Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Don't Wednesday

Jenna’s Journey Blog

I thought I would participate in Jenna's Journery "I Don't" Wednesday again this week!
  • I don't pack very light when we go on trips
  • I don't like talking on the phone that much, usually only when I'm in the car
  • I don't go to be without brushing my teeth, I can't sleep well if I don't
  • I don't like getting a sunburn, it hurts
  • I don't like getting older and gaining weight....UGH

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Favorite Kid Photo

Well I don't have any real kids but I do have 1 furry child named Buddy! Buddy is my pride and joy. He is 3 year old black lab and love life! I love this dog more than some humans love other humans. Sad I know! This is Buddy on the front porch posing! I call this his modeling picture because he looks so serious and "handsome" in! This was a long time ago and he is not even bigger.
Buddy loves to go bye-bye! All I have to do is say the word or spell it and he is going crazy! This is him in my car on his red blanket with his little log toy. That toy goes every where with him!

Here is Buddy in Daddy's hoodie on night! I know what y'all are thinking...poor dog! He lets me do anything to him! Just look at how darn cute he is!

Monday, July 27, 2009

1 down, 4 more to go!

This will be my home away from home in less than a week. We are leaving bright and early Saturday morning (5 or 6am) for Daytona Beach 8 nights and I cannot wait! We are going with my parents, my sister and her family, uncle, aunt, and 2 cousins. We are staying at the Ocean Walk Resort and it looks nice. It has a few pools, water slide, jacuzzi, and lazy river! I am so ready to relax for the whole week do nothing but lay on the beach or by the pool and read a book! The only plans we have for sure is we are going to Disney World on Monday! My nephews have never been and they are so excited. It excites me so much to see how excited they are about going to Disney. I am very fortunate that I went to Florida every year growing up and went to Disney almost every year. Now I'm marrying Christian and his Dad works at Disney, so I haven't had to pay to get into Disney for the past 4 1/2 years. His Dad is so kind that he is getting my family into Disney this summer for free! I feel so blessed and very appreciative! I know I am getting a wonderful FIL!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Saturday

I just love weekends! I especially love Saturdays because I know I don't have to go to work the next day like on Sundays. This morning Christian and I went to the visit my best friends Dad who is a jeweler and he is doing our wedding bands. He had ordered a couple for us to come look at. I found my band to go with me ring! It is a white gold band with princess cut diamonds in it, it looks so pretty with me ring. Christian is waiting on one more band to come in before he makes his decision. We arrived a little early before he was open so we went to a little store in town called River Twist It is such a cute little store. Here is a just a little glimpse of it. It was hard to get the pictures not to turn out too dark. The store has just many cute little gifts and stuff there. The picture is outside in the back where you can sit outside at the little tables. Christian and I both enjoyed visiting that store.
I also got my hair done today! I really want to cut it short but I'm afraid to because of the wedding in October. I love getting my hair done, it is so relaxing! I got it cut right above my shoulders. My hair is so think and wavy it takes forever to dry it and then I have to straighten it. It also gets so knotty. So I'm hoping this length will be a little easy to deal with. I'm sure after the wedding I will cut it!

Last night Christian and I had date night! We went to see the new move The Ugly Truth and it is a you must go see movie! It was so cute and funny! I loved it! We had such a fun time last night! I love date nights with him and so excited I am marrying so I can have many more!

Now is this not the cutest little boy or what? This was last Saturday at my parents house. Buddy and I were being lazy while Christian was outside with my Dad working on the deck.

Here is a picture that I took of Buddy this week in the front yard and I thought I would share it! I just love him!
Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday!


Well I can't exactly put my real perfect wedding dress on here since I'm not getting married till October. I don't want Christian to see the dress because he does read my blog. So I will have to wait till October to put my dress up. I wanted to participate in the wedding stuff, so I thought I would share a dress that I really like. I love the back of this dress! I think it is so simple and elegant looking. This would be so pretty for a beach wedding or outdoor wedding! Hope you all enjoy looking at the wedding dresses over at

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Crystal's List of "I Don't"

