Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Let the showers begin...

This past weekend was the first weekend of my wedding season 2009. Justin and I hosted a Stock the Bar shower for our friends Tiffany and Trevor on Friday night at their new home. They had just bought their home about a month before the party and worked so hard in getting it fixed up and ready and they wanted to show it off, so that's why we had the party at their house. It was so much fun! It wasn't a big shower, just close friends were invited. But we had a blast regardless. Here are some pics:

The bride and groom - APRIL 18TH!!!

Some of the food

Ashley, Tiffany and I

The boys

Another girl picture...this time with Shelly

After the future Lobdell's shower on Friday, we had the future Limbaugh's His and Hers shower on Saturday. Lindsey and Justin had their first shower Saturday night and it was a blast too! They got a bunch of fabulous gifts and they were both very happy. Here are some pics from that shower:

The bride and groom right before opening their gifts

Gotta love the lettuce knife....it's always a big hit!

Funny story. Mrs. Owens was wrapping this gift for Lindsey and I guess she got distracted while doing it, because she mistakenly wrapped the scissors in with the present!

Me and Linds after she opened all her gifts

The future Limbaugh's! Their wedding day is May 30!!!!

After leaving Lindsey's shower, I had yet another shower to go to. It was my friend Carina's bachelorette party and the girls decided to do a night on the town. Carina, Ashlee and Amy drove up from Tuscaloosa and we all decided to go to Twist and Shout. I've actually never been there before this night. Nashville had an amazing duel piano bar called "Big Bang" or as my great friend Lil calls it "The Big Bang Theory Bar". Twist and Shout was ok, but Big Bang is much much better :)

Ashlee, Carina and Amy

Me and the bride to be

I cannot possibly explain the level of exhaustion that hit me on Sunday. I didn't go to church and I pretty much laid in the bed all day long. I'm still working 60 hour weeks right now and Saturday after work and Sunday is the only downtime I get to wind down from a long week. Since I had back to back showers, I never got that winding down time and I'm still suffering slightly from it. Next weekend I have Lindsey and Justin's Stock the Bar shower Friday night and Tiffany's Lingerie/Bachelorette party (at Twist and Shout) Saturday night. I need some rest :(

Today's Prayer Requests:

1) My anonymous friend I keep praying for needs more prayers. I can't say much, except that she is a strong woman and can handle whatever God throws at her, but she just doesn't know that yet. She needs your prayers badly. Please pray that God opens her eyes to see what everyone on the outside sees and to give her the strength she needs to cope.

2) A great friend of mine from Nashville just got laid off because of the economy. Please pray that he has no problems finding another job and pray that he realizes that God has a plan and that this may actually be a blessing in disguise.

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Favorite Song...

Ok I must admit, I'm not a huge Miley Cyrus fan, but I heard one of her songs and I fell in love with it. It is so inspirational and can help anyone dealing with any kind of situation. All of us have been through things where we could relate to these words. This could TOTALLY be a christian song....PROPS MILEY! I've put a playlist at the bottom that automatically plays this song so you can hear it, but I'll take it off eventually :)

I can almost see it
That dream I'm dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I....I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna want to make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I....I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on

Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna want to make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna want to make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes you're gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

Keep on movin', keep climbin'
Keep the faith, It's all about the climb

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bring on wedding season 2009!!!

It has officially started! Yes my friends, wedding season 2009 will be in high gear starting next weekend. Allow me to share my schedule with you for the next 2 months:

Friday, March 27th - Tiffany and Trevor's Stock the Bar hosted by Justin and I
Saturday, March 28th - Lindsey and Justin's His and Hers Shower followed by a small bachelorette party for Carina that evening

And yes, that would be 3 showers in one weekend.....moving on....

Friday, April 3rd - Lindsey and Justin's Stock the Bar
Saturday, April 4th - Shower for Carina during the day and Lingerie shower for Tiffany at night

Yes, again, another 3 showers in one weekend....the bad part is that at this point, I'm still working 60 hour weeks!!

Monday, April 6th - Justin turns 27!

Friday, April 10 - Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for Carina and Jonathan Cash
Saturday, April 11 - Wedding of Carina and Johnny Cash

Saturday, April 18th - 15K at 7am and Wedding of Tiffany and Trevor at night
Sunday, April 19th - Bridal Tea for Lindsey Owens and me and Justin's one year anniversary

Monday, April 20th - Work shower for Ashley Brock

Tuesday, April 21st - My kitchen shower hosted by Mrs. Kelly Owens and Mrs. Lissa Hines

Saturday, April 25th - Wedding of Ashley Brock and Trey Caldwell

Tuesday, April 28th - I turn 26!

I figure that's enough for now. Seriously...every weekend in April is booked! By the time my wedding actually rolls around I'm going to be burnt out on weddings!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Future Mr. and Mrs. Craig Turman

YAAAAAAY for one of my bridesmaids, Lillian, who got engaged this week!!! She turned 29 on Wednesday and as her present, the Craigger popped the question at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. For those of you who don't know Lillian, she was my best friend in Nashville. Her and my sister Lindsey went to church together and when she was moving to Nashville, Lindsey told her to give me a call. When she moved up we met up at a place called Amerigo's to have dinner (which is ironic that it was also our last dinner together in Nashville before I moved back) and chatted all night. We quickly became great friends and even found a church together in Nashville that we both loved so dearly and that her and Craig still go to.

