Well, I'm back. Yeah, I know, it's been a month since my last post. Woops...Well in my last posted I talked about B and I making some pretty big decisions and what we are going to do.
There has really been a lot going on with us and we really have just been going back and forth. We had some pretty major drama in my family that made us think we were about to become adoptive parents...Luckily, we aren't.
We have a very good friends that is getting married this Saturday and I've been so busy helping her plan and get ready.
We though about moving out of Texas, for a brief moment, but have decided that this is probably where we should stay. Though I feel like I'm being held here by force ;) B should be lucky I love him so much!
Finally, we've been talking pretty seriously about opening a boutique. This is extremely preliminary though and there has not been much detail though out. Ok, there has been a lot of detail though out, but nothing has been done yet.
B is also tossing around the idea of possibly moving back to Louisiana for another job. It would just be a short thing like last time...a few months, maybe a bit longer.
So, that's my life as of now in an extremely brief overview. I'm happy to be back and promise to start commenting on your blogs again!
This has been a very busy week, both at work and home! I've been playing catch-up at work all week long and at home! Tonight B is taking me on a surprise date...I think I know where we are going but I'm not quite sure...
Tomorrow we are painting the house and doing a few things that we need to do...you know, all those fun weekend errands.
Sunday we have a birthday party for my little cousin and then we are going to my dad's to watch the Texans game and eat some yummy Mexican food!
B and I are in the middle of making some pretty life-changing decision so keep us in your thoughts! We are very, very excited about some possibilities coming our way! And no, it's not about babies!
Saturday we were browsing around some of the amazing shops in Las Vegas. Visiting Burberry, Chanel, Jimmy Choo...all those wonderful stores that no man should know how to pronounce and every woman dreams of when B his me with this statement:
"You know, all of these stores are so expensive. I guess this is to a woman what a little red sports car is to a man."
My response: "Ah! You're right! You're so smart, Babe."
While we were there, I picked up this little beauty!
We are finally back from Vegas! It's was a great weekend! I have to say, though, I thought I'd be more impressed. It was definitely a lot of fun but I was surprised that there weren't more people.
We had a great time, we got in Thursday and checked into Mandalay Bay and headed off to explore the city. I won big on the slots, $600!! I was screaming and jumping like I won the million dollar jackpot! It was awesome! We shopped, ate too much and went to some really cool clubs that overlooked the city. We also went to see Cirque Du Soliel's Criss Angel. Do any of your husbands like magic? Mine loves it...me, not so much. The show was kinda cheesy. Criss Angel was funny though. We saw Dan Akroyd and my parents met Howie Mandel...Saturday was Halloween and got all dressed up and hit the town.
We started off Halloween evening with a surprise wedding! B's friends that came on the trip with us decided to get married at the Little White Wedding Chapel! It was totally spur of the moment and awesome! After that we headed out for a big night on the town. We went to Old Las Vegas to check out the Golden Nugget and some other places then back to our hotel to hang out at MIX where we could see the entire city!
Our amazing hotel...
The beach at our hotel
Being silly...this was the entrance to the club at our hotel called MIX. It's awesome!
This is me and my sweet friend Biggs from college. She's a big-time in NYC.
Yeah, he was pimp-slapping me. So appropriate.
This was me and B with the couple that got married right before the ceremony!
My mom and the newly weds...
B wanted to look like an ass so we took a limo. That's my daddy in the red. Amazing.
I can't figure out how to turn this picture but I loved his costume!
The water dance at the Bellagio
Me and Biggs outside the Bellagio!
We had a great trip and I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! I will be catching up on those of your blogs that I've missed or skipped over! I have lots of stuff to blog about over the next few days!
Happy 30th Birthday! I love you more than you will ever know! You have been an amazing husband and an even better best friend. You are such an amazing guy and you bring so much joy and happiness to my life, you truly are the guy I've always wanted to marry.
I love you and hope this is your best birthday ever! Thursday, Vegas Baby!
First of all, thank you all for your sweet comments and emails about B's test. Life has been a little crazy, lame, busy, boring and stressful all at the same time while he was studying. Friday was the big day and I'm sure he did great! He felt really good about the test. Bad news: We have to wait 8 weeks to find out if he passed. Ugh!
