Trials and Tribulations (the 1st 6 months)

By 1:40 PM , , , ,
We have officially been married 6 months, 1 day. I'll be the first to tell you... Married life is GREAT! Even despite all our freak medical issues since the big day. We have had so many that I have had a handful of people tell me that I must document them on my blog. So...here goes!

1. We had barely made it home from our honeymoon when my sweet husband managed to rip his finger tip almost all the way off. Yup, that's right. His finger tip was literally hanging by a thread to the remainder of his hand. And how'd he manage to do that you might ask?! Helping my uncle move a big rock at my grandmother's house. That's right...we had gone over to my grandmother's for a nice dinner and family visit. I was still in the car getting all my stuff together that I was bringing inside to my grandmother's when my uncle comes running back up the hill exclaiming that we need to go to the emergency room asap. I am actually making this ordeal sound a lot less a deal that it actually was. That began our 4.5 month recovery efforts to get Josh's hand back to a somewhat normal state. What followed was what seemed like a thousand follow-up and recovery trips to the hospital & wound care, several missed weeks of work, a few tears, and many pain pills.  His finger has somewhat just started to begin to recover (not that it will ever look like a totally normal finger again) despite the fact that he still screams in pain if he fingers gets bumped by someone or something.

2. During Josh's finger ordeal I somehow manage to hurt my foot which caused me to throw my knee out of alignment. Yeah- I know. Ridiculous right? Although this may not sound like a big deal, and really wasn't compared to the finger issue we were still dealing with at the time, it was very painful and quite the hassle. I was hobbling on crutches everywhere...which is a royal pain in the you-know-what. Especially when I work on the 4th floor of my office building and have to park a long way from the entrance.

3. This brings me to episode #3 which just happened 3 weekends ago. Josh and I had travelled with some friends to Pigeon Forge for a fun day out. One of our friends insisted on us leaving north GA at 4:15AM in order to make it up to the Smokey Mountain Parkway before the sunrise. (We did not make because we ended up getting stuck behind a Walmart 18-wheeler but that's another story). When we finally made it to the top of the mountain at the overlook around 9am we all decided to get out and take a look at the gorgeous view. It had snowed the night before the thus the roads were very slippery. We all got out of the truck and walked over to the overlook to take a picture. However, before we had the chance Josh, my injury bound hubby who really needs to be put in a padded room and left there, slipped and had a rock go up his knee to his bone. Me on the other hand, not realizing Josh was hurt and that we were about to be frantically making our way down the mountain headed for ER visit #2 for our six months of marriage, insisted on Josh and I getting not 1, not 2, but 3 pictures together at the top of the mountain. (It is at this point that he decides he should tell me his jeans are soaked in blood). I don't think either of us realized how bad it was until he limped back to the truck and we ripped his jeans off and could see the hole in his knee. Wow. That was our reaction...along with our friends. Here's the funny part...we did not know our way to the nearest hospital or have anything to stop his bleeding so I stopped a passing park ranger (who was obviously a newbie and seemed unsure of what to do with the entire situation) who ended up patching Josh up until we could get to the hospital. The ER visit consisted of a lot of gore as the doctor stuck his finger all the way through the hole down under Josh's knee. (He even commented that we were going to owe him for liposuction as he took out some fat cells from the knee...like Josh has fat in his knee?!?) It was not exactly the way we planned on spending the weekend but all in all he was OK. Two weeks later I watched as he cut his own stitches out of his knee with my toe nail cutter. What a man! (But really after the finger experience this was nothing). This brings me to the fourth and final episode of our strange twisted medical issues.

4. While working out in personal training last week I somehow fractured the bone in my RIGHT hand. So now I can't write, can't cut food, can't stir a pot, can't straighten my hair...you get the idea. Hopefully this ends up being the less extreme of our episodes but it is definitely worthy of documenting.

The crazy part of this all??? Neither of us was ever accident prone as a child (or, prior to marriage, for that matter)!
Tada! The finished product from stiches episode #3!



pulling in to the ER

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Amazing, easy, inexpensive dinner!

By 4:51 PM , , , , ,
Looking for an easy, delicious, inexpensive dinner?


