Monday, July 25, 2011

The Final Two


It’s down to the final three. 
Ashley and the men travel to Fiji for the overnight dates and lots of romance. 


Before we get to the dates, we get a return from....wait for it.....RYAN! He came to Fiji to see if Ashley changed her mind about her decision to send him home. Ryan says he is there for a few days if she wants to see things through, but isn't going to pressure her or expect an answer right away. Ashley wants to think about thinks for awhile and he is willing to wait for her.Ashley is completely caught off guard and admits she does wonder if she did make the right decision. 


The first date in Fiji is with Ben. They meet up and they get on a boat right away. She compares it to being on a honeymoon and rubs suntan lotion on him. They get a little hot and heavy....cuddle and make out...rub each other down. Over dinner, they discuss their relationship and whether or not they are willing to fully commit to each other. He says he is on his way to 'I love you'.  She feels so good about their relationship and gives him the {Let’s get it on} ahem, I mean the Fantasy Suite Invitation. He says taking it further would be wonderful and accepts the invitation.  

Constantine has the next date. Ashley knows how slow he is taking things and hopes he opens up more. She surprises him with a helicopter tour of the island. Over lunch, they talk about the hometown date and how he spent a lot of time looking for houses. Ashley points out that he thinks things through and it makes it hard because they don't have much time. She thinks he is hard to read and wonders if he is into her. At dinner, the conversation moves on to their own relationship and why it is so slow. He says he is not holding back but still isn't sure. He says he respects her too much to accept the fantasy suite and.....we are interrupted by the President….and we’re back….Constantine says that this is the end of the road for him. Constantine didn't want to hurt or embarrass her, but it just wasn't there. I admire him for being so honest and upfront about it and not continuing the date with the fantasy suite.

Ashley meets with Ryan and they talk about where they stand. She says she found what she needed with two people and that she is happy. He is heartbroken by her yet again.

JP and Ashley meet for their date. They also get a view of the island. They are brought to their own private island. JP says his dad thinks Ashley will be a welcome addition to the family. They stand in the water and he admits he wants it to be him at the end.  Ashley tells him about getting rid of Constantine and Ryan's return. They choose to forgo their separate rooms and spend the night together.

The next day, she talks to Chris about the dates and decides to have a rose ceremony to see if they will accept her roses and if they really want to be with her and if they are ready for it. At the rose ceremony, Ashley explains the Constantine situation and gives each guy a rose. They both accept. 

I don’t know about you ladies but I am ready for the Men Tell All…with the return of Bentley. I’m sure there will be much confrontation. Then we see our season finale! Who will it be?


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Secrets....

Secrets of a Southern Belle

We keep our lips sealed and our eyes and ears open.

Manners are not optional.

We always count our blessings.

Nothing can compare to southern hospitality.

Men plan the dates and pay for everything.

We go to college, join a sorority, find a husband, have children, then our children repeat the cycle.

"Bless your heart" is the worst curse you can get.

If you love southern girls, raise your glass. If you don't, raise your standards. 

Your wedding is the most important party you'll throw. 

"Ma'am" or "sir" can be added to the end of every sentence without being redundant. 

Sundresses. All day, everyday. 

Y'all.

Only southerners make friends while waiting in line.

If you are talking to a southerner and aren't from the south, you might not understand us. That is okay because we don't understand a word you are saying either.

We know how to properly use the word " fixin "

God bless you.

The men pay the bills, the women do the chores. 

Rudeness and ignorance go hand and hand. Never be either one.

Everything is fried.

Diamonds are a girls best friend.

Never do anything  that you can charm someone else into doing for you.

You believe if you can be ready to leave the house in less than 30 minutes, you probably shouldn't be leaving the house at all. 

The higher the hair, the closer to God. 

Women can open doors by themselves, but if a southern gentlemen is around they always open them for you.

You can tell if a girl has class according to the thickness of her eyebrows. 

The air is as thick as our accents.

Nothing too easy, or done too quickly is going to be right. It takes time to create perfection, whether it's your tea or your hair.

You always want to look and feel classy. You don't want to come off as trailer trash. 

The only reason you go to college is to get your MRS degree.

We don't sweat, we glisten.

We monogram everything.

We greet one another with bits of gossip, not salutations. 

What makes me southern is what makes me lovable.

Southern hospitality is not a myth. 

SEC Football is your life.

Asking for a coke doesn't mean we want a coca-cola. Always check what kind.

Never pay full price for anything.

Act helpless and confused when it is to your advantage; never let them know how clever and capable you are. 

We all know the words to "Sweet Home Alabama" by Skynyrd just like we know the Lord's Prayer.

The most important man for you to love is your daddy.

