Bachelorette Party, Vineyard StyleMy last "single" weekend was a lot of fun. It started on Saturday morning with my Bachelorette Party. Yes, you read that correctly - Saturday morning. Everyone met at my place at 9 AM for (a yummy cup of Kona and then) a day trip to Temecula for some wine-tasting/"Vine Crawl." :) I should mention the girls were very patient with the bride being late to start the party - oops! Sorry ladies! :\
|The Bachelorette and her Trusty MOH|
|My special "Bachelorette" wine glass|
|The Bachelorette and her Vine-crawling Friends|
Overall, it was such a FUN day with my friends drinking good wine and sharing fun memories. One of the especially fun parts of this day was when someone would approach me, say congratulations and ask "When is your wedding?" I got to say "Friday!" :)
|Giddy Bachelorette next to a cork replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa|
Last "Date Night" as an Engaged CoupleWe had planned to have a special date night on Saturday night since guests were due to start arriving (we thought) on Sunday. So we sipped yummy Almond Champagne (from Wilson Creek - thanks Danielle!), had a nice, romantic candlelit dinner, and exchanged gifts with classical Christian music playing in the background (David Nevue channel on Pandora, in case anyone's interested) and a nice, warm fire in the fireplace. The exchange of gifts was fun, and my favorite part was the after-dinner cuddle on the couch in front of the fire :)
The engagement period of a relationship is such a fleeting moment, merely a slice of the relationship as a whole...I'm really happy Matthew challenged me in the beginning to keep from planning right away.
Sunday FundayWe received a surprise Sunday morning - we thought Matthew's best friend was arriving, but it turned out he arrived this morning (Monday) instead, so we got an extra day to ourselves, and of course we spend some of that time doing wedding stuff ;) Although, I think the highlight of Sunday for me was when we took Sophie over to Fiesta Island. This dog is so incredibly fun to watch on the beach, I can't even believe it! I really do have a beach dog! And I just think that is so cool!! SDBeachGirl has a beach-loving dog! How cool is that?!
|Sophie in Doggie Paradise|
Here's a video of the SDBeachBoxer in action:
This was probably one of the nicest Sundays we have had together in a long time, and I think it was partly because we didn't have any of the "Sunday blues" involving thoughts like "Ugh, we have to work tomorrow." Nope, not this time! Cuz it's "Wedding Week!" :)
Saturday night at dinner, Matthew said "We're gonna have fun this week." I think it was then that I realized how excited I am for this week. We really are going to have a fun week, spending it with our girls/guys, with friends coming into town and family we don't see often enough.
I'm glad the weather forecast is looking so promising so far, but I'm even happier to be able to see friends and family who are coming into town to share and celebrate our special day with us!
I gave Matthew a card with a fun picture that had this caption: The simplest joys are the best...
...and I realized...the simplest joy of them all is Love - to love and be loved.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
-1 Corinthians 13:13