Monday, August 30, 2010

Co-Hosting Monday Minute with Heather & Melissa

Good Morning Friends!
Did everyone have a good weekend?
I know I sure did... it just didn't last long enough!

             Last Monday, I joined in on a new blog carnival...

Monday Minute

I love participating in these because it introduces me to new bloggers.
Heather & Melissa, In the Land of Crazy hosts it every week with a co-host. My named just to happened to be drawn for this weeks Co-Host. I was SUPER excited when she informed me! I also got to pick three questions to ask. So join along with the CrAzY fun and head over to Heathers blog and participate in the Monday Madness!
Grab their button, Link up, and meet to friends!

Who was your high school Sweet Heart?

Most of you already know this, but for new visitors & followers, you will shortly find that my boyfriend now, Aaron, of 9.5 years is my one & only love. After four months of starting a new school, I met him and our journey started then. I was 15 years old, he was 16.

What is your favorite vegetable to eat?
I eat ALL vegetables, only I don't care for Green Peas. Broccoli or Corn is probably my favorite. I like my corn OFF the cob, thanks to braces!

Do you plan on dressing up for Halloween, if yes, what do you have in mind?
Yes, Aaron and I LOVE halloween! I don't think I will ever grow up for this holiday! My thoughts for this year is to dress up as a Jersey Shore character. I don't know who, but hopefully I can get Aaron to participate. This is not set in stone, but I think it would be hilarious! I'm addicted to Jersey Shore!

Are you a reality show junkie? If so, what is your guilty pleasure?
I'm not a reality show junkie, because I don't have a lot of time... but one show that gives me guilty pleasure, you learned in my last answer...
Jersey Shore! I started watching it due to making fun of someone for watching it.
Never say Never!
They all crack me up! It's great!

and finally

What year did you graduate high school?

I graduated high school in 2004.
Now, get over there
Happy Monday Friends!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Friday!!!

It's FRIDAY people!!!! I'm SUPER excited! This week has been ... yuck! I'm ready to let it go and start again! I have a fun weekend ahead. Well, tonight I'll be working on a DVD for the party I'm hosting in September. Saturday we are having a group of friends over to grill out & play cards. Well, the Woman are... the men are playing poker! Sunday is ARTS & CRAFTS!!! Then my niece, Emily Grace [Pictures of her here] first birthday party. I can't wait to see her dig into her cake! :D Have an awesome weekend && make sweet memories!

Smart and Trendy Moms

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Inspiration & Hope, that's what you gave me!

Good Morning Everyone!
Well, it's Thursday and I am SUPER excited!
I just finished my 9th day of my P90X work out. Wow.. It's tough!
It's feels so great. My body is actually feeling wonderful and getting used to popping up at 5:30AM.
It's also my half day. Four hours today!!! Yay! But that means I work Saturday.. BOOOO! It's okay!

I want to take the time to THank EVERYONE who responded or contacted me about yesterdays post!
I am so inspired & have hope for happiness and strenght to maybe let go some. All of your words were touching and so kind! I teared up a little. It was so awesome hearing the same words from people who don't know me personally, as it is hearing it from the people who know me best. I was very weird about posting that yesterday, because I'm not one to throw it out there! I speak with caution. [Sometimes, ha] I just felt I had no where to go! Again, thanks to everyone! Y'all are great & I'm so happy I blog and have met all of you!

I look forward to meeting many more!

Obviously MARvelous

Have a Happy Thursday!!!!
It's time I get a shower...
Miss JLA

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pour[ed].My.Heart.Out - Friendship

