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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Honeymoon - Day 2: Epcot

At the beginning of the year I bought The 2013 Walt Disney World Unofficial Guide and it had a plethora of information on what to see and what to do while at Disney. It also had what days to visit each park and it suggested that on the first day you visit Epcot. So visit Epcot we did.

The morning started off by being lied to by our bus driver. The shuttle was suppose to go to Magic Kingdom and Epcot, but the driver said that he was only going to Magic Kingdom and that another bus would be right behind him to go to Epcot. Well, that didn't happen and we had to wait an hour for another shuttle. I about had a moment, but decided it was our honeymoon and there was no reason to get in a tizzy about it.


We started out the day in Future World - we first went to the Test Track, but as we got towards the front of the line it broke down (which we found out later, it breaks down a lot during the day).

This was the first vehicle we made on the Test Track. After we were ushered out of the queue (and handed fast passes to ride at any point throughout the day, SCORE!), we rode the Universe of Energy and then walked over to Soarin' to pick up fast passes for later. We then rode The Seas with Nemo and Friends and then decided to eat lunch (holy cow...Disney food is expensive) and walked around World Showcase.


Our favorite part of World Showcase? The boat rides! Call us cheesy but we found them hysterical, every time we found another one we'd look at each other and ask, "wanna go for a little boat ride?" I'm pretty sure we road every type of slow boat ride at Disney! We also had some pretty delicious gelato in Italy - we wish we would've just snacked through World Showcase instead of eating a meal in Mexico.


After going through World Showcase we stopped at the Test Track to see if it had opened back up - luckily for us it had so we rode it (and made another vehicle, but this time slightly more tacky). We also thought it was going to break down on us again - it had real issues up until we got on it.


We then made our way over to Soarin, where I had to psych Nathan up to ride it. He's not a real big ride person, so he got really nervous before we got on it. He ended up loving it (like I knew he would). We ended our rides with Spaceship Earth where I got this gem of a picture.


I die. Only Nathan.

We ended the day with a stop at the gift shop to buy myself an ornament and a coffee mug. Then we found the Starbucks, so we got a drink and waited on the Shuttle back to the condo.


I liked Epcot, but it definitely wasn't my favorite park. I really liked the laid back feel of Epcot though, I didn't feel rushed! As for rides, definitely ride the Test Track & Soarin' - they were the best at Epcot!

The next day we went to Animal Kingdom, where I seriously thought Nathan might divorce me after I made him get on a certain ride.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Honeymoon - Day 1: And we drove...

I have finally gotten the time to recap our honeymoon, you know - about 3 weeks later than I would've liked. We brainstormed ideas about where we wanted to take our honeymoon long before we were even engaged. We first marked off anything with a beach since Nathan isn't a fan, so we came up with two options Vegas or Disney. When I went to Vegas on the two-week road trip with my grandparents I quickly marked Vegas off the list, I just didn't find it somewhere where I'd like to take our honeymoon. So Disney it was.

Luckily my grandparents have timeshares in the actual Disney property, so we got lucky and didn't have to worry about getting a room - they handled that for us. No figuring out what Disney resort we wanted to stay at for this girl!

The night of our wedding we spent the night at our house. It was just simpler than driving a few hours and staying at a hotel. Unluckily for us, we slept later than we wanted (we were exhausted, and I had a mini-meltdown when I picked up my clothes at my parent's house), so we got on the road about 7:30 AM - which meant we had a long day of driving ahead of us.

First off, Atlanta (which has TOO many lanes of traffic). We decided to be brazen and go right through the city instead of taking the bypass. We did hit some traffic but it was still quicker than the bypass.


Once we got through Atlanta it was the part of the trip I most dreaded, southern Georgia. It is boring...and flat...and full of dirty truck stops. Get me through there quick! Northern Florida isn't much better and considering I didn't read during most of this trip, the ride felt like it took forever.

But then I saw this...
 and that made everything better!

Who can't be happy at Disney?! It's the happiest place on the planet!

Even after a long day of driving we had to drag all our luggage to our room and do the dreaded grocery shopping trip for the week. Plus Nathan was about to have a "Snicker's moment" and we needed to get some food in him stat. After that, we crawled into bed and got ready for a week at Disney!

First off, Epcot.

