December 28, 2007

California, here I come!!!




We leave for L.A. tomorrow at 11:05! I am so excited. However, this confirms my dislike for packing. I really can't get motivated, no matter how excited I am about a trip. I always think, "oh it won't take me long to gather the last minute things..." WRONG!! I always stay up way too late the night before a trip. I will write a lot about it when I get back.

Christmas was great. We had a wonderful time with family, and ate way too much food. It's always so sad for me when it's over. But now my countdown just starts all over again :) I will post pictures of that later....maybe later tonight once I'm "packed." I have missed seeing everyone and look forward to catching up with you! Lots of love....watch out, Hollywood---your biggest celebrity stalker is on its way!

December 25, 2007

December 22, 2007

Reporting from Ripley. . .

We are here in Ripley having a great time! We were all able to be together and open presents. And guess what I got?!?! I REAL COACH BAG! I was so excited!!! I will post pictures soon. Just reporting to let my adoring public know our updates. Lots of love!

December 20, 2007

Fun Survey

My eye color: Blue
My hair color: Auburn
Favorite car: I like my Highlander
Height: 5'4"
Right-handed or left-handed: right
My heritage: Swiss, Canadian, English
My weakness: old movies, rocking chairs, Christmas, elderly men
Goal you would like to achieve this year: Work on physical fitness, improve my quiet time, enjoy life more
My bedtime: I'm a night owl!
Single or Group Dates: Both...but I always prefered single dates
Do you smoke: NO
Do you swear: we all have our moments
Do you sing: Yes
Do you shower daily: I try
Have you been in love: yes
Do you want to go to college: I did go...and now I don't have to anymore
Do you want to get married: I AM married!
Do you think you're attractive: I have my moments
Do you get along with your parents: I adore my parents
Do you like thunderstorms: Usually...but I hate losing electricity
Do you play a musical instrument: Piano and a little flute
In the past month have you drunk alcohol: NO.
In the past month have you smoked: ew no
In the past month have you been on drugs: No
Favorite cartoon as a child: Jetsons and Alvin and the Chipmunks
When you were little, you used to... love life to the fullest
In the past month have I been on stage: Yes! I had a blast.
Ever been called a tease: I don't believe so...
Ever shoplifted: No
How you want to die: peacefully and preferably with Kurt on the same day.
What you want to be when you grow up: Godly, respected, and well-liked
Favorite color: too many
Favorite celebrity: Posh Spice, Prince William, Keri Russell, Heidi Klum, Patrick Dempsey, so many more...
My parents are... incredible
Do you have children: Not yet!
My weight: as IF
Do you have pets: Doris!
Favorite clothing brand: I can't afford couture, but I like to dress like it for less :)
Pet peeve: passivity, arrogance, when you can't depend on people
What can't you live without: The Lord, Kurt, my family, rocking chairs, Christmas, music, books
My favorite season: All of them except summer
Who was the last person that called you: I don't remember...but I've made a lot of calls
Do you like yourself: Yes I would say so
Are you a good driver: I think so
Would you rather be rich or famous: Rich. But I have always wanted to taste fame. Favorite drink: Apple cider, cherry limeade, Coke
When I'm sad or down, I... think of happy memories and play music
Do you have a crush on anyone: My husband I suppose
What is your phone's current ringtone: Bewitched
Are you ticklish: YES
The longest you've gone without sleeping: I have never pulled an all nighter..
What would you do with a million dollars: Do things for people and save just a bit for myself. I'm very tender in that way.
Define yourself in 3 words... Opinionated, devoted, sentimental
What makes you laugh: many things
Do you believe in God: Absolutely
Favorite day of the week: I'm a fan of Friday
Heads or tails: That's dumb

Dinner Party and Punky's Birthday

We had a wonderful time with Drew and Erin! We ate and then played Scene-It, the TV version. Kurt claimed that he would be terrible at the game, and then he and Drew won. It was ridiculous. Next time, Erin and I are busting out Disney Scene-It, and we'll see who's boss. Today was Punky's birthday!(My baby sister!) We had a great time. I took her to get a manicure and pedicure with our nail girl (and great friend), Judy. She owns Bdazzled with Judy, and it's AWESOME! Let me know if you want a great manicurist. Anyway, after we had a little pampering, we ate as a family at Biaggi's, which was wonderful. Kurt was on call and couldn't be with us :( Andrea got a Raider's sweatshirt, since she wants to play high school basketball...she's our little athlete! She also got makeup and a beautiful ring with her birthstone in it. We had a great time. Happy 13th Birthday, sweet little Punky :)

















December 18, 2007

REALLY Random Thoughts

-I love Jesus tips. Tonight we were in IHOP (which I also LOVE), and we gave our waitress a really generous tip. It was 9:30 at night, her shift had probably just started, and you could just tell she has a rough life. I love ministering to people who serve ME.

