Okay...good! Well, I know it seems I've dissappeared from the blogosphere, but I haven't entirely... I've been working pretty hard on a brand spankin' new blog. You know, since I'm all growns up and a married woman and all. ;)
I promise to be back here soon with my new blog address. I hope you'll still care.
Okay so we may have already been home from the honeymoon for 2 full days now, but this gal had to get the house in order before I even thought of sitting on my tushy to blog.
Sooo, the honeymoon.... Thanks to an issue with my passport we had to change plans at the last minute to travel to the US Virgin Islands instead of Mexico.
We ended up at the Wyndham Sugar Bay in St. Thomas which we lovingly dubbed the Shithole. :)
Regardless of where we were it was so very nice to be with my new husband in a sunny place with absolutely nothing to do but be together. No, I wasn't sad to say goodbye to our wax paper sheets or Ilma, the world's unhappiest bartender, BUT I was sad to say goodbye to entire days spent with Mr. P. It was pure bliss.
We decided this trip was only our pre-honeymoon and hopefully come our one year anniversary we'll be poolside and carefree again, but this time in good ol' Mexico (say it like your supposed to and that rhymes).
For now I'm back to baking and reading your blogs. I'm ever so excited to catch myself up.
Then I promise to catch you all up on the past three fun filled weeks.
Okay, that was my attempt at a lame joke to lighten the mood.
I'm so sorry I completely disappeared off the face of the earth aka got wrapped and absorbed by final wedding plans.
3 things I'd like you to know:
1. I am now officially Margaret Emily Diaz-Llaneza
2. Our wedding was better than I ever could have imagined.
3. I promise in the next week or so to catch you up on everything-pictures included!
Oh and we without a doubt have the best friends and family imaginable. Thanks a million times over to those of you who were there with us. You are the reason this weekend will always stand out in our minds as one of the best of our lives.
My dear blog friends who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting in person, I look forward to sharing the details of this amazing time with you.
I'm not quite certain the direction this blog will go (although it hasn't really been a wedding blog for somewhile), but I'll figure it out as I go.
Because one things for sure, okay maybe this makes 5 now, I've freaking missed you!
Heading on our honeymoon tomorrow, to St. Thomas now (yeah, that's a story you'll hear about soon), but I plan to be poolside and filling you in soon.
One of my lovely friends (and a bridesmaid in my wedding) is getting married this Saturday.
Tomorrow morning after picking up our marriage license (in South Carolina) I'll be on my way to Jekyll Island, GA with sistah and Chels. Our fiance's don't have the day off so they'll be driving down later in the day.
I can't for the 5 hour trip with two of my favorite ladies!
I can't wait to check into our room that is certain to be darling.
I can't wait to pig out at tomorrow's lowcountry boil.
Early this afternoon fiance and I set out to obtain our marriage license. On arrival I said in a cheery tone, "we are here to get our marriage certificate". Only to learn that you have to be married in the state of North Carolina to obtain one in the state of North Carolina. No biggie, tomorrow we'll cross state lines to get our South Carolina marriage certificate.
Then I dropped off all 150 baby cakes with Missy's fiance Matthew. Matthew then gave me a gift that my sweet, sweet friend Missy purchased for me.
Isn't this the cutest lil' sign you've ever seen!? I swear Missy is one of the most thoughtful gals you could ever know and I'm unbelievably lucky to have her as my friend. This weekend we'll be attending her wedding at Jekyll Island and I truly can't wait for the celebration.
After that exchange I treated my sweetie to lunch. We hit up Ru San's for the lunchtime sushi buffet. Nothing better my friends.
We then found Mr. P some snazzy shoes to wear with his snazzy suit. Man, he's going to look so handsome!
Then he dropped me off at my sisters salon where I had my hair colored and highlighted. It looks so very pretty. *thank you to my very beautiful, talented sister! xo
Now I'm home watching Nie Nie on Oprah with happy tears in my eyes. She's so incredibly inspiring.
