Monday, January 31, 2011

I Don't Wanna Grow Up

Rise and shine!! It's Tuesday!! : ) I enjoyed a fabulous day off yesterday that consisted of:

- Snuggles with the hubby
- Lots of crazy Lifetime movies
- A Sonic blast
- Wearing the same pajamas all day
- Crafting
- Catching up on blogs

Sounds like a wonderful day, right? That's because it was! If only I could have that day on repeat again today! You know how some people say that they could never not work because they'd go crazy with boredom? Nope, not me!! I could definitely be a stay at home wife!

A week or two ago, the beautiful {av} at long distance loving tagged me in a post. You can read it here! I am REALLY late on this post, but being late is better than never! Right?? Right!! Good. Glad we got that settled. All you have to do is write 7 random facts about your childhood! I really enjoyed reading {av}'s facts! It was so cute getting to see some childhood pictures of her! You will have to forgive me in advance...I do not have a scanner, so I had to take pictures of the pictures to post. Yeah...I'm creative.

1) I was a chunky baby. As obvious from the above picture. Several weeks after bringing me home, my mom was bathing me and saw something bright red on my neck and thought I was bleeding. Turns out, it was just a strawberry (a bright red birthmark). She hadn't seen it all those weeks because it was covered up by my "triple chins."

2) Bad words were NOT allowed in our house growing up (or even now). I said a bad word once to my older brother and he told my mom. That little snake. She didn't spank us, so instead she chased me around the house with soap, trying to "wash my dirty mouth out." By the time she finally caught me, we were both laughing so hard that she didn't even do it. Needless to say, I still do not say bad words!

3) My mom signed me up for dance classes when I was little. We had class every Wednesday. Magically, every single Wednesday I had a stomach ache and wanted to skip class. My mom begged me to quit since I obviously hated class, but I wouldn't. Several weeks later, I finally confessed that I didn't want to quit because I liked the pretty outfits that we got to wear. (I quit not long after that...even the pretty outfits weren't enough to make me suffer through class.)

4) I have a brother who is 3 years older and a sister who is 3 years younger. We were all born between November 22-28. November was always our favorite month because we got to celebrate three back-to-back birthdays!

5) I was IN LOVE with my pacifier. Also referred to lovingly as "paci." I would not give it up for anything. When I was 6 years old (yes, 6!), my mom took all of my paci's and told me that the Pacifier Fairy had come for them. The fairy left some toys in place of the paci's that she stole, but I still don't like her to this day. : ) I even had a slight lisp from talking with a pacifier so much! Thankfully, that cleared up on its own. I think. Right? ; )

6) I am left handed. When I came up to bat at my very first tee ball game, the coaches and parents shouted "left handed batter." Then, all of the kids shifted in the field. I hated that because I was the ONLY one that had to do that! I decided right then and there that I was going to bat as if I was right handed. And I did...all the way up through high school softball. (Guess I showed them, huh?) : )

7) One day while playing on the swing set in the backyard, I fell off the swing and hurt my wrist. It looked okay, so we just went on about our lives. Three days later, after gymnastics practice, all of the neighborhood kids were playing baseball together in the driveway. I was playing catcher. I stood up right as the batter was swinging and she hit me in the head with the bat. Did I mention she was three years older than me and super athletic?? Needless to say, my mom took me to the ER where they discovered that not only did I have a concussion, I also had a fractured wrist from my swing set fall! I'm pretty sure they thought my mom was abusing me.

So now you know a little bit more about me...along with some pretty embarrassing facts! The next part is just to tag a few bloggers to do this, too! I am going to tag:

Play along if you want to! If not, no hard feelings! : )

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!

Love, love!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

One Sweet Boy

I just wanted to start by saying THANK Y'ALL for all the sweet comments and amazing blog love lately!! Seriously, y'all have become my hearts and y'all make me smile every single day!!

