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Hi! I'm Kim- a wife, momma, daughter, sister, friend. I love UK, going out for a good glass of wine, cooking, spending too much time on pinterest, and making new memories. I love my life and you're welcome to read about it!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

13 weeks!

How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight gain: -2 lbs (thanks to my gag reflex)
Maternity clothes? I only have a pair of maternity leggings and a shirt but it seems I need to invest in some pants... I can't button a single pair of my regular ones :(
Stretch marks? no
Sleep: it's a hit or miss. I am so completely exhausted that I've been going to bed around 8:30 but I am waking up at least twice in the middle of the night to use the bathroom... I can only imagine this will get worse!
Best moment this week: That I felt great on Sunday and got all my Christmas shopping done in one day... which was a huge accomplishment if you knew how sick I have been.
Miss Anything? Yes, my appetite! Where did it go? Who knew you could be so incredibly hungry but can't think of a single thing that sounds good to eat. Story of my life right now.
Movement: Not yet, but I am excited for when it happens!
Food cravings: I was craving low acid orange juice there for a while but now its nothing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yes, everything. Raw meat especially and the thought of chicken...ewwww
Gender: Don't know yet but we will find out at the end of January

Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: You name it, I've got it.... nausea, vomiting, heartburn, metal taste in my mouth, tired
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: I am so very happy to have this baby in my belly and experience this with my husband. Everytime he kisses my belly and talks to the baby, my heart melts a little more... but if anyone knows me, they know I am the worst sick person ever so the fact that I feel horrible 90% of the time kind of stinks.
Looking forward to: This being my last week in my first trimester!! They say that is when you start to feel better so I say BRING IT!

Christmas is this weekend so I will get to show off my somewhat baby bump to family I haven't seen in a while.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Check 1, Check 1 2, Is this thing on?

Shew. It's been a while. A long while. And while I realize that and am so sorry, I must say that I couldn't really help it. You see, I have this condition. It's nothing serious but it is called PREGNANCY and it is kind of blowing my mind right now!
My husband and I are beyond excited to be sharing the news with everyone now... it was a toughie to keep it a secret from everyone up until this point. And lets be honest, nothing is official until it's Facebook official and we got that out of the way last night, so I feel pretty sure in letting it out to you guys too.
Honestly, it's a relief because now I can come to my little space and talk about it all I want... and by talking I really mean whining about how terrible I feel and how this "all day sickness" is literally kicking my bootay.
We went for our 11 week ultrasound yesterday and got to see the little one. It was so incredible that I couldn't stop smiling because who knew that even though your baby is ONLY 4 cm, he or she still looks like a baby. I mean, it was an active little booger because it looked like it was doing karate in there and moving all around. Even our ultrasound tech was laughing about it, which in turn made me get the giggles and then we would lose the picture... wah wah. I had to hold it in which then seemed like the church giggles. You know, the ones where you are are sitting by your best friend who is bored to tears and does something incredibly inappropriate that makes you laugh and the more you try NOT to laugh for fear of eternal damnation, the more you actually do. Yeah, that.

So anyway, internet world, watch out because in June 2012 we are adding another Lesher to the world and we couldn't be happier about it!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Completely Exhausted

Can I be honest for a minute? Growing up sucks. Hard. Because while you didn't get to do as much when you were younger, the stuff you did get to do was funner (ok, I know that isn't a word but it matched). And who am I kidding... I need some fun in my life because this work, sleep, cook, clean routine I've got going on just isn't cutting it.

Literally my husband and I have been going non-stop for over a week and my brain can't quite keep up with what my body is doing. Don't read too much into that last statement because if you did it would sound really weird. What I meant was, I am literally so tired that I feel like I am sleep walking through half of my day. My body is moving but my brain is in the biggest, foggiest mess.

And can I just tell you that every.single.weekend in October we have stuff jammed packed into our schedule. This weekend is somewhat of a relief in that I will be having a much needed girls night. We may even put on your dancing shoes and try to go get some free drinks somewhere. Next weekend is a wedding out of town, then my husbands 30th birthday, then FINALLY a 5 day weekend and a trip to Gatlinburg with about 20 people we don't get to see nearly enough.

