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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Down the Aisle and the Hot Seat

Let's play distract Shell from thinking about her middle son's first day of kindergarten day.

Bright and shiny distract her. Oh yes, here we go....

My friend Natalie over at Mommy of a Monster is doing a fun link up this week, asking her readers to share a favorite wedding pic.

You can see some of the pics from our wedding day.  But, some of my faves came from the photo shoot that we did several months after our wedding. I put on my dress again, though I left my hair down unlike on our wedding day. Hubs put on his tux. We grabbed a bottle of champagne and went to the beach.

We just played around and were silly together. It was such a blast!

Hmmm, I wonder if I could get into my dress now. Maybe I'll try that to further distract myself today.

Share your favorite wedding pics with Natalie all this week!

Also: I'm in the Hot Seat this week at Four Plus an Angel. First watch the hilarious vlog where my friend Tracy talks about why she hates flip flops(my footwear of choice) and then you can ask me anything in a comment over there and I'll answer when it's my turn to take the Hot Seat on Monday. 

Y'all? My Bear is a kindergartener. So no, I can't really focus on anything else today, but I promise to be back tomorrow with a fabulous BFF whose perfect timing of her post made me tear up.


Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

{{{HUGS}}} Mama! It will be okay, but I understand your nerves.

Great photo! I know I'd fit into mine, but I don't care to put it on again, KWIM? :)

I'm with you on the flip flops... up in arms in our neck of the woods because the Superintendent said teachers shouldn't wear them... I agree and I don't wear them to work, but I don't take kindly to someone telling me I can't!

August 18, 2011 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I hope he has a wonderful first day of kindergarten! Hang in there Mama!

I love that wedding pic of you and hubby!

August 18, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I hope he has a great first day and it goes by quickly for you.
What a great idea for wedding shots. I wish we had done something like that since we didn't have a great experience with our wedding photographer.
Can't wait to see your Hot Seat answers!

August 18, 2011 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

That's a great photo!!

So you got Bear's school all figured out? Feel free not to answer that if it makes you want to cry. I completely understand. Have a mid-day glass of wine. Or maybe a mimosa this morning?? ;-)

August 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger mom2kiddos said...

Love that photo and the other wedding pictures as well from your earlier post. Hope all goes well with Bear's first day in kindergarten.

August 18, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I am right there with you today. I just put Pierce on the bus for the first time ever. I'm going to be so nervous for him all day! I can hardly stand the wait until 3:30 when he gets home and I get to hear all about it.

So here's to wishing Bear and Pierce most excellent first days of school!!

August 18, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Kristin @ What She Said said...

Hugs today, Shell. Stay strong!

You and your hubs were so cute in your impromptu post-wedding photo shoot. :)

August 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I hope Bear has an amazing first day in Kindergarten! That picture is gorgeous!

August 18, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger tessica said...

arghhh! that is such a great picture! and what a great excuse for getting to wear your dress again!
you should totally go try your dress on and spend a day in it a-la-Friends!

August 18, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger m&msmommy said...

UGHHHHHHHHHHHH! I feel your pain...Manuel starts Kindergarten on the 29th. Every time I think about it, talk about it, etc. I get the biggest lump in my throat (and usually end up crying! ;)

Hang in there! :)

Sending love and prayers your way today! :)

August 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Beautiful photo of you and your hubbby.

August 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger The Mommy Therapy said...

What a beautiful photo, and such a cool idea to take a few casual one after the big day. I love that.

My oldest starts on Tuesday and I am a big ball of mixed emotions. I know I will cry, but I know he is ready and life will be much happier around here with him engaged in school instead of torturing his younger brother and me. :)

Online shopping or a house project are my two new distraction techniques. Good luck!

August 18, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

What a great idea...I should have done this...another excuse to wear my wedding dress! I bet you had a blast on the beach taking pics!

August 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I hope your kindergartener has a great 1st day!

August 18, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Adventures as a Small Town Mom said...

Hope your little one has a great first day!

Love your old photo - looks like you and your hubs were having a fun time.

August 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I love that picture! I know for a fact I wouldn't fit into my wedding dress, but not for the reason you'd probably think.

Good luck to Bear. I hope he has a great first day. And good luck to you. I won't hold it against you if wine o'clock starts early.

August 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Love that wedding photo.

Tracy's video is awesome.

And I hope both of you survive the day.

