Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
However, this past weekend at Erica's wedding in Dallas (oh don't you worry- there will be a post on that soon!), I ran into one of her friend's who had a really cute short bob type cut with the same curly hair I have. But it looked SOOOO cute. With the short bob and layers and all. It had the perfect amount of volume and I loved the way it looked all around. I spotted her on Friday night at the after party, after the rehearsal dinner. Didn't have my camera, but pretty much dragged her around to show Jimmy and Vanessa to get their feedback. They said "go for it". That was step 1. Step 2 was snapping some actual pictures so Lacie would have something to work off of. I conveniently already had an appointment set up for today already- which I realized, it had to be fate and I must move forward with my changed hair cut immediately. It was like someone from above was speaking to me saying "you see this cut, it's "you", and it's not just a coincidence you have an appointment already". Call me superstitious, weird, or really just nuts, but because I didn't have to go to the extra work to set an appointment up or wait....I knew I had to.
Then on Saturday, I saw the "hair" that I want at the wedding (aka Julie). So as I was snapping pictures of the lovely bride and groom cutting their fabulous cake....I snapped a few pictures of her hair. From the front. From the side. From the back. All angles covered :) I got them developed yesterday- along with some wedding pictures- don't worry, I realized if I just got pictures of someone else's hair printed off and then the person realized it wasn't me as I was checking out--that might be odd. I had fillers, that were actually needed fillers.
In merely hours now, I'll be stepping into the salon to get a nice little cut, maybe some color, and hopefully emerge with a cute and more efficient haircut. As Jimmy would say, I love efficiently. And yes, it's true. I will update tonight after the hair cut with a picture. If you can't tell...I'm very excited. So hopefully, I will be feeling the same way walking out of the salon.
And yes, I was still very excited and still am!!
After #1: Weird lighting and fan blowing my hair in my face. I woke Jimmy up to take this.
Again, not sure about this light either.
And the back. After I saw this picture, I decided I need to learn how to style the back. Only day 1 though!
Loving it already though! My hair stylist was awesome and even when I kept saying, maybe a little shorter layers...she said "if I go any shorter, it might look like a mullet". Very nice of her because she's the expert and no, I don't want a mullet!!
As Jimmy said: "One step closer to the "mom" haircut". I guess Jimmy.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Check it out here---we are famous!
(have to scroll down 1/2 way to see it)
Apparently when we started our registry there, they had a competition going on and they ended up drawing our name out of the hat/bucket/system. So I get a voicemail on my cell phone from a lady in the Marketing department at NFM saying to call back and she has exciting news for me. When I called her back and she told me we won the gift card- she was RIGHT. Now we had more $$ to spend at our favorite store for free. Lucky us!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
It has been 561 days (or 1 year, 6 months, and 14 days) exactly since my friend Erica and her soon to be husband, Andrew, got engaged. Can you believe it? I remember the day that got engaged like it was yesterday! I can't believe it has been that long! It was December 6, 2008. The night before, Vanessa called me to tell me "OMG Erica is getting engaged tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!", which then followed with a session of OMG's and so exciting and can't wait to see how excited she is. Heather spilled the beans to Vanessa because Andrew had to get Heather (then Erica's roommate) out of the house. Us girls, don't tell us anything, we can't keep our mouths shut. But I mean, who can when something that big is happening??!?!
The next day (aka E-day aka Erica's Engagement day) my dad, Jimmy and I were volunteering with our church at a local women's shelter. I was VERY thankful that I knew what was happening in Dallas that morning because I was able to keep my phone in my back pocket, awaiting her phone call to tell me the good news. Otherwise, I would have just left it in my purse. So good call on spilling the beans, Heather :) Well the phone call finally came and she couldn't believe it and was so excited, as was I! While he was still going to be in Ohio for awhile, she was very excited and anxious to get wedding plans started. Here are few pictures of the couple, newly engaged!!
And if you know Erica, it won't surprise you if I tell you that her wedding was essentially planned in like 3 months. Because by the time March rolled around, she had all the big stuff nailed down and had her vision. While I was so excited for her, since I wasn't in "bride" mode at all, it was hard for me to completely grasp all the things she was doing, planning, sending me to look at as one of the MOH's. Well when the other MOH (Vanessa) got engaged in March, she was able to share in wedding excitement also...and then we got engaged in April....well you couldn't stop this threesome of bride friends. It was all we could talk about and Erica was there to guide me along the way and answer my questions about what she did with this, this and this. Very nice!
