Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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
Such a sweet puppy! He's definitely even more of a snuggle buddy now!! :)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I LOVE how beautiful this is, you did a great job Jess!! Thank you SO much!! :)
Monday, November 30, 2009
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
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
- 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
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
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.
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!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
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
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 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
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
Friday, October 23, 2009
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. :)