On to more fun things...If you aren't a fan of pictures, beware. There are plenty in today's post!
First, I wanted to post a picture of my favorite girls from the shower I had at my house last week. Kati is the bride (she's the leggy one in the middle) and we are so excited for her wedding.
Yes, I'm aware that I'm damn near midget size next to all of my friends...
In true Stevy fashion, my pictures are in reverse order...This is Macee and I'm pretty sure she was begging me to send everyone home.
Hangin' out by the firepit...
Me and my B celebrating our first home!
Me and my best friends! Again, no short comments please.
With my favorite girlies/tour guides! They took over showing everyone around the house.
Me and B at the beginning of the party...I love him.
We had such a great time! I have the most amazing friends and family. I cannot believe that all but 3 people we invited showed up! Our neighbors were so great to allow everyone to park along their houses. Hopefully we can repay them when three of their kids graduate from high school in May! I'm sure they'll need plenty of parking!
Tomorrow I will post some pictures of the actual house, inside and out and have an open house of sorts for all of you to see!
Today is the big day! The day B has been working towards for the last few years and been studying for intensely for the last 6 months. Today, he takes is Professional Engineer Exam. He decided to stay home last night rather than go to the hotel (which made the Mrs. a very happy lady). So, this morning I got up and made him Dr. Oz's brain food. I heard about this on an episode of Oprah years back that before a test, you should feed your kids, or in this case hubby, eggs, bacon, whole wheat toast and OJ.
The test started about 30 minutes ago so please say a little prayer that all goes well!
Tonight my parents and sister are coming over to help me get ready for the party tomorrow. Fun! We are going to start baking and making the cold dips and things like that. Dad is going to get some tables and chairs set up for us-- well, the best he can anyway.
About two weeks ago my dad was in a car wreck. It wasn't horrible but it was a little bad. He broke a few toes (if you knew my dad, that's so not surprising. He wouldn't be the guy with neck pain, he'd be the guy to break his toes.) and he's been off work for a few weeks. The other day his back started bothering him so he went to the doctor and found out he had a herniated disc. My poor dad...Ok, go ahead and say a little prayer for him as well.
Have a wonderful weekend ladies, I'll be back with pictures on Monday!
Ok...totally kidding. I'm not thinking about having kids but at this rate, why not? I took Macee to the vet yesterday afternoon because she had been itching so badly. We have already been old she has allergies but it was getting out. of. control! My poor baby was scratching so bad that her hair was getting matted. So, I took her the vet when I took Sammie to get her shots. I talked to the vet and Macee got a little steroid shot to make her feel better. But you'll never believe what it was -- She had a flea! She has never had fleas and my four-year-old Jack Russell has only had them once. So the vet did a check and she only found one flea on her...thank goodness. But she said that that one tiny little flea could be what's been making her itch so bad.
Look how miserable she was...my poor honey.
So, armed with flea-killing medicine, shampoo and $120 and three shots later, we went home. Macee crashed for like 3 hours straight and then was back to her pre-flea self. The vet said she was probably so lethargic because she wasn't sleeping all night because was up scratching.
After the vet drama was over we watched Marley and Me to remind me how much I love my dogs and all the stress and money are so worth it.
I'm sure you all remember that I told you B's cousin was staying with us so we also went to Target to pick up a cake for her birthday last night. Seriously, can you go to Target without spending at least $100? I don't think I've ever done it. But we did get some really cute damask prink plates and napkins for the housewarming party this weekend. Tonight I need to do a little bit more shopping and my dad is going to help me set up some extra tables and chairs outside. We are getting so excited to show everyone our house! I will give you guys a first taste of our little open house as well and I'll finally post some pics of the house either tomorrow or Monday.
I'm getting so excited for Vegas next week! This month has flown by! I can't believe it!
Yeah, I wasn't kiddin' when I said October would be crazy. The shower turned out great! We had a really good time and a really good turnout. I took tons of pictures but haven't had a chance to load them on my computer yet. But...I did manage to get a picture of the cake with my phone.
