Saturday, December 31, 2011
Happy New Year, dear friends, family, and readers. May this next year be the best year of your life. May you be more prosperous and happy than ever before. May sadness never darken your home, and may God's light live in your heart through 2012.
I'll conclude my last post of the year with two pictures of happy times of yore.
Friday, December 30, 2011
2011 has been the best year of my life. I was telling Matt yesterday that I wish I could do it all over again – not because I would change anything, but because it was all so wonderful and amazing.
God has been so good to us. When I think of the bad things that happened in 2011, they weren’t debilitating or overwhelming. I lost my job, and found a temp job. Matt lost his job and cut his thumbs, but financially we were okay, and he found an awesome job in August. Weird things happened with the car, but we paid for them and moved on.
So you see why I want to redo last year? How can anything possibly top this? How can 2012 be better than 2011? It’s only downhill from here!!
In 2012, I expect that I will find a good job. I expect to decorate our house beautifully, and host many a happy game night or dinner party. I expect two of my closest friends/relations to get engaged, and I have a friend getting married in March, and I’m looking forward to her wedding. I expect to take a super fun road trip/Vegas trip with Matt, a camping trip this summer, and hopefully a tropical vacation next Christmas time.
My prayer for this New Year’s Eve:
God, bless us in 2012 as much or more as you have blessed us in 2011.
Favorite Memories of 2011
New Year’s Eve 2010 – Matt and I “met” for the first time, and we subsequently started dating.
March 21, 2011 – Matt and I got engaged.
April 2011 – Renaissance Faire
May 2011 - THOR
June 7, 2011 – Engagement Party
June 17, 2011 – Saw Les Miserables
June 25, 2011 – I turned 24.
July 2011 – Taking Matt to the OC Fair for the first time
August 14, 2011 – Matt’s 25th Birthday
September 2011 – Applepicking with the boy and my family
September 2011 – We bought a car
September 2011 – Engagement pictures
October, 2011 – Bridal Shower
November 2011 – Shanna’s Party
November, 2011 – Vegas with Gina
November 2011 – Wedding Shower
December 2011 – Bachelorette with Beth and Katie
December 17, 2011 - Married
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
On Monday, Matt and I had picked up a chuck roast for Tuesday dinner. Then Gina told me she was moving cookie decorating to Tuesday, so we were saving the roast for Wednesday. Then Gina told me on Tuesday that cookie decorating was back to Wednesday, but I was already at work. No time to put it in the crock pot.
So I had Matt put the roast in the oven. I had him sear the roast on both sides, then place it in a Corningware on top of some carrots. Onions were sliced on top, and some small potatoes were on the sides. It was quite good, but I prefer crockpot roasts. They are more tender.
I got a recipe chain email. I rarely participate in those, but I think for recipes, it is a good idea. :) I sent it to my mother, and she sent it to her friends, so I have gotten quite a few great recipes this morning. I can’t wait to try them.
So Matt is supposed to wake up and shower at 5, and then wake me up at 5:30. But this morning, the alarm went off at 5, and I went to turn it off (being half asleep!). Unfortunately, Matt did not wake up until 6, making him slightly late getting off to work. Now I am supposed to let the alarm simply ring until he wakes up – um, but what if it wakes me up?!? Do I just lie there??
My mother and I went to the LA flower mart two days before the wedding. It was a Thursday, and we arrived at 6 AM. Now, I got married in December, so my experience might be different than for someone marrying in the spring/summer.
We parked on the roof of the California Flower mart (in between 7th/
My mom and I did a quick walk-through of each mart. There were very few prices listed. I’m sure we were supposed to bargain, but instead, we just bought from the seller with prices listed. They were right at the entrance of the LA flower mart. Their flowers looked great. I also got some purple flowers from another seller for $4.
4 kinds of carnations (20 – 24 each): $4 each
3 kinds of pink/purple roses (20 – 24 each): $12 each
20 – 24 cream roses: $14
3 bunches baby’s breath: $4 each
I’m sure we could have bargained more, but it was about $90, which was my limit, and it was all the flowers we needed. My mom has fern growing in the back yard, so we added that to the arrangements.
We made 5 bridesmaid’s bouquets with a dozen roses each, some baby’s breath, and some fern. My bouquet was 2 dozen cream roses, purple flowers, fern, and baby’s breath. It was really heavy!!! We had enough roses to make boutonnière’s and corsages for 6 guys and 2 ladies. The carnations were for the centerpieces, along with some baby’s breath. Mom also made a baby’s breath halo for the flower girl.
We took a wagon with us, which was a really smart idea.
