Wednesday, August 31, 2011

5 Days of Marriage: Secrets to a happy marriage

From "I DO"
to Forever

Happiness in marriage is not somthing that just
happens. A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage that little things are
the big things...
It is never  being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, I love you, as least
once each day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time take other for granted. The
courtship shouldn't end with the honeymoon;
it should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common
objectives; it is standing together facing
the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the
whole family.
It is doing things for each other,
not in the attitude of duty of sacrifice, but in the spirit
of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and
demondstrating gratitude in throughtful ways.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5 Days of Marriage: Importance of Romance

From "I DO"
to Forever

In order for love to thive, not just survive,
it needs a protective environment.
We call it romance,
and it is as necessary as love
as the air we breathe is to living.
Love can't exist in a vacuum.
It needs more than two individuals
staring blankly at each other.
For love to grow, the two people need to
The sounds, smells, sights, and touches
that are the main ingreditents of love
must somehow be passed back and forth
between the lovers.
Romance is the medium
for this transferal.
                                                       ♥ Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

Monday, August 29, 2011

5 Days of Marriage

From "I DO"  to Forever

Cherish each other
in big ways and in small ways,
and never forget the magic
of those three little words: "I love you."
In marriage, remember that
it is the little things that make the difference...
Don't forget the birthdays and the anniversaries.
An occasional note means a lot.
Share each other's life - even the small details -
for too often we forget that day-after-day becomes
year-after-year, and then it's gone.
Give each other room to grow...
We all need our time alone.
Keep strong your faith in each other;
time has a funny way of testing us,
and it's faith that gets us through.
Respect one another...
This world could always use more of that.
Speak your mind honestly, openly, but with kindness,
for angry words are scars that may never heal.
Trust each other; let your trust be your rock.
Most of all, each day...
be sure to hold each other
and fall in love all over again.

                                                        ♥ Julia Escobar

My Weekend Recap {+ a yummy recipe}

My Weekend was phenomenal!
Extremely busy but so much fun!
Friday: Clocked out at 6:00pm.
Aaron's grandparents wanted to host dinner for us & give us our wedding present early!
{the sweetest couple, E.V.E.R! I love them as if they are my own}
Then went home to P.A.C.K for this weekend
because I.AM.GETTING.MARRIED!  Can you believe it's finally here.
Tomorrow is my last day of work and I'm off for TWO WEEKS!
I packed my wedding day bag, rehearsal day stuff & all the gifts {32}, & then our overnight stay bag for the wedding night.
Saturday: I had to work that morning, BUT it's my last for the next two weeks.
When I clocked out at 2pm I went to the mall to pick up all my wedding day makeup.
I'm super stoked about this. Shot home to work on last minute projects, basically wrapping
things up & then that evening was my Lingerie Shower. Hosted by my bridesmaid, Rachel. That was Check back for a post {after} the 13th of September.
Sunday: Bridal Portraits! Due to my dress taking longer than expected for alterations, I had to push these back. Better late than never. We had to wake up at the crack of dawn. I decided to go more natural than my wedding day look so I'm anxious to see them. I wanted a specific look. Our engagement pictures suited Aaron and I. Our Wedding Day pictures will have their own touch & be wedding day pictures. But my bridal portraits... I wanted them to show me. I choose to go with a 'Southern Belle' look. The pictures were taken in the town where I originally grew up, same county but on the opposite side of where we live now. Our town town is the small country town where Richmond Hill is the city side. Totally different look. It's a beautiful place called
The Ford Plantation! Go HERE to check it out. {It's worth it}
We had to wrap things up after a few hours to shoot over to my nieces birthday party.
Emily is TWO. I love birthday parties.
That evening Aaron and I went home  DO NOTHING because I was exhausted.
A lot of my [out of town] family is coming TODAY and I'm so excited to see them!
I can't wait..
Tonight: Honeymoon Packing! Whoop Whoop!
Which should be easy because I've been packing here and there for 3 weeks now. We are BOTH more than ready to get away.
Remember my list of things to do {HERE}

