Monday, March 30, 2009

What a Beautiful Day

Wedding festivities have officially begun!! Jason and I had our first wedding shower Sunday in his hometown at his parents church. What an overwhelming experience that was. I have some photos to share with you!!
I met many women that I have never met before, and they were all so nice and welcoming to me. They had all worked so hard to put together a beautiful setting and arrangement for us as we celebrated the upcoming weeks. It was such a sweet gesture from everyone.
Let me get straight to the pictures.

Look at these beautiful monogrammed towels that one of the mothers of a groomsman created for us!

The beautiful arrangement of food.

The gift table.

My sweet nephew Jacob with his "brown lipstick."He had chocolate ALL over his face, but was pretty unhappy with me when I told him he was wearing brown lipstick. Isn't he adorable?

This picture is blurry-but it shows the pretty gardening pot my mother gave us! It had all kinds of outside goodies in it!
Us with "The Orlando Family" Bible.

Me in the middle of two beautiful women.
My love and I.

How cute is this cake?! Each layer was a different flavor! Chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla!

Thank you to everyone involved!

Not Me! Monday-Stellan Style

It's time for Not Me! Monday! This post was created by MckMama, mother of 4 small children. Most of you have read my post about her sweet youngest child, Stellan a few days ago. A Facebook group sent the idea to make Not Me! Monday ALL about Stellan.

This week, I most certainly did NOT think about Stellan all during work. He was NOT on my mind for hours on end, just waiting to get home so that I could check on his progress for the day. And because I simply couldn't stand not checking on sweet Stellan, I most certainly did NOT sign up for Twitter texts from MckMama. Now I can know exactly what is going on as soon as she sends it. Because Stellan is NOT on my mind.

I also have most certainly NOT woken up in the middle of the night and think about Stellan. I normally end up falling asleep at my new home for a short while before I head back to my house for the night. When I woke up this week to go home, I most certainly did NOT check out MckMama's page to see how he was doing.

Stellan is certainly NOT in every single one of my prayers.

And now, as I receive a message that MckMama is about to post an update to her blog, I am NOT hitting refresh every 5 seconds in hopes of some good news for this sweet baby.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Things I Love Thursday

It's that time again guys!! Let's get right to it shall we?

1.  I LOVE my fiance. How cute is he? This is a picture that we took at the Louisville Zoo on my birthday.  He can make me laugh like no one else
can, and he's always so thoughtful to everyone.  The way he treats everyone around him make me want to be a better person, and I just adore him.  He is going to be a wonderful Dad some day, and I am so lucky to be the one beside him for the rest of our lives.

2.  I love summer foods.  Call me crazy, but there is NOTHING better than strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, squash, tomatoes, green beans, you get the idea.  Fresh fruits and veggies from the garden are my heaven.  I'd take them over almost everything.  My current kick is bell peppers.  Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, you name it.  I LOVE THEM!!!

3. Lastly for tonight, I LOVE Woot.  What is woot? Go to  It's the coolest sight that picks one random item every day to sell at a decent price.  Occasionally, they have a "woot off" that adds a new item as soon as the previous one sells.  Normally, you have to wait until the next day.  They even have things like "Bag of Crap" that you can get that occasionally is just that.  A bag of crap.  But sometimes it is something really cool, like a new tv or iPhone.  I have never bought anything from this site, but I just love to see what random items they come up with!

Now, it's your turn! :)

Baby Stellan

Lately my facebook and blog posts have mentioned baby Stellan, which most of you probably do not know. I have never met this sweet baby, but I love his mother's blog. She is the brains behind Not Me! Monday, and posts beautiful photos of her 4 small children.

Stellan is the youngest of the 4, around 5 months old. While MckMama was carrying him, doctors became very concerned about little Stellan's heart. With many trips to the hospital and check-ups, the doctors said that Stellan would not live. A C-section was scheduled to deliver Stellan with many NICU nurses and cardiologists ready to take care of Stellan and his sick heart. However, when Stellan was born, there were no traces of his heart condition. The doctors even stated that if they had not known the circumstances before going into the C-Section, they never would have known baby Stellan had ever been sick. To read all the details and the rest of Stellan's incredible story, check this link out. Stellan's life truly is a miracle.