August 18, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Big hugs to you today! Will is going into his second year of preschool and I have to say goodbye to him in the drop off...I know, hardly comparable but how can I properly say goodbye from the front seat?! Ugh..they grow up so quickly!

Love the wedding photo too..always better on a beach!

August 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the photo!

My Bear starts kindergarten next year, I'm sure I'll be a wreck when that happens too!

August 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

who can hate flip flops? that's practically the state footwear where I live....must go watch vlog...

August 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Singedwingangel said...

Aww that pic is adorable. Bear will be fine they always are. We worry and fret and sob and they come home beaming and looking at us like we lost our minds when we grab them and squeeze the breath out of them with the hugs and kisses.. I mean not that I did that or anything.. just ya know something I heard other parents did to their kids ..umm yeah here let me pour you a drink. Soooo you went to the beach and took these photos a few months AFTER the wedding. Neat idea.. ahem

August 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Elena said...

That is so cool that you guys went back and did wedding shots. We thought of doing the same thing and never got around to it. Maybe some anniversary (when I can actually zip up the dress!). ;)

August 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I always wanted to go and do the dirty wedding shots. Too bad we didn't.

Aw, a kindergartener! Good luck mama!!

August 18, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

((HUGS)) I dont even want to think about that time. Hope you have a very distracting day

August 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

((HUGS)) I dont even want to think about that time. Hope you have a very distracting day

August 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Kir said...

oooh look at you beautiful bride!!! Love that picture!!!

I know Bear is going to be an awesome Kindergartner , cause he has an AWESOME mom and it's all going to be just great.

going to look at your other wedding pics!!!! :)

August 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

No, I can't even comment on the kindergarten stuff. I will be balling my eyes out when it's my turn.

that photo shoot looks super fun! I wish I would have done something like that since my photog was so terrible.

August 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I'm so excited for him! You're in my thoughts! I know it will be great!

August 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Hang in there, Mama!

August 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Ali - My Suitcase Full of Tricks said...

I can't believe you did that! What a great idea! I guess it's too late for me to do it. But I do still fit into my dress. Translation: My boobs haven't grown and the dress had a big poofy bottom to accommodate my expanding...hips...

August 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...

love that picture :)

Hope he has a good first day! Hang in there hun!

August 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger amygrew said...

Such a great picture! Good luck with the first day of school! I am sure you both will do wonderfully :)

August 18, 2011 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Mommy This and That said...

What a wonderful idea!! I wish I had thought of that..my dress got put away and hasn't seen the light of day. I should see if it fits...

August 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Awww! Distraction is always good!! Praying he has an awesome day! I love the picture. We got married on the beach, and I get all gushy ans ridiculous about our wedding day. I might have to go over to Natalie's place and join the fun.

August 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Kristina P. said...

What a beautiful picture!

August 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Cute picture! That would be fun to go get more pictures like that- especially since I don't really like the ones our photographer took.
You can do it! It would be a very bitter sweet day today though.

August 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Beautiful photo. When I was registering my kids for kindergarten (in the last century), the principal said he could always tell which child was being registered. If it was the first child, the parents were crying. If it was the last child, the parents were throwing confetti!

August 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger The Empress said...

Best picture ever.

A beach? You lucky woman.

Happy Bear is starting school, and keeping up with the rest of the group.

Thank God for miracles, right?

But I know your heart pines for him...what balances out is how GOOD he is doing...You know??

Love you, girl.

And frilly coconut? did she kick butt at my place or what???

Oh, sending you an email...

August 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Ok, I won't say anything about a certain someone's first day. Who? What are we talking about?

I love that you put on your wedding dress again and took more pictures! I so want to do that. I know DH will think I'm a mega-dork if I do though! I loved my wedding day and I loved my dress and would love to play dress up again!

August 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First days are awesome milestones! Congratulations!

I think it's great that you guys went and did a photo shoot. I wish we had thought to do that. No way could I squeeze in my dress right now, not without a tub of Crisco.

August 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

How sweet. I know Bear will be fine. Back to your photo, what a great one. That is awesome that you guys did a photo shoot after the wedding. Just relaxation and fun. Great idea.

August 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous molly said...

Oooooh, what a FUN link up! Our 5th anniversary is tomorrow so maybe I'll post a few faves today!

August 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Ed Pilolla said...

really cool wedding shot. my sister was just remarking the same thing about her little one going off to school.
here from alexandra's place.

