Friday, January 28, 2011

A Paper-ful Proposal

A local stationery extraordinaire- Amy Hannon of Sincerely Yours Paper - is having a contest that I thought was very inventive and fun. If you read her blog then you know about the contest. You can also see it here.

The point of the contest is to tell your proposal story, but you have to include some kind of paper element to it. The top three stories will be chosen and then the winner will be decided on by a vote. As I read the blog post, I was trying to think if paper was used in any way for my proposal. So I began writing out the story and lo and behold - I was able to incorporate paper into it, granted I was stretching in some parts and got pretty creative :)

I wrote out my story and then sent it to Amy. She wrote back and told me she was laughing at my paper references as she read my story as she was getting her car washed.

Anyway, it was a fun way to write our story. The winner gets a bundle of Valentine's Day goodies. Read her post to find out how to enter.

Have Friday!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

150(ish) Days and Counting

So it has been 50 days since my last wedding update. I am rockin and rolling on my wedding check list. I set a "Things to Get Done in January" list and I am happy to say that almost all of them have gotten accomplished.

So far this month we:
  • Picked out tuxes
  • Got a "get away" car from the reception - which is waaaay cool
  • ordered and received the invitations
  • met with florists and picked out all the flowers I want
  • decided on how the reception will be set up, how many tables and what color linens to use
  • got mom's Mother of the Bride dress - I actually saw it on the rack, loved it and so did she
  • blocked hotel rooms for our guests
  • got our engagement announcement in the local papers - thanks to everybody who has given us copies
  • approved Kelsey's design for the Save the Dates and they are in the mail as we speak
  • Starting getting quotes for rehearsal dinner sites and I think we have decided on one.

I have to say after Christmas I had a slight panic attack when I realized my wedding was in 6 months so I pushed it into high gear and started to get really organized.

I hope to get a lot more accomplished in February. I will keep you updated!

Monday, January 10, 2011

What a Saturday

I have never felt more like a married couple than I did on Saturday. Ryan and I spent the whole day checking off things on our list together. I must admit it was kind of fun being a married couple for the day.

First, the day started off with Collin, my MOH, meeting me at Rick's to help me pick out my wedding cake. Tasting wedding cakes at 9 a.m. is my idea of starting off a Saturday. After that I met up with Ryan and we went to Ashley Furniture to look for new bedroom furniture for my room and soon to be his room too. Surprisingly we found something we both loved and Ashley was having a great deal on fiancing so, now we have a new bedroom suite arriving in 2-3 weeks.

After finding the furniture we headed up to Rogers to meet Ryan's mom at Abuelos for lunch - one of our favorites. There we discussed options for the rehersal dinner. We narrowed our options down to 3 ideas and now we can research pricing for each. I was glad to get the ball rolling on that.

Once we finished our delicous lunch, we went next door and picked out tuxes for the wedding at Men's Warehouse. Ryan has been a groomsman or usher more times than I have been a bridesmaid and he used Men's Warehouse ever time so he knew he wanted to do that for his own wedding. We picked out a very lovely combo and Ryan's mom came up with the idea of a purple pocket square - I love it!

Next on the list for the day was going to Stevette's in downtown Rogers to see the dress Kathy found to wear for the wedding. Ryan and I both loved it. She will look gorgeous if she decids on that one.

After a quick stop at Sonic for Happy Hour and 2 larger Cherry Vanilla Diet Dr. Peppers we headed back to the house. Ryan worked on his truck and I took down all the Christmas lights from the house and then we moved all the other Christmas decor to the attic. As I was taking down the lights, an older lady in our neighborhood walked by and said "I just loved your Christmas decorations this year." That made my day!

That night, I cut Ryan's hair, we ate dinner and then laid on the couch and watched TV, feeling truely exhausted. It was a great Saturday for us and we go so much accomplished -especially for the wedding.

Monday, January 3, 2011

And So It Begins

The countdown to the wedding begins. I have six months to get in tip-top shape and look amazing for my future husband. This weekend I went to Walmart and Sam's club and stocked up on all things healthy and cleaned out all things not healthy from my house.

I am not one of those people that loves to work out. Infact, I pretty much despise it. I dread it all day. Yes, I still do it because I know I need to but that doesn't mean I like it. Over the holidays I gave myself a break from working out knowing, come January, I would be motivated again.

I have set up a plan for myself. My dad is going to be my personal trainer 2 days a week and I am going to do my Body Flow class 2 days a week. Plus, I am actually going to consider the food I put into my body. I will eat smaller portions and healthy options. I am scared most of what my dad is going to put me though. He is a football coach you know.

I considered putting my start stats on here (weight, waist, hips, etc) but then chickened out. I am bigger than I have ever been so I think I will just let you guess. I will however give monthly updates on how much I have lost. And before I get yelled out, no I do not think I am fat. I just think I could tone up and get back down to the weight I use to be.

Now as I start my sixth month journey to gorgeousness, everybody wish me luck. Oh I apologize now for any future bitchiness that you might receive for me. I tend to get cranky when I am hungry :)

The Perfect Gift

On Friday, my family finally got to open our Christmas gifts to each other. I can truely say this was one of the best Christmases yet. I got several things with my new monogram on it and the letter P (including dessert plates and a wine stopper), a new brief case and one truely perfect gift....

I am not afraid to admit that I have absolutley no sense of direction. I mean, really NO sense. I have lived in Fayetteville for almost 20 years and I still get lost. Ask Stacia and Collin about a trip to Tulsa and somehow ending up in Fort Smith on our way home?

So when I opened up this bad boy I started laughing and felt much relief. My parents know me too well.

I got the newest version of the Garmin GPS system. I hadn't even asked for it but I am so glad they got it for me. Ryan is going to help me set it up and now I will have no excuse for not knowing where I am going. All my future passengers can feel relief. I will not get you lost!