Thursday, September 30, 2010

10 Day Blog Challenge - Day One

So many of the bloggers that I follow have been participating in the 10 Day Blog Challenge. I've decided to jump on board a little late! 

I'm not sure who started this so I'm not going to give credit to anyone at this time but if any of you know where this originated please let me know. :)

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself that most people don't know.
Day Three: Eight things you couldn't live without.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you could change or you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot to you.
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two words that describe your life right now.
Day Ten: One confession.

So today being my first day I'll be saying writing about 10 things I'd like to say to 10 different people.

1) Grandma D - Thank you for being such a wonderful example of a loving, caring, and strong woman. You've loved me even when you didn't have to. Despite the fact that I am your "step"-granddaughter you've never showed me OR any of your other step-grandchildren less love and support than you do your grandkids. I know you love us all equally and that never in a million years would you consider any of us step-grandkids. I have never met a more caring person than you and I doubt I ever will. I strive each and every day to be more like you and I hope that I make you proud. I love you!

2) Grandma M - Thank you for showing me what not to do to my children and grandchildren. I have never known someone to be so selfish and I hope that I don't turn out to be anything like you. The favoritism that you have shown to your kids and grandkids is absolutely ridiculous to me. I know that my dad makes excuse for your behavior as do Uncle R & Uncle B but I just want you to know that us "B girls" all know your true colors. Your daugher-in-law's, yes, all 3 of them, see you for who you are too. The only thing I can be grateful to you for is my daddy and my uncles. I thank God daily that Granny raised them because she is the reason they are who they are today. 

3) Daddy - Thank you for being the greatest daddy ever to me and S. I know you have your regrets with C but you really can't blame yourself for how he turned out. I am so grateful for all of the sacrifices you've made for me over the years. I know I disappointed you when I stopped pitching and I want to thank you for getting over that and loving me so much. You're by far the greatest dad and grandpa in the world. 

4) Brianne - Oh, where do I even start? You have been the greatest friend to me since kindergarten. I honestly can not imagine my life with out you in it. Thank you for being the shoulder to cry on if I needed it, the person to slap me sideways if I've done something that I'd later regret, the person who keeps all of my secrets, the person who makes me laugh the hardest, the person who knows me better than I know myself, and most importantly the person that I've grown to love more and more each day. I can't tell you enough how much I love you. You're more like a sibling to me than a friend. I know that no matter what happens in life that you will always have my back and I know that you know that I will always have yours.

5) Lindsay - Thank you for being such a wonderful person. Thank you for accepting my apology and treating me no different than you did before. You have no idea how much you, Spencer & the kids mean to me. I really do look up to you and am so thankful for everything you've done for me.

6) Mom - I love you. Thank you for being so supportive of me in everything that I do. I know you don't always agree with my decisions but I also know that no matter what you'll support me.  Thank you for always trusting me to make the best decision for me! I hope that you start to take more time to yourself. I am so glad that you're finally back to your happy weight. I'm proud to tell people that you're my mom. I'm thankful for the way that you raised me. I'm thankful for the tough love you gave us at times. You're the reason S & I are who we are today.

7) Hollie & Sammy - You two are by far the most amazing little children on this planet. I love you both more than you could ever imagine. I hope that as you get older that you will both feel you are able to talk to me about anything - drugs, girls/boys, school.. ANYTHING. I hope that you know that I will never judge you and will always be supportive of you but also know that I am your aunt and I will always try to guide you in the BEST direction. Hollie, I hope you know how beautiful you are. I hope that you start to understand that it's okay to be Mexican. There is NOTHING wrong with being Mexican and there is nothing wrong with your heritage. I know that right now you're struggling with that and I hope that someday soon that changes for you. Sammy, I hope you never lose your goofiness. I know you're only 3 but you're seriously hilarious!

8) Adam - You're amazing. Each and every day you strive to provide for us. You go above and beyond to make sure that I'm taken care of but above that you make sure that I am happy. I can not put into words how much I love you. I could tell you that 100 times in an hour and it wouldn't be enough. I can not wait for the day when I can say I'm your wife. What an honor it is to know that I snagged you! I can't wait for the day when we bring a baby home from the hospital - well, I can but you know what I mean! You are my best friend, my confidant, my rock, and my sanity. I love you!!

