Tuesday, March 24, 2009

10 Days Left!!!

Not including today or the actual wedding day, there are only 10 days left until Mallorey and I are married at Duncan Memorial Chapel. Everything appears to be in place and just about everything has been paid for (what a relief). Its going to be nice to check the extended forecast tomorrow on weather.com. We are hoping for clear blue skies and warm weather that will make for an unforgettable event for everyone. Although Mal says that her Mom tends to bring bad weather with her whenever she comes to visit from Chicago.

Last night Mal and I had dinner with my parents and put the final touches on the rehearsal dinner. It looks like there will be about 21 people attending and we'll be serving Old Chicago pizza to the entire group. It will be nice to have our immediate family and closest friends enjoy the food from a place Mallorey and I went on our first date together. We are very thankful for my Mom and Dad to host the rehearsal dinner and also provide the alcohol on Thursday evening. We are looking forward to it and it should be a great time for everyone there.

The day before the wedding looks to be very busy starting around four o'clock in the afternoon. The rehearsal will take place at that time at the chapel and hopefully most, if not all, of the wedding party can make it. It doubt it will take long and directly after that will be a barbecue at our house for Mal's out-of-town family who are coming in for the wedding. Her Dad is going to grill burgers and hot dogs for the party and I will finally have a chance to meet her family from abroad! Hopefully she hasn't told them too many bad things about me ha ha!

Once the barbecue wraps up for the night, we are going to head over to the reception site and set up for Saturday. Its going to make for a long night but it needs to get done. After all, who would want to set up on their wedding day? Who has time for that? With the help of our friends and family the setting should look outstanding and ready to go. Mallorey did a great job with the centerpieces for the tables and I think they'll look great!

Unfortunately for me, Mal is kicking me out of the house on Friday night while she and her family stays at home. I will be staying the night at my sister and brother-in-laws in an attempt to not see Mal until she walks down the aisle on Saturday afternoon. Its going to suck being away from her that long, but in the end, I know it will be well worth the wait.

Hopefully there will be more blogging about the wedding to come, but with 10 days to go all bets are off. If nothing else we will see you at the ceremony!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

The end of the beginning!

This past weekend was the last of the pre-wedding parties. I had my Louisville shower this weekend. Mandy (Randy sister) hosted the party with the help of their mom. It was so nice to have Randy's family support us as well. They people that were able to attend the shower were:
Mandy, Evelyn, Susan, Sara, Pat, Mom, Marin, and Shay. Unfortunately, due to a calendar mix-up, Mary was unable to attend.
The shower was great. We had quiches, pinwheels, veggies, chocolate cover strawberries, and baked brie. But best of all......mimosas!! I think mimosas are a shower staple! After we ate, we talked for a bit. Then Evelyn pulled out a game that I was less than great at. She found normal advertisements from magazines. Normal, as in, you would see on a regular basis and SHOULD know. Well, the game was that we had to write who manufactured the item. For example, Eggo waffles was the first one. I put Nabisco. WRONG! The answer was actually Kellogg's. There were 13 total. I got 7 wrong!!! I think I won as biggest loser! Mom actually won that game, she got 10 correct!!
I got a lot of wonderful gifts from everyone. It was a great day. I think one of the highlights though was what I did with Evelyn's gift to me! My future mother-in-law, thought it would be a great idea to give me a framed picture of Randy from when he was about 10 years old! He was so cute with a full, thick, head of hair! Well, I did not tell Randy about this picture. I placed the photo on a shelf facing the door, RIGHT BY the walkway to the kitchen! Randy walked past the picture multiple times without noticing it. Finally, wanting to see his reaction, I put my phone next to the photo and said, "What's wrong with my phone?" Randy looked at me like I was crazy. So I repeated myself. Then repeated it again until he finally reached over to grab my phone and FINALLY saw his picture! He thought it was great and while laughing at how "observant" he is, mom chimes in and says, "It's Buckie Burns!!" It was a great, especially since I always comment on his thought upon name! It was nice for someone else to say it so I can enjoy it! (No offense Bill and Evelyn, I am so glad you decided against Buckie!!)
The rest of the night went smooth as well. Randy decided to make us dinner as he said in a previous post. The dinner was great. He grilled salmon to perfection and made a rich Derby Pie.
It was a perfect way to end the wedding parties that lead up to the actual wedding!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Bridal Shower Dinner For My Future Bride

