Time Flies…

…When you try to pack several major life events into a three month time period!

In three months, between October and December, I have: bought a house; moved; celebrated Chris’s birthday; celebrated Thanksgiving with family; gone on a long, action-packed vacation; gotten married (!); held a reception with friends and family; and celebrated  Christmas and New Years with family, friends, and my now husband.  What in the hell was I thinking?  As much fun as I’ve had these last few months, I’m glad to finally have a break to relax.

Oh, course, you know me.  I have lots of photos to share.  Figured I’d start with my Instagram feed (and there are a LOT of Instagram photos), move on a photo shoot I did for Tammy and Jeremy while they were in town for the reception, and round things out with the wedding and reception photos.

Enjoy!

 September

marriage license application
This shit is gettin’ real.

paint chips
Picking out paint colors for the new house!

bruce
How could anyone not love coming home to this?

stream
Stumbled upon this while out biking with Chris.  Who knew we’d find a place like this in the city?

biking
I still shudder thinking about biking thru this tunnel.  There were spiders EVERYWHERE!

spaghetti
So, um, there’s this one particular kind of Spaghetti and sauce that I’ve been eating since I was a kid.  It’s my absolute most favorite food on the planet.  Anyway, you can’t get it at any grocery store around here, so I ordered a case from Amazon.  Don’t judge.

mint
That’s mah mouth.

salon
My most favorite chair in the world.

angelic
I always feel kind of… angelic sitting under this halo dryer.

redheadredhead
Decided on trying something completely new for a bit.  Red!  I loved it, but I didn’t keep it long.  I wanted a different look for the wedding.

votevote
We voted early!  Didn’t really have a choice because we moved to a new state right before the election, and Maryland voter registration was already closed when we moved.  Had to absentee vote in Virginia before we left.

happy hour
Impromptu happy hour with Christy and Reuben at Bilbo Baggins.

 invitation supplies
So, I had this bright idea to hand made EVERYTHING for the wedding reception, including the invitations.  Here are my supplies.

invitations
But they turned out AMAZING!

invitations
I did all of the printing, stamping and embossing.  I was super impressed with myself.

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Chris, Christy and I took Bruce to the annual Pups & Pilsners in Crystal City.  We got to sample lots of great beers and socialize with the dog.

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Chris and I at a Paradise Lost and Katatonia concert.

chris and bruce
Taking the dog for a walk around the Harbor, and reveling in the fact that in just one month, we would be living here!

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A wall of caricatures and a delicious meal at the Warehouse Bar & Grill in Old Town.

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One of my new favorite beers, a strawberry wheat.

October

cats
I seriously have the weirdest cats.  You would think they are starved for attention.

tree dweller
He’s definitely a tree dweller.  (Does anyone else love that show My Cat From Hell?)

spooning
Fat cats spooning.

la porta
Catching a live jazz band with dinner at Laportas.  And yes, that’s a little dog on a leopard throne sitting on top of the speaker.

pumpkin butter rolls
My new Saturday morning go-to breakfast — homemade pumpkin butter rolls with maple cream cheese icing.

house stuff
Starting to buy stuff for the house — ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, cabinet knobs.

sunset over rockies
Oh, yeah, I forgot that I also traveled out to Colorado for work in October.  Sunset over the Rockies from my hotel room.

christy
And Christy was on that trip with me, too!  Here she is checking out a modern art sculpture in downtown Springs.

sleepy
Sleepy.

society fair
Jars of spices at Society Fair.

chris and cash
Snuggle, snuggle.

bobby's burger palace
You can’t beat the burgers at Bobby’s (as in Bobby Flay) Burger Palace.

bulldog heaven
Yes, of course one of these came home with me.

little devil
Bruce dressed up as a devil for Halloween!

paint
Five days out from closing, we stocked up on paint!

flowers
Always nice to get an unexpected show of appreciation for your hard work.

big bang
The hubs-to-be (at the time) sure knows the way to my heart.

sword
Packing up the garage.  Does anyone else keep random medieval weaponry in their homes?

closing day
Closing day!

paintingpainting
Oh, how I’ve missed being able to splash some color in my life.

guinness
Oh, by the way, there was also a hurricane the weekend we moved.  Go figure.  This is what we called "battening down the hatches"… at the local pub, Harrington’s.

hurricane
Home Depot the morning of a hurricane.

catnip
That, my friends, is what an entire bag of catnip looks like spread out over the floor. They were sprawled out on the floor nearly comatose with contentment when I found them.

ambiance
Halloween dinner ambiance at Thai Pavilion.

November

nutcracker
Something tells me our heavy metal nutcracker is going to be on display all year long.

kitchen
Oh, yes, I do so lurve this kitchen.

dethklok
Seriously one of the BEST concerts I’ve been to yet.

cats
Cats are weird, man.  Every time I get this ladder out, he climbs it.

magnets
Magnetized spices, FTW.  Oh, and I painted our kitchen red.

harrington's
This is how I spent Election Day evening — stressed out at a pub drinking something called "Passed Out on the Beach at Night."  Srsly.

button
Buttons for the taking at my OB-GYN’s office.

sephora haul
Sephora Haul.  What?  I NEEDED these things.

hobby shop
Surprised Chris with a trip to a local hobby shop to pick out a Nitro RC truck for his birthday.  He was like a kid in a… well, in a hobby shop.  He ended up coming home with the Traxxas Revo 3.3.

