Monday, November 28, 2005

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Oh my goodness, I would just like to start this post off with saying that I JUST erased a really long post I just wrote on accident... so here is attempt #2

I had so much fun in Michigan! I can't wait to go back in 25 days! I was with the people I love the WHOLE time I was home, I ran around like a crazy person, it was awesome. It went by way too fast. I'm so excited to go back for Christmas because Joey is coming to visit! I can't wait for everyone to meet him!

Let's see, what did I do... the night I flew in Mom dropped me off asap to Malarky's where I met up with Michelle, Ray, Josie, Aimee, Matt, Kim, Michael, and Veronica. It was SO GOOD to see everyone! It wasn't a late night because everyone had work the next morning (and I was exhausted!). Wednesday I slept in and went to my grandpa's to see the whole fam. My aunt and uncle and cousins were also in town from St. Louis, so it was great to see everyone at once. Wednesday night I went out with everybody mentioned above and Kevin and Barry to Pier 500 which was TOTALLY DEAD, but we drank a lot and good times were had. Thursday was family day of course and I ate lots and lots of AWESOME food... my aunt made the BEST stuff this year, it was so yummy! I also got a lot of sister/Steve/Natalie time which was extremely awesome. Friday I shopped a bit with my sissy, but it was too crazy for me, and there are NO good malls downriver so it didn't last long. Friday afternoon was the traditional making of the pierogis for Christmas at Grandpa's. We made a TON because I told Joey I'm going to stuff him with nothing but Polish food when he comes home with me :) Friday night I went to see Harry Potter for the second time (so good!) with Mom, Rachel, and Steve. Saturday I went and got my bridesmaid dress fitted for Michelle's wedding (I LOVE IT), then went to lunch and shopping with Aimee, then went to hang at Kim and Mike's new house (SO PRETTY AND BIG AND I'M SO JEALOUS!!!) We met up with Matt at the new fancy restaurant McDonalds on Eureka (have you seen it, it's crazy!) and then met EVERYONE else at Prushs' for a good night of karaoke :) Whew... Sunday morning I met Josie for breakfast and then headed to the airport where I cried on the phone with Joey for 2 hours straight because I was so sad to leave. I feel better now that I am back, but I do miss being home!

Anyway, my pics aren't as good as I would have hoped because I had a crummy disposable camera. My digital has been broken for awhile, and I think I've decided today to get a new one before Christmas so this time I can take a bunch of good ones. I had such a blast at home... I have the best friends in the world, they really made my visit so special! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

I'll be back home in 25 days... Joey will be there in 29 days... I can't wait!

MY GIRLS! Aimee, Me, and Kim... I miss them already!

I'm not a fan of this pic... but I had to post one of me and Michelle!!!

Me and Caitlin resting after eating the BEST Thanksgiving dinner EVER!!!

Natalie getting ready to go out in the 0 degree windchill weather we had on Thanksgiving!

Me and Josie :)

Mom and Natalie blowing out Mommy's birthday candles

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Dad's visit

So, I said that I wasn't writing again until something remotely fun and/or interesting happens. Well, my dad called me last Wednesday night and asked me what I was doing for the weekend. I said nothing, so he told me he was coming to visit on Friday! Very fun.

Friday night, me, my dad, and Joey went to dinner. I was so excited for him to meet Joe! They hit it off immediately... not that I had any doubts... Saturday, the three of us went to Stone Mountain. I've been meaning to go to Stone Mountain since I moved here, but haven't had the time. I'm SO GLAD Joey suggested it! It was beautiful, and the weather couldn't have been nicer. See pics below. After Stone Mountain we went shopping for a bit, then headed home to drop my dad off... we tired him out. Then me and Joe went to the Gwinett Gladiators game. The Gwinett Gladiators are a minor league hockey team here in Georgia. They are AWESOME! The game totally rocked. They are my new favorite Georgia team! I think I'm going to be cheering for them more than the Thrashers this year... we can also go to as many games as we'd like because the tickets are $16 on ice level which I can totally afford. Next month we're going to the Thrashers vs. Wings game downtown. I'm extremely excited for that... and even though I spent a TON of money on the tickets, I'm sure it's going to be worth it!

