Let the Countdown Begin

Happy Friday! Do any of you guys have some exciting plans for the weekend? I can’t believe a whole week has flown by already? That’s just crazy talk.

You know what else is crazy talk? It’s officially only 3 months until the wedding day!

Yep- that’s right. Only about 91 days until I get to kiss this handsome man and become his wife!

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Can you guys believe that, or what? It seems like just the other day I was talking about the wedding, and someone asked me when the big day was…and I said “Oh, not until the end of May.” And they gave me a look like “well that’s not too far off now” and I realized that it will legitimately be here before we know it!

Shane and I got the news this week that we’re officially approved for our apartment, and we’re good to go to begin the big move about mid-April- which is also super exciting news! We have a date at the furniture store tonight, so maybe we can start buckling down and finally pick some stuff out! I’m so excited I can’t even stand it…the possibilities are endless. 😉

In other news, my workouts this week have been stellar. Monday I had an Insanity date with Rachel, and then on Tuesday I succeeded in running 3 miles for the first time in probably years after I did some leg and arm training. Then Wednesday was a cross training day, so I lifted back and shoulders and then hopped on the treadmill for a long, high interval/high incline power walk. Yesterday was a running day again, and this time I made it 4 miles after about 30 minutes of ab work and a little superset leg and shoulder action.

Today, I have an appointment with the Stairmaster…and it’s looking like a long 5 mile run on Saturday. I’m loving adding running back into my plan! It’s truly one of the most gratifying forms of cardio for me.

I also have a few errands to run this afternoon- including to Ulta for a new curling wand and to Michael’s for some scrap booking materials. Then, this evening, we have an open house to attend, more furniture shopping and last but not least- Shane and I have plans to go see the Lego Movie! (YESSSSS!)

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Finally, we’ve legit tried 3 separate times to go and it’s been sold out every dang time. The solution is to hit the latest showing of it on a Friday night and hope most of the kiddies are in bed by then.

Wish us luck!

Have a fantastic Friday my sweet friends!

Question of the Day: Tomorrow is the very last home basketball game for the WSU Shockers and I am so excited to see them get to 31-0! Do any of you locals love the Shox as much as I do? Do any of you out-of-staters know anything about the Shockers?

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A Wedding-full Weekend

Howdy everyone! How was everybody’s weekend? I’m hoping they were all as good as mine were!

Given the fact that a whopping ton happened over the weekend, I’m going to be all in favor of just launching straight in without much small talk- I’m not overly good at it, anyway.

First thing’s first- we got to Kansas City around 7 on Friday night, ate some delicious salads that my Aunt Julie had so thoughtfully picked up for us, and went to bed right around 8:30. We were exhausted.

On Saturday morning, mom and I left around 7:45 to get to my 8:15a.m. dress fitting. Even thought it was wicked early, it didn’t stop me from ooing and awing all over the place at how stunning my dress is. I couldn’t love it any more! I really wish I could spoil it and post a photo but I just can’t bring myself to do that…but hey, only about 3 months now until wedding time so it won’t be much longer anyway!

On Saturday night, I met up with my maid of Honor Amanda and two of my bridesmaids, Justine and Laura, for dinner. I hadn’t gotten to see or talk to any of these girls for so long so it was a really nice time to just sit and catch up. (I’m kicking myself now for not taking photos…what a dumb move!)

I did, however, snap a few photos of Justine’s brand new rescue puppy!

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Is he not the cutest? He’s an Australian Shepard mix by the name of Qincey- pictured here wearing the bow tie collar that his mama bought him.

He’s too cute, and so insanely well behaved for only being 5 months! He loves people, too, which is a huge bonus. He was definitely a welcome surprise this weekend! (She had just adopted him on Saturday afternoon.)

Alright, and now to the stuff I know everyone has been dying to hear about….my first Bridal Shower! (every photo I’m about to post was either taken by Amanda, Amanda’s mom or my Aunt Julie…so photo cred should go to them! I was too busy feeling like an absolute princess to snap any photos 😉 )

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Is that spread unreal or what? Amanda and her sweet mom Shari went to so much trouble to make everything so perfect and special and I just couldn’t get over how beautiful everything was! (Not to mention delicious…those gluten free chocolate heart cakes were like fudge. So good.) Not to mention there was a wicket Sangria and some amazing Almond Sweet Tea that knocked my socks off. YUM.

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And don’t even get me started on the gorgeous flowers or the beautiful grey and white monogram painting that Shari painted especially for us. Pictured above- is that not beautiful? Everything was grey and pink and white and perfect- all the colors that will be at our wedding were incorporated! Seriously, I was floored.

