Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Day One of the Wedding Extravaganza

The start of the day was a bit stressful. We awoke at 6:30am (well, I awoke and proceeded to get frustrated that Matt wanted to continue sleeping, despite how much we had to get done before 8:00am).

First, I started raking the yard. Yep, I was raking the yard at 6:30am. You see, since we're moving next Tuesday, I sold all of our raised garden beds on craigslist. Before the new owners came to pick up their goods, Matt and I dumped all the old dirt in big, dark piles on our lawn.

Since we desperately need our deposit back, I felt responsible for smoothing out the garden dirt and trying to normalize the backyard again.

When I was finished, Matt had woken up, and we began packing the car (e.g., 20 or so bags of tortilla chips, 25+ pounds of tomatoes, 80 avocados--you get the picture). We were rushing to get out the door, so we could meet my family at 10:30am in the Estes Park area.

In the end, we met my family at 11:00am and drove through Rocky Mountain National Park. We stopped for a picnic lunch and even played in a patch of snow. I was able to completely relax and embrace the moment once our major preparation responsibilities were finally complete.

Then Matt and I headed to his parents' hotel and checked-in for them. His mom had scheduled a manicure and pedicure for me, so I was able to soak my feet and relax even further. Then it was off to dinner with Matt and his mom for some good conversation.

So far, so good!

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