So on Monday we went to Maggiano's with Andrew's family, and surrogate sister, Jamie and her boy Joe ;) If you've never been to Maggiano's GO!
When there's a big group of us we eat family style which is getting 2 of everything on this one part of the menu. Oh man full! Here are some pictures I googled of our food cuz I didn't take real ones hahahahaha
Haley could basically only eat a couple things like this:
Coach Joey's Z Pasta
We all enjoyed the 4 cheese ravioli:
The Chicken Francese:
Fried Zucchini (sidenote: I didn't eat them cuz I'm not a fan but they were a table pleaser)
Pound cake! DELISH!!!
Overall, I love the food, but man I was not prepared for it. You see, you have to have the mindset for Maggiano's. Gotta ration each portion and not eat lunch beforehand hahahahahaha
We were all moving a little slower and more lethargicafter the gorging hahahahaha and yes, that is my mother-in-law trying to jump in ;) And yes, my husband is now sporting a goatee. I kinda think it's hot ;)
I was sick this past Saturday...with the glorious rain and wind outside I was super bummed but I needed to sleep off whatever it was that had decided to ruin my Saturday.
Now I usually watch Bambi as my "sick movie". Andrew and my parents can attest to this. But Andrew gets tired of watching it all day. Don't blame him, so we watched a couple different ones. The only one that I could actually relax and fall asleep to was Fantasia.
I love this movie. I grew up watching the dinosaurs and the centaurs and Mickey getting into trouble. And it truly is magical. I know the music is classical and been around for hundreds of years but let's admit it, we all remember them cuz of the cartoons the artists drew.
Now if you haven't watched Fantasia ever, or in a really long time, I definitely suggest you revisit its magic. I loved Fantasia 2000 also. Same magic and the same cool things drawn. If you loved it as much as I do pick it up from your local Disney Store or retailer before it goes into the Vault in April!!
I thought I should update how nice and homey our apartment is becoming now :)
So first off. This is now hanging on our wall with wedding pictures and our Family Proclamation:
This is hanging in our bedroom wall:
Another bedroom wall: We love this clock! It's so nice and big and easy to read and that picture is one of my favorite ones of the Savior.
One other frame we received as a present and it's also hanging in the bedroom:
I finally put up my movie posters! And let me tell you that this isn't even 1/3 of the ones I had before I moved out to Cali!
Fun fact: I've had this Little Mermaid poster since it came out on VHS forever ago. Therefore it's really old and worn but still looks so awesome am I right?? So just some fun new things to show off :)
Just a few things lately :) Andrew started school again. Doesn't he just look so chipper? It's only 6:45 AM after all...One of our favorite places to eat is Red Robin. Most of you know of its awesomeness. For those of you that don't know its amazing power of delish, go NOW! I always get the Banzai Burger Yes, that's pineapple friends. On a burger, heaven. The husband wanted to give me a smile and that crazy face is what he gave me And this is the redo I demanded: Isn't he just super cute? Andrew has a few burgers he goes between. He picks ones depending on whether I'll let him kiss me afterwards. It's awesome! For our Valentine's Day date, he took me to another one of my favorite places. Cafe Rio! I'm simple in love with their pork salad and burritos. Chips and salsa are amazing too :) And I'll post pictures of our date soon! But they do feature these boots: Aren't they awesome!? Got them at Shoelicious in the Fiesta Mall for $15! And yay for cheap cuteness!
I'll be honest, I pretty much despise this holiday. Even with having a husband. Well, let me qualify that: I love that it's all about love and each other, but really.......pink, teddy bears, super sappy cards, jewelry, and being all nasty lovey dovey in public? No thank you. I'll pass.
But I will tell you what I do love: I love flowers.
They're so nice to have in the house, and just brighten up my day. I know that flowers are part of the cliche Valentine's Day, but I get them more than just one day a year, so I think I'm ok. I love getting notes on the whiteboard from my husband saying he loves me. I love getting a kiss after we pray together, a text when I'm feeling down at work, cuddling together watching a movie on Sundays. I love going to church together, and going to the temple together, feeling the Lord's love for us and our love for each other.
So yeah, the commercial Valentine holiday is stupid. But I'm a huge fan of love :) And my love :)
Loves to all! Mwa!
But I have had some people ask me for pictures of what my hair looked like and my dress for my wedding so here they are for your viewing pleasure:
The detail of the dress:
Please forgive the face, it was hot in the store and I had just realized that this was the dress and was a little emotional ;)
In short, best day ever and I loved my dress (still love it as a matter of fact, I do own it after all) And two thumbs way way up for Sister Oakes for my amazing hairdo!
Thanks y'all for lookin ;)
I know that I usually don't do this but I'd like to get real with you for a minute.
To preface this: I'm not stating this for pity, attention or any other EMO crap. I'm just being honest and real with y'all.
Most of you know me to be loud, outoging, and sometimes crazy ;) And this is usually me, but until I know you really well I am painfully shy.
I do not do well in new places, I'm not good with change, I'm very good at undermining myself. I tend to be very hard on myself for any and all shortcomings I have. I also tend to think others deserve better than to hang with me. And I feel lonely a lot. I feel like I've lost a lot of connections with people and I miss having friends to hang out with.
Now, now before you all think I'm crazy and emo, remember that we are all struggling with something inside ourselves and striving to do better. Mine is just treating myself better both physically and emotionally. When I cry, it's usually over something stupid, and I usually end up laughing at myself for crying over such a silly thing. "A walking contradiction" (I wrote an entire paper on that phrase and how it pertains to me in my ENG 101 class and got an award for it hahaha)
And for the record, my husband is the best man in the world, because he loves me, holds me when I cry unnecessarily (holds me when I sob & laugh while I'm sobbing too), and tells me what a great person I am to him. I truly couldn't ask for a better friend and love of my life than Andrew.
Also, last week I was able to go to the temple with my old high school bff, and it was a wonderful experience for me. I hadn't been since I had gotten married, and just feeling God's presence and the Spirit so strong has helped me feel better in so many ways. Sitting there with my old friend was a great way to relive old times and feel like my old happy self. It was almost like taking a happy pill ;) The temple was the perfect solution to my problem. And I need to go more often. It's better than anything any therapist could offer. A Father's love for His daughter is all I need to help me feel better ;)
Really, the reason why I wrote this was to get it off my mind, and to hopefully help anyone else who might be going through the same thing in their life. Remember that no matter how bad you may feel, there is a Father in Heaven that loves you more than anything, and He knows you're worth more than rubies or diamonds, and any and all other precious things. I have felt it many times, especially when I've needed comfort, and I know He will answer you with love. And you will feel a weight lifted, or just a peaceful feeling.
Here you will find love, magic, bookworm favorites, Disney tips, and a family on their journey to Happy Ever After!