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Everything, down to the tiniest detail of the little bows on the party favors, was perfect.

The entire event was so much fun! We started with food, and then when we all moved to sit down by the gifts we played a game. Amanda had sneakily asked Shane a whole bunch of fun questions about us and our relationship, and I had to guess what his answers were- or else suffer the consequences (aka- eat a Mike and Ike).

I will say there were a couple that were a little tricky, but on the whole I’d say I know my man pretty well. 😉 Including his favorite movie of all time (Last Action Hero with Aw-nold) and where our “first date” was (the Chili’s To Go at the Atlanta Airport).  It was so fun to hear his responses and see if they matched up!

While opening gifts, each time I opened a given person’s gift they had to tell a funny story about me or me and Shane. It was so nice to have so many people I love surrounding me and telling fun stories! (Not to mention the gifts we got were crazy awesome- my friends and family are so generous!)

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A sweet photo of me, Amanda and one of my bridal attendants, Katie- also a sorority sister of mine.

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One of my mom, me, Amanda and mama Blue!

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The group of sorority gals that came! Aren’t they a gorgeous group? 😉

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Obligatory Theta “Kiting” photo! (You’ll be seeing a billion more of these, no doubt.) From left to right in this photo are my old roommate Emily, Katie, Amanda, me (doi), Justine and Laura. Looking at this photo makes me all kinds of happy.

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Last but not least, me and the MOH! I can’t tell you guys enough how amazing she’s been through everything so far.

The entire afternoon was a huge success, and a fantastic kick off to “bridal season 2014”!  I’ll have to give you all a run down of all the loot that Shane and I got in another post sometime soon- there’s too much good stuff to throw it all in here at the end.

I hope you all had as good a weekend as I did! I have some work to catch up on, some errands to run and a workout to fit in so I’ll be a busy bee for the rest of the day, but be on the look out for that presents post coming up soon!

 

 

 

 

Scenes From Last Weekend

Heya folks! So sorry, so much has been going on around here that I just haven’t had a chance to sit and write here. BUT I have a ton of photos from last weekend that I ahevn’t gotten to share yet, so I thought I’d do that today!

No worries- I’ll provide explanations for them all here shortly! But this weekend is crazy busy, too- I have a dress fitting Saturday morning, a bunch of running around Kansas City to do, seeing some friends and then having my very first bridal shower on Sunday! It’s being thrown by my Maid of Honor and her mother, who are two of the most amazing people I know. They’ve worked so, so hard on this shower and I am so excited to see everything they’ve done!

Busy weekend, folks.

So without further adieu, here are scenes from last weekend!

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Alrighty kiddos, have an awesome Friday!

I’m Alive

Howdy folks.

Just want you guys to know I’m still alive and kicking. JUST crazy busy.

Its deadline time round these parts here and as you all know, deadline means no blog time.

However I do have some great photos to share with you all from over the weekend. The hope is that that will be coming your way starting tomorrow.

If I can survive my early a.m. workout that is.

My friend Rachel is planning on doing a little Insanity (c’mon y’all, let’s goooooo) tomorrow bright and early! So I’m going to head to bed in the hopes tomorrow I’ll have some more exciting news.

Goodnight!

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Hi friends.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t been taking really any photos at all of things these past few days. Truthfully, I’ve mostly just been working, running errands or finding time to hit the gym- and that just doesn’t leave much to be desired in the way of healthy living blogging.

Blogger fail.

I can tell you that I’ve had really solid workouts all week.

I can also tell you that I’ve been eating well, drinking a ton of water, and trying to limit my intake of soda.

Pretty boring, huh?

Last night, my mom and I went to look around a little bit for jewelry for my bridesmaids. Then, I went on a little venture of my own to pick out a couple things for Shane’s Valentine’s Day gift!

I love Valentine’s Day. I just do.

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It doesn’t hurt that I’m marrying a man who has some of the most unique, impressive and creative ways of celebrating V-day on the plant.

Two years ago, we “went” to Paris. Shane created this gorgeous table, a “window” with a view of the Eiffel Tower outside it, French music, delicious (and homemade) French food- and even a plane ride.

Yup. He recorded the sounds of a plane ride- complete with the southern pilot, dinging “seat belt” signs, complimentary champagne- the works.

I used to have photos of it on my phone, but I’ve gotten a new phone since then and I don’t know where they are anymore!

Then last year, we “went” to Cancun. We had a table on the beach, tropical music and super delicious quesadillas. Oh, and the plane…the plane…let’s just say he went ultra “authentic” with it- complete with shots of tequila.

