Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

It's 2012! I didn't get to kiss my honey at midnight unfortunately, but I brought my new year in with good company at work. My new year day was very long, but a lot of fun! I got off work, went to the grocery store and bought lots of food for my company and went home to a clean house all thanks to my wonderful fiance. I only had to run the vacuum which really didn't NEED to be done, but I'm weird like that. And I started cooking my black eyed peas for good luck! We had my brother Josh and his new girlfriend Lindsey over, my best friend and MOH Alysha and her bf David, my future father in law and his gf Vickie and my future brother-in law Chris and his wife Samantha, over at

We had a country boil, black eyed peas and rice, fresh green beans, cole slaw, cornbread and salad for dinner. Which all turned out good thankfully! And I tried craw fish for the first time, which was okay, but not all I anticipated...I have this weird fascination with Louisiana and all things Cajun/Creole, etc...and am completely in  love with the culture from there. I mean seriously, have you ever heard Troy Landry from Swamp people talk? "Laissez les bon temps roulez!!!"

We had a great time and I'm so thankful to God for all my family and friends and am praying for a wonderfully blessed and successful new year!

Just this month I'm really starting to feel wedding pressure...I mean my schedule every weekend this month is busy!! Tomorrow we are going to pick the tuxes and get David sized and look for my wedding band and get our fingers sized so I can order Davids band.

Then this next weekend is my bridal shower back home in Titusville, then Sunday I go get my dress altered if need be :-/ then Monday I go to get my hair and makeup trial...then work 3 days. Then Saturday the 14 hopefully I'll be planning my "bachelorette" shower for Savannah and Tybee Island with my ladies and cooking out....then work again for 3 days, then our second meeting with our pastor, then to work on my centerpieces at our friend Sissy's house, who by the way makes beautiful bouquets, arrangements, etc. She is fantastic!!!! Then work again for like 4 days I think, then I end the month with my Momma finally coming to visit! And honestly that's not all, there's so many more little things I have to do including getting all these Christmas decorations put away!!!
Honestly, I couldn't be happier right now either. I'm enjoying today and my opportunity to take it easy...and am so grateful we got a lawn mower from my PopPop for Christmas because I forgot our front yard looks like this and the grass will be growing again pretty soon....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Much to be GRATEFUL for..........

This Christmas season snuck up on me this year. I literally could not mentally wrap my brain around the fact that it was Christmas!!! Maybe with all the big things that just happened in my life; new job, first house, graduating, etc. I'm not sure, but I know I'm still in disbelief that this year is almost over. Honestly this year was one of the best I've ever had. I have so much to be grateful for:::

My family and pictures on the computer of my whole family...picture coming soon after the wedding...

GOD, I know he should be number one, but to be honest this is in no particular order because I am just so grateful for all I have and all I have is given by HIM.

Our new HOUSE. It is all I ever wanted and  more. I'm so excited to continue making this house our home and improving all the little things I dream of.

My JOB! I am extremely fortunate to have a job to begin with and to have a job in a field that is pretty much never going anywhere. I mean people always need medical care.

My adorable PUPPY that has taught me even more patience than I thought I had, and to really cherish the sound of a hound dog's bark....I'm ready for another hound mascot.

Now with 2012 in the very near future ;-) I have my bridal shower(s) to look forward to, my bachelorette getaway to Savannah/Tybee Island, GA and of course our WEDDING!!!
 The Church
Savannah....very pretty.

We also changed our honeymoon to Eufaula, AL due to the fact that I didn't realize the cost of where we wanted to go (2012 Kentucky Derby package) was per person, not couple :-/ but we've planned that for 2013 for our 1st Year Anniversary giving us a year to save up our $3,000 Plus a week relaxing on Lake Eufaula fishing and wandering around a historical sleepy ole Southern town has me completely excited...and when we are going is when the azaleas and dogwoods are in bloom as well!!! 
Eufaula Pilgrimage
Dogwoods in bloom


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lazy Day...

Unfortunately I have not kept my blog updated as I previously mentioned...however I've been a little distracted with the, work, wedding, and house stuff...

I completed my AA this semester, just finished my finals...thank goodness. Now I've got to decide what I want to go back for next fall. I can't decide between Health Business Administration, Agribusiness Management or Social Work. But at least for now I have a job until I decide...

And thankfully I have the next 2 1/2 months to get the rest of my wedding planning, itineraries, decorations, etc done....

During this next 2 1/2 months I also need to start picking up some overtime to help with wedding expenses and the honeymoon. Even though I am adamantly opposed to overtime, I guess an extra day each week for 6 weeks won't be too bad.

I have to admit I have a new obsession that I am really starting to enjoy with my fiance. Hunting...I love camo of course. I love the quietness. And I love that after the wedding and honeymoon I'll be buying myself something like this....
 oh and this....

That's right, next summer/fall I'm going to be looking for a horse!!! And working on the exterior of our new home as are a few inspirations I've found.

Boxwoods are green, hardy all year round, you can shape them into nice clean lines, let them grow up for privacy or to hide the bottom of your house ;-) and you can put flowers in front of them in a flower bed...
Camellia's are also very hardy if kept from frost and we already have one planted from the previous owners.
Gardenias, smell great and are super pretty.

