Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I stayed up until 1am Saturday morning because I was struggling with what to put together for Kenny's gift....I wrote him a letter and printed it with a picture and framed it. I put together a little bag for him of goodies too. I barely slept at all, it was a very restless sleep when I did. It was just my mom and I here, so it was very quiet and peaceful. When I woke up for good I got in the shower and then starting thinking.......of all the things I could have done, all the things I needed to do, and then I started getting nervous and jittery!!! My mom got up and we packed her van with my dress and accessories, programs, and anything else needed, and she dropped me into the arms of 5 of my bridesmaids at the hair salon. One of them prompty asked me if I had eaten, which I had, but I mentioned coffee and 10 minutes later I had a large double double from Starbucks in my hand. Now that's service!! I started getting my hair done and I was still a ball of nerves, but as the hairspray was layered on, my nerves were calmed. My aunt and cousin showed up, the flower girls, and some more ladies and that made it all better, along with some of the bridesmaids, and it was a really fun, relaxing, bonding time!!! Kenny called 3 or 4 times, but I wouldn't talk to him for fear that he would need me to find something that he lost or needed and I'm sorry, but I wasn't about to do that on our wedding day!! He had him momma to do that for him on that morning!! So one of the girls manned my phone!! I had my makeup done too, and I looked AND FELT like a rockstar!! We got to the church and things started to happen....the girls got dressed, then with their help and my momma's help they got me dressed, and Bethy gave me my something blue. Kay put the garters (Kenny wanted me to wear 8 of them but he settled for 3....it's a long story) on while the photographer snapped pics. The videographer suggested that since there were coke and diet coke cans in the room, and they matched the red dresses, that we do a coke toast on video, so we did and it was awesome!! I held the diet coke can and everyone else held the regular coke cans and we all sang and did a little toast!! The photographer took me by myself to a pretty place in the church to take pictures with just me and my flowers, and then he brought me back to the room for pics with the girls while the wedding planner made sure the groom was hidden! Then we ate Pot Belly sandwiches and relaxed and soon it was time!! My dad came in and so did Kenny's parents, and Kenny's dad brought his gift in. He gave me a beautiful jewelry box (Tasha, he must have been thinking the same thing Chris was!!!) with a Jurassic Park DVD in it because that was the first movie we saw together.....ahhhh. Then everyone left the room and I was alone for 7 minutes. 7 whole minutes. I stood in front of the mirror and couldn't even believe it was happening!! It was for real!! Then my dad stood in the doorway and gave me the play-by-play of what was happening because I had to stay hidden. The wedding planner motioned for us and then we stood in the door of the sanctuary and then I was walking down the isle!! I kept my eyes on Kenny the ENTIRE walk down the isle. I stood there with my dad for what felt like forever, and I kept thinking, don't lock the knees, don't trip on the dress, don't cry. I never cried, neither did Kenny!!! The whole ceremony took about 35 minutes, and I honestly don't remember much of it, thank goodness we had it taped!! Kenny kissed me for a L O N G time when we were declared husband and wife, that part I do remember!!! The reverand said over and over during the ceremony that I was Kenny's gift from God, and that as he holds my hands in his, he had to look at my hands and recognize that they are his gift from God. Everyone commented that that was the most meaningful part of the ceremony, and I think it was too. We laughed a little during the ceremony, which took the edge off. The reverand commented a couple times on Kenny's rotten jokes and EVERYONE laughed. It was pretty funny. I have to say that seeing all my bridesmaids up there in that beautiful red choked me up a little. I love those girls, I've been in most of their weddings or involved in their lives for forever, and they rock. All 10 of them, plus the junior bridesmaid my cousin and the 2 flower girls. Love them all!! After the ceremony we walked back down the isle (I forgot my flowers!!! the matron of honor was still holding them!!!) and then we dismissed each isle, which was nice because we actually got to talk to everyone! Then we signed the marriage certificate and did pictures for forever!! The photographer took some awesome shots, the last one at the church was called "Marilyn Monroe and James Dean" and I won't tell you what it is, I'll just post it when we get it back, but I can asure you IT ROCKS!!! We left the church in Kenny's brothers RED Thunderbird with the top down and followed the best man and his wife to a nearby sports bar for a quick drink before the reception. When we got there THE ENTIRE WEDDING PARTY had a room in the back reserved and we had no idea!! It was amazing!!! We were only there for about 30 minutes, then on to the reception!! When we got there the wedding planner and DJ came out to greet us and then they lined