As for this year, I got Shane to tell me that we’ll actually be making a trip to Italy this year. But, since he’s pretty sure he threw out the window and the wall, “we might just have a table right in the middle of the piazza.”

He’s so cute.

So, even though this post might be a tad on the boring side- let me just say this: I’ll be sure and take plenty of photos tomorrow night!

As for now, I need to run a few more errands, get a pedicure and finish my workout for today- I went over lunch the past 2 days to get my cardio in and I’ve really enjoyed that.

Catch ya later, alligators!

Weekend Update

I bet you guys think I’m going to spam your innocent little blog-reading eyes with an update from last night’s Walking Dead mid-season premiere, huh.

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Well you’d be wrong my friends! Wrong, for a number of reasons. The first being- hey, homie don’t play that “spoilers” game. And the second being I’m still not sure how I feel about it?

Don’t get me wrong- I love the show. It’s always good.

Even when it isn’t.

Mostly, I didn’t love the story lines they focused on in last night’s episode. I have a list of favorite characters, and you guys all know what happened to my number 1 at the end of the mid-season finale. (It’s still so fresh.)

But I have a list of other favorites, and not a single one was shown or even mentioned last night. I’m still stressed out because I don’t know what’s happened to any of them! All we got last night was a whiney Carl (surprise, surprise) and a Michonne mental collapse (big woop).

Okay- done complaining. Moving on!

Happy Monday! Is everyone ready to get back on track for this coming week?

I’ll tell you what, the one thing I’m probably most excited about this week (besides Valentine’s Day, which despite it being a completely commercial holiday, I still love it) is the fact that we’re going to get a weather warm up round these parts!

WOOOO!

In the course of one week, it’s going to go from a high of 28 to a wopping high of 62.

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Kansas, folks. You don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.

Apart from that excitement, Shane and I actually got some big stuff done this weekend.

We chose our apartment (finally!) and we’ll be taking our application and down payment in there this evening.

We also chose our bedding and some bathroom stuff for the apartment, and put it on our registry.

The pattern we chose is called ‘Glass Block’, and I am obsessed with it!

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The cool taupe, green, grey and blue is so calming and it’s exactly what I had envisioned for a master bedroom. We also registered for some amazing European sham pillows that I LOVE!

Can you tell I’m excited?

Then, on Sunday, we ventured out into the snow in search of some furniture. We didn’t find the type of couch or chairs we were looking for, but we did *shockingly) find a bed frame that both her and I fell in love with.

It’s called the Southport, and we found it at Haverty’s.

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It comes in both distressed white,  and also a gorgeous distressed pine finish- seen above.

We chose pine, because we both wanted brown wood.

Plus, if you can tell in the bedding photo above, our BB and B bedding is going to look so gorgeous against the distressed pine finish!

I’m so pleased that Shane and I seem to be (at least on the big stuff) on the exact same page for our furniture- we really want an old-meets-new, refinished vibe and so the wood on that bed was perfect- and the detail in the frame is gorgeous.

One piece down, about 6 more to go!

Also exciting- over the weekend, I got a package….of water bottles!

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Yes! I got a package of pink polycarbonate, ½ gallon water bottles and I am OBSESSED.

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Do you guys even know how much of a hassle it was to try and drink a gallon of water a day in 16oz increments?

Do you? (And yes, that is The Walking Dead on the tv in the background)

These little beauties are going to make my life so much easier. Plus they’re pink.

Rock on.

Alright kiddos, the gym is calling my name- and then I have to get to that apartment before it closes for the day! I’m hoping to have a new workout for you all later on this week, so keep an eye out for that.

Have a great night!

Things I’m Loving Thursday- Fitness Edition

Happy Thursday all!

I don’t have a whole lot of “small talk” to fill with today, so let’s get right to the meat of this post and skip the pleasantries, shall we?

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Things I’m Loving Thursday

  • You Guys! – Yes, I’m still flying high from the fact that you all helped me get my Ignite Fitness Spark voted into Fitbloggin’ 2014! My head is still reeling from it all, actually. I seriously can’t say it enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears open for more info and deadlines for the presentation, ect. but I haven’t gotten anything yet. I’ll be sure to post all of the details here as soon as I find out more, though!
  • Tough Workouts- Maybe it’s a little masochistic, but I lu-lu-love hard workouts. HIIT on the treadmill is probably one of my favorites. It’s so much fun to push all out for those 20-30 seconds or so, knowing that you’ll get a quick break just around the bend if you can just keep pushing!

