Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Lessons

What a beautiful year of blessings 2009 brought me. Although there are many highlights to 2009, I find myself reflecting the things that I have learned the most this year. I have posted links to the ones that have posts that relate.

Planning a wedding just isn't that fun.

Buying your first home is equally stressful and exciting. Nothing makes you prouder on closing day to realize "I worked for this, and it's finally mine."

Do not expect someone to take a hint. Just tell them how you feel.

Listening to your niece learn how to say your name is the sweetest sound to hear.

Nothing will get in the way of my husband and seeing the Boston Red Sox play in person.

Centipedes crawl really fast.

The Poochie-Bell is the world's greatest invention.

Get out of your job that makes you feel meaningless.

You cannot stop a child from reflecting your parenting-no matter how guarded to tell them to be.

Children that have always been given up on believe that everyone will give up on them eventually.

Some people really do live in situations that I only believed to be in the movies.

Some people really don't want to be helped.

You can't change anyone's priorities.

Appreciation to your spouse is the key that opens many doors.

I'm way beyond blessed. I am reminded each and every day when I go to work to be thankful for the unbelievable amount of blessings I have been given.

My bloggy readers really are the best. :)

Happy 2010 everyone! Be safe and celebrate it well!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I'm so behind these days! I've been finding it harder to blog because the things on my mind lately are things I really can't share with the internet world. My sweet kiddos at work that I spend every day with come home with me in my thoughts, and I wish I could share their stories. Sadly, due to confidentiality rules and out of respect to their privacy, I can't. So I've been finding it harder to find topics on my blog. I'm working it out though, and trying to get in a new groove!

Anyway, it's time to recap! Jason and I got lots of Christmas cards this year, and I found this envelope the funniest:

This card came from one of Jason's family members, and I thought it was so cute that they put my name on the envelope instead of his. I've been teasing him about being "Mrs. Orlando" for a few weeks now. :)

We had a long day trip to visit family for Christmas, and couldn't bear the thought of Fenway staying in his "bed" that long without food or water. So after removing the toilet paper, picking up the rugs, and raising everything else out of Fenway's reach, we left him safely in our bathroom with lots of toys, food, and water. Except...

Fenway kind of likes to rearrange his bowls, remember? Well, apparently the new, heavier bowls did not stop our sweet puppy, and he overturned his bowl. What a mess!! And, Jason and I forgot ONE tiny thing. My ROBE on the back of the bathroom door!
Sigh. I love that robe. It was perfect length, and towel material just like I love. I hope we can find another one. Jason picked that robe out for me during one of our Christmases as a dating couple together. I'll spare you the photo of the strings of this robe AFTER Fenway ate them and threw them up.

I stayed pretty sick all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thank goodness for finnigrin, after dose 2 or 3 (I can't remember), the medcine finally worked out they were supposed to. I'll spare you the details. You're welcome.

And NOW, we have taken down all of our lovely Christmas decorations and created a new centerpiece for our kitchen table to ring in the New Year! I wanted something subtle, and yet still cozy.

I can't wait to get all those candles lit for a few romantic dinners!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

I planned on blogging last weekend, to show you the shenanigans that Fenway got into.  

I planned on catching up on blogging on Monday, to catch up from not doing what I planned.

I planned on posting a copy of our Christmas card for you to see.

I planned on blogging last night, to share some Christmas-y events and photos.

And then I planned on blogging this morning, to catch up.

After the chaos of the week got the best of me, I now have food poisoning.  So I guess we will have to do a major blog recap after the holidays and I'm not spending more time in the bathroom than I am anywhere else. :(

Merry MERRY Christmas to you all.  I hope your time with your families is full of blessings, and pray for safe travels for all of you.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy 101!

Jess, my awesome ornament swap partner, tagged me in this Happy 101 Award!  Thanks Jess, y
ou are the greatest!

Here are the award rules: List 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day. For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you must then link back to my blog!

10  Things That Make Me Happy
1.  My husband.  You just don't find the good ones like that anywhere! :)
2. Sweet *not so* baby Riley.  She's sweet enough that it makes me melt, and mischievous enough to make me realize that I'm proud to be an aunt, but not ready a Mommy yet. 
3.  My new job.  What a great thing it is to go to work and spend my days with children, and drama free adults.
4.  Warm weather.  Oh how I'm dreaming of the beach right now.
5.  Fenway.  He's the world's sweetest pup.
6.  Friends that will be in town by this weekend! 
7.  Our beautiful home.
8.  Fireplaces.
9.  Country music.  
10.  Hot baths with a glass of wine!