us up for our big entrance, which lead right into the cake cutting (or SMASHING as I fondly recall it). Then the best man, a groomsman, and my matron of honor gave their speeches, we did the toast and the blessing, and ate dinner. If you can believe it, I had zero appetite. I was just thirsty, but drank water, no alcohol for the bride!!!! The rest of the evening was a blur, I remember it all, but not in the order it happened....we did our first dance, which had a unique spin to it. About 2 minutes into our song, the DJ stopped it and put on a number that we had prearranged that included snippets from about 15 songs that we had a dance routine to. So we did our little surprise dance, and then ended it with the ending of the first original song (I'll post the video when I get it back, it's PRICELESS....) and then we danced to our REAL song, by Aerosmith of course:) We danced with our parents, and instead of the dollar dance, Kenny auctioned me to the audience....the best man paid $220 to dance with me!! Woo-hoo!!! I threw my flowers and 2 girls rolled on the floor to get them!!! Kenny went up my leg to get the garters and came out with a thong, an empty bottle of Captain Morgan, a strapless bra, and some other crazy stuff the best mad was handing him under the chair I was sitting in...that was hilarious!! Then he threw the 2 garters and things got all crazy from there. We danced and talked and had a blast the rest of the evening. Our photographer was awesome, our videographer was awesome, the night was the best wedding I've ever been to! We left at 1230 (there was no cleanup for us at all, how's that for a great ending????) and went with 2 other couples to Denny's where I had to sit in a chair across the table from everyone else because my dress wouldn't fit in the booth!!! We stayed in a hotel room because there were so many people staying in our house. It feels silly to stay in a hotel room just miles from your own home!! Anyway, Kenny was VERY tipsy when we went to sleep so ya know, we slept. Hehehehe. Sunday morning we woke up at 9am and both of us felt funny, and sad. It was all over!!! But seriously, it was the best day ever. I married my best friend. I vowed my life to him, and I would do it all over again and again and again. He has now named himself "Chubby Hubby." What's not to love??? I'm sure I'll remember bits and pieces of the big day as time goes on and I'll share them whenever I do, but basically, that's our wedding day!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
I received more pics today from my father-in-law, so check them out here. I am still so tired and very THANKFUL that I'm not back to work until Thursday. Is it normal to be emotional after the wedding?? I didn't cry at all!! Not until my maid of honor gave her speech at the reception and then I cried like a baby. But I shed tears the morning after and even a few times during the day and even tonight. Please tell me that is normal:) Anyway, I'm taking my sleepy butt to bed (in our new 800 thread count sheets...I can never go back to 250 count....I'm totally ruined and spoiled now). Kenny never understood why I wanted expensive sheets. Now he gets it. I really want to tell lots of details of the wedding day but it will have to wait a little while longer....but there's more pictures now!! I promise the details are coming!! Off to that wonderful sleepland.....
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Kenny is making up for the smearing of the cake on my face by doing 95% of the work for the thank-yous. I will write more about the day when I am more awake!!! Thanks for all the sweet words and emails wishing us luck on our day...it worked because the weather was beautiful and we had an amazing time!!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My mom and MIL took all the goods to the reception site today and PAID IN FULL for the reception. That was a huge load off, not to mention how much extra room I have in my basement today!!
I escaped the craziness later by going to the gym alone (as always) without my phone. On purpose. No calls. No needs. Just me and the radio and GOD. It was awesome. So was the gym. And I came two hours later completely refreshed.
I'm going to take a bubble bath now that everyone is gone except my momma and the puppy. It might be the last moment I have to do that!!! I am truly enjoying every moment, I promise! This is such a magical time, and I can't even imagine how awesome the wedding day is going to be!!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I got to sleep in this morning. What a refreshing feeling. Kenny woke me up by saying, "Good morning Bride!!!" It was adorable!! He loves it when I am home instead of at work. I do too:) That was the first and last time I saw him today. He's still busy working, and right now he's picking up his long lost BFF at the airport that he hasn't seen in 10 years!! I haven't met him, but I have talked to him numerous times on the phone. His name is Ken too. Scary that there are two of them!!! Anyway, I'm sure they have lots of catching up to do, so before they arrive, I am going to make myself scarce by going to the basement and organizing all the items I have to take to the reception site tomorrow when my momma gets here. I have a list going so I don't forget anything. I could be down there awhile!!
