Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What I learned teaching pre-school

Hello everyone! I am officially a MRS. now :) I will blog alllll about the wedding soon, so stay tuned!

All summer I had the amazing opportunity to teach some wonderful kids at a pre-school. It was a great chance to get some teaching experience and I definitely learned some things along the way. I can now say that I feel very confident in having children. I heightened my skills on how to feed, burp and rock to sleep kids ranging in ages 4 months to 5 years. I also learned some new things....such as...

1. Apple juice and milk are the drinks of choice...DON'T EVER ask a 3 year old if they would rather have water. The answer is always no.

2. Finger "painting" with shaving cream can quiet a classroom of 3 year olds in a nano-second.

3. When playing with Play-Doh, EVERYONE wants you (the teacher) to make them a snake. And it better be the longest and best snake, or else...
(Side Note: All play-doh in a pre-school eventually becomes brown)

4. Turning on music to dance is the most exciting part of the day. "Wheels on the Bus" was not a favorite in my class...we were all about "Get Up Get Up" or "Itsy Bitsy Spider"

5. During outside time, the popsicles are the best part. Also everyone has their opinion on what color they want so make sure to bring an assortment of colors outside.

And last but not least....

6. Lightening McQueen is King and Dora the Exploror is Queen. (McQueen is King...ya thats confusing haha)

These two rule.

See you soon for some posts about the best day of my life!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Marriage...explained by kids

When Clint and I first got engaged his parents gave us this cute little paper full of these hilarious quotes that kids said. I wanted to share it with everyone as we dive into WEDDING WEEK!

How do you decide who to marry?

-You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports and she should keep the chips and dip coming.   -Alan, age 10

-No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry, God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.  -Kristen, age 10

What is the right age to get married?

-Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.  -Camille, age 10

How can a stranger tell if two people are married?

-You might have to guess, based on if they are yelling at the same kids.  -Derrick, age 8

What do you think your mom and dad have in common?

-Both don't want any more kids.  -Lori, age 8

What do most people do on a date?

-Dates are for having fun and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.   -Lynnette, age 8

-On the first date they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them to a second date.  -Martin, age 10

When is it okay to kiss someone?

-When they're rich.   -Pam, age 7

-The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.   -Curt, age 7

-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.   -Howard, age 8

Is it better to be single or married?

-It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.  -Anita, age 9

How would the world be different if people didn't get married?

-There sure would be a lot of kids to explain.  -Kelvin, age 8


How would you make a marriage work?

-Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.   -Ricky, age 10

Friday, July 13, 2012

Going to the chapel.....

EEEEEK my wedding is in 8 days! I cannot believe it is finally here. My mom and I have been working so hard planning for a year and a half and it will be so nice to see all of it pay off next week. I had so many amazing people that helped us plan this special day. I want to give a special thank you to Julie, Donna and Nina. Without these special ladies I don't know what we would have done. I love all of you! It looks like it will probably be raining all week next week but surprisingly I am not upset about it. I am just excited and ready to marry the greatest man in the world :)

With wedding madness approaching I have decided to watch wedding themed movies all week to prepare myself to walk down the aisle. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Father of the Bride

Howard Weinstein: [on the phone] Mr. Banks, this is Howard Weinstein. Franck's Executive Assistant. I... ave... your estimate for you.
George Banks: I can barely hear you!
Howard Weinstein: I'm in my car going through Water Canyon. Call you back?
George Banks: No, no, no. I want the estimate. How much? What's the damage?
Howard Weinstein: Well, everything from the flowers, to the honeymoon limo...
George Banks: Ok, everything. How much?
Howard Weinstein: [cutting out] - dred and - ifty a -ead.
George Banks: You're breaking up. It sounded like you said 150 a head.
Howard Weinstein: No, no!
George Banks: Good. I was about to kill myself.
Howard Weinstein: It's 250 a head. 

2. The Wedding Date

 Nick Mercer: The hardest thing is loving someone and then having the courage to let them love you back.

3. Bride Wars

Emma: [to Liv] Your wedding's gonna be huge, just like your ass at prom.
Liv: Your wedding can suck it.

