Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Life is Good!

Hello everyone! I hope ya'll had a great Memorial Day weekend! God Bless the past, present, and future Soldiers!

Michael and I had a pretty enjoyable weekend!

One of my exciting moments was my last Friday working until 6pm and working the last Saturday we will be open. Starting today, our hours have cut back big time! I oficially have "Bankers Hours"! I think I will get used to it just fine... ;) 

Friday we decided to look into getting some new tile to re-do the bathroom and entry way floors. I stopped on my way home from work at a local shop. The owner had given us a gift certificate for a wedding gift so we thought we would use it! He had some really nice stuff as well as great prices! I picked out the tile for two of the bathrooms and headed home. Surprisingly, Michael approved what I picked out! :) We relaxed for the evening since the rest of our weekend was going to be busy!

Saturday after I got home from work we headed to Port Huron to run some errands and do some shopping. On our way home we stopped at my little sister's 14th Birthday party. There was lots of people and great food! Oh and a delicious DQ ice cream cake! When we got home, Michael and Rick began the project of re-doing my bathroom floor. After several beers and 5 hours later, it was finally complete! It looks great! I'll share some pictures as we finish the rest of the rooms....

Sunday was a productive day around the house before we went to Grindstone to visit our friends at the campground. While we were there, we of course had to go to the General Store to get some ice cream! The line was wrapped around the store, out the door, and partially down the road! They are known for the largest cones in the Thumb. Afterwards we sat around the bonfire and visited. It was a great time!

Yesterday we started the day at 5am and went fishing on Lake Huron with Michael's brother, Derek. It was a beautiful morning. I was pretty tired so I took a couple naps. Lol. The guys made fun of me of course! Michael caught a Lake Trout and Derek caught a King Salmon.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Showered with Love & Gifts!

Michael and I were blessed to have not one, but two bridal showers thrown for us! Since our families live so far apart, our mothers thought it was best to have two separate ones. Both of them were amazing! We can't thank everyone enough! Great food, great company, great gifts, and overall a great time!

On April 13th, Michael's Mom had a shower for her side of the family and friends at the Port Hope Fire Hall. I didn't get any pictures of all the food she made, but it was delicious! We recieved lots of nice gifts including serveware, bakeware, dishes, shovels, tools, step ladder, misc. kitchen tools, Princess House containers {my favorite glass containers ever!} and much more!

Here are some pictures from the Port Hope Shower.....
Michael and I with the cake
Some of the Bridesmaids and myself 
Super cute Mr. & Mrs. Coffee mugs with a bible verse inside 
Bride and Groom Rubber Ducky!
New plates, bowls, and coffee mugs! Love them!
A cute picture frame from my mom with the lyrics to "My Wish" in it
Michael & I
My mom and I 
Michael, his Mom, and myself

This past weekend, my Mom and my Bridesmaids planned a shower for us at Fore Lakes. It was a breakfast buffet style and it started early in the morning so that we didn't take up the guests day. Which worked out really well because it was a beautiful day and most people don't like to spend a nice day stuck inside! It was also nice for those who have never been to Fore Lakes to be able to get a look around and know what to expect for the wedding. My stepmom and some day to be "stepmom-in-law" also helped with the shower by supplying the cake and cake pops! Once again, everything was amazing! We recieved some really amazing and generous gifts! Some of the things we got included a crockpot, toaster oven, silverware, bakeware, cupcake caddy, picutre frames, bathroom set, towels, rugs, and some exursions for our honeymoon in Alaska!

I wasn't a fan of using this microphone... but it was the best way to be sure everyone could hear!
I had the easy job of talking and reading cards... Michael had to open gifts and try not to break ribbons! Haha.
This gift was so cool! It was a basket full of household items along with a poem. So as I read the poem, Michael picked certain items out of the basket that went with the poem.

The poem read.... on July 12, 2013 Julie and Michael will pledge themselves to each other at dawn and exchange a few wet ones. You may think your charmin' man may be Mr. Clean but you may have to iron out a few things you haven't seen. So snuggle up close, you'll be glad you did when you resolve those roarin' waters you will fall in love again!

Room full of friends and family! 
A gift of personalized Christmas bulbs! One for each of our dogs, my bunny Ginger, a camping one, an engagement and wedding one, and of course, two hunters!

Awesome Bridesmaids helping us from all angles!
A gift in remembrance of my Grandma Linn who passed away in 2011. The ribbon is for my bouquet!
Shots in honor of the shower :) Thanks Jenny and Natalie! 
Bridesmaids <3
Flower Girl and Ring Bear
Michael's Dad and Fiance, Kelly 
My Mom and her boyfriend, Greg 
My Dad and Stepmom, Miriam
One of my ultimate favorite gifts... a heirloom recipe book!!! Each guest brought a recipe to add to the book! Can't wait to try them!  

