On this beautiful March morning, full of sun (and full of breakfast from The Roost) I had the realization that this year is going to be awesome.
Part of it might be the promise of spring weather in the next week. Part of it might be the start of some contract work (this week) that is allowing my anxiety to rest a bit over my finances.
Yesterday, I got my invitation to a wedding shower for my high school bestie. It’s in West Des Moines in April. I’ll be visiting her in St. Louis sometime in July for her bachelorette party (I can’t wait!) Her and her beau’s wedding is in August in West Des Moines. So I’m really excited we’ll get to see each other a lot this year since we haven’t lived in the same place since we graduated high school.
I first met Ashlee in 5th grade. We were on the same softball team. (She was intense.) We started going to the same school starting in middle school (7th grade) in 1997. So we’ve been friends for almost 16 years. (WAIT WHAT?! *%MIND BLOWN^*)
Her wedding is also the weekend of the Iowa State Fair. If you haven’t been to the ISF, you just don’t know. You. Don’t. Know. I haven’t been for about five years which means PHIL has also NEVER been! So, that’s changing this year. (He has no idea how excited he should be!)
There’s something else… OH YEAH! Phil and I are getting married, too! I’m only having small freak-outs (mostly about making sure there are enough hotel rooms available) but other than that I LOVE how chill Phil and I are about the whole thing. It’s going to be pretty casual. I don’t think I could stomach spending $10,000 on one day. If we had $10,000 I’d rather spend it on a road trip. We want to throw a good party, of course, but we want it to be fun, relaxed and US. Let me know if you have any wedding planning advice to keep things casual!
I’m also excited for a potential trip with my family to northern Minnesota (Bear Paw, I miss you). I’m excited to spend time with my nephews (baby Jaxen is the MOST adorable baby, don’t even try arguing with me). I’m excited for random camping trips. And time with friends. And hanging out on the patios on Mass Street.
Let’s do this, 2014.