Well here is my list now:
* Make my Reception sign
* Wrap up my Out of Town Guest bags
& Hotel bags
* A few touch ups on come boutonnieres
* Pick my dress
* Meet with our DJ
* Boudoir photo shoot
* Labels for the girls jewelry
* a gift for our wedding director
* Send thank you cards to the ladies for the bachelorette party
{... bought them, just need to fill them out} Tonight, maybe???
* Meet with our preacher to discuss how everything will go
* Manicure / Pedicure {Thursday}
*Lingerie Shower
* Pack Honeymoon Bag
*Pack Wedding Day Bag
* Pack 'day of rehearsal' items
*Pick up Tux
* Get Hair done {Wednesday}
*Finish my Table Numbers.
{LONGEST project yet! Took forever...}
*Finish my letters to each of my bridesmaids.
* Ceremony Itinerary
* Reception Itinerary
* Music Itinerary {for our DJ}
{well, not COMPLETELY cleaned, but cleaned enough to come
home from our honeymoon too. Nothing worse this coming home
to a messy house.}

I think I'm doing GREAT!

{Last week, we tried a another yummy recipe from Pinterest, it's below}

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

•3/4 cup flour

•3/4 teaspoon baking powder

•1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

•pinch of salt (my addition, optional)

•pinch of red pepper flakes (my addition, optional)

•3/4 cup whole milk

•1 egg, lightly beaten

•1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

•1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

•1 cup cubed pepperoni

•1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes (if using) ; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.


Friday, August 26, 2011

The Wonderbar

... is A-mazing!

A BIG thanks to Tiffanie at Pineapples & Pickles for her post on THIS day.  She had me stalking all her other posts about the wonderbar.
 I'm happy to announce I too, have hopped on the wonderbar bandwagon & have been for weeks now. It's truly amazing and as helped my face in many different ways.

For the past few months my face has been acting insane. I figured it was due to lack of sleep &  constant thought of my todo list. I was expecting to see a bigger object for something so expensive. I've never spent $44 on anything for my face, better yet... my skin.
Well, I'm a fan & will continue to bite the bullet. If I can drop $50 + on a dress, $40 on face make-up, $15 on lipstick... the list goes on, then I can drop $44 on what will
make a difference from day to day.
Thank you Tiffanie for sharing this with us because my face has completely
cleared up. {knock on wood}

Thursday, August 25, 2011

{Recipe} Roasted Shrimp

Roasted Shrimp with Rosemary
 and Thyme


Dear Pinterest,
The Mr. wants to thank you very much
for inspiring me to cook different meals that are just
as tastey as ever! He and I both are enjoying this
new that has been brought to our dinner table!
love, me.

6 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
6 fresh thyme sprigs
3 large fresh rosemary sprigs, halved
Freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 lb. extra-large shrimp (26 to 30 per lb.), preferably wild, peeled and deveined
1-1/2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
Kosher salt

How to Prepare:
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

Pour the oil into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Add the thyme, rosemary, and 1 tsp. pepper and bake until the oil mixture is fragrant, about 12 minutes.
Add the shrimp to the dish and toss with tongs until coated. Bake the shrimp until pink and firm, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the vinegar and 1/2 tsp. salt, toss well, and let rest at room temperature until the oil cools slightly, about 5 minutes. Discard the herbs (if you choose) and serve.

First time using these spices :

{Since June I've been using ALL different spices & flavoring I've never used before.
It's been great! Thanks to our shower gifts.}

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Life AFTER the wedding: Q's & A's

With only 10 days left, I'm so over wedding planning. I'm stress free & feel very relaxed. Tired but that comes with it. Aaron and I are both completely ready & more ready for the celebration between our marriage with our friends & family. We are worn out & ready for normal life to take place again. Speaking of normal life? What is it?
 Most everyone I've ever talked to whether it be someone close or not
the answer to the number 1 question after the wedding is, "So, how's married life?". The answer is usually "It feels the same. Just a different name." Unless of course you did not live together prior to. Then things are more than likely different.

I believe nothing will change for Aaron and I because we have lived together for a while and already have experienced the trying times & adjustments. However, there are things I want to improve as a wife for not only him but for myself too. I have been asked various questions here lately so I'm gonna throw them out there and share my answers.

