Friday, May 29, 2009

Weekend Plans and Disappointments

The end of the week. AT LAST!
Tonight we have practice at church. Chayce will be spending the night with my parents, then tomorrow morning when I pick him up I'm taking him and my sister to the movies.
This weekend begins Week 1 of the Free Summer Movies at our local theatre and they're kicking off the summer with an old classic.
The Wizard of Oz!

Ruby Slippers Pictures, Images and Photos
Not only is it mine and my sister's FAVORITE movie of alltime, but Chayce has never seen it. So I think it'll be quite fun.
On another note, I think my husband will kill me today. I did another mock-up centerpiece and I think I like this one best of all, so all the dried branches we've had stored in our garage the past YEAR will NOT be put to use (only a small portion of them will). We will still use Crystal Trees for church decorations. But I'm pretty much sold on the most recent idea.
A bit disappointed today that the Magic lost to the Cavs last night. LAME. I was hoping it would be the end last night.
Pray for redemption at Game 6.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thankful Thursday

1. The Rose Dress Website


3. Capri Sun 100% Juice:

They FINALLY went to the healthy side!
I only buy 100% juice for Chayce,
so I'm excited to see how he likes this.

4. Bryers YoCrunch: With M&M's
I just started buying these to give to Chayce as a special reward treat
for earning a certain amount of stickers on his chore/award chart. Yum!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wedding Blogging

No more congesting my original blog with the wedding chatter. I've created a new blog today just for all things wedding. So if you are curious about how things are coming along, feel free to check out my Wedding Blog! The link will also be posted on the Sidebar of this blog along with my other fave links. ------>


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Centerpieces: TAKE 2

Changes Made:

1. Added clear marbles/pebbles to vase.
2. Painted branches glossy silver
3. Added lights to the vase.
4. Sprinkled gems on table.
5. Eliminated candles for now. We MAY try and find yellow LED lights instead of the true white. Still debating.


(Flash On)

(Flash Off)

Close-up of Gemstones... I seriously am in love with this photo <3

Monday, May 25, 2009

Wedding favors & centerpieces

These favors were SO time consuming! I printed the monograms out yesterday and it took about an hour to print them and put them on the tins. (There's 90 favors) Then today I bought 90 yards of ribbon (YIKES) and tied ribbon around all of them! But I think it was worth the 5 hours of my time. I love them. They will be filled with black and white M&M's (We're buying them by the color... or wedding colors are black, white and red)

We did a mock-up of our centerpieces. I'm glad we did because I learned a lot doing it! Like:

1. I don't like the black branches. We'll be trying silver next to see how it looks.

2. I don't think i'll fill them with sand, but with glass rocks.

3. We may also put a small light in the bottom of each vase with the rocks, so the vases light up!

So the next mock up will be with the rocks, lights and silver branches. Photos will be posted of course! Jon handmade the crystal strings. I'm proud of him!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bad Blogger = Busy Bee

I've been on the go, non-stop, since Thursday.

Chayce went to my in-laws for a few days so Jon and I took that opportunity to jump on the wedding planning some more. We picked our wedding bands, bought the favors, assembled them (halfway.... didn't put the candy in yet obviously. But got our monograms on them!), Jon tried on tuxes, we're still looking at Bridesmaids gowns (I know, this is my HARDEST decision to make, which is why I'm STILL not 100% decided) too, touched base with the hair and nail salons.... I bought the pen for the guestbook table, the table markers for the reception.

Next week we're booking the venue, DJ and paying the florist. Jon's buying my ring tomorrow and I'm getting him his for Father's Day.

Check. Check. And... Check!

Think that's busy? Try adding a 4 year old's birthday party to the mix! Yep! We got his invitations printed yesterday. Got them sealed up, address labels printed and ready to go today. Mailing them out Tuesday. Still doing the carnival themed party. So we stopped at a few places to price out bounce houses, popcorn machines and all that fun jazz.

Next Saturday we're going to HOPEFULLY make our final choices on the wedding party attire, then Sunday there's a Bridal Show here at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront. So I will be going to that with one of my bridesmaids and maybe a few other friends that are part of the wedding (the flowergirl's mom and my coordinator).

I sprung out a change on Jon and told him I'm switching up our centerpieces... SLIGHTLY! Instead of doing the bare brances with hanging votives like this:

...I want to do Crystal Trees!

