My August Wedding, and Mini-Getaway

It’s been a couple weeks since I truly sat and wrote the goings-on in my life. August has been quite busy, and here’s why:

Wedding!
I finally married the love of my life! It’s been 3 years in the making, and Andy & I feel so blessed that our close friends and family got to share our day with us!

There were stressors of course: some unexpected departures, and last -minute meltdowns (a lot for my 4yr old niece to handle), but my wedding coordinator Anita was a life-saver in guiding me towards patience. I’m so thankful to have hired a wedding coordinator to manage last-minute details (and peace of mind)!

Pics: My lovely friend Jane took the ceremony pic, while my other friend Melinda Prather took the reception pic (plus the cover photo)! Thank you so much!

Mini-Getaway
A couple days after the wedding, Andy and I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA. Since we’re saving up for a extended honeymoon next year, we set aside a couple days to relax and enjoy Pittsburgh for a few days:

Grandview Overlook
We visited the Grandview Avenue Overlook, which has gorgeous views of Pittsburgh and its three rivers. It’s equally breathtaking by day as well! We also went on the Duquesne Incline, but I forgot to take pics!


All the Animals!
We visited The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, where we took the tram to tour the area before enjoying specific sites. My favorite was saying hello to our Polar Bear and Tiger friends!

Go Bucs!
I’m a passionate Mets fan, but I also love me a good Pirates game! Although the Pirates are having a rough season, I still couldn’t wait to check out one of their games, in such a beautiful venue.
And– wouldn’t you know it– they won that night!

Andy took this stunning photo of the ballpark!

‘The Great One’
On our last day in Pittsburgh, we toured The Clemente Museum. Our tour guide Vince gave a wonderful description of Clemente’s professional and personal life. Being Puerto Rican myself, I grew up listening to family stories of Clemente’s lifelong service to Puerto Rico, and passion as a ball player.

So that was my August in a nutshell! Now begins my name-changing process, which I hope won’t be too painful, like the rumors say!

Bookish Note:
I did read this month, which I will post in my wrap-up entry
. I have some exciting news to share!

Reading Blog: Readathon Progress

I’m in the midst of wedding planning, but I managed to make some time for my stories. As much as I’m excited about my wedding (10 days away!), I need a break from planning for a little while.

This week I finished the audiobook of Again, but Better. I liked how the story was a light read, certainly easier to move through than Outlander. It was a fun tale about finding (and re-inventing) oneself. I read a portion of it in the evenings, when I had available time.

I’m almost done with Outlander! While it’s a long book, it’s enjoyable to read. The history of the Scottish Highlands on the brink of war is quite rich. Claire’s quest in returning to her own time period has notable obstacles in her journey, causing her to re-evaluate her wants and desires in life. It’s also a very steamy read!

Wednesday Thoughts

This month has brought a lot of inactivity on the reading/writing front. Most of it has been due to health issues, and feeling stressed out from said problems. Planning a wedding has also brought its share of uncertainty, due to a dear family member (who is in the bridal party) neglecting her responsibility. Since I grew up with her, I should have expected that. Still annoying though!

I hope to become more attentive on what I truly need in my life in the coming weeks. Things with my health have begun taking a positive turn, and I hope to see other good changes soon. And I’m looking to get back into reading this week. Small steps.

December 29, 2018: Wedding Colors/Flower Girls

My David’s Bridal color swatches shipped out today. I’m looking forward to their arrival…I need to discover which shade of yellow could work with the purple I selected for my color scheme. This yellow shade will be paired with the other color in the reception area.

Next year will be a busy one, since the wedding will now be eight months away. I need to search for flower girl dress ideas, for when Ana and Nadia go for their outfits. I’m hoping for the best.

December 26, 2018: Growing Up/Coordinating

The free time passes by so quickly! It seemed like Friday was only a few hours ago, and now I’m up at 5am once more, readying myself for work. I did have a relaxing time with relatives and reading. Ana is growing so quickly! She’s even talking more clearly, the ‘child-like’ sound of her speech fading away. I felt a bit wistful whenever I heard her speak. Her mom is still convinced that she bears no resemblance to her. I see Ana’s recent smiling photos, and a younger version of Brittany still looks back at me. It makes me laugh.

One thing I need to do is arrange a time for Brittany and Joyce (the other bridesmaid in my wedding) to get together and coordinate. I don’t necessarily think of minute details, aside from dressing in the color I gave them. Everyone else is concerned about matching outfits though. So the three of us can meet, and they can work out that detail. If Brittany can pin down a time to meet up.

December 21, 2018: Appointments and Sharings

Thursday was such a hectic time for me after I left work. I didn’t think that was possible, but it was. I finally had a medical appointment that did so many tests, and I need to follow up next month. It was all necessary, yet I was taken aback at how much I needed to take care of. I meet with the doctor again at the end of next month.

Afterward, Andy and I met up with the deacon to discuss marriage preperation. We only have one more meeting coming up, then we meet up with the priest giving the wedding. That one will be a couple months before the wedding. This meeting was also emotional, but this one dealt with communication. It was all a good experience, a lot was discussed.

December 10, 2018: Reading Progress/Wedding Tasks

I’ve made some progress in Liane Moriarty’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’. So far, it seems like the ‘wellness resort’ that Frances and the other participants are staying at is certainly not what it seems! The multiple- perspective voice in the story keeps the momentum going also. I’m hoping to keep my reading pace going this week.

I also want to add on to my wedding registry this week. I wanted to head to a store yesterday to add items, but time passed too quickly, and I never got around to going. Thankfully I can look around online for the things Andy and I need. I also need to search for ‘just right’ shoes for my wedding. A small heel would be what I need, nothing too high.

November 29, 2018: Thursday Thoughts

The days are getting colder…not that much to be inside all the time, but a chill is definitely in the air. I’m taking advantage of all the seasonable days I have. Winter will be here before we know it.

I got in contact with my cousin yesterday, to see if we can get together to find shoes for my wedding. It’s so impossible to get in touch with her for anything, but she and her daughter will be in the wedding, so I would like for her to be involved in some way. I will see what transpires.

November 4, 2018: Planning

Today ends ‘Daylight Savings’ time, or that period when it gets darker mich earlier. Aside from gaining that extra hour of sleep, there isn’t much that changes. As I get older, what my grandfather always shares with me about this day is true: people re-enter their daily routine, nothing changes.

For myself, I continue to stay busy, prepping for my class this week, gathering materials. Since this month’s curriculum focuses on Food, I can easily gather empty cartons and boxes from home. I’ve learned that you need to rely on yourself to gather resources for curriculum planning, so I’ve been pretty preoccupied the past week.

Along with curriculum planning, I’m gathering more ideas for my wedding. Pintrest has been very helpful in collecting useful visuals. Surprisingly, I found a useful idea in floral arrangements this week at work. My goal is to have sunflowers and lilacs as a main theme, and someone brought in flowers with this exact color scheme. I loved how my vision for florals (indirectly) came to life!

October 22, 2018: 300 Days

This morning I began looking through the ‘Together for Life’ readings we need to select for the wedding next year. At first glance it feels overwhelming. So many passages to choose from! Some feeling too lengthy, too short, or too limiting. As I spent more time searching, my mind settled somewhat. The readings all were meaningful, I just need to find the ones that will apply to mine and Andy’s big day. The book details the entire service, so I found myself imagining our day as I’m reading each phase of the ceremony. It made me feel a little excited!

There are so many other details that I now need to worry about, such as florals and aesthetics. And finding a way to include my mom in the ceremony. Knowing that she’s no longer here, yet having her with us.

It will soon be August before I know it, and I want my wedding to be a memorable experience.