Oh and I should tell you real quick that we have a new Rehearsal Dinner venue. We'll have cocktails in this adorable courtyard at Charleston Place Hotel...
followed by dinner in their Palmetto Room. Crisis averted.
Now if you'll excuse me I need to go prepare myself for tonight's dance lessons. hehe See you tomorrow sweet friends.
This wedding is driving me crazy, but you can bet your behinds I'm going to enjoy every freaking second of it! Especially thanks to the blood (okay, maybe just a paper cut, but still), sweat and tears that have gone into it.
My head is about to explode thinking of all the things (mostly e-mails to send and details to nail down) that I still need to do.
I spent the last two days doing nothing but making baby cakes (and maybe sneaking in a few chapters of New Moon in between batches). Here's what 150 baby cakes look like:
I've been so consumed with wedding stuff that I even forgot our son Tucker's 2nd birthday. Pepe remembered a few days after his actual birthday and my heart broke thinking of what a bad mother I've been lately. So today I made him a little cake for a belated birthday celebration. He ate so much that now he's lettin' 'em rip beside me on the couch.
Oh, I should also fill you all in on the most recent news... So remember our original wedding venue closed? Well it did. Our new venue, Magnolia Plantaion, was the only place we could find with availability on the same weekend, however they only had Sunday open. Well this meant we had to move our Rehearsal Dinner from Friday to Saturday night. No big deal, right? Well it is when the lady we were working with changes jobs and forgets to make note of the change before she leaves. So we found this news out today and are now without a Rehearsal Dinner venue at the moment. I could only laugh when I heard this news. My sweetie came home with our favorite chicken tacos to soften the blow when he delivered the news to me. Mexican food always makes things better.
Well I'm heading to the shower, then the bed. I'm exhausted!
I'll end on a happy note- Tomorrow we get our marriage certificate. :)
I promise to return later this evening with a weekend update (because I just know the suspense is killing you).
In the meantime please allow me to rant for a few moments about something that's been weighing heavily on my mind for a few days.
Right now on my counter top sits two stacks of reply cards, the 'yes pile' & the 'no pile'. The 'no pile' is getting to be pretty high. I'm okay with this because we were prepared for it. With the wedding being a destination wedding of sorts for about 95% of our guests and with the economic times we didn't kid ourselves and think everyone could attend. I mean people have lives, they have families and jobs they can't leave behind.
Do you know what does upset me though? The family members who aren't attending. The family members who didn't even bother to say "listen, I wish I could make, but I can't because....". Instead they just simply aren't coming. Now I'm not going to pretend my family is all as close as I'd like us to be and I accept my side of the blame for that. BUT is it so crazy of me to expect something happy and joyous like a wedding to bring people together? I don't think so.
I can't imagine missing a wedding of one of my family members. I really can't.
So yes, yes my feelings were hurt. But I'm ready to move on and be happy with the wonderful friends and family (lots of them) who are making the trip to be with us on our wedding day.
So a BIG, BIG THANK YOU to those of you are pushing the pause button on your own lives to celebrate with us. It means more than you can probably know.
Okay, I'm feeling much better now.
Back to baking baby cakes. See you soon my sweets.
Got a mani with sister and this time they gave us a little back massage. It was very needed. *I should tell you that while prancing around in my wedding shoes about an hour ago I tripped on the stairs and ruined a nail to avoid falling on my face. It was awesome!
I picked up New Moon and cannot wait to do nothing but read all day Sunday.
We went to Michael's so I could pick up all the baby cake supplies needed to make favors for Missy's, one of my best gal's, wedding. I also picked up the supplies needed to complete this little project:
Adorable, right? My bridal dinner (that my lovely mother is hosting) will take place in the back yard of the home we are renting in Charleston. We plan to hang a few of these from the trees as well as mason jar lanterns.
I also had my second alteration appointment for my wedding gown. I truly love my dress more each time that I try it on. It also looks amazing with the pretty little shoes I picked out. I'll show you those later.
