Sunday, August 30, 2009

Head For the Cure

This morning Lauren, Amy Lunn and I ran a 5K, Head for the Cure. It was in an office park in Overland Park called Corporate Woods. The path was a pretty good one. The weather was also great for a run, in the 50's. More exciting than the path or the weather though was the cause. Every race benefits something and while we have ran many races now, I have not yet ran a race that meant anything to me. Head for the Cure raises money to find a cure for brain cancer, something that hits close to home for us. While we were at UMR one of our best friends, Krista, had her dad pass away. So this race we ran for him, Krista and her family.

Krista's dad, Jack Wolfe
Lauren and I before the race. We made some sweet hats to wear...mine says JW and hers is the above picture of Jack.
All 3 of us after the race. We also made some awesome shirts that said "Cancer Sucks" They were a big hit.
It also was Amy Lunn's first race and she did great! She is doing the half marathon in October just like Steve and I. :) Lauren did awesome as usual. I am really proud of myself this race. I ran it at a faster pace than I usually do and I finished around 34 mins. I'd say it was a pretty good Sunday morning.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Congratulations Kristen & Aaron!

Last weekend Steve and I traveled to Ann Arbor, MI for his cousin's wedding. While we did not have the best time traveling, we did have a great time at the wedding. Kristen looked beautiful and her new hubby, Aaron, didn't stop grinning from ear to ear the whole time. Not only was the wedding and reception wonderful, but it was really nice to get to visit with some of Steve's family members that we do not get to see as often as we would like.

We are next! :)
Me and my beautiful soon to be sister-in-law.
Steve's cousins Lauren(in the middle, a junior bridesmaid) and Gracie(the flower girl)

The newlyweds.

Congrats Mr & Mrs Diez!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Catching Up!

Its been quite a while since I have posted anything. Everything has been so busy lately. I'm just now fitting in some time to blog. A few weekends ago I traveled to St. Louis for many many wedding happenings. Mom and Ellen were able to come into town also. It was great to get to see them for a weekend and have some helpers along for wedding stuff. I got in earlier than I expected Friday night and was able to meet up with Kara(who just happened to be in town the same weekend!), Nickie and Jenni. It was good to get to hang out with them. I was also able to spend some time with Leslie and Paul who were kind enough to let me stay with them.I got up early on Saturday and began a long, but fun day of wedding stuff. I had a meeting with the florist first, then met mom, Ellen and mama at the dress shop. I put on my dress and it fit perfectly! Then it was off to the caterer. We finalized so many details. It felt great to get so much figured out. After the caterer it was almost time for my first shower of the weekend. Hawaiian theme at the Kozlen's house!

Kozlen group pic

James' group pic

Awesome pillow Ellen had made for me.

The shower was super fun. I felt like I could post a ton of pics from it. Kim had made up a few games for me to play, that I know got lots of laughs out of everyone. The food was yummmm. Karen knows what I like...lots of dip. hehe. Thank you to everyone that helped with the shower and thank you to everyone that could make it!
After the shower Ellen and I ran wedding related errands for the next 4-5 hours. Then it was back to Mama's house where I put everyone to work crafting the rest of the night. They had a blast I just know it. hehe

Sunday we had another shower, in Belleville. It was brunch and was awesome! Its a wonder that I have lost any weight with how much I love food. haha.

Mom's wonderful friends, Rosanne, Tracy and Toni, who threw the shower. Thank you ladies!

Awesome cupcakes and a bride Barbie cake :)

Thank you to everyone that was able to make it to this shower also. I had a wonderful time and it was great to get to visit with all of you!

Friday, August 7, 2009

50 Days!

Today is 50 days till the wedding! Steve and I would go out and celebrate tonight, but I will be spending my Friday night in the car. It is worth it though. This weekend is filled with wedding stuff in St Louis. 2 showers, a dress fitting, florist and cater meetings. Plus my mom and my sister are in town, so that makes it extra special. :) I plan on putting them to work on a few things. hehe.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sunday In the Park

This past Sunday Steve, Chewie and I had a lovely day at the park. We went to Shawnee Mission Park, found a great spot by the lake and had a picnic. The park is amazing. We had never been there, nor had we realized how close it was to our house. There are a ton of things to do there, including some paddle boats we plan to hit up on our next visit.

Chewie loved it the most I think. He is now demanding we go to the park every week. :)

Steve and I enjoying some "Kung Fu Girl" Riesling.

We ate strawberries and pineapple with our wine. After we were done eating everything we brought we went over our ceremony. It was great reading through it and knowing that in less than 2 months it will be being read out loud to all of our friends and family.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Girls Weekend!

Last weekend was my bachlorette party. I am not that into big scenes like the Landing in STL or Power & Light here in KC, so I decided to go nontraditional and do a camping trip. :) Although I was not able to skip every bachlorette party tradition. Leslie made me a sweet vail to wear on the river and I had plenty of flair on from the girls too. Last weekend 14 of us headed to Steelville, MO to the Rafting Co.

We arrived on Friday, spent some time hanging out in the river and by our campsite.
We got up Saturday morning and went on a 7 mile float down the Meramac River. It was a blast. Afterwards we sat around the camp site, singing, dancing, eating. It was so great to get to hang out with everyone and do something that we often did while we were at Rolla. I didn't take many pictures while on the trip, but here are a few of my favorites from other people. SL brought water cameras on the river and I can't wait to see those.
It was such a great weekend! Thanks to everyone that was able to make it! And a big thanks to SL for putting it all together.