Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Getting Back on Track with Day 22

What makes me different from anyone else? This is sort of a weird question for me because I don't really feel like I know the answer. I think maybe Anthony has a better answer to this because when I don't want to people to think I'm bragging about myself. Anyways here it goes:
I am stubborn and sensitive all-in-one. I think that I am pretty good at pretending things don't hurt my feelings until I have a had enough and then I break down. I think that it comes from being the oldest and the only girl. Not sure though.

I am quite the fashionista if I do say so myself :]. This definitely drives Anthony bonkers. I make him switch from his brown to black shoes according to his shirt. He apparently doesn't look (or care) when putting on his shoes. I also keep up on the latest fashion trends. It is a little hard though because Utah fashion is a lot different and a little behind. I also keep by family, mainly my mom and my little brothers looking fresh. Dad, well he is another story (haha hope you're reading this). I trim my little bro's eyebrows for him at first it was annoying and now he asks for it when I go over. I am slowly but surely creating an army.

My fashionista also is mixed with a little perfectionist/OCD. This I also blame on being the firstborn. I like rules and things to be clear cut. Please pray for me that when I have kids I do not go crazy because they do not adhere to my fashion policies. (Dad I hope you're laughing).

I am small in size but I believe the my personality and attitude carries a much larger presence.

I am also crazy. But for sure the good kind. :]

I think I am the perfect mix of girlie and tomboy. My dad taught me how to shoot a gun when I was like 7? I caught my first fish when I was like 2? I'm pretty sure they took me camping when I was like 6mos. old. I used to be a better shot than my brothers, but its been awhile and they have a lot more practice than me. I still like to go camping, but not as much as I used too. Once we can have our own trailer I will like it more again. (See above for proof that I'm girlie). It wont end either cause I pretty much married the younger version of my dad so I have signed up for a lifetime of eating deer, elk and trout. As well as the endless need to always have the latest and greatest gun, gear, and four wheeler. It's ok cause I'm pretty sure I knew what I was getting myself into.

Well thats it for Day 22

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Taking a Break: Christmas Cards!

Anthony and I have been talking lately whether we should send out Christmas cards or not. Being newlyweds we weren't really sure how people would receive them. Anthony insisted that the pictures (if we included any) had to be Christmas-y, and I said it didn't matter. I agreed though that because it was just the two of us and they weren't Christmas-y they would just look like an engagement picture. So now we have it all planned out how were going to take our pictures. We are going to do it ourselves because we didn't want to spend the money and we wanted it to be casual and fun. I'm not going to say what we are doing cause that is a suprise!

Now on to the actual Christmas card. We weren't sure what to do. I had thought about making them, but with finals and working extra hours for the holidays I wasn't sure I would have time. My mom just sends out premade ones with the pictures inserted inside, and then there is the digital version. I was surfing the web the other day and I came upon this website: Shutterfly. I love all of their cards and they have by far the most reasonable prices and the best looking cards. I wanted something modern and fun.

These are my favorites:

I love this one with the three pictures it would be awesome for our picture idea!

Love the cute plaid!

I love design and the colors on this one!

Obviously with all the cute ideas out there especially on Shutterfly Anthony and I decided together that we would go ahead and send Christmas cards out. We don't get to see our extended family very often because they are all spread out, Christmas cards are just a nice little reminder to friends and family that you are thinking of them during the holidays and it makes you feel closer even if you're far apart.

So what are you doing for your Christmas cards this year?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 21: A picture of something that makes me happy!

With Thanksgiving coming up I thought I would change this up a bit and post some pictures of things I am grateful for.

There are the obvious ones that I am grateful for everyday whether it's Thanksgiving or not.
  • I am grateful for Anthony and I's jobs. While it never seems like we have enough money I know that we are better off than most and I try to remind myself that everyday.
  • I am grateful for our two working cars. Even though the Geo isn't half as pretty or as fun to drive as the Mazda. They both work and we can afford them.
  • I am grateful for OUR tiny apartment. It is so much different when you get to call a place yours. It makes cleaning so much more rewarding even if it is just a little place.
  • I am grateful for friends and family. I see my family a lot and it makes it easier to not see Anthony when he is at work. I don't feel lonely. I am also grateful for friends who make the hard times fun!
  • And most of all my hubby. Anthony is really great. He never complains and he makes me so happy. He does anything I ask of him without hestitation. I miss him a lot, but that makes me more grateful for the time we do have together.
Now onto the little things I am grateful for that have been making my life a little easier this past month:

Make working in retail bearable through the holidays.

