Saturday, August 30, 2008
Isn't that horrible? It's practically September and I still haven't sent out the invites. Oh well, I'm doing it now aren't I?
I really need to figure out where we're having this thing. To do that I need to call out to the Park and ask how much it is to rent the building. Does that include tables and chairs? How many tables and chairs? Then I need to go out there and look at it. Is it pretty? Are there places for us to enter? etc.
Then, finally, we need to make a decision. Why do I have to call? I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one getting married here. Perhaps I'll make Honey do it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
That was the original plan. Now we are seriously considering renting the building located at the park instead. In the long run I'm hoping (haven't checked yet) that it will be cheaper. With it outside we have to rent tables and chairs for everyone and it would just be a hassle, not to mention worrying about the Oregon weather that changes every 5 minutes. Having the building, we're guessing it probably comes with some tables and chairs and it would keep everyone dry.
Lucky for me there is a family reunion out there this Saturday. I hope to have the location finalized and paid for by the time it's over.
Why are weddings so much hassle? Maybe it's because I procrastinate...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We went to Eugene today to go dress hunting. Justin's best friend lives there. He and Justin went out to the movies and just hung out (they don't see each other much anymore) and Ira's (the friends name) wife went dress shopping with me. My Mom was busy with work, so was my sister Steph. And I'm not sure what Sam was up to but I doubt she would have went with me. We asked Justin's Mom to go but she was busy with paperwork. So Jessica (Ira's wife) and I went to David's Bridal and found the most perfect dress ever!
I was SO glad that she went with me. That was the second time I have ever seen her and the first I've ever "hung out" with her. She's really nice. Too bad she doesn't live closer. Maybe I could have a friend *sad face*. I don't have very many friends. Actually, I don't have any around here. And other than that I have acquaintances. So sad.
I have a dress! I can't get over how happy I am now. This whole not having a dress was stressing me out. Not anymore. CHECK!
So when we first went into David's Bridal they made me sit down and register with them...blagh. Then showed me to my size area and let me look. The person helping me came over and said people usually get through about 5 dresses in an hour and a half. My eyes got huge here. Only 5 in an hour and a frickin' half? She said that usually people like to get all accessorized with each dress to get the "full look". I said I'd like to get in and out of here as quick as possible. So I picked some dresses, went to my little cube (changing room), stripped down (awkward!), put on the little poof skirt, covered my boobies with the bra-ish thing, and then had the sales lady come in to eye-hook me all up (extremely awkward!!). I was put into the first dress. Felt like a two year old, "raise your arms" so the sales lady could put the dress over my head. It was helpful but humiliating. I hate being in any sort of attention. Anyways, the dress...So I tried on the first one, they made me go out and stand on the podium with all those mirrors around (AHHHHH). It was a very lovely dress. But no choir of angels could be heard.
Next I was strapped into the second dress. I loved it! But I noticed the boob area was actually too big! Weird. I mentioned this weirdness and she said yeah look at this, then proceeded to grab a nice handfull of the back of the dress. I changed out of that particular one into a size smaller and viola! Magic! Cue the choir of angels singing a high note. Perfect fit! Who knew I would end up getting a size smaller. That made my day.
It's a halter top that comes down the tummy area to a "V" below the *ahem* gut. Then it poofs out. No train or anything, just poof. It has tons of bead work all over the upper half. The dress is extremely slimming. Did I mention I love it?
I plan on wearing my hair down and curly. My hair curls right up with a little bit of product. I have a veil to go in my hair and then a pretty tan colored rose to go right next to the veil.
I'm actually starting to feel more excited about getting married and less stressed about getting everything done. Today was very much about enjoying the experience. Woo Hoo!!! But I did realize during all this, how the heck am I supposed to spend the whole entire day being part of the center of attention. I didn't even like being helped trying to find the dress. I felt like I was a nuisance. "Please do up my bra thingy and put a dress on me because I couldn't possible do it all on my own. I must have assistants." Snooty falooty. So. Not. Me. I'm a sweatshirt and jeans girl through and through.
The wedding should be interesting.
Do you think I mentioned the word dress enough? I love it!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
After I got over my initial blegh-ness of today I was fairly productive. I made and completed the Moms' flowers. Completed the fella's boutonnieres (added ribbon). Finished the bouquet toss flowers. Completed my bouquet (added ribbon). Now all the flowers are finished completely 100%! Can I hear a, "check!"?
And for the grand finale I made our cake topper! It was extremely easy. I bought pumpkin salt and pepper shakers from Ross. A while ago I bought wine covers (I think that's what their called) from the dollar tree that were a bride and groom set. With a little bit of cutting and some handy dandy glue dots...(drumroll please)...I got these!! Ta-Daa!!!!
And the bride!