Thanks again Jess!  I'm passing this along to all of you tonight.  I know things are crazy with all the holiday festivities approaching, and I'd love to read about the things that make you happy! So join in! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Love it!

My awesome aunt made my tree skirt and stockings this year! Since Jason and I insist on being unique in pretty much everything, it was impossible to find stockings and a tree skirt that went with our color scheme. So my Aunt Angie came to the rescue and worked her tail off to make it perfect!! Check it out!

Jason's stocking is blue and mine is purple...and little Fenway's is right in the middle :). And we definitely have enough fabric leftover for a baby girl or boy stocking someday! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Curly Fenny!

I appreciate your patience with me on my lack of blogging lately. And I promise, I HAVE been reading each and every one of your blogs, but I haven't been commenting lately. I keep meaning to go back and comment, but then I run out of free time and forget. Please forgive me! Hopefully once I settle in to my new schedule with my AMAZING new job, I'll be back into a routine again.

Since I've been so absent, I wanted to share our latest Fenway pictures! His long, poofy hair was getting WAY too long, causing a lot of matted spots that were hurting Fenway to try to get them out. So we decided that he needed a bit of a trim-and boy did a TON of curl surface!! Look how cute!

Such a sweet puppy! He's definitely even more of a snuggle buddy now!! :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I've started my new job as of yesterday and tonight, I'm most thankful for the simple things.  My beautiful home, my supportive family, my dearest friends.  Due to confidentiality, I cannot share with you some things that I would like.  However, over the past few days I have seen some incredibly sad stories and situations that bring on behavioral/mental health issues in children.  Tonight, if you feel lead to do so, please just say a prayer for these children that go home to much less than ideal situations.  

I'm thankful for the opportunity to see these situations, because not only do I have a chance to make an impact, but I have been given another chance to comprehend just how blessed I really am.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ornament Swap!

Justine at Almost There hosted an ornament swap, and gave me a great partner! Jess and I decided that we would send each other ornaments that symbolized something that would represent us or where we come from. Since she is from Central Florida, she sent me the most BEAUTIFUL Disney ornament!

I LOVE how beautiful this is, you did a great job Jess!! Thank you SO much!! :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

6 months ago...

My loving husband,

In the grand scheme of things, 6 months is a very small amount of time. But in these past 6 months, we've become family, created a home, adopted a furbaby, and fallen more in love than we were the day we said "I do."

6 months ago today, we vowed to be together for the rest of our lives. That promise will always be the strongest vow in our marriage, yet at our weakest moment. 6 months ago was the day that I loved you the least, the way it should be. Our new life together has made my love for you grow and multiply in new ways that I never would have expected.

I want you to know that I always appreciate all of the help you give at home. Even though you take care of everything on the outside of our home, you never hesitate to help me out inside too. I appreciate all your hard work and willingness to pitch in so that we can finish up our chores faster and spend more relaxing time together.

I love our date nights. I think one thing that has kept our relationship strong over the years is that we have never stopped dating each other. We always make time to talk about everything, important and unimportant. Our regular dates to spend time one-on-one make it much easier to talk to you about the "big stuff" when it comes around. It's so much easier to get through stressful situations because we hold nothing back.

When we are 65 and looking back, I hope we do not remember the years. I hope we do not remember the months. My hope is that we remember the moments that have made our life together already so special. The moment we danced in our empty living room on move-in day. The moment that we first laid eyes on each other through a window on our wedding day. The moment of sadness on our last night in Mexico. The moment I called you screaming because of a silly centipede in the bathroom. Our moments of laughter. Our moments of tears.

I hope that we do remember our "off" times, so that we can appreciate our "on" times so much more. Although the days that we are "off" certainly do not reveal my proudest moments, they make me realize how wonderful our "on" days really are. I hope that we will always have more "on" days than "off."

So I just wanted to tell you that today, on our 6 month anniversary, will be one of the days that I will love you the least in our many years ahead. But at this point, it's a day that I love you the most. We've had quite an eventful first 6 months of marriage, and I can only continue to look forward to what the future will bring.

