3 months old!

Monday, September 29, 2014

My precious nephew turned THREE whole months old on Friday! Luckily I got to spend the whole weekend with him and was able to capture some photos of him on his "birthday."  I can't believe how big he's getting already!
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I love him! Happy 3 months, Aidan!

A Birthday, A Race, A Baby, & A Wedding

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This Saturday was one of those days that just makes you sit back and count your blessings. It was packed full but of awesome stuff!

To start off with, it was my momma's birthday!

We headed up to North Vernon to "run" in the color run 5k that my brother was putting on.

We mostly walked, but it was fun!

After that, we of course had to go see baby Aidan, which was the real reason I went to North Vernon! hehe

I love my little buddy! After that, we spent some time at my Aunt Kathy's house to see the addition they've built on their house (it's awesome!) and then rushed back for my friends Renee & Case's wedding!


It was a beautiful wedding, and all in all a beautiful day! I have the best friends and family!

A St. Lucian Honeymoon

Monday, September 1, 2014

Our wedding reception ended at 11pm, and we were on a plane to St. Lucia by 5:30am the next morning. To help you out with the math, I got about 1 hour of sleep. True, that doesn't work out exactly right by the numbers but I never said I was good at math.... that's why I married Josh, he's the math genius of this relationship! ;)

one hour of sleep does not look good on anybody

Anywho, in some senses honeymoon planning was more difficult for me than wedding planning. We were originally planning a big once in a lifetime trip, but then our friends/neighbors/travel buddies Brian & Nikki decided they wanted to go with us... so that trip is on the books for 2015 now. Once we settled on that, I stressed myself out trying to pick the perfect honeymoon location. I was putting way too much pressure on the trip since it was our honeymoon. Should we go to Europe? Back to Hawaii? We finally decided to do a low-key, relaxing, all-inclusive Caribbean vacation. I was a little sad to wait on our big trip, but I have to admit I was pretty pumped about not having to plan it at the same time I was wedding planning. And once we got to St. Lucia, it was nice to not have to think about or do a single thing after 6 months of wedding planning.

We were debating between St. Lucia and going back to Jamaica. We (obviously) ultimately decided on St. Lucia and I'm glad we did! I love Jamaica, and it's kind "our place" since it was the first vacation we went on together and we've been a couple times, but it's always nice to see a new place and experience new things together too. And St. Lucia didn't disappoint.

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my Japanese pedicure made it all the way to St. Lucia! I'm beginning to think these babies would be worth the plane ticket to Japan every 2 months! ;) 

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So, about those rings.

My dear sweet husband LOST his ring in the sea on the first full day of our honeymoon. I cried. He borrowed a snorkel from a local. I cried some more. I knew we were still married and blah blah but still. 

After about an hour of snorkeling, he found it! I was shocked. I honestly thought it was a goner. I mean who loses their ring in the sea where they can't touch the bottom and aren't exactly sure when or where it fell off, and then finds it?!

Unfortunately, two days later.... you guessed it...  my dear sweet husband -- bless him -- lost his ring in the sea again. I knew we wouldn't be so lucky the 2nd time. This time I was slightly angry because, duh!, you don't wear your ring in the water after you already lost it in the water once. Sometimes my husband doesn't act as smart as he really is ;)

So his wedding ring now lives in the bottom of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of St. Lucia.

It was a whole 'nother ordeal getting him a new one, but we finally got him one... the same ring, a size smaller, and all is well with the world and our marriage again ;)

We did a couple excursions in St. Lucia which I will write about soon! I still haven't even uploaded the pictures from our waterproof camera yet!

I love being married!

I have a HUSBAND now!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

*wipes dust off blog*

 I'm embarrassed to admit how long it took me to remember how to login to my blog, you guys.

 HELLO! Remember me?! Probably not, and that's okay. I never meant to give up blogging completely, it just hasn't fit into my schedule this year, what with wedding planning and all.  I love blogging, mostly for myself to have to look back on later... and this is definitely a year I don't want to forget. A LOT has happened in 2014 and I would kick myself later if I didn't document it! At least up through August ;)

So clearly, we have a lot to catch up on. Since my last post... I got engaged, got a nephew, went to Japan, Josh did a GORUCK Heavy, we fostered a dog, we went to St. Lucia, and oh yeah we GOT MARRIED! Let's start there and I'll catch you up on all the rest of that stuff later, sound good?

On August 16th we officially tied the knot and now Josh is stuck with me forever. Or maybe I'm stuck with him. Either way, the good news is that Lola is no longer our illegitimate love child ;)

The entire day was such a blur, just like everyone told me it would be. I really didn't think it would be, but they were right. For this reason I'm 100% grateful I had a videographer, even though I haven't seen the video yet! Despite being a blur, the day was perfect. Of course there were a few things that didn't go as planned but I'm pretty sure that happens at every wedding, and none of them were anything major.

The biggest thing that I thought was going to mess up the day was that it started raining right before the ceremony. All day there had been a 0% chance of rain and then about 20 minutes before the ceremony, they showed me the radar doppler forecast and there it was -- a giant green blob headed straight toward us. Green blobs = rain and I was sure we were going to have to move the wedding inside. I was really looking forward to an outdoor wedding, and everyone said hey do it anyway it's your wedding! But I didn't want our guests to be uncomfortable, even if it was a 15 minute ceremony... and heck, I didn't want to get married in the pouring down rain and then have to wear a wet wedding dress all night!

My brother, Eric, was our officiant so we discussed it and decided we'd chance it outside and if it started pouring he'd just hurry up and finish it. Luckily, the reception was inside anyway and we could do the ceremony in there if we had to.

By the grace of God the rain held off and we were able to get married outside! Our sand for the "unity" ceremony (we did sand instead of a candle) got rained on a bit so it had clumped up and was a little hard to pour out...  but that should make for a comical section of our video :)

I also ended up crying during my slideshow at the reception... I knew I was either not going to cry at all during the whole day or end up bawling at some point, and of course the latter happened. I had a feeling that's how it would go down when I would tear up earlier that morning just reading my friends' Facebook statuses about it being my wedding day. I cried when Josh and I did our First Look. And then I straight up ugly cried during the slideshow. I was totally fine until my Aunt Kathy came up and hugged me, crying. But it would have happened anyway, I'm sure. Good thing my awesome make-up artist had waterproof mascara for me!

Here is said slideshow if you want to spend 9 minutes watching me and Josh grow up and fall in love :)


Anyway, my favorite part about our wedding (besides getting married) was that all of my favorite people were in the same place at the same time. I honestly don't know if that has ever happened! I just loved having everyone around. Our house was full of fun & lots of laughs all weekend. I didn't want it to end. It's times like these that make me wish all of my family lived in the same town. I know a lot of people would be/are glad to have their relatives out of town, but my family is totally awesome and I wish they all lived closer!!!

My sweet little nephew, Aidan! You can tell I'd been crying here... this was right after the slideshow. He grabbed onto my necklace and gave me the best little snuggles at just the perfect time. I love him so much! (P.S. having a nephew is seriously awesome, you guys! More on him later ;))

 And lastly, my other favorite thing about the wedding was our photo booth, because duh.

Photo booths always produce the most fun pictures!

 Overall, the day was everything I hoped it would be, the only thing missing was my Daddy. But I have to say, ALL of our vendors were AMAZING! If you are local and getting married soon and need a recommendation for a vendor for anything, I absolutely loved working with every single one of our's so don't hesitate to ask! :)

Who would have thought 5 years ago when "yoga boy" asked me to lunch at Chick Fil A that we'd get MARRIED...  I love you, Josh, and the life we have created together! I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us! <3