Monday, May 14, 2012

moving on

Yesterday I packed up the final few boxes of stuff from my house in Kansas City.

While I'm so happy to have my house sold and to have everything moved into our new house; it also feels very surreal.

It's weird that I will never go back to that house or that street to walk into my house again. 

I mean, someone new is moving into my house that I owned for over three years. 

Three years doesn't sound like long, but a lot of stuff happened in that house:

It was the first house that I owned.
It was the first time I lived on my own in that house.
I was responsible for ALL of the things that didn't work in that house.
I had to mow the yard and shovel ALL of the snow in that house.
I brought my sweet dog Laila home to that house.
My friends and I shared a lot of laughs in that house.
I hosted many parties, baby and wedding showers in that house.
I fell in love in that house.

So while I'm more than happy to have moved on to a new stage in my life; this house was the first of many things for me. 

I'd like to think that I did a lot of growing up in that house.

So long, Shawnee house! I'll miss you!

Friday, May 4, 2012

our wedding

Our wedding was perfect, in a word.

It was everything that I wanted it to be: simple, elegant, and easy; and on top of that, we had the MOST gorgeous day in March.  All week it rained, but on Saturday, the weather was to die for.

Everyone says that something will go wrong on your wedding day.  Luckily, or oddly enough, nothing went wrong...the only thing that I remember going wrong happened the night before at our rehearsal dinner: I forgot my cell phone in my hotel room. 

It was like I was completely lost. 

We ended up getting it (thanks to my BFF, Colleen and her husband, Tyler!) and everything went fine, but honestly, that was the only stress I had all weekend!

Planning our wedding was a breeze.  Honestly, I planned most of it the month after we got engaged and after that, I only had a few minor things to work on here and there. I knew what vendors I wanted to work with, I knew how I wanted things to look, and I knew all of the work I needed to do. 

I've planned weddings for friends in the past, so doing my own was a walk in the park!

Friends and family kept asking what they could do to help and were confused when I said I didn't think I needed any help...on top of planning our wedding, I was also in the middle of planning a huge fundraiser, selling my house, moving, and trying to find a new job.  So I had a few things on my plate to say the least! 

Luckily, all of the vendors that I chose to work with made our day super easy!

So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite wedding pictures!

Skyline salon is amazing.  Not only is the location and view awesome, but the staff is so great.  We brought in mimosa's that morning and then they served us lunch all while getting primped and pampered.

Lincoln sent me my favorite, an edible arrangement to snack on while we were getting ready!

The view while you're getting your hair done...(oh, and those are my shoes)


The Old Mission Church in Fairway that we got married at was BEAUTIFUL

Our first look :)

I think we had the best looking wedding party ever. Duh.
My parents and my sister and her cute fam; isn't Mason growing like a weed!
Lincoln's parents
My cute Grandpa!
Most of our nieces and nephews posing before the wedding; aren't they cute?!
My Besties from Grade School (and before!) that helped me on the day of the wedding (and before!)
My other BFF's from college!
Our rings. Just hangin' out on a tree branch.
My dad walking me down the aisle. 
This would be where I didn't hear the minister whisper that we were supposed to I just stood there like a dork while Lincoln was waiting for me to give him a smooch.  Oh well, it made for some laughs during the ceremony!
Our sweet ride...

Our florist was amazing.  She not only captured what I wanted the reception site to look like to a T, but she flew in peonies from another country so that I would have some for my bouquet.  I can not say enough good stuff about Rosemary at Final Touch Studios!

You guys, the food at our reception was SO GOOD.  Californos knows how to throw a party. All of our guests for days and weeks after our reception keep talking about how good the food was.  One friend had five plates.  Yes, it's a guy, and he's also super skinny. It's not fair.

We had a photo booth that produced some hilarious pictures and a table set up with pictures from pretty much all of our immediate families weddings.

One of my BFF's, Monica made our delicious cake!

We're married!

The Mikey Needleman Band performed at the reception; if you're in the KC area you HAVE to book them.  They're so fun!

Lincoln's dad busted some moves on the dance floor with the grand kids!
My mom tore up the dance floor, too.

 And then I rapped to Vanilla Ice on the microphone
If you've followed my blog for awhile, you'll know that getting a microphone at a wedding is pretty common for me, remember?!

Theta sisters!

My most favorite picture of the whole wedding:

I guess he didn't like the champagne?

Finally, last but not least, our AMAZING photographer Amanda Eaton of Amanda Eaton Photography was so great to work with.  She captured every inch of our day and I couldn't have been more pleased with our wedding pictures.  Seriously, if you're looking for a photographer, you must look her up!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

bath time?

Last night while brushing my teeth, I turned around in the bathroom to see this:

Is it weird that she loves bath time?

Probably, huh?

I think she had also emptied her water bowl and was looking for water.  What a weirdo.

A little later, I walked into our bedroom and found this cute pair all curled up together:

Sometimes I swear she is half human.