Sunday, May 31

Whitney & baby update and weekend recap

This was a pretty eventful weekend for us. On Friday Ty and I went to the river walk area and hung out. It was perfect weather. I left my camera at home so no pics. I was sad when I realized that I had left it on the coffee table.
Saturday I attended a bridal shower for one of my friends. I ended up taking pictures with her camera, so I didn't even get mine out. It was a really nice shower.
Saturday evening we headed to a town next to ours to see our friends' new house. Ty and I grew up with Chelsey. I love that her husband's job brought them here. We had a very yummy dinner and then just hung out. I had so much fun! It is always so nice to catch up with old friends.
We spent a lot of time on their porch swing.
I'm sure a lot of you read Whitney's blog and have been dying for an update! She had her precious baby boy Saturday afternoon. Levi weighs 8 lbs. 7 oz. and is 21 inches long. They are both doing great! It sounds like it was an exhausting process considering they induced her at 7:30 Friday evening.
Isn't he adorable?!?
I went to the hospital Sunday after church to see them. After hearing lots of great things about Whitney's parents I finally got to meet them. Her mom is the sweetest lady! D, Whitney's husband, was all smiles and you could tell he was very proud of both Whitney and Levi. They are an adorable family! Whitney said it would be a while before she gets to update the blog. They get to go home tomorrow. D was supposed to take his board exam tomorrow, but is going to reschedule in the morning. (I knew a few of you would be wondering.)

Cute mommy and baby!

He is so stinkin' cute! Look at his coloring--it's gorgeous!
Whitney's mom will be staying with them for a few days. D has to take another board exam on Friday and needs to keep studying, so I'm sure Whitney will be very grateful for the help. Hopefully, she will get a chance to blog all about it soon. D told me he took over 300 photos yesterday, so there will be no shortage of those! :) I'm so happy for them!
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Friday, May 29

You might call me crazy

First of all I hate it when I skip blogging during the week. It means I don't get any e-mails alerting me of a new comment. It makes my day very boring! Ya'lls comments about Nuts were cracking me up.
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Second of all I am hooked on a new book series. Have you heard of the t.v. series True Blood? It airs on HBO. We don't get HBO, so I have never seen it. But I have heard a lot about the books that the show is based on from Mrs. Jetplane and Pink Sass. I decided to buy the first book in the series the other day at Wal-Mart. I became hooked. I love book series. I love getting immersed in the lives of the characters and it not ending after one book. (There are 9 books so far in this series.) I bought the first few in the series and then decided to check out a few from the library. As always there were already holds on several of the books, so the last one I checked out was the large print edition. It was hilariously big font. My parents need to look into large print books. (love you guys!)
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I'm not quite sure I like them as much as the Twilight series, but that is probably just because I read the Twilight series first. I will be renting the first season of the show soon.
I should tell you all that I'm not some crazy girl that is obsessed with vampires and the supernatural world. Well, actually I do think about vampires and werewolves a lot. We have a few wooden stakes in the garage by my car. Every time I see them I think, "If a vampire was to attack me right now I could just grab that stake and kill him." (In these books you can kill a vampire with a wooden stake.) I might have some issues!
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But, really I didn't used to like things like this. In fact I don't really enjoy Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings, but for some reason I like vampires. :)
If you like vampires you might look into the Sookie Stackhouse series. You can find the order of the books here.
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Wednesday, May 27

My Nutter Butters

Yesterday was Nuts' birthday. And yes we remembered it and told him Happy Birthday! Okay, maybe it's more me than Ty. :) I did resist the temptation to buy him a birthday gift though. We went on a birthday walk instead. Although it was definitely a lot more stopping, sniffing and marking his territory than walking.

I joke that Ty and I wouldn't have stayed married this long (2 years) if it wasn't for Nuts. Being married to a med student can be lonely and having Nuts around has helped me deal with that. I talk to him more than I care to admit. And Ty and I talk for him more than either of us would like to admit. Lately, "Nuts" has taken on a spanish accent. It's quite hilarious. I think you just have to be there to find it funny.

