Friday, October 30, 2009

Bulletpoint Friday

--My engagement pictures finally posted online!!! I've been literally stalking my photographer and their website all week, it's been almost embarassing. I was told on Wednesday they were posted but then discovered their website crashed and was down until this morning. Go figure! However I finally saw them and I LOVE them! Out of the 103 pics there are definitely a good handful that I really really like. Unfortch I can't pull the pics off the website to post but we are getting them sent to us on a DVD which I should be able to pull from. In the meantime if anyone is just DYING to see them let me know and I'll email you the link and password.

--Kristian's car is finally fixed after our debacle from last weekend. Turns out it wasn't the transmission (THANK GOD) but only a blown sparkplug. Af first the shop said the car was fine...isn't that typical, it never makes the noises once you take it in to the repair shop...but he insisted they keep looking and they found the spark plug issue. So it only turned out to be a $200 repair which is a LOT less than it would have been if it turned out to be the transmission like he had thought.

--We have our first cake tasting on Sunday. So excited!

--Looks like we'll be going on a honeymoon after all thanks to some planning from Kristian and my oldest brother. Once all the reservations are booked I'll give more detail. I don't want to jinx anything but if it all works out we'll be going somewhere AWESOME!

--This weekend we will be celebrating Halloween with my old roommate/bridesmaid who is throwing a small Halloween/Housewarming party. We probably won't be dressing up though b/c we are super lame...and broke.

Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Little Ones

A few members of the wedding party that I haven't yet mentioned are the youngest ones. Kristian is the proud uncle of a 13 year old niece (Carleigh) and an 11 year old niece (Madison) and nephew (Matt) who are twins. We are including his nieces as our jr. bridesmaids. They will wear a more age appropriate version of whatever bridesmaid dress we decide on and carry a smaller bouquet. His nephew will be a jr. groomsman, he will wear a tux and stand up front next to the older boys and then escort his two sisters down the aisle after the ceremony. Matt is really excited about the idea of wearing a tux and looking all studly like his Uncle Kris. I'm so excited to have them as part of the wedding and even more excited to become their aunt. They all seemed to really like me from the very beginning and now lovingly (at least I hope) refer to me as Aunt Shenay-nay. Actually Kristian has now started calling me this as well!

I also have two nieces, Kaitlin who is 5 and Alexis who is 2. I may be biased but I think they are freaking adorable and full of personality. Obviously I wanted them to be my flower girls and subsequently steal the show with their insane level of cuteness. However due to family drama, which I don't want to get into, I was uncertain whether or not the girls would be allowed to be in the wedding. It's been a very tense year and a half between my brother, sister in law and other members of my family. Shortly after I got engaged I reached out to my brother and sister in law to try to mend fences in the hopes that things could be smoothed over before the wedding.

It's been a shaky few months but I was able to work as a bit of a mediator and now things are slowly getting better within my family. We still have a long way to go but it's much improved from where we were this time last year. Anyway I had been putting off asking my brother and SIL about having the girls in the wedding until I felt things had been going well for enough time that they would be open to this idea (I wasn't even sure if they were definitely COMING to the wedding). After some encouragement from my mom I finally asked them this week and they said the girls could be my flower girls!!!!

I was so happy when I got the news, it means so much to me to have my brother and his family not only attend my wedding but participate in it. I've always envisioned that whatever nieces or nephews I had at the time would be involved in my wedding and it really upset me to think that may not happen. Plus I know the girls will be ecstatic over the prospect of getting to wear "princess" dresses. Kaitlin was the flower girl in my brother's best friends wedding last year and had a ball. Alexis is still a bit young to really 'get it' but I'm sure her big sis can show her the ropes!

It's such a relief that one of the more stressful items on my to-do list is finally done. Now I just have to start searching for adorable little dresses for them to wear.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

He said what?!

