Peanut & Me

I had been kicking around the idea of starting a blog for years, but I was always “too something” to ever make it happen. It wasn’t until my good friend and coworker, Nitzalie Garced, got her blog, Peanut & Me, up and running, that I really took an interest in taking over the Internet.

Her blog is just SO CUTE! No, seriously, it is! I mean, who doesn't find new moms and babies just absolutely adorable (that's what her blog is about if you hadn't guessed)?! Besides, these two were a new mom and baby I KNEW! I was hooked immediately.

I would find myself checking in everyday for new pictures of Madison (that’s Peanut) and Nitzalie’s musings about motherhood (something I have my eye on). I loved the way she used the blog as a medium to convey the love she has for her family and once I got engaged, I thought that I, too, could use a blog to do the same thing!

I owe so much of this blog to her and her encouragement, so it only seems right that she take the throne as June’s Blog O’ The Month! Nitzalie was able to take a short break from planning Peanut’s first birthday party to answer a couple of questions about how she and her babe handled their wedding planning.

Me: How did you meet YOUR love cub?

Nitzalie: Danny and I were high school sweethearts! We met in our junior year. He and I didn't share any classes, but some of my girlfriends and he did. One of those friends had an extra BIG mouth and nonchalantly let it slip that I thought he was cute…the rest is history!

Me:  When did you know he was the one for you?

Nitzalie: Wow! In complete honesty, I knew from the first moment I saw him. I know that sounds corny, but it’s TRUE! He was my first and only boyfriend…my first kiss, too. Back then, he was the only person I envisioned spending my life with. Don't get me wrong: we've broken up, gotten back together, broken up and gotten back together. But even while broken up, it's always been him. He was my guy and I wasn't giving him up.

Me: What hoops did Danny jump through to pop the question?

Nitzalie: What hoops DIDN'T he jump through? That's probably the better question! There were too many hoops to possibly remember them all. I guess I should mention that my parents didn't approve of our relationship. Dan and I had different upbringings; primarily, we had different religions. My parents are old school and religious (never a good combo); therefore, our being together was a big NO-NO! Let me just say, humility is one of Dan's greatest attributes. He stuck by me, proved everyone wrong and here we are living our Happily Ever After.

Me: Did you go ape shit crazy planning your own wedding?

Nitzalie: Haha! Don't all brides-to-be go bananas?! Yes, I did, but not in the way you'd think. I had a lot of stress at home. Just ‘cause he proposed and we were planning our wedding didn't change my parents’ feelings about our relationship. There was a lot of emotional stress and (for lack of a better word) DRAMA at home.

The rest of my family was extremely supportive. My cousins, aunt, grandma, sister, brother and father (he finally came around) were solid as a rock. Above all, I had Danny. He kept me focused on what really mattered at the end of the day: our love for each other.

But yeah, I totally had mini-meltdowns when the limo I wanted was booked, the RSVPs didn't come on time, etc. Wait until you start to work on your seating chart, that's when the fun REALLY starts!

Me:  What was the best part of your wedding day?

Nitzalie: All of it! There isn't just ONE best part. You have to understand, we went through it all to get to 07/15/07. Hell and back...maybe twice! That day was the reward for all the CRAP we went through. Our lives completely changed on that day.

Our wedding proved to everyone that the verse in the Bible, “love never fails,” is completely true. It didn’t matter what religion we were or whether or not everyone approved of our relationship. What mattered was that my love for Danny and his love for me never failed. If anything, all the adversity we went through just brought us closer together.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house during our ceremony. Our family and friends knew what we'd gone through and the celebration was AWESOME! Up until last June 24th, the birth of my beautiful Baby Girl, it was the best day of my life.

Me: Do you have any advice for keeping sane during the next 163 days?

One. Don't sweat the small stuff. Really. Remember what's important…after the gown is put away, the shoes are tucked in a box at the back of the closet, the tux is returned, the flowers have dried up and your cake is in the freezer, what's really left? You and your Love Cub.

Don't get caught up in the wedding hype. Don't forget what's really important: the love you guys share for each other and the life you want to have together…the life you already have together.  

Two. Delegate, delegate, delegate! Don't try to do everything on your own. Let your bridesmaids help, believe me!

Three. On your actual wedding day, pay attention. Soak it all in. Enjoy each moment ‘cause it will be magical.

The Garced Family.
I'll never forget the first time I saw Danny on our day. That's when it hit me…I realized that I would go through everything (and more) all over again to be in that same spot. The moment took my breath away. I distinctly remember sitting back and looking at everyone at our reception and thinking, “We did it!” Now look at us: A little family of three and I couldn't be happier!

Nitzalie has become such a good friend over the two years that I’ve been working at The Square. Our little chats on the floors are usually the highlights of my work day. Danny and Wil have hit it off pretty well, too, and her daughter…God, I love her.

I’ve only met Madison once, but I feel so connected to her. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I was around her the entire time her mom was pregnant with her. I’m sure reading about her everyday on Peanut & Me has brought me closer to her, too.

Although Lil’ Pea isn’t even walking yet, she’s going to be the flower girl in my wedding and I can’t wait! She’s going to be the cutest thing about my bridal party, that’s for sure! 

For more about Nitzalie's little family, visit her blog, Peanut & Me. I guarantee that you'll enjoy your time over there. I suggest you follow her blog, too (and mine if you haven't already). If you'd like to be considered for the coveted Blog O' The Month spot, shoot me an email. 


Anonymous said... June 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM

What a great story! Peanut is adorable too.

again...blogger doesn't like to work so this is Jennifer @

Nitzalie said... June 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM

We are so honored to have been chosen as your Blog O' the Month! Thank you so much for choosing us and wanting to know a little about my wedding;) I hope the advice helps! I simply CANNOT wait to see you walk down the aisle! And see my little Peanut all dressed up for the occasion! <3

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