Catching Up with Mrs. Sand Dollar

Hey everyone! It’s been nearly three years since I finished blogging regularly here, and I’d love to drop in and say hi. The mister and I had a low-budget handcrafted outdoor wedding at a local park pavilion in Lake Jackson, Texas. We did it all ourselves and with friendors, from the food (friends barbecued on site), to the music, to our Rice Krispies wedding cake! It was so much fun, and we love looking back on our wedding day. For our recaps, you can start here.

First Dance Kiss at the Sand Dollar Wedding

We recently celebrated our third wedding anniversary on September 25th. Two days later, we welcomed our second little girl, Caroline into our lives!

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The best thing that’s happened to us as a couple since we got married is:

Our children! We’ve been so blessed to have added Charlotte (who we call Charlie, born in 2011) and Caroline into our family and cannot get enough of them. It’s been a learning experience all around, but we adore our girls and our lives together.

How blogging about my wedding shaped my wedding day:

It really helped focus my timeline on DIY projects. I knew that getting posts up by a certain schedule would ensure that I got all of those things done in time for the wedding! Plus it was so much fun to share my “cheats” with others in hopes that they could save money too.

Why I chose my icon and how my icon has become a part of my identity (if it has):

I had a few sea creatures to choose from, and since we had recently moved to the Gulf Coast I knew that Sand Dollar would be perfect for me. I’ve taken to collecting them on vacation, and love getting ornaments every year. It’s not quite as cute as some of the other monikers when it comes to things (like, I can’t dress my kids up as baby sand dollars for Halloween!), but it’s a fun moniker nonetheless.

My favorite post I ever published on Weddingbee: It’s a tie: I really loved posting about the Guestbook Bench I built with my bridesmaids. It still sits at the foot of my bed, and I adore that it’s so full of memories and love. I also really enjoyed writing our budget post because I was so proud that we only came in $3 over and paid for it all ourselves! It’s not easy when you’re young and starting out, but I’m glad we did it that way.

Do you still blog/have you found another creative outlet for writing?

I do! I’ve since started a DIY blog, Killer b. Designs. During my wedding planning process I discovered a great love of carpentry and building. I chronicle my endeavors & projects and even give out free building plans. We’ve since built our own home and did all the interior finishes ourselves. I even built all our kitchen cabinets! It’s so much fun to keep sharing the DIY love.

Pop Quiz!

  • The best thing about being married is always having someone you can count on. That may sound boring, but it’s my favorite part of partnership, that we’re in it together. I know that I can count on him to pick me up when I’m struggling and that he knows I’ll do the same for him.
  • The worst thing about being married is combining finances! We’re a single income household now that I’m a SAHM, and it’s been really rough to balance our spending/saving styles. As in, he loves to spend, I’m obsessed with becoming debt free! We’ve been working through it, but it’s always our biggest fight. (Isn’t it with everyone?) But the silver lining is that we’ve had a lot of practice with good communication and compromise.
  • The best thing we registered for was that we didn’t register. We had family spread the word that we had everything we needed household-wise, so we were given fun gifts or cash.
  • The worst thing we registered for was that we didn’t register! It made for some interesting gifts as well. Yet we were still grateful for each and every one, as well as those who showed up to celebrate with us!
  • When we fight, we make up by talking it out. It’s almost comical that I can predict our fighting cycle because it’s always the same. I’m not a voice-raiser or a door-slammer and neither is the mister, so we usually battle it out with our words until we come to a compromise.
  • The biggest challenge we’ve faced since getting married has been our first year as parents. We both had a lot of growing up to do!
  • The way my SO and I reconnect when we both get busy is dinner and a movie alone. It sounds cliché, but we very rarely take the time out to do that so it’s our go-to special activity. For family activities we love to visit local swimming holes or go camping.
  • When I have a disagreement with my in laws, we resolve it by never having disagreements. ;) Not to be braggy, but my MIL is probably the most chipper, kind, loving person I’ve ever met! She regularly mails us coupons, brings us household supplies, and sends care packages. And my FIL is the definition of good ol’ boy and never gets involved in our business. Should we have issues in the future (I don’t really foresee any) I would let my husband handle it as they’re his parents. I’m in charge of wrangling mine!
  • If we could do our wedding all over again, the one thing we’d change is prepare more in advance. We had the day of to set up, and it was absolute chaos. I was so flustered, sweaty, tired, and agitated that it took a few glasses of wine later to calm me down. I had about an hour to shower and recharge before the wedding, and it was stressful!
  • In five years, I hope that we have a happy little family homestead. We’ve gotten more interested in trying to provide as much food as possible for ourselves through our gardening and husbandry and have just finished up our first planting season. We have plans to add more rain caching, solar energy, and maybe even bee keeping! We purchased a pop-up camper so we can take several local mini-vacations with the kids, and I’m so looking forward to all the memories. Plus, in about five years I should have both kids in school and would love to get back into the work force, focusing on green living and giving back to our local community.
BLOGGER

Mrs. Sand Dollar

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
September 2010
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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:46 am

    You guys make the cutest babies! Congrats on your anniversary, what a perfect anniversary gift :) And your in-laws sound like the sweetest – you got so, so lucky!

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 9:10 am

    Your baby girls are the cutest! Love seeing how your family has grown!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 9:46 am

    Congrats on your anniversary! You have a beautiful family!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:51 am

    Oh I love reading these! Such a cute family you have! Fun to learn more about your wedding too. :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:45 am

    Congrats on your new addition, you have such a beautiful family!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:21 pm

    I loved your guestbook bench, we were *this close* to using yours as inspiration! Congrats on #2…Charlie & Caroline- such cute names!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:50 pm

    Yay, congrats on your anniversary, Sand Dollars! :)

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:07 pm

    Thank you for all the sweet words and wishes!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:39 am

    Oh wow. I wouldn’t have recognized you with your long hair now that I “see” you all the time with your short cut! Mr. B and I also love reconnecting with dinner and a movie.

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:54 am

    Such adorable baby girls! Thanks for popping back in :)

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