This Christmas was a very sad one. The Sunday before Christmas, my fiance's father passed away. It was very upsetting to all of us. He was such a joy to spend time with. His name was Carroll Byrd Gore. He lived to be 66, and he was the best future father in law I ever had! Scott and I have been dating since 2005, so I got to know the family very well, so that is a huge blessing. I am glad I got to be close with his whole family. It breaks my heart that this happened, and right before Christmas, makes it even more hard to deal with. I put together a collage for the viewing, I think it turned out great, and I am glad I made it. It shows what a great man he was. It makes me sad that he didn't live to see our wedding, but I was happy that he got to know that we were getting married before he passed away. I want to do something special in my wedding in recognition to him.
Ofcourse, it has been a very rough and sad time here recently. but on Monday morning, it really hit home. So everyday since Roxy has been a puppy, we have always taken her to Scott's parent's house while we were at work. Scott's father was retired, so he was at home, and loved to watch Roxy. Since Scott and I both work, he welcomed the company, and Roxy enjoyed it so much. We took her to be with him everyday for about 2 years. She had such a routine. I would drop her off in the mornings, she would run to Scott's Dad, and we would talk for about 10 minutes every morning, mainly because I didn't want to rush off.....and then when I would leave, Scott's Dad would open the blinds, and Roxy would run over to the window to watch me drive away. Then every afternoon I would go to pick her up after work, and Carroll would tell me about the day, how Roxy made little children in the neighborhood so happy when he took her on her walks every day. He always had a new story to tell me about their adventures. After he passed away, the little girls down the street's mother came up to the house, to bring some food up, and she told Scott's mom that although she never had met her, she came to know Carroll and Roxy from his walks around the neighborhood, and the girls were really going to miss him. It just makes me so sad, that such a wonderful person is gone now.
Right now we are trying to adapt to life without him, which has been hard. Roxy is trying to adapt too. She is not used to being at home, and not seeing her Granddaddy anymore, yes, she is a dog, but Roxy was Carroll's grandpup, and not a day goes by that I forget that!
Exactly one week till Christmas. I am done with my Christmas shopping. I hope to finish wrapping my last few presents this weekend. We are supposed to get a crazy snow storm this weekend. So I figure I will have a lot of time to do things around the house!
Can't believe the end of the year is almost here again. It seems to be flying by so fast. This will be my last Christmas as an unmarried gal. I can't believe the wedding will be here in July. I am getting excited!!! :):) I have my dress, I have the colors of the wedding, and I have my bridesmaids! (Photographer and DJ too!) So now I need to get to all the other things.
This Christmas we are going to get to see both Scott's and my family. This will be the first Christmas that my parents aren't living in King George. It's weird!
I make these every Christmas. They are soooo good! They are called Buckeyes. I use my grandmother's old recipe. I made them once around Thanksgiving, and I am going to make them again closer to Christmas. I have been counting each one as 3 Weight Watchers Points. I haven't actually figured this out though, I am just guestimating. I don't think I have had anyone try one and say they didn't like it.
So yesterday I wrapped a ton of presents, I am going to try to wrap some more today if I can. I have the cutest wrapping paper I got from Target. I like taking the time to make my presents pretty and chic! :)
Next week, the office is going down to Williamsburg. I am looking forward to it. The outlets are down there. I love the outlets. Haha.
This was the first year I ran the Turkey Trot, which takes place every year on Thanksigiving. It was one of the first runs I actually still had energy when I was done with the race. I must have paced myself better than I usually do. My friend Shahanna and I ran it and did great!!
Scott and I spent Thanksgiving at his Aunt's house. It was nice. Then the next day, his aunts invited me to do some Black Friday shopping, so ofcourse I went. Me, pass up shopping, yeah, right!
Still doing the Weight Watchers....I took a break over Thanksgiving, it's just impossible to deny myself the wonderful foods of Thanksgiving. It was so nice, taking the mini break, but boy, did I want just keep eating what I had been over the holiday, hehe.
My parents came up to the house last week. It was nice to see them. I am glad I found my wedding dress when my mom was up. I really wanted her to be here for that. I found the perfect dress, I need to be quiet about it, because I am just talking way too much, anyone who knows me knows this is nothing new, haha :)
Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great week! :)
So glad it's almost Friday! This weekend my friend Angie and I are going to be running a Turkey Trot 5K here at Quantico. I go to pick up my runners packet tommorrow. Haven't done a run in a few months, so I am looking forward to it, kind of. Haha.....
