welcome home, soldier!

we have been up and about since 4:30 this morning and at 8am we got quite the holiday wish come true. my wonderful fiance along with about 300 other indiana national guard soldiers returned home safely today from a 9-month deployment. we got to spend one precious hour with our soldier before he and the others had to get back on the bus to head out to fort atterbury for demobilization. but in the next couple of days, they will be home sweet home, and boy does it feel good. i am loving every minute of it, i cannot imagine how they must feel.
eric's niece, lexi, happens to be in the same 1st grade class as the daughter of an indiana news reporter, so here we are making a little appearance in the news story on theindychannel.com:
eric is all smiles to be home and we are all smiles to have him home. 
shout out to you, hubby-to-be. let the wedding madness begin! <3


happy bday fmil

on sunday, indy (my beagle) and i made the drive from virginia to indiana and tomorrow we will be seeing eric for his home-coming from iraq! but today also happens to be my future-mother-in-law's birthday, so while staying in her beautiful home, i decided that i wanted to bake her a cake. the intentions were to bake her a red velvet cake, but we are all aware of the reputation i hold as a chef... so i made a mistake and picked up banana cream pudding instead of the vanilla pudding that is in the red velvet recipe that i use... so instead, its just a chocolate cake. well, not just a chocolate cake-- its a chocolate cake baked with love. 


grilled cheese gone bad

as far as cooking goes, i've come a long way ever since i first moved to virginia. my first few days of complete independence, i managed to blow up a hot dog and drown mac and cheese in too much milk. since then i've experimented with baking some casseroles, followed some rachel ray recipes, etc. well for dinner tonight, i decided to make myself a grilled cheese sandwich. i buttered two pieces of bread, and put one on the pan, followed by extra sharp cheddar cheese, and some sun-dried tomatoes. sounds good right? i'm sure it would've been delicious had i not burnt one side of the sandwich. oh well... 


dream bouquet

i absolutely LOVE this bouquet! it is a little unrealistic for me to have swarovski crystal centered stephanotis, but a girl can dream can't she? i really do like the details of the ribbon and i think if i can show someone this picture or get creative with my description, i can have a similar bouquet made. maybe use other cream flowers, roses even?... again, i am terrible at this sort of stuff. i know i like it, but i'm not really sure how to make it happen. i also always hate making decisions so early because i always want to change my mind later down the road... again, except for when it comes to the groom. ;) 
anyway, expect pictures of other bouquets to come up! i'm sure this is the first of many that i will simply love!

proud mama


blogging take #421532612

well, here we go again. chi hai thought it would be a good idea for me to start blogging again, especially with the recent engagement and the starting of all this wedding planning, and so here i am... blogging yet again. i am terrible about blogging, even though i do enjoy it. 

eric comes home for good in a few days. i cannot believe we're down to days. anyway, those stories of brides who are always happy and excited to plan their wedding... that is definitely not me. don't get me wrong, i love eric and i am so excited to marry him, but i completely suck at planning. i like too many things and i hate making decisions because i always want to change my mind. so far, we have agreed on a chocolate brown and tiffany's blue color scheme and we want to have cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. but like i said, i am fickle about all the decisions... except the groom, of course. 

here's hoping i'm good about blogging this time around. i am excited to post pictures and links to things i like and look back on it after the wedding gets here to see the progress of it all.