Picking Your…

….Wedding Date; not your nose you sicko! ¬†ūüôā ¬†After you get engaged, this is one of the next important decisions you’ll make. ¬†Picking a date is even something you need to do if you are planning on eloping!

There are so many factors that go into picking a wedding date that the task can be quite daunting. ¬†I’m going to list a few considerations to help you try to think of everything that might interfere with your loved ones and friends attending. ¬†As always, keep in mind that this day is about celebrating your love for each other…NOT about making everyone else happy. ¬†Got it?! ¬†Ok…moving on.

Even if you’re trying to plan for the majority of the people you love and cherish to be there the day you get married remember that it is impossible for each person to make it. ¬†Prioritize those that you must have at your wedding and reach out to them for their schedules too. ¬†Also, don’t expect everyone to drop or reschedule things they might already have booked, paid for or committed themselves to. ¬†Many don’t have the flexibility in our work and/or family schedules to re-schedule or drop everything if we’ve already planned it out.

Finally, be flexible and above all understanding.  These are the people you care about the most in the world, right?!  Then make sure you treat them with love and respect as they may face difficult decisions about where to commit themselves to.

Here’s a list of date considerations to think about and check on while trying to pick your perfect day:

  • Your calendar – Try to pick a day that works best for your work schedule or school schedule. ¬†This may seem obvious but it’s often overlooked. ¬†If your busiest time as a tax accountant is around the first 3-4 months of each year you might want to plan your wedding day for later in the year.
  • His calendar – Again, this should be obvious but try to think about his priorities, commitments, etc too.
  • Weather – Be sure to pick a day for the weather you want. ¬†If you want snow, …do I have to elaborate?
  • Travel – Be sure you know what weather conditions you and your guests might encounter during the time of year you’re looking at.
  • Work & Vacation Schedules – Check with others you wish to invite for their availability if they are a priority guest for you
  • Holidays – I really like to plan events around holidays because a lot of people have holidays from work and have to take less vacation days, but you may also run into those holidays already being booked or committed. ¬†Again, just check with your priority guests.
  • Miscellaneous Family Events – Is someone going to give birth around the time you want to have your wedding? ¬†Do you have any graduations coming up in your family? ¬†Try not to stretch your families who need to travel too thin. ¬†They’ll feel like they have to pick between events and that isn’t comfortable for anyone. ¬†Its like a huge wedgie right in the middle of your family. ¬†(you’re welcome for the visual)
  • School schedules – If you have or have guests who have kids in school you can easily look up school schedules online. ¬†I don’t recommend doing this for each family you invite but definitely for the priority families with school-aged children.
  • Other Wedding Events – Also think about what you both want to do for your bridal shower, bachelorette and bachelor parties. ¬†If you want nice weather try to plan for that time of year where you’ll get married.

Above all else be sure to give yourself enough time to plan the wedding you want.  If you want an elaborate and detailed wedding you will need time to plan, organize and hire vendors to help you with that.  If you want a small backyard wedding that is beautifully simple you likely could get away with far less prep time.

Good luck to you and happy planning!

xoxo,

Christi

  • I can’t wait to go to bed tonight. ¬†So. ¬†Tired.
  • We have found a new station on Spotify that we love: ¬†Search “80s ¬†Lounge Essentials”. ¬†One of the artists we really love is Orleya. ¬†Its lounge-type 80s covers. ¬†Pretty awesome.
  • Did I mention that I have the hottest husband in the whole world? ūüôā
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Back in the Groove

Hola! ¬†Let’s start with an easy question such as “Where have I been?” ¬†The answer is EVERYWHERE!!

Chris and I have survived some of life’s most challenging and stressful events over the last few months. ¬†We moved into the new house one at a time. ¬†I started a new full-time job. ¬†Our boy doggie, Denali, had ACL repair surgery on his knee and has been recovering. ¬†We finalized our wedding plans and got hitched at the most amazing and love-filled ceremony ever. ¬†We just returned from our honeymoon to Cancun late Monday night. ¬†We’ve been blessed with so many exciting things in a short amount of time and now we’re trying to process it all.

If you’re still reading, I thank you for your loyal following.

