Perfect Place

Andy stained our wedding arbor the other night and put it in the garden. I thought I’d share some pictures of how it looks out there. Please ignore all the weeds- we’re working on it. A reminder of how it looked at our wedding:
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And now how it looks as a permanent addition to our home garden:

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We’re still debating whether to grow a vine on it or just frame it with sunflowers and other flowers.

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We really love the way that it turned out. It looks absolutely beautiful out there and will continue to look prettier as we add more to the landscaping in the yard. It’s definitely a work in progress and a labor of love.

xoxo-Kimberly
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Wedding- Part 4

A couple of days after the wedding we met up with our photographer Opie at Wheeler Farm to take a couple more shots. Here’s the last few wedding images from that day:

Photos by OpieFoto ©

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And there you have it! It’s amazing to me that Andy and I have already been married for over a month. Time goes so fast. It just reminds me that I need to treasure every moment while I can.

There’s still some more fun times to be had this summer and I have so many other things to share with you that I’ve put on hold until I got through the wedding. So back to regular posting tomorrow? I hope you’re as excited as I am!

xoxo-Kimberly

Wedding-Part 3

After family pictures Andy and I took some pictures with just the two of us. Then we enjoyed the reception and a very fun sparkler send off! Here’s some more image of our gorgeous night!
photos by OpieFoto ©

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Being silly at our photo booth!!
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Reception:
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The send-off!!!

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The morning after we came back to the house and spent some time with the family. We also finally cut our pie!!

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xoxo-Kimberly

Wedding-Part 2

Pictures from the ceremony: My brother in law married us. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were our siblings and my maid of honor was my best friend from college, Heather. It was such a perfect ceremony. I’ll just let the pictures tell the story.
(photos by Opiefoto ©)

My dress, hair, shoes, jewelry and bouquet:

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Andy’s suit:

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The rings (his from Etsy, hers from Zales):

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Getting ready before the ceremony:

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With my maid of honor:

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The Ceremony

Andy’s parents:

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My mom with Andy:

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Just a few more still to show. Hope you don’t mind :)

xoxo-Kimberly

Wedding Part 1

For the pre-wedding party we cooked dutch oven potatoes and grilled chicken over at Andy’s brothers house. Andy’s dad gave a nice speech and we all just chilled. It was a fun, relaxing way for everyone to get to know each other. I really wanted to do something laid back because I knew that the next day was going to be very busy.

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We chose to have the wedding and reception at Andy’s parents home. It was the perfect setting for the garden wedding that we wanted.

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Photo taken by Opiefoto ©

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Want to see some decor details? I DIY-ed pretty much everything and I’m very happy with the way it all turned out.

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tissue paper poofs leading up the driveway
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fabric bunting
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the “book” table- we had recipe cards for our guests to fill out with their recipe for a happy marriage instead of a book. program fans had a wedding crossword puzzle on one side to keep our guests entertained while they waited for the ceremony to start.
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the clothesline provided a perfect place to hang out engagement photos
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I had fun decorate clothespins to hang the photos up with.
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I put together a very simple photo booth for our guests to take silly pictures at. I sent their photos back to them with a thank you note. I’ll show you some of those pictures in a future post. They turned out really cute.
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We had wedding pie instead of cake. I’m not a big fan of cake.
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I decorated hanging mason jars for my florist to fill with flowers. We hung them on the chairs heading down the aisle.
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Flowers included white peonies, blue bachelor buttons, green mint, blue thistles, and white daisies.
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The centerpieces on the tables at the reception.
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Arbor made by Andy and his dad that we got married in front of. I hung more tissue paper poof garland from it to pretty it up.
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The food:

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Fresh fruit, dutch oven cobbler, vanilla ice cream, sandwich rolls.

Photo taken by Opiefoto ©

Pictures of the ceremony and reception to come next time I post.

xoxo-Kimberly


Hello there!!

Well, we’re back!! Seriously, this has been the best two weeks ever. The wedding was absolutely perfect and the honeymoon was amazing (we went on an Alaskan cruise!) I really just wanted to pop in and share this photo of us on our wedding day.

It was taken by Chauntelle Janzer of OpieFoto. It’s the teaser photo that she sent us until she gets the rest of them put together.  Opie was awesome and I can’t wait to see the other photos she took of our wedding. We also did a ‘day after’ photo shoot with her at Wheeler Farm just before leaving on our honeymoon so I am way excited to those pictures as well.

