Monday, March 30, 2015

Movie Review: Insurgent

Andrew & I have been talking about seeing Insurgent ever since we saw the first movie, Divergent.  We really enjoyed the first movie a lot. It was similar to the set up of The Hunger Games, but still different enough to keep you intrigued. If you don't know what the movie series (originally book series) is about, check out here

So, on Thursday, Andrew & I decided that we would go see Insurgent in the balcony at the Warren. Let me just say, if you are 21 & haven't been to the balcony or the director's suites there, go to the balcony FIRST & then go to the director's suite. The balcony is really nice with the big screen, but you get spoiled in the director's suite. They both have heated seats (which is awesome), but the director's suite has these huge leather recliners & it's fantastic. So, before you get spoiled, go to the balcony first. The food is also pretty good in the balcony & the director's suite. It's not too overly priced (about $15 & under) & it tastes better than the food downstairs in the diner in my opinion. 

^unfortunately the best pic we could get

The movie was pretty awesome. Shailene Woodly has really started to step up her game in this movie series compared to when she first started off in Hollywood. Honestly, I still enjoyed the first movie better. It was more interesting & intriguing, but Insurgent was a pretty great movie overall. I haven't read the books before & I always hear that the books are better than the movie.. But Andrew & I like the fact that we don't know what's going on in any of these movies (same thing when we watched The Hunger Games).

It's rated PG-13 so you can expect some things with that. Language was pretty minimal COMPARED to most PG-13 movies these days, but still nonetheless, it was definitely there. There was also one (more so) implied round of sexual content. Also, violence is one big thing with action movies like this. You can make your own judgment calls on all of those things. For more information on the rating, check out here.

The actual movie itself, I'd give a B+. I think that the movie was pretty good, but not as awesome as the first movie. Also, like I said before, make your own call on content, especially when thinking about taking children or adolescents to see it. You can pretty well expect the same amount of PG-13 content in this movie as you can in any other action-packed, superhero type movies.

Have you guys seen Insurgent? If so, how did you like it? Or if you haven't seen it, do you think you will?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

You Know You Live in Oklahoma When...

Yesterday, my hometown was hit by the first tornado(s) of the season.  Ever since the last big tornado in 2013, they have began to affect me differently than they used to.  Yesterday's tornado was a little too close for comfort.  It started right down the street from our neighborhood & formed right above our house.  We had very little damage with just some of our fence down & neighbors' stuff in our yard (thank you, Lord).  But, that's what you get when you live in "Tornado Alley", right?!

With that being said, here's some of the things you might be familiar with when you live in Oklahoma...

You can experience every form of weather in a matter of days.

The sound of Gary England's voice soothes you.

You know the names of all the Ogle's & which news station they work for (& which one is your favorite).

Mike Morgan is always wearing a weird tie during severe weather.

You know exactly who "Val" & "Hank" are even though you rarely see their faces.

^"Talk to me Val!" 
or "Where's Hank's footage?!"

May 3rd & May 20th (& a bunch of others) are days you'll always remember every single, tiny detail about.

You find yourself telling other people who just move here & complain about the inconsistent weather, "Welcome to Oklahoma."

You know that no matter what though, Oklahomans always work together after EVERY storm.

I love my state & am so thankful for the many people who are willing to help each other out after severe weather happens.  Also, I'm EXTREMELY thankful for God's protection over us yesterday.  We shouldn't ever take that for granted.

It's only March, folks.  Hopefully we won't get more severe weather this season (wishful thinking).

Monday, March 23, 2015

Signs You're the "Mom" of Your Friend Group

I can hear Sam saying now, "You're like my mom!"

Yes, I am the "mom" of my friend group.  I'm quite proud of it actually.  I've always wanted to be a mom & apparently I practice it on my friends.  But when you're the mom of your friend group, sometimes you're a "nagger."  And I don't want to be a person who nags all of the time.  But let's face it, sometimes my friends act like children (no offense guys).

So, here's some signs that you might be the mom of your friend group.

1. "You have something on your face." 
I have one specific friend who asks me anytime if he has something on his face.  "Why?" you might ask.  Because I'm honest.  I know I wouldn't want to walk around with food all over my face.  So I think the best thing here is for me to be honest to him & tell him, "Yes, you have something right there."

2. "Make sure to move the decorative pillows before you sit there." 
Yes, those pillows cost money & they're not made to be your headrest.  That's what sleeping pillows are for.  They're meant to be decorative. Duh.

