Saturday, November 27, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 5

Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Special

I always love when A Christmas Story is on for the entire Christmas Day. I could watch that movie for a week straight and not get tired of it! Elf always adds a good laugh! The Holiday adds some love! And it really makes me wish I was in a cabin surrounded by snow! That would be the ultimate Christmas! But my most favorite of all is Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey! I just love it!

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4

Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly Holiday Season

If you are going to be making a large purchase that will be lasting you years (like a computer), find the one you want and wait for it to go on sale!

Always ask for boxes at the store! And if they offer free wrapping, take advantage of it! You may have to wait a few minutes, but it's free and you won't be rushing to wrap it at the last minute!

Start shopping early! Deals aren't always best right before the holidays. If you are buying anything seasonal like patio furniture or a grill, you can get a really great price at the end of the summer.

Be creative! If you're shopping for someone whose list is full of things costing more than you planned to spend on them total, think about their interests or needs and see what you can come up with.

12 Days of Christmas - Day 3

Meaningful/Memorable Gifts

I'm not sure that I've ever gotten any meaningful gifts. Is that sad? I usually get things that I need like new clothes or new shoes.

I have gotten some memorable gifts though! These are gifts that I have always remembered for one reason or another.

When I was about ten or eleven years old, two of my aunts (my mom's two sisters) gave me a red plaid flannel pajama set with lace around the neck, sleeves, and the pants. My mom made me wear them because it's not nice to not use a gift. Oh it was so horrible! They were so itchy and hot!

And this may have been the same Christmas, my grandma (on my mom's side) gave me beads and that stretchy lanyard type stuff. At daycare, we had been making beadie buddies lately. And I wanted the same stuff for Christmas so I could make them at home. My grandma was in her 80's and she didn't have a lot of money. She got me the beads that you iron to melt into shapes. Yeahhh, years later those beads and the lanyard stuff was still in the same box. I was upset at the time because I still couldn't make what I wanted, but my mom told me that grandma didn't have a lot of money and she wanted to get all of her grandkids something and she had done the best she could with what she got. This is when I learned that it is the thought that really counts. As much as I didn't like the gift, I have never forgotten it. I still think about it often, because it was the last gift she was ever able to buy for me.

About four or five years ago, I asked for Oakley sunglasses for Christmas. My uncle (my dad's brother) has never been married and usually gives me cool gifts that are probably intended more for a boy. But I was a tomboy growing up, so it was okay. I was so excited about getting a nice pair of sunglasses, but I really didn't know if I was getting any. I had gone to the store and picked out the ones I wanted, wrote down the exact information, and gave it to my mom. Christmas Day came around and I was so excited when I unwrapped a sunglass case! But when I opened it up, there was a pair of aviators from 1970. No joke! I was kind of mad, because I couldn't believe he had bought those when I clearly had picked out what I wanted. I put them on anyway, and I looked so hilarious! In the end, I got a gift card to go get the ones I really wanted. But it sure was funny getting the old ones!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks

I don't claim to be an expert shopper or anything, but I do love a deal. And I do hunt them down!

The first step is to have a defined budget and list. Don't just buy stuff because it's a deal. Make sure it's something the person wants or can use.

Deals aren't necessarily best on Black Friday. I have been buying gifts since June or July this year (the earliest I've ever started!) and have gotten better deals by giving myself time to wait for the best deal.

Always look for a coupon! Sign up for store email alerts. Most send out coupons all the time!

Learn to break up your transactions to get the most out of sales and your coupons! This goes for all shopping, including grocery shopping!

And save those coupons for a sale! By combining the two, you will almost always get an incredible deal!

12 Days of Christmas - Day 1

Christmas/Holiday Traditions

This year will be a little different now that my sister and I are both married. I'm not entirely sure how all of it's going to work out yet.

