Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wedding Cakes

So how many of you have gone shopping for cakes, whether it be wedding, birthday, special occasion, doesn't matter... Most everyone thinks the same thing... Geez they are expensive. Some of wedding cake mark up is just because it contains the word: Wedding. Other costs that go into that price though are of course your ingredients but a large majority of it is time. Doing a wedding cake takes time and effort! The lady I have doing mine goes home from work, takes a nap and then gets up about 11pm or so and starts baking the cake and lets it cool and then decorates all through the night so that the bride and groom have the freshest cake possible. Not always is this the case though... some bakeries have frozen cakes for just in case emergencies... ie slam on the breaks going to deliver and the cake gets creamed!

I'll warn you right now this is a picture loaded blog! If you don't like pictures, don't read/look!

The joke at work is I always need a new hobby. In 2008 that hobby was cake decorating so I took classes and practiced, practiced, practiced.

Here are a couple cakes I did BEFORE I took the cake decorating classes.

This was Halloween 2006. It looked cute the night I did it, by the time it got to work the next day it looked like a tornado hit it. I think I still have icing in my radio. It was originally for my dad but when my Coconut Cream Pie didn't turn out he let me take this to work.


This was also Halloween 2006. I did these for my mom.

Now we are in to cakes made for my class or practice or just random people:


This was the first cake I did. Very boring in deed :)


The first night of class we had this option to do. I didn't do it, obviously. One February night when I was snowed in at home on a Saturday night I practiced :)
Here was another practice cake. Someone gave me this pan to try out.

This was the class final.

A lady at work wondered if I could do it. I think I succeeded.

This was Class 2 final. There were 4 classes to take and they were 4 weeks a piece.

People I work with teased me about just bringing them icing so one night I sat out to practice making roses. Then the joke was I made Kalem a dozen roses that he had to share with Autumn, Jamie & Jonathan. I even supplied them with graham crackers.

For Autumn's son's birthday that year she asked if I'd be interested in making a cake for his birthday and I jumped on it. This was one of my faves.

Now if you don't know the rival between John Deere & International (or now Case IH) you might not get this but it was funny :)

This was class 3 final project... Wedding Cakes

This was Class 4 final Cake.

These people are made out of fondant which is a type of icing. It has the consistency of pie dough. A lot of wedding cake people (such as Ace of Cakes on Food Network) use Fondant. It gives a prettier look to the cakes but it's not nearly as good as your regular Butter Cream.

As you can tell... Baby Shower Cake.

This was Autumn's other son's 1st Birthday cake.

My friend April's (at the time) soon to be sister in law's bridal shower cake.

This was a birthday cake. The blue icing is down on aluminum foil. The "sand" is actually brown sugar. And those bears so remind me of Teddy Grahams :) but they weren't.

This was a birthday cake for a gal I worked with's son. The "tires" are glazed donuts covered in black icing. This was a nightmare but once I figured it all out it worked great!

A horse arena around had Christmas in July and as you can see I did their cake. :)

This was Autumn's birthday cake. That year I made all my co-worker friends cakes for practice.

A guy that I worked with's son's birthday cake.

My mom had a friend who her daughter had a baby and her son smarted off that he wanted a cake so to be a smart alic I went home and made him one and took it to him. The "mud" is chocolate syrup.

My friends Brad & Jama's 1 year anniversary cake. Their top layer of their cake they ate at 6 months.

A bridal shower cake for my old Assistant Manager.

They are fun when you aren't having to meet expectations but can be extremely stressful in my opinion if you are trying to make them for someone who is paying you!

So anyway now that I've babbled, I think I'll babble some more :) Here is the idea we are using for my wedding cake.

Some of the main differences are the cake topper. I have one instead of the balls. The top and bottom layer will be teal instead of pearlized white and I think the decorative designs will be the pearlized white. My cake lady called me yesterday asking what type of cake I wanted. The grooms cake is going to be chocolate so I thought, white? That way we hopefully catch everyone. She said most grooms cakes are chocolate for that reason. Then we pondered it a bit and decided instead to do the middle layer chocolate and the top and bottom layer FunFetti (which is the white with sprinkles... hehe) Just something to catch my guests off guard and it so suits my personality :). She is still going to put the balls on the layers as well. I'm excited and can't wait to see it!

Peace, Love & Cakes

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lead Line

So I spent my last weekend as a single girl doing something I absolutely love, well Friday night anyway... Basically short version, when I turned 15 I joined FFA where I took up showing sheep. I knew nothing about sheep at that time... NOTHING! I learned a lot in the 7 years that I showed, sometimes the hard way!

2 years before my FFA showing career was over I had a friend who asked to borrow one of my sheep for Lead Line at the state fair. Now Lead Line is fun and a different type of showing. You don't have to show sheep to be in the Lead Line contest, all you have to do is find someone to borrow a sheep from, you dress in 25% wool outfit or more and you walk around and get judged. That year, my ewe (female sheep) didn't cooperate and she'd stop walking and then leap. One of the areas you get judged on: Sheep Presentation... That wasn't good.

So I asked her what I had to do to make it up to her. Well her family had been trying to convince me to do sheep Lead Line for years so you guessed it, I had to participate in Lead Line at their county fair. Then to make matters worse, I won my division. Hahaha!

So after I had been out of the showing circuit for a couple years I got asked to come back and be a judge. I had so much fun judging it but boy was it difficult. The friend who made me participate, Anya, was old enough she was out of the showing circuit as well, she collected our score cards and took them to the tally person. It was great because that night I wrote her jokes and stories and had her laughing up a storm. Her mother is in charge of the contest and watched us wondering what in the world we were up to. haha!

This year I ran into Anya's mother again and she said she didn't want to ask me because it was so close to the wedding but I told her I always had time so PC and I headed to the fair to judge Lead Line.

Here was a quick snap shot of the score card. There are 4 categories they are scored on worth 25 points a piece for a total of 100 points.