3. "I got plenty of napkins." 
Let's face it.  If you're the mom of your friend group, you always grab napkins.  Not one, not two.  But a big, giant handful of them.  Sorry to the earth & all that, but my friends are messy.  We can't go around with them having stuff on their face (sign #1).

4. "Get a coaster."
No one likes those rings from your cold, sweaty glass on their nice, new side table.  So be kind & make sure you have a coaster for those of us who appreciate their furniture.

5. "Leave your shoes at the door so you don't track stuff in." 
Especially after I just cleaned the floor.  Who wants dirt, grass, snow, rain, etc. on their freshly cleaned floor?!  Not this gal.  I just spent all that time cleaning the floor so I don't want someone to track everything from outside in.  

6. "You need to take a shower, you smell bad." 
Maybe I'm brutally honest, or even rude.  But the mom of the friend group makes sure her "children" are clean (or at least smell decent).  Not that they listen to me.

7. "I'm childproof-locking the windows!"
The other day, I had a friend from school riding with me & she asked me if I could roll down her window because my childproof lock was on in my car.  The answer I gave her was, "Oh, yeah!  Sorry, sometimes my friends act like children."  That's why I childproof the windows--so I don't have one of them hanging out the side of my car singing or yelling at the car next to us. 

8. "You shouldn't do that." 
This one pretty much speaks for itself.

9. "Don't spill something on my couch!"
We got new couches back in September & it really freaks me out when someone is sitting on our couch with a drink in their hand.  I actually made them move & sit on the floor last time they were at my house.

10. "Are you feeling ok? You sound sick."

Out of all of the signs, at least this one is the most caring.  I'm genuinely concerned for the health of my friends.  If someone is sick, I want to help them get better.  That's why they always ask me if I have ibuprofen when they have a headache (they know I always keep some with me at all times... another mom sign).  Also if someone is sick, I definitely don't want it.  So that's another reason why I want to know.  "Cover your mouth."

Being the mom of your friend group isn't a bad thing.  We all need our mom every now & then to help us through life.  It just turns out that I'm my friends' "mom" even if they don't want me to be.

So who is the "mom" in your friend group?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring, everyone!

I hope you all are having a wonderful springy day (even though it's cloudy here in Oklahoma).  Typically, I'm not the biggest fan of spring.  It means allergies, never knowing what to wear (cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon), & it means summer is coming (which I don't like the heat too much).  This year though, I think I'm ready for some warmer weather!  

Here's some things I'm looking forward to this spring...

Pretty Blooms

I seriously love flowers so much!  If I could keep fresh flowers in my house all the time, I definitely would.  Spring makes me happy because everything is coming back to life.  It's a refreshing time of year.


I recently bought some Saltwater Sandals & I'm so ready to try them out!  Wearing sandals is probably the thing I look forward to the most when spring & summer roll around.  I also get to show off my cute pedicure that's been hiding under my boots all winter.

One Year Anniversary

Spring also means now that I get to celebrate my one year anniversary of marriage with my husband, Andrew!  Our anniversary is May 17th & there's a trip in our future for around that time.. Yay! :)


^right after applying for graduation

Also in May comes something I've looked forward to since the first day of kindergarten (ok that might be exaggerating)... GRADUATING COLLEGE.  Woot woot!  Words can't express how pumped I am about this (& only in 4 years I might add).  May 8th can't come soon enough.

LTP Days

Since I work at a pool store, we start to get hoppin' this time of year.  It's fun when we're all back together in the spring & summer time selling pools to people.  We also usually have some good laughs along the way (except I'll miss Emilee there this year).


The final thing I'm looking forward to this spring is continuing to blog.  Blogging is so much fun & I hope I continue to enjoy it.  I'm hoping to gain some new readers along the way.

What are you looking forward to this spring??

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

6 Things I Wish I Would've Known Before Going to College

I've always told people that I could write a book on everything I've learned or wish I would have known before I got to college.  I've learned so much (some good, bad, easy, & hard).  I feel like a lot of times you hear "lies" as you're in your junior & senior year of high school prepping for college.  So for all of you out there who are about to enter college, still starting off, or are thinking about going back, here is my list of things I wish I would've known before going to college. 


