Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!!

Hello everyone!
Tyler and I have been busy celebrating the holidays with each other & our families... and then there was also work & school that are always in the way of a good time. Here are some pictures to catch you up on all the fun and excitement that we have been having.
*Oh and in just 8 short days, we will be getting married in just 5 MONTHS!!

Phew! That was a lot of pictures and quick look through our excitement.
Even in the midst of all that we were able to do some planning for the wedding.
We made some adorable yarn letters, we are in the final steps of the invitation planning,
we got bridesmaids & grooms/men outfits, and the list keeps going... if we could only figure out where we want to honeymoon!

I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season!
I know that we have TONS to be thankful for and couldn't be more happier for the things that we have and the people we get to share those things with!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wedding Registry Excitement!

Hello friends and family, I hope you are all enjoying the week so far!
As for me and Tyler, we are extremely busy with work and school
however, this weekend we were able to finally finish registering for our wedding!

Doesn't he look like Michael C. Hall as Dexter in this picture..?
Maybe it's the creepy face and knife, I don't know.... ;]

Of course I'm scanning cupcake tins....

We registered at of course, Target. And Bed, Bath, & Beyond. 

You can view both of our registries here:
 Target Registry & Bed, Bath, and Beyond Registry.

I think registering has been Tyler's favorite part of all this wedding planning so far. Not just picking out gifts for our loved ones to get us,
but walking around and getting ideas of what our future home will be like.
It's so exciting, and I think it's safe to say that registering has been one of my favorite parts as well.

Other than registering, Tyler and I have been enjoying cool weather by baking, cooking and glorious cups of espresso. Here are a few pictures to leave you with.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Oh, the places we'll (want to) go.

$2000/per person for airfare to Australia.
$1200/per person for airfare to New Zealand.
$900/per person for airfare to Sweden or Ireland.
$400/per person for airfare to Hawaii.
Finding a place far away from home to honeymoon inexpensively: impossible. 

So... Tyler and I have been talking about all the places that we would love to go on a honeymoon. We have both decided that we wanted to go somewhere far from home (which is proving to be an expensive task).


I mean... Who DOESN'T want to go to Ireland?

We have actually talked about moving to Sweden & even attempted learning the language. Haha.

We want to be able to go somewhere that we know we will never be able to get the chance to after we are married and settled down. We have so many ideas but they are all so expensive! It's such a let down. I just need to keep telling myself that I will honestly have a blast no matter where I go with my future hubby. 

I honestly wouldn't even care if we didn't have a honeymoon. But, there's that part of me that really wants a lavish vacation that we can remember for the rest of our lives. Ahhhh... 

If anyone has any suggestions to where we should go or what we should do, we would love to hear them! We are open to anything, really.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Proposal

It wasn't too long ago that I proposed to Michelle and saw the tremendous amount of happiness in her eyes, but time is flying quick (already 7 months until the wedding)!

Anyways, for those of you that haven't heard how it all went down, this is the post to read:
Michelle and I had a camping trip planned at Huntington Lake, nothing out of the ordinary, just another regular camping trip we wanted to take like all of the others we love so much. I figured that that weekend would be the perfect opportunity to pop the question; us being in the mountains and surrounded by trees, it's everything we love. 

So I decided that I would place the ring on top of the frosting on a cupcake since baking is her biggest passion (it's what she's basing her life around anyways!) But that wasn't easy, I had to sneak over to buy the cupcakes without her noticing or finding them in the fridge since I had bought them the night before. The next day came around and I was glad she hadn't found them yet, but now I had to sneak them into the car with all of our camping stuff and hope she wouldn't see them again, and thankfully it worked out... again.

As the night rolled on and we were all settled in at the campsite after a fun day, I got more and more nervous to get the cupcakes out, set the ring on top, and bring it out to her in a cute and romantic way. Eventually when the time was right, I walked over to the car and opened up the cupcake box and opened I up... they were both melted to the point of looking like hot fudge splattered all over the inside of the box. My heart was racing and I had NO CLUE what I was going to do now. The night was coming to an end and we sat inside the tent talking before bed like we usually do, but my mind was so pre-occupied I couldn't really concentrate and felt like she could see something was wrong. 