PS: Notice that I'm still spelling y'all right?!?! Have no idea what I'm talking about? See here!

This past weekend, we got to go and visit with my friend who just had her second baby...that precious baby boy that I posted about last week! Justin got to meet that doll for the first time! Plus, we just had a fabulous best friend reunion! I have 4 super amazing best friends from college. Three of them still live in our college town. I moved a few hours north and the other one moved a few hours south. We lived together, in a dorm, for 4 years leaving them was HARD! We try to get together as often as we can, but it's not nearly enough!! The first few pictures are from his actual birth. The rest are from this past weekend!

The precious new baby and his adorable parents!

Loving my new nephew!

The new mommy...not looking at all like she just gave birth!

Their whole fabulous family...with big sister giving the new baby a kiss!

Reunion time!

So blessed to have friends like this.

She even put him in a fireman outfit in honor of meeting Justin!

And he was smitten! (I'm smitten over both boys!)

My precious hubby!

To all of you fabulous pregnant women out there, look at that bundle of joy that you are about to have!! To all of us non-pregnant women (with possible baby fever), stay strong and don't look into their eyes...or they'll get you. ; )

By the way, I am totally overdue to have a giveaway. I meant to do it at 200 followers, but I still need to take the pictures and get it all typed out. Soon, my loves, soon!!

Hope y'all have a great day!! : ) Oh, and thanks to the lovely Alison for giving me this fabulous award! Check her blog out if you haven't already...she is hilarious and stunning!!

That's all I've got for today!

Love, love!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Our Love Story, part 3

Hey y'all! Hope y'all are having a great day! Here's part 3 of our love story!! : )

(If you missed it, read part 1 here and part 2 here!)

So, I had been out of town for several nights. It had finally HIT ME that I liked this man and wanted to date him, but I didn't want to tell him on the phone or through text, so I was waiting until I got home! On my ride home, we texted back and forth constantly. I tried to "play it cool" as if nothing had changed, but I'm sure that I gave it away a little bit. I told him about what time I was going to get home and told him that I wanted him to come over. He agreed...yay!!

When I got home, I walked in the door and the first thing that I saw was this:

What a sweet welcome home surprise!

I should mention this: he had the keys to my house because he was taking care of my dogs.

After I saw my surprise, I called him right away to say thanks and he said he was pulling into the driveway. I let him in and we hugged...and I almost spilled the beans right there. I held it in though. We sat down on the couch and he started asking me about my trip. I was telling him about the concert and then I just stopped and said, "I really missed you." Y'all...his face LIT up. It was the cutest thing that I have ever seen. He said that he had also missed me and then it got kind of quiet. My heart was beating SO fast that I thought I might pee my pants (or something like that).

I said, "Remember before I left when you asked me that question?" His response? Of course, a dumbfounded look. (Men, they just don't pay attention sometimes)! So I said, "Remember you were asking me about us dating and all that?" (NOW he remembered). He looked a little scared and he muttered out a "yeah what about it" type of sentence. This was the moment that I had been waiting for!!!!!!!! I said, "Well I thought about it and I'm right now." He looked shocked and said, "Like ready? Really ready? Right now? To date me??" (So adorable)! I smiled and said, "Yep, so when you're ready to ask again, ask away."

Then, he popped the question...not THAT question! He said, "Will you be my girlfriend?" I, of course, said, "YES!!!!" (Cheesy alert)! We hugged a million times and then we kissed. It was magical, I tell you, simply magical. I know that y'all have felt that before. There was excitement and anticipation in the air! (Cheesiness ending here)! Oh, and yes, we are "those" people who ask the girlfriend question, instead of just dating and it becoming implied. We became boyfriend/girlfriend on October 5, 2009!

So there it is...all out in the open for people to laugh at and think we are silly! That's okay though, because it happened just as God had planned it out for us! I do feel bad for making him wait and probably hurting his feelings along the way, but I know that I wasn't ready yet, so it worked out perfectly! By the way, is it creepily weird that I can seriously remember exactly what we said this day? Please tell me no.

