Monday, August 22, 2011

A Fresh Start

First of all I said I would never let myself go more than 2 weeks without blogging and I already failed. I should have known... So much has happened since my last post and unfortunately I don't have access to pictures right now so my next one will be all pictures recapping my busy life. 

To start this off, one of my best friends from high school got married!!! On July 30th we went to the beautiful wedding of Mallory Koetzle and Matt Bodine. Will and I were babysitting that weekend for 2 adorable kids while their parents were out of town (my mom watched them while we went to the wedding), so sadly we couldn't party with the bridal party all night long. Sometimes responsibility isn't fun...actually that's most of the time. Mallory looked gorgeous and I'm so happy for her!! Four days after the wedding I went to visit Ali McCubbin in the amazing city of Washington D.C. This was my first time there and I LOVED IT! On the days she worked, I toured the city all by my lonesome and nearly killed myself with the amount of touristy spots I covered in 2 days. I don't think anyone would have been able to keep up with me, especially Will (he likes to go at a way different pace ha). I seriously went to every monument and memorial you can imagine, but I still have a lot of museums to go to, so I'll have to visit again soon! I was soooo happy to see McCubbs (or Alison as everyone there calls had to grow on me). We met Mike Isabella from Top Chef and ate at his yummy restaurant and I got to meet McCubb's boyfriend who is also known as "Boo". It was an amazing trip and I can't wait to go back with Will.

Adding to the craziness, the day after I got back from DC, I went to Athens to visit Will and help out with sorority recruitment. You think I would be sick of it after all these years, but no...I miss it and loved helping out. Garrett Croft, Sarah Vakili, and the amazing girls of Alpha Chi Omega did fantastic and they got over 70 awesome girls!!!! Wow, that was a lot of happy adjectives right there. I looooved being in Athens and can't wait to go back for the first home game against South Carolina :-) I know a lot of peoplev say they could not live there, but I could definitely call Athens my home in the future. So after holding many water trays, refilling pink lemonade glasses, lots of cooking with Will and hiking with the dogs, I returned home to pack up and move to Statesboro, GA. I thought I could fit everything in my Honda CR-V but I was sadly mistaken. I had to leave TIVO, my TV, more than half my clothes, and many other things at home. I miss TIVO the most, obviously. Statesboro has been great so far! My roommate is awesome and I really like the town and how close everything is. Everything is less than 5 miles from one another so it's very easy and quick to run errands. Ellie loves her new roommate/boyfriend/servant Jude. For those of you who don't know...he's my roommate's yellow lab. We've been busy exploring new parks and walking trails but I know she misses Baba Jules and
Papaw Jeff at home. 2 more weeks til we're back home!!! I miss my family so much and I hate how I'm missing Evan's junior and senior years in sports. Brycey Bear is growing up so fast and here I go again leaving and missing things. No me gusta. But all in all, I really like being here and starting a new 2 year life...who knows where I'll be after that!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I miss about my childhood

*This entry is dedicated to Brittany Ray who is joining me in Never Never Land.

Most of the people that I am close to know that I am a child at heart and never want to truly grow up. My childhood was awesome and I'm so grateful for it. I wish I could go back in time and have a week as a 9-year-old with no responsibilities. Unfortunately time machines haven't been invented yet so I'll have to settle on sharing my nostalgic memories with y'all.

First of all let me explain the relationship I have with Will. I feel like I have met my other half when it comes to childhood memories and our love/slight obsession with Disney World. We were supposed to go to the Braves game on Monday night but it had a rain delay. Instead of doing something fun and exciting in the city we came back to Alpharetta and settled in for a night of Monopoly and (drum roll please...) the Power Rangers Movie!    Yes, it was free on demand and it was so incredible. I'm not sure who I'm more ashamed of: me, for being a BIG fan of the Pink Ranger (I wanted to change my name to Kimberly) and never having seen the movie or Will, who knew so many details of the movie because he has seen it so many times. Either way, we're both super cool and everyone should be jealous. 

