Saturday, February 27, 2010

168: Sharing Photos 104: The Decision

Well, Josh and I finally decided on a photo sharing site. We decided to go with Flickr. In the end we figured it was the cheapest and easiest for everyone (especially us).

The best part: I made the photo sharing cards! I just need to call up Uprinting so I can combine 2 orders (I won 2 contests, and can get 500 cards!)

Here's my design (I used Mrs. Cream Puff's card for my outline):



Hopefully it all shows up. If not, just click on it. They're both personal files.

Do you think it's good? Suggestions?

Did you make photo sharing cards for your guests? Did they use them?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

170: E-Ring Porn

As promised, I'm posting up pictures of my engagement ring! I have a ton, so this is just a narrowed down selection of them all.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

171: So Many Options, Only One Can Win

Oh, the number of options out there for what Flower Girls can carry down the aisle. I love basically every option, but I can only choose one. The three options that would work best for my Flower Girl are the pomander, the bouquet, and the basket. There are many other cute options, but with the feel of my wedding, and only having one Flower Girl, these are probably best.

Monday, February 22, 2010

173: Engagement Troubles: Why Are We Getting Married?

I'm sorry for all of the emotional posts lately. I've been in a weird place the last few months, but I'm hoping I'll be out of it soon after I get a couple of things straightened away. I've thought of writing this post in a multitude of ways, mostly focusing on siblings and sibling rivalry, but as I found that more and more issues were bothering me (some I didn't even realize until I vented to Josh), it spiraled into writing about why we are getting married. I'm warning you now: this one is kind of long.

First, I'll tell you a little about some of my stressors that were piling up before I finally vented to Josh (there's a main reason, then little reasons why I feel that way, just so you're not confused).

The main stressor was that I felt that no one cares about our wedding, and that by the time our wedding comes around, people (especially on Josh's side) will be so wrapped up in other family member's events that our wedding won't be about celebrating with us, but those who are having other imporant things happen to them (there are many exciting events within a month of our wedding).

Friday, February 19, 2010

176: Engagement Troubles: The Date

As you read before, I wasn't having the best engagement week. It was full of disappointment, and fighting, going back and forth through people, no one talking directly to each other (you'll see why in a minute). It. was. horrible. Not really how I imagined my first week as an engaged lady would go. The main problem (I guess I didn't have too many problems, actually) was deciding on a date.

Since Valentine's Day was our day, Josh and I pretty much assumed we would be getting married on Valentine's Day 2010. (Which means I would be a married lady now! Obviously that's not how it ended or we wouldn't be here, and the date wouldn't be set for 8/14. Ok, go on with the rest of the story to find out the ending!) The problem was, our parents (mine, mainly) weren't too crazy about that decision. I'm not sure of their reasonings, but they wanted me to be done with school.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

177: Engagement Troubles: The Ring

I told you I'd tell you about my ring, which you saw in my our engagement story.

Honestly, I was very disappointed when Josh put the ring on my finger. The ring wasn't at all what I pictured myself getting, and really wasn't too crazy about how it looked.

What I wanted:

What I got:
Yes, it's from Walmart. I really don't care-same thing you can get somewhere else for a lower price.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

178: I'm back!

Almost, for real this time!

I've had a rough time starting school, but now, just over 3 weeks in, I'm finally in a routine to start blogging again! I'm in the process of writing up 2 or 3 posts, so I'll get those out soon! I'm really sad that I'm not avle to catch up on my blog reading. If I missed something good, let me know! :)

I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day! I did, but we didn't do anything special. We always go to the Olive Garden, but we went to lunch with people from church so we figured we shouldn't eat 2 big meals (and we figured that Olive Garden would be super busy!) We just made dinner and rented a movie. Tomorrow we'll be going to the Olive Garden (my grandma gives us a gift card for there every year) and watching a borrowed movie! :) I'm having a friend do my hair, so I'll at least have pics of that! Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of our celebration, or lack of one! :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

181: This Day in History

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I can't believe it's Valentine's Day already! It's hard to believe that not only is there 6 months until we're married, but 6 years ago today we started dating, and 1 year ago today we got engaged! I know that I haven't written about the proposal yet, so you'll get that for your Valentine's Day present! :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

186: Personalizing the Ceremony: Reading #2

You've seen the other two readings we're going to be doing, now I'll show you the third (actually, middle) reading we'll have during the ceremony.

