Soooooo, I've been trying to write this blog post for several days now. I've started it and started it over and over with the best of intentions but every time I write something life crops up and well, the blog has to wait. Most recently it was because we thought baby Looney #2 might be making her grand entrance a couple weeks earlier than expected. That would be totally fine except we have almost nothing done! So, rather than blog last night, Aleah and I went on a mad tear through the house prepping for a baby. She's now free to come whenever she gets ready but it doesn't look like she's going to come now after all. We have blown the dust off the carseat, washed enough clothes to survive for a week or two, and carved out enough space for her in our house that she'll at least have a place to sleep and play for the time being. The one exception to the nothing we had done was that we did manage to put together her bed a few days ago. At least that was something right?
Honestly it reminded me a little bit of when we got married. Not because there was a baby on the way, because their definitely was not, but because life stuff totally got in the way of the planning and prep. Getting sick, graduating college, finding jobs, the holidays, and moving will do that to you. What should have been a slow and steady process suddenly turned into a dead sprint to the finish line. We did manage to knock out two of our big three early. We found our venue and photographer and then we stopped. Done. No more until we absolutely have to! Really though it turned out to mostly be fine. We hired a wedding planner who probably wanted to kill us for waiting so long but had a good enough poker face to hide that pretty well. Once you hire a wedding planner the entire process becomes a bit boring to talk about after the fact. It's just really kinda easy. Suddenly we no longer had to worry about a ton of stuff! The only things we had to worry about other than what we and the bridal party were going to wear was the cake, and the stuff we were going to DIY.
Since Pinterest wasn't a thing when we got married the DIY list was pretty short. THANK GOODNESS because seriously each DIY project we attempted was a new adventure in how I (Josh) could mess something up and/or make life miserable. I took on three projects and managed to just about cause my own undoing with each of them.
The first was invitations. I had done a fair bit of block printing and screen printing so I thought this one would be easy. I was going to block print our invitations and THEY WOULD BE INCREDIBLE. NO! It was not easy and I should've known that! Cut a printing block for a simple drawing or design? No problem. Cut a block for a wedding invitation with the curly swoopy script of my soon-to-be wife's wildest bridal dreams? Not so much. Okay, so here's how this went. Prep the printing block, start cutting, make it to the J in Josh, mess up the block, sigh and start over. Prep the printing block, start cutting, make it to the O in Josh, mess up the block, use language unbecoming a gentleman and start over. Prep the printing block, start cutting for the third time, make it to the exact same spot and mess up the block again, use same unbecoming language louder, and start over. Repeat the process, making the exact same mistake on the O again and realize that because of a design flaw this is impossible not to mess up. It's at this point that I resolved that I would go back and hand paint the inky correction on every invitation. This was literally an insane decision but I was too far in to see that kind of logic. So I continued on cutting this already ruined block for a few more hours. I'll save you some time here and just cut to the end where I decide to scrap the text, block print the design, and print the rest on the computer. It wasn't the 100% block print invitation that I'd hoped for but it was still going to be awesome. It wasn't going to happen though. As I went to scrape away the hours of work I'd put in carving script into this wood block I managed to not only remove the text from the block but also the end of my thumb. That was the end of that. All ideas of a hand printed invitations immediately left my head. Thank God for computers and printers.
The second project was our favors: a cute ribbon bookmark with a Just Married charm at the end. No big deal except that what only takes a few minutes to do once takes much much longer to do a couple hundred times. Aleah and I worked on this one together and by the time we cut the last length of ribbon and threaded that last charm I thought for sure that we'd both need therapy.
The last DIY project should have been the most simple but unfortunately ended with the biggest disaster. Picture frames! You'd think that would be something we could handle pretty easily. That's what we thought to but apparently our apartment had other ideas. The project was super simple, spray paint a handful of picture frames. I started by heading out to the yard and laying all the frames out in the grass. Once I got it perfect I headed back into the apartment and grabbed the spray paint that I forgot. As I was coming back down the stairs I noticed that our neighbor had started a load of laundry. If you remember from my post about our apartment the laundry situation was a little funny and every load had the potential to end in a flood. I thought about going in to make sure that they moved the drain hose but didn't have my keys and was feeling just a little lazy. I should've checked because they didn't, and yeah, flood. Mere minutes after starting to spray the frames the ground, the frames, and my shoes were all starting to disappear in the suds. She must've used the entire package of laundry detergent! I quickly grabbed up the frames, covering my hands and arms in wet paint and begin wiping the soapy mess from the frames along with all the paint. After letting them dry I tried again, except this time on our 2nd story deck well away from the soap. I start spraying away not realizing that the breeze was carrying the overspray from my project around the house and all over Aleah's brand new SUV. To say that she was angry was a bit of an understatement. Here was her shiny new black Ford Escape with tiny little light colored flecks all over it.
We decided to be done with wedding DIY after that one and eventually we traded that car in and put the paint fiasco behind us. Despite all that though the wedding turned out beautiful and we had an amazing day! Next time, which may or may not happen before baby, I'll tell you guys about our wedding day "disasters". They're a bit more entertaining stories than wedding planning.
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