Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 31, 2009

Gosh, this month has flown by! Monday was Memorial day, so Nathan and I rounded up Dexter and went to my parents for some porksteaks, kabobs, and brats..... YUM! We hung out with my mom's side of the family for awhile and then we headed up to Target to get the rest of the cardstock and thank you's needed for wedding invites. Now I just have to figure out what to put on them and get them printed. I went into work at 10pm that night which was nice, except I left my keys in Nathan's car and had to take my mom's jeep which didn't have my work badge or an umbrella. So I had to get a temp badge and was soaking wet. It was horrible!!

Tuesday was slightly hectic, and I'm glad softball got rained out. I got my nails done and my mom dyed my hair to even it out more. It's all bleached out from being in Arizona and the few times I tanned before Kristy's wedding. I had to go home to drop Dex off and get dressed to meet Nathan at PF Changs for Kelly's going away party (girl from double D). Then 270 was closed at my exit so I had to go all the way around. It was a pain. Dinner was amazing!! We had so much food and wine it was crazy! I think I'm still stuffed!!

On Wednesday my Dad came over to put up backsplash tile in the kitchen and I cleaned up the house and mowed and helped him in between. Nathan went in work half a day so that was nice, b/c the three of us got to go to Pirrone's for lunch. My dad came back the next day to grout the tile and we realized the big glue dots that connected the 2 inch tiles were so thick they showed up through the grout. It was a huge mess and my dad ended up ripping down all the tile and buying new that was connected on the back by a mesh. It looks really nice now and I appreciate all his hardwork!

I bartended my first real night with Sarah on Thursday night. It was fun and a nice easy way to make extra cash with things being tight now with all the wedding stuff. Nathan came up and drank too which was nice. His friend Joe met him and decided to throw up all over the floor....neat huh!? lol. I didn't have to clean it up thankfully! We went and got taco bell after the bar closed and went to Schnucks to get groceries for camping. We got up at 9 (only 4 or 5 hrs sleep) and packed the car to go camping at Cuivre River State Park with Debbie's family. We hiked and layed out at the beach. We also played catch, washers, drank some beer, took pictures, etc. It was a blast! It was so relaxing to get away even if it was only one day and one night. That night we cooked burgers on the fire and ate s'mores. Dexter took such a liking to was adorable!! I'll have to post pics when I get them loaded on the computer. This is a cute one of Nico showing his little brother how to build a sandcastle....priceless. Saturday morning it stormed sooo hard, but it was kind of for the better b/c it pushed us to get our butts up and get moving. We helped Debbie get things cleaned up and followed her home to make sure she made it up the hill!!! Her house is soo huge and awesome! I wish I lived way out there if it wasn't for the long drive and being so far from my parents!

It seemed like my four days off were soooo long which is awesome!! It was nice to get out and get some fresh air and sun and hang out with good company. I'm looking forward to plenty more camping trips this summer. :-) I'm also pleased to hear that Ella (Jenn's newborn) is off her ventilator today and doing much better. It's been so hard for Jenn to go home without her little girl and she has been in my thoughts and prayers constantly!! I wish I could just up and go to NC for a week and see her....I just don't have the vacation or money right now. I miss her and can't wait to see her new family member!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009

Whew!!! This week flew by! We went to 3 Cards/Cubs games (tues, wed, and thurs) and the cards SWEPT the cubs WOOHOO!!!! It was great. Nathan and I had a lot of fun together and met up with his friends and ex-roomies Joe and Ryan before the game on Wed at Mike Shannons for some beers. We also sat by a very interesting drunk guy that night. He spilled a half-full beer down my leg and then told me that baseball was like football but w/ Kobe Bryant. WTF!!?!? Apparently he was really confused if we were watching football, baseball, or basketball lol. We had to miss our slowpitch games this week, but they still won both games without us.

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 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.
I'm still into taking pictures with Nate's camera. These are some I took this week.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 17, 2009

I'm a day late writing b/c I didn't work last night. This week we managed to squeeze in both of our sball games before the storms and won them both. Our umpire was horrible this week, and Nathan almost got thrown out for saying Jesus Christ lol.