I love my pumpkin people. The day is looking up!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We went over to visit and it's the cutest bird. A black head, white chest, blue body and dark blue almost purple on its tail area.
Justin called his Mom last night to check on her and see how she was doing. She says she think she got the bird for the wrong reasons. On Monday she will decide if she is keeping the little guy or not.
Turns out, we might get a little lovebird.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Rain boots! Friggin' cute right?! And what do you know...my something blue. I'm going to target to try them on in a couple days. But I absolutely love them. I can see the picture now...us kissing, my foot popped up out of my dress, and an umbrella keeping us dry(ish). Yep, I love it!
Our wedding is going to be pretty darn strange. I can't wait!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
While there I went around and had everyone write down their names and addresses. One step closer to mailing out the invites which me and my sister Sammi put together.
On Saturday my cousin Cyle was married to his long-time girlfriend/fiance Jessie. It was nice to go to a wedding. I've been to three total now. The first two happened when I was younger and we never went to the receptions (if they had them). So when I went to this one I was very observant. Any details I wanted to copy? Or not copy?
For starters, I did not like the location. It was a church...a creepy church...with a creepy painting of some landscape in the background.
Just so you all know, I am not a fan of any organized religion. I think that, Yes, there is something bigger. No, people should not conform to rules and beliefs written long ago and passed down through the years changing slightly with every re-writing and swaying with current popular beliefs. I think that to have ideas about higher powers, a bigger concept and Gods etc. are great! But to believe that poof and then there were is ridiculous, even childish. People should take pieces of each religion that make since to them and have some ideas from there. You should not be constricted and bound to words others tell you and ideas that are not your own. My religion is a belief that there is something more. What that is I don't know, but I love my ideas of it.
So you see, I'm not a fan of churches. Places to worship (not a fan of the word) one of the Gods people created. The ceremony was close to a sermon, therefore, not a fan. The end of the ceremony made me almost tear up. When they kissed. It was the only part that was very personable of the whole ceremony. It was the only part of the ceremony we saw emotions. That part was great.
By the way, in his preachings the pastor said something along the lines of Jesus called the church is bride. He loved the church even though it was imperfect. Then he likened the church to Jessie (the bride) but that Cyle still loved her anyways. Did anyone else catch he called the bride imperfect? Ouch. *eyeroll* Why if a woman has a child and she is not married is she imperfect? I feel ready to hulk up when I hear such stupidity dribbling out of high and mighty, holier than though, usually Christian (sorry I don't actually have anything against Christians...it's all organized religion. Christian is just what people around here tend to be.) assholes. All of them.
Her colors where yellow and black. Her bridesmaids wore black and white dresses. Yellow bouquets all around. Two flower girls (their daughters) very cute! No ring bearer. We had the reception at the local golf course. It was nice and sunny for the wedding all day. The cake was amazingly beautiful. The bride was prettier. I loved her dress and it made me sad to realize I don't think I'll find the one perfect dress. The cake was actually made by a relative of theirs. It had three tiers each set on a plate thing with columns. It was about a 5 year old high off the table. It had yellow roses all around each layer and the table itself. The top layer had a bulbous vase with yellow flowers and ribbon. The middle layer had pictures of the bride and groom around it. It was a great cake.
In another corner was a money tree. I was iffy on doing this at my wedding. I'm not a fan of asking people for money. But I have to say, both sides of their family loved it. They had stickers to put on the bills, then people got creative with how they could tie it to the tree. They were laughing and having a great time just tying money to the tree. Justin's Mom actually insisted we have one of these. She said we have to, it's just something people do at weddings. Then the dreaded word...tradition! Well, I'm all about getting free money and after I saw that people actually enjoyed it...why the hell not?!
They only had about five small round tables I think that they decorated. Just some plastic table coverings in black and yellow. And then some black tulle in the center with tiny plastic wine classes and yellow stuff (candy?) inside. A round vase with one candle tart in the center and those little plastic bubble blower things so we could blow bubbles. It came off very nicely. But different than what I had invisioned for my wedding so nothing I could really copy.
It was a great day. I can't wait till our wedding day. Only 62 days left! Holy cow!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Might I make a suggestion to people. Do not order your wedding dress from China over ebay. It is a very pretty dress (when it's not on). It is very pretty material. But they DO NOT listen to you when you tell them your various, very specific, sizes. Not only that but Alma says that they also laid the material wrong or halfhazardly when sowing it, making it lay against the body wrong.
This was the most unflattering dress I have ever put on. I hated trying this dress on. I didn't want to touch it. I stored it in a black garbage bag all wadded up.
I think I had a hint this dress wouldn't work out.
This time I'm trying the dress on before I buy it.