Monday, October 28, 2013

One Month Married

It feels like ages since I've looked at this blank page to fill my thoughts. There has been so many times that I've wanted to sit down and write but just haven't had the time. Being an OCD clean freak doesn't do much for your blogging, since - you know - you can't rest until your house is 100% up to your standards (which, finally happened this week!). I finally feel like my life is getting back to a routine and if you know me, I thrive on routine.

Today marks one month of being married. I feel like ever since we said "I do" life hasn't slowed down. Didn't we just come back from our honeymoon?! But since it has in fact been a month since that glorious day in September, I'd thought I'd share some observations I have on marriage up until this point (because you know, I'm an old married woman now ;) ).



Some say that marriage has showed them how selfish they are, for me - it's the exact opposite. I'd much rather that I do all the laundry, cleaning, and cooking. I feel like that is my job being a wife. I like making sure he is taken care of every day. I would feel guilty if he did that stuff for me. Although I did come home one day this week and every stitch of clothing was washed and dried - now that was nice :)!

Moving out of my parent's house wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. I have always lived with my parents. I've never once moved away. I will not deny that I shed many, many tears...especially when I packed up my clothes and when my furniture got loaded onto a trailer to bring to our house. It hurt. It hurt leaving all that I'd know for 25 years. It felt weird that first morning I went back to work and I wasn't getting ready with my mama. I'm a very sentimental person and the thought of leaving slightly terrified me. However, time heals all wounds and I can say that I dealt with moving out better than I thought I would. I still have my sad moments, but I thoroughly enjoy having my own home. I love my parents dearly...but it was time to get away from the nest.

Sleeping with another person is hard. This has probably been the most challenging thing for me. I'm used to having a big, nice cozy bed for myself. Now I sleep with a man who snores (he says I do too, I don't believe him) and is a personal space heater (I wake up most nights sweating like I just got out of the gym). But you know what? I wouldn't trade it for the comfort it gives me to know he's there and for all those mornings he pulls me close to snuggle. It's just one of the perks of being married - no matter how bad you sleep :).

We've argued, twice. Most people say that things change when you get married. I know I've only been married a month, but I disagree. Nathan and I used to argue, a lot. Now that we're hitched, we don't. We've since agreed that the reason we argued is because we didn't see enough of each other. Honestly, we've never gotten along better and I think a major contributing factor to that is that we were together a long time before we got married. We knew what we were getting into.


One month down and many, many more to go! I love you Nathan - I couldn't imagine life without you!

Monday, September 30, 2013

We're Hitched!

Saturday was nothing short of a fairytale. All the hard work I've put in for over a year paid off and I had the wedding of my dreams (I know I should say our dreams here, but he could've cared less...he'd of been much happier just going to the courthouse). After I came back from getting my hair and makeup done I walked into our reception tent and just kept repeating, "this is exactly what I imagined in my mind." Then seeing everyone at our ceremony and reception...it was just magical.


I can't wait to share all the photos with you all, however long that may be! Now we're at Disney, basking in newlywed bliss!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's Wedding Week!


Guess what? I get married in 4 days. Four Days. Less than a week. This Saturday.


I can't believe in 4 mere days my status in life changes. I'll no longer be "the girlfriend" or "the fiance", I become "the wife." What excitement and terror that term brings me. God give me patience, as I know that I'll need lots of it during our lifetime together. I'm an extremely selfish person, so that trait of mine has got to hit the road. Selfishness in a marriage is a recipe for disaster!

But before I got into a lengthy post on what I think it takes to be a wife, I'm going to talk about the wedding!

Everything is pretty much finished. Nothing major, thank goodness...so pretty much a few loose ends need to be completed. But does that mean I'm not stressing?! Ha! Think again. The fact that my face looks like a teenage boy's (and I never break out, ever) is a clear indication that I'm not in my normal "sorts." Let's hope I can get in a few workouts to ease this anxiety and that I get sleep and some relaxation. I need it. Desperately.

But I'm also going to soak up every minute of this week. Every part of putting together this day that I've worked diligently on for a year. Every moment with my parents. Every moment with my family. Every moment with Nathan before we're married. Just soaking up each and every moment...because as of Saturday my life changes.

