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I love my wife, my kiddo, our dog, and most of all...MY LIFE! I couldn't ask for anything more than what I already have. I get to spend time with those that love me, while doing the things that I love!!!


Lesson Learned : Never Say Never

You are "looking" at a girl who is eating crow. But in the best way. This is a pie I DO NOT mind eating. On Saturday, sometime around 9 pm, I took back every last negative thing I had to say...

On Saturday, sometime around 9 pm, at the Texas state line, my girlfriend got down on one knee, in the freezing cold, and asked me to be her wife.

She chose the state line because we are both displaced Texans. We met through a friend that still lives in Texas. And we both had to move to the other side of the country to be able to find a "sweet southern girl."

The words that came out of her mouth were the sweetest things that I could ever have asked to hear. I don't know that there has ever been a more romantic proposal made to anyone. Even the movies could not have made this look or sound any sweeter. The actual words are for my ears only, but let me tell you this...she did say that I am someone that she never believed that she would find and that her life has not been the same since the day we came into each others' lives. There was a big long exceptionally thought out super sweet speech. Then she went down on one knee in the soggy grass. When she asked me to please marry her it brought me to tears. Then, my knees buckled. And I sat right down on her one knee lap. And she asked me to "please, just say yes."

And, of course, I did...



Real Quick

Just a quick picture post. Will post more about the vacation later. *SMOOCHES*




I am beginning the countdown. It is now less than 20 hours until Jennifer lands in Atlanta. It is about 30 hours until I see my kiddo again.

I have missed both of these girls immensely, lately.

Lorelli is having soooo much fun at my momma's house. There have not been tooo many problems. My mother did tell me that she has sharing issues and has "only-child syndrome." To which I replied, "DUH! She's an only child." She also apparently has a bit of a smart mouth sometimes. To which I replied, "DUH! She's MY child." These things do not bother me. Whatever. She is growing up and becoming her own little individual person. She rarely has to share things because she IS an only child. And I allow her to question things. A lot. It helps her learn. And you have to be somewhat snarky and smart-mouthed to put up with me. It's part of the deal. Here are some pics of her trip, thus far.

First trampoline experience

The love of cousins. In an outfit my mother bought. And her black boots!!!

Playing with Play-Doh.

Exhausted from a full day of play with the boy cousins.

At her abuela's house

I got my grades in from school. My English professor LOVED me. He sang my praises throughout the entire semester. "Your writing is strong and of an easy style that suggests you're a natural writer." "...some of the best I've read, so I've no doubt of your future success. You're talented." "This is an absolutely excellent essay..." A girl needs to have her ego massaged every so often. Especially when I was doing so poorly in my A&P class. Which, by the way, I did not pass. I made a D in Anatomy. I am done being upset about this. I will just re-take the course. And I will do umpteen times better this upcoming term than last term. That is, If I can get into the class. It is FULL. But, I just checked and there are several spots opening up. Cross your fingers for me that I can get into an evening class. I need it. Oh, and Algebra...I passed that, of course. I wasn't worried. That class just gets on my nerves. I was irritated at even having to take it.

I am in full swing of vacation mode now. I don't want to work. It is BEAUTIFUL outside today. And now...on the radio...The Pina Colada song. heheh But I pick up my girlfriend from the airport at 8 am tomorrow and we leave the airport and start driving to Texas. We should be to my mom's house by 8pm tomorrow and then my dear girlfriend will have to meet my family. *GASP* I am nervous about that. Not because of her but because of them. I am soooo different than the rest of them. That's one of the reasons I am glad to live so far away. I just have trouble identifying with all of them sometimes. Oh well. Then its on to my TOBY'S house to sleep. And things. *snicker* Sunday I am meeting her best friend.
We are going to Razzoo's. If you don't know this place, you absolutely should!! Then some shopping...YIPPPEEEEE!!! Then a BIG DINNER Sunday night at a really delicious Italian restaurant. Lots of people are coming. I am so excited. This saves us from having to drive all over town and visit lots of people. We can visit with lots of people all at once. It should be a ton of fun. Monday I get to meet my awesome bleep and 1/4 of Julonberisse, Mama4Real. I am hoping to be able to meet the other 1/4 of Julonberisse, Kimber, sometime over the weekend if its in the cards. Perhaps going to Watershed Tuesday sometime because it is owned by one of the Indigo Girls. We are having people over for dinner to the apartment on Wednesday night. Thursday, we are going to hang out with the oh so funny and awesome Lona. Friday and Saturday will be just chilling and enjoying each other and Lorelli. :-) Its a lot to smush into so few days, but we are going to do our best.

Gotta get back to work. Watch my Twitter for vacation updates. :-) *SMOOCHES*



I Heart Faces - "Bundled Up"

Head on over to I <3 Faces by clicking the link above. Check out everyone else's entries. You'll not believe your eyes. Haven't entered in a while, but I knew there was a perfect photo for this week. It was tough for me to choose just one. There were two that I really loved. I chose this one because it showed more of her face.



