This One Italian Girl

Weekend Recap – 1 Week Countdown

Jan
09

This weekend we hit the 1 week countdown mark.  It still seems so surreal that this is really happening in less than 1 week.  It feels like I have been planning this wedding forever but it also feels like time flew by.  It’s a weird, excited, anxious feeling.  But I am ready now and could not be more excited for Saturday to be here.

The weekend started on Friday evening.  My maid of honor came into town to pick up her dress and decided to stay for dinner.  I went with her to pick up the dress so I got to see her in it.  It is gorgeous and I love the color!  I can’t wait to see all the girls in their dress and I hope they like it as much as I do.  My friend was nice enough to cook us dinner that night.  She made chicken katsu, broccoli and rice.  It was delicious.  We spent the rest of the evening sipping on some sake, playing games and watching a movie.

 

She ended up spending the night so we all went out to breakfast in the morning.  We tried a new place downtown and it was delicious.  After that she headed home and we headed to our final meeting with the photographer.  He wanted to go over the timeline for the day so now it is all figured out.  Then it was off to the next errand which was to return my rental car.  I got into an accident last month and it turns out the cost to fix my car was going to be more than the blue book value of the car, so my insurance wouldn’t pay for it.  Thinking it over, I decided it’s more worth it to spend the money on a new car since my car was over 10 years old and had almost 150k miles on it.  Seemed like a better idea for the long term.  Not exactly the best timing to be buying a new car a week before the wedding, but such is life.

 

Once I returned the rental it was time to buy a new car.  I decided to upgrade to an SUV with future children and car seats in mind.  It is already being called the ‘mom car’.  It’s only been a couple days with the new car, but I am loving it.  It’s a lot roomier, it rides smooth, and I just feel safe in it.  It will take some getting used to, especially with parking, but I am sure it will feel like mine soon enough.

After all those errands I was starving and it was perfect timing because my fiance’s family was planning to go out to dinner.  Since everyone was in town and available, we went out to dinner with his grandparents and uncle and cousins.  It was so fun to sit down with all of them and really see how they interact and get to know them better.  Plus it’s fun to hear how excited everyone is getting for the wedding.

 

Sunday was a much more relaxed day and I didn’t have anything planned.  The fiance had to work so I was on my own.  I got up early and went for a run which felt really good because it had been a while.  The first run of the year.  I had some breakfast and did some cleaning but then headed over to my parents house for the rest of the day.  Got all our wedding stuff in boxes and ready to bring to the venue later this week.  Ran a couple errands to get some a few things for the honeymoon.  Then my brother came over for lunch, we played some games, and my Mom cooked us homemade spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.  I stayed a little later to watch the Golden Globes with my Mom before heading home.

And now here we are at Monday morning.  Five days until the wedding!!  Is it Saturday yet?!

Happy New Year!

Jan
03

And just like that, it’s 2017.  This is going to be a big year for myself and my family so I could not be more excited for the new year to be here.  Lots of changes happening this year.  With our wedding to start.  In just 11 days I will be married to my best friend.  It is so surreal that the big day is almost here already.  I am ready for it and I know that it is happening soon, but yet it still doesn’t feel completely real.  Not until that morning when I put on my dress or maybe when I see him for the first time that day in his tux, or maybe when I see him waiting for me at the altar will it feel real.  I am so excited for all of those moments.  In just 11 short days.

Before I get too far ahead of myself I want to recap the last week.  I only had to work half a day last Friday.  My maid of honor came into town to get her dress fitted so we went out to lunch after.  Then the fiance and I met with our DJ to make sure we were all on the same page with music and timing for the night.  After that I watched the fiance and his mom practice their first dance.  They are doing a choreographed dance that I cannot wait to see them do at the wedding.  Once they were tired practicing we took his mom to the mall so she could return some shoes and we could change something on the tux rental order.  We decided to make the tux rentals a full package, which meant we only had to add cuff links and studs, so that the fiance could get $600 off a suit.  Pretty good deal if you ask me.  Then we took his mom out to dinner and headed home to watch a movie before bed.

