Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Goals for May

I'm a list maker.
You may or may not have known that.
When I have a day off, I make a to do list of what I want to accomplish that day.

For the month of May, I decided to create some goals I want to accomplish for the month. 

1. Read two books.
I'm currently in the middle of one book, but I want to finish it and read another.

2. Book the caterer.
I know there's over a year before our big day, but my dad knows the owner of a great catering service in the area and he said if we book him soon, he'll reserve this year's prices for next year for us.

3. Keep my room clean for longer than a day.
It seems like every time I clean my room, it's only clean for a day. I want to try and make it a week!

4. Work closer and closer to promotion.
I've been doing this, but I don't want to make "Get Promoted" my goal because I know it's a slow process. So I'm going to keep working at it. And if I get promoted before June, then great!

5. Celebrate our 5 year anniversary!
This is pretty self-explanatory. :)

Do you make lists?
What are your May goals?


GFC Lovin

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mondays are for Recaps, Right?

Well, in my case it is. 

This weekend was pretty low key, except Sunday.

Friday I worked all day, then Zach and I just relaxed for the evening.

Saturday, I pretty much did nothing. I slept in till noon, then laid around watching TV all day.

Sunday, my friend Nicole got married!!


It was in Fairfield, and it was rainy.
It just sprinkled a little bit right after the ceremony started, then halfway through, it started really raining.
Luckily, Zach and I both had umbrellas. 


The reception was inside, and the seating chart was done by Disney characters. My friend, Danielle and her husband were seated with Zach and I at Tiana's table.




When they did the cake cutting, there were two huge glasses where the guests could vote with money to see who would get cake in the face. 
It didn't matter who had the most money, because they both got it in the face, then it fell down in Nicole's dress.



The four of us didn't stay long after, but it was fun.
Nicole looked gorgeous and SOOO happy!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Are You With The Right Partner?

A lot of people wonder how Zach and I work so well together. We're two completely different people, and although he can be overly goofy, I'm still so in love with him.

I saw this on Facebook, and I think it's a good answer to how we work:


"ARE YOU WITH THE RIGHT PARTNER?


During a seminar, a woman asked,"How do I know if I am with the right person?"



The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, "It depends. Is that your partner?" In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?" "Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind," 
replied the author.

Here's the answer.

Every relationship has a cycle… In the beginning; you 
fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls, 
want their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love.

People in love sometimes say, "I was swept of my feet." Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few months or years of being together, the euphoria of love fades. It's a natural cycle of EVERY relationship.

Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, "Am I with the right person?" And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you 
may begin to desire that experience with someone 
else. This is when relationships breakdown.

The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it's learning to love the person you found.

People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes.

Infidelity is the most common. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your relationship. It lies within it.

I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could. And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later.

Because (listen carefully to this):

The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it's learning to love the person you found.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. You have to work on it day in and day out. It takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it demands WISDOM. You have to know 
WHAT TO DO to make it work. Make no mistake about it.

Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your partner), just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. If you know how to apply these laws, the results are predictable.

Love is therefore a "decision". Not just a feeling.

Remember this always: God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go!"

Love doesn't come easy. 
I wholeheartedly agree. 
If you want it to last, you must work at it. 
Every day.

Admittedly, I have my days where everything Zach does annoys me.
But I love him too much for it to really bother me.
Plus, we talk about everything.
Communication is key.
If you can't talk to your partner, then what's left?

Are you with the right partner?

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Years Ago...

...I wrote this post.
The very first post of this little blog.

And now here I am!

Still writing and posting and reading about all of you.
And I hope you'll stick around for at least another 2 years!
I know I will!

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to me!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Birthday!!

The last two Sundays have been for birthdays.

Mine was April 7, and we celebrated my grandma's on April 14. (Her birthday is actually in March.)

Zach, however, decided we could celebrate my birthday the Friday before and gave me my presents that night.
Huge Reese's "cake"

New purse!

We met up with our friend at Buffalo Wild Wings and hung out for awhile.
Afterwards we stopped at a gas station and Zach got me a lottery ticket.

And I won $15!
Who doesn't love free money?!

My maid of honor's birthday is the day after mine, and she invited us to The Wine Gallery on Saturday night.

Wine, anyone? ;)

Sunday was my actual birthday.
And my mom got me a cake!

It was SOOO good!!
The icing was whipped, so it was light and fluffy.


Fast forward a week.


My dad and aunts and uncles planned for a big celebration for my grandma.
(Her birthday is March 9, but her sister was in Florida until Easter.)

I was too busy celebrating to take many pictures, so this is what I have:

Isn't she beautiful?

That was not enough cake, but because my grandma is diabetic my aunt made angel food cake and bought whipped cream and strawberries, also.

My grandma is the sweetest lady. 
She will support you no matter what, and she won't question your choices, even if she thinks they're questionable.

I love birthdays and celebrations.
Especially when family is involved.

How do you celebrate family birthdays?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Button Swap!

Because blogging is just a hobby of mine, I refuse to pay for sponsoring.
So when I see a blog that will allow me to put my button on their blog for free, I'm all over it.
And I am more than happy to put their button on my blog.

So I was thinking "I should accept free sponsors as well."

So here it is!

My button!

Dream More
Please let me know if you put my button on your blog, so I can do the same with yours!!

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P.S. I don't know what happened to my button on my side bar. When I copied it for this post, it no longer showed the HTML code in the box. How do I fix it? I tried recopying it from where I saved it on my computer, but it still didn't work. 
What did I do?!?


(Maybe it's time to recruit Erin in making over my blog...)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Unexpected

You know how when you get on your computer or phone and you automatically check social media sites?
via

I do that too.

I usually check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the blog.

Until recently.

It's easy to check the first 3, because they're aren't any really long entries and whatnot to sift through.
The blog, however, has short, somewhat long, and super long entries.

As much as I love reading all your blogs and entries, it just started to feel like a chore.
I love you guys. And I love reading about your lives, but sometimes I felt obligated to do so.

The last time I blogged, was almost a month ago. It was for Zach's birthday.
That whole week was kind of busy, so I didn't do much with the blog. 
(Bad blogger! And I realize I missed out on blogging opportunities.)

But after that, nothing really happened. 

I took a hiatus.
It was unintentional, but it happened anyway.

I didn't have the motivation to blog, even if I did have a few post ideas.
(But those are coming soon!)

And I missed it.
I like blogging, I just get discouraged when I can't come up with anything to blog about.

But my thinking juices are flowing and I have some posts coming this week that I'm excited about.

So.
Are you excited to see me in your feed again?!
Because I am. :)