Monday, August 31, 2009

I'm Back!!! Sorta......

We are back from our honeymoon and back to reality. The wedding was EVERYTHING I dreamed of and more! The honeymoon was amazing and very relaxing!

But......I have lots to do in order to get settled back in so posts will be slow this week.....I apologize.

I have seen lots of pictures from friends and family so I will leave you with this one teaser until I get our wedding pictures back from the photographer (who was absolutely amazing and took TONS of pictures):

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

OH MY GOSH!!!!

Only 3 days left until I become a Mrs!!!! People keep asking me if I am nervous and my answer is no. It just feels like any other week (well busier) but it still has not registered in my mind that I am getting married........which may be good.

Here is my final to-do list:

Today-
  • Finish month end books at work
  • Go tanning
  • Finish packing for the honeymoon (I am almost packed but the future hubby is a completely different story)
  • Pack the dogs food, toys and beds for the pet lodge
  • Put laundry away
  • Pick up around the house
Thursday-
  • Drop off my engagement ring to be re-rhodium plated*
  • Pick up my wedding dress and veil (EEEEEH! I can't wait to see it!)
  • Get full set of nails and pedi with matron of honor......relaxation!
  • If there is any packing left, finish it
  • Run final load of laundry
  • Pick up programs from April and begin to assemble
  • Pray that the menu cards and guest favor cards are in the mail so that I can begin to assemble
Friday-
  • Drop dogs off at pet lodge
  • Pick up engagement ring and weddings bands (fingers are crossed that future hubby's wedding band will be there since it isn't being delivered until Friday)
  • Start hauling everything downtown to the hotel and SRC
  • Finish assembling programs, menu cards, and guest favor cards
  • Rehearsal/Rehearsal dinner
  • Girls sleep over in the chairman's suite at the hotel! :-)
Saturday-
  • Get married and have fun!
There you have it, my final to-do list!

*Rhodium is a precious metal and is used on the surface of jewelry to resist scratches and tarnish and to give a white, reflective appearance. Rhodium plating (rhodium electroplating) refers to the technique of covering the surface of jewelry with Rhodium. Rhodium plating does not last forever which is why after a while white gold will begin to lose its luster. Jewelry that is worn everyday (ie- engagement rings and wedding bands) may need to be re-rhodium plated after 2 years. Prices will vary based on the thickness of the rhodium plating and the complexity of the jewelry. A thicker rhodium plating will ensure that the shiny appearance lasts longer. You can read more about rhodium plating here.

Have a great Wednesday!!!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Okay.....Seriously!!!!

I can't win! What was supposed to be a productive night turned into an absolutely unproductive evening thanks to a certain individual.

Remember yesterday's adventure with the poison ivy? If not, you can read about it here. Well, I can now top that story. Our bulldog puppy, Rooney, thought it would be a genius idea to eat the poison ivy. Yes ladies and gentlemen, my dog ate poison ivy that had Round Up sprayed on it and didn't see anything wrong with this! Stupid dog!

I immediately freaked out and rightfully so! I jumped on the computer and called my friend who used to be a vet tech at our vet's office until she moved away. Between the two of us we found that poison ivy is on the dog's list of toxic plants if ingested. After this piece of info I knew what I had to do and it wasn't pleasant or pretty.

There I was sitting on our deck shooting syringe's full of hydrogen peroxide down Rooney's throat to induce vomiting. All I had was a 3mL syringe so it took a LOT (they recommend to use a turkey baster so that you can get it all down in attempt but I couldn't find our turkey baster). It took three rounds of this process before I was satisfied that everything was out of his stomach. Afterwards I had the pleasure of spraying down the deck and giving Rooney a bath.

The worst part about the entire situation was the sheer look of terror in poor Rooney's eyes when I would try to get the hydrogen peroxide down his throat. I broke down several times and just sat there and cried because I felt so awful but I knew that I was doing what had to be done. Luckily, dogs forgive quickly. By the time I gave him a bath and fed him a slice of bread he was ready to jump into bed and cuddle with me. Only a dog could forgive that quickly!

