One Year of Bliss: How Time Flies

 All photo credit to Amy Carroll Photography (I know, she's a rockstar, isn't she?)

I can scarcely believe that it has been a year ago today since our wedding day.  Time truly does fly when you're having fun...even with medical school in the mix! We've had quite the journey so far, and I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us.  

The Hubby and I always joke that we don't really remember our wedding day - and for the most part, it's true!  There are very few details that either of us remember; the entire day is more or less a beautiful, yet fuzzy, euphoric haze.  For fun, we each made a list of things that we remember most vividly about our wedding day. 

Hubby's Wedding Day Memories:
  • Going out to breakfast with all of my guys, and not being able to eat much (if you knew me, you would know why this is a big deal!).
  • Playing poker in the church basement, waiting for the show to get on the road.
  • Forgetting to go get the Moms to come down the aisle, while standing in the front of the church thinking, "Shouldn't something be happening right now?" until our pastor finally elbowed me.
  • Watching MJ coming down the aisle, and alternating between thinking "Wow, she looks beautiful!" and "HO-LY CRAP!"
  • During the middle of the ceremony, when we were lighting our unity candle, MJ whispering to me, "Hubby!  Scoot over some so Amy can get a good picture!"  I kid you not.
  • MJ's veil getting snagged on the cement as we were doing our bubble exit - twice!  That's what nine feet of tulle will do for you.
  • Taking pictures in a random field for over an hour when it was 94 degrees in a full tux. Sweaty. Torture.
  • All of the bugs that crawled in between all of the layers of lace on MJ's gown when we were in that field. 
  • Squashing one of said bugs in the dress and watching it squirt out blood and guts.  I decided not to do that anymore.  And not to tell MJ that it had happened.
  • My groomsmen eating all of the extra dinners each at the reception.  They were pretty happy that a few people weren't able to make it!
MJ's Wedding Day Memories:
  • All of my bridesmaids completely rocking out to the Grease Soundtrack Compilation on the way to the church.
  • Seeing one of the groomsmen before the ceremony and having him say, "MJ!  You look perfect!" 
  • Being beyond anxious before the ceremony, and singing "Father Abraham" loudly with all of my girls to encourage laughter rather than hysterical tears.
  • Not having to do anything myself on the wedding day, thanks to my ridiculous amount of planning and our amazing master and mistress of ceremonies (seriously, if you're getting married, please please have someone take on this role for you, someone with good taste and an authoritative voice!  It was our best wedding planning decision!  Everything looked gorgeous and went off without a hitch).
  • Walking down the aisle, with my father near tears, and my groom even nearer to tears and thinking, "Seriously?  I can't cry too!"  (Please recall that I regularly tear up at random commercials.  Needless to say, it was the most willpower I have ever summoned!).
  • Our pastor saying at the beginning of his sermon, "You two aren't going to remember what I'm going to say."  He was totally right.
  • My bracelet falling off when we were dismissing the rows of guests from the ceremony.  I never put it back on.
  • My veil getting caught on the steps leaving the church.  It was a classic, out-of-the-movies, jerked my head back completely moment. 
  • It was record breaking temperatures that day.  It was ridiculously hot; 94 degrees or something like that.  I was wearing a multi-layer heavy lace gown - I still can't believe that I didn't faint!
  • The seven million bugs that crawled in between the layers of my dress in the field while taking pictures.  And the accompanying mosquito bites that came along with them.  One of my new brother-in-laws had to stop at a drug store to get hydrocortisone cream for me!  I was covered in welts when we got to the reception.
  • Not eating any dinner, even though it smelled delicious.  I just couldn't swallow much of it!
  • Talking to everybody at the reception and getting reprimanded for not dancing more.
In order to gain some more memories, we're going to watch our wedding video today.  We haven't ever watched it yet; we decided to save it for our anniversary.  I'm getting anxious just thinking about it!  We're also planning on having dinner tonight at the restaurant where we had our rehearsal dinner (and our first date!).  And we aren't doing gifts - I mean, we'd better not be!  The best gift the Hubby can give me is a day free of studying, which I believe is going to happen.  I did put together a little "Reasons I Love You" in lieu of a card.  I did 52 reasons...for 52 weeks of marriage.  Some were serious and heartfelt, some were much more lighthearted and funny.

The front - I don't know why my birdies turned so grainy, sorry!   I just modified a clip art in Photoshop - they looked much better there and when printed.

