Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kristin's Baby Sprinkle

The day of Kristin's Alice in Wonderland-themed baby shower has finally come and gone, and I am happy to report it went smoothly and perfectly as planned. If it hadn't, it would have been OFF WITH EVERYONE'S HEADS!

Sorry, I just like having an excuse to say that...

Last week, I spent most of my free time doing last-minute prep for the shower and getting some wedding stuff done. I was so anxious about everything that I barely slept. Friday night, we had a cupcake and cookie-baking get-together at Kristin's house, complete with fishing egg yolks out of batter, getting sprinkles everywhere, and writing "Eat me" on about 2958345 cookies. I got home late at night and still had to make sangria and baked ziti (which tasted EFFING DELICIOUS. Don't be so shocked). I couldn't even get to sleep when I was done.

Yesterday morning, I woke up at like 5:45am, which isn't unusual for me, but I was SO. TIRED. I read a book until 8am, when I hopped out of bed and went straight to the kitchen and poured myself a glass of sangria. Yes, I drank sangria before I went to the bathroom, showered, brushed my teeth... don't judge. Don't act like you wouldn't have done the same thing.

ANYWAY, after hours of getting things together and reviewing every single last-minute detail, Eric and I headed over to pick up the pizza order. Which they did incorrectly and there wasn't enough time to fix it before we had to get over to Kristin's. If that's the only thing that went wrong the whole day, then we did a pretty damn good job. Perfect decorations, games went smoothly, and there was PLENTY of food for everyone.

I don't think people realize how difficult it is to throw a party like this. I know I didn't before now. If I didn't have the help of Kristin and Ben's moms and the other girls, I don't know what I would have done. We all worked really hard to pull things together, and I think Kristin and Ben had a good time. Especially Ben. We made him and the guys chug cheap beer out of baby bottles, and he won. What a good sport! Gotta keep the guys entertained at a co-ed shower, you know...

I'm also grateful for Eric, who made the invitations and designed the signs and tags for the party. That made things a million times easier for me and really made the place look perfect. The small details are what bring things like this together. He took a few snazzy photos, too. The perks of living with an artist ;)

Here's a peek at the day:

Thanks for your help!
Everyone cut a piece of yarn that they thought would fit around Kristin's belly hahahahah
"Drink Me" Sangria and Mimosas 
I HAD to get Baby Gamble some Chuck Taylors... rebel rebel right from the start ;)
bf4avlt <3
Favors. Very Alice, no?
Cupcakes and tea pots and mismatched chairs. Mad Hatter's tea party.
WE'RE ALL MAD HERE... and we wouldn't have it any other way

Now it is time to book a honeymoon, design invitations, and figure out our wedding ceremony. 2014 is the Year of Planning! I'm going to feel empty and useless come mid-September. Maybe I'll just go to Guanabanas and drink cocktails by the water every day from then on...



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring (Not) Break

Spring break is almost over! And it didn't even feel like spring! Or a break!

Maybe because I went up in to a snow storm instead of staying in Florida, where the rest of the world comes for spring break. And maybe because I spent literally every day doing some type of wedding planning, from research to phone calls to meetings with vendors. There is only one word to describe a full week of non-stop wedding planning in the cold grayness with barely any time spent with friends and family:

EXHAUSTING.

I got to see some friends, but not nearly enough, and some family, but not all of them. I wish I had more free time to see everyone. I will probably be back for a week in July, so hopefully I will see everyone then. Or wait, I have a better idea: COME VISIT! Who doesn't like palm trees and beaches?

This is what I got accomplished instead of being able to spend time with all the people I love:

1. Salon appointment/wedding hair consult, where he persuaded me to put up with long hair for just a few more months until after the wedding. In the heat and humidity of a Florida summer. God help me.

2. Wedding cake tasting. I will tell you that we have some delicious flavors picked out, but I will not tell you which ones!

3. Entree taste-testing. Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm sure Eric is sad he missed out on this one.

4. Detail planning. Every.single.detail. From every single item of food at the wedding, to the timeline of the day, to the placement of tables, every detail is planned out. If you are having a wedding, go with Summit Catering. You are basically getting amazing food AND a wedding planner. Dory is the best.

5. Flowers. Did not expect that meeting to take over two hours. But I have ALL the flower arrangements picked out now, and it will be perfect.

6. Checked out the hotel. Called another hotel. Don't know what we are going to do, but it will be done within the next couple days, and then everyone can book rooms so everyone can drink and party and not worry about driving home.

7. Figured out marriage license stuff. It's a pain in the ass when you don't live in the state where you are getting married.

8. Tried on my wedding dress. It fits! It is just as amazing as I remember, and I want to show the world. I want to show Eric. I can't. Ughhhh.

So, I got a LOT done. A lot. And now I am back in Florida, and I am going to go to the beach, because I have faded from glowing tan to ghostly pale after a week of being inside. I need some Vitamin D.

I miss everyone. Wish you were here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Six-Month Anniversary to Me

Today is my six-month anniversary of living in Florida! It seems like just yesterday I was getting off the plane and running to hug Eric and my friends. It had always been a running joke that I would move to Florida one day, and until very recently, that's all it was. Nobody thought it would actually happen.

When Eric accepted the internship opportunity here, and I started talking about quitting my job, I remember my dad saying, "Laur, if I had known you were serious about this, I would have told you to just stick your last job out. I didn't think you were serious." Well, neither did I. I didn't know I was serious until Eric set up an interview, and even then, my parents didn't think I was serious. Their cautious, careful, anxious daughter, who always has a plan, moving a thousand miles away with her new fiancé, no job prospects, and no place of her own to live?

No. That would never happen...

Mom and Dad, if you are reading this, thank you for supporting me in my decision to take the biggest risk I have ever taken in my entire life.

This is how I spent my anniversary weekend:

Went out on the boat with Kristin and Ben. Pulled up to Guanabanas for happy hour with Heather. Just a day in the life.

This is Ben driving the boat.

This is me driving the boat... God help us all...

My view before my morning run

Beach photoshoot




Pretending I can golf at our complex's putting green
I miss so many things about NJ... friends and family, the scenery, the smell of the trees, historic architecture, Philly, junk food... I took a lot for granted. That being said, I am determined not to take the beauty of my life here for granted. I think I have it pretty good right now :)