To continue with all the craziness going on lately, we went to a wedding for our two friends. Taylor plays in the band with Matt at church and I think it’s really cute how nerdy the two are together. I have since learned that there is a big difference between nerd and geek. Nerds are broadly focused, and geeks are narrowly focused. For example; Taylor is really into gaming or video games so he plays all the games you can think of from Mario to WOW. A geek would play Settlers of Catan, and only SOC. Neither of the two phrases are an insult by the way. I myself am a fashion nerd, or a hipster as the Hubster calls me. Anyway, Matt married Erin and they were so cute!
A selfie is required for all events
I have to say, I was having a really good looks day. What’s a good looks day you say? Well, it’s when my hair corporates, my makeup looks just right, I’m not bloated so a slimming dress doesn’t make me look pregnant, my razor gives a perfect shave, all of that rolled into the excitement of going to a wedding and I was having a good looks day! Given this information, I was feeling good about getting dressed up and fancified. <– I just made that word up. We did have a major issue though with their gift. I searched high and low but the only Target that had the gift we wanted to get them was either a block from the reception, or 20 minutes away. No big deal when you have plenty of time and the ability to wrap said gift at home, but we didn’t have a lot of time and we didn’t have the ability to wrap the gift at home….so we improvised!
Sure, we could have gotten them a gift card. That would have been the easy option. However I am a super sentimental person and I couldn’t bear to think of getting them anything that wasn’t personalized or bought without a specific intention. We decided ahead of time that we wanted to buy them a tent that was on their registry because 1. We love camping. We put a small tent on our registry for our wedding but a family member got us a really cool huge 8 person tent for our wedding, so it was only fitting. 2. We thought it would be a cool idea because we could go camping with them 3. I had a coupon, and a red card so it was a really good deal 4. Since we got money off for the tent, we were able to buy them a cooler as well. All of this including wrapping, a board game, tape, scissors, and a card were purchased in Target, in my heels. I’m sure I was a sight to see with my arms full of camping gear in a dress. People were looking at me like I was walking a pet deer or something in there, one little girl tugged at her dad and said, “Look!”
Once we got to the car, the back door was opened and I wrapped everything up in no time. The drive to the wedding was about two hours away so we listened to music and sang really loudly. I knew my bff Sarah and her hubs were going to be there so I had her save us seats and we got there just in the nick of time. The ceremony was short but very sweet. It was really exciting to see a couple share their very first kiss*. Then the bride and groom were off to take pictures, and so were we! Sarah and I decided since we don’t get dressed up very often we should take a million pictures together. It makes sense right? So without further ado…
The glamour shots:
And then the not so glamorous shots. We could not stop laughing when we saw these later…what in the world?!
Stop; make sure you focus the camera
Where you going Amanda?
BTW, that’s the necklace I wore on my wedding day. It was my “something borrowed” from Taylor’s maternal grandmother. I was shocked when she gave it to me a couple years later. I only wear it to weddings, kind of like a good luck charm…even though I don’t believe in luck 🙂
Take a million pictures Taylor!
Failed attempted duck faces
This was Taylor’s favorite
We made it to the reception after scoring some gatorade from CVS across the street. I know I know, it’s so bad for you but sometimes you just gotta have red #5 filled gatorade. I may have mentioned this before, but I lurve dancing! I was so excited to get on the dance floor and boogy down. But first, they had a little table set up for everyone to sign a Jenga piece. Cute idea right? They also had a photo booth, which we totally hit up.
We had such a good time, but it was getting late so we had to head home. Not before a picture with the bride and groom!
Congrats to Matt and Erin. Marriage is a burden or a blessing, but only if you let it be one or the other.
Enjoy your life together, and let’s go camping sometime! Hint, hint.
*Since the wedding happened I have talked with many people of different backgrounds about the whole idea of saving a first kiss until marriage. Some have said it’s crazy! Some have said they could never do it, how would you know if you’re attracted to the other person? For me personally, I think it’s very sweet. I didn’t know this type of thing happened before I met Taylor, if I did I might have talked to him about doing the same idea. One say I’ll do a post about saving ourselves but for right now it was great to be there to celebrate such a special couple.
The craziest thing happened at Costco today! My company needed a new membership so I headed down there to find out some information. The line was super long since they just opened, so I waited. And waited. And then waited some more. It was a very hot and humid day, we were all kind of annoyed by waiting outside. But there was a nice employee walking around helping each person in line, so I thought, “Oh well, he’ll get to me soon and I can be on my way.” Well he didn’t, and must have gone to lunch or something because I was still in line, waiting. I was standing there, minding my own business. Then- BOOM! A huge bolt of lightning hit in the Costco parking lot! But that wasn’t the craziest part.
About 10 minutes go by and the rain came. Like buckets, cats and dogs, massive amounts of water was pouring down. The wind started to pick up and the rain came blowing in the open doors of the walkway. Carts were rolling all over the parking lot, papers were flying everywhere, and then massive amounts of water splashed in on us. They were desperately trying to get the giant doors closed, only to have more water coming in like a river. When the doors finally touched down, they were trying to access the situation. One girl lost both shoes, the power went out, and all of us were drenched. Through all of it, all I could do was laugh! It was so awesome! The chaos around me was fierce, but I just stayed calm and smiled. It all ended, I got through the line and went on my way. I may not remember this moment a year from now, but I know it was nice to have no anxiety in all that craziness.
I rewarded myself with my most favorite dessert of right now. Right now, meaning within the last 6 months. I have cravings that come and go, but this one keeps staying. It is so good! I used the recipe for cheesecake stuffed strawberries from here at The Sweets Life, but took it one step further and dipped them in chocolate. Here’s how it went:
I started with strawberries
Fun fact: I used to hate them. Yep, I know. My olfactory glands changed and now berries are like heaven to me now.
This is how I set up my system
One melon baller (the one I have is small with sharp edges, but you could use a knife too)
One of the strawberries
One pairing knife
One small bowl for the scooped insides
Cut the top off your strawberry
Time to mix up the filling
Remember to soften the cream cheese because it’s a pain in the rear otherwise
But it has another purpose today!
You could also use a piping bag, but I don’t have one of those.
Now this is where the original recipe ends, and mine adds a lil somethin somethin
Which is a heat safe bowl, placed over simmering water
Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water, because the chocolate will burn
Oh my gosh, so good!!!
Your husband might want to wrestle you for it 🙂
These are incredibly easy to make, and strawberries are cheap since it’s Summertime- try it won’t you?!
Anything crazy happen to you today?