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lately in photos.. 24 before 25

this year, i really want to take more photos! here's a little bit of what's been going on lately:

did some experimenting with food coloring

love spending time with this little heart-breaker!

my little lady

lilly got to spend time with her bestie, otis

the queen of cuddles

toronto, canada in january

my silly brother at his water polo practice

a little me-time while randy was in vegas for his bachelor party

the tablet/e-reader i got for valentine's day <3

wedding crafts

my bachelorette party!



trying to accomplish all of tomorrow's goals today..

we are a little more than 2 weeks away from the wedding! i have had appointments up the wazoo, but each one puts me more and more at ease about our big day.

throughout the whole process, i've always said i don't have very many expectations for the wedding in the sense that i've never gotten married before, so i can't possibly imagine what my wedding is going to be like. and it's still pretty much true, but i am having more excitement thinking about all of the hard work that myself and others have put into our day, and i really can't wait to see how everything turns out!

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"the fault in our stars" / 24 before 25

one of the items on my 24 before 25 list is:
2. read 12 books

i finished my first one during my trip to toronto!

the first book i read was "the fault in our stars" by john green. you can find your own copy on amazon.

i had heard some hype about this book, and danielle from sometimes sweet, which is one of my favorite blogs, even posted about reading it at one point.

without giving too much away, this book is the love story of a young couple who are both struggling in different ways with having or having had cancer. even with their ailments, they are still able to have some parentally-supervised adventures and even some intimate moments ;)

i had told my friend veronica that i was reading this book, and i told her that i would let her borrow it when i was finished. veronica is an avid reader and has read the hunger games books and the girl with the dragon tattoo series. for some reason, i kept thinking "what would veronica think" while i was going through this book. and to be honest, reading it with that mind-set made me view the book as pretty juvenile. or at least the first half of it was juvenile, in my opinion. obviously the subject matter is pretty mature - i mean, how can a book about people with cancer be juvenile? i just felt the way it was written and the way that the characters' relationships were developed made it a young-adult book. being a full-fledged adult, i don't know that i enjoyed those aspects so much. keep in mind, the main characters are 16 and 17 years old, so it's not like the writing didn't suit their situations, but think about the hunger games series - those are teenagers, and i didn't feel as though those books were juvenile by any means.

that being said, i definitely enjoyed the last portion of the book much more than the first half. it's kind of a double-edged sword, because the last half of the book is only meaningful because of the history you get from the first half, but if i could have inherently known the backstory and only read the last half of the book, i probably would have. i finished the book while on a plane, and i swear i almost burst out in sobs because the end is so sad and endearing. the end of the book was worth getting through the first part of it, for sure.

i would classify this book as an easy read but with more depth than your typical pleasure book. so if that's what you're looking for, i would recommend this book to you.

so what's going to be my next book? you'll have to check back and find out :)


wedding wednesday

this year, my birthday was a very special one, because the day after was my bridal shower!

it was at the tin roof bistro in manhattan beach, ca. i had never been there before, but lisa (my stepmom) and carmella (my maid of honor) both had, so i trusted their judgment. i loooved the feel of it - rustic and cozy. my shower was in a private room that was next to the outdoor dining. it felt like we had our own little restaurant! carmella and lisa did the decorating, which was girly and adorable, which is pretty much everything i love!
 it wouldn't be a bridal shower without games! we played a celebrity couples game where we were given clues about a celebrity couple and had to match it up with the right pair. my obsession with all things celebrity news was definitely an advantage for me, but i took myself out of the running for a prize, and my friend jackie ended up winning! then we played "who has the groom?" each person gets an envelope; inside is a picture of a celebrity, but one envelope contained a photo of randy. the person who 'has the groom' wins, and it ended up being my 'aunt' skylar! (i say 'aunt' because she's my stepmom's sister, so technically she's my aunt, but we're only 5 years apart, so we're more like cousins). we had a big joke that we were keeping it in the family ;)
then the moment i had been dreading/preparing for:
right before i opened gifts, carmella sat me down and surprised me - she had sent randy some questions and i had to guess what his answers were! i have to say i got most of them right, and his answers were so sweet and brought back so many memories from when we were first dating! like how the first thing i cooked for him was chicken (which i actually don't remember but totally believe), and the first thing he cooked for me was spaghetti (which i do remember).
here is the only decent photo of me opening gifts. i love how gift photos are always kind of terrible because you're always mid-expression or blurry from all the moving around.
noah was the only boy allowed!
my maid of honor, carmella
my bridesmaids: jackie, carmella, veronica, and skylar
family shot: my 'aunt' skylar, my stepmom lisa, and my 'grandma' pamela
it was such a great afternoon! a big thanks to lisa and carmella for hosting, and everyone that came! i can't believe i'm getting married!!!


randy's bachelor party

in my head, this is how randy's weekend is going to be (especially the last image). his bachelor party is this weekend in vegas!

but it's ok, my bachelorette party is next weekend ;)

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