Monday, January 31, 2011

The First Ten Dollars

Wedding planning is going full force now. My mom and I went out shopping at thrift stores on Saturday and spent our first ten dollars.

It was exciting!

Somehow it just makes things that-much-more-real. I love it!

Want to know what we bought? WELL, I would show you pictures, but my parents computer decided to take a crap and so my camera won't let me upload my pictures until I download the software again. Therefore, pictures will have to wait. I can still fill you in on what we bought though!

First $10 went towards:
- 2 glass jars with lids ($.97 each - cents!!)
- one bowl ($2.97)
- four vases ($4 + tax - too lazy to get receipt)

Overall, I'm satisfied! With the jars and bowls we are planning on doing something like this:

Candy Bar - idea from The Knot

We have about 7-8 more bowls/jar to go, but its nice to know that something is actually planned.

The four vases will be used to decorate the grooms table with the bridesmaids flowers.

Slowly, but surely, things are falling into place. Mister's grandparents are going to be paying/preparing the meal for our rehearsal dinner and are going to make/decorate our cake {pretty much amazing!}. Mister's mom is going to contact a photographer that she knows {who use to work for a Christian radio station} and thinks will give us a steep discount {yay for that!}. She is also going to talk to her church about prices for getting married there. We're hoping that if we have our small ceremony and our renewal there that they will give us some kind of deal {do churches do that? lol}.

As for colors, my mom and I went to look at flowers and put all of my colors {purple, green, burnt orange, and ivory} together. We LOVED it! I was going to take a picture, but of course my phone had decided that it wanted to have a low battery and refused to take a picture.

Right now the most stressful part is everyone's questions. IF I had answers to their questions it would be one thing, but having to explain why its hard to do all the planning right now {military reasons} is kind of annoying. I feel like I'm just repeating myself over and over again. Oh wells. If they don't understand there is no point explaining it.

There you have it =)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tax Money!

If you really knew me... you'd know that I am clumsy and that I have a tendency to break things. When I break things it's almost always a big expense on my side. This is why tax time is my favorite {don't make enough to pay in}!

Electronics especially are against me. Seriously, I get a new one and its broken a couple days later. This past week while I was on Skype with Mister, my parents hard drive on their computer crashed/died and the next day Misters computer fried {he blames me because... he can}. So now the fiance is going to have to use his tax money to get a new computer so that we can Skype again. Thank goodness for tax money, right?

As for me, my tax money is going towards a couple of things. I have about $900 to collect until I have the full amount that's due for summer classes. I need a new computer {if you saw mine, you'd understand} so I plan on buying one with tax money as well as Photoshop which I can get with a steep student discount. Since I'm getting the student rebate, I should have enough to do all three! If there is money left, I will be putting that away for trips to see Mister and our wedding. I thought about putting all of the money towards our wedding, but the boy made a very good point. I have the money right now to do the things I need to and I might not have that option later down the road. If I can pay everything in full and continue to live a very simple, money saving life, than I'm going to.

Now that you know what I'm planning on doing, what are your plans with your tax money {that is if you expecting to not be paying in}? Any awesome plans or projects that you're planning on doing?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

OVER It!

The look of my blog has got to go! "Something Beautiful" is in need of a serious makeover. Going to be working on a new look for the next couple of weeks. Go me!

ALSO!

Once I start posting pictures that I've taken, I'm thinking about possibly doing contests for someone to win a free piece. I'm also interested in giving away free photo shoots to girls that live in Minnesota/Wisconsin through contests.  It might be a little while until both of these happen, but I wanted to get peoples thoughts and opinions first. Eventually I will create my own photo blog where you can view my pictures and purchase pieces, but I figure I should work on this one first before handling two!

Would you all be interested in the picture/photo shoot contests?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Did Someone Say This Was Easy?

When it comes to choosing wedding colors there are endless combinations, endless ways to use the colors, and endless thoughts about what people think would be a good idea. Don't get me wrong, I like peoples input - two brains are smarter than one (I'd hope!) and so if someone throws out an idea that I like, I might just run with it. But seriously, no one ever told me this would be that difficult! I'm not whining or complaing - it's fun to look at sites like The Knot for inspiration, but at one point it becomes an overload and all common sense is thrown out the window {hint: mine!}.

So this is where you all come into play. What do you all think of: purple, green, burnt orange, and ivory? We'll be having a fall wedding and for some reason I just don't want to do the typical orange and brown. My cousin did that for his first wedding and it was gorgeous, but I just want something different. So: do you like the colors I'm thinking about and/or do you have any other color options that you think would look great for a fall wedding?


~One Lost Future Bride!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm Joining in on the Fun!



I was seeing everyone joining the Blizzard Bloghop 2010 and I thought I would too. I couldn't resist :)

If you would like to meet other bloggers make sure you check out The Household 6 Diva - all the guidelines are listed on her post!

About myself:

I'm a twenty-something blogger and a new fiance! My love proposed on Christmas Eve of this past year and we are planning on getting married before he deploys (he is a US Marine). I go to a community college near my home and am going to be finishing up my generals this year! I can't wait! I'm currently trying to fulfill my dream of being a photographer and hope to start bringing it to my blog soon!

As for my blog: I started it back in August 2009 to document things that were happening in my life. You will come to realize that I talk a lot about my Mister (my fiance) and things that are happening in our lives.
"Something Beautiful" is a place where I post my thoughts, hardships, dreams, worries and just about anything else you can think of. I haven't been the best blogger in the world, but I'm trying and hope to keep up the momentum.

If you would like to catch up on some of my most important posts, feel free to check out the links at the top right corner!