9) Katie Jane - Since the day you were born you've been such a wonderful person. I know that high school is rough and that you're struggling with the peer pressure of a lot of things right now. I also know how incredibly strong you are! I know that you have the ability to say no to drugs, sex, drama.. What I want you to know though on top of that is holding strong to your morals will pay off. I promise you that 10 years from now no one will remember the fact that you were a good girl but they will remember the "bad girls" and not fondly. I also want you to know that you are BEAUTIFUL!! I'm so grateful that you're going to be standing up with me on my wedding day. You mean SO much to me. I love you bugs!!

10) Sarah - I know that we haven't always been close growing up. We're so different in so many ways. I know that as a little girl I drove you nuts and you always thought of me as your annoying little sister. I also know that I took a lot of attention away from you as a child because I could. I'm grateful for the fact that we have gotten closer over the past couple of years and I'm so grateful for Hollie & Sammy. I hope you know that while we may not have a lot in common we're sisters & that will always ensure that we have a tight bond. I hope you also know how much Sam means to me. I love you.

I'm going to do one more just because I have somethings that I have to say to one more person.

11) Chris - I guess I'll start off by saying that I HATE the way that you treat dad. I hate the fact that you've put strain on my parents relationship so many times. I hate the fact that you act is if your mother is a saint.. SHE CHEATED ON OUR DAD!! That is the reason they're not together anymore. So you can stop blaming dad for their marriage failing.
I also want to tell you to grow up! You're 39 years old not 22. Stop asking dad for money. Also, you're not too good for McDonald's - get a job and for once keep your mouth shut long enough to keep it.
Also, stop turning every positive thing Sarah has to say into something negative. I don't care how you treat ME because I don't care about you.. Sadly, Dad & Sarah for some odd reason still do so stop abusing them.
Lastly, call your daughter and start paying child support.. Oh and her birthday isn't May 25th - that's dad's.. Hers is May 24th. Don't screw that up again next year. Just so you know, she did graduate high school this year, ya you probably forgot that your kid is 18 since you have never had nothing to do with her. And to think that you have the nerve to question Dad's parenting.. Look at you - nothing but a dead beat.

Sorry, the last one was kind of negative.

Today, is the big day - DRESS SHOPPING!

Happy Thursday, ladies! :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Good Morning, loves! :) Hope you're all having a happy hump day.

Did you know that today is National Coffee Day?! I'll be enjoying my coffee here pretty soon :)

I have a fun little story for y'all.  Every Tuesday night I have a work related meeting. I usually get home around 10:30 and Mr. always waits up on the couch for me! Well last night around 10 he text me and said "On your way home?" which is really out of character for him. He's not the type to check in with me especially since knows that I get home around the same time every week and if I'm running late I'll call so I kind of thought something was up but didn't think too much of it. That was until I turned the corner to our house and saw a brand spanking new truck parked in the Mr.'s parking spot! 

chevy silverado Pictures, Images and Photos
This is our new truck only ours is white and doesn't have the rear handle door. It has the kind you have to open from the inside! It was the closest I could find!

We've been talking about both of us getting new cars for quite a while. We agreed that the new cars thought would have to wait until after the wedding and preferably after we move into a new house.

Well, all plans changed last Thursday when Mr. got home from work and said "My radiator isn't holding fluid and we can't figure out where the issue is.. So we can either spend a couple thousand to find the issue and then possibly fix it or..." My response was "Call Ben. (his brother is a car salesmen) I'd rather have to buy your new truck now than get stuck on the top of the Mt again for xmas and thanksgiving this year." (It snows here - a lot on the pass - and my car doesn't fare well in the snow so we always take his truck)

Wait, you haven't heard that story..?! Oh, that's a whole post in itself. 
So, obviously we'd talked about him getting a new truck. I knew it was coming in fact Ben had even sent us pictures and drawn up all the paper work but we weren't going to be able to drive the 3 hours to go get it for a few more weeks. Little did I know that Ben and Mr. had a few tricks up their sleeves and EVERYONE knew the truck was coming yesterday but me.
So 1045 last night I told the Mr. I was going to take his new truck out for a joy ride.. His response "Wait for me!!" :)

Now, if only I can get him to surprise me w/ a Yukon for a wedding gift...? ;) A girl can dream right?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Help & Top 2 Tuesday.

First of all, thank you to all of you who commented on my post yesterday with your sweet and supportive comments!! I loved reading each and every one of them and want to reply to each of you individually.

This is where the help comes in.. I know that many of you have blogger set up to email you your comments and you can reply to each of them individually through your email.... I don't have it set up that way and I don't know how to set it up that way....... In advance your help is greatly appreciated :)

Now on to the fun stuff I'm so happy it's Tuesday!

Taylor is of course hosting Top 2 Tuesday! 

This week we're talking about our top 2 songs! Link up and join in on the fun!

1) Reba McEntire - Fancy

Reba McEntire - What If It's You Pictures, Images and Photos

I saw Reba in concert when I was in the second grade and I still remember it as if I saw her yesterday! She sang Fancy and I had CHILLS. Still every time I hear this song I get chills.
2) George Straight - I saw God Today

George Straight Pictures, Images and Photos

This song is just beautiful. You really can't go wrong w/ a good ole George song but this one will always be one of my favorites.

What are your two favorite songs? Go link up with Taylor and play along.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Buyers Remorse - Wedding Gown Edition.

First of all, I'd like to start this post by saying I never thought this would be me. I never thought on the day that I purchased my wedding gown that I would later regret the decision and later come to hate my dress. 

When the mister and I got engaged I was so excited to go dress shopping. I couldn't wait to try on dresses and I started shopping online right away. I thought I knew what style I wanted and went into the bridal store with a list of dresses I wanted to try on. I never went in and had them pull dress that they thought would look best on me. I never had them pull a simple style in each silhouette to figure out what was most flattering. 

I told my mom from day one that I was pretty sure I wanted something with lace. I wanted something timeless.. So when we found my dress and I walked out and everyone in the entire salon stopped and stared I said "This is it!" I didn't need to try on other dresses. Everyone in the building thought the dress was stunning. Everyone except for me.
I bought the dress. My mom loved it, my grandma loved it, my MIL loved it.. The only problem is that I didn't love it. I should have listened to my gut when we picked it up and I said "something isn't right.. I don't like this, that, this here.." but my mom said maybe if we take it home that I'd stop second guessing things.

So, that is what I did. I took the dress that I didn't love home. I have tried it on 4 times in the past 6 months and each time I've liked it LESS.
RED FLAG! Then when my SIL Allison said at her wedding that she was worried she might not like it because she'd purchased it so early but each time she saw it she fell in love with it even more I knew I had to seriously think about what I had.

Friday night I called my mom sobbing. I think she probably thought Mr and I had gotten in a huge fight and split up because I was that upset. So when I told her through broken tears that "I hate my dress" she busted out in laughter. Like hysterical laughter.  She said "Honey, we'll go buy you a new one and put yours on craigslist then! I had a dress that I loved for my wedding and you should have one that you love for yours... But I'm not buying the new one so you'll have to talk to Mr. about that.. By the way, I knew this day was coming. Each time you've tried the dress on since we brought it home you've looked more and more disappointed." Phew, that went better than I'd expected.

Now, on to telling the Mr.... 
Mr. walked in the door from a massage (it was his bday and I'd sent him to our massage therapist for some relaxation - which I was about to ruin) around 5 took one look at me and said "What's wrong..?" to which I replied in tears "I hate my dress..!" again the response - laughter!!!?!?!?! Followed by "you're kidding, right?"

Anyway, here we are back at square one. Mr. and I figured out a new budget and I'll be dress shopping Thursday evening. 
Lesson to all you girls who don't yet have your dresses - if something feels wrong it is! Don't second guess your GUT FEELINGS!! Also, don't buy a dress without trying on several others at OTHER stores.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The things my fiance says...

