Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Return to Sanity: Just 3 more days...

We are supposed to come back home on January 10th. We shall see...why the rush?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Going Bridal!

But for the record, I did not want a big wedding initally. I pleaded with Josh for us to go to a beach far, far away or even Vegas. We both love to gamble so I thought it would be the perfect place. Sure I knew we'd be joining the ranks of Carmen Electra & Dennis Rodman, Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton and Britney Spears & ...oh, I have no idea what his name is.

But I was OK with that. We would be going with the specific intent to get married. It would not be some crazy idea we concocted at 3 in the morning on the Vegas strip. And while it WAS the best deal, I could forgo the drive thru ceremony and splurge on the Cherubs' Chariot package!

Drive Thru Special $40
Religious or Civil Wedding or Renewal of Vows Ceremonies
(Own car)

Cherubs' Chariot
Religious or Civil Ceremony
Professional Photographs (12 Poses - Traditional Film)
One Long Stemmed Rose
Bride's Garter
A Beautiful Love Recipe /Keepsake
Rules for a Happy Marriage /Keepsake
Courtesy Limousine

But bless his heart, he wanted a wedding and so that made me want a wedding for him. So I ditched my plan of having Elvis officiate and starting planning a traditional wedding. But even though this is what Josh wanted, you can guess who has done the bulk of wedding plans...although he did let me get an awesome wedding planner who has helped me from going totally insane.

So I'm now rushing to finalize wedding plans and Christmas shopping, preparing to move, go on the honeymoon, etc... And the girl who wanted to spend her honeymoon at the craps table, must now step into the Bridezilla confessional booth. I have let the stress of wedding plans blind me from what is really important: The fact that I get to spend the rest of my life with the love of my life. It's just so easy to get caught up in trying to plan the perfect wedding.

Is it really the end of the world if there's not enough seating at the ceremony or if we run out of wedding cake? Of course not, but when you're a perfectionist like me, it's easy to react like it is. So once again, I need to remind myself not to worry! Sometimes I wonder if I'm ever going to kick that habit.

So while I wanted a Vegas wedding at first, I know that when this is all said and done, I will be so happy that we did it this way. Sure it's costing a little bit more than the $888 Vegas wedding package with traditional wedding music, 8x10 Viva Las Vegas wood photo frame and Viva Las Vegas key chain. But having so many friends and family members there will be very special. And it will be one of the greatest moments of my life.

Oh and we are having a craps table, black jack and Texas Hold'em with professional dealers at the reception. Just because I settled on a Nashville wedding, doesn't mean I have to give up on all my initial plans! And there will be plenty of casinos on our honeymoon too!

So I just hope for the next two weeks I can keep it under control and focus on what's important...I'd hate to walk down the aisle in this.

And since I haven't had the time to blog as often lately, I want to go ahead now and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2009!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Thanksgiving...Paris Style

Josh and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family in Paris last week. I love going home to this scenery.
Scarlett also has tons of fun with lots of land to roam around on. We had to pick stick tights off of her for an hour!

Below is one of our old Christmas trees! We always had live Christmas trees and then would plant them after Christmas. The one below is now huge and makes me feel so old!

Thursday night, we broke out the old school "Songs of the Church" songbooks and sang all of our old favorite songs. This was probably my dad's highlight. He used to have "singings" at our house all the time and I hated it. But it was kinda nice now singing old favorites that you don't hear at church much anymore.
I'm glad I know these songs. My dad said they don't even sing them much anymore...they've moved to the projector with words instead of songbooks. Baby steps.
My sister Nancy was the song leader on the video below and kept us laughing while we sang. Our dogs apparently are not fans of acappella music. That may now make some question whether all dogs do in fact go to Heaven.
(Be sure and hit pause on the playlist box at the top of my page that plays music or you'll hear the song and video playing at the same time - it's the button on the left with two straight lines).