October 27, 2010
October 25, 2010
October 21, 2010
This week I'm loving the fact that my bestie, Erin, is on her way to Michigan to see me! She's also taking engagement photos for one of my co-workers...but really she's coming to see me, right Erin? What's the benefit of having a friend who is a photographer you ask? Well, not only will she take some awesome photos for my blog, she also books weddings out here in Michigan...which means not only do I get to see her now, but I also get to see her and her husband in June when they come out to shoot my co-worker's wedding. Awesome.
When I get home tonight from work she'll be there.....having already fed my cats and been loved on by my dog, I'm sure.
October 19, 2010
While my mom was here we had to make our usual journey to one of my favorite places...Ikea. What usually is a two hour drive somehow took us four hours....probably because we spent too much time chatting and not enough time navigating. We were almost to Indiana before I realized we had gone about an hour our of our way. Oh well...we had fun, right mom?
Mom with a spider headband. She said she would have bought it to wear to work on Halloween...except she isn't working that day. I would have paid to see that.
Me with a witches hat complete with a black veil. Awesome.
October 18, 2010
My mom is currently visiting me from California and we've been having the best time. Whenever she comes to visit we always try to do lots of projects around the house. This time we wanted to install a cat door on our basement door. The goal is to move the litter box down there once they get used to it.
Getting set up. Pancake helped.
Wrigley helped too.
Finally, we finished. Pancake was curious but it took a long time for him to actually use the door.
Unfortunately once he went through he refused to go back the other way. Instead he just cried and scratched at the door. Hopefully he figures it out soon....otherwise I won't be too happy about having a huge hole in my door!
October 14, 2010
I LOVE pumpkins. Love everything about them...except carving them. The mess. The carving knives. Trying to get it perfect...no thank you.
So this year I decided to avoid all of that and do something much simpler....paint my pumpkin! The whole process only took about 20 minutes and I was thrilled with the results. I decided to paint our pumpkin with an "R" for our last name.
First I printed out an "R" on computer paper. I used Times New Roman size 600-800ish. I can't remember exactly. Then I cut out my stencil and taped it on to the pumpkin.
I traced around the stencil with a pen. I tried using pencil but it was too hard to see. If you make a mistake with the pen you can just wipe it off really quickly with a damp paper towel.
Then I took a small paint brush and some random black paint I had in my junk drawer and went to work. It was really easy and only needed one coat.
And there you have it, a personalized pumpkin! I've already received numerous compliments from neighbors and friends...definitely will be doing this again next year!
October 12, 2010
On Saturday Ali and I went to the Lady Antebellum concert. They were so good! Amazing voices and of course amazing songs. Ali and I had a great time singing along and dancing in our seats. We especially loved Hillary Scott, the lead singer...she was so cute! And totally rocked some sparkly leggings!
Ali and I at the concert. I forgot to take a picture of my sparkly top...darn!
Thanks Ali for a great time!
October 11, 2010
I knew it would be hard but I didn't realize how tired your muscles get! The instructors carried the girls' boards down the beach for us...to help save us some energy for paddling. I should have known right then that it was going to be tough! The husband and I were just crossing our fingers that we would be able to get up on our boards.
Luckily I was able to get up several times! The instructor stood in the water (It wasn't too deep) and held your board and then pushed you off when it was time to go. And they were right about the paddling....it was no joke!
The husband got up too. About halfway through the lesson they sent out a photographer with a zoom lens to take pictures of us, which of course you know I loved!
During the last few minutes of the lesson I fell off my board and when I was coming up for air it smacked me in the face and gave me a bloody nose. Yuck. The husband and my instructor freaked out because I guess from a distance it looked really bad. Later the husband told me he thought I had busted some teeth! Luckily it was just a bloody nose and it wasn't broken. But I was out the rest of the lesson because it hurt and was hard to breathe! The instructors were impressed that I held myself together and didn't cry...ha! I also banged up my knee on some coral and the husband scraped his leg. But it was worth it!
After surfing we were so exhausted. You use so many muscles you didn't even know you had. Even my ribs and hip bones hurt from hitting the board. Our arms were the worst and were sore for a few days.
After a shower it was time for a much deserved drink and snack. My nose is still swollen in this pic..ha! It hurt for at least a week.
Later that night for dinner we went to a Japanese restaurant where they cook the food right in front of you. It was yummy!
The next day we took it easy and hung out by the pool. Of course I stayed in the shade the entire time!
Love this picture of him!
After some pool time we had a couples massage! Just what we needed for our sore muscles.
The next day we got up early to go on a snorkeling trip. It s so fun! Here is our boat and crew...the Trilogy IV. Highly recommend.
They took us to a different part of the island. The views were so beautiful.
It was a little overcast once we reached our snorkeling spot. I think it even rained for a few minutes after this shot.
We're on a boat! That was for the husband...we forgot to sing the "I'm on a boat" song...darn!
All suited up in our snorkel gear and ready to go! We snorkeled for a while and then they fed us some lunch. We snorkeled for a little bit more and then they set the sails up and we sailed back to our section of the island. It was a really great trip and a must for anyone traveling to Maui
That night we headed out to dinner at our favorite place...Aloha Mixed Plate. And we finally got our picture taken by the pretty atrium in our hotel.
October 7, 2010
This week for Love it...Keep it I finally get to share pictures from Erin and Mike's beautiful wedding. The wedding was September 18th in Santa Monica, California. Everything was perfect, the details were amazing, and the guests had a great time! I had the pleasure of being Erin's matron of honor. She was my maid of honor and seriously was amazing! She took care of so many details for me on my big day. I was really excited to be able to do the same for her. I got to share responsibilities with Erin's little sister, Nicole, who was her maid of honor. The bride was so organized that there wasn't too much for us to worry about....but I did get to help with a little emergency dress pinning....that's what friends are for!
While we were getting ready the day of the wedding, Erin and I, along with our friend Heather, made this wedding themed scrabble. It turned out so adorable!
The beautiful bride to be....ready to walk down the aisle.
All of our shoes lined up together....the bride wore the pretty gold Kate Spade shoes....love!
Erin was so excited to put her dress on. We kept fussing over her and she finally said "can I see myself now?" it was really cute. I loved the back of her dress...very dramatic and very Erin.
The flowers were gorgeous.
Show time! Me walking down the aisle.
The bride with her dad...ready to get married!
No pictures of the ceremony....that was the husband's fault. (still love you honey)
Me and the husband post-ceremony.
Me and Heather. We've both been friends with the bride since our freshmen year of college.
Heather and her boyfriend Adam.
The cake! It was yummy, but I only go to have like two bites....same as my own wedding!
Somehow I had three drinks: Champagne for my toast, wine, and a martini. Time to celebrate!
The father-daughter dance. Erin's dad's toast was so so sweet.
And now I absolutely have to share some of Erin and Mike's professional photos. They are gorgeous! Their photographer was Jasmine Star...and if you are getting married in Southern California look her up! She was so sweet to everyone and even had a little slide show playing during the reception of photos taken earlier in the day....such a great surprise!
Erin and Mike did a "first look" before the ceremony. So pretty.
Hello bridal party! Rockin' our awesome sun glasses. The boys were singing at some point...cracking us all up!
Erin rocked it and got in the sand in her wedding dress....amazing!
Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Vancura! Your wedding was amazing...and so are you!