Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Somewhere in my Memory

It's hard to believe it is almost Christmas. It seems like it was just yesterday that Matt and I were becoming husband and wife!

This year, Christmas was a little different. I have never, ever spent Christmas away from my family. Unfortunately, it just couldn't be avoided--both of us only get a few days off for the holiday, then it is back to work, since we need to save our vacation days for Costa Rica. That means there is no time for travel.

I have, at times, been quite sad about this. I'm a girl who holds fast to her holiday traditions, and all of a sudden everything I've remembered about Christmas is out the window. No more last minute shopping with my dad, or watching Christmas Vacation with the whole family at night. Christmas eve mass and visiting with old friends is out of the question, nor will we be traveling to Williamsburg the day after Christmas to spend time with extended family.

Despite all this, I have had a wonderful holiday. Matt and I have just started a new life together, and right away we get to start new Christmas traditions together. We love both of our families very much, and will always try to be with them on holidays, but for us we have to start looking towards the future, and not dwelling in the past. I will always look back on my Christmases past with love and fondness, and I can only hope that I can make future holidays with our family as special as my parents always made it for me.

Sorry to be so atypically sentimental. Matt just walked into the room to find my sobbing and watching clips from Love, Actually. So, for some holiday cheer, I will leave you with a clip from one of the best Christmas movies of all time. If this doesn't warm your heart, I can only assume you are a cold, unfeeling person, and probably a robot.

Merry Christmas.




Monday, December 17, 2012

Walk Humbly, Son

Words continue to fail me, so this is all I can do:

"For a life well spent, on this earth we're lent, will be marked by the void you have left. May you walk humbly, son."
--Eddie from Ohio


Friday, December 14, 2012

Confessions of a Married Woman

Hello, dear readers! This is my first blog post as the old ball and chain. This past week has been so surreal. Matt keeps calling me "wife," and I just continue to stare in amazement at our wedding bands.
Our mini-moon dinner at Bella's in Charlottesville. Our first non-wedding picture together as husband and wife!
I feel a little overwhelmed, because I'm still reeling from the intensity of emotions I felt this past Saturday. So, for today, I'm linking up with A Blonde Ambition to give you a neat list of all the thoughts that have been swirling in my head this past week.

I confess:
  • That our wedding was beautiful and perfect, just like Matt promised. Yes, there were things that went wrong and didn't turn out as planned, but at the end of the day we were married and sobbing with tears of joy, so none of that mattered. 
  • That I cried multiple during the wedding day. So many feelings!!!
  • I wish I could have another wedding reception, just to party with all of our friends and family one more time. One day is just not enough.
  • That I plan to continue writing wedding-related posts. Mainly because I love the attention, but also because there were so many details to our wedding week, and I just want to share them with you all.
  • I am going back to bangs this weekend. I grew them out for the wedding, and of late I have not been a fan of the way my forehead looks without a shock of hair across it. I will probably tire of them instantly, but at least my face won't look so huge. 
  • That I cannot wait for our honeymoon to Costa Rica. I'm so excited to spend a week doing nothing but eating, drinking, and laying out by the pool. Did I mention the pool has a swim-up bar?
That's all I have for you today. Please enjoy this teaser picture before I start posting on all the wedding details.





Friday, December 7, 2012

Is this Real Life?

This is happening. It is our wedding week! This will be my last post. I cannot believe it is actually here. All the planning, all the tears, all the drama have led to this day. Matt and I are so excited, we've been walking around like wide eyed kids in a candy store, and every once in a while Matt will say to me "this time next week, I'll have a ring on it!"

The moment when everything became real was not getting in RSVPS, getting wedding gifts in the mail, or even obtaining our marriage license. The moment I knew it was really happening was when our wedding date showed up in the 10 day forecast. That was when I realized time was no longer dragging along, but was pummeling us head first into December 8th.

Ever since that moment, I've been jittery and antsy--my emotions have been jumping and down, going between me wanting to get everything done, but also trying to soak in every minute of these final days as a legally single woman. I also spend quite a bit of time checking the forecast. At first, it looked like rain, which made me a little nervous. I don't mind the rain, but in Southwest Virginia, those temperatures could drop before you  can blink, and then instead of a gentle rain shower we've got a terrifying snow/ice storm on the way. While I was obviously catastrophizing, I like to prepare myself for the worst, just in cases. However, as of today the forecast is sunny with temps in the upper 60s. I'll take it!


So friends, this is it. Next time we meet, I will be an old, married woman. I can't wait! Thank you all for following along, putting up with my hysterics, and all of your encouraging comments. I hope to stay just as interesting once I am married, so you'll continue to read and be entertained. 

This is it. Don't get scared now.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: The Final Countdown

It's the Final Countdown!!!!!!!!!!!!



Before Matt and I say our vows and start the party, there are several last minute items on the list that must be accomplished. And by several, I mean a million! Here's just a sample:

1. Finish making ribbon wands
These wands are legit. We chose them as a nod to my love of Harry Potter, so you can cast spells with them (provided the ribbon wand chooses you). Of course, you can't use these ribbon wands for any of the Unforgivable Curses...duh! This is a wedding, not a showdown between the dark lord and the Chosen One!


2. Picture slideshow for reception
The most crucial part is choosing the right music. Nobody wants to watch a boring slideshow unless good music is involved.

The slideshow will confirm what everyone already knows--I was a weird kid.
3. Final meetings with vendors
Thursday's schedule is jam packed with these meetings--I had to make sure I included time for carb loading and hand holding.

4. Assemble gift bags
Shouldn't be too hard, right? Now that I've said that, this will probably be the most difficult thing to do.

5. Decorate
Totes not my job! I am very lucky to have several creative women in my family (mom included) to assist me with this. Good thing, because I have absolutely no more room in my head for additional to do lists--I've reached my limit!
One of many decor ideas.
6. Pack
This is probably a good idea. I think we will need clothes and stuff this weekend. Honestly, as long as I pack my wedding shoes, I will be good as gold. It seems that all of my wedding anxiety dreams involve me forgetting my shoes--I think I wrote down "pack shoes" on at least three separate to-do lists.

7. Hand everything off to my wedding coordinator, relax, soak it all in, and get married
I know I'll have trouble with this, but it will be a lesson in ignoring my iron clad need for control, and just giving it all up so I can completely enjoy our wedding weekend.

There it is! That's all that remains between Matt and I becoming husband and wife. I'm so absolutely ready to see all of our friends and family and celebrate this special day.

This is my final Wedding Wednesday post before TBD!!!! Don't forget to check out Joelle's blog and all the other link ups!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

One Week

One week? Actually, we only have six days, 23 hours, 36 minutes, and 40 seconds (even less now that I've typed that!). 

Do you know what that means?



That's right. Playtime's over.
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