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Back to Reality

15 Oct

It feels like FOREVER since I actually took the time to sit and write. What a crazy few weeks it has been, but now that I am settling back into “reality” I plan to jump back on the “blogging bandwagon” and write. YEA!!!!

So I survived our Hawaii trip. I am not going to lie… I am happy to be home. Who knew that a destination wedding could be so stressful? And I wasn’t even the bride. 🙂 ;From the moment we arrived, it was go, go.. GO. The days were jammed packed full of pre-wedding and family fun. And as stressful and chaotic as it was, everything turned out amazing!

When we got in on Thursday, Erik and I were able to go to Dukes restaurant, the spot he proposed two years earlier and reminisce. We both laughed as we thought of that evening and how much life has changed since. I was able to snap a few pictures of the spot he got down on one knee and kissed his “Man-Card” GOODBYE!!!

The Wedding was BEAUTIFUL. I don’t remember much of it, because I spent most of the day running around like a chicken without a head, but hey, that is what pictures are for! My mother-in-law, was simply amazing! If I had known how great she was at wedding planning, I would have put her to work when I was planning mine. She was so organized and calm… I was a hot mess for the both of us, but I cleaned up well. (Thank goodness makeup and a cute dress can hide ANXIETY) ;

Kaare was a stunning bride! I have no idea how she remained so calm and relaxed but it was clear she inherited that trait from her mother! She was glowing. I remember when she first met her groom and how excited and happy she was. It has been so fun to be apart of this journey with her and watch as she and Doug have grown in their love. I was defiantly honored to stand next to her on her special day!

The ceremony was intimate and sweet. I loved the vows that they wrote for one another, and have to admit (only because there is a picture of it, so someone has proof) I totally cried when Doug recited his vows to Kaare. They were detailed and heart felt. I guess because I love words, when I hear some that move me, I cant help but appreciate them. Doug, if you ever read this… you did a great job and I personally think you should type them out and frame them for Kaare, so she can read them everyday and HOLD YOU TO THEM:)

So when all was said and done, even with the heat, stress and chaos, it was all worth it. Spending time with Erik’s amazing family and meeting Doug and his family, is something I will always treasure.

And I loved that I got to walk down the aisle with my “groom” again!

I wish Doug and Kaare a lifetime of joy and pray they never forget their special day, a day they CHOOSE to love each other, forsaking all others.

With that, I will finish this post and go fold some laundry so my husbands thinks I actually did something today 😉

Until my next rambling (which wont take me WEEKS to write)… Many Blessings ~Summer

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I picked a really BAD time to stop drinking wine!

24 Sep

A few weeks ago, I decided to stop drinking wine in an effort to become healthier, both physically and spiritually. I have awful timing! I didn’t realize then, that in a few weeks, we would be going to Hawaii for my sister in laws wedding.

Before you say,”Ah, Hawaii!!! How lucky is she,” let me explain… WE ARE TAKING THE BABIES AND THE TEENAGERS. Yea, not so envious of me now are you?

On Thursday morning, we are loading up 2-10 month olds, 2 teenagers, 2 car seats, the big double stroller, several suit cases, and along with a few hundred innocent by-standers, boarding a non-stop flight to Hawaii.

As I sit here and write this, I feel the anxiety welling up in my inner most being. I feel my heart beating a bit faster and my palms are getting sweaty. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? This is playing over and over in my head like a broken record. Haley on a plane for 5 hours… are you kidding me? I really wish I was. But the plane ride is only the beginning.

Yesterday, I started to write down all the things that were coming to mind regarding this “trip.” I started a list of all the things I need to pack and all the things we need to buy once we land. (ie, diapers, baby food, cereal… Valium… ok, not the Valium, that will be in my purse ;)) Then I realized I had forgotten about some very important things. Like, where are the babies going to sleep? What are we going to do about nap time since they are on a tight schedule? How are we going to push that clunky, big, double stroller through the sand and on the grass? Does our hotel room have a microwave and fridge? Is there a separate sink in the room aside from the one in bathroom? The more I thought about all this, the more the stressed I became, and then the real question dawned on me… HOW AM I GOING TO DO THIS WITHOUT WINE?

I think we know the answer, I AM NOT!🙂

Oh yes, this trip is going to be very memorable. Between the morning at the spa, the bridal shower, grooms luncheon, nap times, diaper changes, teenager wanting to go to the beach to look at cute boys, rehearsal dinner, making bottles, dealing with the heat, getting babies ready for the wedding, getting MYSELF ready for the wedding, the actual wedding itself, pushing the stroller everywhere, loading and unloading car seats, making sure the diaper bag is always loaded, and the luau… I would say that deserves a glass of Chardonnay or 12. (Oh and this is just Friday and Saturday)

So, now that I am all worked up and even more worried than I was 10 minutes ago, when I sat down to write this comical post, I will step away from the computer and go lock myself in the closet.

But in all seriousness, please know that there WILL be some very entertaining blogging coming your way, as I fully intended on documenting our “Traveling with Twins” adventure. I will be sure to let you know all the Do’s and Don’ts we are going to learn over the next few days… and yes, I will be writing with wine in hand 🙂 (just kidding)

Many Blessings~ Summer

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