Needless to say, nothing was accomplished on my to-do list and I didn't sleep last night. Hopefully today is more productive. I told the dogs that last night was strike two and if they got to strike three I would be dropping them off at the pet lodge early....lol.

I did decide last night that I am not going to tie bows around the bubbles. I tied one bow to see how it would look and I wasn't really that impressed with the outcome. Plus, the ribbon is a pain in the butt to tie onto the bubbles. So, I guess I can cross that item off of my list! :-)

Here's to a better day!!! At least it is Thursday! :-) As long as the dogs behave themselves I will be back to wedding related posting tomorrow!
I think his cute little squishy face is to make up for his stupidity! I love him but I was ready to kill him last night once I knew he was going to be alright! Aish!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

So Much For Getting Things Done Last Night.....

Boy does time fly when you have lots to do! Here is what my to-do list looks like as of today:
  1. Email April of April Foster Events our program layout
  2. Finish the seating chart (only 20 people left to seat.....not too bad)
  3. Tie ribbon around bubbles (tedious but at least I can watch TV while I do it......if only I could teach our two dogs how to tie bows)
  4. Send time line/addresses to the limo company - Will do at work today
  5. Finish DJ forms (did you know that 'Move Bitch' by Ludacris is considered a commonly played song for the bouquet toss.....lol! Don't worry, that will not be played at our wedding) - Almost done, only 3 songs left to pick (hopefully done tonight)
  6. Tie ribbons to programs once I receive the programs
  7. Finish last minute details for the Sunday brunch
  8. Pack for the honeymoon (can't wait)
  9. Pack all wedding items into a tub - Will start tonight
  10. Go tanning (yes.....I am a bad, bad person but I think I will risk it for the sake of being nice and tan for the wedding....oh, and I will also spray tan too) - Also a must do for tonight
  11. Pick up snacks for the snack bar/bridal party
  12. Wrap future hubby's wedding gift
  13. Burn CD of ceremony music and give to the SRC - Will complete after work
Not too bad! :-) I would have been more productive last night BUT........I had a little drama to deal with. See side story for further elaboration.

Side story: So my dog, Buerly, likes to "mark his territory" by peeing on all the trees and bushes he can. The darn dog has killed several of my plants thanks to this little ritual. Last night was no different. Buerly ran up to a tree in our yard, hiked his leg and started marking his territory. I noticed that there was a plant at the base of the tree that he was walking through as he did his deed. I had never noticed this mystery plant before so something inside of me told me to go check it out. As I got closer I instantly recognized the mystery plant.........POISON IVY!!!! Oh eff!!!!

I immediately freaked out because last time I got poison ivy it was bad and by bad I mean I had it EVERYWHERE and was on antibiotics for a long time!!! To make it worse, I knew that it was possible for dogs to spread poison ivy to humans. Then I really started to freak out when I remembered that we are only 10 days away from walking down the aisle. My brain was running a mile a minute- "I can't get poison ivy right before my wedding! Oh my gosh, what if I do get poison ivy? What will I do?" The drama queen deep down inside of me instantly came to life. and boy did she rear her ugly head.

I ran into the house and called my mom. I knew that she would know what to do because she is highly allergic to poison ivy and has encountered it several times. She told me to get him into the shower.....not the bath tub because the oils would just float around and spread. She also recommended that I bathe him with rubber gloves.

So there I am, standing in the shower with rubber gloves on and a 68 lbs bulldog staring at me because he has no clue what the heck is going on......lovely sight, I am sure. Meanwhile our other little bulldog, Rooney, is pitching the shit fit of the century because he can't be separated from his brother. Rooney was determined to eat his way through the gate in the bathroom to get to us. He howled, cried, screamed and barked because he wanted to be in the shower too with his big brother. As irritated as I was at the situation I couldn't help but laugh at this little dog sitting there biting on the metal bars of the baby gate. I have to give him credit for his determination. Definitely wish I could have gotten a picture of Rooney biting on the gate.

