Friday, July 31, 2009

Anniversary Week Part Two/Show Us Your Life

I'm excited because today's post goes right along with Kelly's blog carnival: Show us your life-Wedding Party and Cermony/Flowers.


Dresses, Ceremony and Flowers, oh my.

I based my entire wedding around an invitation I had found in a bridal magazine a few weeks after getting engaged. Here is the invitation (minus the leaves):

I loved the browns, oranges, pinks and gold in this. It struck me. It felt like a perfect combination of artsy and classy. I had decided at that point, I wanted my girls in chocolate brown simple tea-length dresses. Our wedding was outside and HOT HOT HOT (90 degrees or so). Their dresses ended up being a two piece design. I had a lovely second-mother of mine create the sashes the girls wore. They were attached to the dress on the sides (so they could be removed) and were tied in a simple 'knot' on the back. I chose an every-other method so I could get my pinks and oranges in there. I loved the way it turned out.

The guys wore black tuxes with a really nice mocha/chocolate vest and tie. The looked sharp.

(I love this image of the back of their dresses)

(The handsome ring bearer and my man)

(Me and my flower girl)


Ohhhh I also loved my flowers. Gerbers are the best summer flower, ever. We got most of our flowers from Blue
Moon Florist (they are top notch) in the area. Extra's were ordered via Sams Club online. The boys had a simple gerber, either orange or pink. Declan wore a pink rose. The girls bouquets were either all orange, or all pink gerbers (it was opposite then their sash color), and then wrapped in a chocolate brown ribbon to blend with their dresses. My sister, who was my maid of honor had a mix of the colors.

(this is the best image to show you their flowers)

My bouquet turned out amazing. I gave them a picture of the most amazing rose bouquet I'd seen online and they copied it. They sprayed it with some glitter and glitz, and I cried when I saw it for the first time. They added some ribbons coming from it (some artistic license) and I truly loved it.

We got married under an arch by the litle lake. I had my florist decorate the arbor. It was something I forgot to look at on the day of my wedding, but looking back at pictures, I was glad they did it.

You can see the arbor behind my ginourmous smile.

I also made some small bouquets for the chairs, and had rose petals lining the isle.

The last funny tid-bit of info was about my unity flowers. We did this instead of candles because, well, the wind and being outside. The one thing we forgot to do totally was put water in the vases of the flowers. By the time we got up there they were completely bent over and sad looking. I remember holding them up and showing my mom in the front row...and gave an overly dramatic sad face.

See? I told you--it was bad.

stay tuned...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Anniversary Week Part One

Our 2 year anniversary is coming up on Tuesday, August 4th. Two years have flown by and I've really enjoyed every moment of it.

I thought that in honor of our anniversary that I'd walk through random tidbits having to do with the big day.
Today, I will tell you about the rings.

Besides, the "ring" is truly the beginning of all the wedding madness, wouldn't you agree?


We were young. He was 19, I was 20. We had been together for around five years at this point. It was time to start looking for the "ring". To actually BUY it? Not really. But, I wanted him to know what I had in mind whenever he intended to propose. I knew the proposal could have been anywhere from 6 months to 1.5 years away. I really had no idea. We stopped at a few ring places at the mall, and I never quite found anything I had liked. We went to Helzberg Diamonds one night...and I saw it. The ring I absolutely positively fell in love with. It was part of a limited edition. I liked this part. Why would I want a bunch of other people having the same ring as me anyway? It was sold in a set with the wedding band. Score. It was a marquis. A marquis?! I hated marquis, and swore I'd never have one...but gosh..this had me at 'bling'. It was the most perfect antique-like ring I'd seen. I tried it on. I smiled. It was enough that Declan "knew". I got in the car and said, "I like that ring a LOT. I'll take anything from you. But man, that ring is gorgeous." I tried to subtly drop the hint that this ring was IT. It wasn't very subtle. He got the hint.

