wedding wednesday: the honeymoon

I planned to do a recap of the wedding shower this week, but with the chaos of grad school starting back, that post is on hold until next week (hopefully).  Coming to you this week is an overview of our honeymoon plans.  I booked all of the flights today! Hooray!  So what are we doing for our honeymoon, you ask?  Drumroll please…

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We’re going on a 7-day cruise with Norwegian!

 

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to Ochos Rios, Jamaica; the Grand Cayman; and Cozumel!
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in the Spa MiniSuite!

We are so excited to go on our fist big vacation together!  I think a cruise is the perfect way to spend the first week of married life together! We love food and spas and adventure, and we can’t wait!

wrapping up the semester

Forgive my absence…in the past several weeks I’ve accomplished the following:

  • Received an A on a ridiculously intense group project. (Seriously, this is a miracle.)
  • Finished up the semester with a 4.0, which I am truly thankful for.  For me, achieving a goal of all As again this semester reminds me that I have truly found my passion. I’m on the right track.  I’ve always had a passion for education and helping children, and I learn new things each day that will empower me to be a great school psychologist.  I am truly thankful to have found an area where my God-given talents and passion intersect. (Seriously, this is also a miracle, given the four years I spent borderline-hating my undergrad education.)

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  • Mailed out Save the Dates to almost all of our closest friends and family. (Woo! Less than 250 days!)
  • Spent time with my dad while he was out in Texas on a work trip.

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  • Had a phone conversation/celebration with my little cousin, who only missed ONE question on her math CRCTs.  Glad somebody else in the family got the math gene!
  • Spent time with two sweet couples playing Just Dance and eating BOGO FRO-YO. (Doesn’t that have a great ring to it?)
  • Shopped, packed, re-packed, shopped again, and packed again for my trip to Costa Rica. (P.S. I’m still not done packing.)

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  • Attended pre-marital counseling with the fiancé. (It’s going great, by the way. Perhaps I’ll talk about more in the next Wedding Wednesday.)

I’m thankful that this spring semester is over, and I am very much looking forward to this summer and all it has to offer!  I do hope you will continue on this journey with me.

birthday wishes

Well, we’re still over two months out from my next birthday, but I thought I’d go ahead and make a short list of some things I’ve had my eyes on for a while now!

Lo and Sons OMG Bag–I’ve had my eye on this bag for SO long now; I’ve literally entered every giveaway contest I could find online for the past year, but I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and purchase one for my next week.  I mean, have you seen how much this bag holds?  If you haven’t, check out the video!
Capri Blue Volcano Candle–More than obsessed with this scent! Who doesn’t love great candles as gifts?
Floral Camera Strap–to accessorize my new camera that I got for Christmas.
Walnut Striped Clipboard–Since I’ve started doing so many assessments as an aspiring School Psychologist, I’ve decided a good clipboard is a must! I’m hoping this one will fit the bill!
When Life Gives You Lemons Print–The small 13×15 print would look SO great in my new apartment in August!  I recently purchased this print for my cousin and I’m in love with it!

I may not be the next Olivia Pope…

…but I did enjoy a nice trip to Washington, DC.

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to NASP’s annual conference.  This year it was in Washington, DC, which afforded us a plethora of tourist-y activities for the week.

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First, we hit the monuments, from Washington and Lincoln to the various war memorials.  We also visited fun museums like the Natural History Museum and the Air & Space Museum, which are some of the coolest museums I’ve been to!  One of my favorites was visiting the Ford Theater to see the place where Lincoln was shot and died.

As far as the conference goes, I would say that the experience will be much more valuable in the next couple of years as I begin to work in the field.  While there were sessions geared towards grad students, I didn’t find them to be as helpful as one would expect.  Even those seem more applicable in your second year, as a practicum student. So, I’m looking forward to heading back to conferences over the years to continue to build upon the foundation I’m working on in grad school.

On Friday I took a detour and headed back to Georgia to see my family.  After a short weekend there, I returned to good ole Waco, Texas. Now there is only one week before I travel back to Georgia during spring break.  Then wedding planning will kick into high gear!

As graduate school has been taking up the bulk of my time, planning has been paused.  I am excited to get back to that because it really has been enjoyable. It’s funny though–I keep waiting on everyone to get tired of hearing about the wedding, but truth be told, I’ve found that I’m usually the one saying, “Let’s talk about that later.”  Don’t get me wrong, I do like when people ask about plans, but when I’m overwhelmed with other things, wedding planning takes a back seat.
I’ve just found that I’m a thousand times more concerned with preparing for my marriage than planning for my wedding.

all i want for Christmas

bemerryLast night I had a series of strange dreams.  First, I dreamed that my family was celebrating Christmas in Arizona.  While we were waiting for the food to finish cooking, Mom and I decided to walk outside with my dog, Georgia.  Mom and Georgia went first, and I followed behind.  So as I’m walking out these sliding glass doors, I see a killer whale jump out of the pool in the back yard and onto the cement surrounding the pool.  It reminded me of how the whales slide on the ice to try to catch the seals, and in that moment my dog looked, to me, like a little baby seal.  All of this happened in slow-motion in my dream, and what followed was mass chaos.  I began yelling at my mom to catch the dog, both of whom were running around the pool like mad men.  Finally, I had to run to catch the dog and yell at the whale to ‘GET BACK IN THE POOL!’  Why he listened, I’m not sure, but he did.  So that was the first dream scenario that tried to ruin my Christmas.