-Stubborn people annoy me. Ungodly people make me sad. Disrespectful people ANGER me. And guess what? In Wal-Mart tonight at 10:30 (this was separate from the grocery run I made today) with Kurt to purchase one last Christmas gift, we encountered a person who had all three of these traits. Therefore, I experienced all of these emotions. However....and this is a big however....lately I've been convicted to just be more of Jesus to people. The guy was probably 17 or 18 years old, cocky, and arrogant. Something didn't go the right way with his checkout, and he demanded to see a mangager, while at least 6 people waited behind him, including us. Keep in mind that there are only 3 checkout lines running in the store at the time, so tension was extra high. He just was so pig headed and mean and stubborn! Kurt was about to blow up, and I was about to give the jerk a talking to, but we looked at each other and just knew we needed to be Jesus. So when we got to the checkout clerk, bless her heart, we just smiled extra big. I even said "I'm sorry you just had to go through that, ma'am," and she just looked so relieved that someone was NICE to her. All that to say, I love my husband a TON more because of that trip (he was so patient) and it's a reminder for all of us who are Christians to remember Who we represent.

-I love extra soft nightgowns. I bought one at Marshall's the other day and it is DIVINE. It's the simple things.

-I hate clutter. And I am getting rid of the clutter in my house AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

-I am accepting the fact that I probably will never be a morning person. For the longest time, I have beat myself up about this, because I feel like if you're not up at 7 am, you're lazy. But you know what? I don't think that waking up at 9 is that bad. And I know once I have kids I will be up with the best of them, but right now, in this chapter, I am allowed to be a night owl. Thank you.

-I think Christmas cards are one of my favorite things. I love seeing how people have changed or grown, and I especially love Christmas letters. No one does old-fashioned corrosponding anymore, but for some reason, at Christmastime people STILL won't send out a tacky email for a Christmas greeting. If we think it's so tacky to send an email for a thank-you note or Christmas card, shouldn't we be hand-writing notes more during the year? Maybe I should try to do that.

-I love how perfect Kurt is for me. Sometimes I just think....thank you, Lord! We are so perfectly matched, I know that only God could've planned it. Sounds mushy, but it's really true. I'm just extra thankful for him.

There's a lot more randoms I could write, but I should go straighten my house. I AM having company tomorrow. Bon soir, everyone!

December 17, 2007

Ladies' Night

We had a GREAT time at Kecia's house for the Sunday School party. It was girls only, and let's just say that the conversation was GIRLS ONLY!! We laughed our heads off. I ended up with an adorable ornament for the tree, after playing a good game of dirty Santa. I had a really good number so I ended up with a lovely ornament! A good time was had by all. Now if I can only survive Walmart tomorrow...

It's getting so close!

Christmas, I mean. Can you believe it's almost here? I have double- and triple-checked my calendar, an

Christmas is indeed just days away. I always love the early part of December because Christmas decorations are JUST going up, and the sights and sounds are just beginning. I am the one who is always depressed right after Christmas. I just can't help it.

There's really not much to report here. Kurt has been on call, and I've been enjoying NOT having school. Granted, I'm still very busy, but it's exciting nonetheless. Tomorrow night Kurt is taking me to see "A Christmas Carol" at New Stage Theatre. We are very excited. We went last year, and ate at IHOP afterwards. We actually ended up having the "marriage" discussion after this date last year, so it's a special memory for us. Wednesday night we are having our friends Erin and Drew over for dinner:


There they are!

Erin is a great friend of mine from college and she's engaged to Drew, who's an internal medicine resident. So we often commiserate about residents' schedules, long hours, etc. I'm in their wedding in May. So we'll have a little dinner party. Fun!

Thursday is my baby sister's birthday. Punky (Andrea to everyone else) will be 13!!!! I am very much upset about this. I remember rocking her, loving on her, and giving her breathing treatments when she was so sick around the ages of 1-4. She was a sick little baby, and I loved taking care of her. So anyway, I sound like a mom. In case she's reading this, I won't tell what I got her, but it's a good gift! I'll post about it afterwards.

Friday we're going to see the Canton Victorian Christmas Festival. Now, this is an inside joke in my family, because the first year we lived here, Mom heard about it and wanted us to go. However, when we got there, the square was deserted and it looked really dinky. We've laughed about it ever since. We're still not sure if we just got there at the wrong time, or what. But I wanted to try it again, so Kurt and I are going, and I think Mom and some others may tag along. I'm looking forward to my Christmas activities!

Saturday, the 22nd, it's my last day of work! I work from 10-2, and then Kurt and I are off to Ripley to have the Lancaster Christmas. We'll get back to Jackson on Christmas Eve in time for the service.

Whew! That's my week. I just love Christmastime.

December 15, 2007

Brittney and Jarrod's Wedding and Anesthesia Christmas Party

Here are a TON of pictures from this weekend! We had a great rehearsal dinner at Schimmel's, and then the beautiful wedding on Friday. Kurt and I had the annual anesthesia Christmas party at Old Capitol Inn tonight (Saturday). It was a wonderful weekend!
































































































































































































































































































































































December 13, 2007

Congratulations, Britt!!!


My sweet, sweet friend Brittney Norman is getting married tomorrow! (Yes, on a Friday!) Tonight we had the rehearsal dinner and it was so much fun. I will post pictures of the whole weekend tomorrow...Britt was so supportive of me during my wedding season, and now I am gladly doing it for her! I love my sweet Brittney---cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Jarrod Muller!

