Monday, October 31, 2011

We begin another journey.

Not one we had in mind...but a journey, nonetheless.

Today marks our second miscarriage in three months.

Both of which occurred at 6 weeks and 1 day.

Our doctor suggests we see an RE to check for any issues (i.e. blood clotting disorders) that may be causing the miscarriages.

We're taking a 6 month break before trying to have a baby again. But we are going to be seeing an RE during those 6 months to see if we can come up with a solution to all of this.

Until then, we're going to try to stay positive until we get our forever baby.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekend Planning-A Little Late!

Friday
Leave work at 3 for an appt

Saturday
Meal Plan
Grocery Shop
Do dishes
Start working on Thanksgiving Meal Plan
Make list of Christmas gifts
Make Pizza for dinner

Sunday
Update sidebar for weekly menu
Do laundry
Relax


Easy peasy weekend---exactly what I need!!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Morning Weekend Recap

Friday
Organize at least one cabinet (part of Cleaning Challenge)
Make dinner
Relax

Saturday
Work until 3
Organize cabinets (part of Cleaning Challenge)
Clean microwave and toaster (part of Cleaning Challenge)
Pick up some samples for master bedroom walls

Sunday
Laundry
Relax
Watch the Colts get demolished on SNF (I only watched until halftime. How embarrassing. But hey, at least the Saints were classy and didn't run the score. Oh wait....)
Update meal plan on sidebar

Somewhere in there
Pick a paint color for our room
Finish a Pinterest project for our room (I already started it...pictures to come soon)
Finish another Pinterest project for our room

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weekend Planning-Blog Hop

It's my Friday ritual! Linking up again with My Happy House!



Friday
Organize at least one cabinet (part of Cleaning Challenge)
Make dinner
Relax

Saturday
Work until 3
Organize cabinets (part of Cleaning Challenge)
Clean microwave and toaster (part of Cleaning Challenge)
Pick up some samples for master bedroom walls

Sunday
Laundry
Relax
Watch the Colts get demolished on SNF
Update meal plan on sidebar

Somewhere in there
Pick a paint color for our room
Finish a Pinterest project for our room (I already started it...pictures to come soon)

Nashville Review

LODGING

Homewood Suites, Nashville/Airport



Our room was exactly what the hotel name says-it was a suite. It was so spacious and nice! We loved it! It was easy to access from the Interstate. It was very easy to get downtown (huge plus for us!) and it was one exit up from a pharmacy/a Walmart/etc. And it was two exits up from the Grand Ole Opry.

Every morning they had a free breakfast. It had your usual donuts, OJ, milk, cereal, and grains. They did have an actual meal you could eat too. Saturday was ham, eggs, and homestyle potatoes. Delicious! Sunday morning was biscuits, sausage, and gravy. I didn't have the gravy, but the sausage biscuit I made myself was really good!

The room was very clean and quiet. We didn't hear toilets flushing all night. (Bonus!) And even though it was only a mile or so from the air port we didn't hear one plane in our room. I'm a light sleeper, too.

A few other advantages that the hotel offered that we didn't take advantage of that we thought were cool was the "Welcome Home Dinner" that is served Monday-Thursday. Each night is a different meal with beer and wine included. (And it's free...hello!) Also, in the kitchenette area, there was a pad of paper that you could fill out stuff you wanted from the grocery store. It gave you space to put the brand you wanted, quantity, etc. How awesome is that??

Rating: A+

DINING

Breakfast both mornings
Homewood Suites (See Lodging review)

Friday Lunch
Jack in the Box

Yeah, we ate fast food. In our defense, we had never tried it before and wanted to give it a whirl. (P.S. Jon has never had Bojangles...CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!) It was pretty expensive for fast food. We both got a cheeseburger meal and spent nearly $15. What the crap? It wasn't worth the money, in our opinion. The fries were good, but the burgers tasted cheap.