Yesterday I finally received some boots I had ordered via Target. I had been on the hunt for some new brown boots since my current pair were literally falling apart. I couldn't find any that I truly loved (at least not in my price range) but I finally settled on these:



They arrived yesterday and I think they are pretty cute. So today I decided to wear them with my dark, skinny jeans tucked inside. I'm standing in front of the mirror and Kristian looks at me and says "You look like Robin Hood"! I stayed silent for about 30 seconds and responded curtly "Thank you"

A few minutes later he follows me into the kitchen and while I pack my breakfast this exchange takes place:

Him "You look really cute today"
Me "Yes I look like Robin Hood"
Him "Yeah but a cute Robin Hood"

Sigh.

Other amusing exchanges we've had:

Scene- Him giving me a massage including my ass
Me- "That hurts"
Him- "Well it's your sciatic (sp?) nerve, if done right it should feel awesome"
Me- "Well then you're not doing it right because it DOES. NOT. FEEL. AWESOME."

Scene- Watching So You Think You Can Dance and me pointing to an obviously gay fellow
Me- "So do you think that guy is gay?"
Him- "No, I'm sure he likes to watch football and hunt"

Scene- Watching one of his fishing shows together and as the host is reeling in a huge fish I ask:
Me- "Is there anything you wouldn't want to catch?"
Him- "AIDS"

Touche.

And that is a glimpse into our strange little relationship.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thanks x2

I'm overdue in thanking one of my good friends Kristen who bestowed this fabulous Circle of Friends award on me. Kristen and I have been friends for over a decade now, ever since we pledge AOII together back in '98. She's definitely someone whose circle you want to be a part of.

Kristen also tagged me today in a fun little time killer.

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Let's see I was a 95 pound 18 year old with bad fashion sense and even worse bangs. I was living in the AOII sorority house and causing daily commotion with some of my most favorite people, whose friendship I paid a lot of money for. I was also still putting up with my loser ex-boyfriend who liked to leave ghetto love jams on my answer machine while simultanousely stalking a boy I went to high school with. Ah youth.

What are 5 things on your to-do list today?

  1. Stalk my photographer about when my engagement pictures will be ready (supposedly today)
  2. Figure out the room blocks for the wedding (done)
  3. Keep up with the pile of crap I call work while checking in on the lives of all my bloggie friends
  4. Try on my new boots that arrived (FINALLY)
  5. Spend some "quality time" (wink wink) with the boy after work (done)

Snacks you Enjoy?

  1. Chips a hoy cookies and milk
  2. Cheese
  3. Basically anything chocolate
  4. Pickles.... yes... Pickles

5 Places you have lived?

  1. Gaithersburg, MD aka G-burg...where I spent my formative years
  2. Greenville, NC aka G-Vegas...where I spent my debauchery college years
  3. Fairfax, VA ... where I spent my hot mess dating years
  4. Woodbridge, VA aka 'Hood'bridge...where I'm currently spending my in-love years

5 Things you would do if you were a billionaire?

  1. Pay off my God forsaken student loans
  2. Throw one helluva wedding followed by a month long honeymoon tour of all places tropical
  3. Throw a bit of money at my family and friends to help make their lives better
  4. Build a beautiful beach house in the Outerbanks so Kristian can spend his days fishing
  5. Donate some money to children and animal charities

I would like to pass on both the Circle of Friends award and the tag to:

Bananas
Alicia
Ela
April

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Birthday Trip Fail

So the birthday trip to the Outerbanks didn't go quite as planned, actually it didn't go at all. Everything started out promising, after work on Friday we went to the grocery store and bought enough soda, beer and snacks to get us through the trip down and the day out on the beach, came home and packed up the 4 Runner then went to bed for a few hours of sleep.

At 2:05am we were in the car and headed towards I-95 South. Since 2am is about the only time you don't find traffic on I-95 in Northern VA we were speeding along quite nicely when about 30 minutes into the trip the transmission dropped. This happened to Kristian before, ironically a year and half ago when he was on his way home from the Outerbanks in almost the same exact location, so he knew what it was immediately. Thankfully we were right by an exit so we were able to pull off the highway and make it to the parking lot of a gas station.

