Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Since I went from just me to us... We have a new blog!

It needs TLC!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bridal Shots

A weekend of HAPPY TEARS!

I learned very fast that my tear ducts are working!!!

We took pictures on Thursday at the Temple and it didn’t rain!!! I will only share a few that Rick, Daniel's Dad took. Rick shot about 1000 pictures!! We are super happy with how they turned out! I don't have the photos back from Chris Paxman, I'm sure they are great too!

When Daniel first saw me in my dress... he was stunned... It was the “tenderest” thing! It made me tear up. He looks amazing in his suit!

Some of my fan club! Future Mother in Law, Sherri! and My Mom!
Future Father in Law, Rick and Aunt Mary were also there to support Daniel and I!

My gorgeous flowers! (Lighthouse flowers)

Yesterday, Tava had a bridal shower for me. It was precious! I loved every minute of it! I have the greatest friends! She had everyone go around and share some thoughts. It was a full on ball baby session! All happy tears of course! If I get pictures I will post a few. (Totally felt like a testimony meeting at girls camp where everyone cries) If you were there and didn’t tear up… I need to borrow your skills for March 3, 4, and 5th!

Some of the great advice I got yesterday –

-Enjoy time together before kids

-When kids come put them to bed by 8 and have date night @ home!


-Don’t talk about serious things when tired, hungry, or something else…

(I realized every time we went to look at our registries one of us was starving and super grouchy!)

-Don’t go to bed upset

-Keep God in the center of your marriage

There was lots of other awesome advice too!

Special THANK YOU to everyone who has helped with wedding stuff!!!

Praying for no rain March 4th and 5th! 10 day forecast is looking great! Out of towners check it out! There will be SUN! Amazing!

13 days to live up singlehood! More importantly 13 days until the best day!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love is in the air!

I love my FAMILY!

Check out this video!!!

So super excited that in 19 days Daniel and I will be married!!!

Families can be together forever!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

41 days!

Tried to Blog Last Saturday -

"This week FLEW BY! I have the best cousin in the world! Today, we went to her house to check out the yard for the reception. Marci and Patrick are so accommodating! " Then I must have got distracted.

Last week, I got sick and that put a damper on things but also helped me see proprieties.
Marci and Patrick were VERY helpful! I'm so grateful that they are so willing to let with this reception! Their house and yard are to die for! Absolutely stunning!
We shared some of these ... They have become my stress reliever!

Met with the lighting guy - aka kid - high schooler. His ideas were scarce (I think he was a little bit intimated) but I know it will turn out great!

I picked out all the flowers! That was actually fun! Thanks to to for some fabulous ideas!
Bridesmaids will be something like this.
The Men -

This week -
Waited and prayed for the invitations to arrive...........
We were suppose to get them no later than Thursday 1/20. However, UPS tracker shows them "ontime" for delivery 1/24. : ) We got our shipping refunded, just hoping they look perfect!

Thursday, I went for a dress fitting! I love my dress! It is so fun to wear! : ) I found some ugggggg platform flipper floppers to wear at the reception. (Thanks

Friday, We went to the court house and got our marriage license. This event reminded me of how monumental Daniel is.
Taking this picture was a HUGE deal for him.
Awkward timer pose -

Nice stranger pic-

We celebrated at Cheesecake Factory! AND went to the MOVIES! (First time we have gone to a movie theater together - Crazy we know.)
We saw Life As We Know It. I loved it! I think Daniel liked it... pretty funny.

Saturday, I found tables, chairs, tablecloths (Andrew's Party Rental), found some more stuff for our centerpieces, bought plates and some drink mixes to try.

*Daniel felt like we should "divide and conquer"... so I went along with the plan and made time for a short trip to the local Swap Meet - for cookies from Alpine Bread and a new purse! : )

We met up and finished our registry at Bed Bath and Beyond. I think we will get a tenth of the list... it was fun the first time we went but yesterday was just to choose china and silverware... eek. It was easy to disagree.

