Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving

I am embarrassed to admit that the only picture I got on my first Thanksgiving as a Flynn was of the table! We will have to do better about documenting our first Christmas! For Thanksgiving we went to the Flynn's lakehouse. We had a great meal and got to spend some good quality time with his family. I could list so many things that I am thankful for! The process of planning a wedding has made me thankful for so many things and so many people. But I am just going to list two things. One thing I am extremely thankful for, and one thing I forget to be thankful for and have had to spend my break reminding myself to be thankful for...

1. I am thankful for my sweet husband. We have already had such fun together as newlyweds! Fletcher fits me perfectly and I am so grateful to be his wife. I love getting to be together so much and getting to experience every day together.

2. I am thankful for our jobs. Both of our jobs are really stressful during the holidays. I can't complain at the moment because I have had this Thanksgiving weekend off. However Fletcher has been working so much! He only had Thanksgiving day off, but other than that he has been working. During the holidays he works hard shifts. The day before thanksgiving I worked from 8-3:30 and he worked from 4 pm-3 am. Then he worked from 3 pm-1 am, then 9 am-5:30 pm, then this morning 6 am-2:30 pm. Which means that I have hardly seen him over the last few days. But I've tried to replace complaining about his work schedule to reminding myself to be thankful for his good job. It keeps us fed, clothed, and a roof over our heads. So therefore I am thankful for both of our jobs, even though they make seeing each other hard during the holidays!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Oh Mexico!


We went to the Excellence Resort at Playa Mujeres and enjoyed a week in a beautiful place without a care in the world!

Almost every morning we ordered room service for breakfast and ate it on our porch. It was my favorite part of the day! We got to wake up slow and then enjoy the morning on the porch with some of the most delicious coffee in the world! And I always love a good omlette!

We had to do the typical honeymoon picture with our new rings! I love seeing that ring on Fletcher's hand! It makes me so happy every day.

Heading to the pool for the day. With my cafe cafe...Baileys + vanilla ice cream + coffee = delicious.

The view from the porch in our room. We had quick access to the lazy river. The weather was in the high 70's and low 80's all week so it really was perfect! But unfortunately the pool water was somehow freezing! Fletcher LOVED the lazy river. Every day when I was getting in the freezing water I would start hollering about how this must be the self-sacrificing that Hunter talked about in our homily.

I loved these hammocks! So relaxing.

Caught at the soft serve machine! I will most likely get in trouble for posting this picture, but it makes me laugh.

Spending the day on the beach! Who goes to Mexico and forgets their sunglasses? Me!

Fletch with the pineapple man drink!

Dinner at the Japanese restaurant, Spice!

On our way to the Italian Restaurant. The resort had 8 different restaurants! We had lots to choose from each night when we tried to decide what we were in the mood for!

The last night we had a honeymoon special at dinner complete with rose petals. It was at the French restaurant. Please notice the decor. Gotta love a little cheesiness!

Dear Honeymoon,
Why did you go by so fast and how is it that you already seem so far in the past? Can we please come back? Save us our seats until the next time we can escape from the real world!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My half of the wedding party

I could not have asked for better friends to stand beside me on November 6th. The thing that makes them all so special is not only did they stand beside me as I made a covenant before the Lord and began a new chapter of my life, but they have all walked with me through so many life experiences that brought me to that point. All of my relationships are different, but they are all so special. Fletcher and I were so thankful to be surrounded by such loving and faithful friends as we made this commitment to the each other and to the Lord. I wish I could introduce you to all of the individually and say how much their friendship has meant to me, but that would probably take weeks for me to write! So I will try to be concise. Saturday morning we had the bridesmaid's luncheon and it was a great way to start the day and a good way to keep my mind at ease.

I thought for a long time about what I wanted to do for bridesmaids gifts and I thought through a bunch of different ideas. Then I decided to do aprons since I love to bake so much! I gave them a pair of earrings to wear on the day and then aprons. Which my sister Ab MADE! It was a huge gift to me! I had told my mom I wanted to do aprons, but I hadn't told anyone else. Then one day Ab called (she had recently really gotten into sewing) and she said "I'm not pressuring you, but if you want to do aprons for your bridesmaids I would love to make them." At first I was mad at my mom because I thought she had told Ab, but she hadn't! Ab had thought of it on her own. I was like "that is EXACTLY what I wanted to do!" So bless her heart she took on the project...all while in her first trimester of pregnancy, which I didn't know about until she was almost done with the aprons. But she spent so much time and effort on the project and they turned out PERFECTLY! They are so cute! She did three different patterns, which you can kind of see in the front row of the picture.

Two of the most important people to me in the world! My sisters and matrons of honor, Allison and Ab. We have gotten each other through life's most significant and most trivial events. November 6th would not have gone so smoothly if it weren't for all they did to help me!

Grammy, Mom, Allison, Me, and Ab at the bridesmaids lunch.

Me with my high school friends. Lacey, Julie, Whitney, Rachel, Lauren, and Katey. We were all so close in high school and it has been neat to see how our friendships have not only remained, but grown closer through college. All of them went to UT for college except me and Lace. But we remained close despite the miles between us and always love being together again.

