Also one of Dexter thinking he is human as usual :-)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Also one of Dexter thinking he is human as usual :-)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
My coworker and friend, Debbie, sent me this loyal friend award to pass along to some of my friends and to get people more involved in other people's blogs. Please take a look at her blog when you get a chance. She always has such wonderful stories and pictures about her and her boys. http://babykingsadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/
I would like to pass the award along to two of my great friends Jenn and Pamela. They are both friends from college and will be bridesmaids in my wedding in two months. http://rowclifffamily.blogspot.com/ and http://bornreddy.blogspot.com/ .
Sunday, August 9, 2009
On Wednesday, Porscha and I ironed on fun rhinestone designs on the back of the girls shirts for the float trip :-). Then I watched Race to Witch Mountain (cute) and got my nails filled before Nathan got home. I also had a major headache and laid in bed for 2 hours. Hormonal issues...... Nate was planning on golfing with Joe and Nevitt and since he would have to ride in the cart all by his lonesome (which isn't fun) I offered to go ride along. haaa. Little did we know, this place doesn't rent out carts after 530. Their tee time was 6. Neat huh!? So I just wandered around with them and walked the 9 holes. Well, they only got through 7 because the sun went down. We went to Fortel's afterwards for a late dinner and then off to DD to meet Sarah and Bronson and Ann (Antwan :-/ long story). We had a really good time hanging out with everyone and a lot of the fun regulars were there like Kevin, Leonard, and Jason. We stayed till close and got home to SURPRISE dexter puked all over the bathroom floor. UGH!! So I drunkenly cleaned up puke before bed, while trying to hold back my dry heaves lol. Then we ate our white castle we had picked up on the way home. YUM YUM!!
Thursday was fun because Nate worked from home and we got to relax all morning. In the afternoon, we ran to Sams for some shopping and Nate picked up some light at Sears for his bachelor party camping trip. Then we cleaned house the rest of the afternoon before I picked up my mom to meet with the florist in Collinsville. We are doing fake flowers for bridesmaids and groomsmen but my bouquet, Nate's bouttoniere, and our parents flowers will be real. It'll be a nice mix. I hope everything matches and looks good. That was a two hour meeting figuring things out and putting down a deposit and this and that. My mom and I went back to her house to eat dinner with my daddy before heading off to the Muny to see Hairspray. SOOOOO GOOOD by the way!! I loved it :-). Nathan packed his car for his camping weekend and helped finish up some cleaning and laundry around the house. Soooo sweet!! I was all wired after seeing Hairspray and stayed up and watched the movie Obsessed with beyonce. I really liked it!
Friday we finally got Dex to eat his normal amount of food without barfing and then let him spend the afternoon outside while we met Bo for lunch and a beer at Hot Shots and then went to his house to help him load up his truck for Nate's shindig. We had to put in coolers, a grill, generator, propane tank, firewood, etc into his truck. It was nice so he could just be ready to go in the morning and not sweat his ass off carrying all that stuff. Nate wanted to get to bed early so he stayed in and watched the Cubs game and Ann came over and played guitar hero for a little bit. Then we got ready to go out and stopped at DD for a beer and 2 shots before going out downtown. It was nice to visit with Sarah again and make fun of everybody in there. It was sooo crowded but everyone was already drunk and just like standing around dazed. Kinda funny. We went down to Morgan St. and realized we didn't have cash for parking and had to pay in quarters lol. Fun times. We stood right in front of the stage and danced for hours and would take turns getting beer and sharing it. I of course didn't drink as much because I was driving but I did want to have some three olives bubble ( the new bubble gum flavored vodka yum yum) and they had 2 dollar shots of it mixed with creme de banana. Ann hated it but i HEARTED it. We had a blast catching up and dancing our butts off. We didn't get heckled by many guys either b/c we were right up against the stage which was nice. We got up on stage for the last 2 songs which was fun and then sat outside and cooled off for a little before heading home. We were considering going to big daddy's for another hour because its open later, but opted for taco bell and sleep. We went to bed at 4 and next thing I knew Nate's alarm was going off at 5. UGH!
