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“I do” 5-24-2010

24 May

One year ago today, Luis and I woke up and decided to go to the Coral Gables courthouse and get married even though we had our wedding planned, paid for, and invitations had been sent.

(my wonderful and talented aunt Elaine helped me make each invitation by hand)

(a handmade ring bowl that says “worth the wait”, which sits on our dresser and holds our rings every night)

(glass starfish appetizer plates)

(handmade felt flower bouquet by Princess Lasertron, which I was on a one year waiting list for)

Looking back we wondered if we would regret not having a magical day to celebrate our love in front of our family and friends.  We could tell you that one year later, we have no regrets. It was our best decision yet.

After experiencing moving away from our home and family and Luis not working, I am so glad we chose to cancel our wedding and use the money for one amazing trip to Japan (Luis’ dream vacation), and to pay off our debt to prepare for our new adventure.

And what an adventure it has been.  Nothing prepared us for what we have been through in the past six months.  All the things we have had to figure out and get used to.  Even though Luis is getting comfortable with school, I don’t think I will ever feel comfortable with living on one income.

I am glad we chose to put the money towards our future, and not to just one day.  It was a smart decision that has given us the happy life we have now.

Back to the day we got married.  After saying some vows that neither Luis and I remember in front of Luis’ mom, dad, and brother as our witnesses we took a little beach weekend trip up north.

Every day that we were at the beach someone came to visit us.  Our friends one night for drinks at Tarpon Bend, Luis’ sister and her boyfriend for a beach, and lazy river day, and more friends on the last day for our first ever experience at a really nice brunch buffet.

I had wanted to be Luis’ wife for years, and to be honest really since we first started dating.  He was so different.  He had the same thoughts and views as me, but a very different personality. I am always sunshine and he is always rain clouds, together we balance each other out.  Not a day goes by without love and laughter.  I am so grateful to be his wife.

Miami Flashback

16 May

I am horrible! Not one picture of my mom, my uncle Danny, or my aunt Kathy!

But lots of pictures of food and Dudley… I suck!

French toast made by my momma, with love.

My mom asked what I wanted to do while I was home for my short  visit and that answer was easy; Mom, Dudley, and pool!  After so many cloudy and cold days in Atlanta, I was dying for some sun.

I also had fun trying to find all the hidden birdhouses my mom has unknowingly been collecting.

 My mom made me one of my favorite dishes. It is a very simple dish that always gives me a feeling of home.  It brings back many memories of my growing up years.

And my first time having yellow watermelon.

I am missing home and can’t wait for my family to come and visit us on my birthday, this past weekend was too short!

I just hope when they do come and visit that I remember to take pictures of them.

Happy Day of Love

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I can’t help but think of this day one year ago when my mother and aunts worked extra hard to make me feel very loved.

My family put together a bridal shower for me on Valentine’s Day last year and it was the best day ever!

I have never felt so much love as I did that day.  It was an absolutely amazing day!

Here are a few shots from the day that I will never forget.

My aunt Elaine even made the chicken pot pies heart shaped and tinted them pink.

How awesome is that!?

The place setting for each guest.  Very elementary Valentine’s Day =)

My amazing family.

Can not forget my uncle and Luis too!

It was a day filled with love.

And now that Valentine’s is here, I can stop being so mushy.  No more posts with pink or hearts!

Can’t forget my other love!

Haha.. love his face as he is about to attack me.

I miss him… I miss you… I miss everyone!

Hoping to make a visit home soon! Love you!