4. My Best Friend's Wedding

Isabelle Wallace: George, this is so sweet of you to come to our rehearsal. I insist you stay on to lunch.
Kimmy Wallace: Oh yes.
Julianne Potter: No, no, no, no, no... Absolutely...
George Downes: Love to! Love the bag, love the shoes, love everything. Love to!

5. Steel Magnolias

Truvy: What are your colors, Shelby?
Shelby: My colors are "blush" and "bashful."
M'Lynn: Her colors are "pink" and pink."
Shelby: My colors are "blush" and "bashful" Mama!
M'Lynn: How precious is this weddin' gonna get, I ask you?

 and the best groom's cake ever made....

6. Love Actually
*I know this movie is not technically wedding themed but its one of my favorites of all time! And its about love, so it works!

Prime Minister: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion... love actually is all around.

Well that's it for now! Talk to ya soon ;)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman

OMG. I was sure that "The Avengers" would be the only good superhero movie to come out for awhile. Well, I was wrong. Not only did another great superhero movie come out not long after it, but within the SAME summer! Even though "The Avengers" is still the #1 superhero movie probably of all time, "The Amazing Spiderman" definitely held its own.

When Clint said he wanted to see this movie today I wasn't really on board. I loved the 2002 Spiderman and was confused on what this one would even be about. Also, I really had my heart set on seeing Magic Mike, am I right ladies ;)? Since there was no way I could convince Clint that Magic Mike had a gripping storyline, we bought our tickets to The Amazing Spiderman, and amazing it was indeed.

The Amazing Spiderman tells the tale of Peter Parker as he  finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. This quest puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.

This movie is another take on how Peter became Spiderman and gives him a new love interest, Gwen Stacy. The best part of the movie? The heart-warming chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (who also date in real life, awww!)

They were so endearing to watch and you could tell they had a blast making the movie together. There were so many cute moments that made my heart melt.

Peter: I've been bitten....
Gwen: So have I.

and the BEST scene ever:

Teacher: Don't make promises you can't keep Mr. Parker
Peter: whispers to Gwen. But those are the most fun
Gwen smiles.

^^You have to see the movie to understand why that is the best scene EVER.

Andrew Garfield definitely surprised me on his take on the man in the spandex suit. I wasn't sure how he would do, but I was pleasantly surprised. He was funny, charming and brave. What more could you want in a masked vigilante?

Emma Stone is exactly what you would expect: witty and beautiful. She is one of my favorite actresses and I am 100% sure we would be best friends if we knew each other.

Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Conners/The Lizard. He was brilliant and really made you root for him and want him to die at the same time. You might remember him as Mr. Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies and this guy from Notting Hill haha :)

I definitely recommend paying the money to go and see this movie. It has amazing special effects and computer technology that is so cool to see on screen.

Go and see "the untold story begin".


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Wonderful World of TV!

Now that television show seasons are wrapping up and the season finales are leaving everyone hanging, I wanted to share with you what my "go-to" shows were this season. It seemed like my DVR was recording at least one show a week!

1. New Girl

Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel), is a bubbly, offbeat, adorable, eccentric woman in her late 20s who teaches at a local middle school. She caught her boyfriend cheating on her and is determined to move on from her unfortunate relationship. Jess moves out and starts looking for a new place. She saw an ad on Craigslist, where she meets and moves in with three young men: Nick, Schmidt, and Coach.

Jess and Schmidt are the BEST part of the show. Their characters are hilarious and even Clint enjoyed watching this show. This was the first season and they did an awesome job and I cannot wait until Season 2 on FOX!

2. The Vampire Diaries

The series follows the life of Elena, a 17 year-old girl, who falls for a 162-year-old vampire named Stefan. Their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as Stefan's older brother Damon returns with a plan to wreak havoc on the town and a revenge against his younger brother. Both brothers start to show affection towards Elena, mainly because of her resemblance to their past love. The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, VIrginia, a town charged with supernatural history since its settlement of migrants from New England in the late 17th century. There are many different stroy lines revolving around Elena's friends that include werewolves, witches and ghosts.

I was hesitant at first because I thought it was just trying to be like the Twilight movies. Thankfully, it much more gripping story lines and MUCH better acting. Check it out on the CW!

Since I like Damon better, here are some funny moments from Damon:

3. Mad Men

Mad Men is set in the 1960s, at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertisint agency on Madison Avenue in New York City and later at the newly created firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The focal point of the series is Don Draper, creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.

