10 Interesting Facts About Me | Blogging 30

How many times have I shared facts about myself…. seriously? Like is there anything about myself I could tell you that you don’t already know? Hmmm…. I guess I’ll approach it this way…..

10 Interesting Facts About Me: The Anniversary Edition

  1. My husband and I were both 27 when we got married.
  2. I knew I wanted to get married in the church my parents got married in. It just so happened to be the church I was a member of. It almost didn’t happen, but in the end, it did.
  3. I’m not sure anything will top our 1st Anniversary…. 1 Week in Hawaii.
  4. We honeymooned in Chicago. While people questioned us, it was actually a lot of fun! We ate our way around the city, no joke.
  5. This year, we spent our 7th Anniversary in the Hayfield. Stories to come! (more…)

Drop the ring in the spaghetti plate

Okay so I should come clean about something… I have my moments where I’m sappy! I know fairy-tails don’t exist but that doesn’t keep a girl from still loving the sweet sappy stories. Yep, sometimes it gets me in trouble but whatever, I deal :). So one thing that I’ve always liked was for a guy to be nervous when he proposes. Does that mean I had to have that, no but I soooooo thought it would be awesome if he was :). I also said I didn’t want to know the proposal was coming.

I think what started my obsession (good word) for this whole being nervous was Kenny Chesney. I know there are other artists out there who refer to this, but he has 2 different songs, one refers to dropping the ring in the spaghetti plate and the other talks about being down on one knee on her momma’s front porch.

My husband exceeded all my expectations when it came to proposing to me from throwing me off the night before saying he still hadn’t asked my dad to actually showing up at my work and proposing. It was my fairy-tail.

Now one thing I’ve probably addressed before with our proposal was he bought me flowers even though I’d told him not to. I had to go to the front of my office building to get them which was quite a distance from my desk and that gave my mom time to get him into my cubical to set up. I called him while still up at the front of the building to “grumble” at him for the flowers (not really but we’ll pretend).

He had the ringer turned on on his phone and when it went off he threw the ring while trying to get the ringer turned off on his phone. The ringer was set specifically for me so it would have given him away.

With that knowledge, I realized that he was nervous! I got the nervous part of my fairy-tail. Now if only they would have caught that on film :). How awesome is that though? He was nervous and dropped the ring :).


I do!

Three Years ago today I married one of my best friends.

Please play Hank Williams Jr, Blues Man

This photo was symbolic for us for the simple fact that we went to school together.  We met before we got to the high school, but our friendship strengthened once we were sophomores.  At the time our High School was 10-12, now it’s 9-12.  And sadly our high school building has become the junior high, but either way, this building is where we built upon our friendship all those years ago.  And no, sadly we aren’t “high school sweethearts” but that’s okay.  Everyone needs to build their story somehow and this is ours!

Happy Anniversary my sweet husband.  I love you with all my heart!

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IHOP – Branson MO

Our “Saturday Night Dinner” happened to be at the local IHOP in Branson after we left Steal Your Dollar Silver Dollar City.

I’m fairly certain that my mom would be proud that we parked away from everyone else 🙂

There were 15 of us, I kind of felt weird going around taking pictures of everyone’s food, so I stuck to Hubby, Tbug’s and mine.  It was easier that way, however JT wondered just what I was up to.  It’s always fun explaining yourself to someone new :).


Another Walk Down Memory Lane

I decided to share more photos from my Facebook page.  I dunno, sometimes it is fun to go back and look at these.  I can see a difference in myself from the first one (seen here) to the second bunch (seen here) to these.  And these only go up to about April of 2010.  That was 2 years ago.  Dang!  What’s even harder to believe is next month will have been 3 years since I went on my first date with my hubby.

Over the weekend we were talking about how long he and his friend Robert have known each other.  16 years.  Dang that seems like a lifetime… ok maybe not but still, that is the age I was when I graduated high school :).  But really, they’ve known each other longer than they haven’t, if that makes sense.  They both turn 30 this year.

So then we got to talking about how long we’ve known each other {hubby and me} and we’re at 15 years.  I’ve still known him longer than I haven’t.  We met when I was 13 years old, technically we probably met before that, but I really can start to remember the obnoxious Tuba player starting my 8th grade year of school.  And our friendship started blossoming in 9th grade when he’d sing in class with me.  Now I wasn’t a student who acted out, but this one teacher would get under my skin and I’d sing, Garth Brooks “Two Pina Coladas”.  Yes, I know very uncool of me.