We ran to Hobby Lobby to get ribbon for the flowers. Daniel was excited to go until we got there... I think he thought he would find more airplanes and such.

We topped the night off at PEI WEI. Orange peel chicken yum!! (Thanks to the Lopez Fam)
They have the coolest drink machines at the one in Dana Park. We played a game while we ate... We would drink our drink way too fast, refill it, and the other person had to guess what it was! It was super difficult because they have a million choices! We probably drank at least 8 sodas together.

Here are some of the random centerpiece/ accessories items I never uploaded from previous blog posts...
Lemons will probably be all over the place.

Yellowish Gold Birds
Bird Nests
Coolest wreath ever! Its more yellow than it looks! We might use it as a picture frame.
Bird houses - My mom is going to paint them (Yup those are your Christmas cards on the door!)
Cute lil birds!
Of course there will be some more...

Here are the flower girl dresses!
Found some pictures of my ring (kinda zoomed in) for those out of towners! :)

Monday, January 10, 2011


Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!

Today was another successful day!

I have the best parents at school!
Four AWESOME moms have been sending me tips on good stuff!
My students are starting to ask more questions... keeping everything at a minimum. I'll show them pictures when all is said and done.

I went to exchange a bridesmaid dress and ALL Downeast Dresses are 40% off! So I am returning and repurchasing them tomorrow! Pretty Awesome!

Stopped in Pottery Barn, gathered some more ideas!

THE BEST THING WAS I really hit JACKPOT at Joann's! I found some beautiful things!!!! AND GOT A TEACHER DISCOUNT! YAHOO!
(Can't share pictures right now because Daniel and I both own broken cameras!)
Some precious little bird houses, a YELLOW feather wreath, bird nests with tender lil' eggs, shepherds hooks, and some garland type stuff to go with the ikea lanterns for centerpieces. Just snap your fingers and all of this will be put together, right?!

Today, my mom also got some fun stuff at Hobby Lobby! The bird theme is soarin'!
We got some rad bird cages... not sure that this stuff will be used in my casa... watch out re-gifting this year for sure.

Special Shout Out to JULIE in NY!!!
Julie sent me this for our song to dance to at the reception. I have probably heard it but didn't know it. Daniel started JAMMIN' OUT! It might be the one! WAY TO GO, Mrs. Pearson!!!! True inspiration! I think if you Skype will Daniel he can show you his killer skills!

This weekend was successful too!

I FINALLY choose a photographer!!! YAHOO!

Went to a gazillion stores to find the right size bridesmaid dresses.

Hit up JCPENNY's found a perfect flower girl dresses for Lillian and Reese!
(totally on clearance!)

Precious little ring bearer suit for Landon!

Our invitations are CREATED! Huge relief just need to print them!
Starting to wonder, if first graders could properly stuff and seal envelopes.
I could make it a special activity (Stay in at recess and help your favorite teacher type of special)... I'm sure it could meet some standard relating to letter writing. (If you get two invitations, name backwards etc, you'll know who helped.)

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY - DANIEL AND I WENT ON AN SUPER COOL DATE! He took me to Glendale's Glitter and Glow. We walked around with some fun couples and watched people set up hot air balloons in the middle of the road! Pretty neat to see close up!

This week, I need to -

Get my dress hemmed
Order invites
Find a DJ
Think more about lighting
and have FUN!

Saturday, I'm hitting up Lighthouse Flowers, sounds like they blow everyone else out of the water, amazing and cheap!

I'm starting another class tomorrow! Hopefully, I'll find time to finish wedding stuff and do homework!

54 days to go!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Years Later...

This blog is going to be retired with a celebration! Here's the fun and not so fun planning steps for those near and dear!

The simple version - can't add pictures cause I'm using the neighbors internet and the connection is slow.


Yup, I'm ENGAGED!!!

Daniel and I met at a Softball Night for church! We have had so much fun since then!

