Aug 13, 2010

Surprise

When I woke up this morning, I woke up to a refreshed bathroom.  Chris got on his hands & knees and scrubbed the floor.  He even bought a new shower curtain and liner and some hand towels to match.  What an awesome surprise!  It looks great.  The change just makes the bathroom look better.  We might just have to exchange all of those green towels we registered for!

Aug 12, 2010

Chic Wedding Bag


Last month Vistaprint had a promotion running that you could order a free tote bag. All I had to pay was shipping which was $4.41. I decided to give it a try and made a cute bag to carry our Wedding paperwork for Hawaii. The bag was delivered a few days ago. What do you think?

End of Season Sales!



Found these super cute swimsuits on clearance. Perfect for Hawaii and our Honeymoon. The brown & white one was originally $114.00. I paid $14.96. The red multi-colored swimsuit was $134.00. I paid $16.96. Love the clearance sales and my new swimsuits!

Mom/Daughter Day



Tried on my wedding dress for the first time today. Absolutely love it! Except for the fact that it is about 4 inches too long...Oh well. Looks like that is the only alteration that I need to have done. Yay! Chris surprised mom & I with a hot chocolate mani-pedi before the dress try-on. What a sweet guy. Those super cute heels that I am wearing? Chris also bought those for me just a few weeks ago. No pictures of the dress. I am not taking any chances. Everyone is going to have to wait until October. Sorry guys!

Aug 11, 2010

Shopping for a Bridesmaid Dress



I spent countless days in countless stores looking for a dress for my bridesmaids. I did NOT want a traditional bridesmaid dress. It also had to look good and tropical enough to wear in Hawaii. I really liked the look of this dress. I know, I know, it's black. But I really like to print, the material, and yes, the color.

I Scream for Ice Cream!


If you are ever in Wisconsin you absolutely have to try Blue Moon. It is AMAZING!

Summer in Green Lake












Of course our summer is not complete without a trip to Green Lake to go fishing. Caught a little small mouth for my first fish. He was so little that I wasn't even sure I had a fish when he first bit. Next up I caught my first large mouth bass. He looked good, but we didn't feel up to cleaning fish for dinner so we let him go. Caught him on a top water bait so I actually saw him take it. Pretty cool!

My new favorite Banana Bread Recipe


I made these unbelievable delicious and moist banana bread loaves from a random recipe I found. This recipe is definitely going in my "favorite recipes" book.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  In a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs, honey, oil, mashed banana and vanilla.  Pour into well in flour mixture and stir until just combined.  Transfer batter to loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan and cooling on rack.

It's Strawberry Season






I went strawberry picking with mom and made homemade strawberry jam when I got home. Yum!

I Love Getting Mail


Checking the mail is so much more fun these days. Check out what I got in ONE day last May.

Tulip Time






Tulip Time again. We went to Holland for a little weekend away. Which part of our trip do you think Chris enjoyed the most?

It's Baseball Season!




Spring is definitely here and the boys of summer have returned for another go at Wrigley. Sherry and I went to a game. It was cold, but we had fun. Go Cubbies!

Spring?




Is it really true? Is spring really here? Either we are all in denial or we have emerged from another long Chicago winter.

Month #1


Started a new hobby. (Like I needed another one, heehee!) Couponing. Here is a picture of what I got for free (yes, free!) in March. Not bad for my first month. Some of the items were free samples I got in the mail, others were things I got for free after coupons in the stores. I'm pretty darn happy with how I did.

Easter Dinner





Bunny cake & all! Thanks Stephanie!

The Easter Bunny


How can anyone celebrate Easter properly without seeing the Easter bunny on a motorcycle?

Save the Date!




Printed & assembled the save the date cards. It's official. October 1, 2010 in Hawaii.

Welcome to February in Chicago



What's so great about February in Chicago? I'll get back to you on that one. This was just a reminder of how far away baseball season was.

Roll Tide!


Check out the billboard we saw when we drove through Mobile!

Ferry to Gulf Shores









We took the Ferry to Gulf Shores and it was a blast. Our Explorer was the only car on the ferry. The only other rider was a biker traveling solo. It almost felt like our own personal shortcut! We passed several rigs and even a pod of dolphins playing in the water!

Royal Reds


After taking the ferry to Gulf Shores we went to Gulf Shores Steamer for dinner. Absolutely delicious! We shared the smaller platter (for 2!). It was amazing! This was the first time I ever had Royal Red shrimp. They were unreal. We will definitely be going back. Next time we will be sharing a bucket of Royal Reds!

Christmas in Alabama



Leaving the snow behind, we headed south to spend the beginning of January with family in Alabama. We spent a little time cleaning out Chris' old room so mom & dad could actually use it again. It is amazing how getting rid of the piles of clutter and putting on a fresh coat of paint can totally transform a room! We found the dresser at a second hand store in Gulf Shores. I loved the look of it and it matched the room perfectly. For $50.00 it was ours, so into the Explorer it went.

Christmas in Michigan





We spent Christmas in Michigan with family and had a wonderful time. Dad and Matt always seem to have a blast sledding down the hill (crashes & all), and Chris always has fun. Love that guy!