So this weekend in Fredericksburg the "Merry Market" is going on. It's a great Boutique craft show that happens in Fredericksburg, VA every winter, and I always love going. Some of the cutest things are there.
Can't believe Christmas is next month, ahhh! Usually I am way more on top of buying gifts than I am this year. Can't wait to put up the Christmas tree, I am getting antsy, hehe :)
For those of you that haven't got to see all my engagement pics here are some of my favorites. I think they ended up great!! :) Just wanted to share them! :)
I think this design is really pretty. It is bright which would be really nice for the July Wedding Scott and I are having, and it has the damask I love so much! :) This could maybe work? Who knows.... Well it's already Thursday, one more day till Friday! Yay! :) Now I need to see if I can find a fabric that matches, who knows!
Yesterday Scott and I both had the day off and we did absolutely nothing but watch tv, and take mini naps all day. It was nice and relaxing! :)
It is so rainy and yucky outside today. Ughhh! Hopefully the sun comes out here soon! Anyways, hope everyone has a nice day, talk to you soon!
A few weeks ago my friend Liz took our engagement photos. Here is just one of them. I will post more later on! :) Can't wait to get out our save the dates here soon! :) It might help if I could decide what color scheme to go with, huh?!
Well tomorrow Scott and I have the day off. It's Veteran's day. So that will be nice. Just a mid-week day off. I will probably straighten the house up some.Maybe do a little shopping, not sure yet.
Nothing else is really new. The exciting life I lead! :) Can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving already! Time has been flying by this year. Anyways, I hope everyone has a good Tuesday!
So I tried to make those cookies on Saturday with one of my friend's Sarah from college. They were okay....I mean, they weren't bad....but I like regular chocolate chip cookies waaaaay more! :) But I did try another recipe, and it actually ended up just like the fatty version of it. It is called Million Dollar Pie. It is a VERY SIMPLE no bake pie, and I love it!! :) I bought reduced fat, or fat free ingredients for the pie, and I couldn't even tell the difference. Here is the recipe:
MILLION DOLLAR PIE
1 - 12 oz contain of fat-free cool whip
1 large 15 or 20 oz can of crushed pineapple in its own juice....drain well
5 tbsp of lemon juice
1 can of fat-free Eagle Brand condensed sweetened milk
2 reduced-fat graham cracker pie shells
Mix all ingredients together well and put in 2 reduced fat pie shells. Put in fridge.
SERVING SIZE: 1/8 of pie
Sooooo good! :) The example pic I found doesn't have pineapples, but it was the closest pic of it I could find! :) I also don't use limes on the top of the pie...
I learned that if I want to dress Roxy up, I need to dress her up in something she will not be able to take off. This shirt worked pretty well.
Tried to get her to model by the Halloween decorations, but I ended up having to hold her most of the time, haha :):) On the back, her shirt said "Little terror" and it glowed in the dark.
This will be her second halloween, hehe....
Scott and I had some friends over on Halloween night, and we just handed out candy. Now Thanksgiving is coming. This is going to be a hard one for me!!!! Being on weight watchers, I just hope I don't give in too much, but it is Thanksgiving, who knows, haha :):
The next few weeks are going to be pretty busy. I have signed up for TWO Turkey Trots, one at Quantico with Angie on the 21st, and then one on Thanksgiving Day with Shahanna. I like having someone to run with, it motivates me more when someone else is there.
And now....to the wedding stuff, I have basically started from scratch on a lot of the decisions I made...I am so undecisive, I need to make up my mind. Haha....Atleast I have the church, reception spot, photographer, bridesmaids and DJ. That's good, right? Still need to get rolling though!
Anyways, hope everyone has a good rest of your week! :)
I had these made....and on the back I had them all ask the question if they would be in my wedding. I thought it was a cute idea. I love this seller's peices on etsy (sayyourpeice) Her peices are very unique and pretty! I can't even count how many of these ceramic peices I have around the house. She is always able to personalize them perfectly for me. So here are the pics, I love them! :)
So I decided I am definitely having torquoise in the wedding. That is a definite, so now I need to figure out what other color to go with it. I keep changing my mind. I still have time to decide, I just am not sure.
So a few weeks ago, Liz, one of my childhood friends, took Scotts and my engagement photos. I can't wait until she posts them on her blog! :) And this weekend, Scott, me, Matthew, and Roxy are going to go take a photo with her to use on our Christmas cards this year. I am excited about that as well! I am getting my haircut, and Roxy is going to the groomer. We are getting all pretty! Anyways, have a good Wednesday, the week is halfway over!