I am a happy person. I'm a friendly person. I live to find happiness within myself & within others. I've had my share of bad days, bad months, and bad years. Yet, I teach myself to learn from it and try to find the happiness in whatever  ugly happened. I do not like negativity or negative people. I do not like people who judge me or be upset with me! It gets under my skin more than anything. I've made numerous mistakes in 25 years. I've made CrAzY, Oh my goodness, Why did I do that?, and poor choices. But I love who I am. I love what I do. And most of all, what I love most is to make people happy! That's me! That is this girl! That being said, this is a tough post for me to write. Because, it's not happy. I also have this not so wonderful thing about me, which causes me to hold things in. I'm the type that when I've had enough I've had it and then it gets the best of me. That is happening now... It's crazy because, I'm a talker. If something is bothering me in my relationship with Aaron, it's mandatory that we talk about it. Vice Versa! And that goes with all my relationships [family, friends, etc] But, there are certian situations and certain people I can not voice my feelings to. Why? I don't have a clue. I've always been a strong person. I stand up for what I believe in. I move forward, even if there is 100lbs of crap trying to pull me back. Well, in this situation... I'm being over loaded. The 100lbs is winning and I'm at my witts end! At the same time, I am hurting and crying inside. I don't know what to do or how to recover from it, because I've already tried everything. I think?
So, it's that time... For the first time, I'm joining in! I hope this does the job! Writing my bitter feelings has always worked before, I hope it will work today!

Here it is - This is the Story from beginning to end! It's long... but to understand my frustration, I must tell piece by piece.

