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Friday, October 28, 2011

Five for Friday, vol 21

1.  You constantly push yourself to take on new challenges and learn new things.

2. You have been making me laugh for ten years now.

3.  We have a weird psychic connection when it comes to ordering out for dinner.
4. You think I make the best sandwiches.

5.  You always make sure there is cut-up fruits and veggies for me in the fridge.

I love you.

Let's Fall in Love: Zero to Sixty-Five

When it comes to wedding receptions, there really is no right or wrong way to celebrate.  One reason I love them so much is the chance to see which traditions the couple choose to stick to, which they adapt, and which they cut entirely.  We chose to keep to tradition at almost every turn, but that still didn't mean we wanted to do every little thing just like everyone else.  While I love the idea behind the bouquet toss (and have even caught one in my career as a professional wedding guest), I wasn't sure it was something I wanted to do at my own wedding.  Instead of singling out the un-marrieds, I decided to take the opportunity to pay homage to the already-marrieds instead. I collected a list of songs from the wedding party (their First Dance songs), along with some of the love songs that had special meaning to Kenny and I.  It was the perfect soundtrack for an Anniversary Dance.

The DJ invited all of the married couples to the dance floor. 


The first song they played was one I had chosen from my parents' repertoire - Chicago's Color My World.



After a few moments, the DJ asked that anyone married for less than a day leave the dancefloor, so Kenny and I made our way to the perimeter to watch.


After a few more moment, the DJ sent off those married less than a year ... then less than five ... then ten. On a day that was all about beginning our marriage, it was really nice to take a moment and recognize the others in our lives.
 

As Kenny and I watched from the side, the crowd on the floor slowly dwindled to just a few couples. Forty years? Fifty? Who would it be?


Pretty soon it was down to my godparents and our close family friends.  But in the end, there was one special couple who won out.


Kenny's grandparents, happily married (and still dancing!) for over sixty-five years.


It was a fitting end to our Anniversary Dance, and I gladly handed my bouquet to Grandma Virginia.

From 0 to 65 ... something to strive for.

In case you missed it ...*

I bought a dress and completely changed it.  We had a marathon final week of engagement.  I giggled my way through our rehearsal.  Kenny got grilled at our rehearsal dinner.  The groomsmen ran amok in downtown Springfield. The girls got gorgeous.  We exchanged mushy wedding-day gifts.  The guys got fancy and then got dancy.  I became a Bride.  There was a first First Look. I shared my Somethings.  The boys made the most of trolley-time. And did their thing on the Capital grounds. The girls took photos at the hotel. Everyone arrived at the church. We walked down the aisle. We declared our intentions and my cousin preached. We exchanged our vows. Our hands were blessed. Kenny put a ring on it and kissed his bride. We were pronounced Mr and Mrs! We left the church in a blizzard of confetti, and took a "just-married" trolley ride. We made it legal. We took pictures with our families, followed by wedding party portraits. I hit a low point and poured over reception details. We received our guests. The wedding party was introduced. My Dad checked his toast off of his to-do list. Our Best Man and Maid of Honor shared toasts as well. The we cut our cake and had our First Dance. We shared a dance with our parents.
*Links updated!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Penelope at 12 weeks.

We brought Penny home three weeks ago, and I think it's finally safe to say we're all approaching what one could call a routine. Sort of.

She's quirky, precocious, and stubborn.
She can climb out of her pet yard and on top of her crate.
Those ears never, ever go down.


She mastered the stairs on the deck (going up) in three days.
Her favorite toy is a small pink bunny rattle.


She loves chewing on rawhides and baby carrots.
She is kind of scared of the dark.
She absolutely loves her sock monkey bed.


She sleeps through the night in her crate.
She goes nuts for chicken-flavored training treats and peanut butter.
She kind of hates her collar and tries to eat the leash when we go for a walk.


She loves toes.
She is fascinated by Tucker and wants to chase him and be chased by him all the time.
She is a champion eater, chows down, and then scratches at the bowl when it's empty for more.


She is fast.
She's gained a half pound since coming home with us, tipping the scales at 3.2 pounds.
She likes me better.
She's earned the nickname Penny Danger.
She thinks that "good girl!" means "treat."

She knows her name and sometimes "no."
She hasn't quite figured out pottying outside just yet, but she's so good in her crate that we're getting better every day.

