Christmas in Indiana Part 2

Good morning!!  I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start!  I just got back from an early class at the gym so I am feeling great!  Exercising will always be my favorite way to start the day.  It just sets me up to make healthier choices throughout the day and puts my mind in a good place.  

So back to where I left off yesterday with my recap of our trip to Indiana.   Sunday morning we opened presents!! My mother-in-law is the best gift giver ever.  

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And then we ate some breakfast!

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A little later, I had an assortment of goodies for lunch!

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And we played a bit of ping pong…my husband has to go easy on me.. he is a lot better than me. 😉

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A few hours later, we gathered in the dining room for Christmas dinner. 

We had a huge delicious meal of steak, swordfish, mashed potatoes, rice stuffing, green bean casserole, cornbread, and a pear and walnut salad.  So delicious!

Christmas cookies!

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My brother-in-law got me the game Taboo for Christmas so we decided to play that night.  We were laughing hysterically and someone, who I won’t name, may or may not have peed his/her pants. 😉 

My mother-in-law’s mom was a huge Cubs fan so my mother-in-law got us all shirts for a picture for her holiday card this year.  I know, dad, I told her it was against all my morals to wear a Cubs shirt.  🙂

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That wraps up our trip to Indiana for Christmas!  We had such a fun and relaxing time with my in-laws over the weekend.   I am sad the holidays are coming to an end, but it is always nice to come home and get back into a routine.  I am soaking up our time at our house now because it won’t be long until we are officially in Nashville!  

Questions:

  1. What is something you cook ever year on Christmas?
  2. Do you open presents or eat first on Christmas morning?
  3. Favorite type of Christmas cookie?

Christmas in Indiana!

Hi friends!! We are back from a wonderful Christmas in Indiana with my in-laws.  My husband is back to work this week and I am spending the week doing errands and getting ready for our move.  

Let’s back up to last Thursday when we headed to Indianapolis for a long Christmas weekend.  We arrived early afternoon and just hung out until we headed downtown for the Pacers game. 

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A 6 person family selfie. 🙂

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Friday we just hung around the house until early afternoon.  This little one was so happy to be in Indy.  He loves to run and run and run some more in my in-laws yard.  

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Late Friday afternoon we headed to the Murat theater to see Straight No Chaser.  They are an acapella group from Indiana and they are absolutely amazing.  

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They sang a bunch of current songs, fun songs, and Christmas songs.  

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Me, my husband and brother-in-law. 

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Love this guy!

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Afterwards we went to Mimi Blue Meatballs for dinner.  They have the best beans and fried brussel sprouts! so yummy!

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My husband and mother-in-law split this delicious maple pecan cookie. 🙂

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Riley and I on a run.  This little guy was full of energy!

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He got a new toy from my in-laws for Christmas and he wanted to play nonstop. 

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On Christmas Eve we spent the day watching movies and doing a puzzle.  Later we went to dinner at Sangiovese.  

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The food was absolutely amazing!!!  

After dinner we headed to church for the candlelight service.  

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The family on Christmas Eve!!  Love these people! 

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I will finish up my recap of our trip to Indiana tomorrow!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!! 

Questions:

  1. Did you travel for the holidays?
  2. Are you back to work this week or still enjoying vacation?
  3. Favorite meal you ate over the holidays?

Last Wedding Recap, I Promise :) The Reception

 

Happy Friday!! We made it!  Do you guys have lots of fun plans for the weekend?  We have a couple plans, but nothing crazy so I am hoping to get in lots of walks with the pups and some boat time too!  

So today is the last of my wedding recaps… I saved the best for last! 😉 

Since we had our ceremony at my in-laws’ house, we decided a downtown reception would be perfect! We had shuttles bus our guests from the different locations.  Our reception took place at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.  It has tons of windows with a beautiful view of the skyline at night and it was just big enough for our guests, but not too big where the guests are too spread out.  

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My two siblings being introduced. Such cuties. 

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We went straight to cutting the cake after we were introduced so we didn’t have to stop the party later to do it.  I wanted a very simple, elegant cake and my husband and mom chose all the flavors. 🙂  The two champagne glasses below were the ones my in-laws used at their wedding so it was pretty special that we got to use them too.  

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We went straight into the speeches and eating.  We chose to do a buffet because I didn’t want the usual plated dinner.  We had tons of options and the food was really delicious!

My dad and brother gave sweet speeches and my sister (the maid of honor) and Jon’s brother (best man) gave beautiful speeches too. 

Next were the traditional dances.  Jon and I chose Brett Eldredge’s song “Mean to Me” for our first dance.  We both loved it when we first heard it and knew it was the one.  

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My dad and I danced to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland.  It was such a special moment and I may have shed a few tears. 😉

Jon’s mom is a huge Beetles fan so their first dance was a Beetles song. 🙂

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Jon and I share a huge love of live music so when we got engaged one of the first things we decided on was that we were going to have a band instead of a dj.  The band made our night so fun and the dance floor was full all night!