Christmas Eve
In the past, we always went to my aunt's house (my mom's sister) on Christmas Eve. We would go mid-afternoon and stay until about 9 p.m. My mom is the youngest of 8 kids (5 boys and 3 girls). All of them have at least two children of their own. I have a total of 23 cousins on that side. There are only 3 cousins younger than me. So out of the 25 grandchildren, 20 of them have children of their own. Some of my cousins are only a couple years younger than my mom, which means their children are older than I am! Yes, it's complicated I know. I really don't know if I know everyone's names. I used to get gifts when I was younger, but they say that once you get married you don't get gifts. There is always tons of food and everyone just comes and goes as they please.This year we are going to be getting together at my uncle's house instead since my aunt just had surgery.

Since I have been dating Matthew, I have also had to go to his aunt's house on Christmas Eve. They have their get together at the same time as my mom's family, but we just have to leave one early to go to the other. There is tons of food here as well. Everyone that's under 18 gets a gift from everyone, and everyone over 18 just gets a gift from the aunt who is hosting. But believe me, they are not gifts to get excited about. The first year Matthew got body wash and I got an itty bitty makeup bag that I know for a fact cost less than $2. Last year we got an address book and a letter opener. I know it's not about gifts, but I'd rather have the two bucks!

My sister always goes to her dad's house and has to leave my aunt's early, so this works out good since Matthew and I have to leave early as well. We can all go to the one together and then go our separate ways.

After we leave Matthew's aunt's house, we go back to my parents where some of my mom's second cousins (who we are quite close to) come over to sit around and laugh. We just tell crazy stories and jokes, and they all open a couple of bottles of wine. It's always a lot of fun!

Christmas Day
When I lived at home, I would wake up super early on Christmas morning to open my gifts! I usually love to sleep in, but I seriously get so excited about Christmas morning! After I would bribe my sister to get out of bed, we would wake up our parents and go downstairs. We open gifts one at a time, and I have to go last! I just have to! It's way more fun to let the anticipation build! I don't care if there are 100 people opening gifts, I want to be last! After we finish that, my mom usually cooks some cinnamon rolls and sausage. And of course we have all of the Christmas goodies like sausage balls, cheese crackers, pennies from heaven, etc.

After we all shower we go to my grandma's house (my dad's mom) to open gifts with his family. I only have two uncles and my grandma on that side of the family. So it's a lot less crazy than Christmas Eve! We again open gifts one at a time, and I go last. Sometimes we have a meal and sometimes we do sandwiches and snacky stuff. It usually depends on how Grandma feels that day. She is 87 after all. She gets what she wants!

Since Matthew and I have been together, we usually go over to his parents' house after we are done at my grandma's. They don't buy gifts really, but we give them their gifts. They gave us a nativity scene last year that we wanted, but that's all. It's a lot different than what my family does. And at some point we usually go see his grandparents (his dad's parents). They buy gifts, but his grandma usually just gives them to us as she buys them instead of wrapping them and waiting for Christmas. Definitely not as fun as opening gifts!

But this year will be a little different since we have to incorporate Shannon's new family as well. They have a small family and are very close, but I don't know how much they do for Christmas. I just hope that it all works out and there is a little bit of time left for Matthew and I have our own little Christmas with Cinnamon!

12 Days of Christmas

So I am giving into this 12 Days of Christmas blog challenge (except it's really 14 days) over at Analyze This! I am a couple of days behind, but here's the schedule:

Day 1: Christmas/Holiday Traditions
Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
Day 3: Most Meaningful Gift/Best Gift You've Received
Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly Holiday Season
Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Day 6: Gift Ideas
Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY
Day 8: Least Favorite Thing About the Holidays
Day 9: Favorite Holiday Recipe
Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles
Day 11: New Year Resolutions
Day 12: Show Us Your Decorations (Indoor and Outdoor)
Day 13: Favorite Cookie Recipe
Day 14: Oprah's Favorite Things: What item(s) would you want if you were in the audience?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Thoughts

I have linked up at the little things we do this week for fill in the blank friday.