Joe has 4 and a half days left of his preceptorship. It's like student teaching for nurses. I'm SO EXCITED for him to be finished! It hasn't been the most pleasant experience, and he's done so awesome. I can't wait for him to have a normal schedule and not work on Sundays anymore... we can actually enjoy our weekends fully :)

I go back to Michigan in a week! WHOO HOO!!!!!!! I am so pumped. I can't wait to see all of my friends :) Christmas will be even better to be home because I can actually stay more than 5 days. Ok, I'm so tired I can't think straight. I hate how it's pitch black at 6:30 in the evening, and my body makes me think it's like 11pm. Yuk. Anyway, I should go spend some QT with my dad. He's leaving in the morning. It was so great to see him!

P.S. I bought my Christmas tree today!!!! It's so going up RIGHT NOW!!

RIGHT when we got there... I went picture crazy yesterday!

Me and Dad!

Me and my baby in front of Stone Mountain

This is a pic of what me and Joey are standing by in the picture RIGHT before this one. See how the mountain is in the background... Now THIS picture is from on top of the mountain looking back to where we were... We were high up!!!

SO pretty!

Me :)

Joey and dad on top of the Mountain

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

2 more weeks!

Till I go home to Michigan! I am so pumped...

So, I feel I have been overdosed with wedding talk lately. Everything I read, or every person I talk to, somehow fits some kind of wedding reference in. It's weird. Something is in the water... it's ok though because I am so happy for my friends! So Kim and Mike are now getting married on July 1st which is exactly a week after Michelle and Ray’s. So, I will be in Michigan for two whole weeks doing wedding stuff… how fun!

This past weekend was pretty uneventful. Joey had to work both Saturday and Sunday (boo) so we really didn’t get to enjoy this beautiful weather! It was so pretty out this weekend. In the 70s, and all the trees have turned… so beautiful. Yesterday, I was listening to Christmas music in my car with the windows down and no jacket on... it was crazy. On Saturday, Joe told me he was going to try and surprise me by getting a flight back to Michigan for himself the Tuesday to Wednesday before Thanksgiving just so he could be there when I got there and meet all my friends. HE’S THE SWEETEST EVER! I am so lucky. Unfortunately it’s not going to work out because this Thanksgiving is going to be one of the worse traveling holidays in awhile… bummer. It’s ok though, because he’s coming after Christmas and staying for New Years, so that should be a blast. I think Aimee is having a murder mystery dinner party for New Years… I’m all about it.

I'm going to see the Rockets with Joey's Mom, sister, and his brother's girlfriend on November 20th. That should be great! I've never gone and I have always wanted to go back home.

NOTHING remotely exciting is going on right now... I'm not going to write again until I have something cool to write. My life is boring. My boyfriend and I work too much. I can't wait until Christmas break so I can actually RELAX for once and get the hell out of my apartment for over a week... my apartment annoys me. If I come home one more evening to construction workers on ladders staring in my windows screaming Spanish to one another, I might not make it.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Kimberley and Michael are ENGAGED!!!!

My friends are engaged!! I’m SO happy for Kim and Mike! It’s been a long time coming… they both deserve all the happiness in the world! I was so excited to find out that the wedding is going to be this summer. Now I have two summer weddings to go to! The first is Michelle and Ray’s in June (which I’m singing in!) and then August 5th for Kim and Mike… but Kim tells me to keep that date flexible. I’m so excited to go home in a little over two weeks! I can’t wait to see that ring!!!!!!!!! :) I love you both so much!

Aimee is awesome. She’s such a great friend. I feel the need to make a special mention of her here because I think she’s feeling neglected by me because of my preoccupation with the hottest man alive. I love her so much. I’m so excited to see her SO SOON. I think about you Aimee all the time and I’m so lucky to have a friend that has ALWAYS been there for me. She’s been the one that I’ve always been able to call crying about things that other people would probably think I’m crazy about. She’s never judged me and has always been so supportive in everything I do. She’s a treasure. I’m so glad I’ve been blessed with her friendship. Here's a pic of us from like 4 years ago... I have no good recent pictures of us! That makes me sad... I definitely need to take like 50 of JUST me and her when I get home. :)

People… I am so happy. I know I keep writing this over and over lately, but I can’t get over this feeling. Today I came to school and other teachers kept telling me how great I look because I couldn’t stop smiling. I keep singing to my kids in my class… they think I’m insane. This morning, one of my little girls was whispering to the person next to her “Ms. Beavers is really happy.” I guess it shows. I’m sure you all want to slap me by now… I’M SORRY! I CAN’T HELP IT!