Anyway moving on….  Another walk down Memory Lane

Our First Christmas together.

Trying to learn my first dSLR which was a Canon Rebel XS.

Facebook had something going around once on show yourself as a kid.  This is my mom’s favorite photo of me as a child.

Just some random shot I took.  We were actually moving sheep around.

An early Sunday morning after Church.  It was actually very gray, my first attempt at photoshop.

Will You Marry Me

Our weekend trip to Branson the day after he proposed.

Wedding dress shopping.  Boy I was scared of this!  They almost had to take me kicking and screaming!  In fact the joke was they thought they were going to have to get me drunk.  No they didn’t, but I didn’t want to go.

Our engagement photos

I think it was this time that I looked up at him and said, “This feels so real.”  and it brought a little tear to his eye.

Linking up with 2 of my favorite gals here: Impulsive Addict & Seriously Shawn.  You should too b/c you can blog about anything… anything goes!

2 Years

Where were you 2 years ago?  What day would that have been?  What year?  Can you answer any of those questions?  I can.

The day of the week would have been a Friday.  The year would have been 2010.  Starting at 8am in the morning I was making phone calls left and right.  First to the bank, then to the hospital and back again.  The Hospital said I didn’t pay a $25 co-pay bill (that they make you pay in advance before they’ll do anything to you) from 2008.  The bank wanted to charge me $28/hr to research and find the check I had written.  I was arguing with the hospital that they wouldn’t see me without paying the co-pay.  I was arguing with the bank that I wasn’t going to pay $28/hr to find a $25 check.

The bank finally reasoned with me that that wouldn’t have been a smart thing to do.  I finally proved that I paid the $25 co-pay but the hospital didn’t credit it to my account for a while, so therefore they thought I hadn’t paid it.  Gah and people wonder why I don’t go to the hospital/doctor!

About 10am  I was mad.  I had been so shook up because I am one to PAY MY BILLS.  The mail gal came by and saw my face was red and talked to me for a few minutes and then went on her way.  Just as she left Nancy at the front desk called me to tell me I had a beautiful package sitting on her desk.  I told her I’d be up.  I started to do the mail real fast and said, nope, screw it.

Would you like to know what I was wearing?  My husband says I have a steel trapped mind sometimes.  I know what I was wearing this particular day.  One of my favorite pairs of Lucky’s.  My Red Nike Shocks.  A t-shirt that said Tbugs Cheer team on it.  And my Fight like a girl sweatshirt.  Sorry I can’t tell you what bra and panties… I know you’re bummed about that right?

And this was what was waiting for me at the front desk.

Now I had already told the boy, Don’t get me flowers.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like them.  What girl doesn’t like flowers, even when she says she doesn’t want them. :).

I called him on my trek back to my desk to give him fits.  He didn’t answer his phone.  Odd because he was just talking to me via g-talk.  That’s fine, whatever I’ll go hit him up when I get back to my desk.


Wedding ABC's

The count down is on… I’m officially 5 days away from being married for 1 year.  Oh. Holy. Cow.  Someone pinch me, make sure I’m not dreaming because seriously, where has this year gone?!?!

I would guess we had between 100 and 150 attendees
I’m not really sure, that day was a whirlwind!

2 of my favorite gals!



Apple Laptop… get it?

I loved my dress, even though I didn’t want to go dress shopping.

We planned our wedding in 7 months.

I saw a bouquet on Tara’s blog and fell in love, took the photo to my florist and this is what I got.  I loved it!


The Great City of Chicago, Illinois


Justice of the Peace:
Our minister was James Lee

We had our wedding video’ed so I’ll always remember laughing through the entire ceremony (more like giggling) and grabbing hubby’s right hand instead of his left hand to put his ring on.  The minute I realized I did it wrong I fixed it and made the preacher chuckle.
Ladies Night:
We had a joint Bachelor/Bachelorette party

The wedding party & I entered to:
Beauty & The Beast: Tale as old as Time
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOmVM9ix7L0]
Our First Dance:
Hank Williams Jr. Blue’s Man
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIuAQPKp4x0]


Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Old, bracelet:

New, Necklace:

Borrowed, saddle ring from Aerielle:

Blue, shoes:

Main photographer was Mindy Greene of Greene Photography
Back-up Photographer was Taylor Orr
Videographer was Gregg Hall
Question Popping:
Happened at work on a Friday in front of all my co-workers.  Some were even in on it.