The had us singing all night.

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And some more singing… 🙂

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We did the traditional bouquet toss.

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Us with my husband’s high school friends. 

 

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All of my dad’s friends from law school joined and his friend from work.  So fun!

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The neighborhood girls. 🙂 

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We had such a blast at our reception and are so thankful for all our friends and family that traveled so far to be with us on our special day.  One year down 100 more to go. 🙂

Thanks for all the love on my wedding recaps, it was so fun reminiscing this special day.  I hope you all have the best weekend!! 

Questions:

  1. Do you like to dance?
  2. Can you sing?
  3. If you are married, what was your first dance song?

 

Wedding Recap…Post Ceremony Cocktail Hour, Bridal Party Pics, and Trolley Ride Around Indy

Happy Thursday yall!  I’ve been busy organizing my wedding photos all week… only a year later… yeah, it is about time. 😉 

Today I wanted to show you some pictures post-ceremony when we had a cocktail hour at my in-laws followed by lots of pictures and a grand exit to the fun trolley ride with our friends.  

Me and my sweet girls.

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Love them to pieces! 

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The groom and his men.

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The whole gang.

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After our ceremony, we had a cocktail hour at my in-laws barn while we took pictures.  

Both of our families.

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My dad and father-in-law both made short, sweet speeches.

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My dad is probably telling Jon here, “She is yours now, you can’t give her back.” 😉 

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This sweet couple drove from Nashville to be at our wedding.  They are in their 90s.  They are the sweetest.

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A few more pictures from the house.

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My in-law’s friend offered to drive us away in his Bentley.  We happily said yes!!

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One of my favorite parts of the day was riding around Indy with our bridal party and taking pictures and sipping champagne. We had a blast!

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My husband insisted we stop by the Colts stadium to get a picture…

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Please don’t drop me! 🙂

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The handsome boys!

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The girlies downtown.

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One last kiss and we were off to the reception! 

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I’ll save the reception for the next post!  If you made it to this point, I am proud of you! 😉 

Such a special day with our favorite people!

Questions: 

  1. If you are married, what were your wedding colors?
  2. How big was your bridal party? 
  3. What would you change if you could do it all again?

 

Weekend Recap 9.13.16 Indianapolis, golf, Cincinnati wedding and friends

Hi friends!! Thank you for all the love yesterday!  We had a lovely dinner out last night followed by an early bedtime… we are crazy, I know. 😉 

Today I am going to recap our long weekend back in the midwest!  Last Wednesday we flew into Indianapolis and got to spend time catching up with my in-laws over dinner at home.  Thursday morning we went out to breakfast at Cafe Patachou with my in-laws before heading to the BMW Championships golf tournament.  My husband loves golf and his parents offered us their tickets in a suite for the day so we happily accepted.

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The weather wasn’t the best, but we had fun watching a little bit of golf and meeting some people in the suite.  

 I much prefer to watch golf from one place rather than follow a few players around.  

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After a few hours at the golf tournament, we hopped in the car and headed to Cincinnati.  Our first stop was my aunt and uncle’s house to say hi.  We used to live less than a mile from them in Cincinnati. 

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We just had to stop by our old house when we were there.  It is such a weird feeling going back to a house that we have so many memories in and was truly our first house together. 

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Later that night we met up with some friends of ours for sushi at Cloud Nine.  It was just as good as we remembered! These friends actually got engaged the following day so that was super exciting!!! 

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After dinner we were able to grab a quick drink with our friends, Luke and Mary, who actually just visited us last weekend in Dallas!!  We spent the evening begging them to come back to Dallas soon. 🙂

Friday morning my husband had to work for a while so I headed off to lunch with one of my best girlfriend’s at Sleepy Bee Cafe.  

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We had the best time reminiscing and catching up over delicious food and lots of coffee!!  I really love the opportunities and adventures that come with moving often, but it sure does make me miss my friends.  

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Friday night we headed to the rehearsal dinner at The Art of Entertaining.  

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The atmosphere is so neat with wine everywhere and we had the most delicious food.  The starter salad was to die for. 

The place had the cutest knickknacks all around and I snapped a few pictures of the funny sayings about wine. 🙂

 After lots of chatting and eating, we headed out and went straight to bed.  We were exhausted.  

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Saturday morning I had some free time while my husband was eating breakfast with the groomsmen so I headed out to an old favorite running path of mine for a 5 mile run.  It was as beautiful and as hard as I remembered. 😉

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After a quick shower, I headed off to lunch with one of my girlfriends and her fiance and baby!!  We went to an old favorite restaurant of mine, Tellers.  We had so much fun catching up and I just loved getting to meet her sweet little one.  Look at those chunky little legs… ahh the cutest!!

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After lunch I headed off to get ready for the wedding!  I arrived early to see my handsome groomsman.  

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Then I went and found a seat!  The wedding was at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in the Hall of Mirrors.  It was absolutely stunning. 

