Friday, November 30, 2012

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria....

Choosing the new Maria that is.  For the Sound of Music.  Yes. You hear me correctly!
They are making a new "Sound of Music" and I could not be more ecstatic!!

Call me crazy but I love me some sound of music.  The music, the story line, the characters.  Just one of those all time perfect in every way kind of movies/ musicals.

And guess what?  They picked none other than my most favorite country music singer Carrie Underwood to play her.  I am so thrilled for her to be given such the honor to play the next Maria following Mrs. Julie Andrews. (She's still amazing!)

“Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a news release. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

Are you going to be anxiously awaiting the movie to come out like me?  Are you even more excited to see it on the big screen?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Because You're Mine I Walk the Line: Our First Look

There is a new trend on the blogosphere and in the world of weddings called the "First Look."  When I first heard of it I knew it was something I wanted to do on our wedding day.  No doubt about it.  I knew that I would be a nervous wreck and I just loved the idea of seeing my sweet honey before the hustle and bustle of the wedding day events started. 

A few pictures that melted my heart were taken from none other than the weddingbee.  If your planning a wedding and haven't checked them out ...go. Now.   (Well, after you finish my post) You wont be sorry!!

Once again. I will let the pictures tell the story.  The moment that Aaron and I got to share with one another was truly so special I can't even describe it.  I will never forget the moment that I finally got to see my groom on our wedding day and he see me in my dress.

First we were instructed to grab hands outside of the door.....

Then wait while 978,000 pictures were taken and I tried to keep my cool and cry face from forming but it wasn't happening.

I finally got it together for the last shot

The positioned my handsome groom and he was told to wait while I went back inside.  Grrr...

Then it was time...

I inched closer and closer

and closer...

and closer.

Until finally I was right behind the love of my life.  Tap.  Tap.  Tap.

"Hey Handsome"
"Hey Gorgeous"
No, I really don't remember but we said but it was something along those lines... he he.

And then the cry face came back.. boo.

And we checked each other out.  And I showed him my boots!!

And we kissed one last time before we were to become husband and wife.


But, that's not all.  There's more to come in the next post when we exchange our gifts!!

If your a bride to be are you planning on doing a trendy first look or are you sticking with tradition and waiting to see your groom when you make your way down the aisle??

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DWTS Winner

Though I haven't followed the show this entire season I watched it enough to know who I was rooting for.  Shawn Johnson is just too cute for words and seems like such a sweetheart, so she had my vote right away. 

I also have long been a fan of Melissa Rycroft since she was on the Bachelor. So I'd say all in all I was cheering for them both.
Last night on the final episode and they were both left standing on the podium I was secretly hoping that Sean would take it but also for Melissa since she hadn't one one of those fancy trophy's yet.
When it came time and they announced Melissa and Tony as the winner I think everyone was in shock.  But also, I think everyone was happy for them too. 
Did anyone else was DWTS? Who were you rooting for and did it shock you that Melissa took the gold??


This land was made for you and me!!!

I recently read an article that Forbes posted on about general guidelines to follow when you buy a home.  As most of you know, Aaron and I are in the process of having a home a built in the very near future so any information I can find on choosing, building, or buying a home I try to read.  Since this is all new to us, I want to be as informed and educated as possible.

The first most important thing that Aaron and I had to discuss was where do we want to live?  This was  tough one because I love The Woodlands/ Spring area while Aaron really loves the country. Doesn't matter where just country.  We both wanted land.  I had thought just an acre or two, whereas he was set on about 3 to 5.  So we decided that we would start looking for land after we got married.

We went and visited a few lots in the Willis and Conroe area and really liked them, but most had been sitting for almost a year without a budge in the pricing and we both thought that they were overpriced which turned out to be pretty accurate. 

After a couple more months of searching the Internet and taking random trips out to the boonies to locate the random plots of land we finally came across one that both of us agreed on.  It was in what I would call a neighborhood- like setting but with a country feel and the best part, only 10 minutes away from our favorite people, my nephew and my sister and brother in law.

