Feb 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday: story of a naive freshman

So today I have a little story for you friends. 

The story of this:

That's right, today's post is brought to you by the story of our proposal.

You see, I had known it was coming for about 4 months. I just had no idea when or how it was going to happen. Being the excited girl I was, I told a few of my friends that he was going to propose. One day while I was on the phone with him, I was shoo-ed out of the room so these friends could hear all the details. *Okay, this is fun! Now some people know how it's happening and they think I'll love it.*

Then a few more friends found out. The next time he visited, I was shoo-ed out again so the story could be told. *Little irritating that I have to keep leaving, but still cool that more people think I'll love it.*

All of my friends on my floor find out.. Now every time he visits it seems like I get asked to leave so they can all talk about it (most likely an exaggeration but that's how it felt). *Annoyed. Now I'm the only one who doesn't know what's happening and I can't be in a room with everyone because even when M isn't here, they want to talk about it.*

We all talked about how they couldn't act weird even though they knew it was coming because I would know something was up. They sure fooled me! I talked to almost every one of them earlier in the day and not a single one gave it away. One friend was told she had to avoid me all day because she might drop the bomb. We talked but she never let anything slip!

It's homecoming day! Freshman year, all pumped up for the game. We get dressed and being college girls find it necessary to run down the halls and take pictures with everyone. Some people were a little quiet, I just figured it was early and they were tired (wrong). Once pictures are done, we make the trek over to the stadium and find our way all the way up to into the nose-bleeds. I had no intentions of getting up early enough to get semi-decent seats. We watch the game and are fairly entertained by all the drunk, belligerent college students. The game was pretty boring (I believe we lost) so we started taking more pictures.










Fully oblivious. They were freaking out. I've been told they kept looking at each other, mouthing how many hours were left. I'd been having a weird feeling all day, like something was going to happen. They had a point in the game where people could send messages and they would show up on the jumbo screen. *Hopes up* I watched that screen like a hawk thinking, well maybe this will be when it happens! Giant let down, no messages for me. 

Oh, how clueless I was..

After the game we went back and hung out for awhile. I wanted to go out because obviously, it's homecoming so what else are we supposed to do? Except we had these plans to go Campaniling and no one would let me cancel. "You guys, it's not a big deal. We can just go another day." Still no one would let me cancel.

Side story: Campaniling is a tradition at Iowa State. It's said that you aren't a true Iowa Stater until you kiss someone under the Campanile (clock tower) at midnight. The night before homecoming there is Mass Campaniling but we knew there would be a ridiculous amount of people and we didn't want to go then.

So we hang out, play some games. People were coming in and out of the room but it was not out of the ordinary so I didn't think twice about it. Finally my best friend, who promised to go with us, bailed because she was "tired." I was mad but I convinced another friend to go along and take pictures.

Right before we went to leave, M asked if I wanted to change clothes. We were both wearing sweats but I thought, no I'll be fine if we have pictures wearing sweats since that's what we're always in. He asked a few more times but I reassured him and we set out across campus. Fast forward a lot of random picture taking/time wasting and some very awkward campaniling. Yes, making out next to a ton of other people who are doing the same is in fact awkward. I decided I wanted to wait until everyone left for better pictures.

I had no idea how much better those pictures were about to get. About 15 minutes later everyone finally cleared out and we called my friend over who was going to take pictures. As she walked closer she was on the phone and she just hung up on the person. When I asked, she played it off "That's just how our friendship rolls." Not unusual for her, worked for me. Later I found out that she was on the phone with my other friends so it was fine.

We go back in, take our pictures. Then he starts talking all sweetly. Next thing I know, he's down on his knee and I'm shocked!! Then I look over to realize my roommate and my best friend who was "too tired" had shown up to see the whole thing! We heard lots of clapping and realized some other students had shown up in the process. My friends had been hiding in the bushes outside of the Campanile the entire time and I almost found them multiple times. 

Can't control myself, the awkwardness was overwhelming.

Nearly ruining the whole thing, my friends were hiding behind us.


