Wedding Weekend.

When my friend Lauren got engaged last spring, I was ecstatic. She is one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. I met her my fall semester of my first year of college. We were both freshmen. Someone had dropped out of the play that I was in, and who should step in but Lauren? We have grown closer over the years, and I am so glad I get to call her a friend. Her wedding was in French Camp at a place we both grew up going to camp at, Camp of the Rising Son. It’s always funny to see just how connected people are — we could have run into each other as campers in the late 90s – who knows? It was a special place to her, because she and Sonny both worked at CRS as counselors as well.

When she asked me to cut cake and be an honorary bridesmaid a few weeks later, there was no way that I could say no! I drove up the Trace on Friday night and joined them for the sweetest rehearsal dinner I have ever been to. The toasts made me cry and Lauren looked like an angel! All the bridesmaids then helped set up for the following day, and then we had a fun night of nails and movies with Lauren before the Big Day.

The day of the wedding was so relaxed. We woke up, headed over to the Bed and Breakfast for a bridesmaid brunch (the bacon, though… so good.) Lauren, though she will ever deny it, was the most laid back bride I’ve ever seen. We got ready, I did Lauren’s hair, and when she walked out of the room with her dress on, everybody’s jaws hit the floor. It was beautiful. We took pictures with the photographer, and then came back and crashed for an hour or so.

 

 

The wedding ceremony was beautiful and so full of Christ. And the reception… well, it was amazing. I think she had the best cake-cutters around, if you ask me! The food was great, the dancing was fun, the company was ideal, and I may have caught the bouquet.

 

 

 

Best wedding I have been to in a minute. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Gunn!

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Happy Halloween!

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I have been teaching all day for student teaching, writing lesson plans, being evaluated, going to play rehearsals, running, and feeling all kinds of worn out, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t take some time out for my favorite holiday!

My Halloween week started out great. I saw The Grapes of Wrath at New Stage Theatre here in Jackson (and right around the corner from where I will be moving!) You can read my review I wrote for the college paper here. If you just want one word? Incredible. If you are in the Jackson area between now and November 3, it’s worth the money.

Friday night, I joined my friends and we took an outing to Fondren Public for drinks, and then headed to The Warehouse Theatre to watch an improv show put on by The Misfit Monkies. We laughed our rears off, and my friend Matt even won a monkey mask as a door prize. They do a lot around Jackson, and are a lot of fun to watch.

Saturday, we went costume shopping in preparation for our Haunted House adventure that evening. We all have big kid jobs, so it’s kind of hard to get together and do something when Halloween falls on a weeknight. Plus, I had rehearsal until 9, and teachers tend to be very sleepy. So we celebrated early – and got weird looks at all the restaurants we visited prior to the haunted house. Who cares?! It was a blast!

 

In regards to the Haunted House, we went to Seasons in Flowood. I get scared pretty easily (I saw the new Carrie and spent half of it hiding behind my hand), so this was terrifying to me. Chainsaws and 3D glasses and people jumping at me… instant freak out. But it was all in good fun, except where I fell and scraped my knee. And considering I take blood thinners… you can guess how that turned out. I have a pretty wonderful bruise to commemorate the occasion, though!

To top it all off, yesterday was Super Hero day at school, so of course we went all out with DIY capes made of old t-shirts.

And you’d think that would be enough, but Halloween ISN’T OVER, y’all! Due to the storms last night, trick-or-treating is happening tonight and I’m helping hand out candy in Madison. I’m about to come up with another quick costume.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!