30 June 2011
Take care of animals.
(adding crochet time more into this)
Watch TV until falling asleep.
We cannot wait to find our home. The process of looking and working out terms is very stressful. We find it helpful to keep the big picture in mind so as to keep the stress lower and to prevent stress-bickering.
It has been nice saving money by renting Grandpa's basement but we are long overdue for our own smoke-free space we can call home.
PS: the lilies outside are so beautiful! I was going to pick some and put them in a vase but I found out that they are poisonous to animals like kitties! Oh noes we are not gonna go there.
PPS: Enter the giveaway!!! Only 6 days left! Simply leave a comment and you're in; No following, tweeting, facespacing or anything else necessary.
27 June 2011
23 June 2011
I am just so happy all the time anymore that I want to give away a sock monkey! The deets: The prize will be one original sock monkey (made of new socks, silly!) handmade by myself.
|HiLLjO's Sock Monkey|
*You must leave a comment here or here about who you would give the monkey to or if you'd keep it!
*Be a follower of Daisy to Sunflower or HiLLjO
*Go to my etsy shop and then come comment here on which owl hat for sale you like the best.
*Make a blog post about the giveway!!!
PS: I'm ammending the giveaway to include everyone around the world! I WILL SHIP INTERNATIONALLY!
21 June 2011
|Carter and Carter-Cash's guitars|
National Music Museum, Vermillion SD
And we're making it great. It truly takes each day of trying each minute but it is so worth it.
15 June 2011
We have a cute little campsite set up! Just us bunnies in the great outdoors.
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13 June 2011
There was nothing I throuroughly enjoyed more than taking a crisp $20 bill down to the bookstore to purchase 3 or 4 wedding magazines when we got engaged. I bought them a couple different times and took any free ones laying out in places we registered--duplicate or not.
Now I'm not the average Midwestern bride that gets married in a church and has a reception in a hotel. If you are, I wouldn't have to tell you how to read magazines! They are made for that kind of awesome experience. For those who are more like me, or want something that isn't in the magazines, don't write the Knot off quite yet; there's still things the mags are good for.
The books are filled with pictures and ads (also pictures). Don't skip over them; this is not a magazine. It is a wedding magazine. The pic of the centerpiece you skip over could be the One. Don't pore over every page, but be objective and look at each photo for a good amount of time.
Read it Backwards
The only thing you should skip in wedding magazines is the table of contents. Don't expect what's coming next. Take no context with any photos. One thing that helps me with this is actually a funny habit of mine: I read magazines backwards. I don't know why, I just start in the back cover and read to the front.
Read your magazine front to back, read a new one, and then pick up the first one and read it backwards. You'll be like, "Did I see this?! I don't remember that!" It's like having fresh eyes when it's in a new order!
Remember that the Wedding Industry pays a ton of money to put their interpretations of being married into these mags. Only you can tell what being married/getting married will look and feel like to you. Most of my wedding magazines were for gathering "NO ideas" and it helped us a lot!
After you read them, I suggest giving them to a friend who would be interested or is getting married. Just because it's a new month doesn't mean the ideas from last month won't work anymore! What are some of your favorite magazines? Do you cut them up, give them away or save them?
11 June 2011
Just thought I'd post an update on how things went! Everything went beautifully yesterday and it was amazing.
You are in for a serious treat when we get our wedding photos back. Two words: Italian. Carnival.
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10 June 2011
I have but one regret during our entire engagement: I wish I had been more overt about me being a Bride.
Sure you have the engagement ring (probably) and the glow, but lots of teeny-boppers wear fake engagement rings now for "fashion." When you're young-looking like me, no one can "tell" for sure, even though my ring doesn't look like a cheap cocktail ring from Walmart. If it does look real, you simply look too young for that to be so.
I would wait for people to ask me if I was engaged when getting a manicure instead of exclaiming it like I wish I had. I would never talk about more than what was asked about concerning the wedding. I just figured that no one cared as much as I did, right? I'd probably annoy them...
Well from my experience on my Blog and the Weddzilla blog, I'd say people are pretty happy for you when you blurt it out to them. They get very interested. This month I was a little more flamboyant about being a bride and I've really enjoyed it; to the point I wish I'd done it all along.
So REVEL, you brides-to-be!!! REVEL!!!
09 June 2011
I am happy to tears constantly; I am so excited; and I am so sure of Shawn and Me.
We have worked so hard for so long at this wedding that we are strangely ready to be over it! Don't get us wrong; we are looking forward to the wedding more than anything we have anticipated thus far in our lives, but we're ready for the marriage. We want life to be quiet again so we can snuggle down like bunnies with our animals and watch Adult Swim at night until we fall asleep.
Honestly, we're just ready to take our life back from wedding planning! Before wedding planning, being bunnies daily was our Common law Status. After we're married things will go back to that status but we'll be able to do things we want to do like fix up our (soon-to-be found)New House together and get scars from it. We want to have babies and raise them into big people. We want to walk together, holding hands forever. We'll be living just like it was, but now it's in 3-D! WE are not changing, the status of the RELATIONSHIP will be.
We are making a promise to be together forever no matter what. Just as people change, feelings change; you cannot simply marry for emotional reasons alone. It is not enough. Marriages go through periods of YEARS where things might be just "not the same as before" but the couples who stay together during those rough spots usually fall in love with their spouses all over again.
My only advice to married people: love the other person as you want to be loved, and stay together. For better or worse.
And always remember that everything happens for a reason! Everything.
08 June 2011
I am a huge fan of the bride-in-a-cardigan. Especially in my color, yellow.
However, it is not hard to find a picture of a bride in a cardigan. Even yellow cardigan bride comes up with a lot of results on google. I will wear a cardigan because I like this trend and a hoodie (like I usually wear) just won't do. To separate myself from the rest of the cardigan brides and yellow cardi-brides I replaced the buttons my cardigan was made with and sewed the replacements on, sourcing them from my very own collection. Now I have a special, very buttony cardi that is perfect for MEEEE!
07 June 2011
06 June 2011
That being said, we will wake up around Dawn on Thursday, pack up and hike out into the woods we love. We are going to pack my vintage dress, an outfit for him, and his camera equipment. We have found a spot already that we wanted to get married at. It is so beautiful with a sunken in creek bed and trees everywhere. Once there, we'll change, take some photos and privately discuss what we only want the other to hear. Some stuff I don't think everyone would care to see us get all mushy over at the Friday wedding!
So what do you think of the vintage dress's real purpose now?
03 June 2011
02 June 2011
Although our specific venue location is undisclosed for another 8 days(!) I have shared that it is on the Missouri River. Well, folks when all the snow melts, where do you think it goes? In the river!
|Photo by Josh Korth for KVNO|
|Photo by Josh Korth for KVNO|
Keep Calm and Marry On, right?!
Love & Welcome All
|Thank you for coming by to read my experiences as a wife and what came before it, as well. My husband Shawn and I were married June 10, 2011 in Omaha, NE! I enjoy sharing my stories and hearing other people's stories so please feel free to share any in the comments (especially dress stories!). I LOVE comments!|