Friday, November 30, 2012

The Best of News

I have great news everyone! I'm happy to inform all of you.......
 
That I am getting a shed!!
 
I know, immediately you are like "Uh.. a shed, really?" Let me enlighten you as to why I am super duper stoked about this shed.
 
I live in a two bedroom, single-wide trailer. And when I say two bedroom, I really mean one and a half, because the second bedroom is only slightly bigger than the closet I sadly had to give up at my mom and dad's house. It is super TINY!! I literally have called it my junk room because any extra stuff goes in there because I have nowhere to store it. This is bad when you have a limited amount of space.
 
Thankfully, we have managed to buy a shed from my dad and brother! My husband and my daddy are moving it over to our little plot of land tonight, which means all my Thanksgiving stuff, his tools, fishing stuff, etc, can all be taken out of my "half a room" and placed into it tomorrow! I'm so excited. We've even decided that over Christmas break, since it needs some TLC, that we are going to paint it.
 
 
We were talking paint colors and decided upon something similar to this....
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


I love this antique blue color with the white trim, so that is what we are going with. I'm so excited. I've never really helped with painting, but I would like to help this time. I want to be a part of building our life together, even if it is piece by piece very slowly, and starting with this shed. So Christmas break it's going to be me, my husband, and a paint brush....oh yeah! <3
 
 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Its OK

Its Ok Thursdays
 
So, even though I'm thanking God its Thursday, I'm nearly having a panic attack along with it! Tomorrow will be exactly one week from the day my paper is due and I haven't had a chance to work on it all week. I also didn't work on it over the Thanksgiving holiday like I told myself I was going to, which means I have ONLY the introduction fully completed! Yeah, my heart drops every time I think about it. Not only that, we are supposed to have group presentations (where we freaking talk about our research) on Thursday; a week from today!
However, It will have to be OK. My weekend will be filled with Christmas decorating and writing, writing, writing! If anyone prays, send them my way! :)
It's OK....


...That I've been a total procrastinator this semester
...That I'm STILL sick (Obviously being in good health is overrated)
...That I have been feeling crap ALL FLIPPIN WEEK
...That I've been too busy at my job to work on my research paper
...That I still haven't bought my  husbands Christmas present ( It sucks getting paid only once a month)
... That the next three weeks will be nothing but paper writing and studying
...To be completely excited that this semester is coming to an end (I will not miss anything about it)
...To be so excited about planning a 12 days of Christmas for me and my husband (I'm a kid at heart!)
...That I can't wait to see my niece dance in her ballet recital (#TheNutcracker)
...That I'm not perfect (My expectations for myself is too darn high and are unreachable)
...To Love sweets (It gets me into trouble, though, hence my tight pants)
...To be excited about and dread New Years (Excited because I'll be glad to be through with 2012, and yet time seems to be flying by way too fast)
... To really despise coming to class and considered skipping it (again)
Hope Everything is OK your way, as well! Happy Thursday! <3


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting!

Hello Everyone! It's Wednesday, meaning we are halfway through this week, meaning I have exactly 16 days until this semester is officially over!

Yay!

Now I just have to finish my paper before Dec 7th! :/

So anyways, You know what day it is, so onto the Pinning! :)



 
 



 
 
 


 
 

 




 
Nothing can top the very first gift given

 

Cut of a piece off a piece of your Christmas tree every year and turn it into an ornament! Love!

 

I'm so doing this in my house! I love chalkboards!

 

So stinkin' cute for the 12 days of Christmas!

 

LOL So True!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! <3

Monday, November 26, 2012

5 for Five

PartyOfOne

Hello Again Everyone! It's Monday again! Unfortunately, I had to skip out of work and class today. I got this darn cold over the weekend and it's been giving me a fit! So I stayed in bed this morning instead of getting up and fighting through the sneezing and coughing in class and at work.

Enough of that... Let's take a look at last week...



