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Daily Archives: December 18, 2016

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. DeSmidt!

I want to write down every detail of our amazing wedding weekend so we won’t forget how perfect everything turned out.   Our wedding was incredibly special for the two of us; I am by far the luckiest girl in the world.

Tuesday – Wednesday

Alex and I both managed to leave work early Tuesday afternoon to get the car packed up.  Somehow, Alex always manages to fit everything into our vehicle and we are still able to see out the back.  Despite my pre-wedding nightmares I did manage to remember my dress, shoes, and our birth certificates.  We stayed in Brandon, SD that night and Benny did the best he has ever done staying in a hotel – no barking, he ate his food, and actually let us sleep until morning before he needed to go outside.   


In the morning we drove first to Green Bay to pick up a few of the guys’ tuxes that happened to be ready early.  Then we drove to Sturgeon Bay to stay the night because we had an 8 am appointment to get our marriage license.   We ate dinner at Waterfront Mary’s because we were able to take Benny with us – we would definitely recommend if you are looking for a very casual, dog-friendly, bar and grill right on the water.

Beer Cheese & Brat Soup at Waterfront Mary’s

Seriously – Everything was working out exactly how we had hoped it would.

Bridal Shower & Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

 (To the tune of “My Favorite Things”)

Baking utensils and great looking napkins

Fluffy white pillows and damask styled aprons

Red casserole pans, a dish for a ring

These are a few of my favorite things

It’s Here Again!

Oh Summer how I love you.  I’m just a better person all around during this season. Maybe someday I’ll live in a location where I can experience this season for more than three (when we are lucky) months.

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal

The holiday season for us is usually a whirlwind of family since both Alex and I come from divorced families.

Now that we’ve moved to South Dakota this time of year has actually become a lot easier.

For Thanksgiving, Alex and I stay in Rapid City and it’s very relaxing .  Never before have I experienced a relaxing Thanksgiving, typically cramming in three or four different gatherings over the span of two days.

I work on Black Friday but at the usual opening time and on Thanksgiving I spend a leisurely day cooking and watching football.  No traveling, no time schedule, and no overwhelming amounts of family time makes me consider keeping this tradition forever.