Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wedding Day: Kicking Off The Reception With A Song

In between the ceremony and the reception, Josh and I had the typical "Catholic Gap". Since Catholic Churches normally have a Saturday Mass at 5pm, you usually only have the option to have an early afternoon wedding or late in the evening wedding. If you choose the afternoon option you almost always have a Catholic Gap: some time in between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception. Luckily for us we only had a gap that last 75 minutes. While our guests were given a short tour of San Antonio on the buses we provided for transportation (they passed by the Alamo and other San Antonio landmarks and there were coolers of beer and water on board), the wedding party finished up pictures. This is a pro to the gap. You are able to start partying when all of your guests do too. We arrived at the reception before all of the guests actually. Once they arrived at the McNay, they began cocktail hour in the main part of the museum and in the garden. While they sipped on drinks and snacked on hor 'doeuvre, they were also serenaded by a 12 piece Mariachi Band.

Josh and I were taking a few pictures during this time when our Wedding Planner came and told us that they needed to open the main reception spot earlier than planned. It was getting crowded and we need to get people into the large space. We were trying to decide how to funnel people into the room when I decided to sing a song with the Mariachi band. While I had never said I wouldn't sing at the wedding, I had never planned on it either. I just wanted to see what happened. There was already so much going on that I didn't want to add an additional element. However, when this moment presented itself I knew that it was meant to be! Josh and I snuck into the main room to get our private sneak peak, and then we opened the door for everyone. 

As people started to file in, I found my friend Michelle and borrowed her phone. I decided to sing a love song that I hadn't sang in over 8 years so I needed a quick refresher and looked up the lyrics.

Once a majority of the room was filled, I started my song: Tu Solo Tu. This was always my Dad's favorite Mariachi song.

Singing was one of my favorite moments of the night, and I am so glad I did it now. Plus Josh loved it (he is my pageant dad) and it really kicked off the party

Here are the lyrics in Spanish. The title means "You and Only You":

Miro como ando mujer
Por tu querer
Borracho y apasionado
No más por tu amor.

Mira como ando mi bien
Muy dado a la borrachera
Y a la perdición.

Tú sólo tú
Has llenado de luto mi vida
Abriendo una herida en mi corazón

Tú... tú sólo tú
Eres causa de todo mi llanto
De mi descanto y desesperación.

Sólo tu sombra fatal
Sombra de mal
Me sigue por dondequiera
Con ostinación
Y por quererte olvidar
Me tiro a la borrachera
Y a la perdición.

It isn't necessarily a "happy love song" (most mariachi songs are not happy) haha but it is about an undying/unfaltering love, and for that fact, I felt like it was perfect. Josh thought so too and that is all that mattered!

Immediately after the song, our wedding band took the stage and we went into our first dances.

Excellent timing and again, all spontaneous!

More to come next week...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Day In The Life Of Me

I love reading about other people's daily activities. So I thought, hmmm, maybe people will want to read about mine. So back in October I took pictures documenting a typical day in my life. This was on a random Tuesday. We were not in session but the only thing that changes with that is the time I wake up/workout time/what I wear to work. When we are in session I have to be at work earlier so I workout earlier and I dress nicer. Anyway, here we go!

5:57am:  My alarm goes off. I set a "Day In The Life Post" reminder so that I remembered to take pictures.

6:07am:  Dressed and ready to head to CrossFit. 

6:25am: Arrive at CF for the 6:30AM sweat session. Roll out for a few minutes until we get started. 

6:30am: Start the WOD. Every crossfit morning is different. On some days we do strength before the WOD. On others we work on mobility before. Regardless of the WOD length we are always in the class for an hour. 

7:30am: WOD is finished. This was a tough one for me because of the grinders. Pull Ups are not my best skill so it took me awhile, but I still did it Rx. 

7:55am: It might say 7:14 on the coffee pot but it was actually 7:55am. Time to feed Walter, start the coffee and get ready for work. 
Feed me Momma!

