Aug 29, 2014

Friday Randoms

Friday, I never thought you'd get here.

It's been a long ass week. Work is slow right now (like phone rang maybe 4 times this week slow) and Danny  had class Tuesday night and last night. The class has prepared me for when he goes back to work. Because of course, Tucker's fussiest evenings were Tuesday and last night. True story.

- Speaking of fussy. I'm pretty sure Tucker is teething. We literally just got through with the top 2 teeth coming in on Monday. Those 2 teeth took two and a half weeks to make their full appearance. So now, 4 days later we are working on some more. I'm not sure which teeth they are, but he's chewing on his hands, won't nurse without me wrestling him like an alligator, and is messing with his bottles. I'm going to need to pick up a bottle of wine, or 4, after work today.

- On Wednesday I talked about how I need to get my ass in gear for our vacation in August. Well, it's like Ash @ Ash's Right Direction read my mind. She's hosting a challenge, Get Your Sh*t Together September. Perfect! You can read more about the challenge HERE. She's also hosting a Diet Bet that starts on Wednesday, September 3rd. I'll be signing up for that next week for sure. You can join the fun HERE.

- I've made a new challenge for myself in the evenings after Tucker goes to bed. If I want to watch Grey's Anatomy, I have to be productive while doing it. Have you seen any of the TV workouts that have been on Pinterest? I searched for a few earlier this week and found 2 that line up perfectly with the past seasons that are on Netflix right now. I also found one that can follow the upcoming season.
After the one episode I watched last night, I did at least 100 crunches, 35 squats, 20 reverse crunches, 20 push ups and 10 mountain climbers. I LOVE these types of workouts. I've done a Pretty Little Liars one before too. They are perfect. We all know how much I like watching tv. Well, mostly when Danny is gone. I generally let him have control of the tv when he isn't at work. Next time I do this, I will keep track of what I do and share with you.
I hope you all have a good weekend. So far we don't have much planned and I couldn't be more thrilled!

Aug 27, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday

August is a tough month for me exercise and food wise. It's usually hotter than hell outside (although this year was kind of an exception but the broken foot got in the way of my walking/running/any physical activity) Then we've also got our anniversary, it's the end of a busy season at work, then its my birthday and that usually puts me in a tailspin of bad eating. This year was no exception. And I have the numbers to prove it.
Starting weight: 175
Last week: 162.0
This Week: 164.0
Change: +2
Total Change: -11

Told ya. My biggest hurdle? The dairy restriction being lifted. I ate like a king. I say king because I seriously ate like a man and like it had been a year since I had dairy rather than just 5ish weeks. Taco Bell, cake, ice cream, pizza, donuts, ranch, McD's breakfast, more pizza. It was bad. I earned that 2 lb gain for sure.

I'm feeling it too. I felt it as I ran at the park on Monday. Let's talk about that for a second. I haven't ran since early June and I literally picked the hottest day that we've had all summer to resume my running career. This was done between 4:30 and 5pm. So, I ran for the first time in 2.5 months in the sun on the hottest day of the year at the hottest time of the day. Smooth move, Erin. Carry on... I felt it when I tried to put jeans on Monday and went straight back into my closet for a dress.

I've been here before. I fall of the wagon and lose control. This time I am stopping before I get too far and undo too much progress. I'm going to start running again since the weather should be cooling off and I'm going to add in either 30 Day Shred or a couple of Pinterest workouts I've found along with a 30 day guns, buns and abs challenge. I may do the challenge even if I choose the Shred route. I've found a Soap Opera workout and a Grey's Anatomy workout and since those are the only two shows I am watching currently they are perfect. And I can hopefully do those while keeping Tucker out of Diesel's food and water bowls.

Whatever I decide to do, I need to do it now. Vacation is a month and a half away and I don't want to feel like a beached whale. I also would like to take some of my old shorts with me. That's my goal I guess.

Hopefully August has been kinder to you all. Who is up for a Guns, Buns and Abs Challenge?