PC was in charge of pictures. I forgot to give him my camera so he was using his phone. The other 2 judges wore yellow shirts. I didn't get that memo :(

The kids dress in 25% Wool outfits or more. You also put decorations on your sheep (scrunchies, flowers, etc. Sometimes you claim the sheep is wearing her 100% Wool coat.. haha)

they parade everyone in so the judges can get a once look at each contestant.

Then they all exit and come in one at a time. The announcer reads the write up about them. It includes, their name, age, parents, favorite thing about the fair, relation to the sheep industry, school sports, just things to get to know the child. Then they take their sheep to the gate where a family member takes it and they line up in the middle to wait for the rest to go through.

The 1st place winner always wins Wool.
Second place gets some sort of an award whether a gift certificate or stuffed animal or money or something.
Most all I've been to have a 3rd Place winner also.

It's a lot of fun to go and watch and see the outfits put together.

The age groups are usually Tiny Tots:2-7, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior so you compete against kids relatively your age. It's a lot of fun so if you have a fair roll around near you, Check it out sometime!

It was so much fun being back in the place I grew up basically for 7 years, the Sheep Barn! Although I felt like an old Fart ;) because I didn't know hardly any of the kids showing anymore. It's fun to see how the kids cycle through!

Peace, Love & Wool in August

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I LIED!!!

I said I wasn't going to share this until after the wedding, but I got to thinking about it... Who reads this that is actually coming to my wedding? I don't think anyway which is kind of sad! But I'm so excited I just had to share!!! So if by chance, someone reading is attending the wedding, Act Surprised!! :)









If you really knew ME!!

Ok I've seen quite a few blogs that do this list. I'm not usually a follower, but it looks like fun so I think I'll try it... Don't shoot me :)

Without further adu:

If you really knew ME:
  1. I'm not a morning person! I love my sleep. Don't speak to me first until I speak to you...
  2. I feel naked if my toenails aren't painted. In the wintertime I kind of veer from that philosophy but that's because my feet are covered with socks most of the time.
  3. I was sweet 16 and never kissed. I kissed my first boy 3 months after I turned 16. He wasn't worth it!!!
  4. My dad said I couldn't date until I was old enough to drive, in case I ever got in a bad situation... I went on my first date 1 1/2 months before I turned 16. I was staying with my aunt and uncle that summer. They set it up.
  5. In college I would say things like I hate living in the city. People would ask why and I'd tell them that in the country if I wanted to go streaking through my parents field no one would know but I couldn't do that here in the city. They'd then tell me to go streaking through the parking lot, no one would care. I would reply um... hello I'd get arrested and fined... plus I'm ugly enough that people would pay me to put my clothes back on. Then I'd go on to say, hey I could at least make some money that way!
  6. In college I would walk into random girls rooms and lift my shirt up and flash the parking lot in what ever bra I was wearing at the time. I never did it if I wasn't wearing a bra and I never did it if I was in my own room. Heck my bra covered more than most swim suits!
  7. My favorite drinks are Coke, Cranberry Juice, Minute Maid Limeade and water.
  8. I have a degree to teach High School Agriculture but I don't really think I want to...
  9. I am very sentimental and like to keep things close that have meaning (aka rings, movie stubs, whatever!)
  10. I have a huge list of jobs that I need to accomplish in my lifetime. Here they are but not limited to: Hair dresser, clothing designer, Lawyer, Judge, Doctor, Masseuse, IT, Actress, teacher, politician... and that's just to name a few. The list keeps growing.
  11. I don't really like chocolate but there are few things that have to be chocolate such as milk.
  12. I prefer sweets to chocolate. My sweets list include: sweet tarts, nerds, skittles, and the big chewy sweet tarts (that take up your entire mouth).
  13. I used to be able to put my fist in my mouth... Not so much anymore.
  14. I love getting dressed up. Nothing beats getting dressed up and going to a fancy dinner with an absolutely handsome man!
  15. For years at Christmas time when people asked me what I wanted, I'd tell them my 2 front teeth. I chipped my right tooth in 3rd grade and the filling they used to fix it yellowed out over time. I hated little kids coming up and asking me what was wrong with my teeth. I got a little money left to me when my grandparents passed away and last year I had my front teeth fixed. They are both now crowns. I'm scared to death they are going to fall off so I carry vasoline in my purse around with me to at least get them back on until I could make it to the dentist if need be.
  16. I dreaded going wedding dress shopping. I want my high school body back when I get married. I always heard you didn't want to be fat in wedding pictures because they last forever and that makes me sad.
  17. I had a guy once tell me that if a girl wasn't married by the time she was 25 she had problems. I'm 27 and I think I'm rather sane! Especially compared to some gals out there. But his words have always stuck with me and make me sad!
  18. At one time no matter where I was, if I saw a sheep or something with a sheep on it, I had to have it. I have quite the sheep collection going and I'm not referring to my live herd.

I've been having a rough week, it's kind of fun to sit here and do this list. Makes me think of all the wonderful things about myself. I hope you all have a fabulous week! Tomorrow is Friday after all! I just need to keep reminding myself of that.

Ok and today I don't have a joke for you as much as a true story that makes my dad and PC laugh their heads off:

The back side of my parents house is all glass french doors. We live right along a Major interstate so we've had weird people walk in needing car assistance. After being at our house the night the neighbor came at 12:45 to tell us about men walking through our backwoods with flashlights you always wonder. Ok that sets the stage.

I was sitting in my parents living room Tuesday night with my dad watching TV. PC was at the dining room table. My dad got up and walked into the other room. I knew this. I proceeded a few minutes later to get up and walk into the other room when I saw a flashlight flashing out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and saw the flashlight but no person, especially after they tapped on the window. I almost tripped over the ottaman and started screaming my head off. My knees buckled under me and I fell to the floor. About that time my dad showed his face and PC got up to see what my problem was. I couldn't quit shaking and they were both dying laughing at me. So mean, those boys!!! They couldn't believe I didn't hear my dad walk out the door.

Peace, Love & Mean boys!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We're you a Waitress in your Previous Life?