Also, never ask a clearly drunk person to try and take your photo. This was the best of about 6 shots that this person took.



M knew how much my love for Iowa State meant to me so he planned a perfect proposal to incorporate a great tradition! If you're still here, reading, thank you! I know this was a long post but I wanted to share the whole story and it will help me remember now that it's all written down.

xoxo,
Mandy

Feb 27, 2013

Time to Relax

Although our reception felt like it was over in the blink of an eye, it was so much fun to just sit down and realize how many people were there to celebrate with us. We had a lot of people coming up to talk to us or ask us questions which meant that I got to eat about 3 bites of food. 

Wedding Party Entrance:


Speeches:










Now comes the fun part :)



Don't worry, the spot that looks like it's on my dress is actually cake flying through the air. I believe I won our little cake smashing event :)


xoxo,
Mandy

Feb 26, 2013

things I want to teach my baby boy

Take a breather folks, this is no announcement!

In the past few days I feel like my baby fever has sort of subsided. I don't want to jinx it but I'm feeling content for the moment. However, I started thinking about things that I want to teach my little kiddos when they do come along. (Maybe it hasn't subsided as much as I want to believe..)

Let me just start this off by saying that as a full-on girly girl, I hope to have a baby girl first. This will probably be horrible on our bank account but it's just what I've always imagined. Yet the more I think about it, having a little boy would be just as exciting to me!

I'm going to flash back for a moment and say that I also wanted my own little pint-sized pup ever since I saw the Cheetah Girls movie. I also just assumed that I would get a girl puppy so I could be that crazy dog owner who puts bows in her fur and dresses her up in cute clothes. Cue eye rolling. Flash to present day and we now own a spastic feisty, manly little pup.

Back to baby talkin'.

It occurred to me today that just as there are things I want to teach my little girl, there are things I want to teach my little boy. There is one thing that sticks out above all else.

Treat every girl like a queen!

If you plan on taking a girl out on a date, you best bring her flowers. Doesn't have to be anything fancy but that extra step shows your sincerity. I guarantee if the rest of the date is a flop, at least you'll be the sweet boy who brought her flowers. Open her door, pull out her seat, be a true gentleman. I will teach you these things because they are so very important! (This is not an excuse to act however you want just because you brought her something though). The way to a girl's heart is to be a gentleman. I have not met one girl who wasn't happy with a guy who treated her this way. Continue to be a gentleman while you're dating and into marriage. It's something that should never stop!

If I don't succeed in teaching my boy anything except for this, I will still be one proud mama.

Weird post written by someone who doesn't have and is not expecting any children, over and out.

xoxo,
Mandy


Feb 25, 2013

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Feb 21, 2013

If you don't live in the North, you probably have never..

..felt the joy of your parents saying "Go back to bed, there's no school." Seeing your school's name scroll across the bottom of the screen was probably one of the highlights of my junior high/high school experience. A few years ago, it was the joy of waking up to a text message saying school closed. Now I wait for an email that class will be cancelled, knowing it isn't going to come.

At some point between right now and tomorrow night I'm wishing/hoping/begging for a snow day. My amount of time left to still have snow days is dwindling but this storm just might make it happen!

Many of you don't live in Iowa but I'll catch you up. It's going to snow. Also, super windy. Shocker, right? Well today the forecast calls for 6 to 9 inches with locally larger amounts. Sounds like I'm going to be hunkered down inside whenever possible! Except that I'm going to a concert tonight (which *hopefully* won't be cancelled) so I'll be standing outside for a little while until we get in the door. Many of the teachers at work are thinking we might have a snow day. Because they keep pushing back the start time, it will probably be tomorrow instead of today. 

Either way, I'll gladly accept it!

For those of you who have never had a snow day, you're missin' out! I bet you're saying "I'd rather not deal with the snow than have a snow day." Living in the Midwest, I don't mind the snow. It can occasionally ruin plans but if you absolutely have to get somewhere, it is possible. Generally I just take my snow day as a sign that I was supposed to stay home and relax.

So what do you do on a snow day? 

Total relaxation, my friends.

