Thursday, July 14, 2011

the simple things

It's Thursday and I'm linking up with sweet JesslynAmber to appreciate the simple things

The Simple Things

...a good workout...
...a giant glass of ice, cold water...
...checking things off my "to-do" list... happy my fur-babies are to see me when I've been gone...
...babies and pregnant friends...
...counting down the days until our wedding...
...goodnight kisses...
...anticipation of a party that's just for you :) ...
...pedicure on my toes, toes...
...pickle flavored sunflower seeds...
...browsing bookstores...
...knowing Jesus loves me and you and everyone and died so that we can live :) ...

What simple things are making your day?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Happy Wednesday Y'all!! One of my favorite days of the week because I just *love* playing along with sweet Jamie and her WILW!

What am I loving on this sweltering day....?

**********Blogger isn't letting me upload any pics right now, boo!! So this will be a pictureless WILW :( Sad face *********

I'm loving... that I leave tomorrow for my bridal shower!!!! Only 52 more days until I'm a Mrs.! I can't wait to hang out with my bridesmaids and see my family.

I'm loving... my trip next week to Washington D.C. I've never been and am super excited to go learn a lot of history :)

I'm loving... Princess Kate. Seriously. She is just so dang beautiful, graceful and elegant. Her fashion choices are always spot on and I pretty much lurve them all.

I'm loving... cooking shows. Ok just two. Giada at Home and Paula's Best Dishes. I heart Giada and Paula Deen. They make me and my tummy happy :) but not so much my figure.... hehe.

I'm loving... that we've decided to go completely organic. It's been weighing on my mind a lot lately and after watching Food, Inc. it was decided. What happens in mass feed lots, slaughterhouses, and poultry "growers" made me both physically ill and depressed. It broke my heart to see what really happens and how industries like that are supported. Not only in the meat industry but also what farmers have to go through when facing big corporations.

I'm loving... ice cream!! So delicious and nice and hot and just what the doctor orders on these hot days :) If you have a Baskin Robbins in your area, Tuesday night is $1.50 scoop night - so go forth and be satisfied my friends!

I'm loving... my wonderful fiance. The love of my life :)

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thankfulness and a Vacay Recap

Two amazing things happened today my friends:

1. The AC was finally fixed!
2. We actually got some rain today!!

To me, both things are equally monumental events (in my eyes) and I am ever so grateful for them both :) God is so good. He answers prayers for both the small things (like getting a busted AC fixed ASAP) and the big things (like sending rain to a place that hasn't seen any since last September - 10 months!). Yaaaaay God!

Now onto a little recent vacay reminiscing....

Our vacation last week was pretty much the most amazing trip ev-aaaaaah. If you have not been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming/Grand Teton National Park/Yellowstone National Park then you should most definitely put it on your "to-do" "must-do" list.

Jackson is one of the neatest small-big towns I've been to. Sure there are all the little touristy shops but they also have super adorbs boutiques and restaraunts that serve amazing food. And if you wanna get outta town one day, there are plenty of options:

Go horseback riding
Whitewater raft
Fly fishing
Make a short (30 min) drive to Grand Teton National Park
or make the longer drive to Yellowstone

Both parks abound with several things to do. In my opinion, Grand Teton is a park better suited for people who like to be out hiking or mountain climbing and enjoying nature versus Yellowstone that, while it has many natural wonders (think geysers, hot springs, a "grand canyon"), it is much, much more crowded and if you only have a day or two, you spend most of it in the car getting from one side of the park to the other trying to get in all the sights.

Old Faithful

We enjoyed Grand Tetons more because it was less crowded and we enjoy mountain hiking and did about 10 miles into the canyons. It was absolutely wonderful. We also got to see some wildlife, like marmots, chipmunks, moose, bears, elk, and buffalo which was super rad.

Grand Teton National Park

When we weren't at one of the parks we spent the day strolling the town square, horseback riding and whitewater rafting. If you haven't done the last two, they are "must-do"'s as well! Whitewater rafting is so thrilling and I love the adrenaline rush and riding horses is just the opposite, it fills me with clamness, serenity, and peace, haha.

(we had to wear wetsuits for rafting and I thought it'd be cool to strike a pose....why that one will forever remain a mystery...)

On our way to and from Wyoming we stopped in Denver, Colorado to break up the drive into more managable pieces. From where we are in Texas it takes 10 hours to get to Denver, and then from Denver to Jackson it is 8 hours. That's a LOT of driving! I got my car serviced the day before we left and I already have to take it back to be serviced again (you know, the whole oil change after every 3,000 miles). If you ever go to Denver during baseball season, go see the Rockies. Their stadium is amazing and the weather is perfect - the perfect ball game place.

Well that about sums it up! :) It was a badly needed escape. It really gave us the chance to unwind, relax and just get to enjoy eachothers company away from all the hubbub of everyday life. Any questions, comments, etc. just shoot me a message and I will gladly elaborate or answer anything I can. I didn't want to write a too-detailed post because I can be a little very OCD about details and this post could have turned into a novel, haha.

Welp, it's getting late 'round here, almost 10 o'clock! I know, I'm such an old person already.... Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far!! :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Not a happy camper...

First off, please excuse me from my week long absence, I was on the bestest vacay with my wonderful fiance. But more on that later, right now I have a more pressing issue.... Story:

We were away on our little one week excursion when I receive a text from my wonderful and sweet puppy-sitter that our AC has gone out.

We thought maybe it was a glitch or something that could be easily fixed - NBD - so we told her not to worry about it and we would take care of it when we returned on Sunday...

We walk through the door at 7:30pm last night and are met with a wall of thick and hot air straight from the depths of Hades. I kid you not. It's been 100+ here just about every day and with 3 days (going on 4 today...) of no AC, it gets pretty smoldering.

My handsome handy-man/fiance attempts to fix said problem. All attempts fail. So we call our "landlord" - I use that term loosely because a month ago our real landlord sold the house we are renting out from under us and now our house is property of a private school. Why? Because said school has bought not only our house, but both houses on either side of us and have already pretty much torn the other two down to create a parking space. Not a parking space for the school...a parking place for the construction workers who will be building a real parking lot for the school on the other side of the school. Needless to say that has been another headache in itself. I digress...

So we call "landlord" who says he has left messages at all after hours AC repair places and now we have to wait for a call. Seriously?!? Do you know how hot it is in this house?? Do you know what I'm like when I get too hot??

Anyway, it is now 3pm and temps have reached their peak for the day (a cool 99 degrees I might add) and I still have no AC. I did, however, just receive a call from the people who are supposed to be coming to repair the AC. Wanna know what he told me...?

That I'm on the "priority list" (and have been for some time now) and they should get to me soon. I asked for a time frame...couldn't get one...hopefully today. Please, Lord?

Shoot me now.

Stay cool my friends, and be thankful for AC! It's heck without it!

How did pioneers live like this??

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Meet Cinderella...

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I'm just a small town girl with big dreams and an open heart. I truly believe that all you need is Love and to look to the Lord whatever may come your way. Engaged to my forever love and planning a September wedding, just finished my first year of teaching, and working on becoming a "real" grown-up: This is the story of my journey, however topsy-turvey and chaotic it might be... :)

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