1. Post a blog everyday this week!
 Totally failed on this one! I got up to Georgia, got sick, and my hotspot didn't work so well in their house. It literally took forever to load one page. So I got tired of waiting!

2. Work on my Research Paper
Yeah, the three day work week made me want to do anything and everything BUT my paper! So I did not one thing on it! I'll just have to buckle down this week and next week and finish it! Ugh!
3. Make a list of all the things I need to get for Christmas Gifts
Success! I actually did this! The only thing I didn't get on this list is what I need to get for my hubby, and that's because I didn't want him to accidentally see it!
4. Get my house cleaned and laundry done before I leave for GA.
I got this done for the most part! There were a few things I didn't get to finish, just because I ran out of time, but I got the biggest things done!So.. Yay for me!
5. Speak Positively About Myself.
Yeah, so I done okay on this. Turns out, bad habits are pretty hard to break. Maybe I'll do better next week! Everyone should work hard on speaking good things about themselves! :)

Obviously, I didn't do all that great last week. I will definitely  have to do better next week!..

Now onto this week!...

1. Make it to the gym at least 2 times this week
I haven't been to the gym in a couple of weeks just because of all the craziness and then my husband got to feeling bad so we just decided to nix it. However, we have to get back into the routine!

2. WORK ON RESEARCH PAPER!
This is a must! It is due the 7th of December and I only have the introduction complete! AHHH!

3. Cook Dinner every night
Cooking dinner at home saves lots of money! Usually we are pretty good at this, but again, things have been crazy. When things are crazy, I say the easier the meal the better! However, I need to do better on cooking meals at night.

4. Get grocery list up
I get paid Friday, which means grocery time. We are running low on food in the house, so it's that time again to go to Walmart and and re-fuel.

5. Work on DIY gifts.
Now that it is almost December, It's time to get my presents done. I can't afford much, so I'm doing DIY gifts and I want to get them all together so I can send off the one's to my niece and nephews out of state early! :)

Bath & Body Plus Yummy-ness!

As some of you know from my last post, My husband and I have been in Georgia this past Wednesday, visiting our family (His parents and sister). Ironically, we both started getting sore throats the Thursday night we arrived, which is a total bummer, but we've been fighting through the mess and enjoyed our time there anyways! Friday morning my husband and I went our separate ways; he with his friend Tony and me with my mother-in-law and sis-in-law! Bet you can't guess where we went?!?

You are sooo smart! Yes! We went shopping! We hit up the mall where we found ourselves in Bath and Body and we totally racked up!

Now mind you, I rarely ever go and buy me anything from bath and body, but they had this fabulous deal where you could buy three and get three free. So I get this brilliant idea; Three of us means two items a piece and we can split the price. But then one of the sales lady approaches us..

DUN DUN DUN....

And informs us that if we spend $40 or more that we can get the VIP bag for $20 (the bag alone is regular $120) and it has a gift set of 5 or six items in it. So I'm like lets do that and we can just split the total price in . Well then my MIL tells me and Nicole to go pick out two big candles because she has a buy one item get one item free coupon for a purchase of $10 or more. So we go and do that....

Then of course my MIL goes back on the deal and pays for the whole thing telling me its an early Christmas present! Did I mention the total, on any other day than Black Friday, would have been $159 and we only paid $67 and some change! Oh yeah! I LOVE getting AWESOME deals like that!


I love their bags!


The gift set in the VIP bag


The VIP bag had a little bag with it... I kept that! ;)

And all our goodies together! :)

 So after our Bath and Body excursion and grocery shopping, we went home where we then baked some yummy divinity! I don't know about you guys, but Divinity is my new favorite sweet for this time of year! I used to not like it when I was younger, but I am  now truly converted! It's a very difficult thing to make, but my MIL has it down to a science! She let me help make it so I could learn and then gave me her recipe with a few side tips to hopefully make my trial a success when I done it on my own! This was how they turned out...


Success!! :)


So scrumptious!