Thank you notes are a necessary component of being gracious. 

The art of dressing up on game day.

Holding tradition close to your heart but not letting it define you.

Hunting season is just an excuse to get out of school, work, or any event.




Saturday, July 23, 2011

I'm ready, are you?



I have it. 
A severe case of FALL FEVER that doesn't look like it's going to be cured anytime soon.  

{The fabulous time of the year that we call fall}

The SEC Football Season {Go HOGS}
Tailgaiting
At the home games with family and friends in the skybox
Watching away games with friends


 {All the fab drinks}
Pumpkin-Spice-Latte 
Peppermint White Chocolate Mochas 
Hot Chocolate


 {The weather}
Leaves Changing Colors
 Crisp, clear, COOL Air


{The warm, fuzzy, romantic stuff}
Extra blankets on the bed 
Having a fire going in the fireplace 
Cuddling


Long bubble baths 

 
 {A few more reasons I love it}
Holiday Season
Wearing boots / fall fashion

These are just a few of my favorite things.
Can you feel that it's right around the corner?

Um….Yeah…. Me either. Possibly because it's like 150+ degrees outside right now and we still have another unbearable month of summer left. I am definitely ready for fall though.

But we ladies can dream, can't we?
Are you looking forward to Fall as much as I am? What's your favorite part of Fall? The clothes, the cooler weather, college football...do tell. 


Friday, July 22, 2011

My Handy - Man


....and who I share it with is pretty incredible. 
So maybe I am bragging a little bit, but he is quite the handy man.
Brad is the type of person that is able to fix anything.
Well just about anything.
...and he seems to know everything about everything.
If he doesn't then he is determined to figure it out.
I love that about him. 
{Unless he is ignoring me because he is trying to figure something out}

In some ways we are just alike..
...in others we couldn't be more different. 

This quote seems to fit our relationship pretty well.
"Because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have"

I am a very affectionate person....Brad is not. 
{Well, compared to me}
Although I know he loves me dearly, he is not the person to just say it all the time...and want to cuddle, etc. But ---- I love the fact that he will do just about anything for me.
He does little things all the time that shows me he truly cares.
Well, besides putting the dishes in the dishwasher, but we won't go there. I am sure there are more things he would like me to do or do differently too.

Yeah, we are getting married....but I do doesn't mean I will do everything.

Brad is a very hands-on person and likes to do things himself if he can. For example....We just built a house. Anything he could do himself, he would. We have been living here for about 4 months now and everything is going great. There are just a few more things that we are wanting to do. One thing we wanted that we didn't have on the house was shutters. So instead of buying them, what did we do? Yep...this couple made shutters for our house!  So maybe I didn't cut all the wood down or anything, but this lady helped out!

Step 1: Measure windows to determine length of boards.
Measure and Cut boards. {We used 1x6's for the whole project}


Step 2:
Evenly space boards and screw them together on back side

Step 3
Prime and Paint Boards.


Step 4
Screw into house
 This was the worst part.
I wasn't the best person to help with this.


Ta da!
6 new shutters for the price of 1
See how nice it is to have a handy-man around?

Next project...GRASS! We had to cut down so many trees to build this house. Since we had to do that, we are waiting to put down sod to plant Bermuda grass because there have been so many sink holes since the roots are rotting out....so we need to level out the yard before doing anything. Who wants a hole-y yard? Not us..and we all know it has been THE HOTTEST summer ever so there is not much grass. Ahhh....maybe one day we will have grass...and some more landscaping. 

 

Monday, July 18, 2011

How do you live yours?


Life isn't about keeping score. It's not about how many people call you and it's not about who you've dated, are dating, or haven't dated at all. It isn't about who you've kissed, what sport you play, or which guy or girl likes you. It's not about your shoes or your hair or the color of your skin or where you live or go to school. In fact, it's not about grades, money, clothes, or colleges that accept you or not. Life isn't about if you have lots of friends, or if you are alone, and it's not about how accepted or unaccepted you are. Life just isn't about that. But life is about who you love and who you hurt. It's about how you feel about yourself. It's about trust, happiness, and compassion. Life is about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance, and building confidence. It's about what you say and what you mean. It’s about seeing people for who they are and not what they have. Most of all, it is about choosing to use your life to touch someone else's in a way that could never have been achieved otherwise.

These choices are what life is about.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lately

I have been slacking on my blog posts lately.
Mainly because it usually takes me about an hour to post.
Yes I said it...an hour!!!
Why you might ask? 
Because my internet connection is terrible where I live now.
I seriously feel like I have dial up again.
Anyways....

I want to thank everyone for all the kind words and wishes about the loss of my grandmother recently. I appreciate every single on of you more than you know!

