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Life As a Scrapbooking Newlywed

Will You Be My Valentine?

Our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple was absolutely wonderful. Matt had reservations for a fancy restaurant downtown called Boi Na Braza. A great friend had given us a gift card for our birthdays and we decided to use it for a special occasion. We were very pleased with our first experience at this Brazilian steak house. It’s definitely not something you could do often but here’s one word of advice – go hungry!

Before we went there we actually went back up the Carew Tower and had our picture taken next to where he proposed to me back in September 2010. We try to go up there every year and hope to keep that tradition up forever.

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Back to the restaurant! It wasn’t busy when we first got there but it didn’t take long for them to fill up with patrons, not a shocker for Valentines day. Since it was our first time there, the waiter had to explain how things work there and let me tell you, he wasn’t kidding about flipping the red/green circle over when you’re done with meat for the moment. We flipped ours over to green and people came out of the woodwork to bring us meat! It wasn’t until three or four later that we were able to flip over to red and pace ourselves!

For your sides, they have a salad bar complete with salad (duh), cheeses, fruit, soups, mashed potatoes and the like. Something new that neither of us had ever had but really enjoyed was tabule and I’ve decided I need to find out all the ingredients and make it sometime. It was delicious and has parsley in it which everyone always made fun of me for eating! It is a food, not just decoration!

Embarrassing moment alert – When we both got up to go to the salad bar, we were walking back to our seats together and proceeded to sit down and notice that there was only one glass of champagne when we were both supposed to get one. Not long after that, some other people came over and….you guessed it…we were in their seats. We were so embarrassed and felt terrible. Thankfully, the people were really cool about it and I had only used the knife on the table. In our defense, there are two little alcoves that look exactly the same. We just went to the wrong one. Oh my.

After we finished our dinner, complete with dessert, Matt surprised me by taking me on a carriage ride around downtown. I absolutely love carriage rides and I was so thrilled! Our horses name was Cesar and the driver was super sweet. It was a beautiful night for it and we even had a few people shout cute things at us.

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As a closing note, our Valentine’s Day was wonderful but one of the most touching parts of the day was something a great friend of mine posted on Facebook. I’m summarizing, but what I took from it was that Valentine’s Day isn’t just about loving a partner. It’s about love wherever you have it. With your family, your friends, your pets, etc. Celebrate it! What was extra special is she tagged me in the post.

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Christmas as a Married Couple: Take 1

Matt and I have our first Christmas living together and being married down and I must say it was very pleasant and not as rushed as I had originally thought it would be. We were able to wake up at a decent hour and open our gifts to each other before worrying about rushing to get ready and out the door with our gifts for others. I technically already had my Christmas present from him as he bought it for me in Gatlinburg but I bought him a PS Vita with the game he had been wanting for a long time. He was very excited!

This is my wonderful Christmas present. Beauty and the Beast canvas print by Thomas Kinkade!

Not surprisingly, the best part of the day with his family was watching our niece open her presents, play with them and interact with everyone. The first thing she opened was this adorable little Mickey’s Clubhouse couch from Grandma and Grandpa that she kept opening and closing from a couch to a bed and vice versa. She even stayed on it to open a few of her gifts. We put the gift we got her, the Fischer Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo together for her (and her parents of course) and she loved playing with it. It was very simple to put together and only took Matt and I maybe 15 minutes once we had all the right tools. You really only need a phillips head screwdriver and three AA batteries. It comes with everything else you need but I digress. I see animal expansions for that in her future. She got a few books and some other toys, all of which was so much fun to watch her open.

All of the adults were treated well by Santa as well. I got a super warm and adorable scarf/hat set, a sweater, an adorably decorated candle, and the Broadway soundtrack to Les Mis just to name a few. It was great to spend time with Matt’s family.

We left his parents and headed back to my parents, stopping to feed Baxter and pick up round two of gifts to give out before making our final Christmas stop. Dinner at my parents was delicious and my plate was made up mostly of green bean casserole because it’s amazing and I could eat my weight in it. 🙂

Gifts there are always fun because it’s so many people in one small room all opening them and grandma makes fun noises of excitement every time another gift is handed to her. Dad loved the beer glass I got him from ThinkGeek and made the same face I imagine he’d make when I stumbled across it and knew he had to have it.

Matt and I got this really awesome Reds mirror/poster from my aunt and uncle. It even came with a catcher’s mask – a perfect addition to our baseball themed living room. We also got some movies (including the best version of A Christmas Carol ever – The Muppet Christmas Carol), clothes, books and lots of gift cards. We’re already planning a day at the movies to use all of the AMC gift cards we received. New Years Day – Les Mis and This is 40! Now THAT is a way to ring in the new year if you ask me.

The best part of the evening there however, was playing Would You Rather?. Oh the answers and trains of thought that came from some of those crazy, gross, absurd questions. If you’ve never played that game, I highly recommend it. We played with cards but I just found this online if you’re interested.

I’m so glad to have the family and friends that we have in our lives and we are extremely blessed. More blessings are coming on Saturday when my mom’s extended family is celebrating Christmas together as one big happy bunch. My aunt with cancer is expected to come and it would be the best gift ever if you ask me. I won’t need anything else that day if she’s well enough to come out and spend time with our enormous and loving family.

I hope anyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas and will have a blessed New Year. Stay safe in all of your celebrating. 🙂

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

It’s no secret that Christmas is my most favorite time of the year. When I worked in retail, I would wear either a Santa hat, elf hat or reindeer antlers every day to work starting the day after Thanksgiving up until Christmas Eve. I would always help decorate the places for Christmas and right now, I have snowflakes hanging from the ceiling above my desk at work as well as ribbons tied to the door handles. I’m still adding things, but I’ll be sure to take pictures of my work space when I’m finished.

Since we’re just starting out, a lot of the stuff we have so far are wonderful hand me downs. We’ve been blessed with loving families that shared their Christmas treasures with us. A few things are original to us and we’re still on the lookout for stockings we want but below you’ll see what we have so far.

I may or may not have a slight obsession with penguins. The two in the two left picture both sing and dance. The one with the yellow eyebrows sings a Christmas version of “Tooty Fruity” and his eyebrows move. Matt got him for me last year and my Grandma got me the other one. I love them both. The tall wooden penguin with all of the stuffed ones on the chair came from the craft fair at church this year.

The two garland creatures came from Matt’s aunt and uncle and I just think they’re adorable. Baxter was unsure of the deer at first and kept going up and sniffing him. It was pretty cute. I’m only sad I didn’t get a picture to share. The snowman in the middle came from Grandma and was made my some of the “crafty ladies” at church.

Now here is our Christmas tree, also from Matt’s aunt and uncle. I can’t wait to get more and more ornaments for our tree and other random decoration. I’ve found a few very cute things on Pinterest  (My DIY Christmas Board) I plan on making for either this year or next year as well. Maybe I’ll even start adding to the craft fair at church!

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Thanksgiving 2012

As I sit here and watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special and think about all of the blessings in my life, I can’t help but become overwhelmed with thankfulness and joy. I have all of the typical things that everyone takes for granted throughout the year such as a loving family, supportive friends, a great job, a place to live, a car, etc. New to this year’s Thanksgiving is being thankful for my husband (not that I wasn’t thankful for him as my fiance or boyfriend…you know what I mean) and that no one was injured when we hit the deer.

None of that even graces the surface though. Not even close. Matt and I are so blessed by everything in our lives that it amazes me every day. God is evident everywhere I look in our life together and our lives away from each other. I try my best every day to show my gratitude for grand and minute things every day to the people that deserve the thankfulness. To me, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. Showing it, day in and day out.

Do I always succeed in this goal? No. Do I still continue to try? Of course!

In the sermon on Sunday, our pastor used the following cartoon in his sermon. I feel like it pretty much sums up what I’m trying to avoid happening in my life. I don’t want to ever feel this way.

 

Tomorrow we will start the day by going to Matt’s parents, spend the day with them and head over to my aunt and uncle’s place for the evening time. With Jello cookies, wine and our wedding album along for the ride. It’s going to be a wonderful day and I’m so glad I have the people in my life to share it with. Truly humbling that I’ve been entrusted with so many wonderful relationships.

So to anyone out there who happens to read this, may you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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First Holiday as a Married Couple

Sleeping in this morning was absolutely wonderful besides Baxter not being exactly thrilled with the idea. He’s used to being fed at the “normal” time we’re up throughout the week. He lived.

Matt made us a breakfast of scrambled eggs with extra cheese and milk cooked into them and bacon. It was delicious and I love that I married a man who loves to cook for us. Then we went to fill up our tanks for $0.50 off a gallon – gotta love Kroger.

Since Kohls is right there, we decided to go ahead and use our gift card someone wonderful got us for a wedding gift. Walked away with all kinds of goodies, including a new purse, since my current one decided to break in the parking lot walking towards the door. Just snapped off at the corner. Pretty sure it was fate telling me to get a new purse.

After shopping, we went and spent some time with Mamaw before taking her, my parents and my brother to Matt’s parent’s house for a cookout where we all had a great time. Real hormone-free steaks, potato salad, corn on the cob, mushrooms & onions, broccoli, hot bread and apple pie to top it all off. Soooo delicious.

Once we had finished and settled down for a little bit, Matt, my brother and I went to Strickers Grove while everyone else stayed inside the air conditioning. It was super hot but so worth it. Lyle and I had never been before but we all loved it. Just an old-time amusement park filled with old-timey rides, games and a cute little train that went around the perimeter of the park. My favorite part was definitely the Tilt-O-Whirl, especially the second time when we finally got the timing right on how to spin a lot.

Now Matt and I are relaxing on the couch watching some shows. Not looking forward to going back to work in the morning, but at least it’s only two days before the weekend!

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

…a very good place to start!

We’ve now been married for 24 days and it doesn’t seem possible. Tomorrow will be our first holiday as a married couple and I’m really excited to share it with both of our families. Mother-in-law invited my parents and brother over to their house tomorrow for a cookout and we’re also going to Stricker’s Grove, a small amusement park only opened to the public a few times a year. I’ve never been there but we’ve watched some videos about their rides and it looks like such a fun little park.

Work let us out an hour early today but the ride home wasn’t so great. I hadn’t been feeling well since around one and the bus was a very bumpy ride. Thankfully I was able to come home and take nap with my cat before heading over to my parent’s house for a wine and pasta night. It was delicious and I was feeling much better by the end of the time there.

Now Matt and I are reliving our childhood by watching new episodes of Figure It Out. It’s scary how much they kept the show the same. Sooooo corny but it’s so fun to watch for a good laugh. We’re also officially old. Kenan & Kel and All That are showing reruns on Nick at Nite.

Andy Griffith passed away this morning and I can truly say that I am sad and send my deepest condolences to the family. I loved The Andy Griffith Show and more than once wished I could just jump into Mayberry and live there. Such a simple place and time; almost impossible to find nowadays.

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