Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wedding Friday: The dancing!

I know my wedding posts keep getting later and later in the week, but I try my best to squeeze them in as soon as possible. This is one of my favorite wedding posts because it is all about the dancing! I seriously had the time of my life that night, and I didn't sit down at all once the music started playing. And I love looking at the pictures of our friends and family dancing their hearts out and having such a good time. I literally loved every second of our wedding reception!
It started with our first dance as husband and wife. During our song, I felt so at peace and full of love. My heart was happy knowing that I was slow dancing with the person that would love me the rest of my life.

And then it was party time! Corey busted out some moves for this special occasion!
I gave Corey a little dance before he took my garter off...
And then he blew me away with some moves of his own! Totally surprised me (clearly!) and I loved it!
All my girls showing me some love!
Paul and Kadie breaking it down!
My uncle Fred was feelin' it!
 
I love reliving this night through these pictures. We had SUCH a good time! Definitely a night I'll never forget!
We are nearing the end of my wedding posts, but stay tuned for a final wedding picture wrap up and our honeymoon pictures! And of course, a house update. I promise it's coming!
xo Steph

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend

This year, my Thanksgiving holiday was a four-day feast spent with my favorite people in the world.  And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't have to work on Thanksgiving, or even the days before or after it. It was amazing to be able to sit back and relax and just enjoy the company I was in. In fact, I was so relaxed, I barely took any pictures at all! So below is what I collected from various family members to piece together the long weekends' events.

My Thanksgiving weekend sort of reminded me of the movie "Four Christmases," but this was more like "Three Thanksgivings."  For the first time ever, I woke up on Thanksgiving morning and watched the Macy's day parade in my new own house. It made me excited and nostalgic all at once because I usually watch this with my mom and sisters. We started the day's festivities at my Uncle's beautiful house where all my sisters and their babies and significant others came at one point or another. Brendan and Johnny were the highlight of the party with everyone playing with and passing these little guys around.
Bryan and Shawna with little Johnny on his first Thanksgiving.
The one picture I took of the beautiful table that is blurry because I was holding a baby when I took it!

After a few hours and a full meal, Corey and I headed to his parents' house to have another feast with his family. With this being our first married Thanksgiving, it was important that we spent time with both families on this special day. So we dug in for round two at the Weglins! After dinner, we got to watch mine and Corey's wedding video for the first time with his family, and squeezed in a little hoola hooping...
The only picture I took at his house was this one of his dad and that jumpo hoola hoop!
Ruby resting and sun bathing in the car. She was exhausted from going from place to place!
 
At the end of the day, we were stuffed and full of so much love and thanks. After the amazing year we've had, we had a lot to be thankful for. The next morning, I headed to my parents' house for our yearly tradition of decorating the house for Christmas. I also squeezed in a little black Friday shopping before heading to my annual high school basketball alumni game. Normally I spend a couple weeks preparing for this game, but this year I didn't have the time so I went in cold and extremely out of shape. I did a lot better than I thought I would and we only lost by 2 points, so it was a good night. I always enjoy this game because I get to see some of my old high school buddies, and I get to play for my dad again, who coaches the alumni team. I say it every time, but next year we're gonna win!
 
On Saturday, Thanksgiving #3 was held at my parents' house. This was the first meal that all my sisters, all their boys, and all the babies were together in the same place at the same time this weekend. I love these times more than anything, because as we are getting older and getting our own houses, it gets more difficult to rally the troops. But my mom cooked the best meal and we all got to hang out and have a relaxing afternoon.
The girls!
The guys.
The babies! Brendan & Johnny.
Nellie, Pixie, Gramps and Momma in the kitchen.
Mom snuggling with her grandbaby.
 
It was such a nice weekend, I was sad to see it end. I spent each night decorating my own house, unpacking boxes and organizing all our stuff. It has been really fun puting together our new place and it's coming a long great! Pictures will be coming soon!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
xo Steph

Thursday, November 22, 2012

So thankful.

It doesn't take a national holiday for me to realize how much I have in my life to be thankful for because I think about how blessed I am all the time. But in honor of this wonderful day that I get to spend eating food, watching football, and playing games with my family, here is my annual list of things I'm thankful for...