The fiance actually had all weekend off of work which was rare and so nice.  Saturday was New Years Eve and he spent the morning disc golfing with his Dad.  I was going to go with them but it was an 18-hole course and I am just not that good yet.  So I went over to my parents house instead and got a few wedding things done.  Then when he got back we went to the store to get a few appetizer things to bring to the NYE party we went to that night.  We made a hot artichoke dip and a cajun dip.  Once his friend showed up we all headed out to my brother’s house for a little get together with some friends.  Two of the couple’s are pregnant so it was nothing wild, but still a lot of fun.  We played some games, had some drinks, and left shortly after midnight.

 

The fiance got up early on Sunday to go real golfing with a few friends.  I went over to my parents house to make homemade pasta with my Dad, as we do every year on New Years Day.  We invited my future in-laws over for dinner that night to finalize the seating chart as well as stuff bags for our favors.  It was such a fun evening.  The seating chart process was way easier than I thought it would be.  And the bag stuffing went way faster than I thought.  It was so nice to have all those extra hands.

 

I had the day off yesterday, but the fiance had to work.  So he got up early and I stayed in my PJs for a while.  I tried a new almond flour waffle recipe and it was awful so I will not be sharing that one.  After that I headed to my parents house to go car shopping with my Dad.  I had to say goodbye to my poor Honda Civic last week and face the facts that I need a new car.  I got into a car accident in early December and it took the auto shop 3 weeks to decide it’s totaled.  The damage wasn’t that bad, but it was all on my back tire which ended up messing with the alignment.  Turns out the cost to fix it was more than what the insurance company valued the car at so they claim it as totaled.  The car is over 10 years old with about 130,000 miles on it, so it was bound to happen sooner or later.  But I do think I could have held on to it for a little while longer had this accident not happened.  But that’s life, and sometimes you just have to roll with it.  So now I am looking into getting an SUV with future kids and family trips in mind.

They didn’t have the model car I wanted available yesterday, so I left empty handed.  But they are getting new cars in this week so it could happen soon.  After car shopping I ran some errands and did some cleaning at home.  But then headed back to my parents house for dinner to try our homemade pasta.  It was delicious as always.  After that I headed home to start taking down the Christmas decorations and get ready for the new work week.  I am getting so lucky with all these holidays and short weeks that it’s going to be so hard coming back to work after the honeymoon.  I just have to make it through this 4 day week and then next week I’m only working 3 days and then it’s vacation mode!!!  In less than 2 weeks I will be on a sandy beach, hopefully working on my tan.

Weekend Recap – Christmas Overload

Dec
27

As I mentioned in my last post, Christmas was a four day celebration for me this year.  Starting on Friday, the day before Christmas Eve, all the way through yesterday, the day after Christmas.  Having fun is exhausting.

So Friday afternoon we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house to visit with some relatives on my Dad’s side of the family.  Their daughter (my cousin) lives down in LA so they don’t get to see her that often.  She decided to spend Christmas with her parents this year and brought her 2 little girls with her.  Her youngest daughter is one year old and I have only seen her maybe twice, so it was so great to see all of them again.  It was a pretty small group, with just a few aunts and uncles and cousins.  We went in the early afternoon and stayed for an early dinner and dessert.

 

Saturday was Christmas Eve, which we normally do a friend’s dinner and gift exchange on this day.  However, one of the friends had to work so we switched it to yesterday instead since most people didn’t have to work anyway.  My fiance’s family has a nice crab dinner and goes to evening mass on Christmas Eve.  The last couple of years I have gone to their house for dinner but then we split ways and I go to the gift exchange and the fiance goes to church.  This year we actually got to spend the entire day together.  Since my parent’s didn’t have any plans anymore, the fiance and I went over for breakfast and spent the morning with them.  Then we went to his parent’s house for dinner and church.

 

Sunday was Christmas!  We got an early start at my parent’s house to open presents so my brother and sister-in-law could head over to her parent’s house after.  We all met there at 8am and had breakfast and opened presents.  Then at about 10am the fiance and I headed over to his parents house to open more presents with them.  After that we had to get ready because we went to Stockton that afternoon for dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house.  One of my cousin’s just had a baby last week so it was super exciting to get to meet her!  She is adorable.  My brother and sister-in-law also FINALLY announced that they are pregnant!  They told us about a month ago, but decided they wanted to wait until Christmas to tell all of the extended family in person.  It has been so hard to keep my mouth shut.  But now I don’t have to!  I am so happy for them and so excited to be an auntie!