My List of "I Don't"
  • I don't like milk. Maybe twice a year I'll have a small glass of milk.
  • I don't like to drive. I would rather have someone always drive me around.
  • I don't get up very easily in the mornings. I am not a morning person at all or late night person. I like to get up at 8:30 or 9:00 and go to be around 10:00 or 10:30.
  • I don't like it when I wave to people in my neighborhood and they don't wave back.
  • I don't eat peanut butter. I cannot stand it (I know weird huh?).
  • I really don't like dark chocolate.
  • I don't like mean or rude people. I'm learning to just over look them.
  • I don't watch the news unless Christian is home and he makes me watch it with him.
  • I don't like to ride in the car for long periods of time.
  • I don't like how it takes me forever to dry my hair because it is so thick.
  • I don't like it when people make fun of me because I treat my dog like he is a real baby. He is in my eyes!
  • I don't like it when Christian and I argue about pointless and dumb things.
  • I don't eat cereal that often but Christian could eat it every day 3 times a day.
  • I don't like cleaning our house.
  • I don't drink coffee unless it is cold outside and it is Starbucks and that only happens once a year usually.
  • I don't ever speed.
  • I don't ever go anywhere without my seat belt on.

So there you have it my list of "I Don't", go over to see all the other "I Don't" lists!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blog Hop...Favorite Recipe

I have a lot of favorite recipes and food that I like but I thought I would share a cake that I make every Christmas. It doesn't have a name but it is soooo yummy. My family always request it at Christmas. I got the recipe from a lady I use to work with and she didn't have a name for it either. My family always call it Crystal's Cake she makes.

Crystal's Cake:
1st Step
Mix the following ingredients in bowl:
1 Butter Pecan Cake Mix (Betty Crocker)
1 Can Coconut Pecan Icing
4 Whole Eggs
1 Cup of Water
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

2nd Step
Spray bundt pan with pam
Dust pan with powdered sugar
Sprinkle chopped pecans on bottom of pan
Pour the mix above into pan
Bake at 350 for 55 minutes

3rd Step (Icing)
Mix the following:
8oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Stick of Melted Butter
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Box of 10x Powdered Sugar (I use about 3/4 of a box)

Once the cake is finished baking and cooled, dump bundt cake on to cake dish and sprinkle icing all over the cake to your likings.

Tip: my icing always gets really thick, so i get a large pot of water and boil it on the stove and stick a plastic bowl (one that will not melt) in to it with the icing in it to thin it out. That way it is really easy to drizzle icing all over the cake

I wish I had a picture of it b/c I think it looks so pretty with the icing drizzled over it! I hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Busy Monday

Today has been a very busy Monday, which is good b/c it made the day go so much faster. I am not a very big fan of Monday's. I got to leave work today at 4 b/c I had an appointment at 4:30 to get my dressed altered and bussled. I can't wait to pick it up and get my bridal portraits done. The dress fit a little more snugged than last time, so that means I have to go back on a diet and back to the gym I go. This evening we went to my parents house to do some wedding stuff and we went to dinner with my family and best friend Sarah and boyfriend. It was a fun time but now it is past my bedtime. Hope you all had a nice Monday!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a nice weekend! We had a good one...kinda of! I must admit it didn't start off on the best foot but it worked itself out. Friday night after work I was planning on having a date with my couch and TV, while Christian and I few friends went to a near by lake with the boat. Well around 6 I got a phone call from Christian saying that the bearing had came off or messed up on the trailer and he was on the side of the road. I went to meet him and called AAA. Well apparently AAA can't help us if it doesn't involve our actual vehicle. So Christian called all around for a towing company that has a roll back (sp?) truck to pull the boat and trailer and we couldn't find anyone. So Christian ran to the store to get a bearing kit to fix it on the side of the road. I waited till he got back and then I came home. No I didn't leave him alone, he had a friend there with him too, who also sat with me while Christian was gone. So that pretty much sums up our Friday night since he didn't get home till 10 or after. Saturday we got up and went to my parents so Christian could finish fixing the trailer and help my dad work on the deck. We are getting married at my parents house, so my dad is trying to get the house all done up and Christian helped out. My mom and I went shopping for shoes to go with my wedding dress but I couldn't find any :( Yesterday was a really long day too, once again we didn't get home until 10. Today we went on the boat for a few hours and afterwards Christian and I ran a few errands. We had my parents over for dinner tonight and it was yummy! We had grilled chicken skewers with zucchini, squash, and peppers, grilled corn on the cob, and potatoes! It has been a pretty busy weekend and I'm exhausted! I didn't take one picture this weekend. I was planning on it but I forgot :(

Friday, July 17, 2009

Birthday Party Ideas!