Isn't it cute? We had a friend from high school make the cake. It was delicious and super cheap!
Saturday we we to the HOB to see my boyfriend. Ah-MAZING! I love him. We were second row! And my super quick, bad ass hands CAUGHT A GUITAR PICK!!! I was DONE after that. I was so freaking excited! Then I found another one on the ground and gave it to my mom. Haha!
This is the reaction when he saw I was there:
This was him singing to me.
Ok, for some reason, these came out teeny tiny...But this was when he first came out and then a picture of my aunt, stepmom, sister and me.
Such a good time! Sunday my sister and I went shopping and ohmygod I spent so much money! I got some really cute stuff for Vegas so I'm thrilled!
The maid worked out perfectly and she will now be coming to my house every Monday. And guess what? No felonies!! woohoo!
Today I have to take Macee and Sammi to the vet. Macee is out of control with her itching and since Sammi is new, we need to get her checked out.
B takes his test on Friday so please, please, please keep him in your prayers! He's pretty much taking the week off from studying to just relax. I'm getting ready for our housewarming party on Saturday. I'm so bummed because our furniture will be here right after the housewarming party! Ugh! Ok, well our extra furniture. We have most of it. But still! dang it.
Yesterday I made a little mistake at work. one of my customers was supposed to have their story run in color and I forgot to tell the printing department. They set up the printer the night before so they were not prepared for it and didn't have enough color. So now, i have to tell my customer they will run in black and white. UGH! I hate screwing up. And this is one of my favorite customers, too!
I think I found my maid! I interviewed a girl last night that I L-O-V-E! She was sooo funny and it made me feel comfortable that she was so comfortable. She is coming on Monday to do a trial clean and if we are satisfied (and I'm sure we will be!) we will get on the schedule! I'm so excited, I just wish she could have come today so I don't have to clean tomorrow all hungover and sleepy.
Tonight I have my girls night with my mom, my aunt and my sister! I'm soooo excited! Gary Allan, beware, you're stalkers are coming out tonight! So...on the House of Blues website, it says no cameras. I'm wondering how serious they are about that?
Tomorrow is the shower for my friend Kati at my house. I decided not to let myself get too overwhelmed with all that needed to be done. I'll wake up in the morning early and clean the house and bathe Macee (she's the only pet invited to the shower since Jaci tends to pee on people). Then I'll shower and start decorating. I can't wait, I'm so incredibly beyond happy to be able to do this for her.
Sunday I'll probably go do a little bit of shopping for Vegas and housewarming party.
Are any of you Miranda Lambert fans? I just bought her new CD on iTunes and I love it! Let me tell you, I so very desperately want to be a country singer. I have no idea why, but I do. I figure if Miley Cyrus can get away with that voice, I could totally do it!
Happy Weekend Ladies! I want to do a reintroduction post that I will copy from Princess Freckles soon. So be on the lookout!
So, other than the JTT and Andrew Keegan days, I've never really been the kind of girl who just falls in love with movie stars. Brad Pitt doesn't do it for me. Tom Cruise (even before the couch jumping days) has always gotten on my nerves and I can't seem to look past the fact that he only has one center tooth. Ok, he has the two front teeth like everyone else, but they are off center and it bothers me. Now, I have a long-standing thing for Rob Lowe and Ryan Reynolds, but that's about it.
Now, musicians are another thing. There are guys like John Mayer who are not cute at all. Not. At. All. But he's soooo sexy. What's with that? Seriously, he's not cute. If he wasn't John Mayer, I wouldn't take a second glance. He makes the ugliest faces to get those gorgeous sounds to come out. So. Sexy.
And Adam Levine. Seriously, his clothes are always too small and he sometimes looks like he needs a bath, but I still love him.
Ok...so Adam is cute no matter what, but whatev.
Tomorrow I will be drooling all over this guy at the House of Blues.
Seriously, I die. I love love love Gary Allan. I think when I was about 13, I convinced myself I was going to marry him. Obviously, that didn't work out. I'm very happy with my B so I'll just have to settle on seeing Gary in concert, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
I am a huge fan...For those of who you who don't listen to country, look him up on iTunes. He's so worth it.