 

Yesterday I didn’t have plans until the evening.  So I slept in and put together a few Christmas presents in the morning.  Then I headed to my parent’s house and took the dogs for a walk.  Then we spent the afternoon playing games before heading over to our friends house.  We played more games over there, had dinner, and did a white elephant gift exchange.  We have a new theme every year and this year’s theme was ‘adventure awaits’.  I ended up bringing home a gift card for a horneblower cruise so I was happy.  It’s a little sad that it is all over now and I’m definitely not looking forward to taking down the tree.  Although I guess there is still New Years to look forward to in less than a week!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Dec
21

 

I cannot believe Christmas is here.  Well, in a few days.  It is one of the most exciting, happy, and stressful times of the year.  The one time of year that you want to slow down and enjoy but always seems to be hectic and fly by.  Thankfully I got all of my Christmas shopping done early and was able to enjoy this holiday season, for the most part.  Aside from the wedding planning craziness.  But that is almost over too.  We have to turn in our final counts and everything to the venue at the end of the month.  After that there’s no changing things and I can just wait for the big day.

 

This year I will be celebrating Christmas multiple times.  Normally it’s Christmas Eve with friends and Christmas day with family.  But this year it is the day before Christmas Eve with my Dad’s side of the family, Christmas Eve with the fiance’s family, Christmas Day with my Mom’s side of the family and the day after with friends.  Four days of celebrations and parties.  It will be fun but also exhausting.  I’m really excited to be able to see everyone this year though.  As we get older and everyone’s families get bigger, it gets harder to see everyone.  But such is life.

 

I am very lucky to get some time off for the holidays and am able to spend time with family.  I know there are a lot of people where holidays don’t exist at their jobs.  My fiance is one of them.  He works as an EMT on an ambulance and that is just one of the many jobs that never stop.  He is very lucky this year the way his schedule is that he gets Christmas Eve off and was also able to get someone to cover his Christmas Day shift so we will be able to spend those days together.  It will be a first for us, as the last few years he has always had to work.  I am happy that he gets time off, but also extremely grateful that there are people out there willing to give up their holidays to help others.  And not just on the holidays, but everyday because that is their job.  I could never do that kind of work but I’m glad that there are people out there that enjoy it.  Without them a lot of people wouldn’t be here.  My personal heroes.

Wherever you are, and whoever you get to spend these next few days with, I hope you are happy and spirits are high.  Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Weekend Recap – Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Dec
19

This weekend was a fun filled Christmas one.  As always, it started on Friday.  Our original plan was to take our parents out to dinner at the restaurant we will have our rehearsal dinner at in order to sample the food and decide on the menu for that night.  However, since it is the holiday season, the restaurant was closing early for a private event.  Instead, we took them out to a middle eastern restaurant that was new to all of us.  And it was delicious.  After dinner we took them to the house of lights.  It is this one guy’s house who goes above and beyond with the Christmas lights in his front yard.  There is a new theme every year and he allows people to walk through and take pictures.  We took my Dad last year for the first time and my Mom this year for the first time.  The theme this year was gingerbread cookies and he used over half a million lights.  It’s a really incredible display and always a fun little tradition we like to do.

 

Saturday the fiance went crabbing with his brother and dad in the morning which left me to do whatever I wanted.  First, I got up early and went for a run.  Then I came home and had breakfast and took the pup for a quick walk.  I had a meeting with the photographer later in the morning to pick up our guest book as well as go over the timing for the day of the wedding.  It’s hard because we have to work backwards from the ceremony since we plan to take most of our pictures before.  But we also have to account for hair and makeup time in the morning so the timing is really important.  After the meeting I ran a couple of errands and worked on a few wedding projects as my parents house.