One of my favorite lines to spit out is, "We're you a waiter/ess in your previous life. Now how I get there... Let's say you just put food in your mouth at the exact time someone says something... that's when I spit out that line because it never fails, a waiter/ess comes over and asks how everything is just as you put food in your mouth. I swear it is a conspiracy because they don't want to bring you anything. They don't want to know something is bad, etc. On the other hand, I was a waitress at one time and tried not to catch people like that but it didn't always happen, so maybe it isn't a conspiracy after all...

Maybe I'll ponder that a while.... Then again, maybe not.

I was a waitress in college. The restaurant I worked at was actually in a horse arena. Our big time was when there was a show going on, otherwise it was SLOW. We had big horse sales going on though and when we did, the restaurant was hopping. It was a good 15 miles to town... and we had food right there. We actually had good food at that. In the kitchen it would get hot so anytime the cooks needed something we all raced for the walk-in to get it for them because it was 10-15 minutes of pure cool sensation! The cooks would from time to time get stressed out and almost have melt-downs but it all worked out.

We also had a fast food side to the restaurant. It consisted of a few select things and they would cook it all in advance to keep up with demand.

Our manager at first, was HORRIBLE. Her father owned the place so that's how she became manager. She was a nice person but terrible managering skills! In fact one day she yelled at me and 2 other employees in front of about 25-30 customers. It embarrassed the crap out of us. We were doing our job but we weren't "doing it her way" which actually slowed us down so she yelled at us. Yelled at us that we weren't moving fast enough, yelled at us that we weren't doing it her way, yelled at us that we gave the wrong order to the wrong people, even though in fact we had the right order to those people. We should have walked out and quit right then, but we stuck it out through the end of our shift and then 2 of the 3 of us quit. Our mother's told us too. Our mother's were on the evening shift in the restaurant and they were ready to walk out and quit but decided not to, they weren't the ones yelled at but both mothers told us to quit. That was a Friday. Our mother's said they were quitting Sunday night. They couldn't leave the owner short staffed, he was a good owner.

Sunday morning both mothers got a phone call (we both still lived with our mothers) from the owner asking us to all 4 come in before the dinner shift started. He wanted to talk to us. We all agreed. The manager, his daughter, walked out of her shift on Saturday night and quit on him. Said she'd had it and didn't want to do it anymore and left. The owner begged us all to come back to work for him and we did. I never had a problem with another manager.

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One night at the restaurant we got slammed. It was on the night of a sale so it was only to be expected, but everyone came in at once. It was a MAD HOUSE!!! It sucked! Katie and I were working again together. So were our mother's that night. Plus there were 2 other waitresses. That was the best night in tips I'd ever had and truthfully I didn't deserve it. To tell you how bad it was, I had one table of 12 people (by the time it was all said and done) and they waited over 2 hrs for a steak. We were that busy.

I had actually been at work that morning since 6:30 am. There was a new barn manager and he was a cocky arrogant little sh*t. He and I didn't see eye to eye and I flat out got up in his face and yelled at him. If you knew me, you'd know I didn't do that type of thing but he pissed me off royally. He was so mad at me he said he was going to the owner and going to get my little waitress a$$ fired. I said good luck with that. The owner told him he needed to respect me because I was one of the best waitresses he had and if he didn't like it he could walk.

So by the time that night came around and the kitchen was already swamped, that punk sat at one of my tables and I had to wait on him. I walked up with my most professional voice, took his order brought it to him the works. Ha, he left me a tip almost what his bill was. Haha, take that punk :)

My other tables weren't nearly as bad... although I was their form of entertainment. They of course kept drinking and were getting drunker and drunker. To keep them happy I think I bought them a round on the house and gave them a free appetizer. We did that for a lot of customers that night. It was insane!

So one point one of them asked me where their steak was. I told them this:

Well it goes like this... we had to go and buy the beef from the feed lot and that was all the way over in Timbucktoo. And do you know where Timbucktoo is? I don't but that's where we had to go. Then we had to trailer it here... all the way from Timbucktoo. While they were driving they got to thinking about what it would take to "harvest" that's the new word for slaughter, the beef animal once we got it here. Well once we started that process we saw the leather and really thought it was beautiful so instead of cooking your steak in the back, we are making leather couches. Would you like to buy one.

I had not only my table but the 6 other tables surrounding mine drawn in with my story. I had the whole restaurant in an up-roar b/c I was getting louder and louder and wilder with my story. So then later Katie came out and was singing (she was a music major) and so the guys wanted us to get up on the bar and sing. I told them I couldn't sing and they said ok, she sings you dance! That one table I got close to $100 tip from. Their bill came to like $150 ish.

Ok I'm sorry, I'll quit rambling! Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Peace, Love, and Entertaining Wait-staff

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Wedding Randomness

So Here's a cute picture of Evelyn and me from the bachelor/bachelorette party. We were tired driving home and I was entertaining myself with my camera :)


We look topless but I had on a tube top (trying to eliminate tan lines) and she had on a small halter that could be tied like a tube top. Again with the tan lines.

So Lindsay wanted to see a picture of my hair from the front. Here you go Lindsay! While I was on the mission to get one I found a picture of my original hair color. I don't think today's picture of the front makes it look nearly as blonde as what it is. Everyone at work keeps looking at me going Oh Wow you have Blonde Hair. haha.

Here's the original color...


Here's blonde. I took it in the office so lighting is off a little. You can even tell by looking at yesterday's picture of the back.


So over the weekend we had Miss Tbug. My mom suggested we try her dress on her to make sure it fit and we didn't have to come up with a new one! I think I'm glad I didn't try it on her Saturday. Saturday wasn't the best of days so maybe, just maybe it wouldn't have fit. But Sunday, it fit GREAT!

Now here's the original dress. You may remember it from this post. It had pink instead of teal but we so loved the dress so I called my mom, described it to her. Told her even if we couldn't change the pink to teal I wanted this dress.



