Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New cell!!!

About two weeks ago, I very gracefully dropped my phone. My enV2 , that I actually loved, slowly stopped working. First the outside screen stopped working. As phone calls came in I couldn't see who it was. I'm one of those people that, if I don't know your number, I don't answer and you get to leave a message. So after a weekend of not being able to see who was calling me without opening my phone, I went to Verizon.
The guy that was helping me asked if it had been not working for long and told him when it stopped working. He checked it out, took out the battery, and powered it back up. When it made it's pretty little "Hello I'm here" song, he opened it up to a blank screen. Now it can't really be used at all. Sucky phone! Well since he broke it, he upgraded me for FREE!!!
This was my old phone.

And THIS is my new phone!

It's an enV Touch. It's taken a little bit of getting used to and I think I still like my old phone better but..... it's so pretty! Yea for new things!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cloud Girl

The other day I was driving home from........ I don't remember where. Anyhow, I usually carry my digital camera with me all the time. But of course, I look up and see the coolest thing while stopped at a red light and ... don't have that stinking camera. So I took this photo with my old cell phone.

Isn't she cool?!? I'm sure not everyone sits around and sees things in clouds. I wasn't even looking for things in clouds, she just popped out at me.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thankful Thursdays!

  • Beth Moore - She is so funny and as you read your homework you can just hear her through it.
  • Lots of lunch options - Wendy's got old a looooonnnnngggg time ago.
  • New cell phone - I love getting the new ringers.
  • Dance class - it calms me, gets rid of headaches more often then causes them and fulfills something in me. It's just so much fun.
  • Dad's and husbands - they carry heavy things, kill bugs, reach high spots, open tight things and many many other things. What would life be like without them? Don't answer that question.
  • Music!!!!! Life would be expressed so much differently without music. I think we would lose so much passion.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thankful Thursdays!

It's Thursday!!!! That means tomorrow is Friday.
  • Moving day- We aren't allowed to wear jeans at work anymore.... ever, except if your moving or cleaning. We're moving and its been two wonderful days of jeans wearing.
  • Sweet Tea - I have never been a tea drinker, but lately I can't get enough sweet iced tea. Gold Peak is my favorite but I don't even mind the kind from Wendy's.
  • Smut - It's true smut makes you happy and look at your own romantic life in positive tones. I'm not into the really trashy romance novels, but give me a little bit of smut any day!
  • New jewelry - I admit I don't change my jewelry very often. I got a new thumb ring this weekend at the competition and I love it. Plus it fits pretty well. It's always a tough call with buying rings at competition because it's usually so hot and your fingers are swollen. It was perfect weather though and the ring fits really well.

I think that's it. What are you thankful for?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ligonier, PA

This weekend we had a (dance) competition in Ligonier. This is one that my sister and I have competed at many times. My dad said he would be happy to go with me so I didn't have to make the drive alone. I'm not good at staying awake on long trips. Anyhow, we left after work on Friday and drove our 3.5 hours. We got checked in and after about an hour of listening to the guy in the next hotel room over snore, got some sleep. Saturday morning never comes quickly enough for me when it's competition day.
This is the hotel we stayed in. It was cute and small and had a historic feel to it.

Saturday was cool and sunny. It was actually perfect weather for dancing. I met my dancer at the site and her mom already had her registered and mostly dressed. Dance mom's are truly a blessing! So I got her shoes on and warmed up. We got a decent amount of time on the stage beforehand. First dance, Lilt, was a bit shaky. Eyes darting, possible crashing, to many little steps, but overall not bad. Second dance, Fling, got her feet back under her. This one is by far her best dance. We got those eyes looking where they are supposed to and brain focused again. Third dance, Sword, didn't touch the sword and no major flubs. Couldn't ask for a whole lot more. OK I could, but I didn't. :) Last dance, Seann Tribuhas, needs work but she didn't fall off the stage, which I was worried about in that second step. She smiled nicely and was one of the only ones that clapped.

After she dances her last dance she is then allowed to watch the other dancers. As we waited for the awards to be calculated I got a chance to chat with the mothers of one of my fellow dancers from years ago. It was fun to find out that he was working in NYC as a haute couture fashion designer and was part of a show this Monday at Fashion Week.