I love you!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy 26th Birthday, my sweet and loving husband.

I'm so incredibly proud of you and all of your accomplishments.  You never cease to keep following your dreams:

You always know how to bring life to any situation.

May your special day be filled with as much love and laughter as you bring to me every day.  I love you more than I can ever explain to you.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Top 10

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with lots of love and safe travels. This is the time of year that we begin to reflect on the past year and the things we are most thankful for. I've decided to name my top 10 "most thankful" things for 2009:

10. Riley is still a happy, healthy, beautiful little girl. She is learning so much!
9. I married the most incredible man in May.
8. I get to spend this Thanksgiving with just my parents, sister/brother-in-law/niece, and husband this year.
7. I get to use my college degree and work with children starting next week!
6. Jason and I have created a beautiful home that we have been dreaming about for a long time.
5. I have learned a lot of valuable lessons this year.
4. Fenway brings a lot of laughter and love into our lives.
3. My HEALTHY parents, and their willingness to help at any given moment.
2. My wonderful friends, that I get to spend a lot of time with over the holidays.
1. All of YOU! My fabulous bloggy buddies! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Random Tidbits

  • I'm really excited about Thanksgiving this year. We have chosen just to make Thanksgiving about Mom, Dad, Ashley, Adam, Riley, Jason and I this year. Yay for pjs, games and movies all day! We will definitely be well rested to hit the ground running on Friday morning!

  • My paperwork is complete and I start my new job on December 2!! I'm so ready to move on, I hate the limbo stage of wrapping up at one place and waiting to start another.

  • Jason gave me a huge surprise and is taking me to see The Nutcracker in Louisville in December! I'm so excited, because his mom bought us tickets to see the Christmas special of the Rockettes in Nashville too! I've always wanted to see the Rockettes, so I'm really excited. I've seen the Louisville Ballet perform before, but this is a brand new production, and I can't wait to see what changes are going to be made.

  • My bestie that is in NYC to follow her dreams as a Broadway star comes home to visit TONIGHT!!! I can't wait to see her, and hear all about her new job! That's right ladies, my BESTEST friend is a part of the Clurman Singers and will perform at CARNEGIE HALL in April. I'm so proud of her, and cannot wait to see her!!!

  • My house is FULLY decorated for Christmas now, and I plan on sharing pictures with you all soon.

  • Update: I have been terrible about this update, but wanted to let you all know since you were so wonderful to lift up prayers. Mom's episode in October was ruled by an epileptic specialist that she did NOT have a seizure. Thank goodness!! He feels confident that it was a spell of sudden drop in blood pressure or blood sugar, and gave her some diet adjustments to help with that. She had a couple of other small tests run as well, but thank goodness we aren't facing anything major anymore. Thank you all so much for your prayers and concern.

  • I have taught Riley to say "peace out." I find it quite comical.

  • Jason and I ordered our Christmas cards last week! Want one? E-mail me! We have a large amount of leftovers based on our current list, since you can only order in increments of 25 (and of course, we were 4 over.)

  • My husband rocks. I sent a "to-do" list for us to organize what needed to be done before the arrival of his parents this past weekend for him to add anything I left out. This was a to-do list that we were going to work on together when I got home from work. He got off work early, and had the entire list completed for me so that I could relax all evening. What a great husband!

  • My dog thinks my pillow is his now. He has a new found desire to wrap himself around my head for about 15 minutes each night before he jumps down to get in his own bed, on the floor.

Happy SHORT week everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Great News!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life you've imagined."
I must say, I've always felt extremely blessed. I have a wonderful, tight-knit family, a beautiful home with a husband to share it with, the world's most beautiful niece, and the world's cutest dog. But today, I was given even more blessings.
I'm so excited you guys! I have been so ready to tell you that I have found a job that I will actually USE my college degree!!!
I've been offered a wonderful opportunity as a Behavioral Health Specialist! I'm very excited to begin working with children and really using what I studied so hard for. It was bittersweet letting my boss and co-workers know that I would be leaving, but I know that this is the right thing to do.
The best part about this job is that I will have the opportunity to join a reimbursement program for my Master's degree! I'm thrilled that I'm going to get the chance for my Master's program, education is just SO expensive! My parents were extremely generous by providing me with an undergraduate education, so I'm excited to put it to use as well and take it a step further. What a blessing that I will be able to do something that Jason and I otherwise wouldn't be able to afford at this time.
I just wanted to share my exciting news today, and I will definitely keep you all up to date on the new adventures I'm about to encounter!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sugar Doll!