Well I don't have any kids yet to throw birthday parties for but I thought I would still participate in Kelly's Children's Parties. I actually have a birthday party every year for my dog. I know it is sad but I make dinner and cake and I have my family over to eat. Just because he is a dog doesn't mean we can't celebrate is birthday...right? I think this tea part birthday party is just too cute! I tink this would be so much fun for a little girl!
This is my favorite the carnival theme! I think this is such a good idea for a boy or girl! I will keep this in mind when I have kids one day. I think gold fish as favors is so cute and a good idea. What little kid wouldn't like to take home a gold fish. If they are anything like me the fish wouldn't live any longer than a couple of days.

I love all the bright colors for the carnival theme! I think this would be a party that people wouldn't forget! So there you have it a couple of party ideas that I found and like!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Breaking the Rules!

So we got a boat back in May and we knew at the time that it would not be allowed to park the boat at the house. Although figured we would leave it there for the first week or so and just see if anyone said anything. Sure enough one evening when I got home from work we had a notice from our association but that is ok b/c we knew we were not allow to leave it there. We now store it at my parents house for the summer and we will get a storage unit or something during the winter. We usually pick it up on Friday nights and park it over night at our house for the weekend and return it back to my parents on Sunday. We didn't think this would be a big deal since it wasn't parked there for long periods of time. Well......tonight we got another notice in the mail this time stating if it is back on property, we will be charged $100 per day. UUUGGGHHH.....Associations. I really do not see a big deal with it. Christian is kind of aggravated with the situation too. So does this mean we can't bring it to the house to load it up or wash it or anything?
On a better note...we ordered our invitations tonight and napkins for the wedding! Very exciting I plan on sharing pictures when they arrive! I am looking forward to participating in Kelly's Korner Friday wedding stuff! I am so happy tomorrow is Friday! I am going to bed now so it can hurry up and get here!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Three Things You Did Not Know About Me!

I've decided to participate in the blog hop this week! I thought it would be a good way to meet new bloggers!
1) Christian and I just recently got a new 4 runner and we love it so much! I've always had Honda's so I'm loving being up high these days! We are taking it on its first trip in two weeks and we are so excited to have a roomy car while we travel!
2) I'm sure if you have ever read my blog then you know I am engaged. Christian and I are planned to be married on October 10, 2009! The big day is getting close and we are so excited and can't wait! Christian and I have been dating for 4 1/2 years and can't wait to start this new part of our lives together!
3) I have a black lab named Buddy! You will here me talk about this little guys all the time. I never thought I could love a dog this much, but it is possible. He is 108 pounds and thinks he weighs 8 pounds. Let me just tell you how darn spoiled he is. ...he does not think he is dog! I love this picture of him from this past Christmas. I think it looks like he cheesing for the camera!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Where does the time go?

I feel like I have no time at all anymore. I work Monday - Friday, 8-5 and there just is not enough time at night when I get home to get things done. Which is the reason I haven't posted in awhile. Working, planning a wedding, and enjoying the summer is stressful and busy. Christian and I have been trying to get busy with all the wedding plans, since it is less than 3 months away (Oct. 10). We try to do stuff during the evenings after work and then on the weekends we have been going to the lake. We went tonight and picked out the tuxes for the wedding! I love them and I think they will look so good. We picked burnt orange vest and ties and my girls are wearing black! We are going for a fall type of wedding and trying to use all the golden colors as accents! I can't wait! We've also been getting excited about our vacation coming up. We leave July 31 and we don't check out until August 9, it will be a much need vacation. This will be mine and Christian's first real vacation. We've always taken long weekends but never a whole week together. We are very excited and can't wait to relax. Here is a picture of Christian and I waiting to sit down at the Olive Garden last week. Not the best picture of me, but I still like it. I was excited in this picture because we had just came from registering!
I love this picture of us. This was taken this past weekend while we were at dinner with some friends. I love how we are both cheesing so big! I hope you all have had a great Monday!