I am counting down the days.

It's 21 days to be exact.

That is all.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Copy Cat

That's what I am. I admit it. I take other people's design and I copy them.. And guess what? I do it cheaper. A whole $60 dollars cheaper might I add. So take that big retail stores. You ain't got nothin' on me (forgive all the grammatical craziness in that last sentence. It is hard to sound tough while talking correctly. Go figure.)

Let me show you what I am talking about.Shall I...
I love browsing design blogs and stores online to look at all the goodies I would just love to get my hands on. Most of the time I'm just drooling and wishing and hoping that maybe one day I could get it. It really is hard to fill a new home all-at-once. Sometimes we forget that it takes time to get to your home finished because I DO NOT want to be house poor and that does include the house and everything in it.
So I am used to sitting behind my screen and looking at pretty things to fill my home that I will never really buy. I'm okay with that for the most part.

Then it happened. PINTEREST happened people! No, I'm not late to the game... I am very much all-up-in-that game's business. But I found something one day that reallllyyyy caught my eye. This....

Say whaaaaa? Did my eyes just see that? Why, yes I think they most certainly did! And I got giddy...because this little DIY project looked a lot like a pendant I had been eyeing on West Elm's very site.

One in the same, I do believe they are! So I hunted down the original directions for making the hemp pendant light and found it at Crafy Nest. Off I went!

So, I gathered all my supplies and I made almost an exact replica for...... wait for it..... $26. And it looks good too. Not that I am trying to brag or anything. :)

So yeah, I'm a copy cat.... and add bragger to the list too. I'm okay with both descriptions. Actually, I'm rather proud of both descriptions.

Stay tuned for the big reveal! (Ok, I'm a tease too) hehe

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

DIY? I Did It!

Remember in this post where I talked about trying to paint my new dresser that I scored off Craigslist? What, that was so long ago you don't even remember what I'm talking about? Yeah, I got the point. Good news for you, you can click back on that linky loo and see what the heck I'm gabbing about!

Needless to say, a project that takes the average person a couple of days, takes me about a couple of months. I move at a snails pace people and I'm proud of it!

Seriously though, here is what the china cabinet looked like before the paint.

I went to my local paint store (if you are from around here you MUST buy your paint from BJ Andriots. Trust.) Their oh-so-knowledgeable staff pointed me in the right direction (like always) and suggested some cleaner and primer to start my project.

I lightly sanded my cabinet even though it wasn't recommended because this cleaner is supposed to be wonderful. I then washed my cabinet with some TSP. Basically I just read the directions, added water, and went over the cabinet with a sponge. Easy enough, no?

I then used a primer called Stix to put an overall coat before I started my painting. Sorry I have no photos, I haven't really gotten into the habit of being a play-by-play kinda girl. You understand.

After that I put on a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore... forgive me but I don't really remember the name of it but it is a soft blue with a hint of green. Side note... follow me people---------> I will NOT ever buy any other brand of paint except for Benjamin Moore. If I find another color I like in a different brand, great, awesome, fabulous but I will march my booty over to my paint store and have them mix it in a BM base. Why, do you ask? I've used other paints before... lets just say I happen to get lazy from time to time... and every time I have completely regretted it. I finally came to my senses the last time I bought another supposed-to-be-good-I-have-commercials-all-over-tv paint and I seriously had streaks running down my walls to a paint that wouldn't dry.

Ok, enough of my soap box moment.

After I put on a couple of coats it was ready to move into its rightful place in my dining room, where it will be cherished and adored every time I turn the corner.

Ahhhh so pretty! I am going to eventually line the inside with a some type of design or wallpaper, but for now I am content just how it is.

*Please note that I am only promoting the paint store and Benjamin Moore because I seriously love their product. That's it, they did not offer me anything to talk about them on this blog (besides I have all of about 2 readers). Plus, I am a small town girl and I believe in promoting small town business. So Ha!

