Friday, January 30, 2009

Internet Poll: Garter Toss

Maybe we are corny, but I think both John and I would like to do a garter toss and bouquet toss. And then torture the lucky guy and girl with a spotlight dance with each other. Because that's how we roll.

What do you think?


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What does it mean...

... if you dream that it is raining toads down the front of your wedding gown during your ceremony?

Probably just means I ate too much chocolate too close to bedtime? Right?

Snow Day Bummer

One of the things that stinks most about being a working mom is that even when your kids have a snow day and all the schools in the area are closed down due to the snow and huge sheets of ice that cover all that snow, your kids don't get a snow day. They don't get to stay home in jammies and sleep in and drink hot chocolate at lunchtime.

No, when you are a working mom, you still have to get them up and ready and out of the house... usually even earlier than normal because the roads are bad.

I feel like the least I can do is heat up the car. Oh, and let Abigail wear a skirt.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Allebachs!

We booked our photographer today! Yippee!

To be honest, our photographer was the one vendor that both John and I felt strongly about. We knew what we envisioned, and we knew that our individual styles were not nearly as important as our shared vision for the wedding photos.

When we came across the Allebach's website, we were stoked to see the photos. We like that they capture the connection between their subjects. They can make a photo look steamy, sweet, or wild... but most importantly (to us) is that they bring the emotional bond between the bride and groom into the forefront.

We met with them this afternoon and knew before we were even half way home that we would be booking them. What fun! Can't wait to do our engagement session.... and a "Trash the Dress" session after the wedding!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Good Intentions

John packed up the girls to go visit his family while I went to work today. I knew that they would not be home until late, so as soon as I walked in the door I got to work straightening up and such. Once I got the majority of the clutter picked up, I set about finding that silly cord for the camera. Within minutes I found it and logged into my laptop to download my pictures and write an update.

That's when I realized that the camera? Yeah, it's in the diaper bag. And the diaper bag? Oh yeah, that's at John's aunt's house where he forgot it earlier today. So when will we get the camera back? Well, my guess is it will be the day after I loose the silly camera cord.

Good intentions and all....

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Florida!

Over the V-day weekend, John and I are heading to Florida (no kids!) for some fun! We are stoked! If you are in the Orlando area and want to meet up, let us know:)


And for all you creepy people out there... yes, there will be grown-ups in my house while we are away. So don't try to break in and steal my rocksome new crockpot or anything.

Mmm. Crockpot.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Honeymoon

I know that planning the honeymoon is typically the groom's job. But if you haven't met John (and my guess is that most of you have not) then you may not know that he is the exact opposite of me in terms of planning. I make lists and charts and diagrams and consult expert sources and have details planned days, weeks, and months in advance. John flies by the seat of his pants. He probably does not have any idea what he will be doing tomorrow, let alone 8 months from now!

Because we have taken on the house project in addition to the wedding, we know that we will not have a lot of funds available for a honeymoon. Additionally, we are getting married while school is in session and we don't want Abigail to be thrown off her routine too much (not to mention that John will be finishing up his Masters and I may be starting mine this fall...) so we don't have very much time for a honeymoon, either. We plan to take a long weekend and do something somewhat "local" (driving distance.) Eventually, we would like to take a "real" honeymoon...

For our "real" honeymoon, we have been tossing ideas back and forth. I have always wanted to travel to Greece. I love the food and could probably find myself very comfortable in the warm sun on the shores of the Greek Isles (with massive amounts of SPF 70 and a shade umbrella handy.) Ever since we started talking about it, I think we kind of both leaned towards Greece.

But today I am missing Ethiopia. I miss the coffee and the goats in the streets and the bright, wide smiles of the people. I miss the tibbs and the popcorn and the feeling that nothing really matters but this moment. There was so much I wanted to see and do in Ethiopia, but didn't have the chance to do because it was more important to work on our family bonding. But I miss it- and I want to go back.

Do you think there is any way I could convince John to go to Ethiopia for our honeymoon? Or how about a half-Ethiopia half-Greece trip? Eh?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Neither John nor I ever take on more than we can reasonably accomplish. We are not overachievers, and we never have too much on our plate. We never bite off more than we can chew. And if you believe any of those previous statements, you don't know us at all:)

A marriage is about more than getting married; it is about building a life- a home- together. In our case, it involves building a home, literally. We have decided that we will move into John's house, the house where he has lived for almost 10 years. Said house was built in the 1950s and is the typical 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch style. Well, that's what it is for now.