1. Declare a major
Now.  Like right now.  Even if you don't have a clue.  Do NOT put "undecided" on anything [even if you really are.]  I cannot stress this one enough really.  When I was in high school, everyone told me, "Don't worry about declaring a major yet," or "You'll figure things out," or "You don't really even have to know until you're done with your gen-eds."  Those are all LIES.  Even if you're unsure, make sure you pick a major when you first enter.  You can always change it along the way [I think that's one thing I was scared of doing, so that's why I put undecided for a long time].  Declaring a major helps in many areas.  It gives you at least some direction of what you might be interested in so you can "try things out" [because let's face it, you won't really find out in your regular gen-eds classes unless your major includes history, math, science, English, etc.].  Declaring a major also helps in class schedule & possible scholarships.

2.  Take more than 12 hours

My first semester of college, the advisor told me, "You only need to take 12 or 13 hours."  So my freshman year, I took 13 the first semester & 12 the second. I definitely could have handled more than that, but that's what the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) student academic advisor told me (don't talk to a student advisor unless they're in your major & have done everything in a fantastic amount of time.. see #5 below).  Also, I've learned that at least at OCCC, they wanted my money (no offense to them).  They wanted me to stay there as long as I could.  I even got offered a scholarship there one time that only would let me take 6 hours in a semester.  THAT'S NOT EVEN FULL TIME.  If you want to get out of college as soon as possible & not have to give the school more money than they should actually get, do yourself a favor & take more than 12 hours.  I would honestly recommend 15 hours.  If you're a good student & a hard worker, 15 is not so bad.  Just don't take all your extremely hard classes in the same semester (again, see point 5).

3.  If you're considering "taking a semester off," at least take one class
Seriously, y'all.  I know so many people who have decided that they would take a semester off & they never go back.  If you're serious about just needing a break from school to work or something [& I get it that life happens, trust me my Dad passed away my freshman year], at least take one class to keep you in the groove of the college thing.  Even if it's an online class or an easy elective, take one class.  If you don't, you might find yourself during that semester off when it's time to enroll again that you're not as motivated as you were before [ergo people never going back to college].  There's nothing wrong with choosing to not go to college.  I don't think everyone is made to go.  But if you really do want to finish eventually, do yourself a favor in the long run & at least take one class.

4.  It's okay to go to community college first
Going back to my senior year of high school, I wanted to go to a major university so bad.  All of my friends were going & I wanted too as well.  But that's not the way life was going to work out.  My parents told me that I needed to go to community college first.  I remember people at school making fun of me or saying lame Otrip jokes [which hey, I can roll with most the time, but I was not okay with it at first].  Funny thing is, a lot of these people who judged me for going to community college first either eventually ended up there also, or dropped out completely.

Community college is a good way to go if you are afraid of going to a huge university right off the bat, don't want to have a bazillion student loans, can get a full ride [cough, cough.. fill out those scholarships, people!], or are wanting to live at home [also a money saver] & see what this college thing is all about.  Going back to point 1 though, declare your major even if you decide to go to community college.  It's MUCH easier to transfer with an Associate's degree than just getting your gen-eds "out of the way."  I found that out the hard way.  Even if you get a liberal arts or diversified studies degree [like myself], it's so much easier to transfer that way.  A lot of the times, gen-eds don't transfer well, but if you have your Associate's degree when going to a university, they "cross off" all the gen-eds that they require & you go straight into your major.  Which leads me to my next point...

5.  Meet with your advisor EVERY semester
As I said earlier, don't just talk to a student advisor.  Find a REAL academic advisor [a person whose sole purpose at the college or university is to advise students or they are a professor/advisor in the department you are wanting to go into].  I've found that anytime you want to meet with an advisor at a community college, they always want to stick you with a student advisor if you don't have an appointment.  [That is why you always make an appointment.]  Tell your advisor how fast or slow you want to get out of college.  If you're like me, I did not want to go a minute over 4 years being in school.  But if you're like others, a lot of people just want to take their time & don't want to be overwhelmed.  Tell your advisor that.  Don't get stuck in a rut like I was by people who wanted to keep me at school longer than I wanted to be there.  If you do college the right way, you should be able to graduate within 4 years-- which leads me to my final point...

6.  Take summer classes

I understand, you're sick of school & you need a good ole' fashion summer break.  But if you want to take [usually] easier classes in a shorter amount of time [typically 8 week classes, but some are only a month long!], take summer classes.  It'll help you graduate sooner rather than later & a lot of times, teachers are more fun during the summer & cut out assignments that they would normally make their spring & fall semesters do.  I've taken at least one summer class every year since my freshman year.  I actually enjoy summer classes because it keeps me in the hang of things.  I always try to find online classes to take as summer courses, so that way I can still work, go on vacation, or don't have to drive up to school.  BUT, if you're entering your senior year like I was last summer, I did not have as many options to take as online courses since I wanted to graduate this spring :).  Still, nonetheless, summer classes are such a great option & they'll get you out of school faster!