 I'll leave you with this, the Scripture we chose to be read at our ceremony:

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs of the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  -Colossians 3:12-17

Here's to the next year, filled with love!  Happy first anniversary, Hubby! 

PS-in case you're wondering, no way was I up at 6:00am on our anniversary writing a post.  That's what scheduled posting is for ;) 


Memory Lane: Our Wedding Details

As the Hubby and I approach our one year wedding anniversary (this Sunday!), we've been doing some reminiscing about all things wedding related.  The week before was basically a blur of finishing the million projects that I had decided to tackle by myself.  Our wedding was a DIY wedding to the core (partially to keep costs low, partially because I love making things!).  Handmade items included, but were not limited to:
  • The save the date postcards
  • "Will you be my bridesmaid" cards
  • Shower thank you notes
  • Wedding invitations
  • Guest book
  • Ceremony programs
  • Place cards
  • Trivia cards at each reception table
  • Menus
  • Wedding thank you notes
  • Three-quarters of the bridesmaid gifts
  • The alter decorations
  • The pew decorations
  • Wreaths for the doors
  • A "Tears of Joy" sign and tissue holder
  • Our unity candle
  • "For cold feet" grooms socks (the label-I don't know how to make socks!)
  • Our centerpieces
  • The table numbers
  • Coloring books for all of the kids at the reception
  • The card box
  • And probably more things which I've forgotten about by now, but which seemed SO IMPORTANT at the time.
(Seriously, you should see my file folder saved on my computer of wedding goodness.  I backed it up daily for fear of my computer crashing and losing all of my wedding planning!  I had a list, a diagram, a timeline, an outline or a cheat sheet for everything.  My organization might have seemed excessive, but you know what the beauty of it was?  Our day was that much more relaxed because of it).

Isn't it funny how all of the little details of a day that is planned for months and is so anticipated can be forgotten so rapidly?  It's a shame really, with all of the work that goes into every aspect of it.  Join me on a trip down memory/photograph lane.  (Pardon any less-than-glamorous photos.  These weren't taken with the intention of sharing them on a blog someday!  Little did I know...).

Invitations.  Sorry, my deletion of names/locations kind of ruins it.  But our names were written in Scriptina font in that gorgeous plum color of the ribbon. 
Working on the bridesmaid gifts.  This is pretty much how I could be found every evening - hot glue gun on, sitting at the plastic patio table that served as a dining room table, working on some project.  I made my girls monogrammed tote bags and vases (for their bouquets at the reception), and fancified Old Navy flip flops so they could dance all night.  I also found awesome handmade jewelry on Etsy.
This picture makes me smile.  Can you tell how excited I was at my dress fitting?!
My "will you be?" cards.
"In case of any Cold Feet!"  It took me months to find dark socks with purple argyle.
Why purple shoes?  Because seriously, you'll never wear those white ones again! 

My feels-like-a-princess wedding dress.  I loved every bit of it, from the lace detail to the vanilla-bean-ivory color to the long train.

Our scroll-style programs

Lots of candles everywhere (they were lit for the ceremony!). 

Pew decorations.  Making the cones ended up being a huge pain in the rump.
Place cards!  I think I could still tell you what most people ordered.  Literally.  It creeps the Hubby out.  He could mention any random person and I'd say, "oh, they ordered the beef," or "he ordered the chicken."  Black cards were the beef, purple the chicken, and gray ones were "special" (kids, vegetarian, or - you know - dairy-free).

Scrumptious dinner.  I do wish I would have eaten some of it!

We made a set of trivia cards at each table for entertainment during the cocktail hour.  There were Hubby + Mrs. questions (including "where did the bride and groom get engaged?"), wedding trivia (such as "what does the word 'bride' mean in Old English?"), and general trivia (like "what goes around the world but stays in the corner?" ).
(Yes, I know, mildly over-ambitious). I made coloring books for all of the kids who were going to be at the reception.  They were much appreciated by the parents!  Nothing worse than a bored kid...or so we're told!
Our cake!  Gorgeous, no?  We had photos of our grandparents on their wedding day surrounding the base of the cake, with their love stories printed beside them.

Our card box on our gift table.  I know, I went a little over the top.  We had our parents wedding photos there, since they gave us the gift of life!