They make not having television ok.
I still get to watch all my Brothers & Sisters, Glee, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family and Parenthood.

I look forward to Wednesdays because of this
Since I watch it on Hulu I have to wait til the next day for it to be posted on their website.

Hot Chocolate:
Awesome. New morning drive to work ritual.

Nail Polish:
Always have to have the toes and usually the fingers painted.
Can't ever have enough colors.

This juice is awesome
You should try it.

Warm Blankets:
Anthony likes to turn the heater off while we sleep so we have a bunch of blankets on our bed right now. They make snuggling more fun.

Thats it for today!

I have lots of homework and finals are coming soon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 20: Who do I picture myself marrying?

Well it's a little late for this post so instead I will just share our story.

I met Anthony when I was 14 years old. That's six years ago in case you're wondering. He used to work at Albertson's where a couple of my good friends worked there as well. They started hanging out with him and I tagged a long a couple of times. We all started becoming really good friends and hanging out a lot. Then he got a girlfriend and stopped hanging out with all of us. It didn't last very long though and he started hanging out with all of us again. I want to express here at this present time to all of who might be reading this whether you are friends or family: Anthony and I were only friends for a really long time and thats all I thought of him. I didn't even consider dating him because I knew one of my other friends had been interested in him before and I didn't want to complicate anything...
But then we went snowboarding with a bunch of us. This other friend included. It was really awkward. I think that my friend was upset at how close Anthony and I were getting and automatically assumed that we liked eachother or whatever so she stopped hanging out with us as much. Time went on and I started seeing Anthony as more of a friend and that complicated my friendship a lot with my other friend. I certainly didn't see myself actually only dating Anthony because I was only fifteen, but I didn't feel like it was fair for this other friend to be mad at me for liking him when she had obviously moved on...at least that is what she was trying to display.
So basically all this means that Anthony and I had a pretty complicated start, but it gets better. Anthony and I started hanging out more and more and realizing how well we actually work together. I knew he was going on a mission and I tried really hard not to get myself attached. We had talked about what would happen while he was gone and what would happen when he got back and decided not to make any promises because afterall I was still young and had not really experienced too much in the dating world.
So off he went and dang it was hard. I missed him a lot, he had become my best friend over those last few months. I did date, not a lot though. I spent the first year he was gone dating there were a few potentials but really nothing I would have considered past the second date. I pretty much realized I was just comparing everyone to Anthony. The boys I was dating were all my age and Anthony was three years older. It was a lot different, Anthony was more mature and the boys my age were a lot more physical than emotional or mental. Anyways so I kinda just stopped dating. I wrote Anthony every week and he knew I was dating but we didn't talk about it.
So then he got home in March of 2009. I was freaking nervous. My best friend Shayla and I went to go pick him up and we drove around his block twice before finally stopping. He got in the car and he sorta just stared at us. I even pinched him because I couldn't believe he was actually home. It was a little awkward but we all got over it. It was just like old times making jokes and laughing.
Then it was just Anthony and I, and thats when it really got awkward. But we started off slow, we didn't rush into anything. We both wanted to make sure that we liked the person for who they were now and not what they were a few years ago. About two months went on before it actually sank in and we started officially dating. Then four months later we were engaged and eight months later we were married.

I definitely got married a lot younger than I ever thought I would (age 19) but I married someone  I knew everything about and he knew everything about me. Our first months of marriage weren't really that surprising because there wasn't anything I didn't already know about Anthony. I am proud to say that Anthony is my first and only kiss. Who can say that? Not many.