It is never easy to lose someone you love, but I am grateful that she no longer has to suffer and is in a better place. Though the funeral was sad, it was beautiful. Many friends and families put together stories and slideshows of memories throughout her life. 

After the service, we drove at least an hour to her burial site.
This is the beautiful area we just had to stop by afterwords to take pictures. 
Just gorgeous!

You all know this guy by now :)

My sister, Celeste and I.
I was fortunate enough to have some much needed time off from work. After my grandmothers' service was over, Brad and I spent a few days in Fayetteville to spend time with friends.

As soon as we got to the place we were staying and changed clothes to go get dinner, we received a phone call from my sister. When she asked to talk to Brad, I knew something was up.

Keep in mind, she just moved into this new place last weekend. She proceeded to tell Brad that she did not wait for the garage door to open all the way before driving in and it hit the top of her truck. She asked if we could go over to take a look at it to see if we could fix it.

Unfortunately, Brad was not able to fix it....and I did not get a picture. This thing was completely sideways, off the tracks and had wires wound up in all different places. Completely jacked up. We managed to get it to stay up so at least she could get out of her garage.
After we left her house we went to dinner and a friends house.

The next morning, Brad and I went to get breakfast. On our way out, he noticed someone was having car trouble and went to help out. That was so nice of him. I hate to see people on the side of the road or in a parking lot with their car not working properly. Thankfully there are people like Brad that actually know things about cars and are willing to help out. 

That afternoon, we went to the movies to watch Horrible Bosses.
This movie was HILARIOUS! You have got to go see it. I was very surprised with Jennifer Aniston playing a role as riskay as this {seeing as how she is always the goody-goody in the romantic comedies} but she did a very good job. Great movie.

After the movie we layed out at the pool with a few friends then got ready to go out.
I of course had to go to one of my favorite Sushi restaurants!  


Mmmm Baked Lobster :)

So glad I got to see her!
We spent most of the rest of the night at Powerhouse for Party on the Patio listening to a live local band and spending time with friends.


Friday was spent seeing family in town, laying out at the pool and then having to head back home, unfortunately. It is still weird to me to go back to Fayetteville just to visit. I am so used to that being "home." I would move back tomorrow if I could ......maybe one day.

I hope you all have a great weekend! :)


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Everlasting Love


This past week has made a large impact on my life. I found out last Monday that the doctors were only giving my grandmother 3-6 days to survive. This really hit hard finding this information out for many reasons.   

Unfortunately, my time with her the past few years have been in the hospital. She could never seem to get well. It hurts me to know that she was always in so much pain. It got to a point where the hospital would not take her in anymore and she was going to be kept in hospice. My family went to visit her but it wasn't long before the doctors kept her fully sedated until she passed. I was not fortunate enough to ever really get to know either of my grandfathers. Both of them passed away when I was a very young age. I do not have any memories of my mom's dad, and very few of my father's dad with only a few pictures to look back on. As I was getting ready for church yesterday morning, I received a phone call that no one ever wishes to receive. My grandmother had passed away.  I have had many people close to me lose people they were close to, but none in my life that I was old enough to remember. I always felt bad for them but at the same time had no idea what that feeling of losing a loved one was. I was at first shocked....continued getting ready for a few minutes....and then completely lost it. At that point I just wanted to be alone for awhile. Brad left to go to church without me and I began cleaning and organizing my whole house. For some reason, I do this especially when I am mad or upset. I guess it was my way of getting my mind off things.

Brad's step grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly after church. They had a celebration get together with well over 100 people show up. There are not many couples in the world that make it to 50+ years of marriage any more. I did not want to miss being there with Brad to support them. While I thought I had composed myself, everything hit me like a ton of bricks. Everyone there that I knew came up to me and told me how sorry they were about my grandma. I did not tell anyone but Brad but the word had gotten out once people at church asked why he was there without me. I appreciated everyone showing that they cared but everything had JUST happened and there were a few times I had to completely walk out because I got so upset.

Brad's grandparents and step-grandparents have been like my own. His mother's parents live less than 1/2 a mile from us and I see or talk to them daily. Our relationship has made me realize what it is like to truly have that connection. This has been a blessing the past 4 years with Brad but also made me miss that connection with my own grandparents...not ever really knowing my grandfathers and having all those memories to look back on. 
The funeral is on Wednesday and cannot believe that this will be the last time I see her. I hate that she passed at the age of 71 and I think it hurts me the most knowing that she will not be at my wedding and be a part of whatever the future might bring for me and my family. As much as this hurts now, I know this is a part of life and that there is a time for everyone to go. I am just thankful that she was in good hands and did not have to suffer any longer. She is now in a better place. 