In the past few days, Stellan's heart condition has returned and is facing serious complications that could be life-threatening. His heart rate has been in a dangerous level of 200-300 beats per minute. The past few days have been pretty topsy-turvey has it goes from bad, to good, to better, to worse, to REALLY bad, back to good, etc. It saddens me to hear about a child that is this sick. To know the relief that my sweet niece was born beautiful, healthy, and thriving was something that can't be explained. It is difficult imagine precious Riley in this situation, there is no way I can understand exactly how MckMama is feeling right now. It makes me realize yet again just how lucky our family is to have such a healthy baby girl in our lives.

What's amazing about this blog is how many lives this family and little boy have touched. During the time his mother was pregnant, followers of this blog wrote Stellan's name in every way imaginable. His name was in sand, snow, paper, food items, candy, rubber duckies, headlights, church signs, McDonald's signs, etc. These photos came from all around the United States and even in different parts of the world. To see a photo of a tribe of women from the Ivory Coast in West Africa to hold a sheet of paper with Stellan's name on it is really something.

Thousands of comments from blog followers have been posted over the past four days to send their words of prayer, comfort and encouragement to MckMama as her son battles SVT. These comments are from mothers telling stories of how they have prayed for Stellan with their 4 year old child, how their children are asking their playground friends if they know Stellan and if they are praying for him too. There are comments from hopefuls with no children, followers that can empathize, and followers like me that have recently learned about this story. One poster even told MckMama "I have prayed these past three days for your son more than I have prayed in the past two years." How amazing is this?

Stellan's life is a miracle because he survived a situation that doctors never would have expected, and was born without a trace of SVT. But his current situation is also his miracle. He's not even old enough to tell it, yet his story is reaching people all over the world. His story is teaching children about God and prayer, and bringing adults back to prayer that have strayed away from their faith. I'm sure that Stellan's story has even put faith in to some that have never known God, and motivated them to learn and know.

I hope and pray Stellan survives this battle for another miracle, so that he can grow and live to tell his story in his own words, and reach even more people the way his MckMama has. His mother's strength is incredible. She talks about son that shows utmost concern and fear, but also peace. We are all human, we all worry even though God tells us to cast our worries upon him. I know this is something I struggle with, and I'm sure many other's do as well. During Stellan's first night in the hospital, MckMama talked about knowing that Stellan's length of earthly life is strictly God's will. She stated that even if God chose to take Stellan at this time in his life, she and her husband would cling to God and know that it was his will. It amazes me that even in the heat of the moment of Stellan's illness, his mother can focus on casting her worries and son's illness upon him and know that God will do what he knows is best no matter what. If you read her messages, it truly puts things in perspective.

Sorry to be so longwinded today guys. Baby Stellan has been in my thoughts for a few days now, and I thought I would share them with you all. Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Well I never...

So my friend Christine has a pretty entertaining blog. She started the "Well I never posts yesterday, and I thought I would take a stab at it myself!

1. I have NEVER gone into Target and spent less than 30 minutes there. I usually go with a goal in mind, with a few set things to pick up. But who in their right state of mind can POSSIBLY pass up the 1 spot? Or going to check out some awesome flip flops? I absolutely love Target's card selection, so even when I go for cards, I spend 30 minutes. I read all kinds of cards, even for occasions that I have no need to even be looking at. I check out their awesome stationary, the boxes of cards, invitations, you get the idea. Never, ever-let me repeat-EVER believe me when I say I am just going to run to Target "really quick." Even when Jason and I went to pick up a plunger, we ended up in the garden section. Who knows? However, I now have my idea for number 2.

