I'm ready to get this show on the road. Let's get married. Hurry it up. I could do this thing tomorrow (given I drop 40lbs overnight :) ).

I'm not, however, prepared to lose my level of popularity. What? Oh really? You didn't know I was that popular??! Well then....allow me to fill you in!

Smith is...currently...the top most popular last name in the US. Davis - 7th most popular. There are 2,182 others who are blessed with the name Amber Smith. Only 984 with the name Amber Davis. Consequently, on October 10, I will immediately become less than half as popular as I have been for the past 27 years. Sad, isn't it?

I was thinking, however, that I could INCREASE Chris's popularity by "allowing" him to change HIS name. There are only 6,387 Christopher Davis' in the US, and 14,153 Christopher Smiths!! It would immediately make him more than twice as popular!!

I'm such a considerate little fiance.
It's time for an update! I can't believe my last post was June 9th....time is flying!

Wedding plans are coming along well! I scheduled my hair and make-up appointment yesterday, which is nice to be able to check off the "to-do" list! And it will be half the price I had budgeted for hair & I'm really happy about that! We got our plane tickets bought to get to our cruise ship (also less than budgeted!), and I've planned a trip to see my brother and sister-in-law next week, where I'll get to sample 3 possible wedding cake flavors. Yum!

Now the house renovations are a completely different story! I didn't get approved for a Lowe's card...which I'm convinced now is a good thing. I'm one of those that wants it all done at one time, not dragged out over a year-long period. So all house renovations are coming out of pocket. Which means the bathroom and the kitchen are on hold. However...somehow...between now and next Thursday...the living room, dining room, and second bedroom will be completely finished. I have a LOT of packing to do! We've been spending SO much time working in the new house, that I haven't even begun move things out of my apartment. And Chris just left this morning for (more than likely) a week and a half with the church youth group. Yay me! Anyone want to come help??So far, the master bedroom is the only completed project. I know most of you have probably seen these on Facebook, but I thought I'd put them on here for my own journaling purposes.

I've been shopping online for the house a lot lately, since I have very little to do at work...and I came across this rug. I love it. Want it for my living room. Just need to raise $250. Donations welcome.
When I was growing up, I had this permanent image of how my life was going to be. No "if", "and", or "buts" about it. I knew what I wanted, what I was capable of, and couldn't foresee anything getting in the way. I was going to go to college, keep at LEAST a 3.0 GPA, meet a wonderful Christian man, date throughout college, graduate with a degree in Elementary Education, marry that wonderful Christian man that same month of graduation on the very campus that I had spent the past 4 years of my life. He would be a minister of some sort - preferably a youth minister - and we would buy a house and have an open door policy where anyone and everyone felt comfortable coming and going as they pleased. We would wait 2-3 years before beginning a family, in which time I would become this life-changing teacher and amazing cook, blessing all those who I come in contact with, and supplying every house guest with a hot, chewy, fudge brownie.

Okay. A bit exaggerated. But not far off. And a few things went wrong along the way.

I got my first...(and only)....D. In freshman history. 3 times. I despise history class. I despise, even more so...that I was capable of getting A's in senior level classes, yet could barely pass a freshman level class. And I kept taking it over and over again, believing I could do better. But I stopped after proving myself wrong 3 times. Killer to the GPA!

Then I went overseas. Which was not in my "plan" for life. I wouldn't even sign up for the Spring Break Mexico trips. I was too scared. Scared of the language barrier, scared of offending people, and scared of...all things...getting lost in a foreign country. Random, I know. But with the persistent persuasion of a best friend, I gave it a shot. And fell in love. Fell in love more deeply with the unknown that I thought possible. I no longer desired a planned, predictable future.

And I dated. A lot. I wanted to be flattered over and over again after feeling worthless from a broken engagement. I sought out guys who gave me attention, not guys I thought I could marry. Made it difficult to meet my "married by 2005" quota! Not to mention - they were FAR from being ministers of any kind.

I didn't graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. I didn't even graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. I definitely didn't get married that year, didn't start a family 2-3 years later, and my cooking skills are far from spectacular.

Life is good. Thank goodness for God's plans.

As I sit here eating chicken and brown rice, with a side of guacamole (yes, some of you may find that odd....especially at 8:00am), I'm constantly thinking about phone calls, research, and payments that need to be made for the wedding. We are only 2 weeks in, officially, and 128 days away from the big day. And we've accomplished a LOT so far! I'm so excited about what we've done, the help friends and family are giving us, and the changes the next 4 months will bring!

I feel I've done a pretty good job with the wedding budget (though Chris may argue a bit! :) ). Very reasonable, no post-wedding debt to take care of, and all major items accounted for. So far -
  • Wedding Photographer booked
  • Engagement pictures booked
  • Wedding Venue reserved
  • Wedding ring (mine) paid for
  • Invitations in the process (gift from a wonderful friend!)
  • Bouquet picked out
  • Chairs and runner priced
  • Chauffeur priced
  • Honeymoon cruise reserved
  • Located salon for hair and make-up
  • Wedding cake made by my sister-in-law
  • Plane tickets found (soon to be bought)
  • Wedding dress/veil/undergarments in closet
Speaking of the wedding dress - several of you know I bought this particular wedding dress a year and a half ago when Chris and I jumped the gun and considered getting married in '08. It's been in my closet since then, and I had ordered it 2 sizes smaller than I was at the time I tried it on. So I've never actually put the dress on, and it has been so long since I have even taken it out of the closet. Mom had me scared, convincing me that the size I believed the dress to be was a size bigger than she remembered it to be, so I pulled it out last night to check. Whew! I was right. I only have to lose 35lbs. to fit in it instead of 50lbs. What a relief! *sarcasm intended*

So this is why I'm eating chicken and brown rice for breakfast (along with a vegetable/cucumber/apple juice I made this morning - gross!). I was told that reversing the order of your meals allows your body to burn off the majority of calories taken in (usually taken in through your dinner meal) during the day, as opposed to sleeping on them at night. I'll let you know. I also dusted my treadmill off last night for the first time. I can do this!!