thankin' my lucky stars that i've found him...!

TOMORROW i get to marry my best friend, josh. i can't even come up with the words to explain to you the emotions that i'm feeling. planning a wedding has been so fun and exciting! as much as i had hoped to stay sane during the process, i've recently feel the stress i think most brides feel... i've woken up with tense jaws, a tight back, and booming headaches over the last few days. not to mention, the sleep that i HAVE gotten hasn't felt better than a series of catnaps from 10pm-6am. at this point, i feel like i can't think straight. it's actually somewhat amusing--i find myself uber forgetful, fairly clutzy, and ultimately, a bit sloppy. luckily i know it has to do with all the emotions that have been taking over, and i'm able to laugh it off when i notice it happennin :-) i must say, i am MORE than ready for all this work and waiting to PAY OFF! josh and i are literally counting down the hours at this point. we are finalizing the little details, making pick-up and drop-off trips all over town, and trying desperately to squeeze in time with our close friends, and our out of town family. today, i'm going to get my nails done, josh is packing for the honeymoon, and we are each visiting with our guests. if i'm lucky, i'll see him this morning. otherwise, the next time i see my guy will be as he stands at the front of the aisle waiting for me. and let me tell you, i can't wait.

JOSHUA, i love you something fierce. the Lord has put you in my life as the wonderful man i get to marry, and i am forever thankful. i can't wait for our life together to begin! let's do this, baby!!!

and to those of you that have kept up with our blog, THANK YOU for making it something important enough to you to check in on every so often. we're honored you care :-) we'll be back with some update posts after our big day and our honeymoon in cancun! stay tuned!

all my love,
ms. seuc


girls just wanna have fun...!

josh and i had our bachelor and bachelorette parties last weekend, and we each had so much fun. i'm posting a few pics from my event, but you'll have to talk to josh for the dish about his sports-filled weekend in palm springs (which i heard was a total blast...)!!!


my weekend was spent in beautiful wine country--paso robles, california. my maid of honor, dani, lives in paso and organized quite an UNFORGETTABLE weekend! six of us girls trekked up the 5 freeway for 4 hours on an early (& VERY rainy) saturday morning to be greeted by dani at the hotel, with a fully decorated RV, equipped with drivers!! we began our wine tasting at tobin james winery, followed by eberle, robert hall, and j. lohr to top it off! 5 hours and 26 wines later, we headed back to the hotel to "rest"... then got back up and ready for dinner at Level 4, one of paso's nicest dining experiences ;-) the 7 of us pranced out to dinner, which was then followed by some dancing and "strange bachelorette party traditions..." (nothing bad, don't worry), then went back to the hotel for the best slumber party i'd had in years :-) sunday pretty much consisted of a revitalizing breakfast with my fellow early-birds, and a drive down the rainy, wet coast, with a stop at santa barbara's finest mexican restaurant (haha, we went to Left At Albequerque's...).
Thank you to all the girls that partook in the weekend. I appreciate you girls so much, and it was so nice spending 48 hours straight with you all!!

kat and dani on the eberle cave tour.

ryel and i at dinner.

kym and nic at dinner.

the best party planner, ever, ladies and gentlemen--dani mccarthy!
all my girls! thanks!


25 random facts (...times 2)

if you're a dedicated "facebooker", you've probably already had a chance to see this. josh and i each filled out our "25 random facts about me" (the most recent facebook trend) and thought it may be fun to share here! literally, these are just 2 lists, one made by josh about himself, the other made by me about myself, with 25 random things you may or may not know about the two of us. maybe you'll see a list of "25 random facts about US" in a few days... it's not like josh and i have anything better to do in the next 18 days.