Well my mom said to bring it home to her and she'd see what she could do. My mom is awesome! She got all the pink changed out for teal. How stinking cute of a flower girl do I have people! Watch out, she's bound to break hearts one of these days, but not until she's 30. Although we finally did agree to let her start dating at 25. haha.



Her flower girl basket is actually an Easter basket in the shape of a sheep. Hey blame it on my FFA years! :).

I also went shopping for the ring bearer's outfit and we had him try it on this weekend. Other than the pants are a little long, it fits him great. He's wearing his cowboy boots so that may help with the length of the pants anyway. Memaw also said she could hem them for him so hey best of both worlds! And we bought a little bowtie for him that is dark teal.

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We're cracking on this wedding stuff. Guess we better since it's 11 days until show day... hmmm.....

I feel like leaving you with a joke again:
Excuse the rough language in the following story. I would have deleted it, but the story wouldn't be the same.

A young couple got married and went on their honeymoon. When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother. "Well," said her mother, "So how was the honeymoon?"
"Oh, mama," she replied, "the honeymoon was wonderful! So romantic!"
Suddenly she burst out crying. "But mama, as soon as we returned, Sam started using the most horrible language -- Things I'd never heard before! I mean all these awful 4-letter words! You've got to take me home... PLEASE MAMA!"
"Sara, Sara," her mother said, "Calm down! You need to stay with your husband and work this out. Now, tell me, what could be so awful? What 4-letter words?"
"Please don't make me tell you, mama," wept the daughter, "I'm so embarrassed, they're just too awful! COME GET ME, PLEASE!"
"Darling, baby, you must tell me what has you so upset. Tell your mother these horrible 4-letter words."
Sobbing, the bride said, "Oh, Mama.... he used words like: dust, wash, iron, and cook."
"I'll pick you up in twenty minutes!" said her mother.

Peace, Love & housework!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Joint Parties!!

So I was going to post this on Saturday but obviously didn't get it done. By the way, one phrase you don't want to hear when trying on your wedding gown, "It doesn't Fit." Then add in one of the bridesmaids says hers doesn't fit. And then watch the zipper get broken on the Mother of the Bride dress. Top that off with turning your hair Blonde, and hey you have a party and a half!

So we started off Saturday headed to the florist. That all looks good. Then PC and Tbug left and went home and my mom and I ran errands. I'd decided I wanted highlights in my hair. PC told me to go get them done but my mom and I have done them out of the box before and it turned out just fine so I figured crunch time, I'll just save some money. We bought a box and proceeded on. My hair just turned blonde in the process. :) I have a few highlights of my natural hair color :) It doesn't look bad, it's just a lot more blonde than I had imagined! (please ignore this picture it makes me look like I have back boobs or something :(...)


So then I went home and tried my dress on so we could work on making the bustle and mom kept pulling and pulling and pulling and I said, "What doesn't it fit." Jokingly of course and she said, "No." About that time my heart hit my toes. Ok so instead of losing weight as a bride to be, I've gained 4 lbs. Seriously 4 lbs shouldn't make a dress like that not fit... That's water weight. I got to thinking when I tried it on it, it was with one of those bras that also sucked in your midsection and Saturday I only had on a strapless so that means I'm on the hunt for a mid-section sucker inner :)

So I texted both my gals standing up with me. Well one has her dress so she tried it on Saturday night and guess what, it didn't fit. But it's all good, I have the shawl that came with the dresses so she's just having it altered.

So mom's dress has a hidden zipper. Those always make for difficulty zipping up dresses so I didn't zip it up all the way. Once she took it off and had it laying on the bed she went to zip it up and the zipper broke. Woohooooooo!

I can't say I wasn't a little frustrated by the end of Saturday but you know, it's one day. It's the lifetime after that really matters so hey... I might be getting married in jeans and boots but the important thing is I'm marrying my best friend, right?

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So back to what I was going to post Saturday. A week ago Saturday, the day after my surprise lingerie shower, we had our bachelor/bachelorette parties. We did it as a joint effort :). This was still a surprise to me as well although PC was very much involved in it all.

We went to Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was a lot of fun but boy was it hot! If you've ever been to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, it is very similar to that just not nearly as big.

I've always wanted one of those old time photos taken. We decided we'd do one with our wedding party (since that was who was involved plus Noah's girl he brought.)

Kalem, Noah, PC, Me, April, Shantel, & Evelyn

It was such a hot day! Noah and Shantel left before the rest of us. Then April left and drove on to Texas. Kalem, Evelyn, Mark and I though, we were hot, tired, hungry and thirsty! We drove down the road to Cracker Barrel and ate dinner. We couldn't wait for our waitress to come get our drink orders and bring them back. She no more than brought the first round and PC told her she might as well bring his second round. So she went after that and we all proceeded to go through the menu. She came back, took our orders, walked off and brought us a pitcher of Coke. Since Kalem doesn't drink coke, he had Dr. Pepper so she brought him 2 more glasses on top of what he already had.

Kalem pretending to drink the Coke straight from the pitcher.


Here were his extra Dr. Peppers.

We had a blast. I'm not really the stripper kinda gal so this was perfect for me!

This was taken somewhere between Oklahoma City and the first toll booth outside of Stroud. If you can't tell it is 8:40pm and still 91 degrees.

While we were driving through Tulsa PC looked down and noticed that it was 99 degrees. Come on, we're going North, not South!!!

Ok this car here, you can't see it's license plate but it cracked us up. It said "PITHED". I think it might have been a combo of hot and tired but we laughed our heads off.

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Maybe I should also tell you about our Friday night... PC and I are not living together. We decided even though we have the house, we are not living together until after we are married. So I haven't stayed in our house since I was 16 and it was owned by other people. After the shower was over on that Friday night we thought, well let's just stay here. Everyone was meeting up at our house anyway so we thought we wouldn't have to get up nearly as early. You know, sleep in... This is a joke because I can sleep in on weekdays and on weekends I'm wide awake at 6am...