So the search continues for a suitable wedding dress...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
My parents, Sam and her fiance Wade are out camping for a whole week. I don't get to go this year which SUCKS! So me and Justin thought we'd go up there and hang out for the day with them. It was so much fun. I was sad when we had to return home. We went swimming in the freezing cold river. I didn't get to roast any marshmallows. So very bummed. I thought I'd be smart and lay in the sun to tan (it's been pretty yucky here weather wise lately. The sun was a shocker.) By the time I thought to myself, "Yeah! That should bronze me up pretty good" I was a pretty shade of lobster red. Damn. Break out the aloe vera.
While nursing my sweet ass "tan" after we got home, I did manage to print out all of the invitation crud. The invites, reception info cards and rehearsal info cards. I got up to 40 maps printed I do believe, but for some reason the program used to make the maps does not communicate well with my printer so each map took about 3-4 minutes to print (too long for little miss impatient). I quit those. I'll do more later.
I maple leaf stamped the invites, invite envelopes and rehearsal cards but gave up when it came to the reception info cards. I had had enough for one night.
There is so much to do in the next couple weeks I'm starting to go berserk. I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Oh how I love blueberries. They are so yummy. I think I might have been a little jealous when I saw the horrible kid Violet turn into a blueberry (just kidding, I have no desire to be a blueberry). Then off she went to get juiced. Ha ha, serves her right.
Can you believe Justin hasn't seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?! We are huge movie buffs so this is INSANE!! I'm planning a date night on Monday after blueberries. I believe this movie will be included in my plans. I wonder if he's seen the original? Could you imagine? I had fantasies about this movie when I was little. That huge golden egg. I would put up a tent in the eat everything land (not the actual name I'm sure). How could he not have seen this glorious movie? A poor kid growing up and not licking the wallpaper in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, you might get a little hint of yumminess. Oh the memories...
I like date nights. We try to have them at least once a month. This time it's my turn. I get to plan the whole day for us. It's really going to be a whole afternoon for us. First, we are picking blueberries. Then, Justin is working on his truck.
*He traded his old truck for a new truck his friend had that he liked better. This new truck has needed lots of work but should get better gas mileage and like I said...Justin likes it better. Good thing my Honey's a mechanic...excuse me...automotive technician. (I'm rolling my eyes) Either way he's a grease monkey and I LOVE IT!! Dirty men are my cup of tea! Who wants a frilly boy anyways. Yuck.
Anyways, I get to plan our activities. I'm looking forward to surprising him. Oh the possibilities...
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Isn't it friggin' cute. I love this idea. I can see my progress. Ooh ooh! Speaking of progress...Since working out at the gym I have lost a total of 3lbs!!! I am ecstatic! I didn't expect to see any changes yet. It will be fun to see what a month there does. Everyone is so encouraging. I can't say enough good things about this place.
I'm off to kick Justin's butt in the Lego game! We just discovered cheat codes. I heart cheating (only sometimes, I swear).
Monday, August 4, 2008
Isn't it pretty?! I'm in love!
Talking about love (do you see how I get so distracted? One thing always leads to the next.) Where was I? Love. I can't resist posting this picture of my honey.
He likes this pic of himself and I do too! This will be our before picture for our gym. Can't wait to see the after. I might get a before of me up here. Probably going to wait until I have some visual results first. That way I can say, "here's what I used to look like but not anymore."
Nightie Tighty Whities! Justin is making me go to sleep now. Butthead.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
This is Diesel
Aren't they so cute? Mara Jade is my favorite. Cute kitten with a sweet personality and I love the name.
I'm almost finished with our invitations. I just need to do some little details like where I want the stamp to go.
*About the stamp. I purchased a maple leaf stamp from the great and powerful ebay. And a stamp pad from a local craft warehouse that is going out of business. I got really lucky with the whole going out of business thing. Everything in there is 20% off and it will go to 40% off this month. On top of that there are huge slashes in the prices. It's like they planned it just for me. I'm such a tightwad. I hate spending lots of money.
Back to invitations. So I just need to finalize some little details and then do a mock up invite. Then I'm going to show my Mom and get her okay. Then show Justin's Mom, My future Mother-in-law, Debbie and get her okay. I know I don't need the okays. My wedding, my way. But it's nice to have their input. They might see some changes it needs that I didn't think about. Plus, I'm pretty much doing this wedding all on my own. Sure I talk to people about it. But when it comes to anyone actually helping me with things...nope. I'm on my own. So it's nice to include them a little.
It would be nice if my Mom wanted to be more involved with my wedding. Or my sisters for that matter. MOH Stephanie is getting married in December. She hasn't gotten much planned out yet. I try to help but I'm not sure where to begin. She's coming over tonight so maybe we'll work on it then. Yes, I like that plan. I suppose my Mom is busy with home improvements and work. Plus, MOH Sammi is beginning college in the fall. I suppose that takes up time too. No big deal.