These are some of the things I miss most from my childhood:

1. MASH - Every girl knows what I'm talking about. MASH is the greatest way to not pay attention in class when you are a child of the '90's. I found a website where you can play it online so everyone needs to do it now! I put a bunch of fake stuff in the spots and dream places to live and this is what I got: I will marry Will (no joke, I could have gotten Alcide from True Blood or Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec and it picked my're so creative MASH). We are going to have 5 kids (I was hoping for 8 so I could get my own TV show). We are going to live in a shack in Statesboro, GA (Really MASH?? Why couldn't you pick the mansion in Thailand or Costa Rica?) At least I get to drive a navy blue Audi A5. Finally, I will be an accountant (that's for you Brittany). In conclusion, MASH is awesome and I will be doing it during my grad school classes. 

Maybe someone else will get to marry him :-)

2. The '90's had the best toys! Now I never understood the coolness of Furbies. They really annoyed me but I know many other people liked them. My obsessions during this great decade include Tamagotchis, Beanie Babies, and Pogs (I collected them but don't even ask me how to play the game). Here is a site for everything 90's Best Toys Ever. I bought another Tamagotchi in high school after finding them at Target and killed it a couple times before I gave up. It is REALLY hard to keep them alive!

3. Nickelodeon - I loved Nick with all of my heart. Saturday nights were SNICK nights (please tell me yall remember SNICK) and my summers consisted of afternoon dates with Stick Stickly.

Nick had some great classics. Nothing can beat Salute Your Shorts, Doug, Hey Dude, and Are You Afraid of the Dark. One of the best investments I've ever made was the full collection of Are You Afraid of the Dark on DVD. It included all seasons and brought back so many memories. Yes, it is boot leg and the DVD covers are home-made stickers, but it still works and that is what's most important. Anybody wanna come over for a marathon, just let me know!

4. The clothes of the '90's is a whole other blog entry. We were very stylish back then. I can't wait for the styles to come back in 20-30 years. One piece of clothing I remember distinctly is a pair of Winnie the Pooh Overall Shorts. I lived in these...there's a pic below where I have them on too. I don't know if it was just us cool kids in the Midwest, but did anyone else only have their overall shorts/overalls strapped on one side?

I always did this and I can't tell you how many times that hanging strap fell into the toilet in elementary school. Embarrassing.
Now I could literally write so much more about what I miss from our childhood. I didn't even mention Saved by the Bell, WWJD bracelets, or Slap Bracelets. I need to end this entry soon and on a delicious note...

How much do you miss these??

Here's a quick look back at the only pictures I could find on Facebook in 5 minutes.
The beautiful Brittany Ray rocking a fashionable  turtleneck and Little Mermaid sweatshirt.

Love this!

Look at that plaid and flower combo

The infamous Pooh overall shorts...just ask Jessie Givens.

Now I wish I had better and more embarrassing pictures. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First Day Jitters

So I've been thinking about starting a blog for over a month and I finally got over my laziness and hesitation and did it! Now that I'm a student/ballin' nanny, I have more time to dedicate to Pinterest and reading great time-killers blogs. I absolutely love reading a good blog (especially about decorating and DIY projects) and feeling inspired to hopefully get off the couch and start (AND FINISH) the project.

Now as I mentioned before my new obsession is pinterest. It is so amazing and a great way to procrastinate and lose sleep. I have been planning the decorations of 5 different houses I don't own, planning 25 weddings I'm not having, and organizing 100 recipes I probably won't cook, but it is still amazing. Please check out Pinterest when you get a chance :-)

The quick story behind the name of the blog obviously involves a rather large Hawaiian man and one of my favorite songs. I have been in love with this song since before high school. Will knows how excited I get when it comes on shuffle on the Ipod and because he makes fun of me so much, it magically comes up on his shuffle 7 times a day. He's one lucky guy. The song makes me happy and feel so at ease so naturally I thought it would be a good blog title. Maybe not the most creative one, but I like it. The first entry is coming to an end and I vow to return soon to write more. Hopefully I'll be getting some good entry ideas soon, I'll keep my fingers crossed all night.

adios amigos,