One of my Mum’s oldest friends is quite an accomplished quilter. She has been my inspiration…my quilting skills are NOWHERE near hers but I do hope one day to be able to sew some pieces are gorgeous as hers. She made Garret and I beautiful quilt for our wedding gift and it was finished just before Christmas and we picked it up. She has everyone pose with the quilts she makes them before she sends them to their new home–we had a lot of fun posing with ours
With this quilt and our love we will stay warm!
our fancy quilt pose
It is so beautiful that we currently have it on our couch because G thought that not enough people would see if it we put it on our bed. We obviously have way more visitors to our living room than our bedroom ha ha. It is hard to see in the pictures but the quilting was actually done with a variegated thread and it looks so amazing. We received many truly special gifts for our wedding that we will cherish forever. We are l so blessed to have so many people in our lives that love us and spoil us so much.
One of the things that I always have loved about Garret is that he will always dance with me. I had never dated someone who was so willing to hit the dance floor…match made in heaven! We had discussed doing something special for our first dance but never really got around to planning anything. We were at a wedding this summer where the couple had a special dance and we remarked how special that was…and yet we still did nothing about it. Cue my mother in law who can be very persuasive–she did some googling and found us an amazing dance instructor who taught lessons just outside of Barrie. As our wedding gift she gave us the first few lessons to get us started and we had a total blast. Most of the dancing we had done together involved goofing around and nothing technical. We weren’t sure what we had in store for us once we started classes. I thought that learning the Viennese Waltz was really sexy and a lot of fun. It surprised Garret how much he enjoyed it as well. We didn’t tell many people that we had something special planned so it was really great to “wow” some of our guests with our sweet dance moves.
Last night our friend/videographer sent us the link to our first Dance from the wedding. It was really dark in the room so he did his best getting footage–I love that it looks vintagey. This was the first time we got to see ourselves in action and I am pretty proud of the progress we made. We don’t have footage of those first few lessons, but let me just say we weren’t quite Fred and Ginger.
We did some crazy cleaning and organizing today. G hung up the guestbook picture from the wedding so now when we wake up each day we can be greeted with this
Now that we have looked closer at everyone’s signatures we have noticed that a few couples have doubled up. G claims its cause the wives didn’t trust their husbands to sign…sounds like a fair assessment to me. Got me wondering how many times we have doubled up on the same thing
Sometime in the summer G and I were in the car singing along to the radio–one of our fave pastimes. “5 long years” by Colin James came on and I sang along to it somewhat absentmindedly thinking…hmmmm it’s our 5 year anniversary this fall…I will post this on Facebook/the blog as my Happy Anniversary tribute. Then I never thought about it again until today. So I pulled up the Youtube of the song to listen to it and then realized….this is NOT what I thought this song was about at ALL. I now realize that the story is that they broke up 5 years ago….and he hasn’t seen her loving eyes since then and it’s sad cause he still loves her just the same. Not quite the smushie lovey vibe I was going for with the whole post. But 1) it’s funny and 2) it’s a great song, so I am posting it anyway. I also should probably change the words, but “It’s been 5 awesome years and I love you even more” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it but then again I don’t claim to be a song writer.
Have a listen and a laugh
And now to fill the cheesy love blog quota for the year:
Dearest sweet husband babe/Old Man, (with too many other nicknames to fill out here),
While these have definitely been the best 5 years of my life, the past few months have stood out as two of the best. Becoming your wife has made me so happy as we officially start our family as the Walsh’s. Thank you for being you, and for loving me the way you do. I know with no doubt that we were made for each other and I am thankful every day that we found each other. You drive me absolutely bonkers at times, (and I am sure I do the same) but I would never change it for the world. I look forward to each new milestone we reach…and yes, after this year we can just start celebrating our wedding anniversary and not also our dating one…One less card to buy 😉
I love you to the moon and back,
Your lil Wife /Old Lady (insert other nicknames here)
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction–Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I love that quote…but I do feel that sometimes gazing at each other is just what love needs.
I ordered our Thank you cards today from Shutterfly. I am super duper excited for them to come. I originally wanted to wait for our professional pictures to come back but I also don’t want to be writing Thank you cards at the same time as Christmas cards, so I just used some of the best ones from friends and family and got it going. I find Shutterfly really user friendly and it only took me about 10 mins to choose and create what I think is the perfect card for us! Now onwards to write out about 70 of them.
Both of G’s sweet Grandmas live in nursing homes and were unable to come to our wedding. We had decided a few months ago that we would dress in our wedding finery and go visit them so they could still see us all dolled up. This past weekend was Grandma Boyce’s turn so we headed up to North Bay Friday night and on Saturday we went over with Charlene and her cousin for a visit. I think that Grandma really enjoyed seeing us dressed up and it was a bit hit for some of the other people in the home as well.
She signed our Guest Book
Posed for some pictures with the happy couple
I love how this one turned out!
She noted “Garret you forgot to shave for your wedding”. When he asked if she liked it she was very honest and said “yes….and no” We had a good chuckle with her about that.
On our way home we kept up our Walsh ritual of hitting up Weber’s. Honestly we could have just had breakfast and G will insist we stop! We took a photo because I think this will be our last visit before they close for the season. (Nerd Alert: I think that I could make an entire scrapbook just of the Weber’s photos we take every year…scary)
First official Walsh family visit
An additional highlight this weekend was while we were hanging out on Sunday night our wedding photographer sent us a few photos! He is still processing and editing them, but he knew how excited I was so he emailed us a little preview. I CANNOT wait to see the rest. We were quite fortunate to have a lot of people taking photos that day so we get to have several different views on all the events. Sigh….I can’t believe it was nearly a month ago!
Rocking Rain boots and Umbrella’s–best way to combat wedding day rain!
Nearly 5 years later, reliving our first date
So all in all it was a lovely, busy, family and friend filled weekend!
Garret and I have lived together for over 4 years now, and been dating for close to 5. We share a bank account, vehicles, a house and now a history. He is my person.
I had wanted to get married, but I really didn’t think that I would feel any different. Technically we have been living as husband and wife, and would saying our “I dos” change that? I didn’t think so. However, the closer we have come to reaching our wedding day I feel the enormity of what we are committing to. I guess I can’t really explain it because I have felt committed to him all this time, but just somehow, vowing in front of our friends and family that we will love and cherish each other forever just seems to make things a bigger deal. We have been giggling with each other for the past few weeks, referring to each other as “almost husband” and “almost wife” Somehow I feel that in 5 days it will be really surreal for us to be “actual husband” and “actual wife” It has been lovely having such a long engagement, we have got to enjoy this stage together…but it just made our wedding feel so far away. I can honestly say that as I am writing this I feel total disbelief regarding our wedding being in Saturday. Surely it is still a few more months away? I have to say though that I am really happy that I am feeling more excited about the change that is to take place in our lives. I know that even when he is my husband he will still never do the dishes, and he knows that I will still never pull my hair out of the drain…we know that things won’t change between us, yet in another way everything will change. How awesome.