A few months later he went back and bought that ring. He took his sister with him. Besides, she and I were close friends and she would be a big help to him. She agreed this ring was the "one". Declan shook hands with the guy, bought the ring (still at the age of 19), and then him and his sister got this polaroid snapped of them by the employees there:

A few months later, a very planned proposal happened. I was working as a Program Manager for a camp that ran all summer long, travelling to differnet parts of the country doing work on homes for people who needed it. One of the camps came to a nearby town (within an hour) of ours. My family and friends all came to visit one specific night. July 12th. I was on stage in front of 500 plus crazy teenagers, all ranging from grades 9-12. A strange video came on the big screen that seemed to have been about me. I was confused. The stage went black and a spotlight came on. Declan came out with roses and a microphone on his ear. This happened:

Floored and excited. Plain and simple. Never, never, never to be forgotten. I felt like a celebrity.

Now, the ring you ask? Here is a professional shot of the ring by our wedding photographer.


Stay tuned for part two.

Honest Scrap-Blog Award, baby!

Thanks to my sister, Lyryn---I got a blog award! I'm so thrilled. She's the best.

I'm supposed to pass the award on--however, I'm gonna hold off on that. BUT, I am supposed to accept the award by telling you 10 random facts about me that you may or may not know. So, here it goes:

1. Birds, birds, birds---LOVE them. Not like the kind that fly (ew, gross)...but more so as 'decor' for the home.

2. I'm wearing a pair of flip flops right now that could literally break at any moment (they are right on edge), but they are so comfortable, I keep wearing them every_single_day and I'm telling you--I will pay for this. The day I'm out with them on, and they break.

3. I'm actually missing the classroom more then I thought. Exactly 30 days until full-blown school mode.

4. I honestly and truly think my Masters program I'm in right now is easy as pie. I don't like to tell people this so it sounds harder and more elite, but--it's totally not. It is so much easier then undergrad.

5. I don't like Willow Tree people. You know what I mean. They are too country for me. I don't hate on other Willow Tree lovers...but they aren't for me. With that said, I have two in my house as we speak.

6. I've secretly joined a haters club on pregnancy. Okay, there really is no "club"--but, it's just how I feel. I hate seeing other women pregnant. At least right now. (You will not hear me say, "aww she's cute", trust me) With that said, I'm enjoying things that you can't do while pregnant. me drink this wine (oh Gosh, I'm horrible...I know...).

7. My dog hasn't been the same since we picked him up at the house of who was pet sitting. He's sick...and everyone knows when dogs get sick, who gets the brunt of it? Yea. The owners. More then anything, I feel horrible for him. I'm never going away again (at least for 2 weeks).

8. I'm very annoyed by people who say, "I don't have time to blog"...making it sound as if everyone who does blog is sitting around at home all day long bored out of their minds updating their blogs every second. Uh, no. It is no different then saying to someone who likes to bake, "I don't have time to bake". We have different interests, and that's that. We all choose to use what little time we have differently. Get-over-it.

9. I got a sunglass tan (that little line on either side of your face) for the first time in my life this past week. I think it's geeky and loser'ish and I totally have one.

10. I am extremely tense in traffic--more so as the passenger then the driver. I am the most annoying side-seat driver (specifically to my husband), and I say things like, "slow down!", "careful!", "they're braking!", and often times touch his arm to make sure he "see's". I realize this is very, very, very bad. He is very nice to me about it. My paranoia set in after my car accident a year and a half ago.


there you have it...the good, the bad, the ugly...but mostly bad and ugly.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bits and Bits

I'm back from five days in Ocean City, MD spent with my husband and good friends. The week consisted of pool time, late night surf fishing (I just watched and cheered), lazy hazy days, a wonderful full-body massage, lovely talks with friends, playing with a baby, and a flooded car.

I'll spare the details of the flooded car story, but needless to say we WILL be going to a specialty shop tomorrow to get the water extracted from the floors with a special machine. Awesome, I know. Note to self: Torrential downpour at the beach is never a good thing. Bring the SUV next time.

Declan spent a good majority of the vaca fishing away, and caught 22 fish in total and 1 crab. The crab was on accident, but, it made for an exciting 5 minutes at the pier.

All in all, it was a really nice, much needed getaway

I must also say, leaving my pup is not easy. I have yet to find the perfect pet sitters---not because of the 'people', but because of my dog. He's still a puppy and tends to be a handful. He's on a routine, and if you can't stick to it, he gets completely thrown off. I also think his nerves go crazy when he's out of his element, which also makes for a crazy couple of days. I told Declan from now on, he comes with us, or someone has to come pet-sit at the house. I'm sick of feeling guilty the whole time I'm on vacation wondering about how my dog is, and feeling bad that he could be (god forbid) acting like the puppy that he is. Big sigh of relief that he's now home, in his comfort zone, freshly bathed, chewing on a bone and relaxed. However, the poor guy got into the cat food at his 'pet sitters' earlier today and it isn't coming out alright if you know what I mean. :/

Such a nice getaway overall...but home is sweet.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Silent Sunday's:.....on a Tuesday?!