Friday, September 2, 2011

I'm Ready... We're Ready

I've been thinking a lot over the past couple of months about where I want to be next year... where do I want my marriage to be? What do I want my family to look like? All my friends seem to be having babies, getting pregnant, talking about trying to get pregnant. Did I want that? I wasn't sure.

I wasn't sure because while it all seemed exciting, I was actually scared of what a pregnancy would mean. It would mean that I would have to become a *mom*. Yeah, technically I knew that but with that I started to think about all that would entail. It would never just be me and Nick... I would have this whole little life completely depending on me for everything... I don't even know what to do with a baby... Would I even be a good mom? It still scared me. All of it.

At the end of last year, a very best friend found out she was pregnant after already being 5 months along. It was a shock to us all and I can't even begin to process her emotions. Just the thought that that could happen had me running out and buying a pregnancy test. The whole time I was taking it I was praying "Don't be positive, Not now, Don't be positive". Sure enough that in itself was my sign. I wasn't ready.

Slowly, though, things began to change. I was no longer worried that it could happen. I believe the turning point happened in June when it was just about our one year anniversary. Nick and I said from the beginning that we wanted to wait at least a year. A year of just being us and being married. When that deadline was approaching it was like all of the sudden it was okay. Then each month I was secretly wishing and praying that it would happen.  I knew I was finally ready when this month I shed a few tears when I found out I wasn't.

That's how I know I am ready. I can't really speak for Nick, but I think he is too (at least he tells me he is! lol)  My husband is truly remarkable. He will be a wonderful father. I know because he has such patience with me and my crazy emotional antics. I can't wait until we start a family and I get to see him hold our baby for the first time. Just thinking about it melts my heart.

So that is where we are. Where Nick and I see ourselves and our family a year from now could possibly move us from a family of 2 to a family of 3. Eeek. That is incredibly exciting. Right now we are just praying and hoping. It will happen when and if it is meant to happen. We're ready. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Work Work Work

Whew, I feel like I haven't been posting as much since I started my new position. I mean I KNOW I haven't and there have been a couple of reasons for that.
The big reason is probably because I can no longer post while I am at work... darn. That also means I can't read as many blogs at work either. My previous position had a lot of down time. Being in customer service can be really hectic or really slow and it was during those down times when I could catch up on my blogger.
With my current position, I don't really have the same work schedule and it is something that I am still adjusting to. I am no longer "on the line" so I have a completely different feel to my day. I have tasks and deadlines and things I need to do here and there.
So far though, I LOVE it. I really do. Hopefully once I get more acclimated I will find a better balance in catching up on my blog reading/blog posting.
I do have my own cubicle now! Oh, the little things to get excited about! I seriously need to decorate my space a little bit more because right now I am embarrassed to even post a picture of its dullness.

Honestly though I don't even know where to start but I'll get there and when I do, I'll be sure to share!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Charleston, SC

At the beginning of August, Nick and I went on a little vacation to celebrate our 1 year anniversary and my birthday. It was much needed and I was so excited to blog about it when we got back. But guess what? Life happened and here it is a month later and I am just now getting around to it. No bueno. But I am making it up to you (and myself) and doing it now.

If you have never been to Charleston, you might want to take your palm and smack it to your forehead. Seriously. The city is to die for. I have been there before and I fell in love with it and so I was itching to get back there. My hubs had never been so I felt it was my wifely duty to prevent that whole smack to the forehead phenomenon.He is now safe thank.you.very.much.

We stayed at a place right in the heart of downtown Charleston called Market Pavilion and I wouldn't have had it any other way. The hotel was fabulous and we had great views of the streets below. The rooftop had a view of the ocean, a cascading pool, and a bar with the best food. We usually spent our nights up there with a few cocktails before heading out to walk around.

