Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My very big girl!

I woke up to a little girl singing "Happy, B Happy, Happy Irthday" a little girl who turned 2 today! I certainly had one of those Mommy flashbacks starting from the day she was born, to her first birthday and then now.Thinking of how much has changed, how much she's grown,enriched my life and what the future holds for us! She gets "bigger" everyday, more self aware and that is exciting! She is becoming a little person of her own which at times gets so frustrating for the both of us..mainly because she wants to do EVERYTHING all on her own and I'm still learning that she can..learning to let go of my little bambino and let her be a little girl, which is hard sometimes...In the words of Jack Johnson:

                        "My little girl, you've gone and stole my heart and made it your own"

                                                       Happy Birthday Lily Anne!!

                                      Little cupcake face wouldn't sit still for any other picture!! :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Things I love Thursday!!

Whelp, we didn't go to New Hampshire but..I still love it! :) It is one of things I love and hate about Chads job, the spontaneity of it..on one hand I love the adventure, the unseen, the possibilities and on the other I hate making plans(or not being able to make plans) because things change so last until tomorrow anyways, we are still in Va beach and I am in my final week of Algebra 1 and Special Education for Today's Teachers so sorry if I have been MIA until now! :) with that being said...

I LOVE Virginia Beach!

To be honest, it might be the Florida girl in me but I love any beach! :) Of course this one will always hold a special place in my heart since after all, it is where I got engaged to the most marvelous man! :) Here are a few of our favorite places:

Great Italian Restaurant! Good fresh food(they make their own pasta, sauce, etc everyday) and well, this is where we had dinner right before the BIG moment! ;) P.s. Ask for Rich he is an awesome server!

Doc Taylor's is the local favorite for breakfast around Virginia Beach and after eating there a few times we could see why..SO good!! Everything is cooked perfectly-the eggs, bacon, all the way down to the toast-not too hard, not too soft, just perfect(I'm big on breakfast and bread y'all! lol) I should warn you, that if your like me, who occasionally likes a good Mimosa for breakfast beware because they are SUPER strong..I literally watched the bartender pour an entire wine glass full and splash in some OJ(which I won't lie, is exactly the way I do it at home! ha). ALSO, prepare to wait at least 30 minutes on a SLOW day but believe me it is worth
The Taphouse has great burgers, wings etc(casual food) and an awesome beer it is on the beach with an outside seating area where you can bring your dog which is really nice!
Isn't that thing awesome? The Abbey Road Pub and Restaurant is dedicated to the Beatles(they even state that they have the largest collection of Memorabilia this side of England or whatever!) Good food, a plethora of beer choices and never ending Beatles tunes which makes for a pretty good lunch!
This is where we stayed while in Va. Beach and I highly recommend it! Four pools, four playgrounds, putt putt golf, an arcade, two stores on site and a bike bath that leads directly to the beach(we used that often!) overall it was a really great place!

I LOVE Dick Clark! :(

I am a New Years baby. I did not know the Dick Clark of American Bandstand(well, not until later in life when I researched his bio) I simply knew the Dick Clark who ushered in my birthday every year..for a long time as a child I thought the celebration was just for me(delusional I know! ha ha) and as I got older and starting going out to parties I had only one stipulation: I must be in front of the  TV before the ball drops, to watch Dick Clark, to watch the show..when he suffered his stroke and Regis Philbin took his place(later Ryan Seacrest) I cried and boycotted the show that just wasn't the same and now it never will be again! I will miss him, he was a constant in my life, part of my birthday tradition and New Years Eve just won't be Rocking without him!

On a happier note we are headed home to Winston this weekend for Lily's early birthday party and to hang out with family and friends which is much needed! YAY!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Things I love Thursday!!

I love New Hampshire!