So anyway... we ran back to my parents house so I could grab some clothes and then went back to our house. So it was about 11:15-11:30 when we got home. I realized the shirt I wanted to wear was dirty so I threw it in the washer and jumped in the shower, and then once I was out we sat on the couch watching tv trying to stay awake. So when the washer went off and I hung my shirt up and threw all the rest in the dryer we headed to bed. All I could hear was every noise: the windmill squeeks, the dryer was running, the clock on the dresser was ticking, the air conditioner kicking on and off and on again. I was about to go nuts. Just about the time I thought I could finally drift off to sleep the door bell rings. I looked at the clock, 12:45am. Who the heck is at the door?

April left her cell phone at our house but I really didn't think it was her. Who was it? PC went and answered the door. It was the neighbor. We left our gates open so she came up the driveway. Said she was sorry to wake us but that there was a GMC Jimmy parked on one side of our driveway that they had the sheriff remove and 2 guys walking through our woods with flashlights that the guy in the Jimmy wasn't with and just wanted us to know. Then she proceeded to introduce herself and her family and ask if the previous owners lived there still and on and on for probably 10-15 minutes.

Yup you guessed it, once she left then I really couldn't sleep. In fact the windmill started sounding like a screeching dog. I so can't wait until Bear moves out there with us!

And then, I was wide awake at 6am on Saturday morning. So much for sleeping in!

Saturday night we got home around midnight and Sunday I slept in until 10:30am! Woohoooo one day defeated!

So there was our bachelor/bachelorette party!

Joke time:
A little boy was in a relative's wedding. As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar. So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle. As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit. When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, "I was being the Ring Bear."

Peace, Love, & Bears!

Friday, August 20, 2010

More Games

Okay back to the party games. The next one was rather funny too! Everyone in attendance (but me) was told to write out the house chore they hated the most and give a reason. Once all had done that, Evelyn collected them and handed them to me. Then I was told to read them out loud but replace the chore with, "I hate sex because..." and finish it with their reason for hating the house hold chore.
  • I detest cleaning the shower because the only way to get it clean is to get wet. (I hate sex because the only way to get it clean is to get wet.)
  • I hate doing dishes because it sucks and because I am a crazy messy cook (I hate sex because it sucks and because I am a crazy messy cook.)
  • I hate doing laundry because it takes to much time and I don't like folding it (I hate sex because it takes to much time and I don't like folding it.)
  • Folding laundry because it's too tedious (I hate sex because it's too tedious.)
  • Scrubing under the toilet seat because it has dried on pee (I hate sex because it has dried on pee.)
  • Dusting because I don't like moving everything around to dust under it (I hate sex because I don't like moving everything around to dust under it.)
  • Mopping because I have a lot to do and it takes forever (I hate sex because I have a lot to do and it takes forever.)
  • I dislike all housework that's why I work at a salaried job (I hate sex that's why I work at a salaried job.)
  • I hate cleaning the bathroom sink because it always has little bits of mascara in it (I hate sex because it always has little bits of mascara in it.)
  • Picking up papers (candy wrappers) that my man plays basketball with the waste paper basket and he misses (I hate sex because my man plays basketball with the waste paper basket and he misses.)
  • Moping because it makes me feel dirty (I hate sex because it makes me feel dirty.)
Now please remember I was reading ALL of these in front of my mother, my future mother in law and my grandmother as well as friends and co-workers. I was dying laughing too. But I mean hey I had already opened all kinds of lingerie in front of them, what's a few jokes too :).

I still don't have pictures, I've been waiting patiently because one of the games would be much better with photos... but anyway I guess I'll tell you about it.

Everyone was told to bring a pair of panties, my size but their style. They strung a feather boa up between 2 walls and then clothes pinned the panties to it. I then had to guess who brought what. I had 16 guests present. I got 2 guesses per pair. I got 8 of them right. Not bad eh? Toward the end it was getting difficult because I couldn't remember who I had already guessed.

So I really want to show pictures for the final game... I'll hold out a little longer on it. Hopefully I'll get photos by then... we'll see. Otherwise you may have to use your imagination.

Peace, Love & Panties

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Daily Dose of Funny!!!!!

Okay so let me start off by saying I am not a tidy whity guy.....

So Nicole and I are spread out between a few houses, on Wednesday evenings we go to OUR house and check the mail etc... Last night was no different. We went to the house and I proceded to work on cleaning out the hottub. I got extremely dirty and proceded to take a shower, when I go out of the shower I didn't want to put my other underwear back on but all i had at the house was a pair of tidy whity's so I put them on.

When we got back to her parents house I was going to change into a pair of my normal style (Boxer Briefs) so I pulled a pair out of the clothes basket and grabbed my shorts and i put on the boxer briefs then the shorts. (for the record i was really tired) Did you notice I missed a step?

Thats right this morning I got all the way to work and when I went to the bathroom I realized..... I am wearing 2 pairs of underwear!!!!

Sheesh..



Peace Love and DUHHHHHHH!!!!!!


Prince Charming!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What Will I Say?!?!?!

So yesterday I told you about the surprise personals shower I had thrown for me last Friday night. Well one of the games was done while I was opening presents and I didn't even realize it. It started out Evelyn would write down phrases that I would say but apparently I wasn't saying much at first so she started writing down phrases from around the room. Then after I was done opening presents the list was read aloud as:

"Phrases Nicole will say on their wedding night."

