Tomorrow is a day I would prefer to skip. Not that it would change anything really, but it would be one less day to think about it. April 30, 2008 my Grandpa passed away. It was very sudden and totally unexpected. My Aunt Suzie sent me these pics of him last year right after he passed. I think they are the neatest thing.

Grandpa was one of the smartest people I knew. If you had a question, he no doubt, had the answer. Even if there was no question, he still had a comment. When I got engaged, I really looked forward to having him at the wedding and see me get married. He was always manged to make the 6 hour drive to see us when something monumental in our lives happened.

This sounds goofy, I'm sure, but I haven't seemed to have much closure. I think about it a lot more than I probably should. I really hope the wedding will be that closure. Brian and I have made picture frames and we are planning to put our parents/grandparents old wedding photos on display. Also, I've added a small framed photo of Grandpa to my bouquet. Rebecca took some shots of it during my bridal photo session last Saturday, I hope they turned out. But, what else can ya do, it's like and it's just the way it happens....

On a much happier note...Check out these two!! They are 2 months old now.

I promise.. I will have quilting/sewing coming soon!!!! Life is so hectic right now. If you feel up to it.. check out the Etsy Shop. I have a lot planned for it.. AFTER the WEDDING!


Updates, Pictures.. and Such

Since I have yet to see the twins, I have to rely on everyone else to send/show me pics. This is really tough because the first time I will get to see and hold them will be the day of our wedding. that doesn't leave much time for their Auntie to spoil them. This summer they will be moving to Colorado, which make me sad. I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to work all this out, but I'll manage. They are now 7 weeks old and are already spoiled rotten!

I know I've said this a million times, but he looks just like my brother, especially with this grin!

Monkey Face
(Notice his new strap covers his Auntie made him!)

Sweet Riley

This past weekend we had our pre-wedding cookout with everyone here in TN. Most everyone who came won't be able to make it to Texas next month, so we decided to have a cookout at the farm. It was a lot of preparation, but went really well. It was good to see everyone at the same time. We're terrible at making/having time to spend with our friends around here. If they aren't regulars to the farm, then finding the time is almost impossible right now. We hope that changes in a few months though. We cooked SO much food and still have tons left. Since my Bridal Portraits are this coming Saturday, I won't be eating any of it! I'll leave that all to Brian. Since Laura and Rebecca brought salad for the shindig and there is still quite a bit left over, I will be eating it all week! It's ok, I love salad!

So.. less than 5 weeks until the wedding. It's now that I wish we could have eloped and gone to Vegas! or Alaska, that would be awesome! We've come to the conclusion that most people at our wedding will not approve of a lot of the things we're doing, but as Brian so poetically put it,"it's my wedding, I paid for it, and I'll do what I want." With that said, I cannot be held responsible for the things he might do!! Just a warning!

I have tossed back and forth whether or not to do the flowers now (artificial) or wait until the Friday before with Mandy and Kelly's help (real). I started working on them yesterday afternoon while I was putting my bouquet together for my Bridal Portraits this Saturday with Rebecca. I think they turned out fairly decent, nothing I'd be embarrassed to ask someone to wear. While in High school I took 2 classes on floral design and then continued to make corsages and boutonnieres for my friends at Prom. I have always enjoyed it and it turns out I still know how to do it! Here are a few pics of what I've done so far.

Mothers/Grandmothers, Groom/Groomsmen, Fathers/Grandfathers

My (picture) bouquet. I added a small silver frame to it that holds a picture of my Grandpa who won't be able to be there. He passed away almost a year ago this month. It looks really nice on there and I think it's exactly what I needed.

I'm definitely not a professional, but hey, I try! I'm the artsy-fartsy type, as my mom always says.

Road Trip

Don't we look like such nerds!

Friday evening we left for Nashville, well not really Nashville, but it's somewhere south of there.. you get the idea. Brian's best friend growing up got married Saturday afternoon, they also had a baptism ceremony for their little boy Aiden, who is 5 months old. All of this on Easter Weekend!! Great Timing! It was a long drive and we didn't get in until midnight or so, then stayed up talking with his family until 2:00 am. Seriously, we aren't late night folks! By 7:00 the next morning the phone was already ringing for Brian to help Danny pick up last minute things for the wedding. Imagine this, they had to pick up the cake, flowers, 2 kegs and the wine. I don't know if I would trust them to grab my cake, since to them the booze were what was important! Somehow they manged to make it, with everything in order! The wine however was opened before the baptism even began, it was a long day!

This is a picture of Brian and Danny, the groom. You see, they've known each other FOREVER and this is what happens when they get together with music and beer. Seriously, don't judge us, it's just who we are! Here's my question to you, if you know what a Keg Stand is, more power to you, if not you should just stop reading here. I really wish I had pictures of it, but I don't and I can only describe to you what actually happened. When was the last time you were at a wedding where someone did a Keg Stand, I have never been to a wedding where that occured. However, at this reception not only did the Groom's mom, dad Bride's mom, dad and just about anyone and everyone within arms reach of the keg, did a Keg stand. I must say it was a heck of a party and definitly one that I won't soon forget.

All I can say is no matter what my mom will not be doing one at my wedding, and Im pretty sure neither will Brian's. We'd like to keep it that way! We danced and we danced and now I remember why barefoot dancing when alcohol is around, is not a good idea. My wonderful, uncoordinated fiance' stepped all over my feet, but still it was a lot of fun!

Oh, ya. We took duke with us this weekend and boy are we pooped! ...


Going 'Green'

Do you use re-usable shopping bags?? We do. Now, I know what you're thinking. YOU use re-usable bags???!! Yes, I know, it's a shock that Brian would be ok with this. He is of course totally against the tree-huggin hippy types, which there are quite a fair share of them around here. Actually, to be quite honest, we don't do our Sunday morning weekly grocery shopping without them. Do you realize how much you can pack into them?? We have a stash of mainly Walmart's, a Lowe's, and a couple Wal-Greens.

We aren't completely going all Green and what not. He does however have an obsession with changing out all the light bulbs with the good ones. I know nothing about this. More so because I choose not to listen.

So I participated in a swap recently. I decided on a re-usable shopping bag. The point of this swap was to use at least 2 fat quarters and add something we don't normally use. I added ric-rac, although I haven't used it 'recently', does that count?? Anyway, this bag came together WAY to easy, and then I realized that the stripes were'nt lining up on the sides.. of course! It's not too terribly off, that's why I didn't show you the flaw in it, I'll let you imagine how bad it was.

You're looking at a picture I snapped of Shiner last Sunday. It seems as though My trusted little colt has decided he loves no one else but his little buddy Cipi (who knows how to spell that horses name, I swear!) It has become more and more difficult to work with Shiner, much less attempt to catch him in the first place!! SO, to break him of this, he will be spending a huge chunk of his time in 'solitary confinement' away from Cipi! This is what our little caged baby looks like! He's a cryer man... you can hear him all the way up at the house. But, it's gotta be done.

Doesn't he look so big!! He'll be a whole year old May 5. I've got a Cinco de Mayo horse!