And y'all, blog friends are the best friends. To my dearest Jordan and Katie, thank you so much for sweet wedding week wishes! You two made my day yesterday!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - The END is near!

One major piece of advice that I've heard nearly all brides say after their wedding is, "enjoy the wedding planning process, it goes so fast and after the wedding you're going to miss it."

My response to that is HA! Did they like being stressed beyond belief and having to do list's a mile long? Not this girl, I'm over it. 100% totally over it. I can see that bright light at the end of the tunnel and I'm ready to reach it. Couple that with the fact that our house is nowhere close to being finished (so we'll have another big project to work on) and I just don't think I'm going to miss this whole wedding planning thing. I'm just ready to be married, but I'm getting noticeably more nervous (is this normal?!).

I sat down yesterday and wrote out my last wedding to-list for the month, and oh boy did it feel good! Looking over the list, it looks long and dramatic...but basically it's just wrapping things up...and stuff that if I would just sit down and do it it would be finished sooner rather than later. I'm a closet procrastinator, don't judge me.

I'm only really worried about two items...
1. We HAVE to go this week to pick out my wedding bands, HAVE TO - as I've reminded Nathan no less than 3000x in the past week.
2. I HAVE to pick out the bridal portrait I want displayed at the wedding so it has time to be shipped & framed. 

Except for those two items...yeah, I'm good.


24 days to go, people...24 DAYS TO GO!



 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Bachelorette Trip Weekend!

I'm not the girl who wanted to go out and get crazy for my Bachelorette party. Tis not my thing. I don't get drunk and I certainly don't act a fool, call me a prude if you will. So when it came time to prepare for my Bachelorette rendezvous I wanted a trip of some sort and relaxation, and that is certainly what I got!

Back in April or May my little cousin (MOH) and I decided that we'd go to Pigeon Forge for a weekend (because we love the place and it's like our home away from home). We wanted to lay by the pool, shop, and watch lots of movies...and we successfully did all three!

{Day 1}
 Leaving Cookeville later than I expected (I had errands to run!) and unexpected traffic right out of Knoxville (shoot me dead...I have no idea how Nathan does this for a living!).

 And being the lovely girl she is, Holly got me a gift! A jewelry box with my new monogram! It is seriously too cute for words and I put all my pandora style bracelets in it. I love it! Also, excuse my horrible picture, I was tired and florescent lights do nothing for your complexion :).

{Day 2}
 We attempted to go to the nicer pool at the condo, but HA, everyone else had that idea too! Too many kids and not a lounge chair in sight (we also got bombarded with grass from a fella mowing grass...I mean, really?!) so we booked it over to the older pool where there were plenty of lounge chairs and less people! Afterward we got all prettied up and made the trek to Gatlinburg before the crowds moved in for the weekend to eat at Bubba Gump's...and I may or may not have bought myself a new Vera Bradley bag :).

{Day 3}
I'm a grandma and wake up early not matter how late I went to bed, so I let her sleep and went out on the balcony to read. I spent a good hour at there and it was so peaceful, I needed that hour of uninterrupted reading time! We decided to forgo the pool since it was overcast and instead went shopping. After a creepy guy (that was also drinking a beer on the job...) that hit on Holly at an antique store informed me my Fiesta dishes were being discontinued in September, we high-tailed it to Belk to snatch up the rest they had (FYI - we looked like fools). We also sat in traffic for forever because it was tax-free weekend...but hey, it's Pigeon Forge, what do you expect?

Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. We weren't in a rush going anywhere, we watched movies every night, and I got a lot of stuff for the house. Perfection!

Monday, August 12, 2013

I'm About to Start Hyperventilating

Y'all, I'm about to go in major wedding freak out mode. Major.

You see, I gave myself a wedding to-do list deadline...for a month before the wedding. August 28th. A day that is two and a half weeks away and my to-do list is almost a sheet of paper long. I've tried so hard since the day we picked our date to not get freaked out and to get things done ahead of time....now my heart beats out of my chest thinking of all the items I need to complete.

Some big things I need to complete are:
Finish the quilt that I've been working on forever (and really is just a minor detail).
Pick out reception music.
Finish cutting out fabric/tags for our wedding favors. 
I need to put additional stamps on our invitations since I'm high maintenance and had to have them all cute.
Mail out said invitations (like this week).
Order lighting for the reception tent.
Buy my wedding rings. 
Pre-marital counseling.
Figuring out what I want said/ceremonies for the actual ceremony. 