August 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

LOVE the photo and hang in there with the kinder! XO

August 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

I hope he had a great first day!

That picture is gorgeous! I love that you went back and did this later. What a great idea! And a great excuse to wear the dress again!

August 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Stasha said...

I hope Bear's first day was full of awesome!

And your picture is beautiful.

Love ya girlie. . .

August 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Hope Bear had a good first day!

I love beach wedding photos, amazing picture.

August 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger KSK said...

Awe!! I hope Bear had a wonderful first day!!!
--And I LOVE that photo!

August 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh, Shell, yes you need some distractions. Hope all went well for your little Bear today!! That wedding photo is awesome. :)

August 18, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Cute picture! I can't wait to read your hot seat - I already submitted my question, but it's not exciting. I couldn't think of anything really good in the spur of the moment.

And I hope his first day of school went well. Sniff, sob.

August 18, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Tammy Soong said...

I WISH we would've done something like that. I had some bizarre issue about doing all the pics on the day of. Whatever...

And does it help if I say you still have one more to go for kindergarten? Maybe not.

August 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Teresa1982 said...

Oh goodness. The thought of kindergarten scares me! Squeaker is just in pre-K this year.

August 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE that picture!!! Good luck with K start!!! Thinking of you!

August 18, 2011 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

Love the wedding pic!!! It looks so romantic!!!!

Good luck with your son in kindergarten! Such a bittersweet milestone!

August 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

Oh that is a HOT picture my friend. xo

August 18, 2011 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Oh, that picture of you two is incredible! So romantic....and we never, EVER wonder if that dress would still fit.

Of course it would. That's why we don't bother to try it on, right?

August 19, 2011 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful picture! How perfect that it was taken at the beach.

August 19, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Swoon! It's a beautiful picture!! Thanks for linking up!

And now you've got me wondering if I could fit into my dress still, too!

August 19, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Beautiful photo!!! My kids wanted me to put on my old wedding dress the other day, but I didn't. Maybe soon. :)

August 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

These kiddo's grow up way to fast! I hope he enjoys kindergarten!

August 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Greta said...

Gorgeous photo!! That was a fantastic idea, to do a photo shoot after the fact. No pressure, just fun!

My oldest started kindergarten this week as well. It was TOUGH. I feel ya!

August 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

I wish I could share a wedding pic. But we did not take a single picture on our wedding day. We went to the J.P. and didn't even dress up. How unromantic is that?! I wouldn't change a thing, actually, other than taking a few photos. :) ... And I am totally with you in the flip-flop club. I even wear them in the winter.

August 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Robin @ Farewell, Stranger said...

You made it through! I'm going to be in your shoes next year.

As for this photo, love it! Such a fun one, and I love that you got all dressed up and did a photo shoot. What a great idea!

August 20, 2011 at 1:18 AM  
Anonymous Mama and the City said...

I miss weddings. I have never been in a beach wedding before, but it looks a) pretty and b) probably lots of fun.

August 20, 2011 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

yes, I am late to the party because I am just so far behind. I hope his big day was a huge success.

I love your post wedding day photo. Over the years I've come to the realization that relaxed and happy is the way to go for a wedding. I've been to some spectacular, fancy weddings and I've been to some elegantly simple and beautiful weddings and I honestly think the more laid back, the happier the bride's day is.

I had 300 guests at my wedding. (I have a huge family.) I spent way too much time worrying over spending time with those guests at the reception.

I keep telling my girls this, hopefully they'll opt for the laid back way of things. Oh, and by the way, there is no WAY I'm fitting into my wedding dress with its 22 inch waist...unless I starve myself for the next year.

August 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE your photo! It makes me wish I was getting married on the beach. I know I can't fit into my old wedding dress though! ;)

August 21, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Lourie said...

Great photo! No way on earth I could fit into mine. I was 134 pounds when I got married. I will not see that number again until I am pushing daisies.

August 22, 2011 at 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

That is a great photo! I don't even want to think of how my dress would only fit over one leg now.

August 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Best of luck to your little bear! Hope all went well his first week in school :)

And that is just such a beautiful picture. *SIGH* So romantic!

August 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Maggie S. said...

Catching up on a few old blogs. That picture reminds me of my favorite of my wedding day.

It looks like you are having a great time.

August 27, 2011 at 7:54 AM  

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