The neighborhood was only a few years old and was deed restricted which we both preferred. (got to keep those home values up) It was also reasonable priced and a fairly square plot which we had wanted.

All it all it was a win win except for one thing that we kept going back to.  There are two main drains that go directly through the middle of the land forming a T.

Take a look and you'll understand.
See what I mean?

After searching and searching other places we really just feel in love with the land- gully's and all so we put in an offer and within a week our offer was accepted!!

Now its time to pick a house!!!  Hopefully that will be easier!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Because You're Mine I Walk The Line: The Guys Get Dressed

Guys have it so easy.  I mean seriously, I think they were all ready to go in about 15 minutes. The rest of the time we heard them stomping around upstairs like a bunch of damn elephants playing softball.  Such is the life of a bride right?  Taking nearly 4 hours to reach perfection. 
I'll leave you the photos to do all the talking since, well,.... I wasn't there. :)

Ya, he's lookin' sexy and he knows it!!

Best man helpin' his brother from another mother out!!
Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots!!!!

And with some whiskey down it was time to do some groomsmen shots... photography shots that is!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful Thanksgivings

I have been really bad about blogging here the last few weeks. Work, audits, busy weekends, puppies, babies, the hubs and a bunch of other things have been keeping this southern belle busy busy.  Not that I mind or anything but I am ready for a slow down. 

I know many blogs that I follow have been listing all that they are thankful this Thanksgiving so I thought I would give it a go.  I have been so crazy busy that sometimes Aaron and I remember we need to stop and smell the roses and give thanks to God for all the good that he sends our way.

As some of you know our family has been hit with quite a bit of tragedy the last few months but just like the Colligan's- we pull together and support each other and just try to be thankful for what we have rather than dwell on the bad that has come in our lives.

So rather than explain the bad I will be thankful for the good!!

1- My Husband

I know now more than ever, after only 9 months of marriage that I picked the most wonderful man to share my life with. He is my rock, my comfort and most certainly the shoulder I can cry on. He reminds me when life is too hard and I can't take anymore to just be still and sit and let it be. Take a breather for myself and not worry about all the other "things" that need to get done. They will get done but sometimes I need to just "be" first. He reminds me that I am beautiful, that I am his angel and ever day to be thankful for things we so many times take for granted. I love him for everything he stands for and I love him most for loving and choosing to spend his life forever with me.y

2- My Dad


My dad has been through a lot the last few months and I just want him to know that we are all fighting for him, loving him and baring his burden with him.  I want to be the daughter that he is proud to call his own.  He means so much to me and to my family and when he hurts we hurt.    I know you will get through this and make it out fully recovered and stronger than ever, were all fighting for you. He has always been the strong, caring, loving man that everyone admires, and looks up to.  We love you daddy.

3- Family and Friends


Aaron and I are incredible blessed to have so many people in our lives that we love and that love us.  They are the people that make us laugh and that we enjoy sharing life with.  They are the people that make us who we are and we wouldn't be the same without each and every single one of them.

4-My Fur-babies

 Gosh I love these babies.  They are my pride and joy!!  I tell you they really are my kids. They make me laugh, make me want to cry sometimes and make me really really mad sometimes too.  But at the end of the day when I look at their sweet puppy dog faces my heart melts all over again and I know they were especially brought into my life to bring me joy and happiness and teach me the patience I will need when we have our real kiddo's!
5- The Lord our God
Words cannot even express how much God has blessed and changed my life this year.  Through all the storms of my life He has never disappointed and never ceases to amaze me of the love he has for me.  Unconditional, never wavering, always-there-kind-of-love that everyone desires.  I never knew He would bless me with such an amazing husband and family.  Let alone the little things he has done such as perfecting his timing for the job that I had prayed for so many nights, and now helping Aaron and I with the creating our dream home and so many others things our hearts desire.  He is proven to me over and over again that with a little faith and a lot of patience he can do anything and will do anything to make our hearts glad.  For Him I know I am not worthy of all He gives but I am oh, so grateful everyday to wake up to the life He has blessed me with.