I was so proud to have helps make

Anyways,  Saturday we had a lot of family from both of my sides of my Mother and Father in law's. We had a great time eating yummy food, playing volleyball, and catching up! Later on, my husband, SIL and myself went to town. We hit up Walmart for me some cold meds, Game Stop so my sis-in-law could get her new game for her xbox, and then the mall where I found a dress at Belk. The marked down price said $17, regular price $72.... well I got it for $9! Another score! I love it! It's my first little black dress!

That's all of my Holiday adventures! We had a blast visiting our family up in Georgia and can't wait to see them again soon! I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving! Next Up... Christmas! Yay! Can't wait to hear all of your Holiday adventures! :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey Day!

Yeehaw!

You gotta love some Jake Owen rockin' in the car during a road trip! Yes, I'm writing my blog in the car! My husband and I are heading North to Georgia to see my husband's family and spend the rest of our holiday break with them! It's been nearly six months since we've gotten to stay up there a few days, so I'm excited we are getting to! I know he misses them like crazy. Shoot, I would!

Anyways! Our Thanksgiving started last night it a bonfire, hot dogs, marshmallows, and apple cider floats! Those things were pretty amazing! My sister found the recipe (on pinterest I'm pretty sure, of course)! It was apple cider, ginger ale, vanilla ice cream, Cinnamon and caramel drizzle! Ah-mazing!


YUM!


There was also entertainment! My BIL (brother-in-law) decided to do a solo with my husband playing the guitar for him... You can really see him, but you can hear him Ha-Ha!!



Today, we had dinner with my family at my Memaw and Papaw's house! I love that house! I have so many memories in that house, it isn't even funny. My memaw has always been a very unique grandmother! I would stay with her when I was younger and literally she would stay up as late as we did. She was a night owl, which was exactly how I was when I was younger, so obviously I got it from her. She's be up at 3 a.m. with us watching TV or cleaning her office. It makes me laugh thinking about it now, just because she was so opposite of my own mother.

Anyways (totally went off subject)...

Back to the point: We had dinner around 1 p.m this afternoon with some of our family! The only missing pieces was my brother and his kids. I hated that they weren't there, but... well what can ya do! We had a great time anyways! Here are a few pictures! :)


Turkey Time! :)


My homemade (yes, I said homemade) pumpkin pie!



My Memaw's carrot cake!

My Smexy Georgia Boy! ;)

I was wanting a serious picture.... so much for that lol

 
Right to left: Rachel (sister), My Memaw, My mom (Joy), and Me


So there was the time with my family! I am so thankful for the family I have. I couldn't have asked for better. Now we are on the way to my second family's house. I have some pretty great in-laws as well, and we have a full weekend planned of fun things to do... Like me and the SIL going to see Breaking Dawn part 2. Ha-ha, That would be my second time, but oh well. Really, who is counting anyways?!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! If you are going out into the craziness tonight and tomorrow, be safe and have a blast! Love you guys and God Bless!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting


 
 Hello Everyone! It's Friday (aka Wednesday)! Yay! I'm so excited! This Thanksgiving is going to be amazing, because it somehow worked out to where we will be able to be with both of our families for the holidays! Tomorrow we will be eating Thanksgiving dinner with my family, then leaving and heading to spend the next four days in Georgia with his family.
 
*Side Note- My husband, Wade, always tells me that Georgia is the Holy Land LOL
 
Anyways, I can't wait to share all my fun-filled days with you guy, and hope all of you have the best Thanksgiving EVER! Before I start my 'Oh How Pinteresting', I wanted to share the latest update... I got my hair cut last night! My hair was driving me crazy! I would leave it down and the layers, within two hours, would be going in different directions, even though I flat ironed it. So.... I cut them out and went with a bob cut.
 
So I went from this....

I'm on the right ( my bister, whom I <3, is on the left)
 
 


To This...
 



I'm loving it so far. I've never had it this short, so it's going to take some getting used to, but it was easy breezy straightening it this morning. Though, I think I need one of those small flat iron's that I can stick in  my purse, because I think my hair just has issues! LOL


 
 Now onto....
 