Well friends, that's my list of 6 things I wish I would have known before going to college.  I'm sure I could come up with more to add, but the 6 on this list are the most important lessons I've learned that I wish someone would've told me.  College is so much better than high school [in my opinion] & eventually [once you get past gen-eds] you will get to learn about stuff that actually interests you & what you want to do in life!

What advice do you have for those entering college soon?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Oh the Places [I'd Like To] Go

Let's be real here, I'm a home-body.  I love being in the comfort of my own home.  I love sleeping in my own bed.  I love getting ready in my own bathroom.  I love not having to dig clothes out of a suitcase.  But I also love to experience things & go places I've never been before.

When I was growing up, we rarely traveled.  (I was actually talking to my mom about this the other day.)  Back in the day when we would tell people we were going out of town, everyone would get so excited for us & be like, "So where'ya goin'?!" & we'd always answer, "Ohio" because that's usually about the only trip or "vacation" we ever took when I was growing up [My Dad's side of the family lives up there] (& no offense to Ohio or the people in it. We loved going there every year, it's just the only place we ever went!).  

My husband, Andrew, on the other hand has been to a bazillion places.  His family always took vacations, so almost anywhere I want to go, he's probably already been to.  The good thing is though, he likes to travel.  Which means he likes to travel with me.  Which means he wants to take me places.  Which means maybe one day I'll actually get to go to the happiest place on earth. :)

On that note, here are some of the Oh the Places [I'd Like To] Go (in no particular order I might add)...

Washington, D.C.

I don't care what people think about our government right now, I want to see all of the history about our nation that is in this city.  I love history & I think I would be amazed at everything that's there.  Plus, I'd like to walk by the White House & pretend I'm Olivia Pope.

New York City, NY

I had to find the picture with "Wicked" in it.  I have dreamed about going to NYC for pretty much forever now.  I know people complain that it's too busy & crazy, but I don't care.  I want to go experience the 'city that never sleeps.'  I also want to go experience all of the things Taza says I should in her NYC guide.

San Diego, CA

I really want to go visit Cali one day, but not really the LA/Hollywood area [also no offense].  I've always heard San Diego is a great area place to visit & it looks really beautiful.  Also, I hear the San Diego Zoo is a great one & I love the zoo.


Okay, so I've been really into the show "Lost" lately & knowing that they filmed the majority of the show on the island of Oahu makes me want to visit even more than I wanted to before.  Especially this little landmark where Hurley built his golf course during the first season of the show to help give the people some entertainment while stuck on this crazy island.

Anyways, I really do want to go to Hawaii though, not just because of Lost.  I love the fact that it is still in the States & there is so much to see & do on all of the islands.  The water always looks so beautiful & I'd really like to visit Pearl Harbor as well.

Disney World, FL

Yes, I'm a little old for someone to say that they've never been to Disney World before.  Honestly, I really just want to go, to go.  I want to see what all of the "hoopla" is about.  & let's be real here, I'm a Disney Princess gal at heart.

Somewhere in the Caribbean

Andrew & I have actually talked about taking a trip to somewhere in the Caribbean sometime at the end of the year.  Neither one of us are really big "beachy" people, but I mean, look at that view.  I really want to see some pretty, blue water.  None of that water that looks like I'm swimming at the lake.  So if any of you guys have any good places to go in the Caribbean, we'd love to hear your suggestions!


Specifically Venice, but I'd go anywhere in Italy honestly.  This is my ultimate dream trip.  Like, I would love to take a gondola ride through the "streets" of Venice.  It just looks so magical.  I'd also like to pretend I'm Angelina Jolie looking fabulous riding in a boat like she did in the movie, The Tourist.

