Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wedding Memories: The Reception

Today is our actual anniversary.  Two years ago I married the most amazing person I have ever known, and will ever know.  We have only grown stronger in these last two years and I can't wait to see what the future brings!  Happy Anniversary, Mike!  I love you, always and forever.  

Our timeline was pretty tight especially since our ceremony location and reception location were about 20 minutes away from each other.  After taking some group photos, we left Kershaw Park in Canandaigua and made our way to the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford.

Some of us in the limo

When we arrived we took a few more photos and then got in line for our entrances.  

 I "proposed" to all of the bridesmaids with ring pops when I asked them to be in the wedding

We didn't have the flower girl and the ring bearer participate in the entrances, although I'm sure that the flower girl would have LOVED to join.  

We did things a little bit differently and asked everyone to think of a short dance into the reception, I really wish I could show you the video of their dances but out of respect for their privacy I won't.  The song that started the party was "In the Ayer" by Flo Rida.  

Then, we were being introduced as Mr. and Mrs.!

And all of a sudden, the music changed to "O.M.G." by Usher and this happened...

After everyone settled down, we heard two amazing speeches by our Matron of Honor and Best Man.  

After dinner it was time to cut some cake!

We were relatively nice to each other!

We cut the cake with the song "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" by Cake playing in the background

After we cleaned up, we continued on to our first dance.  We danced to "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

Then, it was my and my dad's turn.  Our father-daughter dance was to "Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright III.  This was the only point during our wedding that I cried.  

Mike and his mom ended the formal dances with their mother-son dance.  They danced to part of "Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Since it is so long we cut it short somewhere in the middle).  

Then everyone hit the dance floor!

Here's our youngest guest, hard to believe he will be 3 soon!

We did do the traditional bouquet toss and garter toss, but we did them a little bit differently.  I asked all the women to come out because they were all really important to me, a single woman still caught the bouquet though! (Oh and I was so horrible at the toss that I hit the ceiling the first time and had to do it twice!)

Mike started the garter toss with a little twist of his own.  He re-enacted the scene from "Wayne's World" where Garth dances in the diner to "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix.  I knew it was going to happen but it was still entertaining!

 My friend, Suzie, and my mom and dad did a great job setting everything up for our reception.  I was really appreciative of everything that they did for us!

Stay tuned for next time when I recap our honeymoon!

In case you missed it:
The Engagement
Pre-wedding Activities
Getting Ready
The Ceremony

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Loss of a Fellow Rochester Triathlete

I did not personally know Heather Boyum, but on some level I did know her.  She is the face of every woman or man going out and doing what they love, whether it be swimming, biking, running, dancing or playing baseball. 

 Photo from the Rochester Moms in Motion Facebook page

She was a wife, mother, daughter, friend, teacher and triathlete.  She was a member of the Rochester Moms in Motion and loved by those around her. 

Yesterday morning when she got on her bike I am sure that she did not expect that it would be her last ride.  She did not expect that two irresponsible people would take her life while doing something that she loved. (For the entire article, go here). 

The two individuals that took her life are most likely not terrible people.  Most people do not go out in the early hours of the day and plan to kill another human being.  However, these two individuals were irresponsible and threw caution to the wind.  They disregarded the value of another human's life. 

I hope that justice is served, however as someone with extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system I know that it may take awhile. 

Do not focus on the perpetrators, focus on Heather.  Continue to do what you love and do not live in fear, Heather didn't. 

To all of you out there who think that it is alright to drive recklessly, drive too closely to us runners, cyclists and walkers, please reconsider and do what is right. 

We all should be able to do what we love and return home to who we love. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Fever

Today is Friday, which is always a good thing for those of us who work "typical" 9-5 jobs. (Although, my job is anything but typical).  For me it also means that I only have one more week left of work until September, one of the perks of being a 10-month employee.

But, wait.  This isn't just any regular Friday.  It is the Friday of the open ceremony of the Olympics!

Here's a little video to get you amped up, if you aren't already, about the Olympic Games!

While that song is overplayed, I still loved the video.  Brendan Hansen's expression is priceless.

What am I most excited about for the Olympics?  Well, what am I NOT excited about?!  I can't wait for the marathon, track and field, the triathlon, swimming, gymnastics, open water swimming, cycling, etc.  I think you get the point.

We are traveling and working during a lot of the Olympics but we have DVR.  I am happy at moments like these that I actually agreed to get DVR.  I'm sure it is going to be like the Olympic Trials for us and we are going to be watching events hours or even days after they happen, so I am going to try really hard to ignore social media talking about the Olympics. 

Coverage of the opening ceremony begins at 7:30 tonight! Get ready!

Are you excited for the Olympics?  Which events do you HAVE to watch?  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Runcation - By the Numbers

Our runcation was amazing, but I don't want to bore you with a play by play recap.  Instead I will share the "numbers" of our trip. 

States/Provinces Traveled Through:

In order of appearance: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ontario, Canada

 Driving through Chicago

Chicago traffic

New States Visited: 4

Time spent waiting at customs: 45 minutes

The bridge from Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario

Deep-dish Pizzas Consumed: .85


Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake Shakes from Portillo's Consumed: 1 and 1 (both by Mike)

Times We Touched "The Bean": 1

Probably my favorite part of the trip!

There we are!

Taxi Rides in Chicago: 5

Time Spent at Navy Pier: 45 minutes 

I just thought this was cool

 The ferris wheel

 I liked this too!

Friends We Could Have Met Up With but Didn't: 3

We could have seen Ali and Leah but it didn't work out.  A friend from Rochester was also in Chicago at the same time as us but we didn't see him either. 

Time Spent at the Expo: 1 hour

New Lighthouses: 23

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Michigan

 Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

Michigan City Lighthouse in Indiana

South Haven Lighthouse in Michigan

Wind Point Lighthouse in Wisconsin

 Holland Harbor Lighthouse (Big Red) in Michigan

Times We Heard "Mercy" by Kanye West: Probably 5-10 but it felt like 50

Time Zones: 2

For those that didn't know, Chicago is in the Central Time Zone.  This made race morning A LOT easier on us since it semi felt like 7:30am at the start of the race rather than 6:30am.

Times We Crossed the Indiana/Michigan Border: 5 

New Great Lakes: 2

Lake Michigan

 Lake Huron

Miles Traveled: Over 2,000

Times We Visited the Buckingham Fountain: 2

Photos Taken: 434

Hotels Stayed At: 4

 Our hotel the night before the race

Days We Wore Our Wedding Rings: 0, didn't even bring them with us!

Miles We Ran: 13.1

If you missed it, here's the race recap

We're really sad that this trip is over, but we have a lot of memories (and photos) that we can look back on.  It also helps that we have another trip coming up in less than 2 weeks!