How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Monday, October 25, 2010

Uninteresting Update

Seriously. Nothing big has been happening... the job is good. The kids are great and I'm hoping that I'll get into a good groove to really help out the family with everything. It may take another week or so... I'll get there.

Jake officially started his 4-day work week last week. So he had Friday off. And of course, I had to work. :-/ 'Tis life. This week he has Wednesday and Thursday off. And, of course, I work. Most days I don't get home until after 7pm so we won't really see each other all day. But we'll get to sleep in together :)

Now, you are going to wonder why I'm writing this next topic. But I think that it's an interesting experience to write about... for the first time ever, last night I had to peel and devein shrimp in order to cook it for dinner. The entree ended up being a shrimp scampi type meal and it was delicious. But shelling and deveining 2lbs of shrimp was not only time consuming, but disgusting. If you know anything about shrimp and having to devein a shrimp you know that deveining is basically taking out the shrimps intestines/poo. Yea, yuck. Tell me about it. Next time I have to cook shrimp I am spending the extra money to get the already shelled and deveined bag!! It was a delicious dinner... it was just my first time deveining shrimp. And being grossed out by shrimp. It's my favorite seafood so it was a little disheartening to have to put all that work into making it and being grossed out by it. I'm sure I'll get over it fairly quickly but it's one of those experiences you should document. I mean, how much more grown-up can you get to deveining and cooking raw shrimp and having it turn out deliciously and not cutting off a finger in the process?? Thank God, I didn't have to cut off the heads too. I would have thrown in the towel and just ordered pizza...

Other updates? Jake and I are officially in the hundreds for our countdown to the wedding!!! We are super thrilled about this and are getting very excited for our big day. Getting a wedding dress has made the whole experience of wedding planning so much more real and exciting. Plus, we're just over 6-months away from the wedding!! Getting sooooooooooooo close.

We went to the movies on Friday night... Jake and Jason saw Paranormal Activity 2 and I saw Eclipse again. I feel so grown-up--seeing a movie all by myself. Technically I wasn't totally by myself because I didn't go by myself, but I did go into the theater alone while Jake and Jason went in to see their movie. Yea, I don't do scary movies--especially ones about demons and stuff like that. No thank you. I love the Saw movies, but I don't do that paranormal stuff... I like to sleep at night, thank you very much. Anyway, the boys enjoyed it and I enjoyed seeing Eclipse again :)

And, that is about it...

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Sooooooooooo, incredibly thrilled about finally finding a job. No, it's not social work related, I'm going to be a nanny/family helper for a local family. Although it's not exactly social work related, I do feel like managing and helping out a family is social work related, just not on the level that I want to be involved in social work. But you know what, I'm completely and utterly excited about this and about having a job again :) I haven't worked in 2-years and I'm ready for it (although, I do consider going to grad school full-time with an internship, graduate research assistant position and some student extra-curricular activities to be work).

Anyway, the children are 10 & 13-years old. I know, I know, why do they need a nanny? Well, because the parents are both professionals (lawyer and businessman) and need after-school care as well as help with errands, cooking the family dinner, light laundry and homework help. And of course, supervision of the children. I did want an 8-5 job and this job will keep me at work until 7:30pm or later, but Jake and I will just have to deal with that for now. Either he'll be eating alone (well, not really alone, he'll have Jason most nights probably) or wait until I get home and eat with me. We'll manage and it'll be okay. We'll probably just meet for lunches a lot during the week...

I'll be making very good money :) It's not like I'm just settling. And, the thing is, I don't feel like I'm settling at all. The family seems awesome and down-to-earth and nice and I'm at a point where I am sort of taking my hands off the steering wheel and let God lead me where he wants me to go. And right now, this is where He wants me to go. I'm committing a year to the family and will negotiate staying longer. Yes, my "professional" career is on hold for the moment, but I'm actually okay with that. I'm actually going to look into volunteering at The Center for Family Resources here in the area to keep up with experience in social work. So, it'll all work out in the long run!

AND, Jason got a job this week too at Subway!! He actually got the job on Thursday and started on Friday... yay for Jason's first ever job!!

Sooooo, things are looking up!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

All So Real [I'm hijacking the blog for a moment to talk about wedding stuff]

Disclaimer: Just so you are prepared, this is a long post!!

So, my last post was about going dress shopping. And about how excited I was to be marrying Jake. Well, I found my dress :) And, I'm even more excited to be marrying Jake now.

Who would have thought that by finally going dress shopping and finding a dress would finally make me feel like a bride. It's all real by the deposits and planning that we've been doing (and a large pile of wedding boxes in the living room) but having a wedding dress makes it soooooooo much more real. I didn't want to take the dress off and it made me feel beautiful. I can't wait for everyone to see it at the wedding in May. ahhhhhhh!!!! :)

Anyway, the wedding dress shopping was an experience. I'll start out by saying that we never made it to New Natalies... I didn't even make an appointment for there, I figured that we would just be able to walk in and be okay. And, it turns out that I didn't even need the appointment :P Sooooo, first was David's Bridal. I got to pick out 3-dresses to try on first and I probably went through 8-10 dresses while I was there. The sales-lady kept bringing me new dresses but none of them were really wowing me. I liked one by the end of the appointment but I think that if I would have bought it and not gone to my next appointment, I would have really regretted it. It was pretty and it really fit my personality and me, but it was not the dress. I told the sales-lady about the other appointment and she made an appointment for me later in the day to come back after my appointment--I obviously ended up canceling it!

