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Monday, October 19, 2009

He's a Legend

And he'll be wearing it too. That is, Legend, by Calvin Klein.

So that's one thing down! It makes me happy to continue checking things off our lists!

Groom will wear a purple tie and maybe a purple vest, and the men will wear the same ensemble you see here.

I will have purple shoes and bouquet and my girls are wearing pewter toned dresses.

I looooooove this tux and although I thought the guys were going to buy suits to make more money sense, my guy really loves this one. Ultimately, it's up to him! They can buy it for a whole lotta money, but I'm not worrying about it. I took care of my girls so my hands are clean!

*Sigh* He is going to look so handsome... off I go to daydream!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul

I had my first soup-making-from-scratch experience today and it made me feel very domesticated! As the pages of our calendar get increasingly close to "May," I'm starting to worry about my wifely skills. Yes, I know my fiance almost as well as myself, and yes, I know what he likes, dislikes, wants to eat, how much he likes to eat, that he is very clean and particular about his environment, how he likes to do his laundry, what his favorite brands of soap/shampoo/ lotion are, brands of underwears, and other miscellaneous yet important tidbits (and might I say, that's not bad for not living together AT ALL!!!)

But one lonely little skill that I am self conscious about is...... cooking.

I'm not a bad cook! I don't burn much, I mean. My more frequent problem is things being under-seasoned. But lately, I've been hitting the nail on the head! My MIL taught me how to fry chicken and make cornbread, and I have many dishes up my sleeve from my own parents, whom are both great cooks. But one of my love's faves is biscuits made from scratch and I've been practicing for years! But my latest batch was, dare I say, perfect. I don't give myself all the credit, though, because his mom added some advice, but I'll take about 70%! I know I did right when his two youngest brothers eat my food, because they usually don't if it's not perfect, just to get on my nerves..... But that won't be so bad since we're moving in next door. Do I really want them coming over to eat all the time???

Anyways, I did it again with some apple crisp! And the latest- homemade chicken noodle soup! Here's how I made this fall (and cold/allergy/flu season) delight:

Two stalks of celery chopped
10 baby carrots cut like coins
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium vidalia onion chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic (fresh or from the jar)
salt/ pepper to taste
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (or more if you like) to kick the sickness right out of your body
1 meaty boneless and skinless chicken breast, cubed
Noodles of some kind

Saute the chopped veggies and garlic in olive oil until soft, seasoned, and slightly brown. While sauteing, boil the noodles with salt to taste. After veggies are done and the onions are slightly brown, pour the veggies into the finished noodles. Do not drain the noodles! Leave a few onions in the pan and a a dash of olive oil for the chicken. Saute the chicken on medium with pepper, a pinch of garlic, and the cayenne pepper. Make sure the chicken doesn't get too tough. Pour the finished chicken into the soup and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste and leave covered on medium/low for as long as desired or until the celery is soft.

I anticipate making this again and again for me and my babe, as well as any kidlings we will have in the future!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Icky-Sticky-and Goo

and I don't mean the candy store.... My favoritist season of the year brings so many lovely things: red-orange and golden leaves, warm sweaters, hot drinks, caramel and candy apples, anything warm and cinnamonny, my birthday, and as evident in the last 22 years of my life- a terrible sinus infection.

I've gotten so tired of these infections that I've quit going to the doctor. I hate being on antibiotics twice a year, they're so bad for you! I know- you're probably saying "Twice a year? But fall only happens once a year, Songbird!" Well that's because I am known to also get a sinus infection in the spring.... which brings me to the wedding. Feeling as sick, sore, congested, tired and achy as I do right now makes me ever so wary of the spring. Usually I get the spring one around April, though, and our wedding is at the end of May. Unless there's some freak change in the weather, but I'm going to start saying my prayers now!!

Right now this has put a hold on any kind of wedding progress. I wanted to finish my necklace and earrings this weekend and look for flowergirl dresses, but I'm planted to my bed. Thankfully, we have no school today so I didn't have to call out of work. I just wish this vacation day could have been more productive.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wax on, wax off!

{This might be kinda gross to you}

I have a thing about body hair- it really grosses me out! (It just so happens my fiance has very little, so that works out great!)

As for me... well I'm not really really furry, but I'd much rather have nothing at all. I read in a magazine that Halle Berry waxes her ENTIRE body and face. If I had the tolerance, I think I would too.

For now, I only wax my underarms- and I do it myself! Why only the underarms, you ask? Well, I hate how after I shave there, it looks like I have a 5 o'clock shadow because my hair is brown. And form far away, it looks like I didn't even shave at all! I've always wanted the smooth, beautiful underarms I see in pictures so I wax to pull the hair from the root so that there will not be a shadow!

I started doing this when I thought about my upcoming wedding. My dress does not cover my unerarms and I know I'll be dancing like crazy, so the worst thing to me would be to have a great picture with an ugly armpit. That would completely ruin it for me. I started waxing over the summer, so I'm getting more used to it! By May I should be like one of those deodorant commercial girls!!!

Happy waxing!

Friday, October 9, 2009


Today something struck me. As I was cleaning the kitchen floor and reflecting on my career as a teacher of the arts; I reflected on my students, my new classroom, and my dream of being a singer. That's right. A singer- a GOSPEL singer to be exact. And I've been told that it's going to happen, but for now, I'm just trusting God. But I'm getting off topic....

What I realized today is that I want the gifts that God gave me to outlast my lifespan. I don't want the gifts to expire when I do, I want them to keep giving. So as I teach, sing, and live, I will remember that the gifts God chose to gave me aren't just for the here and now, but they are to live into the future- through my students, my (future) children, and anyone who is touched by my songs.

If I can change the life of one person for the better, than I am humbly honored.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A subway kinda day

Today Jared the Subway spokesperson came to my school! He gave our kids insightful info about self-esteem in relation to a healthy weight and told many of his stories about his childhood. I know a lot of the kids didn't quite understand what he was talking about, but I think some of the older ones got his point. Live healthy- be happy.

One thing he mentioned was how when he was overweight, there were plenty of people who talked about him and degraded him. Then, when he got famous, those same people tried to be his friends. I feel like that is the story of my life and as the future brings more successes, I know that those episodes will repeat themselves.... but I'm ever ready. ;-}