Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's Been A Year

Last year around this time is when Joseph proposed to me. Holy crap! Only a year?! Are you kidding?!
It got me thinking of how big of a year it actually was....
- Joseph proposed
- Planned a wedding
- Made Dean's List that Spring Semester, also taking 21 hours of classes
- Got a job!
- Planned a wedding
- Wedding Showers - see family I hadn't seen in a long time
- Jarron graduated high school
- Made paper cranes with Charligne & Kara :)
- Planned more of a wedding
- Graduated College!!!
- Moved to North Carolina
- Got Married!
- Started my "big girl" job
- Bought a house
- Now we're getting a puppy in February!!

Whew - that was one hell of a year...a great one at that though. I could not have been able to do half of that without my family!! It was rough at times, but we always seemed to make it through. As crazy as things got at times - it's nice now to look back on it and laugh :)
Here's some pictures of our puppy:

He's only 2 weeks old in these pictures. His eyes are fully open now & he's walking too. We went out yesturday & bought some things at Petsmart. We got a crate, a leash & collar, a few toys and some bowls. We are all ready for him - now we just have to wait! We get him at the end of February, so only about 4 weeks to go.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

I Ate Too Much Cookie Dough.....

So I love chocolate chip cookie dough, but it has to be the real thing. None of this store-bought premade stuff - it has to be the Nestle Tollhouse homemade chocolate chip cookie dough.

For some reason I've been quite ancy today. There's nothing much on TV (just football....) and its cold outside, so i've been looking for things to do around the house. So far, I have made homemade spinach artichoke dip and now homemade chocolate chip cookies. Maybe it was the fact that I put pajamas back on after I showered, but i've been quite the home-body today.

Its hard to believe that Christmas was a week ago - It was a great (but long) weekend. We spent Christmas Eve at his parents, opened up gifts with them that morning, and did a brunch with the whole family at his grandmother's house. It's always a lot of fun seeing all of his aunts, uncles, cousins, the whole shebang. For Christmas, I got him a Turkey Fryer, Catch Phrase & Sequence (games), a remote control helicopter, and a letter opener (because he says we needed one about every day when he opened the mail). I got some new tennis shoes (to run my 5K in), a teak bath stool for my shower (very nice!), and Falling In Love perfume.

After his grandmother's house, we went to my parent's house to do gifts & dinner over there. We spent Christmas night with my parents as well as the next night. Kara & Chris came in town Christmas night (which was such a great surprise!), so it was a looong day with lots of family!! Its always great seeing my sister & her family...Ella & Fisher are getting so big!

We stayed up that night & played Sequence with Kara, Chris, Jaime & Jarron. I couldn't tell you the last time there were 4 of us kids getting along, in one small room, playing a game, and actually having a great time. I kept looking around the table counting to make sure that there were really 4 of the 5 of us playing a game! Its a little sad, but I'll probably remember that forever....cheesy I know.

The day after Christmas, Kara & I got up EARLY and headed out to the mall...which we've made a tradition now. First stop - Starbucks, Second - The Mall, Third - Chick-Fil-A to pick up breakfast for everyone at home. We found a couple good sales, but it was more about hanging out with my sister than the actual shopping. The rest of the day was just busy with playing with the kids...except for dinner time when Fisher got in the trash, cut his hand on a metal lid, and they had to rush off to urgent care. While they were gone, Ella & I got in some major bonding time. We sat in the recliner and she just talked and talked and talked to me. Then it was bath time! She kept pretending to be flipper in Nanny's big whirlpool tub and splashing water everywhere! She was cracking me up!

Saturday, we headed back to his parent's house. We celebrated his neice's early birthday while everyone was around and then headed out to dinner. We also stayed up that night playing Sequence then Pictionary. I was struggling with Pictionary as I think my brain had shut down for the night.

We got back pretty early on Sunday in order to give us plenty of time to unpack everything & find a place for it in the house. I can't believe Christmas 2008 has come & gone already! Maybe if it would've actually been cold outside it would've felt like Christmas...maybe next year.

Now it's 2009!! Last night we went out to dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse (my favorite steakhouse around) then headed back home. I don't like being out on the roads very late on New Years Eve with all the crazies out there.

2009 means our own Biggest Loser competition starts tomorrow! I guess that's why I've been getting all the bad-for-you foods out of the way today (hence the cookie dough stomach ache). My strict 5K training starts back when my alarm goes off way too early in the morning, I'm gonna have to get my butt out of bed.

Anyway, I'm going to make sure Joseph doesn't burn the house down. Thank you everyone who had a part in making my Christmas wonderful!!