Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Taking a short wedding planning hiatus

Wedding planning has taken a bit of a break the last few weeks and probably will stay on a break until after the Holidays at this point. We have had a lot going on and with all the major decisions behind us it just seemed appropriate to enjoy the holidays without having to worry about our wedding to do list every other minute.

So what have we been up to? Well the fun started right after Thanksgiving. We came home early just so we could put up the Christmas tree.  Nick wanted to put it up weeks before Christmas but I refuse to give into anything Christmas related until after Thanksgiving.  This was our first shared Christmas tree and I think Nick has plans* to blog about the whole thing so I won't go into much detail, but I just can't resist posting a picture!
*(I can't make any promises on when this will happen or if at all.  Sorry people I know he is a blog slacker but I promise you I am still working on him.)

Then the first weekend in December our friends Jeff and Kathryn invited us to the 30th Annual Silver Ball for the Arthritis Foundation. Kathryn, an event planner by profession, was in charge of decorations and did a fabulous job and while I say I'm on a break from wedding planning I didn't pass up the opportunity to pick her brain for ideas and ended up with several that I am excited to try out after the holidays. Here are a couple pictures from the event:

Thanks to my wonderful friend Darcie for letting me borrow her fabulous dress. I know you can't see it in the picture, but trust me it was cute!
And I just can't resist posting this wonderful picture of Nick and Jeff busting a move!

Our next exciting adventure was a hockey game (sorry no pics of this event- I only took one and it is an awful unflattering angle).  I have never been to a hockey game before (professional or not) and was really excited.  It also helped that we were in a box thanks to the Webster University Alumni Board.  The fights were not all I had hoped they would be, and I still have no idea what any of the rules of the game are, but all in all it was a lot of fun.  Best part was the Blues won and scored 4 goals which resulted in free Big Macs the next day (so not on my wedding diet but who can pass up free!)

Then this past Saturday we woke up early to build bikes for kids.  Nick and I have recently started volunteering for Variety St. Louis, an organization whose mission is to "help children with physical and mental disabilities reach their full potential."  Every year they host an event called "Bikes for Kids" where over 200 volunteers help build bikes for kids at Variety partner organizations.  This year they gave away some 300 "regular" bikes and 33 therapeutic bikes for children with series physical limitations.  The kids who received the regular bikes had to either write an essay or draw a picture describing why they wanted a bike and I just thought some of these were too cute not to share. 

not sure if those are pigs, or dogs, or maybe cats?

 And my absolute favorite one:

Here are a few pictures from the event itself:

Nick building a cute pink bike!

The kids looking for their bikes
Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the 33 therapeutic bikes but those kids were so happy and excited to get a bike. I just felt bad that it was bitter cold that day and has been since so none of them have probably been able to ride them.

After that event Nick and I hosted a Christmas party which was a lot of fun, but I suck and didn't get any pictures of the evening.

So there is just a little bit of the excitement we have had going on lately and why the wedding related posts have been few and far between.  We have a few more fun things planned before then end of the holiday season that I will share and as always I promise more wedding related posts coming soon!

1 comment:

  1. so so busy! the tree is beautiful--it's miles above the Charlie Brown tree in my apt!
    The photo of you and Nick at the Ball (I'm SO jealous! I've always wanted to go to a BALL!) is GORGEOUS!! You both look so happy and in love!
    it's also great that you are really getting into the spirit of the season by volunteering and building bikes to make little kids' dreams come true! i wouldn't expect anything less from you!
    love you guys!