Our table numbers were two-fold in nature.  The front had the table name (a characteristic of love), with a corresponding Bible verse (side note: 32 is a lot of table names to come up with!).  For the back side of the table numbers, we asked various family and friends for a copy of their wedding photo and for them to tell how they met, a funny story or their marriage advice.  We got an overwhelming response to our table numbers - people loved them!  It was also a great way to get people up and moving around the room to find "their" table. 
Our first dance song was "I'm gonna be (500 miles)" by the Proclaimers - which I realize seems strange.  But we found this struggling artist from Australia named Johnny, on YouTube of all places, and fell in love with his acoustic rendition.  We contacted him and he recorded it in the studio for us.  We adored our one-of-a-kind first dance song.

I suppose that's more than enough for now.  Hope I didn't bore you to tears...once I started, I couldn't stop!!  I just love weddings. :)

Happy long weekend!  May there be sunshine wherever you are!


Swagbucks...seriously, it's time to join.

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Holy (dairy-free) Crepe!

Today seems like a great day for a Tasty Tuesday post.  Remember the Hubby's birthday breakfast?  I tried my hand at making crepes for the very first time.  And you know what?  They were so simple!   The recipe that follows is modified from The Food Network, so if you'd like the dairy-filled version, please see their website!

Dairy-Free Crepes
2 large eggs
3/4 cup vanilla milk (almond, soy, etc)
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 Tbsp. melted margarine
2 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla 
Toppings of choice (fruit, syrup, Nutella, chocolate sauce, honey, peanut butter, whipped  cream...the list goes on

The night before, or at least one hour in advance, combine everything in a blender (except for the toppings!) and pulse until combined.  Refrigerate overnight or for at least one hour.  This helps prevent the crepes from tearing while cooking.  

Heat a small frying pan.  The original recipe suggests using melted butter in the frying pan to prevent sticking.  I was using olive oil spray, and found that my crepes got too browned and crispy before they could get cooked thoroughly.  I do have a non-stick frying pan, so I tried just pouring the batter into the pan without using anything, and they stayed nice and light and flexible, so I might recommend trying that.  But if your pan turns into a big mess, don't blame me!.   

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour 1/4 cup of batter into the hot pan.  Lift the pan from burner and swirl the batter around to spread it out evenly.  Cook for about 45 seconds, until just beginning to brown, then flip and cook the other side.  Let cool on a wire rack.  Repeat with remaining batter. 

Makes about a dozen crepes, depending on size.
**We had a ton left over with just the two of us eating them, so I stacked them up with wax paper in between, and froze them.  Hopefully they reheat well!

Since the Hubby doesn't have to worry about being dairy-free, he topped his with bananas, strawberries, and Nutella....he suggests that whipped cream would probably be great in there too.  For mine, I had the fruit with honey.  Seriously, these were delicious. 

And I want to show you the difference it made, switching from using cooking spray, to not using cooking spray. Left is with it, right is without:

See?  Too crispy to just right...a world of difference.  :)  

Let me know if you try making these; they were such a breeze to put together, and oh-so delicious!

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Hubby's birthday recap + secret!

As you may or may not know, last week was the Hubby's birthday.  On the day of his birth, he got to celebrate by going to the hospital to try his hand at newborn physical exams.  Ironic, no?  He thought it was pretty neat to be able to tell his baby Riley happy birthday on their birthday!  (PS - do you all know about the whole dropping-a-baby reflex?  Apparently it's called the Moro Reflex.  I thought the Hubs was kidding when he told me he had to drop a baby!).  

We were able to celebrate with family and friends and it was lovely.  He probably received more practical gifts than fun ones, and I won't try to fool you - my gifts were the most lame.  I mean, what good medical student doesn't want a pair of noise-canceling headphones and a pediatric blood pressure cuff?  (Don't worry, there were some slightly cooler things in his present from me as well.  Like new jeans.  And a frisbee.  I know-lame!). However, thanks to our families, the Hubby got some way less lame things, and we are now well-equipped to do things he's hoping to do this summer, like going camping (now that we have important things that we were lacking before - such as sleeping bags) and learning to suture.  Yes, that's right.  Not only are we the proud owners of the "Stitch Up Wounds" kit, we also have two pig feet in our freezer, because apparently the skin of a pig is very similar to that of a human, and is the best to practice on.  Sick (don't worry - no pig feet photo follows this.  Mainly because I am frightened to touch them.  Or anything sitting next to them in the freezer, for fear that I might accidentally touch them).  

