This One Italian Girl

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.