Nate left at 530 for golf with the boys in alton and then got changed at Greg's before lunch at the duck and then out to the land to get wasted and be crazy. I hope he is having fun!!!! He even called me a few times too which I wasn't expecting. It was sweet. :-) Ann and I got up around 830 or so and got ready for Raging Rivers. We spent the day riding slides and fighting waves and then ended with a yummy cheeseburger and floated around the lazy river 3 times. We had an awesome time together and I got to see her 3 times this week which was awesome. :-) .
Now I'm sitting at work completely exhausted because I was in the sun and water all day and now I'm trying to stay awake and focused. UGH. Debbie is off so it's even busier without the extra person. Tomorrow I'll be getting no sleep either b/c I'm getting up for my new niece's baptism. Well, I better wrap up some stuff before it gets too busy again.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
In the past month, I've gone to Wrigley Field for a Cards/Cubs game with Nate and his friends Joe and Castro and others, and also met my Aunt Patty and cousin Michelle at the game. It was my second time to Wrigley, but first time in the bleachers. It was an awesome time, even though the Cards lost. I'm pretty sure we drank for like 14 hours....ugh. Here is a pic or me, Nate and Michelle, and a pic of me, my aunt, and michelle.
Nathan and I went to the Botanical Gardens with my mom and Uncle Raymond one Saturday and nate rented a macro lens and got some awesome shots! I got a little more comfortable with my camera and took at least 450 pictures that day. We watched the All-star game at home together...the one game we cheer for the same team all year :-). We dropped off some wedding stuff in Springfield to be engraved and met Bob and Taush for sushi YUM YUM, I bartended 2 more times, and Nate went on a golf trip to springfield with Nev, Joe, Kevin, Foster, etc one weekend. Bridgette got me awesome Bare escentuals makeup at the galleria and then we went to cheesecake factory with Nate and Joe afterwards. We went to Dave and Busters for Colin's Birthday (guy from work) and met a whole bunch of other work people there. It was nice because Nate got to finally meet all these people I had been talking about for the last year and a half lol. We have one more night of softball, but it keeps getting rained out. We are in 1st place and we just have the playoffs left. The black team proves to be our only hurdle of getting 1st place overall. :-/ We'll see..... I got my hair trimmed and highlighted, and have my practice updo coming up next month. I just need to print my address labels and get Nathan to print his and we'll be ready to send out our invitations. After that are the rehearsal dinner invites and then programs. We have to meet with our officiant first to discuss the order of things before doing program. We got our guestbook and pen ordered and our favors done...just need to be bagged up the week or two before. Porscha and I made tanks for the bachelorette party (pink of course) with iron on words and fun things on the back with iron on rhinestones from Joanns and Hobby Lobby. We are going to look so cute. I just hope it won't be cold or rainy! Nate's Bachelor party is this weekend and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous. I'm so happy! I have to get back to work because Debbie left me by my lonesome tonight :-(
Sorry for such a disorganized blog...just trying to get everyone up to speed.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
On Friday, Nathan and I drove to Springfield to drop off some stuff to get engraved and check on progress of our wedding bands. Nate's is done already but mine is still getting made. Hopefully its done soon lol. We dropped off the name plate on our cake topper, our cake serving set, and some groomsmen gifts to get engraved. We will have to head back in a week or two to pick everything up. We got to see his brother for a little and meet his friend Jason for lunch at this yummy sushi restaurant.
Friday night, my mom and I got some ribbon to decorate the unity candle, an ivory toss garter, some ivory paper to put hotel info on and stuff in invitations, and a few other odds and ends things. I also ordered some silk ivory carnations online to attempt to make the bridesmaid's bouquets. I'm not a very crafty person so we'll see how those turn out lol. Nathan is going to pick out a unity candle holder this week and order that at work. I love that he wants to be involved and helpful. I've heard so many brides complain about the guys just not caring. I think Pt and Bridgette also decided on Sept 12 and 13 as bachelorette party/bridal shower weekend so that's good too. Nate and I got our new laptops today (mine is pink YAY). We were playing on them today and trying to get things loaded on them. I still have to transfer pictures and music which is going to suck.
