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“I want to draw something that means something to someone. You know, I want to draw blind faith, or a fading summer, or just a moment of clarity. It’s like when you go and see a really great band, live for the first time and, you know, and nobody’s saying it, but everybody’s thinking it, we have something to believe in again. I want to draw that feeling, but I can’t. And if I can’t be great at it then I don’t want to ruin it. It’s too important to me.”

-Peyton Sawyer, One Tree Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I swear I could’ve been P. Sawyer in another life.

Five on Friday

1. My best friend and maid of honor, Sarah, flew in from Wyoming this week. I haven’t seen her since November 12 and it was killing me. She came and spent a few days with me to talk about the wedding and celebrate with me. I am so thankful for the short amount of time that I got to spend with her. She left today and I miss her like crazy already. I won’t see her again until the rehearsal dinner and I am so very sad.

2. Jeremy and I got our first wedding present today! I all but squealed in front of the UPS guy when he made me sign for it and he’s probably trying to get his route changed to stay away from the crazy lady. We got a Kitchen Aid mixer from Jeremy’s aunt and uncle. The mixer was the one thing that we desperately wanted from our registry and we got it in the right color. Thank you, Dennis and Michele!

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3. Jeremy and I are going to take engagement pictures this weekend and I have no idea what to wear. Any ideas are welcomed. Solids or prints? Are there colors to avoid? Are layers good or bad? People, HELP A GIRL OUT.

4. I’ve been watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians on Netflix and it has become my guilty pleasure. They are completely entertaining and I cannot stop watching. I know people are judging me and I can’t really say that I blame you. I also finished two seasons of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. I know, I know, go ahead and roll your eyes.

5. My baby sister, Avery Cole, is graduating from high school this year. She’s going to Texas A&M in College Station to major in pre-med. (I nearly divorced her as my sister when she told me she was going to be an Aggie. Even a Longhorn would be better than an Aggie…) I feel so old! Avery Cole, even though I tease you about being an Aggie, I am very proud of the woman that you have become and I cannot wait to see all that you will accomplish! You are going to be an amazing doctor one day! Olive juice.

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31 Days of Birthday : Day 10

March 10, 2012 : We woke up early just to get to Sea World as soon as they opened. It poured the whole day and the high was 45 degrees. We had to bundle up, carry an umbrella, and huddle under heaters all day, but it was completely worth it because I got to spend the day with my future husband. 

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I was super jazzed to see the dolphins and SHAMU. I’m such a whale nerd.

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Jeremy made reservations for us to participate in “Dine With Shamu” for lunch. We got to sit right by Shamu’s tank, talk to the trainers, and watch the whales do tricks. This is how close we were to the tank…no zoom…

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All in all, it was one of the very best days of my life.

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31 Days of Birthday : Day 9

March 9, 2012 : For months, Jeremy told me that he was taking me on a surprise trip for my birthday. He started the weekend by coming to my house, waking me up, and bringing me breakfast in bed. Sweetest boyfriend ever.

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Next, he handed me a note to give me a hint to where we were going for the weekend.

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I figured out that we were going to Sea World and FREAKED. OUT. I screamed and squealed and woke up all of my roommates. I absolutely LOVE whales and I nearly cried tears of joy. Jeremy also gave me a season pass to Sea World so that we could go whenever we want. 

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Halfway to San Antonio, we stopped at Buc-Ees. It’s almost impossible for us to drive by without stopping, especially since they have Big Red Icees.

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We stayed with Jeremy’s aunt and uncle while we were in San Antonio and when we got there, Jeremy had arranged to have flowers in my room. Sweet, sweet man.

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The first night that we were in San Antonio, we got dressed up and Jeremy surprised me with reservations to my favorite restaurant.

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We even splurged for dessert : banana spring rolls with pineapple-coconut ice cream.

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Little did I know, my fortune was foreshadowing what would happen next.

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After dinner, Jeremy took me to the Riverwalk to walk around and see all of the lights. It was so cold outside and pouring so we ducked under a bridge lit up with Christmas lights to stay dry. The next few minutes were the best minutes of my entire life thus far….

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HE PROPOSED!!!!!! I get to marry my very best friend in the world and I could not be happier. Hands down, this was the best birthday present I have ever received. Jeremy told me later that he did not plan what fortune was in the fortune cookie. Totally a God thing, y’all. 

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So, long story short, I’M ENGAGED and I will become Mrs. Jeremy Petticrew on September 22, 2012! :D

 

 

 

31 Days of Birthday : Day 8

March 8, 2012 : Jeremy and I slow-danced in the kitchen to our song, “Earth Angel.”

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We have established Thursday nights as Date Night every week. After traveling constantly for a month, we decided to stay in for date night. We kept it simple by picking up Whataburger and watching a John Hughes classic, Pretty in Pink. Who can resist greasy burgers and classic movies? That’s right, NOBODY.

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31 Days of Birthday : Day 7

March 7, 2012 : One of my coworkers brought me a skinny caramel frappucino with a birthday note.

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My boss brought kolaches for all of us. I never eat breakfast unless somebody makes it for me (I’m sorry, I’d rather sleep longer than wake up earlier to cook…) so I was THRILLED that my boss was so thoughtful of our team.

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I got to spend quality time with these little cuties :)

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And finally, Jeremy drew me a really sweet picture.

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I have the greatest friends and boyfriend BY FAR. 

31 Days of Birthday : Day 4

March 4, 2012 : We started off the morning with my favorite breakfast, pigs in a blanket.

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Then, I spent some quality time with Buckaroo while I was getting ready for another full day of shopping.

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I had been dying to find new earrings, so we went to Target. Mistake #1. I can’t ever walk out of Target empty-handed. It’s a love/hate relationship.

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While we were walking around Target, Jeremy disappeared. A few minutes later, he reappeared with Starbucks. 

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We left Houston to head back home and made a couple of stops along the way.

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Finally, we got home and I ended the day with my favorite movie and my favorite person in the world.

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31 Days of Birthday : Day 3

March 3, 2012 : Jeremy and I went to his parent’s house in Houston for a weekend. His mom and I have very close birthdays, so we decided to celebrate together. His mom gave me a gift card to Charming Charlie’s. LOVE. 

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After spending entirely too much money at Charming Charlie’s, we decided to take a shopping break at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop. I mean, who can say no to ice cream? (Note : I believe that celebration calories don’t count. Am I right?)

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That night, his mom chose Red Lobster as our birthday celebration dinner.

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We went home after dinner and played Scrabble. I don’t think I won.

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And to end day 3, Jeremy’s mom surprised us with German Chocolate Cake. 

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