From the day I met her, my life changed. She instantly became a hugh part of me. She was the only real person around me. We laughed everyday. Constantly participating in random things, that brought happiness and made so many memories. The ones I hold onto. She was the friend I trusted, the friend I looked up to, the friend I knew would fix everything. She loved me. The good in me, the ugly in me, and everything that went along with it. We made it through many stages in a teenage life. High school drama. Moving away to college. That was actually our first test. It was rough. We drifted apart, and it took no time to bring it back together.  During our time apart. I befriended other girls & so did she. Girls that took a best friend spot. Not her spot. But a best friend spot. I saw jealousy. Lots of it. But I continued to not make it a big deal. She had to get over it and learn that there we other important people in my life. It didn't take long!
This was a girl that I needed and wanted in my life. She knew everything about me, and understood. Vice Versa! College years survived & memories were made X 100. Our love lives were up and down & yet they survived too. We were always there for each other. She was the person I could admit my deepest darkest secret too and she'd understand. Years passed. Maybe we were growing apart a little.... but the roots were still there. In the year of 2008... oh geez, that was a tough, tough, tough year for me. My Love life was a basket CASE. Only I didn't know it. I was doing the not so wonderful thing I do, where I hold everything [negative emotions] inside. At that time, I hadn't made the mandatory rule of talking about things that bother me or Aaron in our relationship. To skip over that... I hit rock bottom. I didn't know what made me happy. I wasn't happy. I cried myself to sleep.  I felt all alone. I left Aaron. [We lived together] My life turned completely upside down. I lost my house, my one true love, Jackson [my shih tuz], & most of all, I lost who I was. The one thing I said I'd never have to do, was to move back into my parents house... Well I did. I was a basket case. Of course, I felt better and looked better on the outside after leaving Aaron... But, truthfully... I was no way, in any way healed. I hid the true feelings from myself.. because "Jess, you've always been so strong". I had MAJOR support from my family & my girlfriends! A few months later [OCTOBER], NO WAY was I ready to date... a wonderful friend of mine, my bestie  introduced me to a guy. He was great. I was very careful to not make him a rebound, like I've done before. The last thing I wanted to do is cause hurt in someones life or break someones heart. Like I've done before to innocent people. This was an older guy, with his head on his shoulders. We saw each other here and there. He was a very, VERY, very... VERY happy person! Always. I needed that. We took things SLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOW!
Me, Her, & another friend of mine went to a Halloween party that I attended every year. This is was a bad decision. Who was there? That's right. Aaron. [Just so you know, Anytime we've had our I can't do this anymore times in our 10 year relationship, Aaron always gets me at parties.. haha (it's a good thing)] After two hours into the party, & with cutting some small stuff out... Aaron finds me, starts talking to me, [both drinking], & says something to me to just light my fire! Standing there, away from everyone else I give it to him. I just POURED.MY.HEART.OUT! Where he thought he'd win me over, he didn't. In the meantime, my girlfriends came up to rescue me. You couldn't get me away. My bestie knew there was no stopping, & she [as in the one we are talking about] is pulling me & blah blah blah ... I'm in a heated conversation & hiiiiiiiighly mad, on top of that.. I've been drinking. As she's tugging me and telling me to shut up with her finger in my face, I slapped her! ...... ...... ....... ...... Yes. Immediately, I hush & hug her and apologize religiously! I felt like the worst person ever. I was. I've NEVER done that in my life. She was okay, then she wasn't. It became a big deal. My bestie took me home. I cried the whole time. I didn't sleep. Felt like horse crap, & was completely embarrassed & ashamed of myself. I called, called, called more, called, called more, and called... I was being ignored. Ohhh, do I hate being ignored. I rather you chew me out and say nasty things to me. Every once in a while, she'd text me and say, "It's okay. I just need time to think." a few days passed and I was getting the same text. Only she would add, "I never thought I would ever be disappointed in you. It will just take time. Everythings okay. I just need time." Well, that was eaaaaaaaaating me alive. I deserved it, because I slapped the piss out of her. On the OTHER side, this guy thought I was amazing. He treated me like royalty & I had so much fun with him. BUt, deep inside I hurt sooooo bad. I blocked that out when he was around. Eventually, we were seeing more and more of each other. I went to her house @ 7am one morning. SHe wouldn't answer my calls, she wouldn't talk to me. I couldn't take it. I wanted to make things right. I wanted to talk. I sat on her couch and cried like a baby. Apologizing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. I was so ashamed. She said things were fine and blah blah blah. Repeated the same stuff to me. I thought things would eventually get better. On the flip side, I was ... I won't say falling in love, because I wasn't but I was high on the mountain top with this guy. How can Life be so happy & so empty at the same time? Because I hid it. I pushed it away. BUt I never gave up. I'd call her, we'd talk a little. Then within a few weeks, we started talking a little more, so I felt everything was going to be okay.
I went out of town with him & his friends to celebrate. My Mom demanded I go. She and other friends were CrAzY excited for me. I went & had the time of my life. I felt so relieved from the world and felt like new person. Randomly, she quit calling me & quiting answering. She was SO busy with school. Remind you, I was working 9AM-7PM Tuesday & Wednesday [at the Spa] / 9AM-4:30PM then 5:PM-10 Thursday & Friday [at  the Spa then Longhorn Steakhouse], Saturdays 9AM-3PM[at the Spa], & 9AM-4PM [at Longhorn] on Sundays. Monday - my day off! Then I squeezed in my personal life on top of that. It was okay. I did that all the time. I am a hyper person who is always on the go and always running doing 10 millions things. I'm used to it. So, it hurt my feelings to hear her say she was just SO busy. Especially, when we were so close we could be pottying & talking on the phone. I stay busy, and I always find time to fit everyone in. Maybe that's my problem? [HA] Not really, I love it.
November comes around. Which is a busy time for Aarons Mom [who was also at the Halloween party], she bakes & sells cakes. VERY popular. She happens to run into my friends mom and discuss' the drama at the Halloween party. My friend calls me, the night before thanksgiving and chews me out. She can't believe my MIL would do that. My question was, how did she know about me slapping her???  She made me PROMISE not to say anything. She just wanted everything to go away. Once again, she backed further away from me. NOT MY FAULT!
Anyway, So her birthday comes [December] and it happens to fall on the day of my work Christmas Party that I already RSVPed and really don't want to miss. The guy was my date. She planned a dinner for her birthday, then to watch a Christmas play, then out for a night on the town. That morning was our town Christmas Parade. As always, I attended. My Niece dances in it every year. I was fine. Getting home and getting ready for that night, I felt very weak and ill.  I figured I was just hungry due to not eathing anything. So, I meet my date, we then arrive to dinner. Everything was okay. I was still , blah feeling but okay. Ordered my glass of wine, and since we were skipping the Christmas Play to attend my work Christmas party, we just ordered crab cakes & a salad for dinner to share. My Wine wasn't settling. So I quit drinking it. My salad went down great. When we got our Crab Cakes, No way... I started feeling ill. But, I was okay. After dinner, we discussed the plans. We were gonna skip the play but then come back to go out. DEAL! As I'm walking to the parking lot, I begin to feel VERY weak, as if I'm about to throw up! There is nothing more that I hate, than to throw up. On top of that, throw up around the guy that I've been dating for only two months. No good! Never good!