Can't wait to meet you all! =)

Taking a Moment to Take It All In

My parents were amazing enough to give me a brand new Canon T2i last month. They know that if I wanted to succeed in becoming a photographer that I needed to start taking pictures and learn the basics so that I can improve. Since then, I've taken well over a thousand pictures (so easy to do) and am learning a lot of new techniques.

One of the best things I've learned from taking pictures is how beautiful the world really is. When one turns on the TV, there's nothing but sex, war, terrorism, death, and murder. With stories like these, it's hard to be optimistic. It's hard to see the good in people and the good in the world. It's when one really opens their eyes and take a moment to look around that they see that there is so much more to this world than what first appears. There's beauty in the way the sunlight hits a persons face, the way trees bend in the wind, and the way a flower feeds bees. There is beauty in the colors that paint a sunset, a flag that flows proudly (seems like Perkins always has the best ones!!), and the way a couple holds hands and look at each other with nothing but content.

Everyday I try to take a few moments to take some pictures. It centers me and is a great way to lose any bad feelings. It helps me grow closer to God and appreciate life that much more. In a world of uncertainty, its nice to know that all I have to do is look around and God is there.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

While I've Been Away

I haven't been on Something Beautiful for a while, but I've been meaning to write for some time now. With college back in session and trying to get as many hours as possible at work, it's easy to get caught up and watch time fly right on by.

Couple things while I've been away:
  1. Mister and I are planning on for sure getting married before he deploys later this year. We will have a vow renewal when he comes back home that will include a reception.
  2. I think I found my dress - it's gorgeous to say the least. More than I wanted to spend, but completely worth every penny!
  3. I am starting to take more pictures and get back into photography. In the field of photography, constantly practicing and trying new things is important. I am always looking at pictures for creativity and plan on sharing my pictures with you all in the near future.
  4. After two and a half weeks without my ring, I have it sized and it fits my little size four finger perfectly!
  5. Mister and I are starting to really crack down on saving money. He's been amazing in this area - I'm so proud of him! I've watched him go from spending his money on random "unnecessary" things, to doing whatever it takes to save money so that we don't have to worry financially. He is wonderful to say the least.
Now that you're caught up, I have to catch up on my blog reading. Will write again soon!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Ring

I know there were some girls that asked to see the ring.. so here it is:



I love it!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

We're Engaged!

These past two weeks have been crazy amazing. About two weeks ago, Mister came home for leave. Seeing him for the first time in a year was the best feeling in the world. His plane arrived a half hour early so we had to rush as we were just pulling into the parking area. When we finally saw him, his sisters and the rest of his family were the first to hug him. When everyone had their chance, it was finally mine. I cried as he held me, kissed his lips and took in the special moment of being back in my mans arms again. When we were done saying hello again to one another, I took a step back to look at him. The first thing out of my mouth, "You're a lot taller than I remember." It's true though! I don't remember him being so tall, but I guess your memory can become fuzzy about things like that when you've been away for a year.

One of the cutest moments that happened at the airport was from a complete stranger though. A woman came up to us and explained that when Mister and I finally said hello to one another, that she couldn't help but tear up. That it was so sweet watching us. Yaaa.. we are cute :)

The first few days of Mister being home were great! It was amazing to have him back home and just being with one another. A damper though was as soon as Mister got home, his bills came and he had no money left. We made it work though. I had saved a lot of money and had no problem with chipping in on little things. We're a team, chipping in and helping one another is just something you do.

About a week went by and it was finally Christmas Eve. Mister's parents are separated, so we spent Christmas Eve at his moms house and then he was going to spend Christmas day at his dads. Christmas Eve morning I went over to his moms house and was greeted by his whole family. I opened a stocking they had for me and cuddled with my love in our pj's. We had yummy "monkey brains" and then it was time to open presents! I was so excited for him to open my presents that I got him. I knew he was going to freak out. When it was finally time for him to, he did exactly what I thought he was going to: freak out! I bought my love some amazing tickets to his favorite teams game - something he's always wanted to be able to go to. Needless to say, I did good!

After presents were opened, Mister and I went out to go shopping for his dad - or so I thought! As we drove into one of my favorite cities, I couldn't help but take pictures. Snow had just fallen so the whole town was coated with a blanket of white. It was beautiful. As we drove to find parking, a really nice decorated gazebo appeared. Mister asked if I wanted to go up to it. Of course I said yes. I wanted to take pictures and take in the scenery with him.

As we were walking up to the gazebo, I began to tell Mister about how my aunt was married going down the river on a ferry. Once we walked up a few stairs we were underneath the small building and I set down my purse on a bench so I could take some pictures. Mister turned me around and asked me if I knew what was special about the place we were standing at. I said no. He then began to tell me that my mom and dad had their first date there and that it was also the place where he was going to ask me to marry him. I instantly began to cry. He went to pull something from his jacket and out came a little box. That little box had a beautiful ring in it that I was able to see as he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!

I was bawling as we hugged one another and then he finally put the ring on my little finger. This is when I really got to look at my ring  and it is stunning. Much bigger than I expected, but I'm not complaining :) It was exactly what I wanted and was so impressed with his pick!  Not to mention the sparkle. Oh how it sparkles!

After taking in my ring, I called my mom and told her the news. She already knew about it all though because the night before Mister had asked my parents for my hand in marriage. Good boy! To say I was on cloud nine is an understatment. Truely the happiest girl in the world.

We found ourselves to get all hungry from the excitement so we stopped and enjoyed some food at Dairy Queen - a place where we had our first date (you do what you can when you're broke hehe).

When we got back to his house, we were congradgulated by his whole family. I cried again as they all hugged me. It was yet again a perfect moment.

The rest of the night was dampered by an incident that happened shortly after. I will explain this later, but want to leave this post a good one. Long story short: mister and I are happily engaged!
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