Emily, over at show me Your way, gave me this really adorable award over the weekend! I just love Emily's blog, she is such a sweetheart! She writes about the most genuine things about the thoughts that run through her head during her very stressful college years. I can relate to some of her posts so well, and it is nice to know that someone else experiences the same struggles that I do sometimes!
The directions are to post this award, write 10 interesting things about yourself, and pass it along to 10 other fabulous bloggers!

1. I already know exactly how I'm going to tell Jason, and our families that we are expecting. (No, we aren't expecting yet, and don't plan to for a while. But I still know exactly how we are going to break the news.)
2. I have no idea what my natural hair color is anymore. It's been every *standard* hair color under the sun since high school.
3. I'm much better explaining myself to people by e-mail, text, letter, or any other form of "written" communication.
4. I once flung a hot dog at my sister's head because she made me mad. In the 5th grade, I wrote a poem about it, and submitted it for my portfolio.
5. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am ridiculously afraid of the dark. I can finally sleep with the lights off now that I'm married and don't sleep alone anymore.
6. I look at my wedding pictures all the time, but never once have I wished to re-live that day.
7. Although I truly believe no man will ever love me more than my husband, I feel the most loved when Riley gives me a hug.
8. I've always believed that everything happens for a reason, but I've never truly understood it until this year.
9. I sing extremely loudly in the car to some of the most embarrassing music ever (including Miley Cyrus).
10. I have to drink a Dr. Pepper by 9:30 a.m., or I have a headache for the rest of the day. My caffeine addiction is bad, I know.

I would like to pass this along to ALL of you, because I love reading the random statements about everyone! I think the random tidbits are often the most intriguing, hilarious facts that people can come up with! I love each and every one of you, and you all deserve this one! So get to it now! :)

Thanks again, Emily! :)

Friday, November 13, 2009


"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself." Harriet Nelson
My quote of the day on my iPod has been very (creepily) accurate lately!
Over the course of my high school and college careers, I have learned that forgiveness is truly for your own healing. Although forgiveness can create peace in a situation, the best peace you gain from it is peace within your own heart. It's hard work to hold animosity and bitterness in your heart about any situation. It's hurtful, it's exhausting, and it's time consuming. Why should we continue to dwell on negative incidents from the past when we can focus on our positive present and future? Forgiveness brings peace.
Sometimes, we must forgive others who hurt us even when they don't seek our forgiveness. Should we really hold on to hurt and struggle towards one another just because they don't see a reason for remorse? We are letting the enemy get the best of us when we will not allow ourselves peace by waiting for that apology. It may never come.
However, sometimes those apologies come long after forgiveness was given. Days, maybe even years, can pass by. This actually happened to me yesterday, and I realized that not only does forgiveness give us personal peace, but so do apologies. Of course we should seek forgiveness to admit our wrongdoings, just the way we seek forgiveness to God when we hurt him. However, I always thought an apology was mainly for the other individual. For example, when I say wrong things to my husband, I apologize and seek his forgiveness; but I always felt that I was doing it for him (gladly, but nonetheless, for him) to give him some peace and comfort that I recognize that I hurt him and want to show him that I plan to do better. I never realized that those apologies can also relieve me of my own guilt and remorse.
After a discussion with an old friend from high school yesterday, I realized that a lot was left unsaid that I never put much thought into. I forgave the actions from the incident a long time ago, and while this friend and I lost touch, I never expected an apology. An apology was owed on my end as well, but bitterness and pride prevented us from this for several years. In fact, it had been such a long time that I assumed that forgiveness had already been granted to me as well. However, when I received an apology yesterday afternoon, it was then that I realized that although we indeed had both forgiven each other, my friend felt it necessary to still apologize after all this time to relieve his own guilt and remorse.
We should always offer our remorse and apologies to our family and friends that we hurt. Unfortunately, this does not always happen for one reason or another. However, no matter how much time passes, sometimes offering forgiveness or apologies to something that has hurt us in the past might be exactly what we need to grant us a new kind of peace.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Trust in Your Heart

“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.”

