Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sweet Summer Time

I'm officially on summer break & loving it! I get four straight weeks off of work woohoo! I'm still working my part-time job at the group home for the intellectually disabled a couple times a week, just to keep busy. Joe & I have been doing Vacation Bible School this week at our church. I enjoy keeping busy...Joe on the other hand sees nothing wrong with just "relaxing." He has learned that he has to look at the calendar on the fridge to see what all we have going on. Love him. :)

We are really loving married life. We were both saying the other day how fun it is. We get along great and love spending so much time together. The "man cave" comes in handy when we don't want to watch the same thing on TV. I love reality TV & Joe loves sports. And I learned that Joe snores in his sleep & apparently I talk in mine. I've also had to learn to share the bed and not sleep in the middle...the joys of married life. ;)

We are getting ready to swimming for a little bit before we head to VBS later. Love summer time!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Getting married THIS week!

I'm getting married THIS week! Eek! :) How crazy is that?? I'm SO beyond excited! I'm ready to just live in our new home with my very soon to be hubby! I feel like I have a long to do list this week, but I'm so afraid I'm going to forget something! But, like our pastor the end of the day, we will still be married. It doesn't matter if the day goes perfectly or not, we will still be husband and wife & that's what matters. :)

We were very blessed to have two showers. And we were definitely showered with SO many gifts and love.

My Aunt Kim gave us a beautiful shower at our church. It had to be rescheduled due to the crazy weather...this winter has been something else, that's for sure. We had a great turn out of people. Joe's family even came in from Charlottesville to celebrate with us. There were lots of fun games, food, and fellowship.

The shower I had at work had to be rescheduled also due to weather! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and our wedding day will not have a snow flake in sight! The shower at work was also very beautiful. I'm so blessed to work with such great people! My friend, Jessica, made an awesome cupcake cake! She is also going to be our photographer for our wedding. A lady of many talents!

Joe and I have been working on making our house a home. It will really feel more homey when I live here starting SATURDAY! :) This week will probably fly by. Friday is the rehearsal and then Saturday is the big day!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New House!

Joe & I FINALLY closed on our new home! It has been a VERY long, frustrating process. But, we are finally home owners!

We both took a half day off work & met at the lawyer's office Friday. We got to meet the seller of the house. Her children told us she was turning 88 years old the very next day. She was very sweet & made the statement that the past 13 years in the house were the happiest of her life. She recently lost her husband & was saying how she was so lucky to have him & how every woman should have a man as good as her husband. She said she knew he was in heaven playing with the angels. We are both glad to know that we bought a "happy" home & can't wait to make many happy memories of our own.

We moved Joe into the house Saturday. It was SO rainy & muddy. My brother, Dusty, and brother-in-law, Timmy, were gracious enough to help. We definitely couldn't have done it without them. The guys ended up getting the Uhaul stuck in Joe's yard at the rental property and had to have a tow truck come pull them out. Such a messy day to move, but they got it done.


The first meal in our new home. The guys enjoyed Bojangles after working hard moving in the rain.
Our living room so far. Love our new couch & loveseat. 

I won't be moving into our home until after we are married. Only ten more weeks!  Time is really flying. 2014 has started out to be an AWESOME year.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve 2013

The last time I posted was 2012...Here we are & it's New Years Eve 2013...almost 2014! I saw where my friend, Jessica, (Hey Jessica!) started a blog so it got me motivated to actually write in mine too & not just stalk.

So what all happened in 2013? Wow, that would take entirely too long to write about. So, I'll just hit the highlights.

In May my precious nephew was born. He is Alex & Carrie's second child. And I must say, he is ADORABLE.

Then in June my little sister, Sara, married her best friend, Timmy. They had dated FIVE years before tying the knot. :) She was the most beautiful bride. I'm so happy for them & can't wait for when they start having cute little babies. lol.

Guess who caught the bouquet?? That leads me to the next exciting thing that happened in 2013... : )

I got engaged to Joseph Birckhead! I will be Mrs. Birckhead March 22, 2014! :)

The picture above was taken about an hour or so after we got engaged. On June 21st Joe came to my work & brought me lunch. We went into the teacher's lounge to enjoy our OKelly's. I had no idea that this simple lunch would be the start of the rest of my life. After we were done eating, Joe reached in his Okelly's bag & pulled a mint out. I was curious if I had a peppermint in my bag as well, so I looked & there was my ring!! I was confused at first...I pulled it out & I was like what is this?? He took it from my hand and got down on one knee in front of me (right there in the teacher's lounge at the school). He said the sweetest speech he had prepared and even teared up a little. He asked me to be his wife & I said yes!

I can't wait to start our lives together. We are currently in the process of closing on our very first home. We should be closing NEXT week! Joe will move in as soon as we close, but I won't move in until after we are married.
Ok, next highlight from 2013.... Joe & I officially became members of our church! I was also baptized on the day we joined the church. It was a very special day.
I also started a part-time job in 2013 in addition to my full time job at the school. I'm a support specialist at a group home for intellectually disabled. Basically, I get to hang out with really awesome people and help them with their daily life activities.
I'm sure I forgot to mention a lot of other awesome things that happened in 2013, but these are the ones that popped into my head at the moment.
Happy New Year everyone!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I'm still alive!