As I curl up in the passenger seat, him rubbing my back, I begin to break into a sweat, and I don't want to talk only fearing I would get sick in the car. Blah Blah Blah... Do you wanna stop and get a coke? Carbonation is good for a sick stomach? No, just keep driving. Do you want me to stop and get medicine? No, it's okay... let's just get to the party. I'll be fine! We pull into the town where I onced  worked, and there's a CVS...Yeah, maybe you should pull in and get some medicine. So we did. about 15 seconds after him, I'm walking VERY fast to the bathroom. There it went. But I felt MUCH better. We got to the party, I was still weak, but feeling SO MUCH BETTER. Thinking, I can NOT miss her birthday, she will never let it down. I'm feeling better. I decided to eat a Baked Potato plain. Nope. Threw it up outside. Three times. My date checks on me. I'm okay. Nope. I go to the bathroom. My Work friends come to check on me, & NOW [tmi] both ends of my body is being worked on. NOT GOOD. No way!!!! Blah Blah Blah.. No way could I go anywhere, but home... If I could make it without getting sick or crapping my pants. I would DIIIIIIE! So, we pick up... leave. I am in a bad condition.  I didn't go back downtown.BUt I did make it back to his place without any accidents. I called her, she never responded. Of course! [just so you know, he took me back to his "studio" apartment.. NOT funny and I had both ends working it until 6am the next morning... Yes, he took care of me & yes he actually DID talk to me after that] I thought I was dead! It was serious! So... never heard from her. I called left messages, told her how sorry I was. blah blah blah. It was starting to get old. I was still hurting from the fact that our once 8 year soild friendship was crumbled. My parents & best friends saw the hurt & pain it was causing me. I couldn't quit talking about it.
Oh, and not to mention, Aaron is calling me EVERY NIGHT nonstop throughout December.. [day & night in January. He apologized, begged, & pleaded. I was strong... for once! Christmas Day was gone, New Years was gone, now it's February - Super Bowl. Aaron's family has a HUGH Super Bowl party every year. All my girlfriends men are Aaron's friends. That's okay. They tipped toed around the idea of attending, but I told them it wouldn't bother me. Just because Aaron and I weren't together didn't mean they couldn't go. So I went to a party else where, while my clan was attending the big town super bowl party. Blah Blah Blah. With Texts from Aaron all night, I put my phone on silent and put it in the car. When I did look at it, on the way home I have a horrible message from "that friend that were talking about" - My EX MIL [who does happen to be a great woman] starting asking her how she's been. Something like this MIL - How you've been since the last time I've seen you? F- WHat do you mean? MIL- Well, the last time I saw you you had a red mark across your face. - It embarrassed my friend, of course because one -she didn't want to be reminded, two - it was in front of everyone. Again, it was my fault. So, here's the deal. When I went to get Jackson the next day... I confronted her. Little did I know, the night of the halloween party, my friend went back to my EX MIL and cried in the bathroom to her telling her everything and talking about me. Uhhhh, What??? And I'm hearing about this NOW? Nooooow.. it makes a liitttttle more since to me why she would bring my friends name up when she ran into her Mom, and whyyy she would ask her how she was doing... She didn't ever discuss that. My point is, my MIL had no right saying anything... period. My friend didn't tell me everything, but decided everything was my fault. Again, I got blamed for it. When I left my MIL house, I was hysterically crying. I was so so so mad. I was hurt & didn't know what to do. I went to my besties house... venting. Within, 10 minutes of telling the story, the girl we're talking about calls her too...Of course I shut up, and I hear every single word. She sugar coated lots of stuff, little did she know I've been venting to my bestie since day one, so she knew the story inside out. BUt, These are the words I heard that broke me to pieces, I'll never be able to forgive Jessica. She hurt me & ruinned our friendship. This entire time, she's been telling me... it's okay. I'm not mad, it just takes time to get over. I'm SO busy.blah blah blah...
I maybe could've been working on letting go, if should wouldn't keep me holding. So, at the very moment... I said I'm done. Now I know the truth & how she feels. I quit. I'm not trying anymore!  The following weekend, I planned a girls night [that had been planned since the beginning of January] She was a no show that said she would be there. I didn't bother. Deep inside, it got to me a little bit, but I didn't bother calling her. March - St. Patty's Day. BIG here in Savannah Georgia! I love going to the Parade & I do every year with my bestie and her family. Aaron came with me. [Yes, He slid back in there... another whole ball game] The morning was great. We get there about 7am. We're having a ball. Her & her boyfriend show up. It was a little awkward. I spoke, she spoke. But I went about my way. Usually I would go out of my way to make her feel comfortable because she didn't hang out with them as much as I did. But, I didn't. I let her be. Hours pass & she pulls me to the side. But, just the side of where everyone is standing. NOT a great place to apologize and say she was sorry that she's been going through a lot. To be honest, I accepted but it kinda went through one ear & out the other. Her words were still haunting me & in the back of my head. I smiled, hugged and the day was good. April - Friends of mine & Aarons were getting married. [yay] & both of us were in it. This was a big wedding and everyone was gonna be there Including her. It was okay though. I kinda let things go.. a little... at that point. We talked, but her words were still in my head. SHe didn't know that.
The wedding starts, the dancing starts.. she bring normal, I'm acting normal. Then... I find her sitting by herself, with a puss on her face. I ask what's wrong. Come dance. No nO. They went home eaaarly. Yadi Yadi Ya!
The end of April - Me, her, & my bestie go downtown for our girlfriends birthday. We had a WONDERFUL night. It was so much fun! Seriously.. things were good. Until, riiiight towards the end. It was late and by that time, a lot more of our friends joined us. I couldn't find my camera, NO WHERE. It was gone in two seconds. So, everyones laughing, having fun.. looking for Jessica's misplaced camera and along comes this bum. Yes, a Bum. He was being obnoxious, but who cares... I jokingly ask, Do you have my camera. Of course he didn't he wasn't around when it went missing. She FLIPS HER SHIT. Starts going off... I didn't know, but she was hooting and hollaring at me. Huh? What did I do? I ask her. and of course... she's gives it to me. I gave it right back. Blah Blah. She would not... repeat, would NOT get in the car. To this day, I don't have a clue how she got home. My bestie demanded and tried.. because of me, She didn't want to get in the car. Okay, you're being ridiculous. Apparently she is still holding LOTS of angry in towards me.
May - Her College Graduation. I had RSVPed, but then wasn't sure how to go about it. I didn't want to ruin her day, but the thought actually came across my mind... I've never missed anything. This is a big day I should be there. I considered going, but not sitting with her family or attending her party. I couldn't imagine not watching her graduate. But I did. Why would I go? She isn't there for me. Doesn't care about me? And NEVER comes to anything  that I host or invite her to. Something always, randomly comes up! I sent a card only. I congratulated her, told her I was proud, and wished her luck in her future. June - My besties birthday. I don't remember what we did... But I do know she did not show because of me. Toward the end of that month, I get an email... a long one from her. Apologizing and telling me what she's been going through behind our drama. She said she didn't let me in & it was all her fault. I wrote back telling her to a tee. Nothing mean, but to the point piece by piece, broken down. July - My birthday - We all went to see
The Proposal. It was a little awkward, but it was great having all my girlfriends together. Time goes by, for a little while things were good. I came to reality that things would NEVER go back like they were before all this, but it was still great to have her in my life.

