As you can see, by the end of the night we all ended up inside, and eventually every left and most of us were in bed before you could see any evidence of a lunar eclipse. But, it was fun anyway!
For some reason it has taken me a while to get into the Christmas Spirit this year. I have felt so overwhelmed with the gift giving aspect of it all. I guess I have never been responsible for making sure a family has a 'good' Christmas morning...and I have really felt the pressure this year. I think it didn't help that I've only been around for a couple months...and it seemed like a huge responsibility to take on in such a short time. But, Daron has been super helpful, even though I know he HATES shopping and keeps telling me "I really have no idea how we made Christmas work...I wasn't in charge of that"...but together we figured it out I think.
But throughout this whole process I've been so bothered by how important gifts are, and getting the right thing, and spending enough/not too much money. I guess I've always felt like I could put more time and thought and maybe a little 'homemadeness' into my gifts...but this year it was simply about 'getting a gift and checking that person off my list.' So it makes me sad that what I would of gotten everyone isn't' as personalized as I may of wanted it to be. But...there is always next year I guess...and I won't have to shove what most people have a year to think about, into just 2 or 3 months.
Needless to say, I woke up today feeling all festive inside! We got the house cleaned up this weekend...and Hannah fixed the Christmas tree lights so they ALL light up...and we got some present put under the tree (compliments of Tacy and Jessie) ... and the Christmas Program was really good at church yesterday... the shopping is just about done... so now we can just get ready for the fun times, like the family dinner and just being together.
How do you like the new look for my blog???
Here are some of my favorite...
Are you sure... - one of my first blogs
Holy Dirty Dead Creature Batman... - a true story
Living Beautifully...Ocassionally... - not my words...but I love this!
Beware...some men might find this a little uncomfortable... - Poor Tacy and Tuna!
Psst...look at this... - the first of many Lane Bryant stories
That'll do... - this was such a big deal when it happened...let me tell you...
Smile for the Camera... just some good memories and pictures
Amish Bread and bra fittings... my most famous Lane Bryant story! I just got another anonymous comment on it this weekend!
Sniff... this is one of my favorite blog pictures
My bad... hahahaha...I forgot about this one!
The results are in... my mom is so silly...
Get comfy, this is a long one... it's really not that long...and it's worth the read!
Out of my element... a post about Daron, but you wouldn't know it since I never mention his name
In going through my old blogs I've notice a few things... I'm not as fun of a blogger as I once was. I used to have fun things to talk about...and now it seems like I don't. Also...the comments I get on my blogs are fewer and fewer. Granted, maybe that's due to the lack of good blogs to read. Who knows...
I'm going to try and be a fun blogger again... shorter, more frequent blogs about random subjects. Those were some of the good ones...
So, Orivlle Redenbacher's Natural Lime + Salt Popcorn...put it on the grocery list...it's a must!
Things have been so busy here it seems... I can't believe it's already been almost 2 months since we got married. Let me give you a little run down of life...
So it ended up being a really good day. Darons whole family was there...including his dad who came down from Payson. His sister and her husband and two kids were there...as well as his mom Judy. Me and Hannah did a puzzle after dinner...which was nice.
So now we have Christmas to get through...but I'm looking forward to it!
And that's it for now...I'll be gone for a week (not that I've been blogging any more frequently that than anyway...) but I'll be back with lots of pictures!!!
1. The bed we were sleeping on was the bed him and his ex-wife slept on....and for some reason he didn't understand how much this bothered me...
2. It was a queen bed...and we learned quickly that we do not fit well on a queen bed. We start off fine...but I move around and sort of gravitate towards whoever is on the bed with me...and that didn't leave much room for him.
3. The bed frame he had for the old bed so SO FREAKING TALL...I had to sort of jump to get in it and then pray for a soft landing when I fell out of it every morning.
4. We really only ended up paying a couple hundred dollars for it! It turns out that the money we got for our wedding was just almost exactly how much we needed for the bed!
So...needless to say we slept very well last night...I am very excited about it...
Things have finally slowed down a little...
The wedding is done...both receptions are done...now I'm just back at work and living life! Things are good here...almost too good...I keep waiting for a melt down or a freak out or a 'WHAT WAS I THINKING' moment...but I haven't had one yet. Granted it hasn't even been 2 weeks...but I wouldn't of put it past myself to have an episode by now...
Next week we go on our cruise and I am SO EXCITED!! I still haven't seen the ocean and I can't wait to FINALLY check that off my 'to do' list...
I haven't gotten back the wedding pictures yet...and I will post those as soon as I get them...but I should be getting some pictures from the open house we had here in Arizona. I'll post whatever I get as soon as I get them...
That's it for now...
Well I only have a few days left in the Arizona before I head back home for the last time as a single woman! I fly home Thursday, and less than two week later Daron flies into town, and a few days after that we are married! It's absolutely crazy to think how different life will be after that! I've realized on this trip how funny it will feel to live away from my family and know that it's a permanent thing...that my life for the most part will now be solely in Arizona.