Anyway, I have loads of pictures to share and lots of stories to tell, so I promise to get back on tomorrow and get you all up to speed. For now, we have piles of laundry to do, sacks of groceries to put away, a yard that desperately needs mowing and a house that is begging to be cleaned. I’ll be back after we can get everything back in order. What a crazy and fun two weeks it has been!

xoxo-Kimberly

surprises from Saturday

Last Saturday Andy and I drove to Wyoming to see my sister’s new house and celebrate my niece’s birthday. Earlier in the day, we went for some pre-wedding pampering. We got a couples massage and then went to MacCool’s for brunch. The couples massage was so awesome that we may just make it an anniversary tradition.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some pics of Nellie’s party:

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She’s wearing the birthday onesie that Jen made her

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Nellie’s haul. She cleaned house in the gift department.

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The stuffed monkey that Andy & I gave her. She kept hugging it, smooshing it to her face, and saying “Muah! Muah!” everytime she kissed it. So cute.

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The little chair was a sentimental gift from my mom. It folds down into a step stool and we had one when we were little girls. My grandpa made it for her. She loved it and didn’t want to stop sitting in it.

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This onesie, that Jen made,was the last present that Nellie opened and it sure was a surprise to all of us! Yep- Jen announced that Nellie is going to be a big sister this February!!

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And one last picture of Nellie, just because she’s so cute.

It was such a fun day and I’m glad we were able to make the trip out there. Now we’re getting ready to get married on Saturday!! Seriously…I can’t wait.

xoxo-Kimberly

concerts, henry’s, and arbors

There just never seem to be enough hours in the day. I really need to get to bed. I’m totally exhausted. But first, I had to share some random things.

We had our monthly family activity on Saturday night. We went to the Eclipse concert at the Sandy Ampitheater.

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It was really a great night and we all enjoyed the show a lot.

We picked up a puzzle to work on the other night. Henry really wanted to help.

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:) What a nerd.

And in wedding news…Andy and his dad built this goooorrrgeous arbor for us to get married in front of.

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We’ll be putting it in our garden when the wedding was over. It will most likely get painted white.

Okay, I believe it’s sleep time. G’night.

xoxo-Kimberly

Quick visit

I thought I’d stop by and write a post. It seems like forever since I’ve written- only a week, but in blogging time, that is forever. Anyway, I had grand plans of posting pictures from our Memorial Day weekend, but that hasn’t happened. I don’t really have the time to sit down and edit photos right now. Let’s just say the weekend was nice and relaxing.

Remember all my jumbled thoughts from last week? Well, I negotiated with my employer to allow me this week off to sort it all out. I’ve cleared quite a bit of the brain clutter out in the last couple of days and have checked just about everything off my to do list- except for that damn research paper. But I’m working on the paper today. I think the most frustrating thing about it, is that all my source material can only be found in special collections. That means that I can’t take it home with me. So I can only work on my paper when I’m willing to sit in special collections for hours on end. That gets old real fast. In any case, it’s my ticket to graduation, so I guess I’ll suck it up and do it. Two thumbs down.

I had a nightmare the other night that I picked up my wedding dress from the alterations place only to find that they had “hemmed” it up to my thighs- essentially making it look like a lacy hooker dress. I woke up in a cold sweat. Needless to say, I’ll be very relieved when the day actually comes and things go off without a hitch. I’ll be even more relieved when we’re on our honeymoon enjoying some time away from life.

I’ve spent almost every night until 10 pm this week at the studio, working on last minute choreography for the recitals next week. I’m nursing a long term muscle injury (from Feb) in my right leg, so it’s been rough going. I’ve been forced to dance conservatively, which I hate because it just makes me feel lazy. But what can you do? I think I’m on the downside of the pain now, but it’s still not great.

That’s really about it. I need to get back to working on my paper now. I expect that posting will be spotty at best for awhile around here. I always toy with the idea of stopping blogging, because who really cares anyway? I’m pretty sure my bff, Heather is the only one that reads on a regular basis (or comments) and her and I talk so frequently that she already knows what’s going on in my life before I post it. Sometimes it just feels like a big waste of time and effort- like talking to air or something.

Getting married

I was going to write my own post about this but when I saw that Blonde and Balanced had written almost everything I wanted to say already, I thought I’d just pass it along. Here’s the original post: 15 Things Being Engaged Has Taught me about Life, Love & Money.

And here’s what she says that she learned. I ditto pretty much all of it. My few thoughts are in blue.