1. My Thanksgiving plans this year will include... eating at Matthew's grandparents' for lunch. His grandpa is the cook in the family. I don't always enjoy eating his food though. I'm getting very picky about the food I eat. I don't like most foods seasoned with salt. I don't add salt when I cook, and I definitely don't add it to anything that I don't prepare. Matthew's grandpa also cooks with a lot of grease. I'm not a fan of this either. Luckily, my mom is having our Thanksgiving meal at dinner time. So I will load up then! But the worst part of the day is that Matthew has to work all afternoon and into the evening.

2. My favorite Thanksgiving was... I don't remember a specific one that was my favorite. I do remember my least favorite. It was my freshman year of college. My papa had suffered a stroke that August right after I had moved away. He ended up passing away before Thanksgiving. I had become really depressed, to the point that I slept most days and had withdrawn from school. I couldn't face my parents. I wrote a letter to my dad to explain it all because every time I even thought about it I would cry. I felt like I had let my family down. My mom and sister weren't exactly pleasant that Thanksgiving. It was the worst holiday ever!

3. My signature Thanksgiving dish is... green bean casserole. I am always put in charge of this because we always forget it until the last minute and it's super easy. And it's one of my favorite things!

4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is... sweet potato souffle; green bean casserole; broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole; cranberry sauce; corn pudding; homemade dressing (or stuffing.. same thing); pumpkin pie; pecan pie.

5. Thanksgiving free association... laying around all day with nothing else to do (or at least not thinking about it) and nothing being on tv except for parades. blah!

6. Thanksgiving is... a free day off work! But really, it's always full of good food and good visits with family.

7. I am thankful for... Matthew loving me unconditionally (at least until I say I don't want to eat at a Chinese buffet); my parents for all they have ever done for me in the past and will do for me in the future; my sister for being my only true best friend; my grandma being alive to see me grow up; my education; my job; Miss Bambi and Cinnamon Raisin (I'm still convinced they understand every word I say and have accurately responded to all of my questions over the years. If only I understood barking!); my house; everything I have been blessed with throughout my life and for the blessings to come!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Hype!

I can't believe that it's almost December! But I really can't believe how people are bypassing Thanksgiving this year. I really enjoy every single holiday, mostly because I get a day off work for most of them! That's one thing I like about the federal government! But every year it seems like Christmas comes sooner than the year before. This year it is definitely noticeable! I am pretty sure I saw Christmas decorations out before Halloween! I am not saying I'm a huge supporter of Halloween and everything. I just think the time around the end of October is meant for enjoying the fall season more than Halloween itself. It's just a fun time of year! Everything seems to slow down just for a bit when it gets a little chilly outside.

I have seen at least two Christmas trees up. Fall decorations are already on clearance. And Christmas decorations are being highlighted in store ads. Why are we rushing towards the end of the year? I love Christmas. But I am not ready for Christmas yet. This year has already flown by! I've already been married more than five months! I want everything to slow down.. just a little bitty bit! I'm enjoying shopping for Christmas gifts and browsing for good deals. Just because you put the decorations up doesn't make the holiday come any faster. It just makes the holiday season last longer. But isn't 25 days of a holiday long enough? I personally have been dreaming of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce for the last month. Maybe once that dream is fulfilled I can move on to dreaming about Christmas!

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 Days of Truth - Day 9

Someone I didn't want to let go, but just drifted...

Hmm... I would have to say my friends. I know there have been a lot of issues with them over the years, but I really did not want to let go of them. We have all drifted over the last couple of years. And I had to force myself to just let it all go. But I really struggled for months about my decision and following through with it. Now here we are. I don't remember the last time I spoke to any of them, let alone hung out with them. Sometimes I miss them. And sometimes I get really sad about it. But I know I made the right decision!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wanna Know What We've Been Up To?

I haven't done a real post in a while it seems. So this is what we've been doing for the last few days!

My sister got married last Saturday, November 6th!!! I left work early the Thursday before so I could help her out with last minute things. We had the bridesmaids' luncheon that Friday. A couple of my mom's friends and one of her cousin's that is close to us hosted the luncheon at one of their homes. We had a delicious meal of warm chicken casserole, frozen fruit cups, broccoli salad, croissants, and vanilla wafer cake for dessert! They also had homemade cheese straws and hot apple cider for a little appetizer before the meal. It was all really, really good! And then we got our gifts! I got a beautiful necklace and earrings that were handmade by another of my mom's friends. Each of the four bridesmaids had different necklaces created just for them. We also got a cute reusable bag with birds (because that was the running theme of the wedding) and silver pashmina scarves!

Friday night was the rehearsal and dinner. The groom's family hosted a pig pickin at their home. I love pig! And it was so good! I wish I had eaten more of it because I'm sure it will be a while before I get some more. There was a huge tent setup with heaters so we could eat somewhere warm. There was also barbecued chicken, slaw, potoates, green beans, rolls, and red velvet cake! And there were two bonfires outside the tent where we roasted marshmallows! It was a lot of fun!

The day of the wedding seemed so much more stressful than my own wedding day! There was a large issue with the wedding cake. Yes, THE cake! It was the correct flavors, but wrong shape, wrong design, wrong everything else. There were two amazing women who helped to fix it up and make it more presentable so that the whole day would not be ruined. But other than that, the day was great! We had a great meal and a great time!

The day after the wedding, we all went to a cousin's house for a huge lunch with all of the family from out of town. It was nice to visit with everyone since we didn't get much time to talk to everyone at the wedding.

And since then, Matthew and I have been back at work all week. We were both off on Thursday. I was off because my work was closed, and Matthew had asked off so we could have a day together! So nice of him, huh? We actually went to the mall to walk around and just look. And we had a nice lunch at Olive Garden. I can't remember the last time we went and sat down at a restaurant, especially at lunch! But it was sooooooooo good!

The only exciting thing to happen was me getting in a wreck after work Friday. I don't get off until 6 on Fridays, so by then it is dark outside. It takes me about 10 minutes to get home. But not Friday. I was not even two miles from work when I got t-boned. I was going straight through a green light. Yes, I made it past the light. Then I saw a truck coming straight across the road, leaving one parking lot headed across a five-lane road to another parking lot. I swerved to the right lane to try and avoid him, but he just kept on coming. I was going 45-50 mph, but the other driver couldn't have been going more than 10 if it was even that fast. My seat jolted up and forward and my door was completely crushed in. I had to crawl out over the middle console. He never denied that it was his fault. In fact, he said he never saw me at all, not even when he hit me. After waiting for 30 minutes for the police to arrive, it took a while to relay all of the details to him. And then it took forever to get a tow truck there. But that's when the two truck driver said he had to have cash up front, that he did not wait for the insurance to pay him. So my dad chose to call AAA and wait however long was necessary in order to get the free tow. I finally made it home after 8:30!

Luckily, my mom's old car has been for sale, so I am not without a car! I am a bit sore today. My left leg has been hurting since late last night, but I'm not sure if it's from the accident. Today my right ankle began to hurt as well. The longer I walked around, the worse they felt. I really hope nothing is wrong. Matthew is really pushing me to get checked out just in case. My poor car will probably be in the shop for a month! I am going to miss it! But I am very thankful that God protected me and spared my life! The accident could have been so much worse.

This is my funny story about Friday evening. So we had a cookout at work Wednesday for customer appreciation and there were a ton of brownies leftover. We had been passing them out to customers since then. We knew they wouldn't be much good after the weekend, so my coworker and I divided them between the two of us to carry home. I ended up with four I think. I knew I was going home to eat dinner so I kept telling myself to save them even though I was so hungry. Well, I ended up eating all of them. But after I got in the accident, I was so glad that I ate those brownies because clearly I didn't make it home to eat right after work. I didn't know the accident was going to happen, but God did. And I am not saying that God told me to eat brownies. But I am not one who eats a lot of sweets or junk food... ever. I'm a meal-eating kind of girl! God knew I would get in that accident. He knows all things. And He was looking out for me... with the help of leftover brownies!

Friday, November 12, 2010

An Ornament Swap!

So I came across The Luckiest in Love earlier today via Newlywed and Decorating and it turns out she's having an ornament swap! I think that's so cool! I definitely signed up so why don't you?


Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Day Off!

I love holidays and days off work! But I don't love that my eye has decided to itch and swell just like it did a few short weeks ago. Since the last incident, I have not bought any mascara so I have not used any mascara. Yes, I have looked terrible. But I was being safe! Well for my sister's wedding on Saturday, I let another girl do my eye makeup and I used Almay mascara (as recommended by my dermatologist). Well that was a fail obviously, because as of yesterday my eye started to itch and it quickly spread to my entire face. My right eye is getting puffy but it's not swollen shut... yet. What a great way to spend my day off huh? I sure hope it is better before tomorrow. I can't be missing any days of work!

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 29

If I had three wishes, I would wish...

...that my life would be better than I have imagined.
...that Matthew and I will be in a better place spiritually, financially, all the -ly's.
...that my grandmother lives to see my children born and my parents live long enough to see my children grow up.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 28

Something that stresses me out would be budgeting our personal finances and school.

I cannot wait for school to be done, and I will be half as stressed as usual.

I cannot wait to have our financed purchases to be paid off and to have jobs that pay more than is necessary to live.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 27

I have had a few pets over my years. They have all been traditional pets, nothing weird like lizards or snakes.

I remember getting fish when I was in elementary school. It took me a while to convince my mom that I would feed them and take care of them. I had a few, but all but 2 died. I had a beta fish named Ariel (ya know.. The Little Mermaid!) and a goldfish named Sebastian! They lived for at least three or four years and even moved houses with us!

I had a few hermit crabs, but one outlived the others. His name was Met because I played softball for the Mets. He lived for three years. My mom never let me get another hermit crab.

I got my miniature black and tan dachshund Miss Bambi when I was 8 (almost 9). She was so small and cute and I just loved her and I still do! She was so little she fit under the lip of the kitchen cabinets. My best friend Evan slammed her tail in the backdoor the first week we had her. She still has a crooked tail! Bambi is super smart and loves to play tug of war. Although these days she doesn't get many spurts of energy. She has a lot of back problems and is getting kind of snippy in her old age. She's been put on a special diet, but she still constantly begs for all kinds of food. On February 27, she will be 14 years old!

When I was a freshman in college, I had about 4 goldfish and 2 beta fish in my dorm room. I cannot remember all of their names, but I do remember a Blueberry and Razberry (yes with a Z). I went to Florida for a few days and left them in care of my sister. They were either dead by the time I returned or they died shortly thereafter.

Matthew and I got a fish shortly after we began dating. It was a beta fish named Waldo. We gave up on that thing though. And it's still living! Matthew's sister cares for it though since it is still at his parents' house.

In February of 2009, Matthew and I got Cinnamon Raisin! She was so small and fluffy and shy. She hid from us under the rocking chair until she finally came to me. Cinnamon is a border collie mixed with a miniature Australian shepherd (known as a Baussie, pronounced bossy, which she is). She weighs about 30 pounds, but she looks a lot bigger because of her fur. She is a beautiful red merle with a full white collar and the bluest eyes you've ever seen! She has raisins (freckles) on her nose. The only dislike is that she is too smart for her own good. This also is why she is in trouble most of the time.

I one day hope to have more dachshunds and another Baussie as well as a few labs!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 26

Here is a picture of my new family...

Jeff (brother-in-law), Shannon (sister), Mike (dad), Judy (mom), Morgan, and Matthew

And here is a picture of Matthew's family...
Morgan (sister-in-law), Scott & Donna (in-laws), Morgan, Matthew, Alice and Aaron (Matthew's grandparents)

Christmas Cards


I have been debating whether or not to send Christmas cards out this year. I feel like we should send them out since it is our first Christmas together as husband and wife. And since I have everyone's addresses left from the wedding list, I really have no excuse! I think it is a great tradition to start!

I found out that Shutterfly is offering bloggers 50 free Christmas cards just for blogging about their Christmas cards! Sign me up!! This is definitely a great deal for anyone who blogs! Here are a few of my favorites:

30 Days of Truth - Day 8

Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like crap...

Well I wouldn't say they've made my whole life hell but they have treated me like crap on several occasions. It's also not one individual but several, so I will refrain from using names.

For as long as I can remember, I was never the popular kid in school. I wasn't necessarily an outcast either. I could float from click to click and be spoken to by all. I went to private school from first grade through twelfth grade. So I saw most of the same people for my entire school experience.

There were less than 15 girls in my class. Some were the dorky girls and some were the popular girls. Some were the good girls and some were the girls with boys oohing and ahhing over them constantly. Some were the sporty girls and some were the smart girls. Some were a perfect combination of smart, popular, good, and athletic. I was just awkward. I got glasses in sixth grade. I got braces the next year. I switched to contacts not long after. My mom would buy me ugly clothes because I was too tall and too fat for the girls' and juniors' clothing, but I was too short for the womens' clothing. And I wasn't fat, I just carried my weight well because of my height. And I actually had a normal sized butt and thighs. I was not skin and bones like all of the other girls. I did not wear makeup until twelfth grade because I didn't care about trying. I was not a girly girl. And I'm still not.

Anyway, over the years I felt as though I was left out a majority of the time by my friends. I was never outgoing. And I've always felt like people were talking about me behind my back. I didn't get invited to a lot of birthday parties. I didn't get invited to a lot of sleepovers. I didn't get asked out on any dates. I didn't have friends to hang out with on the weekends or after school. I rarely had friends go on vacations with me, and when they did some argument always came up between us. I didn't go to any Debuette dances until my senior presentation. So I missed out on 7 dances. This is because every boy I asked said no. I went to prom my senior year, but took my friend's cousin since nobody at school would go with me.

So it wasn't necessarily that people were flat out mean to me in the traditional ways of making fun of me or saying hateful things to me. It was more that I was just left out. And when you're in a class of less than 30 people that you've known most all of your life, it hurts to get left out. Since high school, things have only gotten worse. The people I was closest to have removed themselves even more from my life. And I have struggled to let go of those friendships. After my wedding, I had finally let go. Although I still get upset when I see all of the fun things they are doing together plastered all over facebook.

But it's okay. I've moved on.

30 Days of Truth - Day 7

Someone who has made my life worth living for...

I would have to say my whole family. They have always been there for me through everything. They've cheered me on through several seasons of basketball and soccer. They were at my Debuette presentation, homecoming, two junior senior banquets, and high school graduation. They were there when my grandma died and two years later when my papa died. They were there when my friends couldn't (or wouldn't) spend the night. They were there for all the birthdays, all the sick days, and all the sad days. They were there for all the good days and for all the great days. I can't imagine life without them!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 25

I have an ipod. But I have no idea where it is. I bought it when I was a senior in high school. It was great! I always had it with me and would listen to it in my car. Well when I got my new car a couple of years ago, it lacked one thing: a plug for my ipod! So since then, I have not seen my ipod. Is it bad that I want a new car just for that plug?

