I realize this is late
But I have had some people ask me for pictures of what my hair looked like and my dress for my wedding so here they are for your viewing pleasure:
The detail of the dress:
Please forgive the face, it was hot in the store and I had just realized that this was the dress and was a little emotional ;)
In short, best day ever and I loved my dress (still love it as a matter of fact, I do own it after all) And two thumbs way way up for Sister Oakes for my amazing hairdo!
Thanks y'all for lookin ;)
Ok so it's kinda like Christmas and wedding stuff together but more Christmas ;) So I was gonna take my camera and take pictures of what we got and everything and I left the battery in the charger, not the camera......Yeah I know. Smooth.
So from Haley we each got a smell. And they both smell delish!! Which is a big deal where Andrew is concerned cuz cologne does NOT mesh very often with him. Chocolate oranges are probably one of my favorite parts of Christmas. These things are yummy beyond all reason and Andrew and I both got one. SCORE! Gift certificate to my favorite restaurant - Olive Garden! Ok my mom got the shower gels and lotions but I got the bag! It was Bath and Body's special promo bag this year. It's actually a lot cuter in person promise. My grandparents gave us a piggy bank full of money! It was awesome! We counted it on the floor and everything! We got a popcorn popper for our wedding! Woot! I basically have enough bakeware to start my own bakery YES! A kick butt Shark iron! Woot! And pyrex! Always good for baking and cooking fun things ;) We got so many wonderful gifts and ornaments! I'm so grateful for those that gave to us and are helping us start out ;)
How was your Christmas??
Ok so we're officially married!
Basically best day ever ;)
But I don't have many pictures yet so
THAT post will have to wait a little.
BUT I have stuff from our cruise!
We went on a Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Inspiration
to Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico.
Here are a few pics to entertain you all ;)
The "levels" or decks ;)
The "Empress deck"
They apparently really wanted to try to be a Disney cruise fake hidden Mickeys all over the place hahahaha
Andrew and I flat out guffawed over this sign
On our tender to Grand Cayman
A shot of where we would've come into port if possible
He was pooped out after all our runnings around and apparently I was taking up too much space on the bed hahahahahahaha
My wannabe GQ husband hahaha so handsome
The view from our hotel room ;)
The sunset in Tampa ;)
We had so much fun being together and spending time in these fun places! I look forward to more vacations together yay!
We're an old married couple now ;)
Today is the beginning
Basically today my happily ever after begins ;)
I'm so happy already it's hard to believe I will receive more happiness in the next life. I love my Andrew and he is my light and life. Thank goodness for family and friends keeping me sane through the waiting of his mission and this little interlude of time of the engagement.
It's time to ride off into the sunset with my prince and start our life together as husband and wife. It's gonna be weird being called "Ali Mills". But I have been waiting for this day for 3 years. And now it's here! I love my family, my friends, and my dearest one Andrew.
I love my Heavenly Father and I can't thank Him enough for the opportunity we have to be sealed together for time and all eternity. And that we can be sealed to our children also. A forever family, that starts today at His holy temple.
We're getting married!!!!!!
That's right, this part of the best blog post of this eternity is coming from Andrew himself. I love Ali with all my heart and we're finally there! For those of you who follow her you already know... But she is the most amazing woman in the entire world. (and don't let anyone say otherwise, even her, she's just humble) Thanks to all, and to all, say hello to the new Mrs. Mills!
We're getting married!!!!!!!!
So this past Saturday I had my bridal shower. Ya know, the one where ward people come and such? Yeah, it was super fun!
Look at how cute the food table was!
And a candy bar!! (Do you notice the cuteness on the shelf above?? Andrew and I are adorable if I do say so myself hahahaha) Look at that adorable apron I now own!! I am simply in love with it!
I wore it the rest of the time cuz it was so awesome! One of the lovely ladies that threw the shower needed someone to hold the baby, I gladly volunteered cuz he's stinkin cute! And super mild ;) I know it's kinda blurry sorry, but that's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas DVD and it also came with mugs, hot chocolate, and a cookie jar All Mickey and Minnie ;) Super amazing! Thank you Ences!! I'm in love with these canisters. Anyone else?? I'm definitely putting candy in these and doing some sort
of cute arrangement in my kitchen with them. Any suggestions??? This was after I showed him all our loot and this is also a typical Andrew picture. Eyes slightly drunk and cheesy half-smile hahahahaha It was such a fun shower and I got so many amazing things!
