Tuesday, May 26, 2015

10 Years of Carrie Underwood

I have always been a music girl. Turning the dial on my little, pink boom box to find the the perfect song to clean to my room to. Or burning the perfect mix of music to sing on my car rides. Remember Napster? But until Carrie Underwood, there was no single artist that I could really pick out as a favorite. One that had songs that really moved me and I could relate to. And occasionally use for away messages.

So hard to believe it's been 10 years! I'm forever grateful to American Idol for changing my life! #blessed -Carrie Underwood

It's been 10 years since Carrie Underwood was crowned the queen of American Idol. Carrie has won seven Grammy awards and has the most No. 1 hits, amongst any of her fellow country superstars, on the Billboard Hot Country Songs-US Weekly. Have you caught on to my girl crush yet? I know I am at least partly responsible for making some of those singles Number 1.

I watched her from day one of auditions, texting away to vote, all the way to the end. I made my mom blast the song on the radio, much to her dismay, when I came home for my college break. But it was Carrie Underwood's music that has really taken me through the past 10 years. All my accomplishments & hardships the past decade all have a Carrie Underwood song attached to them.

Jesus, Take the Wheel
This song was her first successful single and will always remind me of my best friend in her freshmen dorm room as we played it over and over again. Thinking we were hitting the high notes just like Carrie was.

Mama's Song
And I know you watch me grow up
And only want what's best for me
And I think I found the answer
To your prayers
And he is good, so good

These are the lyrics that that I imagined saying to my mom as I got engaged and married without her physically here. I know she watched me grow up and only what was best for me.

Cowboy Casanova
There was nothing better to jam out to in a car that actually had a CD player.Windows down, pretending I was hitting all the high notes. Getting my fair share of looks from other cars I'm sure. Funny enough, that CD never made it out of that CD player. Must be because I played this song too much.

Two Black Cadillacs
Two months ago his wife called the number on his phone
Turns out he'd been lying to both of them for oh so long
They decided then he'd never get away with doing this to them
Two black Cadillacs waiting for the right time, the right time

Ultimate women's revenge.

Ever, Ever After
Fact. We walked out to the instrumental version of this song after we were pronounced husband and wife. Perfect mix of Disney and Carrie.

See You Again
I will see you again, oh
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me, oh
'Till I see you again

Last Name

I don't even know my last nameMy momma would be so ashamedIt started off "hey cutie, where you from?"And then it turned into "oh no! what have I done?"And I don't even know my last name

 How fun is this song? A night in Vegas, wake up married. It was also really fun when she performed it and showed her huge engagement ring.

Just a Dream

So Small

'Cause sometimes that mountain you've been climbingIs just a grain of sandAnd what you've been out there searching for foreverIs in your handsAnd when you figure out love is all that matters after allIt sure makes everything else seem so small

Throughout my life I have always believed that everything happens for a reason and you can't sweat the small stuff. That's exactly what this song is all about. When I was in college, there were some tough times but thinking about these lyrics helped me.

Something in the Water

10 years later and Carrie Underwood can still bring all the feelings with her songs. So much meaning and such a connection with the words.

End of girl crush, fan girl moment. And still do not have Carrie Underwood's legs.

Who is your favorite artist or band? Have there been songs that have connected with you?
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Decade of Accomplishments

Looking back through the past ten years, it takes you on a strange journey. You think about how much has really changed and how much you really have accomplished. It shows you what has been missing and what maybe you could have done. But it also makes you hopeful for the next decade. Another ten years to accomplish a whole lot more.

When I looked back at my last decade, it was a whole lot of ups and downs. Growing moments and many things that I am proud that I can say I accomplished.


// Bought my first car
So this might be pushing the decade things just a little...But still so proud that I bought my first car with all my hard earned money. It was great knowing I worked hard so my mom didn't have to and I got what I wanted because I worked for it.

// Graduated high school
All the stuff I got into in high school, proud of myself. Managed field hockey, 3 jobs and a pretty active social life. Got into 3 ish colleges. One of which I accepted and met my future husband. Good choices.

//Joined a sorority
Said I would never do it. Said it wasn't for me. I was nervous as I started out but am so glad I stuck with it. Some of my best friends are from Alpha Xi Delta and my experiences in that house truly shaped me, good and bad. And without my sisters, going back to school after losing my mom would have been that much harder.

