Monday, November 24, 2008

The "New Wife" Hair Cut

It has happened. I cut my hair. [GASP!] I absolutely love it!!! And Ryan does too.

I took off around 7 inches, so it seems like alot to me, but it's still long enough for me to pull it back.

Here is a before shot:
It was actually about 2 inches longer than it looks in this pic, since it's curled at the bottoms.

Here is my hair now!!

Sorry this one is so blurry!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Book Survey

I got this from my friend “OperaWife” who got it from our other friend Smash.

Name: Rachel :)

What book are you reading now? Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (The final book in the Twilight Series.)

What are your favorite books? The Twilight Series. Harry Potter. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Lovely Bones.

What foreign languages do you read? Well, none.

What 's the funniest book you ever read? He's Just Not That Into You. I looooved that book.

What books have changed the way you look at the world or the way you live your life? Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. Number the Stars. To Kill a Mockingbird.

What books have affirmed what you believe about life or the way you look at things? See above.

What are some of the scariest books you've ever read? I really don’t read many scary books. I have a REALLY over active imagination so I kind of avoid those. But back in my YA [that’s Young Adult] days, nothing rocked my world more than Goosebumps.

About how many books do you think you have you read in your life? Too many to actually try and count.

About how many books do you own? Actually, not many. I usually sell them or give them away. My Mother however…she must own at least 500.

How many books per month do you usually borrow from the library? I don't go to the library very often.

How much would you say you've paid in library fines in your life? I was always kind of psycho about getting them returned in time, so probably not many. [Thank you OCD.]

Do you read in bed? It’s my favorite place to read.

Do you ever read while walking or driving? No. I am too easily distracted as it is.

OK, let's get real.
Where is the strangest place you've read a book? In a closet. [There was a tornado warning…or watch. Whatever the bad one is.]

Do you listen to audio books? I have. I don’t like it as much cause I tend to zone out.

Has anyone ever read aloud to you or you to them? Both. My Mom read to my brother and I everyday. In fact, she read us Number the Stars. I used to be a nanny and I read to them all the time. And I will read to my children.

Tell us more.
What book was the most difficult to read? I found Their Eyes Were Watching God to be difficult only because it's written "old south". House of Leaves was also a very difficult read. Both were totally worth it!

Do you read every word of a book, or skip parts that don't hold your interest? Usually every word…but I have been known to speed read.

What books do you keep intending to read but put off? The Left Behind Series and My Sister’s Keeper.

Do you buy new or used books, paperbacks or hardbacks, leather or collector's items? All of the above.

How do you feel about writing in books, dog earing, etc? I'm really trying to stop dog-earing. I have written in a few books…

What is the first book you remember reading? There are several books that stick out. The Pokie Little Puppy, There is a Monster at the End of This Book, and Five Minutes Peace. Followed closely by Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Do you lend your books? To a select few…

Ever had to hire Large Louis to get it back for you? Haha, I don’t lend enough to need to do that.

What were your favorite books when you were a child? Babysitter's Club. And anything by Lurlene McDaniel. And Goosebumps.

What children's books do you most enjoy as an adult? Harry Potter and the Twilight series, but really those are "young adult."

Do you ever read the ending first? Well…I…uh…Ok, yes sometimes I skip to the end! Ah!! I admitted it!!

Did you ever agree to read the book somebody was pushing on you if they would read one for you in exchange? No but I have read books that were forced upon me. Just know…if you force me to read a book and I don’t care for it…I’ll tell you.

What were the books? I’d rather not say…out of respect! ;)

Have you ever read a book more than once? Yes, but I don’t like too.

What frequently recommended books have you been unable to finish? Actually, the DaVinci Code. I am going to give it another go someday…

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Q & A with the Newlyweds!

I've been meaning to post this for awhile cause I think it's so cute, but haven't yet.

At the shower my Bridesmaids hosted for me, one of my 'maids Bridget, emailed Ryan & I each a list of the same questions to compare our answers. It was so fun seeing what we each said!!

Here they are: [Ryan's will be in blue, Mine in Pink]

What is your favorite feature of his/hers?
My rippling probably my face
My eyes

What was your favorite toy growing up?
Frankie!! JK...Barbies!

What are you looking forward to about being married?
All the free sex!! Not that I paid for it before...
Finally being able to call him my HUSBAND! [See how sweet and innocent I am ;) ]

If Rachel/Ryan as an animal, what would she/he be?
Polar Bear
Polar Bear for sure!
[No, we did not answer these together! We are both Polar Bears!!!]

When did you know it was love and that she/he was "the one"?
When we were separated. I always thought about her and wanted to be with her.
2005. [This is when we were separated.]

