Friday, April 29, 2011

Confession Friday

I confess that I give my cat kisses. He's like my little baby. He's just so cute that I can't help myself. Of course, when he responds by biting my lip, chin, nose, etc. then it's not so cute.

I confess that we have lived in this apartment for over a month and there are still boxes of picture frames from OUR WEDDING that we have not put pictures in or hung up. Our walls are so bare and it drives me crazy but I SUCK at decorating :( We also have boxes and lots of unpacked things in the spare bedroom closet...and I don't think they will get touched until we move again. Sad day.

I confess that we have a litter box in our spare bathroom. Long story. It should have been left at Jake's parent's house and then it was in my trunk and there's random little pieces of litter and left over cat waste in it and it was stinking up my car BAD so Jake moved it to the bathroom....Gross? Yes. We have no idea what to do with it though. And it could use a good cleaning.

I confess my kitchen could also use a good cleaning. Disaster area. That's what I get for making chili in a crock pot the same day that Jake decided to make chocolate chip cookies.

I confess that I keep telling myself I will control how much Easter candy I eat and then I end up eating about twice as much as I was going to let myself eat any given day. All that chocolate is sooooo tempting. Especially when the doctor told me to avoid chocolate and caffeine (not that I had gobs of it before).

I confess that I'm addicted to caffiene...which I never realized until I tried stopping to drink it. Yesterday was HORRIBLE. I had zero energy and I had an 8 hour day straight of classes and tutoring.  I got to my tutoring sessions and I was trying realllll hard not to fall asleep. I felt horrible :(

I confess that I'm uber excited for Hannah's family bridal shower this weekend but I'm nervous about doing her friends shower next weekend.  I feel like we haven't had that much to do yet which means next week should probably be crazy busy full of things to get ready but all I can think of is what food to buy. I'm horrible at planning parties :( I apologize to my future children for all the sucky horribly planned birthday parties you have.

I confess that I did just get done watching Royal Wedding highlights...yes I'm sick of hearing about it but that doesn't mean I'm not going to watch it. That's like every girl's dream right there.  She's also Catherine Elizabeth...and I'm Kathryn Elizabeth...just not the right one apparently.  But she was flawless! And her sister was looking absolutely gorgeous as well. But to be honest...I've always thought Prince Harry was cuter...sorry Will!

What confessions do you have?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I had an epiphany about words today. I finished the book I was reading (Atonement) and the ending was so heavy and profound, basically about how you can write your own ending to stories. Life may turn out one way but with words you can literally write your story how you want it to turn out. Or at least that's what I took out of it.  I've also had some things going on lately where I realize the way that I phrase things could make all the difference on how these things turn out. As a whole, I think our society throws words around without putting too much thought into them. We LOVE certain foods and HATE school/work. Those are strong words, my friends. You can word something one way and have one effect on people and then word the same something in a totally different way and have a totally different effect on people. It's crazy.  I think a lot of the time we THINK we're getting the message across the same way that it is in our head but in reality it comes across completely differently. It's such a hard thing to wrap my mind around. I know what message I'm trying to convey with this post but will other people get the message that I meant for them to get or will they get something different out of it? Just a thought.

Other than's raining again. Biiiiiig surprise. I'll be surprised if half the U.S. is above water by the end of this week.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

It was a wonderful, long weekend. Jake and I got to my parents' house Thursday night and just hung was nice to relax.  Friday, Jake had some meetings and my mom had a flat tire so a mother-daughter trip to Wal-Mart was called for. We picked out Easter candy and walked around wasting time until the car was done. Friday night we had Easter dinner with my parents and watched Harry Potter :) It was interrupted by the tornado sirens so the whole family (including the animals) went to the basement, except my dad, who ran around from door to door while singing "It's Raining Men."  Never a dull moment in that household.

Saturday, we went to Easter dinner with Jake's mom's side of the family.  The food was delicious and it was great to see some of the family! We then went back to Jake's parents' house and dyed Easter eggs.  Then Pam realized they had no vinegar so we did the tie-dying kit instead.  It was interesting...they didn't really look too tie-dyed. Then we ate dinner and had family movie night, pets included as always.  Nigel slept on my lap under a blanket while we watched Salt.  It was good in a corny and really unbelievable way.

Sunday was church. The service was really good.  It seems like it's so easy to not be affected by the Easter story because we hear it so often, at least for me. So it was good to just focus on the message again and really let it sink it. Christ, the Son of God, died for me and my sins. How amazing! Then we had Easter dinner with Jake's dad's side of the family.  We didn't get to stay really long because we were trying to make the 2 hour trip back home between storms.  The food was good and there were so many little kids around :) Family functions are so much more fun when there's little kids chasing each other around. Sadly, I took NO pictures this weekend :( I know, I failed big time. Sunday night was nice and relaxing though.  Jake and I just hung out, did laundry, unpacked, and watched 24. We're addicted. It's sad.

How was everyone's Easter?!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for food. It's so easy for me to complain and say we have NOTHING to eat and that we need to go out or buy more food but I neglect to realize that not everyone has the opportunities to go out to eat or grocery shopping when they don't have food. And some people would look through my fridge and pantry when I'm complaining and feast on what I call "no food". So I'm thankful for grocery shopping....who would've thought?!

I'm thankful for music. It gets me through a lot. Love it.

I'm thankful that Jake and I got to babysit some cute little kids last night :) It was fun and kind of showed us a very very little glimpse of what our future will be like...someday! It was fun and exhausting and we both loved it.

I'm thankful that I have various forms of entertainment/relaxation.  When I'm tired of doing homework or working I can flip on netflix or watch shows online or read or listen to music or hang out with friends. I need that balance of work and fun in my life and I'm thankful for it!

I'm thankful for this little booger....
Seriously....he's so cute. He slept like that for hours.

