first comes love, then comes marriage…

then comes kindergarten. 🙂

EDIT: I know, I know, she looks like Jon Benet Ramsey (sans the clown make-up). Come on, guys–can’t a four-year-old put on a wedding dress in peace?! 🙂

I’m continuing the Ava theme, because while she is always a trip, she’s been in rare form the past couple days. If I wrote about everything funny she says/does, I’d never get anything else done.

Gabe had an interview for his podcast tonight and rather than try to keep three girls silent in the basement, we all piled in the car and headed to Joann’s, Etc. to pick out cheap princess fabric to staple-gun to the ceiling of our semi-sort-of-not-really-finished basement to hide the pipes and insulation and make it look like a princess castle. (catch all that? my longest sentence ever.)

Ava has moved on from her birthday obsession (momentarily, I’m sure) and is back on her wedding kick. Joann’s is next to a bridal shop. In lieu of buying them the quacking Easter puppets they wanted, I took them into bridal fairy land. Livi wasn’t impressed, but you would have thought Ava died and went to heaven.

She didn’t like any of the beautiful strapless gowns I showed her. She pointed to the only one with sleeves (that looked eerily similar to my very 90’s-looking wedding dress) and said that was the one she wanted (in case she got cold). She wanted to look at bridesmaid’s dresses for Livi, too, but I told her we could do that another time.

When we got home, I dragged (drug?) out my wedding dress and let her try it on. She was in her element, that’s for sure. She even told me she’d decided to wear my dress for her wedding (but changed her mind a bit later). She would’ve worn it forever, but I made her take it off so Livi could try it before I put them to bed. She wore it for less than 2 seconds. “It’s too itchy.” Those 2 are polar opposites when it comes to dressing up and make-believing.

Here comes the good part. Since I weigh three pounds less than I did on my wedding day (yeah, hold your applause until the end), I slid into the dress and smugly told Livi to zip it up for me. She got it part way up and said, “I can’t get it up anymore.” What? Of course you can. “Try again.” A few seconds later–“Ouch! I can’t! It hurts my fingers!” I reach back, and sure enough, there is no way that puppy is getting zipped. Apparently, my hips have expanded, and the weight I once had in my chest (which wasn’t all that much) has relocated to other areas. There’s been a whole lot of shifting going on–I don’t even want to think about it. So, losing more weight won’t help me get into that dress–I will never wear it again. Good, because I don’t find it the least bit aesthetically pleasing.

Let me be the first to offer my condolences to all you Buckeyes fans out there. It’s not officially over yet (a full quarter to go), but uh, well, anyway. Stinks to be you. 🙁 I suppose they could stage the granddaddy of all comebacks…

It’s supposed to snow tonight here in the BUCKEYE state. Hooray! Have a good one!

23 thoughts on “first comes love, then comes marriage…

  1. trishlrich

    Your girls sound like so much fun!  I can’t imagine right now having another little girl and loving her as much as Kayla, but when you tell how different yours are from each other, it somehow makes it seem more possible!  Don’t know if that makes sense, but it does to me!

    Thanks for your comment – we think she’s cute, too!!

  2. luvmynoah

    That pictures is so cute! I’m sure it will be used on her wedding day slide shows!  Noah talks about…”when I’m a dad…” all the time.  He mainly can’t wait to do whatever he wants.  Little does he know it’s not quite like that when you become a dad!  It will be fun to watch though!  Thanks for the prayers.  His next appt is the 19th with the specialist in Cleveland.  Jen

  3. biblestorebrowser

    Here it is. My first ever iPAQ response. Aren’t you honored? Please forgive me for any errors!
    I wish I had a reason to wear my wedding dress. I still love it. And although I’ve lost several pounds, I doubt I can fit in mine either. I’ll just have to look at my album and dream I’m still that young pretty thing.
    DD1 is obsessed with marrying her prince, too. She seems to have taken an interest in two or three little boys just in the last few months. She even had DD2’s prince picked out.
    Thankds for the update on your book. I’ve been watching anxiously for it to arrive before I start my class this week, but I guess it’ll have to wait.
    What a great game last night! Go SEC!

  4. Nixter77

    How very cute. That story is hilarious, I am sure my little chica and your little chica would be great friends. They have skype now so we must organise a chat with them.

  5. KmHunsberger

    Loved this post (I actually enjoy all of your posts, but this one was especially great!) Mainly bc I got to see my future daughter in-law in her wedding dress…18 years before she marries my son (or is it Nina I am saving him for…I can’t remember) 🙂

    I love the personality differences between the girls. Makes me excited to see that between my boys. My battery is about to die…gotta run.

  6. angntug

    She’s hilarious…..actually looking at picture’s of me in my wedding dress, I think my dress was absolutely hideous and wish a) I would’ve bought something “my style” (since the one that was found was extremely cheap……) or b) Eloped and saved the parents money and everyone else the privelege of looking at wedding pictures that look extremely fake…….too bad I didn’t come up with THAT idea 8 years ago……….

  7. rachmckinney

    soak in some snow for me!!
    very cute about her being into weddings so much:) the picture is cute.
    the room you are doing sounds really neat.
    and i have not forgotten about the book…i need to remember to get a check to you.(i’ll have to add that to my to do list!)

  8. gsowell

    I read this last night when I had to escape the horror of watching the Buckeyes embarrass themselves. I was not in the frame of mind to comment appropriately, so I saved that for this morning. 🙁

    Ava is a trip. But I am more proud of the fact you have THREE kids and are THREE pounds lighter than your wedding day. WOW! Who cares if it is in different places and the dress won’t zip? It is still worth celebrating. Am I weird that I still love my wedding dress 9 years later?

  9. Marketer319

    Isn’t it a bummer that we spend so much on that dress and then in five or ten years, don’t even like it?  I guess it’s good that we only get to wear it once. 🙂  Ava looks darling in that picture – although it does have a bit of an oriental, over-the-top children’s photo shoot look to it.

  10. tonialynn59

    You know when my kids were growing up, Adam was my one that I could tell the funny stories on. I still can actually.  He’s my middle child.  I never thought about it!  This story is too funny and boy does it make life interesting and fun for you!

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