1. I once had a dream that I was went surfing and hung out with the characters from Saved By The Bell. No, Not The College Years. Why would you even think that it would be?
2. I have always wanted to dive in the shark cage with Great Whites. They fascinate me.
3. I would rather scuba dive than snorkel. When I snorkel, I feel like bait floating on top of the water waiting to be eaten. I’ll do it, but I much prefer to scuba dive.
4. The texture of sushi in my mouth makes me want to gag. I have tried a lot, and like the taste of most, but can’t get over the texture. I stick to rice bowls and beer; it’s pretty hard to go wrong there.
5. Given the opportunity to cook and eat at home or go out, I will choose to go out more often than not.
6. I always have music playing. Even if its just in my head.
7. I am extremely particular about iTunes. I get irritated if I don't have the album artwork, or if I am missing songs from an album.
8. I am way too logical for my own good.
9. Doing laundry might be the worst chore ever. It's never done!
10. When I was a kid I wouldn't eat Jell-O because it jiggled. Bill Cosby convinced me it was okay. Now I love Jell-O.
11. My girl, a pepperoni pizza, and a Laker game is about the best day I can have.
12. I used to know how much wood a woodchuck could chuck, but I forgot.
13. Everything I thought mattered most changed when I met my future wife.
14. Tom Waits explained it best when he said, "I like my town with a little drop of poison."
15. I try to learn something from everyone I come into contact with. Even if it's how not to do something.
16. I love to learn, but I dread being taught.
17. Getting a dog taught me more about relationships than I could have ever imagined. Providing 100% for someone was something I didn't understand until then.
18. When I was a kid, I was a ball boy at major tennis tournaments for a few years in a row.
19. I once shook James Worthy's hand. I've never felt so tiny in my whole life.
20. Going through some old boxes a year ago or so, I found a picture of me with Frank Sinatra. I don't remember it at all, but I am glad I have the picture!
21. I can pack a truck like nobody's business. No. I won't help you move.
22. I once drove from Irvine, CA to Visalia, CA in two hours.
23. I wish I knew how to ride a skateboard like they do in the X-Games.
24. I can suspend my fear of heights as soon as I put a pair of climbing shoes on.
25. I desire to know the people I love most more every day.

1. call me gigi and you'll get one personality out of me. call me angelica and you'll get another. scary, huh?
2. i find capital letters to be a waste of time. yet, punctuation still has a place in my heart!
3. i'd love to meet the person that crossed peanut butter and chocolate. i'd share a reece's cup with them.
4. i miss playing water polo more than i thought i would. it's refreshing to get back in the pool every so often and have it come back to me so quickly--almost like riding a bike.
5. i feel loved everyday.
6. i was once homesick for 3 months. i had a stomach ache those same 3 months. i never associated the two until this week, when that same stomach ache came around--a friendly nudge from my body telling me to ease up on the stress factor.
7. i officially love mustard. it took a conscious effort over a period of 3 months, but it paid off!
8. sugar always beats salt in my book. or...psalt, as some would put it.
9. i rarely like what the rest of the world considers a "good movie". what really gets me excited is a corny romantic comedy or a lame dramedy.
10. today i almost bought something off an infomertial. i dialed the number and everything, then hung up. "hip-hop abs" looked really fun, though!
11. if it comes in black and white, i like it in brown and cream.
12. i am an atrocious singer. i do it anyway, but not proudly.
13. i've mastered the art of interruption and talking over people. i'm willing to take lessons on losing that skill. i know it's bad.
14. i can't stand to see animals get hurt.
15. i have yet to find my passion in life. i think it has something to do with people and relationships, but either God hasn't revealed it to me, or i've been bad at seeing where He's pointed me to.
16. i watched a scary movie a few weeks ago and covered my eyes for a good 15 minutes of it. that trick still seems to work...
17. the only thing i think about these days is the moment i will see my fiance waiting for me at the end of the aisle.
18. my biggest fear is that i will get "taken away" one day. i blame my older brother and sister for planting this fear in my head. "don't do that, gigi, or someone's gonna come take you away." i still don't like to see white vans with no windows driving by. i don't think i'd have the heart to say no to candy, if offered, even at this age!
19. i liked high school more than college.
20. design and construction fascinate me more than i ever thought they would.
21. i have a "toss and turn routine" i go through every night as i'm falling asleep. if i'm not tired, it takes about 10-15 minutes to get through, but if i'm really tired, i can get through it in 2.
22. june is my favorite dog, and my favorite month. although, february will be a close second starting this year.
23. i can always tell who my real friends are. they are the ones that laugh at my dumb jokes, sometimes just because they know me and my kind of humor. they also know i'm not offended by pity-laughs, but rather cherish them just as much as real laughs. thank you guys.
24. i grew up with my parents telling me "no matter what...we'll always love you". i have yet to doubt that statement, and will raise my children with it. nmw...
25. i look forward to mornings. i think they'll get even better when i get to wake up next to the love of my life.