Anyhow, back to competition, She did well. Bre placed in all 4 of her dances. 3rd in Lilt, Sword and ST. 2nd in Fling. This was the first competition that she placed in the Sword and the first that she'd placed in 3 or more dances. So this was all very exciting. After awards we got her changed and packed up and were starting to gather things together. I had this feeling that I should be paying attention to the announcer and so I stopped what I was doing and moved closer to hear. They were announcing the winner of Most Promising Dancer. This is an award that is not given at every competition and the dancer can be from any group in the morning session. Lo and Behold.... they call ... #112. Bre was #112 and no longer was kilted. I grabbed her and ushered her to the front where they laughingly told her "we told you not to change" and my little dancer took her very astonished bow.

So proud... she didn't know what it meant and I had to explain that both judges have to agree on a dancer that they feel shows the most potential. It's very exciting that they both felt it was her.

Overall it was a great day. We were finished with competition at 10:55 am, I don't really now what happens before noon at a highland games, and I got to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with my dad. The ride home wasn't bad either. Thanks for driving Dad! My nap was great.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wedding Two - Day Of

The day started out wonderfully. The weather could not have been better. The shower was warm. The hair and makeup people were coming to us. We started the getting ready process at 8am.... ok 8:10am. Smooth, smooth, smooth! Actually I don't think there was a single major bump in the whole day.

We ran a little late getting to the site and had to sneak Katy about. Getting dressed was fine and got done without a problem. Katy looked amazing in her dress and the whole get up. Her dad almost lost it when he saw her.
The DJ didn't have any speakers for the outside wedding. They ended up just turning the music up really loudly inside, which worked out alright. To watch her walk down the aisle and see the look on her husbands face was amazing. The tears were there but never actually spilled over. Soooo great!!!!

The ceremony was short and sweet. Pictures were great and the food was amazing. We had such a great time at the reception. I found out at the reception that a friend of mine was officially separating but it has been long overdue. So that didn't even put a damper on the party. We just had so much fun. I couldn't have wished for a better day or party for Katy and her hubs.

Congrats you two!!!!! Love you!

Thankful Thurdays!

That's right! It's Thursday!

1. For birthday dinners that let me see my whole family.

2. For dancers that work to improve, even if I have to twist and pull it out of them.

3. For ring cleaners that make my engagement ring shine.

4. For a weekend away.

5. For weddings over and weddings to come.

6. For finding the perfect jewelry and then being able to loan it to a friend to make her feel the best on her very special day! Hurray for Target!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wedding Two- before

This past weekend was very busy but very wonderful. The bride was a bit of a mess. But you can't blame her. As your wedding comes to fruition all the stresses culminate. She was pretty laid back and cool after the rehearsal though.

Friday I took a half day so I could help with the construction of the centerpieces. That was the easiest day of the three. Centerpieces took about 45 mins to do and then I was free for the rest of the day. I decided to use it by going to buy a dress for the rehearsal. Hurray for new clothes. I also found the best jewelry for Sunday from Target. Which on Saturday, I showed to the bride, and I saw her just melt. So instead of wearing it myself, she wore it. It looked amazing with her dress!

Saturday was fairly laid back. I slept in a bit and then headed out with the lady herself to get nails done. That is such a long process. K was more relaxed during that time then I have seen her in weeks. Good enough for me! Then it was home to pack for the sleepover and change for the rehearsal. Rehearsal went well. It was a bit frustrating to hear K's pushy in-laws ask her a million times if the girls should stand in height order, since the boys were. The answer never changed though. Good job K! After a bit more silliness from that, we headed home to pack K, drop cars off and head to dinner.

Rehearsal dinner: expected alot, given that it was at Confluence Park and we had to send an RSVP back to K's MIL. We'll just say it didn't live up.

The night with the girls was fun. We stayed up a bit to late and had a tiny bit of trouble getting going in the morning. Two of the BM's didn't come so there were 4 of us. Not too bad. Being the MOH I called the bed with K. Thank goodness I did. The other option was a pull out couch.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thankful Thurdays!