But I do think I made up for my lame/practical gift choices with my awesome kitchen endeavors for the day.  Namely, nutella/strawberry/banana crepes for breakfast:

Dearest Nutella - it was four years ago this month that we met in Italy.  I might not be able to eat as much of your creamy, dairy goodness as I used to be able to, but I promise I still love you!

And homemade dairy-free pumpkin pie in lieu of birthday cake (yes, homemade down to the crust.  And the pumpkin pie was for him...but the dairy-free was for me!).

In other exciting news - the Hubby turned 10 years old, according to the number of candles.  And his wife accidentally bought trick candles...Oh, and yes, that's flannel being worn.  In mid-May.  So all of you kind folks out there complaining that it's too hot already, zip it!

So that's the Hubby's birthday in a nut shell.  Oh, yes, that, and this.  (This is the secret that I needed a sunshine-filled day to photograph!):

Meet our new motorcycle/the secret I've been withholding from you.  While she wasn't technically a birthday gift, the Hubby did pick her up on his birthday, so we're counting it as one!  Our beloved bike Indy has a new owner...but she doesn't have to change her last name - the Hubby's brother bought her!  My brother-in-law asked us two weekends ago if we'd be interested in selling him our bike, so we could "upgrade."  You know that week of bliss between the end of spring semester and the beginning of summer semester?  It was consumed with a search for a new bike.  Online searches, checking the dealerships, going to people's houses who had bikes for sale, etc etc...and we finally found the most bang for our (on a medical school budget) buck.  

She's a Yamaha V-Star 1100, if that means anything to you.  All it means to me is that she's a beast compared to Indy - almost twice as big of an engine and several hundred pounds heavier.  We've named her Isra, which means "to travel at night" (she's black, get it?).  I was voting for Raven, but lost. 

I haven't quite gotten over saying goodbye to Indy yet - There was definitely a complete sobbing breakdown a tear in my eye when she was ridden away. I mean, she was our first bike.  We've had her for essentially our entire relationship - we even rode her the night we were engaged (and subsequently caught in a torrential downpour for our hour long ride back from dinner). She'll always have a special place in our hearts! 

Beautiful Indigo Blue Indy.


Medical School Memoir Review: "In Stitches"

A few weeks back, after sharing this post, I received an advanced copy of "In Stitches," the journey to and through medical school written by Anthony Youn, M.D.  Getting this book was highly exciting for me - opening the package, seeing the book labeled Advance Uncorrected Proof....Anxious as I was to read "In Stitches," life got the best of me and I'm just now getting to sharing my thoughts.   

Mild Disclaimer:
There may be a slight bias for me towards "In Stitches," as it is mostly set in my home state, and part of it takes place in a town where our nearest Meijer grocery store was when I was growing up (what, you didn't grow up having to drive 40 minutes to your nearest supermarket?  You city folk!).  Reading the familiar road names and restaurants helped me to relate, not just to the book itself, but to Tony as well.

Onto the book!  The first quarter of "In Stitches" takes you through the pre-med years of adolescence, high school and college.  Warning: it's highly awkward.  I actually found myself visibly cringing at points.  While this portion of the book didn't resonate with me as much as the other three-quarters (mainly because I think I've tried to block out most of my awkward years), I believe it was definitely necessary to understand Tony's background: the life at home with a father who demanded the absolute best, his Korean heritage which set him as the minority in a predominately Caucasian town, and his life-changing (and ultimately career-driving) corrective jaw surgery.  

I thoroughly enjoyed the medical school portion of "In Stitches."  While I only know firsthand what the first year is like, it is my opinion that Tony does a great job explaining the entire process of each year and phase of medical school.  As the wife of an almost-second-year medical student (yikes, when did that happen??), I feel that I have gained greater insight into what to expect as we journey through our adventure in the medical field.  While I know that each step will not be the same, it has given me such a better idea of what to expect (though reading about the first third-year rotation mildly terrified me!).

Seeing the story unfold of how Tony was first introduced to plastic surgery through his own experience on the table, to his first taste of it in rotations, to realizing that it was his passion was inspirational.  It made me so excited to soon see my Hubby going through the same steps of experience, enjoyment and decision making. 

It must be noted that Tony is very candid with his personal and professional experiences.  Sprinkled throughout the book is some vulgarity with regards to swearing, relationships and partying.  While for some medical students this is the norm, I would like to state that it isn't true for all med students.  There are a fair share of the Hubby's classmates who are, ahem, living large, but there are an equal number with high and sound morals.  While the vulgarities weren't overly offensive (and remembering that this is a memoir), my personal taste would have appreciated a bit more tactfulness in those regards.  As my normal books of choice don't contain much vulgarity, I found it to be slightly distracting, but not nearly enough to dissuade me from continuing. 