Rating: C

Friday Dinner
Blackstone Brewery & Pub
(Website)

We went here with my friend Liz and her husband, Lincoln. It was so delicious! The atmosphere was great! Jon and I both had pepperoni pizzas (brick oven style). Hands down-the best pizza I've ever had. And we ate, including a beer for Jon for right at $22 plus tip. Awesome!

Rating: A

Saturday Lunch

We picked up some chips, snacks, and some drinks Saturday morning before we headed back after our Opry tour. We heated up our left over pizza and made lunch at our hotel. Even better than the first time!

Saturday Dinner
Demo's
(Website)

We went for a rather early dinner so we didn't have to wait. We both ordered steaks and baked potatoes. I also had a cup of their chicken and rice soup. Honestly...I could have just had that! It was DELICIOUS. And I'm a tough person to impress with rice. I'm picky about it.

The meal came with bread that had melted (read: burnt) cheese on top. We're huge bread eaters and we were pretty disappointed. But, the steaks and potatoes were delicious. I was nervous when we got our steaks because both tables surrounding us sent their steaks back, but ours came out pretty good. I say that because we're not picky. I ordered medium well and in my opinion, I got a well down steak. Jon ordered a medium and in my opinion, he got a rare steak. It takes a lot for us to complain at a restaurant and we let it slide.

Grade: B

ENTERTAINMENT


Country Music Hall of Fame


First off, how awesome is this building? See the piano? SEE IT?! I love it!

It's such an amazing place! As someone who genuinely loves country music, I could have spent hours just staring at the exhibits. So much history and so much I didn't know! We opted to just do the self-guided tour. You can do a tour with a phone that is guided by different stars' voices. I didn't think it was necessary for us. I loved it though! I took about 80 pictures just in there. :)

And another bonus point-we found a cute new ornament for our tree! (We try to get an ornament every time we go on vacation.)

Grade: A

Grand Ole Opry


Sigh. I got goosebumps just looking at the building before we even went inside. The introductory video gave me goosebumps. Then they played a video showing different people being surprised by being asked to join the Grand Ole Opry. I cried every time. Especially when Carrie Underwood sang "I Told You So" and Randy Travis came out and surprised her. She cried. I cried. Goosebumps, people.

I have a lot of ties to country music. I love it. I find it soothing, comforting, fun, exciting, and just over all, incredible. Some people think,"Oh it's depressing." or "Hick". No...it's not. It has a rich history. Look it up. To each their own, but I think you're missing out. ;)

The coolest part of the tour? Seeing the flood line in the "family room" a/k/a green room. What flood line you ask? A few years back, Nashville had a HORRIBLE flood and the Grand Ole Opry was flooded out. The water was up to 25 feet in the parking lot. 25 feet!! That circle we're standing on in the picture? They refinished it and kept the original circle. It has such a huge meaning to country music. *sigh* I love it.

And did you know if you go to a show there, you are welcome to go up to the stage. Like really. UP TO THE STAGE!! No matter where your seats are. You can go up and take pictures and listen. Swoon. If Luke Bryan plays there on a weekend-we're going!

Grade: A++++++++


Ghost Walk
Sam and I went on a ghost walk in Wilmington and I loved it! This one was pretty good too! I didn't fall head over hills with Nashvegas like I did with Wilmington though so I wasn't as excited but yeah. Good stories, good architecture, and good history!

Grade: B

Jim Beam Distillery


This was a last minute stop but so fun! The tour took about 45 minutes and ended with a few tastings of bourbon. Knocked me on my butt! So good though! We bought a new ornament for our tree (classy, I know!). It was awesome and a beautiful landscape!

Grade: B+

Cleaning Challenge!

My Happy House is doing an Express Cleaning Challenge to get your house ready before the holidays! Today is the first week of the challenge!

I'm so excited to get our house back to normal and actually-an even cleaner state that it's normally in!!

This post tells all about the challenge. I'll be posting my progress with the challenge along the way!

