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Wedding Planning is in Full

Did you think that I forgot about the whole us getting married business? Well I didn’t. I did however, put it on hold indefinitely. S over here is ready. Really he just wants to wear his ring. So he would like to just go down to the court house and “git’r done.”


Well, somewhere in the last two days I decided to start planning.

The Gemini Mama wedding photo site


That rock under the tree is very large. I would love for S and I to have a picture taken together there. Also a family shot there too. Either on our wedding day, or just for a photo session.


Yesterday we went to 3 possible wedding sites. The location the above photo was taken in, is our back up plan. The side of the park that faces the mountain is beautiful, but the rest of the park is pretty flat. That means that on a busy Saturday it will feel like all the park goers are part of our event. It is a large park, but there was also no ideal location for the size of our event.


I’m not sure if you can tell, but I am saving the best pictures for last. Also just a note, these photo’s were just taken with my camera phone. I didn’t realize that in going to check out sites I would want to take any photo’s. Turns out I wasn’t prepared. So you know I kept the photo’s raw, and did zero photo editing. These are some beautiful places.


This photo is from our second choice location. This would be the walk that my bridesmaid and I would walk down to a gazebo for the ceremony.


I loved the little rock bench. It could be a great place for guests to take pictures!



When you do a 180 from the previous photo, this is the view you are greeted with.


Now the next photo, is what actually got us all out of the car to look around.



My initial thought was “I wanna get married on that bridge, with our guests standing down here on either side of the creek.” I thought it was so picturesque S, myself, and the wedding officiant. Event with our modest guest list there wouldn’t realistically be room for everyone down below the bridge. Which cut this idea out, but how pretty. If for some reason this ends up to be our wedding location I will for sure have a whole photo session on this bridge. Even if it’s just my phone and I.


With all the wedding talk the last two days K1 decided to inform me the number of guests I may invite. She told me, that I am allowed to invite 31 people because I am 31. At first she said 21, and I was gonna let it go, but I felt we weren’t going to get up to enough guests for our party, so I reminded her of my age. K1 also said we could invite 3 people for her, because she is three, and two for K2. After asking me for Scarlet our dogs age, she said we could invite 7 people for her. She’s so sweet, isn’t she? Too bad Scarlet will not likely be attending. Then K1 remembered daddy and said we could invite 30 people for him. Good thing, cause we would have had to cut some people off our guest list.


K1 is most excited because she know’s it’s a “party.” This girl. I love her, and her sweet little heart.


Well for two days planning, pretty sure we have our site selected, and it is available for the date we are considering. We are going back tomorrow to verify the location will work for us. We have selected a caterer, and they are also available on our tentative date. Once we have validation on our date we will book the caterer. I am fairly set on a dress, but will go try on a few next Thursday, if things (read “life”) all go well. Our rings were purchased several months ago, so we are off to a great start!


Next thing to tackle will be invitations

Another Week in Photos

I almost wanted to title this weeks post, “Just a couple insta’s” because that is what it really is. Sometimes the weeks go by so fast that my camera phone is just too far to pull out and snap a few everyday shots. I find that happens most when we are having too much fun. Which is good, and bad. Good because we are having fun, bad because without the photo I might not remember it later.


Any how I will get on with it.




I was trying out something a little different for this year’s valentine for daddy. In the end it was bright and cherry and fun, but did not make the cut. So I stamped it with a smiley and hung it on the fridge (where it still resides).


I realize now that I didn’t share my valentine for daddy with you all. I was simple and fancy all at the same time. Hand painted, hand stitched, fully equipped with a quote from Ghandi. It seemed fitting. Since I just came to this silly realization here are a few special non instagrammed photos;


In case you can not see it well enough to read, it says, “Where there is love, there is life” -Ghandi

Continuing along.



While daddy has been out of town training we have gone up a visited a few times. That means play time at parks we have never been to. How picturesque is this? If it weren’t so far away it would be a great place to get married. As nice as it is, not worth the drive.



This is cheating, but when I post a few days later than planned, because life, I can do what I want. I found this yesterday at the Disney store. Apparently they are coming out with another Tinker Bell movie in April. I am excited for the little miss. She will love it. I know this because she could watch all the Tinker Bell movies on repeat all day long. Also yesterday I also went into Target and they also had the Tinker Bell doll. She makes a pretty cute pirate. Okay, I admit it, I like the Tinker Bell movies too. They aren’t boring to watch, I get sucked in too. So new movie? Fun.