I just had to share them with you. What it was actually referring to is to the side in ():

  • Sleep with me (On the butt of a pair of pants)
  • It makes me feel good (I have no idea)
  • That's for when... (I said this but again, don't know why)
  • I only growl when I'm mad (They asked me to growl. this was my response)
  • Now I know why April was always giggling when we did this with her. (I couldn't quit giggling)
  • Ooooo it does smell good, I've never smelt it before (lotion that I received)
  • It's very cute (about one of the pieces I received. We all said this throughout the night)
  • Oh they're getting smaller and smaller (about the panties but not sure who said it)
  • It looks more like a man's package (This was my grandma's comment)
  • I'm not going to put it back in (I didn't want to fold it and put it back in the box)
  • Haha, I didn't break it (Me about the ribbons)
  • I wasn't sure about the size. (Memaw about what size she got for me)
  • I know this trick (Me again on the ribbons)
  • Oh nice (This was said a lot throughout the night too.)
  • Very nice, Thank you (Me about something I received)
  • Is there more? (My mom b/c she thought something else should be in the bag)
  • Ok what's next? (don't remember)
  • Oooooo, that's cute (This was said a lot throughout the night too by everyone)
  • No, they're attached (me about the panties being attached to something, don't remember what but someone thought there should be matching panties)
  • Those Match (me about a bra/panties set I received)
  • Can't figure it out (haha, me because it had a built in bra thing and it was all tangled up)
  • Okay there we go (I finally got it all untangled)
  • Thank you (I said this a lot that night.)
I still wish I had pictures to show, although not sure I'd show what "personals" (haha) I received, I'd just show how gorgeously decorated my house was.

In other news, Brittany over at Unexpected Surprises featured me.


You really should go over and check it out! You should also check out her blog while over there. Her son is absolutely adorable. Today she shared a conversation she had with him. He wants to be an Alligator.

So I guess I'll leave you with this cute joke I got in my email the other day. I have another one, I just have to find it!

The Sharing of Marriage....
The old man placed an order for one hamburger, french fries and a drink. He unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half, placing one half in front of his wife. He then carefully counted out the french fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip, and then set the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them were looking over and whispering.
Obviously they were thinking, "that poor old couple - all they can afford is one meal for the two of them." As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table and politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The man said they were just fine - they were used to sharing everything. People closer to the table noticed the little old lady hadn't eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.
Again the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them. This time the old woman said, "No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything."
Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked, "What is it you are waiting for?"

She answered:

"The Teeth."


Peace, Love & Your Own Teeth!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bras and Panties and Lace... Oh MY

(Yup I did say that title :) read on!)

This last weekend and even up to today I realized how truly blessed I am and what a great Fiance, Family & Friends that I have. I was kind of trying to hold off on this post because I don't have any of the pictures from Friday night but you might be dying to know the secret just as I was so I guess I'll go ahead and tell you.

All I knew going up to this was that I needed a white dress, there was a camera involved, was told PC was to wear black dress pants, white shirt & tie, and I couldn't get ready at my house, I had to get ready at my parents house and then we'd go to meet up with Evelyn at my house for what I was told was pictures. She had ideas. haha.

What little bits and pieces got slipped out, which wasn't much, I couldn't for the life of me figure out what was going on and it was about to drive me nuts, but I tried to keep my cool and not let them know I knew anything because really, I was confused!

So after work we headed to my parents house so I could get ready. PC left all his clothes at our house. We were supposed to be to our house at 7:10. I hurried up and got myself ready so that we could get to our house and he could change. It was hot in my room and especially the bathroom so I moved the floor fan over in front of the door while I was getting ready. Now I was quite the site too because I should fess up I was walking around in my wedding shoes trying to help break them in as well. So I got dressed and was moving the fan back to the bedroom when the base slipped off the fan and slid down my leg and did this number.

And this is Tuesday after Friday. It's healed a lot! Boy did that sucker bleed! and sting!

So PC cleaned it off for me and put Neosporin on it and a band-aid. I changed shoes and we headed out the door. It was about 6:30 when we left. 12 miles, at most 20 minutes, we were doing good to get him to the house and get changed, but we were driving 40-45 miles an hour. Usually it's more like 55. Back country roads. I asked him if he was feeling ok and he said yes why? Well because you're driving slow. Okay. But you have a car behind you. Okay. He's usually the one going, boy I wish this person would hurry up. ha!

So we missed the turn to go to our house... wait what? So of course I asked and he said we'll get there. I figured we were going to his mom's house but why were we driving so stinking slow! Once we got there he went inside and I painted my finger nails. They look good painted in pictures :). He took forever in his mom's house. Finally he came out and we proceeded on to our house. So by now I figure something is up but I couldn't quite place my finger on what was going on. And we took the long way to the house. The whole way I keep looking over and grinning at him and I was making him nervous. I finally settle in and start reading him a blog.

We turned down the road our house is on and I'm still reading. When he stopped to get the mail I looked up and there were tons of cars in my driveway. Seriously... did they just pull a fast one on me? YUP!

We go walking into the house and I was like, was I supposed to wear the white dress? I was freaking out that I was over dressed! Nope I wasn't... but I was the only one wearing white. Everyone else was wearing black.

April and Evelyn (my wedding party) had thrown me an intimates bridal shower. Once PC had me in the door he got in his truck and left. I was in complete shock. I had a fabulous turnout too. There were 17 of my close dear friends present. I wish I had pictures to show/share but I don't have them just yet.

April had driven up from Texas. They even hid her car in my garage so I wouldn't recognize she was up. She drives a Bright Yellow Sunfire, it stands out! Evelyn had arranged to meet up with PC's mom to get a house key to our house and had my house so girly and pretty. It was a Tiffany's themed Bridal Shower. It was gorgeous! Tiffany's blue, black, white and brown were the colors used. My house was gorgeous!

There was a chocolate fountain. To dip in the chocolate we had donuts, pretzels, bananas, strawberries, cookie dough, peanut butter balls, and lots more I can't even remember. There were blue M&M's and blue punch.

We played games. I think I'll devote a specific post to the games but I'll brush over them here. There was the Teddy in a box game. There was the house hold chore game. There was a list of things "I'll say" on our first night as husband and wife. And there was the Panties game.

It was a fabulous shower thrown by 2 of my bestestestestestest friends! They are both great roll models. Evelyn has been married 11 1/2 years and April is at 4 1/2 years. Evelyn even had a co-worker come be the photographer so when I get pictures I'll share :). I can't wait to see them.

So there was my truly big, awesome surprise! (There's more but I figure that's another post :))

Peace, Love & Great Friends!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Answers!

