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Sarah celebrates her win on New Years 2013

A Scrabble New Year’s

blog postImagine playing a Scrabble game that lasts over two years!Sarah and I like to ring in the New Year’s playing Scrabble. This year we took out the Scrabble board game and found a score sheet from 2012 that showed Sarah as winner for the 2013 New Year with a score of 271-264. Two back-to-back […]

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Eight more full moons until we are married!

Counting full moons

blog postAnother fun way of counting down to an event is to count the number of full moons left. We so often rely on our Julian calendar days and months. But how about the nature-ful way of using the moon in the sky? Every time we see a full moon in the sky, it’s a […]

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Matt in front of a ton of paper

The ritual of every engaged couple

Every engaged couple in America goes through same traditions: the proposal, the wedding date decision, the wedding venue and photographer selection, and the Paper Source visit. 83 Paper Source stores dot across America. With a paper inventory covering multiple shades of every color in the rainbow, along with incredibly designed wedding invites, it’s inevitable that […]

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Our love has taken root

Collaborative poetry

When you get a writer and an artist together, you’ll end up with some fun creativity. Every time I’m at Sarah’s condo, I like to leave a secret sticky note for her to discover. Today an empty sticky note pad sat in front of me while I pondered what to write. A Facebook message from […]

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Engagement card tree

A creative display for engagement cards

Looking for a creative way to display cards? Sarah has the answer! Make a card display with tree branches! Sarah pinned a super cool post in iVillage that suggests many ways to display Christmas cards. One of the ideas was to use real branches in a bowl. All you need is a vase a bag […]

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stack of punch-out letters for school bulletin board

Prepping for start of school

Tonight across the country, teachers’ significant others unite under the same role: bulletin board letter punchers. Next day Sarah and I went to the Chicago Teacher, Inc in Wicker Park to pick up school supplies. It was amazing seeing the entire store full of bulletin board borders. There are so many bulletin board borders here, […]

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Public art vials

Sarah and I attended the Rush Hour Concert series at St. James Cathedral tonight, featuring Jason Seed Stringtet’s world premiere of ‘At Rush Hour’ at St. James Cathedral. Before the performance, I presented to Sarah a little fun art project for us to do during the concert. While listening to the Stringtet, each of us would […]

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Dinner outside after meeting with first photography company

Sarah and I met with our first photography company. They presented three photographer portfolios in a one-minute video preceded by a descriptive paragraph written by each photographer. Very nice selections. We will be looking at two more photographers. Afterwards we ate dinner outside at Himmel’s, the restaurant across the street from Matt’s apartment in Lincoln Square.

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Butterflies, 400 LEGO bricks

Tuesday, July 29, 2014: Sarah finalizing details on contract with reception hall 400 Red LEGO bricks arrive in the mail Rush Hour Concerts: Lyric Shorts: Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Featuring singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago Looked through color palettes

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July 18, 2014: our pre-anniversary!

Sarah and I wanted to share some exciting news with you on this special night. Today is one year exactly until Sarah and I get married. July 18, 2015. So, lock this date up…pun intended (see attached photos). The pictures show how we commemorated our pre-anniversary…strolling by the church to the Oak Park L stop […]

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