We sat there debating what we should do. He was pretty sure we wouldn't be able to make it home. I even thought of checking into the Ramada across the street to stay until morning but ultimately we decided to just have the car towed home. Fortunately I have a AAA membership, Kristian shockingly does not which is crazy to me considering that he's on the road all day long doing sales calls for work. I called AAA and within 30 minutes the car was loaded up and we were on our way home. If it weren't for AAA we would have spent probably $200 on the tow but with AAA we were able to be towed up to a 100 miles for free. I will be adding Kristian to my policy this week.

We made it home around 4am, completely exhausted and disappointed. We briefly discussed the idea of loading up my car and trying again however his fishing poles wouldn't even be able to fit into my tiny Toyota Corolla let alone the two coolers and other equipment. I told him it was better to just postpone the trip until the car was fixed and we do the trip as we initially planned. I felt horrible. Kristian had been so giddy and excited and to see him after what happened with the car he looked like a little kid that just found out Santa doesn't exist. It broke my heart. I almost wish I hadn't even planned the trip and gotten him excited about it.

So now we have to wait to find out what is going on with the car. He called the shop that fixed his transmission a year and a half ago but they weren't open this weekend so the plan is to have them tow it to the shop on Monday and fingers crossed that whatever is wrong with it is covered by the warranty. Otherwise there is a good chance he'll need a new transmission which run around $3-4K!!

As disappointed as we are we both realize how lucky we were considering. We weren't in an accident, we were able to pull of the highway to a safe location, we were able to be towed home for free (thanks to AAA!) and we weren't stuck in NC with a broken car. The Outerbanks aren't going anywhere, we'll get there eventually, it just sucks that his birthday weekend didn't go as planned.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Celebrations Continue

Kristian's birthday yesterday was a success. I woke up early to make him breakfast in bed (lucky bastard...I hope he doesn't expect this continue after we're married) and then took him out for a sushi dinner (his fav.) followed by the homemade carrot cake I made him which included candles and me singing (again, he's a lucky bastard).

I ended up telling him about the surprise trip to the Outerbanks on Monday night which was a good thing because he needed time to buy his NC fishing license, borrow his buddy's camera (since my is broken) and figure out everything he needs to take. He's so excited it's really cute. I think he's more excited to go to OBX for two days then he was to go to Jamaica!

The plan is to pack up the car after work including a cooler full of snacks, grab a few hours of sleep and then hit the road around 2-3am. He will be chugging Red Bull and blasting Led Zeppelin to stay awake while I will be peacefully snoozing shotgun with my ear plugs in. We should arrive around 7am and setup on the beach using a tarp off of the back of his 4 Runner to shield us from any of the expected rain. We'll eventually make our way to the hotel to check in, shower and grab dinner and be up again early Sunday to fish for a few hours before coming home.

I must admit that spending the weekend watching him fish is not quite as exciting for me as it is him but he's so happy that I can't help but be a little pumped up. Plus I'm bringing my IPOD and plenty of reading material to occupy me. It should be a good trip.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

10/22/77

Exactly 32 years ago today the love of my life and future husband was born. Kristian was born 2 months early weighing a little over 4 pounds and having some heart issues that required surgery. Fortunately everything was taken care of and looking at him today (all 6 feet, 1 inches of him) you would never know he was a premie.

Kristian has brought me so much joy over the past 14 months that we've been together and I can't believe that exactly 7 months from today I get to become his wife! I thank God everyday that Kristian was put on this Earth and that we found each other. I'm so happy that I get to help him celebrate his birthday and look forward to celebrating many, many more together.

Happy Birthday Baby!




Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Checklists

One thing I've noticed in this whole wedding-planning process is that everyone has a checklist for you. There are checklists of ALL of the items that need to be done in order to plan your most perfect day (note the sarcasm), checklists for ALL of the items you MUST register for (again with the sarcasm) and the checklists for ALL of the interview questions you must drill each potential vendor with. It's a bit ridiculous in my opinion.

