Monday, January 6, 2014

Our Honeymoon

Chris told me, even before we got engaged, that he would rather do some sort of really neat road trip instead of just a week on the beach somewhere. I agreed, not only because I don't like swimsuits, but because we get bored easily. The only problem was, he wanted to do an epic trip to Yellowstone park... which closes down in September. Opps. A downside to getting married in October, it's still mild in Oregon, but it's pretty much winter elsewhere. So we thought about it and a big part of why I wanted to get married in October was so that we could go to Oktoberfest in Germany as a honeymoon. Kind of a big dream that turned out to be difficult as new homeowners, so we worked out a plan to go to the beach (Astoria, which isn't actually on the beach FYI but just as beautiful) then spend some time in Seattle where we have some great memories, then finally head to Leavenworth Washington so we could still go to Oktoberfest. It turned out to be a really fun trip, we spent a night in Astoria, 2 in Seattle and 2 in Leavenworth. In hindsight we really wished we would have spent another night in Astoria, there was a lot more to do than we thought and our room was incredible. We might be going back for our one year anniversary though, so even though we didn't get a lot of time there on our honeymoon we can always go back! It was a great week, filled with a lot of memories and fun, probably one of the funniest memories being that on our way back home, we were about 2 or 3 hours from home, our truck transmission stopped working. We had to be towed to the nearest town where a friend of ours picked us up. Certainly a week full of memories!

The view from  our hotel room. Love it.

Chris was super excited that this car took us to dinner that night. It was really fun and Pam was an excellent driver!

The hotel we stayed in. Can't wait to go back!

Sunset from our hotel room. Want to go back!

Astoria Column. Next time I will climb it!

The Goonies house! Not as cool as I thought, but still neat. But the owners regret moving in this place.

Chris LOVES sea lions. Seriously there are least 50 more pictures like this on my camera. He stood there for like 30 minutes.

Goodbye Astoria, sad face.

Space Needle, always love that place.

This time I took Chris to the Science Center in Seattle, hands down, way better than OMSI. It's smaller than I remember obviously, but still way cooler!

And Chris doubted me. How silly. He was here for 20 minutes playing with the water guns.

Top of the Space Needle.

As we left Seattle for Leavenworth, we made a stop at the Jimi Hendrix memorial. It was really neat.

The scenery in Leavenworth, so beautiful.

I didn't get as many pictures of Leavenworth as I thought, I was too busy shopping I guess! But it was a really beautiful little town.

So there you have it, our epic road trip honeymoon. It was so much fun, a week I will treasure for our lifetime together.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

October 12, 2013

I struggled with even posting this, apparently people are over blogging but no one even reads my blog so why not right? It's been almost 3 months since Chris and I got married and it turned out to be a wonderful day. Just like everyone says, it went by in a blur and I didn't even get a chance to say hello to everyone!
It started off with my maid of Honor and I getting ready at my house. I can still feel how nervous I was, not to get married, but that something would go wrong or that I would fall down walking down the isle! Anyway we got ready and headed to McMenamin's Old Church. We all did a quick run through of the ceremony, then went our separate ways to get ready to go. Oh my goodness was I nervous! We all got ready to go, exchanged some gifts and Chris and I exchanged notes. He didn't see me of course! That's bad luck. I remember taking a few pictures then finally getting up the Church to walk down the isle. My Dad walked me down the isle and then Chris and I had our wedding ceremony. It was such a blur. I'm so glad we got video of it because I was so nervous I had a hard time remembering what even went on!
After the ceremony we took a TON of pictures, then came back in to eat. The Best Man and Maid of Honor gave their speeches, Chris and I had a little thank you speech, then we cut the cake. More pictures, then it started to wind down and a lot of people left. Around 8pm everyone had pretty much cleared out. The great part was that our close friends stayed and we ended up hanging out until around 11 before Chris and I left for the night, with a burnout of course! All in all I would say it was a wonderful day.

There are so many more pictures, all together I got about 650 pictures from our wonderful photographer Kim. I love how she got a mixture of candids, funny pictures and really beautiful ones. I was skeptical about having a wedding in the first place, but it did turn out to be the best day of my life. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family to provide such a beautiful wedding, and to have such a wonderful man to marry.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tomorrow I am getting married.

