Friday, September 23, 2011

Adventure Book

One of my favorite movies is Pixar's Up! I especially love the scene near the end when Carl is looking through Ellie's old adventure book and finds the new pages she put together with pictures from their wedding day all through their life of growing old together.

I was inspired to also keep a scrapbook for Will and I-- afterall I do have the scraps. I'm pretty sentimental and I tend to keep useless things like ticket stubs and map brochures, but I have never quite found the time to paste them into an actual scrapbook. Recently I got an offer from Shutterfly for a free 20-page photobook and I thought it would be perfect for our recent Hawaii honeymoon photos.

The last two photobooks I deisgned and ordered from shutterfly all were for a very particular purpose: one was a coffee-table styled book with our Taiwan engagement pictures that I created as a gift to our parents, and the second was our photo-guestbook for our wedding so I kept the design fairly clean and simple with plenty of boarders and white space for people to sign and leave well-wishes. This photobook was the first that was more a fun style and "just for us: so I used all of the cute little graphics in the Shutterfly program to create a virtual-scrapbook. Here are a few of my favorite pages:

Happy Friday,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Goodbye 23...

Early this morning right after midnight when I was thinking about this past year, I posted a brief list on facebook of the reasons I loved being 23. I have now expanded those few points into a full and unabridged 23 reasons~

Twenty-three Reasons Why I Loved Being 23:
1) I learned deeper how much I am in need of God's love, grace, and mercy
2) I was able to visit my grandparents and family in Taiwan
3) Went to Disneyland and California Adventure all in one day
4) I got my first car
5) I drove by myself for the first time
6) Went to Hawaii for the first time
7) Went snorkeling for the first time
8) My dad said he was proud of me
9) I stressed out a lot but I was able to learn so much from it
10) Experienced so many answered prayers for roommates, friends, and family
11) Learned how to paint a house (the inside)
12) I watched my brother graduate from college
13) Went to a Chris Tomlin concert
14) Flew the most times in one year in my life thus far
15) Ate REALLY well but didn't gain any weight (I wonder how many more years I will be able to say this...)
16) I earned a full-time paycheck
17) I got to know Will even better and I love him even more
18) My last year as a "Chan"
19) My first year as a "Hsu"
20) Will proposed to me
21) We planned our dream wedding
22) We danced our hearts out that night and our friends surprised us by joining us too!
23) I married the love of my life

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 13....of married life

We're back from our honeymoon in Hawaii!

After a whirlwind of two weeks we are so happy to be home. Home...that needs a lot of cleaning and organizing~

This is the mountainous task we are tackling at the moment...

Our gifts!...and this is only half of them, we are collecting the other half later this week. This is before~ 

...and this is after

This is only the beginning of a new adventure, a new journey, a new life together~

Happily Married with more to come,
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