Mallorey's bridal shower here in Louisville is coming up on Saturday. I know my sister is very excited to be hosting the event at her house in Fisherville, Kentucky (about a 20 minute drive from our house). My sister, Mandy, has already requested my involvement without actually attending, so I'm sure there will be some sort of surprises, along with shower gifts, for Mallorey. She loves surprises but gets anxiety over the anticipation! Its almost tortuous for her really. In fact, she caught me on our computer yesterday and asked what I was doing. After making up a poor excuse as to not give anything away, I simply told her I was doing something for Mandy. Turns out Mal immediately knew it had something to do with a surprise for the shower and turned violent towards me because I refused to tell her what it was. Violent you ask? She took a nearby spray bottle of Febreeze and doused me and then quickly escaped the room! Not fair!!! But it was all in good fun. Regardless, I know she'll have a great time on Saturday and, from what I hear, there will be about 10 people in attendance at the shower. Most of which are from my family which I greatly appreciate because they are showing outstanding care and support for Mallorey.

As for me, well, unfortunately I have to work on Saturday afternoon. So there will be no relaxation time for me while the gals are away having their fun. That theme will hold true even after I come home from work. Provided Mallorey, her mom and sister are back home by the evening hours, I intend to make them dinner. The menu: grilled salmon with some type of sauce or glaze (undecided yet), a vegetable and Derby Pie for dessert. The salmon should be fairly easy to prepare as I've grilled up this dish before but without any sauce/glaze. I'm sure foodnetwork.com or some of our home cook books have some great recipes. A complimentary side veggie will be the simplest part of the dinner. I might even attempt a salad. But then again that might be too much food. Just depends on how hungry everyone is I suppose. Now seeing as how Janann and Marin are travelling down from Chicago to stay with us for the weekend, and I've heard how Marin loves Kentucky so much :) - I thought it would be a great idea to deliver some sweet and rich flavor for the occasion: the Derby Pie. I'm sure there will be plenty left over so they can take some back to Mallorey's dad. No one appreciates good cooking like him. It never hurts to try and impress the future father-in-law!

I'm confident Mallorey and I can get the house cleaned up for this weekend after our recent interior remodeling sessions. She is the most important person in my life and I want this weekend as well as her Louisville bridal shower to be just as entertaining and fun as the one she was thrown in Chicago about 7 weeks ago. Time is flying and she and I will be married in 3 1/2 weeks and I couldn't be more excited to know I will be committing the rest of my life with the greatest woman I've ever known!

(I know I will get some "you're a softee" comments for this post, but I don't really care! Ha ha)

Love you Mallorey,
- Randy

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More Remodeling!!

Like I had mentioned before, we had decided to do some remodeling. Well, we decided to do a little more. This time with the help of our friends, Nick and Shay. They decided as our wedding gift they would help us finish the work we had. And when I say finish, they actually did a lot of the work. We are not the best re-modelers. We would NEVER be able to flip houses!
It all started when the boys were out for Randy's "Louisville" bachelor party. Shay convinced me to tear down some ugly wallpaper and paint a wall in the living room. When Randy got home that night, he was less than thrilled. He had thought that we painted the wall. There was an ugly teal under the even uglier wall paper.
The next day, which was Sunday, the guys finished the floor while Shay and I ran to Home Depot to get some paint for the "ugly wall" and some other stuff we needed to finish the floors.
Along with the floors, the wall, the painting, they also helped us finish the cabinet faces for the kitchen. Randy and I thought it would be easier to spray paint the hinges instead of buying new ones. We apparently did not spray them correctly. I had to sand them all down and Shay spray painted them the right way. I never knew there was a right and wrong way to spray paint something.
We are on the 3rd straight day of working on the house. Hopefully it will be finished tonight.
It will be like a whole new house!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

