Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Getting Back on the Horse

I've fallen off the horse and haven't been doing a very good job at being a faithful blogger. True story.

What's worse is that I start getting antsy when Young House Love hasn't posted by 10:00am, or when Darby hasn't posted in 2-3 days or even when The Pioneer Woman only posts once or twice instead of 2-3 times a day. What gives me the right to question their blogging skills when I've barely posted once a month?

The dog ate it doesn't necessarily work in this situation, does it? 

Well here's my list of excuses:
1- I moved to a new town 10 months ago
2- I started a new job 9 months ago
3- I was planning a wedding for the better half of a year
4- With that wedding comes a lot of parties and out of town events
5- I got married and went on a honeymoon
6- We've been working on getting the house together
7- Pinterest has consumed most of my free time
8- None of these are really good excuses and would have all made for good blog material
9- I've just not sat my butt down and started typing

And so, here we are. I should just start with all of the fun and excitement of the wedding but I'm going to hold that post off until I get my pictures back and when I have a full Saturday afternoon to just sit and recap all of the excitement and fun of that day.

Until then, here's a little snip of a few things that have been going on in the past few months...compliments of the iPhone camera (so don't judge the lack photography skills, please)

Way back for the 4th of July we went and watched the fireworks on the beach. I took a quilt and an individual serving of Mrs. Edwards' lemon meringue pie. I think this might be what people think about when pondering what the American dream looks like... 

Uncle John came for a brief visit in July. We managed to fit in dinner and drinks on the water after we did a quick practice of the wedding music. We met up in Shallotte and had dinner at Inlet View Bar and Grill

Whitney and I enjoyed some trips out on the boat with Cleve and Jenna this summer. We went out to dinner in Ocean Isle and over to Tubbs Inlet in Sunset Beach on numerous occasions... not nearly as much as we would have liked, but we plan to make up for it next summer!

There were wedding showers galore! It's amazing how good it is to have family and friends that love you. We got so many nice gifts and new things for our home. Now, just trying to find a place to put it all is the hard part! And I've got more thank you notes to write and I don't know where to begin. If you're reading this and haven't received a thank you note, please know that it is coming! 

The Foundation Ball was on August 20 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach. It was an amazing night that I am so proud to have been a part of. We had a great group of ladies who worked so hard all summer long pulling together such a great event. I couldn't have done any of it without them and I am ready to get back started on next year's ball - mainly because I get to hang out with some awesome women who work so hard in our community! 

Most of the month of September was spent in Whitney's parent's yard getting ready for the big day. The set-up was a huge undertaking but it was so much fun. We are both so blessed with family and friends who loved us enough to drive from all over to help us paint, string lights, build a stage, cut limbs, paint fences, make homemade jam, assemble programs...and the list goes on and on. It was definitely a group effort to pull it all together! 

And this was my saving grace for most of the summer! My grandmother has me hooked on this frozen yogurt and it pairs well with a glass of chardonnay. 

My favorite group of girls took me away to the Wild Dunes at Isle of Palms, SC for my bachelorette party. We had a great time just relaxing at the beach, running our mouths about nothing at all, finding out someone in our group is having a baby (yay, Holly!) and realizing that none of us are 22 anymore. But it was a great weekend and one I will always remember! 

I had to throw this picture in the mix. This is the update I got from the Weather Channel the week before our wedding. Guess what? They were wrong! But we'll save that one for another post. Let's just say I'm a very happily married woman right now and a little rain couldn't even stop that!

And because I'm married, I've had to change my last name! Who knew how much paperwork and time that requires? Ouch. 

I did have fun painting this little pumpkin for our first Halloween together. Whitney was questioning me when he saw me whip out the white paint for the pumpkin. Our next door neighbor also politely pointed out this is the first time she's seen Whitney's house decorated for fall. It's amazing what having a girl roommate can do for the neighborhood. :)

I just recently started on this little big project that has already consumed more of my free weekend time than I originally thought. I'll save the details for this one for another post, but I'm so excited with how it's turning out and can't wait to see the finished product. 

And now we're officially caught up to Halloween - the end of October and the beginning of November! We went to a Halloween party last night and had a great time. We dressed up as Whitney's favorite character from YouTube who is a recovering addict from the 70's. I was supposed to be his addiction specialist. He thought the black eye would really step the costume up a notch. It's a hard one to explain but for those who know Whitney and his sense of humor it was a hit.

And that's life for us in a nut shell. It's been a wild and crazy summer but it was a great one! I'm officially Kelly Hughes and the real fun can begin - our life together! Who knows what will happen next?

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