Thursday, June 20, 2013

Giddy Countdown

6.20.13 as in one more month until 7.20.13. 

I can't believe that we are only 30 days until "I do" and today was a perfect day to get me excited for the big day. I started out with an exciting email from Marquis over at Simply Clarke saying I won her Birthday Giveaway. For starters, I love this girl to begin with. She is the one who designed my blog and she was so wonderful to work with start to finish. To this day, she continues to encourage me, help me with blog questions...she truly is one of my all-time favorite bloggers. I already was lucky enough to know Ashley from It is What You Make It and Samantha from Hooah & Hiccups and I'm starting to get to know a whole crew of new wonderful blogs (thank you ladies)! I realize I have shouted this from all the social media rooftops...sorry. I'm just excited.

The next amazing part was the SURPRISE delivery of flowers at work. One of my coworkers told me I had a flower delivery in the therapy office and I looked at her like she was crazy. I thought she mixed me up with one of the other speech therapists there...nope, beautiful flowers from my sister, Leslie. It had a super sweet note with it reminding me that today was the ONE month countdown. Could you get any luckier than that? 

This whole engagement/wedding process has been so wonderful for me- Dustin & I are so blessed to have such amazing people to go through this journey together. My other sister, Megan, has been so sweet to give monthly countdown surprises as well! Each month has been different, ranging from Brides magazine, ring holder, cute bachelorette purse...each has just made my day! 

So lucky to have such thoughtful & sweet people to share in this excitement with, including each of you. 

P.S. I promise this space won't always be so wedding-centered. That is what is currently dominating my life right now :)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Father's Day Edition

I know what you might be thinking: how could Wedding Wednesday and Father's Day go together? The answer is that my Dad played a huge role in shaping what I looked for in a future husband. I didn't get the chance to write a Father's Day post about how awesome my Dad is, but let me take this opportunity to say that my Dad is single-handedly one of the most inspiring people in my life. 

To describe my Dad in a few words: charismatic, hilarious, caring, compassionate, loyal, selfless. 

Growing up, my Dad lived out the portion of the vows "in sickness & in health". My Mom was sadly diagnosed with cancer twice during their marriage and my Dad stood relentlessly by her side the entire way through. He was not only her emotional rock, but our entire families'. Being an adult now, I can't imagine the weight/pressure of all that he did. He was a best friend/cheerleader for my Mom during her various chemo treatments, a role model/guidance counselor to his children all while maintaining a stressful job in corporate America. Can you say RELENTLESS PERSEVERANCE & LOVE? All the while, I never heard him complain once.
So what this taught me is that (heaven forbid) should anything happen to me is that I wanted a husband who would stand by me if times got tough...a man who would raise my children with compassion and undying love...a man who wouldn't care if I lost my hair and wouldn't think I was less beautiful if I was sick. I realize these are obviously extreme circumstances, but to me, they feel like very real possibilities. Having lost a parent at a young age, your outlook at the risks of life can be a bit distorted. 

The moral of the story: Dustin is that man of great character. He is the man who loves me in my worst hours and cherishes me in the best of days. I am beyond blessed to have found a man like my Dad, one who knows what's important in life and leaves the rest behind.

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Friday, June 14, 2013


I don't know what it is lately, but I have noticed that I have picked up some bad, LAZY habits that it's time to break. Maybe if I'm honest with myself (and you all), I will force myself to kick 'em outta my life. What do people say? It takes 30 days to kick a habit?

1. I am so slow at responding to people lately- SORRY EVERYONE! I will read the text/email or hear the voicemail and think to myself "I will respond after I do x,y,z" and then I completely forget to respond. I end up feeling like a forgetful jerk.

2. Packing lunch. What is it about not wanting to pack a lunch the night before that has me taking a pathetic serving of yogurt, granola, & apple everyday instead of a truly hearty lunch? I don't know, but I gotta start planning ahead so I can actually eat better! Imagine that.
Like this little gem my friend sent to me. Hilarious.

3. Blogging. I am sorry blog, but you have just taken such a backseat lately. I feel like my blog had started to become the red-headed stepchild to my life (sorry Dustin- I always use that phrase..hah!). I need to return to doing the things I enjoy, which includes reading all my favorite blogs & being inspired to write more.

4. Uploading pictures. I take all these super-cute pictures of friends/family and what do I do with them? NOTHING! I need to start uploading them and printing them out. In 50 years from now, I need something tangible and not have to try to explain to my grandkids about this thing called Facebook and how all my pictures are stuck in internet past. 
5. I have started waking up alarmingly close to the time I should be LEAVING for work. This means I'm starting to look pretty SPECIAL (read: bare minimum makeup, very frizzy hair. read: straight up mess) for my day. Is it wrong that I'm thankful some old people can't see me very well? Ummm.. yes, it is wrong. I'm the worst. 