The next day, after a lot of thought, I figured that I would just take her for a drive and see if I could find a cute, secluded and elevated area to pop the question. We drove around and eventually came to the Huntington Lake dam and decided we should walk down and just relax by the water. We found an area just past the damn with a secluded shoreline where we could just sit right by the water and hang out. I finally realized that this would be the perfect area to propose, but there was only one problem. The ring was still hidden in the car (from me thinking there would be nothing special by the dam). I needed a reason to go back to the car to get the ring, so I made up an excuse to head back to our camp a mile or two back to get my swimsuit, which I really didn't have and needed. After we got back to the dam I made sure to stuff the ring in my shoes in our tote bag. 

The view from the dam

We hung out by the water for 30 mins or so and ate some snacks and tried to catch minnows with Ziploc bags (for Michelle, I swear she insisted we catch one). I eventually noticed that to the right of where we were sitting the shoreline stuck out a bit (to where you couldn't see what was around it) and then back again. So I tucked the ring box into my waist band of my swimsuit and walked across the rocky shoreline to the alcove (while almost dropping the ring in the water) and saw a perfect tiny log to place the ring on. So I set it down on top of it and tried calling Michelle over to me to sit where I was and hoped that as she came around the bend she would notice it and I would ask her those four words. But she didn't want to come over at the moment, so I walked back to her and sat for a few more minutes. 

Proposal right around the corner!

Eventually I said we should go to where I was because there was shade and we didn't have sunscreen. She finally gave in and began walking over while I walked right behind her. She got about halfway over (right to the point where you could see around the bend) and stopped. I could tell she noticed something weird. 

Turns out she was just pointing out some trees along the water that looked like they grew cotton on them... great, she didn't even notice the ring! A few second later after admiring the trees she asked me what the heck was over there and I told her I have no idea what you're talking about. She said, "Ty, I think there's a ring over there, OH MY GOD I think somebody was going to propose here!"

She had no idea!!!

Just as I came up right behind her to pretend to see what she was talking about, she turned around and saw me on one knee. I told her how much I loved her and asked if she would marry me, and I was only able to make it about halfway through before the tears started flowing (and she almost got me going too!).

And I don't know why so much nervousness had built up inside me all weekend from just the thought of me asking her, because of course she told me yes, albeit in the midst of her crying.

I swear we spent the rest of that weekend camping just looking at the new ring on her finger with huge smiles on both of our faces; we couldn't stop talking about it! But I guess that's what happens when you decide to spend the rest of your life with your best friend and the most amazing girl in the world. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Insider Edition

If you want to get an insight of our relationship,
here are three things that allow us to enjoy life just a little bit more. :)

1. Written By A Kid - Ep. 1: Scary Smash

They turn kid's funny stories into actual little movies. As their slogan goes "we make videos based on what they say", it's seriously the cutest & funniest thing.

2. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee (specifically iced)
 Okay, so there's some hot coffee in there too, but if you want to learn how to cold brew your coffee then click here for the details! Warning: it does take 8-12 hours to go through the complete process but it's definitely worth the time.

3. Ticket To Ride

We recently started getting into board games and can't get enough of this one. Each player draws a couple routes that they try to complete by the end of the game using their train pieces. For every completed route you get points added to your total, but for every incomplete route you have, you get points subtracted from your total. It sounds simple, but chaos ensues as every player starts to get an idea of what route you're trying to complete and tries to block you off. If you want to get a better understanding of how it's played, click here. Thanks TableTop!

Monday, September 24, 2012

I hope you're hungry!

So as Michelle has recently started her senior year at college it felt like the wedding planning would start to slow down quite a bit, but we're still making a bit of progress! We recently finalized the menu for the reception... 

and it's BBQ!
Look at those baby pies!
I mean, seriously.... how amazing does all that look? We're drooling.. 

