Wednesday, January 30, 2013

wedding recapping {part 2}

So picking up where I left off yesterday...(click here)

My friends and family were left with an open room with only tables and chairs set up, decorations in boxes that weren't labeled and going off a plan that was in my head... miles away!

They were all troopers though, and seriously got SO much done. They literally spent ALL DAY out there doing what they could: rearranging tables, putting together centerpieces, stringing lights, setting up the cake table, etc. all without me. :(

And since no one really knew exactly what I wanted (I'm not even sure I did ;) ) they were all sending me picture messages and asking "yes or no?" "this way, or this way?" etc. I was also attempting to orchestrate by sending very detailed messages back so they understood exactly what I was looking for and also making a million calls. I'm not sure whether or not they thought I was helpful or they wanted to kill me, but it seemed to be working...for awhile.

The only real downfall came when they had most of the decorations done and were going to start on the ceiling decorations--which in hindsight, should have probably been done before even the table clothes were put on the tables. It is hard though, knowing what to do in what order, when everyone has a different plan and idea of what to do, you know?

So anyway, it was getting late and we had been doing this picture/message phone call thing all day and I had been getting sick all day and I was just exhausted, stressed, worried, etc. Finally Ryan sends me a picture of the overhang (the last thing they were trying to finish up for the day/night) and I kid you not, it looked NOTHING like what I had wanted. Not even similar. I was first. I asked if he had shown everyone the picture of what I wanted because if you put the pictures side-by-side you would realize they weren't even similar. He said yes and quickly got upset with me, telling me they had spent hours working on this thing and weren't sure what I wanted, etc. etc. etc.

Naturally, I hang up the phone and just start bawling. Ryan is mad at me because I wasn't drooling over something that looked like trailer trash, my brother is home from college and I have barely got to see him yet he's out decorating for my wedding, and I couldn't eat or drink a single thing without it coming back up in 3 minutes. It.was.terrible.

This is about how I felt... (our little niece, Zoe, at the wedding)

Finally, Ryan sends me another picture, that still looks nothing like what I wanted, and I say just to quit for the night and come home and sleep and I will get up bright and early--hoping to feel better by then-- and we'll get the overhang taken care of then. Everyone seems ok with that as they all sound exhausted, and Ryan and Curt head back here.

Once in the door, I get more of the story, and actually start to feel a little better. Basically, everyone knew the overhang wasn't what I had wanted and it wasn't looking "right", yet no one wanted to hurt anyone's (my stepdad's mostly) feelings and say so, especially considering he told Ryan he "thought he had a masterpiece." Ha! So me having them quit was actually a good thing, even though I looked like the crazy bride for awhile.

Mini Bridezilla :) (Faye, our flower girl, getting her heerrrr did)

And then I find out things had been cut wrong, and before leaving they all decided they wanted to start over completely. This meant Ryan needed to run to Des Moines (an hour and a half each way) in the morning to get some more supplies. What a mess, huh??

Once home, Ryan immediately passed out and after saying a few prayers, I did too. I hadn't even left my bed for nearly 24 hours but was also exhausted. Weird how that works, isn't it?!

The following day (Saturday, when we had planned to be totally done decorating! ha!) we got up bright and early and though I didn't feel well, I wasn't getting sick anymore and could at least walk, so I got after it. Ryan headed to Des Moines as soon as the sun came up to get more supplies and I headed to the reception hall with a few family members and Rach by my side, once again.

The DJ wanted to setup this day also so while he was doing this and pumping out the jams, we went over all the little things and got them in order and got the guestbook table setup, food tables prepared for the caterer, got the head table set up....

And once Ryan made it back, we got the overhang done! The guys worked their tails off and spent hours on those ladders but it looked even prettier than I had envisioned, honestly; it was perfect.

And it was actually starting to look like a reception in there!

We ended up calling it a day around 3-4 that afternoon because we had something else big going on that night...Rehearsal Dinner!! (my next post)

**To read more about my wedding planning chaos, click here

**Wordless Wednesday**

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

wedding recapping! {the countdown}

Ok, so I have no idea where to start on this whole blogging about the wedding process and right now it seems like a lot to do (and I don't have our wedding pictures back yet!) so I decided to rewind a little bit and recap it into a few posts, making it easier on me, allowing more detail, and allowing more time for the pictures to come in. So, it will probably go in this order, or something similar just as a heads up...

1. The Countdown to The Big Day (Part 1)
2. "        "                 "    "      "          (Part 2)
3. Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner
4. Our Wedding Day (getitng ready, ceremony, reception)
5.Decorations and Personal Touches
6. Honeymoon Part 1{Tahiti}
7. Honeymoon Part 2 {Bora Bora}
8. Honeymoon Part 3 {Bora Bora}
9. ...and something else exciting that happened in the mix of all that ^^

Phew...that's A LOT of recapping for me and a lot of reading for you! So bear with me through all of this (this blog is for me after all) or peaceout for a little while and I'll be back with my random thoughts, recipes, and puppy pictures ASAP!

So let's get this started, shall we?