Over the next few weeks we’ll find our new rhythm here at our house and I hope to get back on a constant posting and filming schedule. One thing I learned for absolute certain is that it is OKAY not to do everything all of the time. ¬†I set goals for blogging that I was truly unable to fulfill during the last few months. ¬†And you know what?! ¬†It’s OKAY. ¬†I give myself the permission to not dwell on over dreaming. ¬†Be sure to give yourself a break as often as you give others theirs.

Stay tuned!!

xoxo,

Christi

  • Chris and I are working through “House of Cards” on Netflix.
  • Denali went upstairs for the first time in 7 weeks today. ¬†It was a special field trip for him. You could almost see him smiling.
  • I have married the most amazing man. ¬†I can’t stop looking at him thinking it’s a dream. ¬†<3
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Animal Therapy

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Every season after the holidays are over I experience a bit of the January blues. ¬†Its similar to¬†a sugar or caffeine crash after a noon binge. ¬†There are far less things to do, people to please, presents to shop for and overall happiness in everyone you greet. ¬†I know the holidays are a stressful time but I often miss the rush and over scheduling part of the season. ¬†I know…I’m crazy.

Most of the time when I’m feeling blue or sad I end up snuggling with my fury kids. ¬†These dogs; these massive and beautiful creatures have a way of lifting my spirits regardless of the mood I’m in. ¬†I know I’m closer to my animals than a lot of people are. ¬†I realize some people are allergic. ¬†I really feel bad for those folks. ¬†I’m a total animal lover and rely on them heavily when I need a pick-me-up.

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Regardless of what you’re going through this January or at any stage of your life its important to lean on those that help you refocus and regain the love for life you usually have. ¬†One hug on the neck of these gentle giants and I instantly feel better. ¬†There have been many times where I’ve kept pushing through for them because they need me. ¬†Being needed is such a driver for getting through the hard days.

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Besides…who couldn’t love these majestic faces? ¬†I’m honored to be their mom and I truly believe they became my fury kids because someone knew I would need them by my side through my RA and life journey. ¬†So hug a dog, a kitty, a bunny or a friend. ¬†Then get out there and enjoy the day…

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Christi

  • I have a chill running through me today. ¬†It’s a sweater and hot tea kind of day.
  • I found a lady’s wallet in an empty shopping cart in the parking lot today. ¬†I called her, met her and got her wallet back to her. ¬†I’m thankful it was me and not someone with bad intentions!
  • I can’t wait until Chris moves in! ¬†I just love all of the time we get to spend together. ¬†<3

 

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Deer Me

 

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On Saturday while chatting with my mom around the table we noticed a small pack of deer crossing the creek behind the house.  I ran into my office and grabbed the camera.  They were so beautiful against the frosty backdrop and so elegant while walking and crossing the ice.

We had a fantastic Christmas with tons of love, laughs and good times.  I am taking some time today to recuperate, however.  Even the best Christmases can be exhausting!  I hope these images help you unwind a bit in your mind too.

 

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xo,

Christi

  • I’m not sure that yoga class has ever felt as good as the one I took this morning! ¬†I must have needed it!
  • I was worried that my gym membership ran out at the end of December. ¬†I found out this morning that it ends at the end of January! ¬†Wahoo! ¬†I love my routine these days.
  • Let me know your favorite Christmas memory.
  • We’re in another cold snap today. ¬†With windchill it currently feels like -20 degrees. ¬†Its only going to get colder. ¬†Brrr. ¬†Time to make some soup!

 

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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I took the dogs for a walk the other day at a local park. ¬†It had been foggy the night before so the overnight freezing temperatures coated everything in a beautiful frost. ¬†I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures.

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While we walked I saw Violet itching to break out into a full sprint and play until she dropped. ¬†She’s always been the more active pup of the two. ¬†This year, however its been a bit different. ¬†Denali has a confirmed tear in his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in his back left knee. ¬†He’s been hobbling around for a while but the vet confirmed the tear last week. ¬†He will need surgery and 12 weeks of recovery to get back to a working knee.

As we walked at the park that day I saw him happy but working hard for each stride and step. ¬†I could see Violet’s excitement to play with her brother and run and eat snow…but Denali couldn’t keep up. ¬†He knew he was limited and needed to take it easy.

It made me think about how many times I’ve been with others who wanted to run ahead and put in a full force effort and I just wasn’t able to. ¬†I flashed back to being with Chris in Alaska and trying to climb a trail and having a very hard time. ¬†You know what though? ¬†He waited. ¬†Every. ¬†Time. ¬†He took care of me. ¬†He asked if I needed breaks. ¬†Although I encouraged him to go ahead without me he said no. ¬†He told me he’d rather wait with me than be hiking up without me.