Hello all PC here, on a mission to answer the few questions I was asked.

CCC
How many children do you think is too many for one couple to have and how many are you and Nicole planning to have?

A= Remember this is personal opinion to me more than 2 is too many. As for myself and Nicole we still haven't even decided if we want kids yet let alone how many. (This is Nicole here... I think I'm rubbing off on him. I've never felt old enough to have kids.)

Angela
Have you ever been to New Zealand?? :)

A= No I have never been to New Zealand, I have been to Afghanistan, Turkestan, Romania, Ireland, England, Germany, Mexico, Quatar, and Kuwait! (I think we should add that to our list!)

TMTDSLT
These are from The Offspring:
1) Do you think The Hurt Locker is an accurate representation of what soldiers go through in the war?
A) If you are referring to the movie I have not seen it.

2) What is your favorite memory with Nicole?
A) I cherish Every moment with Nicole.

3) What is your favorite fruit?
A) hmmmm.... probably Strawberries.

4) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A) I would go back to Ireland and stay a while. (I sure hope he takes me!!)

5) Do you like seafood?
A) I love seafood.

6) Team Edward or Team Jacob?
A) lol Honestly I couldn't care less but if I had to say I would say Jacob, Edward is creepy and UGLY.

7) What is your favorite spectator sport? [it better not be golf ;) ]
A) I don't really have time for sports.

8) What is your favorite sport to play?
A) Volley Ball. (This so reminded me of Top Gun :))

9) Does Tbug have "Bieber Fever"?
A) As far as I know she doesn't.

From me (I think I should know this... but I'm behind in my reading):
1) What went through your mind when you got her first Facebook message?
A) I was extremely stoked when I got her message, I don't know if I have ever been more excited in my life!

2) What went through your mind on that first drive back to SW MO from Kentucky?
A) I was so excited on my way HOME that I couldn't stand myself.

3) PC or Mac? - I think I know the answer to this ;)
A) I love my Mac.


Peace, Love, & My Answers
PC

Friday, August 13, 2010

One Year Ago... Part 30

Valentine's Day was quickly approaching. I was sad to learn that PC really didn't care much about Valentine's Day because in the past he'd never really had a reason to celebrate although in college those few single ones I spent I referred to it as S.A.D day, Single's Awareness Day. But from talking to him about V-day he was excited about it this year, he just couldn't remember the date. I couldn't help but poke a little fun at him because it never changes, always February 14.

A few weeks prior to this we'd been at the DAV store donating some items and while we were there we walked around and found a Philco Refrigerator. One of the old style fridge's. We really liked it but the price on it was steep, they wanted $300. We passed. Well his dad went back a couple times and checked on it for us. Finally the week of V-day went over and offered them $75 for it. They accepted our offer and we took the deal. On Thursday night, the 11th, he and I headed to town to pick up the fridge. On our way home I was yakking away about how this was our Valentine's Day present to each other. He wasn't allowed to get me flowers, etc, and eventually the topic of marriage came up again.

-I so want to ask you to marry me, but I'm scared to death to ask your dad. I'm afraid to answer that question.
-I know. It's no big deal. When you have an answer to that question you'll answer him and then we'll go from there. I'm not worried.
-I know but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to answer that question.
-I'm NOT worried about it. When the time's right it'll happen.
-I know but How am I going to support his little girl, that even scares me right now.
-Hey I can take care of myself. That's not why I would marry you. If that was the reason then I'd find some rich suga daddy and I don't want that. I want YOU!
-I know but still...
-Anyway I really like our Valentine's Day present. It's the most unique one I've seen anyone get :) And remember, NO flowers!

Once we got to my parents house we conned my dad into helping unload the fridge and move it into their basement. And of course we had to take pictures :)


Friday started out a crappy day. I woke up and just wasn't in the brightest mood and it didn't get any better. I started out arguing with the hospital on the phone and then moved on to the bank. I was really upset because they bank wanted to charge me $27/hr to research a check that I wrote for $25. Eventually I found a lady at the bank who was willing to help me. By that time I was flat out in tears. My nerves were shot. I got off the phone with her and went back to my desk about the time the mail was delivered. I just got into opening the mail when I got a phone call from the front Desk.

-This is Nicole
-Nicole this is Nancy at the front desk. You have a beautiful display of roses down here waiting for you.
-Okay Thank you I'll be right down.

I started to continue doing the mail when I thought, Nope, I want those flowers. I couldn't help but grin even though I was thinking, boy he's in trouble. I went walking around the corner down the hall and about plowed into Becky.
-Where ya headed?
-That boy is in so much trouble!
-Who?
-Prince Charming.
-Oh? Why?
-He bought me flowers and he wasn't supposed to!
-Heck I'd be happy.

I grinned and kept walking. Walked past Nicole & Tracy's office who also grinned at me. They must have heard me yapping :).


I walked through the door to the front office and there they sat, 2 dozen long stemmed red roses. They were beautiful.

-I was going to offer if you didn't want them, I'd sure enjoy them all day for you.
-No I think I'll take them. Kind of makes my day a little better.
-They sure are beautiful. Who are they from?
-My sweetheart.
Happy Valentine's Day my beautiful
sweet sexy Angel!! I love you
with all my heart!!

As I proceeded to trek back to the back corner of the building I was grinning. Everyone I passed asked who the flowers were from and I'd grin. I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and proceeded to call him. He didn't answer. I wondered where he was, especially since he'd been talking to me through gtalk all morning. That was odd. I put my phone back in my pocket. As I rounded the corner to the last hallway before mine, I was about halfway down the hall and thought I'd stop and show Nicole & Tracy, neither of whom were in their office. Oh well I'll show them later. Then Becky walked around the corner.