It took us a while to come up with what type of food we even wanted to begin with since we eventually decided against our first idea. And we know BBQ is typically a messy type of food so we're keeping the finger-foods to a minimum (because we don't want it to look like the end of a wing-eating competition by the end of the night).

As of right now here is what our menu looks like:
  • Tri-tip (as a sandwich or by itself)
  • Pulled pork (as a sandwich or by itself)
  • Mixed-greens salad
  • Corn on the cob
  • Baked beans
  • Potato salad

I'm sure we might add some more to the menu if we come up with anything, it's just so hard finding what works best for the occasion. If anybody has any ideas of something we could add to the menu, let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Work, work, work!

This week has been insane... from planning a wedding, to saying goodbye to loved ones (only temporarily), to moving & unpacking, to starting up school (YAY! LAST YEAR!). It feels like there hasn't been any chance to catch a breath these past couple weeks but now we're relaxing and just finished up a shopping trip at WalMart (because we're classy).

For those of you who would like an EXACT date of when our wedding will take place... get those calendars out and mark off
MAY 11TH 2013 
and "save our date". We are incredibly excited to keep this wedding planning going and believe it or not, we have accomplished SO MUCH... here's a list so we can see all the progress we've made.

X Found an AMAZING venue (Thanks Kathy & Charlie) 
X Figured out our colors/theme 
X Booked the Port-O-Johns :)
X Booked the chair/table rental 
X Made parts of our amazing centerpieces
X Made our backdrop
X Decided on the food..... 
X Set up a wedding registry for one of the two places
X ...other things that cannot come to mind. :P 

Here are some pictures of the things mentioned above. Enjoy!! :) 

Where we will be saying our "I do's" 

Really want this chair for the wedding... 

Had to say goodbye to this precious little girl for the next 8 months... :( 

...And an early Happy Birthday :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Finally getting started

After much delay and thought going in to exactly what we want to have for everybody to feast their eyes on at the wedding, we finally got down and dirty and put our hands to work!

We started off our crafting binge last night with the process of cutting down some fabric to the proper size. It seemed like such a simple process for what we were planning to make (and it was really), but man, using a pair of scissors for any extended period of time starts to take it's toll on your hands! After much hand crampage (for lack of a better term), we finally had the finished product on our hands; some amazing mason jar votives (there will eventually be candles in these)!

I'd say these turned out great!

Tonight we hesitantly got started with DIY project #2, while still feeling the effects of those scissors from the night before. This was another very simple decoration, just somewhat time consuming getting all of the fabric ripped down to the strips that we needed. After lots of sweating while sitting out in the front yard getting everything cut down to size, we were both happy to get back in under the air conditioning to start putting everything together finally.

The backdrop

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

While you wait...

If you want to get a feel for what type of wedding this is going to be you can look at both our Pinterest's and Instagram. We update those daily. 


Friday, August 3, 2012

Wedding planning?!

As the realization of my new addition to my finger starts to set in, so do my wedding fears. I have been thinking about this moment in my life for years, and now that it is here I don't know where to start! How typical.

As of this moment, Tyler and I are hoping for a May wedding, and as most of you know, I'll also be graduating early May as well. Not to mention that I'll be doing all this planning while living in Riverside. AHH!

I'm not going to lie, I am honestly really excited to start the whole process and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it (as much as I can). If anyone knows any good photographers that are not extremely overpriced then I would love to hear from you! Actually, any suggestions for anything will be greatly appreciated. 

All in all, I'm just happy to be looking at my ring knowing that it's not a dream.
Cheesiness. Yay.

This picture was one of our first pictures taken together. I think I knew that we were perfect for each other by our weirdness and our inability to stop laughing. 

He fell asleep on Christmas. CHRISTMAS!

Monday, July 30, 2012

We're gettin' HITCHED!

So as many of you probably know now.... me and Tyler are getting married!!!! We are beyond excited to enter this new part of our relationship.

We decided to make this blog that way we can look back and remember our engagement since it will go by so quickly. We also wanted to keep our friends and family updated with any plans or if you just want to stalk us from time to time :)

We hope that you will enjoy this just as much as we are going to!