The previous owners added on a back room just behind the kitchen. Our first project is to remodel the kitchen and make the back room more accessible and usable for family living. Thankfully, this is a gift from John's dad (which was promised some time ago- about when John graduated from medical school, I think.) So Steve and his brother, David, are doing the work. John helps, kind of.

We do have additional plans for the house, like refinishing the original hardwoods that are throughout, fencing in the back yard and making that space more family-friendly, finishing part of the basement, and eventually putting on a second story and adding a bathroom (or 2!) But for now, we just need to make the kitchen usable.

Today was day 1 of the kitchen project. Steve and David knocked out part of a wall and now I have a doorway framed out. They are out buying the drywall right now. Tomorrow they rip up the carpet (yes, carpet) and linoleum in the kitchen and try to save the hardwoods. I get the impression that knocking down the wall was much easier than pulling up the linoleum.

Pictures will be forthcoming (I know I keep saying that and failing to deliver- I just need to find that stupid camera cord!) It is exciting! I think tomorrow I will go pick out paint, counter tops, floors (in case the hardwoods cannot be salvaged), and appliances!

Anyway, any suggestions for kitchen remodeling? I have absolutely no frame of reference for this. But I know my style and I know that more than anything else, I want my kitchen to be highly functional for a busy family. In particular, I am wondering if there is anything I need to know about choosing appliances? (I know what color I want, but I am guessing there is more to it than the color:) Any advice at all would be appreciated!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Internet Poll: Music

We are booking our DJ today. I am so excited! Marc came highly recommended by my friend Steph who used to be the events coordinator for the Hotel Hershey; she knows quality entertainment!

When John and I met with Marc earlier this week, we really connected. We laughed a lot, and I think Marc will be great at getting everyone up and dancing. Yea!

Marc takes lots of requests, but we also have a few songs we want to have played.



Monday, January 12, 2009

Internet Mission: Things To Do

Since many of our guests are traveling to be with us on our special day, and since many have not visited the area before, I am compiling a list of various local attractions that may interest you during your time in Lancaster County.

Lancaster County is, of course, famous for the Amish that remain a large part of the culture. Adjacent to Lancaster County is Dauphin County, home of Hershey and the Hershey Chocolate Factory and the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg- which was the inspiration for the design of the White House.

Here is a list which I will be adding to as I discover more places of interest; if you have any ideas, please let me know and I will add them!







If you are up for more of a drive, you can head out to historical Gettysburg, the gorgeous Pocono Mountains, or the modern edge of Philidelphia, all within an hour or two of Mount Joy!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

September 25, 2009

Be there or be square.

We booked our venue today! Yea! Our venue will host both our ceremony and our reception, and the Inn will accommodate our bridal party and (some of) our guests. I am really excited about this place and loved touring it today. I think it will create the perfect background for our wedding!

I am also excited because I hear the food is fantastic! I can't wait for our tasting:)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

We heart cake! **Edited**

We were impressed with the first cake tasting we had, but today we "knew" we had found the cake place for us! We have not yet reserved the House of Clarendon, but I am pretty sure we will be doing so shortly!

HOC has been featured on TheKnot.com, and for good reason! Not only are his cakes stunning, they are also delicious! Martine is fun, easygoing, and really caught the "vision" of what we are planning for the day:)

We definitely considered your opinions when were planning the cake, and at this time we are thinking of the following flavors:

French Vanilla Cake with Mango Curd
Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd
Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese or Caramel Mousse

We figure that there must be at least one flavor that our guests will enjoy, and we loved them all! What do you think?

**Edit: Curd is apparently a egg/butter/cornstarch based cake filling. It is kind of the consistency of a thick jam except less "gel" and more "mousse." Does that make sense? John says it is between a jam and a custard. That sounds about right.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Keepin' up

Just did some updating to the list. Added court dates, moved people from paperchase to wait list, etc.

It is a pretty big job to keep all the info on there up-to-date, and with everything I've been doing here in my "real life," I have been struggling to keep up with the constantly changing and evolving body of information associated with the list. Laura has been a great help, but I know that she is busy and will soon be adding another to the mix.

