Wedding Time! Pt. 5

Every last minute detail is in place for the ceremony and reception, and we are all trying to calmly get ourselves ready. Nerves are on edge as we make ourselves over and do up our hair, but none of it seems real. Just another day of getting ready for a brunch outing or night out with the girls until the fake eyelashes are glued in place. 

We had locked the bride away from the groom since the night before, and it is clear she isn’t happy. She wanted to be out and organizing, decorating, and cooking, but we stuck to tradition. To try and ease her anxiousness, we wait on her hand and foot, pour her mimosas, and work on her hair and makeup. 

The photographer arrives, and we race to get our dresses on. She takes pictures of the boys first, thankfully, as we pin the final touches to the bride.

My longest known friend who has been there for me through so many stages of my life is dawned in white, a beautifully beaded gown with lace and sparkle. She beams the biggest smile I have ever seen touch her lips, and I know she is ready to become a Mrs.

We pair off with our groomsmen and bounce on our toes at the end of aisle. We all titter with excitement as the music plays and we slowly saunter down the bridge and to the white cloth covered runner. The groomsman I walk with saves me from tripping, but I dont think amyone notices but me. All eyes are dry and full of happiness until the music changes.

My best friend walks down the aisle in the middle of the Rio Grande running over the Rockies toward her always and forever. Her soon-to-be husband stares at her in awe while tears well in his eyes. The moment he reaches up to wipe a tear away, the entire wedding venue breaks into sobs.

The vows are promised, short and sweet, the rings are exchanged and placed on their forever home, and they kissed happily ever after, but first, the reception!

The first dance is to a throwback, Crazy Love, sung by the best man, and it is perfect! The mother and son dance is to You Raise Me Up, and everyone is crying again. A surprise dance is next, and it’s with the bride and her mom to I’ll Be There For You, and I’m hysterical! I have known this girl for so long and her mom is in so many memories, too. Through the young years when we needed rules, to our teenage rules when we broke them, through adulthood when we missed them, her mom had always been there.

I was a sobbing mess!

By the time we got to eat, through the heartfelt speeches, and on to the night full of dancing, every moment was a memory. Every minute I will keep in my heart as another treasure in the long line of moments I already hold dear.

This beautiful bride allowed me to not only be part of her special day, but her exceptional life, and I cannot wait to where the next adventure takes her. From Virginia to Colorado, all the way to the moon, I will always be there for her, and I know she’ll be there for me, too.

2017 Goals

Last year, I had planned on setting goals each month with a long term goal as the grand prize. I think I made it through four months of the process, but like most “resolution-ists”, it kind of fell to the wayside. This year, I have some ideas of what I would like to accomplish in 2017, but some aren’t fully fleshed out just yet. I’m thinking I might create a few monthly goals, but I also have some that I would like to set for the overall year as well.happy-new-year-2017-images

This month:

-Figure out how to lose weight. I’ll expand on this in another post.
-Write 10K words on my new project.
-Continue to Tweet daily and blog at least weekly.
-Have a date night.

Overall year:

-Travel. I have a wedding to attend in Colorado, so this should be easy, but I also want to go to Florida. We’ll see what we can manage.
-Take a vacation. This kind of goes with the above, but I also want to make sure that I take the time to enjoy a break from the norm.
-Graduate. My bachelor’s degree is so close. I will finish it this year!

We’ll see how it all pans out, and I promise I’ll keep you’ll posted. After the excruciating year 2016 turned out to be, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

 

Holidays Are Upon Us

This time of year is always busy for me and my family. With the release of my new novel, Alyeska, and the various other events in our lives, I’m already stressing thinking about it!photo-1421906375741-f6bda4abe433.jpg

It starts with hubby’s birthday mid-November which I always try and make a big deal because you only turn your age once. There’s always a lot of poking and prodding in order to figure out what he would actually like to do for his big day, not to mention what he would like as a gift. He literally changes his mind on both accounts at least a dozen times before we have anything concrete in place a week before.

Next is Thanksgiving, and as we all know, that’s an undertaking in and of itself. A tradition I tried to start when my daughter was born was having the event at our house with all extended family and segment the meal preparations between us. That way everyone could spend the holiday together, and we wouldn’t have to run around visiting a bunch of different places. Due to some work related scheduling issues that is out the window this year.

