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we’re really getting maui’ed!

No Comments | Written by Cat on Aug 13 2009 in randomness,wedding planning

So realization for me has finally set in…after over a year of being engaged and wedding planning, it has finally hit me that I’ll be hopping on a plane and getting married in a little over 2 weeks! I’ve always looked at my countdown clock that Karen gave me and saw the days pass but still think of our wedding day to be in far future — but now there’s no more months to countdown, just days…yikes!

Much has happened since my last blog…let’s see — we had both our wedding showers, up north in the Bay Area (thanks family for a great time!) and at the UCI Pub (thanks everyone that could make it, it was soooo much fun!) Both our showers had really fun games…Family Feud (always a hit!), Win, Lose or Draw and a fun but tiring scavenger hunt game around our college campus. It was great to spend time with our family and friends which makes us really excited about going to Maui.

Our shower in the Bay was also the same weekend as my bachelorette party in the City (that’s San Francisco for all you non-bay areaians, there’s only 1 city for us ha ha). We started off with heading to the City and checking in to our hotel downtown to get ready. Then we hit up CIRCA for a light dinner (since we ate our way through the day at our wedding shower). If you ever go there, make sure you order the Lobster Corndogs and say hi to Chef Eric (who was apparently a contestant on Top Chef, but sorry to say I don’t watch the show!) After dinner, we made our way to Apartment 24 where the debauchery began. One of my bridesmaids, Mimi faciliated a scavenger hunt game that broke us up into 2 teams for the evening. Each team had a list of tasks that we had to accomplish throughout the evening to gain points for your “Diva” team. Each girl had a “Diva” name…of course the bride to be’s Eva the Diva’s team won! After a couple bottles of table service, we were definitely having a good time, and by the end of the night, the alcohol won and I lost. But it was totally worth it and such a memorable time. The next day we spent relaxing and recovering at Anna’s condo at One Rincon Hill  — thank you Jesus the hospitality suite had a nice couch for me to lay down on and nurse my hangover. Thanks to my MoH, bridesmaids, Ana and Sherie for a wonderful and memorable time! I’ll spare the crazy details on here, but I will tell you from the photos we had a lot of fun and I was definitely that girl that night. A special thanks to my cousin Michelle for taking the spill for me not once, but twice! And one of the best presents I have ever received, the girls created the fastest scrapbook known to man during our recovery day at Anna’s with loads of pictures, sentiments and memories of my bachelorette night. Ahhh…good times.

But it looked like everything had taken a toll on me…the constant craziness at work, all the wedding planning, the stress, the traveling, wedding festivities…because I got really sick last week…for the ENTIRE week. I was literally out of commission. My body just had it with me and my busy life. I came down with some bronchial infection and had a fever for 4 days! I hadn’t been that sick in years. Needless to say, I’m glad that there’s still 2 weeks til my wedding, hopefully enough time to be back at 110%! I’m feeling a lot better this week although, still nursing a sinus headache. Don’t have too much going on this weekend so hopefully I can continue to rest and recover!

Yesterday was my final fitting for my wedding dress. Mom and I drove up to LA to get fitted one last time and with all my stuff that I’ll be wearing on wedding day. And I was happily pleased to see it all come together. I remember the first time I put the dress on I was half way through tears of joy, now I’m just really excited that the feeling of becoming a bride is starting to resonate.

After my fitting and working for a few hours I hit up more wedding planning — got myself organized, flushing out more logistics, transitioning things over to Ops Mode as we would call it at work. I got a lot accomplished yesterday and it makes me feel a lot better and hopefully shorten the list of things to do before Hawaii. Because once I’m in Hawaii…its vacation and wedding time and I have made a promise to myself to enjoy every moment of it and not get bogged down with anymore logistics or planning. The wedding mantra “It is what it is” will become my motto and not that I won’t care, I just won’t let things get to me *crossing fingers* I keep this promise to myself!!! So whoever is coming to celebrate with us in Maui, please make sure I don’t let myself down! =)

With just two weeks left there are a few things I’m still working on: finalizing the music/playlist for our reception; finalizing and printing programs; assembling last of the paper pieces; tying up loose ends with our church coordinator; coordinating guest information and growing our pile of things to bring to Maui so we can start the packing process! All in all, we are in good shape if I do say so myself (*invisible pat on my own back*)  Really, at this point I’m kinda over planning, sometimes when another thing comes up that I need to plan I painly moan to myself and can’t wait til all the planning is done and the celebrating and partying begins! After 14 months of planning our special day will finally come to fruition — it’ll be amazing no matter what because Joe and I will finally be married!

happy easter!