Real Quick

Last night Lorelli and her daddy left for Texas. My baby will be apart from me until NEXT Saturday, the 20th. She is spending this weekend with her dad and his family. He will be dropping her off at my mom's house on Monday morning when he leaves to come back to Atlanta. She is going to be spending all of next week with her grandmother and cousins, who happen to be on Spring Break. I am a bit nervous about this. If you know me, you know I have trouble getting along with my mother. We have very different parenting styles. She yells way more than I do. She does not really believe in time out. But...Lorelli won't get an opportunity again like this for a while, so I am having to swallow my fears and jsut let my daughter go and enjoy her time. I am sure that she will have a blast. I am excited for her.

I am also excited for me. I have the whole apartment to myself this weekend. This would normally leave me lots of sleeping time and movie time and book time, but this weekend it is going to afford me the ability to study my ass off for my anatomy final next week. I spent last night alone in the house and I have to admit it was a bit surreal. I have not slept completely alone in a house in over 3.5 years. I may have gone to sleep alone previously, but I knew that someone would {hopefully} eventually be coming home. It makes me inexplicably happy to know that soon (though not soon enough) I will not have to worry about that ever again.

As for the exam, I really need to do well to be able to pull a somewhat decent grade out of the hat. I DO not want to take that class again. I have already registered for the next semester of the class and there are no open slots next term for A&P I. So, I am crossing my fingers, buckling down, and am going to spend the next 72 hours almost fully immersed in Anatomy and Physiology.

Last night I really let A&P get to me. I sent a message to a couple friends of mine and told them how CRUSHED I was that I was making poor grades. This is not something I am familiar with at all. I was never the girl in school to make bad grades. School was not difficult for me. This...THIS has been difficult. I don't know that the topic is all that difficult as it is just draining on me to try and give 100% to work, school, Jennifer, Lorelli, and me all at once. That's 500%. I don't have 500% to give. I could do and 2 or 3 of those in combination I think. But all 5 of those PLUS the added stress of living with AD and not getting what I expected has nearly caused me to buckle under the weight. No ONE person is expecting too much from me, but I expect a lot from me. Thankfully, I have awesome friends who had nothing but encouraging words and thoughts for me. But the coolest part??? My totally awesome bloggy friend, Julie, actually CALLED me. ON THE PHONE!! For the FIRST time ever. It was so cool. I got big old tears in my eyes and a knot in my throat as I listened to her tell me not to get down on myself because she thinks I am doing a great job. She believes in me and believes in what I am trying to do. It was definitely what I needed at the time. THANK YOU, JULIE!!!!

And that's all she wrote folks.


Past time to post

This is what I was informed of today. :-) So, I am posting. It will be short. And to the point. :-) going. I am way overwhelmed. I didn't expect it to be so difficult. But...working and going to school and being a single mom (I am still claiming this title for now because I really get very little help) is just REALLY killing me. My grades are nowhere near where they should be. I have finals this week and next. I am just praying to make it through!!! work. It is somewhat demanding. We have been banned (I think I told you all this) from internet apps. :-( It saddens me. But I still keep up with you guys on my breaks, not to worry. And also, perhaps, when no one is looking. But probably not. {If anyone is looking, right now} no longer sick with the plague, or whatever strep shit that she had. She is moving on. {And she sent the evilness my way) She had a busy outside park playing weekend since it was BE-A-U-TIFUL this past weekend in Atlanta. She played on the slides and on the swings and in the tree bark. She rode her bike. She LOOOVED IT!!!! She is getting bigger and older and I don't like it one bit some days. Today (and yesterday)...she made the two of us breakfast (Oh..and her dad, too...but whatever...this is MY blog). Buttered toast. It was the sweetest thing ever. On the one hand I was all, "Awww look what my baby can do now." On the other hand I was all, "*SOB* Awww...Look what my baby can do now. *SOB*"

Jennifer...will be here in ELEVEN DAYS!!!! Yippee. Wooohooo!!! I am only a *wee* bit excited. We are driving to Texas so she can meet my best friends and family. I am a bit nervous. But I will get over it. It is sooo awesome. Then we will be back in Atlanta. We have dinner with friends planned. An Athenstravaganza. A movie night. A museum day with Lorelli (hopefully). And lots of cuddling and canoodling. hehehe I just love the word canoodling. It makes me snicker.

OH...and you are probably wondering...about the recent trip to Ithaca. I had a blast. An absolutely wonderful time. I FINALLY got into Ithaca sometime around midnight instead of shortly after ten, due to the snow in Ithaca. When I got there...there were flowers waiting. In her hand at the airport, and also back at the house. And flannel jammies with CUPCAKES ON THEM!!! I made breakfast the next morning of pancakes, eggs, and turkey sausage. We went to the elementary school where Lorelli will be attending. We discovered that we will be the enrolled in the after-school program (that is one HILARIOUS story). I made cupcakes for her work and took them to her on Friday, which means I drove around town by myself a little bit. I made an AWESOME dinner for us on Friday night which she ABSOLULTELY loved (or faked really well). We watched the Time Traveller's Wife (which I absolutely loved - and cried through). Saturday there was shopping. Sunday there was brunch and deer and weird queso with olives in the bottom of it. And Monday...there was goodbye. Again. I hate that part!!!! But, like I was an amazing time...and she will be here in ELEVEN DAYS!!! So, before I leave are some pictures from the trip.