You can do whatever you please as long as it can be done from the warmth of your home. Let's be honest here, no one wants to step out in that cold. You may think it's a good idea but the second you step outside you will either turn around and decide it's not worth it OR complain incessantly and wonder why you thought it was a good idea. 

If you do choose to go outside, you will more than likely look like this:


or this:

I start out with ambitious goals. Like cleaning up the apartment. Doing some crafts, maybe a little baking. All those ideas pretty much go out the window I decide a nap sounds so much better. If I get anything accomplished, it's usually the baking! Snow days also involve a lot of Facebook stalking, Twitter creeping, blog reading, Pinning sprees, maybe some online shopping, and/or Netflix watching. 

There is no wrong way to spend your snow day, do with it as you please! Here's to hoping I'll get one out of this storm :)

xoxo,
Mandy

Feb 20, 2013

College Student, Seeking Advice

Good morning friends!

I survived yesterday! I only had one class instead of two and we canceled plans with my brother (he was exhausted too) so the day wasn't as jam packed as I thought it would be! I stayed in a pretty positive mood throughout the day and I really think it helped the day go by faster. The only downside to my day was not being able to eat. 
Like I didn't get to eat anything all day until snack time at 3:00 p.m. where a handful of cheeze-its and a slice of cheese were on the menu. I brought yogurt and a grilled chicken sandwich but class got out late so I didn't get a chance to eat them. I could have during naptime but it had been about 3 hours that they were out in the open so I was paranoid about food poisoning. Not sure how long is acceptable to leave things out in the open but I wasn't about to risk it when I had to finish out work and take a test.

I find this to be a problem in my life. Some days I get wrapped up in the things that I have to do, or I don't have enough time, or I just procrastinate (aka take a nap) and then it's too late to eat. 

That's not normal (so I've been told by many friends).

I know it's horrible for my metabolism, one semester of my dietitian major taught me that. However, I have a finicky stomach so I'd rather not eat than force myself. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining! I also can eat more than you would believe some days. It just all depends on how my stomach is feeling!

I'd like to change this though. Fit a quick lunch in on days that I'm super busy. So I need your help dear friends. 

If you bring your lunch to work, what do you bring it in? I don't have access to a fridge, but carrying a lunch bag around is not about to happen either. 
As much as I wanted one of these growing up, it's probably not acceptable to carry one around on campus. I would end up on People of ISU in a heartbeat..
I also don't generally have access to a microwave so most hot lunches are out of the question.

What do you bring for lunch that's quick and easy?

xoxo,
Mandy

Feb 19, 2013

Just stoppin' in!

Hello!
I see I have a ton of new friends around here :)
I just wanted to pop in and say hi to all of you. I can't wait to get to know you and check out all of your blogs! I normally post a lot more but this is a crazy week for me.

Today is my craziest day in a long time.
I have class all morning, work from 12-5:30, get to my test at 5:45, test until 8, then the possibility of going to see my brother after. 
Some of you are thinking yeah, yeah that sounds like a normal day for me. But this isn't my normal day and that sort of throws me into a stress panic.

I will hopefully be getting back to regular posts after today, sorry for lacking in that department!

Although I may be stressed out, I'm only focusing on today. I'm keeping a positive mindset because although things will probably go wrong, it's a lot easier to deal with them while being happy than suffer through them while being mad.

Just thought I would leave you with a few inspirational pictures I found last week. Hope you all are having an amazing Tuesday friends!




Thinking about posting this one around campus, everyone needs a little inspiration!

xoxo,
Mandy

I do not own any of these photos, all rights go to their owners.

Feb 16, 2013

Join Me for Snuggle Saturday

Hey everyone!

This Saturday I'm co-hosting the Snuggle Saturday link-up with Sarah, Natalie, and Nicole!
So here are my answers to this week's questions:

1. Describe your most memorable Valentines Day?
My most memorable Valentine's day is a two-way tie between our second Valentine's day and this year. Our second Valentine's day came at a time where we were struggling in our relationship (he was at college, I was stuck at home) so it was really meaningful. He came to my house with flowers, chocolate, and a teddy bear (that I'd been begging him for even though he said no). Then he took me out to my favorite Mexican restaurant! The place was practically deserted so we spent the whole time just focused on each other. We walked back outside to a very gentle snowfall that was absolutely beautiful! The whole night was very memorable.

