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Friday, August 30, 2013

As I Get Older...

...I realize that I am becoming more and more of a cry baby.  I used to very rarely cry.  I would cry at something incredibly sad or meaningful.  I now cry while watching the season finale of Scrubs.  I need to get a grip…

...I realize that it is nearly impossible to find cute jean shorts that don’t look like denim underwear.  When did shorts get so short? 

...I am starting to become a lot more health conscious.  I’m not an old bird by any means, but I’ve started to pay a lot more attention to staying healthy in my 20’s.  Sure, you can get away with a lot, but I think it will make a difference later.  I’ve slowed/stopped alcohol intake (big time), and I’m trying to “eat clean.”  Sure, I’ll eat a granola bar, which is “processed food” but whatever.  It’s all about balance.  I’m just saying that I don’t want to get cancer because I love Lean Cuisines. 

...I care less about my appearance.  (This is good and bad).  When I was younger, I would make sure that every hair was in place, makeup was done, and my outfit perfectly matched.  Now, you’re lucky if I’ve showered.  True story.

Finally…whoa…ready for something deep here?  

...I value life more.  Working in the ER has a HUGE thing to do with this.  I see people die, not on a daily basis, but much more often than your average person. When I see a child struggling to hang on, a young mom pass away from a freak accident, or even an old man taking his last breaths, you realize how fragile life is.  It can be taken away from you in an instant, and every minute is truly a gift.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become much more grateful for the life I’ve been given.

What have you noticed about yourself as you've aged?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Baby Talk

Alright, alright... lets not get too excited here. I am NOT pregnant.  Let's just get this out of the way now.

If you read my blog, you know that George and I just had our first wedding anniversary, and logically, the next step is to have a baby. Everyone, and I do mean everyone (at least that is what it feels like) is asking me, "When are you going to have a baby?"

The face I make when people ask me this question
Then I usually go into a big long answer that sounds something like this:

I'm a planner.  I like things to happen when I'm ready, when I'm expecting them, and most importantly: my way.  So, in my natural planning nature, I thought that this would be the time that George and I would seriously start to think about having kids.  I have had this date in my head- an imaginary note on the calendar in my brain, that this is the time get preggers.  As this "date" approached, I got more and more uneasy.  Like, "WTF are you doing, Emily?" uneasy.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I am SO excited to have a baby.  Having a little, tiny George and Emily hybrid is going to be great.  I'm just not ready right now.

The biggest reason that I'm not ready is our living situation.  I want to be settled and secure in my new job before a junior George comes along.  George will be working in Peoria while I'm wrapping up things in Indy.  Doing a long distance thing is going to stink, and doing it pregnant would be ten times worse.

I have some goals that I want to complete. I'm just now getting into running, and to be honest, I'm having a wonderful time being selfish.  George and I do whatever we want, whenever we want.  If we decide that we want to get sushi for dinner, it takes us about 5 minutes to be out the door and on our way.  No babysitter, no planning, just spontaneity.  If I need to run to Target, I'm already there in the time it would take to pack up the car.  (Besides, Target is my happy place... a screaming baby puts a serious damper on strolling through every aisle.)

We watch Orange is the New Black at noon on a Sunday.  No Thomas, Doc McStuffins, or Mickey Mouse.  We enjoy sleeping past 7:00 AM on the weekends, and driving two door sports cars.

I know that giving these things up doesn't even make a dent in the happiness that a child brings you.  Waking up early doesn't matter when you see your baby's smiling face in the morning, and a car is just a car.  I'm one hundred percent clear about this, but I feel like I want just a few more months to enjoy these things.

You may be asking yourself what George has to say about all of this.  George is pretty laid back, and tells me that whatever happens, happens.  He is looking forward to having a kid, but like me, would prefer for it to be when we are settled.

Now, I know everyone says, "You'll never be ready."  But, is that really true?  I feel like surely, there has to be a state that is "more ready" than I am now.

When did you know that you were ready to have a baby?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

One Year of Wedded Bliss

Hey guys!  One year ago, George and I got married! We've had an incredible year so far, and I can't wait to see what is in store for our future.  Below is a short video and some pictures from our big day.

George + Emily  from Eugene + Heather

Shoes were made by Athena Alexander and were super comfortable

George knows the way to my heart.  He got me a print of a pit bull that I had been dying to have!
My SIL of Stars Stitches made us these super cute monogrammed t-shirts.

My dress was super tight at first.  I was so nervous about passing out, I ate a belgian waffle and a 6 inch sub that morning. That ended up being a lesson learned the hard way.  Eat, but don't eat too much.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

We had the trees planted in my mom and dad's back yard.

Sweet flower girls

One of our Ring bearers, our nephew, made it about half way before he turned around and went back.

One of the happiest moments of my life

Greek traditions

First kiss and hug as husband and wife

Getting pelted with petals

Big thanks to the Corbett family for letting us use their awesome car

Our besties

My favorite wedding picture of all of them

My sister and brother in law with the kids.

