Thursday, May 31, 2012

Moving on Up, to the East Side, to a Deluxe...

...well, not really an apartment in the sky.

But we are moving un up (or actually, already have) into our very first home and the joyful fun that is home ownership.
The day after our wedding, Anthony and I got a phone call from my mom, who just happens to be a realtor and acted as our agent throughout the home buying process. Mind you, this is the first day of our honeymoon, so we didn't answer the first time the phone rang. But on call #2, the conversation went something like this.

Me: "I hope this is an emergency. We are boarding our honeymoon cruise."
Mom: "Well, no not an emergency, but I do have some news."
Me: "Okaaayyy....."
Mom: "Well, I just got a call from the selling agent, your short sale was approved."
Me: "OH MY GOD WE GOT THE HOUSE?! AAAAAHHHHH!!!! ANTHONY, WE GOT THE HOUSE" (for a better visual, you have to picture me jumping on a tiny cruise ship bed with incredibly low ceilings, trying not to hurt myself, and then falling on top of Anthony in excitement)

We had been married less than 24 hours, and we found out our short-sale, which had only been under contract for a month, had been approved. I have heard such horror stories about short sales dragging out to infinity, so you can imagine how elated we were with a relatively quick and painless process.

One month later, the day after our one month wedding anniversary (and yes, I will be counting months until we hit the year mark) we signed the closing papers and were handed the keys to our very first home.

Yessir, we live there now :)
The moving process has been interesting to say the least (I wasn't aware that previous owners aren't necessarily required to remove their belongings before handing over the keys) but has also been so incredibly fun. We've spent a lot of time cleaning, we still have so many boxes to unpack and organize, and we are currently lounging on these in our brand new family room.

Classy, I know
But still, it is so absolutely amazing when things fall together and you can really look towards God and see his hand in the life you're living. The past couple of months, though obviously stressful (we've been making some big changes over here,) have just been so full of blatantly obvious blessings, it's incredible. Sometimes, when God reveals himself in such obvious ways, it's overwhelming, but I am doing my best to take the time to be grateful and just live in the moments that I'm experiencing every day.

We've still got a long way to go to make this house feel like us, but I am thrilled for what's to come and can't wait to share it with you here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: The Day Before

I find it only appropriate to continue on in my Wedding Wednesday tradition until, well, I'm all talked out about the wedding. It was so much fun to blog about the preparation for the day, but I can't wait to show you the ultimate outcome. Everything about our wedding day was absolutely perfect. It was this girl's dream come true.

But, before I jump right in to the wedding photos, I want to give you the rundown of the 24 hrs before the wedding, because, well, they were more than eventful to say the least.

The weekend of the wedding, my bridal party stayed with me at my apartment, and the groomsmen and Anthony stayed at his best man's house. Because we were married on a Sunday, and had our rehearsal on Friday, each of us had all day Saturday to spend with our girls and guys and really get in our "bonding time" before the crazy started.

For the boys, that day consisted primarily of nursing hangovers from a bachelor's night out. For us girls, we had a fun day of dressing up and posing ahead of us.

As we  were getting ready for our fun-filled day, we noticed water leaking in through my first-floor bathroom's ceiling. I don't generally use the guest shower  upstairs in our apartment, and was blissfully unaware until that moment that we had a plumbing problem. This problem quickly became clear, and me, being as cool as a cucumber completely freaking out, tried to get ahold of my fiancĂ© for advice (I am not the handy one in our relationship).

Note to all of my engaged chicas out there: DO NOT try to call your fiancé the morning after his bachelor party. Neither he nor his hungover friends will be as responsive as you want them to be. (Logically this makes sense. To a bride with a plumbing problem, this situation means war.)

Eventually, we solved the plumbing crisis with only a few tears and were on our way to our Bridesmaid Photo-shoot. (I gifted this photo-shoot and picture frames to my bridesmaids as their wedding gifts. It was a fun way to bond, and gave each girl something to remember the day by.) Here are some of our favorites from the day. All of the pictures below are by Kathleen McKenna of Alita Photography.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

And She's Back!

Yes, it's true.

I still exist, I swear.

I haven't posted on this little blog of mine in nearly two months, a ridiculously long time in my book. Whoops, sorry for the absence friends. Actually, I'm not that sorry, and I'll explain why.

I have been a busy little bee in the past two months.

I married the love of my life on April 22, 2012.

I went on my honeymoon.

I bought a house.

I moved into said house.

And here we are.

I promise to give you all the run-down of everything little thing. The details of the wedding, the honeymoon excursions, the house-buying fun... all of it. So stay tuned... I don't want to overwhelm you, but it's all coming soon. :)