Junior year of college Kari, Lacey, and Emily-our RUF intern-did a small bible study together. Kari, Lacey, and I continued it through senior year and it was such a bright spot in my week through those two years. We got together with our coffee and our cookies and spilled our hearts, laughed together, and cried together. It has been such a joy to continue her friendship and the fact that her husband is one of Fletcher's best friend is an added bonus!

The Beach House. Lace, Anna, Leah, Kree, and Sarah Beth. For 2 years the 6 of us lived together and spent almost every waking minute together. We experienced football games, margarita nights, formals, cookouts, bonfires, christmas seasons, thanksgiving feasts, and so much more together. One of the hardest parts of the real world has been trying to figure out how to live our separate lives. We live for weekend reunions and love an excuse to all be together again.

Madison and Chloe were my program attendants. I babysat them for 4 summers straight. It seems like a joke that I was their babysitter because now they tower over me! It meant so much to me to have them be part of our wedding!

Danielle read scripture in the wedding. She read Ephesians 3:16-19. Danielle is the reason that Fletcher and I are even together in the first place! Danielle means so much to both me and Fletcher and she is the one who insisted that we go on a date! So we have a lot to thank her for! She has been such a sweet friend to both of us and we were so happy to have her be a part of our day. Also, Danielle is one of the most faithful readers of the Word that I know, so it meant even more to me that she be the one who read in our wedding.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Rehearsal Dinner...

I felt weird the whole week of my wedding because I didn't feel like I was getting married. I kept texting my married friends and saying, "Is it normal that I don't feel like I'm getting married?!" But for some reason when I put on my dress for the rehearsal dinner (thank you allison for finding my dress online) it all felt real. It was so exciting to see all my friends at the rehearsal and to see how it was all going to come together.

The Rehearsal Dinner was at Memphis Country Club and it was so fun! I think rehearsal dinners are one of the best parts of weddings. It was both humbling and touching to hear people say such sweet things. Kree and SB of course had a clever toast, which can be read here. And so many other friends had such thoughtful toasts! Thankfully, my brother-in-law had a video camera, so we will be able to remember the sweet toasts forever! Also, Fletcher's Aunt Ann had put together an incredible slideshow that was so fun to watch. Memphis Country Club was just a perfect venue because it didn't feel too crowded, but it felt like everyone got to be close at the same time. We had steak, shrimp, twice baked potatoes, salad, rolls, and bread pudding. It was such a special time with our close friends and family and it meant so much to us for everyone to be there to celebrate with us!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Told preacher man well yes I do, uh huh..."


I have been so eager to blog but we don't have internet yet so it has made blogging impossible! I feel like I have so much from the wedding that I want to blog about that I don't even know where to start! So today I'm just going to post some of my favorite pictures that I have of the day, and then I will go back and do more specific posts later...hopefully sooner rather than later! It blew my mind how fast November 6th went by. I like looking back at the pictures to help me remember, because it feels like it went by so fast I could hardly soak up all the details.

First off, the whole sunny with a high of 72 was nowhere near close! Thank you 10-day forecast for getting my hopes up! It was a beautiful sunny day, but the high was 52, and it was cold! This picture makes me laugh because it shows how they tried to keep warm in their bridesmaids dresses!

A pre-make up picture with Lace. Anna did my makeup and she did such a great job! Thank goodness for the peanut queen at times like this!


Ev was quite taken with the details on my dress...

Fletcher and I exchanged letters and one of my favorite parts of the day was reading his letter. He also gave me diamond earrings as a gift. I looked up from reading the letters with tears in my eyes and everyone watching me was crying too!

Hard to believe that the last cox girl has tied the knot!

And last, but definitely not least, a picture of me with all my bridesmaids. I have gotten such grief about having so many, but with so many dear friends I couldn't have imagined getting married without them at my side. And look how cute they are! If they were your friends you would have them all too!

Monday, November 1, 2010

1,273 days down, 5 to go...

Lets start at the very beginning...

As I approach November 6th, I find myself thinking about all the events that have brought us to this point. I know you can never be completely prepared for marriage, but I feel like we have experienced so much together in the last 3 and 1/2 years that we are well-equipped to tackle life's triumphs and trials hand in hand. I thought I would share a brief (I could have included many more) picture recap of the last 3 and 1/2 years...

When Fletcher asked my mom's permission to marry me she gave him an index card. She had listed some of my traits/quirks and said if you can live with everything on this card you can marry her (she did it for my sisters too). Sometimes I feel like I need to get the index card back out and ask Fletcher if he needs to reread it. He is too sweet for me! But I love him for loving all the ridiculous things about me...
He is sensitive to the fact that I am sensitive...he is slow to anger and I am quick to get worked up about things...he keeps me from taking myself too seriously...he keeps me laughing when sometimes I feel like crying..he points our relationship towards the Lord and leads us in prayer together...he scratches my head every day...he knows to always get cheese dip at Mexican...he knows where to get coke icees...he always lets me pick the movies, even when it means paying almost $30 for us to see Toy Story 3...he loves kids...he loves my family...he loves his friends...and he loves me better than I could have ever asked. I am so thankful that he will be at the other end of the aisle when the music starts and the doors open on November 6th. When I get to the end of the aisle I will be the happiest girl in the USA.