November 30, 2012

COOPER

As I mentioned... everyhing changed June 2010. The day we found out we were going to be parents.
There are truly not a lot of ways or words that I know how to express what it means for me to be a mom to this little girl that we now have. Pictures say a lot for me, so here is a peak at our joyful journey.

We began to get into full blown "prepare for baby mode" and we had so much fun with it! Decorating her nursery, shopping, registering, going to showers, painting, assembling cribs....all the works.
 
The best days were when we actually got to see her....
 

And then she came....

her very FIRST picture :)
 

And she has been an incredible blessing and force of nature in our lives ever since.

:)
 
 

 


Additions...

A short and sweet introduction to our lil' family...

We decided to get a puppy when hubby returned from Africa on deployment and we were settled into our new digs in Mississippi. So we went shelter shopping...and stumbled upon this lil guy...

(The photo bomber kitty in the background is Harlem...she came with me as part of a package deal when hubby and I got married.)

We brought said puppy home and pretty quickly settled on "Max" and it fits him perfectly. He's a Rott mix (obviously). He settled in quite nicely. :)


When Max was almost a year old we (I) brought home a puppy, "Teagan", from the vet I was working at to foster it for a friend of ours for a bit. We (I) grew pretty attached to her and was sad to see her go after 3 months.
 
Max defintely grew attached to her and when we came home from Texas without her, he was a different dog......so we got him a friend! :)
I had always wanted a great dane and had been around several because of my job. I was somehow able to convince hubby that it would be a brilliant idea.
 
And thus, Evangeline entered into our lives, home and ultimately our hearts.

She and Max became fast friends and partners in crime. Lots and lots of crimes. :)


 
We had our sweet family of furry kiddos, until one day in June 2010...

November 7, 2012

Still Here....

I'm still here....for the one person in Alaska that happened to stumble across this lonely little blog and took an interest in my average life.

Work has been busy and family has been busy. Holidays are coming up, and I will start posting new things soon I promise!

September 12, 2012

Post Wedding Bliss

The now hubby and I were so excited to be married, even though we didn't have time or money for a honeymoon. He had to report to his new assignment in Gulfport in just a little over a week. The week after the wedding we were headed to Louisiana for the Joseph Family Thanksgiving! I was officially a Joseph now. :)
 His sweet family even threw a post wedding shower for us. (And for those who couldn't make it to the wedding.)

Hubby left for Mississippi soon after Thanksgiving, and we were apart for about two weeks. Fortunately, I got to fly in to New Orleans for his mom's cousin's wedding and he was able to meet us there!

He got to come home for Christmas and we were able to spend our first Christmas as a married couple together.

December 31st we loaded up my dad's trailer and our cars and headed for Mississippi. Our first apartment was a 680sqft teensy place. And we loved it.



 
Our first month living together was so much fun! We were in a new place and didn't really know anyone. We had to rely on each other so much! We thought we would be there for about 3-4 months but month after we moved in Hubby deployed for Africa, and I was a MESS! I stayed in MS for another 2 weeks packing up again. My Momma came and helped me put most of our things in a storage place in MS and the rest came back to Texas with me. The next 8 months we a blast for me and some of my close friends....but I needed my brand new husband.
 
 


August 13, 2012

Wedding Bells!

Onto the wedding planning. Keep in mind that the fiance was away at A-school. My mom and I had a lot to do in such a short amount of time. After looking at venues and chatting with bakers and florists, we found what we were looking for in each.

The venue:

The Ashton Depot
www.theashtondepot.com
Fort Worth, TX






 We completely fell in love with this space the minute we saw it. I knew the fiance would love it too. Everything would be taken care of by the venue but the cake and flowers. We were going to have a formal seated dinner, valet, and ceremony on site!

The cake:

Confections in Cake
http://www.confectionsincake.com/
Mansfield, TX





Delicious! And so affordable! We were able to get both the wedding cake and the fiance's surprise groom's cake for well under what one fancy Dallas baker wanted just for the wedding cake!





The flowers:

Blooms Forever
www.bloomsforeverevents.com
Arlington, TX




 I was referred to her by a friend and could not have been happier! I told her my vision for the flowers and decor and then gave her my budget and she did an awesome job of giving me exactly what I pictured for what was in our budget for flowers. She even upgraded us when some of the flowers ordered came in wrong. She was so great at creatively solving the problem without me having to worry at all! We were so thrilled when we walked into the venue the day of the wedding! Hard to see, but she surprised me with those incredible elephant ears in my tall arrangements! And she knew I hated roses, so she brought these delicate daisy petals for my isle!

The photography:

Caroline Joy Photography
www.carolinejoy.com
Austin, TX

 Caroline was a friend of mine from college, and was sort of starting out when we got married. She did the most incredible job! She has since moved to Austin, but still travels for work. I SERIOUSLY recommend her. She's just amazing at what she does and has such an awesome eye for DETAILS!

August 2, 2012

Katrina's Bridal Shower

I was thrilled to help host my (at the time) future sister-in-law's bridal shower. Mom and I were so excited! We enlisted the help of my aunts and a good friend Haley Adams. And it was a blast!


A Whirlwind Romance

So after that first week, I think it's safe to say we both believed we were dating. We wanted to spend as much time together as possible. Living an hour away from each other and both of us having demanding jobs was difficult, but we made it work, clearly. Over the next 3 months we were together a lot. I would even spend some weekends at his parents' house with him and he would come visit mine on a few weekends. We met each other's friends and family and started to think about our life together.

The boy enlisted in the Navy before I met him. So the date of his departure for bootcamp was looming. We were trying to figure out our relationship and whether it was going to work out. By the time he left, we were already very much in love and planning a future.

He left in early July and would be gone for 2 months at bootcamp near Chicago. His family had already invited me to come along for his bootcamp graduation and a fun weekend in Chicago in early September.

It would be another 2 months before we would see each other again, since he was leaving for A-school in Missouri immediately after graduation.

During his A-school time, he and I had already decided we were getting married. We had no idea when. So being the young enough girl I was, friends started helping me wedding plan even though we weren't engaged yet. Needless to say, I found a dress. The boy and I had a conversation over the phone about when we could get married. We knew he would be home for a short amount of time in November after A-school graduation before he would be posted to Gulfport, MS. And then his first deployment was scheduled for early 2009.

So we set a date. Keep in mind that this was late September when we "got engaged" over the phone. We chose November 21, 2008. A Friday night. Two days after his A-school graduation. A week and a half before he was to report to Gulfport. The next 2 months were intense wedding planning.

We only had 7 weeks to throw together our dream wedding...

 to be continued...