Aug 26, 2014


Last Thursday was my birthday. I turned 25 years old. A quarter of a century old. My mom is kind of struggling with it. 10 was a big one too I guess.

It was a great birthday compared to how it could have gone. We've had a small crisis with the family biz and the whole no dairy thing made me stabby because that meant no birthday cake. Well, The crisis took a turn for the better and the no dairy restrictions were lifted. I'll talk more about that later this week. Then Thursday evening Danny's mom threw me a small birthday party. She told me she was going to make me dinner, but kept the fact that she invited my mom, brother and his girlfriend over too. It was nice and I felt pretty special. I also put a ton of parmesan cheese on my spaghetti just because I could.
birthday breakfast with my main men

Over the last week I've been thinking about how I want to spend my 25th year. Last year I wrote a letter to my 24 year old self about how 23 was a big year and to keep building on it. For the most part, I lived out those wishes. The going has gotten tough again and I haven't ran off to Mexico or been sent to the loony bin yet. So, that's a win in my book. Instead of writing myself a letter this year, I'm making a list of personal goals that I'm hoping 25 year me can work on.

1. Stop blaming myself - I tend to bare the weight of the world on my shoulders. Every one is counting on me. At least in my head. I tend to forget that I have a husband by my side, a mom that is always in my corner and a brother who also runs this business. The day my dad died, I felt it was my responsibility to take care of everyone and everything. Why? I have no idea. It's probably because I'm the oldest child. Who knows really.

2. Don't discount compliments - I've done this forever and its a really bad habit. I like receiving compliments, but I don't always take them well. Again, I have no idea why I do this. Someone could say, "You look like you've lost weight" and I will almost immediately follow with "Oh these jeans haven't been washed for about 2 weeks so they look big" Just take the damn compliment Erin.

3. Spend more time with my friends - Mostly my friends here in town. Rachael, my oldest friend, lives on the other side of town and I see her maybe 3 times a month. That's pathetic. I'm always complaining about how I never get to hang out with my friends because they live so far away. I'm mostly referring to Andrea and Shelby because they are in Ohio and Texas (well, Shelby will be back in Indiana within a couple weeks) I've got 2 of my best friends living in the same damn town as me. I need to start making more plans with them. Rachael and I have started having weekly lunches again (except last week because she was leaving on vacation and I had Tuck's dr appt) so that's been nice. Hopefully we can keep it up.

4. Be nice to myself - not just mentally with the compliment and blaming myself thing. But I need to treat my body better. Get more pedicures, eat right, go get that massage that my mother-in-law bought me 9 months ago, use that gift certificate to the spa that Danny got me a few weeks ago just because. I'm not getting any younger and I want to be as healthy as possible for Tucker and the future little Summers babies.

5. Water my own grass - I don't believe in the "grass is greener on the other side" thing. I do, however, believe the grass is greener where you water it. I've got great things in my life that people would love to have. Yes my house is small, but with some organization and (hopefully) a room addition, it'll be perfect. My job may suck sometimes, but there are people in their 40's that would kill for the flexibility and freedom that I have.

If I can improve in those areas, getting older won't be so bad!

Aug 25, 2014

My "Relaxed" Weekend

I had been looking forward to this past weekend for over a month. It was considered my birthday weekend, we had plans with friends and we were leaving Tucker overnight for the first time. All so that I could relax and take a break. Yeah, breaks don't happen in my world. But, the weekend still did not disappoint!

Friday we had plans to go eat Mexican with my family to celebrate my birthday. I'll do a birthday recap tomorrow. It was a pretty good one. Except when I picked Tucker up from my mother-in-laws house he was burning up. He had a fever Thursday night and almost all day Friday. I assumed it was due to his top teeth coming in (bottom teeth are a cake walk compared to the top)but we stayed home to be safe and ordered pizza and watched a movie with my mom, brother and his girlfriend.