No Comments | Written by Cat on Apr 14 2009 in randomness

Hello! Happy Easter friends and family! I am back to my usual self with fried foods back in my life. Ahh so delish. Joe and I drove up north to see his papa and my family. So nice to see them. We also saw the Juanley’s and had drinks with them at D&Bs. We try to maximize our time in the Bay and try to see everyone we can since there’s so many to visit! We also just booked our Vegas trip for the upcoming family get together. I started the tradition back when I turned 21 that the family all got together in Vegas to celebrate adulthood. This upcoming trip we’ll be celebrating my cousin Chris’ 21st and my other cousin Cienna’s 13th birthday. Its always good times in Vegas with my family, so we can’t wait! Easter Sunday was filled with lots of food (and lumpia for me!), finding eggs and nails around my Auntie’s house. When my grandpa was around he used to hide nails around the house since hiding eggs in our family was simply too easy because all it really was was aunties throwing eggs on the grass and we pick them up. ha ha. So the nail hunt is a little more challenging. I’m usually very bad at this game, I blame it on my eye sight…but this year Joe and I found 7 of them! For every nail you find its a $1.00 in your pocket, zing! So even though he’s passed away, grandpa is still around especially at Easter with our nail hunt. We also taught the family how to play Mafia. Yes! So fun. Its kinda funny to play with younger cousins and see how they can cover up their Mafia face. Ha ha.

Oh and thank goodness that I showed my aunt my invitation drafts because she totally caught something that I missed completely. I had put “coin” sponsor instead of “candle” — dude, I’m a nut!

So this week I’m looking forward to taking Friday off and looking for our wedding bands and then hanging out with the BFF in her hood. My goal is to also receive the BFF’s wedding shower invite order so I can mail them off. I’m also currently designing invites for her bachelorette weekend and my wedding showers, I am invite crazy right now! But I love it – pretty paper pieces make me smile. I can seriously spend hours on picking out the perfect font. Just another thing to keep my creative juices flowing. Oh and speaking of wedding showers, our OC location is moving. And I think all you Anteater freaks will be very excited. Because I am! =P

welcome spring!

2 Comments | Written by Cat on Apr 6 2009 in randomness,wedding planning

Spring is here! Which means 149 more days to go…yes this wedding countdown clock that Karen gave me stares back at me with the days/hours/minutes/seconds that we have left until our big day. Ha ha. Thanks Karen for the ultimate reminder! I’m just curious to see if it ticks like a time bomb when its crunch time. Let’s see…what have we been up to? Well we have another bonding day with the Danny’s in store for us…we’re going wedding band shopping later this month! Whooop whoop! Time to design our jeeewwreees! Thanks Mom for letting us use your hookups at the LA Jewelry Center. Joe wants his band to be a large round diamond that has a hole cut out in the center to slide his finger through, ummm yeah buddy…you have a crazy imagination! We’ve secured the location of our OC wedding shower, Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Save the date SoCal’ers…August 8th! View our calendar for other updates on important events leading up to the wedding. Like Joe’s bachelor party weekend in SD — get ready for ComicCon! Dr. Manhattan anyone? Ha ha. I know he’ll have a great time, he LOVES his comics. I also secured a cosmetologist to do my hair and makeup along with the other girls in my wedding party. Hi Marci!!! (if you’re reading my blog! =P ) Oh yes, we also finalized our song list for the church ceremony. Yippee! So things are moving along…I’m also busy helping the BFF with her some of her wedding plans…I can’t believe it’s only 3 months away, I can’t wait…so excited, its going to be so beautiful and crazy fun! I really need to start thinking about my MoH speech. I’m not a great speaker (although I know a lot of you may think just because I’m loud and sometimes crazy I should be) — butterflies will be fluttering for sure! Oh yes, and how can I forget…I’ve been trying to be consistent with my wedding diet…ha ha ha, yeah right! Well I am trying to work out more and because I’ve given up fried foods for lent, that has also helped me eat better…but I know once Sunday hits, I will be feening for some yummy fried goodness at my family party! Mmmm, I hope there’s lumpia!

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1 Comment | Written by Cat on Oct 2 2008 in randomness

hello world! if you’re reading this right now, thanks so much for stopping by our website! not only did we want our site to contain important info about our wedding, but we also wanted all our guests to come along for the roller coaster ride we like to call ‘wedding planning’. this also gives us a chance to look back and remember our journey to the beginning of the rest of our lives together. so check back often and read how all the craziness will unfold until we tie the knot on 9/3/09!

p.s. anyone out there has full rights to put me in check if i turn into ‘bridezilla’ during this process! =P

this is a test…

No Comments | Written by Cat on Oct 2 2008 in randomness

…hey is this thing on? hello? can anyone hear us?

thanks to brudder james for putting our website together! we love it and you!