Monday, April 30, 2007

Munday Munday

"Most smiles are started by another smile"

So, another weekend has come and gone. I have officially been sick for 3 weekends. However Kyle did force me to have some fun this weekend and we went golfing with our friends James and Amanda and then we split up and me and some of the girls went to dinner and rented a movie while the guys all went salt water fishing off the Skyway in St. Pete. It was lovely - althought we watched "Running with Scissors" which disturbed us all until we realized it was based on true events and then we were mortified. Do yourself a favor and walk past that one at Blockbuster.

On Sunday we accidentally slept to late and missed church and we decided to go to breakfast and on the way we decided to make a day of it and head to Orlando, we hit an outlet or two and then went and played 36 holes of putt putt golf. It was really fun and nice to get some fresh air and be out of the house - since I had been out of work Thursday and Friday.

So that was our little weekend - Hope everyone else had a safe and happy one too.
So thats all I got today-maybe something super exciting will happen that I can blog about later this week - you never know!

Love ya!


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." -Elizabeth Bibesco

Yesterday I was sitting at my desk when I felt something under my foot. I looked down and my toe was resting on... the heel of my right shoe. It had fallen off of my shoe at some point and it was laying there. My poor shoe. At first I tried to stick it back into the sharp nails that were sticking out of the bottom of the damaged shoe - but to no avail. I considered the chewing gum in my mouth... Then I opted for some sticky tack I use to put presentation boards together. Aha! It was back on! But 5 minutes later it was off again. I was confined to my chair throughout the day for fear of walking around the office and leaving my heel somewhere unbeknownst to me. And that was Wednesday.

So far my heel is attached on my Thursday shoes and seems to be secure. I have finished my lunch of mini bag o popcorn and 7up and am proceeding to blog, so here I go-

I had such fabulous news yesterday (if you are a Gilmore watcher you will notice my use of the word fabulous and notice how trendy I am..hee hee). Let me brief you on the problem before I relay the happy solution-
When Kyle and I were having lunch at the Beachhouse Restaurant (our wedding venue) for the first time - we looked at each other and knew it was where we wanted to get married. I mean it was perfect, stairs down to the beach....sand dance floor, pavilion for the reception. It was magic. Then we started negotiations...the menu was a nightmare but we won the chicken battle and are quite happy. Then came the dreary news...there was another wedding that day that was small and would be all the way on the other side of the big deal..except that they booked first and had claimed the sacred 5:00pm ceremony time. We were given a choice of 3:30 or 6:30. Obviously 3:30 is way to early- not to mention at 5 we would be watching the other people get married. And 6:00 would be getting dark and would be dark by the end leaving us with no picture time. It was such a nightmare. We came up with plans to do the actual ceremony elsewhere but this was upsetting because the whole purpose of having it at the restaurant was so we could be right there for all of it. So we seemed to be stuck. Then upon booking our DJ who is a house musician for the restaurant we were encouraged to "push" the issue. I did and I bartered this situation- 6 o'clock off of the beach under these palm trees or 5:30 on the beach IF the other bride chose to get married on the sand in front of their pavilion. Well, obviously we wanted the beach so we were holding our breath............
and yesterday I got answer! The other bride decided against the beach, which means!!!
We have the perfect time a little over an hour before sunset..sigh....magic. So you see what I mean about good news right? Girls, so far this is really turning out better than I thought a few months ago when I was a ball of stress. Wahoo!

Dress- check
Bridesfriend's dresses (I 86'ed the maids term) - check
Other stuff - check check check check check check check!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

About the title:
I have really been convicted lately about selfishness. I was touched by this quote
because its so truthful, thats how God intends us to give and receive and how that is so vital to living a happy and fulfilled life. If you dwell on the gift you gave then you aren't giving fully and if you don't give at all you are just storing up the gifts God has blessed you with that he always intended on you to share. Lesson learned: Always have an open heart and a giving heart that doesnt expect a thank you and if you receive never underestimate the value of a thank you.

May God Bless you and utterly satisfy your heart with himself!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So, Last Thursday as I was following a giant palm tree to work I was thinking about how excited I was to be going home for the weekend. It was all planned out - mom and I would search on Friday for bridesmaids dresses plus try on a few bridal gowns for me even though we fully intended on finding on in Florida at a later date. Saturday would begin with brunch and then a fabulous but grueling day of dress trying on and decision making. Sunday I would visit my father and then I would hop back on a plane to sunny Florida. Here's what really happened...

I landed in Tulsa about 11:00 on Thursday night, I was wearing.....just kidding, I'm not going into that much detail....
So Friday started off at Alyssa's Bridal(Oh wait! That was after Mom turned me back into a blonde!) after my the hair affair we headed to Alyssa's Bridal where Mom had made me an appt.

We picked out about 20 dresses and I began to try them on-
The first on I put on was DROP DEAD gorgeous! It was "The One", then I tried on another and it was not the one, then another, It was "The One" too!, Two more strikes and then.....I put IT on and I knew without a doubt that I would be walking down the aisle and marrying Kyle in that dress - It was so perfect. It was perfect for the beach, for my figure, for my wedding style, it was P-E-R-F-E-C-T, I had tears!

I tried on one more and it too was amazing but totally different. We looked at a few bridesmaids dresses and then we found the ONE which was totally nothing at all like I ever imagined. But it was perfect with my dress.
How could I have thought of getting a bridesmaids dress without a dress myself????
They work so beautiful together and suddenly it all came together, I could see it in my mind and I was so excited - I could picture everything now. So we shopped around to assure ourselves that we already had it decided and afterwards settled on showing everything to my gals the next day to get full opinion on everything.