We brought the flowers home, put them in a large bucket with water, and covered them with a sheet. We kept them in the garage, so it was about 50 degrees. I also trimmed all the stems, since they had closed up over the journey home.
The roses held up well. My cream ones were barely opened by the wedding, and the colored roses were about halfway open. We kept everything in water until right before the wedding. Then we wrapped each bouquet end with ribbon, and stuck it with two straight pins to keep from unwrapping. I saw tutorials on Martha Stewart’s website, and I highly recommend it for ideas.
Note: They had peonies in December, but it was about $30 for 8 flowers.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Well, dear readers, the time is drawing near. And after my complaints previously, Matt and I decided to heck with what we planned, and we are rearranging the reception.
We can comfortably fit 144 people, which is grand, because including us, 117 have said “YES! We are coming!” So that leaves about 25 extra seats for lame people that don’t RSVP. (Just kidding.) So now I am working on a seating chart and place cards. It’s almost finished. I need to find out two peoples last names and then I can print it out.
We added cucumber sandwiches and radish sandwiches to the menu, as well as fruit and cheese platters and veggie platters. The ambrosia, cupcakes, and cookies will round that out, and we will have lemonade, tea, coffee, and water to drink. Wedding cake will complete the menu. So it should be a rather light luncheon. People won’t be able to stuff themselves, but they will not leave hungry.
After we eat, we are going to play games. I am scouring my family’s game cupboard for at least 20 games to have available, and then we will pick up 8 – 10 sets of playing cards, along with instructions for playing different kinds of games. We may also pick up some 100 piece puzzles.
After that, we are going to do open mike toasting, and then we will cut the cake. At about 5:30, Matt and I will take our leave, and then cleanup. I think it will be a very fun time.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Guys, this weekend was so nice. I spent Friday night in NoHo, and Matt and I ate tacos and watched House. I also chipped my tooth – I was in bed, holding my phone over my head, and I dropped it! Oh no! It’s barely noticeable.
On Saturday we met with Pastor Schork, of Calvary Chapel Monrovia. He will be marrying us. Afterwards, we went to the fashion district, and I got earrings and pretty things for my hair. Then we went to ULTA, and I got a couple lipsticks for the wedding. That night, I dyed my hair… for the first time in like 18 months… tried the nail polish for the wedding (pretty!), and did a facial mask. I feel pretty… J
Sunday was super low key. We went to church, but left almost immediately. It was just too cold. Matt was in a jacket, and he was freezing. I was in a dress and cardigan, and it was just awful. We got movies from Blockbuster, did the grocery shopping, and went back to church that night to make the programs and menus for the wedding.
A very relaxing weekend, but with only 12 days left until the wedding, it’s crunch time!!!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
So maybe I should just go with the assumption that they won't show up.
And that's really disappointing to me, because HAD I KNOWN only about 100 people would make it, I would have had sandwiches or pasta or something. I would have tables and chairs. I would have seating charts.
But I thought more of my family would come. I thought more church people would come. It doesn't help that there's no church directory, and I know a lot of people didn't get an invitation.
It's not that I want more people there. I just was misinformed, and I planned a wedding with bad information. Oops. Well that sucks
Monday, November 28, 2011
Thanksgiving was awesome. Except for being sick the whole time. Wednesday night was Gina’s potluck, and hers was hands down the best turkey. She put fruit in it as it baked, so that might be what did it. After that, we went home and I worked until about 4 AM on packing. I couldn’t sleep – too congested. So I worked until I was exhausted, and then I slept.
On Thanksgiving, we had my family get together, which was fun, except I laid down for most of it. Then we had Matt’s family gathering. I watched The Grinch while everyone baked, and then ate, and then slept until time to go home.
The morning after, we took all my old kitchen supplies and signed the lease!!!! Dan from church helped us move a bed from
On Saturday after a lovely breakfast at Denny’s (we not allowed to eat out until Valentine’s Day – we both gained a lot of weight over the past 6 months since we have been eating out WAY too much), I took the train home, and wrote out all the thank-you cards for the showers. Yay!!! J My hand really hurt after that.*
Anyway, after that, I held a bridesmaid’s tea, which was lovely, and we got everything squared away. Then Matt came over, and we had dinner with my parents, and we washed dishes for them, and then we got The Maltese Falcon at Blockbuster. Matt liked it. I fell asleep about 10 minutes in. (I’ve seen it before, and I think it is excellent!)
On Sunday, Matt had projection, so we left early for church. After that, we came back to the house and did crafting all afternoon, except when we stopped to get groceries for Matt for the week. I cut all the fringe streamers. Mike and Beth came over and helped, and that was really sweet and awesome.