I couldn't be happier that my second mom and "older sister" were able to throw it for me! Thanks Kristen and Stephanie!
So this week my mom and I focused on cake and reception decorations. Mainly speaking, the centerpieces for said reception.
And they turned out so super cute!!
I mean HELLO!! Cuteness in a jar ;)
And you wanna know how super easy it was?? SUPER easy! I'm sure a lot of you know how to do this already but I'm gonna tell y'all anyways cuz I'm excited about it! My first DIY project hahahaha (well my first successful DIY project)
1. So you take your basic canning jar cuz they're super cheap, wash them on the outside (and inside if you so desire).
2. While they're drying look on the computer for designs you like and then print them out on label/sticker paper. (You can also use just regular stickers but we didn't find any cute big letter stickers for our particular project)
3. After the jars are dry, apply the sticker to wherever on the jar you wish and make sure it's on firmly.
4. With a can of frosted glass treatment (buy it at Micheal's for 4 bucks) spray about 10-12 inches away from you and continuously around the jar. Now do this part in a well-ventilated place mmk? We did it in the "dining room" area in our house and I think I'm still high from the fumes hahahahaha The jars won't look frosted after you spray them. It takes about 10 minutes before the effect happens but don't panic it's ok!
5. After they feel dry just peel off the sticker and there ya have it! Finis
5 easy steps and really it was super cheap and fun to do! Now I will also tell you that my mom and I bought like 4 cans of the frost thinking we'd need it. NEGATIVE! We did 36 jars on one can and still have some left over.
It was super fun and they are so stinkin cute! (And after the wedding I'll have 36 jars with "A"'s and "M"'s on them. Anyone want some?? hahahahaha) And we just added ribbon on the top to make it cute. The lights inside are those fake little tealights that are battery-operated. Got them at Cosco for like 30 bucks for 30 lights. (Differing sizes too)
Oh I'm so excited!! The wedding is only 4 1/2 weeks away!! AHHHH! Stressful and exciting all at the same time ;)
Almost that time of year!!
Well to me November is the start of everything Christmas and happiness ;) Also my favorite time of the year, bar none. November 1st is finally time for the Christmas smell. Yeah I have a smell for Christmas. ;)
This smell is by far my favorite thing in the whole world.It smells like sugar cookies and carmel. I mean HELLO! Amazing and delicious!
We also took our wedding pictures on Saturday (yeah I know a little early but I want some of them at the reception so HA!) Andrew looked so handsome ;) He walked up in his tux and I kinda melted a little. Ok maybe a lot hahahaha and no I'm not gonna post pictures yet cuz it's still 6 weeks away. But here's a preview of my hair to pacify ;)
Just imagine it without the little piece refusing to stay put (hair spray works wonders)
And then today I went to Deseret Book cuz I've been needing new scriptures,
my set from Seminary is starting to fall apart
(sad day...) Plus I thought "Hey now I can put my soon-to-be-married name on my scriptures! Woot!" And yes friends. I did ;)
I think it can now be official.The scriptures say so hahahaha ;) And yeah they're little. I like them little. MUCH easier to carry around church now.
And as we're starting to get closer to the holidays, I realize how lucky I am. I have loving parents that deal with me, brothers that are crazy and annoying but keep me entertained, grandparents that are such strong examples, two jobs that provide for my needs (and occasional wants), friends that help keep me grounded, a testimony that helps keep me strong when times are rough, a loving fiance that is soon-to-be my eternal best friend.
I'm so grateful for everything in my life. Trials included. I couldn't have become who I am if not for those experiences. I'm especially grateful for a Heavenly Father that cares for me, knows me by name and gave His only Son to help save me. I'm not perfect, far from it actually, but through Christ and the Father I can live with Them again. And that is something to be truly grateful for.
Couple more chunks out of the way
First chunk: We have now secured our apartment!! I'm so stinkin excited ;) ;)
The people there were really nice to us, and after looking at one apartment we knew this was the place. After about 2 1/2 hours in the office with paperwork and all, we have our apartment and a move in date of Dec 1st! YAY!!!! (Just have the get a SRP account and internet set up before then) I've been sitting in my room trying to figure out how to fit everything. It's small but really nice for a first apartment ;) I'm super excited for it! Of course I'll put up pictures once we get to that point (totally skipped my mind and then we couldn't after we signed cuz they were busy).