I’m SO PUMPED to go home in 18 days. In my last post I said how now it’s hard to leave because of Joey, but although I will miss him, I can’t wait to see my friends. I almost started crying yesterday just thinking about all of them! Tuesday evening when I get home (the 22nd) we’re all going out! I want to see everyone all at once! I know it’s still a school night for most of them, but Southgate has a half day Wednesday, so no excuses. Michelle agrees with me.

I will update soon… hopefully with some new pics. My camera is broken, so any pictures that I have been taking are all on Joe’s camera, which takes me awhile to get to my house to download on the computer… bear with me here people. Peace.

My hot boyfriend... who looks cranky here, but he really wasn't! :)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I can't believe it's November

So… I haven’t written in awhile. I’ve been busy! Well, kinda. I really haven’t done anything that anyone would find incredibly interesting/exciting, but I have to say I am really enjoying life right now :)

I’m determined to turn into crazy workout girl. Joey wrote a workout for me yesterday that I am super pumped about so hopefully I will stick with it! He is a genius when it comes to that stuff… his first degree was in Exercise Physiology, so I tend to listen to him when he tells me what to do.

I’m turning into this crazy domestic person. I actually spent 6 hours on Sunday cleaning Joe’s room and doing laundry… and to top it off, he didn’t even ask me to do it, I did it FOR FUN. I emphasized the ‘for fun’ there because anyone that really knows me knows that I don’t do anything remotely domestic for fun, other than cook. This is crazy. I’m convinced that women have some type of hormone in them that makes them act this way. Mine must have been dormant for the past 5 or so years…

Work has actually been pretty good. I’m still not getting everything done that I need to be getting done, but I’ve accepted that me completing everything on my to-do list will probably never happen. I’m still not sure if I’m going to stay with Atlanta Public Schools next year because of the distance from where I live and such, but I’m weighing out my options. I’d like to move a little north. I need roommate to make this happen. I could put an ad in the paper, but I’m afraid that I’m going to get Single White Femaled or something… have y’all seen that movie? Scary.

Three weeks from today I’m going to Michigan!! WHOO HOO! I can’t believe I’ve been gone for 4 months already… by the time I get home it will be closer to 5. It’s strange because ever since I moved here I’ve been basically counting the days until I get to go home, and now that I’m crazy in love (whoa, I totally just typed that for everyone to read), I don’t want to go home as much. The Thanksgiving visit will only be for 5 days, then I’m going back for Christmas for about 2 weeks. I’m hoping Joe will make it up for at least a few days because I want him to meet EVERYBODY! I believe Chrissy and I are driving up together. That will be fun. Road trip! And I can save on gas… God knows I can’t afford to fly. I also can’t leave my cats here for almost 3 weeks by themselves. I’ve been a bad mommy lately, I’m never home so I’ve been coming home to destroyed things in my apartment from them telling me they’re mad at me.

Ok, that’s about it. I will write soon when I have done more exciting things than cleaning, working out, and staring at Joe all day…  I hope everyone had a great Halloween!!!!

God Blessed the Broken Road

I set out on a narrow way many years ago. Hoping I would find true love along the broken road. But I got lost a time or two, I wiped my brow and kept pushing through. I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you.

Every long lost dream led me to where you are. Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars. Pointing me on my way into your loving arms. This much I know is true. That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.

I think about the years I spent just passing through. I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you. But you just smile and take my hand, you've been there you understand. It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true.

Every long lost dream led me to where you are. Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars. Pointing me on my way into your loving arms. This much I know is true. That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.

Now I'm just rolling home, into my lover's arms. This much I know is true. That God blessed the broken road that let me straight to you.