Everything is by candlelight. So... our crystal trees won't be in those tacky vases, ours will be in glass Eiffel Tower vases. Then on the table will be tons of tealight candles. I think the crystal trees would illuminate the light MUCH better and we'd get more lighting this way. So our tables will look like the top photo, but the trees will look like the bottom (just in prettier vases). The eiffel tower vases I want are I *think* 18 or 24 inches. So our centerpieces will be TALL!

Just a small change in plans that I think would be best for the lighting effects.

So it will be a tree like this:

In this vase:


Told you all we've been busy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lifetime: "Do You Know Me?"

Actress Rachelle LeFevre (most popular from the movie Twilight) starred in a Lifetime movie (it premiered Sunday night). I DVR'd it and just watched it last night....


The plot points were genius. It had a better storyline than most movies on the silver screen. It wasn't like any other made-for-TV-movie I've seen and I highly reccomend it.

Hey! Even my husband loved it. He was glued to it. So if you hear it advertised, be quick to DVR or watch it.

"Do You Know Me?" on Lifetime

Monday, May 18, 2009

Our Luau...

hibiscus flowers Pictures, Images and Photos....was a total hit!hibiscus flowers Pictures, Images and Photos

We all had a blast. There was sooo much food too! It's funny, everyone at our church has boys. The boy to girl ratio is outrageous. No one has daughters! So everyone who came last night had a son (or more than 1!) with them. Which was nice because all the boys (and their dads) played ball outside for a bit while the moms got to enjoy each other's company.

Everything looked great. Everything WAS great. Lots of fun! Hope to do it again!

Rain, Rain, DON'T go away!

Rain, rain... Pictures, Images and Photos
We've been in drought all year. Seriously. All of 2009 has been unbelievably dry. Finally the past week we've seen a few showers and all day today it's rained.
Thank God for the much needed rain!!!

Out of Patience with Reese.

She's 6 months old now, and we've worked VERY hard with her. She's a good dog. She knows the commands: Sit, stay, heel and speak. She knows not to jump onto the furniture.

HOWEVER, once our doorbell rings and other people come to our home, all of the good behavior that's instilled in her goes out the window. She turns into a totally different dog.

She hops onto her back legs and starts scratching our friends' legs, she jumps on the couch, she starts shaking and jumping like she's never been pet a day in her life. WE've tried everything from ignoring her behavior, to holding her and not letting her down until she calms down (she'd calm down but as soon as we put her down she'd do it all over again), we even brought her kennel into the living room and we'd wait for her to calm down, THEN let her out (which AGAIN resulted in the same obnoxious behavior as soon as we let her out).

Last night our friends were over, and I held her until she was calm and when I put her down she jumped onto the couch and a friend of mine was eating... so dove right into the plate and the food went everywhere. I felt so embarrassed.

We don't know what else to do. We can't let her out when other people come over. And it's sad!

I seriously need help. I don't think obedience training would help Reese at all. And I'm not about to drop $100 on it for it not to work. Id' much rather teach her myself.

**UPDATE: Someone with a Yorkie gave me a GREAT helpful tip today, let's hope it works!**

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hysterical Mentos Commercial

I don't know if this is real or a funny spoof, but I laughed SO hard!

Must see. Very funny!

Friday, May 15, 2009

So I know it's far away...

...but this Christmas I want to get Jon and I one of these....

Pearl Drumset Pictures, Images and Photos

We both play. I havent played in YEARS and recently inquired about getting lessons. But I figured today, why pay $20/hr. for lessons when I can invest in a set and teach myself again?!

And yes, I really LOVE the red set! :)

A Fabulous Friday

Today has been quite a great day, and it's only noon! I'm LOVING my new Espresso Machine and having an iced latte really jumpstarted my day today. And it's honestly nice to not have to go spend $4 everytime I want one....

I was SUPPOSED to send out Chayce's birthday party invitations today, but totally forgot about it until this morning. So I'll probably do that Monday. He's so excited about his carnival party. Between HIS party and our vow renewal I'm really fighing panic attacks, I swear! So much to do in so little time. YIKES!

Tomorrow we go to his Preschool to enroll him. (Last weekend was registeration for VPK; now that we've picked a school we have to enroll him specifically in that school).

Then Sunday is our Luau! I'm very excited to see how it turns out and see what yummy dishes everyone brings.

