Friday, August 31, 2012

Wedding: Details

This is going to be a multiple part wedding post extravaganza! Chris and I were married September 3, 2011. It was about 190* that day, but beautiful. I loved every second of the day and wouldn't have changed anything, except of course maybe the heat.

I had these cuff links made for Chris for his wedding present from me. He opened them before the ceremony. His parents are still married and so are both sets of grandparents. His mom gave me her parents wedding picture and a picture of his dad's parents from when they were younger and I had them made into cuff links by a seller on Etsy. I thought it was nice having both sets of his grandparents with him that day. His dad's parents have passed away so they were not able to physically be with us. Chris loved this cuff links.

I made these door hangers to hang on our hotel room doors while we were getting ready. All of the boys were in one room and all the girls in another.

My bridesmaids and I wore the same shoes. Theirs were ivory and mine were navy. Our wedding colors were navy and ivory. We also wore the same necklaces except mine had two strands of pearls and theirs had one strand. I ordered these necklaces from Etsy and I looove them. I also ordered my hair piece from Etsy. It was exactly what I wanted.

This is the detail of the bow on my dress. My dress was ivory and the bow was like a champagne color with a diamond broach.

I used stickers to decorate the bottom of my shoes.

Our memory candle already had the wording on it, but I added the navy ribbon.

I made our unity candle. I printed our monogram on velum and then hot glued it onto the candle and added navy ribbon.

The church aisle. 

I had our programs designed on Etsy and then I had them printed at Office Max. We cut them out and assembled them ourselves. They opened up to be 5 petal fans, which was nice with it being so hot.

I make tears of joy packets myself too. I ordered the envelopes from Ebay and the stickers from Vista Print. I put two tissues in each envelope. Everyone loved them. We didn't have any left.

I made our guestbook with our engagement pictures using shutterfly. Everyone was instructed to sign anywhere where there was white, kinda like a yearbook. I loved doing it this way because I know our guestbook will actually get looked at and I loved reading what everyone had to say.

I made our menu cards on Vista Print.

I ordered favor boxes from Ebay and printed the cards from Vista Print. Our favor was chocolate hugs and kisses. I loved the little boxes because the lids came off and weren't attached like a lot of other boxes I saw. They were a lot of work to put together and then assemble with the ribbon and cards, but I loved how they came together.

I made activity coloring books for every child that attended. I had them set at the able already for them. Each child got a box of crayons too. I have the template for the coloring books still, I think, if anyone is interested.

Picture of part of the table with the menu and favor boxes.

Our wedding rings.

My flowers

I had cuff links made for my dad too. His best friend Morey the dog died a couple months before our wedding. They were literally inseparable and he was devastated about the loss. He was a member of our family for 12 years. My dad loved them.

I made our pocket invitations myself too, including the ribbon band. I looooved this invitations. They took forever, but everyone told me how elegant they were and that they have never seen such a nice invitation. Definitely worth the hours and hours of work.

Now a couple pictures of things that were not photographed by the photographer.

We had people blow bubble when we were leaving the ceremony. I just tied navy ribbon to bubble wands.

I made these door hangers using Vista Print and had them in our out of town bags. Any guest that spent the night at the hotel where our reception was held got an out of town bag. It included cookies, chips, water, these door hangers and pamphlets with things to do in the area.

This was one of my favorite things. My uncle was killed in a car accident when he was 39 from a drugged up semi driver. I was 20 when it happened. I was really close to him and I miss him soo soo much. He was such an amazing person and he was taken way too early. I decided to have his and my aunt's wedding picture made into a bouquet charm. I had them both with me the entire day tied around my bouquet. My aunt was physically present at our wedding and I know my uncle was with us in spirit. I had this made from an amazing seller on Etsy. I got to pick out the crystal colors as well as the ribbon color. I was also able to pick what I wanted on both sides. I had their wedding picture on one side and then my new last name initial on the other side. I wish I would have gotten professional photographs of this, but my own pictures will have to do.

Tomorrow I will post pictures of the ceremony!


The test was negative. :( I honestly don't understand how it could be negative. I swore this was my cycle. My temps were so high. I had cramping on CD 7, which I thought was implantation cramping. It really is devastating to me. I know I'm not out yet, but my temp dropped and I had the negative test, so my hopes are really low.

Tomorrow we are going out to celebrate our anniversary. I knew exactly how I was going to tell him tomorrow. It was going to be perfect. We will still have a good time tomorrow, but I just can't help but think how much better it would have been if I was able to tell him that he was going to be a dad. Ugh.

I'm going to do a wedding post sometime this weekend, but I will leave you with a couple wedding picture previews to tide you over.

My Ovulation Chart

I made this photo the biggest because I'd like to emphasize how hot my hunny is. Ow ow!!

young and restless

Thursday, August 30, 2012


I tested today. Negative. I'm feeling so positive this cycle and really thinking this is going to be it. I got my positive last month at 9 DPO so I will be testing again tomorrow and hoping for the best. My chart looks amazing. My temps are so high. Everything is in my favor. I will be devastated if I don't end up pregnant this month.