Since then-
When I decided to work things out with Aaron, we moved into a Studio Apartment together that February. I started a new job, ONE job.. Normal hours, 40 hours a week, in June 09. I have a lot more time, although I still stay busy. I am in every single one my of my friends lives, and have grown closer and built more great friendships since then... From High School, to Working at Cracker Barrel my first year of college, College, Working at the Spa, all the way to my job now... I make friends and I keep them. I jungle all of if it because it is worth having great people in my life. That's what I do. That's who I am. I don't talk to all of them everyday. Sometimes, I can go without seeing some of them for a whole month.. or two. But, I call, they call. I arrange dinner, lunch or events to spend time with each and everyone of them. That is what is important to me. SHE is important to me... I make EVERYTHING of hers. Most of the time, I do not want to, but I do because it's a party she's throwing. How could I not go? I understand everyone is different, people grow, and they change. THat is okay. My Spa girlfriends are 34-35 years old, so is my great friend from Cracker Barrel. Their kids are in High School... Yet, I still find great things about them and we may not be on the "same page" but we've made friendships and make sure to keep up with them. She never saw my studio apartment in the whole 1.3 year[s] I lived there. We've just remodeled a home for us. We started in February 2010 - moved in June 2010 - She's never see it. She comes to Ellabell all the time, because her parents live here. Literally 2 miles from my house. I feel like I have to walk on tippy toes around her. She lives 4 miles from my work, We have lunch ALL the time. And it's been great. But, when I have a party of some sort or a get together...She's NEVER there. Always something to do, or always backs out. My parties are VERY seldom LAST minute. There is plenty time to plan. I can be a tad bit upset with her, and as soon as she calls for lunch... I go.
I'm saying all this because.... for the FIRST time, this past weekend I didn't go to her get together she held. The first time. I was exhausted. Wanna hear my weekend:
Friday - Worked out 6AM, Took shower, Straighten the house, Clocked in at 9AM.,Clocked out at 6PM, Picked up Pizza, Dessert & Wine and headed home, got home at 7PM, Girlfriends came over 7:15 PM [she was invited, no show], went ot bed at 3AM., up at 9AM on Saturday doing my MIL & SIL hair. Went to town with my SIL at 2PM . HOme at 6Pm, Had plans to work out with Friend @ 6:30 - was in bed at 8PM. 9am starting working a party I'm hosting [Props] til 5:30PM which is when Aaron came home. 7:30pm went to work out...

