Eliana Reine Varner

Eliana Reine Varner

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Amazing Awesomeness!!!

So... remember how I said I had no idea where I was going to find time to get major wedding DIY projects done?

Well, first off.... Hurricane Irene rolled through here last night (well, early this morning)... from about 1-6am it was pretty intense.

Which brings me to my next point... yesterday was my surprise bridal shower!!!

My maid of honor hand-delivered these directions to me with a beautiful dress and jewelry inside a bag to get ready. :) (oh, and a bandana- hehe)
Jeff drove me as I was blindfolded... so I wouldn't know where we were going. He pulled into random dirt roads and pulled 360s. I was so sick by the time the drive was over. hahaha...
So, the party was supposed to be out in my yard... which obviously was not a good place for it with the hurricane on it's way. :) So, my ingenious lovely ladies strategized with my parents and made plans to move it into our barn.

I only have this one mobile upload that one of my lovelies posted on facebook...

Anyway- at the party I explained my predicament about not having time... and wedding plans being stalled.

In comes Hurricane Irene.

Woke up at 6am this morning to a crashing noise outside my window. Without glasses on I saw branches waving right outside my window. Not a good sign... seeing that the tree that used to be in our yard was growing about 35 feet from our house.

So, my dad spent the afternoon cutting it down for firewood. And then I came into the picture and asked for varying sized chunks for centerpieces, cake stands, and stilts for the Trail Mix Bar baskets.

Hurricane Irene saves the day!!!!! :) haha

Friday, August 26, 2011

Life (a.k.a. eodnwoeh wq;h; j qwo ao a w;ofiaj;) !!!!!!

So, I'm really not sure how I'm supposed to do all of my wedding planning and devote myself to my new job as well. Currently, plans have been halted for about 3weeks while I've been preparing my classroom and going through a grueling training process! Working at a school for children with Emotional Disturbance is a lot of dang work!

Because I am not focused on wedding stuff right now, I'm going to make a to-do list of classroom prep stuff that needs done before my kiddos show up on Monday!

-Syllabus (figure out grading junk too)
-Make some signage for the classroom (general rules as well as more specific things like areas in the classroom they cannot go to without permission, etc.)
-Make large 5 pillars signs (Respect, Responsibility, Trust, Effort, Courage)
-Plan 1st day activity (possibly art related)
-Write up lesson plan to send to coordinator by Sunday night
-Cut out 81 #s for giant Sudoku board in back of room
-Plan first week's lessons... yikes.
-Organize papers from training based on subject... (IEPs, WFA, Student Roster, etc)
-Get a good night's sleep Sunday night

Holy moly.

Also, I'm getting married in 29 days.

So stressed. Oh, and we can start moving stuff into our house at any point now because we have the keys... but gosh, how am I supposed to find time or energy to do that?!?!?!?!?

p.s. I still absolutely love my job. It's definitely my dream job- I just have to figure out my time management skills so my wedding turns out as awesome as I originally envisioned it!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Life's Craziness.

So... this is me lately:

*I've accomplished nothing wedding-related since my last post (yikes).
*I started my new job (which is amazing by the way).
*I'm commuting a little over an hour each way right now (not so amazing).
*Jeff and I have been given (for free) a couch, some dressers, and quite possibly a bed. (yay!)
*I went camping again and made another sand sculpture!!

*I have been sucking at healthy eating... so I won't be losing the 7-10 lbs. of pudge I'd been hoping for before the wedding.
*Only 35 days to go!!!!
*Hanging out with my maid of honor and going to pick up her wedding dress today! (She gets married 1 month after me- craziness!!!)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Home Sweet Home!

Guess what, friends!!!!

We have a place to call home!

I feel spoiled, because I've lived out in the country my whole life- and when it came time for us to start the apartment search... I wasn't too excited about apartment living. Sharing walls, no privacy like I'm used to, and always having to hunt for a parking space. Well, in comes Dad to the rescue! There's a cute little house a mile from his job headquarters that just went up for rent.

Dad was trying to get out of the picture... unsuccessfully. :P

I called. We saw. They offered. We took it. We have a home! (A WHOLE HOUSE!!!!) (WITH A YARD AND 2 SHEDS!!!!!) - all within 24 hours!

It's out in the middle of farm country, with a lot of privacy, a cute little yard... and an amazing fishing creek right behind the house (down a 10ft. dropoff- so no worries about flooding!)

*Hard wood floors in most rooms
*New linoleum in kitchen (literally, installed 2 days ago!)
*Extra bonus room for my "creativity space" like scrapbooking and drawing!!
*Perfect space upstairs for Avery's room and play area
*Bonus room upstairs for our instruments (my drumset, his keyboard, and our guitars)
*House will be ready for move-in by September 1st! Perfect timing for Jeff since his rent is paid up for the month of August. Nice. Then I'll move in October 1st when we get back from the Honeymoon!!! <3


And for an amazing price, might I add. :)

Dang, God is good!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011


So, here's the latest.

Wedding stuff is now taking over every square inch of the spare room which is now coined "Heidi's closet." It houses all of my apartment stuff from college, my drum set, my adventurey things (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, caving gear, snowboard, etc)- and now everything wedding. :)

Also, I had my hair trial. This is NOT how my hair will look, but only my bridesmaids and my momma knows the finished product. It's nice. :)

Also, I laid out all of the baskets I've accquired for the Trail Mix bar (plus the fabric)- and realized it needed a little somethin' somethin'.

So, I'm going to add some height to it! Problem solved.

Also, I accomplished another DIY project. Twine Balls!!! (and I never want to do them again.) :)

Whew. That was a lot to update on!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

One man's trash...

is another's TREASURE!!!!!!!!!!!!

As I was walking across the road to go inside the other afternoon something caught my eye out of my peripheral vision! Check. It. Out!

So, to some this might just seem like an overflowing garbage can of lawn junk.

But to me... I see saving $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ on centerpieces.

You see, intermingled with trimmed branches, dead flowers, and dried grass chunks.... is scraps from our Willow Tree. :)

here's what I salvaged :) I'm proud.

So, this will now be incorporated into the centerpieces somehow, and is safely stowed in my "wedding nook" out in the barn- along with wood I found on the side of the road, sticks I found at our reception site, and yard sale findings.

Tonight, I am working on making my hair spirals (because this Saturday is my hair trial!!!) and maybe making some twine balls. We'll see. I've been pretty sick for 2 days so I might end up just lazing around some more reading book 5 of Harry Potter (I'm on my 3rd round through the books.) I haven't read them since Book 7 came out though. :P