I made these coasters for a bachelorette party, and I think they turned out great! :) The theme color of the party was lime green and black, so those were the colors we went with for the coasters! :) I made about 20 of them. Then I put ribbon and tags around the coasters to dress them up a little. I am happy with the way they turned out! :)
Other than that not too much has been new. Scott was out of town last week. He went to Germany for work. He brought me some chocolate back, yummmmm! :) On my weight watchers diet I am going to have to eat it very slowly! Talking about sweet things....today I thought I would use my bonus points for the week on a Wegman's cupcake....Goodness...I almost couldn't finish it because the icing was so sweet, that has never happened to me before....Noooooo! Haha.
Lets see, we are going to take some Christmas card photos this coming weekend, with Scott, Matthew, Roxy and I. They should end up really cute. Roxy and I are both getting haircuts. :):)
Went over to hang out at Shahanna and Brian's on Saturday, until Scott returned from Germany. She showed me a lot of neat WW friendly things, gave me some neat ideas of different things I could try.
Can't believe October is already halfway over! Anyways, that's all for now!
So, just about a month ago, I started doing weight watchers. I have lost a total of 12 pounds so far!! :) I am starting to get used to measuring/counting my calories. Pretty soon, it will be like a second nature to me. It helps that all my friends are doing the diet as well. We are like a little support group. My friend Shahanna and I walked a 5K on Saturday in Richmond. I have also been trying to run everyday. So I figure, if I can keep this up I will be able to get to my goal weight of 150 pounds.
I think this week, I am going to try to pick up a salad for lunch from Cheeseburger in Paradise. They have a "Son of a Sailor Salad" and it is super tasty. Now that I am on weight watchers, I realize that this salad I loved so much before, is actually pretty healthy, so I can continue to eat it, yay! :) Last night I tried this Weight Watcher's ice cream. It was okay, I still miss Coldstone.
No new plans as far as the wedding goes. I have decided where the reception will be, My guest list is done, and I have a DJ/Church/Preacher already lined up as well for the July 17 date. I received an e-mail back from a family friend of my fiance. She said she would like to meet with me to discuss flowers, so that's good. One thing at a time. Still haven't started looking for a dress at all. I need to get to it!!
So glad it's almost Friday!! Doing the Walk for Diabetes with my friend Shahanna. I am hoping afterwards Scott can pick me up and we can go shopping at the Williamsburg outlets....I am hoping!! :) I love shopping, maybe I can get some Christmas shopping done too! I just attached the top picture cause I love it, its cute!! :):)
I like this dress, as a bridesmaid dress. I think its simple, and very pretty! :):) I am starting to get lots of neat ideas for the wedding, can we move it up, haha....
So I have the color scheme, the reception location, and the dresses picked out. I have been working on the guest list...but that is taking me a little time, I need to get the number to 140, and I am stuck!
We are going to have our reception at the Riverside Center in Fredericksburg, VA.
Not too much else has been new, staying busy working! I am going to do the walk for diabetes with my friend Shahanna on Saturday.
Some new lollipop favors I made for a sorority down in Florida. I think they came out great!!
Haven't posted a message in a while...So I thought I would say hello! Not too much is new. Just staying busy with work....This coming weekend will be the first weekend I won't be doing much, which will be nice for a change. :)
Just gathering up things for another yard sale next week! :) Have any donations, anyone?? Haha...
I started weight watchers last week....I already lost 5 pounds! I am hoping to lost many more.....no more Coldstone ice cream for me. :) I gotta be looking good for when I get married! :)
Last night Scott asked me to marry him!!! I super didn't expect that last night, I expected it, just not then, haha. I seriously sat there for about 10 minutes asking him if he was for real. Then I accepted that he was really asking me!! :):) Don't have a date or anything...but we are engaged and I am super excited!! :)
I finished the bathroom upstairs (the one I primarily use, because it is the only one with a bath tub, haha) I decorated it with Amy Butler's Duck Egg Fabric. I am really liking the way it turned out! :) You can see the matching shower curtain in the mirror. Don't you love it!! :) It is very girly, haha, isn't it? But I just had to :):)
Not too much is new...glad Monday has come and gone... I can't believe it is midway through August already! Anyways, hope everyone has a great Tuesday! :)
Scott, Brian, Shahanna and I went camping this past weekend in a local state park. It was fun, I hadn't been camping in a very long time!! :):) I am not usually the camping kind of girl but it was a lot of fun! :) It's Monday again. Next weekend we are having another yard sale, the last one was a hit, so we wanted to have another one.
