I'm Jennifer...you can call me Jenn (or Jennifer), but nothing else. I'm a wife, daughter, sister, best friend and *future* mother. My heart belongs to my husband and that will never change. This blog is about anything and everything I want to write about including Josh and I's prolonged journey to parenthood and all that journey entails. There will be tears shed, laughs and random posts. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do writing it.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Josh and I had a very relaxing day. Well, I say we had relaxing day but it was only relaxing until the Cowboys game. Josh and his dad are lifelong Cowboy fans and they both were on the edge of their seats during that game.
As most of you know, my brother was not able to be with us this year. That, however, did not stop my mother from making him a "place" at the dinner table. I admit, she is a bit nuts. :)
If you look closely in the upper left hand corner, you will see a bear holding an American flag. The bear has on an Army uniform and is holding a flag. She put the bear on pillows to get it to table height. She then put a plate, cup, and silverware in front of this bear. I'm honestly surprised she didn't put food on the plate. I love my mother but this was a bit over the top, even for her.
Here is a picture of Josh and I at my parents house.
And then there was Black Friday...
My mom, older brother (Brad) and I left my mothers house at 4:00. We were parked and in Macy's by 4:30. Surprisingly, we were able to get a front row parking spot and the store was pretty deserted. Yay for us! I got a $625 Michael Kors suit for $175 for Josh! I was so excited. It was the only one of that style that they had and it was Josh's size. I swear it was meant to be.
After Macy's, we went to Stein Mart where I saved $50 just by doing separate transactions. I had several $10 off $25 purchases so every time my purchase got to $25, I would make the cashier stop and let me pay. I may have been annoying but at least I saved $50. I did the same thing at Macy's. :) I also got a $100 pair of boots for $20 at Belk. Woot woot!
By the time the day was over, we had shopped for 15 hours. I was worn out! I still have some shopping to do though. Ugh! I will say that this was the calmest year for shopping. The only place we stood in line for longer than 3 or 4 minutes was at the Christian bookstore. The line there was all the way to the back of the store but they moved pretty quickly and we were only in line for 15 minutes or so.
Anyway- I hope you all had a great holiday and if you braved the shopping crowd, I hope you got some fabulous deals.
I realized that I never posted about our little getaway a couple of weeks ago for my friends 30th birthday.
We went to a little town called Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It's a bed and breakfast town complete with old, beautiful buildings. The town completely shuts down from 4:00-5:00. At 5:00 all the restaurants open until 9:00. There are a couple of bars that stay open until 12:00. There is a main strip where all the shops and restaurants are. The strip is no longer than a mile. The best thing about all the shops: the owners are the ones that work the store. We didn't meet a rude person in this town either.
I really did think the town was great and we enjoyed the relaxing weekend so much, however, I don't think we will be going back. There wasn't that much to do in the town. The only attractions were caves, horseback rides, and haunted hotel tours. The caves that we tried to visit were closed. When I say closed, I mean they just didn't want to do any tours that day. They stated that they closed at 2:00. We got there at 1:00 and they said they weren't doing anymore tours. We asked if they would be open the next day and was told yes. We go back the next day and they are closed. I definitely think this town is for much older couples that just want to shop and relax.
Ya'll know a post by me is not complete without some pictures. Here ya go!
Our B&BTown Post OfficeBaptist Church right on the square
Then there's Christ of the Ozarks. This is a 7.5 story tall statute of Jesus. This is one of the main reasons people go to this town. Me and the birthday girl. Horseback RidingTeresa and I took over 400 pictures. It was really tough to narrow it down. :)
The photo above was Christmas dinner at my parents house last year. Take away the red and green napkins and add several more dishes and you have Thanksgiving dinner with my family. My dad cooks at least a 15 lb. turkey every year. Mom makes at least 4 different pies and cakes. There are probably 25 rolls and every vegetable under the sun. I should probably tell you that there is only 5 of us. If you include Josh, there is 6. Always has been. I have no other family other than my parents and brothers as my grandparents passed away before I was born. I have no idea why my mother makes enough food to feed an army but she does and we eat it for days!
I am thankful that Thanksgiving is only a week from today. I have been craving some dressing since last Christmas. I am thankful for the time that we will be able to spend with our families.