It's funny because I can always make time to READ blogs, but to actually sit down & write one I always have the "I'll do it later" mentality. So, my sweet nieces have grown SO much since I last blogged. I love them so much. I just wish I got to see precious Margot more often than I do!

Dusty & Alex holding each others babies...aren't they sweet!

Love her hair bow
 I took a Wilton Cake Decorating Class with one of my good friends, Susan, from work. We had a blast. It was a 4 week class with one class a week from 5:30-7:30. So much fun. It was a very small class (4 students total) so that made it even more fun because we got to talk to everyone & it was a really chill learning environment. Susan & I didn't end up signing up for the 2nd class, but plan on signing up for the 3rd class which is Fondant. Should be fun!

I made cupcakes for my friend Kelly's birthday

Playing in class with the different tips

My final cake for the 1st class.
 I now have a new found love for sushi...who would have thought it?? I've always been known as the "picky eater" of the me loving sushi is just too weird. The other day I was actually craving it. Sara tried it and really liked it too. Our favorite is the Eel cucumber roll. Yum!

I can't believe it's just about summer time. I can't wait for the pool to be open & days of floating around in the pool with no worries! Ok, there's never NO worries, but still we can put them to the back of our minds, right??! : )

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Christmas & babies! : )

So, now that it's January 11th 19th I figured it'd be a good time to do a little update ; ) Christmas was great as always. Love spending time with my family! Christmas Eve my Mom's sister & her family came to our house to celebrate & exchange gifts. The tradition used to be that our family would go to my Nanny's house on Christmas Eve and have dinner and open gifts from her. She definitely spoiled us! We got just as much from her as we got from "Santa." I really miss her a lot. Working in a nursing home makes me wish I had taken more time with my Grandparents and LISTENED to them more rather than telling them mundane things about my life. I know they enjoyed it, but's one of those things you don't think about until it's too late I guess. Plus, as a kid you don't appreciate the little things like that.

My siblings & I on Christmas Eve

I love Mom's Christmas tree

Sara, me, & Carrie Christmas morning

Anyways, new tradition is that my Aunt & her family come to our house Christmas Eve. Christmas day used to be we would open gifts from Santa then go to my Grandma & Grandaddy's house, who just happened to live next door, to have Christmas lunch with them and the extended family. Now on Christmas Day we just hang out with the immediate family and open gifts that morning & have a big lunch later on. I really enjoyed this Christmas because we did a Christmas breakfast which is something we don't usually do. Mom used to always make sausage balls and we'd eat on that while opening gifts and of course snack on our candy from our stockings. That was because Grandma wanted us at her house at 11a.m. for lunch! Well, she still made sausage balls & they were delicious. In addition, Sara & I made some stuff too. Sara made a crockpot recipe....not really sure what all was in it because I'm super picky & didn't eat it because it had onions in it lol. Everyone else really enjoyed it though. And I made a french toast bake. I got the recipe from my coworker, Jill. I totally need to post the recipe I got from Jill....hopefully I will remember that!

My sweet cousins!

Now about baby Charlotte : ) My first niece! I couldn't be more THRILLED! She was born on New Years Eve, which also happens to have been my Nanny's birthday.  She is the cutest little baby EVER! She seriously looks like a little doll her! : ) I can't wait until she gets a little older and can stay awake lol. Seriously, she's asleep every time I go see her. I've been lucky enough to catch her awake a couple of times...but not many! It's awesome, because my brother, Alex, & his wife, Carrie, live right next door to us (my parents, sister, & I) so we get to see Charlotte quite often. : ) And THEN my first cousin, Olyvia, had her first child...a sweet baby boy named Matthew. He is precious! Soon, my other sister-in-law, Susan, will be having a little baby girl...can't wait to meet her. : ) Babies everywhere!

Alex & my Nanny. Miss her like crazy.

Roughly 12 Hours old : )
Proud Aunts & Uncle!
Love this picture of Alex and Charlotte.
Doesn't she look like a little doll baby??

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chinese Hot Pot

Tonight I got to experience a Chinese Hot Pot! My cousin Dean that is in for a visit from Taiwan, invited my family & I over for dinner. I had such a good time. I wasn't quite sure what a Hot Pot entailed, but I loved it! Dean had made a really big batch of broth (not sure what else you would call it) with veggies in it. There were two tables set up and on each table there was a pot in the middle that was on and had the broth boiling hot. There were all kinds of things to cook like shrimp balls, meatballs, chicken, steak, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, corn, brussel sprouts, etc. You would just pick out what you wanted and throw it in the pot for it to cook. It didn't take long at all for the food to get ready, but it was a lot of fun chit chatting while the food cooked and then getting to try different things. I thought it was really sweet of them to have us over and give us the awesome experience.
Dean getting the hot pot ready