Happy 4th Anniversary Dan!

Happy Anniversary
To my superman, HAPPY 4th Anniversary and 14th year of life together! You truly are my best friend. You amaze me in all the things you do…from building the houses these past few years, to planning the details of a surprise b-day party. There is no task too big or small that goes unnoticed by you. You are a selfless man, always thinking of others and I love your acts of kindness – the way you love me and all of our friends and family. Thank you for holding my hand on walks around Balboa, the late night talks, the homemade breakfast burritos, for re-washing the laundry I forget about (all the time), for forehead kisses, silly names, fun trips, lazy nights, long hugs and for all the ways you make me feel safe, loved and cherished! I am one lucky lady to have found such an incredible hub. Every year with you is the best I’ve ever had. Cheers to you and cheers to us. I can’t wait for all the years of happiness to come.

Javiers

Excited for dinner at Javier’s tonight! Woot woot! What a treat!


Happy Anniversary Babe

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Here come the feelings! Dear sweet, handsome, charming husband of mine… Happy 3rd Anniversary and 13th year of doing life together. I am grateful for every second in your arms and every day I get to spend watching you make this world a better place with your lending hand and gorgeous heart. This lifetime will never be long enough with you, oh sweet man I love you beyond this world.

On a less mushy note, D and I got a reservation at the Blue Bayou inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. My childhood dream is now complete! Such a fun night out with my love. I was very tempted to throw hungry riders dinner rolls as they floated by.

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Valentine’s Day Ideas {Staying in or Going Out}

Are you staying-in or going-out for Valentine’s Day? I put together a few ideas for both occasions! Dan and I are planning on staying home this year {just like our first year}. We’re looking forward to playing some Bing Crosby and Gershwin records while we cook up some tasty cacio e pepe in our tiny kitchen. We can’t wait to crack open a special bottle of Sicilian wine {that our friend Justin got us on his latest deployment — thanks Justin}.If you’re looking for a fun sappy movie that both of you will enjoy, I would suggest Princess Bride — it’s pretty awesome. I bought my first box of Charbonnel et Walker Marc de Champagne Truffles for a Vday surprise. Ohhhh maw gawd. Officially hooked. Do you think Dan will notice that one is missing? The best chocolate I’ve ever had…literally fit for a Queen {of England that is}. They were Founded in 1875 and are one of Britain‘s oldest chocolatiers that are endorsed by the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturer to Her Majesty The Queen. Fun Fact.

vday^^^ For your night in ^^^

Diptyque Rose Candle  / West Elm Candle Snuffer /Portable Record Player /Charbonnel et Walker Marc de Champagne Pink Chocolate Truffles /Princess Bride /Eberjey PajamasFaux Fur Throws / Slouch SocksFresh Peonies /Vanilla Bubble BathBalconette Bra / Lace Panties /  Bodum Cups /  Incredibly Awesome Gold Foil Valentine Card / To My Valentine Card

Sometimes it’s fun to get dressed up and find a fancy place for dinner! I really want to try The BazaarBottega Louie or Red O. I also heard of a restaurant called Perch that is located on the 15th floor of a high-rise with 360 views of Downtown LA. That would be so dreamy.

Love this dress and I’ve really been diggin’ the faux fur lately…

This perfume ^^^ Sexual Sugar by Michel Germain is a thumbs up. So yeah… the name is a tad strange, but it smells amazing! Who cares what it’s called! I’ve only tried a sample of it, but I’ve got to go get a bottle. Here’s how they describe it –> 

Wild berries and orange zest with notes of passion flower and jasmine. Heart notes of fresh roasted almonds, vanilla crème brulee and sandalwood.

And as usual…I’m excited about more chocolate {notice that I have chocolate involved in both scenarios}. I first read about these beautiful little treats on OhJoy. They sound divine. GODIVA Truffle Flight six truffles, placed in a tasting order that build in flavor and intensity.  Inspired by the finest desserts from around the world with flavors like birthday cake, pineapple hummingbird, cheesecake, red velvet,  lemon chiffon, Aztec spice, chocolate eclair, crème brulee, chocolate, lava cake, tiramisu and strawberry crème tarte etc. 

You pick the flight…Well that sounds fun.

Happy soon to be Valentine’s Day to you all! 