I read this post today about the last time I got a positive. It made me get teary. That was honestly one of the absolute best days of my life. If I could relive that day over everyday I would. It was so amazing. I know if I do get a positive tomorrow, it will be nothing like that. I will be happy, but also so so scared. I want have a baby so bad. What if I get pregnant again and it ends in miscarriage again? I was pregnant for 11 weeks. I am going to live in fear until I get past 11 weeks, and even after that I'm sure.

I'm just very emotional today. Fingers crossed for a positive tomorrow.

My Ovulation Chart

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I had a horrible day today. I work in a medical clinic working with electronic records. At about 10:45 I got a call that Chris was up in urgent care and I needed to go up there. It was workman's comp so it happened at work. That's all they could tell. I freaked out. I literally thought he was have no hand or a missing leg or something. He builds manufactured housing, mostly floors. I got in the room and there were three nurses and the doctor standing around him. I couldn't really tell what was wrong exactly, but knew it had to do with his hand. I walked around to the other side of him and saw that it was definitely his left hand and he had a metal plate stuck in his three fingers. I attached a picture so you can see what I am talking about. The plate had spikes all over the one side and it went down on his hand and the spikes went through his finger nails. One of the fingers had spikes through the other side of his finger. It was pretty gross.

I had to call his mom and get his family dr info because he just moved here with me 2 years ago and hasn't been to the dr here at all. They needed to know his past medical history and when his last tetanus shot was. I also called my mom and told her so that she could come. They told me he was probably going to get transfered across the street to surgery, but were going to see what they could do before sending him over.

The hooked him up to an IV with morphin, and then had to put two shots of numbing stuff into each of his fingers. Omg, he was cussing up a storm when they did that. He said it hurt so bad because it was so much pressure on his fingers. Then they had to cut his wedding ring off :( They tried to pull the plate out of his fingers. They got it out of the pinky and when they tried to do another finger he started yelling again. They had to do the numbing shot again! And again he was cussing up a storm, they also upped his morphin. When they tried to remove it again from the other two fingers I had to go out in the hall. I couldn't handle it. He is a manly man who has done a lot of shit to himself and never thinks anything hurts. He walked into the clinic with a plate stuck in his hand and said it didn't really hurt. For him to be yelling like he was, I knew it hurt. They told him that they could keep trying to pull it out or they could take him to the hospital and put him under and do it. He decided to let them keep trying. I was out in the waiting room and could hear him yelling. It was so awful.

When the plate was removed I went back in the room. His hand was was bleeding pretty bad, but looking at his fingers it was way better looking than I thought it would be. His finger nails were all intact and he barely had any cuts. All the nurses and doctor were shocked it looked that good. The dr just made a splint and then wrapped it up. He was wheeled down to x-ray to make sure nothing was broken and then he came back and waited for the orthopedic surgeon to come look at the xrays and check his hand to make sure no tendions or ligaments were torn. We had to wait awhile, but when he came in he said that the middle finger tip bone was cracked but not bad and would heal on it's on. Also it looks like right now that none of the ligaments or tendions were torn. He was amazed. He said Chris dodged a really big bullet and it could have been way worse. We were all expecting him to lose his fingertips or at the very least have to have surgery.

He got stitched up, was given a tetanus shot, finished the IV fluid and then peed in a cup (since it's workman's comp to test for drugs), and then we left. He got a prescription to percocet and also an antibiotic. He goes back to the ortho dr friday to check to make sure everything really is ok and then he goes back to the family practice dr next friday to have stitches taken out. He is off work the rest of the week and maybe longer, just depends on Friday.

Right now I am making him pancakes and he is laying in bed. Poor hubby.

We are going to try to get his ring fixed this weekend.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


My mom, sister and I went to IKEA for the first time a couple weeks ago. The closest one is 2.5 hours away, so we've just never gone. OMG, I loved it. I can't wait to go back.

Here are some things I bought. Nothing big since Chris wasn't able to go.

Two red pillow cases for pillows I already had. Our living room is a mix match of furniture that has been given to us, so we are working on making it all actually match. The walls are a light green color. We have an old lamp that is red so I think I want the colors of our living room to be grey and red with green walls, so maybe some accents of the green color somewhere. Not sure yet, but these pillows look really nice right now, and will match when we get our new grey furniture too.

I bought two "B" bookends. The "B" is probably supposed to be for book, but I like that it is also the first letter of our last name too. This is in our kicthen. We have shelves on both sides of the sink so the B holds up some cook books.

This is the second one. It's bigger than the one that is in the kitchen. I figure we will use it in the nursery, someday.

New big grey trashcan. I love grey.

Two can openers. We needed a new one and I wasn't sure which I would like better. They were both super cheap so I just got both.

Grey end table. The end table that was there is wood and not in the greatest shape. This one was $12 and I love it.

This is the furniture Chris and I picked out for our living room. We will probably go and get it someday in September. I'll update with pictures once we have it. Grey couch and red recliner. I'm not sure if we will get the grey chair yet or not. I need to measure the room and see if it's big enough for all three pieces. I'd rather have the grey chair and not the recliner, but Chris thinks he has to have a recliner, so whatev.

This bed is amazing in person. My mom was going to get it for us that day and give it to us for Christmas, but they were sold out. Of course. She will probably go with us when we go to get our furniture and get it then. It's a dark brown color.

And because I just love this little pup..