Oh and I got the photos of the simple, yet adorable tags that will be used on our welcome bags.
They make me smile. :)
Now fiance and I are going to get in a quick workout before a Mentalist marathon.
One guess as to why I didn't post all day. Here's a hint, read yesterday's post. ;)
Yes, I spent 8 hours on the couch yet again. I only got up twice, once to skip to the mail box (I LOVE receiving response cards) and the second time to fix some lunch.
At exactly 5:30pm I finished the book. Now I'm anxious for my next trip to Barnes and Noble which without a doubt will take place tomorrow. Sister and I have a date planned...Starbucks and New Moon for me, Breaking Dawn for her. Are you confused? Well then go out and get the first Twilight book, you'll thank me-I swear!
Now I'm going to try and catch up on my favorite blogs before Bella and Edward enter my life again.
See you tomorrow my sweets. I promise to come up for air and post.
Do you want to know what I've been doing all morning and most of the afternoon thus far? I've been sitting on the couch reading page after page of Twilight. Yes, I've fallen prey to this addicting saga. My sister started reading them last week and has since become enamored with Edward and his love for Bella. I decided to finally decide for myself what all the fuss is about (even though I was embarrassed to buy the book at Barnes and Noble) and the world isn't lying... this is a good, wait I mean a GREAT, read.
Anyways a few minutes ago our doorbell rang. I opened the door to find a package from our best buddies, Brian and Jill Diemar. I opened the package to find a gift bag to me from Jill that said it "was for me to wear while getting ready on our big day". :)
It's perfect and I love it!
There was also this recipe binder with a photo of the four of us on the cover.
I've needed something like this in my life for years now. I have a drawer full of recipes that would agree with me.
Lastly there was a meat pounder.
You see we had the pleasure of hosting the Diemars at our humble abode recently and while they were staying with us I prepared us a dinner. I was pounding the chicken breasts (so they'd cook evenly) with a drinking glass.
*Diemars, it's true friends like you who would remember this and send us a meat pounder as a thank you "for the hospitality". Love you guys!
Okay, now if you'll excuse I'm going to try and pry myself away from the couch (and this book) and finally into the shower.
My sister treated me to a pedicure today complete with hot stones. It was incredible and very much needed. She told me yesterday that I "need some relaxation". Isn't she the sweetest? *Thanks again sis!
I also whipped up a batch of yellow cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing for her future father in laws 70th birthday this weekend. Didn't they turn out cute?
Now I'm catching up on some Project Runway and waiting anxiously for my fiance to arrive home and our weekend to begin.
Our plans you wonder? Tonight Mr. P is going to help me put together a list for our dj...you know a list of 'must hear' and 'DO NOT PLAY' (It's a big N O to the macarena or any other song that has choreographed dance moves!).
Tomorrow we are meeting up with our good buddies the Oakleys to watch our Hokies defeat Miami and their Georgia bulldogs defeat Arizona St.
Then on Sunday, since the low is 58, I'm going to try and convince Mr. P to take me to the corn maze! :P *Babe, you hear that? It's going to be cool Sunday night. Can we??? PLEASE!!!
Happy weekend folks!
P.S.-That banana bread I told you I was making yesterday turned out to be the best banana bread I've ever eaten! Olivia, I think you'd really like it. :)
Today was a very productive day in terms of the upcoming wedding.
I hoped on the bus this morning and headed downtown to meet my sister.
She accompanied me to my first alteration appointment. Luckily I need very few alterations.
Then Mr. P swooped me up and we headed to Diamond's Direct to order our wedding bands. Hooray! Then we headed to Paper Source to pick up some envelopes so we could send off the 15 invitations going to Mexico (still waiting on the calligrapher to finish up before the others go out).
Then we met with P's parents for a lovely lunch.
Afterwards we stopped by their house to pick up our invitations (his mother rescued them from our doorstop this weekend since we were in VA!) and also to see the adorable flowergirl dress she made for Pepe's niece Lauren.