I wish I had found this quote years ago. I have always had issues of trusting others. Many always told me that you should always trust a person until they show that they are untrustworthy. I always viewed it to be the other way around. I have always protected my heart and my feelings from outside sources, for fear of deception. I've had many broken hearts by boys and other friends that resulted in a very careful selection of individuals to see the real me. Many of you have been with me through the journey of learning about true friendships this year, and I'm learning to be ever thankful for the beautiful ones in my life. If only it had always been so easy to trust them.

My gut always seemed right when it told me not to trust someone. Why is it always so difficult to go with your gut? Because I didn't trust it either. I wasn't trusting God to grant me the wisdom to avoid hurtful situations. Learning to trust God to put me where I needed to be was always a difficult lesson. Friendships, relationships, jobs, school, etc. require constant trust in God to keep you where you need to be.

Thank goodness for my two best friends you all hear me talk about so much. If they hadn't embraced my weakness for trust, I wouldn't have those two today. I spent so much time pushing them away during our first few years of friendship it is a miracle that we are the friends we are today. They accepted me for who I am, and because of that I have learned who to trust-and who not to.

Trusting God in my male relationships was the hardest thing to do. Jason and I have a very interesting route to our marriage. He and I met while I was dating another guy that I felt very strongly for. Meeting Jason opened up an entirely different world of friendships and experiences that our friendship quickly grew into something more. I found it very difficult to trust the instinct of a much healthier relationship, and actually reconsidered my decision with my previous boyfriend shortly after Jason and I began dating. We split ways, but remained close friends. The next few months were extremely confusing and difficult, and I finally had no choice but to give in and trust God to show me where I needed to be. Were either of these men for me to marry? Should I walk in a completely different direction? It wasn't long after I chose to completely give up all control in that situation when my eyes were opened-just in time for Christmas.

During this confusing time, I knew that I still wanted to do something small and special for Jason, even if we were only friends. I chose to find a vinyl album to add to his collection, but left it in his vehicle while working one day. That very night, I was supposed to have dinner and celebrate Christmas with the other corner to my confusing triangle. That evening, I received a hat from his favorite baseball team, and a sweatshirt from his college (that I did not attend). I was so upset, but tried not to show it. It wasn't the gift. It was the knowledge that he put zero thought into this time together, and I was very hurt by it. A few days later, after the English class Jason and I shared that semester, he gave me a small Christmas gift: two beautiful ballerina Christmas ornaments to go with my collection that my mother had so lovingly worked on creating over the years. It was that very moment that I knew exactly where I wanted to be, and who God wanted me to marry.

Learning that level of trust has given me so many opportunities to know when I should and should not trust others. It is still a very difficult task for me with new friendships, but I feel that I am still learning. I have learned to keep God right in my heart where he belongs, and to trust my heart when it tells me something. "God will never deny you of a blessing, only to give you something better."

Monday, November 9, 2009

Of Course Not!

Before I get started, baby Stellan and his whole family need your prayers this morning. He was set for a serious surgery tomorrow, but the circumstances have required that they bump it up to now. If you feel driven to do so, pray for them today. Go here to read more about this story.

I'm not doing a Not Me! Monday this week, because I want to show you all the beginnings of one large "not me" that began this weekend. I did not start decorating my house for Christmas this weekend! I know, I know, it's crazy early. Jason and I intended on waiting until after Thanksgiving, but after reviewing our chaotic holiday schedule, that would mean waiting until only be a week or two before Christmas. Since I've decided to do more than just a tree, I really don't want to spend all that time working on it, only to take it down a couple of weeks later. We are one of those weird families that takes their decorations down pretty ASAP after Christmas day. So we began. The tree is not up yet, we plan on doing that this coming weekend or the next, depending on plans.

Anyway, I wanted to share photos with you all!

Our mantle:

Close up shot of one side of the mantle. That black mini-pedestal that the large ornament is sitting on will be spray painted silver in the next few days, so that it blends more.