Saturday was much better for Tucker. We went to swim lessons even though he was still in the 99 degrees range. He was chewing and slobbering all morning so I felt comfortable taking him. Plus the cool water could only help him feel better at that point. Again, Tucker did great at swimming. The instructor was so impressed with how calm he is in the water. He loves it! Just soaks it all in and lets me do all the work. My mom went with us because she stayed with us this weekend so she could keep Tucker Saturday. After swimming we went home so I could start getting ready for our night away. Danny said we were going so I could "relax" for  a night. Well, no one thought about the two hours worth of work it would take for me to get ready to relax. And on 5 hours of sleep. I had to pack our clothes, a cooler, pillows and blankets, get our chairs, shower, get ready, go get beer and some Captain, get gas, get ice, stop at the grocery, and then drive almost an hour to the campground. I cannot wait until next summer when we have a camper of our own and half the shit will already be packed for me. In the end, it was worth all the running around. I got up there and had a great time! I enjoyed some Captain and Diet Coke, chatted with our friends (something I don't get to do often) and I did get to relax. Very worth it. Tucker also did very well for our first full night apart which is very relieving.

Sunday was a pretty good day. Danny and I were home by 10:30. We had plans to make salsa but our tomatoes didn't do well enough to warrant starting the whole canning salsa process. I would have gotten like 3 jars and that's just not worth it to me. Plus, Tucker stuck to me like glue yesterday. Making salsa with a baby on my hip would have been difficult. So, we ordered Chili's take out, cleaned the Jeep out, started cleaning up the desk area and played. A perfect little Sunday.

As much as I like having stuff to do on the weekends, I am very much looking forward to this coming weekend. We just have swimming and Danny has class Saturday. That's it. We were invited to go camping again, but I need a weekend to recover from the month of August. Every weekend has been jam packed.
Seriously though. Mama needs a break!

That's all for now. Now I have to figure out what the hell I'm going to do at work today!

Aug 18, 2014

A Busy Weekend Recap

We have arrived at yet another Monday following a busy weekend. I am exhausted and I am out of coffee. Well, except for decaf and decaf coffee is a joke in my book. On a happier note, it is my birthday week!

I'm not sure I did anything important on Friday. Thursday and Friday were stressful work days so I'm going to go out on a limb and say I did nothing after work other than take care of Tuck and prep for our first day of swim lessons. Danny had class from 5-8 (on a Friday night, how shitty) so naturally he got home right when I was putting Tuck down in his crib, causing Diesel to go ape shit and act like he hadn't seen Danny in months. Luckily Tuck just fussed for a few and eventually went to sleep.

Saturday was pretty busy. We had our first swim class at the Y. Tucker LOVED it! Although he didn't do a lot of kicking his legs, he kind of just enjoyed having mama float him around the pool. I'm so happy he enjoyed it. And we were the only people there. So, we are most likely going to have to go with the older class for the rest of the session.

After our class, we went and got Danny's hair cut then headed home to lounge a little before getting ready for a friend of mine's wedding.  My mom came up to stay with Tucker and do a test run for this coming Saturday when we go camping.  Danny and I got ready then swung through Burger King (Danny had a whopper craving) on the way. I wasn't sure what the food options were going to be so I didn't want to go with an empty stomach since I was planning on drinking heavily. Luckily I was able to scrape the cheese off the chicken and they had green beans and rolls. I also snuck one bite of cake. No dairy is tough when you have events like this. Good thing Coors Light and Captain Morgan don't have dairy!  This girl managed to have 3 beers (which were like 16oz I think) and 2 Captain and Diets without making a fool of herself. I was worried since it was the first time I was drinking more than one glass of wine or one beer at a time. We got home around 11 and everything went smoothly for my mom and Tucker, which makes me so happy. 
How hot is that goatee/mustache thing he's go going on?