I don't think I would have ever guessed that I would marry him. He wasn't what I considered to be my "type"  but we are so good for each other. We are opposites in many ways but a like in others. Its sort of a mix that makes it all work together.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Three Days Late for Day 17 & Day 18 oh and Day 19

Day 17: Someone you wish you could switch lives with for a day.

I don't really know how to answer this question. I don't think that you could truly experience anything in just one day and how do you really know what someone else's life is like?
  • I'd like to try being a stay at home rich wife for like a month. I don't think a day would work for this one. Then all my shopping and crafting abilities could be in full force.
  • I'd like to try being a CEO or some one high up ina company. I think it would be fun to be the real boss.
  • I'd take my pick at a few or more celebrities. (Although none are really jumping out at me right now)
So there you go a totally lamo post.


I have plans to have a couple of these someday. We haven't really decided when and I'm ok with that. I'm not in a hurry and there is no need to put a due date on it. Anthony and I have decided that we will know when we're ready for that part in our lives. For now we are happy with the way things are 

 Before we have babies we are definitely going to have one of these. Isn't he cute? Anthony and I have made more plans for puppies than we have for babies! Ha. He has known since I met him that he wanted one of these. I just can't decide what I want. I have been researching a little and have limited it to the following:



Siberian Husky

I have never been to Disneyland before. My parents always picked vactions like, Zions, or Bryce Canyon, or Mt. Rushmore, etc. Not saying I didn't have fun, but I feel like it is a must to go to Disneyland. Anthony and I are going for our anniversary in March. No if's and's or but's about it.

I definitely want to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower. This I think is sort of a dream/goal. I am not sure if I will ever make it here or not. This definitely isn't on Anthony's to do list so maybe I might have to wait til I'm older. Who knows, but I am going to try.

I have serious plans to go to New York. This one I got Anthony to agree upon.

I have plans to become a teacher. I have about two and a half years to go. I wish it could be faster because the sooner I get out of retail the better. I chose to be a teacher because 1. I love english and history and I was always really good at those subjects so teaching them seemed obvious and 2. I wanted a job where I could be a mom too.

I have plans to be a stay at home mom for a little bit too. I am not sure when this will happen whether that means a break from teaching or in between, but I'd like to take a break from work and just be a mom for a while.

This I have decided is going to be graduation present. I know it isn't the most practical of all mommy mobiles out there, but I refuse to have a mini-van and anything that looks like its pretending not to be a mommy van. I have always wanted a Toyota Tacoma. Dark blue is my favorite color but they aren't making it anymore but I would definitely be ok with the white. Don't you think I'd look good driving this thing?

I plan on owning a house. My favorite style of house is colonial. I love all the windows and the wrap-around porch. I plan on having sort of an in between house and then building or buying something similar to this. Obviously money plays a big part on this one. Anthony and I are sort of preparing now for this one. We hope that in the next two years we can buy a house while its a buyer's market.


Day 19: Nicknames you have and why you have them

I have never really had to many nicknames. Which is kinda funny cause when you think about it my name presents a lot of oppurtunities (Chris, Christy, Chrissy). No one has ever called me by any of those names. I have always been Christene.

My mom calls me "sister" I am the only girl in my family and this is why I think. My dad calls me it sometimes, but not really.

Anthony called me C-Dog while we were dating, now he just calls me babe.

A few friends at work call my Pupi. Its an inside joke and I don't even know how it started.

My aunt calls me pumpkin, but I think she calls everyone that. I can't remember.

Well thats pretty lame I should make up my own nickname :]

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cheating on Day 16-Sorta

Today, is supposed to be another picture of me, but that sounds totally boring so I thought I'd put another picture up.

Anthony and I went to Color Me Mine for the first time last weekend with some friends for a birthday party. It is a little expensive, but if you go after 6 on Saturday studio fees are half price. You also have to pay for the ceramic that you are going to paint. Anthony and I decided that we should paint something we would actually use rather than some kind of figurine even though it was a little more expensive. These plates were about $10 a piece. Obviously more than you would pay for at the store, but it comes with the memory too :]. We decided to paint a plate for each other. I started out with an awesome idea, but messed up so I had to improvise. Anthony's is awesome, its the owl one. He painted something that he knew I would love. I feel bad that mine isn't centered on Anthony. I think I will go back by myself and make another to suprise him.