Not too much else is new. Just hoping the week will fly by! :)
Hope everyone had a good Monday. I am glad it went by quick. One of my hubcaps fell of one of my tires sometime over the weekend, so I spent yesterday after work getting a new one, but now I am happy, haha....
Not too much else has been new....just staying busy. It has been super hot outside the last few days, so I am trying to stay indoors!
I decorated some tins up above a week or two ago. I think they are cute. You can use them to hold anything small, candies, little favors, rings, etc... Ofcourse I used Amy Butler's Duck Egg Fabric. (My upstairs bathroom has this same theme) They discontinued this pattern, so I am trying to use it as much as I can.
Hope everyone has a great Friday! I am glad it is finally here. I have nothing to do this weekend, and I am looking forward to it!! :):) It will give Scott and me a chance to catch up on things around the house. We also are going to buy a new tent this weekend too, hopefully we can get a lot of use out of it, I haven't camped out in a while, haha. I am thinking we might get the tent I show here, but I am not sure....it's from Gander Mountain.
This past weekend Scott and I went to CT to attend a friend of mine's wedding. It was very pretty. Here are a few pics... It was a beautiful wedding!! :):) The weekend went by super quick. This weekend I look forward to doing a bunch of nothing. The following weekend we are going camping, I am excited about this, being that I haven't been camping in a very long time!! Haha, this could be interesting! That's all for now, hope everyone has a nice Tuesday!!
I have been redecorating the upstairs bathroom, and I now have the shower curtain up. When I finish getting everything, it should look very cute. I am hoping I don't get carried away, I tend to do that, haha....
So we had the yard sale on Saturday. It was nice and sunny, and we all made out pretty well. I think we are going to try and have another one in September. We actually noticed a few thiefs had come by too, isn't that crazy, that desperate to want to try and steal from a yard sale. If they need it that bad....geeez
Also, Scott, Matthew, Shahanna, Brian and me tried a new resteraunt called Busters the other night. It was super yummy! :) It is a new resteraunt, right outside of King George in an area called Port Royal. I got crabcakes, no fillers either, it was really good! Then we stopped by this gsa station called Hornes. They have candy cigarettes that I love getting, haha.
That's all for now, hopefully this Monday flies by!
So this is the next one I am going to try.....I am running low on time.... If this one doesn't work, don't know what I will do yet....I gotta find something that is going to work with my funky shape, haha.....
Who knows...It's almost Wednesday, almost halfway through the week!
I am soooo glad the weekend is almost here! I need a nice relaxing weekend doing NOTHING!
I have attached a product from one of my favorite sellers on Etsy (Sayyourpeice) She makes the greatest ceramics!! I have fallen in love with the products she makes, she has great talent, and it definitely shows in her work....
Not too much else is new, just glad it's Friday!! :)
So this is the new dress I am going to try... I hope it works a little better, the other dress gathered in the middle, and I think that is what bothered me, so I am going to give this one a shot. Wish me luck! :)
It's almost Friday, thank goodness! :)
I realized that I need to get new tires put on my car here soon...not looking forward to that ($Money$)
So I made Roxy another grooming appointment for mid August. Her Yorkie hairs are growing out again, so I want to get her groomed.
I saw this a few weeks ago, and for someone who loves stationary, cards, and things like that, I thought this was really cute, just a little organizer. Can you tell I love to organize?? Well anyways, I thought these were really cute!! :)
I saw these on etsy and thought it was such a neat creation as a phone number organizer, or even for addresses! :) You could probably use any kind of paper design you want..... Just thought I would share something I ran across! :)
I love this apron!! It is sooo cute, I saw it on etsy, and just thought it would be cute to buy (that is, if I cooked more, haha) I can't remember the last time I actually wore an apron though. This apron was made my sassyapron on etsy.
One of my etsy friend's (platinumdesigns) used a picture of Scott and I as a prop for one of her save the date's she is selling on her etsy page. We are not engaged yet, but I told her she could use our photo as a prop, is that bad luck?? I think the example ended up great though!
One of my friends is getting married on August 1st, and I just got this dress from Ann Taylor Loft to wear to it. What do you think? I keep on going back and forth about it. I think I may buy a tie around cardigan like thing to cover my big shoulders, that may make me feel better. I still have to find shoes too!
*What I love
*My husband Scott
*My Mom, Dad, and Sis
*My stepson Matthew
*Weight Watchers Diet
*Laughing until I cry
*Going on trips
*Anything Coach or Tiffanys
*Thunderstorms in the Summertime
*Life in General
*Carl's Ice Cream
*Tropical Smoothie Cafe
*Ultimate White Cake
*A nice glass of wine (or 3)
*Memories of my grandparents