Sunday was too busy and started bright and early with a headache at 6am. My mom helped me get some stuff done around the house while watching Tucker. My bathroom got cleaned for the first time since like June, floors got swept, and laundry was done. After she left, we headed to Fishers to pick up my friend Shelby. She was in the wedding and we wanted to spend Sunday together. We headed back towards our house and got lunch at a BBQ place then headed to our house to watch a few episodes of Grey's Anatomy and play with Tucker. 5 pm rolled around and it was time for her to go. Originally I just had to take her to Noblesville (40 minutes away). Well, her next set of plans fell through, so I had to take her all the way to Brownsburg (an hour and 40 minutes away). Tucker screamed the whole way to Indy so we dropped him off at my moms, which was about 40 minutes from where I was taking Shelby. I'm sure Shelby will never have children now. After I dropped her off, I stopped back by my moms to get Tucker and feed him so we could head home. And thank you sweet baby Jesus, that kid slept the whole way home, which is great since we didn't get home until almost 10. I went almost straight to bed (had to have a glass of wine) and didn't shower or make bottles or anything. I was just done!

Now, it's Monday and like I said... I'm out of coffee. This is a form of torture I'm sure. I hope you all had a good weekend!

Aug 14, 2014

Life Lately

Tuesday was a big day in our house, but mostly for Danny. This calls for an update on what's been going on with my men and me.

First up is Danny. HE GOT HIS PINS OUT ON TUESDAY! After 5 long weeks since Surgery, the pins are out, the cast is off and the rehabilitation process starts. I almost cried. And so did Danny when they were taking them out. Except he was crying because it hurt. Lucky for him his bone structure was really great and the pins didn't move. Like at all. Which is pretty uncommon but certainly not a bad thing. The dr. said the patients normally pull them out themselves for fun although I don't see how that is fun, which might be why I sell insurance and don't work in the medical field but they had to use a tool to pull Danny's out. Oh, and one was bent so that one hurt and Danny almost let some choice words fly out. Anyways, he is in a boot and has been given the go ahead to ease into walking without crutches. And he can drive. No more dropping him off and picking him up at work. I'm so happy for him that this process is almost over. He's had a pretty hard time with it but has handled it much better than his friends and I ever anticipated.

Now for the little guy. Saturday will mark 3 weeks since I made the dairy free change to my diet and we added the medicine (lactulose) 2 weeks ago yesterday. We've seen some improvement in him going number 2. He still doesn't go everyday and still cries when he does sometimes, but things are getting better. I really think part of the crying might be the psychological part of it. Every time he's gone for the last 3 months it has hurt him so I would imagine that when he goes it scares him. Moving on from the poop talk.... This kid LOVES to eat. And don't you dare try to eat in front of him without giving him any. It pisses him off and he will let you know about it. So far, the only thing he doesn't care for is bananas. He's plowed through every other puree we've tried. As far as table foods go, he loves toast, apples (he just sort of sucks/chews and occasionally gets a piece off) noodles, green beans, peas, carrots (cooked), puffs, and this week we've tried grilled chicken and chicken sausage. He went absolutely ape shit over the chicken.

Tuck and I start swim classes this coming Saturday. It's a 7 week session and I'm so excited for him. I put him in the bath last night to see how he would react to the water (we normally bathe him on a towel on the counter) and he LOVED it. I let him play for a good 10 minutes and may have cried while watching him and he was so stinkin happy. He's also working on crawling. He's scooting and rolling around well enough that he can no longer be left unattended for more than 2 seconds. Things are getting interesting.

As for this girl. Well I'm still down right tired. Things are getting better though and I'm almost at the end of this challenging time since Danny's pins are out. I haven't handled this too well. It could be the timing of it all with the broken foot happening at the beginning of a really busy time at work. I think that's most of it. I just don't do well when I'm stressed out and can't take a break. Danny told me the other day that when this is all over that I need to take a day and go shopping with one of my girlfriends or something. But honestly, I kind of just want to go roam around Target and the mall by myself. I just need some time to myself. Some time to slow down, gather my thoughts and refresh. we all need that every now and then. Plus, retail therapy has always been known to make me happy.

So, that's what we've got going on. Pretty soon this broken foot crap will be nothing but a memory!

