We’ve only just begun to…

to live….err, start our counter tops. 🙂

Well guys, the big project is finally underway. I feel like I’ve been talking about all things kitchen counter tops for far too long, and unfortunately, the fun doesn’t stop just yet.

Beer Bottles for Kitchen Countertops

So many beer bottles in my dishwasher all weekend!

I mean the fun kind of stops, because we’ve collected enough beer and wine bottles to mix in with the concrete and now the real work begins. Lets not kid ourselves, I’ll probably have a glass or two this weekend in between helping Jeff with the labor part of the work. 😉

So, a few nights ago Jeff took the first step by creating the form (I called it a mold and I was corrected) for the counter tops. This form will hold the broken glass and wet concrete while it’s sets and dries, creating our new counter tops.

Kitchen Countertop Mold 1According to Jeff, the bottom of the form was made using three 2′ x 8′ sheets of melamine, (similar to what IKEA furniture is made of but with a plastic veneer) and the form edges are finish grade pine 1x2s. Again, that last sentence was all Jeff.

The form is measured to the current dimensions of our counter tops with a cutout for the new sink, (double sink, woohoo!). There’s also a form for the new small side bar we’re adding.

Kitchen Countertops Mold 2It might be a little difficult to see just how this fits in our current kitchen by looking at this picture, so check out the photo below for a more user-friendly guide. Caution: I made it very technical.

Kitchen Countertops Mold 3As an FYI, from this photo it looks like the sink and little bar are right next to each other, but that’s not the case for our kitchen. They’re just like that in the form to make room for everything.

Still confused? Don’t worry, me too. Jeff keeps assuring me it will all work out.

We’re getting back to work this weekend and I’ll keep you posted on our progress. Hope you all have a great weekend too!

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Celebrating our engagement…

wait, another party?? We’re pretty lucky over here to have some great friends who went above and beyond to throw us a slightly more formal (and way less humid) engagement party. I was less surprised for this one. 🙂

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Two of my co-workers – who surprisingly aren’t too sick of me to still want to hangout on the weekends – graciously offered to host us and our friends to celebrate our impending nuptials, and share in this exciting time in our lives.

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These hosts. Love them so.

I honestly didn’t snap too many photos, (okay, well less than normal) but as part of our ongoing “Going to the Chapel” scrapbook on this little blog, here are a few photos of the evening.

Engagement Party

Engagement Party 4

Who needs a party when you have cupcakes and macaroons from The Sweet Lobby?? I was tempted to just take them and run.

Engagement Party 6

Yep, this guy’s my boss. He’s pretty serious all the time.

Engagement Party 2

I’ll leave you with this photo, because I’m still not sure what’s going on.

Thank you again to everyone who came out for the little shindig. We had so much fun and we’re thankful for all the love and support we’ve received these past few weeks, it just makes us even more excited for the big day.

P.S. As of today, the kitchen countertops are actually underway! Pictures coming later this week.

 

How I asked my bridal party…

to you know, be a part of our big day. (Is this really happening? Pinch me.)

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*Sidenote: here on our little blog, I thought I’d start updating you on plans, share a few stories about our dating years, and clue you in on any DIY tips, and ideas we have for our big day. Since today’s post happens to be the first of the (possibly many) wedding posts, I thought I’d toss out a disclaimer of sorts. And…if I haven’t lost all you male readers out there yet, bear with me, we’ll have plenty more home improvement projects! God help us. 🙂

Now back to the title. I wanted to find a cute and personal way to ask the members of my bridal party to share in our special day. I know the whole concept of creative invites isn’t new, but I found my inspiration on a Pinterest post (the site that’s a daily reminder of everything I can’t afford) and turned it into something more my own.

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I’ll be honest, Jeff was the photographer for this little card shoot, and I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you it caused a few frustrating moments. Turns out I’m a little particular about how I want things to look and on this project, Jeff didn’t share the same passion. I tried to get him to do this for his groomsman, but he declined, telling me a phone call would do. Boys.

Overall it was pretty simple. I bought the thought-cloud-shaped chalkboard at Michaels for $1.99, took the photos against a blank wall in our house, and then finished creating the cards on Shutterfly. Easy as that!

And despite all the angst it caused Jeff and I, it’s been worth seeing the reactions of some very special people in my life who will be standing beside me on our wedding day. But don’t worry, more to come on them later.