The large ornament. I found this at Target, how cute is that!
The other side of the mantle. I LOVE that tree! Our console table in the living room:
Coffee table:
Side table between the couch and loveseat. I'll try to post a whole room shot once the mess is all cleaned up and the decorating is finished.
In the foyer, we have put up a small tree that is really special. Each year, my Mom has always bought Christmas ornaments for us, and my "theme" was ballerinas, since I danced until I graduated high school. Eventually, we could no longer find any ballerina ornaments that were my style or already owned. So she switched it up to snowflakes, and now on to the bright colors that we have chosen, but these ballerinas will always be very special to me. I decided that these ornaments needed a special tree of their own, so we put it in the foyer:
My Nutcrackers surround it. I performed in the Nutcracker for many years, and it is one of my favorite shows.
There you have it! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wishful Wednesday

(In my best game show voice) From Kelsey's blog, it's time for:

This week, I wish I would relive my honeymoon over and over again.
If you want to read more details about our trip, click here and here. For now, I'll leave you with some of my favorite photos. We loved this resort, and we can't WAIT to plan a trip back as soon as we can! You can't beat the Aventura Spa Palace, or all of the FUN things that came along with our all-inclusive package!

I feel like I'm cheating this week, since I talked about ASP for my Wishful Wednesday vacation segment as well. But NOTHING beat a full week in paradise with my husband to unwind from all of the chaos that our wedding caused! :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween in Pictures

For Halloween, we kicked off the celebration with a viewing of "The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" with Mom, Dad, Ash, Adam, and of course, Riley. Riley decided to wear my scarf for part of the day, and play with Fenway:
Riley and my Dad in the floor with Fenway:
Jason and I gave Riley some candy, but also a really cool book that does a "spooky laugh" when you open it. She LOVED it.
My sister made a dirt cake as a special "Trick-or-Treat."
Riley's ADORABLE costume: A sock monkey ballerina! She LOVES monkeys.
Look at that little tail!
My Mom and Me in the front yard.
Riley and her parents, aka my sister and brother in-law. Aren't they precious?
We went to eat with my parents, and were going to go with Ashley and Adam to show Riley off to grandparents and family friends, but Jason wasn't feeling well so we came on home. After a while, he started to feel better, so he carved Riley's pumpkin for her to have when she got home.
Scooby Doo! Riley picked out the design herself with Jason, and was so cute sitting next to it after her very eventful night!
And I just couldn't resist. At first, Fenway was going to be a banana. But the costume didn't fit. So we took it back, and decided not to dress him up. I went to Wal-Mart Halloween morning, and they had some costumes already marked down. I couldn't resist. My little clown!
He HATED this costume. Check out the video of him trying to escape the evil hat! So funny! And his butt looks HUGE since he is so fluffy! HAHA! Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Grocery Store Confusion

I have never really thought about the difference in single men, men with girlfriends, and married men until I went to the grocery store last night. I will excuse my sweet husband from this, since he used to work in the grocery store, so he has always known his way around very well. He also happens to be a fabulous cook! Anyway, I ran to the store for a few items after work last night, and realized I was surrounded by single men and men with girlfriends.

Married ladies, do your husbands help you grocery shop? Did they help you shop before you were married? Ladies with boyfriends/fiances-what about you all?

I was in the pasta aisle, picking up some marinara sauce for eggplant parmesan, and I over hear a man in his late 20's/early 30's on the phone. He was on the phone with someone that sounded like a significant other. I didn't see a ring, so I'm assuming girlfriend. His conversation went soemthing like:
"Sweetie, I'm sorry but we can't have Sweedish Meatballs tonight. (pause) Because I can't find a kit for it. I looked everywhere. I'm in the sauce aisle now, and there is nothing that says Sweedish Meatballs on it. (pause) I'm sorry, but I can't find anything, anywhere that says Sweedish Meatballs." Oh boy. Poor guy.

I laughed to myself a bit, got my marinara, and went on to the next aisle. I then come across two guys that were probably still in college (especially because of the way they used the word "man"about every other word.) I laughed even harder when I heard their conversation:
"Hey yo man, you got a pot?"
"You know man, a pot."
"Like, the thing you made noodles in?"
"Yeah man, that. A pot."
"Ah! Naw man, I ain't got one. I bet we could borrow one. Call (insert name that I can't remember here.) I bet she's got one."

Oh my. I know I'm still learning to cook, but really?! It certainly made for a funny trip to the grocery store!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Hi, my name is Paige and I have a confession to make.