I picked up my dress today....it's so pretty it takes my breath away. Ahhhhh, I can't wait to have it on!! And, the bra situation is taken care of. No more worrying and freaking out about the boobies, they will be well tied down and in tact!!
Everyone told me I would be on cloud nine this week and I really am!!
I received a card today from my grandma. My grandpa passed away in '02 and I still think about him daily. I'm sure she does too, they were married 62 years when he passed away. Anyway, her note was filled with little bits of advice about marriage and she also wrote that if grandpa were here he would be so happy and excited for me and hug me and make me laugh. And then she write that this card was from my "grandparents" even though grandpa wasn't here (insert the fattest tears you have ever seen) and that they both love me so much. I expected a card or conversation like this from my grandma but I didn't expect her to make it from them both even though grandpa isn't here. Talk about pulling on heart strings. Is that beautiful or what?? I just reread it and I'm crying again. I miss my grandpa so much, even now, and I know that he is with us right now. He'll be there on Saturday too. Oh the emotions are running thick around here!!!
Alright, to the basement I go!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The day my mom bought me my wedding dress, I didn't really think about the bra contraption thing that goes underneath it. Then later on I got one, no biggie. When I took my dress in for the first fitting, I decided I didn't like the one I had, so my mom bought me one from the bridal store. I didn't really like it at all, but it was a corsette with those bone things that give me shape and slim down the torso, so I was okay with it. Plus, it fit and was comfortable. Then at the second fitting I didn't like it, so then I was on a mission to find one that I really did like. And it didn't go so well. I got my dress at David's Bridal and I went back there to try on bras but they are crazy there. It's one mass productionline of girls, no specializing in fitting or trying to please the ladies, nothing but "get them in, get them out" attitiude. Love their prices, hate their customer service. It stinks. Anyway, the bottom line is I'm going into the bridal shop tomorrow to pick up my dress, all fitted and pressed and ready to wear and I'm going to try on the corsette once and for all and make a decision. What a pain I am. What a pain. If only I was skinny it wouldn't be an issue!! Kidding!! I am not ripping on myself, but seriously, it would be easier. Oh well. That's the bra story. It's not that exciting, more like complaining.
Here's one more tidbit of dirt that happened tonight. I was assembling programs for the reception with Niki and my phone rings, it's a girl from work. I have known her for 6 years, but she is not invited to the wedding because I do not socialize with her outside of work. I did at one time, but that was about 4 years ago. She POINT BLANK asked me why I didn't invite her to the wedding. And then, as if in high school still, another teacher I work with (these two happen to be best friends) is trying to get our phone conversation on 3-way (again, high school) and I realized before I can even answer the question that this is ridiculus. And I SWEAR I didn't hang up on them, but my phone cut out. I SWEAR it wasn't me hanging up. My phone sometimes cuts out when I'm at the computer and I must say it was good timing. But I didn't want these two to think I was hanging up on them and I was ready to explain the situation (like an adult) even though they didn't deserve one, but my phone was no cooperating. So I went outside and called her back, and then it just kept cutting out. I think it was a sign. I took that sign and ignored her as she called back THREE MORE TIMES. Can you believe it???? THREE MORE TIMES. And the last time it came up on the caller ID as PRIVATE. The nerve. The wedding is in four days, as if I have time or patience to deal with that. The very reason that she has to ask about why they aren't invited is explanation enough as to why they are not. So I was mad for about 30 minutes and I'm just about over it now. The nerve. Ugh. And to take it even farther, one of them has been married two times...she should know what it's like to have to stick to a guest list, let alone only invite people you enjoy being around. I'm proud of myself for sluffing it off so quickly. Normally, I let things like this really bother me. But not right now, not today, not tomorrow! By the time I go back to work on May 1st, I'm not even going to care!!!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
GROOM: The money I make today will pay for....do you know what it will buy Honey?
GROOM: Your wedding present!! (said with lots of enthusiasm)
BRIDE: Don't buy me something crazy, this wedding has already cost way too much. DO NOT get me something crazy, got, it????
GROOM: Don't worry, everything I get you that costs lots of money has a double meaning.
BRIDE: What are you talking about?