I know this doesn't look huge, but to me, I'm sorta freaking out. My expectations for myself are too high and I need to let.it.go. But, I won't let it go...so you'll see me acting like a crazy fool and trying not to puke in a bag until August 28th (because dangit, I want to RELAX!).

On a better note...my wedding shower was this past Saturday and I couldn't have felt more loved. Here's a little sneak peak...full post to come, sometime!

 {me and lovely cousin/MOH)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wedding Wednesday #6: Save the Date

Since the Wedding Invitations are getting sent out today, I figured it's a good time to share our Save the Date's that I mailed out a good 4 months ago.

I searched for what seems like forever for the perfect Save the Date card.  I searched on Etsy and various other card/portrait sites and they all fell short. So I decided, in a fully stupid blaze of glory, that I could totally make them myself...because I'm crazy...and nitpicky.

So there I went to my trusty friend Photoshop and got to work...and scrapped a good 5 designs until I came up with the perfect one.



It's not too fancy and honestly, not that great, but I love them nonetheless. Chevron plus our orange and pink wedding colors makes my heart happy. I was a happy girl to get them finished and mailed out. I think it was one of the first things I had done that made this wedding feel like it was really happening, now we're less than 2 months til "I Do" and I'm almost completely done with everything. My how time flies!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Things That Happened During my Bridal Portraits

Three weeks ago our wonderful wedding photographers (seriously, pay the money and get a GREAT photographers, it makes all the difference!) shot my Bridal portraits...and if you're wondering what Bridal Portraits are, it's pretty much a Southern Bride thing where we get all dressed up like we will on our Wedding Day and get portraits taken. Then a big print is displayed at the wedding reception. I've dreamed of my Bridal Portraits probably just as long as I've dreamed about my wedding. I'm a little vain if you can't tell.

Anyways, quite a few odd things happened during my portrait session.

1. We got shot at with either a pellet gun or a BB gun. I kid you not. What runs through someone's mind when they literally shoot at bride in her dress? Craziness. One of the photographer's and my mama about broke red, so we hurried and got the pictures we needed and left. 

2. You can, in fact, get hit on while in your wedding dress. I got honked at, revved at, and "hey girled" at. I'm sorry, men, if you see a woman in a big white dress, just dismiss the urge to hit on her. She'll look at you like your stupid.

3. July 9th, is indeed too hot to be outside in a huge dress. I have never sweated so much in my life. All you June/July/August brides who had outdoor weddings, how in the world did y'all stand it?

4. Me and my mama picked bugs out of my dress for days. The best pictures are taken in sketchy areas...and bug filled ones. When I sat down in the car after the pictures it was like a bug bomb had exploded.

And even though it was hot and bug filled, I couldn't have had more fun. Our photographers are great at making the whole session easy, comfortable, and they're both so personable. Now I'm excited to see the proofs!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Christianity & Finding Quiet Time

In the past few months, my relationship with the Lord has taken a turn.

A turn for the better.

Before, you could say, I was a "Sunday Morning" Christian. I went to Church and sometimes opened my Bible to read throughout the week because I thought it was what you were supposed to do.

Now, I'm constantly striving for time to read more of His word and grow in Godly wisdom. I yearn for it.

I accredit our new preacher for a lot of this growing in my faith. He's a great teacher and encouraged me to start reading the Bible in a year. My urge to delve further into the Word just snowballed from there. I needed to know more, I wanted to pray more, I wanted to quit some of my bad habits, overall I wanted to be more Godly.
 
Currently, I'm a little over 3 months away from having the Bible read cover to cover.
I started a Joyce Meyers Daily Devotional a month ago.
And yesterday I started my first She Reads Truth study.
 
I'm so excited to learn and to grow - beyond words excited.

But I have a slight predicament. I'm having a hard time finding my quiet/peaceful time. 

I'm not a morning person by any means. I couldn't find a quiet time at work to lock my windowed office (people always know I'm in there and they would interrupt me) to save my soul. I work out or run immediately after work. Sometimes I go see Nate after work. When I get home I get distracted (either by my own doing or someone else's doing).
 
