gone to Savannah

We’re leaving for Savannah tomorrow morning to celebrate our anniversary. A whole year has flown by. We spent most of the year adjusting to pregnancy, but it has been something that we’ve tackled together.

We don’t have many plans for this weekend. We’re going to do a trolley tour and we have dinner reservations at a couple of restaurants that promise to be amazing. I may spend a lot of time just taking a nap. It doesn’t matter much to me what we do.

It’s just nice to get away, out of town, with my husband. I have a few posts scheduled for this weekend recapping the year and looking back at a year ago.

And because it’s our anniversary and I love an excuse to break out some great images from Kelly Moore Photography, here are some of our engagement photos.

a whole lotta gratitude

Today marks two years from the day that Todd and I got engaged. I can’t believe it has been two years since that day, nearly four years since our first date, and Sunday will mark one year since our wedding day.

Like all relationships, we’ve had our good days and our not-so-good days. We’re about to welcome our first child into the world together and I’m looking forward to many more “together” moments.

engagement day, April 28, 2007

One of the things about our relationship that I’m most proud of is that the instant I met him, I knew I was going to marry him. I knew my parents would love him. I just knew. This was it. I don’t know how I knew, but it was obvious to me very early on that he was the one for me.

My parents instantly loved him and they tell me on a regular basis how wonderful he is and how lucky I am to have him. They’re exactly right. It had been a long time since my parents really liked a boyfriend and I was so happy to be able to enjoy spending time with all of them together.

The other night, Todd and I were at dinner with my dad at Mr. Friendly’s and one of my exboyfriends walked in. In the four years that Todd and I have been together, this has never happened. We’ve never run into an exboyfriend or exgirlfriend. He came over to the table with his girlfriend and introduced her. Then he hugged me, shook Todd’s hand, and hugged my dad. We talked about my large belly, talked about what they had done that night, said how nice it was to see each other, and then they went to their table and we continued to enjoy our dinner at our table.

When they walked away, my dad said, “Who was that?”

He honestly did not remember who he was. I know that Todd got a ton of satisfaction out of his question, but it really showed me how much my family loves Todd and how they truly thought that all of my other relationships before him were insignificant. It was my Garth Brooks “Unanswered Prayers” moment. It wasn’t completely uncomfortable for me (maybe a little for Todd), but we all realized just how lucky we are when the moment was over. God picked out the perfect person for me and brought us both to the same place at the same time when there were so many other places we could have ended up.

I told Todd later that night how lucky I feel to not have to run the risk of seeing any of his exgirlfriends from college or law school. None of them live in town and it’s just something that has never been an issue. I know a lot of girls have to exchange pleasantries with their husband’s or boyfriend’s exes and I feel so fortunate that I’ve never had to even think about that.

Happy engagement anniversary, TC! I love you!

Anyone else have any awkward encounters with your own ex or your significant other’s ex?

my big fat sigh of relief

My events are over! (okay, not officially over, but the three that I have left before I go on maternity leave are small and no big deal) I can breathe now! Everything went great and I’m so thankful for all of the volunteers that helped and a couple of my coworkers who did everything in their power to be there to lift heavy things (literally) when I needed them.

My dad was in town this weekend and I had a baby shower hosted by a couple of amazing girls in my Sunday school class on Saturday. My dad and Todd drove me to the shower and I seriously almost burst into tears of relief as I thought about having the two most important, caring, protective men in my life being right there when I’m nearly 34 weeks pregnant and just coming off one of the most challenging weeks of my life. The event was over and I had Todd and my dad in the car with me! sigh

I’m such a big kid and I’ve mentioned this before, but I feel so much relief and comfort when my parents are around. Maybe it’s because they live so far away, but no matter which one of them is visiting or if they’re both visiting, I feel like I can completely relax. My mom was in Denver this weekend visiting my cousin and her 3 month old baby girl for the first time, but it was great having my dad around. He helped Todd put down the massive rug in the nursery and helped us assemble our Graco SweetPeace soothing center (a glorified baby swing).

I am looking forward to both of my parents coming in town for the arrival of Baby Boy and being around to help us with all the little things. I’m sure I’ll be a complete basketcase as soon as they leave!

a pattern?

One year ago this week, I was doing all of the same things I’m doing this week except instead of preparing for a baby I was preparing for our wedding.

Tonight I worked the Etiquette Dinner that I’ve been planning and tomorrow night I’ll do the same thing. On Thursday and Friday I’ll be working on our big golf tournament and kick off party. Last year, I was doing the same exact thing except I was stressed for different reasons.

I had butterflies in my stomach about all the events I was working on and the biggest event of my life: our wedding! I was juggling phone calls with our caterer, the contact at the chapel, and the people at the golf course. I was so worried that something was going to fall through the cracks– and nothing did. I was worried about everything I ate because I needed to fit into my size 4 wedding dress. I was excited about seeing all of my best friends in one location! I was so excited about our Maui honeymoon and couldn’t wait to get some sun and spend time with my new husband.

This week I’m juggling doctor’s appointments, furniture deliveries, a 5 pound baby that kicks all the time, clothes that don’t fit, and conversations with the golf course and 48 student volunteers. I’m worried about everything I eat because I want to satisfy my strong hunger, but keep my little boy healthy. I’m excited about meeting my son for the first time and spending an extended period of time with my parents when they come out to meet the baby. I’m really looking forward to our anniversary trip to Savannah and then our post-baby getaway with my extended family.

History shows that spring is obviously a really busy time for me. I wonder what major life event I’ll be experiencing at this time next year. What is in store for 2010?

Todd, mom, and dad, if you’re reading this, don’t worry. I’m not going to come up with something just to keep things interesting in 2010. I think a “year off” will do us some good.

Totally unrelated, please look at the adorable stationery that arrived today from Ashley Brooke Designs! After the baby comes, I’ll debut the version with his name on it! I’m so excited about it. I can’t wait to start writing baby shower thank you notes on these! (Isn’t Fiona just the cutest thing?)

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