 
 
 
 





 




 
 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






 
 
 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

You Aren't Anything Less Than Perfect...

Hello everyone! It's Tuesday, which this week would actually be our Thursday, because tomorrow is the last work day of this week, which means tomorrow is Friday on a Wednesday! 
 
Did you guys get any of that?!? LOL
 
Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great week! Today I was driving to work, after dropping my husband off first, and I started singing the first song that popped into my head; Freakin' Perfect by Pink (The edited version lol). As soon as I started singing it, I knew that my blog would be focused around this song.

Pretty, pretty please
Don't you ever, ever feel
Like your less than perfect.
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like your nothing
You're perfect to me.
 
As most of you know, (because I rant about it all the flippin' time), I'm having to do a research paper in my Methods of Sociology class. The research I chose was on Body Image and how it affects women differently (between race: African American Women VS Caucasian Women, and Between differing sexual identity: so heterosexual VS homosexual). Why did I choose such a topic, you ask? Because I feel as if it's a personal subject and tends to hit home with "Rebekah" more times than not.
 
Ever heard the phrase, "YOU are your own worst critic"? Well, it's absolutely TRUE. We women (men too, but mostly women) somehow connect our "self-image" with how we view our bodies. If we don't like something about our bodies, if we weigh a certain amount, if our BMI is higher than what we like, if we think our nose is too big or our legs are too jiggly, then it somehow affects us in such ways that our confidence drops and we somehow feel as if we can't do something because of it or we just won't because we feel like we are being critiqued on our body.
 
Note* I'm not saying everyone has this problem, but just about every woman that I know personally seems to.
 
I know that being thin and "bodily perfection" is the new thing, and It feels like it's the only thing that matters to ourselves and to men (like no matter how much they love you sometimes, they would still rather you have "that" look, though they would never say it). Of course, that could totally just be me and my thinking, but I feel as if it all boils down to that. I am, honestly, tired of comparing myself because I think that someone "would rather" me look like this. (I know I'm being transparent, but I kind of feel it's necessary at the moment).
 
I want to feel good about me.
 I want those around me to feel good about them.
No matter the shape.
No matter the size.
You're beautifully unique...
 
With that said, there are a few things I want to say to some people...
 
Mom:
You're perfect. I remember growing up and thinking how beautiful my mommy was. I still think that. It wasn't just in a particular size or shape of your body, but it was because you were the one who kissed my boo boos and held me while I cried, because I felt so alone. It was because you loved me, despite my mess ups , despite how ugly and fat I thought I was growing up; you still told me how beautiful I was. You were so strong and courageous. I'm realizing just how much of that you really had now that I'm married and on my own. You followed daddy anywhere, even when it took you away from your comfort zone. You made hard decisions and ran a daycare for 12 years, I think. It may not seem like much to you and you may not see yourself as much, but I think you are an amazing person. You are the standard I hold myself to as a wife and mother. It wasn't ever easy (and still isn't), but you made it work and will continue to make it work, because that is just how you are. To me, mom, you are perfect.
 
Sister:
You're perfect. I've grown up under you, and know you probably better than anyone (though our mom and your husband give me a run for my money). I know just about every one of your insecurities, like you do mine. It's funny, though, because I have honestly never seen what you see. I've always thought you were beautiful. I've always thought you were amazing. I mean, anything you set your mind too, you can do it, and you aren't afraid to try it and mess up. You hate to mess up, but you will at least try. I've always wanted your courage. I've always wanted your talent. I always seen beauty where you saw none. And I couldn't count how many times I've thought about how I wish I was more like you. You don't see it, what I see, but to me, you are perfect, bister.
 
To All my Lady Friends:
You're perfect. What your physical form looks like doesn't really matter, not in my eyes. What I see is the love you guys have for people, the burdens you have and carry. the care and kindness you show; those things are a kind of beauty even the most "perfect" body can't come close to. Each one of you are beautiful in your own uniqueness. Do what makes you happy, what makes you feel good about yourself. If you are happy with yourself, don't change for anyone else. The only person you should please is you. To me, you guys are perfect.
 