Which is probably a good thing because that is where we are headed for the next five weeks!
This trip feels very full circle for us because Portsmouth, NH/Kittery Maine is where I spent my first trimester of pregnancy and now we are returning there(well, about an hour away) engaged! :) I'm excited to experience the warmer activities that New Hampshire/Maine has to offer since the last time we were there Fall was turning into Winter!
I promise to post more season appropriate photos once we get up there-but seriously, how beautiful is this place!?!


I have probably watched it three times since getting engaged..hoping and praying that my wedding is nothing like that..well, except the end with the Wilson Phillips guest appearance..I'm totally down for that! lol Plus, Chad swears that the dancing scene between Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wigg is Julie and I ;)
The entire airplane funny!

I LOVE Lange Farm(located in Dade City)!!

So...without totally jinking myself..this is ONE of the spots we have officially chosen for our wedding and if everything goes according to plan it will be our Ceremony/Reception site! :) The other place is in Jacksonville and while I do love it Lange Farm just spoke to me more if that makes JVille is plan B ville! :) Just check out this photo that I found from a recent wedding at Lange is so magical..the entire property is just magical and really fits our Rustic theme!

Yay!! Slowly the wedding preparations are coming a beautiful way too which is exciting..beautiful in the sense that we found out the other day, or rediscovered I should say that May 25th, the day we have chosen is also the day Chad's Poppa was born which is tremendously meaningful for the both of us since Chad has always felt so close to him, will be nice to share that day with him as he watches over us from heaven! :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Egg-straordinary Weekend!

I meant to post these pictures yesterday but it was such a nice day outside that Lily and I spent most of our time on a bike ride! :) So without further ado here are the pictures from our Easter weekend!

She was saying CHEESE!! :)

                              She's a totally rad chick!
Meeting the "Easter Bunny"

My very brave girl making her way up the slide !
and then down again! She must've done this a million times to the surprise of everyone around us-even the guy next to me was like "that is incredible, she is so brave for her age" and I just nodded my head, and smiled real big, just like the proud Momma I am! :)

We missed the Campground's Easter Egg hunt so we created a little mini one of our own! :)
We lost the boys mid way through our little hunt! lol

All in all it was a great weekend full of grilling out, making new friends, bike rides, family time and the news that we are heading back to good ole New Hampshire/Maine!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Making Plans

I can't believe it has been almost a week since that very special day!! :) I've kind of been in this dream state because while I have been "planning" I still feel as if it isn't real-you know, since I've been planning my fake Pinterest wedding for so long now! lol I did buy my first bridal magazine which is exciting in itself since I mean, what girl doesn't dream of buying one of those? I used to stand at the magazine counter in Barnes and Nobles skimming the pages of The Knot or Brides Magazine daydreaming of what or when that day would come...and now it has!! :)
We haven't gotten too far into the planning process since well, we just got engaged silly..BUT we did set a date: May 25th, 2013!! The 25th is a special number/day for us since I found out I was pregnant with Lily at age 25 and she was born on the 25th of April so it seemed only fitting-not to mention May is just a great month especially in Florida! :)

We also picked out colors, Chad picked them out actually..he is doing a re-model at Men's Wearhouse and found a magazine that included the color combo of Guava, Coral and Lime which we fell in love with since it is both Summery and totally Tiffany! ;)

We are still looking for a Ceremony/Reception site to go with our theme which is Country Chic/Rustic/Vintage something along the lines of this:
I really LOVE those little hay bales!!

While we do not have a site picked out yet I am positive that God will find the perfect one for us, one that fits us perfectly and I'm excited about that-the possibilities!

                       Changing subjects...My baby is turning two in two and a half weeks!! :(

I know that parents say this a lot, but I feel like it was just yesterday that I was giving birth and now she is turning two..sigh...she is quick to remind me too of just how little she is NOT anymore..ha ha With her bossy attitude(MINE is her favorite word these days) or her need to do everything by herself, for herself..and the fact that she walks around saying TWO, one TWO! ha ha I might miss my little baby sometimes but I wouldn't trade my growing girl for anything-despite some terrible two moments that kid is pretty dang cool! :)