Last night while laying in bed the Mr. and I had the following conversation:

Me: I called a florist today to schedule a consult. Maybe if she can do what we want for less we won't do our own center pieces.
Mr: Seriously? You've changed your mind again..? Why?
Me: Well, I just think that it would be less stressful if someone else does it all for me. I guess I haven't really made up my mind.
Mr: Gosh you're high maintenance!
Me: This shouldn't be a shock to you. You've known this from the beginning. It's not like I've ever acted like I was easy to please and my dad warned you!
Mr: Well, I didn't really know it from the beginning... I mean you do drive a Carolla.
Me: Ya, but I should be driving a Range Rover.
Mr: Great. 

Later this conversation occurred after I may or may not have panicked over our Christmas budget being a little too high:

Mr: Do you ever think that maybe you overreact a little bit...?
Me: No!
Mr: Are you sure..?
Me: No!!!
Mr: I mean if we had 100 or so people out there watching how you react to things sometimes you don't think the majority of them would think that you sometimes (read always) overreact...
Me:......Not if 98 of the 100 people watching are women.
Mr: Ya, that's what I thought.

I found these conversations funny. Hopefully most of you will too!

And for the record - ;)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Christmas Cards..

Every year when I was a child my mom would sit down at the island in the kitchen and write something personal on each and every Christmas card.  She would send these personalized cards to everyone we knew. Over the years Merry Christmas evolved to Happy Holidays.  As a nation we're pretty fond of being politically correct.  As a nation we changed our Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays for the sake of being politically correct.  As a family though we did not.  My mom always said that we were Christian there for we believed in Christ and Christmas.  She wouldn't be offended if someone had sent us a card that read "Happy Hanukkah".  

While the world was changing up their holiday greeting so was the card industry.  We no longer send out cards with a cute little picture of Santa on the front and a greeting inside.  Most American's now send out photo cards.  I have to admit that this tradition is one that the Mr. and I have carried over.  Is it pathetic that in September I'm already looking for the perfect xmas card? Is it pathetic that I'm already staging outfits for us to take pictures in for them? Or that I'm riffling through our engagement photo's to find the perfect one for the main photo? Maybe. As I was thinking about how guilty I felt about the fact that we're not taking the time to write out a personal message on each card I also started to think about the time I've been putting into our photo cards.  Can I still take a sharpie to each card and jot down a quick little note? Yes, I absolutely can. Could this be the perfect solution to the best of both worlds? Yes, I think it can. 

Now, the tough question.. Will our cards read Merry Christmas? Season Greetings? Or possibly Happy Holidays?  I think I'll stick to Wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year because while I believe that being politically correct at times is important I also believe that being myself and standing true to my beliefs on my personal greeting card is more important..

Do you send out annual Christmas cards? Do you have any traditions? Do you spend hours picking out the perfect greeting card?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Center Pieces

So I mentioned in my last post I have been working hard on our center pieces.  I finally found something that I liked. Our original plan was to have our florist fill as many vases as we'd like with flowers for a fee.  Well what she failed to mention was that she was only going to use one stem per vase... Bare much? Makes us look like we went way cheap on the floral...? So after seeing an arrangement at one of my BM's house that her mom had picked up at a recent wedding of their friend I decided that was the route I wanted to take.

So over the weekend the Mr. and I went to Michaels and Craft Warehouse to collect flowers, vases, and any other supplies we might need to make a practice center piece.  I finished the first one tonight and I have to say I'm pretty pleased...

Here is the start of the process with all of the supplies.
The vase, the floral forms, the flowers, the rocks, and the lingdon berries (In a juice pitcher because my mom threw out the container they came in)

The Floral Form

The Floral Form in the Vase before adding the rocks and lingdon berries

The final product!

What do you think? We're also going to have eggplant colored satin table runners and candles surrounding this. I'll also probably add a few more flowers to make it a little more full but for the firs round I was pretty pleased! :)
Your thoughts are greatly apprecitaed!

Now, a few pictures from the past few months.

Mr. and I about to go out to dinner.

Mr. and I at his brother's wedding a few weeks ago.

I'm loving the fact that I've figured out how to use and am able to
water mark my photo's now! :)

Hope you all have had a happy Monday!

