11.24.2015

Moving

***Update: You can follow me on Bloglovin'


 Hello everyone! After much thinking I have decided to stop blogging here. I just don't feel like this space is something I like anymore. I am in the process of making another blog over here.

It is still under construction so don't judge me too harshly. I have been working on setting up my sewing room in my new apartment so I can have a better space for sewing. I have already made a few things and I will be showing them over on the new blog pretty soon! So go on over and follow me on GFC! I will be making a bloglovin page here soon. Hope to see you over there!


-Maria

10.06.2015

Wedding Video

Guys, check out of wedding video! I love it so much! We had a great videographer that really captured our 7 year long love story. Being married is the best!


9.05.2015

How to make the most out of your wedding day and enjoy your honeymoon.

Yesterday my boss took us out to lunch and one of my co workers asked me about my wedding day. The conversation went a little something like this:
Him: "So, did you guys change your Facebook status to married right away?"
Me: *weird look on my face* "No! Why would i do that? haha"
Him: "I just went to a wedding this past weekend and during the day they were updating their Facebook status and updating their relationship status and I just thought that it was weird. Why are people on social media on their wedding day?"


And it really got me thinking...
While Joey and I were planning our wedding we decided we wanted to have minimal contact with Facebook the week before our wedding. We wanted to make the most of our wedding day. We wanted to soak the whole thing in and enjoy it...it's one day out of our lives and we really wanted to focus on just that and the covenants we were going to make that day.

SO how can you enjoy your wedding day and honeymoon to the fullest? Turn off your phone. Forget about changing your relationship status. Forget about thanking everyone for coming to your reception. Forget about posting pictures. 

You are about to have one of the greatest days of your life. Focus on your spouse. Talk about your feelings after the temple, spend it together imagining your future together. For goodness sake, stay off of Facebook. I promise, if you stay of off Facebook, Instagram, twitter, whatever, you will enjoy this special time with your loved one even more than you think possible. Leave the picture posting to others, to your photographer. Change your relationship status and thank everyone after you come back from your honeymoon. You won't be a recently marriage couple for long and those feelings you have that day as a newlywed won't last long. Share those feelings with him or her, not with everyone else. 

You can still take pictures of your honeymoon and of every single detail and post it when you get back from your honeymoon. But for goodness sake, I beg you, delete your Facebook and Instagram apps for a day. Enjoy your wedding day and your honeymoon with your eternal partner! 



9.01.2015

Do what you want

When I was engaged, I received a ton of unsolicited advice from people who know better because they have been married for a long time or whatever.

Here is a thing you may or may not know about me. I strongly dislike Mormon Culture. Love the church, it's true! But I don't want to be in the culture. I dont want to fit into the mold. So when we got engaged and we got told that we should have a 2 week engagement otherwise we were obviously going to break the law of Chastity, I was really excited to start planning my wedding and have it be nothing like all other Mormon weddings. Nothing wrong with Mormon weddings, I think all weddings are wonderful! I love them! But that wasn't my style and that wasn't Joey's style.

Both Joey and I are converts which means a lot of our family wasn't going to be going in the temple with us so we wanted to make sure we had a nice formal fun reception for them to enjoy. We planned something super simple, but at the same time pretty and enjoyable.

We had a full dinner, and we had dancing that lasted longer then 10 minutes. My reception actually ended at 11:30 PM which was too early in my opinion but probably a Mormon world record.

I was also told that my wedding reception shouldnt be longer than an hour. Okaaaay...I wasnt told, they were giving me more of that unsolicited advice, I am sure they meant well.

All I want to say is, do whatever you want. Plan your wedding to be as big or as small as you want to. Don't listen to people who tell you that you won't remember your reception, that it doesn't matter anyway. I don't really know why Mormons have a vendetta against wedding receptions anyway, why do we hate them so much? Why do we belittle them? I know that what happens in the temple is what is most important, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a huge party afterwards to celebrate the biggest commitment you just made. SRSLY.

I LOVED my reception. I loved that it lasted more than 2 hours. I love that everyone got to eat a whole meal. I love that everyone danced for more than 15 minutes. I love that we celebrated with our families such a joyous occasion. I honestly enjoyed my long reception. I mean, I have been waiting 7 years to marry Joey...what's a few more hours going to do? I wasnt in any type of hurry to leave.

If you are planning a wedding and feel as frustrated as I felt by everyone being annoying about your choices, just ignore them. In the end all that matters is that you married your best friend and that you have an awesome day. Joey and I had an awesome day surrounded by the people we love. We had a blast dancing and we had a great time planning it all. And if you don't care, that's cool too...just make sure to do what makes you happy.

6.25.2015

Doggy Tales Special Edition: 3 or 3.5

We celebrated Toby's birthday on May 29th. May 29th is really the day Toby came home with us and since we don't know when he was really born we celebrate his birthday on that day.

When we got Toby at the shelter the doctor told us he was 1 or 1.5 years old so now he is 3 or 3.5 and he has been with us for 2 years!

Raising Toby has been incredibly challenging, he is a reactive dog who does not like children, does not like men, does not like bicycles, does not like runners...he is basically scared of everything and fears that everyone will harm his family so he becomes reactive. He starts barking and would probably jump at people if he wasn't on a leash. We try to walk him when there aren't many people around and it has taken us these two years to learn how to calm him down. And he is doing a lot better. He is best friends with the 14 year old pug that lives across us, he loves older people and he finally doesn't bark at our 2 other neighbors when they walk by our window. But as much training and we give him, and as safe as we try to make him feel he is still reactive and very very scared that someone will harm his family.

Ever since he got sick it really hasn't been so challenging. Ever since he got sick I have done my best to not get mad at him over the little things, like when he goes in the trash and makes a mess or when he accidentally breaks one of the blinds because our upstairs neighbors are immature people who like to tease my dogs from the window. I don't ever want Toby - or Jake for that matter - to feel like they aren't loved for even a minute. Toby's near death encounter made me realize that they have very short lives, I have a very short time with both of them and I don't want them to ever feel like they are not loved...not for a stupid accident or for being dogs. They still get a stern talk if they do something bad but not for the small things that make others mad. It is not worth my time to stay mad at these two little dogs who love me unconditionally and who care about me in a way I can't even understand.

So we celebrated Toby's birthday. He got a bunch of squeaky toys, he got a plain big mac (so did Jake), and he also got to spend the day with me because I was home sick with pneumonia. We made them both feel special, but Toby just a little more, because I honestly did not think back in November that we would get to spend another birthday with him. It was an emotional day for me, but also a happy one because he was there and he was happy and he knew we loved him. I don't think anyone but my family and Joey understand how happy I was that day and I really hope we get to spend more birthdays together.



Jake Approves the following photos of Toby enjoying his bday squeakies.





6.18.2015

Engagements

We took our engagements in Utah during April. It was rainy and cold but our fabulous photographer Kati still got some great shots. Here is a few of our favorites. BTW my mom and I made the pretty dress. I would have made it myself but I was super busy so my mom took care of business. 







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