Our wedding got featured on the Offbeat wedding blog http://offbeatbride.com/2012/11/pennsylvania-lake-wedding
After our wedding day came and went, I found that I need more creative things to do with my time. I put together and handmade a lot of elements for out big day and REALLY enjoyed it! In the past I have put together a few scrapbook or keepsake cards with Kaleb but never really dove head first. In the past few weeks I have really gotten lost in the craft and have found a creative love that I didn’t know that I had. I finally got the courage to open an Etsy store in the hopes of offering my skill to others who may not have the time to scrap book or maybe just aren’t interested in learning how.
I’m really hoping to build on my small Etsy store and be able to craft fool time and still possibly be involved int he wedding industry this way. I can’t explain to you the calming passion that I have found in this. I get lost for hours putting together layouts and reliving memories. The high that I get from moving pictures around on my page and adding small embellishments to make the photos come to life and tell a story. I’ve found me and i’m loving it.
What are you loving lately?
Scissors and Etsy stores,
So this weekend I attended a wedding. It was a beautiful wedding. I was surprised that I didn’t very emotional. I expected to think about my wedding and cry a lot. I didn’t cry at all! Haha I did miss my wife very much and wished she could be there with me. I made sure to take plenty of pictures to show her. I didn’t have a part in the wedding but I did end up doing a lot of things. I helped people into the church, made sure everyone had directions to the reception, moved gifts around, helped set up the DJ stuff, organized everyone for pictures and coming into the reception and cleaned everything up. I’d say things did not go as smoothly as my wedding did. Also aside from the fact that our photographer was friends with us, the photographer at this wedding was not anywhere as good as ours. I’m almost positive that it was her first time taking pictures outside of a run down Kmart portrait center.
Well hello all! I’ve heard from my wife that our blog has been getting a good bit of views since we started! Thank you for tagging along on our journey through life with us.
I will be doing my best to keep up with my lady and make some posts of my own. Now that the honeymoon is over we have I get back to everyday lives an mine is actually a pretty busy one. Not so much busy with constant things to do, my job is a rough one leaving me tried at the end of the day and I’m also a full-time student! If Amanda hasn’t mentioned it yet, I bet not one person can guess what my job is haha!
It’s actually past my bed time right now but I just wanted to let everyone know that my posts shall be expected!!
Have a great night!!
P.s. I hear I’m a pretty fun guy so be ready for some good laughs.
Okay, so in case you haven’t followed me on any other social media platform that I am a part of let me give you a little background.
In April 2011 I decided to change my life. I had reached over 300 pounds and just was not happy on the inside and was struggling to keep everyone believing that I was happy from the outside.
I have very few pictures of myself from that time period that are full length body shots because I was always finding way of getting out of the pictures or just taking that pictures from what I thought were ” flattering ” angles.
Since than I have lost approx. 74 pounds. Currently I am hanging right around 226-230 depending on the day of the week. After pushing so hard the months leading up to our wedding, a few things happened. At the very beginning of August 2012 , I had my gallbladder removed. This lead to a surprisingly painful recovery process and left me in bed for about 10 days. Then, I went off to get married and have my honeymoon. All of which was the most exciting time of my life and I enjoyed every bite. Since I have been home, I am struggling to get back in the rhythm. I have gone out and bought all the right food, I’m tracking my calories ( for the most part ) but NO exercise. What so ever. I was at one point shortly before my surgery running a 5k in just about 35 minutes. Is that fast? Well for me, HECK YEAH! Now, I’m not sure if I could finish the 5k.
So here’s what I am going to do. Weekly accountable weigh ins are going to be apart of my blog ladies and gentleman. It’s a great way for me to be accountable and hopefully get some interaction with you guys! The weekly weigh ins will begin on September 10th, 2012. That is when the official starting weight will be determined. I am hoping I can grab a few of you and stay accountable together. My first goal is my birthday on September 29th. On that day, I want to weigh in NO HIGHER than 222. Just a few pounds away. Nothing that can’t be handled with some HARD WORK!
I am going to update you guys on things that I am eating, what my exercise was for the week and hopefully share new recipes!
We can do this together. I promise.
Treadmills and handfuls of grapes
As if you guys are sick enough about hearing and seeing things from our wedding day, we got our wedding preview pictures back! This will probably be the ones that keep this blog to, unless I feel so inclined to share the rest.
