Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wedding Update

Why  haven't I been posting a ton about our wedding you ask? Frankly....I don't give a damn anymore :) OK OK..its not that severe but I have been completely overwhelmed lately! So much to do so little time and $!!! If you didn't already know Jake and I are paying for this wedding all on our own! That's a pretty big feat! Weddings are NOT cheap these days! In order to help us along the way we've been cutting back ...for example Jake's brother Chris moved in with us to cut our monthly rent and utilities bill. Its been nice that our bills are lower but living with someone isn't super easy, and we've discovered that we will probably have to live with him the first 2 months of married life because we are trying to get in a house in the next few months and don't want to sign a new lease. We will see how that goes! Finger Crossed!

So I thought in this post Id just share with you some of the recent DIYs and wedding projects Ive done.

This is something I finished today! I think its pretty fabulous! Its an old window that I bought from a lady, filled it with our favorite Engagement pics and VOILA! Ill be hanging this somewhere at the reception!
This is the sign I made for .26 cents! Yup!! The wood is from an old pallet at Jake's work, and the paint was on sale for .26 cents a bottle!:) I love cheap and free!!;) This sign will great guests at the road where our wedding will take place!

This is the CUTE little ring bearer bowl I partially DIY-ed. The actually heart bowl I bought from a seller on etsy and cost about ...$11 with shipping. Bought the moss and already had the jute twine. A little hot glue and BAM-ring bearer bowl! I plan on taking the moss and string out after the wedding and keeping the little bowl on my sink as a place to put my rings!

This is a wedding knot I made! I didn't want the traditional unity candle or sand ceremony, so when I saw this I knew it was perfect! Each cord represents on of these: Bride, Groom, God. As our Pastor reads (Ecclesiastes 4:12 to be exact) which says:

"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Jake and I will braid the three strands together. After you secure it with a clear rubber band and once the wedding is over we will display it in our home. I think its unique and I like that it is a good conversation starter and a way to share our faith when family and friends come over to visit!

These are my 4 top DIYs so far! Ill try to post more as it gets closer!

I'm so flippin' excited! We will be leaving Monday October 1st for JAMAICA and will be gone for 6 glorious nights!!!! Its gonna be great!

soon to be MRS.HALL! (59 days!)

Friday, July 27, 2012

sneak attack

Oh that little number?
Yea..that's the number of days until MY WEDDING!
Its playing a little game of sneak attack on me.
I turn around & BAM! my wedding has jumped out from behind the bush it was hiding behind and its say "PEEK A BOO! HERE I AM!"...and ill be here before you know it!
I promise to do a wedding/life update soon!
I'm. Just. So. BUSY!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Finishing up honest blogging

Day 26 — I would break the law to save a loved one if…
Well I'm pretty much a rule follower..so this would be a tough one. But I think if one of my family members was in harms way I would break the law if it meant saving them! Family is number 1!

Day 27 – I have an inner voice, and if a friend spoke to me the way my inner voice does at times....she would spent a lot of time arguing! I have a lot of two sided conversations in my head LOL

Day 28--If I could do one thing that is socially unacceptable and know I would not be judged, I would…
live in the nude. I seriously hate wearing clothes and could live everyday all day NAKED!:) Although I'm sure to many peoples dismay

Day 29 — My television is showing the same show on every channel. I really don’t mind watching ____________ (from the 1960′s) and I really love this show because…
 Well in the 1960's I was just a twinkle in my fathers eye but if I could go back to lets say...when I was 6-ish ...id love to watch reading rainbow, zooballizoo, and fraggle rock! I love all those old shows!

Day 30--One question or subject matter if I were asked here on 30 Days of Blogging Honesty I know I would refuse to answer or definitely lie about is…”
I wouldn't lie but I would definitely limit my answers if asked to tell things Ive done in my past that I regret. I regret them therefor I wish I hadn't done them , and that's something I simply don't want to delve into!:)



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 25: “My biggest pet peeve that has nothing to do with blogging, being online, computers, or anything else related to the Internet is…”

I cant stand it when people gloat about how much money they spend on items, how many of these so and so's they have AND like to continually comment that they don't have to work. Call this a bit of jealousy if you wish (probably is) but some of us have to bust our butts in our profession JUST to make ends meet. We are happy you don't have to go through any of these hardships (although I guarantee you your life is harder than you let on) but please. enough sharing mmmkk?