When I log into my account on The Knot I have 324 items left to do and 55 items that are overdue. Say WHAAA??? So I decided to look back over some of the items that are on their checklist some of which include:

-Item #1-Begin envisioning your wedding ...uh I started doing this around age 5. Done and Done. -Contact newspapers to announce your engagement...do people still do that? I announced it via Facebook. Done.
-Make sure your maid of honor and best man are aware of what you expect of them -- providing a list of their duties will help...you've got to be shitting me. Their "duty" is to show up on time and look pretty. Done.

The best part of these checklists are when they tell you when you should start thinking about doing something and then again when they tell you that you should now actually do it. No wonder their checklist has over 300 items. It's enough to make anyone want to elope!

Also amusing was the checklist we got from C&B when we went to register on Sunday. It listed all the items that we couldn't possibly live without and had to put on our registry. These items included:

-12-14 Champagne Flutes
-12-14 Red/White Wine Glasses
-12-14 Dessert Wine Glasses
-6-8 Martini Glasses
-6-8 Margarita Glasses
-6-8 Beer Mugs
-6-8 Pilsner Glasses

Ummm are we opening up a bar out of our condo that I don't know about???

Let's not forget:

-The Waffle Maker
-Ice Cream Maker
-Rice Cooker
-Electric Water Boiler (What the HELL is THAT?)
-Juicer
-Espresso Machine

Seriously?! First of all, who has the storage space for all this stuff? Not I. And really how often are you going to use the Ice Cream Maker or Electric Water Boiler (again, What the HELL is THAT?)

I am not Marth Stewart and will not be hosting 20 person dinner parties on the regular where I will need to be breaking out my Bone China. In fact we are not even registering for China (the horror!!!), I think our guests can eat just as easily off of our everyday dinner plates. I apologize in advance to my future guests but that's just how we roll.

I'm sure there are those couples out there that will follow these checklists to a tee in order to ensure a perfect marriage but I can tell you that our marriage will be just as solid if we forego registering for a Salad Spinner.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wish List

Our registering experience at Crate and Barrel yesterday went well. I must say that it's a bit overwhelming looking at all the items in the store and trying to figure out what you need/want. Then of course trying to decide and agree upon the many different styles and options. It's a bit tedious and definitely makes your head spin a bit. Fortunately we have the option of adding/deleting whatever we want online which I already know we'll be doing a lot of.

It was nice having the whole store basically to ourselves (and other engaged couples) and the staff all around to answer any questions and offer suggestions. I think for the most part we did well agreeing on everything though there were more than a few "You really like THAT??"--mainly from me. I put Kristian in charge of picking out all of our cookware since he's the primary chef in our little family. I plan to focus more on the bedding/bath and decorations. He had a great time looking at all the cookware options and I had a great time thinking of all the fabulous meals he will make me.

We still plan to also register at Bed, Bath and Beyond which has slightly more affordable products so I'm sure a lot of our C&B items will change. Some of the items that we have on our C&B registry at the moment are:








C&B has a lot of really great furniture which inspired us to start thinking about how we want to re-decorate in the future and what pieces we want to eventually replace. So we are now adding a new couch to our ever growing "to save for" list. Being a grown up is expensive!











Friday, October 16, 2009

Updates

First I need to start off by saying that the Caps game last night was Awesome! Our seats were amazing, we could feel the vibrations coming off the glass as they slammed each other into the walls. It was prime viewing for their 4-1 WIN over San Jose! Now we're spoiled and will have a hard time going to more games and sitting in the non VIP seats. Sigh. When we got home I pulled the game up on DVR and we got a kick out of seeing ourselves on t.v. Unfortch my camera decided to completely die on me when I took it out to take some pics so I was forced to take all pictures on Kristian's cell phone. And now I need to add a new camera to my list for Santa this year.