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On Monday, my HIIT routine was the perfect blend of all out, I might puke or pass out sprinting intensity and sweet, sweet walking recovery. By the time my 30 minutes were up, I was toasty toast. (Any Tony Horton fans out there know what that’s from? 😉 ) And it didn’t help that my legs were already jello-lishous after that Monday leg workout.

  • Sore Muscles- I most definitely have a love/hate relationship with this, but lately it’s been more love than hate. (Although if you ask my dad, he’d tell you I was being a huge wimp the last day or so.) But I still maintain it isn’t my fault that my calf muscles got horrendously sore and super, super tight after not having worked them specifically for over a month- and then doing 90 weighted calf raises like it was nothing. Truthfully, my left calf is still wicked sore- I can barely straighten my left leg all the way without wincing. And don’t even get me started about sitting down and standing back up….Monday was Legs (quads/calves) and Tuesday was glutes/hamstrings. Two leg days in a row. Gimme a break!

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  • Short Term Goal Planning- Most of you probably know that I’m a list maker. Many of you probably know that I plan my workouts out like a psycho, and usually try and plan up to 2 months in advance. While I believe there’s a lot to be said about scheduling workouts like appointments and meal planning/meal prep, I don’t think writing out 2 months worth of workouts is the best idea- especially considering how daunting it looks all scribbled out like that.

Yeesh.

So, what I’ve started doing now is- like appointments- I schedule everything out on the Sunday before hand and leave it at that. I do one week at a time, cross the scheduled workouts off as I go, and plan to start all over again the next Sunday for the next week.

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So far, so good- and I don’t feel nearly as overwhelmed. It’s easier to digest small chunks of info than a whole calendar full of “to do’s”.

  • Fitness Memes- as if you couldn’t tell already, right?

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  • The Walking Dead, seasons 1-3 recap (in preparation for season 4 mid-season premiere!)

 

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Not really “fitness” related (unless you count the fact that I did my chest, triceps and biceps lifting workout while watching last night with my dad), but you guys knew this one was coming!

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I feel like I have a lot more that I could list, but most of them are things I’ve definitely listed before, and will most likely list again in the future. For the sake of keeping this here blog interesting, I’ll leave it here for now.

On the agenda for tonight- a repeat of Monday’s leg and shoulder (mostly shoulders today, I’m thinking…)workout, accompanied by 30-40 minutes HIIT on the stationary bike.

I’m soooo bummed I haven’t been able to hop on the stairmaster at all this week- but in the interest of not overtraining or injuring my already painfully sore (still, 3 days later) calves, I think it best if I take a break from my favorite cardio machine, at least until tomorrow. 😉

Hopefully I’ll have a full Fitbloggin’ informational post for you guys sometime soon!

I Got In!

Hey there gals and guys! How is everyone?

This weekend was so busy that I’ve barely had time to sit down and think, let alone think about typing up a whole post! But I have a few minutes now (which I’ll explain shortly) so I figured why not give you guys a much needed update?

First thing’s first- I had a really great workout last night.

I headed over to the gym around 6:15 and was already into my workout by about 6:20. On the agenda for yesterday- Legs, Shoulders and stairmaster circuit. My leg and shoulder circuit took me about 40 minutes to get through, and boy oh boy were my legs and glutes buuuurning by the end of it! I don’t think I’ve ever had a leg workout where my legs legit felt like jello right afterwards? So that was awesome! My shoulders also got quite the burn, which was a welcome change.

After my lifting was over I hopped on the stairmaster with the intention of doing a 30 minute interval routine- however, when I say my legs felt like jello…I mean I got about 3 minutes into the stairmaster routine and had to call it quites. Yowsa. Crazy business.

So I hopped off the stairmaster and hopped onto the treadmill for a 30 minutes treadmills HITT session that kicked my butt- but was exactly what I needed!

It was most definitely a kick butt, sweaty mess workout for a Monday!

On another note, Dad finished season 2 of The Walking Dead last night and has now progressed to season 3! At this rate, he’ll finish in plenty of time to pick up with the midseason premiere of season 4 happening THIS SUNDAY! I can’t wait!

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Okay, so the main reason I have some extra time this afternoon is largely due to this:

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Yep, we’re getting hit by a winter storm currently. I keep hearing we’re going to get 5-10 inches, but I’m not sure how true that is.

As of right now, we have about 3. It’s supposed to snow all through tonight, however, and maybe on into tomorrow as well.

Yeeesh. I hope the gym stays open.

No, seriously.

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They cleared our parking lot at work around 9, but it quickly filled back in again with snow…so we decided we might want to head out a little early today, and that’s exactly what we did.

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It sure is pretty though, isn’t it?