I'm planning on doing a few posts today so keep checking back!!


(Sidenote-I deleted my post this morning. I guess I just needed to get some bitterness out. I have a great life and I really need to be more thankful and complain a lot less!)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nashville Recap

I already gave you a teaser yesterday but...prepare for a text and picture heavy post! My apologies! ;)

We arrived in Nashville around 1:30 CT. We got to check into the hotel right away. We got unpacked and then grabbed lunch and headed downtown.

Our first stop was the Country Music Hall of Fame. (See picture from last post--->it's the picture of us in front of the piano building.) It was such a great museum! I looooved it!! I took every bit of 75-100 pictures. They had everything from Minnie Pearl's dress to Taylor Swift's computer she used to make her videos. Amazing!

(I already do, Kix and Ronnie.)

After we finished up there-we cruised down Broadway and did some sightseeing.


After that, we went back to the hotel to get cleaned up and ready for dinner. We were able to meet up with one of my Nestie Besties, Liz and her husband, Lincoln.

We had an absolute BLAST!! It was so much fun and the boys got along famously. :) They bonded. :)

The next morning we got up early and went down to the lobby for breakfast. Then, we headed off to our Grand Ole Opry tour. I highly recommend this! Seriously-if you have any love for country music, you would enjoy this. I got goosebumps going onto the stage!

Adorable picture of Jon and I outside of the Grand Ole Opry


We stopped at the Dukes of Hazzard museum afterward the GOO and then went back to the hotel for lunch and a much needed nap. Then we were up and at 'em and headed back downtown.

After grabbing an early dinner, we decided to walk across the river to the LP Field (Home of the Tennessee Titans). Insert vomiting sound here. ;) We had the whole parking lot/area to ourselves so my oh-so-smart husband set up a make shift tripod and we had our own little photo shoot with the skyline as our background.
One of my favorites of us. It's going to be framed in our new bedroom!

We made our way back to downtown and stopped for an old fashion pop (soda as they call it apparently?). Then, we headed to the meeting spot for our ghost walk.

The ghost walk lasted about 1 1/2 hours. It was so neat!! It wasn't just, "Here's the building. Here's the ghost story. Boo!". It had a lot of history and architecture (!!!!!) during the tour, as well. Jon loved it and so did I!

We made it home around 10:00 CT and got ready for bed, knowing we would be up early the following morning.

Jon had a brilliant idea to go to the Jim Beam Distillery on the way home. So we got up at 7:30 to get breakfast, get ready, and head out by 9:00.

The Distillery was so cool! I loved it! They walked you around the grounds (but you didn't actually go INTO the distillery....that tour is coming September 2012). At the end, you were able to taste 2 of the bourbons.

Jim Beam Distillery

After the Distillery, we headed home. We stopped in Clarksville to eat dinner and watch the Colts lose. AGAIN. Then we made the final hour drive home.

Such a great trip! And a great get away!! Now...back to reality!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow. I have a big Tackle It Tuesday in mind! ;)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sneak Peak: Nashville

"It's a crazy town full of neon dreams-everybody plays, everybody sings. Hollywood with a touch of twang-to be a star you gotta bang, bang, bang. Bend those strings til the Hank comes out, make all the drunk girls scream and shout. We love it, we hate it-we're all just trying to make it...in this crazy town."-Crazy Town, Jason Aldean


I'll do a full recap later this week! Enjoy a few pictures!!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weekend Getaway!

Tomorrow is my Friday before we head to...







(Sources: here, here, and here)

Nashville!!! We have tickets to tour the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame! I'm so excited! I can't wait to spend a weekend away with my amazing husband!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Weekend Recap!

Time to start color coding this baby!

Purple-Done
Blue-Not done
Green-Done but not on original list

Friday
Work
Go to bonfire and see my girls
Met up with another set of friends for cards and a few drinks

Saturday
Work until 3
King's Island Halloween Haunt (Proof!)

