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August 19th, 2012

This one caught me by surprise. Usually I’m more prepared with a blog post ready to go days in advance. That way I can also put up pictures from the last month’s happenings & what-not, but it so happens that I have yet to transfer the pictures from my cameras to my computer (I’m notoriously horrible at doing this right away). Guess I will just have to type & upload photos at the same time. I’ll be doing this while Ben drafts his fantasy football team. 🙂

Here’s the skinny on the latest 30 days of marriage.

When we are not working, cleaning, playing with Gus, playing DOTA (that would all be Ben), crafting (that would all be me), eating, sleeping, running errands, catching each other up on our days or being absolutely lazy, this is what we do:

We got to spend a wonderful Saturday in early August at the lake with the youth at our church.

Here’s the hubs lookin’ all GQ.

But he also made sure the deck was safe…hammering in the protruding nails along the deck.

and of course I needed a picture with him. These are memories we are making!!

Then on the way home, we stopped by the Lake Norman farmer’s market I saw in the way to the lake house.

It was my first trip to a farmer’s market this summer & I was super excited!

Everything looked sooo amazing & fresh!! It was also decently priced…which is a huge plus.

The honey sticks brought back memories of my childhood with the bestie Christine.

What made the trip even better was that they had freshly picked figs. FIGS!!!!!!! I had literally been dying for weeks thinking about eating some figs, but had no idea where to find them without being ridiculously expensive. Well, here they were!!

See my face?

I was beyond happy!!!!!

Later that same week, Ben & I went to a little dinner gathering at my parents’ house to hang out. JaJa cooked us all a yummy & healthy dinner + desserts.

After dinner everyone played Dutch Blitz, Kemps (which Ben & I won!!!), & Fish bowl (which is like charades).

You can see that Ben is not shy about playing. lol

Earlier this week, Ben & I spent a good 2 1/2 hours bowling at AMF.

They have this amazing deal going on: Unlimited bowling for $10 from 8 PM until close from Sun-Thurs. I definitely recommend it. And the AMF in Matthews is great!

We definitely took advantage of it. The next day, our bowling arms were soooooo sore!! Then on the way out, Ben saw this game & just had to play.

It brought back a flood of memories, because this punching game was involved the first day Ben & I met almost 3 1/2 years ago. That Friday night (April 24th, 2009) after church, a group of us decided to go to the AMF in University. By the time we got there, it was about to close, but the guys decided to play this game. It was pretty hilarious!

It just shows how far our relationship has come without many things changing. But I’m not complaining.

This past month of marriage has been amazing. It’s still kind of surreal, but there’s no denying that we are married. The other day Ben just pulls me into a hug & whispers, “I’m so glad we are married, & I get to spend every night with you.”

That’s how it feels. We feel blessed with every day that passes that we get to spend more time with each other.

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LOVE: Plato

“At the touch of love

everyone becomes a poet.”

– Plato

“You have bewitched me body and soul…

I never wish to be parted from you

from this day on.”

– Pride & Prejudice (2005)

August 3rd, 2012

So about a week & a half ago, our wedding got featured & I completely forgot to blog about it!! How silly of me! It was only one of the coolest things that has happened to me!

I’ve been following Green Wedding Shoes almost as long as I have been following Jagger Photography. GWS is a blog dedicated to all things wedding. They featured didn’t photographer’s work every single day: weddings, engagements, bridals, inspiration shoots, etc. I knew that one day I was going to have my wedding featured there as well, but it’s not that easy. They are very exclusive & extremely picky about what they feature. They don’t just take any ol’ wedding. It has to be special, unique, & fit into their style.

& ours did! They love green, scrabble, & well-done DIY weddings!! When Heather Jagger emailed me & told me that we would be featured, it completely made my entire week!

Well, enough of me going on & on about how happy I am. Here is the link for ya’ll to check it out:

Handmade Scrabble Wedding: Mimi + Ben

I hope ya’ll enjoy! Good thing our wedding did get featured, otherwise we might just need to have another one. lol.

Also, here is the link to Jagger Photography of our blog post with pictures:

Ben + Mimi

They did such an amazing job, didn’t they? I feel so extremely blessed!

 

 

(p.s. I do not remember if I ever posted these photos, but here they are again)

As I have been doing a lot of pinning in the last couple of months, I have realized that as much as I love seeing everybody else’s tips on cleaning, cooking, crafting, & more, there are some tips that I can offer the world as well. Tips that I have either learned from other & tweaked or tips I have had to discover to lots of trial & error. I think this is a perfect time for me to share some of them, don’t you?

Today’s tip is all about the reception seating chart. Once you get all the invitations addressed & sent out, you can take a little breather…that is until all the RSVPs start arriving. Then start a list of all the people who replied (in the order they arrive so none slip through the cracks) along with their response — yay or nay — & the number in their party. I also recommend that you keep the RSVP cards until closer to the wedding, just in case you need to verify some information that got miss-typed or if they change their response. Being one (or four) steps ahead saved me a lot of headache & should help to save you some too!

Once the RSVP deadline has passed, & you’ve contacted all the stragglers for their response, it’s time to get the final head count & breakdown you big list into smaller lists: family, your side, your fiance’s side, mutual friends, & however else you need to divide it. For example, I split the list like so: Wedding Party, my family, Ben’s family, mutual friends, church families/friends, Ben’s friends, & children (because younger than 12 were in a separate area).

At the same time, you also need to see how many people can be seated in your reception location. Usually locations used for weddings will already have an idea, but the setup design is usually up to the bride/groom. Because we would be using our church gym, I had to figure out how many seats were available on my own. Then I pulled out one of the many poster boards I own & use for various art projects. I drew out my desired layout for the gym — all the tables and chairs that were going to be there on the actual day. Mind you, this was not my first draft. I had multiple copies of the layout drawn out on sheets of paper.

It wasn’t until we finally nailed down the actual day of look did I draw this & start to place people.

Of course, Ben & I had our head table. ^_^

As I was getting ready for the wedding, I remember finding a tip that told brides to instead of permanently writing their names into their designated seat on your chart, write them out on post-it notes. Therefore, when (not IF) you had to move them around, the chart would still look effortless & no one would know just how many times a person got shifted around.

I can tell you that even up until the wedding, post-it notes were being shuffled around. This method was fool-proof, & I do not mind bragging about it!

I hope this is helpful to those of you who are planning their wedding now or will do so in the future!

“For you see,

each day I love you more.

Today more than yesterday

and less than tomorrow.”

– Rosemonde Gerard

“Paradise is always

where love dwells.”

– Jean Paul Richter