DeBunking of "Oh What a Night"

Like Randy said, there were a few things that happened in his blog that were incorrect.
Let's make a list shall we!
  1. Shay and I did not turn down a pre-game shot. Our "significant others" did not offer one to us.
  2. The guys came to Marin's apartment to get the clues for the scavenger hunt/bar crawl. They were supposed to go to the statue outside of Wrigley THEN Harry Carey's. Instead, dear old Dad decided they should stop by a cheese steak place. He cannot pass them up. So, the cheese steaks probably would explain why Randy did not eat!
  3. I did not get "lost" in the bathroom. I made friends and was talking with them.
  4. Randy definitely tackled me to the floor! And I broke his fall!
  5. I did not kick anybody, anywhere!

As far as my party went, I will give a quick summary.
Katie and Marin did a great job. We started the night at Marin's apartment. Here are the people that made it: myself, Marin, Katie, Mom, Shay, Mandy, and Aunt Liz.
We started the night with champagne, baked brie, and other appetizers. Then moved right along to shaped jello shots and lollipops. Katie decked me out in a sash, pin, "condiment" covered veil, and boa.
From there we went to dinner at a great Mexican restaurant. I had a margarita bigger than my head!
After dinner we continued on the barcrawl til the last stop where we met up with the boys.
It was a great night. I wouldn't have changed anything about it.
Katie and Marin made the night amazing and I could not thank them enough.


We jumped on the bandwagon!

We finally decided to try this whole blogging thing. It is just too hard to keep in touch with everyone. So, we joined the bandwagon that is blogging!

As you all know, Randy and I are getting married in less than a month. Wedding planning is hard work and very time consuming. Especially since majority of it is DIY. I just now finished the vases for the centerpieces. Well almost. Some of it is perishable! We are getting really excited. Especially for our trip to Cancun! Randy has never been to Mexico. I went to Ixtapa a few years ago with Mom. It will be nice to be somewhere warm, sit on the beach, and enjoy married life before we go back to a "normal" life.

Aside from wedding planning, we have been doing major home remodel. Who remodels a house a month before they get married? Apparently Randy and I! Our kitchen was my least favorite spot in the house! I wanted to get on it right away. One day, out of pure impulse, we bought paint for the walls, trim and cabinets! Our kitchen went from a drab tan with brown cabinets to a bright peach with white cabinets. Randy says it makes him want to party! I just love how bright and open it is now. The white cabinets make a world of difference.

Before we even finished the kitchen, we decided to rip up the carpet and put laminate wood flooring down. Our "plan" was to start with the hallway and then AFTER the wedding, continue into the living room. That lasted a whole of about a day. We went back to Home Depot and bought another 13 cases to do the whole living room. That is definitely more so Randy's project. I cannot figure out how to click the planks together! Randy is doing a great job on it so far. We have half done with the living room. We have company coming in on the 13th. So we will have to get cracking next week to make sure everything is finished! I cannot wait for our house to be put back together!

Since so many of you are so far away, Randy and I decided to start blogging so everyone can be part of our lives. Keep checking back to see what's going on here in Louisville! Feel free to leave us comments! We would love to hear from you! And we cannot wait to see majority of you in April for the wedding!


Bachelor/ette Parties 2-28-2009 "Oh What a Night!"

First of all, let me put the disclaimer on this post that most likely not everything told after this sentence is fully accurate due blurriness and high alcohol levels that night.

