>The Day Between Sunday and Tuesday.

March 21, 2011

>I don’t despise Mondays. but I really dislike them a lot. They are just a sad reminder of how much of the week we still have left. Actually I should jump for joy every time I get to see a Monday, because it means it is one more day that I have on this beautiful earth.

Anyways. I wanted to talk all about our Vegas trip and how much fun I had with all of my boys. But, I am still so exhausted from the trip that I can’t even begin to write about it.. SO pictures and stories will come later.

For now I wanted to share this yumminess of a recipe that I made today.

how I chose to write down recipes.. with a sharpie on a paper towel. 
terrible, terrible, phone picture..but my camera is full of Vegas pictures. 

If you like black beans. You will love this. I can just imagine it on a yummy salad, or in a warm burrito, or like I had it, on top of a chicken patty {sounds gross, but oh so good!}… oh the possibilities. 
Ok loves. I’m off to watch some old Greys Anatomy! 

March 14, 2011

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Spring {break at least} is here!!! Which means that I have… 

1. Already conquered NOLA… first bachelorette party of the season! 
2. Sprung(?) Forward.. always makes my school day go faster {although I miss my extra hour of sleep!}
3. Going to VEGAS tomorrow!!!!

Quick recap of NOLA..

Acme Oyster House {yum}, Fat Catz, Pat O’s, Hurricanes, House of Blues, The Funky Pirate, Cats Meow,Voodoo Shop {freaky!}, Lingerie Shower, Wine, Beer, Vodka, Rum {gosh I felt baaaad Saturday}, Howl at the Moon, lots of laughs, catching up with best friends, lots of walking, blisters, piggy back rides, people watching, falling down {I only fell once, and it was in the hotel hall..but we definitely had some friends fall in the middle of bourbon street!}, dancing, singing at the top of our lungs, lots of pictures, throwing beads, dancing on a bar {not as bad as it sounds!}, actually meeting some fun Auburn friends, great breakfasts, naps, great weather, and many more memories

I had such an amazing time with all of the girls, and the Bachelorette was such a trooper this weekend!! Only 3 weeks until I get to celebrate mine in ATX!!

So here are some of the “good” pictures from the weekend!

SIL and I at the entrance to the fancy suite! 

best friends since kindergarten! 

MIL & SIL 

besties 

crazy girls! 

pour me something tall and strong, make it a hurricane, before I go insane! 

pretty girls 

the bachelorette! 

Although I spent my money on great food, and good drinks… the best purchase of the weekend was definitely these babies… I can’t wait to wear them! 
my new flats…I’m in love. 

Ok loves. I am off to Vegas tomorrow, I’ll be back Thursday night. Have an awesome week and send me good gambling vibes! {although I am way more interested in going to H&M than gambling!}

>Wedding Wednesday!

March 9, 2011

>It is that time again. My favorite blogging day. Wedding Wednesday!

I was trying to figure out what I wanted to talk about today. I have so much that I want to say..but haven’t really had time to write it down. So, I thought that I would talk about our engagement photos. We loved. our photographer Amanda from Whitney Lee Photography. She was so fun to work with and made Stuart and I feel very comfortable in front of the camera…

see. we find deer antlers. and we proceed to put them on my head. nervous in front of the camera? nah. 
Amanda wrote a very cute blog post on our shoot so you should for sure head over and check it out HERE 
These were some of my very favorites from our shoot… 
{love.}
{this was in the running for the save the date picture!}
{this is our save the date picture!} 
we had so many pictures that we loved, but this one just screamed Madi and Stu. I had just jumped on his back and we were laughing about something, and she caught this moment. I was in love with everything that this picture caught. Our real smiles. The love between us. makes me so happy! 

I was so nervous on this day. Thinking back to it I had so much fun and I can’t wait for Amanda to do my bridal portraits and then be at the wedding and I of course can’t wait to marry this boy!

loves.

>Woah.

March 8, 2011

>I haven’t blogged in a week. Guilt. I can’t believe it. I have been so busy with applications for a new job, interviews, wedding stuff, rodeo, ah. I need Spring Break. Good thing I have 2 more days until it starts! woohoo!

So on FRIDAY {embarrassed} sweet Amber over @ Sweet Pea tagged me in a fun little game of 5 things I can’t live without!! I thought that I would finally get around to answering those questions!

Five Things I Can’t Live Without! 
{besides my fiance, family, the usual stuff that I really actually need in my life!} 

1. Sadly to say it has to be my phone… 


I have the htc incredible… and I do love it.. but. I am a total mac girl and can’t wait to get the iPhone for Verizon. 
2. My MacBook Pro 
best.computer.ever. enough said. 
3. My Music
I love my music. Stuart is always listening to pandora and so I get most of my music from him!

