Shutter that Fly

Talk about awesome coupons…When the ‘rents checked out at the grocery recently, the coupon machine spit out a free 8×8 Shutterfly book! I for sure thought the coupon was joking. Who would give away a free album? But, it’s true. They gave it to me, and tonight I quickly set up an album of my honeymoon pictures from a year and a half ago. The hubs and I printed out some professional ones previously, but I never mixed them in with the ones we took. All I had to pay was $8.00 shipping! What a good deal! And, it feels great to get a little photo organization crossed off the list!
Below are some of the pictures that I included. We stayed two nights in New Orleans and then went to Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica. It was pretty magical. I really wish we could do it again sometime soon!

I’m starting to like these printed photo books. We actually made two wedding albums for our parents for Christmas at Walgreens. I used to l-o-v-e scrapbooking, but it’s an expensive and time consuming hobby. I might be a convert. What say you on this topic?

Numero Uno

Thanks so much to all of you for the sweet comments on all of the wedding week posts. All in all, we really enjoyed our 1 year anniversary. We were home in Louisiana so we took a drive to the French Quarter and treated ourselves to a great lunch of soft shelled crabs topped with crawfish tails…. yum-o.

Later in the day, we also drove by the historic Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge where we had our wedding reception. It was decorated for Christmas just like it was on our wedding day, so we had fun taking a picture in the same spot. 

And here is the matching photo from our wedding day (as demonstrated with a much better and clearer picture taken by our photographer!)

Notice the hubs is in short sleeves on January 2 in that first picture. The deep south was good to us. 

As far as those first year paper gifts go, I was so proud of hubby. He was really thinking like a good budget boyfriend. He gave me beautiful simple stationary and an embosser with my initials on it. He told me he figured it would be less expensive in the long run to emboss my own paper rather than to continue ordering personalized embossed stationary. I love it. He’s a smart one.

As for hubby’s gift, I ordered custom fabric with our wedding date on it. Our wedding date ended up being one of those rare days where the numbers are the same forwards and backwards 01022010. We didn’t plan it this way, but thought it was pretty cool when we realized it. The hubs is pretty geeky and mathy so the fabric was perfect for him. Then, because he’s obsessed with bow ties, his mom helped me to sew one. Here he is sporting it at our anniversary dinner.
All in all, we had a great time at home, a long two day drive back, and I counted my lucky stars that I could actually fit in my uniform at work with all that delicious Louisiana cuisine in my system.

Can’t wait to hear how everyone’s holiday went. Please comment with a favorite gift you received, whether it be sweet and sentimental or something completely gorgeous that you weren’t even expecting!

{P.S. Please bear with me over the next few days, as we’re packing hubby up for his big school adventure. He’s leaving in three days (which I’m totally in denial over) so our to do list is about 3 miles long!}