To see your daughter in a wedding dress for the first time is a very emotional experience. Over their holiday visit, Allie (the bride to be), Kirsten, my Mom and I made the pilgrimage to the bridal shop. To see Allie trying on all those dazzling wedding dresses made the upcoming wedding event seem more real. We had so much fun watching her try on dress after dress. It was pure enjoyment to see that beautiful girl all dressed up.
Allie did try on dresses one other time with friends in Dallas. She facetimed us with her favorite dress and of course I cried as it was really the first time seeing her as a bride. It is hard sometimes to fathom my children are grown adults. I still remembering both of them as little girls playing bride dress up. My grandma, her great-grandma was Allie’s biggest fan. I wish she was here to witness this with us …. my dad, too. He would be so proud. Allie was the first grandchild and they had a special bond.
We weren’t expecting it, but she found the perfect dress for her big day. It goes so well with her personality and the vibe she is after for her wedding. I am so excited I just want to show everyone, but of course I can not. We have shared pictures of her in the dress with family and a few special friends. We still have about a 1.5 years until wedding day, but things are starting to get planned. Patrick does not want to see Allie in any wedding dress until the day of. I think it is sweet.
Allie and Pat will be home in Ohio in May/June for about a month. The bulk of the real planning will happen then. But she is doing research on all the vendors needed to put on a wedding. There have been discussions and ideas flying around now, but nothing is concrete expect the date, venue and now the dress.
I am excited for this next chapter. I can remember being the ages of my girls. This all makes me feel old, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love where we are at in life and that I am still here to experience it all.
May 25, 2024 will be a beautiful day!
It is only mid-August but it feels like summer is coming to a quick end. Fall is right around the corner. The neighborhood kids start school tomorrow which means more traffic and school buses!
I have been busy and some days it is hard to get everything done, other days there is not enough to keep me going. Being busy is good for me. If I am too idle, I get up in my head and start thinking and analyzing life. Busy is definitely better. I am happy. I am grateful that I no longer have to work. I have time for friends, volunteering, AA, workouts and whatever else comes along.
The engagement party was a success. A lot of fun with family, soon to be family and some friends. During their weekend visit, Allie and Pat visited a few wedding venues here and Bingo ….. they found the perfect spot in Mt. Adams, Cincinnati. It is a beautiful old monastery that has been converted into a wedding venue. We couldn’t be more excited. The only downside is nothing was available in 2023 so the wedding is May 25, 2024. A Saturday over Memorial Weekend. It seems so far down the road. It does give us a lot of extra time to plan, save money and for the MOB to lose some more weight. Gotta look at the bright side!
The results from the breast reduction are good. I am all healed up. I still have some follow up appointments with my surgeon, but they are now few and far between. I have decided since she also has a staff that does cosmetic skin enhancements, I am going to have my first facial peel on my next visit. It is time for some old lady skin care. I am back full force at the gym with my trainer. My diet is ok. I am not exactly on the plan perfectly for the program I am doing, but I am eating way better than I have in the past so I guess that is a win. I have my body scan this week to check my measurements, I am not looking forward to it. I feel like I have had little or no change in the last 6 weeks. I have less than 2 years to get into wedding shape. I also want to be healthy. My glucose readings have been higher. I talked to my family doc and she did not like the numbers. I unfortunately had to go on a low dose of diabetes medication. I am not happy about this revelation, I am starting to feel my age and I don’t like it. My achy joints and arthritis are probably side effects from the Ulcerative Colitis. It sucks!
I have started back to my volunteer gig. I joined up again with the event committee. We are planning our big bunco fundraiser for 10/1. Looking forward to working on this event. It was super fun and profitable when we did it before Covid. My sponsor and I are hosting a going away party for a dear friend who is moving. I offered up my home for this. It is next week. 40+ have been invited, 25 have responded that they are coming – I have no idea how many people will end up at my house. Luckily our new outdoor space: patio, pavilion and landscaping will be almost complete. Just waiting on the granite countertops. I just need to chill about this gathering as it is stressing me out. We are also in the midst of planning our family foundation annual golf outing which takes place 9/19. It is not my year to be in charge so I am just doing what I can to help. A lot of event planning is currently happening and keeping me on my toes.
With fall coming, I am excited that football is starting back up. I love my Cincinnati Bengals. I am looking forward to having friends over on our new patio to watch games and hang out. Summer seems to have gone by really fast. They say the older you get the faster time goes by and boy is that true!
So for the life and times of me ….. I am just busy.