Today, he asked me to run errands with him and he took me to the field where we met. He said he played softball yesterday with friends to celebrate finals and forgot his glove.

He got out of the car to find his glove and I stayed in the car cause it was totally raining!!!!

He came back and asked me to help!

I walked to the field and found the table where we had our first conversation, it was decked out for a picnic!!! It was precious!

On the table was his glove.... He asked me to look inside the glove and the ring was there!

He down got on one knee down and asked me to marry him!

I am a LUCKY girl! I LOVE this guy!

Soon to be Mrs. Lauren Smith!

Mr. Daniel Smith!!!
Mesa Arizona Temple
March 5, 2011
Colors: Charcoal Gray and Buttery Dark Yellow
Several incredible parents!
Tons of fabulous family!
4 Awesome Bridesmaids
4 Cool Groomsmen
And all kinds of other great guests!
Reception in Gilbert at my favorite cousins house!!!
If rain - church building... eek.

The Big White Dress!
-Can't spoil it-
One of these....
Its bought - totally at my house!

The wedding dress saga -
First stop, Azteca, cheapest but not a whole lot in stock,
Then June's Bridal... they actually had sleeved dresses...
Hit up Arizona Bridal outrageous prices....
So ready to cry!
Went to Dillard's thinking I might have to find a WHITE PROM dress! EEK!
They had nothing... store at Fiesta Mall is closing!
Final hope... Carrillo's The Wedding Emporium!
We walked in and there were several temple bridal gowns!
I was in shock! I tried on about 15 dresses!!!!
I found 3 I really liked... tried them on over and over and over....
Then decided! I got my dress and I LOVE IT!!!! (Came with a free tux!)
It doesn't need any alterations except for hem and bussell! AMAZING!
I got a veil there too.
Should have known it would be at Carrillo's! Its right by my favorite store the store that is not a website! YEA for Country Club and Southern!!!

Daniel's dad - Super talented Rick took pictures of us one evening in the rain!!!
He did an amazing job!
I have several favorites! Here is a random one that is so fun! The rest are Daniel's computer.

Trellany's Cousin

We spend last Saturday starting to register. Thought that would be fun... not really. Hard when you have two houses! (We keep going back and forth - I think my house is winning today.) Don't even look for the registries, they need to be majorly edited.

Decorations are starting to ROLL!
Tuesday night 1/5/11- My mom went with Daniel and I on a HUNT!

We spent hours at IKEA
Get ready for some of these -

Gotta love IKEA!

We hit up Costco and got some basics!
Cups, Silverware and such.

1/5/11 Wednesday
Quickly checked out a Dillards and Downeast Basics
Daniela and I met with a fun photographer (Still didn't decide)

1/6/11 Thursday
Dillards & Macy's for bridesmaid dresses - no luck
Hobby Lobby - Grabbed some Charcoal and Dark Yellow items

Friday 1/7/11
The Bridesmaids Dress (Downeast)

Rehearsal dinner dress (Downeast)

It's BLACK but easier to see in this picture

Still to FIGURE OUT!

Finalizing a million things including:



Flower Girls Dresses - I love some of the dresses on this site.

Food (Riga Tony's is my goal!)

Flavored Lemonades - Have any recipes?!

Invitations - finally showing progress... Hard to figure out wording - I have lots of parents!
An awesome friend is designing them!

The invitation inspiration was from
Here was my color and invite inspiration

Wedding Cake -
Here is one I love!
A coworkers husband might make it for me... he is a chef/pastry guy.

Not sure exactly where I will get the guest cake?!

Flowers - Need to meet with more florists.

I like these pics from They are random

I will probably mix white & yellow with greenery.

Anyone have ideas for temple dresses?
I'm fine with this one for the distribution center but it says back ordered...

And there are many other things! Feel free to share suggestions!

I'm going to be in trouble... I'm suppose to be running errands before Daniel gets off work!

Well, if you just read this you are a ROCKSTAR!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Christmas Angels