November 21, 2012
Happy Wednesday, all. I'm lucky to have today off work and get an extra day of Thanksgiving break.
Well, technically 2 extra days- yesterday was a sick day. But that obviously wasn't as fun as it sounds.
Today I want to share where Vince and I are getting married next fall!
Guys. We're getting married at an owl sanctuary.
AN OWL SANCTUARY.
Well, technically a "nature sanctuary", but they do house owls that they care for.
When we met Alex, our photographer, we mentioned that we had NO idea where we should get married- we wanted a nice outdoor space with some already existing rain options, big enough to feel open, yet not so big that our relatively small guest list would seem out of place... she immediately said, "My friends just shot a wedding at an owl sanctuary.." and we were sold.
The photos from the website are small, so they don't quite give a good idea of the venue, but we think it is perfect. Open spaces, trees, a covered pavilion with a fireplace, a small barn that can be used if needed, stone walls... and OWLS.
We're so excited- next fall can't get here soon enough.
Posted by megan at 10:21 AM
November 7, 2012
These are just a handful of our AMAZING engagement photos from Alex Bee Photo. I can't say enough wonderful things about how fun Alex is to work with and how PERFECT our photos are. It all started when I stumbled upon her photography blog back in March (basically the MINUTE we got engaged).. I looked ALL THE WAY through her photo archives and totally embarrassed myself by writing her a love letter about how her photos are EXACTLY what I wanted and to hold on for about 8 months until I was ready to do something about it.She's more than just a great photographer- not only did she randomly suggest taking these photos at the very park that we got engaged (I won't lie- when I went to test that link, I may have watched that video again..and I may have teared), but she also suggested our wedding venue...both of which were at our first meeting to see if we would even click to work together. I really feel like the stars aligned and AWESOME THINGS HAPPENED.
Posted by megan at 6:26 AM
October 22, 2012
They don't lie- that was the happiest 6 am wake up on a Sunday, meet friends for pre-race Panera POWER SANDWICH, stand with 1,000s of people for an hour and a half waiting for our turn, 3-mile jaunt around downtown Nashville with powder paint being dumped on me that I've had. I'm not even mad that I'm still q-tipping blue stuff out of my nose and ear holes. Go sign up for a Color Run near you- STAT. :)
August 20, 2012
Link up little Dear Monday letters of your own below!
Dear Monday, You came so quick. You are following a pretty decent weekend, filled with a friend lunch, a bridesmaid-asking, many hours spent reading my Kindle, the first 4 loads of laundry I've done since *drum roll* JULY, and about 3,000 checked/graded papers. This week's plans are submitted, I don't have bus duty this week (thank GOD), and I feel a teense more prepared for this week. Let's go.
Dear Self, You were a wee bit unprepared for the fact that life would 110% CONSUMED by the start of school for 2 and a half weeks (plus the 6 weeks during the summer). I feel like I have a little better of a handle on things now, which is a little bit of a relief. Note to you, self- next summer, if I'm going to spend time up until 9:00pm the night before school starts on anything, it needs to be on lesson planning, not just frantically getting my room done. K? K.
Dear Book Readers, Looking for a new series? You need to read the Chase brothers books by Lauren Dane. A teacher on my team recommended them and sadly, I finished the last one of the four yesterday. Each one is about a different hot brother from the small town of Petal, Georgia, and how they find someone to settle down with. Don't judge the books by their covers... literally. Thankfully I didn't see them until afterwards because I read them on my Kindle- terribly cheesy. I really really loved the first two books... the last two weren't nearly as action packed, but still enjoyable and a very easy read. Romance, a couple crazy and suspenseful story lines, a family of hot brothers...and way better writing than Fifty Shades- what else could you want? Go look 'em up- Giving Chase is the first one, and they're REALLY cheap on the Kindle.
Dear Class of Twenty-One Kids, You've made my life very interesting in the short span that you have been mine. You peer pressured me into painting my toe nails because I can feel you petting my feet while I read to you at the carpet. You make me feel like I've got moves when you compliment me so much after all the teachers did a surprise Party Rock flash mob for you at the Pep Rally on Friday. You make me feel important when you write letters in your Correspondence Journal that say that I am a good teacher and that you like my hair and want me to have a baby soon. You make me confused when I have to send home notes because you cut a nice boy's hair. This will be such an interesting year.