Isn't the dress incredible? Man I wish I had her sewing skills!
Anyways, I'm a very happy little lady on this cloudy Tuesday. We are checking things off the to-do list left and right and it feels good. Real good. :)
My buddy Matt e-mailed me this afternoon to let me know that NPR was featuring a first listen of the new Avett Brothers album that's to be released next Tuesday, September 29th.
I couldn't wait to get on my laptop and give it a listen. I'm already hooked!
I love, LOVE the Avett Brothers. I'm not eloquent enough to truly express how much I love them, so I won't try. If you haven't heard their music give it a try. It makes you feel and that's the best kind of music.
Here's a song off the new album that I've already fallen for:
I can't rave enough about Kate!
I contacted her about making some custom stickers for me and she's gone above and beyond to make these stickers perfect.
I told Kate that I wanted these stickers for our cookie buffet favor table.
I wanted them to say "kiss, swak and mwah" so that guests can seal their favor bags with a 'kiss'.
Kate searched and searched for the perfect stickers because I wanted them to be on a roll.
She finally found the stickers, cut them into two separate rolls for me, dotted them with adorable teal dots and took it upon herself to buy vintage spools for us to put the stickers on.
Here are a couple of photos...
You'll have to wait until later to see the completed project.
Also our invites will FINALLY be in the mail this week.
I don't have the words to convey what a relief this is going to be.
Friday's are often spent with my sister (it's her day off) and I love it. Today we lunched on tacos, test drove a Volvo SUV (for her, not me!), hit up Petco, Old Navy (what? i'm in love with this store), and no day is complete folks without a visit to Target!
Afterwards we came back to my house to do a makeup trial for the wedding. In case you all didn't know my lovely, gorgeous sister is a make-up artist and has a company with her equally talented fried Tatum, aptly named Simply Chic Hair & Make-Up.
Let me gift you lovely followers with a little before/after action.
Woah! The photo of me with NO make-up is brutal huh? I think my sister didn't a MARVELOUS job, although I still have to get used to seeing myself in make-up (I wear absolutely none about 6 of the 7 days of the week).
*Thank you sister, you are AMAZING!
Now the Mr. is treating me and the Barzees to a lovely dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, 131 Main. *Thank you my sweet.
Then tomorrow we pack up the car and head to Blacksburg, VA for the VT/Nebraska game! GO HOKIES!
I'm really excited for this weekend, especially since my sister and her fiance are also attending the game. I'll try to be responsible and take plenty of photos.
Happy Weekend to all. I love you folks. I really do.
Our beloved canine, Mr. Tucker Putnam Diaz-Llaneza, will unfortunately not be a part of the ceremony, but that doesn't mean he can't be look fly while he roams the house as the girls and I get ready for the big day. This pup is such an important part of our lives I had to insist he be there with me in the days leading up to the ceremony. Luckily my mama san has offered to take him back home with her while we are on our honeymoon. *Thanks Mama!
I ordered my handsome man, whose head rests next to this computer right now, his very own tie. One that looks very similar to the tie the groomsmen will be sporting.
Want a tie for your four legged man? Come on, I know you do! Check out Dogties on Etsy, right here.
*This lovely little pup featured is not our son, he's the handsome model featured on this Etsy shop.
Missy aka soon to be Mrs. Johnson and Sistah at the taco night pre-bash.
My Chele Belle and I
Bling from left to right: Missy's, Chels', Mine, Sistah's
Caroline, Missy, Chels, Me, Sistah & the lovely host Miss Laura at the bride to be's lingerie shower.
Missy in the underwear she plans to wear on her wedding night. ;)
Elizabeth, Chels, Me & Caroline out on the town.