Well thats it for today folks!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 15: Welcome Home.

Put your iPod on shuffle and list the first ten songs that play:

Cadillac Ranch by: Chris LeDoux
Long Line of Cars by: CAKE
Take Me With You by: Secondhand Serenade
A Place For My Head by: Linkin Park
Better by: Regina Spector
Fast Cars and Freedom by: Rascal Flatts
Welcome Home (Acoustic) by: Coheed and Cambria
In My Head by: Jason DeRulo
You Found Me by: The Fray
Revelry by: Kings of Leon

And there we have it. There is a lot of variety on here. The bolded songs are songs from Anthony, at least ones that I had never heard of before until we were dating. Of course I had heard and knew songs from CAKE, Linkin Park, and Coheed and Cambria, but now I actually know them. Not just their popular stuff. He also has introduced me to a lot of acoustic stuff which I really like. I especially like the intro to the song featured above "Welcome Home" you may recognize it from the move 9? A Tim Burton movie. Anyways I will leave you with a video of the song live. It is a little long, but just listen to intro. Its amazing.

Disclaimer: I listened to the whole song and I'm pretty sure its edited, but there might be something I didn't hear. So please do not be upset if there is anything offensive. I mostly wanted to point their talent mainly in the intro.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two Posts in One Day?! I must be bored!

Tuesdays are my favorite and least favorite day all in one.

Reason being: I get to spend the earlier half of the day with my hubby. Usually includes sleeping in, going to lunch and lounging around the house. It's awesome. Then 2:30 rolls around and he has to leave and I am stuck at home left doing whatever I want until I have to go to school at 7:00 and come home at 9:00 and then wait some more for him to come home.

So like my title says I am bored, but I shouldn't be. I have a whole list of things I need to do.

See here they are: As of right now we can cross off CARDS and I am pretty sure we can cross off HOTEL. I assigned that one to the hubby, and I am pretty sure we made a decision.

But as for everything else.... that's another story.

So basically I haven't been doing anything remotely productive. I did send out an email, and put something in the mail. But I've sorta just been catching up on Grey's Anatomy.

Oh and eating these:

These things are too expensive, but they are so good. I couldn't pass the Hickory Farms stand up. The whole bag is almost gone. I really need to be eating something more substantial because I have school in about 45 minutes and I wont be home til late soooo...

Thanks for listening to my ramblings today.

Skipping Day 13 onto Day 14

Since I have already introduced you to most of my family already here are some other photos I haven't shown before.

So here our my parents. I think I look like the both of them, but the only thing I got from my dad according to my mom is my freckles, long toes and bad teeth. Haha! Oh and my sense of humor.

 Here our my brothers and I. Matthew and Garrett. We our all cookie cutters of each other. When Garrett and I were growing up people thought we were twins.

And here is the rest of my extended family. I come from a really small family.
Starting from the left: Grandma Bev and Grandpa Dan, Alisha, Aunt Wendy, Matthew, Anthony, Me, Aunt Vicki, Garrett, Mom, Dad, Uncle Chris, Grandpa Jerry, Aunt Jan and Uncle Brent.

Well I hope these posts aren't getting redundant. Need something a little more entertaining.

Day 15 is tomorrow

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 12

How I found out about blogger and why I have one.

In my English 1010 class is where I found out about it. We had to post to the blog like three times a month for an assignment, but I never really knew what you could do with it.

It wasn't until my best friend's sister in law, Randilyn started one did I realize 1. That a lot of people I know have one and use it to update stuff and 2. That there is a world of blog crafts. Which is what I spend most of my time doing.

  • I have one because I am not very good at doing the written journal sort of thing.
  • Because I need some reason to take pictures of Anthony and I.
  • So family can know about us and what we are up to.
  • And also I have something to do when I am bored.
  • Also maybe I make people laugh. (probably not though)

And there you have it!