Here are a few pictures from our dating life:

Baking Halloween cupcakes.

Carving pumpkins.

Yes, we wore gloves...we ARE a nurse and a fireman, after all.

His first time meeting my college besties and little Miss Savannah!

Loving on the sweet!

Being my more ways than one!

Our first Christmas together!

Happy New Year!

Celebrating grandma's 80th birthday!

Valentine's Day surprise at work...tulips are my favorite!

Thanks for reading if you made it to here! : ) Y'all always make me so happy with your sweet words!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Our Love Story, part 2

Remember part one of our love story?? Oh, you didn't read it? Well then, go here.

All caught up? Okay, good! Let's continue the story...

So after hanging out all weekend with Justin, I went to visit my best friends from college. My friend, Melissa (the one who just had the baby), had just had her first baby that summer (2009), so we were all meeting up to hang out and just spend time with our new baby love.

All my besties with baby Savannah.

I honestly can't remember what exactly happened, but something inside my head FREAKED out while I was away from home. I started feeling like things were already moving to fast with Justin and that he was already wanting to become "official." I felt like there was no way that we could just be friends and let things develop slowly...we had such a connection that I knew we were going to be serious right away. While I was still out of town with my friends, I told Justin that I was not ready to date and I just wanted to be friends. He was pretty upset, just because he felt like I had shown a lot of interest, but he said he understood.

So, I went back home. It was late August 2009. Justin and I talked every now and then, but really not a whole lot. He would text me sometimes, but I honestly don't think I ever initiated any conversation. (I still can't believe he put up with me through all this). We remained friends, but that was it. No more dates. I even went on dates with a few other guys (gasp)!! I stayed busy working and hanging out with my friends. It's not like I quit being interested in Justin, I just wasn't ready to be serious with anyone.

Around mid September, Justin and a bunch of his friends were going to go mud riding. He asked me to go and I told him I wasn't sure. My coworker, the one who introduced us, really wanted to go. Her husband had had a terrible accident earlier that year and was still in a coma. She had literally not left his bedside for months and months, but she finally felt ready to hang out with a few friends. I decided to go, mostly for my friend. We drove about an hour away and had a blast! It was truly one of the most fun days I've ever had!!

Our first picture together.


After that day, we started talking and texting a little more. Every time that he would ask me to do something that sounded like a date, I'd say no. I did ask him to come over one day to help me bathe the romantic, huh?

Gradually, we were talking more and getting to know each other a little better. The first weekend of October, I went to a concert in Alabama, called Bayfest, with my friend Alyse. It's a huge outdoor festival/concert with ALL types of music. We only went for the country portion. Side note: we are literally obsessed with Gary Allan. We have been to see him about 8 times.

Long car trip with my friend, Alyse!

Gary Allan <3

What are we talking about again?? Oh yeah, our love story. Sorry, Gary distracted me. It's okay, my hubby knows. : )

Right before I left for this trip, Justin had asked me, "So, do you think you'll ever be ready to date me or be my girlfriend?" I had told him I wasn't sure, but definitely not yet. I was gone for three nights while on this trip with Alyse. Justin and I texted back and forth a lot while I was gone. On the second night that I was gone, it hit me hard. What hit me?? REALITY!! I realized that I was already head over heels for Justin and I was comfortable getting serious about him!! I didn't want to tell him this over the phone or in a text message, so I just decided to wait until I got back home. Oh y'all, it was like having a huge secret. I was dying to tell him and I literally was giddy at the thought of actually dating him!! I also wanted to kick myself for taking a month and a half to figure all of this out!!

Next up, my return home and how we became "official." Hooray!!

Thanks for reading all of this if you're still here. : )

Love, love!