So basically, those are my Oh the Place [I'd Like To] Go.  Maybe I can convince Andrew to take me to some of these places before we die :)

Where are some of the places you'd like to go? Or where are some more places I should add to my list?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

My Top 8 Favorite Children's Books of All Time

For anyone who knows me, they know how much I love children's books (being a Child Development major, I fit right in).  I'm pretty much obsessed with them actually.  Like, I look forward to the day when I can read to my baby while he or she is still in my stomach.  In honor of my love for children's books, March is actually National Reading Month & Read Aloud Month.  If you haven't checked out the non-profit organization, Read Aloud 15 Minutes you really should.  It's a great organization that's mission is to make reading to your child at least 15 minutes every day, the new standard in parenting & child care.  Reading to your child is so important.  Studies show that children who are read to every day for at least 15 minutes will be ready to learn in kindergarten (currently more than one in three children arrive at kindergarten without the skills necessary for lifetime learning).

Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child's readiness to read & learn.

Only 48% of young children in this country are read to each day.

Why read aloud you might ask?  It helps in...
  • Language development
  • Instills a love of reading
  • Builds knowledge gained & earned
  • Literacy skill building
  • Brain development
  • Bonding
  • & much, much more
With all of that being said, I decided to make a countdown list to my Top 8 Favorite Children's Books of All Time!  Here we go...

#8  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

I love this book for many reasons, but the main one is because of the all of the great imagination it sparks.  It's the story about a boy named Max who after dressing in his wolf costume and getting sent to bed, his room mysteriously transforms into a jungle.  He winds up sailing to an island inhabited by malicious beasts known as "Wild Things."  The story is fun & allows children to use their imagination as they read along.

#7  A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

I remember reading this book back in first grade & immediately loving it.  The illustrations in this book are phenomenal.  It's the cutest story about Camilla Cream who loves lima beans but doesn't want to eat them because her friends don't like them & she wants to fit in.  She eventually gets stripes all over her body which in return, kids begin making fun of her & she starts turning other colors.  It's the fun story about realizing that you should be yourself & not worry about what other people might think of you.

#6  Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss

"It all began with that shoe on the wall... A shoe on the wall?  Shouldn't be there at all!"  This is the fun story about a wacky Wednesday that happens for this little boy.  Children (& adults) get to read along as this crazy day continues to go on by finding & counting all of the wacky things on the pages.  It not only develops literacy skills, but it also works on mathematic skills!  It's a Child Development major's dream :)

#5  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

This book may be a little strange because the boy is talking to a tree, but hey, it's the imaginative story about the importance of giving & not always receiving in return.  The tree was happy by giving everything she had to this boy all throughout his life, while the boy never gives anything to the tree in return.  It teaches children about the true gift of giving.  I love this book.

#4  Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

"He kept walking along & singing his song..."  All of the Pete the Cat books are awesome, but you can't get much better than this one.  It's the catchy story about Pete & his white shoes getting a little dirty along the way.  But "does Pete cry? Goodness no!"  Books that have a rhythmic story are always a favorite of mine.  Pete is a good one.

#3  Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

This book is timeless.  It may even bring a tear to your eye (unless you're me & I refuse to cry).  This one is one I will read forever.  It's the story of a little boy as he goes through the stages of childhood and eventually becomes a man.  His mother always sings him the song, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."  It's the sweetest story of a parent's love for her child, & then eventually a son's love for his mother.  Can't get much better than that.

#2  The Napping House by Audrey Wood

I LOVE Audrey & Don Wood.  This book is so fun for any age.  You can buy the hard or soft cover (whichever one is appropriate for your child &/or your preference).  It's another rhythmic book & definitely a classic.  This book is the story about a full, sleepy house & piling all of them on the bed (probably one too many animals or people high).  It's a great book & clearly one of my favs.

And finally........

#1  The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle 

Or ANYTHING by Eric Carle for that matter.  Eric Carle is my all time favorite children's book author.  In fact, a couple years ago when I was still in the Child Development program at OCCC (I hadn't transferred to UCO yet), I did a whole, gigantic three-hour, non-stop lab over just Eric Carle books & activities you can do in every domain with them.  We all know the typical Eric Carle books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear or The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but when you branch outside the norm of the popular ones, he's got some hidden gems in there just like this one.  

It's the story about a mixed-up chameleon who wishes he looked like other animals at the zoo.  When he wished he looked like another animal, one of his body parts changed into resembling it.  He kept wishing he looked like others and eventually, he had so many different looks, he was too mixed-up.  At the end, he finally realizes that he just wants to be himself, & his wish comes true.  It's a great story about how we should all try to stop wishing [& coveting] that we look like others, & just embrace the person God made us to be.

So there you have it folks, my Top 8 Favorite Children's Books of All Time list!  I hope you all enjoy it & remember how important reading to your children is.. whether you're a parent, child care worker, babysitter, teacher, or just a Child Development major like myself.