2. I have NEVER been embarrassed by Jason's crazy antics until "Target Plunger Day." Jason is the kind of spirit that will dance down the aisles at the grocery store, test out the new bikes at Wal-Mart, etc. I love that about him, he makes life so full of suprises. Usually, I join in with him. However, on "Target Plunger Day," I could have crawled under a bush.
Story time.

A couple of Sundays ago, I was curled up on our couch with a book and blanket, ready for some reading and a much needed nap. Jason comes into the room to announce that we needed a plunger. Oh dear, here we go. So, off to Target we go. We go straight for the plunger section, and there is one with a "pretty handle." (Clear with a decorative circular top thing, instead of that yucky wood that looks rotted after a few uses.) *Disclaimer-ABC Family was also airing every single Harry Potter movie this certain weekend.*
Anyway, we grab the plunger and Jason INSISTS on being the one to carry it. Ok, fine. I wasn't quite sure what the big deal was, but ok. I wanted him to come to the garden section with me to look at these lights I want to put around the sidewalk. As we are walking, he says "Wait stop." He jumps in front of me to face me, takes that freakin' plunger and uses it like a sword and taps both of my shoulders. He then goes on to say "I knight thee, Princess of the Poo Poo wand." KNIGHTED ME in the middle of freakin' Targer with a stupid plunger. My face turned bright red, and that was all it took. The plunger was now a magic wand that did anything he wanted. He pointed it at people and cars (once we got to the parking lot) and said things like "Be GONE! You gremlins!"

At one point, I grabbed the "wand" out of his hand out of pure humiliation, and it broke my nail. He laughed malicously and said "The wand doesn't like you. It chose me, not you." His wand later turned into his magic broom as he "flew" to the car.

Sigh. I really didn't want children immediately after the wedding, but I'm afraid I may have to reconsider so that my silly husband has someone to play with.

3. I have never seen the movie Old School. I know, I know. My boss says I have no street cred because of this.

4. I have never gotten over my fear of the dark. Seriously. I think that walking around the dark automatically sets you up for people jumping out at you.

You try it now! What are some things you have never done?!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Vacation Time?! No, it's just March

I know I missed Not Me! Monday. I had actually thought of a few cute things throughout the week involving my sweet niece that a good aunt would never do. Such as let her play with my car keys with only 5 minutes left on my lunch hour, causing her to cry when I absolutely had to take them away. I would never do that. (As you can tell, that guilt is lingering.)

I actually chose not to participate in Not Me! Monday for the sadness of MckMama's sweet baby Stellan. An 8 month old child that was believed to die in the womb due to heart conditions was born perfectly healthy. Yesterday, his heart rate jumped up to nearly 300 bpm. The doctors and nurses have had extreme difficulty lowering baby Stellan's heartrate, and his condition is becoming more severe and scary. I have continued to check the status of sweet Stellan, but sadly, no good news yet. MckMama's miracle baby is a baby that beats the odds of the doctors, and I hope and pray he does it again.

I'm bummed out today. I'm tired. I'm cranky. I want a vacation. I really do love where I work, who I work for, and who I work with. We joke and have fun and it's not always a serious "work environment." We work very hard, but we also have a great time together. We all get along really well. The days we don't get along? Rather than gossip about each other, we just tell it to the person's face. I remember working at my last job where it was CONSTANT gossip, bickering, and absolutely no humor. I am extremely lucky to have a job in this economy, especially a job that I enjoy on most days.

Of course there are bad days. Of course customers are stupid sometimes. Of course I make mistakes. I understand that and know that bad days make the good days worth looking forward to. And at my job, the good days outweigh the bad. But right now, even though most of the days are still very good, I feel like I need a break. My batteries need to be recharged.

Sadly though, my vacation doesn't come until our honeymoon in May. We only get a certain amount of vacation time, and I am using a large majority of those days for the wedding and honeymoon. I really hate to use any days before, because then I will be halfway through the year without any vacation time left. Which means no extra time to take for the holidays, in case of sickness, or family emergencies.

Sigh. I don't know what's wrong with me today, I'm in just one of those moods.

