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

A look back at 2013.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I can't believe 2013 is over. Well it's not technically over, there are still 6 hours left. Who am I kidding, of course I couldn't finish this blog post last night. So now it's officially over. I feel like this holiday season... heck, this whole month... has flown by in the blink of an eye. I guess that's what happens as you get older? I remember it taking foreveerrrrrr to get from Thanksgiving to Christmas when I was little, now it seems like it's Thanksgiving then BAM Christmas! And then it's over.

Anyway, it's always fun to have a look back at the year, don't you think? I was less than stellar at blogging this year, and I can't promise it will get any better in the coming year, but I will try. I just don't have the time for it that I used to or that I wish I did. But I'm not giving up because I really do enjoy it and especially enjoy having it to look back on :) So even though all these moments may or may not be documented on this here blog, here are some of our most memorable happenings in 2013 (in no particular order):

We were introduced to the craziness that is GORUCK

In May Josh got his first GORUCK Tough patch, followed by another one in August in Indianapolis and a 3rd in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago (which I have yet to blog about, of course.)

In July I did my first GORUCK event - the Light in Cincinnati. Is a Full in my future for 2014? We shall see...  Before that happens though, we'll be heading to Ft. Bragg, NC in February for Josh to tackle the Heavy. I am already tired just thinking about it, and all I'll be doing is shadowing...

I ran the Derby 1/2 marathon with my brother. 

Definitely not my best, but we did it! And it might just be my favorite. And now we have "that time we ran a half marathon with no training and limped across the finish line" to look back on together.. haha!

We celebrated our 4th anniversary in Hawaii!

It was a once in a lifetime trip (although hopefully we'll be back someday!!) that I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience with my B! Seeing the world is one of my most favorite things and I love experiencing new places with people I love.

So many new experiences... we got to see seals on the beach, rode in a helicopter, went shark cage diving, saw Pearl Harbor, went on a boat tour of the Na'Pali coast, went to a luau, went to a black sand beach, saw a sea turtle while snorkeling, swam in waterfalls, and so much more... oh it was amazing. Definitely one of my favorite memories of 2013!

I threw a surprise party for my Mom's 50th birthday!!! 

It was the first time I'd ever thrown a surprise party and it went off without a hitch!! Such a fun memory!

I went white water rafting for the first time! 

This year for our girls' trip we went white water rafting on the Ocoee in Tennessee/Georgia! I can check that off my bucket list!

Lola had surgery :( 

Not one of my favorite memories of the year, but so thankful for wonderful doctors who took great care of her and grateful to still have my Lola Bear here with us!

I found out I'm going to be an aunt!!! 

I haven't announced this on the blog yet either (but if you follow me on instagram you've seen it!) because they just now started publicly sharing, but my brother Adam & his wife Jenn are expecting their first baby in June... which will officially make me an AUNT! (although I totally already claim Josh's nieces and nephews as my own too!) I received a package in the mail back in October with the above shirt inside. I wasn't expecting any packages, so I was a little confused and then when I opened it I had no idea who it was from! Of course, Adam and Jenn were kind of my first guess since Eric isn't married and both of Josh's sisters already have kids and have never announced any pregnancies in any similar ways. Plus, the package was addressed to me and not Josh. There was a letter enclosed but it took me a minute to find it because it was at the bottom of the packing slip/order confirmation/whatever you call it sheet. But once I found it I ran around the house going crazy and of course called Adam and Jenn!

Anyway, I'm beyond excited for them if you couldn't tell!!!

We became foster parents! 

We had the best experience becoming doggy foster parents! We got Jill into her new home in less than 3 weeks... I was expecting to have her 3 months or even longer. We are now approved foster parents for a Boston Terrier rescue as well, so we may have a new BT in our home soon!?

Thankful that I've been able to get involved and contribute to causes that mean something to me this year and help make a difference in the lives of animals.

We hosted our (now annual?) Halloween Costume Party again. 

So fun!!!

My little princess & the frog were just too cute.

I completed my 2nd triathlon.

Including my first open water swim.

We spent a fun month entertaining our Costa Rican friends. 

I never blogged about it, but we had a few visitors from Costa Rica in July - Jaison, Kenneth, & Gerardo. Josh hired them at work and they were in the States for training. They didn't stay with us, but we took them out to dinner a lot which was fun (because we got to introduce them to things like the huge feast at Dave's BBQ, seafood pizza at Red Lobster, PF Changs, Olive Garden, etc etc...) and also nice because I didn't have to cook a lot while they were here! ;) They're such good guys and were fun to have around! I was sad when they left! I've already decided the next time Josh goes to Costa Rica for work I'm going too so I can see my new friends! :)

  We celebrated two good friends' weddings.

Rindi & Adam in Mississippi in March and Heather & Ryan in September.

We took Gage to play with baby tigers for his birthday.

Seriously... coolest thing ever!

We went to D.C. for the first time ever.

Finally visited our nation's capitol. Promise to share our trip soon!

All in all 2013 was good to us. I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store! Some trips are already planned, some goals are already in the making.... I have some pretty high hopes for it! :)

I hope to be better at blogging as well.. but if not, I am gonna do my best to post a photo a day over on instagram.. no theme for it, just a snapshot of the day. We'll see how that goes! Feel free to follow along! @thelynnied :)

Hope 2013 was good to you as well & Happy New Year!!!

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 

A Tale of 4 Christmases (part 2)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The 3rd of our 4 Christmases took place on Saturday at Aunt Kathy's house. As usual, it didn't disappoint. Aunt Kathy knows how to throw an awesome holiday get together. We ate delicious noms, opened presents, played Dominoes (it's a tradition!), and just had a good time hanging out.

We drew names again this year. I think it's fun having just one person to buy for -- you can (or at least should, I suppose) put more thought into a gift rather than just giving a bunch of gift cards. Of course, Josh and I had Aunt Kathy & Uncle Richard and we did get them a gift card, but it's for a lunch cruise on the Belle of Louisville and I just got a gift certificate since I wasn't sure what day would be good for them to come down. Hopefully they enjoy it!!

Josh enjoyed photo bombing all my photos :-p

The Eric Face!

Aww... look at the boys, playing with the Hot Wheels track.... without the kids!

Hanging out with the Princess.

Gabi and Asher are at such fun ages... Gabi posed most of us for another family photo.

And Asher was in charge of announcements!

Dominoes is a Christmas Day tradition and since it was Grandma's favorite, Eric insisted we bring her out for the game again. :) Miss you, Grandma. We ended our night with kisses under the mistletoe.


It really was a great day with family! We went back to North Vernon on Sunday for Christmas at my Grammy's house. A lot of  years her Christmas falls on the same day as Aunt Kathy's and I'm not able to make it, or if I do most of my cousins have already left by the time I get there. But this year it was the day after and all of my cousins were able to make it! Even Brittany from Japan!!!

Grammy with all of her grandkids :) Erin, Brittany, Bryan, and me.

3 generations :)

And of course.. Bubby! He is getting so big!!!

It was a fun day catching up with my cousins that I don't get to see very often. And next time I see Brittany I'll be in JAPAN!!! Crazy! I was slightly worried about the plane ride but she's done it at least twice now all by herself, so it can't be that bad, right?! And I won't even be by myself!

We missed Uncle Joe who got stuck at work last minute, but otherwise it was so good to catch up with everyone. And isn't that what the holidays are all about -- spending time with people you love? That's all I could really ask for.

Hope you got to spend some good time with those you love as well. Everyone ready for the new year?! Bring it on, 2014!