Weekend Wrap Up!

Hello loves! It's Monday and I had a hard time letting go of the weekend this morning! So much so that I've put two patients on hold just because I didn't want to deal with them.. Hope you all had a great weekend.  We sure did.

Friday night we had date night! We decided to go see the movie Town with Ben Affleck!

The Town Pictures, Images and Photos

The movie was AWESOME. I will definitely recommend that you go see this movie with your man ASAP! We both really liked it. Blake Lively does an awesome job playing a role that is so out of the ordinary for her. I am so used to seeing her play the preppy Gosip Girl role and I was really surprised at how well she played the role of a druggie in this movie. It's a must see!

Saturday we got up bright and early to head down to Corvallis for the Beaver game!

oregon state Pictures, Images and Photos

We watched our beloved Beavs take on the Louisville Cardinals. The game was a little closer than we would have liked but we did come out on top so it was a good day! 

(I didn't take any pictures because I left my purse at home. My purse contained my camera.. FAIL!)

Sunday we slept in and then got up to watch a little football on TV. The Mr. and I ran to Michael's & Craft Warehouse. We were looking for inspiration for our center pieces for the wedding. I'll post pictures of that when they're done :)

Hope you all had an awesome weekend. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Confessions Session Friday

It's finally FRIDAY! I seriously felt that this week was never going to end.  PinkLouLou over at Confessions of a 20 Something is hosting a confession session this week and I decided to play a long.  If it looks like fun to you then go over and link up!

1.  For the first time in my entire life I'm thrilled that fall is here. I have always been a summer girl but with football and basketball back I just couldn't wait for fall to arrive. 

2. This wedding planning is seriously kicking my bootay. I'm so ready for the planning to be over with and for us to just be happily married. 
3. I desperately want to start working out again and I've even found a studio that offers Pilates, kickboxing and turbokick for pretty cheap but I'm too scared to go by myself the first time.. Hello, BFF's wanna go?

4. The Mr. has been working a lot and I'm secretly loving it. There is something about having time to myself that is so rewarding.  Also, when he gets home I'm that much more excited to see him! 

5. I really want ya'll to tell me that confession #4 isn't horrible.
6. Our best friends R & D are moving to Palm Springs on Oct 3rd. They're still going to have their condo in our little hometown and will be back for the summers but I'm so so sad. I know they'll be back for holiday's, our wedding, and a few other times in between but I'm so sad that they're leaving us for the winter.


8. The wedding budget has my wardrobe hating me. I cringed as I pulled all of my fall and winter clothes out of storage last week knowing that I wouldn't be adding much to my current collection. 
9. I miss my niece and nephew. I haven't seen them this week and it's killing me. I wanna know all about Hollie's first full week of school and how Sammy is doing with out her at daycare.

10. I am soooo excited for our first weekend of Beaver Believer football & tailgating this weekend. I can not wait to hit up the shotski and promise to come with pictures on Monday.

11. I just discovered for photo editing so I plan to post more pictures as I know this is one thing that is definitely lacking on this blog.

Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's The Little Things in Life... Like Fruit.

First of all I will start off by stating that Mr. does all of our grocery shopping.  I hate the grocery and always end up leaving with either more than we need or not enough of what we need. So therefore I just don't do it. Will I go if we are running low on laundry detergent or milk considering it's on my way home? Yes, but I won't go and do the bi-weekly trips.

I will also state that we grew up very, very differently. I will openly admit that I am a food snob. I am one of two children - he is one of five.  His mom didn't work - my mom did. So his mom did a lot of cooking at home - my mom did not. In fact my dad was the cook around our household. Growing up we had a lot of pasta, burgers, pot roasts.. When we had spaghetti we always had Italian sausage AND meat balls. Our pot roasts were really hearty full of fresh veggies... When we had fettuccine Alfredo w/ lemon chicken my dad bought fresh lemon to squeeze on the chicken and fresh Parmesan cheese for the Alfredo sauce...You get the idea we ate really really well and I thought that was the norm..  
Well because of that I will only eat certain brands of certain foods.  For instance I won't eat any kind of spaghetti sauce but Prego w/ Mushrooms and I must have Italian sausage and meat balls with my spaghetti... You get the idea.  Another thing we always had around our house was fresh fruit.  My parents never had fruit snacks, pudding, or chips in the cupboards.. If we wanted a snack we had fruit or veggies to turn to.  Mr. did as well but he had what I call boring fruit - apples, oranges and banana's. We always had those as options but we also had plums, nectarines, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, strawberries, blackberries.. Whatever was in season.

