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We made it through our first year!

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One year.
12 months.
52 weeks.
365 days.
8,760 hours.
525,600 minutes.
31,536,000 seconds.

That is how long/how much you have been my husband. We are us. We have made it. I have made a promise to never underestimate how difficult this commitment we have made is. I have promised myself to each year, quantify in this way, just how long/how much you and I have been us, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst. Seeing the years, months, days, moments, seconds add up makes my heart swell with pride. I chose to allow your love to fill my life and my heart and whilst that makes me happy and content so much of the time, I knew going in to this that this was never going to be easy. Not by any fault of our own necessarily but because of the world, society, people that we will meet or have met that will influence us in one way or another, raw deals and lost dreams that we will have to let go of, money, air, wrenches and who knows what else… Easy or not, we are in this together, for better or worse, such easy words to say, so much more difficult to live them, I’m proud of us for doing so.

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We are of a generation that is fickle, that runs away from the scary shit. I promised myself and you that I would not runaway from the scary shit in our marriage. That in and of itself IS SCARY! But, I meant it, I will mean it. I may write this “review” some years and mostly hate you! But, I will love you, I will forget and forgive, I will smile and laugh, I will let go and move on, I will go crazy and find sanity, I will want to quit and join the majority and I will overcome and subscribe, once again, to the minority. I am yours, you are mine. It will not be easy. It will down right suck at times. I knew that going in. I knew that when I sat in the corner eating two bites of a fish-filet pushing you away to no avail that I had completely jumped into the abyss that is us.

I am still falling and still smiling.

I will avoid painting walls with you ever again! But I will count on your sharp scissors to cut through me when I’m resisting and pushing the most. I will obsess and stress and reassess and come right back to… I love you. Even when I hate you. Mostly.

I will get jealous, I will worry, I will cry, we will experience loss in many ways, but we will see our way through it. I will grow old with you, which means that there is so much that will occur, that the seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months, years will just keep stacking up to remind me just how sure I was/am that this is love, this is us.

You have been “mine” for just shy of 3 years, our “Jump Day” is November 14th, 2010. But this year, this year has been one of a kind, there will only be one first year of marriage and I’m so happy that I got to experience mine with my bestfriend, the one that will give me shit when I deserve it and who will hold me tight when my world is shaken. The man that will give me a hug when I ask for one, even after I’ve torn him to shreds and my face is puffy and my eyes are filled with tears of worry and frustration.

Thank you for this truly magnificent first year. A year filled with ups and downs, with humility, bravery, blind trust and most importantly love.

Thank you for being my husband. Thank you for your love. I am still the most beautiful I have ever been inside and out through your eyes.

I won’t give up on us, I love you.

Happy anniversary My Husband, The Don.

Still Smiling. Still Falling.
Forever yours,
Your Wife,

Jen Ernst

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Packing for the Honeymoon will most likely be a disaster…

While at work today, instead of doing the other things on my never ending list that are much higher priority I was prompted by an email I received to read an article called “7 Ways to Bypass Baggage Fees” which was reasonably informative but ultimately just made me hate airline companies even more.  The next article is what peaked my interest and so I thought I would share:

It’s an Interactive Packing list:

http://www.independenttraveler.com/packing

You just click on the boxes that apply to you (and trust me, they have thought of pretty much everything) and then there are 10 additional boxes at the end that you can use however you like.  Once you have made your relevant selections you have the option to email and/or print your list.  Very helpful tool indeed.

No matter how many clever tools or articles about packing I consume between now and the honeymoon, there is no way that my luggage is going to look like this:

Because without fail it ALWAYS looks like this!

Bring on the overage fees… Wah Wah Wah!

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Bridezilla is real… and she’s learned to use email. LOOK OUT!

If you haven’t seen this yet, then get ready because just like the “epic wedding” that she describes throughout the email, her early onset dillusional, irrational, and (pardon me for this next one, but, it is reserved for special occassions and I think this most certainly qualifies as one) cunt-like behavior is ABSOLUTELY EPIC!

Follow this link for the full email, with commentary, or just click on the picture above, trust me, you won’t regret it!

“YOU’RE GOING TO THE WRONG WEDDING”

I am a bride, right at this moment, I am planning my wedding, I am to my 35 day count down, so, I am in the prime sweet spot for my bridezilla qualities to start kicking in… And while I do have a short list of things I am frustrated about, the LAST thing I want to do is be crappy to my bridesmaids, I need those chics! Seriously.  Plus, I love them all, and there is no one else that could replace them, regardless of their schedules.  I have one bridesmaid who is in Greece right now, missed the bridal shower, hasn’t been able to pick up her dress yet etc… but, it’s all good, she is living a dream and I am incredibly happy for her.  I have been to Greece with her before, it is not an opportunity that you pass up, especially not for a bridal shower and a dress fitting.  But, seemingly nice people do TURN in to crazy people when it comes to weddings, I have seen it happen, we all have.  A great example is MY MOH, who has been my BESTFRIEND for 28 years now, since we were 3, she made a friend while she was in college that ended up getting engaged to she and I’s close friend from high school, so, she asked my BFF to be her MOH.  She said yes and was super excited to be a part of the wedding… until “IT” happened.

