends, but we’re super excited for each of those people to attend! Plus,  it’s finally close!!!! YAAAYYYY!

P.S. Ironically enough, my blog was rather nasty today while Jeremy’s was quite sweet (in his witty/comical way).

75 Days-The Wedding Nazi

28 Mar

We’re getting married in the courtyard of a stunning mansion and having our reception in the ballroom. One of the MAIN reasons I chose this venue was because of picture opportunities.

Aside from actually being able to marry Jeremy, the 2nd most important part of the day for me is the pictures. The lobby of the main mansion is the PERFECT spot for a First Look.

Remember how our lovely venue let us know there would be another wedding on the same day and at the same time as ours?

Well… Apparently that means we are NOT ALLOWED inside the mansion for any pictures. What?

Calmly I suggested letting the other bride take pictures out in the courtyard while we took pictures inside for 15 minutes so we could both take advantage of all the lovely areas on the venue’s grounds. What response did I receive?

*Plastered fake smile* “Well, we wouldn’t want our other bride interrupting your day in any way, and we would expect the same courtesy from you.”

“I completely understand, the last thing I would want would be to ruin her day, I simply would like to schedule a time around 8:30am to take a few shots indoors, as this was one of my main reasons for choosing the mansion.”

“Right, right, of course.” *dramatic pause with fake smile* “As I said, we wouldn’t want your day interrupted and we expect the same of you. Everyone would be setting up at that time and we wouldn’t want you in the way. I can certainly talk to the other bride’s coordinator and see.”

30 minutes later

“I’ve spoken to the other coordinator and she doesn’t know her bride’s schedule so you can take pictures outdoors from 8:30-9:30am and if just maybe there is a small moment of time where there isn’t traffic indoors and I can’t see the whites of the other bride’s eyes, I’ll snag you so you can go inside for one minute to take a picture and run out. Okay?” *fake smile* “I think this is a wonderful compromise.”

WHAT? WHAT? Did you hear what you just said, woman? At this point I’m so disappointed and sad that I’m not going to argue with her. I may have almost cried.

I’m not picky about a lot of wedding details, but pictures are a HUGE deal for me. We’ll see how this goes, cross your fingers! I’ll keep you updated.

Despite this disappointment, the weekend was quite fun: Jeremy and I had great time with my family, planned our wedding shower with some wonderful women, registered for more kitchen essentials at Macy’s, did a little shopping and Jeremy bought me a yellow purse! Gasp

For those of you who know me at all, I HATE yellow. It’s pretty on flowers, babies, and other people, but NOT on me. When yellow gets anywhere near my face some crazy metamorphosis happens and I immediately turn into one of the following:

Needless to say, this is not the most attractive look for anyone.

Sadly, Jeremy loves yellow. So, as a compromise he has attempted to squeeze yellow items into my wardrobe and now my accessories. Amazingly, I LOVE the purse and it’s no where near my face, so all is well! 🙂

Plus, it’s from Fossil and we LOVE fossil. We also got our groomsmen gifts there, but I won’t go into too much detail in case any of them happen upon the blog. 

Have a great day and watch out for the wedding Nazis!!!

80 Days: Wedding Party, Colors, and Attire

23 Mar

Here is just a glimpse of what came in our packages!

Yay!! I can’t wait to see my precious little cousins and handsome nephews walking down the aisle with these! My cousins, well, I don’t know the proper wording for this relation… They are my cousin’s twin daughters… So, 2nd cousins? 1st cousins once removed?
Eh, anyways, they are SO precious! My nephews are 3, 8 and 13 (or will be by the wedding date). Do you know how hard it is to figure out how to give a special position to an 8 and 13 year old in a wedding?
The three year old was easy: Ring bearer. The eight year old will be a ring bearer too, even though he’s bordering on the age limit. The thirteen year old is the hardest. He’s too old to be a ring bearer, but he’s too young to be a groomsman. But we want him standing up with the rest of us because it’s a big family affair.
Really though, our wedding party is strictly family: siblings, brothers-in-law, cousins, and nephews. There was NO WAY we’d leave my oldest nephew out, but his age has made discovering the best position difficult. We’ve pretty much settled on junior groomsman but really wished we had a junior bridesmaid to match. Oh well, all the family will have a part, and that’s what matters most!

(If you have any suggestions for cool roles for my 13 year old nephew to play, I’m willing to listen. The only thing he can’t be is an usher, we want him up front with everyone throughout the ceremony. )

This last week has been all about the wedding party. We picked out vests, shirts, ties, and tuxes at Men’s Wearhouse, which is FAR more helpful than Tuxedo Junction and has color matching with David’s Bridal which made the process a TON easier. Perhaps they are “too helpful”, in fact they are rather pushy. Unless you intend to rent every possible item them will let you know how tacky your options are, thus encouraging you to rent more and in turn spend more.

After a whirlwind oc coercion Jeremy and I realized we had ordered too much… Fortunately, we saw these pictures and got some fun inspiration.


Click the photo for a link to the entire wedding blog!

We at least know that the guys will be in black tuxes and at this point we’re thinking suspenders with “pool” skinny ties. They’ll definitely wear jackets, but we’ll take them off for some cool pictures and they don’t have to wear them during the reception.

My wonderful bridesmaids have all already ordered and picked up their dresses which are “apple red”.  This is just an image taken from the David’s Bridal website and not, in fact, any of my bridesmaids. 🙂

Yay for getting things done!!!

A final note of advice: Please don’t let yourself be coerced into something you don’t want or you don’t think is right for the wedding.  If the etiquette doesn’t line up exactly or the style is unique, but you and your groom love it, go with it. 

You should ENJOY your big day and the planning!