Meet Willa

Meet Willa, our Maltipoo. She is the cutest thing on the planet, but she likes to eat everything! Yesterday was my first day at home with Willa, and it was quite an adventure. I got nothing done, and I couldn’t Willa proof our room because I was too busy dealing with Willa. I got what some people call “Nesting Syndrome” which is curable by either getting a dog (or something that needs the equivalent amount of care and attention), or having/wanting a baby.  Well Jacob nor I want a baby anytime soon, so needless to say, we got a puppy. She likes to eat everything yesterday her list including a wide variety of things including, (but not excluded to); toes, walls, cords, and toilets. When I told Jacob he replied, “toilets?”   Yep, toilets. She growls and barks at it then she pounces at it and tries to bite it. It really is pretty funny. If I had a video I would post it, but I do not.

Jacob absolutely loves this dog, and she loves him. She has those sad little puppy eyes, which of course means she gets her way. Just look at those eyes! Willa

Willa is not very photogenic, in fact she hates getting her picture taken. Multiple times she has tried to eat my phone when I tried to take a picture. I did manage to get some, so here is more pictures of my furbaby. Nats new iphone 540Nats new iphone 538

 

Bride and Groom session (part two)

As much as I hated to, I had to cancel our bride and groom session again. Not because of work but because of the weather. A high of 42, with wind!? No way am I getting my butt out side in a strapless dress to take pictures for two hours. Once again, there is a bright side to rescheduling.

When I rescheduled the first time, I didn’t think to look at the rest of the week. Turns out it is the day after he gets off his four nights. We worked around it though. Mom would drive us up there, drop us off, go shopping, then get us and take us home. Everything would work out. Mom could lace up my dress, and Jacob could sleep on the way there and back.

Then today I checked the weather. A high of 42, a low of 28 with wind out of the North.  I was miserable for the twenty minuets we were taking pictures out side during the wedding. I can’t imagine being out side for two hours in it. Luckily I was able to cancel my hair appointment and all. I feel really bad for canceling on Havi and my hair lady twice. We decided to post pone rescheduling it for a while.

As a way to apologize for boring you with another post, here is a photo of a Sheepadoodle, they are so adorable!

I found it on Pinterest, without a link.

The Journey

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

I think that sometimes we all get too caught up in the final project that we sometimes forget about the between times. The journey. Sometimes I think we get lost in the moment, knocking out obstacles, that we forget to appreciate the small things, the blessings in the moment. If all you are focused on is the end result, you will miss so much of the joy,

lessons, and growth that can come from waiting, form the journey.What good would a book be if we all just jumped to the ending?

If it wasn’t for the journey, we wouldn’t be able to grow. Jacob and I have goals, we have an idea of where we want to be in life five years from now; but we aren’t rushing to get there. We might want children five years from now, but that doesn’t mean we want them right now. We aren’t ready for children, nor are we ready to have our forever home. We still have a lot of growing to do together, and we have time to do that. I don’t want to start off at the top. If Jacob and I already had everything worked out, we would miss out on so much together. We are both still learning and discovering what our passions are, and what our calling is, but one day we will find them out, and it will be great. The thing is no one knows where God is going to call them in life, and when God says move, you move.

Jacob and I don’t know what God will tell us to do in five years. We can have plans all we want, and to us they may seem perfect, but more often than not God has his own agenda; and it usually doesn’t match our own. Unlike us, God likes to slowly introduce us to our plan. If he told us our plan all at once, we would probably do everything in our power to change those plans; because God is more powerful than man ever thought to be, and he knows what we are capable of, even when we don’t. So even if you aren’t where you want to be in life, remind yourself that God has a plan for you, and it is perfect. Sometimes we just have to trust in God. He knows what we are going to be doing ten years from now, he has control over the situation. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it.  He has a plan for all of us, and those plans are fool proof.

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Our House has a Due Date

For our house that is. Jacob and I have been working on our house since we last summer. On Monday after we got home I decided that we needed a due date, a goal. So we decided that our house is going to be due on March 24th. I don’t have to be in it. It just has to be done. I want to be in the house by March 27th. If we don’t get in on exactly those days it will be okay, but we needed to have something to go by.

Once we had a due date, we sat down and made a very detailed list of everything that has to be done. It is two pages long.  On the bright side, we are already working towards marking some of those things off. (See due dates really do work!) On top of that list, we have a list of things that we can do after we move in that need to be done. Like replacing a window, or adding crown molding to our living room. Then I have list of things I want to do before we move in. Like, making curtains or tablecloths.

Tomorrow I will add the list on here, so you guys can watch our progress.

Have a great Friday, and just in case you need something to make it even better, I am adding this picture of  dog dressed like a giraffe.

I do not own this picture, I found it on Pinterest with no link.

Bride and Groom Session?

Since Jacob and I got married last month, we have had a bride and groom session booked. I have been looking forward to it ever since. I was so excited for the chance to get back n my dress, and have more pictures of Jacob and I. Unfortunately they called Jacob in for over time yesterday. After we rented a tux. Thankfully they let him off early. Which I didn’t find out till after I canceled my hair appointment. By the time he got home, got the tux, and left the house, we were already running twenty minuets behind. When I got in the car, and half way to Dallas, I realized that I left my eye shadow at home, well  worked that out with make shift eye shadow. Then I realized I forgot my lipstick. Then we got thirty minuets out, it had taken longer than planned, and I had forgotten about the time it takes to put on my dress. At this point I decided to text Havi, (our photographer). She was great about it, and agreed that we should reschedule, so we moved it to next Monday. We were already in Dallas, so we decided to make the best of it.