Words can not express our appreciation for everything!!!! Thanks again to all of our family and friends that came to each shower! A BIG thank you to my Mom and Michael's Mom for planning these wonderful events! And another BIG thank you to my bridesmaids, Grandma Julie, my Dad & Miriam and Michael's Dad & Kelly for contributing to the shower as well as helping make it run smoothly! We love you all and we are SO blessed to have you in our lives!!! <3

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!

Wedding planning and crafting is finally winding down to nothing! Checking things off the list on a daily and weekly basis has been very exciting, yet stressful at times. I'm thankful for my parents, friends, and most importantly Michael, who have been here to lend an ear or a helping hand! I tend to have to remind myself of this.... :)

First, let's talk about these damn centerpieces. I've changed my mind soooooo many times! Wasted money on many fake flowers, spent many wasted hours playing around with items and looking at different ways to design them. There came a point that I became discourage with making them myself, so I went to my florist. She assured me she knew exactly what I wanted and that she could do it for CHEAP! I felt relieved! Until a week later she emailed me a quote. $981??! Screw that! I called the boss {{Michael}} and he said "No worries hunnie, we will make something ourselves and it would be just fine." Yeah that whole, keep calm thing wasn't working for me. The next day (keep in mind this is several months ago) I came home from work and Michael had our back room filled with piles of different types of tree branches. I'm not going to lie.. I was pretty surprised! And impressed! He's the best :)

Yes, Jack always has to be in the picture. He's an attention whore :)

I picked out my favorite style/type of branch and we cruised around the backroads, stopped in random spots and looked for those particular trees. I guess when you live in Podunk, you can do those things :) We loaded up the little pickup and took the branches to our home. They hung in the basement to dry out for over a month. With all the stuff I have in the basement for the wedding, it looked like a rustic warzone!

This is a small amount of the branches that took over our basement :)

Once the branches were dried out, I began setting up different styles of centerpices that I liked on pinterest. But I couldn't make my mind up what I wanted that I could actually afford and/or do on my own. And then there was Natalie! A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend Natalie came over for the weekend and I showed her my ideas. She gave me some more ideas/feedback. We poured a couple cocktails, and came up with the official centerpiece! We called Michael down to the basement, he approved and also liked it much better than anything we had set up in the past! I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and lots of excitement! Since then, I've spent many hours cleaning vases, cutting branches, and setting up each vase. As you can see in the pictures, I tend to have adult beverages every time I do so :) I'm so happy and relieved that every single vase is packed away in a box and ready to be transported to the venue and set up on the tables! The final look won't be shared until after the big day... sorry y'all :)

One of the downfalls of living in Podunk is that everrrrrything is sooooooo far away! But thank God for online shopping! Oh and Etsy! I've gotten so many packages of fun things delivered to my front door! It's so exciting! From parents gifts to bridal party gifts to table favors to crafting items... the list goes on! I love it! I can't give too many details and pictures away yet though! It's going to be like CHRISTMAS in JULY!  :)

Bridesmaids gifts are somewhere under there! ;)

Who loves getting the mail? No one! However with all these RSVP's for the wedding coming in the mail, it's pretty fun! Especially to see all the song requests! And of course to see who will be there to celebrate our special day :) Last week the mail lady left us the cute little note. For every package she delivers, she leaves a note for me to be sure I know there is a package on the porch. On the back of that note was a note about our RSVP post cards. How sweet!

My flower girl is going to look precious! Watching her try on every dress in the store in her size was so fun! She loved every minute of it and she didn't want to leave the store!

Michael and I are having a unity sand ceremony rather than a unity candle since our ceremony is outside and I don't want to worry about the wind blowing out a fancy candle! I've seen many pictures on pinterest of cool shadow boxes and vases but they are waaaaay too expensive. One of my many days spent in Hobby Lobby, I came across a sand ceremony shadow box in the clerance section. Marked down from $39.95 to $10! Michael noticed a couple knicks on the top of it but nothing major. SOLD! I wanted to etch it like the ones I seen on Pinterest but once again, I was too cheap to pay someone to do that. So I purchased what I needed from Hobby Lobby - Etching letters/stickers, Etching Cream, and Painters tape. This past week I finally finished the project! Not too shabby considering the box and etching could have cost me up to $100 elsewhere!

Etching Stickers, Cream, and painters tape from Hobby Lobby
(I purchsed the stickers and the cream at different times so I could use a 40% off coupon!)
In the process of etching the date below our names
(It's all about measurements and patience!)
The finished product! We will eventually put a picture inside along with the sand we pour at the ceremony :)
~ Two Paths Become One ~

First dress fitting, check! Second dress fitting appointment in 11 days! Hair trial appointment in 2 weeks! Bachelorette Party in 5 weeks!

Hope everyone enjoyed my looooong wedding planning progress post! The moral of the story is that I'm excited to be wrapping things up! Only 7 more Friday's as a single lady!

I'm also looking forward to our bridal shower this Sunday! It will be so nice to get all of the bridesmaids together for the first time as well as visit with many other friends and family!

TGiF.... Have a great weekend!!