The Happy Nappy Bride

About weddings. About relationships. About the first year of being married.

FYI: It’s December Next Week! November 27, 2010

Filed under: Holidays,Home life — Happy Nappy Bride @ 9:24 am

Eek…is anyone else freaking out that December starts on Wednesday?!  Where did the year go?  It’s been a pretty good year for me though:  got married this summer (6 months tomorrow…Woot! Woot!!), got published a couple of times in work related periodicals, and had tremendous success with my team on the work side of the world.  But now it’s time to think about the holidays and I’ve got three questions for you:

  1. How are you and your honey handling gifts?:  Last year we didn’t have to worry about it, because we weren’t married yet, but now I suppose we’ve got to come up with a plan so that we’re not shopping all willy nilly.  Are you guys going to set a price limit to what you’ll spend?  How will you decide on how much to spend on each family member?  Like, if I spend $100 on my mom…should he spend the same on his?  FYI: I’m miserly.
  2. Online or in-store?:  I’m an online shopper myself.  I can do without the crowds and pushing and shoving.  Plus, I feel like the deals are just as good online as in-store.  What’s your preference?
  3. How will you divvy up your holiday time?:  This year is going to be a bit different because we won’t be able to fly down to see my fam for Christmas…this is literally the first time in a decade that we won’t be together during that time.  (Unless I can convince The Mister to drive down there…tall order, though.)  How do you guys decide how to split time with the fam?

I can’t wait to hear how you guys tackle these situations…hit me up in the comments!


My obligatory “what I’m thankful for” post November 25, 2010

Filed under: Building a life,Holidays — Happy Nappy Bride @ 9:37 am

Well, since it’s Turkey Day…or more aptly titled “Thanksgiving Day”, I figured I’d take the time out to talk about some of the things that I’m thankful for on this holiday.

5 things I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving 2010

  • My family:  We’re spread out all over the country, so it’s really nice to be able to get together with them during the holidays.  When I lived in Texas, I was able to see them quite often and now that I’m gone…it’s only occasionally, which makes me sad.
  • The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class The Mister and I are taking:  It’s been an amazing way to start our marriage.  We all know the stats for deal breakers in marriage…and financial argument/differences/problems lead the list.  It’s been great to know that we’re operating from the same starting point in terms of how we’ll deal with budgeting and spending.  I highly recommend this class!  He’s got a book too.
  • No debt from our wedding & honeymoon:  Along those same financial lines, the wedding depleted our savings…but at least it’s paid for.  And for that I’m very grateful!  I have to remind myself of that every time I get grumpy about the numbers I see in our savings account.  I’m thankful that we were able to have an amazing wedding and honeymoon on our terms.
  • My brother wants our wedding photo book!:  A lot of times, I looked at a lot of the expenses from wedding planning as a waste.  Well, not exactly a waste, because I definitely valued the food, and the dress, and the flowers, and everything else that we spent money on.  But sometimes it’s like, “no one else cares about all of those things I obsessed over”.  Then yesterday, my brother looked at our wedding book again and asked for one!  Someone else appreciates something that we did for our wedding…yippee!  A smell a Christmas gift in the works.
  • The Mister:  Clearly a good decision on my part.  He’s pretty awesome (and cute too!).

What are you thankful for this holiday?  Hit me up in the comments.