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After the beautiful ceremony, we headed to the cocktail hour while they transformed the room to the reception.  It was amazing what they did in one hour!

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I got the halibut and it was delish!!!   

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We spent the rest of the night dancing away!  It was so much fun!

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Us with the newlyweds!! Congrats to our great friends, Rachel and David!

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The next morning we headed to Taste of Belgium with some of our good friends that also have a new baby that we hadn’t met yet.  We talked and talked and talked until it was time to head back to Indy for our evening flight.  

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This little boy was so well behaved!  Such a doll and always great to see our sweet friends!

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This was one of the best weekends as we got to see two of our great friends tie the knot and we got to catch up with all of our Cincy friends that we have missed so dearly since moving to Dallas.  Good friends are hard to come by so it was so important to us to make sure we saw as many as possible.  

Have a great day!

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. What is your favorite wedding cake flavor?
  3. Do you have a favorite running path?

 

 

We Made It… One Year Wedding Anniversary and Way Too Many Ceremony Pictures

Good morning, friends! How was your weekend?  Mine was so wonderful as we were in Cincinnati celebrating two of our good friends’ wedding and running around seeing all our old friends!  I will recap the weekend tomorrow because today’s post is dedicated to my sweet hubby as today marks one year of being married.  

Our wedding day was the best day of my life.  But, it has not been a walk in the park ever since.  Marriage is not easy.  This year has been full of very high highs and very low lows.  Marriage takes a lot of work and commitment.  I am FAR from an expert, but if there is one thing I have learned in this first year of marriage, it is this: You cannot be the best partner if you don’t take care of yourself first.  I am guilty (as are most of us) of putting others first and often neglecting my own needs, but this year has helped me to realize the importance of taking time for yourself and constantly working to be the best you that you can be.  At times this year, when I put myself on the back-burner, I was not able to be the best wife/partner I could be to my husband.  The best thing I did for my marriage this year was to take care of myself in order for me to figure out how to be the best partner I can be to my better half.  

I was talking to a friend recently about the idea of soulmates.  We both agreed that we didn’t really believe in the idea that there is only one person out there that you are meant to be with, but there are a handful of people you are truly compatible with.  This friend then said “It is a CHOICE to be with the person your are with… every day, you have a choice to make… to be with that person or not.”  This truly struck a cord with me.  Marriage is a choice.  Not just at the proposal or on your wedding day.  It is a choice every. single. day.  We all want this AH-HA moment, but that is not the way life works.  There may never be that moment that you KNOW for certain you are with the right person, but instead, you have a choice to make.  And I chose and still choose every day to be with my husband.  And he chose and continues to choose me (I am so thankful).  I think it is important to never stay stagnant in a relationship, but always continue to grow.  There will be ups and downs; relationships are often referred to as roller coasters, but you always have a choice to make.  You have the power to control your future and marriage certainly is not always the easy choice.  It is hard work and it needs constant attention, but it is worth every minute.  Marriage is a beautiful thing.   

Happy Anniversary, Jonny!  I am beyond lucky to call you my husband.  I am so grateful that you have put up with me for almost 8 years and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!  I love you!  

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Switching gears a bit… remember all those wedding recaps I promised you?  Well this week is the week!!  I am going to finish up summarizing our wedding day in posts throughout this week and I am really excited to relive the best day of my life.  

Today’s post is all about our ceremony.  We chose to get married in my husband’s parents’ backyard and then have a reception downtown.  This place means a lot to my husband and it is absolutely gorgeous so this was one of the very first decisions we made after getting engaged.  

My husband walking his momma to her seat. 

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My mom and stepdad walking down the aisle.  

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My little brother walking our doggie, Riley, down the aisle.  Riley was our ring bearer.  My mother-in-law made Riley’s outfit to match the boys. 🙂

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Getting ready to walk down the aisle with my daddy! 

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My daddy handing me over to my husband. 🙂 

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Jon and I are both pretty non-traditional and didn’t want to follow a set order of events for our wedding.   We decided to make our ceremony completely ours and I am so glad we did. 

At the beginning of the ceremony, Jon and I both presented our mom’s with roses to symbolize the joining of our two families. 

 

 We had Jon’s uncle marry us (he lives near us in Texas), my cousin sing, my aunt read, and my little brother play the harp.  It was perfect.

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Early on we decided that we wanted to write our own vows.  I was so nervous to read mine out loud, but it was a very meaningful thing to us and I will cherish the words my husband wrote me forever.  

Jon’s uncle gave a beautiful speech about us and marriage and we were so happy he agreed to marry us.

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We said I do and exchanged rings. 

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And sealed it with a kiss! 

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We were SO excited to finally be husband and wife! 

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Our siblings were happy for us too. 🙂

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Next, the first cocktail hour begins…. 

Questions:

  1. If you are married, how long have you been married?
  2. If you are married, did you have an indoor or outdoor wedding?
  3. Tell me something unique about your wedding/what you want for your future wedding.