What a terrible blogger I’ve become! I haven’t updated since mother’s day and let’s be honest…it was a good attempt but nothing to write home about.
So what have I been doing? Well, I just had my FIRST YEAR anniversary 10 days ago! I know! So exciting! We took a romantic vacation up to Lake Muskoka and stayed at a resort where we sat in the hottub, ate cookies in bed, had an AMAZING steak dinner and then finished the weekend with the most relaxing couple’s massage I have ever had. Am I a lucky wifey or what? On the actual day, I made Christopher his favorite dinner and chocolate cake. He seemed very happy with that idea. Men are a lot less difficult to please though. Free food? They’re there.
So what have I learned over the past year? Well, looking back this year has been incredibly difficult. A lot of changes have occurred, so it’s hard to pinpoint one take-away. Mostly I think I learned that it is very important to give 100% of yourself to the relationship. It isn’t 50/50. It’s 100/100. If either partner is giving any less than 100% of themselves to the relationship the other person feels cheated and rightfully so.
One of the biggest changes we’ve had to make is deciding to move to Boston for Christopher’s MBA program! We are both thrilled about the move and more updates will follow. If any of my readers are familiar with Boston, please let me know your thoughts on where to live. We will be looking at places starting in July! We can’t wait!
Here are a couple photos we took to honor our First Year as a married couple! Enjoy!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
I love you…
All the time.
No matter what.
Even when I’m mad.
Counting down the days ’til I get to see you next! June can’t get here fast enough!
Dolly/Lerry/Dolly Wally Kadoodle/Dolerno
1. 300+ guests are so year 2000!
No, but really cutting down on your guest list can save you hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. Besides there’s nothing more romantic than an intimate setting with the people closest to you.
2. Shop the department stores.
You’ll be surprised to find MANY bridesmaids dresses for under $100 at stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Nordstroms. J.Crew even has reasonably priced gowns and bridesmaids dresses. Long gone are the days of having to shop at a bridesmaids’ dress shop. Besides, your girls will appreciate the ability to wear their dress over and over again.
3. Buy bulk invitations, and customize them yourself.
When purchasing invitations, Christopher and I found beautiful ones on sale for $0.75 a piece! Sure it takes a little bit more time, but just think! You’ll be able to put the money you’ve saved into you dream dress. (OR! More wine and dessert!) Check out Michaels.com for some of our favorites.
4. Ask for airline miles and hotel points instead of gifts.
You’d be surprised just how many people are willing to give away the points they never use. This will help cut down on your honeymoon cost tremendously and will save you time with having to “register” at every store.
5. Skip the Blooms.
In the end, flowers make up a HUGE part of a wedding budget. Have your bridesmaids carry a fancy clutch purse instead. Some costume yet classy clutches can be found at Forever 21 and H&M and won’t break the budget. Have the flower girl hold a sparkler or a few balloons. She’ll keep her darling appeal and will like the entertainment value. Plus, you’ll save money.
Here are some of my favorite trends on the fall 2010 wedding circuit. What are you guys into? Anything you’ll incorporate in your own wedding?
Sashes! Sashes! Sashes! I love that designers are giving every bride a WAIST this season.
Vera Wang Fall 2010
The little white dress! My favorite trend this spring and summer. So happy it’ll be around Fall 2010 too. Show those nice, tanned legs ladies!
Jenny Yoo Bridal Alternatives Fall 2010
Go Vintage this fall! Lace, antique roses, blues, peaches, tulle…chunky heels are a must!
Stephanie Allin – Bardot – Fall 2010
Too cold for bare shoulders? Wear delicate sheer sleeves, or a practical, elegant shrug. You’ll still look beautiful, graceful, and can “shrug it off” when it comes time to heat up the dance floor.
Alberta Ferretti Fall 2010 Collection
FEATHERS! It seems designers can’t get enough of the feather look this season. Most often the look is created with silk organza material. When done tastefully your gown will look elegant and soft. Make sure to not look too puffy though. Your fiance wants to marry you, not Big Bird.
Lazaro Bridal Collection 2010 – Style #: LZ3051
Today I am sitting in the Vancouver Public Library chatting on AIM, reading, writing and just plain relaxing. I love libraries so much. My mother is to thank for instilling the libraries-are-fun outlook in my mind. She used to take my brother and I there on Tuesdays…or Wednesdays, I can’t remember….anyway, it’s always been a treat to sit in silence. There’s something about the smell of the old card catalogs and the complete concentration of everyone around me, (excluding that Asian kid across the way who has somehow managed to get comfortable on his book bag with his hoodie draped over his shoulders and head. He’s fallen asleep). There’s something about not having to say “No! Maisey No!” or having to make myself look useful at my in-laws place for the day. It’s ME time. Finally.
So why am I here? Well, Christopher is taking the GMAT today, one of the most important tests he’ll take most likely in his life…unless for some reason I become a hoe-bag and a paternal test is required. No, that wouldn’t happen…have you met Christopher? He’s the only one for me. Anyway, so he’s taking the GMAT which will decide which business school he gets into in 2011. His goal is high- Stanford or Harvard. He’s smart. He’ll get into at least one of those and if not, then for sure Columbia or Dartmouth. Christopher sort of sweats intelligence and success in a way that I never could. It’s one of the things I admire most about him. His smile is pretty radiant too. 🙂 The test will take around 3.5 hours and so I’m just hanging out enjoying myself, praying Christopher eases his nerves and focuses and aces it. If you’re reading and you’re the type that prays, say a little prayer for him too. He’ll appreciate it.
One of the things most on my mind is Toronto and going back on the 9th by myself with a puppy, a large suitcase, and 2 carry-ons. One of the most stressful parts is having to pay the cabby with credit card. Sounds silly but they have such animosity toward credit these days. One cabby YELLED at me and said “this is what is wrong with this city! Girls like you who think credit is the only form of payment!!” The last I checked, it’s 2010 and the world is becoming more and more paperless. Deal. With. It. He ended up accepting my credit card anyway, but the stress just gets to me. It’ll be fine in the end and I’ll be happy to be in my own bed at the end of the day, my routine back in place as it should be.
Which brings me to my next order of business. I can’t wait to have my workout routine back in place! I’ve gained 6 or 7 lbs! I know, I know, most people gain weight after getting married but I can’t stand it! My pants are fitting but the muffin top is looking horrendous. What’s worse is that even when I do workout I ruin everything with my food in take. Vacationing can be glamorous, sure, but don’t forget that the control you have over food is minimal and the social obligation to eating is extremely high. Hopefully I can get this food problem in order and get back down to my slim size 2…I’m closer to a 6 now. Some will tell me to stop whining, but those people usually aren’t 5’2″ with lots of hips, bum, and thighs. Even 3 lbs shows on me. Do any of you have any slim-quick solutions? What do you guys do to get back on track? Also, has anyone found the cure to arm flab yet? I’m looking like a bowl of rice pudding!!
Anyway, here’s a cute photo of Maisey Pie to conclude today’s post!
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