Here are a couple pictures of the apartment. The first is the kitchen, and how small it is. I want Matt to either build or buy a large cabinet to use as a pantry. We have the space for that.
The second picture is of the bed… Pretty purple comforter!
* And also – if you are reading this, and I accidentally said thank-you for the wrong thing (which I really tried not to do), it’s because at the last shower, Matt and I were not allowed to open gifts at the shower, and so we did so while pumping gas after the shower (cuz we were super excited, right?), and I took all the cards out and read them all on the way home that night, and so everyone’s card got separated from their gift… Now, if we had opened the presents at the shower, I would have had someone make a list of who got what. Like people normally do at showers. So, I’m really sorry if I think you for, like, sheets, when you didn’t get me sheets (no one did – just an example – and I’m not upset that no one got us sheets, so don’t think that! I happen to know we are getting some as a Christmas present). But I’m pretty sure I got it all straight!!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This weekend was fabulous.
On Friday, we celebrated Kim’s graduation from Kindergarten, and then we saw Breaking Dawn with Gina, Robert, and Jocelyn.
On Saturday, Gina and I went to Vegas. We stayed at MGM, and had a fantastic time.
At the Coca Cola store – a Barq’s Red Crème Soda Float.
At the Sugar Factory – they put dry ice in their drinks to make it fog.
A barbershop quartet that was freaking amazing!
It was raining on our way home. In the Cajon pass, we could barely see two car lengths ahead.
On Sunday night, we had a bridal shower. It was quite fun.
The holidays are upon us. Tonight I am taking sweet potatoes to Gina’s house for a gathering there, and then tomorrow we have my family’s gathering in mid-day, and Matt’s family gathering in the evening. Then, we will come back to my house, because we have to pack all my stuff for moving! Yes, we get our keys on Friday. We are trying to arrange to move almost everything Friday, so then we won’t have to borrow trucks or anything except for the one day. Also because we are super duper busy through New Year’s!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This morning, the commute to work was blocked horrifically. Why? Because there is currently a huge Occupy LA protest going on right outside my building. Now I understand being angry about the economy. I, too, was told that I could major in whatever I wanted, get whatever job I wanted, at a starting salary of 40K a year. That didn’t exactly happen. But seriously – spending taxpayer money on police officers and traffic control is not good. Think of all the waste coming from this protest – and exactly what good is going to come of it?? Pray, tell me, what they hope to achieve.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I have not written in nearly two weeks. I have half finished posts in my “drafts” folder, but somehow, I haven’t seemed to find time to complete them.
The past 10 days have been a whirlwind of activity. Wedding projects are being completed; we went through a major software update at work, so that was moderately stressful. There’s a new position opening at work, a permanent position, and my chances are about 50/50. I’m not sure I want the job. It’s highly stressful, with absolutely no downtime. The others in the same job regularly skip lunches and breaks to complete half of their workload. I’m not sure that I could successfully work in that job.
I also have cold feet. I have it really bad. The kind where you start dreaming about your ex’s, where you have panic attacks while trying on your veil, where even thinking about the vows give you hot flashes. I never thought I would be the person to get cold feet. I thought I would be nonchalant and casual. But it’s the standinguptherebeforehundredsofpeopleandohmygoodnesswhatiftheyHATEit???
I seriously cannot wait until this ends.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Six weeks to go. It feels like a really long time, but I’m trying not to trick myself and let myself procrastinate. There are a lot of things to finish for the wedding. My dress from
My veil still needs to be finished. The problem is, I’m not sure where I’m going with it. Très difficult. I haven’t even begun to work on the card box, the bunting is halfway done, the aisle décor needs another 6 things, and the butterflies have to get finished. Plus I want to finish the jewelry for the girls, and their bridesmaid bags. I also need to make food labels for the reception, and the programs… well, they won’t get done until the week before anyway. Oh, and I need more cupcake stands, and I realized we need tablecloths for the food tables, so we need to go thrift store shopping…
This. Never. Ends.
Monday, October 31, 2011
This is a really great blog about being pre-engaged.
This is one of the best Modern Love’s I’ve read. I especially like this part:
“But my husband has seen me at my worst, at my most vile. And he has seen me at my best. He knows the things I don’t tell anyone, and the lies that I tell everyone but him. I have made sacrifices for him and been angry about it. Sometimes his flaws are so egregious, so blatant, they are all I see. And sometimes his kindness is so stunning that I am humbled. And that’s love. Big, epic, fairy-tale love. The kind of love people write about. The kind of love that could inspire a poem.”