These two…

they’re sure to warm (possibly melt) even the coldest of hearts.

Kelly and Cash 4 Kelly and Cash 3 Kelly and Cash 2Kelly fell pretty hard for Jeff’s parents newly-adopted pup Cash when we were all hanging out in Texas last week. Also not the craziest of dog lovers like my former self, I think Kelly might have been converted to the good side last weekend. 😉

And sweet Cash, what a trooper. I think when he wasn’t near Kelly she called for him no less than a 100 times. That girl is persistent and at times impatient, but then again, I wouldn’t know what that was like.

I mean seriously, could they be any sweeter?

brb, Kelly and I are off to secretly plot ways to get Cash to come live with one of us. 🙂

Meet the parents…

Texas style, y’all. And far less dramatic than any movie.

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I’m back to blogging more regularly after a little vacation home, and then a long weekend in Dallas where Jeff and I’s parents finally met! Ekk! Who am I kidding, it went great. There was basically no chance for failure since we’re both lucky to have some pretty wonderful parents.

Meet the Parents TexasIn all honesty, we had this weekend planned well before Jeff put a ring on it, but now that we’re doing the whole wedding planning thing we decided it was perfect timing for our respective parents to meet. Since Jeff’s parents graciously offered to host, we made our way to The Lone Star State for a weekend of eating, sight-seeing, lounging, and more eating (paused the wedding diet for a few days).

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^^See what I mean? My future hubby (I think I like that better than fiance) worked all day on those ribs and they were good. When in Texas, eat as the Texans do!^^

Kelly and Cash 1

^^These two, they were two peas in a pod the whole weekend. I’ve got a whole post on their love connection coming later this week. It’s too cute to miss.^^

Since dating, Jeff and I’ve been to Dallas many times, but this was the first time we paid a visit to Dealey Plaza, site of President Kennedy’s Assassination.

Texas Dealey Plaza

While a somber moment in history, the historical significance got to me. Jeff and I kept remarking that even though we weren’t alive at the time, we could feel the emotion as we read about all the history of that day in November.

Dealey Plaza Sixth Floor Museum

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Texas Dealey Plaza 2

^^As you can barely see in the background the white “X” marks the precise spot of the Kennedy Assassination, and when we finished taking this photo I turned to Jeff and exclaimed “why didn’t you smile?” Jeff: “I don’t know, do you smile at something like that?” Fair point.^^

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What a great visit. Now we’re all really ready for the wedding. Oh wait, we’ve got a little time for that. Whew.

Legal and lovin’ it…

kind of. Can’t say my beautiful, sassy, and sweet little sister loves adult beverages as much as the rest of us, but that’s probably for the best. 🙂 However, that didn’t stop her and the rest of my family from enjoying the party!

Kelly's 21st Birthday 4Kelly’s celebration happened to fall on the same weekend as the popular Kansas City Irish Fest, so we took the party there and boy was it fun. My family has no problem tapping into their Irish roots, especially the whole beer drinking part.

Kansas City Irish Fest 1

In case you didn’t know, we’re the “City of Fountains”, and I think they’re even better when they’re green.

Kansas City Irish Fest 2 Kansas City Irish Fest 4Since we were celebrating Kelly’s new legal status, we all had to share in her moment of buying her first beer, and of course snap a few photos too!

Kelly's 21st Birthday 2 Kelly's 21st Birthday 3

Kelly's 21st Birthday 1It was so much fun to spend time with family and friends, listen to great Irish music, including my new favorite We Banjo 3, (they’re not bad looking either) and of course toast the birthday girl. She stretched out that “birthday weekend” as long as she could. Though she’s pretty cute, so it’s not to hard for her to milk it for all it’s worth.

Kansas City Irish Fest 3

Sidenote: my mom also saw them at a small pub in Ireland a year ago! Small world.

If you can't tell, it was very warm outside. We we're one sweaty mess.

If you can’t tell, it was very warm outside. We we’re one sweaty mess, but we still had to get our picture with these guys!

Shannon and Dad at the Irish Fest

Pretty lucky to have a great older sister and dad. Love these two!

Kansas City Irish Fest 5It was a great Labor Day Weekend. So thankful for the time with my family. I hope you had a great weekend too!

P.S. I’m taking a little vacation this week. but then Jeff and I plan to continue our long list of home renovations. Stay tuned!