One day we will have children and have other things to talk about, but for now I am very content with my little family--my boys.
My favorite recent picture of Nuts.
aaaaaw, so little!



Why do dogs always have creepy eyes in pictures? How do I prevent this??



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Tuesday, May 26

Weekend Recap

I enjoyed a nice long weekend. I spent Saturday at my grandmas' (both sets live in the same town) hometown. Most of my family lives in this town. It was so nice to see everyone.

My parents drove in on Saturday too. They brought Nuts this doggie cupcake for his upcoming birthday. :) He devoured it. I took Nuts along for the trip. He is really good in the car and he loves seeing all the kids that are usually at my grandma's house.


My cousin Tara's little boy, Aiden. He is a very happy baby.

My nephew, Garret. He is such a sweet baby.


My nephew Gage. The little stinker wouldn't smile for the camera.

We were waiting for the rain to slow down outside of Atwood's. Check out his fanny pack. haha! He hated for it to be called a fanny pack. Apparently, it's what army men wear. At least according to him. He had all kinds of things stuffed in there. It just cracked me up.

Boys, boys, boys--my family is full of boys!

The rest of the weekend was spent at home running errands, cleaning the house (including shampooing the carpets) and hanging out with Ty. I'm looking forward to a short work week! Yay!
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Friday, May 22

How do you pronounce...

Peonies are my favorite flower. I hear them pronounced different all the time. I can go to a florist and hear one pronunciation and then I'll go to a nursey and they say it a completely different way. I'm just curious about how you say it...
So do you pronounce it pee-OH-knee or pee-AH-knee?




pee-OH-knee or pee-AH-knee?


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Wednesday, May 20

Perfect Summer Recipes

I tried out 2 new recipes this weekend. I'm only sharing 1 of them though. The 2nd recipe was good, but it needs some perfecting before I put it on the blog.

Outside In Cheeseburger


This recipe is courtesy of my sister-in-law, Sarah. It is YUMMY! I stole borrowed the above picture from her blog. I have actually made these twice in the last week. They are so easy and delish.

Ingredients: 1 lb. lean hamburger meat, 1 wedge (per burger) Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese, worcestershire sauce, hamburger seasonings (whatever you like. I used some steak seasoning.)

Directions: Mix meat, sauce and seasonings together. Form a patty around the cheese wedge. Grill as usual. You should really visit my SIL's blog to see the pictures that go along with the directions.

Heads Up: Don't press on the patty with your spatula (your burger might ooze cheese!). The best part about this recipe is it came from The Hungry Girl cookbook and the meat and cheese is under 200 calories. Their site suggests eating it between lettuce. I am a dare devil and opted for buns! :)

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Tuesday, May 19

Wedding Anniversary dos

Today is mine and Ty's 2nd wedding anniversary. I am a very lucky lady! I can't even describe the feelings that I have toward this man.

We got married two weeks after graduating from college. Ty proposed on campus and we got married at the same spot. Needless to say that place holds a lot of memories for both of us. We said the traditional vows at our wedding plus we wrote letters to each other that we read out loud at the ceremony. I wanted to put them on here. I want to be able to read these letters together every year and remember how we felt at that time in our lives. We wrote these letters separately and the first time we shared them with each other was during the ceremony. We both touched on a lot of the same things.

