|Cheers to starting 2011 celebrating love!|
|Moving in day!|
|Drugged Georgie on the drive to Florida|
We found out Grangy wasn't well. So not well that Mummy booked a flight to England to go and help him right away, only 4 weeks before the wedding. Unprepared would be an understatement. At no point in my neurotic, over-the-top organization of The.Best.Day.Ever. (which it was for us!) would I have imagined that everything would shift so quickly. It was hard, to say the least. Nana and Grangy were what I always hoped to be in my marriage-truly in love, with "real" moments to keep us humbled, a Scorpio & Cancer "love of a lifetime" kind of thing. And I found my Cancer, which Grangy thought was great news, considering his granddaughter had been telling him for years that they were the best match in the Zodiac (I love love, what can I say, always have?!). Losing Nana was incredibly hard in 2010, but the idea that I wouldn't get to see Grangy again or that he might not even get to meet Mike was unbearable. We talked on the phone one day and he promised that he would be there when we got to England in June, but that he knew I would marry someone really wonderful and that I wouldn't pick anyone underserving. Good news, he was right (most days ;) )!
|Love these ladies (And William & Kate)!|
|Beerfest for Bride's!|
So in mix of everything, we finished wedding plans and everyone arrived in Raleigh for Memorial Day Weekend (including my Mummy coming back from England, with a possible worry that more ash clouds from Iceland might stop flights again, can you believe that that could happen two years in a row?!?! And on our wedding week?!?!). It was a wonderful weekend (see blog(s) about how much we loved everything and everyone!), and we still, to this day, couldn't be happier with our big day!! We are so completely happy to be together and be married (when I'm not making Mike crazy), and we appreciate that fact almost every day still. The day after the wedding, we got up, gushed about the wedding some more, had a delicious breakfast and then went to gather our things, as we had to drive back to Jacksonville that day.
|Panic, I think?! ;)|
|Mr. & Mrs. Mahoney!|
We both had like 5 missed calls from my family members after breakfast-weird. As it turns out, Grangy left us that morning to join his Joanie for their eternal dance together. To this day, I can't put into words the excess of emotions that day. Normal people don't celebrate the happiest day of their lives, followed by one of the saddest. And happiest still, because we were so happy. And saddest because now Mike really wasn't going to get to meet him and he really wasn't going to be in England when we got there. In five weeks, we went from normal Bride psychosis to Bride psychosis and family loss, big style. Cancer is terrible.
|Grangy (left) xx|
After that weekend, we were a hop, skip and nine flights away from another amazing wedding in England and Honeymoon in Ireland and Italy! We had a fabulous time and can't wait to go back and do it all again someday, with more food & wind, and food & wine! My husband plans the best honeymoons, if anyone ever needs his services?! :)
|Second ceremony at St. Wilfrid's|
|Castalina, Tuscany :-)|
Back from the HM, we were home for about 3 seconds when Mike fell in love with a puppy on Craigslist and our life was forever changed. Lloyd took over our home on June 26th (Grangy's birthday) and we haven't been allowed to be calm or quiet since! We love our Donkey and are so glad to have him as our first married child! On the pet front, we had to say goodbye to my first love, George, in September. He died of cancer, and it was a short, terrible event also. And that's enough of that for this year!
|6 weeks old|
|Lloyd and George in August|
|Taken the last week of August-George's last week with us :-(|
Moved=new home TOGETHER (wow!)
Lost Grangy & George to cancer (I do realize these are not equal losses, but I'm grouping anyways)
Gained The Lloyd
Had lots of loved ones marry, engage, get pregnant!
Put THOUSANDS of miles on our cars (Orlando twice, Raleigh-a lot, Asheville twice, Savannah, Tampa, Charleston...)
And so many more things...
|Orlando in August :-)|
|Meghan & Steve's Engagement-December|
|2012 for the win!|
|Love these ladies!|
|Love our family and their support in 2011!|
|Just a tease of what's to come in 2012 :-)|