That night the fiance and I headed up to a friends house for our annual Christmas movie night.  For the past few years a few our family friends have gotten together to watch a Christmas movie and have dinner together.  In the previous years we have watched The Polar Express, The Santa Clause, and A Christmas Story.  This year we watched Elf.  They all decorated Christmas cookies earlier that day so while we watched the movie we ate cookies and drank hot chocolate.  After the movie we made the long drive home, picked up the pup, and headed straight to bed.

 

Sunday we didn’t have plans until that evening.  I was planning to get up and go for a run but I decided to let myself sleep in instead.  And it was amazing.  Once the fiance was awake we started all of our chores for the day.  We had some laundry to do and Christmas shopping to finish.  It was a lot of back and forth between our parents house but we got everything done.  We also went grocery shopping and made soup for the week.  That evening we went downtown to watch the fiance’s Dad perform with his brass group.  Every year they play Christmas music at the brewery downtown.  This year I took my parents and we had dinner and drinks while we listened.  It was the perfect way to end the weekend.

 

So Much To Do, So Little Time

Dec
14

Remind me again why I thought getting married right after all of the major holidays was a good idea??  I feel like all I have been posting about lately is wedding stuff.  But I can’t help it when it’s on my brain ALL.THE.TIME.  During the beginning of this whole wedding planning process I kept telling myself not to sweat the little things.  In the grand scheme of things, those little details are really not as important as I might think they are at the time.  But that has been a lot harder to remember lately.  Now that it’s getting closer to the big day, all I have left to do is figure out and decide on all those little things.  And it’s been a lot harder than it probably should be.

 

Our deadline for RSVP’s is this Friday and we have only received a little over half of the responses.  I am really hoping the rest pour in this week because I do not want to have to call all of those people asking if they are coming or not.  So far we haven’t gotten any no responses which is good and bad news.  It’s good because I am happy that everyone is able and wants to come and celebrate with us, but it’s also bad because we have maxed out the venue.  Which means the tables will be tight and we have to fill every single seat.  I’m starting to think we should have left ourselves a little wiggle room.  Once we get all of the responses we have to do the seating chart.  Which I am absolutely dreading because there has been a little drama within my extended family over the last year so we can’t sit certain people together.  So that should be fun…

 

The next minor decision on my list is the table numbers.  We have picked the florist and centerpieces will be a combination of tall and short vases.  However, since we will be maxing the tables at 12 people, there won’t be a lot of room for extra stuff on the tables.  For the tall centerpieces we are going to use picture frames and the short centerpieces we are going to use wooden sticks with the numbers on them.  I bought wooden sticks with the intention to spray paint them, but that means I have to decide on a color.  The other big decision is the name cards.  We are offering either a meat dish or a vegetarian dish and a lot more people are choosing the vegetarian than I thought.  Which is totally fine, but that means I have to come up with some way to distinguish on the name cards which dish people are having.  I will also need to distinguish if any of them are kids and want a kids meal.

 

One more minor but kind of big project is finishing our party favors.  My future mother-in-law has so graciously offered to help make our party favors.  They will be little hand-stitched bags full of jordan almonds.  She made the same bags for her wedding and jordan almonds are a traditional Italian wedding thing.  So it’s a perfect combination of family traditions.  I am helping her stitch bags, but I have done maybe 50 while she is already over 100.  Clearly she is doing most of the work here.  Once we are done stitching, she will sew the sides of the bags shut and then we can fill them.  We plan to have a little get together with whoever wants to help stuff the bags.

 

While all of these things may be minor and not that important in the end, they are all things that need to get done.  I have a feeling these next 4 weeks are going to fly by.  Which I am totally okay with.  I am ready for this wedding to be here.  I am ready to celebrate and I am ready for the planning to be done.  I think I am starting to stress more because I know that there are also 3 major holidays happening right before the wedding.  Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas is right around the corner, and New Year’s is the final countdown to the wedding.  The end of the month is when we have to give our final counts to the final.  No changes can be made after that which will actually be perfect because then I don’t have to think about anything for the last 2 weeks.  We got a gift card for a couple’s massage at one of my bridal shower’s and I’m starting to think we should use that before the wedding…

Weekend Recap – Dress, Flowers, and Cookies

Dec
12

This weekend was a busy one.  It started on Friday which included getting a marriage license, having my final dress fitting, and a final meeting with the florist.  We tried to get our marriage license last weekend at our local county clerk’s office, however, that is the one thing they don’t do there.  So we went to the main county clerk’s office early Friday morning to get it done.