4. This is a really weird one.. but it’s fruit! 


I for some reason eat an apple for snack every morning. I always have some sort of fruit in the afternoon too. It is so good for you and really helps my sweet tooth! 
5. Running 
I am seriously considering ordering this print. I have become a lover of running. I tried to work out at the gym today since it was rainy outside, and all I could think about was I would so much rather be running in the rain than running on this treadmill and wait in line to workout on a machine {most annoying thing ever.} Running is so easy. Just you and the sidewalk. no waiting in lines. Ah. I am very much looking forward to my run tomorrow! I can finally clear my head!! 
Ok loves. These were my 5 things… hope you enjoyed! 
you should do this fun activity and then comment so I can come read what you can’t live without! 

>Tuesday Tunes.

March 1, 2011

>Hi Loves.

I can’t believe that this Tuesday flew by and its already MARCH! yay for springing forward, my first trip to NOLA, my trip to Vegas with ALL of my brothers for Spring Break 2011 {my real brothers Taylor and Grayson, and my other brothers Blake, Adam, and Hunter.. We are just missing my Beckster!!!} I have a feeling this is going to be a really fun/tiring month!

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tay, grayson, thomas 

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blakey-o and becky-poo with tay tay {I’m pretty sure they all hate their nicknames that I have for them!}

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{stole from Cat @ Perpetual Perfection…thanks love ya Cat!}


I love all of my brothers, and I seriously just talked to my wedding planner and made her write down so she wouldn’t forget to get Taylor, Grayson, Blake, Beck, Adam, Hunter, Brad, Zach, and Phillip {the whole group of boys whom I consider brothers!} all ready early on Wedding Day so that I can get a big group picture with me and all of my boys!
Ok enough of love for my boys. 

Here is what I was listening to on the first day of this wonderful month!

Down By the Water– The Decemberists
The High Road– Broken Bells
Sigh No More– Mumford & Sons
We R Who We R– Ke$ha {please don’t judge me…}
October– Broken Bells
Lochloosa– Mofro {makes me want lake travis and a cold beer!}
All Gone To Nothing- Nelo
Kiss Me In the Dark– Randy Rogers Band

what are you listening to this week? 

>Love of Running.

February 26, 2011

>I am officially obsessed with running. Well. not obsessed, but I do have a real love for it.

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 i love this quote. It is so true and exactly what I feel when I am running a race. 

Today my dad and I ran the rodeo 10k. It was a really fun run. We ran over an overpass. Woah. I am not used to running up hills (sad that a hill in Houston is an overpass.) The first one was at mile 2 and I was cruising. Dad on the other hand was struggling a little bit. Around Mile 5 we had to do it again. This time I was struggling and Dad was for sure cruising over it. 
Pause. 
These are the moments when I say why do I run? Why do I put myself through this? It is because there is no greater feeling than when your legs are tired, you can’t breathe, all you want to do is stop. But you know that you have that last mile. The last measly mile. 5,280 feet. You get to cross that finish line and like hell I am going to cross is walking. 
my running gear the night before! {I get nervous and like to have everything set out so I don’t forget anything.}

I was tired after the run today. We treated ourselves to queso and a margarita. That is another great reason to run. The cheese you can eat after and not feel so guilty. {side note: for valentines day I found a card for stuart it was this big block of cheese and it said, I love you more than cheese. I couldn’t buy it. I tried to. I was scared that it just wasn’t true. I mean gosh. I love that boy to death, but more than cheese? I don’t know about that. }
Ok lovies, I hope you are having a great weekend!

>Wedding Wednesday!

February 23, 2011

>I have been a terrible blogger! In between wedding planning, and applying for new teaching jobs I am swamped!

I wanted to talk today about my first shower I had last weekend.. but I wanted to do it when I got the pictures from it on my computer!

SO… I will leave you with some of the pressies I got!

The most important stuff for our house… 

margaritas anyone?

mmm… a little prosecco maybe?

or how about a nice glass of red? 

…the girls that got me my drinkware know me well. 

I can imagine a fun summer dinner party with these… 
cute salad plate!

my everyday plates… simple but lovely! 

 some yummy desserts for my stand! 

and of course my napkins.. minus the M! 

I loved every single present I got and I am so thankful for all of my friends who came out to celebrate this very special time in my life! 
Hopefully next week I will have the pictures so you can see what a beautiful job everyone did! 
loves. 