What does this mean? My quiet times are limited to the early wee hours of the morning when I more closely resemble a bear...or late at night (honestly, it's like 9 - I'm an old lady) and I'm so tired I drift in and out of consciousness and don't comprehend what I'm reading (and to me, why even try if I'm not getting anything out of my study?).
 
Yesterday, I was lucky. I've been on a running break due to a foot injury so I went home after work and immediately got my Bible, iPad, and notebook and sat on the front porch swing and had a good hour of study. It was glorious.
 
So, what do I do in terms of finding my quiet time? I'm really considering waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual, making myself a cup of coffee, and delving into the Word before going to work. It seems that will be the only way I get my time in til' Nate and I get married. After we get married I can go to my office and do my study in peace - without interruptions and a TV going in the background.

How did you find your quiet time? Is it during the morning, afternoon, evening? I'd love to know!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Seven Years with the One I Love!

7 Years...
Somehow it's only felt like a year.

Whenever I really sit and think about these 7 years, I can't believe they've passed in such a blur. It seems just like yesterday I was going to Prom and thought about Nathan the entire night.
Looking back, I should've taken him up on his offer to take me to my Prom. I think it would've made our anniversary each year more memorable knowing that our first real date was to my Prom.

But in the grand scheme of things, that little aspect doesn't matter. 

What does matter is that each day from April 28, 2006 on...I've loved him more and more.
 
 With his new business venture, I've had a lot of time alone to sit and think. These past two weeks have been a major learning curve for the both of us. We are both having to deal with not being 30 minutes from each other all hours of the day. I can't just go be with him whenever I want. But somehow I think that it will make us stronger in the end and I for sure don't take the time we have together now for granted. The moments we have together I soak up, because now he can be gone for weeks at a time.  

And this is the first anniversary I've not seen him the day of, but life moves on and sometimes adulthood sucks.
But I won't let that little detail put a damper on this day, because we'll get to celebrate one day this week and that's all that matters. 

And in a mere 5 months I become his wife! What could be better than that?!
Nathan,
Words cannot express what you will forever mean to me. I love you more than you could ever know!

Love, ME :).

Sunday, April 14, 2013

One Year Engagement Anniversary

One year ago, Nathan took me on a weekend trip to Chattanooga. Little did I know that weekend he would ask me one of the most important questions I'd ever be asked.
Will You Marry Me?

It was a question I had waited on him to ask for almost 6 years. And much to my surprise, I had no idea that he was going ask me that weekend. He completely took me by surprise.


Now, a year later. I'm knee deep in planning our wedding and he's knee deep in renovating our home. 

And we'll say I do in a mere 5 1/2 months.


My how time flies.
 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Color Run Recap!

A couple of months ago my little cousin heard that The Color Run was coming to Nashville and she planned on getting a team together and that I needed to sign-up. Well, unfortunately, they were filled to capacity just a day later so her and my uncle were the only two registered.

Fast forward to two weeks ago and my uncle decided that he wasn't that thrilled about getting covered in paint and gave his spot to me! So to Nashville it was bright and early this past Saturday morning...and I mean early - we live about an hour and a half out of Nashville.

We got there way ahead of time to pick up our packets and for photo opportunities of course.

These are "before" pictures - we froze to death the whole morning since we didn't want to tote our jackets around or get them dirty.

We had a slight moment of genius when we saw quite a few people already standing in the starting corral, so since we didn't have anything better to do we lined up 45 minutes ahead of a time...and it was a good thing we did!

After freezing to death for 45 minutes it was time to go...and this is where we were glad we lined up when we did. We were the first heat to go out! There were 15,000 people in this 5k, so to not have us herded like cattle through the course they only let so many go out at a time. Then the next wave would go out 5 minutes later. That was smart!

The course was pretty awesome - we started off on the walking bridge (I've always wanted to go across it), down 2nd Avenue, through Printer's Alley, and then back across the river and all around LP Field to the finish line. 

Like the walking bridge, Printer's Alley was something I've wanted to go through...but I would never go through here otherwise. It's sketchy...even in daylight and with a crowd.

Here is our "after" the run...I wasn't too bad.

