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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!

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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:

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And then the not so glamorous shots. We could not stop laughing when we saw these later…what in the world?!

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Stop; make sure you focus the camera

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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 🙂

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Take a million pictures Taylor!

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Derp.

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Failed attempted duck faces

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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.

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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!

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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.


 

I can’t believe how things have changed, even in the last year. I really hope to blog more, we’ll see how that goes. In the meantime here’s the story of our anniversary trip!

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We woke up on Friday morning after another lovely evening of watching Star Trek, the original series from the 60’s. Live long and prosper 🙂 Anyway, I made  some cinnamon rolls and told The Hubster to eat a banana if he got hungry later. He had the day off so he dropped me off at work, sigh. I should have taken the day off too but I’m not an official employee yet.

Oh did I not mention I got a new job? Yeah, I’m really excited about it. I’m now an accountant which I’ve never been before. I like my job and I like the people, so far so good!

After he dropped me off it was really hard not to think about going away. This is the first time we’ve ever taken a trip, just the two of us without having to visit family since our honeymoon. I sat at my desk all morning looking at the clock over and over, and then telling myself if I look at the clock one more time I’m in trouble. And then I looked it one more time…

He picked me up and we stopped at steak and shake for lunch, pretty much the opposite of healthy but our Heath Shake was so so good.

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After lunch I was back to work watching the clock (trust me, I’m normally not like that because I really do love my job, but the trip! Oh the trip! was on my mind) and I could hardly breathe as I raced out to the parking lot and into the car so we could jet off. I had packed the night before but I wanted to say a quick goodbye to the kitties and make sure everything was in place.

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And then we were off!

The plan was to drive the Grand Haven, which is on the west side of Michigan. The day was gorgeous and we were plenty excited to leave town. Nowadays we’ve been talking more seriously about our future. Where we’re going to live once he finishes grad school, when to have kids, and car trips are just one of those things that allow us to open up more. I know most wives say nice things about their hubbies and they must be great, but I’ve got a good one. I really do.

This is the boardwalk in Grand Haven, I didn’t take a picture but this is what it looks like.

We checked into our hotel and decided to get pizza. We researched places to eat before we went and heard this place called Fricano’s was good. In fact it was voted best pizza here and best pizza there, and people were going on and on. I guess we’re just California pizza snobs because we weren’t that impressed. In fact, I found it greasy and I got heartburn after. The good thing about this place is that it’s old fashioned. They take cash or check only and the only thing on the menu is pizza. And pizza. And…pizza. Our waitress was such a sweetheart. I asked her to take a picture of us, she had no idea how to use my phone 🙂

That’s her finger, not bad for her first time! 🙂

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I tried to recreate a picture taken on our honeymoon, but Taylor didn’t have the same shirt. We were pretty close though! Take a look:

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Do we look any different?

We hung out, drove around the city a bit and stopped by the lake. There were campgrounds that we had our eye on for next time! It was so nice and relaxing. When we got back to our less than awesome hotel, Problem Child 2 was on. I remember watching that movie as a kid and boy is that movie NOT for kids! Hilarious though. We got up early the next day to visit Morning Star Cafe. We loved it so much we actually went back the next day!

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After a fun day of walking on the boardwalk and bowling ($5 special!) we headed out for a nice dinner at a Japanese steak restaurant. We thought Taylor’s plate of sushi was so pretty, it needed a picture. We love sushi! I got the shrimp pad thai- so good!

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This man has now been in my life for over a decade. I can’t imagine what life would be like without him. We had the most wonderful trip, and I can’t wait for the rest of our lives.

Now let’s get back to reality!

 

 



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