Later that morning my best friend came to my final dress fitting appointment.  The alterations lady recommended her being there so she could see how to zip me into my dress and how to bustle it correctly.  My friend hadn’t seen the dress since it was first ordered, so it was really fun to show her how it looks now after all the alterations.  Little story time about the dress fitting.  So my maid of honor and fiance have been trying to be healthier and work out for the last few months in order to prep and look their best for the wedding.  I decided  I didn’t want to put any extra stress on myself to lose weight, so I have just been trying to be healthy without doing a crazy crash diet.  Well my maid of honor thought it was crazy that I’m the only one not doing a wedding diet.  Let me tell you, maybe I should have listened.  When she went to zip up my dress she told me to suck it in, which I did and she buttoned it, but then I let out a huge exhale and popped a bottom off!  The dress fit fine, it was just the dramatic exhale I did that caused the button to pop off.  But it still made me feel a little bad, so I think this next month I should try a little extra hard to eat healthy.

After the dress fitting we went out to lunch downtown before the next meeting.  The last appointment of the day was with the florist that afternoon.  She had a mock centerpiece made to make sure I still like the look, which I loved!  She did a mock of the tall centerpiece, which is very tall and dramatic and I love it.  And also to confirm the counts and types were all correct and I didn’t want to change anything.  I bought some table numbers online to stick into the centerpieces that I was hoping would have arrived by Friday to bring to the appointment.  Of course they arrived on Saturday instead.  I’m sure they will be fine though.

Friday night me and the fiance met up with a friend in the city for dinner and drinks.  We went out for dim sum which was delicious and then had a few cocktails on the roof of my friend’s apartment building.  It was such a cool view.  That’s the one plus of being in the city is having access to the roof with amazing views.

Saturday was the only day that I didn’t have any plans for the weekend.  The fiance slept in because he stayed up a lot later than me.  So I got up early and had breakfast, fed the dog, and was tired of waiting for him to wake up.  So I headed to my parent’s house to do some laundry.  He woke up in time for lunch so we went out for soup which was perfect because it was raining all day.  Then we went home and watched Christmas movies and meal prepped the rest of the day.

Sunday I went with my parents to one of my aunts house to make our annual Christmas cookies.  These are not your average Christmas cookies though, they are an Italian tradition.  They are in a crescent shape with an almond paste filling inside wrapped inside of a pastry dough.  It’s hard to explain, but trust me, they are delicious!  I don’t know why we only make them once a year.  I really need to get the recipe so I can make them whenever I want.  We went in the afternoon to make the cookies and stayed for dinner.  My aunt made us homemade lasagna followed by homemade mocha’s and egg eggnog lattes.  It was the perfect ending to a busy weekend.

Book Review – All The Missing Girls

Dec
08

Last month we read “All The Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda.  It was a mystery/suspense type of book.  Which happens to be one of my favorite types of books.  I like scary movies and murder mystery books.  What is wrong with me?  They are such page turner books though and the movies you just can’t look away.  Totally entertaining.  In a twisted kind of way.

Anyway, on to the book.  Overall, I did enjoy the book.  I thought the writing style was a little weird for my liking and the middle of the book was a little dry, but I enjoyed the story and it kept me wanting to find out more.  The story revolves around this girl, Nic, who is visiting her hometown to help clear out her Dad’s house to sell because he has dementia and is now living in an assisted home.  While she is back in town though, some stuff from her past keeps getting brought up that she has tried so hard to forget about.

Ten years earlier Nic’s best friend, Corrine, goes missing and they never did find her or figure out what happened.  While Nic is in town, this other girl has taken interest into the unsolved mystery and starts asking around, stirring up old history.  Well then this new girl goes missing and now the whole town is interested and cops are trying to interview Nic’s family for information to see if these two girls’ disappearances are linked.  Since Nic’s Dad has dimentia he starts giving away information to the cops about Corinne, and it causes Nic to freak out that he might say something that will be taken the wrong way.