I wanted to share a quote I heard the other day with everyone. So think about it!
"Don't tell God how big your storm is,
tell the storm how big your God is."

Hi J05...

...Nice to know someone still likes to talk about me over there!
Or atleast post up my information.
Some things just never change.
Miss ya'll too!
Too bad I won't be as interesting to you as I was a year ago though ;)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thankful Thursday

1. My Mother's Day Gifts:
I got a brand new Espresso Machine which has really saved my sanity today.
And we got to enjoy the Tiki Bar and new outside arrangement last night with our dinner guests. LOVE it!
2. The RAIN!!!!
We finally got rain yesterday and today.
First time consistantly since probably December.
3. My Blender
I realized today I'd be so lost without my blender.
Next to the oven and microwave, it's by far the most used appliance I have.
Every single day I'm using it for something.
Marinara, Salsa, Dressings, drinks, etc.
4. God's Glorious Salvation
I think this is VERY self explainitory.
5. The Local Library
Chayce's new favorite place to go!

Pat on the Back... myself for calling the Idol finale! :)

I do have to say that after they announced only 1 million (out of 88mil total!) votes seperated Kris and Adam, Kris now totally has the ability to win this. And really stands a good chance, because I'm sure most of the Danny fans will take Kris' side.

Would be quite a season if the underdog won! VERY curious to see this result. Probably will be one of the closest results in history (aside from season 2 with Clay and Ruben).

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

American Idol: Season 8 FINALE

american idol Pictures, Images and Photos

Ok, so I'm a HUGE Idol fan. Anyone who knows me knows this. And I'm very ashamed of myself right now for not blabbing on and on about it on my blog!

Anyways, wayyy earlier in the season when they first had the top 16 or whatever, I predicted Danny, Kris, Lil and Adam to be the top 4. And Adam and Danny to be in the finale.

HOWEVER, after the past 2 weeks, I'm going to eat my words.

Because Kris (Gotta love my fellow Arkansan!) has TOTALLY upped his game and shown the world how talented he is. Not only vocally but instrumentally. He's amazing.

I still think Adam is untouchable in this. I'd bet almost anything he WILL Win this, and nothing is making me think otherwise. BUT, as far as who I'd *like* to see in the finale..... KRIS AND ADAM. Will Kris actually beat out Danny for that spot? Only time will tell. Luckily, a SHORT time. Can't wait to see the results tomorrow! Fingers crossed. And done rambling.

MY Day of Awakening

The past 2 years in my life have been the hardest. By far. I've hit, what I believe to be, "rock bottom" in my life. More recently I've been so bitter and cold. And I'm strong enough to put it out there and admit it. I've been hurt by people close to me and have held grudges for years. Decades.

My good friend, Monie, reccomended a book for me. "A Divine Revelation of Hell"

a divine revelation of hell Pictures, Images and Photos

Sure, I know Jesus. I know God. I've spent the majority of my life in church and serving Him. But some of it was in vain. Some of it hypocritical. Not until last night when I read this wonderful book did I truly have the Fear of God instilled into my life. Not until a revelation of Hell and what is 1 of 2 possibilities for the afterlife was shown to me did I truly have a divine awakening in my spirit.

This morning I wake up refreshed.

And if you're reading this, I can only hope the same for you. This is a short easy-read book. Middle school children can comprehend the writing style. Even if you're a strong Christian (I admit I'm a weaker one. I give into too much of the worldly things.... But this is CHANGING!), I suggest reading it.

I'm so thankful for my life today. And I am truly sad for those that don't know what's to come. And those that are living their lives focused on things of the earth, hatred, GOSSIP, bitterness, fortune, other gods/idols... May they have their eyes opened. Just as I have.

Monday, May 11, 2009

My wonderful Mother's Day gift(s)

Jon and Chayce got me the Tiki Bar I asked for. I love it even more NOW than when I saw it in the store. So it's on the back patio. We re-arranged the patio furniture to compliment the Tiki Bar. Chayce's seashell windchime goes perfectly by the tiki bar, and this morning I got some chinese paper lanters to string across the back patio. Here's some photos of my newly decorated back patio!
Here's a pic of the Tiki Bar I took yesterday (Sunday)...

And we just strung up the lanterns in the past hour, so here's the completed patio! :)

This will be perfect for the Luau next Sunday!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

~Happy Mother's Day!~

To all of my amazing friends out there that are such WONDERFUL Mommies...


