Our usual bedtime is 10pm. It will require a lot of effort to not want to crawl into a warm bed before midnight this evening. Hope you all have spectacular and adventurous plans as you countdown to the brand new year. Stay safe!
I thought I would share with you just a few of my favorite pages from our wedding scrapbooks. I finished all sixty-six pages while The Hubby was suffering through Ranger School and I was in dire need of having a craft to do during my wedding withdrawals. I would sit down and work eight hours at a time. After three days, they were finally complete. (Click pictures to enlarge)
My ingredients for a successful wedding scrapbook:
Sentimental objects (magazine clipping you showed your hairdresser, cupcake flags, invitations, receipts, napkins, notes, programs, signs, etc.)
Colorful paper. Most wedding scrapbook kits stick with silvers, whites, blacks, and golds. I found that boring so I went with vibrant patterns from the Citrus Stack and other pages I had collected over the years.
Use your good stuff. This is not the time to hold back.
Use embellishments to fill in empty spaces such as stickers or Quote Stacks (Velum and Rub-on). Save money with Michael's 40% off coupons!
Lay everything out before gluing anything down. Don't make anything permanent until you are completely certain.
Print out quotes from your ceremony or wedding songs in the fonts you used for any paper goods from the big day.
It took an army of women to help me get ready to marry you.
They helped lock my gut in so tightly that I would complain of back pains for the rest of the night.
And then I snuck up on you and tapped your shoulder.
And you saw your bride for the first time.
We had our best friends right next to us.
We love them so.
And of course our families were right there with us, as always.
My grandmother and mother walked me down the aisle. They had to remind me to slow down because I couldn't wait to join you. I even tripped at one point, but thankfully no one saw. Complete strangers congratulated me on my way to you.
And you cried. A lot. And I kept giggling to stop from crying, too.
Linda Ko captured this beautiful picture of all of us as everyone watched us say "I do."
And it was finally time for you to kiss your wife.
We took a lot of pictures.
This one is one of my favorites because we sat on the same bench at prom four and a half years earlier.
Hannah asked you to lift me, which is normally no problem for a strong Army man like you. But my dress literally added ten pounds. Your face was not so handsome here, but luckily we can only see the back of your head.
We then made our way under the saber arch.
And we had to kiss to pass.
Then we danced and took the moment in.
And we kissed. A lot.
Happy one-year anniversary, darling. I love you with all my heart.
In honor of Bella's fourth birthday, here are four things you may not know about her:
1.) Bella snores like an old man and sometimes wakes herself up by the noise of it. She's also startled herself awake by an especially large fart.
2.) When she gets really excited, she starts to sneeze uncontrollably.
3.) If you invite her onto the bed with you, mark your territory. She will plop right down against you into any nook your body makes (i.e. the bend of your legs). If you move a little to the right, she will too. By the end of the night, you will find yourself completely sideways.
4.) She has a scar by her left ear from when she tried to break out of her kennel years ago. You can see it in this picture.