Clint and I LOVE this show! We love watching it together every Sunday. It still has 3 more episodes this season so check it out at 9pm Sundays on AMC!

Let me know if you watch any of these shows and like them!

(I have just started watching 30 Rock on Netflix..so I'll let you know how it is. So far I am loving it!)


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Five Favorite Films

Everyone has certain movies that they can watch over and over and never get tired of watching. Every night I watch a movie before going to bed and usually it is a toss up between five. Does anyone else do that? I asked Clint what his top 5 favorite movies are and here is what we came up with:

My 5 favorite movies (in no particular order) along with a famous line from each (just for fun)-

1. My Best Friend's Wedding

Julianne: No. Creme brulee can never be Jell-O. YOU could never be Jell-O!
Kimmy: I HAVE to be Jell-O!
Julianne: You're never gonna be Jell-O!

I loooooove this Julia Robert's classic! I have literally been watching this movie since I was like 13 years old. I own it on VHS and am always watching it when I am at home. I also have it saved on my DVR in my current apartment and it is always a go to movie for me.

2. Julie & Julia

Julia: I'm Julia Child. Bon appetit!

I first watched this movie when it came out a couple years ago with my dad and we both were laughing the entire time. It was a great movie for us to watch together because we love food and really enjoyed this movie. Clint also likes this movie and after we watched it together he bought me Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I have cooked from it a couple of times and let's just say I have a long way to go until I am as good as Mrs. Child.....Bon Appetit!

3. The Office (all seasons)

Michael: That's what she said.

I know this is technically a T.V. show but since I own every season on DVD I am going to count it as one giant movie. I literally have the episodes memorized and still find myself laughing at every single episode. I love it!

4. The Little Mermaid

Ursula: Well, angelfish, the solution to your problem is simple. The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself.
Ariel: Can you do that?

Yes, I am 22 years old and getting married in two months but I still enjoy Disney movies ( a lot). It was hard for me to pick once since I wanted to keep the list to 5 but it is a toss up between this, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahantas, Mulan, Hercules, Peter Pan and Robin Hood :) I will never grow up!

5. The Devil Wears Prada

Andy: So none of the other girls here eat anything?
Nigel: Not since 2 became the new 4 and 0 became the new 2.
Andy: Well, I'm a 6...
Nigel: Which is the new 14.

This movie is perfect from start to finish. It is funny, charming and has a great story. I love all of the four main actors- Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci. (side note: Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci play husband and wife in Julie and Julia).

Do you like any of my favorite 5 movies?

Clint's 5 Favorite Movies:

1. The Dark Knight

Joker: Let's put a smile on that face!

2. Iron Man

Tony Stark: Pour me a scotch, I'm starving.

3. Harry Potter (all)

Hermione: Now if you two don't mind, I'm going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed--or worse, expelled.
Ron: She needs to sort out her priorities.

4. Wedding Crashers

Jeremy: How many times are you going to do this? Rule #32: You don't commit to a relative unless you're absolutely positive they have a pulse.
John: Rule #16: Give me an up to date family tree. That was your mistake. You made me look like an idiot.
Jeremy: Rule #76: No excuses. Play like a champion!

5. Braveheart

William Wallace: They can take our lives, but they can never take away our freedom!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Cole!

Oh my goodness, today my precious little brother turns 18. I cannot believe it!!

Last night I had my parents send me some old pictures of Cole and I but since they are in the process of selling the house, most of the good ones were in boxes. They did find some that I will share :)

Here is my little munchkin on his first day of Kindergarten

I remember the day he was born so well. I was SOOO excited. Throughout my mom's pregnancy I told everyone that I was pregnant too because I wanted to be just like my mama. When my mom's water broke, I was sent to my uncle and aunt's house where I had to wait for my little brother to be born. I remember when my uncle got the call that we could go meet Cole! I made sure I looked my best and wore my favorite Power Rangers dress sparkly shoes. When I walked into the room my eyes lit up and I ran to my mom to see Cole. The first words out of my mouth were "Do the clothes fit?" I was more worried that the clothes we had bought him fit, who knows why haha. Then I told my mom, "Mom you forgot your pillow at home." She said that it was okay and introduced me to Cole and asked if we could keep him. I smiled and said "Yes!".