Wednesday night we went out to eat with Sarah and Bronson (from DD) and then went and had drinks at DD (way too many for me). I wasn't feeling so hot for work at 6am Thursday morning but ended up leaving early b/c Dexter decided to step on a picture frame leaning against the wall waiting to be hung up. I went home and tended to him and then my boss said I didn't need to come back b/c Ron came in. Nathan and I met his brother for lunch at Pirrone's. Yum!! Thursday night, Nathan's sisters and a few friends came over for dinner after Emily's bachelorette party, while Josh and Nathan went out taking pictures downtown at the arch and Keiner plaza and other places. They were gone forever and seemed to have a lot of fun taking pictures all night and grabbing dinner.

Friday we dropped Dexter off at my parents and went to Jacksonville for Emily's rehearsal dinner. It was at a nice venue (Buena Vista Farms in Chapin, IL) but everything was pretty unorganized and it rained during the rehearsal so nobody seemed very ready for the wedding the next day. That night we got a hotel room (Nathan can't stay at home b/c he is allergic to cats and his mom has like 6) and let Josh and his gf stay with us since they didn't want to stay at his mom's either b/c Brittany is allergic to cats too.....and Nathan's other sister has mono and strep. We had fun hanging out in the hotel room and Josh and Nathan left the next morning to get pics while Brittany and I hung out and got ready together. She is really fun....I hope Josh knows she's a keeper lol. The wedding was really nice and they had punch and cake afterwards. I got to use Nathan's camera for the first time and loved it!!!

Today we woke up and got ready for our engagement session at Forest Park. It was a lot of fun except my hair kept blowing around in all the pictures. Our photographer got in a fight with a biker (harley not bicycle) and that was pretty funny. After our session my parents met us with Dexter and Bella to take some shots on Nate's camera w/ the dogs. It was fun!! I took my first HDR picture!!! Its the pink tree in my blog! YAY!! And now I'm at work and need to go do some stuff lol. It's Debbies birthday too!! HAPPY BDAY DEBBIE!!! We gotta go upstairs and have some DQ ice cream cake too. :-)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day everyone!!! I decided to buy tickets to see the Chorus Line at the Fox Theater for me and my mommy :-) I can't wait. I love going to the fox with her. We usually go at least once or twice a year together. I'll be sleeping most of the day tomorrow but I plan on at least eating dinner and giving her her present before going back to work. Today was BORING! Nathan went to his brother's graduation which I planned on going to but at the last minute realized with a 2 hour ceremony and 2 hour drive it just wasn't going to happen with me having to work. I can't freakin take any vacation either b/c I'm using half of my year's vacay for our honeymoon ugh. It'll be worth it though. We won both of our softball games on Tuesday night and I went to DD after to train for bartending. I liked it a lot. I'm looking forward to doing it here and there for fun and extra cash. This wedding stuff is stressful and expensive :-(. We did cake testing on Friday which was fun, and we figured out which tier is going to be which kind. We also blocked off some rooms at the Hampton Inn in Columbia, Il. Its a brand new, really nice hotel, but the rooms are kinda pricey for such a small town. Like $90 a night!!! Sheeeesh. My mom and I found a cute ivory flower girl basket last night with a pearl handle and some favor bags for the tables. Now we just have to figure out if we are putting candy or mints in them. I better get back to work....

Sunday, May 3, 2009

May 3, 2009

May 3rd!! Where has this year gone!!! sheesh. I feel like it was just New Years! This week wasn't too eventful. We did manage to register at Sears. FUN FUN! Nathan had a blast with the gun until the trigger stopped working and he had to just press a button on top. After that he lost all interest lol. We had a lot of fun! We rented the movies Australia and Milk....Australia was GREAT, Milk not so much. We turned it off after 20 minutes from all the making out between Sean Penn and another guy (the pot dealer from Pineapple Express). We got to use our new mower (so fun, i know) and our yard is pretty spiffy :-). Other than that, not too much. We just finalized plans to go camping w/ Debbie and her family at the end of the month so I'm pumped about that!! I wish I could use all my awesome camping stuff I just registered for hehe. Nathan's sister is getting married this month and I'm helping organize the bachelorette party so that'll be a nice bonding experience with his sisters. I'm looking forward to it. I don't get to see them very often because we all live 2 hours apart. We booked our engagement session for May 17th so I'm thouroughly stressing about what the wear and my hair and jewelry and AHHH everything :-(. We are getting them taken at Forest Park so at least the background will be pretty! Time to get to work. Now that I'm back on weekends, hopefully I'll be better at updating this.