To All My Fellow Bloggers:
You're perfect. I may not know all of you very well, but I know that some who read this may mentally battle the same things that I and others I know battle. I hope you know, that it isn't about the proportions of the body, the symmetry or size. Beauty is being happy with who you are and confident in yourself. Attitude is everything. The most "beautiful" people with ugliest attitudes aren't so beautiful after all. Love who you are, mind and body. Be comfortable with you, and if you aren't, change it. Not for anyone else, but for yourself only. To me, you guys are perfect.

 

 
Never change unless it is for yourself, and nobody else.
 
I love you all! XOXO
 
 

Monday, November 19, 2012

5 for Five

PartyOfOne

Happy Monday Everyone! I'm linking up with Jessica and Jen for the first time with 5 for Five. I like making goals, and use to have weekly goals on a piece of paper in my binder, but shamefully I haven't done it in a few weeks. So, instead of doing it on paper, I'd like to do it on my blog with this fun link up, so I can share with the class (aka blogger friends he-he). It will also give me extra incentive to try and meet all my goals! You guys are holding me accountable! This being my first time, I had no previous goals in mind to tell you whether or not they were successful. Therefore, I'm just going to jump right into my goals for this week.

1. Post a blog everyday this week!
 It's only a three day work week, and I'll be heading to GA to see my in-laws so It will be kind of busy, but I want to keep anyone who is interested updated on what's going on with me for the Holidays. (And I also just love to write!)
2. Work on my Research Paper
This is definitely no fun, but it's a necessity. So even if I don't get a WHOLE LOT done, I want to at least get my Interview Agenda done and hopefully get one of the Interviews out of the way so I can work on the coding and transcribing next week! I know it's totally YUCK, but it has to be done.
3. Make a list of all the things I need to get for Christmas Gifts
I'm doing more DIY gifts this year for everyone because A. It's cheaper. And B. I'm broke. They kind of coincide ha-ha! But I've found a bunch of DIY gift ideas so I want to decide which one's I want to do for who and make a list of all the things I need to do it with! I'm excited about it!
4. Get my house cleaned and laundry done before I leave for GA.
I do NOT want to come back later Sunday night to a dirty house. We won't be leaving until late that afternoon and it's a five hour drive home, so I will definitely not be in the mood to clean when I get back.
5. Speak Positively About Myself.
I am my own worst critic. I let what a select few say (or don't say) or what they think get to me. Not everyone, just certain people, which in turn can make me feel pretty crummy and I will speak negatively about myself. I want to try to go a week without saying anything negative
Hopefully I can accomplish all of these goals! So excited about this 5 for Five! <3

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bradley Day and Rambles

So, today was a big day for our church. Every year our church works several nights for a three weeks or so and make peanut brittle. I may be bragging just a little, but it is the best brittle around; homemade,buttery, light and airy, and utterly delicious! The process of making it can be long and grueling, but we still have a blast. Gathering ingredients, pot stirring, pie-pan pouring, cooling, and wrapping. We can make around 200 patties in about two hours, which is pretty darn good.

Anyways, back to my point....


We make all of this peanut brittle, then load it up and go to Bradley Day. It's exhausting having to get there by 7:30 (it's over half an hour a way), and then we stay there until we sale out, which has been happening faster and faster each year! I love that people who have bought from us previously come back looking for us! There were two other vendors selling peanut brittle and I couldn't count how many would try a piece of ours, already having bought some from the other place, and say how good it was and buy a piece. Some even bought three with our special deal (3 patties for $10, What a Steal!!). Thanks to everyone who was there and helped out! You guys are awesome!

Even some of the younger kids enjoyed it. They got out there giving out samples while other's helped with the selling in the booth (So proud of all of them)!!