-Oh. My. Gosh. Beautiful Flowers Nicole!
-Thanks :)

Well at least she saw them! Someone around here did. Who was I going to call first when I got back to my desk. I rounded the last corner and could see my desk. And that's weird. Someone is down on the other side of my desk. (I have frosted glass in front of my desk) And it looks like someone just walked into James' office. Oh geez, is someone going to jump out and try to scare me? Seriously? Well maybe one of them just dropped their papers and were picking them up. I walked around that last corner and there he was. Prince Charming? What the hell is he doing here? Wait, is he down on one knee? There is a box in his hand. OMG I think he's talking, what in the heck is he saying. Ok Nicole keep it together, don't drop the flowers. Don't drop the flowers. Don't drop the flowers! Don't. Drop. The. Flowers! Then it dawned on me, oh crap I'm supposed to say something. I squeeked out a "Yes." and Tracy giggled from behind me. Prince charming stood up and pried the flowers out of my death grip. I just stood there and looked dumbfounded. As he turned around to I think say something to me I just tackled him in a bear hug. He must have had sure footing because he kept us both on our feet.

I couldn't help myself. I had so many emotions running through me, first the upsetting morning, then the beautiful flowers and now I was engaged to the love of my life. I started bawling into his shoulder. The harder I cried the harder I squeezed him. Finally I regained my composure and let go of my squeeze on him.

-Do you want to try on the ring?
-Absolutely! By the way you are in trouble.
-Hey I bought those weeks ago. Last night when you were rambling on I couldn't tell you.
-But I thought you hadn't asked my dad yet. You were afraid to ask him.
-Well do you think I was going to tell you I had? You wanted this to be a surprise. By the way, did you know it is National Safety Pup Day? Do you think you can share your day with that holiday?
-Absolutely.
-Oh and I asked your dad back in January.
-You Did? When?
-That day you and mom went to town and you talked to me most of the time. I took him to eat at Red Hot & Blue.

I bear hugged him again and broke down in tears again. About that time he let go and told me to turn around. There was my mom. I ran over to her and gave her a big hug.

-Your ole mom has a few tricks up her sleeve still doesn't she? Let me see that sucker! Now that's a damn rock.

That remark cracked me up... of course she'd seen the ring, it was my grandmother's. Anyway... It turns out he had this all rigged up. Tracy took photos for us and Nicole had her camera on record so I got photos and a recording. Good thing because I have absolutely NO idea what he said to me.



..... To Be Continued......
Hey at least I didn't leave you hanging on my answer ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Here's the rest :)



So we've been creating a list of things to get done tonight for tomorrow: PC needs a hair cut, need to pick up a prescription, I need to shave my legs. Wait, what? Why on earth would I tell you this? Oh wait that's right, because I'm wearing a white dress tomorrow. Why, beats me! Maybe the same reason I can't make plans for this weekend, heck, I don't know. It's beyond my knowledge! I'm soon to find out though, right?

So anyway to keep my mind off of that I thought I would share the last of the wedding slide show pictures that I haven't shared yet. I really think after the wedding (which is in 23 days, you're getting tired of hearing that aren't you? Sorry!) I'll share the 4 minute slide show with just photos of PC & me. I love it!

We went and applied for our marriage license. We had to take our drivers License (as long as full, first, middle, last name was on it), Social Security Card and $51 cash. I know that this is regulated by state but is the amount the same in all states? Those of you getting married, what are you having to pay for your marriage license? Then to get a certified copy in the mail of it, it is another $9. I'm thinking they are making money off of us there! In Missouri you have to apply and get married with in 30 days of the date that the license is issued or it is null/void. Then the preacher has 15 days to send it back in. I was talking to a guy at work the other day, our company made it mandatory here a while back that everyone had to supply marriage license's, Last years tax form and birth certificates for insurance purposes. He found his and it was the original that said if it wasn't turned back in within 30 days it was null/void. He's been "married" for 12 years. And I'm pretty sure Missouri isn't a common law marriage state. He said he uses that to his advantage when he and his wife get into an argument, well we aren't married. bahahahahaha.

ok on with the pictures :)

The thing we ran into finding pictures of PC is most all of them were him and his daughter in the latter years. This sounds mean I know she is a big part of his life but she'll have her day in the sunshine of marriage some day. This was a slide show of him and me with lots of people. We've included her in some, don't get me wrong, I'm not that mean! Boy I sound mean I think I'll shut up now! Please know for the record I love this little girl!

This is the grandma I share a birthday with, she is my dad's mother.

This is from the first day his daughter was at our house and we hit him with silly string :)

The last picture I got with all my grandparents. The two on either side of me were married and the two outside ones were married. The inside ones were my grandparents that died 9 months apart from each other. They got married 9/4/54. We are getting married 9/4/10

Here is a 4 generation photo of PC, his grandmother, his dad and his daughter. What's awesome is there is another of them when Tbug was just born. How great is that!

PC with his Best Man - Noah. They love to play guitar!

Me with my bridesmaid, Evelyn. This was in photography class last fall.

PC, Jordan & Andy. They all grew up in the same church.

This was the night I was playing around with PC's camera just after we first started dating.

This was last November. PC is riding Aloha.

Here is some of PC's Army Greens when we were working on a photography project right here on my blog and we got behind and gave up :)

This was just after I got my sweatshirt in. I wanted to use it for my Shuttercal page. :)

My Palomino. Her name is Blondie.

This was in Kansas City last Christmas when we went up to see family. We were making a fast run to the Plaza when I saw this park and fell in love and whipped into the turning lane. It was so cold standing out there without my coat on but it wasn't as pretty as my shirts :)

And there you have it. Throughout this blog you'll see all the photos I've used for the first slide show. It will play at the beginning of the wedding while the guests are arriving. It'll loop around on itself and play for an hour. I'm getting so excited! and yet so nervous! This particular slide show I did twice :). You can read about that story here if you want and haven't already :).

Ok I've rambled enough. Hope you have a fabulous Thursday! Don't forget to ask Prince Charming questions. Ask him why the grass is green, why the sky is blue, why a black cow can eat green grass and gives off white milk... whatever, just ask :). He'll give you some type of answer. :)

Peace, Love, & Questions

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