What are some of your favorite children's books?  Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Restaurant Review: Paseo Grill

Last Friday night, my husband, Andrew, & I made reservations to go out to dinner at the Paseo Grill in the Paseo District in N.W. OKC.  We have been talking about going there for a long time (& made one attempt to try to get reservations for Valentine's Day, but the earliest we could eat was at 9:30 p.m.).  Andrew & I love to go out on a nice dinner date for random occasions, so we figured last Friday was as good as any night to try it out!

Our reservation was at 7:15 p.m. & we were a little late due to Andrew not taking the interstate, & then parking.  So tip #1, get there early enough to find a place to park.  The Paseo District is pretty hoppin' on a Friday night in the big town.  When we finally got inside the restaurant, we ended up waiting about 5 minutes for our table to be ready.  The hostess then showed us to our table & I immediately saw a pair of blue cheetah-print reading glasses & assumed that the person who was sitting at our table before us left them there.  When our waitress came over to ask what we would like to drink & tell us the specials, I told her about the glasses.  Apparently I should have known that they were left there by the restaurant for people that need them (?).  My bad.

^the glasses on every table

After my little mishap (& then the waitress automatically liking Andrew better than me because he didn't ask such a silly question), we ordered our meals & chatted for probably 15 minutes until our food came.  I've been all about filets lately & mine was absolutely delicious.. Andrew decided to get the Chicken Saltimbocca which was really great too.  Once we finished up the dinner portion, they brought us out a complimentary dessert which had strawberries, blueberries, & blackberries in it & whipped cream on top.  For anyone who knows me, they know I'm not the biggest fan of any kind of fruit.  At all.  Whatsoever.  (It also looks & smells so good, but the texture of fruit is weird.  I'd much rather eat vegetables any day.)  I was brave though & tried some of the strawberries & ate almost all of the whipped cream [of course].

^Andrew's chicken (with mashed potatoes & glazed carrots) 

^My steak (with mashed potatoes & sautéed green beans)

Once we finished our complementary dessert, we paid our check & went straight to our car (we were a little afraid it could have gotten towed.. haha whoops-- no worries though! It wasn't!).  We had a fabulous experience at the Paseo Grill & I'd recommend it to anyone who is a local & hasn't been yet, or is in the city visiting.  It was probably one of our favorite fanciest meals we've had in OKC so far.

Paseo Grill.. We give you a A+.  Thanks for the fun time.

^On another note, this picture of Andrew & I was taken by an idea that came from one of my new favorite blogs to follow Enjoy It Blog.  (Maybe an idea for another blog post to explain her fabulous idea!) :)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hello Blogging World

Hello Friends & Blogging World!

I'm Sarah & thank you for stopping by my blog, Cunningham Love Story!  I'm so happy that you are browsing around here.  I hope that through this blog, you will find joy, love & happiness as I share stories, thoughts, ideas, and events from my husband & mine's lives together.

My husband, Andrew, & I are newlyweds (married May 17, 2014) & live our [exciting] life in the beautiful OKC (Go Thunder).  We honestly love it here & never want to leave.  Most people I've met who live around here eventually want to move & "get out."  But this is our home.  I can't imagine living anywhere else & I hope that one day we can start a family of our own here!

A little bit about Andrew & myself...


  • Production engineer for an oil & gas company
  • Graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • Servant-- loves to help others anyway he can
  • Loves Jesus & his church
  • Musically talented-- great singer & plays the trombone & piano
  • Loves being outside
  • Sings randomly (like I'm talking all day everyday)
  • A ginger :)
  • Joyful guy
  • Hard worker
  • Goes to the oil field a lot & leaves me all alone :( 

  • About to graduate with B.S. in Family Life Education- Child Development
  • Works at a pool store (the best in Oklahoma I might add)
  • Loves Jesus & wants to help others
  • Introvert (but can be loud when I'm around people I know)
  • Really wants a puppy
  • Loves candles, Netflix, & warm, fuzzy blankets
  • Organizer, planner, & a little OCD
  • Wants to be a stay-at-home-super-mom one day
  • Coffee addict
  • Fresh flowers are my favorite
  • Inspired to be a blogger (& love reading other people's blogs*)
We are just two cool kids who love being married & doing life together.  Welcome to our blog & I hope you'll stick around!

*I love following new blogs.. leave me yours in the comments so I can check it out :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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