Day 26: “I would break the law to save a loved one if…”

This totally depends on the situation. I will tell you though that my mother, my sisters my dad and my future husband mean the MOST to me in this world and when someone messes with them I definitely get the mother bear instinct! I would do almost anything for my family. Now. With that said ill go back to my first statement. It totally depends on the situation. If they have done something very wrong...I'm not sure I would be able to do much to protect them. know what I mean?..I mean I'm not a law breaker..for the mos part. If it was something to save their LIFE though I'd do whatever I could to save them!

(anyone else sick of these Honesty posts? me too..but I must finish! Only 4 days to go:)


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blogger 411- getting to know ya!

1. How long have you been blogging? And what got you started on blogging? Has your blog changed? Well...I'm a newbie blogger. Ive been a blog stalker for YEARS and I finally decided I wanted to join in on the fun. Plus I love the idea of being able to look back and see how life has changed. I made this blog in 2010 ( i think) but just recently started posted frequently :)
2. Did you go to college? If so where, and what did you study?  I went to school at a local community college, and studied Surgical technology. I now work on Labor and Delivery as a OB Tech:) Now before actually deciding on what I wanted to do I was all over the place at school! From Nursing to Art education to sonographer...im a bit indecsisive!
3. Where have you traveled? This is an area of my life that is lacking sadly. Ive never had the luxury of being able to travel. The only place Ive been is the Bahamas..but I am going to JAMAICA on our honeymoon!!!!yyaaayy!!!
4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy? A house! I cant wait to be out of our tiny damp apartment!
5. What are your 3 biggest pet peeves? Lies, when Jake leaves his clothes EVERYWHERE! (does it take THAT much more effort to walk the ten steps to the laudry basket..seriously?) and dirty dishes in the sink <- which I hate to do...hence the pile of dirty dishes every few days :)
6. What is your favorite movie? Dead Poets Society...and the Notebook (I'm a sap!)
7. What is your drink of choice; wine, beer, or liquor. Or Water, Soda, Tea? I wish I could boast that all I ever drink is water..but that's soo not true! If we are going the Alcoholic route I LOVE margartias! non-alcoholic? I LOVE iced Chai Lattes! YUMMY! and I TRY to drink as much water as possible!:)
8. What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time? Bubble bath and a good book!
9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be? The Gap. Love the classic style!
10. Share with us an embarrassing moment of your past? Or present. I try to advoid embarrassing moments at all costs...so its been a while since I had one. But I do hate it when someone waves at you, you wave back only to discover they were waving at the person behind you! lol and yes that's happened more times than I can count!:)
11. What day would you love to relive again?   I would love to relive my graduation day/weekend again! It felt soo good FINALLY being done, knowing It was a huge step towards our future AND Jake proposed only 2 days later! What a great weekend!!!:)

12. If your life was turned into a movie... what actor would play you? I would like to think that Reese Witherspoon would play me. The only reason I say that is because I think shes so freakin adorable...not that we look ANYTHING alike:)

13. What are the jobs you had in high school/college/the early years? I didn't work while in High school (spoiled I know) but after high school I worked as a data entry clerk for 2 years, then as a medical assistant for a year and then a preschool teacher for almost 3 years :)
OMG I cant believe I'm showing this picture! this is my and my BFF Catalina in...10th grade? love the braces.
14. Show us a picture from high school or college.
15. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go? Id LOVE to go to Greece or Ireland..they both just look SOO beautiful in pictures!

I love this picture because its taken where Jake and I met! Oktoberfest 2007! Little did I know that cute brown eyed boy would one day become my HUSBAND!
16. Show us the most current picture of you or you, or your family, or anything of meaning to you. 
17. Where do you see your life 5 years from now? In 5 years ill be 32 (wow) hopefully by then Ill have at least one babe and I ideally would love to be working from home so I can stay at home with my child(ren) I'd also love to have a house and a garden!!!!

