Monday, November 30, 2009


Wow! I cannot believe that tomorrow is DECEMBER! Thankfully, I'm not feeling much holiday stress this year. I have sent out all of my Christmas cards, finished all the shopping, have everything wrapped, and presents shipped back to California. Quite an accomplishment before December. But I'm hoping that with those things out of the way, I will be able to study for finals better, as well as enjoy the REAL reason for the season.

Thanksgiving was amazing. Justin and I went down to visit my cousins in South Carolina. We have been down there once before and get along with them SO well. We had a great time cooking, visiting, playing with babies, and just being together. We tried to make due since we couldn't be back in California. And I have to say, with me being the baby in the family on both sides, it is really a special time right now in my life that I am finally able to bond with my older cousins/siblings. Now that I am older, I am able to connect with them better and form a great relationship.

The Thanksgiving dinner was amazing! We went ALL out with the food. I made a pumpkin first pie EVER (I'm not a great baker).

And then I decided to make a berry pie that is a family recipe....and look what happened
Apparently I haven't mastered the art of pie crust crimping or whatever you call it. At least it tasted good. Justin and I munched on it before we tossed it and decided to buy an apple pie on the way to South Carolina.

Nevertheless, the food was FANTASTIC. Honestly, the holidays are my favorite time of year. Could I listen to any more Christmas carols? NOPE!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Governmental Accounting and Cars...lovely

So, Monday of Thanksgiving week and all I can think about is what Pumpkin Pie recipe I'm going to use for the pie we are bringing to our cousins in South Carolina that we are sharing Thanksgiving with (as well as lots of appetizers).

However, this day did not allow me to get in the mood for the holidays yet. First, I have a ridiculous hard midterm tomorrow nightin Governmental Accounting. Hardest class of my life. Maybe its hard because I am really not interested in the topic, and maybe its hard because its only a lecture and I forget about it once class is over...but at this point, I am lost and am BEGGING for a C in this class...which is very weird for me as I am still holding on to my 3.96 GPA (and lets not get to the subject about why its not a 4.00). So, needless to say, I have been holding back tears all day because of this midterm. Secondly, I had to take my car in to the dealership to get some noises looked at, and after being there 4 hours trying to study, they had to keep my car over night to fix a bunch of stuff I don't even understand that is going to cost us an arm and a leg. So, I had to reschedule my nightly Premier Designs plans to close out a show, and had to have Justin come rescue me on his way home. Then as Justin went to his nightly job while I decided to try to study more, Justin calls and has a shard of metal through his tire and can't drive on his car. So, now we get to go get a new tire tomorrow, and go rescue my car. And then take a midterm. BLAHHH!!!!! This is a complain blog. But sheesh, what a day! Trying to keep God as the focus and know that this is all small stuff in the grand scheme of things!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's November!

Well, I haven't been on here in ages! It is now mid-November and a lot has happened! We got a kitten for a 1 year anniversary in July, and I finished my summer internship at KPMG, LLP. They offered me a full time position when I graduate this next May, which is spectacular, since starting salary is a nice chunk of change. School is going well, but is hard also. I am still working here and there with the catering company, and also doing Premier Designs which is just fabulous. Helping me make some money, without having to work at an hourly job. Justin is doing spectacular, but is working a lot! We are loving the non-military lifestyle though and having a actual routine. My parents are here this weekend and I haven't seen them since March, so that is just a blessing. We decorated for Christmas last night...I know I know...we are a little early. But I just thought it would be a special memory to decorate with my parents. Well, I'm off to make popovers and cinnamon-honey-butter for breakfast while everyone is still sleeping. Too bad I have to grind my coffee beans (hopefully it won't wake everyone up!). Oh, and I attached some pictures of my Fall Party that I had in October. Enjoy!

Sweet Decorations!

Sweet Girls!

Bobbing for Apples!

Pumpkin Carving!

Favors! Love the heat embossing on the tags!