>Wah.

February 18, 2011

>I was supposed to write a post today about how amazing my dress is. And how happy that this is the dress that Stuart will see me in for the first time when we become husband and wife. {cue swoon}

Sadly. I can’t do that. The shipments are still all messed up from all that nasty weather that NYC had, and unfortunately my dress did not get here like it said it was going to. Stupid nasty New York weather that had to mess up my dress getting to me on time. {ok. mini rant over.cue sad face.}

{hehe, although, I don’t even really like cats. sorry. it’s just cute}

This weekend I do have my first shower that I am so super excited about! I will post more on that later though!

Ok lovies. Have an amazing weekend!

doing anything fun? Challenge for the weekend: Do something you normally wouldn’t do. Go for a run without headphones! Turn off your cell phone and enjoy a lunch or dinner date without any interruptions. Let me know what it is you challenged yourself to! 

>Wedding Wednesday!

February 16, 2011

>I love Wedding Wednesday. I have always loved weddings. I guess I am just a sucker for love.

Anyways, this week I wanted to talk about our marriage counseling class that we went to last Saturday. It was ah-may-zing. amazing. I was a little skeptical about it at first, and of course Stuart was too. But we left our church Saturday afternoon with big ‘ol smiles on our faces.

{our big smiles!}

We talked about everything from Conflict Resolution {anger}, Money Matters, Sex {of course…not as awkward as I thought it would be}, and my favorite part Communication. 
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
James 1:19
I have heard this verse a lot before. But for some reason, when Tim, the pastor who lead our class, said it, it sorta of clicked in my head. Oh.This is what marriage is about. Right here. In this passage. In these words. You listen when your partner needs you to, be careful the words you chose when you are speaking, and do not get angry over the smallest things. I will forever remember this moment. Hopefully I can remember these words in times when I really need them. 

We had an exercise to do. Eat lunch together. Uh…ok. We do this all the time. BUT No cell phones. No anything. Just the two of us and lunch. Stuart and I try and not take out our cell phones when we are eating together, but it is funny how many times I reached for my phone to check the time, or check something on the internet. Tim told us to go find a place around the church where it would be just the two of us. We chose our favorite place, outside {it was a gorgeous day, sun was shining, everything was perfect.} We layed down Stuarts tailgate, hopped in the bed of his truck and marveled at the beautiful day that God had given us. We were given a sheet and we were to ask each other these 8 questions… 

1. What was your favorite all time date the two of you went on? What was special about it? 
2. When was the last time you laughed so hard together that you cried? 
3. What is like going to look like in ten years..what’s your best guess…Where will you be living? Kids? Jobs?
4. What is one spiritual goal for 2011 that the two of you can attain together?
5. What do you think are your fiances greatest strengths? Why? 
6. What are you most looking forward to about the wedding day? Why? 
7. What is one fun date you can go on together before the big day? Where will you go? What will you do? When will you go? 
8. Go back in your mind…remember what it was like the first time your saw your fiance…Share some of these feelings and thoughts. 

We actually answered all of these questions. Although we had talked about most of this stuff already, it was fun to go back and think about our first date, and how often we laugh together… I think we laugh together so much that it is a hobby! 

Ok. This was definitely not as fun as hearing the proposal, or talking about colors, dresses, shoes…blah blah. 

But it was important. 

Always talk to your partner. Never let the communication go. because if it does, what do you have left? 


loves.

>Tuesdays Tunes and what I can’t stop doing…

February 15, 2011

>I have a confession.

If I don’t tell someone I might go crazy.

I keep telling my self to stop doing it.

Or that this is the last time.

I keep….

{feeling lots of shame right now… shame, shame, shame….}

Looking at my Wedding Registry to see what I have gotten. AHHHHH feels so much better to get that off my shoulders.

It could be a lot worse right. right? I mean. I don’t know WHO has gotten me anything. I just know that people love me enough to want to buy the stuff that Stuart and I will need for our cute house that we have yet to find!

Ok. I feel better. Thanks bloggy friends.

Now, back to our regular Tuesday…

madiTunes… {hehe}

Dog Days Are Over– Florence + The Machine
Little Lion Man– Mumford & Sons
Wildflowers-Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
The Weight– The Band
Bumblebee– Band of Heathens
Thrift Store T-shirt– Brent Jordan {go here, listen to this song. it is awesome. and then go here and here and become addicted to this cute family!}
Lights On the Stage- Cory Morrow
Alabama– Cross Canadian Ragweed

is there any music I should be listening to? anything out there really good!? I’m always up for suggestions! 


loves.