Last day of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This year has been crazy, yet amazing. I could look back and regret a few things or wish I did that instead worrying about where I messed up but that just leaves a negative mark. I don't want to look back on this year and have it be "that year" for any reason. There was definitely wonderful times and definitely terrible times. I want to share with you some experiences.

The two hardest moments will be memories I will never forget. I officially got mono in may ( urgent care on mothers day actually makes it worse). I also ended up getting strep throat on fathers day, aka I was sick and tired of being sick and tired (literally). I cried a lot. I had no energy, my throat hurt for over a week. I was told I couldn't work out for over a month. I literally sat on the couch and stayed at home until the very end of may. My nephew was born on May 19th, and I had to miss his birth. I was devastated. My brother in law, sister, and baby went home the next day where I officially got to see him. Being new parents and still fresh with mono I wasn't able to go inside, so I went to their backyard and saw him through the sliding glass door. I was so so so happy to finally see this little boy but ended up standing by the closed window for 15 minutes because it was hard. Some may think, well some people live far and don't get to be there either, or family members aren't alive to see it too, which also saddens me. I know many people go through worse.  It was down right tough because I adore babies, I'm a babysitter/nanny girl and I have been begging my sister to finally have a baby. During her whole pregnancy I was there with her. I went to buy buy baby with them when they registered, I painted the baby's room, I went to several doctor appointments with her and so on. As soon as that little babyboy could start to hear I would talk to him in my sisters belly. Then all of a sudden, less than a week before her due date...I found out I couldn't even be at the hospital. My sister has always been my bestfriend so it was super rough. She was also so upset which made it emotional for my whole family. A big part of me felt so bad because I couldn't be there on one of the best days of her life. I couldn't hold her hand while she had contractions. I couldn't be sitting in the waiting room waiting for him to arrive. I sat awake as my parents left to go to the hospital, waiting for text and the call. I got to skype her while she was all hooked up in her hospital bed. I also love everything medical and am going to be a PA so I would've been totally good and excited to experience that whole process. My mom and bro-in-law were in the room when she gave birth, then they face-timed me. I was the 1st person (aside from them 2 in the room) so see my nephew. (Seriously SO thankful for face time, it makes us the most "there" that we can be at times) He was beautiful. Nathan was born and I felt SO much love for him just by looking at my phone. It was one of the best days of my life but also was one of the hardest. It can get me really sad at times knowing that it felt like a dream and I was forced to miss that experience but there's nothing I can do to change that. The more important thing was that my nephew was healthy and whole. Even though that may have seemed like a sob story, it was genuinely a rough time. All in all, I see him multiple times a week. He bring so much JOY to our family. We have so much fun together and I am so super in love with being his auntie.
  The day he was born                                                                               Christmas shopping together :)

My grandpa passed away in September and I miss him deeply. He had lived in Florida with my grandpa for the past 12 years so we didn't see them a ton. There are so many wonderful things I could say about him. I love him so much. He had cancer on and off for a few years, but this past summer it was spreading all over. In August my family was able to spend time with him and my grandma. It was special but I think one of the hardest things is watching someone die. I couldn't take away his cancer but I could pray for him and love him. I think about him everyday. I will tell my future family about him, and they will get to see him through my dad. Every time I do something he loved I will think of him, his love for golfing, animals, black coffee, fishing and much more. He was also a Marine which makes me so so proud. It was something that I have never experienced yet I have peace. I have great joy because I know that He is spending eternity in heaven with Jesus. Can't wait to see you one day.

The happy, fun and amazing moments are too longer to number! I got see watch my sissy become a mother. I got to make countless memories with my friends and family. I got to have one of the best years ever because I am madly in love with my Philip. I watch the coolest kids ever! I got to see God's love in a new way. I accomplished several of my fitness goals. I did really well this past semester in college. I have made several new friends that bless me! I am able to get up everyday and live the life God has called me to. I am able to love, I am able to celebrate the life of others. I went into details with a few rough moments because that is life. It's real life. Things happen that are out of our control but we can look back and grow. We can choose to see the good. I experinced death in my family and life in my family. I have a happy heart because I know I am blessed through it all. God is always GOOD.

I encourage you to look back, and reflect. Don't get hard on yourself but be thankful for all that you were able to learn and grow from. Set new goals. Be a more giving person. Challenge yourself to do things you never thought you could do. Serve in new ways. Ultimately, go into 2014 LOVING others around you, living each day to the full potential, passionately following Jesus.