This is our newest baby, to add to the zoo we already have. Her name is Sammi. She is a calico that my boss found about 3 weeks ago. She is so teeny tiny and so precious and so very sweet! We named her Sammi because my college colors were black and orange and I went to Sam Houston State. Yep, I'm that creative!
We tried to stay out of her face as much as possible and just let her adjust to the house and dogs. The like her but I'm not sure how she feels about them! I think Jaci and Macee are a tad jealous though.
B and I are in the process of hiring a maid. We want someone to come in occasionally to help us keep the house in order. We are both so busy and work quite a bit so we could use some extra hands. Sunday we interviewed our first potential candidate. She was a little off-putting. She came into our house smelling like a bar. No joke. When we asked for her information to run a background check she actually said these words...out loud.
"Sure. No problem. But just to let you know, I do have one charge for felony theft on my record. But it should be going away soon. Will that be a problem?"
Um, yes ma'am, that will be a huge problem I don't want you and your felony theft charge in my house when I'm not there!
So, we interview our second candidate tomorrow night. I think she will work out. She already cleans for someone we know. Last night I did tons of cleaning to get ready for Saturday's shower! I can't wait! There is still so much to be done! Tonight, we shop!
I've been having this weird thing with my followers lately, everyday I fluctuate between 91 and 92. Hmm...Seems like everyday I loose one, I get another. Weird.
So B finally takes his test next Friday. I'm so excited for him! It's been a long couple of months of studying for him. I was a little bummed though. I had planned to come in to work a little late so I could stay home and make him breakfast. I even researched the best food the morning of a test. (and in case you want to know, it's scrambled eggs, real bacon, not turkey, toast and a glass of OJ and water. Thank you Dr. Oz.) He calls it brain food. Bacon is supposed to help you remember stuff.
Anyways, B decided that he wants to stay in a hotel closer to the test site the night before. So there goes my plan. And then I wanted to go out to dinner and to a few bars to celebrate being done with this insane process. But his friends want to take him out for a boys night. He hasn't been out in months and I just wanted to go out with him, too. I don't want to be a brat, every guy needs their boys nights. But this is a really important thing for both his career and for us. I just feel really left out. He studies all the time and I work on the house all the time. By ourselves.
We are having our housewarming party the day after his test but I want the two to be separate. I feel bad giving him a hard time because he hasn't been out in months, I just wish he would want me to help celebrate. These boys didn't get ignored for 3 months. Or have to go to stuff by themselves. I did. And I want to help celebrate! But instead, I'll have to get the house ready for the housewarming party. By myself.
ok, that's my whiney speech for the day. I wanted to bring this to you ladies because I don't want to bring it to B. He deserves his night out and I don't want to rain on his parade.
For some reason I'm sooo tired today. I was 25 minutes late to work! Woops. Ugh. And after work, I have to go pick up a kitten that B and I are going to have. I'm nervous to have a kitten around Macee. Hopefully they will get along ok. I'm kinda thinking this wasn't a good idea though. After I get the kitten, I have to head home and start getting the house cleaned for this weekend! I'm telling you, BUSY!
Good morning ladies! I'm so exhausted from this weekend. I feel like I'm going 90mph with no slowing down in sight! friday night I came home completely spent from work. B and I waited around until his cousin and her husband came over to pick up something. After visiting with them for a while we headed out to run some errands. We went by Lowe's (Quickly becoming my least favorite and favorite place at the same time, weird, no?) and to grab a quick dinner. I was so disappointed because I got fetuccinie and they put mushrooms in it! Have you ever heard of that? I thought I was going to throw up!
Saturday I spent the entire morning putting primer on my kitchen walls...Let me tell you, that was a chore! I did it all by myself until I got a point where I couldn't reach anything. Not even on the ladder! So B had to take a study break and help me! Afterwards, we went to the halloween store! I got my costume for Vegas and I'm so excited!!! I'm going to be a flapper!
This is the costume I got! It's so cute! I even got the pink wig.