Aug 13, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday

Wednesday is so many things in my world. Payday,  hump day, and it is now the day I weigh in. I generally hate Wednesdays because they are so busy. I don't know why they are but it's always been that way. That must be why my brain clocks out on Thursday afternoons. It's kind of a problem.

Anyways, the real reason why we are here. Weigh In Wednesday. I joined in last week but didn't have any numbers do to lack of time. The week before that? I had numbers, and a post even, but had formatting issues at home and never logged in at work to fix them. So, I'm going off those numbers for my weekly change.
Weigh In Wednesday
Starting weight: 175
Two weeks ago: 165.2
This week: 162.0
Change: -3.2
Total Change: 13
I have reached the half way point to my pre-pregnancy weight! This half way point is huge for me.
Right before I got pregnant, I lose about 15 pounds. I had gotten my eating on track, I was exercising a decent amount and things were going great. Losing weight before getting pregnant was completely intentional. I didn't want to be overweight, pack on 50 pounds except it was more like 65 then feel like shit. What new mom doesn't feel like shit anyways. Between healing, lack of sleep and those damn hormones, the last thing you need is to worry the weight. Which is what I would have done, and still did just a little, had I not lost the weight. Losing weight beforehand helped ease some of those worries to me. I had a "head start" and I knew I was capable of losing weight. Knowing that I could do it was the biggest relief of them all.
With that weight loss, I have given myself 2 numbers to work off of throughout losing the baby weight. I have a "Pre-Pregnancy Weight" and a "Pre-Pre-Pregnancy Weight". Pre being the 150 after the weight loss, and Pre-Pre being 160-164. I fluctuated a lot prior to losing weight because I'd do the song and dance of losing the pounds, then resuming normal unhealthy activities.
So, I have arrived at the Pre-Pre-Pregnancy weight. First goal is met just a couple weeks shy of Tuck's 9 month birthday. Although I sit here and still feel like a busted can of biscuits most days, I am so proud of how far I have made it since February. Through 2 busy seasons at work, Danny's broken foot and just the fact that I had a baby, I've managed to lose some weight.
I've started getting back into exercising regularly. I walked at the park twice last week and went to Zumba last night and am planning on going again Thursday. I think my Zumba days are numbered though, at least until September. Tucker has been pretty fussy in the nursery there the last 2 times and I don't want the poor sitter to go through that. I'm thinking about doing 30 day shred at home, but going to Zumba on days that I can find someone else to watch him or Danny can be home with him. Who freaking knows. I'm also toying with the idea of running again. Indiana weather has been very fall like lately and since its not hot as balls out, running doesn't sound terrible. So basically I have zero clue as to what my exercise plans are for the next month or so. It's wonderful.
Okay, so like I said earlier, Wednesdays pretty much suck so it's time for me to get some work done!

Aug 11, 2014

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was the first of a few busy weekends we have coming up.

Friday I decided to leave work a little early and go snuggle with Tucker. I'm not sure what came over me but I just missed that little guy and work has calmed down tremendously so out the door I went. We went home and laid in bed giggling back and forth while we waited on Danny to get home. He went car shopping with my brother so he was gone all day. After Danny got home I headed into town for some weekend essentials.
Beer for Daddy, Wine for Mommy, Juice for Tucker and Chips for fun

Shortly after I got home, we had some friends over for pizza (pizza for them, unimpressive, not worth the calories wings for me) and catching up. We were going to make a game night of it, but they were both battling colds so they went home. It worked out since Tucker woke up right before they left and decided he wanted to party until close to 12:30. Mama was tired!

Saturday morning Danny had class, which he drove himself too. Reminder: he has a cast on his right foot. So, that wasn't at all nerve wracking! Tucker and I had made a trip to Meijer to spoil a certain little boy. I realized last week that Tucker had like no toys that he could actually play with read: make a bunch of racket with and since he likes to turn his playmat upside down I figured he was getting bored. So, toy shopping we went. And I'd say he's pretty happy with the outcome!