Ultimately, "In Stitches" is an engaging story which gives a phenomenal view into the daily life of medical students.  So many people are completely unaware of the constant sacrifice and commitment demanded of med students, and I believe that this book offers a glimpse into what so many people never see.  I feel that "In Stitches" would be a beneficial read for medical students (and their spouses!) - to understand what to expect - and for any person who has curiosity about the journey to a career in medicine to understand the realities.  Tony's journey - his struggles, his triumphs, his persistence, his enthusiasm, his humor, his realism - was all at once informative, entertaining and inspiring.   I laughed, I cried, I cringed: I recommend.

You can find more about Dr. Youn and "In Stitches" at either of his websites: In Stitches Book or Celeb Cosmetic Surgery

Have you read "In Stitches" yet, or do you plan to?  What are some of your other favorite medical memoirs that I should add to my reading list?

And yes, I know, I know!  I left you hanging with my "big news" teaser.  But I have to wait until we have a sunny day to tell you.  Which I know, sounds really strange...but it's true!  You'll understand once you know.  I think tomorrow is supposed to be nice, so hopefully I can tell you sometime this weekend ;)


Some good things must come to an end...

We've known that this day would be coming.  In fact, we've known since we started our journey in medicine, that sooner or later, it would happen.  I'm personally surprised that it has taken us nine months of medical school to get to this point.  But, alas, we've reached it.  The time came, it happened, and we've moved on. 

If you know my husband (which I know 90% of you don't), you might have noticed that he is always sporting two bracelets on his right wrist.  "Always" as in "hasn't-taken-off-since-getting-them-in-2008-and-2009."  Sick, right?  There were probably things growing under there about which I don't even want to know.  But some gross good things must come to an end; the Hubby had to scrub in at the hospital.  So yesterday morning, they met their fate.  One had to be cut off, the other is still in tact.  

The first bracelet is a piece of kernmantle rope, as in rope for rock climbing.  That's the one that required scissors, as it is burnt/melted onto a wrist.  The second was a bracelet that the Hubby got as a gift from some children in Trinidad, where he did some medical mission work and helped build an orphanage.  This one might be able to be slipped back on, but it was such a tight fit to get it over his hand that I don't know if it will ever make it back on his wrist.

You're probably thinking, seriously?  A post about a couple of bracelets?  Well, mind you, these bracelets have basically been on the Hubby's wrist as long as we've been together, save for a few months in the beginning.  

The bracelets were there for dating:

They were there for graduating college:

The bracelets saw us get engaged:

And made many appearances in our professional engagement photos:

The Hubby offered to take them off for our wedding, but they had already present for our entire relationship, so why not invite them to our wedding day?

They came on our honeymoon:

And have been there ever since:

But, as of yesterday morning, they are no more:
 Some good things must come to an end...


Cuteness in the form of tulle

(prepare to swoon):

Ahh!  Hello, adorable!  This is what I made for the cute-to-boot one-year old's birthday party that we had last weekend.  Isn't it so sweet?!  (Obviously I didn't make the onsie, that part I got from Kohls.  I love the little crochet lace sleeves!). 

I had some help from two blogs for inspration for the tutu.  The first was Eden's Flower Garden.  She totally breaks down exactly how to cut tulle from the bolt without it being completely agonizing.  For my tutu, I used two yards of pink tulle and two yards of lavender.

Roll each yard, snip off the ends, cut into 6" pieces, unroll and cut each piece in half.  Easy peasy!

The blog that I used to form the tutu was The Real Life Mom.  I found it easy to understand exactly how to knot the pieces of tulle around the elastic with the knots being the direction that I wanted.  When I did mine, I slid the elastic around a can of coffee while tying the knots to keep everything nice and tidy.

a) Tulle, folded in half behind the elastic, loop side up.  b) Tuck loose ends up through loop and pull tight.  c) Repeat, repeat, repeat!

Seriously, this was such a simple and easy project.  If you have a little girl in your life, you need to make one, stat!

A few more views:

Sorry I don't have an actual picture of the little princess in her tutu!  Also, I owe y'all a life update, including our "vacation week" highlights.  I'll do one soon, since we have some kind of big news (don't think baby; you'll be wrong!), but I need to wait a couple of days.  Until then... 

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