27 years

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October is here, Halloween is near and again it is that time of year...

my birthday!

Today I turn 27 years old. Josh asked me last night if I ever thought I'd have two kids and be married by 27 and I said HELL NAW MAN! But I could honestly not be happier. 

Life has truly surprised me in so many great ways and I feel so blessed.

And in honor of my 27 years I thought I'd share 27 things about myself because that sounds fun.


1. I love Chipotle. Too obvious? I tweet at them often and when Joe tweets me back I often freak out like it's from some celebrity. So thanks Joe. Whoever you are.

2. I did have a bad day at Chipotle one time when I slipped on a puddle of water in their hallway. I was 9 months pregnant with Nora and carrying Hadley to the bathroom. No one came to help me up and it was really sad. But we survived! After I cried a little...... 

3. I can't eat a bowl of chili without a glass of milk. Like, it's impossible. And uncivilized.

4. I've eaten yellow cake with chocolate frosting for my birthday for probably 27 years. It gives me all the nostalgic feels! Especially if it has rainbow sprinkles.

Are all of these about food so far....?

5. I have an unhealthy relationship with Snapchat. 

6. Back to food. I also have an unhealthy relationship with breakfast hash. If you follow me on Snapchat (@larrybearry88) you'll see I make it pretty much every morning, Monday - Friday. You can seriously breakfast hash with ANYTHING. 

7. And also in relation, a perfectly cooked over-easy egg seriously starts the day off right. I usually fuck it up but I'm really working on it!!!!

8. Since these are all food related (am I hungry or what?) I'll take it back to my roots. I used to be the world's pickiest eater. I have memories of refusing to eat lettuce as a child and eating bowls of american cheese with just ranch dressing on top. What in the hell??? 

I didn't discover my love for food until college. Virginia Tech has the best campus food in America (on the realz) and my roomie and great pal, Rachel, taught me how to cook many delicacies our Sophomore year. Thanks, Rockdome.

9. I used to think I have a high pain tolerance but after having babies and a few other random injuries, I've come to realize I am a giant yssup (read it backwards).

10. I love sports and am really competitive. This makes for a great Fantasy Football combination. I'm thinking of making shirts that say "'Till draft do us part". 

11. My favorite movie of all time is Forrest Gump.

12. My favorite human being that I don't know and will probably never know is Tom Hanks.

13. I'm proud as shit of my long locks. I've been waiting for them to grace me with their presence for 12 years. Thank you Hadley and Nora for helping me achieve the mermaid hair I've been dreaming of. I owe you gals big time.

14. I did gymnastics as a youngin' for 10 years. I was obsessed with Shannon Miller and still remember exactly where I was when Kerri Strug stuck that landing on one foot to win gold for team USA. Hands down one of the best moments in sports EVER. 

15. I studied Biology and Psychology as a pre-med student at Virginia Tech. I realized my Junior year that I did not want to go to med school. Honestly, I think I was just watching too much Grey's Anatomy. So thanks, Merebear.

16. If I could go back to college, I would definitely study something in the arts. Watercolor, illustration, print making, photography. There are literally SO MANY OPTIONS it's mind boggling.

17. I really want to go to Africa one day.

18. I went sky diving one time (severely hungover because we kept cheersing to our last day on Earth the night before) and it was amazing. Terrifying and amazing. Also a great hangover cure in case you we're curious.

GOD DAMN this is a long list.

19. I wouldn't call myself a cat person but I once had a cat named Jessica Stephanie Hudson when I was younger. I named her, duh. She was the coolest cat and my BFF. She lived a long life and died tragically from a snake bite. Long live JSH. 

