my first bridal shower. it ended up being a whole lot more fun than i expected. not that i didn't expect there to be fun times had by all, but i was SO nervous to have people watch me open gifts. i practiced the night before trying to have an even, uniform excitement so as to make everyone feel and know that i equally appreciated their gifts.
turns out that it was so much fun opening presents. what was i nervous about? you're sitting there surrounded by loved ones you haven't seen in SO long (we're talking young women days) and you're getting showered with gifts.
AND my cute mom did a "vintage" theme and had me dress up as a flapper. i should have been born in the 20s. truly. i loved wearing the costume around and it was the first item i packed up on my way home. that baby will get much use in future halloween costumes.
enjoy the photos!
the loot. notice the gold gloves. i felt like i should be washing dishes in them and they promptly had to be removed.
dear, dear brieanne. we were great friends in high school and now she has TWO kids. cute sister-in-law amanda tracy, mom, amanda awesome food. thanks darleen for hosting! how tasty are these petits fours that have wedding rings on top? those certainly did not help the fitting into the wedding dress goal. i'd say those were worth it. doing my dance of excitement after putting on the dress. everyone wrote words of advice and recipes and put them together in a scrapbook. this was by far my favorite gift and something i'll treasure. some women even gave me copies of their wedding pictures. i LOVED that. opening the first gift... p.s. here is my shoutout to carol. i'm so sad you weren't able to make it!
p.s.s. thank you so much to all who were able to come!
i wasn't kidding about making the chain link. odie hates it and reminds him that, and i quote, "it's forever until we get married." i love it.
along with things i love, let's put this kid at the top of the list. oh? want more things i love? how about this guy i saw on the way home. notice the lincoln directly in front of us. i was tempted to park my car and ask for a ride. driving behind him was cute until i realized his car had a max speed of about 12 miles/hour. pleasantly happy with life. this little diddy will be adorning the sign in table at the reception. also a find from my grandmother's house. thanks, mom, for letting me use it. stay tuned for photos from the georgia bridal shower.
here are my thoughts on getting married, in no particular order:
1-getting married is a weighty matter. literally. is there any girl out there who doesn't start thinking about all the hundreds of photos that will be snapped of her that day? and how they'll hang in her living room for years to come? and how good she wants to look in the bathing suit she'll be sporting on el honeymoon? man oh man i was not prepared for how stressed i would get about this whole getting in shape for the marriage thing. alas, two months left. 2-what in the world is product liability insurance on food? and why do i need it? 3-i made a chain link today to count down the month and i'll make another one for the last month. i get to take one off each night if i do the five following things: 1-read my scriptures 2-work out (see above entry) 3-write in my journal 4-read some kind of spiritual matter (preferably the scripture sort) with odie 5-eat three balanced meals and two snacks/day. i'm pretty excited about the chain. i fell in love with the chain link idea in kindegarten and have not given up on making them for memorable occasions since. odie, expect many more over the course of our life together. 4-i can't wait to be endowed and go through the temple. as i've been preparing to go through, i'm struck by how powerful the sealing power is. is there anything more comforting than knowing that you can be with your family forever? FOREVER. what a lovely and fabulous concept. just the thought of it makes me want to be more focused on my family relationships. how grateful i am for the priesthood and the gospel being restored. 5-watch hotel rwanda. doesn't really relate to my getting married. but, wow, that is one powerful movie. 6-marriages are expensive. i've made it a personal commitment to always offer to help out with any future weddings. be it cooking, making signs, stuffing invitations, etc. you name it. it takes a lot of volunteers to make a wedding come off. 7-going along with numero 6, i've discovered (yet again) that i'm horrible at asking people for help. i have taken it upon me to single-handedly plan this wedding. i work in event planning so therefore i should be able to handle this, right? wrong. i'm just grateful my darling mom came up last weekend to help me out. i was stressed. badly. but she calmed me down. 8-i love my colors of light pink and gray. 9-i can't wait to be mrs. ovard. this guy of mine sure is great. so loving, so giving, so funny, so concerned for me, so humble. the list goes on. what's best about him is that he is mine and i get to take care of him. and guess what? he loves to take care of me. it's quite nice on both ends. 10-i'm so excited to go to cancun. a warm location in november sounds beyond appealing.
that's it for now. my blog layout is dreadfully boring. i'm waiting until i'm mrs. ovard to start a new and snazzy blog for the two of us to detail our upcoming adventures.
i'm off to GA this weekend for my shower. can't wait to get home.
so what good would family be if you didn't shamelessly promote one another's blogs? the voncannon clan is no different and so i proudly introduce three of my sister's new blogs. one is for organic-enthusiasts, one includes reviews for hip and trendy baby products (thus the name) and the last is a review of organic baby products. i don't have kids and i love the site and easily get caught looking through all the fun products. she regularly has giveaway contests so be sure to check back often.
(until i can figure out how to put in a link, i'm just writing out the email addresses below)
i apologize that you are always the last to know the news. and this time is no exception. but in case you haven't heard, i'm engaged. three weeks late, i know, but alas, here i am. check out the details at: www.tracy-dewayne.com
ah, ecuador. what a fun trip. let me give some background as to what landed us in that beautiful country. grayden, a good friend of ours, has parents who are mission presidents in ecuador (guayaquil to be exact). they were getting ready to finish their three-years there and grayden offered to bring some friends down with him before they left. thanks, grayden.
it was such a great idea. grayden had been a few times, with reed accompanying him on the last trip. then you had odie and i who had never been, and sweet jess who this was her first time to latinamerica. luckily for us, both grayden and reed are fluent in spanish, and having both traveled in ecuador before, we were set to go.
i really couldn't have asked for better dynamics in the group. everyone just seemed to mesh so well. which you have to do when you're on buses for hours and gross and scared to be horseback riding (well, that was just me), and basically just together 24/7.
a quick overview of the trip is that we spent part of the time in vilcabamba, a sleepy town up in the mountains, cuenca, the colonial, bustling town, and quayaquil. please note that it's best to actually scroll down to the first post on horseback riding and then read backwards, they make more sense that way.