my brain is crammed full of...

...braided up-dos, gold flatware, ivory bunting, temple dresses, student assessment data, space saving techniques for tiny apartments, barre classes, ranunculus and dahlias, french macrons, online learning accounts, juicing, first dance songs, plastic forks, videography, mini polaroid pictures, bistro lights, spanish translations of web pages, and so many other things that sometimes i feel like it's going to go ahead and exxxxxxplode. i think i'm not very good at being engaged. sometimes i really want this wild time of my life to be over, but i also want to remember its intensity and its rushes of excitement and its washes of gratitude.

i think my phone camera roll looks a bit like my brain - crammed and colorful!

i am so happy. i am so so very happy. and the peace and assurance that stops any brain exploding is the absolute sweetest. 


avett brothers at the greek theater! plus - pizza!

on saturday i went to the most fantastic concert at the most wonderful venue with the most awesome girls and - bonus! - also ate the most spectacular pizza. so yeah, it was a really good night.

we picked up pizza at the cheeseboard (seriously, the best!) and took it to the greek theater (i'd never been there, and it's just perfect) and had a little picnic before the show started. then! the music and the energy! i've loved the avett brothers for several years and they were so good and so fun live.

the outing was planned to commemorate brittany's birthday, and we sure did celebrate that dear girl. very, very glad she was born.

if you've never experienced the avett brother's music, look them up! my favourites are "january wedding," "murder in the city," "i and love and you," and i just found a new one that i love - "life."



over labor day, the boy and i went to utah for a weekend full of wedding planning. it felt like total frenzy pretty much the entire time. planning a wedding from a few states away in just a few short months is a little wild. things started to come together, other things totally fell apart, and new things cropped up. my mom and my sister saren and niece eliza were the best helpers, devoting their entire weekend to wedding prep. like i've mentioned before, i'm learning a lot from this experience and trying to relish the uniqueness of this chapter of life.

our three days in utah included:

-a suit fitting for the boy, during which we got a call from his mom, who was picking up the invitations...and the return address was misprinted! ahhh! it was a bit crazy trying to figure out what to do next, and our awesome friend who owns the suit company that is making the suit was so patient and helped us to stay lighthearted about it :)

-an invitation addressing party with my sister and parents and the boy's sisters, mom, brother and sister-in-law. we couldn't stuff, stamp, or seal the envelopes due to the typo, but we did get hundreds of them addressed. it was really fun to have parts of our families together for the first time. my dear friend dani also came to help and for sunday dinner, and my cousin who is doing our flowers came with my aunt to strategize about how to set up and beautify my parents' house for the reception. our invitation addressing party dwindled down in numbers, but continued late into the night.

-a meeting with our wonderful caterer to show her the prep space and talk about yummy things to share with our guests!

-a final dress fitting with our seamstress. i get so anxious about my dress because i feel like there are so many different options and i want it to be just right, but once i have it on for a little while, i get so so so excited about it.

-a fancy dinner with my parents, the boy's mom and my sister and niece.

-a trip to ikea to buy vases and to home depot to buy spray paint, followed by fun in the garage turning the vases navy and gold.

-attending church together.

-a lunch date with my best friends abby and cath at my favourite place. it was soooo nice to decompress and get their opinions and validation and advice. we stayed in our booth chatting, chatting, chatting for a couple hours.

-a trip to our dinner venue to scope out the space. i am in love with this place.

-the realization that we are going to be missing several family members on our big day and at our celebration, which is super hard for me to swallow.

-a beautiful walk with my sister around my parents' mountain neighborhood. some autumn leaves are just barely popping, which is beautiful - but i kindly asked them to hold off and be just right in peak foliage the week of october ninth :)

-a family wedding shower with aunts, cousins, moms and grandmas from both my side and the boy's side. it was so, so, so wonderful. my sister saren and my mom threw a little mid-afternoon tea party with little sandwiches, tea cookies, fruit and candy. we went around the circle of incredible women, and they each offered a tidbit of advice with their gift. the boy (and my dad) came at the end, which was really fun. i was just filled to the brim with gratitude for all these beautiful souls in my life - i'm related to half and almost related to the other half and i can't believe my good fortune.

phew! now we are counting down the days of the last month, and there still seems to be so much to do! i think all the wedding planning work is really going to pay off though :) i am getting so, so, so, so, so excited. 
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