I cannot stress to you all how important it is to Jake and I to find personable and "smaller" business when we are buying things and whatnot. I love to buy from Etsy because I know that I am supporting a person that is handmaking objects (a lot of our wedding stuff comes from Etsy!). The money goes directly to them and that makes Jake and I both very happy people. Anyway, just about every single vendor that we are using for the wedding, besides the suit place (Savvi Formalwear), is a "smaller" business--the florist, the venue, the photographer, the baker. We love that every person that we have "employed" is very personable and pays attention to what we want and need for the wedding. Everyone involved in the wedding has been absolutely fabulous and has worked so closely with us.

So, I'm sure you can understand the importance of my experience with A Formal Occasion where I ended up purchasing my dress from. I was referred to A Formal Occasion by my florist (both ladies are friends) and for some reason I just knew that it was where I would end up getting my dress from. While I was at David's Bridal, I didn't once come out in a dress and feel wowed or feel like a bride but the first dress that I tried on at A Formal Occasion I walked out and said "I feel like a bride". I don't know if it was the small boutique atmosphere or the fact that I didn't feel like I was "just another sale" or that the dress was just beautiful, but I actually finally felt like a bride in a wedding dress. It's not the dress that I ended up getting. Although, I did put it on 2 more times to compare it to another dress. Ultimately, it was between the first dress and another dress I loved--of which I picked the other one. But, the dress I chose, I didn't want to take off. And seriously, it's all I can think about now that I have it.

The great thing is, it was the same price as the dress I was contemplating at David's Bridal but I won't have to buy any special undergarments for it and because I ordered it in petite (yea, I'm short!), I won't have to have any alterations. The dress is made with boning in it so I won't have to buy a special bra (as noted about the special undergarments, and may be a bit of TMI...) and the only alterations I will need to have done is for the bustle and I am going to have something small done to the neckline to change it a little. At David's Bridal, with all the extra stuff and alterations, I was going to have to spend another $300-400 on the dress. Soooo, the dress, my dress, will be in sometime in February since I ordered it yesterday :) Totally excited!!

The experience was fun and it was awesome to be able to try on beautiful dresses. I think every woman should go through the whole wedding dress shopping experience once (trying them on)--it's awesome and interesting and you get to feel beautiful and like a princess all at once. It was unbearably hot at David's Bridal which made the experience exhausting and the sales-lady wasn't the one helping me get in and out of dresses. At A Formal Occasion, the sales-people were the ones that were helping me get in and out of dresses and I was able to walk out and show my mom, Mary and Sunny (my Matron of Honor and one bridesmaid). It was just like "Say Yes to the Dress" minus all the drama and cameras and super expensive dresses :P Needless-to-say, I slept like a baby last night! 

Now, excuse me for a moment while I whine about having to sleep alone tonight since Jake is in North Carolina for training. ::whines:: & ::pouts:: I hate sleeping alone. But, I know that it's important for Jake to go to his trainings and it's only for one night. Jake was gone for one whole week once :-/ That was hard. He'll be back sometime tomorrow night... probably between 8-10pm.

Soooo, on that note, I have nothing else exciting or interesting to share so I will say goodnight!

Friday, October 8, 2010

7-month mark!!

Can you believe it? Our wedding date is officially 7-months away. That's one more than half a year!! (Obviously!)

I can remember when we got engaged and were trying to figure out a date... we wanted enough time to plan and pay for it but didn't want it to be too long away. By the time we get married next May, we'll have been engaged for 20-months. And it's flown by... which is what I'm trying to say in so many words. It felt like just yesterday was the 1-year mark and now, here we are, down to the 7-month mark.

It would make more sense to be all excited about the 6-month mark (and next month, I probably will be) but I'm super excited because I can't wait to marry my high school sweetheart, the love of my life, my soulmate (okay, okay, enough with that. I'm sure you all are on the other side of the blog gagging). But in all seriousness, I really can't wait to marry Jake. In the last 5-months we have done a lot of soul searching and growing as a couple and it has made me even more excited to go into uncharted territory with Jake. Not that we aren't practically living as a married couple already, but, it'll be new and we have prepared ourselves with so much knowledge and an even stronger foundation than we had before for our marriage. If this was war, we'd be going into it full equipped and with heavy arsenal. (Okay, that was a bad joke...) Seriously though, our marriage prep class, this group we are taking at the church currently (b4ido) and some pre-marital therapy has really strengthened our relationship and helped us build a strong foundation. Oh, and don't forget about searching for God in our lives and our relationship and letting Him be a part of our lives and relationship.

I swear, I almost feel all grown up now.

Anyway, my mom is currently on her way to Georgia to spend the weekend with us for a really big reason. I am going wedding dress shopping tomorrow!!!!! I wanted my mom to be there for the first time I go so I put it off until now (well, that and I wanted to lose weight--which, ummm, yea... I have no excuses but I can think of 5 off the top of my head. [I haven't, if you are wondering.]). We'll be hitting up David's Bridal (of course), A Formal Occasion, and New Natalies. This is also why I'm super excited about the 7-month mark. I get to try on wedding dresses for the first time in my life. eeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkk!!!!

Okay, seriously, my budget is significantly less than this, but it's a great cartoon :)

No other big news or anything exciting. I do want to take a moment to rave about e-mealz though!! o.m.g. Best investment that Jake and I have ever made!! Everything that I have cooked has been amazingly awesome <3 Seriously, I never knew I could cook food soooooooo yummy. It makes everything I cooked before look/taste bland and boring.
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