That afternoon Tucker and I drove almost 2 hours to a baby shower that lasted all of an hour. It was for one of my sorority sisters and I am the unofficial godmother to her 3 year old little boy. I say unofficial because I wasn't invited to the christening but was asked to be his godmother. Anyways, I hadn't seen her in almost 2 years so I figured it was worth the drive. And my prayers of a sleeping baby there and back were answered. Thank God!

We had another busy Sunday in the books. A trip to the grocery where Tuck got called a "beautiful little girl" twice, visiting with Danny's dad, a visit from my mom, cleaning the kitchen, Chinese take out, baby bathing, and laundry folding. I was pretty beat. Does anyone else feel like a million bucks after they clean their kitchen? I mean, I didn't scrub anything or clean behind the toaster, but I did a decent job with the minimal work I did. My mood was instantly lifted.

The weekend didn't end without tears though. My mom had to put her baby Ozzy down.  He was diagnosed with diabetes about a month and a half ago. My mom couldn't afford the treatment (like hundreds of dollars per month) so she was just letting him ride it out thinking he had months left. They went for a walk on Friday, then when she got up Saturday he was a completely different dog in the worst way. When she got home from her visit last night, she didn't think he would make it through the night, and didn't really want him to live like that. I mean, the dog refused a slice of cheese. Ozzy doesn't turn down food of any kind. Ever. Period. So, Danny and my brother went down to get  my mom and Ozzy, then went to do what needed done at the vet. My mom stayed with us last night and is loving on Tucker this morning to help boost her spirits. That dog was part of her life for 10 years and her rock since my dad died. He was her best friend. So sad!

Aug 8, 2014

Spend Now, Save Later

Alright, we all know I love to save money. I mean I've said time and time again that one of the main reasons I'm breastfeeding is because I don't want to pay for formula. Even more so now that Tuck has the milk allergy. Well, today I'm sharing with you my grand Christmas shopping plan. Which has already started. That's what happens when you have a baby in the month of December, plus you want to throw a 1st birthday party, an adult Christmas party and lets not forget that people like Christmas gifts.

Back in April (I think) I finally gave in at Old Navy when they asked if I wanted to open a credit card. I did because my cart was filled to the brim and that 15% savings would help. I also did it because when I go on my girls trip with Danny's family we spend at least an hour and a half in Old Navy, buying for ourselves and each other's children. This card would come in handy.

At the time I didn't know just how handy it would be, but I found out in July. In July they sent me a flyer that every dollar spent was worth 5 times the reward points. Everywhere, not just at Old Navy and the brand stores (Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic, and I think there is one more). So, instead of using my normal credit card, I started swiping my Old Navy card. Miscellaneous purchases, some gas, food, anywhere I would normally use my regular credit card.

July ended and in my inbox was a $45 waiting for me. With an expiration date of 12/31/14. Well after my shopping trip. With the affordable prices at Old Navy, I could have 3/5 nieces/nephews clothing gift paid for. (I give clothes and a toy. I'm a cool aunt) So, in my mailbox this month was another flyer. 3 times the points everywhere. I've already earned $25 reward that is good until February. I now have all 5 nieces and nephews clothes gift paid for. The other nice part? I earned those points, buying Tucker's Christmas/birthday gifts. I'm using Christmas shopping to pay for Christmas shopping.

Danny is even impressed with my smarts so I know I'm doing something right!

By the way, Old Navy/Gap Brands has no clue I'm doing this so there is no additional kickback. I just like saving money and I like sharing my good ideas when I have them.

Another perk, more money for Target.
And a new car... and a camper... I like nice things :)

Aug 6, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday

A post from me 2 days in a row? It's a blogging miracle!

If I've ever needed a weight check in, it's now. However, I don't have any stats this week since I forgot to weigh myself before I ate breakfast. I don't want that large bowl of oatmeal throwing the scale off :)

A week and a half ago I got the orders from Tucker's pediatric GI doctor to remove dairy from my diet. The naïve and uneducated Erin thought "no problem, I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds while saving $30-40 a week and helping my baby feel better" Cutting out dairy is f'ing hard.

