A "no-fluff" update today...
The last couple of weeks have been very productive! My maid of honor helped me realize that I'm still doing pretty well and I'm right on track. I seem to mostly have lots of little things left. The only "big" things left are buying the beverages for the reception, arranging the food for the rehearsal dinner, sticking stamps on the invitations and mailing them, and picking up the marriage license! That last one is probably the most important one of them all ;)
Last week I booked our hotel room for the big wedding night, booked my Mom's flight out here from Denver, received the invitations, and hosted a little invitation assembly party!
Matthew and I also started checking out various wines for the reception. BevMo is having their big 5-cent wine sale, so we picked up a couple of reds and had a little wine-tasting on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we had our invitation "stuffers/addressers" taste them as well. Next weekend we'll try out some whites.
Also last week, we had another marriage prep meeting/dinner with Deacon Dennis and his wife Colleen. We met at their beautiful home and had another fun evening! Our "prep" is pretty much done now, but we're meeting them again next week for dinner because we all enjoy hanging out so much!
Something fun happened when the invitations arrived last Saturday. I happened to be in kitchen when I saw the mailman pull up to the house. So of course, I greeted him at the door excitedly saying "I've been waiting for these!! They're our wedding invitations!" He was very nice about it - he smiled, said congratulations and with a "have a nice day" he was off to deliver mail to the rest of my neighbors. Meanwhile, I ran into the house and excitedly opened the box. I was expecting "reality" to finally strike me when I laid my eyes upon our beautifully, custom-made wedding invitations. Instead, I got all giddy with excitement and ran off to show them to Matthew! :) Instead of a dose of reality, it got me really excited!! They came out beautifully and even a little better than I'd expected.
The wedding invitation assembly party was originally my Grandmother's idea, and she was going to host it on Sunday of last weekend, which we both were very much looking forward to! Unfortunately, Grandma wasn't able to host it so we moved it to my house. [Don't worry Grandma - we'll find something else fun to do together in preparation for the wedding! ;) ]
My dear friends Betty, Casie and Danielle came over for the fun and Matthew even hung around, despite the extreme levels of estrogen, and made crepes for everyone. It was a lot of fun and I am SOOO grateful for their help! There was no way I'd have been able to do all that myself! The morning even started out with a surprise visit from my Dad and his girlfriend Robin, who dropped off some wine, brunch and a really cool gift.
There are a few appointments that need to be scheduled, and Matthew & I have another (hopefully our last) trip to Macy's planned for tomorrow night. My goal for the next 30 days is to get as much done as possible so I can R-E-L-A-X for the last few weeks before the wedding. Next month is going to be super busy with our Cursillo weekends, and I will be picking up any loose change I see on the street to get ready for all the "balance due" deadlines coming up! Speaking of which, if anyone out there is looking for a great workout program or an awesome meal replacement shake (or both!), I'd be happy to help you! You'll also be helping with our wedding budget ;)
Until next time, remember to always..."Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding..." Peace.