As you already know, New Year's Eve happened to fall on a Monday this year. Who gets married on a Monday? :) Anyway, we were supposed to be able to get in and start decorating for the reception the Wednesday prior. Well, as things turned out, we found out Tuesday night we weren't going to be able to get in until Thursday at 2:30 due to other circumstances.

So you know me, I was in a small panic over the deal because I had laid my plans so perfectly for decorating that it made me nervous about being in a time crunch and running out of hours. But with still having plenty of time and some good friends, I got over it in a hurry. I didn't fret about Wednesday, but instead looked forward to getting in there Thursday and instead spent Wednesday doing smaller things.

So fast forward a couple days...

That day (Thursday) a few of us showed up and were ready to get to work. We didn't get in right when we were told to be there, but I quickly forgot about it. First thing first, we needed to start moving tables and chairs around and switching the ones provided with the ones we had ordered instead; they were much nicer and also round rather than rectangle. It doesn't sound like much but honestly, this took HOURS. The tables/chairs we had ordered were outside (it was like negative degrees out on top of this!) in a trailer so we had to bring those in, and then restock the trailer with the others. Exhausting is a good word, but we were getting it done.

I ended up having to leave for a few hours that evening to go get Ryan's wedding gift done (more on that later) but it was already planned ahead of time and I couldn't cancel. I felt terrible doing this, but I seriously have some of the best friends and family who stayed to help setup stuff until I could get back. Then, later that evening my bff Rachel and also Ryan's brother and I went back out for round 2...or 3...or 4. We ended up getting all the tables put where they needed to go and table clothes put on all the tables plus everything carried in decoration wise. It doesn't sound like much but it is much more time consuming than you would think--we were there until around 12:30 am!

Around this time the flu started hitting everyone hard in our small town. It seemed like EVERYONE was getting sick, but I didn't think much of it as I NEVER get the flu --seriously haven't had the actual flu in yeeears. But my mother had gone to babysit my sick nephew which in turn spiraled down. I woke up that Friday morning around 5am sicker than sick. I was SO sick, I literally could not keep anything down. And no matter how many times I threw up, I never felt better. I'm not sure if this strand of flu was worse than others but I felt like death warmed up. It was absolutely terrible.

I didn't know what to do (besides cry, get sick, and cry some more) but ended up sending Ryan, some family, and Rach and Daniel (her bf and also an usher) out there again to decorate. I felt bad leaving for a couple hours the night prior, but I felt 100x worse having them decorate for my wedding with me not even there. Seriously the most helpless feeling. If I was just getting sick every hour or so and felt semi-better in between I would have gone in an instant and helped or at least given direction, but I didn't even trust myself to walk to the living room, let alone drive. And not to mention, the LAST thing I wanted to happen was have my groom or bridesmaids get sick!

So there they were, left with an open room with only tables and chairs set up, decorations in boxes that weren't labeled and a going off a plan that was in my head... miles away!

Helene in Between

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

stirring and baking! {caramel chex mix style}

I got this wonderful recipe from one of my former students who always brought it to "food day" and I just had to share with all of you!

Caramel Chex Mix

4 sticks of butter (I never said it was healthy!)
1 bag of brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 box corn chex
1 box rice chex
1 bag of pretzels (I prefer the not salted ones but to each their own)

1. In a medium sized pan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup.
2. Wait for the mixture to come to a complete rolling (more bubbly) boil and then turn the heat off.
3. While that is sitting, combine the cereals and pretzels in a large mixing bowl.
4. Pour the caramel mixture over the cereal/pretzels and stir until all the pieces are coated.
5. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
6. Spread the mixture out onto baking sheets (it takes me about 2.5 or three full baking sheets to fit it all) and bake for 10-12 minutes.
**the longer you leave it in, the more crunchy it gets. Anything less than 10 minutes usually leaves it a little bit sticky and goopy
7. Remove from oven and let cool.
8. Break up all the pieces and enjoy!

This recipe makes a TON. It seems like I always say that, but it really does! Just imagine what 2 boxes of cereal and a bag of pretzels looks like--you better plan to share!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

...back to reality.

Aaaaah I've been home for about 36 hours now and am finally coming to terms with the fact that life is back to more wedding planning, no more parties, and no more Bora Bora. Aaaah. White girl problems, I suppose.

Anyway, I still have a million things to do around the house, including shampooing my carpets and unpacking luggage, but I WILL get back into the routine of this blogging thing this weekend hopefully and get up some wedding deets!! (I seriously forgot my login account name just a minute ago--whoa!)

So for now...this is where I've been the last 4-ish weeks...

the altar...


Bora Bora...


So there's a couple sneak peeks for you:) I promise to have LOTS more up very soon, details included; but for now, this girl has some major housework to get done. #priorities

Thursday, January 3, 2013


We did it!! It has been a crazy week for us but I can officially say it is all over now and WE ARE MARRIED!! Obviously I will post more about the wedding when we get home, but it was seriously perfect. It was everything I imagined it to be and our day was just wonderful. Aaaaah.

Words cannot describe how blessed I feel overall...I think I have truly been high on life for several days now!! I've had so many wonderful things going on in my life the last few days it is crazy and I just can't seem to say "thanks" enough to everyone who deserves it...God, friends, and family.

But for now...

We are in route or already in Bora Bora!! See you all in a couple of weeks!!