Me and Daron have thought that we will get the car all packed and leave from the reception and go to Iowa City...since we are driving home anyway (through Utah to see my grandparents)...and stay there Friday night and leave Saturday morning. I have been thinking about how bittersweet my reception will be. It won't just be a 'congratulations on your wedding' (well, for some people it will be just that), but for lots of important people in my life it will be saying 'goodbye' too...and I worry that I am going to cry a lot (sort of like the way I am crying right now just blogging about it!!)
Ok...on to happier thoughts. I had a mental list of things that needed to be done on this trip...and I believe we accomplished most if not all of them... Let's see...
1. find sweaters for the bridesmaids...check
2. rug doctor the carpets in Darons house for the company we'll have for the AZ reception...check
3. get ties for the groomsmen, my dad and Daron...check
4. get Darons front room cleaned up (which has been basically collecting boxes of unwanted crap for the past many months...check
5. have the AZ bridal shower...check
6. have dinner with the girls...check
7. go with Daron to the temple for the first time...CHECK :)
8. get Darons wine cabinet on craigslist...not yet...but my time here isn't over yet!
Anyway...so it's been a productive and eye opening week...
There is TONS of stuff waiting for me to do when I get home...even though my family has been busy while I've been gone! As much as I didn't want to depend on them to get things done for the wedding I absolutely would never of gotten anything done without them!
In other news...I'm back in Arizona for another week of getting the pre-wedding things done. Daron went through the temple yesterday and that was so good!! The bridal shower that Hannah and Keri are doing is tonight and I am very excited about that! We are getting our new couch delivered here on Wednesday. The couch and love seat Daron had were pretty worn out and old...so it will be nice to have something new. I will for sure get some before and after pictures to share with everyone... We also got a new cat! I have never been a cat person, but we went to the pound the last time I was here and they had this cute little Russian Blue kitten...so they went a couple days before I came and got her and we picked her up on Tuesday! She is adorable!
Jennifer and Sophie Smith threw me the coolest bridal shower shower last week! There was tons of purple and sparkles (which are my two favorite things) and it was just really nice! Over the top nice!! Jennifers niece Sarah took pictures and as soon as she sends them to me I will get pictures posted of that.
Last night when I went to bed I rolled onto my back and saw a black shadow on the ceiling. I put my glasses on and saw it was a praying mantis. I didn't think much of it and I rolled back over, turned off the light and went to sleep.
Here is the cool thing about this plan. Quite a few weeks back when me and Stacie were trying to make a final decision about whether to stay in AZ or go to Illinois...we both came up with our main reasons why we shouldn't go.
I didn't see them at all last week...or at all earlier this week...and I was starting to actually get really nervous that one or the other...or both...had died!
I saw them yesterday...and I can neither confirm or deny that I may of started crying a little...
This little lady and her basset hound got me thinking about all of these people in our lives that we see on a regular basis that we have really no actual relationship with whatsoever.
I wonder if people who 'see' me all the time start to get a little worried if I 'go missing' for a while.
Like...do the people at the McDonalds drive through on the corner of I-10 and 7th st. start to wonder if I'm alright when I've gone more than 2 or 3 days inbetween visits. Or...the girl that dresses up as Lady Liberty and walks outside the tax office on Mill and the 60...does she wonder if everything's ok when she doesn't see my orange Ford Escape coming down the road around 5:00 every day? Or maybe the guy who is always taking his offices mail to the mail box at the same time I am every day...does he think I've been fired (or maybe quit) if I haven't been there for a while?
But...that brings me to another thought: the influence and effect we can have on people we only meet once or twice. I can think of quite a few instances where I came across someone only once...and I can still remember how they acted or what they did and how that influenced me.
Like the other day I left the office to get lunch at Panda Express and I grabbed by debit card and left and I got through the drive through and went to pay and realized that I had grabbed my credit card (which doesn't work anymore) and I had no way to pay! I looked around my car...I don't know why though...I guess hoping a miraculous $5 bill would appear...but it didnt and so I turned to the guy and said "I'm so sorry...I don't have anything else" and took my card back and was just going to drive away and he says "Oh...don't worry...you can just have it! We're just going to throw it away anyway" and I said I couldn't do that and I felt really bad, but he insisted and so I took it, thanked him, drove off (and probably cried then too!).
Another time I was in the line at the post office...I think it was mid July or August last year...I guess I just remember that it was REALLY REALLY hot and the line was long and people were grumpy and short to the workers (and I'm sure the workers weren't thrilled either) and it didn't seem like a very posative situation. For some reason that I cannot remember now, the lady next to me struck up a conversation......OH I REMEMBER NOW...Sarah Harward called me and talked to her for a minute, but then asked if I could call her back in a few minutes. The lady next to me says "You must be pretty optomistic thinking you're only going to be a few minutes" and from there we just started talking about who knows what...gardening I think...and she made what could of been a miserable visit to the post office something rather enjoyable.
I know neither of those are really great examples...but those people could of easily turned those situations into something completely different. The Panda Express guy could of (and had a right to) be really upset and said rude things...or the lady at the post office could of been crochety and said some rude thing about me being on my phone in a public place or just completely ignored me in the first place, which is sort of the 'socially acceptable' thing to do when you're in a public setting now (elevators, lines, city transportation) ...
In closing (since this is turning out to be longer than any formal talk I've had to give) I'd like to share a quote with you that I have framed on my desk at home:
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."