I was exhausted. I had NO time to attend the gathering. She's mad. I do not know that for a fact, but by the wording & shortness of her text... I do know. She's ignoring me again. Cancels TWO lunch dates... which are important we, together are hosting a big, important, can't back out of party in late September.
My friend, who attended the gathering asked her if I was coming and her response was... I don't think so. We don't really talk about more.
WhAT???? I'm so confused. I'm hosting a HUGH party with you.
We just had lunch two weeks ago and had a great time. We laughed the whole time. I don't get it.
I'm so tired of dealing with this. I am so happy right now in my life. Everything seems so right. The people around me are happy. Life hasn't been this great & simple in a looong time. I couldn't be more settled and content if I asked for it. But, then I have this to deal with. I'm tired of trying to work it out. I'm tired of talking about it. I'm tired of stressing about it. I'm tired of thinking - is she mad? Why'd she say this? - I am tired of feeling hurt from it-I don't know what to do or how to handle this situation. I'm just tired of her. Seriously. I'm ready to cut strings and go our own way. She means a lot to me & I have a hard time letting good things go. I really do. And I don't want to, but she stresses me out. She brings negativity & depression.
She is a rollor coaster ride & i'm having a hard time getting off.

This is the LONGEST post I think I've written, I'm sorry!
Whether you read it or you don't! Pouring my heart out has definitely made me feel better! It hasn't changed the way I feel, but I feel a tad bit better!
Thanks if you did take the time to read this LOOOONG post & comment!
Advice is always welcomed! [Laugh]

Monday, August 23, 2010

Forgive me!