I wish there was some way I could get sweet potato casserole over to Matt in Afghanistan. It was always his favorite. :( The holidays this year will be tough. I can't even imagine how our military heroes overseas will cope as the holidays pass and they can't spend it with their families. This will be the first year that we aren't all together. I'm pretty sure that if it weren't for my older brother not having anywhere else to go for Thanksgiving dinner, my mom wouldn't have Thanksgiving until Matt was back in the states sometime in the Spring.
Anyway, I need to stop with the sadness today. This post went in a completely different direction than I wanted. Oh well, it's just one of those days. Which reminds me, I'm thankful that I get off work early today. I'm going to go home, vacuum, and then curl up on the couch and not move for the rest of the day.
I have $438.94 worth of stuff in my "wish list" from Victoria's Secret. Who wants to buy it all for me? I have about $200 more worth of stuff I would like to add before you make the purchase. Let me know before you buy it all. Thanks! :)
Seriously, I wish I could get everything on my wish list from there. I love it all.
There's this. I will buy this for sure though. It's on sale for $12! I won't be wearing just a bra underneath it though. Then there's this sweater. Oh and there's this shirt. Anyway, I really wish someone would buy it. I have an obsession with "wishing" for things from Victoria's Secret. I'm sure half of my Wishful Wednesday posts are about them but I really do love their clothes!
So this is my 100th post. There's really not much to say about it. I really want to do a give-away but don't know what I would do or how it would happen. I don't get that many comments so that's another issue. Oh well...Maybe once I reach 50 followers, I will do a give away. That sounds good, right? I do want to say thanks to my readers. I know what I write about isn't that interesting but hey...I must be doing something right. Love you all! :)
In other news, apparently my weight gain is a hot topic in my office building. There's some rumors flying around too that are a bit irritating. Here's the backstory to a conversation that took place this past Monday. I work in a 2 story building that is home to 4 offices and mainly woman work in the building. When I was a smoker, several of us would have our schedules down to where we would all go out and smoke together every 45 minutes to an hour. Well, since I quit smoking this past January, I haven't seen those ladies very much. Here is a conversation with one of the older ladies:
D: You've gained weight. You look great. How much have you gained? Me: Ummm ::caught off guard:: Thanks? I've gained about 15 lbs. D: That's what married life will do to ya. You really do look great. You really were too skinny and you're glowing! You're pregnant aren't you? You can tell us! Me: ::seriously, did she just say that?:: Nope. Not pregnant, promise. ::fake laugh:: D: Oh, come on... I know you're pregnant. You don't have to lie. You haven't gained all that weight for nothing. Me: No, really, D. I'm not pregnant. I've just enjoyed sitting my fat ass on the couch with my husband. Gotta go. I wanna grab my cheese sticks from Sonic before the rain starts. ::ya know, because I'm a fat ass and all::
Yes, I've gained weight and yes, it's been brought to my attention by everyone that I know. My bank account noticed too. Ya know...from where I had to go buy all new pants because I couldn't lay on the bed and button my pants anymore. Guess what though? Quitting smoking, getting married, and trying to have a freakin' baby will do that to someone. Hell, Josh has gained damn near 35 pounds in the almost 3 years we have been together. Moreso in the last year though and I promise it's not my cooking. :)
Anyway- just a little conversation that I thought I would share with the peeps on the interwebz because who in their right mind tells someone that mess? Ugh!
It's pretty obvious what I am thankful for today. I am thankful for our military and the sacrifices they make for our Country.
Thank you to all of our military men and women; past, present, and future. Words cannot describe what you all mean to me.
A very special Happy Veterans Day and thank you to my Veteran (my dad-Navy) and also to my hero, my little brother.
Daddy is on the right and my brother, Matt, is on the left (obviously). This was taken moments before we said good-bye before Matt's deployment this past May. I heard this song on the way home from work today. Luckily, I was sitting in stopped traffic because I started crying like a baby. There isn't a video for this song yet but listen to the words and have some tissues handy.
Back in April, I did my review of the 2010 ACM Awards. Now, it's time for the CMA Awards, also know as "Country's Biggest Night".
Last nights show was phenomenal. For once, I loved almost all of the performances and agreed with most all of the award winners. I will give my rundown of the attire and then I'll talk about the performances.