Head on over and Link up!! from Mrs. to Mama I'd love to get to know you better!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Honest Blogging Day 23 & 24

Day 23: You step onto an elevator only to realize everyone already in the elevator is facing the back wall. Do you ask them why they are facing the wrong way or do you join them?
 OK. This was not the original question for day 23 but I didn't really like the day 23 question. So I changed it. This is actually a question I was asked from a school counselor who was helping our class prepare for interviewing for a job. Weird? Yes. But interesting when you hear the response. I think if this were me I'd be somewhere in the middle. I think I would get in like normal and face the front. I'm sure Id be glancing over my shoulder trying to figure out what was going on but I'm not sure Id ask anyone WHY?

Day 24: Given the choice between having to live the rest of my life without my voice, or living the rest of my life without the ability to hear, I would choose...

Wow!...that's a super tough question. Id have to say Id rather live my life without my voice than with out my hearing. I hate the idea of never hearing Jake's voice again (corny I know) or what my mom sounds like when she gets one of her giggle fits! I also hate the idea of not being able to hear my future children's voices. I think I would definitely be able to communicate well even if I didn't have my voice, but I feel like I would miss out on a lot if I couldn't hear. :)


Friday, July 13, 2012

Question 22: Allowing another person to fully love me means they must…

Honest, trustworthy, reliable, honest, loving and kind:)<----all of which my MR. is!:)

That post was a tad short huh?  I plan on making a post soon about all that's going on with the wedding planning...I'm only 77 days away!!! OHEMGEE!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day 21: If the stars and planets aligned perfectly for me (regardless of my current situation), the celebrity I would marry is ____, and this is why…

 this question is boring to me. and one i really cant answer. If you read my blog any further than my 30 days of honest blogging challenge, you'll know that I get married in 78 days! I am completely madly in love with Mr. Hall. so to pick a celebrity I'd love to marry is really hard, because I cant imagine loving anyone else the way I do my future husband!:) I will do my list of my top 5 hottest celebrities tho! and not in any real order

1.John Krasinski (Jim from the office) I think he is just adorable and I love his sense of humor on the office...oh and that little crooked smile:)

2. Ryan Gosling- the notebook definitely has something to do with this

3.  Brad Pitt

4.   Channing Tatum-- hello Abs

5. jOhnny Depp- He just seems dark and mysterious:)

There you have it my Celebrity Hottie list:)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Honest blogging day 20

Day 20 :“I’m half-naked, cold, tired, hungry, hurt, wet and just washed up on a deserted island. The first things I need to do to survive is…”

  OK lets be realistic here...after I scream and cry and ask God "WHY??!!!!"....I need to find shelter and get dry...I'm sure I could make some sort of makeshift shelter out of?....palm leaves, washed up pieces of wood? and then Id need to build a fire. Id gather small sticks, leaves, branches etc....now at this point Id hope I was smart enough to pack a lighter (which I probably wouldn't) so I'm probably try and try and try to start a fire like McGyver...like this guy

cant you see me doing this...just dub in some crazy animalistic groans and crying..because you know my emotional cancer the crab side would come out and Id be a sobbing mess!

*Moral of this story: don't get stranded on an island with me...id probably be of NO help:)

Day 21: “The person or persons that do not read my blog but I wish they would,  would be…”

I wish a lot of people read my blog. Id love to have tons of followers who get inspired by me. But at the present moment that's not happening! If i had to pick 2 people Id say maybe a fabu wedding planner who thinks to herself "this girl needs help finishing her wedding..I think Ill step in, take over and finish it for her...for free!" Yup. that would be nice! BWWAAHHHAAAHHAAA!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Honest Blogging:day 17,18,19 Catch-up day

Day 17: “There are many mysteries in the universe. If there were one truth I could learn, it would be…”

There are so many things I want to know...everything to be exact but 1 thing that comes to me immediately is whether or not there is life on other planets. Do Martians/aliens exist? Wouldn't it be nice to know if little green men were spying on us from Mars? yes it would!