We had a Tinker Bell themed birthday for K1 last year, so now I am conflicted. I WAS planning on having a Frozen themed birthday since they LOVE Frozen, but now this. What is a mama to do? What would you do? I am planning on waiting a month as asking K1, but we will see what actually happens.


Hope you had a great week (and are ready for Monday)!

Ring Shopping

Last Sunday we went ring shopping.


This was not our first time out wedding ring shopping, but this time was different. The previous trips were to figure out what we wanted and how much that would cost. This trip we went in with a relative budget to stay under, and a plan that includes a timeline.

What have I learned ring shopping?

Men don’t wear much jewelry because they are picky. Super, duper, ultra, picky.

No? Not your man? I guess your lucky.
Maybe you are the picky one? Me, not so much. The first trips shopping I liked one particular ring at one store, which is in the above photo. A conture, because it fits around my engagement ring, every other stone is sapphire and diamonds. Perfect, done, and under $400. I never changed my mind, never saw something I liked better.

When we went shopping this time, that ring was sold, so I basically selected the same thing with all diamonds. Same price. Still done.
S, he’s the shopper. How does this look? Do you like it? Does it match your ring? How does it look from far away? It pushes against my fingers too much. It’s too blingy. It’s missing a step.

S’s ring, twice the price of what I selected, and that’s on sale. He had to have diamonds. Yes it looks nice, and I am truly glad he is happy. I am happy to be done shopping too.
This is not the actual ring he selected,  just one of the many options.

We placed a deposit, and plan to go pick them up in a few weeks. S is hoping that there might be a Thanksgiving sale and that the rings might be even cheaper. Either way they are locked in at their current prices.

You will have to wait until we are married  for a ring reveal.

Who was the picky ring shopper in your house?

I Want To Dance

I really enjoy dancing. Like a lot. For me it always has been a lot of fun. However, I feel that there comes a time where certain types of dancing are unacceptable. You know like bumping and grinding in front of Grandma at a wedding, might be somewhat inappropriate, in my opinion. It’s kind of like making out in front of your parents. You can do it, but you feel weird/wrong doing so. Aside from that, you grow up and bumping and grinding looses some of its allure. Your no longer looking for attention or you understand the negative attention that comes with it.

Well my grown up 30 year old self still wants to dance. I want to dance like they do in the following video. Fast Lindy Hop. I can see S and I dancing like the third couple to come out in this video (Max and Alice). So fun. Wholesome music you don’t mind the kids hearing, same heart pumping dancing action. Oh, and this type of dancing not only would I not mind Grandma watching, but I would actually wanna show off for her. Oh and please feel free to ignore the first couple that comes out. I’m not a fan of their style. And if it matters to you, the second couple to come out (red skirt) win this particular competetion.

If you enjoyed watching that video watch this next one too. This one is super fun. It’s like all the best moves in one video. All the parts that make you go ooh and ahh. The hibernating gymnast in me is screaming “I can do that”!

I very much want to go and take lessons. The closest place to me is 45 mins away, and beginner class is only on Wed at 7. For S and I to go together it would be cutting it close. Add in the variable of a babysitter and the fact that it’s $72 for two, for 4 weeks, and well, we haven’t signed up. Mostly cause of the “what if we don’t have a sitter” concern. I want to go so bad I might even be willing to go alone. Maybe for my birthday or something.

Maybe I can try learning from a DVD, or Youtube. I mean Youtube did teach me to knit, so why not? I’m thinking that will be my next step.

Do you know how to Lindy Hop? Have you used a video to learn to dance? If so what company made it?


Ben Bridge Jeweler Wedding Giveaway


Ben Bridge Jeweler is having a contest/giveaway over on their Facebook page.

I entered. At this point S is pushing for a court house wedding, because of our financial situation. No one needs a wedding, but I am not going to lie, I want one. I don’t need extravagant, but a night dancing with all of my far away friends would be great. Since moving away from my home state in 2004, I have not offered much in the way of reasons for those far away friends to visit.