Saturday night we had a quick diner with some friends. Sunday I finally got the kitchen painted! No more atrocious wall paper. At least not in the kitchen. I still have 2 bathrooms to do. Sunday while I was painting we got some really sad news. B's cousin is getting divorced. It's a pretty rough situation and since her and B don't really have any family in Houston, she will be staying with us until she can get back on her feet. I feel so bad for her but I'm so happy we can help in some way. So, we'll have a houseguest for a while. I just feel bad that I have so much going on right now. I wish I could be more available to her.
I've been so busy lately. If it's not work, it's Junior League, or wedding stuff for my friend or decorating the house or wondering where the F my furniture is or picking out paint colors or cleaning the house...It seems like it's always something.
Sometimes I feel like I get so caught up in life that I forget the things that are most important.
At work I've been so swamped. The guy I work with was supposed to put together our special section that was due on Wednesday this week. When I opened the document, NOTHING had been done. He hadn't even prepared to start putting it together. So, in true Stevy fashion, I took it over. And got stuck doing most everything. This made for a very busy week. We had a redesign of one my pages. It looks amazing but it's a lot more work for me. However, I don't really mind because I'm really proud of the page and I think it's really useful to the readers. However, it's due on Friday. Someone submitted their own story a week ago and after having all that time to sit on it, my bosses decided yesterday that I could do a better job of writing it. While I'm flatter, because I am, the page is due today.
So I wallow in this rather than in the fact that I am absolutely grateful to have a job. And not only that, a job that I honestly enjoy. I really like my job. Granted, it isn't my dream job and it's not what I want to do, it's a secure job that I enjoy going to in the mornings.
I think so much about what is wrong with my house, the floors in the office are disgusting, the wallpaper is atrocious, my kitchen countertops are ugly, it's way too much house to clean and everything is gold rather than be excited about the fact that I just bought my first house. It's gorgeous and huge.
I struggle with the fact that my husband is always studying rather than focus on the fact that at least he is pushing forward in his career and he's not out partying with his friends but he's trying to make our lives better.
There are days when I wake up and feel like I'm so blessed and so grateful for what I have that I can't hardly take it. Then there are days when I wake up and realize how selfish I can be. So today, I'm choosing to be grateful. I'm choosing to focus on the fact that I'm blessed to have a job I enjoy; I'm blessed to have an amazing husband; I'm blessed to not only have a home, but a beautiful home; and I'm blessed to have the most amazing people in my life (minus the guy I work with :) ).
Since I don't believe in lucky....what makes you feel blessed?
Have a wonderful weekend ladies! I'll be working out and painting with my husband.
I have had the craziest week at work! I promise to get caught up on your blogs soon and I promise a post about my lazy A coworker who is the reason I've been absent from the blog world!
Last weekend was a blast! Seriously, one of the best weekends ever! B and I went on date Friday night to a steak and seafood restaurant called Willie G's. I had crab legs...YUM. That would definitely be my death row meal!
Saturday me and my sweet friend Meg headed to Austin for a bachelorette party. We had such a good time! We stayed at a friend of the bride's house and lots of yummy food, a little lingerie shower and played a Rated R game that was the funniest thing ever!
Here are a few pics from 6th Street. They are in reverse...I'm sure you'll be able to tell!
I love my high school friends!We came back to the house and hung out until almost 5 a.m.! I haven't done that in years! And I felt it, it took me almost 2 days to recover.
Sunday when we got back to Houston I literally walked in the door around 3:30, kissed B, showered and was asleep until almost 8 p.m. Then, woke up, ate a grilled cheese and went back to sleep around 9:30. SOoooo exhausted!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I know I'm a little late. I'll be back with a work post soon and not long after...A GIVEAWAY!
Friday!!! Woohoo!! I've had such a looong and busy week at work! This weekend couldn't come soon enough!
And guess what! It's fall in Texas today! Yeah, it'll be summer again next week so whatev.
