Friday and Saturday were busy days for me, as we had the rehearsal and dinner for my friend Michelle's wedding. Michelle and her fiance were having their celebration at the Arroyo Trabuco Country Club in MIssion Viejo. The place is absolutely beautiful and I think it made the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony.
Me and Michelle
Me and Sheena
After the rehearsal, we headed out to Maggiano's by the South Coast Plaza mall. Both Dan and I LOVE their food. It was prepared family style, which is fantastic because then everyone can just grab the food items they want and not have to worry about looking over a menu and buying a certain item. I had such a good time with Michelle and her fiance Chad and the rest of the bridal party. Normally we would go out and play for a little longer, but we all wanted to be awake and fresh for the wedding the next day.
On Saturday, the bridesmaids began their preparations at 9am. I was the first one to have my hair and makeup completed. This made me absolutely nervous because my hair can not hold a curl to save it's life.
It looked great, but I was praying that it would hold. Our make up artist used an airbrush machine to put on our face makeup. I loved that machine and it made the whole process go a lot quicker. We were way ahead of schedule!
Finishing up Michelle's hair. You think she is gorgeous now....wait until you see her completely done up!
Gorgeous! I absolutely love this girl.
The wedding started at 6pm, so before we walked down the aisle, we popped open the champagne and enjoyed a few moments together. Michelle was absolutely and surprisingly calm.
Below are some photos of the evening.
Me and Sheena
Me and Jonell
Mom, Sister, Me and girlfriend of a family friend
My hubby and me
Oh and for the record, my hair held all night! I was so excited! That never happens!
So that was my weekend. It was fabulous and I am a little tired this monday morning. But that's how it goes I guess!
So many different things going on in my head and my heart. But first, can I just start off by saying that last night's game with the Lakers and the Celtics had to be the most depressing thing I have ever witnessed in sports history. Of course if I were a Laker fan, which I am not, I am not even a basketball fan.....I would be really upset for my team. However, how cool was it for Kevin Garnett! I mean I was feeling really emotional for the guy. Finally his dreams of winning a championship have come true. I am happy for him. My hubs called me a traitor, but he had to agree that even he felt happy and emotional for the team.
Anyway, so after the game was over and I got Madi down without a fuss for her bedtime and we said our prayers together, I was off scrapping! This is the first time I have been able to do any layouts since coming home from vacation, so it was a nice treat for me. Plus Dan was sitting really close by studying for his message on Sunday so it was nice I didn't have to scrap without my buddy next to me. Here is what I managed to get done:
A card using those fabulous Inkadado cupcake stamps I picked up at Scrapbooking Oasis last week. Love them!
A birthday card for my sister Sheena, whom I mentioned in yesterday's post.
A quick 8 1/2 x 11 layout (a size I rarely do, but I had lost my mojo for awhile and it helped jump start some creativity.) Just to play with products and put them on paper, even if it doesn't look stellar totally helps me!
Another 8 1/2 x 11 layout of things I love. Such a fun layout to put together.
This morning, I actually woke up on time and was able to get into work a little after 8am. It was nice to have a few moments to myself, to sip on some coffee, read my email and pray. I work at a Christian University, so one of the perks is that often our Dean has us come into the conference room to pray together as a group. I have been a little overwhelmed to say the least this past week, so I definitely needed a refresh of Him. And speaking of emotional, our Dean spoke in regards to Luke 10:21-27: the most pivotal part of the passage that we are first to Love the Lord with all of our heart and we are then to love our neighbors as ourselves.
The passage also talked about how God has revealed his mysteries not to those of status, of wealth and stature....but to those who are pure in heart. With a humble spirit...who realize that their "holiness" so to speak is nothing but filthy rags.....but by the grace of God we can be pure in His sight.....by accepting the gift of His son Jesus Christ.
I don't know why, but the image of my daughter popped up when she spoke about those who were humble and pure in heart. My daughter last night as I got her a cup of milk before bed folded her little hands and began praying for her family. I could distinctly make out Uncle Ken and Cassie and her cousin Jenna. Dan and I looked at each other and we smiled. God has revealed Himself to our daughter, and we hope we have honored God by showing her to seek Him in everything, even if it is just saying a small prayer before getting a cup of milk. A little child will lead them as the bible says. I am learning more about the love of Christ through my daughter than anywhere else, aside from God's word.
I have been thinking too about my own spiritual journey, especially this year. I feel as if my faith has been hit hard. Today in our weekly meeting, the Dean challenged us with this question: "What is in the hidden places of our heart?"
*gulp* I mean, I have to search deep to see what is hidden so deep in there, that sometimes keeps me from seeking God with all of my heart, for wanting to keep Him at a safe distance. If He gets too close, I fear that I will be unpresentable in His sight and the vision will be ugly. I do realize He loves me and will continue to pursue me....for I am His daughter....but it can be scary to stop serving yourself, and start serving God. The bible says you cannot serve two masters. And I know it has not been God who I have been loyal to.
Well, I think that is enough rambling for now. Tonight, I hope to really dig deep and answer this question. I will share the results with all of you as soon as God reveals what He needs to reveal. May you all have a wonderful evening.
Today I got to go with my friend Michelle to go look at wedding dresses. Can I just tell you that I am seriously, rediculously loving the fact that on August 9th...she will be a married woman...and on heck of a gorgeous bride!
Anyway, so she had two appointments and the first place we showed up at was called "The White Dress" in Corona Del Mar. Gorgeous store. It was small, definitely wasn't your local David's Bridal as the prices nearly made my eyes pop out, but if I was planning on spending some bucks on my gown...I would definitely show up here. For one, the customer service was amazing and they treated not only Michelle like royalty, but the rest of us. Michelle tried on a lot of dresses and she came back to a couple of them that she really liked, but I am pretty sure she may have made her mind up on one.
While we were there, this woman walked into the store. Okay, I have to describe her because it was seriously the most hilarious thing I have EVER seen. For one, she was stinking drunk at, mind you, 12:30 in the afternoon. She had on headphones which apparently were turn on 50 decibels too loud because she was screaming instead of talking. She had on a tshirt that she pretty much cut up and made it into a tube top and was wearing shorts. She waltzed in and was like "I want to wear a dress!" And then she browsed through the store and said "Hey lady....got any fat girl dresses!" I was dying...just dying. The poor girl behind the counter was trying to be sweet and saying that she had to make an appointment in order to try on gowns....but I would have been like..get the heck out of here! I think the sales girl called the police....but it was stinking hilarious. Wish you were allowed to bring pictures into those salons....because that would have been a great one!
Next we went to Erin Cole in Costa Mesa. Not as impressed as with The White Dress. For one, the sales lady was not exactly the brightest. And she seemed so abrasive and less helpful. I mean Michelle practically had to show off the dress herself and the girl didn't hold up the dress or show off its best features or anything! I was so annoyed. Michelle didn't see anything she liked anyway so we left pretty quickly. Then we had lunch at a mexican restaurant next door which I am pretty sure the requirement to work there is that you must possess no personality. Seriously.
Then I came home to my hubby only to find that USC lost today. booooo. Oh and I have to tell you that I bought a new cookbook called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfield (wife of Jerry Seinfield) Gonna try it out and see if I can trick my baby and my hubby into eating their veggies. I will update you if it works. I think Oprah had her on her show to talk about her recipes and her book. Check it out if you are interested!
Just finished my grocery shopping and now I think I am going to finish some laundry and start the dishwasher. My work day is never done...as I am sure is the case with every mom in America...and other parts of the world. Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend.