Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Ramblings

...I heard from my friend yesterday that Julia's hole in her heart has closed up and she's gaining weight. Great news! They will still need continued prayers as they have a long road ahead of them the next couple of months.

...Hard to believe as of today we are in the single digit countdown to the wedding! Excited. Nervous. Anxious. Antsy. Nervous. :)

...This weekend I plan to take full advantage Saturday and possibly sleep in. So looking forward to it!

...Rehearsal is this Sunday. So glad I decided to have it early. I knew my family would be driving an hour to get there. Just seemed like too much to have it back to back with it usually being on that Friday, the evening before the wedding. This way everyone can relax and enjoy themselves and better yet not have to work the next day!

...My last day at work before the wedding is Tuesday. Starting to rethink that decision and wonder why in the world I didn't take that day off as well. Oh well. I may post a little on Tuesday then I will be M.I.A. until the 18th! Will be JAMAICA BOUND! YA MON!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Work Shower

Me with some shower goodies: cake made by co-worker, cookies, punch, and mouth watering Health bar fruit dip.

Wine glasses that a co-worker frosted.

Porcelain measuring cups.

Sign a co-worker made for us which I've got planned to use at the wedding.

Weekend Wrap Up

Got the rest of the wedding table decorations spray painted. Just as I got done, a few neighbors stopped by to visit. After about 10 when everyone left, Mike and I had supper. lol His grandma, Luebbert sent over some yummy vegetable beef soup.

Went to Jeff to pick up the candle lighter dresses. Stopped in at Hobby Lobby for a few misc. wedding items then headed home. Spent the whole day doing wedding stuff and some cleaning in between times. Mike had his annual bowling dinner/meeting for the year so I fixed tuna salad for my supper. Not often I get this since Mike hates tuna. I have yet to change that! :)

Went to church with Mike and Jr. At the last minute I opt out of going to communion. I know I can't receive it but I can place my hands across my chest and be blessed. Next time I may go up as I feel like an outcast sitting in the pew while everyone else is going up. :) After Easter next year I will be able to participate. Going to start my classes this October to become Catholic. This decision didn't come lightly, but more importantly I do feel closer to God and I don't want to have a mixed religion in my immediate family, when we have kids. After church, I fixed million dollar spaghetti from Pinterest with Mike's grandma, Luebbert's sauce recipe. Mom and dad came over to eat and brought some wedding stuff over. Everyone seemed to like it, I thought it seemed a little too rich with the cream cheese mixture added to it. It was good, but probably not a dish I'll fix again.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Ramblings

...Plan to buckle myself down this weekend and get everything for the wedding I can get done finished. Really there isn't too much more to do.

...Got our koozies over the weekend. I went ahead and gave dad and Chad one sent they were there when I opened them. Turkeys are using them already!!! lol

...So far my friends little girl, Julia is a fighter. Truly a miracle and I continue to pray for her that she keeps going strong. Going to be a long road ahead of them.

...I think my nerves have set in. I haven't been nervous at all until this week realizing how close the wedding is.

...My work is throwing me a bridal shower on Friday. Looking forward to the food, a lot of items on the list are off of Pinterest so they are sure to be delicious! :)

...I stayed two nights this week at mom and dads. Mostly because of road work, it's been ridiculous.  Just Monday I left 10-15 minutes earlier due to road construction and I was 20 minutes late for work! I hate being late. Plus it saved me a ton in gas this week. Trying to pinch every penny for the wedding and honeymoon.

...Mom had my dad make some wedding favors, they turned out really good despite by dad and brother's cutting abilities with a somewhat circle. lol  Wish I could share! :)

...So crazy to think in just 3 weeks I will be in Jamaica and a HUGE break from here! CANNOT WAIT! Oh and maybe for the wedding as well. :)

...Bet you all are counting down the days as well so my blog posts aren't always about the wedding! :)

...My brother, Todd saw a mountain lion on his way home through county roads Tuesday night. Sends chills down my spine. In my opinion those things do not need to be alive!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up

I had the day off. It was so nice, wish every weekend was three days. I spent the morning visiting with a friend and her new baby, Abigail. She is the sweetest and very alert and smiling about the whole time I was there. Headed to Jeff and stopped in at the hospital where Mike's cousin Jennifer had her baby girl, Isabella Rose. She was in a happy mood as well and I got a half smile from her just enough to show off her dimples. So it was a good baby visiting day. Stopped at Target and Hobby Lobby before heading to Victoria's for my last dress fitting. Dress fits perfect!

Abigail Otto. She is the perfect combo of her mommy and daddy!

Isabella Rose. Her hair is more dark than shown in the picture. Look at that double chin! :)
That evening Mike fried fish out in our shed. Randy, Elizabeth, Jason and his son, Parker came over. By the end of the night so did the neighbors kids. Maybe we should start charging for daycare? lol I have no clue who they are and yet it didn't seem to bother them their kids were over at our house. Which we didn't mind, they're between the ages of 3-5. They roam the streets in town all day, every day and go home when it's dark. Just seems a little young to me to be out on your own and for that matter playing in the street where many drive too fast through. Makes me nervous!

Headed to Vienna for a practice run on my hair. Went to mom and dads to show them and to visit. After I got home I saw online my friend had her baby 10 weeks early, Julia Faye weighing 1lb. 13 oz. I had just checked on her last week and she seemed to be doing good. She has been through so much the past two years, I pray Julia will pull through and be a healthy baby girl. So far, I'm assuming no news is good news!

That evening Mike, Randy and I headed to St. Anthony Truck and Tractor Pull. Good evening for it and it was nice to see a lot of people we don't get to see very often.

Mike and I headed to mom and dads to eat and visit. They talked Mike into riding Chads horse, I was shocked he went for it. I on the other hand have no interest in it. I used to love riding horses, but I seen my brother get hurt way too many times and it done me in. They make me very nervous. Came home and cleaned the house then it was a lazy evening for me.


I have been checking daily at work for the past week or two the accu weather predictions for the wedding. Last week it said thunderstorms and humid. This week its sunshine! I hope and pray it stays that way for the wedding even though we need the rain really bad. It can rain the day before and day after September 8th. :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012


I am back to a public blog, figured this would be easier for everyone. For now I'll stay public, still unsure of the unknown with strangers reading my blog. So for now it will stay back to this way and if I change it back I let you all know in advance. Thank you for your patience, April.

Thursday Ramblings

...Tomorrow I go in for possibly my last dress fitting! Wedding is getting so close and I just realized this week I have not even tried once to start practicing writing my new name! lol

...Just when I thought I was done with bridesmaid crisis, something comes up. lol The zipper on Kara's dress isn't attached right. At least it's a small fix. 

...Over the weekend I grabbed mom and dads suitcases since we're using them for Jamaica. I went ahead and packed what we won't need until the trip and well Mike's bag is already full! Not sure where we're going to fit all of my things? I took a least a 1/4 of his suitcase for my things. :)

...I've been on the search for a good cross body purse with lots of pockets, easy to clean, etc. Finally found the perfect one at Gordmans in Springfield! I just feel safer going to another country/traveling with a cross body vs. a regular purse or tote.

...Just about have all my bridesmaid and candle lighter gifts wrapped up. Just need to write a personal message to each one.

...Finally got a fire proof box this week.

...If I could afford it, I think I would probably order Jimmy Johns every day of the work week. Starting to like it more than Subway and that says a lot for me. I always get the same, Beach Club with no mayo and add honey mustard to it. Yum!

...We just got a new refrigerator at work. The old one quit working properly since last January and corporate just now let us get a new one. So happy, now I can start bringing my lunch instead of buying. Which it would have made sense to buy a small cooler, I just never got around to it.

...Nice to feel wanted, this is from a big competitor. Not the same one I mentioned a month ago about a job offer.
You are my lifesaver today! I am serious when I say..THANK YOU so much, you don't know how much I appreciate you sending me those pictures. I wish you worked for us, you are so easy going and always willing to help. I know because you have helped me out before. I owe you big time! Really....Any time you need something from us let me know. I will try to help you out!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Countdown is on

27 more days until this is my view for a week! Can't wait!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Crockpot Cube Steak and Gravy

This is the recipe I made yesterday off of Pinterest. It's pretty close to what Mike's mom fixes in the oven that Mike likes so well except hers doesn't include the onion soup mix. It was so good and tender.

Cube steak

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1 envelope onion soup mix

3/4  cup water
Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low all day. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes or with your favorite side dishes.


Here's a few pictures of the Olympics that took place in our back yard according to Ms. Kylie. My camera wasn't cooperating with me very well so I didn't get any good ones. We have a pvc pipe from the old septic tank, that was her balance beam/pose spot. Then Mike had to do everything she did which is another reason my camera should have worked! He looked like a fairy! lol

Weekend Wrap Up

Randy grilled steaks so we all enjoyed the evening outside. Kylie had fun teaching Mike gymnastics. She's been watching the Olympics maybe a little too much. lol

Headed to meet mom at her house for a shopping day in Springfield. Got a lot of misc wedding items. I was shocked to see Mike's cousins, Missey and Anabeth at Hobby Lobby just as shocked as they were to see me since they're from the Lake. While we were in Walmart I got the best text, my friend Lindsay had her baby girl, Abigail Marie weighing 8lb. 14 oz and 21 inches long! Figured it was safe to go ahead and post it on here since others broke the news on facebook. I have yet to see her, hoping to maybe get that accomplished Friday on my day off. I just knew she was going to be a boy, which a week ago I did have a dream she was a girl, it was so real I had to text Lindsay to make sure she didn't have the baby yet. lol Had lunch/supper at Fridays, it was good but not as good as I've had their before.

Cleaned house and started getting wedding items done. Put flowers in a few things my dad made, going to be hard not to post a picture and share with you all. It turned out way better than I expected and something I can keep in my house afterwards for decor. Went to Mike's mom and dads for lunch then headed back home to do some painting. I had Mike help me since I needed to move things around in the garage to get to the plywood I was painting on. Ended up turning into a garage cleaning day since there was ants everywhere and possibly maggots under the trash can. YUCK! Fixed cube steak for supper in the crock pot with mashed potatoes and baked zucchini. It was so good!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday Ramblings

...Hoping to knock off some more wedding decorations this weekend. Saturday mom and I are going to Springfield to pick up a few misc wedding items. 

...I sure miss a fellow co-worker, Corrie. She was pretty well the only friend friend I had here. There's others I get along with but well they're old. lol

...Victoria's Bridal really needs to quit displaying new dresses every time I go in there. I found ANOTHER dress I am in absolute awe over. lol It will have to just be in my dreams!

...Mike has never wore sandals since I've been dating him. I finally bought him two flip flops and a nicer pair for Jamaica. I think he will find they aren't so bad after all and will be nice to wear in his heat wave!
...Yesterday I got a sweet text from Lisa, it read:
"So... in one month you will officially be my sister-in-law! :)"
So glad Mike's family is very welcoming!  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


This is from the wedding I went to back in June of a former co-worker of mine, Corrie in Crystal City. By no means was this wedding that crazy or dangerous. lol Corrie saw an idea on Pinterest and went with it a little too well. Yes these are ALL real guns! The one Zach is holding, the groom is longer than me! No telling what people thought as they drove by the church seeing all these large guns. lol

Monday, August 6, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up

Mike and I finished picking out the songs and hymns for the wedding.

Had our 4th Annual Jon Boat float trip. Weather was perfect for it! I applied sunscreen every second I got, but I still got a little burnt. Hopefully I don't peel so I don't look funny for the wedding. That evening Randy BBQ pork burgers in our shed and had everyone over from the float trip. Little Laci must have liked my roasting arm since she fell right to sleep on me and didn't finish her bottle. lol Hard to believe she is younger than my cousin Parker since she is a lot bigger.

Headed to Rolla for my last shower, 'stock the pantry'. I shouldn't have to worry about canned/box goods and cleaning supplies for awhile. Will help us out a lot! My cake was a Tide box, fit the theme and not to mention my so called hobby of laundry. :) Came home and unloaded the car. Mike was working the turkey farm to help Jr. out since the well went out. Had to get 600 lbs of water to them, quite the job. Got the majority of the items put away. Watched Big Brother and called it a night.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday Ramblings

...Last week there was a Janitor from Newburg arrest for statutory sodomy in the second degree and sexual contact with a student. People are just sick! After learning more about it, it was so obvious what was going on as to why the parents didn't see this was happening right under their nose. This man is in his 40s and would even pick up this 15 year old male from his house to go out to eat, etc. like a date. Very sad! 

...This weekend is our annual jon boat float trip. Looking forward to it! First time I've had a chance to be on the river all summer long! So much nicer on the upper part of the Osage river, usually never meet anyone but maybe two boats that are fishing. So peaceful! 

...Yesterday I had the day off. Almost didn't seem like it since I was gone all day running errands and went for another dress fitting. Almost forgot my HL coupon, that's almost a sin to forget that thing. lol Wish every store had weekly coupons to use like they do, 40% off came in handy! 

...Went for another dress fitting yesterday. Needs a few more tweaks and it will be perfect! I did see three other dresses there I loved. lol 

...Finally down to my last bridal shower this weekend. Ahh at last, then by this time next week I will be caught up once again on thank yous until after the wedding. Which will be here in no time! :)