In wedding news we made some progress on several items:

-Thanks to my mom and her timeshare we now have our hotel room booked for the night before and night of our wedding. I will be staying in the room Friday night and getting ready there Saturday. Kristian will join me Saturday night to consummate our marriage. Oh Yeah! The action will be taking place at The Lorien Hotel and Spa in Old Town Alexandria approximately 5 miles from where the wedding will be. I'm waiting to hear back from the coordinator there about reserving some rooms for our guests.

-This Sunday we will be going to register at Crate and Barrel. Finally a fun wedding planning activity that won't cost us any money! I've been excited about registering since we got engaged (actually long before then but that's neither here nor there). C&B is actually hosting an event from 9-11am on Sunday for all couples to come and register before the store opens to the public. They will have breakfast food and their consultants available for help. We also plan to register at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I may post the links in case anyone feels like sending us a wedding gift :)

-I've scheduled our first cake tasting with a potential baker. This is probably the thing I'm second most excited about behind registering. I love love love cake and can't wait to wait to taste all the yummy goodness. Our appointment is Nov. 1 so this will help wash down all our Halloween candy :)

-Colleen and I have a date to look at bridesmaid dresses again in Nov. I was able to find the strapless dress that we loved at another store for $40 cheaper. HOLLA! So I figure we can go to that store see what else they have and if we don't spot something else we'll go ahead and order that grey strapless one (in black).

-After looking at the pricing for flowers (which is ridiculous! Hello, they die in a few days!)Kristian's mom and aunt graciously offered to do our centerpieces themselves. They plan to buy the flowers wholesale to save money. K's mom also scored all the necessary equpiment needed to put the centerpieces together for free from a friend who use to be a florist!! All I need to do is book the florist we found to do the bouquets and ceremony arrangments. This will save us a LOT of money and since I wasn't looking for overly ornate or complicated arrangments it shouldn't be too hard to do, just time consuming. Here are some pictures I found on The Knot of ideas I like. I like smaller, simpler arrangements of one or two types of flowers and also LOVE the idea of using lots of candles.





I think that about covers it for now. Happy Weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Guess where I'm going tonight....

Tonight I will be attending my first ever Professional Hockey game! Kristian was able to score 2nd row seats to see the Washington Capitals from one of his clients (who has lots of money). We will be right behind the glass close to the Caps bench. I'm hoping our cute mugs might even end up on t.v. I'm already DVRing just in case!

Everyone I've talked to that has been to Caps games before say they are awesome and since the team is actually kicking ass right now (they are ONLY DC team kicking ass at the moment...Damn you Redskins!) I think it will be a lot of fun. We were also able to score a parking pass so no Metro for us thankyouverymuch. We're rolling VIP style!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The "kids"

First off I want to thank everyone who commented on my post the other day about the honeymoon drama. I appreciate everyone's suggestions. I'm sure we'll figure something out, even if it means just going to his parents beach house for a few days and taking a bigger trip for our anniversary. In fact my friend Spanky and her husband are on their honeymoon trip this week and they got married last November. Morgan actually surprised her with a vow renewal on the beach. How cute is that?! The important thing is that I get to marry my bestest friend and that's all I'm really focusing on, any trips we may get to take are just gravy on top.

Since my last post was a bit of downer I decided to make this one a bit uplifting and add some cuteness to my posts. Here are some of the latest pictures we've taken of our "fur children" It's amazing how much joy they bring into our lives. They make us laugh on a daily basis.


(Our "demon" cats)

(Halpert loves to help unload the groceries)

(Where's Wendal?)

(sidenote my sororities mascot was the Panda, hence the collection)


Monday, October 12, 2009

Lazy Weekend and Honeymoon stress

My weekend consisted of LOTS of football watching and switching between laying in bed, laying on the couch and laying in the massage chair. I also ate a lot and slept a lot. Yesterday morning I got up and made a kick ass ham and cheese quiche followed up with strawberry/banana smoothies using the new smoothie maker my mom bought us and then I made some equally kick ass baked ziti for dinner. Not sure why, but I was feeling all domestic yesterday, despite my foul mood and overwhelming feeling of laziness.