Do you & Aaron plan on having joint bank accounts?
This is a funny question. As of right now, we both have our personal accounts & then
we share one joint account. I have always assumed when we got married we would cancel out personal accounts and keep just one. However, during the counseling with our preacher
one of the topics were finances. He asked how we handled our finances and if there ever were issues. Aaron and I both looked at each other and agreed that money or any kind of finances were ever a problem. Therefore, after the session we discussed how we would work our finances. Again, I assumed one account because that is what married people do. He disagreed.
I was a little confused because I felt as if I was pushed back a little. But he made sense.
Our preacher stated that finance & money situations are the #1 reason for fights & divorce. Being we have never had a fight about money I thought we'd be fine. Well Aaron's point is quote "Why would we change it up? I keep nothing from you & you keep nothing from me. If I purchase something, you see it. We've never had a fight about finances so why would we do something different especially being it's the #1 cause of divorce? You have my passwords & I know yours so there is nothing weird about it" It still took me time to completely be okay with it. but yes, he is completely right. ONE- Aaron is the leader of the household. I want both of us to always make decisions together but him being the final say so. TWO- he made all the sense in the world. Even if "that's what married couples do", why would be change anything because we've never had an issue before. '
{What works for you in your relationship?}

Babies... soon?
This is a fun question. Back in January, Aaron informed me he was ready to be a daddy after the wedding. {Remember THIS post} Well.... a lot has happened since then. To be honest, at first I was just not on the same level. Then once we really discussed our five year plan things changed a little. We actually talked it up to after the wedding we'd let God take control. Then the topic of lifestyle with children came up.  Aaron and I both agreed it would be best if I stayed at home. My job now leaves me coming home at 6:30. By the time I do dinner {which Aaron helps often} our children will be ready for bed. That leaves me no time with them. We figured out our finances and being we are ALMOST  debt free {not yet} we would not be able to afford it. So we pushed children back until early next year. I'm not done. A few months ago, Aaron and I were settling down to watch a movie one night and we were cutting up, laughing hysterically, picking with each other over this blanket. It sounds lame but it was great. Almost as if we were teenagers in high school again. We laughed for hours. The next day that's all I could think about. So at dinner I brought up children. We both agreed that life moves so fast. This year has flown by like crazy.  We've been together for almost 11 years and in those 11 years we've had LOTS growing stages & priority changes; working through them was tough at times. Life now... we are in hog heaven. We are enjoying the nights with each other & our alone time so much more than ever before. Our relationship feels very strong... one more year wouldn't hurt to wait for kids because when they come {life will be amazing} we won't be able to play fight over a blanket or better yet have alone time on the couch enjoying a TV time. It will be kids kids kids and that's okay but we agreed that we want to enjoy our high point as much as possible before it's taken away.  So, 2013 is our year {unless the Lord thinks different} to start trying for little ones.
2012 is for us. I can't wait.

What do you plan on changing anything after the wedding?
Here is where my hope to be the best wife takes place. I don't want much to change between the two of us. As I explained in the question before, things are really great. But there are things or changes I long for. I want to start getting up with him. Every night before bed I set the alarm for 5:45am in order for him to leave by 6:15am. I lay his uniform out and make sure he is all prepared for the next work day. On the days when he wakes up late {not very often}, I too jump up and head for the deodorant & get his tooth brush ready & make sure his boots are ready for his feet... I then go back to bed. I get up at 6:30am. That isn't very long after he leaves.
What I want is for the both of us to get up together {ME} and I'm not much of a breakfast chef
but have coffee together or maybe a bowl of cereal. I think breakfast is a very important time of the day because it the start. This is defintely something I want to do differently & work on.
This is my plan.
Also, start making weekly dinner menus. I lived by this before our engagement... planning had taken a toll on our life so I will be back to this also. We've had enough pizza delievery nights.
I will be using this to help organize my meal plan & grocery shopping trips.

{ONE week from today is the first day of our wedding weekend! Boy Oh boy... I can't wait}

Wedding Planning...