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Then I dreamed that I was driving my car around town when every maintenance light began to light up the dash like our Christmas tree.  I’m certain that all of the lights were fake, but that’s beside the point I suppose.  I think my dream was trying to ruin my Christmas wish and prevent me from traveling home for Christmas.  However, jokes on you, nightmare, because we’re not taking my car home for Christmas; we’re taking Cason’s car, and it works fine.   (Mine does too, for the record.)  Alternatively, the dream could be about how much I dread the 13.5 hour drive home, which would be accurate.  If the cars break down, we HAVE to fly, right?  That would be nice.  Haha.  All I want for Thanksgiving and Christmas next year are plane tickets home.

merryandbrightNeedless to say, all I want this Christmas is to arrive home, safe and sound, and enjoy a nice break with my family.  I want to eat Nana’s creamed corn, have brunch with my friends and go dress shopping, open presents with my family, and make sure my teacup poodle doesn’t get attacked by a killer whale.  That’s not too much to ask for, is it?  Cason and I have so much to do in the next few days just to prepare for the long trek home, but we are excited, nonetheless.  We’ve prepared most of the presents for our families, purchased new Christmas outfits, mailed out Christmas cards, and done all of the laundry.  All that’s left is to clean out the cars, tidy up the house, pack all of our things, and make the journey home.  In just a few days we will be homeward bound!  Until then…

*The images in this blog come from various artists on Etsy.  Click on the images to redirect to the respective Etsy shops.  I just wanted to share some of my favorite holiday prints, as I am personally thankful for some extra traffic in my Etsy shop this holiday season.  Enjoy!

wintertime in waco

Why is it freezing in Waco, Texas?  I have no idea, but I sure am glad that it’s starting to feel like winter.

I’ve had so many priceless experiences in Waco over the past few months, and I’m blessed and thankful for my time here.  I’d like to share a few experiences that I’ve had in the past week or two–since Waco became somewhat of a winter wonderland.

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    Georgia in front of the Christmas tree.

    I spent…uh…Brown Thursday? shopping for a Christmas tree.  Cason and I decorated ornaments to put on the tree, which I hope will become an annual tradition.  I also got stockings for Cason, Georgia, and myself and hung them on the mantle.  I love decorating for Christmas each year, and I have so many fun memories.  Most years, I decorate  the family tree with my mom, hanging thumbprint ornaments from my childhood.  Then throughout undergrad I would decorate the common rooms with my roommates–Kristin, Alli, and Katlyn during my sophomore year and my ADPi sisters in the house during junior year.  This year is different, but I like the new traditions and new stockings!

  • My guilty pleasure: when the holidays roll around, I love to watch those cheesy Christmas movies on Hulu/Netflix.  They are so predictable, but honestly that’s what makes them great.  This season I’ve already watched a movie about an adorable little Jewish boy who just wants to celebrate Christmas and another movie about a girl who falls in love with her boss’s fiancé.  Cason makes fun of them the whole time, so he’s not allowed to watch them with me anymore…seriously.  I’ve been watching them while I complete my take-home finals…and while Cason is at work. (Since I started writing this post a week ago, I’ve watched at least 3 more cheesy Christmas movies, and I made Cason watch one.)
  • I also have been giving assessments to children for one of my classes.  (This semester we administered the WJ-III and the WISC-IV.)  It’s hard to believe that after just a semester of grad school I now have the basic know-how necessary to give some of the more widely used IQ tests in our field.  Also, since I’m not from here I had a harder time finding students to assess.  So, I reached out and was blessed with an amazing connection.  I now hopefully have at least a few parents I can call on who are willing to let me assess their kids throughout my time here at Baylor.  I’ve had great experiences with the families and the students all while gaining experience.
    Last week I met a sweet family with four boys, and the youngest fell in love with my teacup poodle, Georgia.  His mom told me later that he decided that Georgia needed her own play room with dog treats and legos, in case the boys came back to play.  I honestly think that Georgia would LOVE that.
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    On Saturday, Cason and I went Christmas shopping for our family for the first time.  We got some amazing local items from the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market, and we are excited to share them with our family.  We also made a cute ornament to put on the tree!  Going to the market is always a great experience.

  • I’ve sold a few prints from my Etsy shop, which has been both an encouragement and a blessing.  It’s nice to know that people enjoy my work.  It’s an added bonus that I have a little extra cash in my pocket for the holiday season.

Overall, it has been a sweet holiday season in Waco, but I think it’s safe to say that Cason and I can’t wait to be home for a week.  I’m thankful that the semester has winded down and I have a little bit of time before we make the long trip home.  I know it’s gonna be quite the ride, but it will definitely be worth it.  Several of my family members have countdowns until the day I arrive.  I have tons of wedding planning to do.  I will get to see several friends, whom I haven’t seen in who knows how long.  Plus I will get to see several relatively new additions to the family, including my nephew and first cousins, once removed (yes, this is the correct terminology for my cousin’s children–no, they are not my second cousins).  Regardless of terminology, I am excited to see my family!