Second chunk was getting the tuxes reserved for the guys. Again, the Mens Warehouse people are wonderful. They didn't pressure us into anything, didn't try to make us do weird combinations and it was just nice. We just need to get the groomsmen all fitted within the next 3 weeks. I think we can make that happen ;)
It's coming up so fast! 2 months! That's it!!! I'm excited but a little frazzled cuz there's still so much to do! Luckily I have the best fiance ever. He keeps my head clear and rubs my feet after rough days which just makes the world that much better ;)
Things left to do:
-bridesmaids covers & shoes
-send out the announcements
-order the flowers
-do the centerpieces for the tables
I'm sure there's more I just can't remember them all right now hahahahaha
Third chunk: My wedding dress is now hanging in my brother's closet!!! ;) (my closet isn't big enough or tall enough) *giggle giggle* I'm so excited!
My crazy happy life
So yeah, life's a little nuts right now.
But it's all in a good way and it's just gonna get better. I mean, I'm planning a wedding ;) (Hooray!!!)
working two jobs, and trying to re-kindle a social life hahahahaha.
My two jobs keep me pretty busy but boy am I happy to finally be back at the Disney Store. I feel like I'm at home again now ;) There's still some Disney in my life now yay! And Andrew deals with me and my crazy Disney whims.
I love my kindergarteners. They are so stinkin cute and crazy. But even on the bad days, they are just so sweet and truly do care about you that sometimes it doesn't matter that it was a rotten day. It just matters that I was able to teach them, even if they don't remember it tomorrow, a little bit more to help them in the future. Especially since I'm in an ELD class again, so they're trying to learn English as well as just how to go to school. But they are the sweetest kids. Always have a hug ready for me when I walk in the door in the morning and a "silent" wave as I leave in the afternoon ;)
I feel so honored to be their aide. They call me teacher which is cute and to some extent I am, but Hope is an amazing teacher. She really knows these kids and how they learn. I'm really happy to be working with her.
My Disney family! Gosh how I've missed them all! It felt so good putting on my nametag and walking into the store ready to work. And I get to work with costumes again! I come home covered in "pixie dust" aka glitter from the dresses. But it's still a load of fun and the people are great ;)
My family has been so amazing and supportive and I know that they always have my back. Nick is finally in Philly and he looks great! We got a picture of him with his mission president and he looks so excited and eager. I couldn't be more proud of my little brother ;) He's going to be such a great missionary!
Trev is involved in 3 plays right now!! Crazy boy! He's in EVCT's Emporer's New Clothes, stage managing AYT's Little Women, and is Ichabod Crane in his school's production of Sleepy Hollow. Crazy child! I only see him every now and then but I'm proud of him too. He's going after his dreams and taking them by the head ;) He's very talented and I couldn't be happier for him.
I also, of course, have an amazing fiance. I talk about him a lot because he's the love of my life and he makes me feel like I'm the most beautiful girl and the most special. And I love him for that ;)
I have a crazy filled life but I have so many things to be happy about ;) And I love my crazy happy life ;)
Reality is hitting me now
Remember how I said that it doesn't really feel real that I'm getting married? Yeah kinda true. It felt like a dream that I haven't fully woken up from.
And then we bought our wedding bands yesterday. NOW it's real :) I'm getting married to the most amazing man on the planet. And yes, I'm completely biased! We spent the entire day together yesterday running errands (possibly have found where we're gonna live-YAY!) and it was like "Oh my gosh! We just bought wedding bands! And we're getting married in 2 1/2 months!" Holy dang cow!
Andrew is truly the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. He's my biggest fan and support through everything. He's patient and listens to me rant, holds me when I cry, laughs with me at stupid things, (like YouTube videos hahahahaha Old Spice commercials) always has a hug ready for when I need it, brings me ice cream and Dr Pepper on occasions that deem it necessary, and I know he loves me. He's my rock and I am the luckiest girl ever.
With the place we found to possibly live, we made our budget and it works. (scraping by the skin of our teeth but it works) With both of us working we can make it, and we couldn't be more excited to start our life together ;) Merry Christmas to me! I have the best present in the world ;)
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