aloha!

Aloha from Maui!  The hubby and I are having a wonderful time on our honeymoon.  It’s not hard to imagine why when we get to see gorgeous sunsets like the one we had tonight (pictured above) from the privacy of our balcony every evening 🙂

life lately (according to my iphone)

We’ve been keeping busy around here…we have less than 3 weeks to go till our wedding and we’re still trying to get the last little bit of our moving/unpacking accomplished.  Even though things have been hectic, we’re enjoying every minute of this adventure 🙂

{Christina’s Wedding} Updates | Engaged & Inspired

Hello everyone! Yes, I’m alive…sorry for being MIA but it has been a crazy couple of weeks on this end. My fiance and I flew from Austria to Illinois on February 20th, spent a few days with my family and then started the 3 day drive to Arizona. We were promised by our contractor that the renovations to the home we bought in October were finished but had the extremely unpleasant surprise of arriving to a disaster zone. We spent a few nights in a hotel, then a few nights on an air mattress in what was supposed to be the living room of our house, almost an entire week fighting with the contractor to finish what we paid him to do and also dealt with some lovely surprises with the home (ex: the sewer backed up into the shower drains and the AC unit broke the second day we slept in the house)…just to name a few things that went wrong. Needless to say, I had zero time to think about the wedding during the last couple of weeks which stressed me out even more.

However, I am happy to report that things are finally starting to settle down and I am slowly switching back to wedding mode. My grandmother gave me some wonderful advice that really put things into perspective. She said “Christina, you’ll always have a house to deal with but you will only have one wedding!” She’s totally right and with only a month to go, I am glad she was able to snap me out of my funk.

I had my first dress fitting last week and that it went great! My worries about not liking the dress vanished as soon as I put it on. The fit was almost perfect and the dress doesn’t even need to be hemmed!

I also had a 2nd hair trial before the fitting that went well but I’m not sure if it’s the look I’ll end up choosing.

If you remember, the hairstyle I chose for my 1st trial was this:

For my 2nd trial, we went for this look:

I liked the look in person but I am not sure if I will love the way it looks in pictures. So, I plan on styling my hair like this before my next dress fitting and hopefully I’ll finally be able to make a decision!

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hello from az.

Hello from Arizona! Isn’t our new door mat super cute? We arrived last night to a very unpleasant surprise (our home is no where near move-in ready as our contractor promised) but this adorable addition to our front doorway did the trick to cheer me up a bit 🙂

road trip: day 2

We’re in Tucumcari, New Mexico…so close to AZ yet so far away! We plan on getting up extra early tomorrow and as long as I can keep up the same pace with driving, we should arrive at our new home tomorrow evening. I can’t wait!

road trip: day 1


Howdy from Emporia, Kansas! We drove 9.5 hours today on our way to Arizona (check out the map above to see the path we’ve traveled so far). Random fact that I learned today: At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas. Ciao!

The Proposal. | Engaged & Inspired

In honor of hitting the six month mark of being engaged (or as I like to call it, our “engaged-iversary”), I dedicated this week’s Engaged & Inspired post to our proposal story.  Head on over and check it out if you don’t know the incredible details yet 🙂

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Just a few snapshots from our Valentine’s Day.  We kept it low key with home bakes goodies (red velvet cupcakes of course) and then dinner at Bodega Marques.  It was our first time there and it blew us away.  We loved it so much that we decided to made a reservation for this Saturday night before we left the restaurant last night 🙂  Hope everyone had a love filled and relaxing day!  PS:  We only have 5 days left until our big move!

well hello there winter.

I left the house this morning and there was not a flake of snow to be seen…but after just a few minutes in to my drive to work (which is up a mountain) I was surrounded by these pretty white trees.  It’s a winter wonderland up here yet you would have no idea if you live just a few minutes down the hill.  It’s been a really strange winter so far…relatively mild but with sudden bursts of snow that seem to disappear just as quickly as they came.

happy new year!


Have a life-changing, world-shaping, wonderful, purposeful, awe-inspiring, incredible, fantastic, magnificent, extraordinary, blessed, thrilling, blissful, grace-filled, jubilant, delicious, unbelievable, astonishing, mind-blowing, spectacular, and ridiculously HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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