It's Thursday:

1. Weddings that aren't my own. I love being a part of this planning process but not having the plans be mine. It's great. All the fun with 1/8 the stress.

2. Nails. I don't know how boys and people who keep their nails short can really scratch anything.

3. As much as I don't want to admit it, cooler weather. I get to start wearing sweaters again soon and I get to buy a new winter coat this year. I love spring and summer, but fall is always fun when it starts to come around.

4. Mangos. They make such a surprisingly good addition to fruit salad.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wedding one.

This past weekend we attended a wedding at The Columbus Athletic Club. This is one of the premier places in Columbus to hold a wedding. The fees are through the roof and I have not known anyone that had had their wedding there yet. I was very excited to go to this wedding. The groom is my little sisters fiance's twin.... got that. Both the wedding and the reception were held at the Athletic Club. This is also the first wedding I have attended since our wedding so there were expectations to be met between it being the first since ours and being at the location it was at.

We started off the evening by running late. I was told that the wedding was at 5:30pm. I thought it was at 5:00pm. So we were prepping and primping for a 5:00 wedding. At 4:50 I get a phone call from my father asking what I was wearing to the wedding because my mom was getting dressed at that point and wanted to know. I was wearing not a whole lot as I had just gotten out of the shower and finished my hair. Dad expressed a bit of concern that I wasn't dressed and made up yet, which I didn't understand until he mentioned that the wedding was in fact at 4:30pm. So the hustle began. We were dressed and out the door in 15 mins flat. That is pretty amazing for us. We didn't know exactly where the Athletic Club was and so I was on the phone as we were driving, getting directions and having a minor panic attack. We pulled into the parking lot at exactly 4:30pm and had to walk about a block to get to the place. What wedding starts on time? This one. So we walk in as the grandparents are walking down the aisle. Thank goodness we were in our seats, well the ones we snagged, before Erin walked down the aisle.

I have to say that the girls looked beautiful, the boys looked very handsome, and the bride looked radiant! Her dress was amazing and perfect for her. The room on the other hand was not as pretty as I expected. But I guess you pay for the name. The ceremony was good, normal. Couldn't really see what was going on due to everything being on the same level, but you could see the wedding parties heads over the guests. The bride evidently didn't want to say the "for richer, for poorer" and that of course made everyone laugh. They were very adorable and beaming after saying their vows.

After the ceremony, we were dismissed into the hall for a cocktail hour. Brad and I did a little bit of exploring but didn't find much. After what seemed like an eternity we were let back into the ballroom which was L shaped to choose a seat that wasn't at a RESERVED table. We chose one in the back on the left hand side of the room. They had a full military wedding with a sword ceremony. Jake, lil sisters fiance, got the privilege of smacking Whit on the tush with his sword and got it stuck in her bustle while he did it. The look of pure panic on his face was priceless! Their first dance was cute, they worked a little something out. Father/daughter, mother/son dances were standard. Time for dinner!

First course was Wedding soup! Cute! A little tiny cup that was cooling by the time we got it and cool by the time you finished it. Ok it was soup, can't expect it to stay hot for too long. Main dish, Chicken with some weird tomato sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans. Chicken was dry, really dry, green beans and mashed potatoes.... can't screw those up. Overall, disappointed with the meal.

The DJ starts his thing. First off bouquet toss to Single Ladies by Beyonce. First time I don't have to do the bouquet toss and they have the best song now! How much more perfect then All the single ladies, put your hands up!?! Garter toss: Mission Impossible. Then we have songs like Shout, Hokey Pokey, Electric Slide, Cha-cha Slide, Twist...... the list goes on. Where is the current music? Where is a soundtrack that represents the bride and groom? At very early 20's this play list of songs just isn't them. It's not me either. I want to dance with my husband, a slow dance that will let my heart thump. I was disappointed. :( Two polka's and a list of wedding expected songs, no booty shaking, no loving sways. No nothing.

Overall, disappointed. The bride and groom were glowing. That's all that matters. Guess I'll have to make my own play list and ask my husband to dance in my living room. Well.. that doesn't sound like a bad idea regardless.