My work is still down, so I'll be reading and watching Lost and One Tree Hill. Fun Fun! Nate and I are almost done with Lost season 4, which sucks because we will have to wait 6 months for season 5 to come out on DVD AHH!! I don't think I'll be able to wait, so I might have to watch it online at home. Our flight itinerary for our honeymoon randomly got changed today, which I got really worried about. They just changed our layover to be in Atlanta instead of Miami now so that's not a big deal I guess. Kinda random though.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Tuesday's slowpitch doubleheader was cancelled once again (6 weeks in a row now). I didn't really mind though, because I'm always exhausted on Tuesdays. I went to the Mexican grocery store to get arrachera meat and lime juice and then got a pedicure with my mommy before going home and mowing. Nathan and I watched Lost until we fell asleep (which was at like 930 lol). Nate worked from home on Wednesday and we cleaned up the house and tried going through some books in our office piled up that we want to donate. Shaun and Samantha came over for dinner and we watched the new friday the 13th movie that just came out and then played guitar hero. After that we went to the theater to see The Hangover which was HILARIOUS!!
Nathan took a vacation day on Thursday which I was kind of suspicious of until a package came with a new Canon 50D 15 megapixel camera in it for me!!!! He is soooo sweet. It was such a wonderful surprise and as soon as my battery was charged we went out taking pictures at this conservation place on the river. I got lots of pictures of toads, turkeys, deer, flowers, etc. I'm so excited about my new camera!! He also spoiled the surprise that he ordered us both new laptops which are coming in about a week. Mine is pink! YAY! Both of our laptops are at least 4 years old and about to die on us (his already did). He is so sweet! I love him and am so glad we are getting married in 4 months!!! AHHHH. I'm getting so nervous that I'm not going to have everything done on time or that I'm going to forget something. I got the invitations and reply cards printed and my mom is going to get stamps and stamp them all. Then I'll just have to go buy labels and print them all and send them by mid-July. After that will be the rehearsal dinner invites which me and my mom are making. I got the unity candle bought this weekend along w/ a cubs garter (something blue and cubs for nate). Nathan ordered napkins today too and is trying to get a copy of an engagement picture so we can post announcement in the newspaper. Things are moving right along. I still have to figure out this mess with the bridal shower and bachelorette party and see if they will be on same weekend or what's going on. Other than that, nothing much new in life. Jenn got to bring her baby home which I'm so excited about!! I can't wait to see pictures of their family at home!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Not a very eventful week. Softball was rained out AGAIN and Nate and I cooked quesadillas for dinner and watched Seabiscuit...an old movie, but I'd never seen it. Nate bought us a bluray player for our bedroom which is exciting. I can't believe how clear the picture is! It's crazy. So I bought Night at the museum and Da vinci code on blu ray because they were on sale for 12 dollars. Nate bought me Bride Wars too :-) yay. He got a whole bunch of blu rays for cheap at best buy this week also, now that we have two blu ray players we aren't as limited of where we have to watch them.
We went out to dinner with our neighbors (Rich and Kathy) on Wednesday to this Chinese restaurant on Olive. It was yummy ( a lil spicy but good) and then went to an asian grocery store afterwards and bought some candy and different sauces and stuff. Ohhh I also bought those fun bowls and spoons you use for soup at Chinese restaurants. They were like 10 bucks for the set so I couldn't resist. Kathy gave us authentic chopsticks from Japan to match our set so that was pretty cool.
I bartended Thursday. It was pretty slow and uneventful, but once again it was fun and good easy cash. Nate worked Fri and Sat and there was a huge fight and he had to jump over the bar and tackle this guy because he had the door guy pinned against the wall. It was pretty crazy. I got there around 11 and hung out and just wanted a few drinks and then I ended up helping close out tabs and clean b/c Nate was kicking ppl out and the cops were there too lol. We got out of there at 2 on a friday night which is like a world record tho :-0.
We didn't get too much accomplished wedding-wise, but we got our readings and songs figured out for the ceremony which will be good for when we meet with our officiant.
Here is a picture of my niece Maia. :-)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
My mom and I went to the Fox to see the Chorus Line on Thursday at 1. It was really good. It was a short show....only 2 hours with no intermission. Very good though. We ordered tickets to see Hairspray at the Muny in August too. We are excited.