And here is the "after" once we hit the Finish Festival...
Ugh, yes...we were covered. The cousin didn't even look like herself and my hair was just crazy. Blonde hair with streaks of wild color just doesn't mix.

We cleaned ourselves up as best we good for the ride home. I don't think I've ever been ready for a shower as I was after Saturday, after being covered in color for 8 hours I was just over it.

Overall - I'm glad I did this run. I'm a person who doesn't like to get the least bit dirty, so it was a lot a little out of my comfort zone, but I'm glad I did it for the experience...but let it be known. I won't do it again. I'll stick to regular 5k's...because this ol' gal doesn't handle being dirty very well.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

6 Months til I DO!

They all say your engagement flies by so enjoy it, and it's true.


In a mere 6 months I marry the man I've loved for almost 7 years. The guy I can't imagine life without.


In 6 months I'm no longer living my life for me but for us. I get to wake up to him every morning and I don't have to leave him at night anymore to drive home. I get to take care of him - and yes I am excited about that aspect. A man always needs a woman's tender love and care :).


These next 6 months are going to fly by so I'm planning on enjoying these last few months at home and enjoying everything that life has to offer before I say, "I Do." And I can't wait to to stand at that altar, look into Nate's gorgeous green eyes and commit myself to him forever!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Let's Talk About Moving Out of My Parent's House

Let me preface this by saying that I'm incredibly thrilled and anxious to marry Nathan and start our lives together. In fact, I can't wait to come back from our Honeymoon and bask in the joy that I don't have to leave him, ever. 

But, there is one thing I am absolutely to my core dreading - moving out of my parent's house.

I'm the girl who never liked to spend the night at friend's homes because I liked being home and being comfortable in my surroundings. I never went away to College because I knew I'd be homesick and after a semester I'd move back home. I drove an hour each way to school for 4 years. Do I regret it? No. I knew what was best for me.


I'm not afraid to say that I'm inching upward to that 25 year old mark and I still live in daddy and mama's house. I've never envisioned myself living out on my own (okay, well I have...it was just never in the cards for me). Somewhere deep down, I knew I'd live with my parent's til I got married.

But now that I'm getting married in a mere six months I get more and more emotional about moving out. I know how emotional I'll be when I start moving my furniture out...so much so that I've decided to only move the essentials to Nathan's before we get married. All the big stuff will just have to wait til after we get married because I won't be able to handle it. I will be one crying mess.

But I'll cross that hurdle when I get to it and hopefully it won't be as horrible as I imagine it, because I can say will full certainty that I'm more excited about getting married than I'm dreading moving out of the house I've lived in for 20 years....and that's the facts, Jack.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Making a Marriage Work

Last week in our town paper they had a special edition dedicated to the couples in our county who have celebrated 50 years or more of marriage. My grandparent's were included, and when I read their little section, I cried. I can't really explain why, I guess it was just sheer adoration for them both. Words cannot express how much of an example they both are to me.

After I read their section, of course I read the other couple's honored, and each couple some way or another mentioned this in their articles.

Divorce was never an option. 

I think as a nation we're amazed when a couple reaches the 50 year married milestone. But why?? Shouldn't being married for an extensive amount of time be the norm? I think, yes, but sadly that's not the case. And let me just preface by saying that I'm not judging anyone who has gotten divorced. Sometime there are circumstances where it's the only option - for instance, cheating. I, personally, would have a hard time staying with my spouse if they had cheated on me. Like I said...sometimes divorce is the only option, and I understand that.

But let me also say, I think sometimes couples give up too easily when it comes to their marriage. Once the waters get rocky, people want out as quickly as possible. I think they all too easily forget the vows, "for better or for worse." I think this stems from a variety of things...not dating long enough (and yes, I think that's important...you need to get out of the lovey dovey stage before you even consider marriage), bad communication, anger issues. But aren't these issues you could consider working out...or are we just all so stubborn we want ideal circumstances??

I will say, I'm not married...yet (only 215 days though!!!!!!), but I know that I'm going to strive my hardest to make our marriage good and I want to learn to love Nathan more every day. I know it's not always going to be sunshine and roses and I'm not going to love him to pieces every day. I know we're going to have our rough days, but I want the amazing days to outweigh the bad. I want to make our marriage work instead of giving up when things are less than ideal.