I'm so over it! I made my last 'list of things to do' and there are quite a few, mainly smaller things. I just can't get motivated. I'm just ready for the day to come. I feel very relaxed & I'm actually sleeping. That's a BIG improvement.

Here are a few things I still have to do:

* Make my Reception sign
* Wrap up my Out of Town Guest bags
& Hotel bags
* A few touch ups on come boutonnieres
* Pick my dress {Tomorrow}
* Meet with our DJ {next week}
* Boudoir Photo shoot {yes, I'm doing these}
* Labels for the girls jewelry {making them to fit our wedding look}
* a gift for our wedding director
 * Send thank you cards to the ladies for the bachelorette party
* Meet with our preacher to discuss how everything will go
* Manicure / Pedicure {Next week with the ladies}
*Lingerie Shower {Saturday}
* Pack Honeymoon Bag
*Pack Wedding Day Bag
* Pack 'day of rehearsal' items
*Pick up Tux {Next Week}
* Get Hair done
*Finish my Table Numbers.
*Finish my letters to each of my bridesmaids.
* Oh I FINALLY am set & stone on my hairstyle for the wedding.
definitely the hardest decision YET!
it's by far horrific!

{children would be defined as Aaron and myself}

I think that's about it!

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{Recipe} Mini Chicken Alfredo: Very Tasty

 Mini Chicken Alfredo
{Thank you Pinterest for an amazing dinner last night!}

Makes 12 servings of 24 shells
24 dry jumbo pasta shells, (about 6 oz.)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves, seasoned with salt and pepper
{I also added shrimp}Sauce:1 1/2 c. heavy cream
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter (8 Tbsp.)
1 1/2 c. grated Parmesan, divided
2 tsp. black pepper
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, divided

Preheat broiler with rack 5 inches from element. Spray two 24-cup mini muffin tins with nonstick spray; set aside. Bring a large post of salted water to a boil.
Cook shells in boiling water until al dente, 12-15 minutes; drain and rinse under cold water. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and saute until cooked through, 8-9 minutes per side; cool slightly, then chop into small pieces.

Warm cream and garlic in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming. Whisk in butter until melted. Add 1 c. Parmesan, 2 tsp. pepper, and 2 Tbsp. parsley. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and remove from heat.
Fill each shell with 1 heaping Tbsp. chicken mixture. Stagger filled shells, open ends up, in every other muffin tin well to prevent them from sticking to each other. Sprinkle shells with remaining 1/2 c. Parmesan.
Broil shells until sauce bubbles and Parmesan melts and is golden, about 2 minutes. Garnish shells with remaining 2 Tbsp. parsley.
*If you would like a reduced fat Alfredo Sauce use this. I make it all the time and love it!
{I doubled my shells. Poured Parmesan Cheese in the first shell then layering the second shell on top, then I added the sauce, chicken, & shrimp. Aaron and I both absolutely loved this. It was phenomenal. There was a lot left over so I brought it to my mother this morning and sent him with it to work. EXCELLENT recipe!}
Remember THIS recipe
Mexican Dorito Casserole?
Well as great as it looked, it was just okay.
It filled the bellys but wasn't as tasty as we hoped!
Just Sayn' because a lot of you asked about it. 
Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sneak Peak

.... My Bachelorette Party
{was unbelievably AMAZING}

however I am still in recovery so the post will come later.
For now, here is a sneak peak of our MADD HATTER Tea Party.

I was super happy to see my lover man patiently waiting for me.
Our bodies were both exhausted & with one glance at each other we both looked pooped. 
Our first conversation:
"Yep." agreeing with my facial expression which was a mixture of Whoa & I'm pooped. My response, "Yep, I think I'm ready for marriage. A old happily married woman sounds like the life I'm ready for."  "Me too, J."

Friday, August 19, 2011

I'm getting MARRIED... but I'm not married YET!

HOT-LANTA {Georgia}

Buy me a shot...
I'm tying the KNOT!
{not sure how many shots I can take...}

Happy 2nd Birthday, Emily Grace!

My sweet niece
Emily Grace is two today.

She's sweet, smart, & just as sassy as can be.

