Like the duck…

John N had a saying that I am pretty sure he stole from somewhere. The saying was: The key is to be like the duck, smooth and unruffled on top but paddling furiously underneath. That is what I am trying to be right now. My tummy is just bouncing off the wall, I am alternately excited, crabby, anxious, happy, sad, giddy… and on down the line!

Frank is absolutely, hands down, the most awesome guy in the world and I am soooo lucky! I cannot wait to marry him!

Only FOUR days to go… I can hardly stand it!!!

One week from now…

And Frank and I will be finishing up our wedding pictures!!! I cannot even believe it!

But first, I must make it until then.

I checked the weather for Friday yesterday on the 10 day and it was 77 degrees and mostly sunny. I checked today and it’s supposed to be 68 degrees and partly cloudy with a 20% chance of precipitation. I hope the weather holds, but if it doesn’t–eh! No big deal! BRING IT ON, BABY!!!


One week from tomorrow…

And I will be Mrs. Frank!! 🙂 I cannot even believe it!!!

Last night we met with the DJ and picked out the rest of the songs. We had dinner at Fridays. Tonight we meet with our pastor to go over the final details of the ceremony and discuss the rest of the results from our PREPARE inventory evaluation. Friday I am having my last “hurrah” so-to-speak with family and close friends. Saturday we finalize seating. Sunday I am going to move a TON of my stuff to Naperville. Monday is a dance lesson. Tuesday is my hair appointment. Wednesday is our last dance lesson and our final meeting with the reception hall. Thursday is the rehearsal. And Friday is the (gulp) WEDDING!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

I cannot wait. He is just the greatest!!!

8 days!!

Ten days to go… and then… the single digits!

Oh my gosh. I cannot believe it. Only ten days to go! I am so excited about the wedding–it’s hard to think about anything else!

Yesterday I returned a bunch of things to Target and to Crate and Barrel. I swapped the items at Target for closet organization items and then I am saving up the store credit at C&B for our dresser–yeehaw! Our registries are almost wiped clean and that is a great thing because there were so many things we needed–we had NOTHING with which to start our new home. But thanks to everyone’s generosity, we have everything we could possibly need to build our new home. Yippy!

I gotta run… TEN DAYS!! OH MY!


Well, it wasn’t that this weekend was sooo exhausting, but I just am not sleeping well! I have been having bad dreams about the wedding and I am NOT alone–Frank and my friend Erin have been having hideous dreams as well. Crazy!! I wake up at 6:00 a.m. thinking that for some reason the wedding is going all wrong or we have to cancel it…. not the best way to wake up!

This weekend Dad and I spent some quality time together. He assembled a desk while I put away a bunch of the shower gifts that we have been given. Then I whipped up some dinner for my Mom, grandma, Sarah and Dad. We had a nice little dinner in our little apartment. I just love the apartment!!

Last night Frank and I decided where we wanted to hang pictures and where we needed to put new pictures that we want to order. It’s a really exciting time!

Of course, last night Frank and I both realized that we are getting married NEXT week. How crazy is that!? The engagement went by so quickly and all of a sudden, here we are, almost married! And both of us are so excited about it and love each other and can’t imagine a better way to spend the rest of our lives… but at the same time… eeesh! It is *the rest of our lives*–doesn’t that sound just like a jail sentence? Except it’s not.

So yeah, I am working out some of the final trolley arrangements and transportation details today. I have a few things to pick up and drop off. My mom has really stepped up in the last week or so and done an incredible job helping me. I’d have to say Mom, Dad, Andy and Sarah all deserve the vacation they are taking after the wedding 😀

Only 11 days to go!! Boy do I have butterflies!!!

Howdy y'all!

Well, it’s FRIDAY!! YAY! And it’s only TWO weeks to the wedding–eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Time is truly flying by!

In the past 2 days I have written nearly 30 thank you notes for the two showers and wedding gifts that keep arriving. One family sent me the sugar bowl and creamer from our China set, but they arrived separately so they received 2 thank you notes for what I’m sure they intended to be one gift. Oh well! I just keep writing!

Today is a fat day, sadly. I really need to drink some water and watch what I eat today. I think it’s that time of month, but I know I haven’t done anything to help it with eating at least one cookie every day. Yesterday I had 2 pieces of cake. Small pieces, but 2 none-the-less!

Let’s not talk about food, though, okay?? Cuz I still I have at least 3.5 hours before I can eat… not that I’m hungry… but I will be if I keep thinking about it…

I think it’s time to do some work!!

14 days to go!

I'm soooo tired!

Frank and I had quite a busy weekend!

Friday: Our couch was delivered and it is SOOOO cute! We both just love it and it is nice to sit on something aside from the lawn chairs! Then my friend Erin and I went out and ran errands all day long–happy errands! We went to Victoria’s Secret and bought some things we definitely *needed*–hee hee!! Who doesn’t need stuff from Victoria’s Secret?? I’m just sayin’… After our shopping, we saw Freaky Friday, a very cute movie that our significant others are probably very glad we didn’t make them see.

Then we went to dinner at Fridays. I had developed a huge tummy ache (probably anxiety related) and I was sure I wouldn’t be able to eat anything at Fridays… but lo and behold… I scarfed down some dinner! YUM! After that, we went back to the apartment to watch Just Married. Frank started out watching the movie with us, but then suffered some of his own pre-marital anxiety and decided to organize the office instead. hee hee–poor guy!