They have some of the cutest things there. From homemade ornaments to homemade quilts, there isn't much that you can't find from one vendor or another! I fell in love with this man's homemade furniture! He handmakes every piece of them! Unfortunately my phone so died, so I couldn't get any pictures, but I so got his card, and I plan on buying me a piece one day (even though they were kind of pricey), but still, I mean it's homemade! Of course it would be expensive!

*Side note* my husband is so falling asleep on the couch beside me as I write this. We are supposed to be watching a movie and I'm writing on my blog and he's sleeping... so much for that! LOL

Here's some of my rambles of the night  (a.k.a random thoughts going through my head)!

<3I'm super excited about Thanksgiving! We get to eat with my family that afternoon, and then we are going up to see the In-Laws! My lil SIL and I are totoally having a mini girls night and hitting the theatres to see Breaking Dawn Part 2 (which would make my second time LOL). So much to look forward too....

<3This week is only a three day work week! I'm totally stoked about that!

<3This semester is nearly over! YAY!

<3 I'm not sure I like this movie...parts have made me cringe. I'd expected better since it has one of my favorite all time actors in it #TeamBruceWillis

<3 I absolutely love my family!

I hope everyone had a great Saturday! XOXO

Friday, November 16, 2012

Twilight-ing!

So... On my "Its OK" blog I mentioned being bummed about not being able to go to the Twilight premier... Well guess who got last minute tickets for the 10:30 showing!?!?!?....... That's right this girl right here. My sister bought her, myself, and my mom tickets so we could all go together! Yay!! 

So we totally scored tickets at around 2 o'clock yesterday. Totally last minute, but we did it! I was super excited about going to see this last one. I've had high hopes about the second part to Breaking Dawn.. The first Twilight was a total bomb, and second wasn't a whole lot better (though I was seriously impressed with the wolves), and they've just been getting better since. So when the big day for Breaking Dawn Part 2  came, I was dying to see it, because I just KNEW this one was going to be manifico! And I wasn't let down! My sister and I arrived around seven o'clock last night and sat in line, which we love doing because you get to meet new people. We actually met these two girls we talked to in line the entire time, and then they ended up sitting beside us in the theatre, so it was pretty cool! My mom slacks and lets us do all the work (wait in line) and she comes half an hour before the movies starts! Ha-ha! I love you mom!!!

So Anyways, me and my sister do what we always do when we go to events like that... we got just a tiny bit camera happy! Not a lot, just a little! LOL



Our first picture in line before we got let in to the theatre! :)



I know people think we are crazy or silly to go wait in line for a movie hours before it starts, but honestly, we just have a good time doing it. We have some of our best conversations, inspirations, and silly moments when we are having to entertain ourselves until the previews come on. We get to meet new people, and just be big kids again, which is something we both need every once in a while!

We got our seats! Middle/Middle!! (Middle row, middle seats)


These were people in front of us, and you couldn't see anything but feet! LOL

 
And so it began! :)

Ha-ha! My retarded face!
Fishy Faces? LOL
So Sweet!

                     

We had the best time! We actually had the most epic movie moment ever in the theatre with everyone! And I honestly felt like we were the only people in the entire theatre who'd actually read the book, so I was like WTH what is wrong with you guys! I would explain, but I don't wan to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it! But it was a moment that me and my sister wished we could have recorded! Never heard a theatre that loud during a movie! haha!

Anyways, That's my Twilight-ing premier peek!! Hope you guys enjoyed it! If you haven't seen the movie yet, then definitely go see it, especially if you are a Twilight Fan like me! I loved it!

XOXO



Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's OK

Its Ok Thursdays
 
Hello again! It's time for It's OK Thursday, once more! I hope everyone has been having a great week so far! Mine has been pretty interesting, and though I'm going to have another busy weekend (no weekend at all really), I'm still looking forward to it. Saturday is Bradley Day! Our church has been making peanut brittle the last few weeks so we can sell it. We always have a good time, even though it's exhausting. I'm hoping to take lots of pictures! But anyways... Enough Rambling!

It's OK....
 