This year was sort of a three day affair! Since it was our first V-day as married folk, we decided to do things a little differently. The night before Valentine's day we exchange all of our gifts except for one. The 13th was our "present day." Valentine's day was very relaxed, we spent the night hanging out and my brother came over for a few hours. We had supper, drank some wine, and played games all night. The last part of our celebration is yet to come. Tonight he's taking me "out" and the night is a surprise. Can't wait to see what that brings!

2. Describe your worst Valentines Day?
The worst Valentine's day that I can remember is the one where I broke up with my then-boyfriend two days before Valentine's day. Unplanned. I had already gotten him presents. He was supposed to be my date to a dance. Although I broke up with him, I still spent that day all sad and wallow-y. Oh, high school dating.

3. What's your ideal Valentines Date?
My ideal Valentine's date is one where we get to spend the whole time uninterrupted or without having to change our plans. A home cooked meal with something spontaneous like going dancing or some other couples activity. Any date that I don't have to plan and I get to spend it with my husband is ideal!

Now I'd love to read your responses, post away and then link up!

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Next week's theme: THE OSCAR'S
1.       Are you rooting for any film or actor/acress to win?

2.       Nominated or not – what was your favorite movie of 2012?

3.       Do you have a favorite best/worst dressed Oscar attendee from any year? 

4.       What would you wear to the Oscar’s??



xoxo,
Mandy

Feb 15, 2013

Age is just a number


Today I started thinking about my age. Not something that I tend to do a lot but when I stop to think about it I'm amazed at how far in life I've come in just 19 short years. I don't feel my age whatsoever. If I wasn't in college I'm quite certain I wouldn't even remember that I'm still a teenager! 

One thing that I'm especially proud of is finding my best friend who became my husband a little less than 6 months ago. I always wanted to be married young but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen! I definitely don't think my dad ever thought he would give away his baby girl so early. 

Both me and my daddy are bawling in this picture

One thing that I find hilarious is how presumptuous strangers are when they find out I'm married. I get one of two responses. "Oh, do you have any kids?/When are you having babies?" or "Oh, so you're graduating this year, right?" Neither of which is even close to being true! Although I would love to have little babies already, I want to provide for my family so I'm doing what's necessary first. So, I do not nor do I plan to have any babies soon. Second, I'm only a sophomore in college. Just because I'm married does not in any way mean that I'm going to graduate college. 

The best part is when my little friends at work ask me about being married. Mind you, these are two and three year olds for the most part, with the exception of one day a week where I work with three to five year olds. The stuff they come up with on a daily basis is just mind blowing, but especially when it comes to marriage and babies. They are very wedding and baby oriented because some of the teachers got married or had babies over the past year. 

Here's how one conversation during nap time went:

"Teacher Mandy, what's that ring?"
"That's my wedding ring."
"You're married? But, why?"
"Because I love my husband so I married him!"
"When you were little, did you ask your mommy if you could get married?"
"Umm...sure?"
"Do you have babies?"
"I do not."
"When are you going to have babies?"
"Some day when I'm done with college."
"Are they going to cut the baby out of your tummy?"
"Uhhh...I guess that could happen.."
"Are you going to cry when they cut the baby out of your tummy?"
"If that happens I probably will cry but I'll be happy."
"Oh...."

This is just one of the many conversations we've had about this but they have never once said "You look so young" when talking about this.

I know I'm sort of breaking the stereotypes now a days. I didn't get married because I was pregnant. I'm married very young. I still can't wrap my head around how people assume so much! A lot of people are judgmental and give the impression that they think we're going to get divorced. Divorce has never and will never be an option for us. Just because I come from a crappy generation does not mean I don't have decent morals and values. One thing that I love about my generation is the acceptance that just because you're a certain age doesn't mean you can't do something. People who are my age or younger are changing the world every day.