By the way, thank you all so much for the great wedding advice! I am definitely going to take it to heart and enjoy all the special moments I have coming up! 

Go check out my sweet blogging friend, Karla's blog (Forever Newly Wedded), where I was a guest today! I got to blab all about honeymoons and how Dustin & I are going to COSTA RICA!
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Calling Former Brides!

On this Wedding Wednesday, I'm keeping things SHORT & SWEET.

I'm calling all ladies who have walked the bridal path before me...give me all the advice you have!

Obviously you adore your wedding day, but if there was ONE piece of advice you wish you had known before your wedding day, what would it be?

I know things will never be "perfect" in some of the tiny details, but that I am going to love the day no matter what. I will take ANY & ALL tips on either how to make the day run smoothly, how to feel calm & relaxed, or things to remember!

P.S- I am almost to the MONTH countdown and I have reached a new level of stress/panic (hence the lack of posting on here). Looks like I need to go back & read my old post about chilling out :) 

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: #brockbach

What is #brockbach? It stands for Brockman Bachelorette party...a.k.a. the best bachelorette party EVER! I have to tell you, I truly have the best family & friends. There were multiple times throughout the day and night where I just looked around and thought to myself "I am so blessed. I love my friends. I love my family. I love my life." Does it get better than that?

Okay, here was the #brockbach breakdown. 

1. Painting with a Twist: Everyone started out painting this super cute painting with help from the sweet instructor and, of course, a little wine. 

2. Next was the big surprise: LIMO!!!! So much fun to all get to ride everywhere together and not worry about driving. My sisters completed the amazingness with cute glasses, big light-up rings, and tea cups for some champagne!!! 

3. Dinner at La Hacienda. Great to catch up with friends, plus we were joined by my Mom and my future Mother-in-law. My mom moved heaven and earth to fly in early from her trip to Colorado and it meant so much to me!!!! 

4. Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the name almost says it all. There are two people who play songs back and forth, every kind of music you can imagine. It's like a massive karaoke bar and it's a blast. And I got called up on stage to dance with some other bachelorettes! 

5. Sleepover!! Everyone stayed the night, got to wake up the next morning and whack the tar outta the Beibs for some "panty piñata" fun. 

My sisters put so much effort into every little detail and I'm so appreciative of them and all my wonderful friends who traveled from near and far to celebrate with me. 

#brockbach #success 

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Just Because...

Last week, I was touched by a moment I had with a patient of mine, and felt that it was important to share. Nowadays, in the land of Instagram-every-second and FB-your-every-thought, there is not much that people keep to themselves (note: I am completely guilty of this...addicted to all my social medias). So often you see people posting their flowers, sweet notes, and kind gestures from their husband/fiance/boyfriend AND THAT'S FINE (again, I AM GUILTY of this).

But, I working with a patient in her apartment and saw these notes from her deceased husband strewn throughout each room. They were gingerly taped to whatever place would hold the little scraps of paper...and it became one of those moments I had to bite my tongue to keep the tears away.

...."I love you for all the little things you do for me...."
..."You are perfect in every way"...
..."I appreciate all your hard work around our home and love knowing that I get to come home to my loving, beautiful wife..."

Her husband had posted these little notes JUST BECAUSE. They weren't for show...they weren't for other people to see. They were notes of love & appreciation for his wife whom he adored JUST BECAUSE.

Last weekend, my sister went to buy my cookie cake for my bachelorette party & her card wouldn't work. Because she lives in Nashville, the bank flagged her card as stolen for all the Texas purchases she was making. While she was on the phone with the bank, a stranger paid for the entire cake... but didn't want Megan to know until the person had left. A genuinely kind act...JUST BECAUSE.

Every now & then, take a moment and do something sweet for someone JUST BECAUSE. 

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P.S- Stay tuned for Wednesday's Wedding Bachelorette RECAP :) 

Monday, June 3, 2013


I have been completely MIA and I hate to play the "blame game", but I'm looking at you wedding. 

Since last time I wrote, I have had one of the best weekends of all time. My bachelorette party was the best party I've ever been to :) I realize I am biased, but my sisters and friends know me so well and planned the most perfect party. 

I promise to give more details at a later time, but until then...a picture says a thousand words. 

And yes, that is a Justin Beiber "panty piñata"....and yes, it was a blast hitting him in the face (sorry Beibs).