Me and ole Lil had a TON of great moments in Nashville, but one of the funniest things Lillian has done that made me laugh my butt off is right when her and Craig started dating. She had been seeing him a couple of times and asked me to go to a Vandy baseball game with them to meet him so he could get the Marcie stamp of approval (Justin also had to get the Lillian stamp of approval as well). I immediately loved Craig because he loved The Office and Lost. I had been trying to get Lillian to watch Lost FOREVER, but she never would. Of course as soon as Craig wants her to watch it, she does....thanks Lil. Anywho, this is not the funny part of the story, that was just about when I first met Craig.

The funny part is this.....

Craig sent Lillian flowers to her office one day and they emailed back and forth talking about it. She tried to forward one of his emails to me and a few other girls saying things like "Ladies...this is the one...he is the guy for me". What Lillian didn't realize until later was that instead of hitting "forward" she hit "reply" and sent it to Craig. I've never seen her face so red.....It was amazing!!! I remember her calling me in a frantic trying to figure out how to "unsend" an email in outlook. By this time Craig had already gotten it and was laughing as well.

These two are so adorable together and complement each other so well. I know they are going to have an incredible marriage. Of course I have to put up a picture of them together and there were several I could have chosen from, but I had to choose this one because it shows off the Craigger's personality (sorry Lil...but I love this pic):

It was at a tacky sweater Christmas Party in 2008. Anyway, Congrats to my friends...I love you both!!! Lillian...I'm already planning my toast.....you better hope I don't bring up the night at Tin Roof when you left me there all stranded and vulnerable.....

Today's Prayer Request:

1) Today I just want everyone to pray for everyone I work with, including me. We are in high gear, getting close to our deadlines and trying to get everything wrapped up. Please pray for our sanity and the sanity of our spouses/significant others. This is a really hard time for them as well. Just yesterday Justin was upset that I was "no fun" anymore because I am working so much causing me not to get home til 9pm every night. We've got 4 1/2 weeks left of this madness so please pray for us to pull through alive!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Snow Day!!

It snowed in Birmingham this weekend! I was so glad it did too, it reminded me of Nashville :) I miss the snow up there! No snow day is complete without snowball fights...which happened in the backyard between Rob and Justin. To be fair though, Justin had a completely unfair advantage. He had been outside for a while messing around in the snow before asking Rob to come have a snowball fight with him. When Rob came outside, he quickly realized that Justin had already made MANY snowballs and just kept hitting Rob over and over, not even giving Rob any time to make the first snowball for himself. Needless to say, Justin won the fight and I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of it.

Here's some of the pics I was able to take of our snow day :)

Part of the backyard

The front of the house

One of Justin's snowballs intended for Rob

Also, Justin sent me the link to this video today and I could NOT stop laughing!! First off, the dog just looks like Gizmo, our dog. Secondly, Giz has bad dreams and makes funny noises too, of course not to this extent.....

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Honeymoon is completely booked!

Justin just got done booking both hotels for our honeymoon!!!! We are both so incredibly excited! We've been looking online for when the hour long shows about "Best Beaches in Hawaii" or "50 Things to Do in Hawaii" type things come on the travel channel. Hawaii's best beaches comes on next Saturday at 2pm so everyone check it out :) Like I said before, we will first fly into Honolulu and stay there for 2 nights before flying to Maui and staying there for the remaining 7 nights. Out hotel in Honolulu is called Hilton Hawaiian Village.

There are several towers at this hotel and we will be staying at the Lagoon Tower. This hotel was featured in a magazine that Gordon, Justin's dad, gave him to help him plan the honeymoon. Other than the obvious reasons we like this hotel, the fact that it has PENGUINS walking around was cool enough by itself to choose this as our place to stay. We'll only be on Oahu for two days. Our flight gets into Honolulu around 2ish so that day will be spent relaxing at the pool and beach. The next day we will be going to the Arizona site for a little history lesson. We'll fly from Honolulu to Maui on Tuesday morning. Justin and I are SUPER excited about our hotel in Maui!!!

We did a lot of research on places to stay in Hawaii and neither of us really liked any hotel as much as we liked this one. We literally will spend an entire day just walking around the 40 acres the hotel covers and hanging out by the AMAZING pools!! While in Maui is when we will be doing most of our adventures. We're still in the process of planning our activities of what we'll be doing while in Maui. So far, we are planning on scuba diving during the day AND night, sea kayaking, snorkeling, zip lining, going to Hawaii's highpoint, taking a helicopter tour, going to the top of a volcano at 4am to watch the sunrise and then biking our way down the mountain, and of course, attending an authentic luau. This is going to be the BEST TRIP EVER!

Here's some of our favorite pics of Grand Wailea: