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Long time no see, old friends. I've been so incredibly busy lately, I hardly have any web time anymore. My snatches of time seem to come late at night (yay for 24 hr coffee shops!), and I always play mad catch-up any more. I haven't even read my f-list in forever!

Thanks to everyone who's checked in to see how we're doing. Life is swell right now. Allow me to share a bit with you.

Wedding

I've gotten my first wave of wedding invitations mailed off, and we're already beginning to receive response cards back (lahermite's was first – woot!). I'm so excited! I have more to mail out, but I'm trying to collect the addresses I'm missing. Most of those are for out-of-town family that we don't really expect to make it.

We have a wedding website, which is slowly coming together. I got to have a little fun with it. Check out MackWedding.com, and don't forget to sign our guest book! My buddy David has told me that he may be able to come after all, so I'm very excited about that.

After informing my Reiki Master of our engagement, he offered to perform the ceremony for us. I was so touched! I'd already spoken with our preacher when we reserved the church, though, and had reserved him and his wife (who does the music) for our wedding. After much discussion, and checking with Chad (the preacher) to make sure that he doesn't mind, we've decided to do a joint ceremony with Chad and K'Sitew both participating as officiants. I'm SO VERY excited about this! I absolutely can't wait.

My dear friends and Chaplain coordinators have also agreed (in addition to Romella making sweets for Josh) to read a poem for us during the ceremony. I'm really glad about this, too. I found the poem in our chaplain book, Come Apart for a While, and immediately thought of Josh and the wedding. Having Ed & Romella read it will be quite meaningful for me.

Josh and I are doing so well. He's really being such a sweetie. I'm starting to get awfully excited. A lot of people say wedding stuff causes such stress, but Josh and I seem to just be getting closer and closer. It's awesome. I'm so glad I'm not freaking (knock on wood), and that I found the absolute perfect man for me. People have even told us that more than once lately. It's quite touching. Someone – and apparently I can't remember who – mentioned that I rarely speak of Josh. They said they know him from pictures, but don't really know him. I figure, with the exception of lahermite, that probably everyone on my f-list is in the same boat, so I'm working on a Josh post. I hope to actually finish it soon.

So if you haven't received an invite and want to, contact me privately and give me your address! I'd love to have anyone who's willing to make it out and share with us. I'm super-stoked that I should be meeting at least one lj friend for the first time, and possibly as many as six (?) so far!

Work

Switched to nights. Less hours, but now I'm home with the girls again most days, so it's worth it. Josh is going to seek another day job, as the one he thought he had didn't work out.

Homeschooling

I've started a better routine now that I'm home with the girls during the day again. They are both SO darn brilliant. We've been working on reading and writing. Eden has been enjoying more mindful school time, so we have study time and I'm even making up worksheets for her 'homework'. Even Ivy is trying to learn how to spell everyone's names – by her own request.

We've also instituted a daily story time, only instead of our usual made-up stories, we're trying an actual novel. Eden feels like quite the big girl about this. She's very excited. We're reading Little House in the Big Woods, one chapter per day. We may try to make a pioneering unit study out of it, except that I've already kind of started a space unit study (because I'm a space case at the moment). Eden is begging for a butter churn and pig bladder, though. Ah, kids.

Writing

Well, I'm no longer in my rpgs, so I haven't really been keeping up with my daily writing I'm used to. I'm trying to channel my creative energies into my own stuff, but I've been so busy that I'm not really writing – and not writing well when I try. So I'm mostly back in research phase, devouring all I can about space & generation ships. Bit by bit, information is being filed away, to one day be reborn as the NaNo Wonder Saga again. Hopefully I'll do better with some actual knowledge as background. Ha!

FLYing

Being home and getting all routiney again has had the added benefit of letting me get back into my FLYing. I am messy. It's horrid. I've even gotten so much better about releasing unnecessary clutter, but our house is so small and has so little storage space that it seems like it doesn't matter. I'm not letting it discourage me, though. I'm keeping up with the dishes and laundry most days now (days we're gone all day are still too frequent), and slowly but surely chiseling away the cluttered corners. I've given up on trying to Freecycle everything without the having internet, so I'm throwing away in faster quantities. My goal is to have the house cleaned – really clean, which it hasn't been since, like, Ivy's birth – before visitors start coming in May. I may even try to build my own book case, since I can't seem to cull my books enough to fit the shelf I have, despite having gone through them several times.

Exercise

Not going as well as I'd hoped by this time. With the Big Day beginning to loom, I'm trying to buckle down. I've cut back on my weaknesses of Starbucks and these stuffed, sprinkled cookie things that I can't stop buying, but I don't think the cut-back is as effective as actual moving might be. Have resolved to explore this more fully.