// Graduated college
Four short months before I graduated my mom passed away and I wasn't sure I wanted/could go back to school. My family and Brian convinced me it was what my mom would have wanted. But it wasn't to say I was an emotional mess and I am still not sure how I ended up crossing that stage and graduating.

// Took in a lovable kitty
My Lily baby. What can I say? My sister called and convinced me to save this kitty who was found outside in the freezing cold without her mom. She makes every single day interesting and I wouldn't change any of it.

// Lived by myself
If you want to really grow up and figure things out for yourself, live on your own. It was scary at times, humbling at others. I was doing it, being a real grown up with rent, a job and doing it pretty well.

// Started this blog
What started as a way to write out my feelings and help me deal with life without my mom has turned into so much more. It isn't something that you can just show up to sometimes. It takes real work and though and effort. I

// Got married
Being in a college relationship isn't always easy. Being in a long distance relationship isn't always easy. That's what makes our relationship truly wonderful. We worked hard at it the past 9 years and I am so proud we have come this far and so happy to be married to Brian. This might be my biggest accomplishment in another ten years!

// Survived credit card debt
It truly is a survival. I am so glad all of the credit card debt is paid off because it was such a burden on our finances. We already have a plan to teach our kids properly about their finances.

// Lived life without my mom
This will continue to be a huge accomplishment. It involves hard days that I have to get through and knowing that all the big moments, she won't be there for. It's going on without her. It was laughing again without her. It was getting married without her there on my wedding day. And it will be having kids without her being here and so many other moments. To still be smiling and living life without her, a huge accomplishment.

Thinking about the past decade, what are some of your accomplishments?

Side note: Also, proud I accomplished the fine taste of wine

Found Love. Now What?

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Monday, May 18, 2015

My Happies

With the things that are about to come to light in the next month or so, I could use a little old fashioned, what makes me happy list. And if you understand that, we are now BFFs and should just sign the papers for it now.

// Brian
In the moments he is not driving me bonkers, he can make me laugh like no one else and who I love being around. Just being my silly self around him and making him laugh, makes me happy.

// Lily
There is nothing better than this chunky, lovable kitty. She talks back and has an attitude 80% of the time. But her purr and cuddles make it all ok.

// A cold Diet Coke
Bubbly, deliciousness. I know it's terrible for me. Diet Coke might not be great for me and my diet but I am convinced that one won't make everything fall apart.Instead it makes me just ahh.

// Online Shopping
Ok, cheap thrill I know. But what can I say? Amazon Prime just gets me and I get to avoid shopping on weekends and instead spend it doing other fun things.

// Wine
As if you didn't know this one was coming. I take back all those times my mom used to have me try a sip and I said it was gross. Now, it's my lifesaver some days.

// Being outside
Former country girl can never leave her roots. Windows open, bare feet, sunshine.

// Reading a good book
There is nothing better than loving the words of a story so much you can't stop reading. As much as I love my Kindle, I still love the feel of cracking open a book.

// Catching up with friends
My friends are special. Most have seen me at my worst and still stuck around. They are pretty special people in my life and I love getting to catch up with the near and far.

// Dance Parties
There isn't anything that a good dance party cannot fix or celebrate. And to channel my inner Meredith Grey, sometimes you just have to dance it out.

// Alone time
Being an introvert means that I need time to recharge, literally. If everything is always on, on, on I get irritated, cranky and just plain exhausted. There is nothing better than being able to just sit and read or write or listen to music and not have anyone or anything bother me. At least for an hour;)

What makes you happy?

Found Love. Now What?

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Top 5 Marvel Movies

Is my comic book nerd showing?

We were one of the many who just couldn't wait to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron so we saw it the very night it came out. Overall, great movie. Highly suggest it but it will never compare to the original Avengers. Then again, Marvel can never really go wrong.

In all seriousness, I have no idea about the comics or comic book stories. I have no idea if these stories are the ones in comics. I just happen to like stories in the movies I see. Please excuse me if you don't agree because of actual comic book knowledge.

1. Avengers

I mean, it's the Avengers. They all come together in one movie. Marvel Explosion.

2. Iron Man 2

3.Captain America Winter Soldier

Ok, I loved the orginal Captain America. Him becoming Captain America...enough said. But they really kicked it up a notch with the second one.

4.Iron Man 3

5. Thor: Dark World

All the other Marvel movies are just as equally great, these are just a few of my favorites. And the ones that I tend to like to watch over and over.

Are you a Marvel fan? What are your favorite movies?

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