My parents and Nathan's mom and grandma came over for dinner last night. We sat outside and grilled Aracherra (mexican skirt steak) with the yummy white mexican queso on tortillas with grilled onions and green peppers.....so GOOD!! Then Nathan went to bartend and my dad and I went to Home Depot to get tile for the backsplash behind the kitchen sink. It just gets too much crap splashed back there. I also want to get all new tan paint for kitchen and hallway b/c the guy before us put flat matte and its disgusting and nothing wipes clean off of it. GROSS! We tried one color but when we got home it looked to peachy colored instead of tan so I think we are going to use it in downstairs bathroom maybe since the paint is non-refundable. My dad and I are going to put up the backsplash on Wednesday, if we find a tile cutter in time.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
We started Nate's company slow-pitch softball league last Tuesday by winning our doubleheader. It was a blast!! I hate to say it, but we were both a little sore the next day. How embarrassing!!! I'm looking forward to this week, and my parents are going to bring Dexter and come watch soon. I'm excited. I guess I better work the rust out before they come watch though lol.
This weekend was my friend from college's wedding. Kristy and Stephen's rehearsal dinner was Friday at the country club and it was just a nice relaxed bbq with beer and the cards/cubs game on TV. What more could you ask for?!! Saturday we all got our hair done and drank champagne before going to the church to get dressed. The wedding was wonderful and no one cried except the maid of honor (her sister). We took a party bus after pics to the courthouse to take some more pictures and then off to Staunton for the reception. The hall was gorgeous, decorated in all hot pink and green colors. They had an awesome dinner catered by Ashley's (another bridesmaid) mom who owns a catering business. YUM YUM! And for dessert we had cheesecake with strawberry, chocolate or caramel toppings. It was all so pretty and wonderful and we danced our butts off all night!! The DJ decided it was a good idea to play all the slide, line dances, etc in a row and we were all sweating. GROSS!! Today her and Stephen opened presents at her parents and had brunch. They got some awesome stuff. I can't wait to register for my wedding!!!
Nathan and I met with our wedding coordinator last week and got meal plans finalized for the caterer and times set for arrival, ceremony, reception, etc. Next week we are doing cake testing to figure out what it will look and taste like, and have to go block off some rooms at the Hampton Inn in Columbia, Il. We are also going to register at Sears this Friday morning since we are both off. It seems neverending!! I just can't wait for the day to be here and everything to be done lol. Time to go approve Debbie's samples. Guess that's enough for now.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
They brought the Clydesdales and dalmation from STL to the spring training games. The dog was kind of worn out it looks like. Bunting above is my Cubs fave Ted Lilly :-)
Monday, March 2, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
This past Tuesday, Bella got some more shots at the vet, I got an oil change, and we met the Murphys at Alfonso's for dinner. On Wednesday, Nathan and I got our taxes done and I ordered my cute silver shoes for Kristy's wedding. Thursday was fun times b/c I had to go back to court to pay off my ticket and get my ticket changed to a non-moving violation. YAY! I got that damn ticket in November. It's so good to finally be done with it.
Nathan bartended on Friday night, so my mom came over and watched The Secret Life of Bees with me and we made butterscotch pudding :-) YUM!! We also played Mario Kart on the Wii. I took a little nap before Nate got home with Taco Bell for me.
Saturday was Valentine's Day! We said we weren't doing gifts, but Nathan got me bubble bath and some other smelly good stuff from bath and body works. We went to stir crazy ( my fave) for lunch and then saw Taken at the theater. After that we ran a few errands and got Cold Stone ice cream before we went home. We layed in bed and watched Nights in Rodanthe and ate our ice cream. We decided to go to the bar and hang out with some friends after that. It was a great Valentine's day!! I love my Nathan :-)
Yesterday, my mommy and I went to Archiver's for a bridal class on making invitations and programs and stuff. We learned a lot, but it stressed me out on decided styles and colors and prices and whatnot. AHH! Nathan and I need to go pick a rehearsal dinner place and make a deposit THIS WEEK!! ERRR. We are thinking Gallaghers in waterloo b/c its nice and close to where we will have our rehearsal. http://www.gallagherswaterloo.com/.
Alright, gotta get back to work :-0
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Sidenote....Jenn, I got your postcard from Disney! Thanks! I want to hear all about your trip :-) POST A NEW BLOG JEH!!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'm jealous Nathan gets to stay home all day. BUT....he has to deal with the dogs. I love Bella to death but its just so frustrating b/c she doesn't listen and wants to be constantly in your face. She also is like a savage when its dinner time. You would think we never feed her. She will knock anything down in her path for that freakin food dish. It's ridiculous!!