Last night I went had the most amazing massage ever! I did a 30 minute massage and 30 minute reflexology treatment. Ah-mazing! You know how when you are laying there and your whole body relaxes and you feel like you weigh 1,000 pounds and you can't even make a coherent thought or sentence because every part of you is in bliss? Yes? Well, that's where I was in m massage last night when I realized, holy crap, I haven't swallowed in like 10 minutes and I'm about to start drooling on this guys foot. So I swallow and immediately start choking/gagging (I have the worst gag-reflex ever in life!). The poor guy is like, "I'm sorry ma'am, am I hurting you?!" Idiot me, who was still in that complete state of bliss couldn't even make a complete sentence to lie about why I was choking.
Ugh. My life.
I am beyond excited for this weekend! Me and my lovely ladies are heading to Austin for a bachelorette party! I cannot wait! It'll be so great to get away with them! I will miss B though... :(
Next week my goal is to get some more paint on the walls! I'll get some pics up for you later!
Over the last few weeks B has been studying so hard and I've been playing particularly hard. So, being the amazing wife that I am, I came home last night and hung out with B watching DVRed Dexter until it was time to study. In the mean time, I made, if I do say so myself, quite the delicious dinner! We had over roasted turkey (pre-seasoned, I'm not that good), pasta and asparagus. YUM! I wish I had taken pictures because it turned out pretty amazing!
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I'm kind of scared of cooking. I don't mind cooking and there are some things that I can cook really well, but I'm afraid to get creative or try those difficult-sounding recipes.
Last night gave me a boost of confidence though...I've decided that once a week I'm going to make something new. Something we've never made before. I will scour cookbooks for new ideas, I will actually listen to Rachael Ray -- despite the fact that the woman can nearly snap every nerve I have and I will make delicious meals for my husband! I'll try to remember to take pictures and post my recipes and findings!
So long hamburger helper, spaghetti and tacos...I'm on my way to becoming a gourmet chef. Ok. So that's a stretch. But I'll definitely be working on my culinary skills!
So tell me, what are some of your favorite meals to cook? What recipes should I try? I'm completely open to trying anything new and different!
And after dinner....I gave my house a much needed scrub down!
On a much different note...Anyone know where I can get a suit for pretty cheap? I need a business skirt (because I hate pants) suit for something I have coming up.
Ok, so the title is for my former roomie and recently absent blogger friend Casey. She always posts funny stories from her class and titles them Kids Say Crazy Crap. Check out her blog if she ever returns, she's hysterical...and I miss her :( And yes, this is my third post today...Yes, I realize I started the day with nothing to say.
I blogged a few weeks ago about being asked to become a Celebrity Reader at a local prep school near my job. Today was my first day. I loved it! The kids were so stinkin' sweet! I received more compliments today that I think I have in my entire life!
Want to boost your ego? Visit with a 5-year-old! I went and read to a Pre-K and Kinder class today. When I was there here are some of the things I heard:
"Mrs. C, you're shoes are beautiful!"
"Hey Mrs. I love your hair!"
"Yeah, well I like her eyes cause they are gold!" (my eyes are poopy brown, not gold by the way!)
"Hey Mrs. your dress is really pretty. You look like you're ready for austin." (he meant autum! We just finished reading a book on seasons!)
"Hey Mrs. your sunglasses look so big and cool like a movie star!"
"Hey Mrs. We really like you. can you come to our class every day?"
Ahhhh...Yep, my head is definitely inflated a bit. At least I know where to go next time I need my ego stroked!
I wish my pet could talk because I've been dying to know ________!
My sweet, sweet Jaci...Please tell me why you are so weird. Why do you cower in the corner when I tell you that you are a good dog. Why to you always act like I'm going to beat you or yell at you for no reason. We love you and want you to be happy, so please tell us what we can do to fix your weird behavior. Besides calling Caesar because I've already tried and he isn't coming to Texas. Also, why do you refuse to play fetch?!
Macee...Please tell me why you don't listen to me. Why don't you come when I tell you to? Why do you listen to B over me? You are my dog. Also, please tell me why you will pee outside but you insist on pooping in the house?!
But seriously, how could you not love these two? The are definitely like my children and they make me smile every single day!
Thanks to the adorable Kelsey at Smith's Seattle for giving me something to post about today!