Mallorey may have a different rendition of how the night went but here is my story and I'm sticking to it:

It all started around 4pm central time when me, Mal, Nick and Shay (our friends from Louisville) checked into the Days Inn hotel located in downtown Chicago on the north side of town. Luckily for us, it was convenient because one of the event coordinators, Marin (Mal's sister), lives in apartment just a block away. While waiting for the other event coordinator, Katie (Mal's best friend from Mundelein) and her husband Jose, Nick and I chose to do some bachelor party pre-gaming. He took down some Captain Morgan's Private Stock Rum while I had a few shots of my ever-so-famous Early Times Kentucky Bourbon. Ahhhh, nothing will make you feel warmer on a cold Chicago afternoon. Mal and Shay declined to do any pre-gaming with the two of us and looked at us like we were stupid for starting so early. By the end of the night I was wishing I had paid attention to their facial expressions!

Around this time was when my long-time, best of friends from Louisville, Billy, Drew and Dajuan, arrived at our hotel about ten rooms down on the same floor. I was thinking to myself "It doesn't get much cooler than this!" Moments later, Nick and I were hanging out in their room while the ladies stayed behind to get ready for the long night ahead. Now the good news was that we had about half of the bachelor party attendees together. The bad news was that my friends already had me take 4-5 shots of whiskey in a matter of about 15-20 minutes!

By the time Collin (Mal's dad), Jon (my brother-in-law), Justin (Marin's boyfriend) and Jose arrived at our hotel, my brain was fried and that's about when I stopped remembering things. But, for the sake of this post, I will attempt to recall the events as they unfolded. I feel like Keifer Sutherland on the show 24 "All events happen in real time". Haha.

First stop was Harry Caray's Tavern so everyone could get a bite to eat. I only remember sharing some of Dajuan's cheese fries, being told to consume only water for a while and ending up running into someone from Louisville. What a coincidence, right? Shortly thereafter I had beads around my neck along with a napkin that showed a girl's name and phone number and I don't recall how it happened. The name and number on the napkin was part of an object needed for a scavenger hunt in which the guys were trying to beat the girls to the last bar at the end of the night where everyone was to meet up. About this time Jon received a picture message on his phone letting us know Mal and Mandy (my sister) were consuming margaritas bigger than the size of Texas!

To keep the story short, along the way on our bar crawl, here were some of the highlights:
- ate a philly cheesesteak sandwich with cheese whiz on it
- saw two guys fighting in the street and chasing one another
- rubbed everyones head at least once and tickled some others (don't ask why)
- struck out poorly in a batting cage
- heard Free Bird at a piano bar at the same place I struck out poorly
- almost passed out during the cab ride

The last stop of the night before going back to the hotel was a bar called Uncle Fatty's where both the bachelor and bachelorette parties met up. It was nice to see everyone there and smiles all around. Apparently there was some random black guy there with a gold cross chain around his neck whom nobody knew but ended up in our pictures the next day? But that wasn't even the scariest part. After what seemed like hours of trying to find Mal, who had gotten lost in the restroom, we finally came together and attempted to dance. Turns out the only dancing we did was drunken break dancing as we fell unbalanced to the floor. She'll tell you that I took her down, but, like I said, this is my story and I'm sticking to it: she tackled me :-)

After that major party foul it was time to go and we ended up back at the hotel to cap the night with drinks and partying. Here are some highlights:
- Drew drank warm Rolling Rock beer and read verses from the hotel room Bible
- Shay got into a religious debate with Drew
- Dajuan stayed on the bathroom floor trying to puke and at the same time taking advantage of those who tried to help him by having therapy sessions
- I fell backwards in the bath tub while trying to talk to Dajuan
- Mal kicked me in my manhood (good thing I don't remember)
- Mal ordered pizza for everyone
- Dajuan tried to pass out, got pissed at Drew and apparently made everyone leave

All I remembered the next morning was hitting my head on the wall when I passed out and my tailbone hurting from falling on the dance floor and in the bath tub.

Needless to say it was the best of times all around. No one got hurt (that bad) and everyone made it home safely. None of this would have been possible without everyone involved, namely Katie and Marin for their planning of the whole night. But let's not forget Justin who in essence was the guys' bar tour guide that night. But I would personally like to thank everyone for providing Mallorey and myself with a night for the record books!

PS - If you see any of our pictures from this night on random websites, please disregard them. They're probably fake! Haha....

Thank you everyone!