So I was cleaning out a couple of drawers tonight and I found my ipod!!! I don't even remember a couple of these songs. But it definitely shows the range of music on this thing!
1. "Sexy Love" - NeYo
2. "Kingdom Come" - Coldplay
3. "Carrying Your Love With Me" - George Strait
4. "Jesus Freak" - DC Talk
5. "Aeroplane" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. "Holy Moment" - Liberty University campus praise band
7. "First Date" - Blink 182
8. "Ten" - Jimmy Eat World
9. "St. Patrick's Day" - John Mayer
10. "Jesus of Suburbia" - Green Day

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 24

Something I've learned in my 22 years would be... friends forever doesn't really always mean that. does not grow on trees, but I sure wish it did!
...I don't know why I wanted to grow up so fast. Being a kid was too great! was better before we had to read chapter books and do homework on weekends.
...your sister will eventually be your best friend, despite the age difference (of 13 years in my case!) and how much she hated you your whole life.'s not easy living in the real world. Bills are no fun, and they always have a way of surprising you!
...high school is not the best time of your life. It definitely gets better!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 23

My favorite vacation would have to be...


I love to travel! It's so exciting to see new places, eat different foods, and just to get away for a little while!

I haven't been to a lot of places, but I'll list the states out. I hope to visit all 50!
Vermont - all of these in orange were visited during our honeymoon
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
New Jersey
New York - high school senior trip
Virginia - several trips to Williamsburg and Busch Gardens
North Carolina (Obviously! I do live here!) - tons of beach trips and mountain trips and everything in between!
South Carolina - Myrtle Beach a billion times and Charleston a few times
Georgia - Atlanta and Savannah on several occasions
Florida - Disneyworld when I was 6, 12, and 18! Apparently I went every 6 years!
Mississippi - Gulfport for a Katrina relief trip that went through all of these other states in blue
Tennessee - several trips to visit friends over the years and a few mountain trips
Montana - All of these in green were during a two week trip to Wyoming, which involved a road trip to and from Salt Lake City since it's cheaper to fly there!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 22

I have three favorite cities: Atlanta, GA; Savannah, GA; and Charleston, SC!

All fantastically southern and I just love them!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 21

Want to hear something sad?

I cannot find a single picture of just me. Ever. Well ever in the history of pictures being loaded on Matthew's computer. I need to fix that!

Monday, November 1, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 20

I have a few nicknames:

Morgiepoo, Morg, Morgs, Morgie, Nagrom, Ladybug

I guess that's about it.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 19

I miss my senior year of high school. I would have to say that was one of the best years of my life. I miss having basketball practice and games four days a week. I miss people calling and texting me all the time to make plans, to actually go places and do things. I do not however miss all of the drama that came with it.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 18

Something I regret would be not having a typical college experience. I really wonder sometimes what college is really like and why did I choose to miss out on it. And then I think, did I really miss anything? But I think it would be nice to have been in a sorority or been a diehard fan of a school team.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 17

I am looking forward to my sister's wedding on Saturday!!!

This wedding has been a long awaited occasion, and I could not be more excited for her! I can't wait to see how beautiful she is going to be. I'm pretty sure I'm going to cry. Tears are welling up in my eyes as I type this! And I can't wait for her to have a baby! We're all praying that's not too far after the wedding!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 16

My dream house would...

...have at least 6 bedrooms, because I want 5 kids and I think everyone should have their own room. located on several acres of farmland with cows roaming the fields! near the city, but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful. a southern plantation style: white, big porches wrapping around each level, black shutters, with a tree lined drive (like in Forrest Gump!).
...have several old outbuildings scattered across the acreage so that my pets could roam free and my children could let their imaginations take them away!
...ideally be in Georgia, but I'd settle for North Carolina. within an hour's drive of a huge lake, and no more than five hours from the beach and the mountains.
...have a huge kitchen with tons of counterspace for baking!
...have a pool in the backyard for those hot and humid summer days.

But mostly my dream house would be wherever my family was.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 15

My favorite Bible verse would have to be Ephesians 2:8-9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."

I'm not sure why this is my favorite verse. I grew up going to Awanas every Wednesday night, and of course as soon as I finished one book I went to the next and to the next. Then I started back at the beginning with the books for the Sparks since Awanas wasn't around when I was that young. I truly memorized a lot of those verses and not just remembered them long enough to recite them. But for some reason this verse is the one that I remember the most!