"Ty,
I have been dreaming of this day with you since the 6th grade and it is finally here and is everything I have ever wanted and more. You are my best friend and I can't wait to start our lives together. You are constantly motivating me to be a better person. You are the first person I want to talk to when I have a good or bad news and you always know how to make me feel better. I love that you can always make me laugh. This is probably my favorite thing about you. I love that you care so much about people and have such a passion for medicine. You are so dedicated and I know that you will make a great doctor. I also know that when we have a family that you will make a great father. I love to watch you interact with Gage and Lillian. They have so much fun with you. I love that God is such an important part of your life; having a strong Christian family is so important to me and I know it is to you also.
When I was writing this all kinds of memories came flooding back to me...from our first kiss in the back of Pam D****' van, to when you asked me out at a basketball game in the 9th grade, the first time you came to my house and Derek dressed up and tried to embarrass me and of course he did, to our first real car date by ourselves, the first time you said I love you, watching you play high school basketball, going off to college apart and then together, when you proposed and how I don't remember anything you said because I was so excited! And not too long ago when I took care of you after your knee surgery and how I loved helping you because you always do so much for me.
Now we are about to start our lives together in a new place and I know our love is only going to grow stronger and we will make many more memories. Everything in our lives is changing but through it all you are my one constant. I can't wait to be your wife and make you happy for the rest of our lives. I love you."


"To my dearest Lindsey,
We have shared quite a journey together. I can remember very well the first time I professed my affections for you back in the 6th grade on the back of the bus telling you that I liked you more then all other girls in the class. Remember the time in 9th when I stole a kiss from you then jumped out of the D****'s van without saying anything. I was so nervous about having to see you again! But it worked.
You were my first crush and my first true love. And even though we have had our ups and downs, one thing that has remained a constant for us is our friendship.
So I thank you for always being there for me, for always believing in us, and for making sacrifices so we can be standing here today. And with that is my promise to you that i will always be there for you, always cherish and adore you, and to acknowledge the fact that I am a very lucky guy and to not take you for granted.
Lindsey, you are my best friend and I love you very much and always will. Thank you making my life complete. Thank you for making me so happy.
Signed your BFF, Ty"


I love looking through my wedding pictures and letting the memories flood back. What a happy time!


Meet Moe. He custom made my wedding dress for me.


Notice that cane in Ty's hand. He had ACL surgery and had to be on crutches for 6 weeks. Our wedding day was the first time he could walk without them. He had to use a cane to get down the aisle. Poor guy! (This was his 2nd ACL surgery--both knees have been operated on.)


Seeing Ty for the first time. I'm about to walk down the aisle.

There is something about this photo that I just love. (p.s. that's the path I walked to get to all of my classes.)


haha! So mysterious! (Julie didn't get the memo!)
These peonies had to be flown in from Holland. We had a late freeze in my state that killed them all off. I had to change all of my other flowers at the last minute. There was no way I was going to ask my parents to pay $18 a flower for all the centerpieces and other bouquets.

Ty's niece and my nephew. Such cuties!


In the car after everything was over: pure joy!



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Monday, May 18

Weekend Purchase

I had an uneventful weekend. I had to work a graduation event Friday night. Come Saturday morning I was worn out from working 2 very long days. I lounged around almost all day. Ty and I watched Slumdog Millionare Saturday evening. It was a great movie! I also tried out a couple of new recipes that I will have to share later this week.

I'm on day 9 of the 30 day shred. I attempted level 2, but I won't be doing it again anytime soon! It was hard! You are in the plank position for half of the video. I'm just too weak upper body to support myself like that. Maybe after another week of level one...

I have been searching for a new summer purse and I finally found one!
The Sak Silverlake Convertible Satchel
I had looked at it in person at the store, but I wanted to think about it some more. I started searching for it online for a better price. Success! I had some reward points from my credit card and found the purse on Amazon (of course!) and was able to put my reward points toward the purchase. I couldn't decide which color I liked better so I used google images to see if I could find a pic of it in real life. This is the picture I came across: It's Miley. Ty will probably endlessly make fun of it now, but oh well! I have the same purse as Hannah Montana, not quite sure how I feel about that. :)

Tomorrow is mine and Ty's 2nd wedding anniversary! YAY! I will be sharing a few wedding memories...