I had no idea what I was getting into and how much dairy was in the "healthier" foods that I eat. Laughing cow cheese, certain breads, most salad dressings, yogurt... Basically dairy was in almost every thing I eat and included in every meal. 

I've spent the last week and a half researching and brainstorming ideas on how I can still enjoy the foods I eat. With me being unprepared and having little knowledge, I've been eating poorly. I unfortunately remembered reading that Oreos are dairy free. I ate all an entire package with the, exception for 5 or 6, over the weekend. Another unfortunate thing is that salads from fast food restaurants are likely out of the question now. I believe most of them are pre-made so I would feel like a total dickhead asking them for no cheese. (someone please correct me if I am wrong) This leaves me ordering a burger and fries, but not before I Google the restaurants allergen menu. Most restaurants have them available online so that is super helpful.

Now that I am almost 2 weeks into it, I feel a little better about the whole thing and am getting better with my choices. Plus, it forces me to be prepared. I've said many, many times that if I don't plan ahead, I fail miserably. For instance, last night Danny and I went to Olive Garden for our anniversary. It was there or Chili's after I had done my research and I knew what I could order from both places. I knew all day long yesterday that for dinner I was going to have breadsticks (still unsure about the butter on them. The allergen menu said they were dairy free but Lose It says there is butter.), pasta e fagioli soup (I about cried when I found out there was parmesan cheese in the salad dressing) and spaghetti with meat sauce. Not counting the 9 oz small glass of wine, I walked out of Olive Garden just 97 calories over my daily limit. Had I been able to eat dairy, I probably would have been an entire days worth over. So, this might not be so bad after all.

Over the next week, I'm going to try really hard to document what I eat and then share with the class next week!

Aug 5, 2014

3 years

Yesterday I spared you guys the repeat recap of this past weekend. With the exception of no doctor's appointment for Tuck on Friday, it was the exact same. Campground on Saturday, birthday party and getting shit done on Sunday. You didn't need to read about that again.

Today is a special day though. Three years ago today, I became Mrs. Summers. Three years ago today I was getting the reception decorations all set up before heading to the salon to get wedding ready. It was seriously the most perfect day, with only a couple minor hiccups that didn't even bother me. Nothing about the wedding mattered except the open bar because I was excited for our marriage. The moment Danny and I started dating, I knew he was the one. I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with this man and I couldn't wait for that day to arrive.

Here are some of my favorite photos from our wedding day.

Danny and I opted out of not seeing each other before the wedding. We didn't want to make our guests wait too long at the reception while we finished up pictures. We chose to just have a special moment with the two of us (and the photographer obviously). After a couple shots, we were left to spend a few moments together before we finished pictures. It didn't take anything away from walking down the aisle either.
My brother had the duty of walking me down the aisle since our dad passed away the year before. About 30 minutes before we were to walk out, we had a Crown Royal drink in honor of our dad. I had special glasses made for the occasion with the Crown Royal slogan, "For Every King A Crown" It was a special time.
This is one of my absolute favorite pictures from our wedding. An in the moment, not posing picture. I just love it.
Our first dance. Who doesn't love one of their first dance photos?
The two most important things in my dad's life were his family and his friends. I wanted to do something special with his 3 best friends. The guy in the first picture wrote a song for George Strait called "Oh, What a Perfect Day" and my dad was so incredibly proud of him. He went out and bought like 6 of the CD's since his friend would make a cut of each record sold. I had the DJ play that song and call all 3 of them out to the dance floor. I danced with each of them for a little bit of the song. I won't ever get a true father daughter dance, but this is the next best thing and something I will hold near and dear to my heart.
My bridesmaids. My closest friends (except one) still to this day.
A special dance with some of my sorority sisters. At the end of each formal, the song Miss American Pie was played. It was only right to play it at our wedding.
Here's to another wonderful year with the man of my dreams!