At the VERY beginning of the planning my BFF got a phone call from the bride asking her for her opinion about which weekend she should have the wedding, she told her that she had narrowed it down to two weekends and told BFF what they were.  BFF realizes that her family’s once in a lifetime vacation on an Alaskan cruise is already scheduled and booked for one of the weekends, so she lets the bride know…  She was immediately confronted with creepy and uncomfortable silence through the phone and so she stuttered out “But ofcourse I will cancel if you decided that that’s the right weekend to do it….”  Feeling sick to her stomach as soon as she said it…  The Bride says she will let her know and calls her back later that evening and tells her that she has chosen the weekend of her vacation.  BFF agrees to cancel her trip, takes tremendous grief from her family and also feels incredibly guilty as she knows that her friends wedding is important but realizes that a family trip with generations involved to somewhere as wonderful as Alaska is really not something one should miss.  Longest story ever short, the bride ended up being a complete brat and FIRED my BFF from her MOH duties a few months later and got on to her about making her feel guilty about her missing her vacation.  Luckily that Bridezilla relinquished her MOH of her duties timely enough that she was able to keep her original plans and went on an amazing cruise to Alaska with her family!

“TURN” is a key word here with both of these bridezilla examples though, because these “brides” didn’t even have time to have “TURNED” into a bridezilla, that’s how they started out! Which, in my opinion is a VERY scary sign.

Have mercy on the souls of any of the recipients of this email who are actually brave? enough to agree to be a part of her “EPIC wedding”!

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I Smashed, Crafted, Documented and Discovered my way through the last few days.

It was a productive end to a busy busy month and it was also very enjoyable!

I got to catch up with my long lost love Dexter and find out what crazy shenanigans he has in store for me.  Was very happy with the new twists and turns that I got to catch previews of at the end of the season premiere. The end of the episode was pretty hard core, I mean, he’s gonna have to come clean to Deb??? Say what???

I worked on multiple Smash Book pages, including one on “National Cheeseburger Day” which I thought turned out quite nice!

Hated this page!

Pretty happy with the way it turned out though!

The wheels are spinning for the next one which focuses on “Never underestimating the power of a cursively written Thank you Note”.

The power of cursive… and purples and graph paper and mustard yellow….

Wedding crafting galore has taken place, complete with multiple pinterest inspired projects.

Including “Love” wine bottles coated in spray paint,

Yellow spray painted “Love” wine bottles!

cursively handwritten bridal shower thank you notes complete with custom stamping and washi tape,

blue and green tinted/stained repurposed glass bottles made with modge podge and food coloring

Food coloring/modge podge/patience equals tinted glass.

and assembly of our centerpiece, it seems all of the pieces have finally come together!

So beautiful and cute!

Yellow Pop!

I’ve discovered just how incredibly popular #FMSphotoaday really is and have followed through with both prompts so far this month.  In case you missed it on my last post about it, here’s the list, click on the photo for her blog page:

Just snap a picture a day and choose a way to share it!

Day 1 “Where I stood

(If you click on this photo it will take you to the blog I used for directions for this project, should you be interested!)

Surround by bottles in blues and greens.

While looking at others submissions I found a new iphone app that I think is absolutely wonderful, called “over” which lets you place words over your photos, choosing alignment, fonts, sizing, etc….

Finally, a cursive layer for my digital images… sigh….
Click on image for Tech Crunch run down of the app.

I have also been enjoying adding “vintique” filters to my instagram photos, which is another app I have discovered in the last week or so.  I really like the added effects it has, especially when combined with the instagram filters.  I used vintique, over, instagram and diptic on todays “Day 2″‘s photo submission.

Day 2 “Lunchtime”

Never a dull moment. Centerpiece assembly, wedding lists, broccoli cheddar soup, a visit from the future hubby, 38 Special ammunition delivery and this month’s calendar assembly, all in a girl’s lunch.

Today I worked on my new wedding list, the RSVPed attending, meal selection, table number, song suggestion list and came to realize with exactly one week left until the “due date” that about 75 percent of those invited have yet to respond…  Mildly concerning, but I am hopeful that my mailbox will be filled to the brim with vintage stamp covered craft paper envelopes tomorrow!  I was saddened and pretty much moped my way back up to the house today upon discovering that today was a day that none had come.

Many more things left on the list of course, place cards are the next big mission and because I’ve been so darn crafty and thoughtful thus far, no way will simple, ink jet printed cream colored simplicity work at this point, I am going to have to concoct something worthy of our affair, focus on that tomorrow!

Picked up two incredibly lovely vintage props “for the wedding” (oh yes, it has begun and I am deep in the “everything can be justified with “for the wedding” phase”) I am thinking of it as a reward for all of my hardwork 🙂  Etsy was a good friend to me this weekend and the sweet shops of “littlepart” and “frenchhen1”.

Vintage Tool Box (This photo does not do it justice!)

Can’t wait for it to get here!

Vintage Smith Corona Portable Typewriter

I just could resist… The French Hen Shop has more to offer, click this pic to find out

Going to use the tool box possibly on the backdrop for the ceremony or on the guestbook table.  The typewriter I am going to put on the guest book table as well, think it will be fun to give guests the option to type their message (although I would naturally prefer cursive) typewriter is the next best thing though!  Plus they just look cool, who can resist an old fashioned type writer?  I mean I am old enough that I actually took a TYPING class in the 7th grade, I was damn good at it too lol, I looked forward to that class, I will always be a nerd.  My sister got a fancy ELECTRIC typewriter for her highschool graduation, complete with the little digital 3in. calculator like “display”, my sister is 10 years older than me and I was seven at the time, I was SO jealous of her that day I could barely stand it!

One last tidbit, I am EAGERLY awaiting the arrival of my new Polaroid z2300 camera

“It will be mine… Oh yes, it will be mine.”

that I ordered from Urban Outfitters (because I had to have the white one…) that I will be using as part of our Polaroid/Smashbook/Wedding Guestbook.  What’s that you ask?  Stay tuned and you shall most certainly find out!

Until then.

-TheJen

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My Bridal Shower

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My Bridal Shower, a set on Flickr.

The easiest way I could find to share with everyone.

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Take Me With You… Secondhand Serenade

This will be Don and I’s first dance song.

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