Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Musings on Life

To say that life has been a little crazy is an understatement.

Allow me to paint the picture.

Friday - Adam's mom brings Connor to visit for the weekend here in Indy.

Saturday - We have a great day playing outside and having tons of fun and going out to dinner.

Sunday - We have another fun day before Karen and Connor head back to Indy.  Then, Adam and I buy bikes and go for an 18-mile ride.

Monday - We get a 3am phone call telling us Adam's grandfather died.  He goes into work to take care of things, and I work on getting lots squared away so we can leave town.  We pack up and drive to Nashville.

Tuesday - We get up and drive to west TN to Adam's dad's house and spend the day there.

Wednesday - Visitation and funeral.  Drive back to Nashville.

Thursday - Pick up our wedding invitations and both get caught up on some work.  Adam and my parent's go to Connor's pre-K graduation, and I go to my friend's bachelorette party. 

Friday - We have lunch with old friends and then pick up Connor for the weekend.  Dinner with my family and then we go on and walk to explain to Connor that Pop died.

Saturday - We go pick strawberries and then clean up to go to a wedding.  Drop Connor off to spend the night with Karen and we go see Star Trek (it was excellent) before crashing at like 10pm.

Sunday - Brunch gathering with friends and then lunch and ice cream with Karen and Connor.  Then we go get some stuff taken care of for my work event, meet up with some other friends to say hello, and then dinner with the family.

Monday - I work the 5K/10K I've been planning for the non-profit I work for.  Connor has his first race experience handing out water at the water stop with my parents.  Breakfast with friends.  Naps.  Adam heads back to Indy.  We do dinner and I return Connor to his mom's.

Tuesday - I take my engagement ring to the store because one of the small diamonds fell out.  I get a 90-minute massage.  I run other errands and have lunch with a friend.  I drive back to Indy and am asleep within 2 minutes of getting in bed.

Wednesday - The construction people finally come and I listen to them hammer on the side of the house as they replace all the siding that was damaged by hail.  I am tired and cranky, but I get caught up on work again and start doing laundry.  3 loads down so far, probably 2-3 more to go.

It has been nuts.  We've had a lot of fun, but we've also just had some emotional stuff going on with the loss of Pop as well as just general busyness with both of our jobs and expecially the race.

I am so worn out.  I don't even know how we got through it all.  It was SO nice to get back home and feel like we can relax and not live out of a suitcase.

We have ZERO plans this weekend and couldn't be happier about it!

Friday, May 10, 2013

3 days away

In 3 days, I turn 30.

This really kind of blows my mind.  It doesn't feel like it's been that long ago that I was turning 25 and sort of having a mini quarter-life crisis.

In the past 5 years...

I've been laid off from a job I loved, had a job I hated, and then found an amazing job planning races and working with runners!

I've dated a lot, and I've had my heart broken a few times.

I found my best friend and got engaged!  (And am also becoming a stepmom to an awesome little boy!)

I've recently moved to another state.

I've traveled a lot.

I've run a lot.

I've learned a lot.

Honestly? I can't really summarize the last 5 years or even the 20s in words here.  It's been one heck of a journey, and I'm honestly not that sad to say goodbye to my 20s.

I feel excited about this next decade.  I'm getting married.  I'm going on a honeymoon to Italy.  I'll probably have another job or two.  I'd like to have some babies (not just yet, but in a few years.)  We will move back to Tennessee.  We'll probably buy or build our own house and become homeowners.  I hope to run more.  I will definitely love more.

On Monday, I'll only be a day older than I was a day before... but there's something about 30.  It definitely doesn't feel as old as I remember thinking it would back when I turned 20... but it feels solid.  I feel like I finally know who I am (well, for the most part.)  It took a lot of ups and downs in my 20s, but I feel like I've come into my own.

30.  Just seems a little hard to believe I'm there.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Engagement Photos!!!!

A few weeks ago, Adam and I headed back to Nashville to meet up with our awesome wedding photographers from Brown Lab Photography to take our engagement photos.  We did most of them in Shelby Park over in East Nashville, and we also took a few night shots around town.  I am so happy with how they turned out!  Here are a few of my favorites!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Coming Together

I can now say that at 3 months and 9 days out from the wedding, all of the BIG planning things are done.

1.  We have a wedding website!  Feel free to check it out here if you'd like.

2. We figured out how to register for our honeymoon.  We are so thankful to people who want to bless us, and since we pretty much have all we need for our home we set up a page to show people how they can make our honeymoon more fun and memorable.  You can check it out here if you'd like.

3.  We also registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond as well as Macy's since we could use some new towels, bedding and a few other small things.

4. We have our invitations designed and the paper picked.  I'm just waiting on the proof, and then we should have them in plenty of time to send out at the beginning of June!

5.  We picked out the tuxes!  YAY!

6.  We picked the menus for the reception as well as our rehearsal dinner.

7.  I secured our bartending services.

8. All of my showers and bachelorette party are on the calendar.  I am so thankful for the people working to plan them and make them happen!

There's still a lot left.  My mom is busy working hard on all of the decor (she's making pretty much everything herself and with some of her friends).  I need to figure out about my bouquet (those are the only real flowers we're using - mom is making the other bouquest and bouts out of some awesome fake flowers from Hobby Lobby).  We need to find some random items like a basket for the flower girl.  We need to pick out gifts for the people in the wedding (and each other, though I've already figured out one for Adam!).  I need to figure out my hair.  Just stuff like that.

We have a busy summer on tap even with non-wedding stuff (for example, we'll have Adam's little boy for almost 4 weeks of the summer).  We have a few fun things planned like some concerts and a little trip for the 4th of July.  So it feels really good that we have all of the big stuff accomplished.

It is so exciting!  I can't wait to see everything truly come together on August 9!