Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Like Mother Like Daughter

Isn't it so funny when you see something your mom is doing and think "OMG I do that too!" My mom and I are most definitely twins in almost every way. We both laugh at almost anything, we love the same music..from Usher to Cher to the Spice Girls, and we love animals. Anyone who knows my mom knows that she is the biggest animal lover. I have always grown up with animals in our house, especially dogs, sometimes even having as many as 6 at one time! I used to not be that "into" taking care of them and usually would forget they were there. However, as I have gotten older I have developed such a soft heart for them.

Something that I think is really interesting about her and I is what food we are both obsessed with: FETA CHEESE! I know what you're thinking...ummmm what?

When my mom was pregnant with me she craved the Greek salad from Pappadeaux and ate one almost everyday. For as long as I can remember my mom and I are always ordering Greek salads with extra feta! We are lucky enough to have our favorite place to get these amazing salads from very close to our house. Since Pappadeaux is kind of far away from our house, we love to get some at Panera Bread! Just the other week we went on a mother/daughter date and ordered our signature dish. Check out that sea of yummy-ness!

Another thing I love about my mom is how much my friends love her too. I remember in high school all of my friends would ask her for advice and would love to sit and talk or hang out with her. She was everybody's second mom. I think that really speaks alot about her heart. She is such a wonderful person! And now seeing her with Clint makes me even more proud to have her in my life. It makes me so happy to hear how my mom talks about Clint and how wonderful of a man he is. It always warms my heart to hear of her talk about us together. I know that she is so proud of us and she is always looking out for us.

I feel so lucky to have a mother who is always looking out for me and would sacrifice her own happiness to do something for me. She is constantly opening up her heart with providing me anything and everything I could ever want. I am especially noticing it now that she is planning my wedding. She is sparing no expense even though I know how expensive weddings are. God has given me such an angel of a mother and I am so blessed to learn from her every day. I hope that when I become a mother that I can bring such joy and love to my children's lives and she has done to mine. She is the perfect role model and the bestest of friends.

I love you mom!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Belle Goes Under the Knife

Hey guys, remember me? Haha I feel like I haven't blogged in forever! Our sweet baby girl had to get spayed last week and boy was it an experience. I have never owned a puppy, so I had no idea what to expect when getting Belle spayed. First, I was trying to find a place that could spay her for a reasonable price to try and save money. The search took me to a place that did it out of a van. The website showed the picture of the van and I immediately knew that I was NOT putting my baby girl in the hands of those people. The van looked like something out of a horror movie..it was very sketchy.

My mom knew of a place in Houston but it was a first come/first serve basis. I knew I wouldn't be able to make the trip to Houston with work so I finally just broke down and took her to our vet in San Marcos. The reason I don't like going to our vet is because they always try and scam us into spending extra money and when we decline they make me feel like the worst puppy mother.

Her appointment was scheduled on a Friday that Clint and I both had off of work at 7:10am. Neither of us heard the alarm and I woke up frantically at 8:30am and had Clint call the vet to see if we could still bring her in. I was secretly hoping they couldn't get us in because I was nervous about her getting surgery when she is so small (she is only 5 lbs!). The vet said it was okay so Clint drove her to the vet. And sure enough within 10 minutes of Clint being there he called me to say that they wanted to pull 3 of her teeth, do a laser surgery instead of with a scapel and install a micro-chip into her shoulder. I told him to tell them no way...she was already going to be in enough pain with the spaying, I did not want her to have pain in her mouth and shoulder too!

They called us around 10:30 to say that she was out of surgery and recovering fine and we could pick her up at 12:30. When we arrived at the vet they warned us that Belle was going to be extremely out of it because of the pain killers and morphine.

As soon as Belle came in the room I could tell she was relieved to see us. The vet told us that when she woke up after surgery she wouldn't stop crying:( It's because every time she wakes up in the morning she is used to seeing Clint and I. This broke my heart! Even though we knew she was out of it we couldn't stop laughing because of how BIG Belle's eyes were. I swear her eyes were twice the normal size! She was not her usual chipper self and only wanted to lay in our arms on the way home.

Isn't she pitiful but precious!?

We set up her "recovery" room in our bathroom and made sure she was comfortable in her bed with an extra blanket, her favorite toys and some water.

She slept all day and night but was back to her normal self the next day!

I am so proud of my brave little girl! :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Surprise! I love you

What a great day this has been! And I am especially looking forward to this weekend for 2 reasons:

First, HARRY POTTER COMES OUT ON FRIDAY!! Clint and I are obviously going to the midnight premiere Thursday and could not be more excited. We bought our tickets like a month ago, so we are ready to go!

Second my brother might come stay with me this weekend! I love when he comes to visit because I always make sure to have fun things planned for us to do. I know he loves spending time with Clint more than me but thats okay, I know he loves me more ;)

So today I got a wild hair and decided that I wanted to buy Clint some "Surprise I love you" presents. We do this sometimes as a way of showing our love. One of our love languages is definitely recieving gifts. I love the suspense as he is opening up something I gave him that I KNOW he will love. Today was no different.

Clint is a born cook. He is a whiz in the kitchen and loves trying out new recipies and creating his own unique meals. Our favorite shows to watch together are anything that includes Bobby Flay or Guy Fieri. Our absolute favorite show is "Throwdown with Bobby Flay". We could sit infront of the TV for hours watching him challenge cooks across the US in a throwdown.

