Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Okay, so I know I've been remiss in posting, but here is my latest big decision: shoes! Here are the six I've narrowed my list to:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Productive wedding day!

Future Husband & I had a really productive wedding day! We were hoping to buy some curtains for the new window treatments in the downstairs... and we ended up buying the groomsmen's wedding ties, finding a REALLY STRONG option for a wedding suit for the groom and groomsmen, got the curtains we wanted, stopped to talk to the travel department about some honeymoon options, and found & registered for our dishes!

Right now we are in the process of pricing out the wedding flowers -- one meeting & estimate down, two to go. We are about 230 days away and things are really coming along.

Next week we have a meeting with the jeweler (who happens to have a matching wedding band to go with my engagement ring), too!

Monday, January 18, 2010


On my second excursion to a store with more selection, I found my wedding dress! It was the first dress I tried on that made me blush and smile as soon as I saw myself in it. Tomorrow we are going to take my measurements, put down the deposit, and order the gown! I am so proud to say I'm a Maggie bride!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hello, Tuesday!

What a wonderful week this has been already! I'm normally a Tuesday-hater but I have nothing but positivity going on right now. We have a PHENOMENAL new staff person and we are already seeing the difference in what we can get done and I am so thankful. Last night I had a wonderful and relaxing evening with FH where I made a new chicken recipe and a low sugar/low carb peanut butter cookie recipe! We shared some wine, had a great dinner and dessert and then just relaxed together. Since I haven't had any work for job #2 in about a month's time, I am SO much less stressed -- I am actually SHOCKED at how much better I feel.

I want to give a hat tip to FH today. He is phenomenal about helping out around the house. For example, while I'm at work today, he's seeing that the trash is taken out. Last night he helped set the table and put away the clean dishes after my culinary-fest. Even better yet, he's been doing SO MUCH to stay involved and be helpful. I'm so used to taking on big tasks by myself that when I make decisions I often forget to tell him. He's very forgiving of those little mistakes, and he always backs me up, but I need to do a better job of keeping him posted while my mind runs like a hamster in a wheel. I've done all the research on the photographers and potential florists I'd consider using for the wedding, but he's making the dozens of phone calls to screen them first! Once we narrow down who we like and who is in our price range, we can meet in person to discuss. I feel so relieved and so excited to have such an involved groom and it's so nice not to feel like I have to handle all this alone!

Hope everyone's week is going well!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Another productive wedding weekend!

I am THRILLED that we got two major items crossed off the wedding to do list this past weekend!

First, FH surprised me and told me he went ahead (while there having breakfast with FM-I-L) and scheduled our rehearsal dinner! He even brought home the menu and we were able to pick what we wanted. Now, mind you, this is WAY ahead of the game, but it was a responsibility the FH wanted to take on and now it's done!

Best of all I finally got a call back after, literally, six months of calling the ONE MAN I've wanted to DJ my wedding (well, since I met FH and even considered a wedding as a possibility)!!!! I've called him no less than 10 times, emailed him, and even sent him a handwritten letter in December! Well he called back and of course my phone was off. We called back, put him on speaker and were finally able to talk about all the details! I am beyond RELIEVED that he's going to handle our reception. I am so picky about music and he was the only person I'd trust. Thankfully, he got back to us, can definitely do it -- and best yet, he accepted our financial offer!

2010 has been really productive so far!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dress shopping

Well, faithful readers, no luck on the first try. I think I set my expectations too high. I kept hearing how once you find the dress you just KNOW and, maybe because I didn't find it, I didn't have that feeling. I tried on lots of types of dresses: fit & flare, a line, lace, silk taffeta, buttons, corsets, the works. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice my figure looked in a fit & flare gown. There was one that I liked and put on twice, but it had buttons on the back and a little too much rhinestone bling on the bust. The other that I really battled with was a couture gown. I'm not a super formal bride (no tuxes, among many other things), and I don't want a really formal dress. This dress, was more formal than I expected: strapless, corset back, three separate layers of lace. I kept it on the longest because I was so torn. Choosing a dress got HARDER the longer I was there!

In the end, I didn't leave with a dress. Nothing absolutely blew my mind. The first time I saw myself in a dress I looked in the mirror and laughed! I couldn't believe that this was my life. I didn't feel "bridal" per se, nor did I feel "beautiful." I felt odd, like I was having an out of body experience; I've never, until I met FH, considered myself "the marrying kind." It's a lot to change your mind about when you feel certain, for many years, that marriage isn't something you would choose. I was hoping having the gowns on would change my mind, transform me in some way, and that didn't happen. Again, a circumstance of too-high expectations. In the end, I felt disappointed that I hadn't felt differently, worried the very helpful and amiable saleswoman felt I wasted her time, but relieved to learn more about wedding dress shopping. Definitely not what I expected, but my next appointment on the 18th is one I'm really looking forward to -- they have numerous designers, all of which I LOVE! Happy weekend!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Aforementioned design/theme

Here it is! Right now the background is "raisin" -- but for us, Maid of Honor, is designing something with chocolate brown in the background with gold or ivory text. Love it!