Invite Mock-up...3

I haven't really looked at anything wedding related the last 4 months because of school. I popped in the flashdrive today and took a look at the wedding files I had completed. I pulled up the intended invite layout and wasn't impressed with what I was looking at. On a new journey I went looking for more inspiration for our invites. I came across an invite on theknot that was simple and caught my eye. Here is what I've come up with for the third time.

You can see the first mock-up I made here & the second mock-up I made here. Let me know what you think!

Decisions, Decisions...

This is a simple me decide! Which do you like the best?

Plan a Wedding?

Now that I'm done with school, and there is less than 5 months until the wedding and I've got to get B-U-S-Y with planning our wedding. Tomorrow on the plate for after church is making a couple of the new envelope liners with the new paper I bought. I need to decide if I want to use the silver/white paper or the blue paper to line our envelopes. Next on the plate is our invitation design. I have one now that I can use, but I'm just not 100% satisfied with it. I'm going to start working on a new design in my spare time and hopefully have a decision made about the final design within the next two weeks. I'd also like to get started on the ceremony and getting a program started. I've got to get the Bridesmaids dresses ordered (still waiting on two of my girls' measurements) as well as find someone to alter the dresses one they come in. I'm beginning to feel a little overwhelmed since 2010 is right around the corner.

::deep breath::

Off to get some rest. My first day back to work today really made me tired.









Tuesday, December 22, 2009 ay 6 p.m., my future brother in law was married to his fiance. They are currently on their honeymoon in Jamaica where they will stay until December 30th. I obviously have pictures to post! :) They had an elegant wedding that went off without a hitch! Here are the newlyweds, Mr. & Mrs. Potter.

I'll definitely have one or two more posts with pictures from the wedding! There were so many good ones :) Congrats Josh & Steph!


Christmas 2009 is over. It didn't seem like Christmas when I woke up this morning and it still doesn't feel like Christmas now that it's over and all of my family is back at their houses sleeping. I have pictures to show later, but for now I'm going to add the pictures from the presents that I gave since everyone has them now :) Also, my FI's brother was married on Tuesday of this week, so I will definitly have a post with pictures sometime in the next couple of days.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful, blessed Christmas this year.


I've been busy for the better part of the week making Christmas presents. I've taken many pictures and can't wait to share them!

After completing the gifts last night, I was baking some goodies to give with the gifts and I HAVE to share my most favorite winter (not just Christmas) recipe! I was introduced to a unique snack back in my teen years by a girl that I played basketball with.

Snowman Poop (click here for recipe)

Or that's what they called it and I continue to use this name (the real name is Chex Mix Muddy Buddies). I made two batches of it last night and bagged it all up to give away today at the party! I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you haven't had this before, you HAVE to try it! RUN, now to the grocery store to get all of the ingredients! :)


I'm elated to be finished with school. I took the whole day off work and graduated yesterday. It wasn't quiet as exciting as I though it would be. I think for me that I had all of my excitement when I completed my last final and was completely finished with school. On the up side, I did finish off my last semester of undergrad college with all A's :)

Now, I'm excited to start as some projects for Christmas, then after those I'll be moving on to wedding projects. You'll be seeing more and more posts after this one as I have taken off from work starting tomorrow until Dec. 29. I know there are several other knotties that graduated or will be graduating this month, so to you all, CONGRATS! It's a great feeling to be finished!


My life has been happening, really happening in the last week! Not only did I complete the last of my undergraduate schoolwork, but I also won something very special! I coach a middle school girls basketball team (at my middle school alma mater). This was only my second year, but after the first couple of practices, I knew that the girls that came back from last years team were going to be great players this year. During our preseason tournament, we played each team in our conference (3 other teams) and beat all three of them. I just knew this was going to be 'our' season and that we could go undefeated.

Long story short....we only won three regular season games; we ended up tying for second place. A coin was flipped and our school just happened to win te coin toss, giving us second place. Our conference tournament started Monday with semifinal games and final games followed on Tuesday. The team we played in the semi's was a team that in the regular season had beat us once and we had beat them once. I gave the girls a pep talk and they played the best they ever have and beat the other team by 20 points (final: 47-27). Next day...we are playing the number one team in the conference, which had an undefeated season. I pulled the fie returning players aside and had a talk with them, crying of course (I'm a softie! especially with those 5 girls), and let them know how special they were and that they were the best and should end on top. So, we get on top early in the first quarter and those girls never looked back. We beat the undefeated team by 14 (28-14).

I am THRILLED and even speechless with how the girls played this week. We are indeed having a pizza party on Friday for all of their hard work this season. So, my MIA this week has been due to my attention given to my basketball team. Don't mind the quality of this picture, but here is the plaque that my girls so graciously accepted after their win Tuesday evening! I'm beaming with joy for their success this season!

We have our pictures on Friday...and the school will put a team picture in the top area! Congrats to my basketball players for their success this season! I am truly going to miss those stunning 5 girls.

Let's Say Thanks

I'm sure that many of you ahve receieved an e-mail with this in it, but for those who haven't...
Xerox has a program where you go to their site (click here) and choose a card, all of which have been created by children from all over the U.S. You can then pick a sentiment to be printed on the card as well as including your name, town, & state. I love doing this for our Soldiers, especially during the Christmas season so they can get a little love from home. Support our Soldiers and send as many as you want!


I am so thrilled...honestly, that doesn't even describe how I feel right now. As of 7-ish this evening, I have completed all course work for my undergraduate degree! ::jumping up & down:: ::SQUEEL!:: So…as you can see below, I feel right now like I look in that picture! No more rushing home after basketball practice to work on h/w until 10:30 just to wake up and do it again the next day. ::Sigh:: I don’t know what I will do with myself now that I don’t have h/w to do. :) Joy Joy!


As of right now, I am only two finals away from Graduation! I can't express my excitement at this time because I have been working on a paper & a final all day today, and my brain is mush. I'm off to bed as I have a final tomorrow at 2 and I need to rest so I can get up and go over some study materials. Joyful day tomorrow as I knock another final out of the way and leave only 1 measly final between myself and graduation. I know it may seem that I have talked about this non-stop that last week or two, but this is something that has been part of mine & FI's life since we met. It will be such a relief to have this off of my plate and be able to concentrate on Wedding Planning fun! Just bare with me for a couple more days until I'm finished and I'll start give you some FUN wedding stuff back here on the NC Bride To Be!


After weeks of searching...I have finally picked a dress to wear in my future BIL's wedding (I'll be handing out programs) in a couple of weeks. is where I need YOUR help! I'm not a very fashionable person (I don't think I'm unfashionable, but I do sometimes need help). So, I'm looking for some cute shoes to go with the dress below! I've looked at the place I usually go for shoes (Endless) but didn't see anything. I'm fairly tall and usually don't wear anything with a heel over 2.5 inches.

Should I go with red/gray? A flat? A heel? HELP you fashionistas!

He Knows Everything

All weekend I've been worried about whether or not the graduation regalia that I ordered (late, Nov. 6 to be exact) would arrive in time for me to wear it across the stage on December 14.

I tried yesterday to track the order and all I could get was "IN PROCESS." The guidelines on the site list 5 weeks in production and an additional 1-2 shipping (if you choose express shipping, which I did choose). By their guidelines, it shouldn't have been out of processing until Dec. 11.

Imagine my surprise when I get to work this morning and I have an e-mail informing me that everything shipped 11/30/09! Oh joyous day. I've been praying over this seemingly minute problem the last couple of days, as I knew God was in control. He answered my prayer, just as always. Praise God!