...That my husband and I haven't been to the gym in over a week. (It's just been too hard getting up in the morning lately for some reason)

...That this girl next to me is talking on her cell phone pretty loud in a school library and annoying me (I'm pretty sure being quiet is implied when you walk into a library)

... That I have just picked up my crochet needle for the first time in months. I forgot how much I enjoyed crocheting.

... That I'm totally bummed that I can't go to the premier of Breaking Dawn Part 2 tonight :( I know I'm a nerd)

...That I still havent' carved my pumpkin yet. We've just been to lazy to do it on the few free nights we've had

...That even though I almost despise peanut brittle from making it so many times the last few years, I still have to try at least one piece every time we make it LOL

...That I totally got creeped out when I read over the report once more about the dude on that drug that made him turn cannibal. (Thank you #TheWalkingDead)

...That I'm still slacking on my paper. Though I did work on it yesterday (some) :)

... That I get distracted by my sister, pinterest, facebook, youtube, etc every time I go to work on my paper HAHA!

... That I totally hate, hate, and I do mean HATE school right now (Getting through the next few semesters will be torture)

...That every time I try to plan something with my girls or whatever, I'm totally like.. "how about January?"


 

 Hope all you guys have a blessed Thursday! :)


     
 
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting!

 
 
 
 
Hello everyone! I hope everyone's week is going by smoothly! I'm linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple for "Oh, How Pinteresting"! Hope you guys enjoy!!
 
 

I happen to think this is totally true!




I'm so in love with her makeup! :)




I totally want to do this for Christmas and put it on my front porch


How stinkin' cute!

Source: etsy.com via Rebekah on Pinterest

HILARIOUS!! :D

Friday, November 9, 2012

One Year and Counting!!

So one year ago Monday (November 5th) was mine and my husband's one year anniversary! Some days it feels like it just flew by. I mean we were walking down the aisle one minute, and the next an entire year had gone by. I know a lot of people say that the first few years of marriage are the hardest, and honestly I don't know if I agree with it. Things have been pretty rough and tumble the last few months, but as a whole, I would say Wade and I shared a great first year together. I don't regret one single moment of it.

I thought, before I got into what we did for our anniversary, that I would share a little bit of how our wedding went!I know it its five days late, but I've honestly been too busy to get it up! I hope you enjoy!

 We got married at the most beautiful place call Shiloh Farm. From the moment I walked into the place, I knew I wanted my wedding there, but it was so out of my price range. It was so magical and rustic, and I absolutely loved it, and just knew that it wouldn't happen because of how pricey it was. However, when my mom and dad seen it, they totally fell in love with the small church and HUGE barn as well! My mom didn't fall in love with the barn as much as I did because it had hay on the floor. I still crack up when we walked in and she was like.. "Ree, there is hay on the floor!". I was like, "Yes, mom, it's a barn!" LOL!!! The ending story was, they knew I really wanted my wedding there and loved it enough to pay out a good bit of green just so we could have my special day there!






 



This was the outside of  church! Right behind it was the barn that was connected directly to the church, where we had our reception! I am still so in love with this place and would love to just go back when I have the extra money and have photos done of me and my husband! 





My sister and I were the first to go to Shiloh Farms to check it out. The Manager, Leesa, was so genuinely nice. You could tell she wasn't just trying to "sell" the place to us. She honestly loved the place. Her own son and DIL had their wedding there! When we walked into the church I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere of it. It was intimate and comfortable. Without any added wedding decor, it was stunning. The only things we added were the flowers on the columns to match my colors (they'd already had their own) and the ribbons/flowers on the pews! I mean, really, that was pretty much all we did to decorate the church!






This was the inside of the barn! It had the picket fenced dance floor and everything! There were lights all over the place, and I could so see us line dancing (which we did lol) in that place!









This was the place that I got dressed in! Leesa, the manager, had everything perfect for us, even leaving us a small fruit and cheese tray, along with some cider (She really was the best!). This place was stunning on the inside, I was absolutely in love with everything about it! I think you are getting the picture that I LOVED this place!
 
