Sleeping Through Surprises

Tonight was supposed to be my surprise birthday dinner with Ryan. I knew we had dinner reservations somewhere,  but Ryan wasn’t telling me where until tonight. 

After our drive back to Orlando, I was pooped. I think my lack of sleep from last night really caught up to me because while Ryan was watching the Bulls game, I fell asleep on the couch.   

About 20 minutes before we were supposed to head out the door, Ryan woke me up and asked if I wanted to go out to dinner still to celebrate. I felt exhausted and we both decided that a night in would suit us better. 

I went back to sleep for a bit and when I woke up Ryan said, “Dinner is baking.” 

He then turned his lap top toward me to show me the Domino’s Pizza Tracker which offers a play-by-play of your pizza order. Ryan ordered us two pizzas, which sounded 100 percent perfect to me. 

Pizza Time!

When they arrived we dug in! Between the two of us, we polished off a small and a medium pizza. I definitely held my own! 




For dessert, I baked up a batch of funfetti cake mix cookies. 

Funfetti Cake Mix

Though the cookies are sugary and delicious, the batter is the best part! 

Funfetti Cookie Dough

I ate one too many spoonfuls of cookie dough though and am feeling a little ill at the moment. Eek! 

Despite eating lots o’ dough, I still had room for two smallish freshly baked cookies. 

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Cookie Monster

Now that I have a full belly, I’m hoping to hop into bed early tonight because I am still a little sleepy. 

Goodnight! 😀 

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies 


  • Funfetti cake mix
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients and place by rounded spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. 

Bake for 10 minutes, or until cookies are slightly golden.

Guest List Grand Total

This morning I was up a little before 6 a.m. because Sadie was acting like a nut job all night.

In the middle of the night my mom let her out to go to the bathroom and she would not stop barking. We think there may have been some birds or a critter in our backyard, but whatever it was Sadie did not think it belonged there. Sadie spent the rest of the night curled up with me, tossing and turning. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep so well!

Though waking up before dawn on the weekend isn’t exactly ideal, it did give me a chance to get a quick run in before the hustle and bustle of the day began. I even got to try out my new Garmin!

Garmin Forerunner

Unfortunately I had it set up to report my statistics in kilometers, so I didn’t really understand my pace very well! I like my miles. 😉 I converted my statistics when I got home and found that Sadie and I covered slightly more than 5 miles.

Meeting the Pastor

After a quick breakfast, Ryan and I headed out to meet with Pastor Dean, a potential officiate for our wedding at his home in Dunedin, Florida.

Pastor Dean and his wife were wonderful to meet and seemed like such genuine people. Plus, Pastor Dean was very open to incorporating our ideas into the ceremony. I think we found another winner!


When we arrived back to my parents’ house, we had a big brunch waiting for us.


Before we sat down, my dad handed everyone mimosas to enjoy!

Mimosa Man

Dad + Daughter + Drinks

I filled my plate with all the goodies, and went back for seconds of the ham and thirds of the hash browns.

My Plate

Guest List

After brunch, we printed off our list of everyone in the world we would like to invite to the wedding and discussed everything thoroughly to get to a final number we are all comfortable with.

Our grand total… 155 people!

The total is definitely more than we initially thought we would have on our list, but it’s not as outrageously huge as it could have been. It feels good to have all of our guests on paper!

How many people came to your wedding? If you’re not married, do you want a big wedding or a small wedding?