Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Renovation Doozies

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes.... a house full of saw dust and half-finished floors and unopened wedding gifts scattered everywhere. Oh, the married life! Micah and I have created quite a set of memories already. This past weekend was very productive for us, as far as progressing our house renovations. We invited some friends and family over to help us paint/faux our living room and kitchen, and let me tell you - it turned into quite the party.

Paint was dropped. Sponges were tossed. Clothes were ruined. Pizza and paint mix pretty well, I suppose.

After cleaning up all the sponges and spilled paint, our friends left, and Micah and I began working on the laminate flooring for our living room. (We got a super-nice deal at Floor Decor - only $0.49/square foot!) And when I say we worked on the floor, I really mean Micah worked on the floor. I attended him with fresh peach tea and arranged my candles, photos and other knick-knacks in our bathrooms, since they're the only half-way complete rooms in our house.

But doesn't that still count? I mean I stayed up until 2 a.m. with him.

Our house is actually coming together now. With paint on the walls and floor beneath our feet, it's starting to look pretty good - if I do say so myself.

God has truly blessed me... us. Honestly, Micah and I have been together so long now, I didn't expect to feel much different after we got married. But I'm blown away by the sense of passionate love I have for him, and him for me. It just goes to show that God's Word is truly living, and no matter how strong we think we are, there's always room for growth and blessing. If we walk by faith and trust the Lord, then it will be reflected in every area of our lives.

Plus, the whole sunburn thing is over - and that really makes me feel blessed. Ha!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Wedding in a Nutshell

December 2010
Raccoons replace Kara, my former roommate, after moving back home.

March - Current
Discover fleas on Bambi and all of the other 102 animals. Tried pills, drops, baths, dips and nothing works. Yes, we are infested.

May 12
Purchased our first house... signing our youth and fun money away forever.

May 14 - Couples' Shower
Spent all night hearing random people being invited to my wedding, consoling my friend in the bathroom, and arguing with Micah over his womanizing brother. Don't mention this one either. It may get ugly.

June 2
Played fist softball game at our city coed league and pulled a muscle in my back. Freaking out because I couldn't walk normal for two days.

June 4
Micah finds out he will be billed $1600 for his roommate's lack of payment from his prior apartment lease that ended in January... He's super pissed and raises he11.

June 6
Sunburn from Texas Tan ghetto beds and my overkill attempts at versa spa-ing make me look like a redheaded Mexican freak child. Oh and I came back from Mexico lighter than I was when I went... dang chlorine.

June 7
Started my period and lasted three days. Scared to go to Dr. Thielen, my mom's OBGYN because I had to go when I was 12 years old, and it scarred me for life.

June 10
Realize only half our flowers were delivered and can't find anymore. Traveled to three different Costco's to get enough random bouquets. Nice.

June 11 - The Day
Mom fell in garage that morning. Dad asked if he can change out of his tux. Half my family left for pictures at the church. Mom told Dallas, my brother, and Stephen, another groomsman, to go to the liquor store after the ceremony, making them late to pictures at reception. I found out later that Mom got in fight with security over a bottle of Jagermeister at reception, and it's confiscated. Best day of my life. Seriously.

June 12
We're approached by a manager at the Hilton telling us about one of our guests - a woman - at our wedding who threw a fit over the Jager. We're embarrassed after she reports that "this woman was demanding that she have her liquor back because she was paying for this whole wedding." Can't find half the decor from the wedding and lost our photobooth scrapbook.

June 13-20 - The Honeymoon
Pouring raining the day we arrive. Flight's delayed. Transportation carrier is confused. Micah gets dehydrated and we spend four hours at the Amerimed Hospital in Cancun. Only brought two tops and seven different pairs of shorts. Rains another two days. Stand in line two hours trying to check out and miss our buss to the airport. Take taxi because the people are freaking us out that we'll b late. Wait five and a half hours at the airport with nothing to do but write this blog post.


Thanks for listening/reading.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pre-Wedding Peep Show

I've recently been told I should write a novel about the events leading up to my wedding this Saturday. I couldn't agree more. However, blogging is free and therapeutic and less stressful (which is my favorite phrase at the moment), and I think I should wait until after the honeymoon to see what kinds of catastrophes will occur in the next few days...

When I say "catastrophes," I know I'm being dramatic. I'm very thankful for all the ways the Lord has blessed me. It's just those little life-pinches that add up to make for a really good, exaggerated story you tell to a friend. That's what I'm referring to.

To relieve myself from the stress and anxiety, I thought I'd express my feelings a little bit here - a peep show into my life. And I thought a list of things would be most efficient.

  • My wildlife rehabber mom's raccoons' cage is right outside my room. Need I say more?
  • My family's seven dogs, three cats, two ferrets, and one raccoon (this one's an actual pet) bark, meow, chirp, etc. every time someone thinks about opening a door

  • How do my de-fatted peanut butter, fat-free donuts, sugar-free almond milk, and organic spinach salad always disappear? Who else eats that besides me?
  • The cat sleeps on all the bridesmaids' gifts and flattens the bows I slaved over
  • My brothers and their friends drink all my diet sodas
  • I have to make myself a new to-do list every couple hours
  • I have to make Micah, my mom and my dad a to-do list every day
  • Staying up until the wee hours of the morning painting, texturing and ripping things out of our new house doesn't help
  • I started my period four days before my wedding

  • I fell asleep in a tanning bed with a mixture of old and brand-spanking-new bulbs, which scorched my back, butt and yoo-hoo and left my chest, arms and legs fish-belly white. Oh, and it's three days until the wedding!
BUT, really and truly, the purpose of this list is not for me to have a pity party. It's a way of me looking at my situation objectively and being able to laugh about it. ...As long as my yoo-hoo isn't still burned on my wedding night - then I can laugh about it. Otherwise, I will be very sad. 

That's why I'm putting my faith in Jesus. I lay it all down at the foot of the cross and will gladly hand over all these "catastrophes" to Him. 

Check back in a couple of weeks to see how things turned out. :) 
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