Was held at the Phelps House

I wanted blue shoes.  The bridesmaids and I actually wore the same shoes.  We found them in Texas because no where around home had blue shoes.

Trash the Dress:
Heck NO!!!
Repeat after me…. LOVE the dress 🙂
I plan on preserving it, I just haven’t yet.  I really want to see if a year later if I can fit into it still….
We not only did a unity candle for us, but we did a family unity candle to include his daughter because she is part of this family.

Our vows were traditional
Wedding Woes:
Our wedding got off without too many glitches.  We had one problem at first getting the church and then trying to get the bridesmaids dresses shipped in from Dallas, TX, otherwise there weren’t problems with our wedding.  I didn’t even break down with stress like a lot of brides do.  I tried to roll with the punches.
um… wouldn’t you like to know… LOL
Young Kids:
my {step}daughter and nephew were the flower girl & ring bearer

Our wedding was a mid-morning wedding so the reception was over by about 3.  We then went to our house and opened the gifts and then headed to Fayetteville, AR and stayed the night at a hotel close to the airport.  We were so wound up that we didn’t get to sleep until after midnight and were up at 4am so we could go to the airport and I could get frisked by security because of the bobbypins in my hair at 5am.  Fun times!!!  Once we got to the hotel and checked in we crashed for a couple hours until our theater ticket time.  We went to see Shrek!

Not bad for 5am eh?

Engagement Photo Re-do

I kind of got away from multiple posts a day (I did that a lot last summer).  Then I was reading Tiffany’s Blog, The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far and she was doing a post on engagement photos because of a blog link up party at Chasers of Kaysers who is getting close to getting her own engagement photos taken.  She said we could use old posts so I went digging for my engagement photos that were taken last April and I realized I put straight out of the camera photos… but none from after the photographer did some touch-ups.  I liked our engagement photos and had a blast doing them, but at the same time, I’m not 100% sure they were the photos of my dreams, but there were some excellent photos taken non-the-less so… I’m going to share them again.

I’m sure she’d love if you’d like yours up as well if you had an engagement photo session.  And if you link up, please let me know… I’d love to look at them as well 🙂
Hope you enjoy 🙂

She Said Yes – Repost

One year ago, February 12, the man of my dreams proposed to me.  Here’s the story.  Happy One Year Bling-a-versary baby!!!

This had started out as a pretty crappy day, I surely didn’t know that it would eventually get better! I started doing the mail and got a phone call from Nancy at the front office that I had flowers at the front desk so I headed to the front of the building to go retrieve my flowers. (I work all the way at the back.) I passed Becky grumbling that “Prince Charming’s so in trouble.” although seriously what girl doesn’t like flowers, especially when they look like this!!

Meanwhile back at my desk my mom brought Prince Charming into the building. Tracy got her camera out and Nicole got another camera that had a recorder out. Becky was standing guard in the hallway to announce to them when I got back. Then they all dove into different hiding places.

So when I came back Becky announces really loud that I had beautiful flowers. My desk has frosted glass around it and when I walked around the corner and I could see someone on the far side of my desk but I figured it was a coworker had dropped something or since I was having such a bad day, they were going to jump out and scare me (things like that happen to me from time to time) so I didn’t really think to much of it. So I came up on my mystery guest and Prince Charming is down on one knee.

I just stared at him and he asked me “The Question” and I was rendered speechless. (yes I know, this doesn’t hardly happen at all!)

I just stared at him and it dawned on me, SPEAK Nicole :)… so of course I said yes. He said he had to pry my death grip off the rose container to set them down on my desk for me; He said he thought I’d drop the flowers and he was prepared to catch them… LOL

Then he turned around and I tackled him in a bear hug.

Of course a girl has to try on the ring 🙂

Prince Charming says this is his favorite photo.

I’m officially ENGAGED!!!! I love my Prince Charming!!!