Look no further! The hubby and I made this dish together last week. It was quick, easy, and sooo scrumptious! The best part? It makes a lot of food so we have a ton of leftovers! YUM!

what you will need:
2 tsp. olive oil
2 14 oz. cans of diced Italian tomatoes
1 tsp. dried oregano
salt
pepper
1 lb. of pasta tubes
8 oz. of mozzarella cheese (you will need to cut it in cubes)
2/3 cup of fresh Parmesan


what to do:
Heat tomatoes, oregano, and oil in pan and simmer rapidly (stirring occasionally until you develop a thick sauce approx. 15-20 mins). Note, you may need to break up tomatoes for the sauce to get thick. Place half the pasta in a 9 X 13 dish. Cover with half the mozzarella and half the parmesan. Top with the remaining pasta and then the remaining cheeses. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 mins. Serve with a side salad and TADA!

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Great Valentine's Date Idea: FREE admission to Callaway Gardens

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Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA is currently offering FREE ADMISSION to their park through February 29th. If you've never been to Callaway Gardens, or even if you have, I would recommend taking advantage of this special offer. Callaway offers tons of unique activities including a birds of prey show, butterfly center, bicycle trails, and nature trails. This would also make a very romantic (and affordable) Valentine's Day date.

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Rainy Day on the Big Day

By 4:09 PM , ,
Every bride's nightmare...rain on their wedding day! (Especially for the brave brides like myself who are determined to take the risk and get married outdoors!)

Unfortunately it rained poured on my big day. So what do you do if it rains on your wedding day?!? How can you be prepared in case the 'unthinkable' happens?! So here we go...the DOs and DON'Ts of rain on your wedding day.

1. DON'T panic! At the end of the day you will still be married to the man you love!
2. DO have rainboots nearby in case you must walk down the isle in them...I did! (FYI heels do not work to well in wet grass...)

3. DON'T worry about your dress...it will be covered in mud by the end of the night! (but it's ok because let's be honest...you're not really ever going to have the chance to wear it again anyway)
4. DO be prepared in advance with monogrammed umbrellas for you and all your girls! (this was a wedding gift to me from one of my friends, and although I joke with her that she jinxed me with rain, I was sooo thankful to have the umbrellas when it ended up raining)


5. DON'T forget about your bridesmaids! If you aren't wearing heels anymore neither should they! (my girls ended up ditching their heels at the end of isle and walking down barefoot...the guests loved this)
6. DO be prepared for lots of adorable pictures rainy day wedding pictures! Get creative and have fun because you only get one big day and on the bright side (no pun attended) apparently rain on your wedding day is supposed to mean you will be wealthy one day!


Weigh in: Did you have a rainy day experience? If so, we'd love to hear your experience! Do's/Don'ts?
Please leave a comment and let us know about your experience.

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The First Dance

By 5:04 PM , , ,
The infamous first dance. The moment when time stops and all eyes are on you.

As the bride this is probably the first and only chance you will get all night where you can simply stop and focus solely on your husband and the commitment you made to each other.

HOWEVER...(I cannot emphasis this enough)! If you want this moment to be enjoyable rather and stressful, and, well, just plain awkward...I would highly recommend taking dance lessons together prior to your wedding.

We were so glad we did! Not only will it save you some embarrassment (let's face it...no one likes to stand there and watch you hang on to your man for a solid 3 minutes...you might as well entertain your guests with some "sweet moves") but you will also be proud to watch your wedding dance again and again on your wedding DVD.

Another plus. Even though my then fiance complained prior to our first dance lesson, the dance lessons ended up being our very favorite part of planning our wedding. We not only looked forward to the lessons but lovedddd the time we spent together practicing what we had learned. And a third plus. One of our "things" we do each month as a couple is re-dance our wedding dance together. This serves several purposes: 1) It ensures we remember our dance so we can break it out at the next wedding (or in case we have get the inkling to participate in dancing with the starts...assuming we ever become stars)...but more importantly 2) It is an instant reminder of our wedding and those special moments together. It is amazing how one dance and song can take you right back to a specific moment in time.

If you are worried about costs dance lessons do not have to break the bank. Shop around. I contacted 7 different people before I found someone within our budget. Three two hour lessons (along with lots and lots of at home practice) was enough for us to learn a chorographed dance that matched the song we had picked out.

So...have fun and get to dancing! You won't reget it!

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10 Dates Under $10

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If you are a newly wed like me chances are you are on a budget and do not have a lot of money to spend on fancy restaurants and movies.

