Well, I’d like to think that this is my last sloughing off day, but I SO have NOT been sloughing off! What, with Christmas, opening a new store, finishing my train show and all the planning for letting people know about the marriage, I’ve hardly had any down time.
I haven’t job hunted since I was single! Monday I will officially be back to working on working. Honestly, December was so fantastic that I have a renewed optimism going into it. I updated my resume to include notes in my highlight section about selling my scrapbook designs and the sponsored posts on my blog. I figure listing my Donna Reed work only really counts if I have it on a demo reel, but David would give me a great reference for my marinated chicken!
I have so much to say and share! “My Blue Heaven” and “Indian Summer” are both available at Scrap Bird, which of course means there is a new blog bonus for using Digitalegacies Products. I promised a few of the anecdotes from our week and a half of surprises for everyone and remember, I promised there would still be freebies available right here! Get a mug of coffee, tea or hot cocoa and join me for the tales du jour!
David and I have really loved letting people know about our marriage! We kept it relatively quiet for a little over a week “springing it” in person four places.
The first wasn’t really “in person,” but David and I each had a key person we wanted to tell right after we got home. In fact, I got voice mail in the car on the way home. You see, I have more than one number for Kelly. I left this message (paraphrased) “Kelly, it’s Nani. I need to talk to you. David isn’t my boyfriend anymore. Just in time for Christmas. Nice, huh?”
My voice was serious and somber, but the words were all true! I figured she’d call right back after getting that message. But, no call back! Kelly is my platonic soul mate. It never crossed my mind that she just wasn’t calling back right away. Just before David left for work I called another number. I got Kelly!
The conversation went like this:
“Kelly, I need to talk. David isn’t my boyfriend anymore.”
“NO! Oh, honey, what happened??”
“WE GOT MARRIED!”
Then there was shrieking - it included, “I was supposed to be the maid of honor!” “was anyone there?” “Don’t you EVER scare me like that again, I was already planning my trip to Ohio to be with you and kick David’s butt if I needed to!”
It really was a fun phone call. Her daughter, Brooke, was dropping off the baby before she went to work and I got to talk to her too. It was about a 45-minute phone call, interrupted for just a moment when David called to let me know he’d called his brother and used the same line, “that I wasn’t his girlfriend anymore. Ben replied “Oh, I’m so sorry...” Then it was happy time when he came clean about it. His sister-in-law, OUR sister-in-law, Ellen was disappointed because they figure a wedding might be the only way they ever get to Ohio!
The next day, Christmas Eve, I was on the phone with Dad to let him know when we’d be to his place. I told him we’d be leaving from the mall because David had to stop...because he’s a guy.”
Dad said “Of course. He still has to do his Christmas shopping.”
That wasn’t odd to Dad at all because he and I used to go to the mall on Christmas Eve so he could get Mom’s gifts!
Truth is David ordered my ring, in my size and with the stone he wanted in it and it would be ready to pick up on Christmas Eve morning. Dad didn’t need that detail, not yet.
At dinner, when everyone had passed the serving plates around and things had toned down to the usual Christmas Eve murmur of conversations, David stood up and said, (again, paraphrasing) “I need to say something. There have been a few comments tonight about boyfriend and girlfriend, we’re not boyfriend and girlfriend,” He pulled out the ring box. “We were married yesterday, she’s my wife!”
The room exploded into happy sounds of surprised congratulations and a holler form Tori at the kids table of “It’s about time!” and a few comments about expecting it to be an engagement. My cousin’s husband, Tory, who was sitting next to me had seen the box and thought David was going to propose. We had thrown around the idea of David asking me “Did you marry me?” and me replying, “yesterday!” but his announcement got the desired reaction!
When I talked to Dad a couple days later, he told me a few people thought surely he’d known before then, but no. I told him that if I had let him know ahead of time it would have spoiled the surprise because he couldn't keep from telling just everyone. He admitted that I was right on that one!
More wedding week stories coming this weekend! But now, it’s time to show the new blog bonus!
If you have sound on your computer and you let the iPod play, you heard Tommy James and the Shondells singing “Crimson and Clover.” The bonus papers and elements are in the shades of green clover and the tan, purple and crimson colors of the various clover flowers, The kit can be yours for free! All you have to do for it is show me your layout done with Digitalegacies Designs products from my store of freebies from The Chronicles of Nani! Send me you layout or a link to it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you the link for "Crimson and Clover!"
And now, THE FREEBIE!
I did some brag book pages for the store with the intention of having extras to offer for all of you who “knew me when” and all of you who will know me now too! These were made with the “My Blue Heaven” kit. While the kit is made to celebrate winter weddings, one in particular, it can definitely do more than that!
The other four pages will be in the store next week, but come back here this weekend to see the rest of the wedding tales!