I'm officially obsessed with Taylor Swift!
Seriously, it's bad. Jason and I are planning a trip to Texas in March to see/meet the family that didn't get to make it to our wedding. I've recently learned that Taylor will be in Houston in May, so I'm working on a postponement of this trip so that we can see Jason's family and Taylor Swift all in one trip! AH!! I know, it's bad.

I know she isn't the most incredible singer in the country music industry, but she is an incredible song writer, tons of fun, and totally relatable. And her singing as really grown and improved since she started.

I saw on Yahoo this morning that Taylor Swift was going to be on the Ellen Show today. It was my husband's day to come home and let the dog out, and he so sweetly set the DVR for me to get to watch Taylor this evening. This girl is just so stinking cute! I think she handles her personal life in the spotlight with class, and is so genuinely thankful for all the love her fans give her. She's a doll, and I'm ridiculously obsessed.

Which is why it should be no surprise to you that when I discovered that I was THREE days late purchasing her Fearless Platinum Edition, Jason and I hopped in the car and headed out to buy it. Our first store was sold out. But they DID have a 6 song Taylor Swift Christmas CD that I had to grab as well. Our second stop gave us better luck, and I am now spending my evening listening to Taylor's 6 new songs, and watching the DVD of the included music videos and behind the scenes tours.

I really don't like MySpace at all, but Jason's nieces are on there, so I keep my account open to e-mail them. Ok, I lie. I also look at Taylor Swift's MySpace page and watch her hilarious videos with her crew. If you ever get time, watch them, they are SO funny!

Ok. I feel better now that you all know my secret (or not so secret) love for Taylor Swift.

Thankful Thursdays

I Love Little Friday!
I am thankful for my dear friend Ashlee, who is having a birthday today in NYC. I'm thankful for texting, that allows me to talk to her throughout the day since we can't celebrate together like we normally do.

I'm thankful for all my sweet bloggy friends, for you all leave me the sweetest, most encouraging messages!

I'm thankful for my sweet husband, who will go home at lunch to set the DVR for Ellen, just so I can watch Taylor Swift tonight.

I'm thankful that Riley gave me kisses at lunch today.

I'm thankful that my life insurance sale came through today!

I'm thankful that sweet baby Stellan is hanging in there, even though things don't look good today. Happy Birthday baby Stellan!

I'm thankful that I get to see sweet Riley dressed as a Sock Monkey Ballerina for Halloween, and give her a bag of M&M's!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Can someone please tell me...

Update: Got it! Thanks guys! You all are the greatest!

How do I respond to a comment via e-mail? I've had several of you respond to my comments via e-mail, rather than commenting back in the post or on my post. I can't seem to figure out how to do it, so any advice would be fabulous!


Selfishness in Friendships

I'm sure most of you have heard, "It is better to give than to receive." We are coming up on a season that giving is emphasized, have we lost focus on giving, and refocused on receiving?

It seems that even small acts of giving are often ignored. Sometimes all a person needs is an ear to listen, or word of kindness. It's easy to wrap ourselves up in the world around us, and forget that others live in it.

Do you ever feel the need to talk to someone about something going on in your life? Of course you do, we all do at some point. And when we feel we need to talk, we feel like what we need to talk about is extremely important. Have you ever felt like you've turned to someone to talk, and the conversation turns to being about the other person? Ugh, it's so frustrating!! I try to remember that my friends also have things on their mind as well, and I'm willing to be there. But dang it, sometimes I want them to be there too!

I feel certain that we have all had relationships/friendships that we have given more than we have received. We may not even notice it until we truly need those people, and realize they aren't willing to give what we would be willing to give. Those relationships normally end with bittersweet feelings.

I shouldn't complain, really. I have several friends that are wonderful. I also have two that are out of this world just as good to me as I am to them. They deserve the best, and they give me the best. I've always heard that if you find one true friend in your life, consider yourself lucky. I hit the jackpot with two. So why is it that we are so surprised when we discover someone that isn't a true friend? We want to see the best in people. We want to believe that everyone is willing to be selfless once in a while, but the sad truth is that everyone isn't willing.

It's a frustrating battle to go above and beyond for someone simply because you want to; only to discover they won't go above and beyond for you when you need it. It's a great lesson to learn, but certainly a painful one.

