Sunday, September 30, 2012

What to do, what to do?

Unfortunately I don't have time for a "real" post tonight, but I do have a confession. Over the weekend I think I've changed my wedding colors... again. (big surprise) I apparently need to stop going to bridal shows. I change something every time I go to one. My wedding isn't until July, but I need to figure it out and stop changing my mind! As of right now, they have changed from coral and turquoise to either navy and yellow or gray and yellow. Yellow is my favorite color but I didn't want my girls to wear yellow dresses... too much yellow. I think I have found the perfect balance:

I am loving the yellow flowers and shoes in the last picture! I haven't run these new color schemes by my girls yet... I hope they like them!
*Note* Staying true to my indecisive nature... I still am unsure about this new change! I'm so sad about the coral! What do you think?

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's our little secret

This is definitely a double post kinda night. Kev's at work until 10 and I shamefully haven't blogged in a week. Much to Robin's dismay, there was no Wedding Wednesday this week. It's sad, but true.

The truth is... In addition to teaching (which is reason enough to prevent me from blogging) I've been busy planning a surprise party for Kevin's 24th! He has no idea. It's great!

It all started a month ago when I came up with the idea, tracked down all of his friends (and some of mine that know him) and told them all to keep the date cleared. Wellll... planning a surprise party for someone is one thing... but planning a surprise party for someone you live with? Next to impossible. I had to be careful not to stay logged into facebook, my email, or get caught texting his friends/siblings all the time. Phew! That is hard work. Not to mention buying all of the stuff for the party. I mean, where the heck do you put it all?? My partners in crime are the large, half empty closet in our spare bedroom that Kevin hardly ever goes in, and his two best friends. Conveniently, one happens to be my brother.

24 hours... 24 hours... 24 hours... Please do not get the urge to play scrabble tomorrow! I've also had the "sudden craving" for taco dip, cheese and crackers, and potato chips. He probably either thinks I'm pregnant or letting myself go. I spent a small fortune on football themed plates, napkins, and other obvious necessities... I mean, he needs M&Ms in his team's colors.
I'll post pictures of the party in a couple of days... probably when most of the alcohol has left my system.
p.s. On a totally unrelated note, I just bought this really cute dress from The Limited and am obsessed. You neeed to try it on. Amazing!! I'll admit that I was forced to do an awkward mirror picture because Kevin was at work. Feel free to judge me.


Who needs a ladder...

...when you've got a man?
Every year my mom hosts the "annual apple fest." My family comes over, my mom makes entiiirely too much food, we pick apples at the orchard down the road, and then we bake them into pies, crisps, and anything else you can make apples into. So, that's what we did last Saturday. It's pretty convenient that my mom randomly lives three house down from an apple orchard.
Now, I don't mind apples, but they're not high on my delicious fruit list. So I pick them and try to give them to someone. (Like Kevin, who usually gets stuck eating the 3000 lbs of apples that I pick.) He's learned to become very fond of apples.
My adorable cousin Jada is thrilled every year to go apple picking. I wish apples excited me that much.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day...

With all of the apples we ate that day, we should never need a doctor. :-)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Here we are again... Wedding Wednesday!

I promised the proposal story, so, here it is...

To be honest, the months leading up to the proposal were torturous. We had been together 3 1/2 years at the time and practically everyone knew it was coming. My mom had it pegged one month in, his mom (I later learned) had asked him if he was going to propose when he asked her to lunch one day, and my friends and I all talked about it... it was coming. Everyone knew.

To make matters worse, he had told me around March that he wanted to marry me (this was no secret) and that perhaps it would be happening by the end of the year (this was news). So, being a girl, I obsessed about it to all of my friends who, in turn, obsessed about it. It was to the point where I would call my friend Julia, leave a message asking her to call me back, and she would call back and say, "Let me guess, you're enagaged." And I would say "No, I was wondering if you wanted to go to the gym with me." So, the anticipation basically was killing me.

The last week in November Kevin asked me if I wanted to do a date night the following week. We hadn't really had a chance to go on a date in a while because of holidays and things. So I said yes and he made a reservation at the Inn Between, a reaaally nice restaurant. The date night was on a random Tuesday, so I didn't think anything of it.

