Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Do You Have the Answers?

I saw this while I was scoping out the Day Zero site that had the 1001 Day Project. It definitely makes you think.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Get the Most Out of Life

1. Who do I love, and what am I doing about it?
2. Am I persuing my dream, or is fear stopping me?
3. Am I doing something that matters?
4. What am I doing to help others?
5. Am I as good a person as I want to be?
6. What am I doing to live life with passion, health, and energy?

Wow, right??

What do you think when you read this?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

1001 Day Project

I've seen a lot of people doing this and thought it sounded like a great idea and immediately wanted to jump on the bandwagon. The home for the project is at Day Zero.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable, or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of effort on your part).

Start date: January 1, 2009
End date: September 28, 2011

1. Take Drew to Arizona
2. Read the Bible
3. Visit the Daughtry's in North Carolina
4. Visit the Landgren's in Colorado
5. Make dinner every night for a week
6. Go to church at least one Sunday a month
7. Take a dance class
8. Move out of our apartment
9. Buy a house
10. Start our family
11. Pay off all credit cards (0/4)
12. Go to a Cubs game with Drew
13. Watch at least 5 Cubs games each season with Drew (and not complain about it) (0/15)
14. Learn sign language
15. Learn to play the piano
16. Go on a spontaneous overnight trip
17. Go snowboarding or skiing
18. Don't drink pop for an entire week
19. Go to Florida
20. Read 5 book that have turned into movies (0/5)
21. Watch the movies too (0/5)
22. Do a drastically different hairstyle
23. Get braces
24. Read the Twilight series (0/4)
25. Organize the closets (0/3)
26. Host Christmas Eve for my side of the family
27. Go to bed before 10 PM at least 60 times (0/60)
28. Go on a second honeymoon
29. Organize address book
30. Find 4 new recipes to cook for dinner (0/4)
31. Start a family tradition with Drew and me
32. Find a family doctor
33. Have 8 girls' night (0/8)
34. Take a yoga class
35. Get a massage
36. Go to Starlight Theatre three times (0/3)
37. Clean out Drew's clothes
38. Pick and print out wedding pictures for frame
39. Go to the movie theatre with Drew
40. Try 5 new restaurants (0/5)
41. Stay off the computer after work for one week
42. Get a job in my field
43. Take a cooking class
44. Put my feet in the Atlantic Ocean
45. Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean
46. Go golfing
47. Make a new friend
48. Teach someone something
49. Play hookie with Drew one day
50. Play a video game with Drew
51. Pick apples from the apple orchard
52. Plan a big surprise for Drew
53. Make dinner for my family
54. Make dinner for Drew's family
55. Spend a day with my brother
56. Let Drew teach me something new
57. Learn one new word a week and blog about it (0/143)
58. Put at least $20 into my savings account every two weeks (0/71)
59. Eat dinner at the Signature Room again
60. Volunteer anywhere
61. Be a Chicago "tourist" - Go to the Museum of Science and Industry
62. Be a Chicago "tourist" - Go to Shedd Aquarium
63. Be a Chicago "tourist" - Go to the Field Museum
64. Be a Chicago "tourist" - Go to the Hancock Observatory
65. Be a Chicago "tourist" - Go to Adler Planetarium
66. Go to Navy Pier
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go to Brookfield Zoo
69. Go on a picnic
70. Go camping
71. Read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" when I become pregnant
72. Take a photography class
73. Cross stitch a picture
74. Set up a 401k
75. Get a physical once a year (0/3)
76. Pay off bills as soon as they come in rather than waiting until they're due
77. Host Thanksgiving
78. Throw a surprise party for someone
79. Send out birthday cards every month for a year (0/12)
80. Completely clean bathrooms every week for a month (0/4)
81. Recycle
82. Completely clean the tables off every night for a month (0/4)
83. Vacuum and dust every week for a month (0/4)
84. Don't swear for a week
85. Go skydiving
86. Become known for making or doing something
87. Take a ballroom dancing class
88. Take an acting class
89. Research getting an MBA
90. Drink only water for a week
91. Splurge on a spa day for me
92. Splurge on a spa day for me and a friend
93. Encourage at least one other person to make a list like this one
94. Purchase a china cabinet
95. Purchase 5 new pieces of clothing and DON'T feel guilty about it (0/5)
96. Host a game night with our friends
97. Clean and organize garage
98. Do something I don't want to that will make someone else happy
99. Preserve my wedding gown
100. Donate $5 to a charity for any uncompleted items on this list
101. Make a new list at the end of the 1001 days and include any items I didn't complete on this list

I plan to post an update on here at the beginning of every month to report my progress. I'm really excited about doing this.

Pro Pics 6: Group & Outdoor Formals

After the ceremony, we did our bubble exit, went around the block in the party bus, and then came back to the Cathedral for some formals together.

I am not a big fan of veil shots. I actually love most of the ones that Brad took.

Drew's parents and my mom.

Just us and my mom.

My family!!

Drew's parents and us.

Drew's family!! Minus Rachel. I have no idea where she was at. I actually think she might have hitched a ride to the reception with someone else. I dunno though.

Our rehearsal dinner was held at Cliffbreakers, and that's also where we had our block of rooms. Brad had told Drew that he could get some great shots at the park that was right by there. Unfortunately, it was very, very windy and kinda chilly so we didn't get as many photos as I think he wanted to get. But this one is definitely a favorite from that spot.
After we left Martin Park, we went to the Hononegah Forest Preserve.
How gorgeous right?!?!!! I really want a canvas of this one.

Sarah was so cute. She was so attentive to my dress. And let me tell you, it sure was muddy through that spot. My heels have so much dirt on them. And if you look at the photo, you can see that Sarah had already changed into her flip flops. Haha!! She didn't waste any time ditching those heels. I probably would have too, except that I had no idea where my flip flops were at that point.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pro Pics 5: Ceremony

I know I've kinda strayed from posting the pro pics, but I'm back!

Drew tried so hard not to cry, but he failed! He had tears streaming down his face when I made it down the aisle.
He leaned over and told me I look wonderful and I asked him why he was crying so hard.My cousin, Jenna, did our first reading. I looked over at my girls and noticed that Brad was hiding behind a pillar.Peek-a-boo, I see you!!

Rachel, Drew's sister, did our second reading.
I felt that she was too young to be in the bridal party so we asked her to do a reading. That's kinda hypocritical considering my sister isn't too much older than her, but the maid of honor spot rightfully belonged to her.

Time for some vows.

Father Butler saying the final blessing. There are many people who are a little upset that my train never got fanned. Oh well!

The Kiss!!!
Mr. and Mrs!!