My husband. This is the first year of my life that the word "husband" has appeared on this list. While I've always been thankful for Corey, there's a little different feel to it now that we are married. I'm thankful I grew up playing basketball and him playing baseball so that we could meet by chance that one day back in December of 2002. I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together!
My family. These people are the best thing about me. I can't say enough how much they mean to me and I am so thankful for each and every one of them. And my family keeps growing by the minute! Between babies and in-laws and puppies... the Christmas list keeps getting longer and longer :)

My new puppy and my new home. I have been such a bad blogger... I haven't yet shared with you the details of our new home! Yes, we got a house! I haven't mentioned it on here in a while since we were in the closing process for what felt like forever and I didn't want to jinx it. House hunting is officially over (thank God!) and I will be spending this weekend decorating and organizing our new place. More pictures to come soon!

My friends and blog friends. God has put some pretty good people in my life, and I am so thankful for all my friends. They are some really wonderful people and it's nice to know I can call them anytime. My best friend Kari deserves a special shoutout for literally being my super woman. She can do anything, and does everything for me and my family. She is one of those once in a lifetime people. You'll never find a better friend than her! And I am thankful I started this blog, because it has connected me with some pretty special ladies from around the country and I am so happy to know you guys!

Taco Bell. I seriously don't know what I'd do without this quick and delicious blessing. It never lets me down and is always there when I need it.

Everything else... There are so many things in my life that I couldn't possibly fit in a blog post, but I am thankful for everything in my life including good health, great friends, a car that runs, a computer that works, the space heater under my desk at work, my Disney movie collection, a solid work ethic, and more blessings than I could ever count.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving! I can't wait to eat, eat, and eat some more! And spend a relaxing day surrounded by the people that bring a smile to my face just by being there.
xo Steph

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wedding Thursday: The reception details

First off, my apologies that this "Wedding Wednesday" post turned into a "Wedding Thursday, almost Friday" post. Since the time change, my days have been flying by and it always feels like there's not enough time to squeeze in everything I need to do! Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled wedding blog...

This post is full of the details that made this wedding us. We had a couple non-traditional ideas that we had to work in because they symbolized who we are (i.e. baseball tickets for Corey, candy bar for me!). Baseball has always been a huge part of Corey's life, which inherently means it is a huge part of my life, so we tried to weave it in where we could. I couldn't be happier with how all our ideas came together!

The Place Cards
Our place cards came out EXACTLY as I always envisioned them, thanks to my BFF Kari. She took the ideas I sent her and turned them into a perfect wedding-themed baseball ticket. She incorporated our wedding colors, our guests 'meal selections, and our favorite team - the Oakland A's. And the bar code makes it so authentic. These were place cards that our guests wanted to keep as mementos of the big day.

The Guest Table Display
Once we had the ticket idea, we had to figure out how to display them. I always envisioned them sitting in grass somehow, so my uncle Craig built us a baseball field and people had to go to "Will Call" to pick up their tickets. My theme throughout the wedding was sporty but still classy, and this table turned out better than I imagined. And yes, those are bobbleheads of Corey and I on a pitching mound (see next picture).
 
The Bobbleheads
So these custom-made bobbleheads didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned (does that really look anything like me?), but they got the job done.They were just a fun way to tie the whole baseball-wedding theme together, and they fit right in with my Oakland A's bobblehead collection!
 
The Cupcakes & Cupcake Topper
I love, love, loved our cupcakes! We decided on cupcakes because neither of us are really big cake people, and we figured more people would eat them if they could pick one up and carry it around, as opposed to a plate of cake. We had 4 flavors of cupcakes: chocolate with a chocolate cream cheese frosting, vanilla bean, oreo (my pick) and carrot cake (Corey's pick). The extras were delivered to our honeymoon suite, so I spent my wedding night stuffing my face with cupcakes while sitting by the fire. Pure bliss! Also, my uncle Craig built us this cupcake stand and I put the navy ribbon on. We will be using this cupcake stand for many future Rosa & Weglin parties!
In addition to the fresh flowers, the cupcakes were topped by a bride with a bat and a groom getting ready to pitch the ball. This was perfect for us since Corey is a pitcher. When I bought these, the only option was a blonde bride and a groom with black hair, so BFF Kari came to the rescue (again) and painted the appropriate hair colors.
 