And walk around we did. Lots of it actually. That coupled with the fact that it was 100 degrees outside might have made me loose about 10 pounds (yeah right I wish). Mainly we checked out the houses, side gardens, little shops and boutiques, and we even went on a ghost tour. We did spend one day on the Isle of Palms and it was probably one of the only times I sucked it up and got in the ocean. I am pleased to report that I did not get eaten by a shark or some other crazy ocean creature (duh or else who would be typing this).

 See the pink house in the middle? It was for sale. I made my husband promise he would buy it for me. Wonder if he'll pull through on that one? I won't hold my breath :)
 Well, hello gorgeous.
 So, out of all the beautiful houses and gardens we saw while we were walking around, Nick found this beauty to be completely smitten with. So much so that this was his only request in the picture department. Men.
 View from our hotel overlooking the Charleston Market.
 Dinner for my birthday! Why absolutely! And I got my own personalized card and a dessert! Score.

 See that orb in the bottom right corner. The man said it was probably a ghost orb or something. My guess? Probably a speck of dirt on my camera lens.It showed up in every single picture I took.
On the way home we stopped by Biltmore in Ashville, NC. It is pretty expensive to tour but I will say that it was t-totally worth it. That place it ginormous and it took us probably 3 hours to go through the house alone. Not to mention you could spend another 3 to 4 just touring the gardens and then another 3 to 4 at the winery. It amazes me that the house was built in 1900 for around 10 million dollars. That is an INSANE amount of money for the time period and as I was walking through the house I couldn't help but think about what it would have been like to live in it back then; to go to balls in that house back then. I instantly thought of the movie Pride and Prejudice and it made me want a time machine. Someone needs to get on that asap.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Summer Reading

Guess what my husband got me for my birthday this year? No guesses? Well then I'll show you.... its beautiful. Don't be too jealous....

Honestly, I didn't know if I would like it. I'm a book lover, a page turner, and re-reader until the spine is worn and the corners are turned down. I love to love on books and it makes me happy when a book looks worn out because that means that the story inside is good... good enough to reopen it again.
My husband, the true technology nerd, couldn't wait to give me this present. Secretly he wanted it just as much, I think. The first book we downloaded was the Bible. My husband now thinks he is cool stuff carrying into church.
It took me a while to get up the nerve to download a book on it. Which would I choose? Would I like it? It is linked directly to my debit card, ya know. All of the sudden I had buyer anxiety and then I was all like "What in the world? I have no problem running to the book store and shelling out $15 to $20 on a book I still might not like then either!" Good point, Kim (I told myself). So I did it. I bought my first book on my nook (which by the way I snagged a super cute pink cover for. Hubs always takes it off before walking into church. Guess he wants more cool points with the fellas).

My first book was...

Loved it so much I couldn't put it down. Do you have a nook? Anyone have any good reading suggestions for my next download?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Last weekend my hubs, my momma, and I went to the Homearama here in Louisville. We usually go every year because I personally love the idea of being nosey and walking around peoples fabulous houses while they are all decorated. Oh, and there is also the wishful thinking part. I may have almost talked my husband into buying me one of these houses.... in about 30 years. I won't hold my breath.

Anyway, this year homearama was in Norton Commons and if you haven't heard of it (like if ya don't live here) you should maybe google it. Just sayin' because its a pretty neat community. They have all you need right there in their subdivision: doctors, restaurants, fire stations, you name it, they can walk to it. You feel like you are on a movie set with this quaint town square and picturesque houses. Straight out of Pleasantville.... not kidding. Which is probably why I love it so.

So here is the picture unload from the day. I only was patient enough to snap photos of the first 10 houses or so... sorry :)

  This children's room was decorated by my friend Meagan. She is super talented and I LOVED this room.

 I loved that the front door of this house actually opened to the side porch! Verrryyy sneaky! 

 This was my favorite house on the inside... You'll see why in the next couple of pictures.

Yeah, so a bunch of random pictures of a bunch of houses. I wish I had gotten more pictures of the outsides to match with the insides but oh well... maybe one day I'll get good at this photography thing!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

DIY?- Cuz I Gotta

Too much cheese? Yeah but I couldn't resist!