We bought a one-day internet pass today---so here goes my Silent Sunday post (the perfect excuse for some pictures!)

Out surf-fishing verrrry late--hence, the headlamp.

Little Bella

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Silent Sunday...may have to return on Thursday

No Internet here at the beach besides my wonderful, as a
result Silent Sundays is postponed. Although, images of the crab
Declan caught off the dock today would have been must

Having a great you all!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Show us your life---Wedding Dress

Kelly over at Kelly's corner is doing a fun blog carnival about wedding dresses today! Check her blog out to view others who are showing their wedding dresses too!

Here it goes. Almost 2 years ago (on August 4th!). Wow.

....and now for our possible top favorite of the day.....
(there are literally thoussssands more where this came from..thank you Joy Moody!)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

(Finally!!) a completed powder room! hoorah!

All you need is a willing party with time on their hands:

(that's me!)A very PLAIN bathroom that needs a fresh coat of paint, and some TLC.

Note: The mirror WAS hung...but I took that god-forsaken thing off and THEN remembered to snag some pictures.

TOLD YOU--It needed help.

Next: I dreamed all night about what I wanted to do with this bathroom ( was rough!) A home depot trip for some "Granny Smith Green" Glidden paint. Next, I went to the garage and spray painted an old ugly mirror white (trust me--its better then that standard builder grade mirror). I had 4 ikea mini mirrors that I also painted white...and went "yard saling" around my house for other goods.

Then, get messy!

....Clean up. (by FAR..the worst part of the whole shabang)


Lets move closer, shall we?This little blue owl you see above was given to me yesterday by my friend, Sarah who found two of these little guys in an ugly brown, and sprayed them this nice turquoisey blue. I thought this was the perfect spot for him!

This was a little flower pot I had sitting in a closet. I thought it would work nicely next to the sink with some extra TP storage.

So---what do we think?? I'm pretty much in love. I think I'll be leaving that bathroom door open for a while so I can just look in and enjoy the bright cheeriness of it all.

The ONLY things I bought for this little project was the paint, some supplies, that little rug and the white towel with blue and green stripes. Not bad, eh?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Gardening is something that brings me joy, and seeing growth from that garden brings me even more joy. So...just to show you.

May 2009
July 2009
Yes, the mulch has faded---but wow! Things have really grown. Look at my tomato plants in the back will be only a little while till I can enjoy the sweetness of my labor.

Monday, July 20, 2009

My husband thinks he's soooo funny.

Today I got in the shower at 2:30 in the afternoon. I know, I know. That's insane. I even think so, too. But, for some odd reason I got up this morning in my Pj's to let Mac out, and ended up on my laptop doing grad work all morning. I'm not complaining, because I normally need some motivation to the do it. My motivation this week was that all the work was due Tuesday versus Friday...therefore: no time to slack.

Anyway---all that to say that when I got in the shower, I looked up....and I'll show you what I saw. But, I laughed SO, a belly the shower, by myself.

Now, let me explain. Declan always complains that I have too many bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. It's true. But, it's not my fault! Does anyone else always use their conditioner up before the shampoo is out? That's my problem. Then, I need new conditioner, but like to buy it in pairs---thus this crazy bottle phenomenon. So, he thought it would be funny to line up all my bottle's of girl stuff in a perfect row where I could NOT miss it. Well, he got me to laugh. But, I also think he was sending a hint.

But see...the problem is this. Yesterday he asked me to do something about all those bottles. So, I did. Evidence:

So, obviously I didn't do as well as I thought. My sweet husband wanted to gently remind me to condense even more.

Because honestly? This is the extent of his stuff (and some of it's even mine...):

So, now that I've revealed my dirty little secret...that I'm a bottle hoarder and have trouble throwing them out...

I think I'll sign off. A little more embarrassed then when I came. But, nevertheless...I'm honest. What can you say?