Am I naive in thinking this?? I don't think so...if so, what's the point in getting married??

So lay it on me, what are some crucial pieces of advice to make a marriage work??

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Colors & Theme

As women, we tend to have our whole wedding planned out by the age of 10. That was definitely the case for me. I've always known I wanted to have a semi-big wedding surrounded by family with lots of attention to details, and not some plain jane wedding (which is fine, if that's what you want...but that's just not me).

I thought I had it all planned out...then Nathan proposed, and my whole theme and direction changed. 

I've always wanted a Fall wedding, first off - the fabulous weather and scenery, secondly - my allergies are way to crazy to get married outside in the Spring. So since we were having a fall wedding, I thought it would be good to have Fall-ish colors, somewhere around the ranges of browns and burnt oranges. But deep down I just wasn't loving it...it just wasn't me. So what's a girl to do when she needs wedding color help? Pinterest of course! 

So after spending a few weeks on Pinterest browsing colors, I decided on our colors...

...oh lord, I'm obsessed with our colors and they are so ME. I mean, I'm the girl who had hot pink bedroom walls in high school. Anything bright and bold is just me. I just can't get enough of pink and orange now!

Now as for theme...after browsing several magazines, I realized what I was wanting just wasn't in them. Them my mama brought home this magazine and it was seriously music to my ears.
It is full of my theme...which is pretty much Southern Chic...think lots of Mason Jars, antique glasses, and lots of DIY details. 

I would love to share more of my ideas, but I really want to keep it under wraps since I know a few people that are invited to the wedding reading the blog. I want everything to be a surprise since I'm putting so much work into the details of our big day.

Now, I know what you're thinking...where is Nathan fitting in to all this? To put it honestly, he doesn't care what our day looks like...as long as I'm happy. He'd rather just go to the courthouse and be done with it all. He's just having the wedding to fulfill my fantasy :). He's a keeper!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Success in Wedding Planning

Two weeks to a month ago, I stressing bad about our wedding. I was so overwhelmed. I didn't have any idea how I wanted our Save-the-Date's to look (because I had the bright idea to design my own), I didn't have our guest list set in stone, I hadn't even began start the address list, and our DIY details were just a thought.

Then Nathan had a coming to Jesus moment with me. He pretty much told me to get over it and get to work...and that he'd help. 

We got a lot accomplished that night. We put the finishing touches on our guest list and planned the rehearsal dinner.

And by some grace of God that conversation got my butt in gear. Since then I designed my Save-the-Date's...ordered them...and they've been delivered! I've also got our guest list pretty much finished except for stragglers, got the addresses in a spreadsheet, asked my preacher to marry us (big sigh of relief here!), and went on a shopping trip to start some of my DIY projects. 

Now let's all hope I keep this motivation up for the next six months, because I plan on doing zero major planning the month before!

Any tips from ya'll for staying ahead of the game?!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Resolutions...or Lack Thereof

This year, after much deliberation, I'm just saying NO to New Year's Resolutions. For the past three years my resolutions have never been completed, but instead have been a complete fail. Well this year, no more. This is not to say I don't have things I want to achieve this year, because I most certainly do. I just don't want the added pressure of a daunting list of resolutions - no siree.

So instead of a long list of resolutions, here are the things I actually want to do throughout the year.

This year I want to grow closer to God. I want to pray more, finish reading the Bible cover to cover, and spend more of my time learning and studying the word. I want to participate in blog Bible studies and write in my prayer journal.

This year, instead of focusing on the things I hate about my body, I want to learn to love my body and treat it better. Instead of focusing on simply losing weight I want to learn to workout more and enjoy it. I also need to focus more on upper body toning seeing as my wedding dress fits like a glove and I don't need to lose weight. :)

In 2013, I want to continue my reading challenge and read 50 books throughout the year. I've kept my reading goal for the past 3 years. Hopefully I can keep up the reading habit for 2013, but honestly, I don't see that as a problem!

Lastly, this year I'd like to grow my little side hobby of photography. I've always loved pictures, scrapbooking, and photography. So why not take my little hobbies and make them into a side business? I've already had a few sessions and a couple of weddings this year, but I'd really like to expand in 2013. Who knows what the future holds?

And oh yes...I need to fit planning a wedding in there!

Happy New Year!