Our Wedding

I can’t believe it’s been one year since we said “I do”. Thank you for being the greatest husband I could ever imagine. Being married to you has been the best year yet. You make my heart melt every day. We have so many exciting years to come. I am thankful for every moment we have together and I look forward to experiencing all that life will bring our way. I’ll love you forever Danny. Cheers to our 1st year! Here’s our story and some pictures from when we first fell in L-O-V-E!
To all of you who read A Bit Of Bees Knees, this past year has been a busy one… we got married, honeymooned in Europe {awww so amazing}, settled into our little rental house, tore down our own house and started building 2, I traveled to Israel, switched jobs from nannying to manufacturing medical devices {how does that happen?} and tried to find time to write in-between the craziness. We were so busy that I never found time to share pictures from our wedding or honeymoon! Here are some of our favorite moments from our wedding day. We hope to share  some pictures from our honeymoon in the months to come…10 countries and 17 cities in 30 days! We’ve got pictures galore! What a wonderful year. We have so much to be thankful for.

 

{My lovely Bridesmaids}
My bridesmaids arrived at my parents home for makeup and hair at 6:00AM! Wow that was early, but we used every bit of time. My Dad made us breakfast and a few of our groomsmen surprised us with coffee…how sweet was that!? These girls are my support system. They make my day. I’ve known some of them since I was 3 years old! I can count on them for anything. I love these ladies.
{A pile of bridal essentials!}
Makeup, camera, cellphone and chargers, garter, perfume, letter for the Pastor and Wedding Planner, sunglasses, Family Bible with fake rings for the Ring Bearer, signs for pictures, fancy wedding shoes and my ballet flats for some seriously groovy dancing. Check and Check!

{My Dress}
My Mom, Grandma and bridesmaids helped me get ready.
{The Studly Groomsmen}
Meanwhile, the guys got suited-up at our little house. Apparently they only needed 30 minutes to get ready. I heard there was a lot of relaxing, video games and food involved. Nice.

{It’s almost time!}

{Here we go!}
{Bring on the tears!}
I was so excited that my heart felt like it was going to explode. I had waited for this exact moment for so long and it was finally happening! Many brides had told me that they didn’t remember walking down the aisle — they were so excited and nervous that it all seemed foggy when they tried to remember details. I used the last 3 minutes before I walked down the aisle to pray. I wanted to collect my thoughts and be thankful for all those years that had led up to this special moment. I wanted to remember every detail; the way Danny looked at me, all our friends and family in the church and holding on to my Dads arm. I wanted to be present. And I was. It was a really beautiful moment. Sure, I was crying…and it wasn’t the pretty kind either {it involved a red face}, but I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.
{Our First Look}
 
{We do!}

{The whole crew}
All the littles in our wedding were kids that I have nannied over the years. I love these babies!

{While we were taking pictures, our guests were at the cocktail hour}
So many neighbors, friends and family helped decorate our wedding. It was a team effort!

{My Mom used baby pictures of Daniel and me on our table numbers. Too Cute Mom.}

{Getting ready to make our entrance with our wedding party}
Our Wedding Day

{Our First Dance and Mother Son and Father Daughter Dance}

{Our beautiful cake made by a beautiful friend}

{White Sangria and Tea}

{Cutting the cake! Proceeded by smashing the cake into each others face. Real classy. But that’s how we roll…we try not to take life too seriously}

{I made wooden silhouettes of us on the band saw. They came in handy as décor  for our wedding table}

{We made an horsd’oeuvres display with the picnic basket that Dan used when he proposed to me.}

{And we used my late Grandparents military suitcases as a card box and placed a picture of them next to the table}

{Some of our funny friends and family}
 
{Time to dance!}

{Someone looks really happy}


{Some of my sassy nanny babies on the dance floor}

{Bouquet toss!}


{Too much fun}

{The Garter Toss!}





Photography: Dennis Tom | Invitations: Christina Pecora | Church: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church  | Venue: The Oasis Center | Catering: Stonefire Grill |  Cake: Katie Wahrenbrock  Floral Design: “Flowers by Becky” and my neighbor Ernesto | Linens & China: Baker Party Rentals | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero {Beatrice} | Veil: Handmade by my Aunt Cheryl Ohlhaver | Tux Rentals: Friar Tux |  Hair & Makeup: Kenya Haynes   |Videography: Riley Hayes, Connor Luckey and Jake Carroll.

Happy 30th Mom and Dad!

30th Anniversary
Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary Mom & Dad. You guys are truly amazing. I love you so much! You are the greatest parents anyone could ever wish for and you are an amazing testament to marriage and love. Here’s to the next 30 and beyond!