Another funny story... when it was time for us to cutely feed eachother slices of the cupcake, I cut the cupcake into fours, and before I could put a piece in Corey's mouth... he was feeding himself!
Haha! After this picture was taken, I laughed so hard because I said "Corey! I'm supposed to feed you and you feed me!" and he said, "How was I supposed to know? We never practiced that!" We did the whole traditional photo-op feeding eachother bit after this, but that was just hilarious.
 
The Garter & Engraved Baseball
Instead of just tossing a token garter to his boys, Corey tossed the garter wrapped around an engraved baseball with our wedding date so it would be something someone could keep. Before he tossed it, Corey and I both "autographed" the ball, so the groomsman that caught it has our first official autographs.
 
The Centerpieces
Like everything else, I LOVED our centerpieces. My vision of beautiful white, classic flowers with yellow lillies mixed in turned out amazing. Our florist was wonderful. I also liked that our centerpieces were in silver bowls instead of the standard glass vases. The silver made it pop. We put a star on the back of one person from each table's baseball ticket to designate them as the person that got to take home the centerpiece. It was nice to be able to give a few of the special women in our lives something to take home, and then we didn't have to pack them all up when the night was over.
 
The Candy Bar
The first decision I ever made about my wedding was that there would absolutely be a candy bar! With me and my sweet tooth, it just had to be there! We added a little extra something with our homemade signs: the alcohol bar said "Corey's Bar" and my candy bar obviously was designated "Steph's Bar." Unfortunately this picture was taken towards the end of the night when most of the candy was long gone, but you still get the idea. We had take home bags with monogrammed stickers so people could load up and take some for the ride home.
 
Everything at our wedding was just so, so perfect. I was overwhelmed with love and happiness the whole day and night. You can see it written all over my face in this candid picture of me just taking it all in...
 
At the time, it was pretty stressful, but now I miss planning my wedding. All the decisions, the craziness, the excitement... it was a once in a lifetime experience! Glad I get to re-live it all with you here on my blog every week!
xo Steph
 



Monday, November 12, 2012

Heeeeere's Johnny!

On Thursday morning just after 2:00am, I was awoken by my cell phone ringing in my ear. I had fallen asleep with it on my pillow knowing my big sister could have her baby any moment. It was time. After tests revealed the baby had lost some weight and that there wasn't enough fluid in there for him, he needed out and he needed out fast. So Shawna underwent an emergency C-section around 2:30am. Since I was nearly two hours away in San Francisco, I would never make it on time. So I tossed and turned in bed, praying they would be ok. Just a few minutes later, I got a text from Pixie saying Johnathan Edward Fontana had been born. Happy tears strolled down my face as I thanked God everyone was ok. Our little miracle baby was here!
Johnny Fontana, my nephew #2
The family and Dr. Knight right after delivery.
Mommy, daddy and their brand new baby.
Father and son in matching beanies.
My big sis is already the best mom. 
I raced home as fast as I could to meet the little guy!
Uncle Corey and Johnny.
Bryan doing the Heisman pose with the baby.
Brendan and his new cousin! Love my little nephews!
This baby is so, so loved.
After a day full of excitement, Shawna & Bryan were exhausted, so I got to spend a lot of time holding little Johnny while his parents got some sleep.
Johnny in his going home outfit.
Grandma and her new grandson.
Mom and all her grandbabies! Brendan, Ruby and Johnny.

The Rosa clan keeps growing and growing, and I am so lucky to be a part of this pretty awesome crew. I'm very proud of Shawna for bringing such an amazing little man into this world. Johnny hit the baby lotto the day he was born, and he will never go a day without knowing just how loved he is by all of us.

This past weekend we also got to meet another baby boy that is also part of our clan... Mr. Caden Henley. 
Congratulations to the Pittons on such a beautiful little boy! Brendan, Caden and Johnny are gonna be trouble!

Hope everyone had a great Monday!
xo Steph