So I've gotten quite a bit done in regards to the wedding in the last week (or at least I like to think so). Here's an update of the past week, as well as a preview of what's going on the next week and a half!
Friday 3/14: Michael and I did engagement pictures at JC Penney. I am thrilled with how they turned out and cannot wait until they come in next Thursday. We are surprisingly photogenic when someone is being paid to take our picture. I, of course, loving them, ordered more than I'd planned, but I can stick them in various wedding invitations and give people a nice present.
Saturday 3/15: We picked out tuxes for the guys to wear for the wedding. We have enough people wearing them that Michael's will be free. Nice. They're $78 without the shoes, which is a fair price for a nice tux (or so I think). Chantel and I also went shopping for shower supplies. If you're coming to my shower, try to win a game, because there are sweet prizes. I also started working on the hand-painted aisle runner that I wanted to have. I didn't finish it until Monday, but I have to say, it looks amazing. Michael's friend came over while it was still out and was like, 'wow, did you make this?' I knew there was a reason I liked his friend. :0)
Sunday 3/16: Ugggh... Sunday. Penelope was sick on Sunday. Not cool. I ended up renting a Rug Doctor and shampooed the carpet in our living room. This meant moving all of the furniture. We also decided to rearrange the living room. I like the way it looks now. It seems bigger. Anyway, we also started going through things and packing up stuff that we don't use right now.
Monday 3/17: I finished up the aisle runner. Here's a picture of my awesome work.
Here are the plans for spring break (which starts at 12:50PM TODAY!), some wedding-related, some not:
Friday 3/21: First of all, only three months until the wedding!!! After all this time, I can't believe it's finally almost here. Anyway. Happy Good Friday to all. Michael, the poopy-dogs, and myself are heading back home this afternoon. I'm going to Good Friday services this evening at the church (I feel that I should go at least once before the wedding since we aren't having to actually pay for the use of the sanctuary). Oh, and I'm so having DQ at some point today. I've been told it opened the other day.
Saturday 3/22: Easter parade in W-town! I've finally gotten over my hate for parades and can enjoy them now (for those of you who don't know, I was in marching band grades 8-9. I've seen the Homecoming parade once since 1998). Chantel, Sarah, Becky, Shayna, and I are all going to watch the parade and then we're headed to Bob's for lunch. Oh, Bob's, how I miss thee. Anyway, after that we're going bowling at the local bowling alley, which is under new ownership. It's apparently a hip and happening place now, but we're going during the day like old people, so there may not be so many people there.
Sunday 3/23: Happy Easter! We're planning to go to Michael's Aunt Debbie's house for Easter. I feel the need to apologize to his Aunt Beverly to her face. Oh, what happened? I accidentally forgot to invite her to my bridal shower. I feel horrible. I've only met that side of his family a couple of times and don't know everyone. I personally called her, but I want to apologize in person and give her the shower info.
Thursday 3/27: Pick up pictures!!! Scan pictures!!! Print extra pictures!!!
Friday 3/28: Hopefully I'll be hanging out with cute Isabella. She's our flower girl. I bought her a dress, but it's too big, so I need to fit it for her. It was marked down at Dillard's from $50 to $12.50. As long as it wasn't too small for her, I was buying it.
Saturday 3/29: Marriage counseling with Bro. Bill! I'm a little nervous about this, just because I don't know what kinds of things he's going to ask us and what we're going to talk about. Bro. Bill is cool, though, I've known him since I was in the 7th grade. It'll probably be pretty laid-back and casual. We'll see, though. I'm also helping my mom finish cleaning up the house that day. Because. . .
Sunday 3/30: . . .Bridal shower!!!!! Potentially 40 ladies will descend upon my parents' house to play games, eat cake, and watch me try not to break all of the ribbon. :0)
Speaking of my shower.... I have registered for awesome dishes at Dillard's. I fell in love with Fiesta dishes from Homer Laughlin in 2006 when I lived with Katie. She had every color under the sun (it looked like skittles threw up in our cabinets). Anyway, Michael and I registered for scarlet and cobalt blue (8 place settings of each). Yesterday I checked our registry and someone had bought us one of each color!!! This deserved a dance, which I did all the way into the other room to tell Michael, who had the typical man 'eh... cool' reaction. Later, I was talking to my grandma (who had been in Como for an MRI) and she tells me that she talked my grandpa into taking her over to Dillard's while she was in town. ((this is when it occurred to me that she was the one who had purchased the dishes)) She then told me straight out that she had bought us one of each color. I told her I knew. She told the woman who helped her that I'd probably know soon enough because I kept snooping online. I wouldn't have known who bought it, except she blabbed. I think she's just really proud of the fact that she got me something she knew I really wanted and wanted to tell someone. She then told me she needed someone to wrap them. I told her I would since she'd already ruined the surprise! :0)
There's something else I need to update about. . . hmm. . . what. . . was. . . it? Oh, the suit.
Yes, the suit. There was an update about the suit a while ago when I finally let it be known that Michael had interviewed with Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois.
Well, HE GOT THE JOB!!!
We found out last Friday afternoon. He starts Tuesday, May 20th. The weekend before that is going to be a busy one for us:
Friday: two finals for me, his graduation at 6:30
Saturday: afternoon -- graduation party, evening -- my bachelorette party (ole!)
Tuesday: him -- work, me -- more unpacking
Ahh. . . we're growing up! :0)