The only bible verse I REALLY wanted read during the ceremony was the 1 Corinthians 13 passage (until I was looking around and came across the Cord of Three Strands), so I was looking high and low for other poems to be read during the ceremony. It was hard looking for poems and such, mostly because I don't really read poetry or anything like that.

I went to my good friend, WeddingBee, for some help. There are tons of ideas there for readings, but I found what I was looking for from Mrs. Duckling, who had done a post on meaningful readings. (I thought of going for Miss Scissor's idea, using I Like You as a reading, which I got for Josh for Valentine's Day. Shhh! Don't tell him!) The first reading she had listed was one I fell in love with. I read through it, and thought it fit us perfectly! I can say that pretty much everything in the poem is true.

Make sure you get out a'll need it:

Monday, February 8, 2010

187: Music Monday #15 (Great song, no where to put it!)

Josh brought up this song the other day, and he's be asking me to look it up everyday. I finally got around to it, and I have heard it before, but hadn't really thought about it much. After hearing it and reading the lyrics, I really like it (and obviously Josh does too), but we have no idea where to use it!! How about you guys help us out!? Where should we use this song? (We already have the ceremony music picked out, and I'm still hoping we can use "I Cross My Heart" for the first dance song)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

188: Sorry! :(

I wanted to write & say that I'm sorry the blog hasn't been too interesting lately. I'm trying to get around to finishing my list of what I want to do by when. Then I'll be posting some of the projects & such that I'll be working on. Starting school again & getting back in the routine has been a little crazy, but I'm going to keep you guys updated!!

And for a little present for you guys, you can go check out my food blog where I'll post up some different recipes! I'll be putting a few up after the Super Bowl this week, so you'll find some great game day recipes!

Friday, February 5, 2010

190: Fitness Friday #16

This is the last weekly post. I'll be doing monthly posts about this now.

Weight: 161.4 (no change)
Hips: 39" (no change)
Natural Waist: 30" (1" loss)
Upper Arms: 11.5" (0.5" loss)
Thighs: 22.5" (no change)
Calves: 16" (no change)
BMI: 29.5 (Courtesy of National Institute of Health) (1.1 loss)

How many days I exercised this week: 3
How many days I didn’t exercise this week: 4
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A
How I’m feeling: Pretty good
Notes: I'm pretty upset that I didn't lose any weight this week. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary, and I have been exercising. The only thing I can think of is that since I haven't done the Shred in a month, I'm gaining muscle again, which caused the weight gain.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

190: O,N,B,B: Blue

The first installment of the Something's Traditions: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue!

I have some ideas of what I'll be doing for the others, so you'll just have to wait for those! I also need to get definites on the Old & Borrowed.

I didn't really expect to decide on my blue so easily. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do: undies or a garter, but when I walked by a Christmas gift from my old boss, I decided what I'll definitely use for my Something Blue!

Personal Photo

It's an anklet! I got it from my former boss, she switched over to a different department, which was really sad. I went over at the end of last semester to visit and gave her a Christmas card, and I got this. Honestly, at first I wasn't crazy about it. I wasn't sure if I'd ever wear it, then one day over break I just happened to walk by the box and decided it could be my Something Blue!

I was so excited to decide on something other than cute blue undies (I don't always fit in the cute ones, anyways) and that I can show off if someone asks!
Did any of your "Somethings" happen unexpectedly? 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

193: Putting a Roof Over Their Heads

I finally got around to calling some area hotels to reserve a block of rooms for our out-of-town (OOT) guests. I made a list of 7 hotels in one area to call and just get some basic information from them. There were some I really liked, and some I didn't, so here's the experience I had while calling hotels.*

List of Hotels:
  1. Holiday Inn
  2. Hampton Inn
  3. Comfort Inn
  4. Extended Stay America
  5. Marriott
  6. Courtyard Marriott
  7. Residence Inn Marriott

Monday, February 1, 2010

194: Music Monday #14 (Great song)


I haven't done Music Monday in a couple weeks. I'm sorry!! I'm back to doing it now, though!

For the reception, I've done an option for the first dance, and a couple options for the father/daughter dance. This week I'll be doing another first dance option. I saw this on LauraLou's blog the other day, and thought it was a great song!

Matthew West is such a great artist, and I really love this song. It's such a true song! I kind of wish I saw this before I decided on the songs for the ceremony, because I so would have made this the processional for me!