Let me share with you the little gem I found on craigslist. I knew immediately I wanted it because I had been searching for some type of china cabinet for a long time. I also knew I wanted one that I could paint and transform into something beautiful. The great part is I suckered my mom into buying it for me for my birthday coming up. :) Score.
This is how it went down:
Me: "Mom, if you love me you will buy me a china cabinet for my birthday. Or just because I am a wonderful daughter."
Mom: "Well I guess."
Guilt trips work.
Now that I think about it I don't know whether the I guess was that she loved me or that she would buy it for me.  Probably both but I did get the cabinet so I don't know what that tells me. Just kidding! My mom super loves me!

I love the details at the bottom and the top has clean lines. The inside has two shelves that need a little TLC but nothing that I can't handle.

Here are some eye candies to get my inspiration flowin'.


What I love about all of these is they have charm and a pop of color. My kitchen and dining room are very neutral so I want that pop of color on my cabinet. I am thinking of painting the outside a blue sea green and then the inset a marscopone cream. I think it will look perfect housing my jadeite dishes that I have started collecting. 

 Swoon. That just might be the prettiest thing ever. I am going to try and start on this project this weekend and let you know how it turns out. I might even guilt my mom into coming over to help. I've never ever tackled a project like this but I figure if I screw it up then it's nothing a little paint remover can't handle, right?

What's A Girl To Do?

I have a hair appointment this Saturday that I am pretty excited about. I'm totally the kind of person that will put off a hair appointment and put it off and then all of the sudden want it done and want it done NOW! I can't help it. Probably because 1. I am lazy and 2. I am a tight wad.
Let's be honest for a minute. It is expensive to get your hair done and while I love all things girly and getting pampered, I love having that padding in my bank account even more (I just realized my husband will love this post and the fact that I just said that).

Anyway, after my hairstylist went and moved to Tampa on me, I called up my friend Clelie and booked an appointment with her. She has never done my hair before as far as color or cut but she did my wedding hair and I trust her completely. It might help that I know her in real life and can be honest with her and tell her what I think.

So I am debating some new hair styles and would love your opinion. My hair is long right now so I was thinking I need a little length taken off so I won't be so hot and it will keep me from picking my split ends. Hey, I am being honest...

So which one do you like?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Too Much Celebrating...

To post yesterday! I kid, because actually on the day of our anniversary I went to the movies with my brother to see Harry Potter. Yeah, I know... complete wife fail. But to be honest, we have gone together for every movie and the hubs said it was fine by him. And don't think too poorly of me because we had celebrated the night before anyway.

I went to pick up hubs present on Friday and blabbed about it as soon as I walked through the front door. I'm a great secret keeper like that. But the thing was, I had his wedding ring engraved with our initials and the date and had "dropped them off to get cleaned". So as soon as I walked in he wanted his ring back and I had to spill the beans. I could have chanced him just not noticing until Saturday but lets be honest, I really can't keep it a secret longer than I have too... I get jittery and giggly and then the gig is up.
Saturday we celebrated with the rest of our presents and dinner at Porcini's. Restaurant name sound vaguely familiar? Well, it might. No, we didn't ask for a back booth just in case Slick Rick Pitino had another lady friend back there. But the meal was fabulous...steak with Gorgonzola butter, potato cakes, and grill asparagus. Yum! They even gave us a complimentary cake, how sweet!

Then we went home and ate our own wedding cake after a year of it sitting in our freezer. I was really curious how it would look when we unwrapped the box. It was mold free but they did pack it with the fresh flowers still on top. Do you know what fresh flowers look like after sitting in a freezer for a year? Yeah, well I didn't want to. After we picked them off this is what it looked like...

And it was surprisingly good. The icing tasted just like it did the day we ate it and it was probably the best icing I have ever had. The strawberry cake was a tad bit dry but it was still pretty good. Nick obviously thought so since he ate two pieces of it.

This is actually what our cake looked like during the wedding.