Clearly all the years of friendship has prepared us for such moments. We were all on the same track. They knew which one was "THE ONE" and they knew which dress for them was perfect and they were on board and excited the whole time. It was the best day! Everything continued to fall in place - and we ended up with the whole day left to sit around and visit. And we used every minute of it! We ended up at my mom's house filling the room with stories and catching up. It's funny, we don't sit around and talk about the past to keep our friendship - we don't need to- we are involved in what is going on now in our lives - not dwelling on the early years. It's great to feel like we are just as close then - even though more disconnected in some ways. Somewhere in my mind 5 or 6 years ago I pictured us just this way. Married or getting close, mothers and mothers to be, our kids running around our babies laying in our arms sleeping.

I am so richly blessed to have so many amazing women in my life and to have shared to much of my life with them and to know that they are a part of who I am in so many ways and best of all to know that we our friendship is just as strong as ever.

So I found my wedding dress.

And I got off the plane to see Kyle waiting at the gate and I looked at him and fell in love with him all over again.
I am far from home. But with Kyle I am always home.

Thank you Mom and Heather, Pamela, Sara, and Sheralyn for making this trip home perfect and for being a part of Kyle and I's wedding. It means so much to me.

A few mushy and funny quotes I loved and wanted to share:

"Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker."

~Author Unknown

"I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,A church filled with family and friends.I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,He said one that would make me his wife."

~Author Unknown

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same."

-- Anonymous

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."

-- Bernard Meltzer.

--Love ya--


P.S. I promise to update our picture soon Heath!!! And I am going to post some pictures of Saturday on the wedding website!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


I have officially completed my wedding website. I am writing my oscar acceptance speech right now...just kidding. But, i am really happy with it and happy to be finished. I won't tell you the address though-b/c some of you will know soon enough! fun fun fun

So this week is a grand one because I am going home to visit and shop with my 4 beautiful bridesmaids and my lovely mother too. Our mission should we choose to accept it is to find the dresses for the wedding, theirs and mine. So it should be so much fun to spend time with my best friends who I never see.

In other news....
I don't know that I have blogged yet about our fish. Maybe I have- Anyways, as you may or may not know- a friend gave us a 55 gallon fish tank and we had a blast refinishing the base and making it look really cool and then even more fun getting fishy decorations for it and then picking out our fish. Sadly, we had two casualties when our nitrates or something like that got unbalanced. We lost our two guppies, Cat and Mouse. We bid them farewell and said a few words. Now our focus is intensified on keeping our little fishes happy and healthy. In the large tank that our tiny few fish reside in, we have provided a fun tiki hut and a palm tree among some other cool rocks. They seem to be really happy and we are having fun watching them and taking care of them. Funny how something like having a fish tank can really add something to your day. Our little fish family consists of two female bettas - 'B', and Lily. A rainbow shark whose name is Marshall. A black tetra named Pepper and a friendly school of neon tetra's we dubbed: Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Rachel, and Ross.

More news:
So a week or so ago I got an friendship request on facebook. I was shocked when I saw the name - it was my best friend from childhook, Amy. We were inseparable until 5th grade when her family moved to South Carolina. About 7 years ago ( i think) they moved to Costa Rica to be missionaries. So she looked for me on facebook and suddenly I am reconnected with this great friend. Guess what else? She got engaged in December! We both thought it was "wild providence" that we would both be engaged within a month of each other after being out of touch all these years. So much fun to reconnect with friends.

What else?

It seems like all I have done for the past month or so is work work work. I am completely ready for a brake from this school we have been working on. It has however been the most involved project I have been a part of. I made quite a few decisions and learned a lot during the deadline. But until we are doing finalized construction prints- it hasnt even gotten stressful until then.

I am getting my application ready for my licensing test in September. I am getting kind of stressed because in the next month or so I am going to need to completely commit to studying for my exam - which means that wedding stuff is going to have to be decided and organized so I can focus. I am struggling with the idea of taking the exam at the moment. On one hand I love what I do and I know that once licensed I can find a job that gives me more freedom and creative control. Also hopefully with a company that is more design oriented as opposed to standard construction. Yes we do some cool things here and there but the majority of our work is car dealerships and schools. Not a lot of room for design in school systems because of budget issues and stuff like that. I think that if I was doing what I was really interested in and I was around other designers I might really find my passion for this stuff. One the other hand I sometimes just think to myself, "interior design? what were you thinking?". So that is my back and forth struggle with the exam. I am going to take it because its the next step in my career but if something different came up tomorrow I could walk away so easy and never look back - know what I mean?

Well, i gotta go- Kyle and I are watching Robin Hood: Men in Tights and my cupcakes I made need icing. Yes, I do cook...on rare occasions.


See most of you VERY SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friday, April 06, 2007


Kyle told me that I needed to blog. I agree but i just have other things on my plate at the moment. I am trying desperately to get the wedding website done before I send out my save the dates which are just sitting around waiting on me at the moment! I have been on a crazy work deadline for the past month and have been working overtime and weekends and will be again this weekend. Blah! But, it has to get done and it is due Monday so I can leave on my trip home next week with a clear conscience b/ it will be finished. It's the hours leading up to that and actually finishing that is the issue at the moment. So stress aside things are going well here in Gator country. Yes, I said it -
So, for now that is all I got. Really excited to be going to visit my girls soon and dress shop! Much more on that later-

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter and I will talk atcha soon-