So anyway, when I first moved in and he told me he would have spaghetti ready for dinner when I got home I was ecstatic - until I walked in the door and saw that his version of spaghetti was noodles and a can of hunts tomato sauce.. I didn't know how to break it to him that I found his spaghetti disgusting! He now knows my high standards and makes it properly ;)
That being said yesterday the Mr. text me to let me know he would be going to the grocery store after work and wanted me to send him a list of what I wanted. I responded "If you get burrito's get me the kind that have beans and cheese only.. The other ones you got were nasty!" and that was the extent of my wants..Well to my surprise I came home last night to find NECTARINES in the fruit bowl! :) A year ago when I requested nectarines he said "what is that?... A hairless peach..?"  to which I replied "yes, babe, I guess it could be called a hairless peach.." It's the little things you guys!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Oil Cleansing Method

A few months ago, some of you may, or may not, remember that I blogged about the Oil Cleansing Method .  As you may recall many other bloggers had been trying out the OCM and most had been loving it! I had read though that purging periods may occur so I decided to wait until after the weddings and family functions we had coming up to give to OCM a whirl.  Well, now that all of those functions have come and gone I took the plunge. I will continue to update you on my thoughts and an overall review of the OCM. 

To start I will begin with describing my skin type.  I am one of the lucky ones as my sister would say.. I really don't have horrible skin. Do I occasionally break out? Yes, but my typical breakouts only consist of one to three pimples and they always happen around my time of the month. I do have large pores and many blackheads around my nose and chin.  The blackheads were my main concern along with minimizing the size of my pores. So when I started the OCM last night starting with the basics, castor oil and sunflower seed oil, seemed to make the most sense for me.  Some other bloggers have said that they have also added lavender oil to help with acne.  I chose to stick to the basics to begin with because as previously stated I really don't suffer from bad acne but at a later date I may add lavender oil too.

I started with a 10% castor oil and 90% sunflower seed oil blend. I did this because I typically have dry skin with oily skin late in the day in my t-zone.  Overall though I'm not prone to oily skin. I poured a quarter size drop of the blend into the palm of my hand and slowly started working the oil into my skin. I focused on my trouble zones - my nose and my chin. I continued to rub the oil in for about 5 minutes. I then took a hot washcloth and put it over my face and allowed it to cool. I did not scrub my face at all. Once the cloth was cool I then began massaging the oil back into my pores for another 2 minutes and repeated the cloth move again then repeated these two steps.  The oil was completely absorbed into my skin and the washcloth. I did not feel like my face was still oily. 

Today, I have noticed less blackheads, smaller pores, and my face is not oily at all this afternoon. So far I am VERY pleased with what the OCM has done for me already and I will continue to use it.

At this point and time would I recommend the OCM to others? Absolutely.

Have you tried the OCM? What were your thoughts?

* I have not been paid to advertise or write a review on behalf of the OCM. I tried this method on my own accord and this review is based on my own personal experience.*

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm Super Excited!

Today has been a pretty crappy day.. My favorite Dr in my office is leaving us tomorrow and the owners let my assistant go.. Meaning that the two people who keep me sane in this work environment are no longer going to be working with me.  

However, after reading Sarah Elizabeth's post today I am super duper excited about our upcoming wedding and the fact that we decided to hire a Videographer. Watching that video only reinforced my decision to not skip this for our wedding. :)

Hope you all have had an awesome Thursday and I hope that after reading Sarah's post all your brides to be figure out a way to make video possible if you can in any way shape or form! :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wedding Wednesday - Vows

It's my favorite day of the week in blogland - Wedding Wednesday. I'm not sure why but I'm just wedding obsessed lately. Oh, I guess it might be because I'm only 8 months away from my own big day! ;)

This weekend my soon to be BIL got married to my soon to be SIL and their wedding was our big mile marker. We knew once their wedding passed ours would be the focus and this is SO exciting! I'm so stinking blessed with my soon to be in-laws. All of Mr.'s siblings are amazing! We all get a long so well and I can not be more excited to marry into his amazing family!