Well...whoever said date nights have to be expensive???  I have come up with 10 dates for less than $10 a date. There is a date for every type of couple...from the creative pair to the sporty couple. So use my suggestions and go have a date night with your man!

1. Hiking. Pack a comfortable pair of sneakers, two water bottles, and a picnic ...find a trail and spend the afternoon or evening hiking to the top where you can sit and enjoy each others company while enjoy some great food! 

2. Have a spa night right in your own home! Pour your favorite bubbles in the tub, break out the bubbly, and make a toast! Then take turns pampering each other. Just don't get too relaxed...falling asleep really kills the mood!

3. Check your local paper or your county website for free concerts. There are a lot more than you would expect (for example The Band Perry just gave a free concert at a park close to me). For shows in the park pack a picnic so you can dance and dine in the same place!

4. Attend a fair. The hubs and I actually just did this back in October. It was an inexpensive way to have an entire day and night full of fun together! Remember you do not have to spend money on rides to have fun at a fair. Our favorite part was actually walking around and seeing all the animals and attending all the shows that were including in our $4 admmission price.

5. Volunteer. Doing good together can be a ton of fun! For example, volunteering at an animal shelter if you both love animals or volunteering at a thrift store where you can laugh over old trends.

6. Go to a local high school football game. Have fun remembering that you too were once that age.

7. Have a picnic in your living room. Spread a blanket down and have some finger foods with candles and romantic music. This one can be great if you have kids because it means you do not have to get a babysitter.

8. Play mini golf. It's usually no more than $5 a game and you get to have carefree fun and act young again. 

9. Go yard selling. It will be a fun interesting way to spend your morning together and you will have lots of interesting things to talk about!

10. See a movie at your local dollar theater. If you do not have one nearby it may be worth driving for. Dollar theaters offer movies that have been out a month or two for the low price of $1. This is one of our personal favorite date nights. The best part is if the movie is great you really feel like you got a great deal but if the movie isn't so hot you don't feel like you wasted a ton of money.

Bonus: looking for an overnight get away under $10? I've got one that will only cost you the amount of gas and picnic foods. Go camping! You'll be supporting conservation of wildlife and it's great fun!

::There are some great campsites in between Ellijay, GA and Blue Ridge, GA that are totally free! We went this past fall with some friends and had a blast! The sites are on a creek and there is a waterfall that you can hike to. They also have fire pits and tent pads at the campsites. The sites are very secluded so perfect for a romantic get away! Also, there is a drive-in movie theater in Blue Ridge that is a ton of fun and very affordable. You can easily drive there from your campsite. If you are interested in more information feel free to leave me a comment::

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Ringing in the New Year

By 10:08 PM , , ,
Welcome 2012!

Why I loved 2011:
1. I got MARRIED to the love of my life! 
2. I graduated from the best university in the south (possibly the world) ;) GO DAWGS!
3. I started my career with a wonderful company
4. I got to go on one of the best vacations I had ever been on to St. Lucia
5. I got to see every single one of my best friends and family members this year! (Even those who live overseas)! 


Yup...it was a pretty great year! 
Although I know 2011 may be hard to beat I still have high hopes for 2012...at least we rung it in right by heading to underground Atlanta and watching the peach drop. It was quite an experience. Although the crowds were crazyyy (my husband must have mentioned he was about to take someone out at least a 100 times) it is an experience I would highly recommend trying if you are anywhere near the ATL area. Just be ready to be pushed around... A LOT!


However, upon doing some research there are some cities with even crazier/cooler (you take your pick) traditions than a peach dropping. These New Year's Eve destinations just might be worth visiting some day. For example:
  • The city of Lebanon drops a 150 lb. real bologna, a testament to the town's unique type of cured ham
  • Over in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, a pregnant 8-foot Mrs. Pickle is dropped at midnight - apparently she married Mr. Pickle in a ceremony this June (you gotta google a picture of this one...talk about crazy!)
  • Hartley's potato chips, a local favorite, are dropped from a fire truck in Lewistown, Pennsylvania
  • Mobile, Alabama welcomes the New Year with the world's largest Moon Pie, raised (rather than dropped) to light up the city's skyline at the stroke of midnight. The giant electronic Moon Pie weighs 600 pounds and features well over 1,000 lights.

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