We went to North Park, and just my luck that I would be wearing scrub pants, and left with only a pair of heels, and Jacob was in slacks a t-shirt. We looked ridiculous. I did take pictures, but I will not share them.

we bummed around, and we bought something a little more appropriate for dinner. We went to Hobby Lobby, and I picked up the stuff to make a project I am working on for our house. Then we ate dinner at The Melting Pot, it was so good. I loved it, and Jacob has been dieing to go there. It was romantic, and we can’t wait to take our pictures next week. It was a long day yesterday,but it ended up being wonderful.

I expected this post to be a lot longer, but I am tired of repeating the story, and it is not as funny in a blog post than it is in person.

Life after the Wedding day

Since last Tuesday Jacob and I have been married a month, like most brides I spent a lot of time planning my wedding. I pinned things on Pinterest, talked on The Knot, went on a hunt for a wedding dress. But I also, like most brides have dealt with Post Wedding Blues. In fact Post Wedding Blues is such a common thing in newlyweds that The Knot decided to make a forum for newlyweds to talk about it!

The biggest question I keep asking my self, is why do I have Post wedding Blues? I have a Husband, we are working on our house. We had our first Christmas as a married couple, we got our pictures back, I am learning to cook, we are learning how to be a married couple.

Everything is great, I love Jacob, he loves me, we had a beautiful wedding; and if all of this is true then why do I keep changing my mind about rather I hate or love my wedding photos? Why do I have Post wedding Blues? I have narrowed it down to a few things.

1. Pinterest

Like most brides I spent a lot of time on Pinterst looking for this or that, or just looking for general wedding ideas. Which may have been the worst thing I did. It seems fine at the time, but afterwards, when you can’t go back and change things you start to think things like; my wedding didn’t look like that, I should have chosen to get that instead of this, and I forgot about having those, I never got around to it.

My solution: delete all of your wedding boards! I had about ten boards dedicated to wedding related pins: Cakes, dresses, bridal party, favors, etc.. Just delete them. Kiss them all good bye, and believe me it can be hard to do. But it stop all of those little thoughts, the what “ifs”. When I deleted all of my wedding boards I went from having 73 boards to having 52! I feel great about it. Excuse me while I go replace them with food, and house boards.

2. Bridal magazines

I bought all of them, no kidding. I had 28 of them, 28! I gave them all away, to a friend who is getting married, she can have them all. I did however keep one. The first one I bought, the week we got engaged.

Seriously,throw them out, burn them, use them as umbrellas, whatever you decide to do, do it now! It will feel good to have them out of your closet, not to mention having does gone will make more room for more shoes.

3. Unlike/un-follow wedding pages
I had liked them all, and followed all of the boards on Pinterest. Before the wedding I loved seeing all of those post but now, every time I see one I think why do I have that here? It cleared up my news feed a lot on Facebook as well.

If you are like me, you are sitting there like, well there went half of my social life down the drain. Well not quite yet. I came up with a few solutions to fill all of that empty space.

1. Make a Wedding board of your wedding!

I can’t do this yet, because my photographer is trying to get my wedding published. But when I can I will make a Pinterest board of my wedding. It will be a really neat thing to look at, and think how cool it will be if people pin your ideas! Any time you start to miss your wedding, you can just pull up Pinterest, it is that easy.

2.Show off your photos

Make a scrapbook! I can not wait to get my prints in. Although I am not sure if I am more excited for that, or the excuse to go to Hobby Lobby and buy new stuff.  If that is not your thing, make an album on Facebook, and tag your friends in it. Besides it will be fun to fill Facebook up with something happy and beautiful (for once).

3. Write your Love Story

As soon as I finish my college degree, (hopefully in December), I am going to start writing our love story. Is there a better way to save those memories and feelings than writing them down?

4. Go through, or make a memory box

Jacob and I have one, and I love to go through it! It is filled with all of these random things from when we were dating, the night we got engaged, and up till the wedding. We have to start a new one for our married life, but I want to get a new box for it. I still have most of the little notes that he would pass me during class and things like that.

5. Put together a book of cards

Jacob and I got a scrapbook to put all of our wedding cards in. It is a really convenient way to look at them whenever you like, without them getting lost.

6. Go back to college, get a new project

Do all of those things that you wanted to do, but you were too busy for.

7. Stop and think

Stop and just look at your Husband. Did you marry him just so you can have the whole wedding experience? If you did, you have the wrong idea of what a marriage is. I may have only been married a month, but I can tell you that there is much more than that. I may miss all of the buzz that came with wedding plans, but there is no way I would ever trade it for our marriage. I would rather be married to my Husband for a year, then plan a wedding for three years. I wouldn’t trade a second of married life for a month of wedding planning.

Marriage is not going to always be easy, and I don’t expect it to be. But I would rather go through all of those hard times with my Husband, than anyone else in the world.

New year, New life

Welcome to my blog, I have had multiple blogs, but I decided that it is time to start a new blog, since everything in my life has changed as well. My name is Natalie, I got married last month to my wonderful Husband, Jacob. It has been wonderful, and we still have a lot of learning, and growing to do together. I invite you to join us on that adventure, and you can do that by the push of a button, (or is it a click of a button?) anyway. The button at the top, or the bottom below the post if that is what you prefer that says “follow” you will get an email any time I update my blog. Which hopefully is more often than my past blogs. So follow me, and you will be in for an adventure, that I can put money on!