So, with that being said my soon to be BIL & SIL had a beautiful ceremony. They had an awesome chaplin (who we are now trying to get officiate our wedding too) he was super friendly, personable, and served in Iraq with my BILTB last year. Their vows were personal to them and their readings were beautiful. It was perfect for them.

I too want Mr. and I to have our perfect ceremony. I have been researching vows for months! I have been watching bridal shows, stalking The Knot and writing down any lines I love and that we could incorporate. I know there are a traditional few lines I want us to use and few that I would rather substitute with something that I feel is more fitting for us. For instance I would rather use "in good times and in bad" than for "better or worse" and "as long as we both shall live" instead of  "until death do us part".  There is one very popular line that I am hearing people are wanting to use, myself included, Bethenny Frankel used this line in her vows when she wed Jason Hoppy,  "From this day forward, you shall not walk alone, my heart will be your shelter, and my arms will be your home". I feel that this line is so beautiful and so true to the commitment you are making when you become husband and wife. You really are promising that not matter what happens you're not alone anymore. I have him to lean on in tough times and he has me to lean on as well. However, this is true for the great times too. We will always have great times and memories to share with each other.

Now, for the readings.. If you remember this post  I talked about my MIL having an issue with our plan to wed outside of the Catholic Church. Thank goodness that is resolved for the most part but Mr. and I really wanted to incorporate religion in our ceremony for various reasons.  First and foremost we are both believers in God and we both have, and want to continue to have, a strong relationship with the Lord. Therefore, incorporating Biblical readings is very important to us. However, this is an area where I don't have a verse from the Bible jumping out at me when I think about it. When I think about Bible verses John 3:16 pops into my head and then I start singing "John 3:16 says that God so loved the world he gave his...".....  Do you see the issue that I am having? While I do have a relationship with God and I do believe that the Bible is the word of the Lord I haven't gone to church since I was young. I talk to God daily, I pray, I thank Him for all that He has blessed me with but I don't read His word as often as I should.  This is something I am working on for me. So many of the amazing blogs that I read are written by women who have relationships with God and who read the Bible, so today I am reaching to you, what Bible verses speak to you on marriage? What readings did you use for your own ceremony? Are there readings you've heard recently at a wedding that were beautiful and meaningful?

Did you stick to the traditional vows? Did you put your own spin on the traditional vows or perhaps write your own? Did you have a reading? Was it Biblical or was it just one that spoke out to you on love?

Happy Wednesday :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

8 months

We are 8 months away from being MR. and MRS. VID! 
Happy Tuesday! I'll be back tomorrow with a Wedding Wednesday post.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wedding Wednesday!

Hello lovies :) It's that time again - Wedding Wednesday!! 

I am happy to report that I have some exciting things going on this week. On Monday I posted about videography well we BOOKED a videographer on Monday night. He's phenomenal. I LOVE him and his work. He sat down with us at 7 and we didn't leave until after 9. He showed us so many videos and really gave us a feel of what he does. Each and every video was different and it was just amazing. The Mr. even left and said "ya, that's pretty cool!"
So we both left happy and impressed. 
A few weeks ago I talked about an awesome florist.. Well we've decided to meet with a few more. Even though this lady nailed my vision she was a bit costly. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about two other florist and we'll be meeting with both of them soon. 

Last week I booked our chairs and dance floor. The guy looked at me when I told him our delivery date and said "You do realize you have like 9 months, right? I've never seen someone reserve this so early!" 

I have also gotten our hotel blocks out of the way. 
In just a few weeks we'll be sending out our Save the Dates! YAY. I'll post pictures of the final product! 

Now, the next big vendor is our officiant! Yowza.
Happy, happy, Wednesday!