Four Year Anniversary

Today, we have been married for 4 years. 

Today, we celebrate 208 weeks of laughter. 

Today, we celebrate 1,461 days of partnership. 

Today, we celebrate 35,064 hours of unconditional love and support. 

Today, we celebrate 2,103,840 minutes of us. 

Today, I celebrate the best 126,230,400 seconds of my life.  

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Thanks for doing life with me, babe. I love you. 

 

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DIY Photo Strip Bookmarks

As the summer starts winding down, so does the busy wedding season which is always a bummer because I love weddings. I also love photo booths. So when the bride and groom bring a photo booth to their wedding, I am one happy camper.

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The photo strips are such a fun souvenir but I never really knew what to do with them once we got home. Do I hang them on the fridge? Put them in a frame? Cut them up into wallet photos?! After our friend’s wedding last weekend, I brought home our photo strips and was determined to figure out a creative way to keep them displayed. 

Enter the photo strip bookmark. 

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These were insanely easy to make and I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before! If you have any fun photo strips laying around, I highly suggest you make these ASAP!

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SUPPLIES || single-hole punch, scissors, heavy card stock, glue, photo strips and embellishments (I used embroidery floss and some seashell pendants but you could substitute with your favorite ribbon, beads, feathers, etc)

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STEP 1 || Glue your photo strips onto your heavy cardstock. Once dry, cut to size. 

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STEP 2 || Punch a hole into the top of your photo strip while ignoring my poor, neglected nails. 

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STEP 3 || String your embellishments through the punched hole.

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STEP 4 || Insert bookmark into your favorite book and enjoy!

 Insanely easy, right? I told you! What is your favorite wedding souvenir?

Shoutout to my girl, Ali, for originally featuring this on her blog. Check out A Dream Crafter for some fun back to school project tutorials and an awesome tic-tac-toe game . Happy crafting!

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California Recap

Happy Monday, folks! I hope you all had a good weekend. We spent the last few days house hunting, trying to finally fight off this bug that we’ve been carrying around since we got home and dreaming about endless buffets of food.

Oh, I guess that last part was just me.

Baby boy must be having a big growth spurt because I have been SO hungry lately and never really feel satisfied after a meal. I’m trying not to give into the urges too often but really wish that I could go to a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Can someone make that happen?

Anyways – I didn’t come here to talk about buffets, I came to tell you all about the California portion of our trip! 

We started off in Fallbrook with some of Alex’s family. His Grampa Earl was celebrating his ninetieth birthday so we all gathered at Aunt Susan and Uncle Bob’s for delicious dinner and fun family time. 

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Next up was Disneyland with Mimi! We stayed at the Anaheim Magestic Hotel which was awesome — I totally recommend it (not sponsored by them or anything, just really pleased with our stay)

At the risk of sounding like “that girl” I have to confess that I love Disneyland and taking my daughter for the first time was so much fun! She really soaked it all in and, even though she wont remember this trip, I know that she enjoyed herself.

Her highlight? Definitely watching Disney Junior – Live on Stage. Her mouth was open in shock the entire time as she watched some of her favorite characters up on stage. I’m going to say her least favorite were the fireworks — kinda scary for a tired toddler (but a great show for everyone else)

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^girlfriend don’t play at a buffet 😉

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After Disneyland, we made our way up to our old stomping grounds in Ventura County. We spent some time in Ojai, hit up the beach and Ventura Pier, and ate lunch at our favorite Mexican food place. It was so great to be able to get the cousins together and to spend time with Alex’s side of the family. I even got to squeeze in breakfast with my good friend, Beth 🙂

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^ Aren’t they cute? Little Grant and Lyla are only one week apart 🙂

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We finished up the trip at a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. Congratulations to John and Lauren! 

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It’s always hard when we get to the mainland because there is never enough time to time to see everyone and do everything but I feel like we did a good job this trip. Looking forward to next time!

 

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K+J Wedding

 

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending the wedding of our dear friend Kim. The ceremony and reception were held at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s picturesque North Shore.

Kim was a rockin’ DIY bride – she made the centerpieces, the favors and even the fans for guest’s at the ceremony. Her wedding was perfectly personalized and I was honored that she asked me to help with the final set-up while she and her bridesmaids got their hair and make-up done.

This wedding was very intimate and was one of the truest examples of two families coming together as one that I have ever seen. There were multiple times that I was moved to tears but the moment that outshone them all was when Kim danced hula for her groom. It was absolutely beautiful.

By no means was I the professional videographer for the evening but I did put together a short video of some of the wedding highlights. To Kim and James: I wish you nothing but lifelong happiness. Thank you for including us in your special day. Enjoy your honeymoon in the most magical place on earth!

K+J WEDDING from natashabyrd on Vimeo.

 

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