... Aunt Jessica {Ca-Ca} & Uncle Aaron love you very much!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

{MUST read, How many of these are YOU?}

Loved this. I can vouch for all of these.

#27 - Besides jeans, I usually wash my pants every time!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's my BACHELORETTE weekend!

Um, hello! I can NOT wait to replay my life as it was in college!
{college life = party + girl friends + table dancing? We will see. What happens ATL...
hopefully will stay there. }

I'm thinking it's gonna get wild,

Well, if you've been reading you know me & 9 other ladies are headed to
to party like a rock star it's my last night out as a single woman.
early Saturday morning. We're only going for one day because I wanted everyone to be able to relax and not worry about finances. {Who does that, right?} At first, I thought bummer, but in all that matters is that my closest ladies be there. We have a few couples in our wedding party so being the men are going at the same time, I wanted everyone to be able to make it. Therefore I let Aaron have the full weekend and I cut back. I can surly have just as much fun in one full day as I can an entire weekend.
My Ladies going:
sister & matron of honor, Kim
maid of honor, Danielle
bridesmaid, Candice
bridesmaid, Kristie
bridesmaid, Holly
my girlfriend, Dee
my girlfriend, Brycelyn
bridesmaid, Rachel
bridesmaid, Heather

I'm so pumped, I don't even know how to react.
The MEN {& my handsome bachelor} will be participating this entire weekend in
I'm so excited for Aaron & hopes he makes just as many memories as I do. {ha}
(who am I kidding? I know he will)
He has a big group going also.
Okay, back to me. {ha}

Friday night I plan to spend a little time with my famous college sidekick, my partner in crime, the lady who knows all my {omg, tell me I did not just do that's} with, my best friend...Danielle. I don't know exactly what we are doing but it'll be great.
We've spent lots of {single} nights together; crying on shoulders, cheer-sing to good times, experiencing everything you do before settling down... so she asked me if we could have one more night both {technically} single ladies together. Of course, I'm up for it.
I hope can remember as many hilarious memories as possible. Yay!

August 20th
everyone is meeting at my house at 7:00am. We are taking the family travel van {14 passenger} which should be interesting.

All week I've been preparing for this day:
Thanks to Pinterest I made these as thank you/ goody bags for each lady describing how much
I love everyone for joining in on this amazing {ONE TIME ONLY} bachelorette party & making this a great memory. A memory that hasn't even been created & I'm.Dying.To.See♥


I've been working on my Madd Hatter outfit to wear out that night.

I originally had a dress I bought for my honeymoon that I wanted to wear & add a little extra to. Looking a little something like this...{my costume inspiration}

When trying it on with my hat & tie for the Mr.
He looked at me and said
{NOT what you think}
You look to goodie goodie. I thought bachelorette parties were supposed to be scandalous.
My mouth dropped. I responded with
 "Seriously?  You want me to look scandalous, because I can definitely look scandalous."

Therefore, I now have a million different "maybe this???" but no real costume... YET!
Aaron came home with two tutu's; black & white yesterday. He works right by a huge costume store so being I orignally bought stuff to make a tutu {& I'm running out of time} he figured he would try to help. Of course he got the "mini" tutu. Um, Hello babe? haha..
I did as if he was trying to let me at ease so he can be a scanadulous bachelor. Kidding.
So... we will see what comes out of this costume.

{Note: What I love about Aaron. He's real. I love our trust}

 We are staying at the Marriott in Midtown Atlanta.
We have two joint suites overlooking the city.

Who's excited? I AM!

That's about ALL I know. The rest is left up to ...
We Will See!

Expect a post next week!

{Recipe} Mexican Dorito Casserole, I think so!

Does this  not look so yummy? {And Fattening?}
And I'm supposed to be on my honeymoon soon. I have all these wants for fattening recipes. Who am I kidding, I always have wants for fatty foods. I'm not & never have been a salad girl. Ok, who cares.
I'm making this tonight so I can't really tell you how it is. But I will.