I'm caught up.

I'm planning on skipping Day 13 (write a letter to someone who has hurt you) post. I agree with Gillian, and I don't need to dwell on the past and make people wonder who I am writing it to. So I will have to come up with something else.

Day 11

I'm a little behind, but thats ok. I was super busy this past weekend. Just working. Ugh

Day 11: Another picture of you and your friends

I have known Trevor and Josh for a long time, since kindergarten in fact. We have always sorta been friends, but our junior year in highschool is when we became best friends. We fit perfectly together. We still hung out a lot after highschool, but then Trevor went on a mission. He is serving in Chicago, Illinois and Josh has moved to Midvale. I still see Josh, just not as much as I used too. I can't wait til Trev comes home. I miss him and I miss the three of us together. Never have I laughed so hard as I do with them.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 10

 Songs you listen to when you're bored, happy, sad, mad, hyped:

This may be a little hard because I am not at home and don't have my laptop to read off my most played list on itunes.

So here are some songs that I listen to ALL the time: (I am sure I am missing some)

"Teenage Dream" by: Katy Perry
"Magic" by:  B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo
"Believe" by: Cher
"One More Time" by: Daft Punk
"Sexy Back" by: Justin Timberlake
"Here (In your arms)" by: Hellogoodbye
"Strip Me" by: Natasha Bedingfield (her new single, LOVE IT)

"Somethin Like That" by: Tim McGraw
"This is Us" by: Keyshia Cole
"Then" by: Brad Paisley
"Big Green Tractor" by: Jason Aldean
"Down" by: Jay Sean
"Love Like Woe" by: Ready Set

"I'll be Missing You" by: P.Diddy
"Just a Dream" by: Nelly
"I Miss You" by: Incubus
"Just to See You Smile" by: Tim McGraw
"Whiskey Lullaby" by: Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

So there are so many songs I like. I'd like to think that I have a pretty wide range of music - Anthony introduced me to a lot of alternative stuff which was mainly the music I was missing.

Also interesting note: I do not listen to music when I am mad. Weird, huh? Its like when I am driving in the car and I am super mad about something (i.e. a stupid customer) all I can think about is how upset I am and I don't even realize what is playing on the radio/iPod/CD. I like to solve things in my head and I think about things a lot so I sorta tune everything out.

Hope you have a good weekend!

We're going to Color Me Mine tomorrow for a birthday party!!! So excited.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 9

Something I'm proud of!

So this is a little cheesy and probably not what was intended for this post, but I am dang proud of it and I boast about it to everyone (ha well not everyone, but everyone who I think would appreciate it). So here it is:

I have always loved owls. Even before they became popular. I had seen a lot of owl pillow thing floating around in the blog world and thought that I could make that. Now let me just say that I can sew, but I really don't like too. I am really impatient and the fact that you have to make a pattern and sew things a certain way drives me crazy. So I don't sew very often especially anything that requires a pattern.

 I knew I wanted to make this so I took a picture of an owl I liked the shape of and free-handed it on some cardstock and then traced it onto felt. I created different pieces and made layers. I glued them together rather than sewing because that would create more room for error. I did embroider the eyes to add some dimension. I am going to sew/glue (can't decide) onto the fabric shown in the background and turn it into a pillow for my couch. I am also thinking about embroidering "hoo loves you" on the bottom. But I probably wont cause it will probably ruin it so. I hope to finish it soon, but I have sort of felt "uncrafty" this week. So, maybe next week. I still need to buy some filling for the pillow.

I am just really proud of it because it turned out exactly the way I wanted it to and I worked hard on it. Anthony was also really shocked at how good it turned out. I am slowly getting him obsessed with owls, everytime we go somewhere where they have something with owls he points it out to me.

So there you go, the latest and greatest from me!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 8: Short Term Goals & When You'll Accomplish Them

I like to make goals a lot. I am a list sort of person, I like to write everything down so that when I finish I can cross it off and it makes me feel like I'm actually getting stuff done. So sometimes I even write down silly stuff, like take a shower, or make bed.