Carrie Underwood is a gorgeous lady. She carries herself so well and I'm pretty sure she makes everything she wears look fabulous. I love this teal dress!Carrie and Brad Paisley were spectacular hosts for the evening. They work together very well. Sara Evans looks fabulous in this little black dress. I would love to have this in my closet! Laura Bell Bundy debuted at the ACMs this past April and she has impressed me very much. This girl has potential and she is stunning. I love this liquid beaded dress. Martina McBride- This picture really doesn't do this dress justice. The dress was beautiful. I loved the bubble sleeves! Of course, Reba McEntire. Her look is so timeless. She will never go out of style. This black, liquid beaded dress fit her like a glove. It was perfect and one of the prettiest dresses of the evening.Next up- The lady who stole the show and her hunk of a man, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. These two had a huge night. I am beyond thrilled for Blake. He won his first ever CMA, Male Vocalist of the Year. This was his 11th trip to the awards show. He deserved the award very much! This fuschia dress was one of my favorites of the night. The color looks fabulous on her! Post Show Press DressThis dress was one of my favorites too. As a former pageant girl and future bridal, prom and pageant store owner, I was thrilled when I found out that all four of the dresses Miranda wore were from well-known pageant designer, Sherri Hill. Sherri, who is so sweet and one of the most talented designers that I know, and Miranda custom designed all of the gowns specifically for the CMA's.
I love watching George Strait perform. He has so much emotion and you can definitely tell he loves what he does.
Mr. Dierks Bentley was superb. I'm lovin' the bluegrass feel of his single, "High Up on the Ridge". The set was very minimal and I believe it was perfect for the song.
The Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson's performance was almost perfect. I was not impressed at all with ZBB attire. I was expecting more from them. It was almost like they didn't care.
I loved Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's duet. They are both such talented artists. I wish Kelly would sing country more often. She is awesome. And a picture because I think they are both stunning individuals. Oh the things I would do to Mr. Aldean..... Gwyneth Paltrow stole the stage last night. I was so surprised. I can't wait to go see the movie, "Country Strong". She is a very talented singer.
Finally, Brad Paisley. I am speechless. There really are no words that can describe his performance. I cried. The song he sang describes country music and what it stands for. You should watch "This is Country Music". It's going to be a huge hit. Random Thoughts
I am a bit confused how The Zac Brown Band was nominated for the New Artist Award and how they won it. It made me raise an eyebrow for sure. They aren't new artists. They've been around for a couple of years. There were other true, new artists that deserved to have a fair shot at that award and unfortunately, they weren't given that shot.
Kid Rock- I love him and I love that he sings country music. He definitely brings the rock side of us out. :)
Jeff Gordon does not look good in a cowboy hat. He isn't good looking to begin with but he just looks down right funny. I know it was all a joke but seriously...I never want to see him in a cowboy hat again. Stick with the Hans Device, kay? It's a much better fit for you. My last thought for the day...well, at least for this post... I am beyond thrilled that Brad Paisley finally won Entertainer of the Year. It is so well deserved and I can't believe it took this long to get it. I cried, again, during his acceptance speech. There is just something about a grown man crying that gets to me. I'm pretty sure I actually clapped when they called his name. Ya know, as if I was sitting at Bridgestone Arena(which is only about 25 minutes from me) watching it live and all.
A year ago today Josh officially quit smoking. It was one of the hardest weeks that we have ever been through as a couple. Things were thrown that shouldn't have been thrown. Things were yelled that shouldn't have been yelled. Things were broken that shouldn't have been broken. And things were spilled that shouldn't have been spilled (stupid almost white carpets that stain easily). We made it through and the both of us came out for the better.
He went through hypnosis to quit smoking. I was very skeptical. He tried this a few years ago but it didn't work the first time. The 2nd time was the charm. Not to mention, he actually had a desire and reasons to quit this time.
I could not be more proud of him. As bad as it sounds, I didn't think he could do it. He certainly proved me wrong. He smoked for 12 or 13 years. By the time he quit, he was up to almost 2 packs a day. We would spend close to $300 a month on cigarettes when we were both smoking. Imagine how rich we felt when we both quit! He has a little counter on his laptop. In the last year, he would have smoked close to 14,000 cigarettes. It would actually probably be more than that since we always smoked a lot more when we were on the lake during the summer.
January 5th marks 1 year for me. You can read more about me quitting here.
We feel so much better and we now know and feel like we will be able to provide the best possible environment for our children to grow up in.