Since this note has so many negative aspects today, let's end on a happy note! FortCox is heading out of Kentucky late tonight/early tomorrow to visit her hubby after two long months of separation. Her husband has joined the AirForce, and he had to leave for training just 2 weeks after their wedding. He is graduating this weekend, which means 4 days for her to reunite with her husband! I know hardly any of the jargon of the military or AirForce, so I tried to explain without any of it. However, if any of this information is incorrect FortCox, let me know and I can correct it. If any of you other readers want to know more details, head on over to her blog and check it out! Pray that she has a safe trip, wonderful weather for graduation, and a spectacular 4 days with her hubby.

Hope everyone has a great day.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I have been a complete and absolute blog slacker this weekend.  We have been running around like crazy working on wedding planning.  Starting next weekend, the majority of our weekends until the wedding are completely full, leaving us not much time to accomplish things.

We met with our Day of Coordinator to settle some preliminary things for the ceremony and reception such as the menu, set up, etc.  Then my sister, Mom and I hunted for miscellaneous wedding items, birthday items for sweet Riley, and just running around town.

Speaking of-can you believe my sweet little niece is already 11 months old?! In exactly 1 month, we will be celebrating her very first birthday, and I can't wait! She is going to be the cutest little birthday princess!

I had intended to begin "Stupid People Sundays" this week, but I am currently at a loss of what happened in the previous work week.  I think I am going to start documenting throughout the week so that I can remember them by Sunday.

I am SUPER proud of my Hilltoppers for playing so well in the tournament and demonstrating a high amount of class during their sad loss against Gonzaga this weekend.  It was a hard fought game, and those boys should definitely be proud of themselves.  However, my awesome Louisville Cardinals are still going strong, so let's go CARDS!

Stay tuned for Not Me! Monday tomorrow! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tennessee Cheerleaders

I'm not a University of Tennessee fan. Never have been, those pesky colors just do NOT work for me ;). However-if I could see this little cheerleader represent the school of the ugliest orange I have ever seen in my life-I could become a fan.

What do you think? Who else could pull off that color besides that sweet little face and her gorgeous Momma?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Things I Love Thursday

Hola amigos! Ok, really, no idea why I decided to start that in Spanish, but I did! Ha!

It's time for Things I Love Thursdays, wahoo!!

First of all, let me start my showing you my newest love. 

Our gorgeous first home!  We have actually already painted those shutters and door a nice chocolate brown, so please ignore the ugly green! We just haven't gotten an updated picture yet! Anyway, as I have mentioned before, I adore our new home.  We are so proud of it, and love to show it off.  Give us a call and come on over! 

Secondly, I have a new music obsession.  I LOVE the Zac Brown Band.  As most of you are aware, I am all about some country music.  This new group is pretty awesome. My new favorite song is one of theirs called "Free." It has a beautiful violin intro, and just such a peaceful song to listen to.  Download it!

What else do I love on this beautiful Thursday? Hmmm, let's see.  I LOVE being a WKU alum.  My friend Sarah came into work today completely stressed beyond belief because of some ridiculous teachers, licensing boards, projects, and tests.  As she and I talked about school and tried to "destress" her for a while, I realized again how glad I am to be done with school.  College was wonderful to me.  I made wonderful friends and met the love of my life in college.
  But the silly projects, busy work, class registration, and ridiculous things some professors make you definitely outweigh that.  With or without college, I still have the love of my life and all my wonderful friends.  I'm thrilled to be finished, and realize more and more that those summer classes to graduate a semester early were TOTALLY worth it.

Finally, I leave you with one of the things I love most in this world... Riley's sweet smile.

This photo needs no further explanation.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Case and Point

So I was telling my wonderful fiance about my previous blog and rant about March Madness. *Quick background info-Jason is a UNC, Louisville, WKU fan and a follower of UK and Duke because they are his least favorite. These are the ONLY 5 teams I hear about from him in the regular season.*  

Anyway, back on track.  I began telling him about the statement I wrote that involved Purdue and Northern Iowa (see previous blog if you want the exact statement.) 