AND NOW LADIES AND GENTLEMAN I PRESENT WHAT NOT TO DO IN A PICUTRE: 1. WHEN YOU AREN'T SURE WHERE TO PLACE YOUR HAND CHOOSE ANYWHERE EXCEPT YOUR SISTER'S 'PRIVATE' AREAS. 2. DO NOT USE YOUR ARM TO HOLD YOUR CLUTCH UP. IF YOU DO IT WILL RESULT IN YOUR ARM LOOKING LIKE IT BELONGS TO A 400 LB WOMAN. 3. DO NOT MAKE A SEXY FACE, YOU WILL ONLY END UP LOOKING LIKE YOU ARE TRYING TO BE SEXY!
It's supposed to rain here in good ol' Charlotte, North Carolina all week and shockingly I'm excited. When the sun is shining it makes Fall seem so far away. And folks, like many of you, I'm beyond ready for Fall to be here.
I ordered my first latte of the season on Monday and man did it feel good to be browsing the aisles of Target with caffeiney goodness in hand. If we weren't getting married in a month and severely over budget I would have snatched up every pumpkin, witch, and black and orange candy package in site. I mean that, I really would have.
But this year I'll have to settle for a mum! oh and a wedding. A wedding, that in case you didn't know, I'm very excited about it. Even though lately the thought of our wedding stresses* me out, I know deep down somewhere I'm still really excited.
*In case you were wondering, I'm 1 million percent certain I wanna marry my P, I just don't know what freaking songs we want to hear from 7-8pm! AGH!
My mom told me this morning that "i'm not a good blogger anymore". ha! It made me laugh a little. She's right. Mom's always are!
I had the most perfect jam packed weekend and I had every intention of sharing the details with you yesterday. HOWEVER, my fiance was coming home from Vegas (his bachelor party) and I had to pick him up from the airport at 6. I spent the whole afternoon tidying the house, making his favorite soup, making a meatloaf and mashed potatoes in case the soup wasn't enough, and attempting to make the mini cobblers once again only to end up with the same freaking mess.
Anyways, my fiance is safely home and away at work. I really, really didn't want him to leave this morning, but if he hadn't I'm certain I wouldn't be here talking to you. There's always a silver lining folks.
This weekend I attended a lingerie shower for my friend Missy, a pre-bachelorette party mexican fiesta, a bridal shower in my honor, Missy's bachelorette party uptown, I cleaned my closet (first time in over a year), spent LOTS of time with my sister and squeezed in a little time with my friend and bridesmaid Lauren who was visiting from DC.
I don't have pictures from the weekend yet, but when I do I promise to share some from the festivities.
*On a side note we are now about a month out from the Wedding. I get emotional as I type that. I'm so excited about the time we get to spend with our closest family and friends and most importantly I can't wait for Pepe to be my husband. I think about it a lot lately. I love my life with Mr. P and every year only gets better. I'm excited about all that lies ahead of us.*
It probably sounds crazy to say that I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to post (you know because I'm unemployed and all), but I truly have!
I've been working on a special baking project (I promise to tell you about it later).
This morning I dropped my fiance off at the airport (he's Vegas bound for his bachelor party). Can I just tell you that this morning he handed me the sweetest card with two little monkies sitting in a tree. Inside were a bunch of scratch off lotto tickets. He also got me a six pack of bacardi mojitos (don't poke fun! they are good). The message in the card said now you can gamble and booze like me. I can't lie...it may have made me almost shed a tear.
Then sister and I ran errands all of Charlotte. Really, we did.
Now we are headed out to the first festivity of my great friend (and bridesmaid) Missy's Bachelorette Party weekend.
Tonight: Taco's & Sangria=HEAVEN
Tomorrow: Pool Party/Lingerie Shower followed quickly by a shower being thrown in my honor, then a cookout with my friend Lauren who's visiting from DC, then we are throwing down in Uptown Charlotte for Missy's "official" bachlorette party.
Phew, I'm tired just typing that!
Okay, out the door I go. I just didn't want to leave my few followers hangin'.
Have a great weekend and I'll see you Monday if I'm still standing. xo
Joanna over at A Cup of Jo has a series going featuring other bloggers and their "secrets to a happy marriage/relationship".
It's been really inspiring to read everyone's advice.