So my first surprise I love you gift to Clint was something he has been wanting for a long time.....

A knife block! Haha it may not seem like much to you, but his eyes lit up like crazy as he opened them up. I KNEW I did a great job :)

Look how happy he is!

My next gift was also another winner...

A new golf bag! I found this pretty thing on Craigslist for practically FREE and it was brand-new! I guess the guy was in desperate need of cash. Clint looked like a little kid on Christmas morning changing out his golf clubs from his old bag to his new one.

Needless to say Clint had a great day, but I was just as happy as him because I honestly love GIVING presents to people I love. Don't get me wrong, I love to recieve presents, I mean who doesn't? But I can never wait long enough for people to open gifts that I gave them.

I encourage you to give someone you love a "Surprise I love you" gift! To your parents, significant other or even your pet! It will make you feel all warm inside with love!.

Monday, July 11, 2011

General Motors Clense

Hello everyone! I apologize for being M.I.A....I was busy studying for finals and the day after summer school was done I started back at my old job! It has been a busy week, but I am finally adjusted to my new routine.

Since Clint and I's engagement party is this month we decided that the month of July would be our "month of healthy". Since our party requires everyone to be in swim suits and we want to look our very best, we started a clense diet that was made for the workers at General Motors. It isn't like that other popular clense diet where are you drink is water, maple syrup and pepper (yuck!). This clense allows you to eat food and as much of it as you want. The catch is on certain days you can only eat a certain type of food.

The night before we were to begin this GM clense I celebrated the end of summer school by going to Outback Steakhouse with Hillary, Maverick and Hillary's mom!

I ordered the Filet Focaccia Sandwich which is a sliced filet, melted Provolone cheese and garlic herb aioli on toasted bread. Served with a side of au jus for dipping. I ordered steamed veggies on the side and it was amazing!

Hillary's mom also picked a great choice for dinner, she ordered the Filet Wedge salad which is a sliced filet with a cool, crisp wedge of fresh Iceberg lettuce, Blue Cheese dressing, red onions, bacon and Blue Cheese crumbles, drizzled with a balsamic dressing.

Look how cute of a couple Hillary and Maverick are :)

Clint was at work so my date was Hillary's mom ;) I couldn't of asked for a better meal to end the month of June on! The next day we started our clense! If any of you are interested in trying it here is all you have to do:

General Motors Clense Program

Day 1: Eat all fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and cantaloupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three pounds on the first day are very good.

Clint and I bought large containers to store our food in so we could take them to work. Here is what our day one fruit variety looked like. Clint piled his container with watermelon and cantaloupe while I packed mine with grapes, pineapple, strawberries and some watermelon.

Isn't fruit so bright and beautiful? I LOVE it! Day one wasn't too hard because I love fruit, but it definitely got harder as the days progressed.

Day 2 : All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

Day 3 : A mixture of fruit and vegetables of your choice. Any amount and any quantity. No bananas or potatos today.

Day 4 : Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as 8 bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

SPECIAL SOUP-- 28 oz water, 6 large onions, 2 green peppers, 3 whole tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 head of cabbage, 1 bunch celery, 4 envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix, herbs and flavoring as desired.

Day 5: You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef (hamburger is okay). Combine this with 6 whole tomatoes. Drink lots of water today especially! This is to clense your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

Day 6 : Beef and vegetables. Unlimited amount.

Day 7 : Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

While on this clense you are also supposed to be drinking 10 glasses of water a day.

Clint and I are on day 4 and just made the special soup for dinner! He says its tasty so I am about to go see for myself:)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Shark Bait Oo Ha Ha

Hello everyone! This weekend was filled with so many wonderful memories I am going to have to break it down into two different posts. On Friday Clint and I drove up to San Antonio to meet my family at Sea World! Growing up my family and I always went to Sea World because I used to be (and still am) a dolphin/under the sea lover! When I was little I wanted nothing more than to be a mermaid and have a pet dolphin.

When I found out that Clint had never been I immediately jumped on the chance to get us season tickets! Sea World is currently having a special if you pay for a day ($59) you can come back for the entire year. This was our second time to use our season tickets so they are already paying for themselves:)

Once we met my parents and arrived at Sea World we had a picnic out in the parking lot Griswold style;)

After our lovely picnic we headed inside and went straight to the dolphin tank. For the record, Cole was just as excited as me. It was the dolphin's feeding time and if you wanted to pay for it, you could buy four fish to feed to them. We jumped on the chance and quickly walked into the line for the fish. It was so amazing how close the dolphins got to you and I loved getting to pet them. They feel so soft and mushy! Check out this amazing picture my dad took while we were feeding them~

Clint suggested next time we smuggle in our minows to feed them! lol

Next up was the shark tank! We didn't get any great pictures of them those sharks had the meanest look on their faces. In all honestly I screamed twice because I would just randomly look at a spot in the tank and a shark would be giving me a "I want to eat you" look. While we were looking around we all kept quoting Finding Nemo.

"Shark bait oo ha ha"
"Fish are friends, not food"
"Welcome brother Shark-bait!"

After an long day in the heat we headed to downtown San Antonio to meet up with my best friend Allie and her family to celebrate Allie's 21st birthday! OOOOh such good memories, I will post about our adventures tomorrow!

Happy almost fourth of July!

This is Clint and I last fourth of July in our patriotic matching swim suits :)