I don't know where the last few months have went. I realize that my last statement comes across as terrible cliche, but there truly is no other way to explain it. I tried to just get through the semester because then, the summer would slow down. Wrong. Ha.
I couldn't even tell you what I do with my time these days....most days are spent at work until about five or six and then I usually find myself running errands with my mom or completing some random wedding task. Last night I managed to do both of those things actually. I went with my parents to buy groceries for Jordan's graduation party, and I ordered 300 cupcakes for the wedding. Yes, 300. Should be enough, right? mmmm. (this explains the robot cupcakes in the image above...haha okay not quite since we are not having robot cupcakes at the wedding, but I just thought these were cute. It seems perfectly rational in my head you see)
It is gorgeous outside today and I wish I could be out enjoying it. I think it has rained almost everyday this last week, so I was definitely welcoming of some summer sun. For now, however, I must admire it through a window, but I am sure my mom will put me to work later this evening doing some landscaping chores. I will be able to enjoy it somewhat then.
Around my family's household you can always tell when there is a graduation that year because suddenly we decide to tackle twenty different projects around the house. Such as...painting the desk (still a work in progress), cleaning out the garage, weeding, new mulch, new flowers, weeding, painting the fence, weeding, and on top of that cleaning the entire interior of the house as well. Truthfully, I have missed out on a majority of these activities due to work, but I am sure that Saturday will be full of them since the party is on Sunday. On the menu for the occasion: Buffalo Wild Wings, Pizza, Sno Cones, Brownies, Pasta Salad, Taco Salad, and a few other random delicacies I'm sure. Needless to say I will not be going on a healthy eating kick this weekend. I have a feeling Ben is probably looking forward to the spread as well since he has been living off of sandwiches is frozen meals during the week.
Well for now I must get back to work. I am already preparing my "to-do" list for tomorrow. Which includes seeing my fiance once he hurries up and drives on over here :)
Somedays I forget the gift I have when it comes to grace. There are those days that I feel thtat I am failing miserably at showing Christ to others, that I couldn't mess things up anymore...every action I take seems to fall on deaf ears. I consider giving up, thinking it is no use, that it wasn't my purpose in the first place. But then I take a step back and realize I will always fail when I try to do it by myself. I will never find success if I expect to do it all on my own. I am not supposed to have it all figured out-and that is where the Grace comes in. God is so good at reminding me to snap out of my discouraged state, and to look at the things only HE is capable of. It isn't supposed to be easy, and I am okay with that. HE is enough. All I can do is go with Christ's Love into every situation, constantly searching for what others may need.
Wow....didn't think I'd actually stick with this thing of mine. Unfortunately my reason for this post isn't that exciting...
tomorrow I take my last (hopefully) PRAXIS test.
I really shouldn't complain since I haven't really studied that much. (which I may regret about a month from now)
But I will wake up tomorrow morning probably around 5:30 (whoop) and drive an hour to take it.
The thing is FOUR HOURS LONG.
I apologize for the complaining, but come on now. Ben is at my place for the weekend so he will simply sleep in and eat a nice breakfast with the family. Meanwhile my hand will be cramping up. haha ok it shouldn't be too bad. I feel fairly prepared. It is interesting how I think of all these things I wish I could be doing tonight instead of preparing for this test. Right now my family thinks I am studying but obviously I am taking a well desereved (ha) break.
Things to remember tomorrow:
Pencils Calculator ID My Garmin COFFEE Test ticket
For now though I am thinking my sweatpants and some orange tea are in order. Then maybe I will crack open my study book one last time.
I recieved some of the RSVP's back today. It was exciting to see the stack of little envelopes waiting for me when I got home from work. Everyday the wedding seems closer and closer. I am realizing more and more how good God has been to be throughout this process. How things have fallen into place makes me realize how out of my control everything truly is. If we had attempted to do this on our own it would have been so much more stressful and worrisome. I am constantly comforted by the fact that he is in control, and ultimately it is all to glorify him in the end. It doesn't really get any better than that.
I wanted to simplify things around here a bit. As of now I think I like the end result, but a few more tweeks are needed until I will be completely happy. Sleep however is going to take priority over fixing this thing.
On another note, my little brother graduated high school today. I feel so old. The high school gym also seemed a lot smaller then it was when I attended the school. I am sure there is some psychological reason for this, but we will leave it at that for now.
Pictures to come soon. They are all on my mom's camera right now, and I don't want to risk losing all of the pictures due to my current level of sleepiness. For the night they will remain safe on her memory card, and I will load them up tomorrow...or the next day...or this weekend.
Bah! Why am I still up? Better question...why am I writing here at midnight? One nasty word. Procrastination. And a small bit of realizing I am going to be tired anyway tomorrow so I might as well stay up later and get more things done. Ha.
I truly was productive today....after work...home depot...walmart...panera (mmmm). I came home and helped my mom plant some of her perennials she purchased and then addressed another batch of envelopes. My lovely maid of honor also helped by placing all the stamps on the envelopes and RSVP envelopes. Only a few random addresses to track down. The problem with college friends is that they seem to move with every season, summer especially.
But the invitations are coming along nicely if I do say so myself.
Now this is getting ridiculous...I need to get back to my list. Right now I am torn between packing my bags tomorrow morning or tonight. I know I should just get it done, but my bed looks so tempting. I also need to print off my ideas for flowers so I don't scare my florist tomorrow with my random bouts of inspiration. Organization. Ha.
Oh and getting a marriage license tomorrow if all goes as planned. Hmmmm. We will see.
The invitations came in the mail yesterday. They turned out great, and now comes the challenge of getting them sent out hopefully this week. Things are a little crazy this week and my brain has a hard time shutting off when it comes to going to sleep. Usually making a list before heading to bed gives my brain waves enough of a lull to slip off into a blissful night of sleep. On my list this week:
-Print maps for Invites -Get a few last addresses -Assmble Invites -Address Invites -Figure out what to do with flowers (meeting with the florist on Friday) -Cake Testing on Saturday morning (why not have cake at 8:30am?) -Bake something for Jess's graduation party on Saturday
I already feel better by typing the list out. Ha. But now I have to get off this blog and actually do something about the list. At the moment I am going to try and attempt a way to print out the return address on the envelopes, without ruining all my envelopes in the process. Wish me luck!