Mexican Dorito Casserole
Serves 4-6

Prep:2 c. shredded cooked chicken
1 c. shredded cheese (or more if you are a cheese hound)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (canned tomatoes with jalapenos-mild)
1/2 packet taco seasoning (or more- to taste)
Bag of Doritos

directions:1. Pre-heat oven to 350-f degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except Doritos.
3. In a greased 2 qt baking dish, put a layer of crushed Doritos (about 2 cups), then a layer of the chicken mixture. Repeat once more, ending with a layer of chicken mixture. Top with more shredded cheese, cover, and bake for 30-35 minutes, till bubbling hot.

Monday, August 15, 2011

God Gave Me You

In twenty days, I'll be this handsome mans wife.

I'm happier today than I was yesterday & knowing the happiest days haven't even seen
us yet, it's exciting. I'm so crazy about him. {You can throw up now, sorry.}

This weekend was pretty insane. I worked my tail off.
36 hours in two days, I was pretty exhausted. So exhausted I slept til 1:00pm
Sunday afternoon. I can't tell ya the last time I've even slept in to 10am.
I opened my eyes to lunch in bed.  We spent the day relaxing around the house & then randomly  decided to get ready in about 2.5 seconds and grab a fast meal at Seasons of Japan & catch the movie
Planet of the Apes which was really good. I even teared up a few times.
There will definitely be another one... we're excited.
We ended the night at Walmart buying.. random stuff.
I was trying to look for stuff to add to my non existing costume for the bachelorette
party this coming weekend. Everyone has their outfit BUT me.
Unloading the bags when getting home I found boo-hoodles of cricut stuff.
He surprised me with all kinds of stuff. New fonts, vinyl, & cricut tools.  I don't know how
he put them passed me but he did. He's pretty awesome.

Happy Monday everyone!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

TWINS??? Do whhhaaat?

Once again...
Not me, crazy! ;)

Two of our dearest friends Jon & Shanna are expecting!
I'm so excited.
Not only are they expecting a precious bundle of joy but they
have found out there are TWO swimming together.
How fun?
All of our friends couldn't be more excited to see two babies... twins
running around.
Are they boys? Girls? Boy & Girl?
Me, I hope it's two little girls. They have a son now who is 5, Jonathan
and he is ALL boy. If you knew his Daddy, Jon you would definitely vote
for a least one girl. He needs one. 
Jon guesses they are identical & botjh boys. He says he always been right when guessing
any sex of any pregnancy. Weird huh?

Gender Reveal Party!
True Story: {I first heard about a gender reveal party many months ago through a blog.
I found myself crying as a blog friend shared her friends party with us. It was absoultely
amazing to see everyones face let alone the mommy & daddy. It stole me heart.
Right away, I thought this an awesome idea. Being my cousins did something similar
only they had the nurse put the sex on paper and waited for dinner to open it up together...
that too was really awesome. However, Aaron and I do not plan to find out what the sex is
when that time comes. I MUST do this for someone and get the excitement of this party. Sooo...
I thought of who would be expecting next... my bestie Kristie came in mind. I asked her immediately. She thought it was great & we will still do BUT they aren't trying for a little while..soooo
Jon & Shanna... TWINS? How fun!

Shanna was all up for it but said her may have to find out & let everyone else wait.
This past weekend, I was able to comfort Jon.
He thought I was insane when I asked him about it. {laughing} He never heard of such but found himself grinning from ear to ear.
Of course... I talked him into it. I think they will find out & just hold it from everyone else. Let's hope so. {Jon is like a kid on Christmas about secrets. He stinks at it.}
TWINS is a big deal. Not that one isn't.. but you know!
They believe it'll be the end September when they find out the sexes... ???
That's TWO weeks after my wedding + honeymoon. Will I have time?
I think so... if we can just get an exact date!

Here are a few ideas I'm hoping to have:
{of course remember... it'll be TWINS so some of the wording will be
switched around}

I already know I wanna do this:
For TWO girls:
Wear a bow & PINK

For TWO boys:
Wear a Tie & Blue

For a Boy & a Girl:
Wear one of each.

{love this invitation}
Honeybee Gender Reveal Invitation, Custom Printable

{LOVE the bottle idea}

{this next is a MUST}
 --- i have a small obsession with paper mustaches


Do you see their crazy excitment?