In honor of Cole I will share some cute facts about him:

*When Cole was little he HAD to have his hair combed to the side and every one of his shirts tucked in (just like my dad)
*He called my dad "Elmo" instead of "Dad" for about 2 years
*He used to tell people his name was "Cole Wayne" because he loved John Wayne
*When he was about 1-2 he slept with a doll named Junior. I had gotten the baby doll from Cracker Barrell and it was a doll dressed up in a white Christening gown. He decided he HAD to have it and I gave it to him. He put Junior in a camo shirt and slept with him every night. My parents still have it :)
*He had a speech problem when he was little and could not say his R's very well and it was hard for my parents to understand him. I, however understood him perfectly and took it upon myself to be his translator.
*Cole and I loved playing together when we were little- we would dress up in Halloween costumes almost every day and parade down our street.
*He is a diverse guy--he loves animals, pasta with alfredo sauce, rap music, shooting guns, horses, working  out, skateboarding, football, swimming, mudding, "Criminal Minds", "Dance Moms", pizza with no sauce, egg drop soup and making people laugh.

He is my favorite person in the world. I am so thankful for our relationship. We talk frequently and have always enjoyed being around each other (even when we were little). We have ALWAYS been close and I have loved watching him grow up into the most handsome, funny, smart and loving man.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Clint's Big Night

Last Saturday was a big event in Clint's life! For the past three years Clint along with some of his friends brought back a fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, back to Texas State.

On Saturday, after three years of A LOT of hard work and dedication they got their Charter.

Getting their Charter was a big deal because it solidifies SAE as a fraternity at Texas State! YAY BOYS!

It was a three-day long process which consisted of the gentlemen getting initiated as true brothers and learning the secrets and history of SAE.

On Saturday night was the formal dinner and chartering ceremony. The gentlemen were allowed to invite their families and significant others to bring to the dinner.

Hillary and I got ready together and were so excited for Clint and Maverick, since they were 2 of the 4 founders who started the flame to get SAE back to Texas State!

The night was filled with great food and a lot of awards. Clint got an award for being SAE's president and he recieved "The Order of the Pheonix" award for being an above and beyond leader in the fraternity in more ways then one. When his name was called I teared up because I knew how extremely passionate Clint is about SAE and how much of his time he has put into making the fraternity so great. I was a proud fiance!!

Here are some pictures from this wonderful night!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Beautiful Memories

Yesterday my aunt, Angela sent me some amazing pictures she found in her house. I love looking through old pictures and watching home videos and so does she. Together we have watched my mom and dad's wedding video probably 50 times!

One of my favorite pictures she sent me yesterday was this one of my and my Papa. He died almost three years ago and was one of my closest relatives. He was just so amazing in every way. He had the BIGGEST heart and was so funny and kind. I can't write too much about him or I will start bawling my eyes out so I will just say this---I miss him every day and Clint and I are going to name our first child (no matter the sex) after him.

The next picture was my second favorite picture but probably one of my most favorite days of my life--April 4, 1994. The day my baby brother Cole was born! You can see Angela and I in the background smiling SO BIG and staring at the most precious baby in the world. I LOVE YOU COLE DOUGLAS!!!

Here is my uncle Brett (remember him from St. Patrick's Day post?) holding me!

Here is Angela and Brett playing with baby me :)

Have a wonderful weekend loves!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

If I was a billionaire....

Wow, wouldn't that be nice?! If you became an overnight billionaire what would be the first things you would do?

Besides paying off debts/giving money to family, here is what I would do:

First I would buy my dream car, a white Porsche Cayenne :)

I would hire a full-time hair stylist to do my hair every day.

I would hire a make-up artist to do my make-up for special occasions

I would get a completely new wardrobe, mostly chosen by Rachel Zoe!

There are a lot more things I could think of but I will just keep it to four lol. I asked Clint the same question and here is what he would do:

First he would buy his dream car, a black Cadillac CTS Coupe

He would design and build a custom home for him and I (aww!)

He would then build a custom golf course, like the Pebble Beach one in Hawaii

Lastly, we would both take a whirlwind vacation across the globe beginning in Tahiti!

It is fun to dream isn't it :)