Edit: Click here for part 3!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Our Love Story, part 1

Hey ya'll! I decided that today would be as good of a day as any to tell our love story. Let me start by first saying that I was in a relationship during my 4 years at college. It was an unstable, unhealthy relationship...complete with screaming fights, lies, heartbreak, and multiple breakups. After I graduated from college, I moved to Shreveport. My then boyfriend had another year in college, which was in Pineville...about 2 hours away. We continued to date off and on and then through the grace of God we broke up for good in the summer of 2009. I can only attribute getting out of that unhealthy relationship to God...he kept me strong and kept me believing that there was something better out there for me. So anyway, yeah, summer 2009...I'm truly single for the first time since 2004.

After the breakup of that long relationship, I was not looking for anything serious. I actually prayed for God to show me that I could be single and happy on my own. I prayed and asked God not to lead me to another man until he was the one I was going to marry.

Here enters one of my work besties. At this point, we had worked together for a year and she had seen how miserable I was in my previous relationship. She always joked about "finding someone better" for me, but I never thought anything else of it. One day, she had Justin (my husband) over to her house to mow her yard. It had been several years since she had seen Justin and they spent time talking and catching up on life. As soon as he left her house, she texted me saying, "I have found the perfect man for you. Ya'll are going to get married." I laughed it off and kept saying things about not needing a man and not wanting to get married anytime soon. Over the next few days, she kept talking about him and going on and on about how wonderful we would be together. I had only been single for about 2 months and Justin had JUST gotten out of a relationship, so neither of us were looking for anything. She literally forced us into meeting by tagging us both in a random picture one day on Facebook. She "suggested" that we become friends on Facebook, and of course we did...honestly because it would've been rude to hit the ignore button. Ha!

So one night, Justin sent me a chat message on Facebook and we talked back and forth for awhile. He seemed super nice, but I just really didn't feel like I was ready for anything. Over the next several days, we kept talking and he eventually asked me out on a date. ON FACEBOOK! Yes, I know, the horror! Haha! We love to laugh about that even now! I agreed to go on a date with him.

Our first date was August 21, 2009...a Friday night. The very first time that I heard his voice was that night on the phone, as he called to get better directions into my neighborhood. I remember being SO nervous! I hadn't EVER been on a "blind" date! When I opened the door, my heart dropped to my knees. Literally, he took my breath away. He was handsome and had a gorgeous smile and blue eyes that looked like the sky on a summer day (I feel like Blanche from the Golden Girls...anyone? Anyone??)! We went out to eat at Logan's that night. He was a true Southern gentleman...he opened my car door every time and held the door open for me. I wasn't used to that at all! The conversation was natural and easy...we spent several hours just enjoying each other's company. After dinner, we went over to the house of the friend who had introduced us. We spent several hours there, just talking and laughing and playing games with her and her children. Later that night, he took me home and we said our awkward first date goodbyes.

I vividly remember what happened next. I immediately called my mom...of course! I am a true momma's girl! I told her about the date: what he looked like, what he acted like, how he opened the doors, what he said, etc. She listened through it all and then said, "Well, so what do you think? Do you like him?" I paused a moment and then said the truest words I've ever spoken. I said, "Mom, he's the kind of guy that I would marry." Cue the heavenly music and confetti! Ha! We hung out the very next day and then that Sunday he met my mom. Yes, two days into it, he met my mom! She came into town for a church conference and he stopped by to see me and meet her. She loved him...she wanted him as a son-in-law. Ha.

So, ya'll think we started dating right then and fell in love right away? WRONG!!

Guess you'll have to wait for part 2! : ) Thanks for reading along! Hope ya'll are having a wonderful day!!

Love, love!

Edit: Click here for part 2!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Joining the Bandwagon

Hey ya'll! I'm joining Jamie again for What I'm Loving Wednesday!!

I'm loving: that I got called off from work today! Hello wonderful day at home!!

I'm loving: that I'm cooking a pot roast tomorrow...yum!!