I ran water over Buerly for a good 5 minutes before I started scrubbing him with shampoo because shampoo can also spread the oil if the oil is not completely rinsed off. Once I got him completely washed off I, myself took a shower......just to be on the safe side. After my shower I rubbed my feet down with rubbing alcohol because it breaks down the oils....another extra precaution.

All night long I itched. I am positive that it was more psychological than anything. Even today when I think about it I start to itch which makes me paranoid. I took every precaution but still worry about the 'what if' factor. But don't worry, I got my revenge on that evil poison ivy plant! After spraying enough Round Up to kill a forest of full grown trees I am pretty sure that the evil poison ivy plant is wishing it had never popped up in my yard!

So, fingers are crossed that I don't end up with poison ivy! No matter, today will be much more productive!

Have a great day!!!!
My wonderful boys who like to keep their mommy on her toes at all times! Last night was no different. Rooney is the black and white and Buerly is brown.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!

Oh my gosh! I only have 12 days left until I become a married woman!!!!! But believe it or not....it still hasn't hit me!

For all those married ladies out there- when did it hit you?!? For all those ladies counting down the days- has it hit you yet?!?

I still have items on my list to take care of:
  1. Email April of April Foster Events our program layout
  2. Finish the seating chart (only 20 people left to seat.....not too bad)
  3. Tie ribbon around bubbles (tedious but at least I can watch TV while I do it......if only I could teach our two dogs how to tie bows)
  4. Send time line/addresses to the limo company
  5. Finish DJ forms (did you know that 'Move Bitch' by Ludacris is considered a commonly played song for the bouquet toss.....lol! Don't worry, that will not be played at our wedding)
  6. Tie ribbons to programs once I receive the programs
  7. Finish last minute details for the Sunday brunch
  8. Pack for the honeymoon (can't wait)
  9. Pack all wedding items into a tub
  10. Go tanning (yes.....I am a bad, bad person but I think I will risk it for the sake of being nice and tan for the wedding....oh, and I will also spray tan too)
  11. Pick up snacks for the snack bar/bridal party
  12. Wrap future hubby's wedding gift
  13. Burn CD of ceremony music and give to the SRC
I think that about does it. Definitely manageable!

PS- I am very disappointed that the weather websites will only do 10 day extended forecasts otherwise I would be stalking the weather today. Come Wednesday.....let the stalking begin!

Have a great Monday!
LOVE this picture!!!! Photo via Bobbi + Mike Photography

Friday, August 7, 2009

Ring Around the Rosie....

With only 15 days until the wedding things are getting a tad bit crazy in our neck of the woods. One of the big things that has been fueling the craziness has been my future hubby's wedding band. I posted here and here about our wedding bands. As you can see from those posts, we started the process VERY early (April-ish) so that it didn't come down to the wire. Well, we are coming down to the wire and it has been an issue.

Future Hubby and I decided to design our wedding bands. His ring was inspired by this A. Jaffe ring:
Lovely, isn't it?!? The ring we designed doesn't look exactly like this but you get the idea.

There were several issues along the design process (not all of them were our jeweler, Hofmeister's, fault). The ring was redone 3 times and after the third time still wasn't quite what we were looking for. So, our wonderful jeweler contacted the president of A. Jaffe to inquire about getting us the ring we wanted by either having A. Jaffe make it or having A. Jaffe send the wax model so that our jeweler could make it. In the end, A. Jaffe agreed to make our ring (and for the price we wanted which is amazing). So, everything seems hunky dory right?!?

Wrong.......I received a call from Hofmeister that the ring would be done by August 28, 2009; which is great except for the fact that our wedding is August 22, 2009. The receptionist suggested using one of the Hofmeister's bands for the wedding and then picking up the band when it arrived. I swear I wasn't trying to be difficult but it just wouldn't be the same. The pastor will be blessing our rings and I want my future hubby to be wearing HIS wedding band the day of our wedding.