Sunday
Meal Plan
Grocery Shop
Laundry
Watch Football
Relax!

Once again-I've linked up with My Happy House && this week I'm featured on her blog (Check out her sidebar!).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween Haunt 2011

We decided this year (#2 of this adventure) that we're going to make this a tradition. We just have so much fun and it's so fun to be with our friends!

This year we opted to spend the extra $5 and we bought the "Fright Feast", too. They had a buffet style with chicken tenders, BBQ pulled pork, potato salad, hot dogs, baked beans, ice cream, and cookies...oh and unlimited soft drinks! The food was...okay. Was it $5 okay? Yes, absolutely! Would I do it again? Maybe..if they changed the menu up a little bit. If you don't buy it as a combo with your ticket you pay $14.99 per person for the meal. Was it $15 good? No-save your money and go to La Rosa's. :)

They added 3 new attractions (mazes, as they call them) this year. One was called Holiday Horror. It was pretty good! You walked through every holiday from New Year's to July 4th and so on. It was pretty good and I liked it!

The second was called Nightmare Alley. It wasn't really an attraction like you wait in line and walk through a maze sort of thing. Instead they had an entire area set up like a side show. People were standing on pedestals and you couldn't tell if they were real people or just statues. Creepy!

The last and final one was called Mysteria. It was...eh. I wish we would have used that time to go to one of the two we missed and just skipped that one. It was an indoor maze and they had people dressed up to blend in with the walls. They also had people who hung from the ceilings (Hey, Batman!) or looked like they were "dead" then they grabbed your foot. EXCUSE ME?! I'll step on your hand and I won't feel bad about it! hahaha

We had a great time and I'm excited for next year, already!!

Now...enjoy some pictures!

Cute fall set up

Waiting in line for one of the attractions



The humor in this is that I'm a whopping 4'11". I passed BOTH tests! I could ride the ride and I didn't have to be accompanied by a "responsible person". WINNING!

Mal and I-I love this girl!
Jon and I before heading home. You can see that next to the skeleton there is a lady's hand-after we took this picture, I looked over and she had the hand right up in my face. Hello! And next to Jon you can see the ivy-that's really a man too!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekend Planning Blog Hop

My normal Friday routine-linked up with My Happy House with the Weekend Planning Blog Hop

Friday
Work
Go to bonfire and see my girls

Saturday
Work until 3
King's Island Halloween Haunt

Sunday
Meal Plan
Grocery Shop
Laundry
Watch Football
Relax!

What do you have planned?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Decorations Reveal!

Thanks to the tornadoes-some of my Halloween decorations broke. :( I didn't realize it until I pulled them out. Which led me to immediately rip open our Christmas decorations-they remained in tact. Thankfully!

Anyways...here's the pics:



My little scarecrows! I love them! (Another proof of the tornado-our outdoor carpet has seen better days. Thank you, soft ball sized hail. It's too cold to replace it now, though. It has to wait until Spring.)
I love my little fall Welcome sign. =)

I love this sign!


Our floating shelves. I love the Halloween subway art! (Thank you, Pinterest!)


My pumpkins! I want to change out the pictures in those frames-but I don't have many fall pictures of us. That will change though. =)
Our pass through window

And just because he's so darn cute...

My puppy baby!

Monday, October 3, 2011

I'm a planner


This pretty lady asked me to be her Matron of Honor for her wedding in April 2012! Of course I said yes and I'm so excited to share this day with her and her future hubby! :)

I'm in charge of planning her bachelorette party and I must admit--I'm ridiculously excited!! We'll probably do it in the middle of April because we're thinking of doing a spa day! I have so many ideas I can't wait to see it all put together!!

Cort's colors are black and crazy daisy colors! How fun is that?! I'm thinking of doing small gift bags for all the girls and doing them in plain black bags and using brightly colored tissue paper inside. Not sure what I'm going to put in them yet-but we'll see!