I started off by saying to him: "Why is it that you care about teams you never follow during regular season, it just doesn't make sense to me at all. I wrote this in my blog today and used the example of-erm-Northern Iowa and whoever the heck they are playing; I can't remember the exact match up I used off the bracket." 

He responds immediately with "They play Purdue in the first round."


Spring Fever

This weather is starting to get to me. I'm DYING to get outside, go to the beach, lay by the pool, wear my summer dresses, etc. It's so gorgeous outside and my all window office makes my spring fever that much higher.

I'm so ready for a vacation. Jason and I will be going to the Riviera Maya for our honeymoon, and I CANNOT wait. We will be on the side of the island that has some dangerous tide, so our resort has a man made beach/lagoon instead of the real thing. Which actually works well for me. I'm a lover of calmer water, and a lounge chair instead of the sand. I love walking on the beach, and viewing the ocean from my room, but I'm much more of a pool girl!

How can someone not be in heaven at a place like this?! It's an all inclusive resort with 7 restaurants, 2 snack bars, and as many tours of the Mayan ruins that you can manage to fit into your week! We hope to go to Tulum and Chichen Itza.


And Chichen Itza:

There are a few others that we hope to squeeze in as well, but the tours only run on certain days and times and some tend to overlap. I've never been to Mexico before, so I am SUPER excited about it! I was originally nervous that we had procrastinated way too long to get our passports, but thankfully they arrived in just 3 short weeks. So we should be good to go! We will be flying out the morning after the wedding, and spending 7 glorious days in the sun!

Jason's brother Victor gave us a wonderful wedding present by allowing us to use his frequent flyer miles to make our trip. All we had to pay were the taxes on the seats, so we got two tickets to Mexico for $120!! Not too shabby! It was a huge help from Victor, as the cheapest flights we could find were nearly $1300. We are also using my grandparents timeshare exchange, which allowed us to save the money on the room and only have to pay the all inclusive fee. All in all, it's still a fairly expensive trip, but I feel like it's going to be so well worth it. Once we nosedive into really caring for our home, working, and starting a family in the next few years, I don't see us finding the time to get away and take a trip like this for quite a while. Might as well act on it while we feel like we can!

Speaking of spring fever, it's currently a man's Christmas. Yes, ladies, I'm talking about March Madness. You can kiss your men goodbye until April as they are starting their love affair with ESPN and CBS.

Now, don't get me wrong. I like basketball, I really do. I enjoy going to games, and watching some on television with my Dad and fiance. But only when it's a team I really like and support. Of course, I'm a huge WKU fan, also a Louisville Cardinals fan, and am "marrying into" being a University of North Carolina fan. But that's pretty much where it stops. Sure, there are a few teams that I am interested in how they do that I'm not a fan of, but that doesn't mean I want to watch every minute of every game.

I can't seem to comprehend the concept that they can sit in front of the television from 10am to 10pm watching EVERY single game that comes on during these few weeks. What's the craze? You never watch Purdue and Northern Iowa on TV during the regular season, why is it a MUST SEE during tournament time? Who knows.

However, I do plan on having my rear end firmly planted on my beautiful couch in my beautiful new home at 8:55 tomorrow evening. Let's GO TOPS!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wedding Cake Trial Number 1!

So my Mom is pretty freakin' crafty.  She's always made us beautiful birthday cakes and cakes for other occasions.  She created the most awesome beach cake for their luau anniversary party a few years ago.  Not to brag or anything, but she's awesome!  Here's the cake she did for the luau:

Pretty gorgeous! 
Those shells are actually made out of white chocolate, with a little bit of pink in them.  And it tasted SO good!