Dear Vince, Not seeing you this weekend made me appreciate how often I DO get to see you. You are my best friend and I really just enjoy my life WITH you more than anything else. Can we have a long-standing bear hug date for this Friday evening? Please?!
I want to know what the heck ya'll
have been up to lately!?
I feel so out of touch!
Posted by megan at 6:30 AM
July 30, 2012
Your eyes do not deceive you- Dear Monday is back today,
and you can link up below to find other blogs!
Dear Blog Readers, I'm briefly back from my internet hiatus.. I say "briefly" because I wonder if I'll be too busy to come back to this place very often in the next few weeks. Thanks for stickin' around.
Dear Class of Twenty 2nd Graders, I can't believe I get to have a room full of some of the greatest kids. I've known all but 3 of you since you were Kindergarten babies, and that makes you feel even more "mine". I'm so excited to teach you and learn with you this year.
Dear Classroom, You are a work in progress. I feel like I have soooo much left to do, but you WILL come together (hopefully tomorrow). I'm trying to pretend like school starts Tuesday so that I will have everything done early, but we'll see how that goes.
Dear Fantastic Fiance, Vincent- I've told you this 1000x this weekend, but I could NOT have gotten my crap together at school without you. You are the best desk, chair, and shelves builder, the best tree twister, the not so best hot glue-er (said your thumb), and definitely the best companion while I am frantic. I cannot thank you enough for loving me... and showing that love through lots of putting things together and eating dinner at my little desks at school so we can work into the evening.
Go write some little letters on your blog and link up below!
Wanna catch up on some photos from the past few weeks?
We got to sit RIGHT behind the caution tape to watch the fireworks
on the 4th up close and PERSONAL.
We drove up and spent a day in Gatlinburg.
I got my Pinterest on and asked my friend Kelli to be
my Maid of Honor. She said yes. No doubt because of the creative skills.
We spent part of a day driving the Cherohala Skyway
And this is where the rest of my life has been sucked into- my classroom.
I'm often the only one in the building.
Isn't Vince SUCH a good tree making helper!?
July 2, 2012
Link up some Dear Monday letters on your blog below!
Dear Monday, You are the first time of this summer break that I haven't had going into school to work on my classroom on my mind. They will be waxing the floors for 3 weeks, so I am "forced" to take a little break. I had great intentions of getting up before the heat and going for a walk... and then just didn't. Here's to hoping for more productive feelings for the rest of the week. :)
Dear July 4th, Assuming that our burn-ban doesn't get expanded to mean we won't have a firework show in our town, You will be FUN. I plan to spend all of you out in the pool, grilling out, hanging out with that guy of mine, and seeing an in your FACE fireworks display at the "secret special spot" my family found last year. By secret and special spot, I mean we were on the edge of the clearing by the old folks' home behind the Target with lots of other families lining the street, BUT that spot just happened to be RIGHT by where they launch the fireworks, and they are HUGE at that vantage point.
Dear Martin's BBQ, You were on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and for good reason. I'm finding more and more that I HATE chain restaurants, and chain you are not. You even have this thing called a Redneck Taco, which is like pile of goodness in a basket. Cornbread pancake with BBQ, cole slaw, and sauce on top? Yep.
Dear 21 Jump Street and Pizza Night, I like a low key evening when Vince and I can just stick a pizza in the oven and turn on a movie....and it ends up to be the funniest movie I've seen in a LONG time. I had low expectations of you, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reject police duo, but I laughed SO HARD the whole time. And so did Vincent. And I'm always fond of that sound.
Dear Undisgusting Fiance of Mine, You are the rock to my candy, the Thai Curry Soup to my Noodles and Co. Med Wrap, and the stroll in the park to my gourmet Las Paletas popsicle date. So glad you came to visit. I PROMISE I will start visiting YOU soon, now that all the moving and wedding venue visiting are out of the way. For now though, I will take movie watching, Container Store frolicking, popsicle date walking, wedding venue viewing, and late evening swim with bats swooping our heads as we make up their theme songs-ing any day. Had a fantastic time with you, love.
I think we found ourselves a wedding venue.
I'll share more once it's actually booked.
It is PERFECT and unique.
Posted by megan at 11:23 AM