Small town Iowa girl living in big town Phoenix, AZ. Left my town of 5,000 for Arizona State University in 2005...and haven't looked back since! In 2010 I started dating the man of my dreams. He got down on one knee, I cried & said yes! Now we're navigating life as newlyweds with two puppies and a rabbit. I'm lucky to work in marketing for a wonderful non-profit, but the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions.
When you have a nightmare that you lost your voice and are trying to direct people how to properly take down and pack the beautiful tablescape from your event. Haha! I seriously had to talk to myself just to make sure I still had a voice! Guess I have some jitters about my big event tomorrow. Good thing is it is mostly set up so just a few things in the am and then flipping the ballroom during a breakout session. After lunch is over my worries should be too. The rest of the day is just breakout sessions so not much for me to worry about. Anyway fingers crossed it all goes well and I don’t lose my voice!
DC for my brother’s wedding was really nice. Don’t get me wrong, it was stressful and not at all relaxing, but it was also worth it because we helped them celebrate and got to spend so much time with my immediate and extended family. I love my family so much and really wish I could see them more often. My cousins have me in stitches and my aunts and uncles are loving and fun too. It’s really a good time when we are all around.
Being back at work is crazy! I have a HUGE event on the 22nd that I don’t at all feel prepared for. I want to work a ton of hours to get ready but I’m torn because I have family in town here that I want to spend time with and I’ll get too burned out. So I’m just hoping it works out.
Also on the 22nd is my mom’s 60th birthday! I’m the only kid that will be around so the planning kind of falls to me. If we lived in Omaha we would probably have a party with all her girlfriends but here in AZ it’ll just be immediate family. Then a few short days later is my birthday on Oct. 1. I was asked to go to a conference for work over my birthday and while I wasn’t initially excited I decided what the heck. I’ll be in Denver which is a place I love so that’ll be nice. I have a friend who lives there and a friend might come with so it should be a good time. No idea what I’ll do with friends and family when I get back to celebrate. With all the planning I’m doing I don’t really feel like planning anything but I’ll come up with something.
So that’s my crazy busy schedule right now. I’m taking volunteers for anyone who can come over and unpack our suitcases/do laundry!
As I lay my head down to sleep for a few hours I wanted to take a few moments first to capture my thoughts on my brother’s wedding tomorrow.
I’m still in disbelief that my brother is getting married…let alone today! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I find it shocking that someone is marrying Al, just makes me wonder where the time has gone?! I’ve always sat back and thought that one day he would make some woman very happy and today is that day! I always knew he would be a great husband and it was just the matter of the right woman giving him the time of day to really get to know my big brother and give him a chance to be an amazing partner. I knew he had it in him but he has really blown me away with just how thoughtful and considerate he is. I watch him with Sara and notice he cleverly calculated moves to do the things that will make her happy. He puts her before him because it makes him happy and that will continue to make him a good partner as they join hands in marriage.
My big brother is such a “nice guy” and women have either taken advantage of him or not given him a second thought. I’ve been pretty guarded when it comes to his relationships because I feel the instinct to protect him. But by my first interaction with Sara, early on in their relationship, she put my worried to ease. She did a small gesture for his birthday that went such a long way impressing me and made me realize that she was in this for the long haul and really cared about my brother. I’m sure neither of them thought it at that moment but I did. Each time I’ve spent with Sara I’ve gotten to know her even better and can see all the reasons my brother loves her and vice versa. I’m immensely happy they found each other.
Sara and Al I wish you a lifetime of happiness! Al thanks for being a great big brother to me and showing me what an upstanding man should look like and I’m proud to see you living that out each day with Sara. And Sara thank you for giving my brother a chance and loving him fully. I am happy to call you my sister! Paul and I look forward to many laughs and fun times in the future with both of you! Congrats!