Late Night Questions


Late night questions


1.Someone knocks on your door at 2am, who do you want it to be?

Gosh. Kurt already lives with me...I can't think of anyone.

2. Your boss tells you he/she will give you a $20 raise if you'll do your job naked. Do you?

No! I am way too modest.

3. Your boy/girlfriend's ex calls and needs a tire change, do you let him/her go?

Haha that would be a NO.

4. Ever seen a ghost?

I can't say that I have.

5. Would you change your body?

I'd like to lose a few pounds.

6. A reason you would move to Iceland?

To actually experience winter weather.

7. A place you've lived that you miss?

Cape Girardeau. I miss it every single day.

8. A person that you miss?

I miss my Daddy right now. He's in Nashville. And Kurt is on call :(

9. A band/group you thought was cool when you were little?

Point of Grace. I was such a fan.

10. You have a nightmare, who's the first person you think to tell?

Kurt. And I've had a few.

11. Wanna have kids before you're 30?

Yes I do! We're planning on me being 24-25 or so, but whenever God blesses, I will be thrilled.

12. A memory from high school?

My wonderful, wonderful teachers. High school is general was great, in retrospect.

13. Ever had a crush on one of your friend's parents?

No.

15. Do you look more like your mom or your dad?

I've gotten both. My dad and I have identical baby pictures.

16. Something you've always wanted to learn how to do?

Play violin, for real ballroom dancing (I've done it a bit, but I want to be GOOD), cook really well....when I was little I wanted to ice skate.

17. If you could be with one person who would it be?

I'm happy with Ashley :)

18. Where you'd like to be in 10 years?

Let's see, I'll be 32. Yikes. I'd like to have my beautiful kids and be settled with Kurt somewhere. If I had my way, we'd be in or near a large city. But that's not going to happen. I'll settle for a suburb.

19. Something you learned about life this year?

I've learned a LOT this year. Marriage is awesome. God surprises us. And you don't have to do what the whole world tells you is the norm. You can take a different path, simplify your life, and be really happy.

20. What do you want for your birthday?

That's in June...so it's awhile from now...but I'd like to be surprised.

22. Last item you bought yourself?

Clothes.

23. What did you have for breakfast?

I woke up late and had ravioli before going to work.

24. Name a celeb you think is hot?

Patrick Dempsey. Eric Dane. Oliver James. Many others. Don't tell Kurt =)

25. What's your ring tone?

Bewtiched. But it's mostly on vibrate.

26. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

I will be getting more now!

27. Have you ever been tied up?

Not physically, but busy? yeah!!!

28. What do you wish you were doing right now?

Traveling with my whole family in Europe.

29. Last time you witnessed a fight?

I can't remember, thankfully.

30. What was the last alcoholic beverage you drank?

I don't drink. I disagree with it.

33. Do you like your hair pulled?

Ugh, no.

34. Is there anyone you want to date at the moment?

Dates with my husband are great :)

35. Favorite food?

Japanese, Italian, Mexican, my mom's cooking....I like food in general.

36. Is bigger really better?

Depends on what we're talking about. . .I hate questions that are trying to ask something inappropriate.

37. What do you think of Brad Pitt?

I think that he's a loser for dumping Jen, but he and Angelina made a beautiful child, and I think he is rather good looking. But still a loser for dumping Jen.

38. A friend you have the most in common with?

It goes in stages.

39. What color are your toenails?

A raisin color. But they don't look good unless I have them professionally done.

40. Last person you talked with on the phone?

Kurt

41. Do you own anything with a skull on it?

Nothing.

42. Have you traveled to Europe?

I have lived there. It is so fantastic and wonderful.

43. Last movie you watched?

Hmm....Marie Antoinette.

44. If you could be anything in the world what would it be?

Godly, inpired and inspiring, and well-traveled.

45. Last sin committed?

That's between me and God.

46. Last board/card game you played?

I don't play many games.

47. Leather or lace?

I just bought a great leather jacket, so I'll go with leather right now.

48. Ever had a black eye?

Nope.

50. One thing you regret?

A few things.

December 10, 2007

A Family Conversation

This is an actual conversation that took place this evening:

Will: "Dad told me that if I ever get caught rolling people's houses or mudding in their yards, he won't bail me out of jail."

Dad: "That's right. If you're guilty, don't even bother to call."

Mom: "Mark, he could end up there with gay people in the same cell!"

Dad: "Well, one night of that would cure him forever."

I'm DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In honor of this glorious day, I am posting pictures of my house decorated for Christmas :) Also, in fond memory of severely late nights, stress beyond belief, and tears, I am posting pictures of my last project, Lavish Spa. I think the house turned out great, and the spa.....well, it's OVER WITH. Let the celebrating begin!



A little blurry, but I love my decorations :)


In better light.



My adorable stockings that I designed and my wonderful mother in law made for me!




The mantle. You can't see very well but there's brown and red balls in the garland with big white vintage-style bulbs. I love my mantle!



Ah. The tree :)





On the entry table. I should do more in this area....maybe after I have taken a rest.







My materials board for the spa.


The floorplan that I drew and an elevation of the entry.
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