General

I've lost Josh to his mini-chopper mistress. I may have lost Ivy, as well. (She, like her father, enjoys sitting on it and yelling “Whee! I'm cool!”) Josh has helped less with the wedding since getting it, but he's waited about three years for this, so I can't complain. I'm glad to see him so giddy and childlike, although I did threaten dire consequences if he doesn't jump and clap and squee as much on our wedding day as he did on bike-day.

Oh, and one sad bit: our buddy Keia, who lost his home to the fire, found out that his cat was killed in the blaze. :( He and his mom are doing well, though, and appreciate all the thoughts and prayers.

Comments

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catku
Mar. 30th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Love your wedding site. I wasn't able to leave a comment in the guestbook but wanted you to know.

I especially loved what you wrote about Ivy in the wedding party section "Cake...I want cake!"

It's a lovely page.
ahavah
Mar. 30th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I did make most of those stories up, but Ivy's cake declaration was actually a true story. :)

I wonder why you couldn't sign the guestbook. I've been having trouble with the site since I bought the domain name to go with it. I'm not sure what's up, but I'm getting a bit irked with it.
onlyangil
Mar. 31st, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wait... your name is Amanda?
ahavah
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Yes indeed. :)
inanmak
Apr. 1st, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Love your Wedding website. Your girls both are such ethereal beauties.

Wish I lived bit closer, I'd love to come...and not just because the groomsmen are hot ;)

*hugs*
ahavah
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh I wish you could! But thank you so much. I know if Josh's brother hears what you said, he'll try to get you here. ;)

I love your icon! And it is absolutely so true.
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mc_questionmark
Apr. 1st, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
howdy
I checked out your wedding site and tried to sign the guestbook but it told me that I had already done so...

I'm not that crazy? Am I? Uh-oh.

Big hugs!
You guys are so cute. I love your descriptions in the Wedding Party section.
ahavah
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: howdy
That is very crappy. Several people have told me they've had trouble.

Thank you so much, and loads of hugs back! I thought that bit was too much, but I figure most everybody already knows us so might as well have some fun.

Hopefully I can see about getting that guestbook problem fixed, and entice you to come by again. It's woefully bare.
baby_squee
Apr. 7th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Geesh...i could have sworn that i'd commented here when youfirst posted this, but i'm losing my sanity. Will duly go check out the web site.

Ok, checked it out and had a giggle over the fact that you have so many knives on your registry. Ha! Does Josh know about this? LOL

:P
ahavah
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't think I did, do I? *checks* Nope, I only put down one set. I've never actually had proper chef knives before. Josh asked for the cleaver. He tells me it would make cutting for carnitas much easier, but I suppose one never knows his true motives...
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simplydorei
Apr. 7th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
EEP!
Sorry, i forgot to switch LJ accounts before i posted that last comment. :/
ahavah
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: EEP!
I knew who you were. :P
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belou_luna
Apr. 7th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
A question
Hi Amanda,

I would love to interview you about your experience with birth, when you have the time? (It's for my class of course) :) I bet your counting the days till your big day.
ahavah
Apr. 8th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: A question
Oh my goodness, I would be so honored! Do you want to do like an email interview, or through phone? Just let me know what you'd like to do, and I'll definitely try to make time. I still can only check the web every so often, so let me know when you'd like to do it (and when it's due!) and I'll be sure to check back tonight after work.

Thanks! That's so totally awesome. :D
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lahermite
Apr. 17th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
i have a black elmo bag here that jiana tells me is eden's. it was empty, but it's now full of clothes that i've turfed out of jiana's over-full drawers. hoping that ivy likes some of them (she should, some of them are really cute haha)

we should get together soon (says the girl who hasn't been down your way in ages!) how's things with the wedding planning coming? am i still a bridesmaid? if so, when are we dress shopping? yikes, it's only like 3 weeks away....

*kisses*
ahavah
Apr. 17th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Hey, babe! Thanks. Yeah, the elmo bag did have hair ties in it, if you happen to find them. Combs, headbands, little comby-alligator thingies...she didn't bring all of them, cause I knew they might get lost. ;)

Of course you're still a bridesmaid! We're tentatively thinking Saturday afternoon for shopping, since Lyz and I both have it off. However, the time is kind of up in the air because my dad has checked himself into rehab (hooray!) and Saturday is visiting day. I have to go to a class there at 9:30 am, visiting starts at noon, and I'm not sure when it's over. I'll ask Tina when I see her and we'll work something out. Josh and I have to be somewhere by 7 pm, though. You think that would work for you?

Planning is still kind of up in the air. I'm not as on top of it as I probably should be, but I'm trying! Just had a run-in with the stupid car breaking down again, but we got it fixed today so all should be all right.

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