Early wedding gift from Chris. He said it's made out of stainless steal because that lasts forever.

So I'm getting married tomorrow. It's a very happy but very odd feeling, preparing to vow to spend the rest of my life with Chris. Then my best friend texted me and told me that today was my last day as Justine Rice and it just hit me. Chris and I have just kind of shrugged off getting married, because we've been together for almost 7 years so we are already like an old married couple. But when I stop and think about it, it's an interesting thing thinking about actually vowing to be together forever. And the fact that I will no longer be Justine Rice. It's the identity I have had since I was born, and now it's going to change as I take on a new role as "wife". I feel like I won't really change, and honestly our relationship won't change a ton I don't think, but it's an extra layer to our life that wasn't there before. An extra responsibility that is all new. Not that I'm not very excited, because I am, but it's just so crazy to think about. 
I am ready though. I am ready to start our family of two (well, 3 counting Bosley) and enjoy being someone's wife instead of girlfriend. Really the last year has just been unreal, and I just can't believe this is my life now. I never imagined that I would be so blessed to be with such a wonderful man in such a beautiful house with such a great life. It really blows my mind. I am thankful everyday for the life I have been blessed with and I can't wait to marry the love of my life tomorrow. It's going to be a great day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


That's right, I already decorated for fall. Don't you judge me. It's time.

Reading: I just finished reading An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin. It was actually really good! I know nothing about art or the whole art world, but the book was still really interesting. Steve Martin is actually a fantastic writer, and I love how he intertwined history, art and relationships all in one book. It was great, totally recommend it!

Eating: Saltines. I have been sick for the past 5 days, BOO! So saltines and 7up it is for me!

Thinking about: How I will be married in about 4 and a half weeks. So crazy! I am really, really excited about it, and also looking forward to the stress being over. I am excited to get my life back too! But really just plain excited to be Chris's wife. That's going to be the best thing ever. 

Listening to: my iPod again! It hasn't been working for a while and I thought it was dead but I guess it just can't hold a charge. It has to be plugged in to listen to it. Dumb.

Watching: Friends. A whole lot of Friends. My cable and netflix are not working so for background noise I just put on friends. It makes me happy. 

Loving: Oh fall. I put up my decorations already, and am going to get out my Halloween ones today to see what I have so I stop buying more! This is my favorite season EVER and I have been waiting so patiently for it to get here. So I don't care that it's supposed to be 90 degrees this week, it's fall to me!

So there is my life lately. Thank you to Danielle from Sometimes Sweet for the post!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

These Days.

Life is kind of crazy these days. Bosley is being kind of a jerk. I know he's just a baby, but so far, he has chewed a hole in my couch, ripped the binding off the carpet in the living room and destroyed a throw rug that was in the dining room. He wakes us up EVERY day at 4am or 5am to go potty. Then comes back in at 5:30am or 6am to whine about getting fed. He is HUGE, probably around 75 pounds or more, so when he jumps on you while playing it hurts. He is also not a very good walking companion, he likes to criss-cross in your path and try to trip you.
I have to constantly remind myself that this is how it's supposed to be. I won't get nice things for the next 20 years or so because puppies and someday children, destroy things. They chew, they claw, they spill, they rip, they destroy. It's their job. In the end they are just things, and although I will try to keep things nice, they can always be replaced. Or we will just sit on the bare floor.

Everyone needs something from me lately. I literally never get a day to just sit and be lazy because there is always something. Everyone forgets that my whole job, 40 hours or more a week, consists of interacting with other humans. And they are often challenging. Then on the weekends Chris expects me to go and do, either doing things with the house or interacting with other humans, although ones I like.
Also this wedding planning is wearing me out. I can't imagine being engaged for a year or some long amount of time, because I would hate to think about my wedding for that long. Granted, I would have more time to plan, but it would just stress me out. I am honestly ready for the wedding to be over with. I am glad that it is only 3 months away. I am over it already.
In these instances, I have to remind myself that spending time with loved ones and our wedding are things to be thankful for. Even though it's exhausting for me to never stop, I am so thankful that I am surrounded by wonderful people who I love and get to spend time with. I am also incredibly thankful that the universe led me to Chris, and that he actually fell in love with me too and asked me to marry him. Even though the wedding is a lot, I know it's going to be an incredibly special day and I do look forward to it. I honestly could not live without all of my loved ones, as exhausting as they are!