Why was I in a bad mood? Well I almost had a mental breakdown on Saturday while trying to figure out possible honeymoon plans with K, my mom and older brother. First we took K out to lunch for an early birthday celebration where I stuffed my face with BBQ. Then we came home and went through my mom's timeshare information to try to figure out where we could go for the honeymoon. Using her timeshare would save us money on the lodging price though we would still have to pay for our plane tickets and of course food/drinks or the all-inclusive fee if given the option.

The sales lady gave us two options both in the Dominican Republic and expected us to decide within about 30 seconds where we wanted to go, now mind you we would still have to shell out at least $1-2K of our own money so needless to say this wasn't a decision that could be made right away. My mom is pushing us to make a decision, my brother keeps shouting out "Go to Tahiti", "What about Greece?", "You should go to the French Riviera" and Kristian and I stared at each other bewildered. Finally we both said that we couldn't make a decision right then and we needed to do some research.

Frankly the issue is if we can even afford a honeymoon at all. We are paying for the wedding ourselves and the idea of shelling out another couple thousand dollars for a honeymoon quite honestly makes me want to have a panic attack. I would love nothing more than to fly off to some tropical paradise for a week after the wedding but I don't think it's financially possible at the moment. We just can't commit to anything right now and with all the stress of trying to plan and pay for the wedding I personally can't handle dealing with the honeymoon.

So I told Kristian and my brother that it's in their hands. My brother actually enjoys planning trips and Kristian knows what kind of budget we are dealing with so if the two of them can find something affordable then great but I don't want to be a part of the planning process. I just don't have it in me. I'm overwhelmed at the moment and this process just isn't fun at the moment. To be honest if we have to wait a year and take our honeymoon later on I'm fine with that. I would also be happy locking ourselves in the condo for a week and just hanging out with the cats. That idea actually sounds heavenly right about now.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Shout-outs

A few shout-outs for my Friday morning:

-Shout out to The Office and especially my love Jim Halpert for an excellent wedding episode. Not quite what I expected but overall I loved it. All I have to say is Jim + "Plan A" = *swoon*

-Shout out to one of my favorite bloggie friends Ela for this fabulous award she bestowed upon me:


I will pass this on to other lovely ladies that keep me entertained:
April
Annie
LiLu
Patty Ann
Kristen Sara

-BIG Shout Outs to one of the sweetest and most stylish chicks I know Liz for picking me as the winner in her awesome Mandizzle Giveaway!!! Thanks to Liz and Mandi I will be sporting this fabulous piece during my wedding reception, once the veil comes off and I'm ready to drop it like it's hot.



To quote Liz "I die".

-Finally special shout out to my future mother in law who has been so incredibly helpful and generous this week with the wedding planning. I will give a more detailed update next week on the progress we've made.

Happy Weekend!!!!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Second Most Anticipated Wedding

Tonight is the night I have been waiting for for YEARS…tonight is the wedding of Jim and Pam on The Office!


Honestly I’m almost as excited about this wedding as I am my own. And yes I am a dork. My love for Jim Halpert runs deep but until someone can invent a way for me to marry my fictional tv boyfriend I guess it’s okay that he’s marrying Pam. Besides I’m kind of fond of my own fiancĂ© so I think I’ll stick with marrying him :)

In honor of the Jam wedding I’m posting a video of Jim and Pam through the years that I found courtesy of Give Me My Remote which is a TV blog that I frequent almost daily. So for all you Office fans get your tissues out and enjoy and for those of you that don’t watch the Office (what the hell are you waiting for???!!!) check this out and fall in love.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Shhhh....it's a surprise

This month not only marks what I feel is the beginning of fall and also includes Halloween but it just so happens to be the month that my beloved future husband was born. He will turn 32 on Oct. 22 (which will also mark the 7 month point until the wedding...eek). I've been racking my brain trying to come up with either a really cool gift to buy him or something fun for us to do.

