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I was going to start off this post somber and depressing, the original title being “Lets Talk About Appreciation” but then I thought better of airing my dirty work laundry to the world.  I instead have decided to focus on more exciting and happy things like my bridal shower and my bachelorette party! <–I hate how every word processor tries to auto-correct or tell me that bachelorette is not a word…well DAMNIT it is, and so is damnit too…or maybe it’s not, I don’t know.  Either way, I am having both in June.  I have been talking to Brett and my other bridesmaids and it seems that planning is coming together and we will all be available mid-June.  Plane tickets from MA to FL are very inexpensive right now for a trip in June so I told my sister this morning to hop on that and buy the things!  One thing I was discussing with future hubby the other night was that this all doesn’t feel real yet.  I’m not even sure that my engagement has hit me!  Patrick and I have lived together since we started dating so at least in our situation not much has changed when we went from boyfriend-girlfriend to fiance-fiance (except the fancy ring I have now).  Maybe once the day gets closer, or after actual physical events have taken place like my hair consultation or my bridal shower it will start to feel like this is really happening.

I’ll tell you one thing though, I am so nervous about the day coming together just right.  Our families and I have been piecing together the details like a patchwork quilt.  I am not hiring a day-of coordinator and I hope that I have made the right decision by not.  There are so many people in my life that will surely step to the plate on the day to make everything run smoothly but I just hope that we can get it all done and IN TIME!  Like I said, I will be flying up a week before my wedding and from there I will be helping everyone with the actual decorating of the property and tent.  The huge outdoor tent is being delivered a few days before the wedding so there should  be ample time to decorate and place things within it.  At this point, I just need to keep smiling and think IT CAN and WILL be done!

Now, for this bachelorette party…I don’t really know what should go on.  I know my girls will take care of me, I’m sure.  During the day, the bridal shower will take place, maybe a brunch type thing or lunch with little tea sandwiches!?  Later on, for the bachelorette party, it might be nice if perhaps a dinner is in order?  With wine?  Lots of wine?  Shall we hit the casino?  I wouldn’t mind trying my drunk luck on some slot machines…who knows but maybe I could end up bankrolling the entire wedding, honeymoon, AND still have some left over for those pesky student loans…what do you think?  It could happen!  There are so many things to look forward too and so many good people in my life that I am appreciated and I do appreciate others.

Maybe this whole post really was about appreciation.  I mean, in three teensy paragraphs I have talked about my family and Pat’s family coming together to provide us with a spectacular day and evening as we say “I do”.  Brett is coordinating showers and parties and Kierstin (my sissy) is taking time out of her life to fly down just to be with me for these events!  Of course I’m appreciated 🙂  Sometimes it really does help to step back and take a look at the bigger picture and see the things in life that really matter, I mean REALLY matter.  Jobs come and go (and for me, this job can surely go), but family is always there.

~Tarah

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