GROOM: I mean I give it to you but it's really for me too.
BRIDE: If you don't get away from me right this second I am going to pinch the crap out of you.
So he took off. He's hungover and tired from his bachelor party last night. Serves him right. He tortured the crap out of me when I was hungover last weekend. Whatever he plans on buying me for our wedding is probably ONLY for him.....what a dork. But I love him. Holy crap, 6 days till Wedding Day!!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Most of you already know this, but in October of 2005, my 42-year-old aunt passed away after battling cancer for 10 years. I was VERY affected by this because she was my youngest aunt and I was very close to her my whole life. She died peacefully at home with hospice over the course of six months, and when it was down to just days, she was in that state of hallucintating, but she still knew who everyone was. I would sit with her and she would talk about things that happened when I was a kid and then something that was happening right now...her mind was just racing, kind of like when they say before you die you life flashed before your eyes....it was kind of like she was reliving moments of her life with me quickly. Anyway, I'm getting off track here, when she was in this state, she told me that she wanted me to have her pearl earrings. I didn't think anything of it, figuring my other aunts (her sisters) would have her jewelery and I never thought anything else of it until about a week after she died. My uncle (her husband) called me and said I needed to come over so he could give me something that she wanted me to have. It ended up being the pearl earrings, and he told me that she had specifically told him that after she was gone, to take her earrings out and give them to me (she died with them in her ears). Of course I was crying at this point. So he handed me the pearls in their beautiful box and told me the story of the pearls. When they got married (1990) she wanted to ear pearls but didn't have any. So she borrowed someone's pearl necklace and earrings, and then later after their wedding he decided to buy her a set because she liked them so much. The first thing he got her were the earrings for her birthday. Then for Christmas came the necklace, then their anniversary it was a bracelet, and I think that was the complete set. The earrings were the first gift he bought her after they were married, and it was important that I know that story. (tears are streaming as I write this) So I am wearing them when I get married next week. I made my necklace and bracelet with pearls (fake ones but they are still so pretty) so that they will match the earrings and I just really can't wait to include my aunt in my wedding day. Her husband (my uncle, not really even by marriage anymore, but he'll always be my uncle) has remarried since and so I will get to meet his new wife. My family is very happy for him because he married a lady that went through the same thing as my uncle did, caring for her dying husband. They have a lot of life to live still and I'm so happy that they can do that together. Anyway, that's the story of my pearl earrings. I opened the case they were in the other day just to peak at them and it brought the tears again, but they are good tears.
Okay, enough sap for Saturday. On with wedding stuff. At this time next week I'll be walking down the isle!!! Holy #&#^!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Five and a half years
Sunday, April 13, 2008
My bachelorette party was on Saturday night and it R O C K E D!!!!
The girls had me all diva-ed up and I just cannot tell you how much fun it was!! The hostesses with the mostesses did a fantastic job planning the party!!! I woke up today to Kenny tickling me because he knew I felt like crap from drinking last night. I can't wait until next weekend when he has his little bachelor party. Paybacks are worse!! It's almost 11pm, and I'm still hurting from last night, but it was sooo worth it!! 13 days to go!! Ahhhhh!
Friday, April 11, 2008
We are working on current event projects, and I asked students to bring in newspaper articles from home to use. The first couple of kids brought in the newspapers and set them down on my desk. One young lady, a smart mouth mind you, picked up her newspaper and imitated her grandfather reading it while on the toilet. I asked her what in the world she was doing and she blatently told me that's what her grandpa does while taking a dump. What a way to start the day!! The other young lady who was standing there heard this and said that her dad does the same thing while going poop...he loves to take the paper in the bathroom and stays in there forever with it. Those were her exact words. I was cracking up and it wasn't even 8am yet!!!
During our writing time, I gave the kids two writing prompts to choose from. They could either write about what it would be like if cows gave rootbeer instead of milk OR write about what it would be like if streets were rivers. I have a kindergartener in my classroom for language arts in the morning because she is VERY advanced, and the first sentence on her paper was this: If cows gave rootbeer instead of milk, everyone would have gas. It's times like these that I absolutely LOVE my job. I get to laugh about poop and gas. It doesn't get any better!!