8:10am: After my shower and while I wait for my hot rollers to heat up, I watched some GMA. I didn't wash my hair this day (yes, I worked out). I wash my hair every other day even when I workout. I swear this is the reason it has gotten so healthy. Whenever we are not in session I tend to not wear makeup to work. This also makes getting ready faster. 

8:45am: Take Walter outside one more time before leaving for work. 

8:46am: Drink more coffee while I watch him run around. He loves playing with all of the fall leaves. 

8:50am: Drive to work with my life partner. It is nice being able to commute together. 

9:03am: Arrive at work. My poor cactus has kicked the bucket. Luckily, I just got a new one, and I will be planting him soon. This is my 3rd cactus. Hopefully third times a charm ;)

5:00pm: Work is over and time to head home. The second it starts raining in DC people forget how to drive. Luckily, my trusty driver (aka husband) always gets us home safely. 

6:00pm: Once I got home I let Walter out and got my housewarming gift ready for Langley. On Tuesday nights I volunteer and on this particular Tuesday we were doing house visits. What do you bring a house full of movie buffs? A new DVD of course! I never take pictures when I volunteer out of respect for the people I work with. But, the house visits are my favorite. We eat pizza, hangout, and get to see the consumers on their home turf. It is such a fun evening. 

8:30pm: Get home for the night and Josh had a Beerita waiting for me. The perfect nightcap after a long day. (I have no clue what was on TV)

9:30pm: Snuggle with my two favorite guys before a 10pm bedtime.

Not a very exciting day, but a good one none the less.

What is your daily schedule like? 
I really do love hearing about it!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Recap: An Austin Wedding

What a great weekend!On Friday, Josh and I flew to Austin, Texas for a wedding. This was our 5th trip in 6 weeks, and I was feeling it. But we had so much fun that it was all worth it. I forgot how much I love Austin.

The second we landed our friend Luke (he used to live with Josh in DC) picked us up and took us to Anthony Bourdain's favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Azteca. I was starving and good Mexican food always hits the spot.

Later the three of us met up with some other friends near 6th Street for a few more drinks. 

The next morning, Josh took me to a place he had been to on his last trip to Austin. He said he knew I would love, and he was right. Not only did I love the way Jo's Coffee looked, but I loved the hustle and bustle, the vibe, and the food. They made the best migas I have ever had and a bucket of mimosas was only 15 bucks. Woo hoo!

After breakfast we walked around the State Capitol. Supposedly the Texas Capitol is taller than the US Capitol. I always brag about this when I give people Capitol tours here in DC. However, after this trip I was skeptical. It did not look taller to me but per the interwebs it is in fact 15 feet taller. 

The reason for our trip to Texas was to attend my dad's best friend's son's wedding (woo that was a lot of possessives). My dad and his friend (I call him Uncle Mickey) have been friends since the 1st grade so I honestly think of their family as my family. In other words, I wouldn't/couldn't miss this special event for anything. We met up with my parents late that afternoon for some pre-wedding cocktails. The weather was incredible and I loved getting to spend extra time with so many people I love. 

My family
Daddy's Girl

At 5:30pm it was time for the wedding. The ceremony incorporated traditions from the bride and the groom's two different faiths (Christian and Jewish) which made it extra special. Everything was beautiful!

Following the ceremony the party really started to get down. We ate, we drank, we danced A LOT, and stayed out sooo late. This was the 3rd night in a row that Josh and I were up past 2AM. I am feeling those late nights today. 

Josh and Linda
Uncle Mickey and Me
The couple is also a family divided when it comes to Texas Schools. Laura went to Texas A&M and Josh went to UT. Obviously Josh married up since he now has an Aggie girl ;)

Three Best Friends

The next morning Josh, my Daddy, and I went to Mass before Josh and I packed up and headed to the airport. We got home at about 5:30pm, and I didn't move from the couch the rest of the night. I was exhausted, but like I said above, it was well worth it. I loved witnessing Josh (the groom) and Laura (the bride) vow to love one another forever and celebrating their union with some of my favorite people ever. They are a beautiful couple on the inside and out, and we are so happy for them! Congratulations!

How was your weekend?