All in all, it's been an interesting couple of weeks at our house.  It's stressful and tiring, but she's so cute that you can't stay mad at her.  Tucker is still a little unclear as to when she'll be leaving, but we're all adjusting.  I am looking forward to when she is housebroken, but otherwise she is a good little dog and a great addition to our little family.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Let's Fall in Love: In My Life

When Mr and I initially started planning the wedding, we talked a lot about the music and dances that we would have at the reception.  We decided early on that the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances would be combined.  We wanted to have the special moment with our parents, but we knew that it would still be just as meaningful with both of us on the dance floor at the same time.



PS my dad is super handsome.

And how cute is MIL?


Such a proud mama.



We love our parents.  This dance was another moment I had looked forward to, and it (along with everything else I have documented from our wedding day) exceeded expectations.  It was a moment with my dad that I will remember for the rest of my life.  


In case you missed it ...

I bought a dress and completely changed it.  We had a marathon final week of engagement.  I giggled my way through our rehearsal.  Kenny got grilled at our rehearsal dinner.  The groomsmen ran amok in downtown Springfield. The girls got gorgeous.  We exchanged mushy wedding-day gifts.  The guys got fancy and then got dancy.  I became a Bride.  There was a first First Look. I shared my Somethings.  The boys made the most of trolley-time. And did their thing on the Capital grounds. The girls took photos at the hotel. Everyone arrived at the church. We walked down the aisle. We declared our intentions and my cousin preached. We exchanged our vows. Our hands were blessed. Kenny put a ring on it and kissed his bride. We were pronounced Mr and Mrs! We left the church in a blizzard of confetti, and took a "just-married" trolley ride. We made it legal. We took pictures with our families, followed by wedding party portraits. I hit a low point. We received our guests. The wedding party was introduced. My Dad checked his toast off of his to-do list. Our Best Man and Maid of Honor shared toasts as well. The we cut our cake and had our First Dance.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Five for Friday, vol 20

1.  You break open the bottle of cough syrup when I am being too big of a baby to do so.

2. You swear the cure for persistent cough is drinking Naked Juice and doing push-ups.

3.  You reallllllllllllllly love Costco.

4.  You are really jealous of the fact that the puppy likes me better (because she obviously does).

5.  I've recently realized that 90% of the photos we take together are outtakes of you trying to put your finger in my nose.


I love you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Feed a Cold.

Current status: working sick from home with a hacking cough. Self-medicating with equal parts Dayquil and buffalo nacaroni and cheese. Buried under heating blanket constructed from two small dogs. Tearing up over commercials on Lifetime.

In other words: shambly mess.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Five for Friday, vol 19

1. You bought me a puppy. Which you spoil ridiculously.

2. You helped make my birthday weekend amazing.

3. You take really good care of me when I don't feel well, self inflicted or not.

4. You keep your road rage to acceptable passive-aggressive levels.

5. You buy me green chili beers.

Saturday Bonus: you use more expensive shampoo than I do.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

World's Smallest Crocodile.

Penelope has a thing where she grabs whatever toy she's gnawing on, and immediately goes into a tiny, fuzzy death roll.

Meanwhile, Tucker attempts to sneak into her little gated area and binge on her puppy food. If he had hands, he'd be shoveling it in faster than I do movie theater popcorn. And that's fast.

Also? Crate training? Pen associates this with torture and abandonment. This makes going to bed extra awesome.

Day three, check.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Our family is growing!

No, this is not a pregnancy announcement, just putting that out there. This is more of a delay-of-baby play.

Today is my birthday. Mr has always been good about making my birthday, and the week that surrounds it, amazing. This year was no exception.

We've been talking about adopting a second dog for months. We've come close on several puppies, but it was never the right time. But in a weird twist of fate, Mr happened to open his Petfinder app and see several puppies available in St Louis that had just been posted that day. There never seems to be dogs in our area, but these were even the breed we've been looking for. And they were with a rescue that my company sponsors. And one of them was named Megan. And they were currently being spayed at a vet office minutes from our house.

The Universe really wanted this to happen. You can't fight fate. So ... Welcome to the family, Penelope!

(Tucker doesn't know yet. He's going to be PISSED.)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Let there be cake.

Forget the fruit, it's practically my birthday.

Five for Friday, vol 18

1.  You take birthday week very seriously, and you make it awesome every year.

2.  Crazy things happen when you go to Costco.

3.  You bought me tickets to Death Cab and you got really excited when they played "our" song.

4.  You understand that my new moto boots are not ridiculous afterall, since you make note every time someone checks them out in public.

5.  You look at me out of the blue from time to time to tell me that you're really glad you married me.

I love you!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Something Green

Luckily, working at a pet product company, having a framed photo of your dog on your desk is expected.