Saturday: Kristin R came up and we went all about town. We went to my house to see my wedding dress and then to a restaurant in Naperville for lunch and then to Fox Valley mall to pick up a few items for the wedding. After that, Kristin went home and I made Frank some dinner and enjoyed some alone time. That was fab. Then Jeff and Dustin came over to play. I gave them some cookies and milk and the guys amused themselves in the back with some golf clubs (this was very dangerous because Frank has never golfed before and I worry about him!) After play time, we saw the movie American Wedding. This was a very big movie weekend for me–I haven’t seen that many movies in an entire month!

Sunday: Frank and I trekked down to my dad’s side of the family for a wedding shower for us. Frank hung out with Uncle Mark, Cousin Roger, Dad and a few other relatives while the girls played games and opened presents and had snacks–good times! While we were finishing up with the shower, the men-folk drove to Toluca to get some Mona’s (a great Italian restaurant!). They brought back large trays of ravioli, spaghetti, fried chicken and breads–soooo yummy!! We ate and ate and ate! SOOOO GOOD!

Monday: I went to the airport to take care of a few things and then I had another shower at my mom’s friend Mary B’s house. Mary had such a great shower put together with lots of finger foods, cute decorations and fun trivia games. We opened gifts and chatted the afternoon away. I suppose after that weekend it was no wonder that I needed a serious nap!!!

So here we are on Tuesday and I am just SOOOO tired!! EEEK!

Only 17 days to go!

Mercredi Gras!

That is French for “Fat Wednesday”–which happens to be what I am having. Let me tell you what I’ve eaten today. First, I had a bowl of honey nut cheeries, a piece of bread with peanut butter and jelly (not a lot of peanut butter, but a lot of jelly) and a glass of OJ. Then I couldn’t wait until lunch to have my sandwich, so I ate my PB&J at 10:30a.m. At 12:30 I ate some yogurt. Not too bad. Then at 2:30 I had one regular semisweet chocolate chip cookie from Mr.s fields and 3 small ones! (the itty bitty ones)… What makes this bad is that I am going out to dinner at 7 with some friends at California Pizza Kitchen–one of my most FAVORITE places! GRR!!! I’m just gonna wanna eat everything on the menu. I am going to have to practice some self control!

Other than that, the wedding stuff is going swimmingly. Mom and I are working on our final count. Crazy!!

23 days to go! I can’t wait!

BIG Weekend!!

Whew–What a weekend!

Friday Frank and I went to the DuPage County Seat to get our marriage license. The first question they asked (even before they asked us what our names are!) was “Are you related?” WHAT!??!?! Of course not!! EEEEK! Ew ew ew. Frank was so stunned by the question, he couldn’t even come up with a witty comeback. Shocking. So after we did that (we are now fully licensed, woohoo!), Frank went to work and I went shopping for food for Frank’s apartment and then I went home and ran some errands. Later in the afternoon I went for my FINAL fitting at Volle’s. I put on my princess dress and it fit PERFECTLY! OH MY GOSH!! It was awesome. I love my dress. It is beautiful! Mom and I put it in the car (very carefully!) and it is now hanging in the basement, waiting for the big day!

Friday night Frank and I had Jamie and Craig over to Frank’s new pad (soon to be mine!). Frank put together some yummy appetizers and we chatted before going to Fridays for dinner. We had a great time! Craig FINALLY asked Frank to stand up in their wedding and Frank said, “Yes” without much deliberation 😉 They also asked me to do a reading in their ceremony–woohoo!!!

Saturday I was up bright and early, in search of the elusive Crate and Barrel. I had a few things I wanted to return and I figured it would be oh-so-easy to find a C&B in Naperville. WRONG. The only C&Bs in Naperville are outlets or furniture stores–not places I could return things to from regular C&Bs. Oh well. Frank and I left for Champaign early in the afternoon for his friend Eric O’s wedding. His bride was stunning in a Maggie Sotero dress. The ceremony was beautiful and both the bride and groom were in tears as they exchanged their vows. After the ceremony, we went to Hawthorne Suites Hotel for the reception. They had lovely quiches and mini-quesadillas–YUM! Dinner was also very good and dessert was tiramisu–YUMYUMYUM! I was quite full! Once dinner was finished, the dance floor was opened up so that we could all “cut a rug.” After we had done some serious dancing, the bride and groom did the traditional bouquet and garter toss. I declined going on the dance floor for the bouquet–I mean, I’m getting married in less than 25 days!!! But Frank decided to have his last hurrah as a single man, and hopped out on the dance floor. The other guys were quite upset that Frank took a front position because of his height, so he wound up in the back of the pack. No matter–Frank STILL caught the garter! That’s my guy!!!! It turns out that Eric, the groom, caught that same garter at his friend’s wedding in June, so we decided to keep the tradition alive and we are using the same garter in our wedding–rah!!!

Sunday afternoon Frank and I had a dance lesson as well as a bridal shower at my friend Erin B’s house in Chicago. The shower was AWESOME!! They had amazing food, it was good to see sorority sisters and the dessert was fabulous! She served tiramisu cake and a chocolate mousse cake and everyone had to try both–YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM! So good! After that, Frank and I were pretty exhausted.

So that was our weekend! Only 25 days until the BIG DAY!!!