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our wedding: engagement pictures!!!

up on our wedding site ... at last.
see the little "our wedding site banner" right there --->
click that ... and check them out! :)

we spent a fantastic day with josh anderson.
and i love the pictures that he captured of us.
there are several more that i love
... will add to the site soon.

living room must ...

i mean lust. this rug from pb.

can't you see it ...
big overstuffed leather couch.
fantastic rug.

love it in this bedroom too.

signed, sealed ... and soon to be delivered

one big √ off the list.

mum and i got ambitious last weekend and decided to do wax seals on all the invites. we found that they make wax for glue guns nowadays. the only problem is getting the wax to just the right temp. too cool and it peels right off. too hot and it runs.
most turned out perfect.
{i apologize in advance for those that didn't! ha!}

but they are DONE! hooray!

home sweet home

finally a free moment to blog a bit.

guess what folks!?!
my phone comes in on monday. yay! {blog-ability}
wade comes home in just under 2 weeks!
and we get married 3 months from today!!!
crazy, eh?

we finally wrapped up our registries last night. felt a little odd walking around target, scanner in hand, by my lonesome. but wade and i were down to kitchen basics - and he was cool with me going it alone.
so we're finished. (finally - i have felt so greedy!)

* we went with bed, bath & beyond for the bulk of our needs. i've heard that they have a great return policy + there's a bb&b near my folks in illinois. (though rumor is a lot of the things that wade and i scanned at the chicago bb&b aren't carried in nashville stores - grr.)
* then for our day-to-day dishes and a couple fun kitchen xtras, we went with pottery barn. i {heart} our dishes most of all. and can't wait to entertain with them!
* finally we decided to add a few things at target. i've heard they can be a bear for returns (my sister experienced first hand). but they had much cuter dish towels - ha! how suzy homemaker of me.

wedding planning is coming along - slowly buy surely. 
finally invites are being mailed (i'm pretty sure i've said before that the invite list is the hardest part of planning a wedding. so i will be very happy to check this task of the list.) i sent mom home with a couple of jobs the last time she was in town. and i warned wade to come to town with gluestick in hand! we've got work to do! :)

as some of you might know, wade and i were considering buying a place. the short version of the story ... we found a house and fell in love. unfortunately it was a short sale which is codeword for very very looooong sale. finally after considering all the time we had already invested with 0 guarantee the sale would even make it to closing ... and all the money were going to be putting into the house, we've decided to rent a place, save save save, and finally once this whole bad experience is ancient history ... try again. 

needless to say, both of us were a disappointed ... but also a bit relieved.
and we've found a pretty sweet apartment that has helped to lighten the blow.

it's a old home split into 4 apartments like the place i'm currently in. tall ceilings, wood floors and tons of natural light. i look so forward to having friends over for card games and dinners!
and best ... it's right in the heart of nash.
close enough to walk to work and around the corner from our favorite - FIDO!

okay okay - now i'm just getting chatty! :)
missed writing. more soon. xo.

good news!

started of the morning a bit rough.
shoe + doggy doo = yuck!
still no word from bank of america = yuck!

so as a little pick-me-up i bought a new phone! oh thank you, retail therapy. guess what, blogosphere?!? i'm getting the droid incredible and it's blogger accessible. it's back-ordered until the 25th but then ... I'M BACK!

i hope you all had a wonderful memorial day.
i went home to martinsville, il (pop. 900 or so) for some serious r&r. i headed north saturday am and did a little garage saling/antique shopping on the way. (we're still searching for several wedding essentials - including 1 TALL crystal candlestick and a 13" cake plate. it will be fun to someday in the future buy things simply bc i like them again - and not with wedding purpose. okay - tangent aside.) my mom & grandma drove down on saturday. and my dad drove his motorcycle down on sunday. it was a quiet weekend - full of afternoon naps and long chats on the back porch.

there is something so relaxing about martinsville.
it's my mayberry.

* maybe it's the haze of the dust that trails me on the gravel roads that lead to town.
* maybe it's the friendly wave from the driver's seat of the tractors as we pass.
*maybe it's the countless hours spent coloring pictures, playing dominoes, & singing at the kitchen table with my grandma.
*maybe it's the memories hidden among the wild strawberries of the garden or the rickety old grand stand of the fairgrounds.

yes ... there is something about martinsville.

how did you spend the holiday?

in other news ... fantastic ridiculously exciting news ... 
we've finally decided on our honeymoon!
*** drum roll ***
we're going to spend 8 fantastic days in MOROCCO!

wade initially wanted the entire honeymoon to be a surprise. but wade and i are lousy secret keepers - from each other at least. (christmas has come about 3 weeks early each year since we started dating!) now however - he promises to keep the details of the trip a secret from me. he has teamed up with fellow blogger maryam in marrakech and together they are coming up with a perfect get-away!

a recent tweet from @MyMarrakesh: Working on honeymoon package for Peacock Pavilions.  *pure magic*  Makes me want to get married all over again.

how exciting!
okay okay - i'm completely over the dog poop! and feeling a little less hateful of BoA. 
hope you have a splendid day! xo.
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