For some reason that day Violet seemed to finally understand that Denali couldn’t run and play with her. ¬†So, she walked with him. ¬†Sure she’d run ahead just a bit but she always came back to check on him.

In this season of holidays I find myself ever more thankful for all of those who stand by my side and support me when I can’t keep up or when I’m down on my luck. ¬†Without them stopping to take breaks and take care of me I’d be a lot worse off. ¬†I know I’m lucky and blessed. ¬†I want you to know I’m also so incredibly thankful.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

xo,

Christi

  • There’s a killer storm trying to roll in. ¬†The wind is just blowing like crazy out there.
  • I’m preparing to host for Christmas. ¬†My favorite part is preparing to host for my furry guests too. ¬†ūüôā
  • I think it’s time for something warm to drink. ¬†That wind is making me feel cold even though I’m inside!
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Christmas Movie Season

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Every year starting after Thanksgiving I watch some of my favorite Christmas movies. ¬†There are new and exciting films coming out each year so my list just keeps growing. ¬†Since I¬†don’t have cable service I often rely on my Netflix account for television entertainment. ¬†This year I am very disappointed in the selection of holiday movies available on Netflix. ¬†Luckily, I own many of the movies I like to watch. ¬†My friends or family own a few that they let me borrow or come over and watch, plus I am adding some more to my wish-list.

Movies I Own

  • Stepmom
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Holiday
  • Four Christmases – Electronic version via iTunes
  • Elf
  • Just Friends
  • If You Believe
  • Christmas Story
  • White Christmas
  • Christmas With The Kranks
  • Charlie Brown Christmas – Electronic version via iTunes

Movies I¬†Don’t Currently Own

  • Love Actually – Currently on Netflix
  • Family Stone – Added to my wish-list
  • California Raisins Claymation Christmas Special – My mom has this on recorded VHS from my childhood
  • Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer – We bought a set of these specials this year
  • Frosty the Snowman – Included in the set we purchased with Rudolf
  • It’s a Wonderful Life – Added to my wish-list
  • Home Alone 1 – Added to my wish-list
  • Bad Santa – (don’t judge…haha); Currently on Netflix

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There are so many more out there and I’m certain I’m forgetting to name some of my favorites too. ¬†What is your favorite Christmas movie/special to watch?

xo,

Christi

  • My mom and I are finishing a book club at our county public library tonight. ¬†I think the idea of a book club run by the library is a great idea, however I wasn’t thrilled with all of the book selections. ¬†We’re thinking of starting our own.
  • I’ve been out of Scentsy back-up light bulbs for over a year now. ¬†Chris’ co-worker’s wife hooked me up at their Christmas party the other night. ¬†Yippee!
  • It’s a frosty morning outside my window today. ¬†All of the branches are frosted over. ¬†Yes, of course I snagged some photos!
  • Christmas is only 8 days away!
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Veteran’s Day 2014

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It’s very cold here. ¬†1 degree Fahrenheit to be exact. My weather app tells me that with the windchill it feels like -16F outside. ¬†The freezing temps, however¬†didn’t matter to the brave souls who got up early on this Veteran’s honor day to place flags on the veteran crosses that are scattered around our local cemetery. ¬†I drove around the cemetery to view the flags and honor these fallen heroes in bone-chilling windy silence for one reason: ¬†they braved the worst of the worst for me.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been particularly committed to honoring our nation’s heroes in the past. ¬†I didn’t pay attention to holidays like Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. ¬†To me at the time they were just days off or excuses for time-and-a-half at a job. ¬†I was extremely uninformed. ¬†I started paying more attention to what these days are intended to be once I started to know more and more veterans. ¬†Still, I didn’t understand the importance of honoring them. ¬†Worst yet, my dad and grandpa also served but for the longest time I just didn’t get it. ¬†They never made a big deal out of these days and I never really gave it a second thought. ¬†I don’t believe in regret but there are so many years that I was so foolish about not acknowledging these brave souls that I do feel shame in my ignorance now.

To that end I will only add,¬†“Thank You.” ¬† Happy Veteran’s Day to all of the¬†honorable men and women who served our country.

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