Hello all! Sorry it's been a hectic week...working and attending a wound conference about two hours away yesteray, and now we're back on the road "home" to Columbus, Ohio and I couldn't be happier about it! I miss my family SO SO much, we havent seen my mom, pops, and one brother since a couple days after Christmas, and the my dad and stepmom has been even longer than that! I get to have some much needed sibling time! I'm the oldest of 4, I have two 15 year old brothers and a 12 year old sister who I miss SO much while in PA. I start my full time job the first week of April and I knew it would be hard for us to get "home" as it's easily an 8 hour drive from where we live. So, well be here for four glorious days! Tonight we're watching our Buckeyes dominate on the court, tomorrow is a belated birthday party at my grandma's house for Kurt and I, Sunday we're watching my sisters soccer games, and Monday grabbing lunch with my best gal Maddie! It's going to be a great weekend, we just wish the fur babies were here with us too! They are in great hands though! Look for pictures to come!
These are the New Balance Rock and Tone training shoes...my new love! So, I don't know if they really will increase weight loss by 10% like they claim, but they are seriously comfy, and my legs ache (in a good way!) after wearing them all day at work. They don't have that huge chunky heel like other "toning" shoes and basically look like typical NB trainers. I'd give these things an A+ for comfort and they seem to work the muscles well. Not to mention I avoided the normal $70+ price tag by picking these babies up at TJ Maxx for $29!!
These things work in my book ( I think)!
I'll be observing a day of blogging silence tomorrow to reflect and pray for those effected by the earthquake and tsunami.
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Ok, ok...don't get the wrong idea! I know I may be using the expression incorrectly, but oh well! I love my hubby dearly and he is my other half whom I love with ALL of my heart, and he is my best friend. But, there is something about having that best girlfriend to be able to go to for anything and everything and never having to explain it. Well, that lady is my best friend Maddie. (I think Kurt loves that I have Maddie, and he often says "We should move to where Maddie moves!").
|Maddie May and I on the hubs and my wedding day|
We've been best friends since 5th grade, we're talking almost 14 years of friendship, and seriously I think we know anything and everything there is to know about one another. We've gone through ALL sorts of things together, and really are like sisters. We can go weeks without talking to each other and then be right back into the swing of things in one fowl swoop when we need to be there for each other!
So, if you go back to the post that I made yesterday I blogged about the wonderful text message that I got from her. I just have to share it with you all!
"I know a birthday text doesn't really have quite the same strong emotional effect as a card, or if it were in person, but I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday and say how blessed I am to have you as a friend, as an influence, and as a supporter. You are such a strong girl and you have so much beauty and life ahead of you, I can't wait to see what comes next. You are a gift and so much love and warmth comes out of this friendship for me. Thank you for always being there and caring. You are such such such a lovely person. I can't believe how many memories God has given us, and He continues to keep us bonded despite distance and relationships and struggle. There is something to be said about how we can be so far away and still keep our friendship. I love you Smichy :) happy day <3"
Yup...she's my lobster!
P.S.- I have several AMAZING friends who have been there for me in so so so many ways. I live an amazingly blessed life :)
So, yesterday was my birthday! I've never been overly excited about birthdays, not that I have a problem getting older I really don't. Let's be honest...I'm 24, am I even allowed to be bothered by age yet?! I really just don't like attention on me, I love it to be on other people and I love doing things for other people, so a day focused on me is kind of a nightmare for me, haha!
However, the day was relaxing and nice. Started off with my Sunday School kids and a surprise that my hubby orchestrated with them that included red velvet cake and a wonderful group of 4th/5th graders singing to me. Then we all headed to brunch as per usual, where we brunched and talked, and thankfully I was NOT sung to by the staff. They brought me a wonderful little chocolate muffin, which I gave to my chocolate-aholic hubby. Then my seester (Jana, my sister-in-law), my momma-in-love, and seester's fiance all went to the Lehigh Valley Bridal Show. I don't care if you're already married, it never gets old going to look at wedding stuff, taste cakes, and food. We left there and headed to look at a house that we may potentially rent to own...however we are in our lease 'ill June, so we might miss out on it. We came home napped, and then headed back to the in-laws for some pizza, ice cream cupcakes, and a rousing game of Quelf.
|Some of the fantastic characters from Quelf.|
|Just read these cards and you can see why this game is plain ridiculous|
For those of you who don't know what Quelf is, you're missing out. It's quite possibly the most ridiculous and most fun game...google it!
It was a great day, but I'd be lying to say I didn't miss my Ohio family on the day. It's been since Christmas since we've seen them, and it's rough. I love my family here dearly, but really I will never get used to being away from my Ohio family. It was amazing to talk to them and get to hear their voices, but it made me itch to get home and see them. Hopefully it will be in the next few weekends it will happen.
One of the best things I received for my birthday was a simple text message from my oldest and best friend Maddie. She is more than just a friend, she is like a sister, and I love her dearly. She effectively made me cry my eyes out from her text...she may get a special post just about this.
All in all, I am another year older and happy (for the most part) with where I'm at right now. I love my husband dearly, he is amazing, and I couldn't ever as for a more amazing, thoughtful, and stand by me man! We have two balls of fur we love, and a cozy house to live in. He's doing great at his job at Apple, and is plugging along in school. I just got a promotion to full time, and was accepted back to finish my degree. We have our God, and he loves us. We really have a great life...now if I could just get this weight off!
|Adorable Polka Dot Scarf by Lo|
So, one of my best-est friends in real life and in the blogging world, Lo, is growing her blog like crazy! She has now started Giveaways, and this is her first one!
Head on over to her blog, Lo & Behold, to win this little beauty that she crafted herself! But be quick as it ends today! Ps, you should follow her blog too, because it's great! Just know that I'm hoping I win it too :)
Well, I feel like a traitor, but I'm a Nittany Lion. I grew up right next to OSU, and have always been an OSU fan. However I just got into Penn State to go back to school, yay! At least I fit in with the PA fam a little now, but those Buckeye's will always have my heart!
In other news, I got a full time job! I was offered a full time supervisor position where I already work. I'm per diem there now, but have worked full time hours since I started in October. Now I actually will have benefits, vacation days, and other perks :)! Now to getting those school loans paid off, and eventually getting a house!
Sorry for being MIA this week. It's been hectic, stressful, and just plain busy! I'll fill you in on the busy, hectic, and stressful week something soon. So, after having one day to decompress I am now back to blogging.
Here is a list of things I am doing right now:
|iPad 2..I want it SO bad!|
1-I am currently drooling over the iPad 2. I stuck it out a whole year since wanting the original iPad, because I knew another new and exciting one would come out with a camera and all sorts of fancy ones. So now....I want it! And would appreciate it as a birthday gift! My birthday happens to be two days after the release. Coincidence...I think not!
2- I'm treating my ears to this little girl. She amazes me, seriously so mature beyond her years, and is just stinkin' cute! Honestly all of her stuff is good, especially for an 11 year old! She was on Ellen a couple years ago.
3- I'm sprucing up my letter of interest to take to work for another job. Seriously people, I'm going to land a full time job with benefits or die trying. I'm even getting certified as an instructor of BLS/CPR to open up doors, and obtaining my certification in ACLS/PALS to try too.
4- Waiting for the hubs new computer to get here. His MacBook Pro has lasted him quite some time, and quit literally has started to fall apart. So, the new MacBook Air should hopefully arrive today!