February 25, 2011

As The (hockey) World Turns....A pictorial piece.

Why oh why do these essential items have to run out before our time in Hannover runs out??





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February 24, 2011

The Fox Forever Endeavor

I've finally taken the initiative to tackle our wedding planning process. With all of the visions in my head, pictures pulled from magazines, and dozens (x 15) of ideas bookmarked to my computer, it's time to get this show on the road. I decided to go with a sketchbook rather than a scrapbook, expandable file folder or binder because I like the idea of having something lightweight that allows me to paint, draw and glue.


I'm excited to put my design skills and creative power to work. This will be such a wonderful keepsake to have after all of the little details pull together for our special day, and the fact that I'm crafting another DIY project is an added bonus for me.


I'm looking forward to filling these blank pages with inspiration boards and keeping a visual journal of the entire planning process. I'll also be sharing a few of the pages with all of you, so stay tuned =)
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February 23, 2011

Hannover, Germany: Then & Now

Yesterday TJ and I went to check out the Hannover City Hall -- I know, I know, this is probably a site we should have seen when we first got here six months ago...but as they say, "time flies when you're having fun"....or something like that... 

With only a few short weeks left here in Germany, we're on a mission to see as much as we can before we head back to Massachusetts for the offseason. I hope that I'll have some interesting photos to share with all of you each week before we go.

(PS - all of these photos will enlarge when you click on them!)



The City Hall, or "Rathaus" is such a beautiful architectural masterpiece - it looks more like a palace rather than a City Hall, doesn't it? The building is very elegant with powerful statues, a domed ceiling, and gorgeous marble staircases, balconies and columns.



Hannover was basically completely annihilated except for the Rathaus by American bomb raids during World War II (err...so maybe this is why our neighbors constantly yell mean things at us in Deutsch?) There are four detailed and accurate models of the city on display in the Rathaus that show the development, growth, destruction, and rebuild of the entire city. 


Pre-WWII
After WWII
The entire city of Hannover was destroyed and had to be rebuilt 
This is why it's now referred to as "Modern Germany"
'Hannover Today'
To see more photos of Hannover, check out our online photo album  
or visit the following past blog posts:

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February 18, 2011

Describe yourself in 3 words....GO!
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February 15, 2011

Can't Fail Pizza Dough.

The first time that I tried to make pizza dough it refused to rise. Total bummer, but luckily it still tasted just as good loaded up with fresh veggies...and pineapple...and ham...and bacon...and extra gouda cheese. We take pizza very seriously. Then, after searching high and low for a simple and fool proof recipe - it happened.

Pizza dough
Image & Recipe via Taste.com
Ingredients
375ml (1 1/2 cups) warm water
2 tsp (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
Pinch of caster sugar
600g (4 cups) plain flour
1 tsp salt
60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil, plus extra for brushing


Directions
1. Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and oil. Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until the mixture is combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl.

2. Brush a bowl lightly with oil. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in the prepared bowl and turn to coat in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place to rise for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
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February 8, 2011

Wedding Picking, Planning, Pricing...and Meltdown

Yesterday my best friend from college drove out from Boston to see me. I was super excited to ask her to be my Maid of Honor. She is one of those 'forever friends' - we can go for a few weeks or a couple of months without talking, but each of us knows that if either of us needed the other we'd be there in a heartbeat.

Its hard to maintain friendships while moving around with TJ two to three times a year, but she's always by my side and forever in my heart and I am so blessed by her friendship....and of course she said YES! :)

I'm all about DIY projects for this wedding shindig, so when I found this super cute 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' idea at Project Wedding I decided to give it a try:


Last night we also went to look at wedding gowns for the first time. I decided that I had found 'the one' after trying on six and after an hour of switching in and out of two of my favorites. When I went to the register to put what I thought would be a deposit to hold the dress, they wanted me to pay for it in full. Excuse me? For a wedding that is 17 months away? I don't think so. 

I'm a true believer that everything happens for a reason and I'm really glad that I didn't pay for the whole thing in full like I was contemplating because now that I look at pictures, I actually like the other dress a whole lot more. Jeeze Louise.



And now, on to my meltdown. I know that this probably hits everyone at some point during the wedding planning process. I hate to throw numbers around, but I honestly can't justify a $30,000 wedding. We could put a downpayment on a house or pay for an SUV with that kind of money, and we're hoping to get pregnant a couple of months after the wedding. I really don't want to 'start' our life together with that kind of debt....and the saddest part of it all is that a $30,000 wedding is considered on the cheap side for Massachusetts.
The venue that we booked at includes everything for a minimum of 175 people (this luckily includes vendors and children). We can even use their ugly table centerpieces if we want - but they gave me an itemized break down and it gives me heart palpitations.

Ceremony - $1,500
4 Course Dinner Menu for 171 people - $7,866
Childrens Menu (2 people) - $46
Vendors Menu (2 people) - $46
6 hrs Open Bar - $4,025
Champagne Toast - $350
Cake @ 2.75/pp - $481.25
22% Service charge - $3,150.02
Tax - $1,091.78
TOTAL - $18,560.05

We also have our photographer at $3,500 and the DJ at $2,145 - which brings us to $24,205.05 - is your head spinning yet? Because mine is.
When TJ and I first started talking about our wedding plans we decided that the important things we wanted to spend money on were the food and entertainment for our guests, and then the photography for ourselves. I plan on DIYing our save the dates, invites, centerpieces and all that jazz - I really don't care what any of it looks like to be honest with you (the more simple the better)... but it's all going to add up, quickly...
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