20. My favorite song of the moment is It's Strange by Louis The Child. It is definitely strange but so am I!!!

21. Magnets by Disclosure ft. Lorde is a close second. They're both on repeat in the mini van/spaceship.

22. My favorite trashy TV show is, hands down, Below Deck. 

23. My birthday has become kind of a magical day for me and Josh because we found out we we're pregnant with Hadley on my birthday, then we found we we're having a girl on my birthday with Nora and this year we also got some great news that I'll share soon! Technically, we didn't find out on my actual birthday but it was like 3 days before so it counts. And no, we are not fucking pregnant again. NO NO NO. Sowwy Charlie. Mama needs some more drankin' TIME, YA HEARD?!

24. I'm a big moscow mule fan these days. But really, I'm a fan of alcohol in general and in all forms.

25. Speaking of alcohol, I'll never remember or forget that time I threw up sushi all over the floor after one epic date night. Josh won't let me forget it either :-P Thanks hunni, I love you!!!!

26. I graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA. So put that in your nerd pipe and smoke it!

My college GPA was not a 4.2.

27. I have three tattoos and one of them is definitely on my ass.

I hope you enjoyed this ridiculous and unnecessary list of information.

Here's to anotha year on dis ERRRF.

That's ebonics for Earth.


Our wedding

Monday, October 26, 2015

We got our wedding photos back from our photographer and I could not be more excited about them!

They came out beautifully and I think they really captured the fun we had that day :)

The morning of was as chaotic as preparing for a wedding can be with two babies and trying to get the place decorated on our own in just a few hours. It was also hot as hell that day, which I'm shocked you can't really tell how much we we're all sweating in these photos. 
Way to go, Brian!

The venue was perfect. I can't say enough good things about the beautiful setting in Frederick, Maryland and all the staff that helped us that day and beforehand.

Our coordinator, Mel, was truly an angel sent from heaven. 

I decided to save some dollars by renting my wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses from Rent the Runway.

It was honestly a little bit of a crazy experience. Everything with my dress went smoothly but since I had so many bridesmaids we had lots of trouble getting all the dresses in the right sizes and colors. The original plan was to have all the bridesmaids wear the pinkish color dress but the week before the wedding several of them started getting emails from RTR saying they didn't have their dresses reserved anymore. Cue lots of frantic phone calls.

In the end we had to mix and match with two colors but I love how it all turned out.
A big thanks to all my ladies who made the best of the situation. 
You all looked so beautiful!!!!

The flower crowns and bouquets were one of my absolute favorite parts of the day. They came out just how I envisioned them and smelled amazing! I'm such a sucker for fresh flowers.

The ceremony was short, sweet and filled with some real man tears :-P

We (or really just me) said our own vows and exchanged rings. Josh was too choked up to get out more than, "I fucking love you" so we kept it classy, as per usual.

We kept things really simple for the tables.
Lots of greens and wood elements.

You can see the wedding guestbook DIY post here.

For the table numbers, I did the same thing as the floral letters for Nora's nursery but instead of using the dry floral foam I just stuffed them all with moss.

We did some butlered apps during the cocktail hour and they were so tasty. The bacon lollipops, which are literally chunks of glazed bacon, we're a big hit. 

For dinner we did a Chipotle buffet. 

It was amazing and I highly recommend it for any event, especially a wedding! We had SOO much food leftover. Tons of us had leftovers at the hotel later that night and we had rice saved up for a month afterwards. I think ten people told me I made their dreams come true so for all of you fellow Chipotle lovers, 
you're welcome. 

The band, Snackbar Jones, was the bomb. They played everything from the Temptations to Omi to X Ambassadors. It was such a fun vibe having live music there.

Thank you to all our loved ones who made this day so special. We will remember it forever and we love you all so much!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Brian of Brian Virts Photography.
We will treasure these photos forever and ever!!!!!

So much love,

Wedding vendors:

Wedding dress: Rent the Runway
Bridesmaid dresses: Rent the Runway
Hadley's dress: Pippy Lou Boutique
Nora's Dress: Carter's
Groom & groomsmen tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse
Make-up: Lis Brunson
Dinner: Chipotle (duh.)

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