Who will take out the garbage?

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

What is your favorite feature of Rachel's/Ryan's?
Her eyes
His face

What was your first car?
Chevy S-10
"The Mean Green" Pontiac Grand Prix

How many kids do you want? When will you start trying?
2; About 2 years after marriage
2 or 3; Probably around 2 years

What is your favorite meal Rachel/Ryan makes?
Um...I do the cooking.
Anything pasta!

When and where was the best date?
The night I proposed to her, even though it was cold and rainy
Valentine's Day 2008. Dakota Steakhouse and then to Rheudasil Park where he proposed!

Where would you want to go on a trip with Rachel/Ryan?

When and where was the first kiss?
Back in high school, siting in her parents driveway under the stars [He is so romantic ;) ]
2002 in my driveway

If you were a super hero, who would you be?
Rogue from X-Men

What is Rachel's/Ryan's favorite thing about you?
The way I care about other people.
I take care of him!! ;)

Ok...that's it!!! Hope you enjoyed that!! ;)

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Magic Moment Events & Floral Design

Happy Friday all!!! I, for one, am SO glad it's here!!

So, I still have wedding on the brain, particularly my florist and cake baker. But, I just got an email from my florist, A Magic Moment Events & Floral Design, that really made my day! I'll get into the email in a second.

From the "Magic Moment" I met Tami, the owner, I knew she was my 'perfect flower fit'. She really got me and my ideas. Plus, her shop was decorated in Black, White & Pink. My wedding colors! I cannot tell you how excited I was to see my flowers and the girl did not disappoint!!! Everything was more beautiful and vibrant than I could ever have imagined!!! So many people commented on how gorgeous the flowers were, and now I am a total referral freak! If I even hear someone mention the word "florist" I jump on the chance to tell them about Tami!!

OK - on to the email. So, I get an email from her thanking ME for the chance to do my wedding!! Amazing!! Then she said to check out her blog...and there was a piece about my wedding!!! Made.My.Day!!! Here it is:

Anyway, Thank YOU Tami for helping to make my wedding day perfect!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I am: a TV junkie.
I know: I am loved.
I want: a house.
I have: an amazing husband.
I wish: I could make all my brother’s dreams come true.
I hate: techno music.
I fear: a lot.
I feel: I have yet to reach my full potential.
I hear: music in everything.
I smell: things other people cannot.
I crave: salty and sweet.
I wonder: if it’s bad to be obsessed with a book series.
I regret: getting a credit card at 18.
I ache: to save the polar bears.
I care: deeply.
I always: say “I love you”.
I believe: I was born to be a Mother.
I dance: often.
I sing: daily.
I cry: every time I watch Grey’s Anatomy.
I don’t always: say what I want to say.
I write: to express myself.
I stole: Ryan’s heart :)
I need: my Mother.
I am happy about: where my life is headed.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A few Wedding Pictures!

As promised!! Here are a few pictures from OUR WEDDING!!!
Enjoy :)

Our Entrance!

Our First Dance - "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison

Cutting the cake! It turned out exactly as I'd imagined!!
I got so many compliments on how beautiful it was!!

Dancing the night away!

Our last dance in private.
Best idea ever.

Grand Exit!


A few of my Bridal Portraits:

More to come later....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

We are officially Newlywed Naslund's!

WE'RE MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so exhausted and don't have much left in me tonight, but I promise to post details and some pictures tomorrow. Just wanted to share the good news!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Today, I become a Wife.

I haven't blogged in a few days.
It's been a hectic, but fun, week.

And, my wedding day is finally here!!!
Today, I marry the man of my dreams.
Today, I start an amazing, life-long journey.
Today, I become Rachel Naslund.
Today, I become a Wife.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Busy Weekend!

What a busy weekend!! But, being the last weekend before our wedding weekend, we knew it would be.

Friday: We went to my Mom's for dinner and to hand out candy. We only got about 10 trick-or-treaters but they were all so cute!

Saturday: I got my nails done, then picked up my wedding ring!!! It's perfect!! The only picture I have is from my phone, but here it is anyway...

Then, I headed home to get ready for Sharif & Kelly's wedding! [Sharif is a friend and co-worker of Ryan's.] It was a really nice wedding, and the Bride's Entrance was so unique! Sharif held up an old school boom box and played "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel [like in Say Anything]. It was so cute! Then Ryan & I had a blast dancing the night away with all of his co-workers. It made us really excited for OUR wedding!!!

Sunday: We ran errands like crazy and started working on the last minute wedding stuff.

I only work today and tomorrow then I'm off for the wedding!!! :) I CAN'T WAIT!!!