Friday night was fun. We went to Olive garden and I had some yummy lasagna and then we went to Crystal's house and played yahtzee (mine and nate's first time) mad gab, etc. It was fun. We stayed over there till about 1130 then swung by and got Dexter from my parent's house and went home. He loves going over there to play so we try to take him there as much as possible especially when we aren't going to be home all evening.
Saturday morning we actually woke up semi early for once :-) We had our leftovers from olive garden and decided to catch a matinee showing of Gran Turino. It was sooo good/sad. I definitely recommend it. After that we finally found some black suede curtains from bed bath and beyond that were long enough to put behind our screen in basement to help make more of a theater room ambiance. Its a slow expensive process. Like just the curtains alone were 200 dollars to put behind the screen and then the doorway leading into the weight room. We still have to paint the baseboards gray, put up gray trim on wall, paint ceiling black and paint staircase. Oh and get theater chairs. I'm sure it'll take us another year to do it all with all our extra money going toward the wedding now. Oh well....at least we have the projector, screen and surround sound. Good enough for me :-) Saturday night I came in for 5 hours and worked with Debbie. It was nice to catch up with her and also help the lab catch up on drug chem samples.
On Sunday, Nathan and I layed in bed and were bums practically the entire day. We got up to eat twice and mail a few bills and some netflix movies. Other than that I started reading Midnight sun (twilight from edward's perspective) some more and then passed out. Monday at work was pretty uneventful. Not too busy with ASI samples....just drug chem. I worked on 8 different drug chem samples throughout the day and tried fiddling with the EG system. ANNOYING! After work Nate and I made chocolate chip pancakes for dinner. It was yummy :-) I love putting peanut butter and syrup on top of my choc. chip pancakes. Tastes like a reese's peanut butter cup!! I made Nathan watch The Women with me also lol :-) I had nathan download the twilight soundtrack for me and then I read a few more pages of Midnight sun before passing out.
The drive wasn't too terrible this morning except for in my neighborhood. We are supposed to get a few more inches today though so wish me luck !! I hate driving in the snow :-(
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Nate bartended this past weekend and made some extra cash b/c he has to get new tires this month. I went and saw Bride Wars with my mommy and went and worked 4 hrs w/ Debbie so we could catch up on things. Bride Wars was soo cute and funny. I definitely recommend it to anyone. We drug my dad too which was kinda funny.
Big news! I'm working days now. Monday thru Friday 6am-2pm. Its great to have my weekends but I get payed less money, I have to wake up sooo early, and I have to come to work 2 extra days. Other than that I love having my weekends with Nathan and Dexter and my nights at home to hang out and cook dinner and stuff.
My mom and I saw twilight w/ Samantha (my bro's gf) on Monday night. I'm on the fourth book now. I love the series!! I'm surprised. I really was not looking forward to reading it and thought I would be bored w/ it but after the first book I was hooked. The movie wasn't as good as the book like always but it was nice to see how they portrayed all the characters and stuff. Just little stuff bothers me like in the book the Cullens live in a big white house....in the movie its like a wooden house w/ all these huge windows. WEIRD! Its not like some things they couldn't help but skipping or changing due to time constraints....but they couldn't find a big white house in the forrest to live in !?? seriously ppl! lol.
I went to the dentist tuesday and have a cavity UGH!! I have to get it filled next tuesday. This sucks. :-( Bridgette came over tuesday and we talked for hours and our dogs played and it was just really nice to see her and catch up on things.
My brother and his fellow cops found a 1 year old(ish) female Rottweiler while on duty and they can't find the owner or anything so today after work I'm going to get her and take her to get groomed and get fecal test, shots, and bloodwork to see if she is okay and then Dexter will have a mate :-) I'll post pics as soon as I can. I hope they get along!!
Other than that, nothing much is up. I had a phone interview today for a position at our Hazelwood campus. It went well so I hope to hear from her soon about setting up a face to face interview. I love that they have flexible start hours and summer hours. WOOHOO! This friday Nate and I are celebrating my bday with my Carlinville friends. Jackie, Marcus, Kristy and Stephen are coming down and we are going to the Melting Pot. I'm sooo excited. The food is so amazing (but expensive) and I'm going to be honest....my favorite part is dessert :-)
Gotta get back to work :-) More to come.....