My dad was less than pleased with the situation so he decided to step in. Before you know it I received a call from the head of Hofmeister letting me know that she had just gotten off the phone with the president of A. Jaffe (who happened to be in India at the time so she had to call international) and our ring is guaranteed to arrive on August 21, 2009. I am very happy that the entire issue has been resolved and I still think that Hofmeister is the best jeweler in Indy! I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous with the arrival date being the day before the wedding but it was 'guaranteed hell or high water.' So, fingers are crossed!

Note: You may have asked yourself why we didn't just order the A. Jaffe ring while reading this post?!? Simple answer: we could custom design the ring for much less. A good amount of the cost was paying for the name brand.

This weekend will be great for getting tasks done since my future hubby will be busy with his bachelor party. Don't worry....my weekend won't be all work and no play....if you need me, you will be able to find me at the pool Saturday afternoon once I get back from Buerly's vet appointment. :-)

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Change of Plans

With only 19 days left until the Big Day I still have quite a bit left to do. But don't worry, nothing too overwhelming! :-)

Here are a few of the remaining items-
  • Send April Foster of April Foster Events the lay out for our programs and escort cards (hopefully will be done by Thursday).
  • Download all of the music for the wedding ceremony (we are no longer having an organist....see story below for explanation)
  • Finish wedding day time line (don't worry Stephanie, I think I have this done)
  • Work on seating chart (ugh.....the vain of my existence)
  • Finalize the day after brunch
  • Figure out transportation from the reception to the hotel after the wedding is over
  • Scope out potential photo locations (recommendations welcomed if you are familiar with Indy)
These are a few of the key remaining items that will hopefully get knocked out before next week. Fingers crossed.

Now on to my ceremony music dilemma! We were told in the beginning that we had to use an organist provided by our venue (side note: the venue never even offered pre-recorded music as an option). No problem!

Well, the organist contacted me. He was very nice on the phone and sent me a list of common songs used for weddings (very thoughtful, right?!?). I went through the list and kept the things I liked and made changes to things I didn't like. I sent the list back to him and went on my merry way. A couple hours later I received a call from the organist. He freaked out on the phone and told me that he 'had never even heard of half of these songs before' and asked me where I had found them (and not in that happy, giddy freak out kind of way that you like to hear). I thought that the songs I had selected were pretty common. Trust me, I am definitely no music connoisseur! Then he got really nasty and told me that he refused to play a song while we lit the unity candle because it was a waste since it only takes 'like 2 seconds to light the candle.'

Once he calmed down I took a deep breath and told him.....'don't worry about it, we actually will not be requiring your services anymore.' CAN YOU BELIEVE I FIRED OUR ORGANIST 3 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING?!? I called the event planner at the venue and told her about my predicament. She quickly chimed in and told me that I could either find my own organist or that I could use their sound system (never an option originally). If we used the sound system she would be sure to have someone on site to run the sound boards.

After the whole organist with his panties in a bunch fiasco I definitely chose the sound system! I love the fact that I can be even more selective of the music. I can choose between string quartets, brass ensembles, full symphony, etc without the price tag of hiring one! So, Apple iTunes and I will be spending some quality time this evening perusing through songs and drinking a beer (don't worry Stephanie, I won't have too many beers prior to going over the time line with you....lol). What a great Monday night! :-)

Did you have any issues with a vendor?!? How did you or your vendor resolve those issues?!?

And some pretty pictures to put a smile on your face since it is Monday!
I love the 'wow' factor and pop you get with the green! Photo via Jessica R Strickland Photography

This is one of the locations that I am considering for our wedding day pictures! The Canal has a lot of potential! What do you think?!? Photo via Jessica R. Strickland Photography

Have a great day!!!!