So, as I'm going through pictures from my wedding, trying to pick out a "few" to put on here just to show you guys a piece of our special day, I'm finding myself choosing a lot of pictures HAHA! So if there ends up to be more than said "few" just bear with me!
 
 





This was inside the Rose Cottage, where my bridesmaids and I were getting dressed. I found my dress a week after I got engaged (11 months before my wedding). It was a total accident. My mom, my sister, and myself were just going to browse around just to get an idea of what I might want. I had it in my head that I wanted chiffon, strapless dress with minimal train. I would have never guessed I would have fallen in love with a lace, strapless. And guess how much this girl paid for it... a whoppin' $300 for the dress and getting the bustle done! It was found before my actual location was found, and I must say the antique look of the lace/dress went perfect with what our theme ended up being! :)
 


Did I forget to mention that there was a swing in front of the church? Well, there was. This was what my hubby was doing while I was trying to finish dressing! Doesn't he look so handsome? Yes, I already know he does lol! I loved that we dressed the men in jeans and button ups. We even put on the invitations to come casual. After all, our reception was in a barn!
 
 




 
Yes, even I ditched some of the formality and wore boots! I absolutely loved them! I didn't see the point int paying for two pairs of shoes (one for the ceremony and one for the reception), so I just bought me some good old cowgirl boots and wore them for the entire thing.
Can you tell we are from the country and we like it that way?!? Wade's groomsmen (which I happen to be related to almost all of them) brought a couple of guns for the pictures. It turned out so stinkin' cute! The two boys in the back (left to right- Erich and Bradley) are my cousins. The guy to the right of my husband is my BIL, Darrell and my nephew Luke. Then the man to the left of my husband is my FIL, Sonny! :)
 
 

Then you have all my girls! They were the best, especially my sister. She totally did it all for me (hair, makeup, you name it she did it!). From Left to right: My DJ (from birth), my SIL, Nicole, Chell (another bestie from birth lol), Megan (bestie from HS), My Bister, Rachel and niece Lauren!!
 
 


We totally walked down back down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Dixon to "We're From the Country". It was so much fun. My sister and BIL actually half danced down the aisle, which was a nice touch and everyone got a kick out of it!
 
 
And here are just a few more pictures, just because I loved them!!!! :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our Wedding day as much as I enjoyed sharing it. We really had a blast that day. In ways it was a total blur, but it's like I remember everything, which is contradictory, but still true. I remember the jittery nerves and butterflies in my stomach. I remember how I felt when he was he was singing to me and when our minister, Brother Michael, pronounced us man and wife. I remember how chilly it was that evening, and I still don't know how I went all night without some sort of jacket LOL. It was a day I'll be able to share those memories fondly to my kids, and if God tarries my grandchildren.
 
One year later and I'm even more in love with him. Yes, there are times he picks and he annoys the crap out of me. I do the same to him, I know I do lol. But, we have learned compromise and patience. he's probably got the patience more perfected then I do, which probably says a lot about how much he loves me! Money has been kind of tight lately, so for our anniversary, which happened to be on a dern Monday, we both took off and did absolutely nothing. The night before we'd went to walmart, got some munchy food and movies, and spend the entire day watching movies and putting up candy corn lights for Thanksgiving. That night he took me to one of my favorite restaurants, the Olive Garden, though he doesn't care for it. It was delicious! I had the moscato peach chicken!! It wasn't anything fancy, but it was good enough for us and we enjoyed getting to spend the entire day together with no obligations to be anywhere or do anything!
 
 
I know this post was kind of long, but I hope you enjoyed it! For all of you newly married I want to share with you a quote that was actually on a gift that was given to me from my cousin, Erich as a wedding gift.
 
"Don't go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail"
 
Each marriage is different, so don't try to be another couple. You and your spouse, as a couple, have your own unique relationship and you have to learn to do things your own way, make your own traditions, an so on. Love you all and Hope you have a fabulous day!