Guess that's a good enough update for now. Night <3

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's OK...

It's OK that I spent WAY too much money today shopping for the house...I get paid tomorrow.

It's OK that I still haven't finished unpacking completely, I still need a new desk and bookcases to unpack all my "office" and school crap. 

It's OK that everything is not perfect in our house yet, the yard isn't exactly the way I want it, the walls are not the perfect colors for me, and the kitchen floor isn't what I wanted, but I'm HAPPY. I LOVE it here, and things worth having take time.

It's OK that I still have so much to do for the wedding 03/31/2012
~finish centerpeices
~buy the rest of my linens and plates, utensils, etc...
~Oh and pay for the church, reception venue, etc...but it is reserved! 

It's OK that I work ALL this weekend, four nights in a row and that I am going to be exhausted on Tuesday and want to sleep all the way until I go back to work Wednesday night!

It's OK that I suck at keeping up with blogging, but  I am going to make a conscious effort to do better now...

And it's OK that I have not bought one single present yet....

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I admit it. I am a horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE blogger.

It's been over 2 months since I blogged. 

However, I think I have a good excuse....or two.

1) Started my new job. Was on days for about 2 1/2 months, orientation/training, etc. Now I'm on nights. Only one week down so far on nights, which is 3 days and it's been good. Hope it works out.

2) We bought "the house". 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room and family room, BIG kitchen with an island (oohh lala...) laundry room, 2 car carport, master bathroom with 2 sinks, shower and a garden tub BUT the best part!!! 4.86 acres!! Only 20 minutes from work, property taxes ridiculously lower than the county we were previously residing in. And we are HAPPY. It needs some fixing up here and there, but it takes time and we are loving every minute of it. Even our first mortgage payment.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, now we are going to prepare for Christmas. We are getting our first LIVE tree together, something we both always had growing up.

We sent out our save-the-dates and I've recently been slapped with the reality of how fast our wedding is coming up and how much that still needs to be done....

But it will all work out...and with this little update I will say that's all for now and pics and more news to come, hopefully sooner than well as our most recent engagement/pictures for our reception pictures to come...even though that probably made no sense what so ever. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Confessional

I confess::: I have not blogged in over 2 weeks!! I admit I have been horrible at keeping this thing up. However I have started my new job at the hospital here. And so far, I love it. I've made it through training and am almost done with my orientation on the floors and am moving on into the ICUs soon!!! Where the excitement is! And we have also been negotiating on a house we love. We are awaiting our appraisal and inspection now.

I confess::: I am praying and hoping everything works out and we get this house. I am ready to have a yard
(5 acres) and a bigger kitchen plus decorating! 

I confess::: I am so excited to watch the Tennessee Volunteers do good this season! As a real true die hard fan, I love my team through the wins and losses, the good, the bad and the ugly! I love the BIG ORANGE!

I confess::: I'm drooling at the fact that September 9th is payday! I have not had an actual paycheck in like months! I love making money, even if I pay bills with it. There is just something about feeling like I've accomplished something. I just put 80 hours in the past two weeks! And I love it. Plus I'm excited for some money and to have benefits finally. All that school finally paid off!

I confess::: I'm super excited to start my 3 12 hour shifts a week next week! I'll have some time off to work on school...finally.

I confess::: So far, I have taken this online class that I'm taking this semester, really lightly. I need to really buckle down. This is why I hate online classes. There's no set time for class or a feeling of needing to know something so you don't look stupid in front of your peers when your professors ask a question in class...I slack off way too much!

Anyways! There's my confessions! Hopefully I'll post more often now that I only work 3 days a week!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Terrific Tuesday!!!

Today has been a wonderful day so far. I officially have a job at the hospital here AND I'm doing home visits for a diagnostic medical testing company! I went to sign up for benefits today and got my badge! Then I decided to surprise my darling fiance and showed up at his work with my badge in hand. He was ecstatic and more importantly so proud. When someone tells you that they're proud of you, it means the world to you. I'm such a lucky and BLESSED woman. 
We are also in the process of figuring out this whole home buying game. It is frustrating and confusing at times....we're just hoping that everything goes the way we hope and we get our house that we love.
I'm having such a good day today that even this did not upset me nearly as much as it normally would::

My adorable little Callie escaped out of her crate while I was out!!! How could I be mad at this face any way even after all the good news I got??
In wedding news:: Yesterday my fiance and I bought almost all of our flowers that we had left to purchase, except for hydrangeas. Micheal's only had dark colored hydrangeas for fall so my wonderful super MOH went to Hobby Lobby near her and bought some for us to choose from!! And they're 50% off!!! Here's an idea of our centerpieces but with green and cream hydrangeas. 

Now something that has not been a happy time right now. My best friend of over 10 years lost her cousin this weekend. This young lady was only 16 and lost her life to an infection cause by an amoeba. I'm attaching a link so you can educate yourself on this life threatening organism that lives in our swimming holes, rivers, lakes and ponds. Please be careful this summer while enjoying the water.