So now that she has probably attended 10+ weddings as an engaged bride-to-be...I'm very happy to announce that as of this Saturday, she will no longer be a bride-to-be, but she will be THE bride and then a wife!! It will be a wonderful weekend in Dallas celebrating two fabulous people. She has wonderful things planned at a gorgeous venue that everyone will drool over (trust me, when I saw it I did). She has had time to think of all these wonderful details that will pull the whole day together. And best of all----she has been patient for 561 days of her engagement, that she can celebrate her little heart out during the biggest party she has ever planned with the people closest to her and Andrew celebrating with them!!!!! Wahoo!!! I know she can't wait and neither can we!
So get ready to "cheers" to Erica and Andrew on Saturday---lucky number 561? :) Love you both!
Here is one of their amazing engagement pictures- can't wait to see wedding pics!
Her birthday happened to fall on Flag Day, so if you can remember that---you will never forget her birthday. On flag day her actual birthday…she and I hit up boot camp where we did some intense weightlifting. Great birthday right? What can I say, she’s committed to being fit J But then my dad “cooked” for her, which meant he went and got Chipotle. I got to join the fun, while my husband was left at home. Oops- sorry Jim! We had an old school Bruns family dinner with our tasty dinner and caught up with one another. But hopefully she had a fun day!!!
She’s a wonderful mom, friend, wife, counselor, sister, aunt, and amazing in every other role she plays in life. I’m VERY thankful to have her as a mom and can’t wait to help her celebrate many more birthdays. Maybe next year we’ll get our act together and do something really cool. Until then, I’ll remember to treat her to Chipotle every year ;)
Love you mom!
Monday, June 14, 2010
This was what the road looked like while we were on our way to Nebraska Furniture Mart on Saturday morning. Yes, apparently we are incredibly dedicated homeowners...or just plain stupid.But after we finally made it there (after some other quite interesting events, that will most likely bore you, so I won't go into them), we finally got to talk to a salesperson with a decent amount of customer service and he showed us what we liked in terms of new kitchen appliances.
Me: Most excited about the fridge and oven...fridge because of the ice maker/water dispenser and oven because apparently they now make ovens with the baking element underneath instead of in the oven. If that doesn't make sense to you, just leave it at that. The minute I found out they made ovens like that like...I had to have one. Like I mentioned before, GREAT salesmen we had.
Jimmy: Most excited for the dishwasher. With an adjustable to row, Jimmy is happy because apparently I really stink at loading the dishwasher in an orderly manner.
And this my friends, will finish off our kitchen "remodel". I will of course post pictures after they are installed. The day we get them is also Lyssa's wedding day- so we'll be celebrating that first and foremost!! To see other posts on the kitchen changes/remodel, check these out:
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This year, we are running into the same issue..however, 1) this one was not our choice and 2) this time around it might be worse. The city put in new gas lines on our street, which means for the last month or 2 so they ripped up the area of grass in between the sidewalk and the street. It was like that on our wedding day (April 10), if that gives you any reference to how long this has been going on. So recently, they finished that and then put the dirt back into the correct place and put grass seed down to help the grass grow again. Well, that is still mud with little grass sprouts. These things take time people.
We kept getting these notices saying they are going to next rip up our driveway and we wouldn't be able to get in and out of it for 24-48 hours. Well that construction finally started last Thursday. So that means we now have to park across the street from our house and walk across the street to get to our house....where there is no curb or bottom portion of the driveway. And lots of dirt. Lots of dirt. And yesterday, they put a string up (I'm guessing to measure the concrete level??) that you have to hurdle over to get from one side of the dirt to the other side of the dirt. I kept thinking to myself, "this sucks, but at least it's not mud". Apparently that one thought brought me bad luck---because it POURED yesterday in KC and guess what? Mud, the kind you literally sink into when you foot hits it, is now the barrier between me and my house. I ruined my work shoes yesterday from it, and therefore refused to leave the house for the rest of the night. And you can't go to the grocery store or buy big things because you have to jump over the string hurdle and get through the mud to get in...and it makes it a bit more tricky with things in hand. However, there is nothing I can do about it. Awesome.
The driveway drop off.
No sidewalk for us!
Loving the mud...
On a really really really happy note---our Air Conditioner was fixed on Monday and the two weeks without AC was abruptly halted. It felt so good on Monday night sleeping with it on....and I'm so glad we got it fixed when we did because it has been very humid this week because of the rain...what happened to spring time? I feel like we dove head first into summer and the summer weather/temperatures.