I'm loving: my sweet puppies and how they are all snuggled up around me.

Diesel doing what he does best

I'm loving: my absolutely wonderful husband! He just makes life worth living...him and Jesus, of course!! : )

I'm loving: that I'm wearing pink tights today.

I'm loving: the dialect Vlog that is going around right now. I saw it from Live What You Love...and she was adorable! And GUESS WHAT??? I did it!! I'm so sorry if I bore you to death or if you think this is totally cheesy, but I have LOVED hearing people's voices and accents, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon! : ) Hope to see you all there (on the bandwagon) soon!! I'd love to hear what you sound like!!

Here we go:

Well ya'll, there it was in all its glory! Now go and do one! Kthanksbye!

Love, love!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Really Random

So in the past few days, I have been given an award by several amazing blogger friends: AV, Amanda, Jenny, Michaela, Carrie, Lauren, and Amy! I truly am SO honored and it is my FIRST award! YAY!! : ) This has definitely made my weekend...

So I am supposed to share 7 random facts about myself (lucky you):

1) I do not like odd numbers...they creep me out. Thus, we got married on 10/2/10 at 6 pm.
2) I was a cheerleader and played softball in high school...I consider BOTH sports.
3) I want to have at least two kids, one boy and one girl. Their names will be Levi Graham and Emory Grace...I think.
4) I used to play the piano competitively, but I quit in high school.
5) I love to vacuum...don't ask me why, but I think it's really fun.
6) I have an older brother and a younger sister. My sister is getting married this summer.
7) I like cold weather more than hot weather. Granted, I live down south so it never gets too too cold.

Now, the fun part! I get to pass this on to 15 blogs I love! Here we go!! (I'm going to try to award it to some blog friends that I know/think haven't gotten it)

Go check out all these amazing blogs now!! : )

In other news, not a lot has been going on here lately. Hubby and I have been working a lot to try to replace lost Christmas funds. We did have date night last night that involved yummy barbecue, chocolate chip cookies, and LSU. Today, my whole family came into town to celebrate my grandma's birthday! Ya'll know what she wanted as a present?? Help taking down all of her Christmas stuff. So that's what we did all day today. No lie, she has at least 50 containers/boxes of Christmas stuff...not to mention all the bajillion items left over that can't fit in the boxes. Let's just say she loves to decorate. I made my first collage (hooray) of the past few days (but I can't figure out how to make it bigger):
1) My sister and I at grandma's house.
2) My precious mother and I at grandma's house.
3) The hubby and I on date night.
4) Me and grandma (yes, I know that's grammatically incorrect).
5) Rain boots for a rainy day.
6) DIY-ing.
7) Trying out pulling my bangs back...yikes!!

Wow...this post has taken me FOR-EVER to write since I had to link so many people!! I wanted to say welcome to all of my new followers! Thanks for reading! : ) (Oh and if I haven't visited your blog yet, it's because you haven't linked your blog to your profile...and so I can't! Fix it please, I'd love to come and visit!)

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!! : ) It ends tomorrow!

Love love!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wednesday Loving

With Jamie!

--- I am loving that I got off at 3 pm today instead of 7 pm...hello free time!! : )

--- I am loving that my best friend in the whole world will be having
her sweet baby boy within the next week!!

--- I am loving a DIY project that I am currently doing. I can't wait to show ya'll!

--- I am loving this precious cleaning chart that I found (can't remember where, oops!). I am definitely going to personalize this and start using it to keep the house clean!

--- I am loving that Facebook randomly had this picture in the corner of my screen, you know how they do that sometimes?? It is one of the FIRST pictures that my hubby and I ever took. It was one of our FIRST times to hang out together. Made me smile really big seeing it! Isn't he adorable, even covered with mud?

--- I am loving all of my new followers and the fact that I will be doing a giveaway SOON! Only 2 more followers to go! : )

Hope ya'll had a great Wednesday!!