The book starts with the second girl going missing, and the rest of the book is written backwards, each day before it, for the previous 2 weeks.  As the book goes on, you learn more about that night Corinne went missing and how exactly all of her friends played into it.  Which then eventually ties into how this second girl got involved and why she cares so much to figure out what happened.  There are a lot of characters including, Nic, her brother, her ex boyfriend, her current fiance, Corrine’s boyfriend, and Nic’s Dad.  Their stories are all intertwined and it isn’t until the last chapter that you really learn what happened on that night ten years ago at the fair.

Weekend Recap – What a Mess

Dec
05

Where do I even begin?  This weekend was kind of a hot mess for a lot of reasons.  It all started on Thursday morning.  I got into a little car accident.  I was driving to an inspection for work and merging onto the craziest freeway intersection where I live at prime morning traffic time.  I turned left to merge onto the freeway and I didn’t see anyone coming.  Well then I heard his horn so I slammed on my brakes causing him to run into the back of my car.  It was a stupid mistake, and looking back, I probably should have just sped up to get out of his way.  But since I didn’t see him I slammed on the brakes and now my rear wheel is messed up.  Not a good way to end the week.

We exchanged information and both cars were drive able so we parted ways, but I was still pretty shook up.  I had never been in an accident before and I was feeling guilty that it was all my fault.  So I went a parked my car, had a little melt down on the phone with my fiance, and he calmed me down.  Thankfully I went over to my parent’s house that night to help decorate their Christmas tree, so that made everything better.

 

Friday was spent on the phone with my insurance and an auto body shop trying to get my car taken in to get this fixed ASAP.  Unfortunately, the car shop isn’t open on weekends so I had to wait until this morning to take it in for an estimate and then it will probably take another week to get fixed.  The fiance had the day off so later that afternoon we tried to go get our marriage license.  Turns out that’s the one thing they don’t do at the county office in town, so now we have to go to the main county office which is like 30 minutes away.  Such a let down.  After that we went to the grocery store and cooked a nice dinner to eat on our brand new table.  Then we had our final meeting with the pastor to go over the ceremony.

The fiance’s mom was having some stomach pains on Friday and ended up at the ER on Friday night, so after our meeting we went and visited her and picked up his dad’s car.  The fiance had to work early the next day so I had the whole day to myself.  I took the pup for a walk with my Dad and their dog, I ran a few errands, wrapped some presents, and started setting up our Christmas decorations.  I wanted to wait until the fiance got home to decorate the tree, but he got held over and then we ended up visiting his mom in the hospital again Saturday night so the tree had to wait.

The fiance had to work again on Sunday, and I had book club.  I got up early to finish my book and then headed to the meeting.  The book was a pretty easy ready and I enjoyed it so I might do a book review.  After book club I headed to my parent’s to pick up the pup and then headed home to check on dinner.  We bought ourselves a crock pot last weekend and used it twice this weekend!  Friday night we had a beef stew cooking overnight and then Sunday we made stuffed peppers.  Both were delicious and I can’t wait to keep trying new recipes.  We plan to make a lot of stew and soup this winter!

Weekend Recap – Thanksgiving

Nov
30

How is it Wednesday already?!  This week is flying by, and I am not mad about it.  But I wanted to take a minute and recap my weekend, which happened to be Thanksgiving.  My parents have hosted Thanksgiving at their house for just about as long as I can remember.  More family used to come, but we still have a nice group of about 20 people every year.  All of my Dad’s siblings come and some of their kids still come (who now have kids of their own too!).  A couple of Aunt’s on my Mom’s side come and sometimes my Uncle and cousins.  It is always such a nice day and fun to see the family again.

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This year my Mom debated hosting because of the cancer and she tends to be more tired now.  But she wasn’t ready to give it up this year.  With the help of my amazing sister-in-law (SIL) and myself, we were able to do a lot of the prepping and cooking that she normally does.  The day before Thanksgiving my brother went over to move furniture and set up tables in the living room.  That night I went over and made a carrot cake for dessert as well as chopped a bunch of veggies for the stuffing and the Brussels sprouts.  My SIL brought over the stuff to make the gravy and my Mom made the fruit salad.  Then we ordered Mexican food for dinner and were all asleep by 9pm.