First, I want to apologize for not being blog friendly for the past, What? Four or Five days? Anyway, I've been SUPER DEE DOOPER, Crazy Busy! I'm in the middle of planning my MIL 50th SURPRISE birthday! It's going to be so awesome! We are having a theme [The 50'S] and plan on doing a whole lot. I am super excited and have gone over board [ Not really] with creative ideas! I refuse to play $60 per prop, So, I'm making them... Of course with great help. Aaron's Sister, Bridget and his Grandmother is helping as well! They are both pretty crafty! I can't WAIT to share photos with you!!!!

Now, On to my newest Blog Carnival:

Monday Minute

*Favorite 80s flick?

Hands Down,
Dirty Dancing...

*One genre of music needs to be banned. Which genre?

None, call me a young all you want...
But I know some oldies! I know TONS of oldies!
&& I enjoy ALL of them!

*All time favorite candy?

A better question would be, What isn't your faovrite!
Three way tie... [HA] I know, right?
Three Muskateer, Gummie Bears/Worms/Life Savers, or Reeses

*How 'flawed' is your driving record?

Perfect! No Record!
[Knock on Wood]

*What was high school mascot?

[Red & White]

and finally

What color socks are you wearing?

This is a funny question for me, I just had this conversation with a girlfriend of me this weekend!
 I do not own a pair of socks!  That's right! For a week now I've been getting up at 5:30am and working out with a girlfriend of mine... I have to wear Aaron's socks, which are much bigger on me, & my girlfriend was laughing at me pretty hard!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Emily's FIRST birthday!!!!

Happy Birthday Emily Grace


ONE year ago I experience one of the most breath taking moments of my life.
The birth of my youngest niece, Emily Grace!
I was nervous due to the fact that I had no clue what I signed up for
 & of course because I have a weak stomach. I am not the one to be around when blood is in sight! I was honored when my sister asked me to be apart of her birth, along with her husband, Tommy and my Mom.
The room was crowed with nurses, my sister... well you can only imagine. Tommy was rootin' her on, holding her hand.  Mama was crying because Kim was crying...I was holding one leg rootin', and watching every bit of it!
After seven hours of being there and [guessing] forty five minutes of actual labor...
I'll never forget when I saw her head start crowning... I couldn't believe my eyes!  Tears were pouring as I saw her dark brown hair.. I began to panic a little. Minutes later, my sweet baby girl was getting cleaned up & weighed in.
Her healthy lungs wouldn't stop crying until she was in the arms of Kim & Tommy!

Kim did not have a C-Section.
I was just playing the part!

Since then, Emily has been a true blessing to all our lives.

She is the happiest baby & so pleasant to babysit!

[How Big is Emmmmily?? SOOO BIIIIG]
 Enjoying her sink bath at
Uncle Aaron's & Aunt Jessica's house a few weeks ago!

My Sister & my Mom took Emily to the beach for the first
time on Monday, the 17th to take a few photos of her!
She loved the Beach!

We Say: How Big is Emmmily???
Then she raises her arms and says SOOOO BIG!!!
Isn't just adorable???

Today is great! For the past three days I've been getting up  @ 5:30am and working out with a friend of mine. A workout is tough for me now-a-days. Just call me lazy. After putting on some yucky extra pounds and my pants not fitting AT ALL... Something has to be done! We are in it together, I'm so sore and my body... I'm not sure how it's responding. I'm definitely feeling muscles I didn't know I had but I feel pretty energetic! I like. Aaron is leaving for the weekend to attend his friends bachelor party. I'm excited for him but of course, my selfishness likes to kick in riiight before he leaves. I absolutely do not like sleeping without him. It's bad. :D
Poor me, right? Nah I'll be okay! I'm actually looking forward to ME TIME!!!! I'm getting off early today so we can spend some more time together! We have date night at home tonight! The plans are to grill out, and enjoy his favorite meal; Steak, Twice Baked Potato, & Salad! I'm looking forward to it! Oh & before he leaves, he gets to attend JURY DUTY!!! How Ironic? He's says I had something to do with it. :D 
Anyway, I hope you have a HAPPY THURSDAY!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Meet Emily Grace

It's also our friend, Jon's birthday... We will be dining at HOOTERS tonight! Yay! I love that place!