I'm hoping if we do go with a spa day that the spa will let us bring in our own food and drinks. Then I'll have to get started on a menu and whatnot. I also want to get her a cake of some sort.

I started buying things decorations-wise already. I have invitations, napkins, plates, & a few decorations. :)

I'm also going to be helping her little sister plan our her bridal shower, too!

I love doing this and I'm so excited for her!

Let the planning && funness (Like that word?) begin!

Weekend Review

Let's recap:

Tonight
Dinner and shopping with my mama (CHECK-shopping trip summary below)

Tomorrow
IKEA trip with my wingman (CHECK-summary below again)
Dinner with my bestest (CHECK)

Sunday
Meal plan and grocery shop (CHECK-updated menu on my sidebar)
Relax (CHECK)
Watch football (CHECK)
Laundry (CHECK)

Friday night, my mom and I went to the outlet mall and did some damage. I think I did pretty well:

2 pairs of jeans
1 short sleeved top (sweater material)
2 sweaters
2 tank tops
1 zip up hoodie
1 black jacket (Northface type look)

Total: $65.00

I call that a successful trip!

Saturday I went shopping with one of my best girl friends, Cort! We met up fairly early in the morning and headed to Ohio. We stopped at IHOP for breakfast (Apple Caramel crepe? Yum!)

I already showed you part of what I bought. I bought the comforter, frames, candles, and candle holder for our room. I also bought:



For our silverware we keep on the counter


This is meant to be a trashcan, but I opted to attach it inside of one of our cabinet doors to corral up our aluminum foil, wax paper, etc. While Cort and I were looking at these I was explaining to her what I wanted to do with it. A woman standing next to us looking at the bin looks over and says,"I'm buying another one-I love your idea!" That made me feel good. =)


I bought these to keep my rings in when I take them off. I put one in the bathroom and one in our bedroom. Ideally, I would have bought another set and used one in the kitchen for when I'm cooking or doing dishes. Oh well. I'm planning on going again in a few months and I'll pick up another set.


Total at IKEA-$75

Not too bad!

We also stopped at Hobby Lobby where I bought the fairy tale picture. Finally, we stopped at a store in our town and I walked out with the sage green sheets you saw in the picture on my last post.

Very productive weekend! I'm ready to get the ball rolling on our master bedroom project. Ideally, I'd like to have it finished by December 1st. That's my hope!

Coming soon-our fall decorations! I'm working on finishing those up tomorrow. =)

P.S. All photos from here.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Master Bedroom Project Update

I think I finally decided on a color! It's called Afternoon Tea from Glidden. I opted out of the accent wall because I couldn't decide on one. (Yes, I know I'm saying I, I, I but Jon has told me numerous times that he appreciates me asking his opinion-but he doesn't have a clue what will look good and he trusts my eye. :) )

The paint sample is laying on the carpet we'll have in our room. It's just a basic cut pile carpet. It's called Cavalier II Dried Straw. It's a Shaw Stainmaster carpet.

I went to IKEA yesterday (more on that tomorrow) and purchased quite a few things for our bedroom.


As you can see-I'm really pulling out the light sage colors as accents. I'm falling in love with that color!

I also bought a comforter at IKEA but I can't find it on their website so I'll be sure to take a picture of it during the big reveal (hopefully in 6 weeks!).

I found this picture on Pinterest:
I'm going to alter it just a bit. I'm going to put each heart map in its own frame. How sweet is this though?! I'm in looooove with it!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

OOTD-Girls Day


Today I'm going shopping at IKEA with one of my girls, then tonight I'm going to have dinner and spend some quality time with my BFF! Today is all about cuteness and being comfortable!

Tank Top (Can't see): Forever 21
Sweater: Rue 21
Jeans: Aeropostale
Boots: Payless
Jewelry-my beautiful wedding set and my "Love the life you live" ring.