Jul 29, 2008

Last Day of Work before the BIG Day!

Today is my last day working before taking time off to finish up the last of the wedding details and start catching up with visiting family and friends. I think I am finally getting excited – any one who has asked me this question in the last week has gotten a reply of “I think I’m in denial.” It seems I’ve been awaiting this day for so long and worked toward it with all the different crafts so long, that it just doesn’t seem like it really ever could be here. And working has kept my mind off of the big day some too. But today, after 3 or 5 PM, which I ever I decide, I will be off form work for 5 days, promising myself to not open e-mail and attempting to stay away from the computer as much as possible. Tonight I head up to Chico to finish a few little projects with my mom and visit with the first wave of arrive, Aunt Laurinda, Aunt Raelene and Uncle Joe.

I’m sure the reality will hit me even more tomorrow as I work on getting the to-do list even smaller and not working. Before you know it Friday will be here when the first of the festivities begin and the Saturday will come and go too quickly (at least that is what every friend who has gotten married ever has told me :) ).

Any how, when I was up in Chico for the Bridal Shower, I made sure to take a few more pictures of the other items I made for the wedding. I decorated 3 different baskets for different parts of the wedding. Again, the main reason I made these is because everything I found readily available was too fru-fru, too white and too frilly for my taste and the theme of our wedding.

This is the little flower girl basket.

This basket will hold the guest book pens and small business cards to be written on by our guests. (That's Mocha, my parents brat of a cat, hiding in the background. She's just gotta supervise everything!)

This last basket will be placed on the gift table for possible cards.
The last crafty thing I did for the wedding were the favors. I made all the cards and glued the rafia to the tins that then fastens the cards to the tins. I found these little tins online through The Wedding Star - a web site and catalog that specializes in everything you might need for a wedding.

Love always,

Jul 27, 2008

Bridal Shower recap and more Wedding crafts

As I mentioned in my last post, last weekend was my bridal shower. My matron of honor, Steph Ceperley, maid of honor, Emily Moffett and Emily's mother, Bonnie Moffett, hosted the event at Bonnie's home in Chico. The Moffett household has been the location of most of my Christmas Eve celebrations and holds a dear spot in my heart, so the location couldn't have been a better locale to celebrate this joyous time. The party started with cocktail hour out on the back porch.

It was quite festively decorated in garden theme. The ladies had rented linens to match my colors and had japanese laterns with cut out butterflies hanging above. The tables were decorated with beautiful fresh flower mixed bouquets and dragonflies.

At the base of the flower vases were mirrors and dragonfly-shaped confettie. I would learn later that Emily had hole-punched each and every one.
Bonnie out did herself like she does every occassion with the food. There were several types of tea sandwiches, chicken salad, a assorted cheese tray and a variety of breads. I had a lovely time catching up with friends and just taking a day to relax. While I remember to bring my camera (yes, we finally found the chargers) I was a little distracted. Luckily, Sara was kind enough to take some pictures for me. Hopefully I'll have some more from people who had their cameras and remembered to take them.

This is my old high school friend Melissa. It was so great to see her! Luckily, she blogs too so I can stay up-to-date on her life and watch her son Joshua grow up!

This is the dessert spread Bonnie laid out. The cake was from Upper Crust and Bonnie made the Mexican Wedding Cake cookies - so delicious!

Jul 23, 2008

One Word Meme

My bridal shower was this past weekend. What an amazing day. So many people came and we all sat around drinking champage. I couldn't have asked for a better and more relaxing day. I'll post more about it with pics soon, but today I'm following my cousins' SweetJessie and Katie's blog posts today and playing the One Word Meme game. Apparently none of us are wearing shoes today! Can't wait to see you girls next week.

One Word Meme
Where is your cell phone? Desk
Your significant other? Work
Your hair? Unwashed
Your daughter? Nonexistent
Your son? Nonexistent
Your favorite thing?
Your dream last night?
Your favorite drink? Champagne
Your goal? 128
The room you’re in? Kitchen
Your church? Outside
Your fear? landlords
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Mom
Where were you last night? Home
What you’re not? Motivated
Muffins? Cupcakes
One of your wish list items? Time
Where you grew up? California
The last thing you did? sleep
What are you wearing? Pjs
Your TV? Off
Your pets? Asleep
Your computer? Paycheck
Your life? Changing
Your mood? Frustrated
Missing someone? Cameron
Your car? Dirty
Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
Favorite store? Joann's
Your summer? Busy
Like(love) someone? Absolutely
Your favorite color? Red
Last time you laughed? Last Night
Last time you cried? Last week
Who will repost this? Dunno

Jul 16, 2008

Wedding Crafts

It's official - all the craft projects I set out to do in anticipation of our big day are complete! I chose to make a lot of things because I found the options out there weren't Cameron and me at all or fit the theme of our wedding.

