Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wedding Music Checklist

The one "task" that I gave to the hubby is to come up with a playlist for the reception. When he was home he asked me how many songs I needed, and he was quite surprised when I told him to come up with 80... which I don't blame him for. After looking again, I think I may have been going crazy.

But, how do you figure out how much music you need?

The average song lasts for 3.5 minutes, so you need approximately 17 songs per hour. We are going to have about 3.5 hours to fill with music for food, pictures, and dancing. So, we should need at 60 songs. 

He has been working on the list, and I just send him an email that I want 60 instead. Hopefully he isn't done already. 

While he's working on the playlist, I still need to come up with the special music. So, I thought I would share my checklist since I had to come up with a list anyway. Hopefully this week I'll be able to come up with my songs and fill this in!

Wedding Music Checklist

Ceremony Music


Reception Music

First dance:                                                        
Father/Daughter dance:                                     
Mother and Son dance:                                         (?)                        
Cake Cutting:                                                     
Bouquet Toss:                                                                                              
Garter Toss:                                                       
Last Dance:                                                      

Friday, January 21, 2011

Got the shoes! (and the hair)

I picked up my beautiful wedding shoes last week. Hot pink cowgirl boots.

My wedding day outfit is complete! I can't wait to throw it all together and check it out!

My original plan was to find some hot pink heels. But, I don't totally trust myself walking (and dancing) in a pair of heels. I'm kind of known for my clumsiness.

Our venue is out in nature, we have camo covered banquet chairs, some deer antlers hanging on the wall and lots of little rustic details. So, the boots fit in well. My poor GI is jealous that he doesn't get to wear his new boots, but I'll give a little and not cover the camo chairs. :)

I picked these up at for $50, which is an incredible price for boots. Better, yet... I got them quick! They came from the same state I'm in, which helped I'm sure. However, I placed my order on a Tuesday, I did not pay for expedited shipping, I got the slowest shipping method and my boots (both mine and those ordered for my daughter) were on my doorstep on Friday afternoon. If that isn't amazingly fast service I don't know what is!

I also figured out my hair. I'll be doing my own hair for the ceremony... gosh I hope I can beat the midwest August humidity (ahhhhh!)


Hopefully my hair will be longer in 7 months (eeek!) 

Two weeks in... and moving right along!

Well, it's been two weeks. That's all! I know judging by my last post you can tell it wasn't easy to ship him back to base again. It is kind of sad to think that I've been married for three weeks and haven't seen him for two of them though. SIGH! But, this is the life! This is the career that he has chosen and honestly, it's not as bad as it seems. It DOES get easier. Two weeks in and I'm back to sleeping in my own bed (and not on the couch) and back to kicking life's butt. :)

I turned in my final for school tonight. You wouldn't believe the amount of stress that took off my shoulders. I told myself I would get it done before I played with any more wedding details, and so far... well I failed. I've had lots of ideas floating around in my head and have made a ton of lists. However, I did not do any DIY's. So, I made it halfway.

I'm so excited to find out how I did on my final. I was taking a Freelance writing course through Penn Foster. Penn Foster is a work at your own pace, online career school. I started my class shortly after he went back to base on his May leave. This was one of the best ideas I ever had. I've always wanted to write, as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a writer, but life made me put all of that behind me. Him being gone gave me time to fill and honestly I knew that I would like myself a little bit better if I could accomplish something during that time. I wanted to have my class completed before he was home for Christmas... but that didn't work out so well. I was so excited like a kid waiting on Santa, I couldn't concentrate on anything but having my honey home. This made the work at your own pace class that much better. I was able to put everything to the side for about a month and then pick up where I left off.  

I'm always being told that the easiest way to get through this time apart is to stay busy and I believe that this was the best way to get me through that last eight month stretch. I was accomplishing something, I was learning something, and I kept myself busy. Thank God for the wedding and all the little details that are nagging at me, I know I'll stay just as busy for the next 7. After that? Crotchet?! We'll see. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another quote to add to the pile:

"Distance isn't for the fearful, it's for the bold. It is those  
willing to spend a lot of time alone, in exchange for a little time 
with the one they love. It's for those who know a good thing 
when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough"

My friend sent me this tonight and it couldn't have come at a better time. I had a hard time being tough today. But, he called this afternoon and we talked for a long time about everything and nothing.... and I don't know how, but he fixed it... he always knows how to make me smile. I felt so much better after just talking to my husband (giggle, giggle I loooove saying that!!) 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Back from leave.. sigh.

Well, today I took my GI back to the airport and sent him back to base. It hurt. I felt empty. I cried most of the day. Poor guy...

I woke up this morning and sat outside and prayed for strength. I prayed to be strong, to laugh, to smile and to not cry while he was still in my arms because I didn't have much time left. The day passed by too quickly and every time I looked into his eyes my heart ached. I hate saying goodbye to my best friend. I hate knowing that I have to do this again for another 8 months without him by my side. I woke up this morning and hit the snooze button over and over again. Grasping onto every second that I had him lying by my side. The worst part of this life is the goodbyes... even though I know they don't last forever, they still break my heart.

After I left him at the airport, I can honestly say I felt like half of a person. I feel like half of my heart is gone and I'm running around like a crazy person trying to find everything I can to keep myself busy so I don't break down. I know it's ok to break down, but I don't want to. I'll have plenty of time for that tonight when I try to convince myself to sleep.

But, it's ok. I'm a strong chick, I've got school to finish, a wedding to finish planning, debt to pay off, pictures to take and memories to make.

Ok, now for the big news... I got hitched while he was home!!!!

So, yes we are still doing the ceremony in August, but we did get legally married while he was here to order to make things a little easier. It was just a quick little ceremony with each of our best friends (quick as in like 5 minutes). I'm so happy to be his wife and I guess some of the pressure will be off me about the ceremony now.

Ok, I'm going to try to check in more often due to my newfound spare time. New projects will be up soon!