Blast From The Past

My parents have been working on fixing up and emptying out their house in preparation to sell it. They purchased their house the year I was born, so they have about 25 years’ worth of odds and ends that have been collected, stored, and saved over the years. I know when I moved out of their house 5 years ago, I definitely left behind my share of odds and ends.

This week, my parents dropped off a load of “Malorie stuff” that was stored in one of their closets. Some things need to be thrown away, some things sold, but some things are still treasures.  I got my little umbrella that my Grandma Shirley gave me when I was probably around 5 years old. It’s small, pink, frilly, and has butterflies painted on it. More importantly, it has “Malorie” painted on it, which is one of the few items I’ve ever received that has my name (spelled correctly) on it.

They also brought my American Girl doll with all of her accessories. It’s amazing how popular those dolls still are! I sat down and looked through the boxes with all of her little outfits, remembering how my sister and I used to drool over all the stuff in the magazine and immediately start making our birthday or Christmas wish lists.

I started thinking about some of the other items, yet to be extracted from the attic. My Grand Champion model horses, a few stuffed animals, my Cabbage Patch Kid… There must still be thousands of Barbie related items too.

Thinking back to all those fun memories and all my cool toys, made me have a little “Toy Story 3” moment. It’s crazy that at 25 years old, I still have such a sentimental attachment to my 1990s Special Edition Christmas Barbie.

As I let my mind wander down memory lane, it made me realize how happy and good my childhood was. I’m so grateful my parents provided such a safe, loving, and fun environment for me to grow up in. Thanks Mom and Dad! 🙂

Life Changes

A lot of people have asked me, “How does it feel to be married?” To which I honestly reply, “Not a whole lot different.”  Jason and I dated for 2 ½ years before we got engaged and I’m so glad we did.  Since being married we’ve definitely seen more of each other’s weird quirks and habits, but I don’t think anything has been really surprising, since we spent a lot of time getting to know each other before we got married.

A few things that have changed though…

  1. I found out Jason works all the time… Seriously, all the time.
  2. Jason does not do laundry anymore.
  3. I do not cook dinner anymore.
  4. I have a new last name, but forget often… I also still initial things “mn” at work frequently.

I was browsing through some old pictures this evening and found other ways we’ve changed too.  All of these pictures were taken in June/July over the last 4 years…

 

June 2009

June 2009 – When we were still “just friends”

July 2010

July 2010 – Our 1 year dating anniversary

June 2011

June 2011 – Jason’s shirt finally changed this year 🙂

July 2012

July 2012 – We dressed up for this year’s picture

I’m looking forward to adding many more years’ worth of pictures to this collection!

Our Wedding

Jason and I agree that July 14, 2012 was the best day of our lives! We were married on a beautiful day at a beautiful venue with our wonderful friends and family beside us. We enjoyed some amazing food, delicious cake, and drove away agreeing that everything was more beautiful, wonderful, amazing, and delicious than we could have imagined. I don’t think there is a single thing we would have changed. The best part came at the end though, when we left as husband and wife.

We have so many pictures that we love, it was hard to limit them for this post. I believe a picture says a 1,000 words, so here’s about 20,000 words for you…

Our wedding was held on our friends’ property, The Little Red Barn. My sister’s sister-in-law, Kim, (confusing, huh?) did an amazing job on the decorations. This is what I saw when I arrived the morning of our wedding and it literally stopped me in my tracks.

Wedding Location

I had given Kim some ideas of what I liked, but I was blown away by her creativity and how she pulled everything together. It was perfect!

I hurried myself along because I had set an agenda (in true Malorie style) and I planned to stick to it! The girls and I were busy getting our dresses on, while the guys wrestled with tying ties and pinning boutonnieres.  At last, it was time for Jason and I to see each other! We chose to see each other and take pictures before the ceremony, before the sweat and happy tears ruined my make-up. 🙂

First Look

Happy CoupleWe are so grateful to all of our siblings and friends that stood up with us at our wedding. They were all a huge help with getting things set up and cleaned up too. We love you all!

Bridal Party

My sister’s other sister-in-law, Richelle, offered to make our bouquets and boutonnieres. The whole process was incredibly overwhelming to me, but she went with me and helped me find flowers that would work and created the most beautiful bouquets. I wanted “happy flowers” and I definitely still smile when I see them. 🙂

Kissing Picture

A Much Needed Break

A much needed break

We are also so thankful for our loving and supportive families. Both of our parents have been such great examples to us, having both been married 30+ years.

Jason's Family

Jason’s Family

Malorie's Family

Malorie’s Family

Niece and Nephews

Niece and Nephews

Finally the time came to start the ceremony. We were both nervous, excited, and probably 100 other emotions all at once. We thought all the happy tears had fallen when we first saw each other earlier in the day. Little did we know…

WaitingWalking Down the AisleJason WaitingThe CeremonyThe PrayerThe KissWe're Married!

We made it! Now it was time to sit, enjoy some food, and get to visit with our good friends and family. My aunt, Janel, (or Auntie Nel, as I’ve always known her) offered to make our food. You can tell from the pictures, it was DELICIOUS!

SlidersVegetables

After that, it was time to cut the cake. One of my bridesmaids, Janelle, decided she wanted to take on the daunting task of making our wedding cakes. I kept double-checking with her and telling her she was crazy, but that girl can do anything!

Wedding Cakes

As you can see, it was beautiful, wonderful, amazing, and delicious and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

-Mr. & Mrs. Hurlbert

P.S. If you want to see more pictures, click here, to go to our photo gallery.

 

The Post About How I’m Going To Start Posting Again…

You know it’s been too long since you’ve posted when…

1. You’re last post says “Our Most Recent Adventure” and it was from 9 months ago.

2. You can’t remember how to log in to post something.

3. Jason asks if you want to get rid of the website.

Well, I say it’s time we get this thing back up and running!

 

To be honest, I quit posting blogs because someone made some negative comments about something I had written and it hurt my feelings. I wasn’t sure how many people were actually reading our blog, so it just didn’t seem worth it anymore. However, I had three different people ask me this week, “When are you going to update your blog?” And since I like all three of those people, I decided it was worth writing again. So you three, this is for you…

I’m sorting through wedding pictures right now, so expect a wedding-themed blog soon. 🙂