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Okay, before I go- I have one last thing to share with you guys.

You know last week, when I asked you guys to hop on Fitbloggin’s website and vote for my Ignite Fitness Spark?

Well…I was getting a whole bunch of twitter follower requests this moring, all from people who seem to have nothing but fitness on the brain. A little confused, I checked my e-mail and didn’t see anything. So, I  hopped on the Fitbloggin’ main website early this morning and…

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I GOT IN!

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My spark was voted in, and I honestly was so shocked and excited and completely ecstatic that I almost wanted to cry. I have wanted to be apart of the fitness blogger world for so long. I’ve read so many wonderful blogs. I’ve been so inspired.

I’ve read all sorts of things about Fitbloggin from some of my favorite blogs, and I have wanted to go so, so badly.

And now I not only get the chance to go and meet up with some of the amazing people behind my favorite fitness blogs (some of them are super involved, eve working as Fitbloggin’s twitter maven–oh, heyyyy Monica) but I get to go speak to these amazing people, and share a story that I never thought I would share with anyone- let alone be proud of and excited about.

Thank you guys so, so much…from the very bottom of my heart. This is a huge opportunity for me and this little blog here, and I just can’t believe it.

Thank you for helping me make some of my fitness blogger dreams come true!

I get to go to Savannah, guys! WHAT?

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I feel so inspired, and so excited…and also proud. I can’t wait to make my presentation, share my journey, and get to experience these amazing 2 days with so many like-minded people!

The support thus far has already been overwhelming. I firmly believe fitness enthusiasts and healthy living bloggers have one of the most uplifting, inspiring and supportive communities around.

Thank you again, to everyone who voted for my Spark! I seriously can’t thank you enough- but I promise I’ll try and find some way to do so!

Are any of you guys planning to attend Fitbloggin 2014? If so, let me know! You can still get tickets on their website, or follow them on twitter- @fitbloggin.

Have a freakin’ fantastic Tuesday friends! I’ll be back tomorrow with a more detailed low down of everything I know about the event, my presentation, the people and more!

A Photo Less Saturday

Happy Saturday friends!

How’s everyone doing today? Good? Great!

So much for being a good blogger this week…I’ve barely posted anything, let alone taken out my camera to take photos of anything! What a mess…all of the stress that happens with wedding planning sort of snuck up on me today I think.

We woke up on this lovely Saturday to a blanket of icey sleet covering the streets. So, my dad had to drive me and my mom to our morning appointment- my first “trial run” of the hair do I think I’ll have for my wedding! WOOHOO!

It was a lot of fun, just letting someone play with my hair like that. And the end result was gorgeous. I am very, very excited about it! It was fun to imagine what it will look like on the day, with my makeup and my hair and the jewelry- ya know, the works. I can’t believe it’s officially less than 4 months away?!

After our hair appointment, my mom and I went to take care of registering for mine and Shane’s every day dishes and adding some fun pieces to my grandmother’s china. We got some amazing dishes registered for, as well as glasses, flat ware and some gorgeous napkins. I never thought I’d care about this stuff, but I’ll tell ya what- it’s really fun.

Shane and I are inheriting my dad’s parent’s china. It’s a really beautiful cream base bone china with what I’ve learned is a “Greek Key” pattern on the inside rim and fluted edges. It’s timeless and classic, plus it comes from the 1940s (how freaking cool is that?) so you know Shane and I were all about the history factor.

As it turns out, the china itself cleans up pretty well, too.

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How gorgeous is it with that charger and the napkin? I love it.

(seriously, I would never have guessed I’d care about this stuff.)

After this part of the day ended, we went on to the mall in search of some shoes and jewelry for mom and her wedding day attire. We didn’t have much luck, but we are both feeling pretty accomplished as of now!

We also were able to order our digital prints of all the engagement photos today, so I’ll have those really soon and will be able to post a lot of them on here for you guys to check out! I was so pleased with how they turned out, and I am so excited to finally (we took them back in October!) be able to share them with everyone!

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, please go vote for my Spark! Wooo Spark #3- vote here !

Alrighty kiddos, time for me to get busy in the kitchen…I have some stuff to make for a superbowl party that Shane and I are attending tomorrow. Which means…I should have a new recipe for you guys tomorrow, too!

But before all that jazz I might be heading downstairs to see where Dad is at in the show I bought him for his birthday…2 weeks ago, I bought him Season 1 of The Walking Dead just thinking on a whim that he might like it. After much resistance, he finally agreed to watch it.

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Guess who went out and bought seasons 2 AND 3 of The Walking Dead last night?

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That’s right. Do I know how to pick em, or what?