Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1 Year of Awesomeness

Doug and I’s actual anniversary (5.5) occurred the day after our big Cinco de Mayo party.  We did not have an official plan for the day when we started it. I know, I know…hard to believe, but it is true.

We woke up to quite a post party messy house (as you can see in the photos). We took a few minutes to tidy up and stand in awe of the quantity of tortillas left. (Weeks later and I just now feel we have put a dent in the tortillas…

We decided that breakfast burritos were in order. We invited Sarah and Amber over and served the most delicous breakfast burritos I have ever eaten. Soon after we decided we needed CAKE! We got a big slice of our “new” cake and proceeded to celebrate our anniversary with dessert.  

We had a lazy day and that afternoon we decided to get some steps in. We went for a walk on the levee. I had to bring my camera to capture all we did that day.


During our walk, we decided our plan of action to make the day special. We would go to Mass at Immaculate Conception, second line (or just walk) to the JW and go up to the reception site. If there was an event going on, we would just hang out in the lobby and make our goals for the second year of our marriage.

I was pumped! We made a plan that was very special that could be repeated each year if we chose to. We got home and got ready for mass. Mass started at 7:30 and we decided to bring “cinco”, our 5 shaped piñata, to church with us! I was feeling a little weird about it at first, but I figured it was actually Cinco de Mayo and it is New Orleans after all.

We parked about 3 blocks away and got all the way to church before we realized we forgot cinco! Doug ran back to the car while I hung out and took some pictures…

I sat near the back as I did not want him to have to walk all the way to the front of church with a piñata. He arrived and we put cinco next to us in the pew. We did get some odd looks as he brought it in and as people sat around us.

After mass we went to the front of church and took our traditional picture with cinco! Well, first we took the one without him because I felt a little silly with a piñata in church. 

Then we grabbed cinco and took this one…

When we were done we approached the (awesome) priest who had said mass and asked for a blessing as it was our one year anniversary. He (and another priest) said a beautiful blessing over us and our marriage. THEN HE BLESSED OUR LITTLE CINCO! Cinco is now a sacramental! It made our night.

We left IC and started our second line (walk to the JW)

There was not much traffic and I joked with Doug we could actually walk down the center of Canal, but we behaved.  We walked into the JW, walked up the steps to the 3rd floor and tried to go into the ballroom. Sadly, they were all locked, but we found some sofas at the end of the hall to sit together and make our goals for the next year. (I will do a separate blog about those)

We hung out in the JW until about 10 pm. I really enjoyed the quality time with my db.

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We left the JW and walked back to the car with “cinco the sacramental”. On our way we walked by a group of guys sitting outside a bar. As we approached they started changing “five, five, five” louder and louder. When I got to them I said, “cinco” and they all said “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. This story is probably better in real life, but I wanted to write it down so I don’t forget.

When we arrived home, we heard a video chat was happening so we hopped on.

As you can see, we got to visit with the whole family. It was also the night before Dad’s birthday so Dad opened all his gifts. As you can see, he was wearing a new hat!

Since the day was coming to a close, we ate ANOTHER piece of cake – the one year old one. We had saved a piece to eat on our actual anniversary. So we hung out with my family and ate our cake. It was a wonderful day…


Thank you DB for being an AWESOME husband. I love you so very much.

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Friday, May 24, 2013

Doug and I’s 1st anniversary!

After the amazing wedding last year, Doug and I decided we would host a Cinco de Mayo party EVERY YEAR FROM NOW ON! This year we held our “2nd Annual” Cinco de Mayo party in some green space where we live.

The set up was intense…almost as intense as the wedding…:) We used a lot of the same decorations… (A special thanks to Bruce, Betsey, Sarah, Mom, Dad, Shawn, Lauren, Doug, and Kim for helping out!)

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Even Ashley and Andrew came to help set up!
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Finally the party started…

We visited with guests and around 8:30 we played the wedding video for anyone who wanted to see it. We all ate chicken and pulled pork tacos with all the fixings. It was delicious. Once everyone was sufficiently stuffed, we decided to go take pictures with the new cake…

Then we decided to cut our year old, defrosted cake!

Unwrapping it was the real issue…I made sure that thing did not even think about freezer burn when I packed it away…2013-05-04_19-50-25_DSCN04462013-05-04_19-48-18_DSCN04422013-05-04_19-49-05_DSCN0444

Then finally, we cut it!
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and it was delicious! We were told we had to feed each other like we did at the wedding…so we did…

and Doug finally got is chance to smash it in my face….:) 2013-05-04_19-53-17_DSCN0453

Then we cut the new cake…and ate that…
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…it was so good too!

We passed out cake to all (and ate it for the next two weeks). We saved the topper on the new cake, froze it and it is waiting to be unwrapped at our next Cinco de Mayo party!

When the party was over, Dad, Mom, Doug, Sarah, Amber, Bruce and I broke down the decor. Thank you all so much for helping! Here is some of the group…

As you might have noticed, we also had a photobooth at the party. You will have to wait until Monday to see the amazing pictures that came from it. :)

I leave you this…

Happy Weekend!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A+A’s Engagement Party – The Finale

As I said yesterday, the bridesmaids that could make the party and Ashley went into the front room for picture or two. 2013-04-27_20-04-03_DSCN0379

Of course, we had to be silly…

Then we wanted a picture with Andrew, but someone suggested we hold him up..and so this happened…. 2013-04-27_20-05-19_DSCN0384 2013-04-27_20-05-35_DSCN0385 2013-04-27_20-05-42_DSCN0386

I just love his face….he is so thrilled. Pretty sure I had the bulk of the weight… :)


Then, the photo session really began…

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Prospector photo! Kelsey did it!

Real love…
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It was a fabulous night. I am so glad everyone had a great time. We sure did. Congrats A+A! We love you!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie