Thursday, November 29, 2012

That one time I pretended to be a photographer...

A couple of weeks ago one of my good friends got married. It was a small ceremony and kind of last minuet. They had planned on getting married in December but those little love birds just couldn't wait. Despite the last minuet prep things came together perfectly for their little beach wedding. When I heard they didn't have anyone taking pictures I offered.... I am no pro by ANY means but I know how to use a camera (most of the time) so I borrowed a camera and took a few shots and I thought I would share. Remember I am so amateur its not even funny... but they are beautiful so it makes up for the not so good photographer!


   



      





 



 






Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Very Hipster Thanksgiving

My oh so cute hubby has this obsession and if you read the title you can probably guess with what. I am pretty sure he secretly wants to be a hipster but just doesn't want to admit it so he turns it in to a joke. Jon's hair was getting really long so he let me cut it on Thursday morning before our family dinner so instead of  just a normal do he wanted a hipster cut.... SO off came the hair into something that slightly resembled a Mohawk ... this then turned into a dress up affair. SO out came the skinny jeans, flannel, and I had to say good bye black wide rimmed sunnies cause they are now his....
Once he started I had to join in the fun and of course Ruca wanted to play too so our Thanksgiving was deemed Hipster Thanksgiving 2012
  
The day was kind of wasted because only my sister and brother in law understood what a hipster was. We spent the afternoon explaining what exactly a hipster is.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Liebster Award Times Two

I have been nominated for my very first award... TWICE!
That is right two crazy girls,Cassie and Chelsee deiced to nominate ME.
So what award is this you ask? Well it is called the Liebster Award and it is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, and little Ol' me has been nominated.

Here are the rules for said award:
each person must post 11 things about themselves
they must answer the questions that the nominator set for them plus create 11 questions for the others that they nominate
choose 11 people to nominate, link them in your post, and let them know you nominated them!
*no tag backs*

11 THINGS ABOUT ME

1. I have been married to the love of my life for a year and 4 days (yes we were one of those 11.11.11 couples)
2. I will have my bachelor's in Event Management and Non Profit Management in April.
3. I could eat mashed potatoes every day for eternity and be perfectly content.
4. I loose my self in a good book... so much sometimes that it is unhealthy
5. I don't think before I speak, sometimes I think I should but I couldn't hold it back even if I needed to.
6. The beach makes all problems in life seem so small. It is my home and my happy place.
7. I have a weakness for cheesy TV aka Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie, ect...
8. I have the worse memory in the world... I have to write everything down
9. My life is a musical I'm always singing and randomly dancing
10. I can't spell to save my life... You probably low this if you follow me
11. I'm a Mormon

11 QUESTIONS 

1. WHAT KIND OF KID WERE YOU? GOOFY? SHY? CLASS CLOWN? TROUBLE MAKER? TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT IT.


I WAS OBNOXIOUSLY HYPER AND LOUD... ALL THE TIME. I MADE TROUBLE WITH PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE AND COULD NOT HOLD ON TO A GIRL FRIEND FOR THE LIFE OF ME... AKA I PRETTY MUCH HAD GUY FRIENDS MY WHOLE LIFE (WHICH LEAVES ME PRETTY FRIENDLESS NOW THAT I AM MARRIED) BUT I HAD TONS OF FUN LAUGHED A LOT... MAYBE CAUSE A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE.

2. WHO IN YOUR LIFE HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT ON THE PERSON YOU ARE TODAY?

This is a really hard question my parents both have made a giant impact on how I look at the world. But I would have to say at this point in my life my husband has made the largest impact in my life. For the past almost 6 years he has been a driving force in many of my most defining decisions (some good, some bad, ALL of the perfect in the long run).

3. WHEN YOU GO ON LONG ROAD TRIPS OR FLIGHTS, WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PASS THE TIME?

Sleep... Its pretty much my favorite pass time... well anytime... Last flight we took was on the tiniest plane squished next to a lady that I'm pretty sure was part zombie judging by the noises she was making and I still found a way to cuddle up next to (on top of) my hubby... lets just say its a good thing I am flexible because I was using it... I think I made some new yoga positions while trying to find a comfy way to sleep on that silly little plane.

4. IF YOU WERE IN A 90S GIRL BAND, WHAT WOULD THE NAME OF YOUR GROUP BE?

I wouldn't make up a new band I would just be a Spice Girl... I was still am obsessed with them and spent the better part of the 90's pretending to be Baby Spice...

5. WHEN YOU GET FRUSTRATED OR ANGRY, WHAT HELPS CALM YOU DOWN?

Walking away... Hubby hates it and sometimes it is not the best solution but the second I walk away I can think and calm down and usually realize how wrong I am or a better way to let people know that I am right...

6. WHAT IS AN EMBARRASSING MEMORY (OF YOURS) THAT YOU DON'T MIND SHARING?
See this post

7. WHAT'S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? (FOOD, TV, BOOKS)

See fact 7 above... did not plan this... but worked out nicely.... Bad TV Oh and I will trow in Sappy British romance books... I own about 100 of them.

8. WHAT ABOUT BLOGGING GIVES YOU THE MOST SATISFACTION?

Having my friends and family on the other side of the country tell me they read it... Oh and maybe walking in to work and having Brittnay or Kaitlin tell me what made them laugh... SO WHAT IF I LIKE THE ATTENTION... like its fine.. I never grew out of my attention seeking phase as a child.

9. WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION IN THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD?

To pay more attention than we did.

10. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH (THE KIND OF LAUGH THAT MAKES YOU NEAR TEARS)?

My husband mostly cause he is such a weirdo...

11. WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL FOR YOUR FUTURE?

IS IT LAME IF I SAY PRODUCE TONS OF HAPPY LITTLE BABIES? CAUSE I'M NOT GONNA LIE THAT WOULD BE PRETTY COOL... BUT OTHER THAN THAT I WANT TO GET HUBBY INTO A GOOD CAREER THAT HE LOVES AND I WANT TO HAVE THE MEANS TO ADOPTED AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE SAID HAPPY LITTLE BABIES AND MAYBE START MY OWN BUSINESS AFTER MY LITTLE ONES (THAT DO NOT YET EXIST) ARE NOT SO LITTLE ANYMORE.


My questions:

1. IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING AND MONEY WAS NO MATTER WHAT WOLD YOU DO?
2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY?
3. WHO HAS MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON WHO YOU ARE TODAY?
4. IF YOU COULD BE ANY CELEBRITY WHO WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY?
6. FAVORITE MEMORY
7. FAVORITE MOVIE
8. WHO IS YOU BIGGEST ROLE MODEL?
9. WHERE IS THE BEST VACATION LOCATION?
10. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE NEXT YEAR
11. WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGHSCHOOL?

I'm nominating:
The Cure for Writers Block
Whats in a Name 
Sharpes Serendipity 
Rejoicing In The Present
Ryan, Michelle and Ellie Mae
Home Payge
Blessed is Bray 
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Kate and Cam: The Wilson Clan 
Rylee Blake

What? Sarah Cooked a Meal?!!!?

Lets face it I'm not a good cook it's not the first time I've talked about it. Well I have been taking a cooking class to try to fix this and it has helped a bit. Last night I tried my hand at a homemade soup and it actually turned out so good that I thought I would share the recipe.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

3 cups chicken stock
2 skinless, chicken breasts
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tsp  chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
4-6 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn
1/2 cup tomato paste
8 oz pepperjack cheese, divided
1 cup cilantro, chopped
Lime
Tortilla chips

In a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add chicken stock and heat over medium heat. Add chicken breasts, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Simmer about 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken and set aside. Add tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, and garlic to the pot. Simmer about 30 minutes, covered until tomatoes have begun to break down. Add black beans, corn, and tomato paste and stir to incorporate. Add  the pepperjack cheese and stir to melt. Return chicken to soup and cook about 20 more minutes until desired consistency. 
If soup isn't as thick as desired, you can add strips of flour tortillas. They will dissolve into the soup to thicken the broth. Add cilantro, reserving some to top individual bowls if desired. Ladle into serving bowls and top with crushed tortilla chips,squirt some lime juice and add reserved pepperjack cheese and cilantro if desired.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I woke up so grumpy today so instead of whining I'm just going to post some word of inspiration....

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One Year Down Eternity to Go




Anniversary Weekend!!!

This weekend was fantastic! The best in a long time. It was our one year anniversary and Hubby made it so perfect. I can't believe that it has already been a whole year. Here are some pictures form our weekend.

Friday my Aunt Faye came to visit and treated us to dinner at this amazing Italian place, Brono's. She was in town with a few of her friends to run the Wine and Dine half marathon at Epcot. They are seriously the amazing I want to be just like them when I "grow". They remembered it was our anniversary and caused a scene until they brought us this cake...


                                                                     Saturday ate dinner with the family and saw the new James Bond movie... I recommend it. SO good!
Sunday was our actual anniversary and Jon surprised me with a trip to St Augustine. he is the best husband I could ask for. We just explored the city all day with no real plans.  

   
  

Like I said best weekend in a long time.
Linking up with Sami 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our Dogs are Democrats

Ok so I am not going to say anything about the election other than this....
Yesterday I rushed home from school to go vote and realized I forgot my sample ballot... which is important casue I carefully read over all the amendments for once and marked them oh so nicely so I didn't forget. So I get home run in to get it and find a crumpled pile of shredded paper where my sample ballot once was. Frustrated with my pup, I decided that it was no big deal and ran to go get my moms sample ballot casue we pretty much voted the same and when I arrive what do I find?   Oh you know just another pile of SHREDDED sample ballot...   
Her dog also shredded hers (but she did a much better job of putting the pieces back together than I did See above picture). Apparently our democratic dogs realized that we were leaning to the conservative side and did what any liberal doggy would do and tried to eat our votes!They may seem all cute and innocent but I knew exactly what they were up too! But it didn't work those dang democratic pups may have slowed the process down but I prevailed!! My vote counted ( maybe it didn't get the president I wanted but it still counted)!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Day My Biggest Fear Became a Reality

Have you ever wondered how you would act if your worst fear became your reality? Well today I found out exactly how I would act and let me tell you it wasn't pretty.

So here is what happened. I walk into school like it is any other day, sit down  and get my books out. Teacher begins to talk I get my planner out and begin to look through it... You know just wasting time while the teacher does his thing. He starts to go over the days notes so I open my trusty binder to get some paper and then it happened.... A giant COCKROACH crawls right across my page.... I close the binder throw it across the room and yell BIG BUG..... Yes friends that's right in the middle of class I threw my binder and screamed... My super unrational fear of  roaches kicked in and I lost ALL ability to think. Lets just say after I threw my folder craziness ensued. The bug crawled out from the folder and tried to make a run for it. Considering that the class of 40 consists of 39 girls and 1 guy the majority of the class was cowering in the back with me while one brave girl chased down the roach and killed it. Oh and did I mention that all the while my Professor is up front laughing? Yes, he was laughing to the point of tears at me!

Once all the bug was conquered and we all calmed down he says... You did quite a good impression of my wife there.... Don't you guys get used to the bugs... well I mean everyone besides YOU ( at this point he is looking right at me). Seriously the most embarrassing thing to happen to me in a LONG time... I spent the rest of the class with my legs criss-cross afraid to move for a fear the roach would come back from the dead for round two, all the while listening to Roach jokes every few minuets from the professor....

That my friends is real life...

Reminiscing.....

  I am babysitting and bored... so very bored.... so I am going through my old pictures and it is just making me oh so happy so I thought I would share some of my favs...
Best Vacation ever  

Ugly Sweater Party 
$11 blow up pool... First day it was warm we bought it and by the time it got blown up  it was too cold to swim....
New Years 2008? 2009? I may not remember the year but the night will go down in  history
  ( I think I was the only sober person with in a 100 mile radius )
Wheel of Fortune... I have probably been on TV more than you have.... 
First Flowers from a boy... aka now Hubby
Last single birthday and last week before moving to Utah to be with said Hubby 
One of MANY pictures that seem to appear any time I would leave my camera ANY where
Hoedown number 3 :)
No explanation 
Pre mustache crazy We were the true hipsters...
All of these girls in one place... epic 
Scaring the crap out of Roommates.... every one needs a monkey suit right?
:) Baking with the boys
These kids... Pretty much the best days of my single life 
The guys who convinced me they played for Buckcherry
First condoms I ever bought :)

Vivian's trip to the club 
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