Day 18: “I would agree or disagree that high school is/was the time of my life…Because…”

I would have to disagree...but a tiny part of me say AGREE! High school was a lot of fun! Can you say NO responsibility? To have a day where all I'm concerned about is what Ill have for lunch, what outfit ill wear and whether or not we are watching another movie in Mr. Bowling's class?,...aahhhh! But I also believe that the best is yet to come! For me married life, and children I think will be the time in my life. I feel like that's what life is meant to be. Family. & I cant wait to have one of my own!

Id also do High school way different if I could do it again! I wouldn't worry so much about what others thought, or whether or not I was in the "popular" group or not. Id be more confident in myself and more uplifting to those around me!

Day 19: “The film that best describe how my day-to-day life feels is…”

Honestly? most days it feels a bit like Ground Hogs Day....didn't I just do the exact same thing yesterday? Wake up, clean, bills, go to work, come home, crash, wake up and repeat. If I'm lucky though everyone once in a while I get a scene from a romantic comedy and sometimes even a few scenes from a Friends episode:)

another post coming later today on my Bridal shower yesterday!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Honest blogging: Day 16 (over half way!yay!)

“I’ve just been granted the power of resurrection but I can only use it to bring back one celebrity. I would bring back ____________ because…”

um....Jesus? Hello? how awesome would that be? and I get the chance to point at all the unbelievers and those who say Christians are crazy and say "SEEEEEE he DOES exist!!!!" :)

*side note: I'm so bummed that its Friday and while everyone else is getting off to go to dinner, hanging out with friends etc..I'm headed to WORK:( boo for working weekends!) but on the bright side my bridal shower is SUNDAY!!!! yyyaaaayy! AAAND Jake's mom thinks we may be able to purchase a house after all! It may not be by the wedding but it could be VERY soon after!!!:)

hugs and kisses,
soon to be Mrs.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

Today I am thankful for my health. and I'm working on making it even better!
 - Ive never had any major health issues and I am so incredibly grateful for that. Today I started the Couch to 5k program because I want to be happy and healthy for a long time. For me. For my family. For my soon to be husband. and for the future little Hall's!

soon to be Mrs.

Honest Blogging Day 15

Day 15 : Given the choice between infinite time or infinite money, I would choose…

Easy Peasy answer. Infinite time. I'm ALMOST 27 (in 15 days if you re still wondering if you have time to buy me a birthday gift ;) and I almost daily wish I had just a bit more time! a bit more time for coffee dates with my girl friends, a bit more time for quiet dinners with my love and a bit more time to take in all the wonders of this beautiful world around me. But alas, I do not have infinite time. For now I will try my hardest to make every minute and second count and to not take any of it for granted!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Honest Blogging: day 14

Day 14 — Because my parents never found out, I remember getting away with __________ as a teenager…

this should be linked to the previous post. DRINKING. And its not that my parents didn't know I was drinking. ( if you are a parent and you think your 16,17,18 yr old isn't drinking at parties....you are a tad delusional...seriously) But I'm not sure my parents knew HOW much we were drinking. That money you gave me several times for the girls and I to order pizza? we were buying , 151, Vanilla vodka and Coconut Rum :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stressed out

Yup...that's definitely an accurate statement. Why you ask? Our living situation. Our apartment lease is up in August. We would PREFER not to live with Jake's Brother anymore...or anyone else for that matter. Being a newlywed..Id like to start a home with my husband...and NOT have roommates! Well...long story short, I don't think a loan is in our near future. And when we run our finances...even if we rent a house for a year at a fairly decent price...it leave us with hardly any money in the bank each month! So we can forget about A)actually being able to furnish a house and B) being able to start saving money for future things..(ie. children) Whats a girl to do..?

I know we aren't suppose to stress because lets face it..I KNOW God has all of this planned out already and that it will all work out..but THAT'S SO HARD!! I cant help but worry where my future will go and what it will hold....

end tantrum.

Honest Blogging: Day13

Day 13 — I once got so drunk and lost control and this is what I was told I did and have no reason to doubt it…

If you've heard me and some of my closest girlfriends ...(namely Holly and Catalina) talk you would know we spend almost every summer weekend from Sophomore year on...camping...and drinking...a lot! Catalina lived in a private community in Lake Arrowhead (LA) so that meant no cops to stop us underage drinkers.