                             HAVE A VERY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It was a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 30, 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! It is most definitely my favorite holiday. I love all the music, lights, peppermint mocha's, cookies, movies, crazy shopping,dressing up, the Christmas tree...everything is extra fun and magical at Christmas.  Most of all, celebrating the birth of Jesus! That will always be the most important part and center of CHRISTmas. Just wanted to share some of my favorites :) Some of my fams traditions are making "wreaths", decorating a ton of sugar cookies (that will take place in a few days,oops!) watching Christmas with the Kranks, and cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I recently just found a picture of me at 1 1/2 years old sitting next to my sister in the kitchen with cinnamon rolls on the table, now i'm 20 and my mom still bought the classic cinnamon rolls to eat while watching the parade...definitely a tradition I will do with my husband and kids one day :)

It was my boyfriend & I's 2nd Christmas together & I loved it! Btw-he gets me the perfect presents, I never have given him a list & he gets it right for every birthday and holiday ( seriously, a girls dream come true) It was also my nephews first Christmas which was SUPER fun! I loved getting to spoil him with gifts, even though he tried to eat the wrapping paper while ripping them open ;) I'm sure next year will be even better! 

I also wanted to share a super easy recipe,Oreo truffles!
- 1 pkg of double stuffed oreo's
- 4ish oz of cream cheese (so like half of the pkg one)
- 1-2 bags of vanilla or white choc chocolate chips

Crush Oreos finely to where they are like crumbs. Mix in the softened cream cheese. Roll into balls. Place on parchment paper & cookie sheet: freeze for 15-18 mins. Double boil the chocolate til it's completely melted. One at time putting the ball into choc & getting out with fork. Place back on sheet & add oreo cookie crumble on top. Set in fridge...they are overall pretty easy! 

Tip: If you're a mint lover then mint chocolate would be good to cover them in, or you can do milk/dark chocolate if you aren't a fan of the white! 

This is what your oreo crumbs + cream cheese should look like 
Roll into balls about this size and place on cookie sheet, then to freezer.

Final Result!

 I know this is an after Christmas post so next year I will do better I promise! Hope all of you had an amazing holiday with family & friends, it really is the best time of the year!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays Everyone! It's kind of been awhile since I posted, sorry about that. I have a DIY project that I did a few weeks ago that I wanted to share. I don't really have much hanging on my walls in my room, but I do have some picture frames on my nightstand & dresser. I am always taking new pics so I wanted an easy way to put up new ones but also wanted some sort of art on my wall. Two of my walls are pink and and the other two are grey. They grey ones were yellow but a few years ago I decided to change it, so now my accent colors are grey & white. I didn't want to pay a ton of money for one so I decided to make a canvas print myself! I love that lighter-gold, sort of shimmery champagne color so I went with that. I used a white canvas board from Hobby Lobby, which I actually got at either 30% or 40% off!

So, lets just say math isn't my strong point and in order to make a nice chevron print you have to measure. First off, I couldn't find any tutorial online for the size board that I had to my sister did it for me. Every 6 inches I made a line with a pencil, at the top & bottom. For the sides I made a line every 2.75 inches (something like that) I made dots across the whole board so it looks like this.
 Once you have all your dots, take your ruler and draw the lines diagonally, you'll start to see the chevron print coming together.
 This pic below is how it looks before I started painting. As you can see, you can pick where you want to start your print. Tip: use your pencil lightly, then erase a little bit before you paint, the paint doesn't really cover pencil markings very well. (mine looks a little dirty because of all the erasing I did, plus i'm a lefty!)

This is the end result! 

It turned out darker than I wanted, however I love how the light makes it shimmer from the side. I have yet to put pics up on it, but will share that soon :) Excuse how my walls look btw;) My lines aren't perfect but thats okay! It was my first time at I saved a lot of money. I spent less than $15! I would do this again but it truly felt like a math project I did in high school lol. If you try, let me know how it turns out! 

I also have been saving for a camera and decided to go with the Canon Rebel T3i. I was looking at the Canon Rebel T3, however the worker at Best Buy told me the T3i was worth the $100 more. Best Buy also prices matches products if they are sold & shipped my At the time it was $519 on amazon & $569 in the store, so I automatically got $50 off. My sister will be using it a lot so she chipped in which helped. I also bought an SD card, and a $10 UV lens. I did not know about the UV lens but i'm SO glad I got it. The UV lens is small and goes right over the lens it comes with, it helps with enhancing the pictures and projects the nice lens from getting scratched. I always leave it on. It's so nice because if it happens to get damaged it's only $10 to replace instead of paying hundreds for a whole new 18-55mm lens (thats the one it comes with). I honestly don't even know how to work it completely. I LOVE it and highly recommend it. I had a point and shoot Canon camera so I was automatically drawn to the Canon DSLR's. Seriously, so worth it if you love taking pictures.

aaaaaaaaaaand I just noticed that Amazon has it WAY cheaper for when I bought it but oh well is the link for all of you! I still might try to go in and get the price match again?! Canon Rebel T3i

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