Thursday, July 30, 2009

Update + a picture overload!!

Well, one week from now, the wedding day will be over and done with and Josh and I will be starting our lives together as husband and wife! It is so surreal! I can't believe I am getting married in just one short week! Throughout most of the wedding planning, I haven't gotten very stressed and have enjoyed almost everything about planning my wedding but for some reason I feel like I have lost my mind this week!! Maybe it's all just stress, maybe it's the birth control, I don't know but I am not feeling like my usual self. Don't get me wrong, I am SO excited to get married and to spend eternity with Josh, but I think everything is just hitting me this week. Only a few nights left of living in my parents house, leaving my amazing ward that I love, realizing I won't see my cute little dog everyday anymore, hoping the wedding comes together like I hope, worrying about how long it will take Josh and I to find good jobs with benefits, etc etc. But on the other hand, I have so many new and exciting things to look forward to. Tomorrow we start moving our stuff into our apartment, I am going through the temple on Saturday, getting married in my favorite temple, leaving for our honeymoon one week from tomorrow, living with Josh, waking up next to Josh, getting a new last name-a shorter one! I really am so grateful for where I am at in my life right now. It hasn't been an easy road getting here, but it has been SO worth it!!

On to the fun stuff!! Here are a few pictures from my ward shower that I talked about in my previous post! I have been in the best ward!!

Me and some of the YW that helped with my shower. LOVE these girls! Cute Hannah Cope(the one in yellow) sat by my side the whole night and wrote down the gifts I received. What a sweetheart!

Me, Alyse, Cassandra and her darling baby, Lily. I have known these girls since birth!

They lined the entrance and the backyard with these cute bags that had sand and candles in them and pink and green "A's" and "J's" on them. Our very own luminaries!

This past Monday, I had the day off and went to the Zoo with my brother Tyson and my niece Ava. They have a zoo pass and have invited me several times, but I haven't been able to go with them. I finally had a day off that we could all go! It was so much fun to spend time with them. Tyson is the one responsible for me and Josh getting married and has always been such a good brother to me! And Ava is so much fun! She LOVES the zoo! But I know she wanted Josh to go with her instead of me. Boy does she have it bad for him!

This is Ava in front of her favorite animal, the Fossa! It is part of the Madagascar exhibit they have and for some reason, she loves this animal and talks about it a lot! She even knows what they eat. (they eat lemurs!)

She also loves the Rinos

It seems like every time you go to the zoo, most of the animals are sleeping but that day we got so lucky! The tiger was putting on a show and looked right at me for this picture! Then he got out of the water and jumped and paced his area. It was awesome.

There is a baby snow leopard at the zoo right now and he just happened to let us get a good glimpse of his face! SO cute!

Tyson always ends their visit to the zoo with a ride on the carousel. Ava LOVES it! I love that baby!

Also on Monday, some of my friends threw me a bachelorette type shower! It was so fun to spend the evening catching up with all my closest friends(minus Natalie who is in Vegas-love you, girl!) I have been blessed with great friends and I love them all dearly. They have been so supportive and amazing through my life and engagement. I love you all!

Liz and me. I've known this girl since 7th grade and we have lots of fun memories! And she is married to a Brighton Bengal! We have great taste!

Haylie, Alyse, Me and Cassandra! I LOVE these girls! I've known them for years and years and I always have a great time when I'm around them. I don't think I have ever laughed harder than when I've been around them!

Karen aka Chochie and Me!! Karen and I have been friends since she joined XI. I love Chochie and we have so much fun, especially when music is involved!

Me and most of my friends I've been close with since high school! I feel bad we didn't get a picture with everyone at the shower! I am so glad we have all stayed friends after all these years and they have all been such great friends to me!

And last but not is a little sneak peak of our bridals. I figured since this got posted on Facebook, I might as well post it on here! See you all next week for our big day!!


Traci Skylar and baby Ashlyn said...

WOW!!! Allison, you make such a gorgeous bride!! You look amazing. Good luck next week!!

Natalie said...

You are so cute! It is overwhelming to think of the fact that life just changes like that almost over night. It is a lot of fun but it is hard too. I am so sad I didn't get to go to your shower! I am excited to be there for you big day though! I love your dress! Oh my gosh I love your dress! That picture is beautiful! You guys are so cute together! Love ya girly!

Courtney said...

I love the bridal pics!!! Your dress is amazing and you guys make such a cute couple!!! I can't wait to see the wedding pictures.

rachel and wes said...

I am so glad josh went to your bridals. I wish we did that!! oh well. You look gorgeous. 2 more days!

Ali said...

Oh my gosh. I am dying. You look so stunning in your dress. I have never seen bridals taken at night... with the lights in the background... so amazing! Wow! I wish wish wish I could be there. You look gorgeous! I'm glad you've enjoyed the process and the anticipation. I'm so happy for you.