It was gorgeous and you would never actually know that it is fake. Yep, you read that right. It's made of Styrofoam except for the very top layer that we used for the cake cutting ceremony. We had 3 types of sheet cakes from the back; two were the strawberry and vanilla buttercream and the other was a buttered rum cake. Both were delicious. I know there are a lot of people planning weddings out there in blogger world and I would say that I highly recommend doing this for ANYBODY! I got a huge chocolate cake for the grooms cake, a fake wedding cake, and 3 sheet cakes for around $300.
Honestly, I priced a LOT of everything for the wedding. I had to really think to myself what I wanted to spend the money on. Did I want to pay $1000 for a cake that would be gone in about 10 minutes or did I want to put that money toward something I can actually keep like my photos. Photos definitely won out and I am so happy I made that decision.

Anyway, I'll leave you with the present Nick got me. I kind of already knew he had bought it because I found the receipt. Wife fail #2. But I was just as excited to get it in my little hands. Now I just have to decide where to hang it!

You'll Thank Me Later

This recipe might actually be the best thing you have ever tasted. It is one of those dishes where every time you take a bite you say "MMmmmmmm" to no one but yourself. I wouldn't lie to you.
I made this last week while my husband grilled some steaks. Most people get really intimidated by risotto but don't be! It really is simple if you know how to make a counter clock wise stirring motion... which you all should!
This might just be the best side dish ever... I think I already said that but that's how good it is. Listen to me people!

Creamy Mushroom Risotto
adapted from Gourmet Mushroom Risotto on Allrecipes.com

What you will need:

6 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 package mushrooms (I use baby bella mushrooms that are pre-packaged and already sliced)
2 shallots,diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups arboria rice (you can get it at Kroger)
1/2 cup white wine (use one you like the taste of and that isn't too sweet. Dry wines work best)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter
chives for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan simmer the chicken broth over low heat until ready to use.

In a large skillet or dutch oven set to medium high, add one tablespoon of olive oil and saute the mushrooms until tender. Once soft, remove mushrooms and juices and set aside. Don't adjust the heat and using the same pan, add one more tablespoon of oil and add shallots and garlic. Stir until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add arborio rice and stir to coat in oil. Continue stirring until the rice turns a slight color of golden. Make sure you aren't burning the onions or garlic in the process. You may have to add a smidge more oil and that's okay. Once it starts to turn add your white wine and stir continuously until all the liquid has been absorbed. Once it is absorbed add 1/2 cup of your simmering chicken stock continuously stirring until all liquid is absorbed. Repeat this process 1/2 cup by 1/2 cup until all chicken stock has been added.
Here is where you might start making your temperature adjustments to your burner. I turned mine a little more to medium. You do NOT want to rush this step because adding it slowly makes the risotto creamy. You don't want your burner too hot where the rice is sticking to the bottom and you don't want it not hot enough where it is taking forever to absorb. You know your burner and how true the temperatures really are. This step probably takes about 25 minutes but SOOO worth it.
Once your rice is al dente and all the chicken stock has been used, add your mushrooms and juices back in plus your butter and Parmesan cheese. I don't really go by the amount when adding the butter and cheese. I just do a tablespoon of butter at a time and a sprinkle of cheese then taste and add more if necessary.
Finish with chives and serve immediately.

You will most definitely say "MMmmmmm" once you take your first bite. Plus, this recipe is sure to impress any dinner guests and they will think you have gone and went off to culinary school. It's a hit and totally worth the time to make it.

Are you up to trying it? You should and let me know what you think!

*Edit: I don't know why I said counter clockwise motion. Looking back that is pretty stupid of me. You can obviously do clockwise stirring too. And if you are a real rebel you can even do both! Live on the wild side a little. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's been a year!