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Thursday, May 14

Jumbled Thoughts

The next couple of nights will be spent working 2 major events for work, which means the blogging will be limited. This is probably a good thing because I don't think you all want to read about my calorie counting and shredding again! :) Okay, just a little update on the shred--I think I'm going to attempt level 2 this weekend. Wish me luck!
I really need to go grocery shopping. I have lots of food for dinners, but not for lunch. I almost always take my lunch. It's usually a sandwich and sometimes a lean cuisine pizza. I hate having to run out and get some fast food to eat. I'm not a huge fan of fast food. Don't get me wrong I enjoy a burger and fries. I just don't like eating it very often. This does not make me a healthy person. I ruin that in lots of other ways. :) Do ya'll take your lunch to work or eat out every day?
I ordered this dress from Forever 21 yesterday. I love sweetheart necklines and the best part: it has pockets! Hopefully, its just as cute in person.

Ty is doing some sort of life support class right now. He made me ask him questions last night for his test today. I would present the symptons and he would run through what to do. He and Nuts would run through the steps on Nuts' goose. It was hilarious! Ty was talking out loud so fast and in a hurry like they really had to save the goose and Nuts was jumping around all excited. I wish I could have video taped it. Although, I might have been the only one who would want to watch it later. My boys just crack me up!

This post was all over the place but the blogging juices aren't really flowing. My thoughts are pretty jumbled this week. I can't wait for the weekend!

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Tuesday, May 12

My Daily Plate

I will be doing day 4 of the 30 Day Shred tonight. I'm loving this workout video. I've always loved workout videos and this one is at the top of my list. I'm sure a lot of you have been reading about it on a ton of other blogs. Isn't it funny how an item can spread like wild fire in the blog world??
It's only a 20 minute video which I love. It covers cardio, abs, and weights. I really need to tone up and think this combination is going to do it. Ty has been telling me to do a combo like this for years--did I listen to him, NO.


I've also started to count my calories. I don't want to lose a lot of weight, but I would like to drop a few pounds. Besides that I really need to realize that I can't keep eating like I used to. I need to establish better eating habits. I think that counting calories is a good way to realize what all I am putting into my body. I'm horrible at diets--not that I have ever really tried. My parents did atkins for a while. I was home from college for a break and decided to give it a try. I didn't even last one day. It was really ridiculous! The only real dessert I could have was jello and whip cream. I probably ate 10 of those jello cups by the end of the day! By counting calories I still get to eat what I want, just not as much as I would normally eat. There are all kinds of free calorie counters online. I'm using The Daily Plate on the livestrong.com website.

Hopefully, I can keep up with this for longer than a day! :)
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Monday, May 11

Weekend Recap

This was a busy weekend. Ty's parents came to visit us on Friday night. They took us out to dinner, we visited the Rose Garden, and they bought us a bird feeder for our back yard. We have already spotted some beautiful birds. I got some bad news Friday night, our family dog Lucy passed away. It was very sad and our house won't be the same without her.

Friday night we gave Ty's mom her Mother's Day gift: an address stamp from Sweet Papery. I discovered these on etsy and then visited her website. Sweet Papery did a great job on the stamp. This is the design we ordered.



Saturday morning we got up bright and early to head to Ty's sister's graduation. It was so nice to see his family. I hadn't seen them since Christmas. All the little kiddos are growing up so fast. There was so much going on that I didn't take any pictures. After that celebration we drove an hour back to our house. Ty headed to the school to study for boards and I headed to Chesley's reception.

Kelsey, Chesley and I

Saturday started out cold and rainy but turned out to be a gorgeous day. I spent several hours on the patio with Chesley's family. I even got a little pink, although it doesn't take much sun for me to get burnt. :)

Sunday marked day 2 of the 30 Day Shred video--I am SORE! Jillian is intense! I don't want to ever do another push up again. I can barely do one (girl style). I also helped Chesley move a car load into her new house. And I wasted waaaaaayy too much time searching for a new purse on the internet. I returned the one I bought from J.Crew--it was cute, but not quite what I was wanting.

Now it's time for another work week...

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