It’s going to be a year of endurance like when hubby and I first ventured out on our own. We had a total of four Thanksgiving events and five for Christmas. Not necessarily a good thing, but events have become less, so it should only be two, maybe three events for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Then comes my daughter’s birthday. We normally (I say normally even though we’ve only had one birthday for her so far) have her party early in the month due to travel during the holidays. Her first birthday, I went all out and invited way too many people! Not that I didn’t love each and every one of them for being there, but it was just very stressful to plan, organize, and host. I feel like I barely got to spend any time with my daughter on her special day.

This year I plan to keep things a bit lower key. Fewer people, less decorating, just more focus on my daughter! I have all the decorations I plan on doing, so all I need is food and drinks. Well, and to send out the invite.

Finally, Christmas. I have family that live about four hours away, so twice a year we go visit, and Christmas is one of those times. We will make the trip and spend two nights away from home then travel back on Christmas Eve in time for Santa to arrive at our house for Christmas morning. That day will be spent with my in-laws and hubby’s extended family then a day or two after with mine. family-in-snow

I haven’t even begun to shop yet! I am absolutely determined to not think about Christmas until Black Friday at the earliest. I won’t go out shopping during that mess, having worked in retail before, but I might start getting ideas for gifts in all the sale catalogs from my comfy couch.

The holidays are upon us, and with everything this time of year brings, I try to remind myself to enjoy it in the midst of the chaos. It really is a beautiful time year that brings families together, and in a blink of an eye, its over then we’ll be celebrating the New Year. AH! Haven’t even dared to think that far ahead!

Bringing in the New Year!

Happy New Year, fellow seekers! I hope you celebrated well, and still feel a bit of its high today! (That’s how you know you did it right!)

As most people do on New Year’s, I have resolved to set a resolution. I say resolved because I normally choose not to participate in the fad due to their very nature in becoming empty promises, and I try to always keep my word. After all, your word is all most people have! But, I digress. 

I have a couple of items on the resolution list, so let me share:

1. (The usual) Become a more healthier me! 

I have neglected this aspect the entire holiday season, and am sad to say it is catching up with me. I am not setting some drastic weight drop number or going on some diet trend; I’m just encouraging myself to get back into shape! Maybe I’ll start dancing again! 

This kind of goes in hand with the next one since I want to be in a bathing suit for most of it!

2. Travel! 

Hubby and I have been married for about seven months now and have yet to take our honeymoon! We want to go to Cancun, Mexico as our designated trip, but I also have a few other places that I want to go hopefully soon. I told my husband that before we have kids I want to go on a cruise, go to Vegas, and to Cancun! (Fiji is in there also, but that’ll be after many years of saving! Have you seen the flight fare?)

3. Write like crazy and give back to my readers! 

During the holiday season, I become extremely distracted! I feel like I haven’t had a great scene session in a while, so I am going to write until I hit the block, find my muse, and then write even more! I have been on the publishing schedule of one book a year which I find to be a good pace for me, but I would love to finish my current novel early this year and begin my next even sooner. I’m thinking this will help my focus when holidays come around again this year to have something closer to completion. 

And to give back to my readers, I have decided to make The Shoreline FREE! Free, she said? That’s right! Lindsay Chamberlin here with another great offer! 🙂 Again I digress.

My latest novel, The Shoreline, will be free for some time because I want to share this experience with as many people as possible! Please, enjoy!

Bucket List

Ever since I saw the movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, I decided that I wanted to create my own bucket list. Now, mine is not something that I have a time constraint on like those guys did, but these are things I want to do before I die.

I’ve actually accomplished a few already!

Swim with Sea Turtles – Done! In Florida.
Swim with Sharks – Done! In Florida.
Eat Risotto – Done! Authentic Italian Restaurant for my birthday!

I still want to:

Visit Papakolea Beach, HI – They have green sand which is my favorite color!
Visit NY, NY – Never been and it’s not a far trip from me!
Visit 5 Different Countries – Kind of like visiting every continent.
Swim with Dolphins – Cool animals!
Eat Beef Wellington – I love Gordon Ramsey, so if I could eat one in his restaurant, that would be awesome!
Top 10 Best Seller List – To have my novels in front of millions of readers.

I know to some people a bucket list sounds kind of morbid. I’ve received strange looks from people I’ve told that I have created one, but I think everyone should have one. Why wouldn’t you want to set goals for yourself to achieve before your time ends in this world?

If you live your day to day without any aspirations for the next day, next year, next decade, then can you say you really lived?

When I’m old and gray, I want to make sure I make every wrinkle, scar, and memory count!