Anyway, when we started wedding planning, Mom asked how I felt about her trying out the cake.  OF COURSE! It was going to be a great way to cut back on some expenses, and I can already trust she will make it exactly how I want it.  So I started researching, and I couldn't believe how elaborate and extravagant a lot of wedding cakes are.  They really are beautiful! But I decided that I wanted something a little more simple.  And of course, 
unique.  Most of you know that if it goes with what "most people" are doing, you can bet I'm going to find something different to do instead.  So I decided that I wanted a chocolate cake, since I hate white cake anyway, and that I didn't want the basic, symmetrical, circular cake.  As beautiful as those are, they just weren't quite us.  An added bonus is that our colors are pool blue, brown, copper and ivory, so chocolate icing would flow with the color scheme too!  So we started plotting and discussing, and tonight she went all out and put it all together!  

Now, these pictures aren't 100% what we are doing.  The monogram topper did not work out exactly how we wanted it.  The beads began to fall off, so Jason is going to find the same blue in a sparkly paint and take care of that.  Plus, there will be white flower petals scattered on the layers for an extra dimension and just enough detail.

Take a look!

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday, created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog and see what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I'm so excited for my first "Not Me!" post! Of course I have not been plotting all week, and after I do something silly, I would never think "Hmmmm, would this be a good Not Me!?" Ha ha!

This week was my grandmother's 70th birthday. Happy Birthday Grandma Lucy! For lunch, my mother took her to Red Lobster as a special treat because my grandmother LOVES crablegs. So I decided to take my lunch hour from work to go meet them and see my grandmother on her special day. If you are from this area, most of you know what a pain in the butt it is getting into the restaraunt from the mall area. I turned down the road leading towards Scottsville Rd where there is no break in the plant islands to get into the restaurant. Knowing full well that pulling across Scottsville Rd. was impossible at noon, I absolutely did not contemplate doing an illegal U-Turn just because I was in a hurry. Once I realized I didn't have enough room to do the U-Turn, I did not pull out in front of two lanes of oncoming traffic turning left only to be stuck in the middle blocking traffic for several minutes. This would make me one of those drivers I always complain about, certainly I would never do anything like that! Nope, not me!

This week, I certainly did not realize that I was so hooked on reading everyone's blogs that I needed to create my own. I do not check the status pages multiple times a day to see if any new blogs are posted for me to read. Nope, not me!

I also did not forget to run by the florist to make a deposit. Certainly a responsible bride would remember to make all of her deposits immediately, and never forget. Obviously I am aware that my deposit reserves my spot for the day at the florist, and that alone should make me remember!

Yesterday, I most certainly did not oversleep and miss church. I am up for church every single week, and rarely miss. Of course my reason for missing would never be my lack of responsibility and ignoring/not hearing an alarm clock. Nope, not me!

Well, that's it for this week! Join me by telling everyone what you have not been doing this week!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Saturday!

Happy weekend everyone!  I absolutely love my weekend time, especially the weekends I get to sleep in! Today I slept until a wonderful 11am! I feel rested, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy my two days off work!

This is one of the last weekends before the wedding that I don't have a ton of busy plans!  I just checked my countdown, and we have 77 days to go! AH!  I rarely check the countdown, and I always find it funny when people come up to me and say, "Isn't it crazy that you are getting married in (insert number of days here) days?!" It throws me off EVERY single time because I don't pay much attention.  I know that the big day  is coming, but hearing exactly how many days is left always makes it sound much closer.

Next weekend is our first meeting with our Day of Coordinator to discuss details of the ceremony.  I'm not quite sure of everything we will be discussing, but I'm pretty excited about this part of the plans!  Then the final weekend of March is our very first wedding shower!  Jason's church back home has organized a wonderful shower for us after church, and I'm pretty excited about it.  We haven't been to Henderson since Christmas, so it will be nice to make a day trip.

April is going to be ridiculously crazy for us.  We have another shower planned for us by my wonderful sister, as well as my niece's first birthday party! I cannot wait to watch her dive into her very first birthday cake.  Riley is a child after my own heart.  Her appetite is absolutely incredible.  My mom watches her during the week while my sister works part-time, and I often get to go home for lunch and see her for an hour a day.  I try to go during  her lunch time so that we can eat together.  Often, I believe she eats more than me.  I can't wait to see her dominate a whole cake, I know she can do it! She's prepping that adorable little poochie tummy for months! 