I hope you all have a fabulous day of relaxation and happiness. You deserve it!

Mothers Day Pictures, Images and Photos

Saturday, May 9, 2009

One of the hardest days of my life.... today.
I'm about to go register Chayce for *gulp* .... Preschool!
I never thought it would be THIS hard. Not only for myself, but for Jon. I'm a stay-at-home-mom and even though PreK is only like 3 hours a day, it's going to be SO tough for me to face the facts that he's a big kid now and in school everyday. He's my only baby, and it's so hard to let go!
But now is the time. So here we go!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Seashell Windchimes

sea shell windchime Pictures, Images and Photos

This is what we're making today. Seashell Windchimes.
I put modge podge on a CD. Then sprinkled sand and small shells on it, and waiting for it to dry. I threaded some ribbon through the center of the CD. Then we'll thread shells through some thin fishing line, and hang them from the base. Voila!
These will be gifts for my mom, Jon's mom, Korin and Brigette. The kids will have a blast with this I'm sure! :)

I love days like this...

Yesterday we spent the whole day at the beach.
Then came back, took a dip in the pool, ate some ice cream and watched Ratatouille.
Much needed family day! *and my tan looks freaking amazing*

Oh, I saw my first Jellyfish yesterday. Actually, we saw HUNDREDS of them! When we got to the beach I noticed clear little geletanous globs all over the beach, so I didn't let Chayce go near them. I did some quick research on jellyfish on my Blackberry, and found them listed as "Moon Jellyfish". Their sting is only enough to harm their food (as small as plankton!), so it's so mild we, as humans, can't even feel it. Either way, they were all dead. Not sure why or how they died, but they were all dead. Some washed up whole. Some in just pieces. But it was quite a site for sure!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ignore that Other Post...

THIS is what I want for Mother's Day. If I don't get it, I'll buy it for myself. This is all I want. I've wanted one for SO long and I just spotted one yesterday for $69.99. Sorry, but it's dumb to pass it up.

A TIKI BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
And it would be PERFECT just in time for our Luau on the 17th.
I already have barstools to match it. I've wanted a Tiki Bar for
my back patio for soooo long but all the ones I saw were $1k or more.
This little one is simple and perfect!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

~Happy Cinco de Mayo!~

happy cinco de mayo Pictures, Images and Photos

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It really means nothing to me,
but to all my Mexican friends out there,
I hope you enjoy your holiday!

Monday, May 4, 2009

My Mother's Day List

What I want for Mother's Day 2009...

1. An Orchid...or 2.

orchid Pictures, Images and Photos
2. Some new flip flops
(to match the new lace camis I bought at Aero this week!)
flip flops Pictures, Images and Photos

3. A new bellybutton ring.
I've had the same ones since Christmas.
I love being simplistic. My hubby loves it too.

He Overcame his Fear....

.....of "the deep end" today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes. I'm one freakin' PROUD mama!

Way to go, Chayce!

It's a Luau!

We volunteered last night to host our church's next "home group" at our place. Twice a month a group of 15-20 of us gather on Sunday evenings for dinner and fellowship. It's always fun, and we always have a "theme" to follow. Yesterday our theme was "Cinco de Mayo".

Jon and I decided to host a Luau!

Here's the invitations/announcements I drew up this morning.

I'm making a Grilled Peach Salad w/ Vinegarette
and Cheese Tortellini with Grapes and Bananas.
It's a popular dish at "Island Pasta" in Downtown, Melbourne. It sounds *weird* but it's fabulous, and I can't wait to make it! And this totally gives me a reason to buy those Chinese paper lanterns I've been itching to get. LOL!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Still on a movie escapade.

All we've done lately is watch movies. Which is fun, because we were so outta the loop for the longest time! This weekend I watched these 2 movies.

Bride Wars
bride wars Pictures, Images and Photos
Bride Wars SUCKED. It was horrible. There was no moral to the story, nothing funny about it, it was very lame. And they made such a hype about it when it came into theatres. I totally wish I could get that hour and a half of my life back.

Observe & Report
Observe and Report Pictures, Images and Photos

Last night we went to see Observe & Report (Starring: Seth Rogen).
If you have a dark, vulgar sense of humor of course. But you should expect that if you like Seth Rogen flicks. It definitely kept us laughing.