Last, but definitely NOT least, I'm thankful for the peace that only God can give. No matter what trials I go through I have peace. I do not have to worry because I know He holds me in His hands and every situation is going to bring Him glory. It's such a calming peace. So great.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." - John 14:27
How awesome is that....

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Another Thursday....ughhhh. Longest days ever...only 3 more of the semester and then finals. YAY!

I'm thankful that I'm able to get an education.  There's so many people just in this country and all over the world who have not had the opportunities that I have had in furthering my education. I whine and complain about school a lot but I'm thankful that I have these opportunities and that my parents were proactive in saving money for my school since I was a baby.  I will graduate with hardly any debt and I'm beginning to realize how rare that is.

I'm thankful for toothpaste. I realized this morning as I was brushing my teeth what a great feeling it is to have a clean mouth. Listerine and floss are also favorites :)

I'm thankful for the clothes on my back. Another thing I realized this morning as I walked into my HUGE closet is how many clothes I have. I complain a lot that I have "nothing to wear" (I mean what girl doesn't sometimes?) but I have SO much...I just get tired of the same old clothes. But I should really be grateful for what I have.

I'm thankful for family. Specifically my family.  Or people that are so close that they're practically family. I'm getting really excited for Easter because I love family get togethers. Call me crazy. I just love being surrounded by tons of people and all the action going on.  I guess it comes from growing up with a lot of cousins and there always being a lot of family during the holidays. LOVE it!

So on that wedding pictures! Because I feel like. And it's my blog.

I love Eli in this picture....what a little ham. 

If you click on the pictures they should get bigger. But honestly, how can you not love all of these amazing people?!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Good news: I found a camera cord.
Bad news: It isn't for my camera? Not sure whose it is....whoops.

Good news: We ordered a new camera cord and battery charger for like...6 bucks including shipping from amazon. Amazingly cheap.
Bad news: The day they arrive in the mail we WILL find my old cord and charger....because that's how life works. Sigh.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Confession Friday

So we're going to try out this Confession Friday thing...

I confess that I just did Jillian Michael's 30 day shred for the first time in like....a year....and after showering I can now barely hold my arms up. And I need to be working on my research paper after I blog (yes my priorities are not really great...) but it kind of hurts to type. And we're supposed to be going to this park with HUGE rocks to hike around tomorrow (it's much more fun than it sounds) but I don't know if my body will physically cooperate tomorrow. Whoops.

I confess that Nigel sleeps on my pillow every night and it's COVERED in white cat fur. Like my red pillow is starting to turn white. But I just keep flipping the pillow over because we JUST washed our sheets and I don't want to throw them in again for one pillow case. Gross, I know.

I confess that usually every semester after I sign up for classes, I get really excited about the new classes I'm taking. They always sound really interesting to me even if I end up disliking them because it's school. This semester...none of my classes look remotely interesting...except aerobics. This is going to be bad :/

I confess that I need to clip my toenails...TMI?

I confess that both my eyes really hurt when I blink because of my contacts so I'm going to go take them out. 

Happy Friday everyone :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Ok sooooo I'm new to this whole thing obviously. I know people sometimes do Wordless Wednesdays or Confession Fridays...which I may do every now and then. But I realized today that Thursdays tend to be days where I just want to complain...and complain and complain and complain. Ask my husband. He thankfully puts up with me even though the complaining gets pretty old. So I decided to make a list of things I'm thankful for every Thursday and hopefully it will help cure my cranky complaining behavior. I'll also try not to this could get pretty tricky. So here goes nothing.

I'm thankful for God's grace. And love. And everything else. I realize more and more every day how unworthy I am and how absolutely amazing He is.  It's great.

I'm thankful for the roof over my head. I know I always seem to find something to complain about no matter where we live. Not cool. We have this AWESOME new apartment but I was clearly expecting it to be perfection. Clearly, it's still an apartment. It's loud at times. Things aren't perfect. But I have a home to go to at the end of the day. A nice home. With a dishwasher (score!) and a washer and dryer (double score!) and heat and air conditioning and running water. How many people in the world don't even have running water?! I feel like a jerk for ever complaining about what I have that so many people don't.

I'm thankful for my husband...but I feel like I'm going to want to use that one a lot so I'm going to get more specific.  I'm thankful that my husband is such a hard worker! He perseveres no matter how discouraging or hard his job gets and he makes it very easy on me in many aspects.  I don't have to have a very intense job with lots of hours. I can spend most of my time focusing on school. He also does SO much around the apartment. Ok so he does leave his clothes on the floor and his dishes everywhere (there was a cereal bowl in the bathroom this morning.....?) but he does so much of the cleaning and dishes and laundry and he's wonderful!

I'm thankful for warm sunny spring days :) Like today. Beautiful and amazing weather. I love it.

Last but definitely not least, I'm thankful for this girl!

Even if she does sweat an abnormal amount :) How can you not be thankful for this girl?! Look how cute she is! Annnnd it's her birthday! So I'm thankful she was born 21 years ago and that we somehow ended up at the same college and realized we were soul mates ;) Happy birthday Hannah Everly! I love you :)

So what are you guys thankful for!?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sucked In

So I've been sucked in. It seems like everyone is starting a blog so of course I'm following the trend. I have no idea what this blog is going to be about. Obviously it's kind of centered around Jake and I right now. But we're boring...we do nothing of interest to write about...whatsoever. So that will either result in me not posting much or posting completely random things mostly just about my life instead of about "us". Actually it will probably lead to me just writing a bunch about Nigel, our cat.  Until we have kids, he's it. He knows it, too, which is the worst part. Most spoiled cat EVER. Anywho, unless I'm going to continue rambling about the sleepy kitty that is passed out next to me, I don't have much to blog about. So I'm out.