"Your cake is puking hydrangeas... it's awesome." - Jama of Cake Zen

First dance
Traditional Greek dance

More Greek dancing.  Yes, people throw money in the air and yell "Opa!"
*Photography by Cory + Jackie

That's all I have for now.  It is so much fun to look back at wedding photos and videos.  

Who else has a wedding post?  If so, I would love to see them!

Friday, August 23, 2013

6 Things About Me

Hey guys!  It's Friday, and I've been tagged by Katelyn at Imperfect Perfection for this fun, "6 Things" tag.

1.  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I hope to be living in Peoria in our new house.  Hopefully at that point it will be fully decorated. (A task that is daunting right now).  I hope to have a kiddo, maybe two by that point.  I don’t know how much I’ll be working if I have a few kids, but I hope that I am still doing something related to nursing, at least part time.  In five years, I’ll be spending my last year in my 20’s, so hopefully I won’t be upset about turning 30.  

2.  What is something you thought you would never do or accomplish but have? 

I definitely think that running could fall under this category.  I have tried to pick up running a few times in the past, but it never stuck.  Running a mile or two was miserable, and I couldn’t imagine how anyone would ever run for enjoyment.  At the beginning of the year, I could run 15 minutes without having to stop and walk, and this past weekend I ran 13.1 miles.  I have been feeling like my progress is slowing lately, but when you step back and look at the big picture, I’m very happy with how far I’ve come.

Picture I took on my 13.1 mile run last Saturday.  It was so beautiful, and I was all "zen runner."

3. What blogs are you loving right now that have under 200 followers?

The Lady Okie (206, but who is counting?)

4.  What is your best advice you have received about blogging?

When I first started this blog, I read a lot about how to make your blog intriguing and how to get traffic.  Now, I’ve realized that I don’t care that much writing what others want to hear.  I started this blog to keep my friends and family updated on what was going on in my life.  I knew that we were moving, so I wanted create a place where people who cared could come check up on what I’m up to.

A great piece of advice is to write what you feel like writing, and don’t write what others want to read about.  My favorite blogs have a ton of random posts and aren’t all about fashion, fitness, or home design.  They have a mix of everything.  Pigeon holing yourself into one category can work to your detriment in my opinion. 

5. If you had to be stuck in one season for the rest of your life what would it be?

I think that I would have to pick summer.  I love the sunshine and warm weather.  Summery tanks, dresses and flip flops are my favorite things to wear, and you can’t get away with those in spring or fall.  There is too much rain in the spring, and the fall gets cold too early.


6. What is something you love about yourself?
I can be in a good mood pretty much all of the time.  I choose to be happy and not waste time on things that make me unhappy.

Pick 6 to answer for yourself:

1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
2.  If you have 3 wishes what would they be?
3.  What is something you thought you would never do or accomplish but have?
4. What blogs are you loving right now that have under 200 followers?
5.  What is your best advice you have received about blogging?
6. If you could only take one thing to an uninhabited environment what would you take (think Naked and Afraid)?
7.  Who is the most influential person in your life?
8. Tell us something we don't know about you.
9.  If you could open your own business what kind of good or service would you provide?  What would you business be like?
10. If you had to be stuck in one season for the rest of your life what would it be?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

House Updates

Hello everyone, and happy hump day!

The house is coming along, and we are SO close to getting started on this thing.   In the past week, I have made a few more selections.

The first being, paint!  Let me tell you, I’ve had a heck of a time choosing paint colors.  The paint guy at Home Depot gave me a few looks like, “Geez lady, save some paint chips for the rest of the customers.”


I have been through Pinterest and Houzz searching for the perfect shade of “greige” (beige & grey).  Finally, I settled on "Revere Pewter" from Benjamin Moore.  Here are a few example pictures I found on Houzz.  We're doing this color throughout the main floor and upstairs bedrooms.

Next, I chose a grey-blue shade for the master bathroom.  We're doing the tile that looks like wood, so I'm super excited to see the two together.  It's Nantucket Fog by Benjamin Moore.

For the basement and dining room, George picked out a darker shade of grey, Eagle Rock by Benjamin Moore.  It will look awesome with the wainscoting.  Our basement is a walkout and has tons of windows, so I'm not that worried about it being too dark.  Serious props to G for choosing this one.

Next up, garage doors.  Seriously, there are more choices for garage doors than you could ever imagine.  I had no idea.  I think we've finally decided on some wood looking ones.  We are doing the grey siding with stone, and we're going for a look similar to this one. 

So, we went with these:

with windows like these:

We're getting to the point where we're almost done with making selections, and I'm dying, DYING to see it all come together.  They say that it "goes so fast," well I'm ready!

Next we pick: granite, marble, lighting, plumbing fixtures and closet design.

Any words of wisdom or suggestions with any of those?