Today is a day for some miscellaneous errands, laundry, and maybe even another blog this evening.  I'm going to enjoy this "minimally" busy weekends while I still can!  Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Finally Friday!!

YAY! I have finally gotten a template that I like, now I can start adding more blogs! 

It was a CRAZY day at work today.  Life in the insurance business never gets dull! From people having accidents swearing that the accident was "the road's fault," to women not understanding that there are NOT 4 months in quarter, to people that say only 1 car can fit in the garage because there is only 1 garage door.  Most days, I love my job.  The people I work with are hilarious, and that makes for some interesting moments.

I have a feeling this is going to be a pretty boring blog.  I planned on posting LOTS of adorable pictures of sweet Riley, but I'm super tired.  I started drafting this before my favorite uncle came over to fix our internet, and now all I want to do is sleep!

I hope everyone had a marvelous Friday, I promise to post a much more exciting blog tomorrow.

P.S. I want to post a special prayer request tonight.  A family friend of Jason's has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has begun aggressive chemotherapy.  Please keep him in your prayers as his family goes through this tough time.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Things I Love Thursdays

Stolen from Fort Cox, it's Things I Love Thursdays! While I'm beginning the addiction of blogging, I'm also stealing some ideas from the blogs I've become so incredibly addicted to reading. Stay tuned for Wordless Wednesdays and Not Me! Mondays! I'm such a nerd, because I'm super excited in participating in these posts! :)

First thing. I love this time of year because it's Girl Scout Cookie time!! Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Samoas, MMMMM. I can't get enough of them. This year was somewhat of a disappointment. Because of the economy, the Girl Scouts were forced to produce less cookies in the box for the same price as last year. My poor checkbook couldn't possibly stock my freezer full of Girl Scout cookies for an entire year, so I'm savoring my four boxes that I purchased this year. Although it is quite fun to find my wonderful fiance stashing away Thin Mints in the freezer in hopes I forget them! HA! He's sadly mistaken.

Secondly, it's spring weather season!! I absolutely loathe winter months because I hate the cold so much. I can't wait until the temperature remains OVER 60 at all times. I love my summer clothes and dresses, and feel so confined in a winter coat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have to wait much longer for spring weather to be here to stay.

Third and finally for this post, I absolutely LOVE The Confessions of a Shopaholic. My sister and I began reading these books years ago, long before a movie was ever thought of. As she became more addicted to the series, she would let me borrow her copies and we began to share the addiction. They are completely shallow, girly, HILARIOUS books. It's so funny to read about Rebecca Bloomwood and the crazy situations she finds herself in. My sister and I went to see the movie this past weekend as a part of her birthday celebration. The movie is completely different from the books. In fact, the movie combines a lot of the mishaps from the first two books, so I'm hoping for a sequel! Isla Fisher is such a talented actress, and so funny! She represents Rebecca Bloomwood exactly the way I would have pictured her being from the books. Get your girlfriends and go see this movie!

Well, that's it for now! :)

A New Addiction??

So I've recently entered the blogging world. I'm COMPLETELY addicted to reading other blogs. Since I'm such a blog stalker, I thought maybe I would resist my stalking tendencies by creating my own blog.

Jason and I are about 2 1/2 months away from tying the knot!! We are getting so excited to continue our lives together and endure all the new changes in our lives. Let me tell you, it has been an INCREDIBLE year, and I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us. 2008 brought us together as an engaged couple, we welcomed my gorgeous niece Riley to the world, and graduated from college!

2009 has a LOT to live up to! So far, I'm impressed. Wedding plans are going fairly smoothly, and we just bought our first home! I must say, our first home is more than I ever could have dreamed of. I find myself sitting in the middle of a room, any room, in our new home just in awe that this piece of land is OURS. Well, not really. In fact, it belongs to the bank for the next 30 years, but you know what I mean ;). I'll add pictures of our new home and introduce you to the wonderful people in my life as soon as I get the hang of using this blog site!