Tomorrow will be exactly one year since the day I married my best friend. I remember bits and pieces of the day; the stirring commotion and jittery butterflies. I remember arriving at my venue and getting to our suite where my friend Clelie was ready to do our hair. I remember the first time I walked onto the terrace to have a look at my groom and the tears that followed. I remember taking pictures in my dress down by the river in downtown Louisville... which led to me sweating profusely in 100 degree weather. In turn I almost passed out and went straight to the suite and instructed my bridesmaids to "Please get me OUT of this dress!" That may have been my only bridezilla moment of the day! :)  I was so nervous before walking down the aisle that I thought I might puke, but there really is something in seeing your groom waiting for you at the end that made the whole room go quiet. I don't remember much about the ceremony or the reception.... they were both blurs of memories and excitement. Looking back the day went by too fast. I wished I had stopped more that day; took a little more snapshots of the moments I was making with my best friends and family.  The first year of our marriage seems to have gone by just as fast but I know that I will have a lifetime of memories to make with Nick.

Tonight we are celebrating with dinner. I don't really know where we are going, but I know Nick has put thought into where he wants to take me. He is always thoughtful like that. We will be coming home to some wedding cake dessert, which I am both interested and scared about. Ours will probably be freezer burned and moldy!

I'll be sure to post some wedding pictures tomorrow along with the deets of our dinner and presents!! I can't wait to get mine :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Remember a couple of weeks ago when I asked for you to send up some prayers? Obviously you all have a straight connection because they worked! I was offered a new position at work and I accepted! I really wasn't allowed to share the news until now and I have been bursting to blog about it. I am really excited about this new opportunity. For the record, I am staying with my same company but just switching departments and job titles. I will be working in the training department where I will be the new training administrative assistant. This job fit right in with my teaching background and I am excited to get in there and get to work. But this also means... NO MORE WORKING ON SATURDAYS! Which to me is just about the greatest thing ever!!
So thank you to all those who crossed their fingers and said a prayer! It's time to celebrate!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Get Outta My Head!

I seem to not be able to stream enough thought together to make one entire cohesive post so I will leave you with the ramblings of my brain... you've been warned!

~ If I had known that 1 year olds could be lethal germ magnets I may have second guessed this whole church nursery thing. I mean, I know I don't have kids and all but how do moms not get sick every five seconds? This sore throat is for the birds and its going on 2 weeks.

~ Casey Anthony verdict... disappointed. That's all I've got to say about that.

~ When did I get old? Not really sure, but it always seems like holidays are a tad more disappointing when you're in that transition in between married but don't have kids yet. This old fart was gone from the party by 8 and in bed by 9:30. I was also the crabby neighbor that was ticked when fireworks were going off outside my bedroom window at 2 in the morning! Come on people... you've seen one you've seen them all.

~ I have officially started my birthday countdown and I just wanted you to know that it is at 26 days. You're welcome.

~ The hubs and I's one year anniversary is next Sunday. We are celebrating Saturday night with dinner out although I don't know where since it's a surprise. I kind of like it that way because that way if dinner is bad he takes all the blame! lol I kid... kind of

~ On another note, we set a limit on our anni presents and said we wouldn't spend over $20. Mainly this is because we are heading to Charleston, SC for a week at the beginning of August which will cost quite a bit so there was really no reason to go all out on presents. Ha but maybe I should have considered what you could actually buy with $20... word to the wiser (than me) not much. Don't worry hubs, it looks like you have got one big glitter construction paper heart headed your way! ;)

Ok, that is enough brain dump for the day. You're even more welcome!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Ok. I usually don't do this but this giveaway is just too great not to blog about for some extra entries (because I really really want to win!!)

Shasta is giving away a Clarisonic Pro and what I wouldn't give to get my hands on it.... because lets be honest (more so with myself) I really neglect my skin. Eek. And guess what? I don't even wash my face before bed. *ok don't yell at me please* But it's the truth!

So I would say go check out the giveaway but I secretly hope that you don't because that will give me a better chance to win. But I WILL say go check out her blog because she is adorable.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pay it Forward

There are some good people in this world ya'll, and I just happened to experience it.

There is a local news station that gives out 300 cash to a deserving person. Today's deserving person happened to work for my company so at around noon the news crews showed up ready to surprise her. This girl has had an unbelievably tough year. Her husband was killed in a car accident right after finding out she was pregnant with their first child and I believe her daughter has had some health issues since being born.

