Sunday, May 31, 2009


Yesterday at 3:11 a.m. I turned 24. It was rather bittersweet, I spent the whole day with my family making our way to Zanesville, via the Route 40/National Road garage sales. The people watching was fun and we made our way back here for a dinner with the family and Andrew. I had planned to have a cookout at the new place, but some issues prevented that from happening. So my dad grilled Kabobs, potato's and corn on the cob and my grandma made Boston Creme Pie! Adam also got me a Rugrats ice cream cake from Dairy Queen to go along with our tradition of little kid cakes and cards that we give one another.

Afterward Andrew and I went out for a drink at what may be our new hang out, The Dugout, which is near the new place. We headed back to the house afterward to relax and hang out. He is pretty much moved in now, but I'm just sort of taking my parents are still a little uneasy about me leaving so I'm trying to make it easier on them.

Looking back on 24 years, I can say I've had a good life and things can only get better from here!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Feeling Sentimetal

On Saturday Andrew and I took one of my favorite drives....out to West Jefferson where our love story first began. We were on our way to a cookout with my college friends, but we took the back roads through Dublin and Plain City to get out to the west side of town. As we got closer so many memories started to flood my mind....

"Remember when we broke down on the motorcycle in that driveway? Then a cop drove by and I told him we were okay because I didn't have my license with me?" - Andrew

"I used to love walking down to that McDonalds on a hot day, getting a McFlurry and then walking back to the park and talking on the swings." - Me and Andrew

"Sometimes I miss it here. I'm glad we'll have our own place soon, but there is just something about this small town that's kinda cool." - Andrew

It was really out there that we began to fall in love and that I started to really open up to Andrew. There were all kinds of nice places to take walks, beautiful parks nearby and other places that were just a 10 minute drive to an afternoon of fun. We first said I Love You to one another at Batelle Darby park off of W. Broad Street, we first started looking for a house together out there as well. We really got to know one another there and I think that as dumb as it might sound West Jefferson will always have a special place in our hearts. Its no New York City or Paris, and certainly not as nice as some other places around here, but its where our love story began.

So where did you first fall in love? Do you have a cute story about the places that you better got to know your husband/boyfriend or significant other? I love a good story, so share yours!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Why does God call upon children?

A friend of mine from high school had to deal with a tragic loss this weekend. On Friday afternoon she went into premature labor and was only 22 weeks along. She had just recently found out she was having a boy to add to her family of three, herself, husband and daughter. She was beyond excited to have become pregnant again after discovering she had PCOS last year, which can often mean that you are unable to have children without the assistance of fertility treaments.

We had talked in length on Myspace about her excitement and I was thrilled to see her ultrasound photos and growing belly pictures; if anyone wanted a baby it was her and her excitement was contagious.

After 19 hours of labor her son Ross was born sometime on Saturday and passed away soon after. I cannot imagine how it would feel to loose a child, let alone one who only had a few hours on earth with his family.

Please keep the South family in your prayers that they find peace in knowing that God called Ross to heaven for a reason. I wish that she lived closer so that I could be there for her, its so hard to even know what is right to say.

I read several blogs through this site and many had covered the untimely passing of children the last few months, and it really makes you wonder....why does God want these young ones to be with him? He must really have a purpose for them that is far beyond what we would know and that's really the only way to make sense of all this right now.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Last Night

We fought for the first time since we broke up back in was the strangest feeling. A lot of things had been getting to me over the past few days, the stress of the house and people acting like they could tell us what to do.

We spent most of yesterday at garage sales with Dave and Erica, got some nice things for the house and kept anticipating the rain, which never came till way later in the evening. We dropped off our wares and Dave and Erica and headed onto the next sales with Andrew's sister Jennifer.....didn't find much the second time around. Andrew was crabby most of the day, not quite sure why, and was starting to get on my last nerve. I love him, don't get me wrong, but sometimes he can just make me nuts! When he gets tired or sick of doing something, he just gets all pissy and it sucks. We headed back to his parents house to load up the car and head out to the house and get something to eat.

After dinner and unloading we were just sitting around and Erica called Andrew's phone. She wanted to talk to me and then informed me that she and Jennifer had gotten us a cat. Sounds awesome right?! Well not really, they want us to take it here soon and we don't even live in the house yet. The area where I would keep the cat isn't even close to being done and won't be till the tax credit comes through. I didn't know what to say and felt it was my own fault bc I had been talking about wanting my own pet since Andrew has Bessie and I don't have a cat or dog of my own. I'd honestly much rather get another dog since that's the one pet I've never really had. As much as I'd love a cat, right now is not the time for a little baby kitten, litter training and making sure it doesn't run out of the house while we're still working on things. I just feel dumb bc they (Erica and Jennifer) have a tendency to think that whatever they say goes and that everyone has to go along with what they think is best.

That's when the fight started.........yet another reason why I'm glad we'll be living 30 minutes away from everyone for at least the next 5 years. Our little country house will be a nice get a way from the old hen gossip that goes on in that family sometimes. I love them, and again please don't get me wrong, but it can be a lot to deal with occassionaly. I just let loose and started going off about everything that's been bothering me.....the way they all talk about me and Andrew and mines relationship when we are not around, how they think that I'm such a spoiled rich kid (which is FAR from the truth) and how no matter what there can be no pleasing them bc whatever they say is the only thing that is right.

I hate fighting.........................

Sunday, May 10, 2009

To all the moms on here!

A very happy Mothers Day to you all! We're having our annual cookout today, featuring steaks and chicken, cheesy noodles (from Paula Deen), salad, green beans and mushrooms, and Southern Alabama Pound Cake (also from Paula Deen....nothing like 4lbs of okay maybe just one).

I've got several friends who are wonderful moms now and I'd like to wish them a wonderful day! Maybe many moons from now I'll be joining you, but for now I'll just be a mommy to a basset hound and a few cats :)

On a less cheerful note, my grandmother and Andrew's were both put into Hospice this week.....oddly enough they both have dimensia and have been living in nursing homes for quite some time. Its sad that its come to this for them both, but to me the worst thing would be to loose your mind....I don't think I could handle that kind of illness.

But I'm off to snap beans and chop salad!

Monday, May 4, 2009

A mess of thoughts

Well, its been a week once again since I've blogged.....I need to try to be better about this, but I've been so busy! So here is the rundown of what has been going on:
  • Dad hasn't found a job yet, it will be a month on the 17th since he was "let go/his position was eliminated," and I've been helping him apply for jobs almost every day. He seems to be okay most days and has been doing TONS around the house to help out. He cooks dinner and this week he cleaned top to bottom the whole house. Right now he's mulching the flower beds!
  • The house - see the photos below!
  • Everything else is about the same, nothing too thrilling to report! Did some traveling for work last week and it will be a year in August that I started there! Hard to believe right?!?! Oh and I'll be 24 in about 26 days....also hard to believe but true none the less! I have no idea what I want to do for my birthday, so suggestions would be great. I doubt a cookout at the house will happen, its up in the air at this point.

The house!
Remember those basement and drainage water issues? Well this is going to fix all that! Andrew's dad and brother rented us a ditch digger (well Andrew mostly since I had nothing to do with it) and they fixed our rain runoff issues. Too bad the yard will be torn up for a while!

The downstairs bathroom was horribly moldy and everything had to be torn out. But we have the upstairs bathroom working well now!

And we have appliances! We got the stove and fridge on Craigslist for way less than they would have been brand new! We are really pleased with them and could not be more excited about saving money!