Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I {heart} wedding planning!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a planner. I make lists in my head of what needs to be done and how to accomplish everything in the most effective manner. Most people look at a long list of to-dos and run screaming and crying in the other direction. Some of you curl up into a little ball and rock while singing "I'm A Little Teapot". Me? I ENJOY crossing things off lists, mental or physical. Are you that way?

The downside? Sometimes I'm so caught up in crossing one thing off and moving on to the next that I forget to enjoy the process and what my ultimate goal is. The other downside? I have a tendency to stress out, bug out and snap. And I mean SNAP.

When we first bought our house I was under so much stress - Greg was marching Drum Corps which took up almost all his time. When he wasn't marching, he was at work. I was working full time at a brand new job and spending every waking moment trying to make our house a home.

One weekend we had friends over to celebrate the 4th of July. After putting the party together by myself and not having one minute to breath, someone pulled a stupid prank and I LOST IT. If I had pea soup in my body it would have come spewing from my ear, nose and mouth. It was over dramatic and totally embarrassing. Well, embarrassing to anyone who hadn't owned a home before or didn't know how much I was carrying alone.

After that happened, I sat down and told myself I wasn't going to lose sight of why I planned things - you plan a party to enjoy everyone's company and have a good time. And you know what? Every party we've had since has been a blast. I still feel as though everyone is watching me out of the corner of their eye to see if I'll snap again, but I've learned my lesson.

So planning a wedding, as huge of an undertaking it is? I'm loving it! I love getting together with my bridesmaids to talk about colors and dresses. The thought of sitting around a table with my family, friends and Greg's family to make our Save the Date cards and Table Numbers almost brings me to tears. The experiences I have had and will continue to have are so amazing and will form lasting memories for years and years to come.

One huge surprise in this whole thing? Greg is just as in to wedding planning as I am! No lie. He's constantly sending me wedding ideas and thoughts. He's let me bounce ideas off him and had valuable input as to the direction we're going.

I'm blessed to have been born with the ability to plan and now smart enough to not let it take over my whole being.

I'm sure the day will come when I cry or hide or want to give up planning a wedding at all. For now, I'm enjoying the wedding bliss.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

~How He Proposed~

~How He Proposed~

Greg was really romantic – He told me about 3 weeks before my birthday that we were going somewhere and that I needed to pack 3 things:

  • A nice dress.
  • Comfy clothes.
  • Pajamas.

The morning of my birthday, I had no idea where were going. I figured we were going to Milwaukee when we got on the interstate, but I still wasn’t sure.

Our first stop was the Historic 3rd Ward where we walked around, shopped at the stores and open market and ate a really yummy lunch.

It was pouring the whole day, but it was a warm rain. And anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE rain.

Next, we then went to the Mitchell Park Domes and walked around for a while. http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/MitchellParkConserva10116.htm There were these little orange birds flying around that would get really close to you if you let them. We sat for quite some time watching them walk around.

After leaving the Domes I wasn’t sure where we would end up. Unbeknownst to me, he’d gotten us a room at the Hotel Metro - http://www.hotelmetro.com/. It is such an awesome hotel. We had a hot tub and fireplace in our room. We went downstairs to the lounge and had drinks and snacks – I had my first crème Brule martini and it was fabulous!

We got back up to the room and Greg was being really romantic and sweet. I still thought at this point that it was all just because it was my birthday.


When Greg asked me, I didn’t even realize he was asking me to marry him– he said “I know it’s your birthday, but would you do something for me?” I thought maybe, because he’d been sick with a cold, that he wanted me to rub his back or something.

He said “Would you spend the rest of your life with me?” I looked at him and said “What do you mean?” with a confused look on my face. I had no idea he was asking me!

He said “Will you be my wife? Will you marry me?” I started screaming and crying and hugging and kissing him. He pulled me away, looked me in the eyes and said “Will you please stop crying and say yes?!?!” I laughed, said “YES” and immediately got on the phone and called my family and friends, still screaming and crying. It was the perfect proposal.

Little did I know that there was more fun planned! We got all dressed up for dinner and headed out to catch our cab. The cab we rode in was an old mob car retrofitted like a taxi.


We went to the Capital Grille (http://www.thecapitalgrille.com) for dinner. Waiting for us were glasses of champagne with blackberries floating in them. Our server, the manager, other servers and hostesses came by to say congrats and asked to see my ring. They also brought out a special desert with “Congratulations Melissa and Greg” written in chocolate for desert.


When we got back to the hotel, there was another bottle of champagne in a bucket with glasses. It was so perfect!



I still find it hard to believe that Greg is no longer my boyfriend, but my fiancé, and that one day soon, he will be my husband.

All because two people fell in love...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

He asked, I said YES! I'm engaged!



On my birthday, which was Friday, Greg took me away for what I thought was my birthday weekend. It turned out to be that and so much more! We went to the Historic 3rd Ward, went shopping, browsed the gardens at the Michell Park Observatory, had a romantic room with a fireplace and hot tub at the Hotel Metro, got to ride in a fancy car and had one of the best dinners ever at the Capitol Grille.

It was super romantic and amazing! More pictures and details to come. Now I have something to blog about until the cows come home!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I Have a Blogging Problem

Hello, my name is Missie Jean and it’s been over a month since I last blogged.

*clap*clap*clap*

Where have I been?

Oh, a little of this:



A little of that:




Some more of this:



And well, I’ve been busy!

The months of June, July and August are ridiculously busy at work. We work our butts off from clock in to clock out. My nights? Softball Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. In between? Try to pay attention to our attention deprived cats, clean the house, do laundry, grocery shop, see my girlfriends, spend time with family.

It’s a crazy life, but it’s my life. J

My birthday is tomorrow. The big 2-7. Greg has a fun overnight trip planned that all I know is what to pack. No idea what we’re doing or where we’re going. I’m really excited!

My birthday this year has lasted a week. Tonight my awesome friends have planned a night of sushi and fun! I’m counting down the hours until I can see my girls.

Friday – Saturday, the aforementioned trip.

Sunday – huge cookout at our house to celebrate the life of yours truly.

Monday – recovery.

Well, just stopping by to let you all know I’m alive. Life is slowly starting to settle down and I’ll be back talking about everything and nothing before you know it!

Love you all for hanging in there!
~ Missie