Day 1 - Your Favorite Song

Day 2 - Your Favorite Movie
Day 3 - Your Favorite Television Program
Day 4 - Your Favorite Book
Day 5 - Your Favorite Quote
Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 - A photo that makes you happy
Day 8 - A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 - A photo you took
Day 10 - A photo taken over 10 years ago of you
Day 11 - A photo of you recently
Day 12 - Something you are OCD about
Day 13 - A fictional book
Day 14 - A non-fictional book
Day 15 - your dream house
Day 16 - A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 - An art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 - My wedding/future wedding/past wedding
Day 19 - A talent of yours
Day 20 - A hobby of yours
Day 21 - A recipe
Day 22 - A website
Day 23 - A YouTube video
Day 24 - Where I live
Day 25 - Your day, in great detail
Day 26 - Your week, in great detail
Day 27 - My worst habit
Day 28 - Whats in my handbag/purse
Day 29 - Hopes,Dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - A dream for the future

Never ANGRY - But this photo makes me sad... well, it's kinda bittersweet....
One year ago tomorrow, I was in the delivery room, watching every moment of her first breath, her first cry, and her open her eyes for the first time! It was the most incredible moment of my life... Meet Emily Grace!
She's youngest niece! When I looked through all the photos of her beach day, I cried & smiled! She's the best baby in the world!!! Be sure to come back tomorrow, for the rest of her Photos! :D You will just adore her!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Today, I'm combining my 30 DAY JOURNAL- Day 7 with Tuesday Three!
                                                               Join Along

Day SEVEN - Share a photo that makes you happy
Now, here's how they will be tied together...
Tell three reasons why you love that photo.

This is my oldest niece Chloe!
What is she doing? She's in a watermelon eating contest againest her cousins.
To see more pictures go HERE

  1. She's being a REAL trooper. I've never seen her eat so much.

  2. The combination of her cheeks & her bandanna cracks me up!

  3. I'm telling her to spit it out, because I was chanting her on so hard [you will see why in the other photos] that I thought she was going to get sick. She did not but she did win! That's my girl!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

20 Favorites


Day 1 - Your Favorite Song

Day 2 - Your Favorite Movie
Day 3 - Your Favorite Television Program
Day 4 - Your Favorite Book
Day 5 - Your Favorite Quote
Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 - A photo that makes you happy
Day 8 - A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 - A photo you took
Day 10 - A photo taken over 10 years ago of you
Day 11 - A photo of you recently
Day 12 - Something you are OCD about
Day 13 - A fictional book
Day 14 - A non-fictional book
Day 15 - your dream house
Day 16 - A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 - An art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 - My wedding/future wedding/past wedding
Day 19 - A talent of yours
Day 20 - A hobby of yours
Day 21 - A recipe
Day 22 - A website
Day 23 - A YouTube video
Day 24 - Where I live
Day 25 - Your day, in great detail
Day 26 - Your week, in great detail
Day 27 - My worst habit
Day 28 - Whats in my handbag/purse
Day 29 - Hopes,Dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - A dream for the future

#1 - Aaron is my FAVORITE person, my favorite thing...
#2 - My FAmily -

#3 - Jackson

#4.  Crafts [in general] or making anything
[I repainted my shower curtain holders to match my bathroon decor]


#5 Long, HOT, Bubble Baths

#6. Having my Nieces & Nephews over to stay with us

#7. CornhOle

8. Pink Lemonade

#9 Gardening

#10 - The River

#11- My Girlfriends - I love them ALL

#12 - LuLu's Chocolate Bar

#12 - Mexican Food - Fajita Nachos

#13 - Beer in a Bottle

#14 - Cooking a big Dinner

#15 -  My FAVORITE place to shop

#16 - FAVORITE Jersey Shore person


#18 - Beringer White Zinfandal

#19 - Boiled Peanuts

#20 - Getting Flowers