Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wedding Wednesday- Getting Ready

The wedding pictures are in!! I am so happy to have them; we keep going through them over and over and reliving the day. It was seriously the best day ever, I don't care how cliche that sounds! Anyways, I'm not going to bombard you with all of the pictures at once, plus I want to drag it out a bit, so I'm going to break the day down into 4 parts and post some of my favorite pictures from each part every Wednesday for the next few weeks. Today's post is much shorter than the next three, so brace yourselves ;-)

The girls got ready at our venue where our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all took place. There was a beautiful bridal suite for us to get ready in. We got there at 9:30am and started immediately decorating some areas (we did some decorating and the staff did others- I had specific ideas in my head for certain areas that I wanted us to do). Our hair and makeup stylists arrived at 10, and we spent the day lounging around the bridal suite, getting our hair and makeup done, eating/drinking, and listening to music.

We were finally all pretty much ready a little after 3pm, and the ceremony started at 4pm. Unfortunately we weren't ready in time to get more bridesmaid pictures before the ceremony (and it was way too cold to stay outside long for many after it was over), but it all worked out just fine.

Wyndridge also had a nice pub area blocked off from the bridal suite downstairs as well, and that's where the guys came to hang out around 2pm before the ceremony. They had already gotten ready individually and rode the limo over (wait til I tell you the story about our transportation debacle- if you're planning a wedding it'll give you nightmares!).

Speaking of nightmares, the groomsmen were supposed to be wearing suspenders and you'll notice how none of them are (except my youngest brother Mitchell, he got his elsewhere). Well, blame Mens' Wearhouse. I won't even get into it, but I'll just say we had SO many problems with them, and I highly recommend you use another place to get your guys' stuff for your wedding if you're planning one. I still think the guys looked good though. It's crazy how my happiness about getting married just overshadowed anything negative and I wasn't phased at all- it was a perfect day!

Next week, ceremony pictures! Happy Thanksgiving guys! Safe travels!
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Curious Jaxson

My adorable and sweet nephew Jaxson just turned ONE yesterday (how did the last year fly by so fast?!) and his big birthday party was Saturday. His party was awesome and so cute, so I thought you'd enjoy some pictures from his big day!

Isn't he just the cutest thing you ever did see?! Keep an eye out this week for some wedding pics! Dayna is getting our pics to use veryyyyy soon! Can't wait to post all about our awesome day (over 5 weeks ago already!) and show you our Christmas card!
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Sweet Little Oatmeal

So we took Oatmeal to the vet at the end of September with some concerns that we thought were, at worst, a doggy UTI. Our vet wanted to do some bloodwork and a urinalysis. We were surprised to get the call that Oatmeal had higher than normal creatinine and phosphorus levels, and that her urine was not concentrating properly. Our vet had us start her on a prescription kidney diet food and a renal supplement, with plans to retest in a month. 

Right after the wedding and before our honeymoon, we took her back to have more bloodwork and another urinalysis. The levels had fortunately come down some, probably as a result of the new food, but were still higher than the vet thought was normal for a 1 year old puppy, plus her urine was still dilute. The vet recommended we see a radiologist for an abdominal ultrasound of Oatmeal's kidneys, so on Tuesday I took her to that appointment.

We found out that Oatmeal has renal dysplasia, meaning that she was born with too small kidneys that have a lot of scar tissue (like at least 75% of her kidneys are non-functioning scar tissue). We took her to an internal medicine specialist in Maryland on Friday, and did some more tests and talked with us a lot about what we are going to do moving forward. For now, the treatment will focus on trying to make sure Oatmeal doesn't lose more kidney function, so the prescription kidney diet food she's been eating helps with that. They want to recheck her urine, blood, and blood pressure (it was high on Friday, she may need blood pressure meds) every month, then every three months, and if the levels stay stable, then every six months. She has an appointment in December at our regular vet to have all that tested again, then they will forward the results to the specialist who will call us with the results (that way we don't have to go all the way back down there). 

The internal medicine specialist said she can't really give us a prognosis, since every dog is different, but that hopefully Oatmeal can live many more years. Fingers crossed for our adorable puppy, we love her so much and want her to live a long and happy life! We certainly appreciate any and all prayers and/or happy thoughts sent our way! 
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Loving Lately

I got some really cool stuff recently (wedding gifts rock!) and I have some random other things I haven't shared that I'm loving lately. This is not a sponsored post, I just thought I'd share some of the many things I love!

My ice blue Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. I mean, c'mon, it's beautiful and so useful for baking. It comes with multiple attachments for different recipes and I can't wait to make Christmas cookies/bars in it! I love it.. thanks Mom

iRobot® Roomba® 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

The iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot. Seriously, this thing is the BEST. With 3 dogs, we have lots of dog hair everywhere all the time and with me being allergic to dogs, it kind of sucked having to vacuum all the time and move the furniture, etc. But this baby goes right under the couch and we schedule it to run at 2am so the dogs don't freak out. We also put it upstairs and let it vacuum up there like twice a week, it's so easy. I know the price seems a little high, but if you get it at Bed Bath & Beyond and use a 20% off coupon, the price comes down significantly and anyways, it's so worth it! Love this site for ordering dog food and toys. The prices are significantly lower than pet stores, and now that Oatmeal is on a special vet prescription food, we can even buy it on there too, for like $30 cheaper than at the vet's office (your vet has to fax them the prescription with refills though but they make it really easy). Also, their shipping (free over $49) is unbelievably fast (I got Oatmeal's food this week less than 24 hours after I ordered it!). Granted, we live like 30 miles from their distribution center, but I know that it's fast no matter what because we one time ran out of food while we were at the lake and had it delivered there in just like 2-3 days. Oh and their customer service is phenomenal!

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation. I am primarily a BareMinerals powder foundation user, but when my skin is drier in the colder months I found that I just love this stuff! It's the best drugstore foundation I've bought, and it definitely rivals or beats the majority of more expensive foundations I've used.

I know I've mentioned these many times before, but I just can't stop raving about these Vineyard Vines Long Sleeve Vintage Whale Graphic Pocket T-Shirts! Don't let the $42 price tag or the fact that it's a men's shirt scare you off.. they are totally worth the price. I have multiple and they are so soft and they hold up in the wash and I wear them ALL the time. There are tons of colors too! I also highly recommend their "Shep Shirts," which are actually partial zip pullovers- so comfy!

Oh and I don't have a good picture of it but I got like 8 inches cut off my hair the week after the wedding and I love it! I never do anything to it, I just take a shower in the morning and let it dry naturally since it's so short now! What are you loving lately? Have a great weekend!
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