Weddings do that. They are enough. Enough of a reason to buy a plane ticket. Enough of a reason to stay in a hotel. Enough of a reason to get all fancied up, and dance all silly to the electric slide. (no wedding reception is complete without it) I very selfishly want all of my friends to come here, to see me, to celebrate with us. That would be great.

All that said, I entered into the above mentioned contest/giveaway. I would be shocked if we won, but it doesn’t hurt to try. So this post is a shameless request for you to take 5 minutes of your time to register on their Facebook app, and vote for our photo.

Pretty please?

You can vote once per day, and only once. Our submission can be located by searching “Gwendolyn” (just Gwen doesn’t work). The title of our photo is “Game (almost) Over”. This is a sample of the photo, so you know when you have found it;

Here is the link to the contest

Thank you in advance!


This Is My Super Sad Face

Remember this beautiful piece of perfection?

I had it sized and got it back January 10. The past few days I have been discussing with S having it resized. It’s a little big. I was trying to wait it out because it’s cold and dry right now. I thought when it got warm it wouldn’t be an issue.

Well, this happened while putting blankets away tonight;


Insert sad face here.

We’re Engaged!

Just wanted to stand up on the blog odium, and shout, to the non existent corners of the Internet, that we are engaged!

In the spot he proposed. Frosty is on his head, ha ha. 

I guess here, there is just “I” not “We” because only I post on this blog, but you get what I mean.

Yes I will tell you how he asked, because that is the second most popular question.

Most popular questionWhen/Have you set a date?
Really? Do people have a date set less than 12 hours after the proposal? Did you?

On with the story

We try to be active even with our two kiddos, which compared to single life, it is excruciatingly hard. With this in mind we decided to buy a bike trailer a few months back. In the days before Christmas we took advantage of all the Christmas fun. This included viewing Christmas lights by bike trailer. Seriously, fun is  bundling the kiddos up, packing them into a trailer, with blankets, helmets, and a flashlight, to drag them to another neighborhood to see Christmas lights up close and personal. You would be surprised how much you miss viewing them from a car.

The Saturday before Christmas when S came home from work, he suggested we do this again. S headed off to a nearby gas station to put air in my flat bike tire, only to discover a hole in the inner tube. He patched it up with a skabs. We packed the kids into the trailer and headed back to the gas station for air. With a full tire we raced off to Tinsel Town. Except by raced off I mean, we got halfway there only to find the patch had failed, and the tire was flat again. At this point I offered to just turn back and go home, being that we were only half way and would have to walk the remaining way there and all the way home, but S refused. I suggested he just take the kids to see the lights, and meet me at home. S still refused. I said that I would walk the bike to the next gas station then. He also refused that. The next gas station is basically the location of our destination, and he decides to jog the bike there, while I ride his bike and drag the kiddos.

At the gas station we realize the skabs he thought he brought were on the counter at home. Ironically the air machine at the gas station was out of order, so the tire was meant to be flat. We decide to walk the bikes through the neighborhood, because we were right there, and why waste the trip.

Don’t mind my helmet hair

Every time we visited this neighborhood there was something different, to see. More lights, a new inflatable Santa, something. This time one house was blowing snow. It was really romantic stopping and having fake snow blow past us like flurries, and kissing.

 No, this was not the spot. We walked our bikes through the entire neighborhood before he stopped to tie his shoe, again. There. On a culdesac. In front of a house decorated like a scene from frosty the snowman. (but not all cartoony like) He asked if I would marry him. Of course I said yes.

 Now for the planning, and saving. Yea.

To answer the most popular question, we have not set a date. We have a month kind of selected, but waiting to decide if it will be 2013 or 2014. Cue in Verruca Salt from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, “but I want an Oompa Loompa, now”. However, we will do what is best for our budget.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you will find a board “When he and I become we”. In case you couldn’t tell from my pins, I am thinking of yellow, black, and white … Maybe some grey, for wedding colors. I can totally say that I have become more fond of yellow. I think I owe some thanks to Natalie’s Sentiments. (you should check out her blog, if you have time) Yellow is always bright and cheery, sometimes bold, so why not? I mean my car is yellow. Yes, when I bought it, I was not the yellow car kind of girl. Clearly I have grown into the correct owner for my car, whose name by the way, is the sun, just to give you an idea of how yellow.

What’s new and exciting for you? What were your wedding colors? Did you love your engagement?

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