So, this is my invitation to you... please email me if you know that info on the FBI needs to be updated; include the updates/revisions that need to be made. Or, if you are interested in helping keep the list up in a more permanent fashion, let me know!

yellow_grace at yahoo dot com

I am working on a post about thoughts at the 3 month home mark (Christmas Eve for us:) But if I had to sum it up, I would say that we have officially entered the really fun stage of toddlerhood. I'm loving it!

Internet Mission: Shoes

I am a details person. John is a big picture person. Together, we make a good team when it comes to things like implementing physician-nurse professional relationship improvement plans... or planning weddings:)

John thinks it's hilarious that even though we haven't booked a venue, photographer, or DJ, I have started collecting samples for our favors. I have the "Save the Date" card designed and ready to print as soon as we actually set the date. I browse etsy all the time to check out custom-made veils, garters, and my new craze- ceremony programs. I love it! (I also love that etsy is full of custom made stuff that is actually less expensive than a lot of the big-box wedding retailers! Great for brides on a budget!)

So as I get ready to go try on dresses today, I am naturally thinking about a major detail of my "wedding ensemble"- the shoes! The "bridal shoes" that David's Bridal sells are, in my opinion, very over-priced, especially considering that I will have a floor-length gown and no one really looks at the bride's shoes. Ever.

So, dear Internet, can you help me find some shoes? I would like to have them on-hand for my first dress fitting, which means I probably have about 3 months or so. My dress will be ivory and may or may not contain some champagne (read: tan/beige) accents, so the shoes should fall into that category of color. I want flats (I hate the feeling of heels sinking into the ground when you walk in grass! YUCK!) and my most important requirement is that they are super-comfortable so that I can dance the night away! If they have similar/matching kids shoes (for Abigail and Anna) that would be a big plus, but is not really necessary at all. And they do need to fit into my budget (no more than $50, but if it was far less than that, it would be great!)

What's your take on "bridal shoes?"

Monday, January 05, 2009

Internet Poll: Ceremony

Things are coming along nicely with the wedding planning. We have met with and spoke with some of the vendors, and we are touring (and maybe booking!) our venue on Sunday. We have almost completely figured out the wedding party, and I go try on dresses on Wednesday (eeks!)

We are no where near needing to plan our ceremony yet, but nonetheless, I have been thinking about it. I want to do so many things. There are songs I want sung or performed. There are ceremonies that I want to participate in with John and the girls. There are prayers and processionals and preachings! Not to mention readings and the special thing Abigail is working on...

Tangent: The other day, Abigail told John "at the wedding ceremony, you will be the winner." I think she must be thinking of the medal award ceremonies that she watched at the Olympics. I think.

Anyway, I feel like there is so much to include. But I also understand that it is not every one's cup of tea to sit outside in the afternoon sun. So, what say you?


I resolve... a tag

Jen tagged me. So while I don't normally make "resolutions," I am am now going to list some goals for 2009. In no particular order, they are...

1. Plan a wedding, while staying on budget, without becoming Bridezilla. If there is anything I learned about planning and money management last year, it is this: A) hold on to your plans lightly, not tightly, and let God amaze you. If you make your plans more important than God's plans, you miss the blessing of the moment. B) There are a lot more important things to spend money on in this world than a single day in a shared lifetime- and I want to make sure my fiscal priorities are representing those greater goods, not just indulging my selfish whims.

2. Loose the "adoption weight" I gained last year. Preferably before the wedding. I used to work out for an hour, 4-5 times a week, and do some major ab work. I liked how I looked, and even more, I liked how I felt. I want that back. Exercise really helps me manage stress, too, so this will help me achieve goal #1.

3. Learn how to be a better parent to Anna. My parenting skills with Abigail are well-developed; they are not, however, necessarily transferable to Anna. Abigail and Anna are such different children that parenting Anna feels like starting all over with my parenting skills. One thing on my side with this is that John is a natural with Anna and he is teaching me so much about parenting this wonderful girl.

4. Be accepted into grad school. I am not sure if I actually want to commit to starting my Master's program this fall because of the wedding (tentative date is 9/18/09!), moving, settling into married life, etc... but I commit to finishing the application and being accepted.

5. Be more forgiving, of myself and others. Because we all mess up. And it's not the end of the world. And the more forgiving I am- the more I let go of things- the happier I am. And happier me = better me, better Momma.


Okay, I tag: Faith, Ruthie, Angela, Elsa's Mom, and this Jen.
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