After getting my hair highlighted after work, the girl who always does my hair put the veil and sparkly tiara on my head and we decided how my hair would be done for wedding day. I love it!! Can't wait!! I wish I could post pics but Kenny will peak. He's so bad:)
This weekend is going to rock. My bachelorette party is tomorrow. Can't wait!!!!!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
We met with the reverand who is marrying us last night to go over the ceremony and the program. I feel good knowing what's going to happen now. He suggested we use a heritage candle. I never heard of that so he explained that it's a candle that is lit at the beginning of the wedding ceremony by members of the family to signify the family members that have passed away. Then when our mommas go up to light the two small candles on either side of the unity candle, they light their candles from the heritage candle. I love the idea, and since Kenny doesn't have any living grandparents and only an aunt and uncle, we asked them to light it. Of course they will so it, were delighted that we asked. Then it dawned on me that I won't get to see ANY of this part of the ceremony!!!!!!!!!!! We are having everything professionally taped, but still, all this planning and I don't even get to see the live deal before I walk down the isle!! Oh well. I'm not really mad:)
Tomorrow is Thursday. My favorite day of the week:)
Monday, April 07, 2008
Every day so many people at work ask me how I'm feeling...am I nervous, scared, happy, excited....the list goes on. I'm all of them, well not scared, but all of the other emotions. But mostly I'm just happy:) The kids are so excited for me to. They spend most of their morning circle time asking me questions about the wedding, my dress, my hair, the same questions over and over again. We hired a videographer for our wedding so I can bring the DVD into school and show the kids, but the bummer is it might not be ready in time for them to see it before school ends. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though. I know they would LOVE to see it! They are also a little upset at the sub that will be in my room when I'm gone. They're already complaining every day about it. They had the same sub for gym today and when I went to pick them up, half the class was crying. Great. That should be a fun time for them!! I keep talking about all the fun things and lessons I'm leaving for the sub, and I'm trying to bribe them with treats from me when I get back if they are good. We'll see how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed for me:)
We are meeting with the reverand who's marrying us for the last time tomorrow to go over the entire ceremony in entirety, and then I can finish and print the programs, and that's one more thing crossed off the list of things to do. Whew! There are a MILLION and half little things that are creeping up right now that I didn't think about, and I'm really trying to tackle them now instead of waiting till the last minute, which, by the way, is Kenny's style. Hehehehe.
There are about 10 loads of laundry to fold downstairs with my name all over it. Kenny "did" laundry for me yesterday, which means it goes in the washer, the dryer, and on the floor. I get to fold it. At least he washes and dries it now. So here I go to fold my evening away!!!!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
I can't believe it. In three weeks I will wake up as a wife!
I am so excited I can barely stand it!
Too bad I have to go to work...there are so many other things I could be doing!!
Kenny and I had an awesome evening with our friends last night (the best man and his wife and 2 kids, one is a newborn). I got to hold the newborn a ton, and he is just the cutest thing. He smells so good, the baby smell that all moms talk about. It's addicting. I see why you want more babies after the first one. Yummy! It was so nice to have friends come to our house, where we are the ones that mostly have to do all the driving and traveling. When the evening was over, we didn't have to go anywhere. What a treat. This morning I woke up after getting to sleep in, a rarity, and the sun is shining, and it's just a beautiful day. Kenny asked me if I wanted to clean the garage (hello....YES!!!!!!!) and I of course jumped on that task. I've been thinking of ways to get that going for months now, but the weather has not permitted it, so today is the day! I think it might take more than one day (Kenny is the worst pack rat ever) but he did promise not to allow his adult ADD get in the way and he promised to stay on task and not get caught up in what treasures he finds. I'm telling you this garage is packed wall to wall and I'm not exaggerating AT ALL. It's ridiculous. I'm embarrassed. The motivation behind the clean-out, other than spring does this to everyone, is that the garage door is broken and we can't fix it ourselves, so we will hire someone to do it for us, and they will have to see the garage and its contents. EMBARRASSING!!! Even for Kenny. So that's where I'll be today. I hope it goes smoothly. I'm so thankful for the nice weather. I don't think anything could really get me down at this point. I'm so happy!!
PS-Check out the blinkies in the sidebar....they are from Tee!! You rock girl!!
Friday, April 04, 2008
I have worked out tonight and I'm finally past the 2 mile mark. It's taken a while but I finally got there. I even went grocery shopping too! It's almost 11pm and I still feel like cleaning. What is wrong with me?? I better get a move on before I lose my motivation.