Monday, July 11, 2011

Previously on the Bachelorette


Constantine
The first date goes to Constantine. They walk throughout a festival in a small village. They come up to this stand where they have paper lanterns. In Thailand culture, the lanterns signify good luck. Ashley's date with Constantine ends by the release of lighted paper lanterns. This was basically all I got out of the date. At the end of the show, there was a take that showed the couple walking and sitting down for a break…they set the lantern down and a dog came and peed on it. Ashley said it must be a sign. 

Ben
Ashley's date with Ben is exploring a park in Thailand.  Ashley says she has serious feelings for a couple of guys but she needs to develop both an emotional and physical relationship with the guy she wants to spend her life with.  Ben and Ashley get on a moped to explore the park. Ben finds himself falling in love with Ashley.  Over dinner Ashley asks him what will happen if his family is skeptical and hesitant.  Ben says that after they see us together they will see how serious this is and feel good about it.  Ben says that he wants to see things go to the next level.  

Group date
 JP, Lucas and Ames have a group date. The men wake up to find that Ben has not returned from his date with Ashley.  JP makes it clear that he is not okay with Ben staying with Ashley all night.  Ashley takes the guys on a group date to take wedding photos. They are wearing interesting clothing for sure!  Locus steps out in a gold dress.  Ames looks like the offspring of Elton John and some kind of bird.  JP is in a tux and looks normal. Ashley gives JP a rose which secures him for a hometown date. 

Ryan
Ryan gets his first one on one date with Ashley. Ryan is always positive, which Ashley loves about him. Ashley gave him the first impression rose and believes he is the perfect man for her…basically…then she shot him down saying there was no romantic connection and sent him home. Ouch.

The Rose Ceremony
Ashley meets with Chris to discuss her feelings and decides that there will be no cocktail party tonight. She already knows who is going home. Ashley says that while she sees her husband here, things are still difficult for her. JP already has a rose. Constantine gets a rose, as does Ben. It is now down to Ames and Lucas. And the final rose of the night goes to....AMES!
She wonders it this was the right decision and cries a bit over it.  She wonders if she was cut out for this and finds herself questioning everything…but she is ready for the hometown dates. 

Update
As the media has informed the whole world...Brad and Emily are no longer together. Emily says that she thought the next time she talked to Chris was going to be about planning a wedding. Emily came on the show to validate this story. It was so sad to see her so heartbroken. She is such a sweet and classy person and said she does not have one bad thing to say about Brad. She said that in their relationship, she did love him and will always love him but there were a few red flags. She said that her desire for marriage and more children overshadowed the reality of the relationship. Emily wanted to come on the show to tell her story and not sell it. She said that she does not know who she can and cannot trust anymore and cannot even leave her house without people constantly following her. 


 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday Loves


{I'm loving}
I will be getting a blog makeover this month!
SOOOO Excited about this! 
I can't wait to see how my new blog page turns out!

{I'm loving}
These glasses.
Aren't they fun?



{I'm loving}
Big Brother starts tomorrow!

{I'm loving}
Asking my dearest friends and family to be in my bridal party
This is what they received in the mail




{I'm loving}
Family
You do not realize how much someone means to you until you are about to lose them

Enjoy the little things in life. 
For one day you will realize they were the big things.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July {Weekend}

Hello July
4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.
 Family, friends, laying out pool side, cook outs, and fireworks are the best!
Friday was spent out of town with some friends for dinner and a few drinks in downtown Little Rock. Unfortunately, I had to work Saturday, so the night ended early for Brad and I.
Me and my honey
These boys can't ever be serious around each other.
Dathan and Jade
I think he was trying really hard not to laugh.

At least Brad was ready for the picture
After work Saturday, Brad and I had a few friends over for a cookout.  We had a great time. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures.
After our friends left Sunday morning, Brad and I went to Conway to see his family for a little 4th of July get together that included pool time, a large cookout and watching fireworks. I also tried my first Skinny Girl Marg! Mmmm thanks Lacey!


Emily had an accident on her way to the water slide

I need more days like these!

Ready to go back in the water after her accident

Nothing beats a water slide at home


Kate "Emily, I am riding with Amber to see the fireworks" {with a little sass of course}

Emily {with a little sass} "Well I'm riding with Lacey to see the fireworks" oh...and you can find Lacey here. Make sure and check out her adorable blog!

The "photographer" never told us when he was taking a picture. This is the best one we got.

Baby you're my firework





That sums up my weekend. 
My day today will be spent relaxing at home, catching up with my lovely bloggy friends.
....Gotta love paid holidays. 
How did you spend your 4th of July weekend?



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