Then came the flowers. I was at school working and I got called down to the office. There was a box of lillies that had been sent by Kevin with a note telling me how excited he was for our date. *I died* How adorable.

 I went back to my room and my coworker immediately said, "He's going to propose." I thought, no... I don't think so... but... it put the thought in the back of my mind. So, he picked me up from work and we went to the restaurant. We ate, we talked, nothing happened. He took me to Lights on the Lake...nothing happened. It was a normal date night. That's all.

Cursing myself for thinking that it was going to happen, we went home. I was so mad at myself and super disappointed. Why did I let myself get excited? I began taking off my coat and saw Kevin go over to the computer. Our song started playing so I thought he wanted to dance with me like we always do. All of a sudden he reached down for these posterboards and I saw him put something in his pocket.

Oh. My. Gosh.

This is it. He turned the poster around and I immediately started crying. It was happening. After I had dismissed the idea, it was happening. He went through each card (like the guy did in Love Actually... my favorite part in my favorite movie) and then got down on one knee. I was so excited that I jumped into his arms, snotting and tearing all over him overjoyed, and completely forgot about the ring. I remember saying, "Oh yeah! Lemme see it!!"

And that's how he knows I truly love him...or so he says.



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In my opinion...

...the guy at the library who asked me, "Do you work here?" while I was waiting in line to check out, has some serious trouble with context clues.

Sooo, I was reading some blogs and I saw this really great post over at lala lists and thought that I should link up.
So I am.
Here's what I think...
1. I think driving in Syracuse, NY in winter is just ridiculous. Why do I live here again?
2. People who brush their teeth with warm water are crazy. Cold water is drastically more refreshing.
3. It should be the norm to walk around barefoot all the time.
4. Given the choice between green grapes and purple, I'd choose green every time.
5. I caanot stand when people are eating and I can hear it. Close your mouth and eat or get away from me. kthanks.
6. Dogs rule, cats drool.
7. A lot of the time, kids are more fun than adults.
8. The greatest disservice that you can do yourself is dying without traveling. So much exists that needs to be experienced and so many different people share this world with you!
9. Grey's Anatomy and a glass of wine is the best way to end any day.
 10. Dark Chocolate raspberry Ghirardelli squares are as close to heaven as I have ever gotten.
11. I love inspirational quotes. Oh! The places you'll go!, by Dr. Seuss has made me tear up. No lie.

12. Styrofoam should not exist. Not only for the environment's benefit, but also my own when someone takes something out of a box and that ear piercing screetch happens when it rubs together.
13. Wearing leggings as pants... for most people, not really a good look.
14. Bored with your clothes? Add a statement necklace. They make old outfits look amazing and new again.

15. I am obsessed with pinterest. obsessed. Follow me!
16. I love learning new exercises but am too tired/lazy to ever do them.
17. Country is superior to all other music.
18. Teacher pet peeve: Come up and poke/pat me to get my attention while I'm talking. Just try it.
19. I think ecards are hysterical. Enjoy.
20. How I like to live my life:


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Picture perfect :-)

It has been a very exciting couple of weeks. I just finished my first week of teaching and my engagement pictures finally came in! We had a chance to see the proofs, but it's so much more exciting to have the real deal!
The first week of teaching was quite an adventure. I immediately fell in love with all of my students and feel like I am the luckiest woman in the world to have this job. I actually want to go to work in the morning. 5:45 hits and I'm out of bed. And... let's just say I'm not a morning person. I think of these ideas for lessons and get so excited about them! I also found this great first grade blog for centers/teaching ideas! You can check her blog out here! The best part is when I'm teaching a lesson and I end it. The students have been groaning because they don't want it to end! YES! I have to admit, it was nice to sleep in this weekend. I can't remember the last time I was so exhausted.
In other news, I just received my enagagement pictures! Best week ever? I think so. They came out amazing! Here are a few of my absolute favorites:

We had them done by Ultimate Images photography. You can find their website here. They're fanatastic to work with!

I hope everyone has a great week! Kevin reminded me that I forgot the last Wedding Wednesday so I'll have to catch up this week. :-)