Friday, September 25, 2009

A giveaway!

I thought this little giveaway that "Duet Diva" was hosting was just too cute - go check it out!!

Stay tuned for my reviews of this fall TV premieres thus far :o)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Birthdays, Birthdays everywhere!!

This week has been full of special birthdays for us so far!

Monday, 9/14/09, was one of my dearest friends' (who also happens to be B's sister-in-law, and Ashley Paige of ILYMTC) 26th birthday!! Ash and I became fast friends after being introduced by our related (brothers) significant others, and I can barely remember my life without her in it! Even though we didn't know each other before dating the "M" boys, we grew up only 10 minutes away from each other! It was just meant to be ....

Happy Birthday, Lovie - hope it was everything you dreamed of!

TODAY, is my beautiful younger sister Amanda's, 24th birthday!!! (you can find her @ 20 Times A Lady) Unfortunately for her, she is on a business trip as we speak, but she will be back Friday, and B and I will be heading back to Hometown, NJ to help her celebrate and attend a family wedding on Saturday!

Amanda and I, like most sisters, had our share of disagreements (and by disagreements, I mean arguments over clothes in high school), but she is truly one of the most beautiful (inside and out!), caring, genuine and stylish people that I know, and I feel truly blessed that God made us sisters.

Head over and give her a big 2-4 birthday shout out!!!

Happy Birthday, Sis - Love you!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

excitement ......

Well, there are lots of things to talk about - like what I thought of the 90210/Melrose Place premieres (more on that later), how PROUD we are of our JMU Dukes for playing one heck of a game against UMD on Saturday night, and how good it feels that the Jets are 1-0 after week number one - all in all, a solid weekend.

BUT, the real news is that only 68 days stand in between me and this ....

Countdown to Edward/Jacob = commence.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Short Week!

Well, we're back from our wonderful long weekend in Hometown, NJ! Although Friday cannot come soon enough, I feel like I've been so busy this week already!

I finally got myself back into my workout routine, and for the moment, working out in the morning before work is best for me (let's hope this keeps up!) (thanks for the pat on the back!)

Aside from that, our beloved JMU Dukes will be taking on the Maryland Terrapins @ UMD this Saturday, so we're getting a big group of JMU alums together for the game! It should be a great flashback to last winter's playoff game, but with better weather! We'll be meeting up at B's place and heading down to College Park for a full day or reunions, grilling, and some adult beverages :o)

Today also marks the OFFICIAL kickoff to the NFL season! My heart is just full of excitement for this year. Being a Jets fan doesn't also prove to be rewarding, but every new season, there is still some glimmer or hope left! And, since this is the season of Sanchez (cutie), we'll see how that hope plays out! Give me some couch space, chips, a few beers, and B's 52" TV, and I'm in heaven for the next 17+weeks each and every Saturday and Sunday! (I will refrain from talking up Notre Dame until another day :o))


In other news, we booked our plan tickets to Boston for my birthday! Well, we're not actually going on my birthday, but a few short weeks later. I am SO excited, since I've never been to Boston before! We have some friends that live up there, so we'll be catching up at a local watering hole, no doubt, but I want to get as much sight-seeing in as possible! Any suggestions on must see places in Beantown?!


And, what would my life be without weddings and pre-wedding events?! We have a family wedding next weekend in Hometown, NJ, and another (that I'll be attending stag), in October.

A few of my dearest girl friends are planning their weddings over the next few months, so I will be up to my eyeballs busy with all of the fun details that go along with that! I feel like such a grown-up! Le sigh.

And on that note ...

GO Dukes! GO Jets!! GO Irish!

Happy Thursday!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Summer's End ...

Yes, I know that summer is not "officially" over for another few weeks, but I always felt like Labor Day was the official end of summer, most likely because North Jersey schools always let us stay on our summer break until just after the holiday weekend (which is later than ever this year, btw?!).

But, I digress .. this Labor Day weekend, we will be taking a short retreat to Hometown, NJ. B and I try to make it up to see my family once every other month (although I'd love it to be more frequently). A weekend trip to NJ typically involves a 3+ hour car trip, lots of homemade food (or meals out!), extra sleep, and just plain catching up with my parents, sisters and brother.

But, this weekend comes with the added bonus of catching up with a few of my best friends, whom I haven't seen in what feels like FOREVER! You see, I was part of a group of girl friends in high school (and part of middle school), that was 5-7 girls; we are all so different, yet so the same, and have all remained in contact to this very day. In fact, you can check some of them out! "K" @How To Be Awesome & "M" @ Blogs From Inside The Beltway (she just moved to DC near me!)

Both of the dear friends that we are seeing this weekend are getting married over the next 12-13 months, so it's even more fun/exciting to catch up! I truly wish that I had more older (HS) pics to share, but these will have to do for now ...

K, A, E, me & C at E's graduation party!

J, me, L, K & B one summer break from college

Visiting "K" at Virginia Tech!

"A" and I with our Mom's

"A" and I with "B & P" :o)

"A" will be getting married this coming March (2010) near Hometown, NJ, and we have been able to get to know her fiance', "P" very well; him and B get along great! It will be so nice to catch up with them again, since we haven't seen them since Christmas!

"K & S" will be getting married next September (2010), also in Hometown, NJ. "K" is a bit of a "world traveler," and since we graduated from college in '06 she has lived in California and Washington! Needless to say, we haven't seen as much of each other as we used to! I have yet to meet her fiance' and she hasn't met B yet (which I still cannot believe!)!!

We've decided to have a backyard BBQ at my parents house and then possibly head out for drinks afterwards. I am beyond excited for this trip and will be sure to follow-up with some pictures of our reunions!

What are YOU doing this holiday weekend?! Have a safe & happy one!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Yearrrrrrr

That's right ladies .. college FOOTBALL starts today!!

Bless my Dad's heart; he had three daughters before my brother came along, and has ALWAYS been a huge sports fan. Therefore, he needed someone to watch game after game every Saturday and Sunday with him, right?! Enter me. Thanks to my Dad, I have loved football for my entire life.

College = Notre Dame (and JMU, of course :o))
NFL = NY Jets

I am so excited for the seasons to start, after all, it is my most favorite time of the year!!

Who are your favorite NFL/college teams?