Thursday, March 19, 2009

Feeling Sentimental

Just the other night I got to thinking about something, I’m going to be leaving my home once Jeff and I are married. Now don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to have my own house and be married but it’s still a weird feeling. By the time Jeff and I get married I will have lived in this house for almost 24 years. I grew up here and I’ve never had a different address or a different bedroom. Moving out will be a HUGE deal for me!

I’m really glad that I now have a new camera because I’m going to start taking photos of everything around here as a keep sake and so I can show my children someday where I grew up. I’d also like to leave something behind that is a remembrance of my living here. I mean other then the knife marks in the bench where I tried to cut passion fruit when I was 8 or marks on the bathroom roof from having such long, hot showers. 

It’s also going to be incredibly weird packing up my bedroom for the first and last time ever! Because I will be leaving my family home for the first time ever, I think that our wedding day will be extra special and emotional. I’m so excited but have mixed feelings too. I’m sure it will be weird for my parents, having an empty bedroom where I have been for 24 years. 

So 2009 will be the last time I have my birthday and Christmas in this house and I intend to really enjoy it and take plenty of pictures. I’m also very glad that I will be able to get ready here before the wedding and have my photos taken around the house. 

Nothing is forever. Everything is just for a season. It was a long season but my time here is almost over forever and I’m glad I can think back with such loving and wonderful memories of my life growing up.  

Sunday, March 15, 2009

February/March update

I'm a bit of a slacker with my blogging. Not a whole lot has been happening so I haven't bothered updating much. I'll give you a bit of a run down on the end of February and start of march.

Engagement Party
We had our engagement party on the 28th February 2009 as you can read about in previous posts. I spent about 2 weeks putting away all the things we used and writing thank you cards to everyone that came. I also glued all our cards in my planning book... which is now HUGE!

Jeff and I set our wedding date which we are keeping to ourselves for the time being. Because we are looking into buying a small house the date could be moved forward if things go well. We've also been trying to finallise our bridal party. I've been chatting to the girls about dresses, colours, flowers, traditions, hens nights and wedding dress shopping. We've also been looking at reception prices and trying to cut down our guest list.

This term I've only had one day of work so far but I've been calling around the schools looking for more work! I might have some longer contracts near the end of the year but for now I'm just waiting. I have 2 days coming up this week!

Making Room
We are really starting to run out of room in our house for all of Jeff's and my new house things. We've got so much that its even at Jeff's house too. On the weekend, Dad and I cleaned out the storage room in our house and threw out all the old stuff. (We found 2 old christmas trees in there!) Now all of our new house things are stored away safely in there and we can even fit more in!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tips for Planning an Event

Now that things have started to settle down from the Engagement party and I’ve pretty much put all the stuff we used away, I thought I’d give you some tips for planning a big event. This is especially important when you’re planning with other people (like another family).

Tip 1: Have a meeting with everyone at the very beginning of planning so that everyone knows the expectations and what will be happening. Try to be fairly specific about what each person’s role will be. Discuss things like money, what you will need to buy, who will do what, food, extras you need to buy and who will be invited.

Tip 2: During the planning process try to keep all the main people updated on what’s going on but also don’t tell too many people. The worst thing is when you have too many people telling you what to do.

Tip 3: You will need help on the day (if it’s an engagement party/wedding/birthday party you won’t be helping, you’ll be partying). So make sure you ask a few people to help on the day with food and setup.

Tip 4: Be over organised. You might think it’s a bit much but on the day you want to have the least to do and be relaxed. You can always have a coffee with your nearest and dearest to pass the time on the day if you’re all ready.

Tip 5: Be a good delegator. You have to tell people what you need done for setup and pack up. Know what you need done and let others know. (It’s your day, they won’t mind.)

Tip 6: Do whatever you have to do to relax before, during and after the event. It can be really hard but you won’t enjoy the day if you’re stressed to the max. (I had to take some herbal tablets to relax me, but they did work.)

I will definitely be taking my own advice as we are now getting ready to start wedding planning wooohooo!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Saturday 28th February

28th February 2009 was Jeff’s and my engagement party and it was just the best! Everything looked beautiful, the food was yummy (so I’m told because I couldn’t manage to eat) and we had lots of fun celebrating with our family and friends. We are absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude to all of those who helped us make the day so special. Especially to my parents who provided the special day and to Jeff’s parents who helped make it truly a garden party with a gorgeous water feature!

Of course we had some ups and downs on the day (Jeff’s car broke down so he was a little late) but other than that it went very smoothly and everyone pitched in to setup and packed up. We have stacks of drinks, plates, cups and decorations left over from the day and even a little bit of food. Jeff and I got some lovely gifts (water jugs were very popular... we got 4 of them haha) and we also got quite a large amount of money to put towards our first home.

My next job is to write thank you notes and tidy up the left over stuff and then we get to start our wedding planning YAY! I’m really excited and was even able to ask my two cousins if they would be my bridesmaids. I was really thrilled because they were so happy about this idea.

In other exciting news I can officially tell you who my bridesmaids are going to be!!!!
Rachel, Talia, Sarah, Morgan (these are my cousins) and Laree (Jeff’s Sister). I’m so excited and can’t wait to go dress shopping!!!! By the way you can check out pictures on my facebook!!!