poncho n pepe's
The walls are painted hot pink and teal, and the margaritas are mixed to match. You KNOW it’s going to be some good food.

thugs 4 life
Chris just finished his paint job in the dining room.

chris & me
Chris and me out to dinner with friends for Veteran’s Day.

marriage license
Lookee, lookee what came in the mail!

cookie cutter
So, I ordered a new cookie cutter for wedding favor cookies. It turned out to be a little more, um, GIANT than I expected.

crabs
So, for embarkation day on ShipRocked, we were supposed to wear something that represents where we hail from. This was on the doorstep when I got home. It was Chris’s idea. So I cooked dinner in it.

snoozing
I heart finding them like this.

piratz
Skull chandelier at Piratz Tavern.

lamb of god
Mother fuckin’ Randy Blythe.

bruce
He’s such a handsome boy.

bruce
He’s all ready to be a reindeer for Christmas!

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cookiescookies
Made cookies for Thanksgiving with Chris’s family.  I was super pleased with how they turned out, especially those fall leaves!

wedding jewelry
Out shopping in the Harbor, and I found the perfect aquamarine and pearl jewelry for the wedding.

revo 3.3
Out playing with Chris’s birthday present!

downtown disney
And our vacation begins!  First stop, Orlando, Downtown Disney.

legos
Lego sea monster!

glitter ears
Because every girl needs a pair of sparkly, glittery mouse ears (and a matching bag, to boot).

hogwarts
Day two, Islands of Adventure.  First stop, Hogwarts!

universal
The iconic Universal sign.

rip ride rockit
Rip Ride Rockit. The most awesome lift I’ve been on, and you get to pick your own rockin’ music!

magic kingdom
Day three, Magic Kingdom.  At Christmastime!

mickey and minnie
Mickey and Minnie topiaries.

teacups
Chris tried to make us sick on these.  I remember them being much more… tolerable… when I was a kid.

small world
They wanted to kill me for making them ride this, but it was absolutely imperative.  This is one of the most memorable things from my childhood.

small world
And I still loved it just as much as I did when I was a kid!

big thunder mountain
Big Thunder Mountain!

ears
And we finally got our ears!

princess castlehaunted mansion
Princess Castle and the Haunted Mansion (which we rode twice, of course).

sheikra
Day four, Busch Gardens in Tampa.  This is only my most favorite coaster ever, Sheikra.

sheikra
Back spray from the Sheikra drop.

cheetah
Cheetah!

pink flamingos
You know, I didn’t think flamingos were real when I was a kid.

ncis
Day five, headed to ShipRocked embarkation!  The NCIS shirt is to represent where I’m from.  Chris was wearing an FBI one.  DC represent, yo.

wedding day
The day we said "I do."

December

ft. lauderdale
We got back from the cruise early Saturday morning, December 1st, and we spent the day and one more night in Ft. Lauderdale before returning home on Sunday.  This was the view from the balcony of our hotel room.
 
margarita cantina
The Margarita Cantina — funnily enough we ate lunch at this place after ShipRocked 2011, too!

sunrise
Our last night on the beach, we slept with the door open listening to the sound of the waves.  This was the beautiful sunrise we woke up to before heading home.

christmas
The first ornament we hung on our first tree as husband and wife.

christmas
We literally put this up the day we flew back from our trip.  THIS made it feel like home!

candles
Now it was time to really crack down on making the decorations for the reception, which was two weeks after we got back from the trip.  I made all the candles for the room.

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Made a Mexican chocolate cake (with cayenne!) for Christmas.  It was mm-mm-good!

irish coffee
Spent Christmas Eve sipping Irish coffee with homemade cinnamon-ginger whipped cream.  And yes, playing WoW.

zombie
Evelyn’s kids got us the most awesome present ever!

bruce
Bruce has found his new favorite place to sit.  I find him in this chair all the time.

chris and bruce
That dog is happy as a clam like this.

January

butterbeer
I learned to make Butterbeer!

muffins
I’ve learned that one upside to being a hobbyist baker… When you get a craving for something, you almost always have the ingredients on hand.

food
Caribbean chicken and coconut cilantro rice with refried black beans and poblano.  It’s what was for dinner.  A couple nights ago.  It was delicious.

nailsnailsnails
I’ve also taken up a new hobby… nail art!  The blue ones are the ones I have on right now!

Well, there’s the Instagram feed… all 150 or so pictures.  I’ll try to get the others from the photo shoot and the wedding posted today, as well, but if not, definitely tomorrow!

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January 22, 2013

Congrats on all your new things and great experiences!!!!

January 22, 2013

Just when I got your “Happily Ever After” ornament right when the same words were said in “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters =P

January 22, 2013

So awesome! Glad to see you update and so happy!

January 22, 2013

CONGRATS!!!! U really should update more πŸ™‚

January 22, 2013

There are so many awesome words to say, but instead I’ll just put: !!!!! πŸ™‚

January 22, 2013

Congrats! Those pumpkin butter rolls with maple cream cheese icing look amazing.

January 22, 2013

of all the years ive been reading…this was one of my fav entries!! SO incredibly happy for you, you deserve all of it!! xoxo!!

April 28, 2013

My husband plays wow religiously. What server do you play on? And your name? You might know him πŸ˜‰ Never know, lol.