Here's a sneak peak at what's to come:

First, check out the guest book. At the wedding, guests can fill out little red business cards which will later be inserted into the creamy, shiny envelopes I glued to the pages of the guest book . I got this idea from my crafty friend Ashley who did this for her wedding guest book. This way multiple guests can sign the guest book at one time.

I just completed the ring bear pillow tonight, which was the last of the projects. While the back is not quite as nicely done as I would have liked, I like it a lot better than the traditional white, frilly pillows I found out there.

I did a lot more, I just don't have pictures to document the projects yet. My shower is this weekend so I'll likely take pictures for you then, and trust me there will be plenty of pictures from the weekend festivities. I can hardly wait - I have no clue what is in store for me and I can't wait to see those of you coming.

Love always,

Jul 9, 2008

Another check mark to make on our to-do list!

The wedding is quickly approaching - 3 1/2 weeks to go! I know for some people think 8 months isn't allowing enough time to plan, but 8 months seemed like ages of time to plan our wedding and we did well on keeping on our schedule up until the move and then everything came to a screeching halt.

We're back on track now. Last week we finalized things with our cake lady and even sampled a piece of her cheesecake. Because of the South Beach diet, it had been almost two weeks since we had enjoyed anything so delicious. We ate it so quickly that I think we scared poor Nancy.

We also secured our marriage license last week, which was kind of exciting. While the employees of the county clerks office acted like it was just another day at the office, a couple who just got married and were in there asking for a copy of their license were kind enough to recognize the significance and congratulated us.

Monday we pulled together a final To-Do list, and we're actually doing quite well for the things that we want to get done this week. Yesterday I was up in Chico to attend an appointment for the design of my wedding band and last night Cameron and I went to a jewelry store in Elk Grove and picked out his. Apparently we're a little late on this so there is a slight chance we may not have our rings for the ceremony, but for now, we're not worrying about it. If we need to we'll use "stand ins". I am missing my engagement ring as I had to leave it with the jeweler so that my band fits next to it perfectly. I keep having moments of extreme worry when I realize it's not on my hand until I remember where it is. I also keep feeling for it and try to twist it around my finger.

Stay tuned, as I'm sure the next few weeks of posts will be all about the wedding.

Love always,

Jul 7, 2008

Hello Again

It’s been ages since I last wrote – and that was about our quick DC trip in early June! Gees louise! Well, a whole lot and a whole lotta nothing has been going on, depending on how you look at it.

The wedding is quickly approaching – less than 4 weeks! Luckily, we seem to be on schedule in getting most everything done, but we will be sitting down tonight or tomorrow night to go over the last of the to-do list. I had hoped to get more done last week, as I had the week off from work, and I started out fine, but then we got sidetracked. See, the Tahoe finally went caput on us. Cameron took it in to get the break pads replaced on Wednesday. The break pads were fine, but the car needed other fixes done to it, and that cost was about half of what the Tahoe was worth. So we spent Wednesday afternoon car shopping. Around 8 PM we drove home with this…

Cameron’s dream car in my fave color! We spent Thursday getting a few wedding errands done (finalized with the cake lady and the all important marriage license) and showing off our new “baby” to family and friends. The stop at Vicki & Joe’s in Biggs was wedding productive as well. Vicki was able to get all the photos of Cameron that I picked out for our digital picture frame display at the wedding, scanned, so that project is half way done. Now I just got to get mine scanned and all the pics organized.

In other activities, Cameron and I are about to complete Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet (ok, we started phase 2 a little early over the weekend). I jumped on the scale a few weeks ago and didn’t like what I saw, so Cameron being the supportive hubby-to-be that he is, joined me in restarting our exercise routine and trying this diet. So far, I’ve lost 13 pounds (I’m quite pleased with where I am now, but a few more gone would be nice) and Cameron has lost about 5, but he’s fitting into pants and shorts he hasn’t been able to wear since college. I’ve tried to be diligent about planning our menu for the week and grocery shopping on Sunday, but that didn’t happen yesterday, so I’m doing it during breaks at work today.

We spent the 4th of July driving the Corvette over to Pat & Kim’s for a BBQ in Lincoln and then over to Davis to watch Matt perform a skydive demo with his team Kaleidoscope as part of the city’s entertainment prior to the fireworks display. It seems most city fireworks displays went on as usual despite the 1000+ fires burning in Northern California. Luckily the air quality has gotten a little better, but I hope the smoke is completely gone in time for the wedding, but that’s probably a pipe dream.

We hosted a BBQ at our house on Saturday. Our friends and ourselves must be older, because when we woke up yesterday to assess the damage, there was none. It took me all of 30 minutes to pick up some empty bottles and cans, wash the patio down a little and wash dishes. Not bad, not bad.

All in all, we have been busy and I predict we will remain so for a while. As for pictures, until we find the charger to the camera, we’ll be without. Thanks Vicki for the Corvette pics!

Love always,