I definitely suggest going here and checking it out.
*One of my favorites so far is from Anna Bond of Rifle Designs, she says:
"Love your other how they need to be loved, not how you need to be." A friend told me this simple mantra, saying that it had transformed his parents' marriage. It has stuck with me ever since. It makes so much sense and yet is so easy to forget because I think by nature we tend to be pretty selfish. Love is selfless, though, and what truly makes me happy is when my husband is happy. So, a key to a good marriage is trying your best to focus on what your significant other needs you to be to him, instead of what you want him to be to you."
Well let's start with the negative, our Hokies lost. Boo hoo! :(
Okay now let's try to move on...
Aside from watching football for 10+ hours on Saturday our Labor Day Weekend was pretty uneventful.
Mr. P is convinced we would have been more productive had our beloved Hokies won. He's probably right.
Now on this Tuesday morning I find myself boiling eggs and feeling guilty about the 1000s of calories I consumed this weekend. Let's see...fish tacos, shrimp salsa, 2 red barons pizza (I ate the majority of both), brownies, banana bread, pancakes. Are you sick yet? I should be. With only 40+ days until the wedding it's back to egg sandwiches for me.
Speaking of the wedding, I made this lovely to do list that actually makes me feel less stressed about all there is to do. I'm really excited to mark things off.
In case anyone cares I'll keep you updated on my progress.
Hope you all had a most wonderful 3-day weekend. I really do.
Tomorrow is a much anticipated day in this househould. It's the first official day of college football and the anticipation is killing us. Our Hokies play Alabama at 8 tomorrow night! Root for us. Or don't. Hopefully we'll win regardless.
Not sure what the rest of the weekend holds for us and I like that. Definitely lots of football, hopefully lots of cuddling, and plenty of good food.
Do you all read Pioneer Woman's blog? If not you definitely should. I could spend hours browsing her recipes. A few days ago I spotted her recipe for individual raspberry cobblers. With Summer on it's way out of town I reveled in the opportunity to use up some scrumptious summer berries.
Yesterday I took out my muffin pans, preheated the oven and began to line my counter with all the necessary ingredients. That's when I realized I was out of sugar (really emily? how'd you let this happen?). Off went the oven and back in the cupboard went my pans and supplies.
Last night on our way home from a run with our buddies the Barzees, I asked Mr. P if I could stop at the store to get sugar and he happily obliged.
This morning I began round II only to realize I was also out of butter! AGHHHH! So sister and I hopped in the car and headed to the store.
I grabbed butter, some fresh milk and headed to self checkout. I decided to carry my groceries out without a bag (no need to be wasteful), plopped myself back in the car and laid my purchases on my lap... only to realize I'd grabbed unsalted butter. Back in the store I went.
Finally home and finally with all the necessary ingredients I tied an apron on and set to work.
I was so excited to FINALLY be baking that I neglected to spray my muffin pans even though the recipe says to "heavily spray them".
So now I'm stuck with this mess...
And a Tupperware container filled with what I could salvage from the disaster.
Maybe this is the man above's way of telling me too lay off the baking? hmmm???
It's pretty remarkable actually. Two brothers, back in 1989, thought "hey, life is good"! One brother drew up and printed the now notorious logo onto some t-shirts and, as their website says, "a star was born".
No word yet on whether the follow-up to this successful endeavor, LIFE IS BETTER, is in the works. There's no doubt in my mind that life is, well better! I mean come on peeps, just think about the increase in their bank accounts. ;)
What got me thinking about this?
Well I'm sitting in our comfy bed (freshly laundered sheets no less) in a pretty little home with my furry friend curled next to me who will more likely than not steal my side of the bed tonight only to result in me sleeping closer to my handsome fiance
I'm a southern girl who grew up in a little bitty town. I met the love of my life in 2001 after getting the guts to leave that lil' bitty town and attend college at Virginia Tech University.
We've been together for over 7 years and I couldn't be happier about marrying him in 2009.