Let’s face it, that’s a large possibility.
We truly had the most amazing day of our lives.Enjoy
Photo credit Katie Vee Photography :
Venue: Hotel Conneaut in Conneaut Lake, PA
Wedding Dress : David’s Bridal ( no longer available )
Make up – Pretty in Pittsburgh Salon
Wedding Pictures & Lasting Memories
Amanda & Kaleb
I wanted to take the time to post our vows here for the people who couldn’t attend or the people that may have not been able to hear them clearly.
Also, kind of for my own selfish reason to have a place to stare at them always.
So here they are -
Late night texting,
That very first phone call,
Your voice sounding so perfect.
You were on a trampoline and I was beside one.
Feeling the pterodactyls in my stomach on the way to the bus station.
Instantly feeling better when I saw your face after that long nauseating Greyhound ride.
You are my best friend.
Today I give myself to you in marriage.
I vow to encourage and inspire you,
To laugh with you,
And to comfort you in times of sadness and struggle.
I promise to sleep on the very edge of the bed with the smallest amount of blanket possible,
Even if I go to bed before you so you have plenty of space to get comfy.
I promise to paint your toe nails for you when you want me to,
And I’ll even take off the old nail polish some times.
I vow to love you in good times and in bad,
When our love is simple,
And when it is an effort.
I vow to cherish you every second of every day.
These words I will honor you with today,
And all the days of our life.
Nearly 6 years ago I fell in love with the most beautiful person that I have ever known.
I remember the instant comfort and happiness that you made me feel when we met
and I was very soon certain that I wanted to spend the rest of my days feeling that way.
So today is the day that we take the step towards our forever and I wouldn’t want to be
standing next to anyone but you.
To stand here today and try to tell you all the reasons why I love you would take a lifetime.
So here are just a few:
I love you because you teach me something new every day. Even if it’s while sitting
through fight night or watching a show about trucks.
I love you because you have an infectious laugh, one that will light up an entire room
and make any day a better one.
I love you because you are so caring and thoughtful. Tucking small notes into everything
I own just to show me how much you care.
I love you because we can always create an adventure together, whether it’s on purpose
or by accident and I love the way you can sing your way to my heart on every road trip.
Because’ you’ve always loved me for who I am, and sometime for who I’m not.
Never judging me and always making me feel wanted and appreciated
You’ve loved me from close by and far away, never doubting the love that we have and
always striving to make sure I felt your love even when you couldn’t be there
You’re my best friend. I feel most like myself when I’m with you and my hand always
feels most comfortable in yours. When we face challenges together, I promise to focus
on our love so that it may become stronger. As we grow old together, I promise to not
let time dull my love and appreciation for you. The time I’ve spent with you has been the
best time of my life, and I’m thrilled to spend the rest of my days as your wife.
I love you.
Sappy words & Heartfelt speeches
Amanda & Kaleb
As Kaleb and I were looking through the pictures on out computer we realized that we have so many old pictures that we love and barely ever look at!
We wanted to share a few with you for some laughs and a walk down memory lane.
Nice hair Amanda.
I miss my red hair!
My 21st birthday! Kaleb took me to see Rascal Flatts! For the 2nd or 3rd time
Pride 08′. We got to walk in the Parade!
Who the hell let me get so fat?! My mother-in-law looks beautiful though.
We can’t ever be serious..
yes, my husband did draw a smile on a stick and make me pose with it…
Our first legal St. Patrick’s Day!
Again, who the f@ck let me get so FAT!? My best friends 21st.
I miss my short hair!
And we will end on this, one of my favorite engagement pictures!
Photo Credit: Katie Vee Photography
Old Pictures & Silly Faces-
Amanda & Kaleb
First, let me start by say welcome to our crazy lives and our crazy blog. If you don’t know us already, let us give you a little back ground:
- We are 22 year old newlyweds as of August 18th, 2012
- Amanda grew up in a small farm town outside Baltimore
- Kaleb was raised just outside the city of Pittsburgh
- We like randomness, movie nights, boards games and the occasional night out with friends.
More about us later..
This blog is going to quickly become a place that Amanda can rant and rave about all of life’s adventures as her duties as a bride come to an end and for Kaleb to make occasional guest appearances as he feels froggy.
Welcome to the roller coaster ride.
Amanda & Kaleb