Some of you might remember me touching on this subject back around May, when I began to learn this bittersweet lesson with friends involved in my wedding. I chose at that time not to reveal too much, as there are too many people that I know in real life read this. I don't want my blog to bash people. I don't want my blog to call people out for things that have happened. However, I do have a purpose for this blog. I want to update friends and family members that don't live close by. I want to meet more bloggy friends (I have the best readers ever!). I want to have a place to write out the lessons I have learned and share them with you all. And I want to be able to vent out my frustrations! So that's exactly what I'm going to do, without bashing and naming anyone specific.

Why in the heck is this girl talking about something that she learned back in May? I'm finally coming to a full circle with this lesson. Recent events have brought a flood of memories back that again have shown me who will always be there and who won't. The ones who won't were certainly surprises to me. Sad surprises. I thought I had learned this lesson in May, but it was only the beginning. I've now also learned that the beginning of a hard lesson is always the most painful. Learning the bits and pieces after are just reassuring to a lesson you've learned.

Because of some really bad friends, and some really awesome ones, I've discovered some valuable lessons. I've learned that distance doesn't mean distance. Being geographically far away from someone does not mean a friendship will become weaker. Being geographically close to someone does not always mean you will remain close. This was refreshing to learn over the past few weeks. My geographically distant friends were right with me during the fear and confusion of those few days spent at the hospital with my family. Geographically close individuals I used to see as friends had no clue anything was even going on.

How do we get so wrapped up in our own lives that we don't see when a friend struggles? Selfishness. We must find that happy medium to be a valuable friend to others. We must learn to give just as much as we take, and we have to be prepared at any moment to give MORE than we take, and know that it will come back around to us someday.

We must celebrate with our friends when they are rejoicing, and we must grieve with them when they grieve. Being there through the exciting and happy times is just as important as the times of sorrow. I always thought it was easier for a friend to be with you during the "up" times rather than the "down" times: another learned in May. Sometimes jealousy sets in, and "friends" don't want to celebrate with you. Sadly, selfishness can prevent us from being a positive influence on others lives, and in turn create a larger distance between two close individuals that should have never been created.

Sometimes, a genuine desire to hear and listen to the answer to "How are you?" is what a friend needs.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Christmas Ornament Swap!

Another swap for the season!!!

Head over here to participate! I just found out about this earlier today, and the McLinky is closing tonight! Hurry on over to join in on the fun to participate in a Christmas ornament swap!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Maid Paige and Butler Jason

Jason and I now have new occupations, thanks to our furbaby, Fenway. I'm not talking the role of "Puppy Parent." I'm talking the new occupation of servant. I've become a maid, and Jason has become a butler (that I affectionately now like to call Geoffrey, like on Fresh Prince.) We now don't just have Fenway-we have "Mah-ster Fenway" (like Geoffrey says it lol.)
I love our sweet pup, even when he steals Kleenex and Q-Tips from the bathroom trash. Even when I find a pair of underwear in his mouth. Even when he doesn't want to be put in his "bed" and he hides far enough under the bed I can't reach him. He is mischievous, and loves to find things that don't belong to him, but he is usually very well behaved. However, there are days I could strangle him.
Fenway is extremely smart, and was pretty easy to housebreak. He would sit quietly by our backdoor and wait for us to notice him. After finding him waiting patiently many times without accidents, I felt bad for making him holding it just because I didn't see him. So I invested in a Poochie Bell. For you non-dog owners, this is supposed to be a bell that Fenway rings when he needs to be let out.

It's really handy, even though Fenway was afraid of it the first few days. The noise frightened him, and he would sit by the door as far away from the bell as he could. However, he magically decided that he was no longer afraid of it, and has become a professional Poochie-Bell ringer. Too professional.

Fenway doesn't believe that his Poochie-Bell is just supposed to be used for going outside. Fenway knows that his Poochie-Bell will make Jason and I come running to take him out, so he believes that his Poochie-Bell is to alert us for any request. He rings, we come running, and he heads to his food/water bowls if they are empty. He rings, we come running, and he runs to the couch to show us that he got something stuck under there.

Inadvertently, we have taught our dog to ring a bell, and a servant will come running to help him with whatever he needs. Next thing you know, he will expect his bell to come on a silver platter.

Spoiled thing. :)