I just have to remember that life only gets harder the older you get. But as hard as it is, some of the most amazing moments in life come from those times. I probably won't stop moving for the next 20 or 30 years, and I know in the end it will all be worth it. My main goal is to stop and breathe for just a few seconds here and there though, to truly appreciate all that I have been blessed with. To make sure and soak up all these special moments as they fly by. Even though they'll be great memories when I am old, I would like to enjoy them here and now too.

Monday, June 17, 2013


In 4 months we'll be here getting married. MARRIED. So crazy.

Thinking about: Lots and lots of things. Mostly wedding planning. There is a lot more that goes into this than I thought! But I have the major things booked, venue and photographer, so pretty much everything else will fall into place I bet. Also we have had lots of things going on lately. Very sad news, 2 days after we got engaged Chris's Dad passed away. I would write more of a post on this, but I'm not really sure where to start. And Chris is very much in denial, which worries me, but nothing much I can do about it right now. Not until he is ready. So we were busy with that, my sister graduated from High School, which makes me feel old. Then lots of wedding stuff. It is a very intense time, let me tell you. 

Reading: Mostly bridal magazines, websites, blogs and so on. I mean, you only get to do this once so why not take advantage?!

Listening to: Whatever is on the radio really. Haven't been much into music these days... I have been testing out some wedding music, but other than that not much time for music!

Watching: Season 3 Pretty Little Liars! I started getting up at 6am to workout which has been awesome, and I find watching television helps keep me motivated. It's actually getting really good, I look forward to it every morning!

Thankful for: quiet time. Today has been wonderful just cleaning and getting things in order. Tonight Chris and I will plant our garden and spend some time together before the work week. Things are crazy right now, so any quiet time I can get with out little family is wonderful!

Monday, May 27, 2013

It's official: We're Engaged!

May 26th started out a normal day. Chris had told me earlier in the week that our best friends wanted to get out of town and go on a road trip, so of course I said yes. So we loaded up and headed off.

Our first stop was 2 hours away in Washington, the Stonehenge. We had never been before and thought it might be a neat place to go. Little did I know, everyone had big plans!

We started taking pictures and wandering around. Chris got kind of weird and said he had to go to the car. When he came back, Ashley and Andrew kind of drifted away.

Then Chris handed me a pair of shoes, he told me to put them on, that we were going somewhere. So I put the shoes on, I was pretty nervous at this point cause I could tell something was up. So I put the shoes on, complaining that one lace was longer than the other. That was when Chris got down on one knee. The picture above is actually that exact moment, because at that point I know what was happening and I always laugh and act really awkward when I'm nervous! Chris told me that ever since he had tied my shoes for me that one night long ago, he knew he wanted to take care of me. He said he loved me, and asked me to marry him. He pulled out the ring and of course, I said yes.

And just like that we were engaged! Chris was upset, he said he had a longer speech planned but people saw us and started staring and that made him nervous. I loved it though, short and sweet. I'm sure his wedding vows will slay everyone! It is so crazy, I always knew this day would come, but it is so weird to be a Fiance, to ACTUALLY have to plan a wedding! It's hard to wrap my brain around!

We took a bunch more pictures, then headed off to Hood River to walk and around and grab lunch.

He said yes! Haha he thought that was super funny. Ashley and Andrew were so sweet taking pictures and giving us this cake and champagne. Can't wait to return the favor!

We stopped at Multnomah Falls and took some pictures and took a little break from driving.

Our last stop was the Vista House which was really beautiful. I got some better pictures, but the one above is my favorite because I look like a crazy person.

All in All, May 26th is the best day of my life so far. As nervous as I was, it's the most amazing feeling having someone ask you to marry them. Chris is the love of my life, and I am so honored that he asked me to spend the rest of his life with him and gave me the most beautiful ring in the world! I can't wait to start our future together and have so many more adventures. I love Chris more than anything, and I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else.