Last year for his birthday I bought us tickets to see Jason Mraz who happened to be playing in town 2 days before his birthday. I also took him out for a nice sushi dinner on his bday night and sent chocolate covered strawberries to his office. Yeah I pretty much kick ass.

So this year I decided since we ended up cancelling our anniversary trip to OBX that I would take him on a surprise trip down there for his bday weekend on the 24th instead. I booked a room in Kill Devil Hills for Saturday night and my plan is for us to get up and on the road around 4am that morning so that he can be down fishing by 9am. Then we'll go out for a nice dinner and head back on Sunday. It's quite a drive for just one night but I know he'll love it and I figure I would be spending about the same amount to take him out for a nice dinner up here in addition to a present.

He doesn't know about the trip yet but I plan to tell him on his bday and maybe print off a picture of the hotel and put it inside his bday card. I don't want to wait until the morning we leave to let him know because he'll need ample time to get all his fishing gear together and Lord knows I wouldn't know what items to pack.

I'm so excited. I know he'll love his birthday trip. I just have to do my best not to spill the beans before the 22nd.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Work the Wind!

Yesterday was our engagement photo shoot and overall I think it went pretty well! We couldn't have asked for better weather and our photographers Rob and Jenn (who are married) are soooo nice and patient. We were so grateful they were willing to make the 2 hour drive down to K's parent's beach house.

We spent about 1 1/2 hours taking pictures in various locations including on the sand, the pier, out front by some bushes and even a few in their neighbors yard since they weren't home. Shhhh don't tell :)

It was quite windy by the water which wasn't surprising and it was wreaking havoc on my hair. Just as I would get it to calm down and Rob was about to snap a photo the wind would pick up and blow my hair in my face. Fortunately it did help in a few shots where my Pantene-esque hair is blowing behind me :-) The best part was when we were posing and Rob yelled at me "Work the Wind! Work the Wind!" I was just waiting for him to yell "Make love to the camera"

It was a bit awkward trying to pose without looking like we were posing and having someone take our picture while we were basically making out. Now I know how the celebs feel. HA! America's Next Top Model I am not.

Our two outfits turned out great and I think out of the hundreds of shots we'll have a good amount to choose from. We should get them back in 2-3 weeks! It feels like forever! I'm dying! Fortunately K's parents were there and they took some behind the scenes shots of a few of our locations. You can only see a little bit of our second costume change since we were so far away. As soon as I get the professional pictures I will post them. In the meantime enjoy the ones from his parents:







Sunday, October 4, 2009

Better Late than Never

My apologies for the tardiness in posting my giveaway winner but I got sidetracked this weekend. Anywho it's time to announce my fabulous winner and thanks to random.org the lucky winner is #4 which is none other than Miss Bananas!!!! Send me your email and I'll be in touch. Congrats!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Photo Shoot

**I will be picking a winner for my Giveaway later today so you still have some time to sign up.

In other news this Sunday Kristian and I will be taking our engagement pictures down at his parents beach house. As of now the weather is suppose to be mostly sunny and in the mid 70's = perfect! The photographers will show up around 2 which will give us plenty of time to take pictures and get back home at a reasonable hour.

I have two outfits picked out to wear. I decided to go with my green dress that I wore for my engagement party after all. It's cute, comfortable and Kristian really likes it on me. For my second outfit I plan to wear my dark jeans, new fuschia colored, sleeveless shirt I got from Ann Taylor and my new grey pumps. I'm still trying to pull together his ensembles and may have to make a quick trip to the mall tomorrow.

In the past couple of weeks I've been using my Jergen's Daily Lotion with self tanner in it which has worked really well, my Crest Whitestrips (which have made my teeth uber sensitive) and had the boy dye my hair last weekend. I joked that nothing on me will be it's natural color for the pictures!

Hopefully the pictures will turn out really well since my plan is to use these for our wedding guest book as well as for family Christmas presents this year. Once I get some I will of course post them immediately!