PS: Speaking of TWINS...
have I ever shared my story about my ladies night out.. run in with a physic?
It's actually extremly weird because EVERYTHING she said to me has been true OR has come true.... but some of the "feelings" are still undiscovered.
"... i see two babies in your future."
{I got completely excited...}
"two boys"
"one pregnancy"
{of course I didn't smile because twins never crossed my mind. for some reason, I immediately thought I'd lose a childb {HUGE fear of mine}... so tears immediately came to my ears. My friend who was sitting next to me was SOOOOOO happy. My mind snapped back into gear when she said "TWINS" then my tummy dropped to the floor.}
... what? Twins?
the physic shook her head yes.

I'll definitely have to share my e.n.t.i.r.e experience with her.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dear Pinterest,

I always knew I was a BIG dreamer.
I see big things as not that big. I see pretty things as cheap as they
get only to find THEY.ARE.NOT. My "I want" lists have always been over and beyond...
A girl can dream, right?
but geez...

Our plan is to add more to our family {after} 2013. Meaning getting preggers in late
2013. Thanks to you... I want to design a nursery. Maybe our newest nephew,
Ryder wouldn't mind staying more... ya think? I think so!!! However, my partner thinks differ. He text me today "are you pregnant" after sending him countless names
of boys & girls this whole week {& after I sent him the first name of today}. I about died. My response... ", no." then immediately said "I'm offended that you even think I'd be picking out names without even telling you I was preggers... com'on you know me better than that silly." Then right after that I just said "pinterest".  His response "delete that"
Thanks to YOU my almost husband about crapped his new boxers.
And boy... I hate buying boxers. He already sweats to death enough as it is working in this Gerogia heat. However, I must say that I can't WAIT to plan our six year old who doesn't exsist's birthday party. This is a problem.

We don't plan on building or buying anything until {at least} our second baby
is even thought of. Thanks, because now the Mr. is flipping on all my
"ohhhh, let's do this" here latelys. You've reminded me that somewhere in our five year plan involves me staying home... a homemaker.. yeah well how are we supposed to afford that if you keep giving me beautiful things to PIN???
I've pretty much PIN-ed the entire site. Not really... but almost.

You almost had my mother have a heart attack after me telling her about this amazing idea
I found for the wedding... I thought she was going to die. Okay and everyone else around me including myself. I've put myself on restriction from any "wedding" boards. Like we don't have enough to plan out, pack up, and put together.

Ohhh... and the closets you have. My lawd! Seriously...
you've made me loose sleep over the closets & kitchens. Please, would you just stop being so darn beautiful. I'd like to get married on September 3rd and at the rate I'm going.. at the rate YOU'RE going the Mr. is starting to panic that he won't be able to afford me.
Nah, it's okay. I've been trying my very hardest to rememeber the difference between my
"I'm a dreamer..." board & my "{future} house inspirations" board.
Okay okay.. you got me. There is a TON of baby you probably won't ever see that $500,000 home. Okay maybe on vacation.. but never the inside. in my {future} home inspirations" But it's okay to pretend.

However, I've completed a few DIY projects already and made a few crafts for friends of mine. They l.o.v.e.d them. Thanks for that.

Okay so I'm going now because I think I've said enough. 
I wanted to make sure you knew where we stand...but don't worry I'm not going anywhere.
Who cares if you've become my latest addiction.
Happy Thursday!

Love, Jessica


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Monday, August 8, 2011

some inspiration? Yes please!

last week was a rough week for me.
i had a stressful, exhausting, high blood pressure week...
i closed myself out from the world, so nobody would get the bad end of the deal. {as my future husband did... he still loves me} i want nothing more than to never go back to last week.

so for some inspiration to myself, i'm posting things I need to remind myself and the people around me for the next few weeks. these really hit home.

{these are the last weeks of your very dream come true...
soak it up. don't spend it with waste less tears}

... this is you jess. READ this everyday.

{You are known for your smile... so wear it. No tears}

... stop with the ideas. You have enough!


& to my favorite person in the world
who got the hiss from the cat {me} when the doors closed at night....
[... he's been amazing through ALL my moodiness]

Perfect way to end this post...