  1. Don’t hurt yourself.  Remember when you were younger and you sported an omnipresent skinned knee?  I reenacted this when I fell up the concrete stairs at my apartment a couple weeks ago.  I sported a nasty, oozing infected open wound on my palm where it broke my fall for a solid month.  Just think if that would have been my face, like, 2 days before the wedding? Or last week when I accidentally took half my eyebrow off while waxing. I was thanking my lucky stars my poor eyebrow has over a month to fix itself.
  2. Weddings have very little to do with love.  Weddings are all about money and partying.  Luckily, marriage IS all about love.  So, treat it right.  Find love in your daily relationship because it sure as hell is hard to find in wedding planning.
  3. The Dress is a major life event.  Seriously.  Up there with having a baby and retirement. My dress shopping experience was everything I had hoped it would be. I loved that special people in my life were there to share it with me. I can’t wait for Andy to see me all foxy in it!!
  4. Bride = wedding planner.  Getting a ring on your finger is like being handed a diploma at Wedding Planning University.  As a bride, it’s up to YOU to get everything done.  Think of that before you invite 350 people. Boy have I learned this the hard way. I kind of thought that other people would be just as excited about the big day as I was. Wrong!! A lot of people have been excited and very helpful, so it hasn’t been everyone. But there have been times where my enthusiasm has been crushed by those others.
  5. He’s a keeper.  If he helps you ties ribbons around invitations on Saturday night, he’s a keeper. I really think this is true. When a guy is willing to jump right in and help with the girly stuff it speaks volumes to me. It tells me a lot about what kind of husband he’s going to be to me. He may think ribbons around invitations are a waste of time, but if he sees it’s important to you and does it anyway that shows that he really wants you to be happy.
  6. You WILL freak out … regularly.  I spent $167 at the post office on the exact number of 61 cent stamps with miniature wedding cakes on each one.  One morning, I woke up to see that G had used one on the water bill.  !!!!!!!!!!!!!  I freaked out.  Just a little.
  7. Treat your mom like a queen.  If there is anyone that your wedding is just as important for, it’s your mother.  She, too, has been thinking about this day since you were a little squirmy nugget baby.  Treat her lovingly, fairly and with respect.  Because she’s pretty awesome.
  8. Start getting shape when you get engaged.  You’ll be busy, stressed, and exhausted as the wedding day gets closer.  It will be that much harder to keep up your fitness regime.  Start now.
  9. Seriously consider whether you REALLY want a wedding.  If I had to do it all over again, I’d plan a small, intimate affair in about 3 months and just splurge on a luxurious honeymoon.  Weddings are extremely expensive – ask yourself how much dough you really want to shell out on a one-day soiree before you dive in. I’m happy that our wedding will be small and intimate. We discussed eloping but I knew that I’d be heartbroken if I didn’t get to share our day with our friends and family.
  10. Remember how hard you laughed when you practiced your first dance in the living room with your soon-to-be husband.  It is probably one of the best memories of the engagement.
  11. Take marriage classes seriously.  Since G and I are getting married in the Catholic church, we had to take a series of marriage classes.  Whether you’re religious or not, marriage is a serious commitment.  You and your future spouse deserve the best – work to give that to one another.
  12. The honeymoon is where it’s at.  I haven’t even been on mine yet, but I already know that it will trump the wedding day.  Big time.  Plan accordingly. I knew this statement was true so I really pushed for us to do something super special for our honeymoon.
  13. Maintain normalcy and your day-to-day routine.  Put your life first.  This is something I failed to do.  I, unfortunately, put the wedding first.  It’s easy to get swept away in the excitement of dress shopping and cake testing, but put your normal life first.  THAT’S what really important.  Wedding planning is just a side gig. This has been easy for me as we’ve had a year long engagement. I’ve worked and gone to school and done wedding planning when I had spare time.
  14. Fight for your consumer rights.  We had some bad customer service experiences.  I fought for our consumer “rights” (whatever those might be) a couple of times and it worked out for the better.  Helzberg Diamonds especially won me over when they took my complaint seriously and made a point to fix it.  As a bride and groom, you’re basically single-handedly giving the economy a boost and spending some SERIOUS dough – you deserve the best treatment.
  15. Some people will be party poopers.  There will be a few people that try to bring you down and make your wedding seem insignificant.  Screw them.  Your wedding is important and they’re losers.  :)   For every 1 person that is a party pooper, there are about 100 other people that are ECSTATIC about your upcoming wedding.  Focus on them.  Ignore the haters.  Because, you know what?  Haters gonna hate. This one really hits home. I’ll never understand why some people don’t consider a wedding worth some extra effort and excitement. I’ve had my feelings hurt many times during this engagement when it feels like people who should care, don’t. I’ve had to learn who I can really rely on to come through for me and not count on the people who I know won’t.

Our wedding is a month away and even though I’ve had sad periods of time due to other people’s attitudes and actions, I’m still thrilled to share the day with the people who I truly know would go out of their way to show their love and support for us.

xoxo-Kimberly