The next morning I decided to go for a run before heading over to help my Mom so I wouldn’t feel so guilty for all the food I was about to eat that day!  As soon as I got to my parents house, the SIL and I started peeling and cutting potatoes for the mashed potatoes.  Once the potatoes were done, I made the stuffing and cooked the raviolis.  Then people started showing up, who thankfully brought the appetizers, a green salad, and dessert.  My Dad is always in charge of the turkey, and we even decided to do a ham this year too.  After the turkey was done cooking, the SIL made the gravy and we baked the veggies and croissants.  Then dinner was finally ready!  For dessert we had pumpkin pie, lemon pie, carrot cake, and a pumpkin pie cake.  Everything was so delicious!  Even though I help my Mom every year, this year I stepped up my game so that she wouldn’t have to do much.  It really made me appreciate how much she does for us to make this holiday amazing for our family.  Whenever she is ready to hand down the torch, I hope I can pull it all off myself, because they are some big shoes to fill.

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The day after Thanksgiving, I had every intention of getting up and going for a run, but instead I laid in bed and slept in until 10am.  It was amazing.  The fiancé had the entire weekend off, so I took full advantage of spending time with him.  Once we finally got up and dressed, we borrowed his parents truck to switch kitchen tables for the new one his parents bought us as a wedding gift.  While it’s a little bitter sweet because our old table was the one my Dad grew up with at his childhood home, I am so grateful for this gift and all the delicious dinners that will be had around it for many years to come.  We also switched beds with one at my parent’s house because the fiancé claims our bed is too soft.  Plus the new bed is bigger so I was okay with it.  After all that we had lunch (leftovers) at the future in-laws.  Then the fiancé stayed to do laundry and go disc golfing while I went to my parents house to make turkey soup.  After that I came home and had more leftovers for dinner with the fiancé and we watched a movie.

Saturday morning we decided to hit the mall as soon as it opened to get a few things.  We wanted to make an adjustment on the wedding tuxes, buy a few Christmas gifts, and also a crockpot for ourselves.  That night we had dinner at the future in-laws for Monte Christo sandwiches.  This is my favorite part about Thanksgiving.  The fiancés family make these every year and I think I like them even better than the Thanksgiving dinner.  After dinner we went over our ceremony with his Mom to make sure we had all the cultural things in order before we have our last meeting with the pastor this week.  We couldn’t stay long because we had to get to his brother’s place for a surprise birthday party for his girlfriend.  Although Abby ruined the surprise by barking as they were unlocking the door, I think she was still slightly surprised and still had a good time.  We also couldn’t stay there long because the fiancé had to work the next day.

The fiancé had to work all day Sunday so I spent the day at my parent’s house.  I got up and took Abby for a walk first in hopes to tire her out a bit.  Later that morning I went with my parents to pick out a Christmas tree.  I enjoy doing this with them because I have a fake tree now and don’t get to experience that anymore.  The fiancé is allergic to Christmas trees.  Don’t even get me started on how sad that makes me.  But I guess it saves us money, so it’s a win?  Then I spent the rest of the day lounging around and watching Gilmore Girls with my Mom.  Not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed with the new series.  I feel like they didn’t have enough material and it was weird and dragged on at points.  But I thought the ending was fitting and ended the show full circle.

And now here we are back to another work week after a long 4 day weekend.  It’s always hard.  But I have been busy with inspections which has been nice to get me out of the office.  Plus it’s December tomorrow which means I can almost officially start my 1 month countdown to the wedding!  Woooohoooo!!!  We are getting RSVPs in the mail every day and it is so exciting.  Although nobody has said no so far, which makes me a little nervous that we will be a tight crowd in there.  But oh well, it will be fun.  Just not so fun having to make the seating chart when there’s no wiggle room to move people around.  This weekend we have our last meeting with the pastor, hopefully meeting with the DJ, and getting our marriage license.  It’s all coming together.