Never assume you or someone else is too young to accomplish anything! Age is really just a number. I know some young people who act like their old and can't accomplish anything. One of my grandmas is in her upper 70's and she is still one of the most active people I know. It's all in how you act and the mindset you take on life!

xoxo,
Mandy

I Love My Post--Blog Hop!

I love my posy Welcome to the I Love My Post blog hop where we invite you to link up your favourite post of the week, to show it off and hopefully receive some love from the others partaking in the hop!
If you are yet to participate in a hop they are really simple to get the hang of all you need to do is 'hop' around, hopefully finding some new great reads!
The Rules are simple. 1. Check out and follow the hosts and co-hosts. Leave them a comment if you would like them to follow back. 2. Choose at least 3 other blogs and hop on over and leave them some love, plus let them know how you found them - I'm sure they would love it if you followed as well! 3. Have Fun and come back next Saturday.
Please just don't link up and click off to make this successful everyone needs to hop around!
Your Host’s this week are: Sarah from Life in a Break Down 
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Her blog follows her journey through life, as a wife and mother - she shares her life through it's up and downs through it's imperfections and hopes it will show others just how you can come through things to be honest she explains it much better than me check it out here. ~ Sarah
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Feb 14, 2013

How well does your husband know you?

A fun activity to link up this Valentine's day!

Here are the instructions:
  1. Fill out the Valentines Day Questions. You can find them here.
  2. Hand over the same set of questions to your spouse and see if they can answer the questions about you. 
  3. Write your post and compare both of your answers
  4. Link up your blog post here!
Want to see how my husband and I did? Read our answers below. 
My responses are pink and his are blue..
1. How long have you been married? 
5 1/2 months // 5 months, 14 days

2. Where was your first date? 
A movie theather near his hometown and Mc D's //  Oelwien Iowa, movie theater

3. Where was your first kiss? 
Outside of my house // Outside of her house

4. Who first said, "I love you"? 
He did, I was too nervous to //  I think I did but it was pretty much the same time!

5. What were your wedding colors? 
Hot Pink, Canary Yellow, and Teal // Teal, yellow, and pink

6. What is her most commonly used phrase? 
"This one kid at work.." // Calling Gage any name she can think of

7.  If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
    Cherry Dr. McGillicuddy's and Sprite for me, Captain and Coke for him // Apple pucker and sprite for her, Rum and Coke for me

8. What is the best meal she has ever cooked you? 
Any meal he doesn't have to cook? Ha! Or the surprise meal I made him after Christmas break (baked ziti) // Surprise meal after Xmas break

9. What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you? 
Anything that I've burnt // I'm not sure! There all pretty tasty! 

10. What would she say is your most annoying habit? 

 Not picking up after himself, especially after I just cleaned! // Rolling my eyes

11. What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?
Say goodnight to Gage then give hubby a kiss // Kisses me goodnight!

12. If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be? 
Not sure, maybe all of my shoes since I have so many pairs? // Her socks, she doesn't use them anyways! (This is so true)

13. What would you say is your favorite thing about her?
My smile or personality // Her love for me! (Awww)

14. What's her blog's name?!
Through the Newlywed Lens // Through the newlywed lense?

15. When was the first time you bought her flowers and why? 
He brought me roses at work because I got into a fight with my mom and he wanted to cheer me up // While she was working, she had a bad day and I wanted to cheer her up!

16. When do you typically buy her gifts for holidays?
The day before or the day of usually! // The week of, usually closer to the day of Haha 

He knows me pretty well!

xoxo,
Mandy

Feb 13, 2013

When I have nothing to say, you get this!

Because I have absolutely nothing interesting to blog about today, for you viewing entertainment:

Walmart selfies..any more explanation needed?


I accidentally flashed the entire wave pool at Valley Fair a few hours after this because I was drowning and hubby was trying to hold me out of the water..














This is probably the worst one of them all...thank you 18th birthday

This is to put the previous photo into perspective...there was only about 2 hours between that photo and this one..

This could be a close second..

I'm in the short pink dress..










You're welcome.

xoxo,
Mandy