Monday, June 29, 2009

Losing my mind, among other things

For someone who hasn't lost anything in years, losing 2 sets of keys in one week is pretty bad. Also, is it a bad sign if I finally find my other set of keys in the bathroom drawer?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Garden Party

Last night my incredible sister, Brittney, threw me the most amazing bridal shower in the world. She works as a Public Relations Manager, but I think she should quit her job and be a professional party planner. The party, food, and decorations all followed a cohesive theme of a "Garden Party." Oh, and the food was to die for. My personal favorite was the fruit/cheese platter. The italian sodas also made my day.
This picture is courtesy of the most talented Laura Giddens, who was there to snap pictures and help my sister out. Check more out HERE.
Thank you also to everyone who came. I loved being in that room with all of my best friends. I didn't know so much love could be in one room. I love you all!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Amp'd Abs

Call me old fashioned, but this video rocks. I especially like his outfit.

This "8 minute abs" video totally kicks my butt, or I guess you could say my abs. Bwahaha...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

To My Daddy

To the ultimate Dad
From the ultimate Daddy's Girl

Thank you for always being there to help me, but also standing back at the right times to let me learn. Thank you for teaching me how to love. Thank you for teaching me about selflessness and charity. Thank you for letting me explore and have adventures. Thank you for teaching me how to work. Thank you for exposing me to the ultimate classic rock. Thank you, most of all, for being my Dad.

I love you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Busy busy busy

What is going on in life?? Why must a million very large events be crammed into such a small time? Everything is so happy and positive... it's just been a lot. Such events include the following:
  • A trip home to Spokane! We went boating, I had a bridal shower, my Dad had a birthday, Jace had his mission farewell talk, and Russ got to see the beauty of the Northwest!
  • I went through the temple! What an incredible experience. Tuesday was such a bittersweet day. The blessings and happiness that came from being inside the Draper temple was overwhelming, especially with my whole family there. The only thing was that it was the last time we would all be together like that for a long time as Jace was reporting to the MTC the next day. I am just so grateful we all got to be together. Families are forever. Also, thank you so much to everyone that came to be with me on this special day--it really meant a lot.

  • Jace became Elder McLaws! We said goodbye to good ol' Jacey poo as he has now reported to the Missionary Training Center to prepare to serve the people of Kobe, Japan. I will miss Jace terribly; he really is my best friend. But I am so excited for him and this amazing opportunity as I am confident he will make an incredible missionary. The people of Japan don't even know what's comin their way. Those lucky ducks.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

By Popular Request

Dear faithful readers,

Because of your love and support on this blog (and because this is the 100th blog post of La Di Da), I will cater to your requests to post more engagement pictures. Enjoy!

And for your viewing pleasure, I will share our all-time favorite of the night:

There ya go! That's enough.

Thanks again Jon Tehero of Jon Tehero Photography. You rock.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Bells will soon be a ringin...

And by bells I mean WEDDING BELLS! I have been trying to avoid the all-too-annoying, yet inevitable, wedding countdown. I gave in this morning to produce the number of 53. That's it! FIFTY-THREE DAYS till the big day!! (and for those of you who don't want to do the math, the big day is July 25th).

I have now learned how MUCH there is to do. I feel like planning a wedding is a full-time job! It makes me just as tired as one, that's for sure. Here is what has been checked off the list:
  • The dress! I scored that one within the first week of being engaged, thanks to Abella Bridal in the Riverwoods.
  • Bridesmaids dresses -- another major score. I love sales, I love Banana Republic, I love those dresses.
  • The colors -- which came easily after finding those dresses. Burnt orange/coral, light yellow, sage green, and guys in brown suits. A wonderful pallet I'd say.
  • Reception center, a la Alpine Art Center
  • Flowers! I am excited for what Laura Giddens, my sister's wonderful, creative, and talented friend will create.
  • Invitations, which are soon to be completed by the talented Andrew Garlock at 2nd Street Print Designs
  • Addresses -- a slow processs. I think I have most of them (and, faithful readers, if I haven't asked you for your address and you'd like an announcement, add a comment with your address or send it to me at I'd love to send one to you!)
  • REGISTERING! What a task. We have officially finished at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Macy's. Whew.
  • Engagements pictures. A big THANK YOU to Jon Tehero is in order. I will post more of those later.
  • Table centerpieces -- another great score at Tai Pan Trading Company, a store where I could spend way too much time and money.
So that seems like a great list, right? It makes me feel like I have been so productive. And then I look at the next list, of things that I still have yet to do...
  • Actually pick out, address, and send the invitations
  • Wedding shoes?
  • Hair piece -- veil? flower? neither?
  • Music for reception
  • Party favors
  • Plan food for both the Alpine and Spokane receptions
  • Meet with cake ladies for both receptions
  • Decorations?
  • Wedding video (you know, the traditional corny photo montage... sigh...)
  • A custom wedding sign-in book made by yours truly
  • Bridals - July 3rd with Photography by McKenzie
  • Find an apartment in San Antonio
  • Get a new job in San Antonio
Whew. So I think that is it, but probably not. There is probably more. We really are having fun with this.... I swear!

Well, this picture explains it all.