Boy do we have some stories...some of which I will not share on here..because everyone doesn't need to know everything...am i right or am i right?

I do recall things such as dancing like fools around a camp fire, kissing cute boys and stealing road signs...yup that pretty much sums it up! and it never ceased to happen that Holly and I would end up in a bathroom somewhere sitting on the floors having long philosophical drunk talks about life and love and where we could go for some 3 am munchy foods (WaHo anyone?)

We partied so much that by the time I graduated high school, and then eventually turned 21..partying was out of my system. What fun is it to do crazy things when they become legal? ;)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Dear Day

I'm introducing a new Monday series here on the ol' blog. Monday Dear Day!

Dear Iced Chai Latte,
 Why must you be so yummy? I could drink a gallon of you a day...Love, your addicted friend

Dear Wedding,
 You are only 88 days away, which makes me a little short of breath, makes my palms sweaty, and gives me a slight headache. Im not ready for you!...although I am ready to marry my prince!...Love, Soon to be Mrs. H

Dear Facebookers,
 STOP posting pictures of the temperature....I can easily step outside and FEEL how hot it is. Your pictures are filling up my news feed...and its slightly annoying!...Love, Sweaty southern Belle.

Dear My Friends at the beach,
 You are torturing me with all of your pictures! Myrtle Beach? Hawaii?...I wish I were with you all
:( Fingers crossed Im in Jamaica in about 90 days!!!!!!

Love, the Beach-less beauty

Dear Laboring Patients,
       Was there nothing better to do in September than a little Bow-Chica-wow-wow? Labor and Delivery has been HOPPING this month. Each shift I hardly had a chance to sit down and now my feet are achy.  This September try something different, maybe a little walk in the park? A good old game of checkers? There are other ways to entertain yourself!

Love, A joking OB Tech

Day 12 of honest blogging

Day 12: what song do you love to dance too when no one is looking?

NEWS FLASH! I LOVE TO DANCE! YUP!  The song that really gets me dancing is "Ive got a feeling by the Black eyed Peas. This song just reminds me of my Best friends Catalinas wedding for some reason. It just reminds me of leaving the ceremony, my best friend was married and now it was time to celebrate! IVE GOT A FEELING THAT TONIGHTS GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT! It just makes me excited for my own wedding in 88 days! But I seriously love to dance to anything with a good beat!

Hugs and Kisses from the soont o be Mrs.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day 9-10 &11 of honest blogging

Day 09 — When the cashier gives me this amount of money for change I know it’s too much money to dump in the charity bucket…

this question is worded very wierd to me. Are you asking what amount of change do I deem too much to donate to the charity bucket and in turn just stick back in my purse? mmmm..good question. honestly? I rarely put money into a charity bucket ::hangs head in shame:: Im just never sure if its going to "Johnny O, who has termial brain cancer and cant afford medical care" ya know?  Now I do on the other hand ALWAYS donate to the firefighters or shriners who are collecting money:) ....is that bad?

Day 10 — The last time I snooped into something I wasn’t supposed to (like a medicine cabinet in a friend’s bathroom), I found…

Ive never come across anything bad when snooping.....OH WAIT! i did babysit for someone once and found a few "enhance your sex life" books and some strawberry flavored body butter...ehh..not too exciting...(let me say these things were on her nightstand so I wasnt really snooping right?) But i am a snooper... but more like snooping into there photo albums and stuff like that..I mean I dont rummage through peoples closets or anything!!! I just like to get a glimpse of what someones everyday life is like...im a bit of a life compar-er...dont judge.

Day 11 — When I’ve had a really bad day the first thing (not person) I reach for is…

2 people:

My mom: because my mom listens, and shes known me long enough that she knows when I want advice, just want to vent AND shes always on my side..and sometimes (whether im wrong or right) I just need someone fighting on myside!:)

Jake: I spend every day with him, hes the one I tell pretty much everything too. So when ive had a bad day, coming home to him just makes it better.

Bored yet?