It was so wonderful to see her face when they gave her the money. She was so humble and at such a loss for words that there probably wasn't a dry eye in the entire lobby.

This is where the story gets better (even though it's already pretty awesome). A customer comes in during all of the commotion and is wondering what is going on. So while I am helping him with his business I am also explaining about my co-worker and how wonderfully deserving she is of this attention. At the end, he hands me a one hundred dollar bill and tells me he would like to donate it to her as well. Melt. My. Heart.

I know that working in customer service can be tough but today reminded me that there are good people out there. People that generally want to help others without recognition for themselves. I'm glad I witnessed that today.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fingers Crossed

I need good thoughts from my people! A great opportunity presented itself at the company I work for and I jumped at the chance to possibly fill it. Honestly, I hope it works out because it is a wonderful position and would tie my background in teaching to what I am currently doing... best of both worlds. I had my first internal interview this morning and I think it went pretty well. Trust me when I say I gave a shout out to JC right before I went in. It is in His hands now and we will see where He wants to lead me. But, if you all could keep your fingers crossed I would appreciate it (or if you want to throw one up to JC as well) I would be oh-so-grateful!

Now... it's the waiting game. Quite possibly the worst part.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Are You There Followers, It's me Kim

Yeah I know. Long time no type. But to say I have been down and out and a little crazy busy is an understatement. Last week I woke up on Wednesday morning with a fever and a back that hurt like the dickens. It seriously felt like someone had taken a sledge hammer to the small of my back. I knew immediately what it was. You see, I used to work at a daycare and I also used to teach 3rd grade and every year, those boogery kids would give me strep throat and every time I had the same symptoms.

So enter last Sunday when I started volunteering with my church's nursery and it was my very first time keeping the crazy boogery 1 year olds. One kid even felt the need to wipe her snot on the lanyard around my neck. So I really shouldn't have been surprised on Wednesday when I woke up to those all too familiar symptoms. I went to the doctor and she put me on a z-pak pronto. You see, I had no time to be getting sick and I needed to kick it in the butt asap.

My best friends wedding was Saturday, which I was in, so that meant all out wedding mode for Friday and Saturday. Can you see why I had no time to lay on the couch and pout and have my husband bring me stuff? Oh wait, I have time for that everyday... I meant be sick. I had no time to be sick.

Fortunately, I was feeling good by Friday just in time for the bridesmaid brunch, rehearsal, and dinner. The not so great part was that by the end of the long day, I was starting to sound more and more like an 80 year old man that smoked 3 packs a day! Not attractive. By Saturday my voice was gone completely which was no bueno while spending the day with 15 crazy girls and not being able to join in on the hilarity that occurred. I am sure my husband loved it though... you know, not being able to hear my voice for about 48 hours straight...

Anyway, somewhat better now. The wedding was GORGEOUS and my friends day was perfect! Stay tuned for pics!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Living room makeover

So, remember when I told you I sent back our brand new living room furniture? Yeah, well I did. But we got our new-new living room furniture in a couple of weeks ago and it put me in the mood to do some rearranging. Here is a very... ummm... child like rendition of our living room before and after the rearranging. Bare with me people... 

You see that big space to the left of the chair... I just felt like it was way too empty. (and please note that these pictures are not to scale :P)  So after I did some rearranging it looked more like this...

 That big question mark is a "Why in the world is there that much space there" kind of question mark because in real life it's not really like that. The new layout may look more cramped but it really defines the room and space so much better than to have it open and looking like the furniture doesn't fill the space.

There is still a long way to go but I finally feel like I have a plan and am sticking to it. Our room is Van Courtland from Benjamin Moore and it has a lot of white trim and crown molding. The book cases I am bringing in to the after picture will be painted white with a neutral background color.

Throw in this ottoman and fabric for curtains and I think I just may love my living room... finally!

Sheew... this post took a lot of hard work with the picture uploading. Let me know your thoughts on the whole thing!