I actually made a list of 20 things to do in my 20th year when I turned 20, but since a lot of those are long term goals I will share some of the shorter term ones.

1. Get straight A's. I actually think that I am well on my way this semester. I am doing well in all of my classes and actually have turned in ALL my homework. I was like this in high school, but somehow when I started college I didn't care so much. I care a lot more now that Anthony and I are actually paying for all of college, no grants, no loans, just our hard earned money. If I don't accomplish it by this semester then I will try for next semester.

2. Save for Christmas and stay within budget. I am not very good at saving money, I never have been. I never spend money I don't have though, like credit cards. I just never save any of it. So Anthony and I are for sure not going to put anything on our credit card for Christmas and we are saving now so that its not a big chunk at once. In fact I've already gotten a few gifts for him.

So there are my short term goals. I'll let you know if I accomplish them.

See Ya Tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 7: Welcome to the Pity Party

There are a lot of people that inspire me, but I couldn't decide who to write about.

I am having one of those, what I like to call "poopy" days. Where I just feel all sorts of things ranging from frustration, sadness, loneliness, anger, tiredness, annoyance, etc. but there isn't really an explanation as to why. Anybody out there know what I mean?

So, in light of what I just shared above I decided that I need to write about Anthony. Because he inspires me, and he will be home in about an hour and know exactly what to say to make me forget about all the stuff mentioned above.

So let me tell you something about Anthony. He can't be serious. Ever. Everytime I some kind of problem or I trying to talk to him about something "serious" his solution is to make me laugh. Which during that time makes me so furious, but when it's over I see that laughter is really the best medicine and almost always I forget what was bothering me in the first place.

So let me show you some pictures of what I mean by Anthony not being serious:

 This one we actually got a good smile! I had to add it in.
Anthony inspires me to be more positive. I can get pretty negative, and I often throw pity parties for myself. I have gotten a lot better than I was when we were first married, but I occasionally still go through these "spells" and today happens to be one of them.

So let me tell you about it.

Anthony and I NEVER see each other. Now I realize that when you get married the expectation of how much you see each other is a lot higher than actuality. But, we really NEVER see each other. I'm not being dramatic. So I get up at 8 o'clock and then I go to work and I don't get home until 7 o'clock, but that hardly matters because you see Anthony goes to work at 3 o'clock and he doesn't get home until midnight and it goes on like this EVERYDAY (except for the Tuesday and the weekends). Sounds fun, huh? I do wait up for him, but it pretty much means that I am tired a lot. Sometimes this gets the better of me and I cry and I get totally depressed about our situation.

And then . . .

Anthony comes home like the knight and shining armor and he makes it all better. He reminds me that this isn't going to be like this forever. Which is true. Just hard for me to remember at times. He is able to take a completely negative situation and turn it into a positive one. He does this to every situation not just ones that involve us and our relationship but other things too. Like car stuff, house stuff, family stuff, and work. Whatever.

This is why Anthony is my inspiration. He reminds me that there is always light in the dark. I love him so much and I am soooo lucky to have him in my life.

So there it is my pity party and my inspiration.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 6: My Favorite Super-Hero & Why?

Ok, so I am late with posting, but I think instead of doing two posts today I will be a day behind. It is too hard for me to post on Sunday. It is the only day I get all day with my hubby so I don't like to play on the computer too much.

Onto my favorite super-hero. This one was kinda hard for me, I grew up with two brothers who loved super-heros and we had every video, toy and whatever they had, but for me I never became attached to any one super-hero.

As I was thinking about it though I thought of this:

And this:

Do you remember these girls? Totally Spies and Powerpuff Girls? I loved watching them on Cartoon Network (even my brothers got in on it). I liked that there was still a sense of being a girl AND being a super-hero. So that is why they were and are my favorite super-heroes. I think society sometimes makes it seem that if your a girl and super-feminine that you're weak. Does that make sense? Anyways these super-heroes prove that you can be feminine and strong. Although if I remember right it seems like one of the Totally Spies was really dumb!? I think the blonde one?

Tomorrow I will start with Day 6! (Or maybe tonight)