Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday my Love!




That's right, today this guy turns 25.








Now, let's look at him when he was a just a wee little Moy :)



cutest face right there!! Now he is all growed up...




Welcome to quarter life mister. It isn't all that bad. I mean I've had the total of 9 months experience with it. But if you have a quarter life crisis, I won't judge. But I might judge you for the fact you have played every song this morning that has to do with birthdays....

I am so happy we get to spend a full birthday together! Even if we both seem to be coming down with the sniffle...what's up with that? Wonder what wonderful things we will do?! HMMMMMM.

So thankful you were born on this day because that means you are here! And it also means you get to be the awesomest fiance to me and I am so very lucky. Thank you for everything you do and for being so wonderful. I have had my difficulties with the move but you have made it so much easier and I love you so much for that. Lily also has quite the soft spot for you I think. I mean she has no problem taking my bed spot to snuggle with you.

I am pretty positive 25 will a great year for you. Just a feeling I get ;) And I can't wait for many more birthdays together!


 I love you so much!!






Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Social!

Well, another weekend has come and gone. Along with my papers which keep mysteriously disappearing. I can fill you in on my weekend tomorrow but today it is time for Sunday Social. Just a few fun questions that I love answering to make myself think and for you to get to know me :)




1. What is something you have wanted to do but are afraid of doing?
Skydive. In theory, I say I want to do it but I know I would be that person that gets all suited up, goes up in the plane then say, "actually, nvm. No thanks. "

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Here's my letter I wrote to myself in 5 years...30 years old!, pretty much describes everything I want to happen. Milf status, job I love and just happily married.

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2012?
Engagement pictures, First Christmas living together, My birthday and of courseeee lots of wedding planning done!

4. What are your hopes for your blog?
That people continue to read and love what I read. And that I continue to enjoy it. I also hope it is a good documentation of all the wedding fun in my life.

5. Do you always see yourself living in the current city/town?
Nope! I would love to state hop if having a steady job wasn't so important. I can wish right. I would love to live in Texas, California, Connecticut...just to name a few. But definitely want to try something new.

6.What is your morning routine?
Starts off with hitting the snooze button AT LEAST 3 times. This girl cannot get enough sleep. Then I eat my breakfast while surfing Facebook. On to makeup and clothes. Then another small snack before I leave. Then out the door. Nothing too crazy.






Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What a Greene Wedding!





Welp. It's official. This gal is a Greene. With an E



We had us a glorious wedding this past Friday and it was an absolutely perfect day. Not only because I got to see my best friend marry the man of her dreams but because it was a wedding and the weather was perfect!

Wedding festivities started with a rehearsal dinner at the Chimney Rock Inn where we dined on some yummy apps, pizza and of course wine.





Received this pretty gift! Just the right amount of bling ;)

bridesmaids

kisses!


And now I will give you some pictures of the wedding day from the maid of honor point of view. Hope you enjoy!!

mimosas of course

loved my hair!

something blue



the sassy bride


making it official



think it, do it, catch it

uh sure..think we had a few drinks ;)

cutting the cake

newlyweds



So happy for these kids and can't wait for the babies to come ;)



Friday, September 14, 2012

A Very Special Fridays Letters! To the Greene's




So this is obviously a scheduled post because if you haven't been listening, today is September 14th. That means today is my best friend's wedding day!!!!

Right now we are all getting beautified and ready for the big moment. I have probably cried multiple times by now along with having an inner heart attack. This letter is dedicated solely to the soon to be newlyweds.




Dearest Best Friend and Mister Best Friend aka.The Greene's

(One of my fav's from the beginning)



I am so honored and humbled to be able to be your Maid of Honor and stand next to you on your wedding day. Words cannot describe how happy I am for you (although a speech later in the day might help ;))

I can not wait for you to be the Greene's and for you both to live closer so we can do couple things. Basically bars and maybe the occassional baseball game. Chris, we need to get our signifcant others to a Yankees game! Anywhossss, I can also bother you all the time being basically 28 minutes away. Sorry Chris. You knew it was inevitable. 

Steph, I know you will be a beautiful bride and Chris is so lucky to have you. Just as lucky as I have been. Hope he really understands that he gets me along with this deal. You are a wifey! AHHH! JK you will be the best and I will be looking to you as an example :) 

Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon and you best believe I will be visiting when you are back!!! Love you both so much!










Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Goin' to the Chapel!









The next 3 days will be consumed with my best friend's wedding activities and I can't even describe the excitement. It's kind of like this...hsajdhsaihdwihwefbewjf!!! Yup, no words.

She's goin' to the chapel and she's gonna get marriedddd!





Better go finish that speech...


See you next week!





Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Social: Blog FAQ



Today is a Sunday filled with chores, lounging, speech writing, maybe a mani/pedi in there somewhere. 


1. What is the name of your blog and how did you come up with it??
It's called Life Somewhere in the Middle. I came up with when I first started the blog because my life felt somewhere in the middle. I had graduated college, didn't find a job. was still dealing with losing my mom and was just in that middle place.

2. What do you love the most about blogging??
I love writing anything. And blogging allows me to write what I want, when I want. No Agenda.  The fact that it is also a little community you get to be a part of is something I enjoy and I can't wait to grow mine!

3. What are your 2 favorite posts you've written?
 Tragedy Glasses
4. What is something you'd want to tell someone just starting out in blog world?
Start on Blogger!! I started my blog on a random website because I wasn't sure I wanted people to read what I was writing. But I wish I had been on Blogger from the beginning 2 years ago. I could be much farther ;) And with that, don't be afraid to share what you write. It's your blog, your feelings, your life.

5. Biggest blogging learning experience you've had?
I'm still learning!

6. Give us 3 blogs we NEED to be following that you love.
1. An Organized Mess

2. These are the Moments

These Moments

3. Adventures of Newlyweds
(Love her Fridays letters!)

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And if I ever figure out how to add their buttons on the side I will!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's Letters




It's Friday's letters of course!!




Dear Pumpkin Coffee-Thank you for coming back. I have missed you this past year and it I couldn't be happier to have my addiction back.

Dear Lily-Can I be your favorite? I want you to cuddle with me like this not just your best bud Brian

Taking my spot after I leave for work. See what I miss?

Dear friends- The ones near and far, if you could all just come stay here for a week that would be great. I would very much love for you all to be in the same place at one time. Is that selfish? Pretty much yea. Just miss you all!

Dear family- Same goes for you. I would very much love it if you could be within the vicinity of the county. 

Dear next Friday- Get here faster!! I can not wait much longer and I am so excited for the Greene wedding I can hardly contain myself!! I can not promise to not cry like a baby watching you two lovebirds tie the not nor can I not promise to be tearing up the dance floor all night.

Dear America-Please take the time tonight to donate to Stand up to Cancer. You can help support the fight for a cure. I may sound like a broken record but I stand up, do you?

Dear Brian- 9 months from today at this exact moment I will be walking down the aisle!!!! Well, hopefully. As long as I don't run or have a panic attack or we both aren't running late.  Let's get it going mister with the plans!



That's all I have for you this Friday. Hope everyone has a great weekend! I know I will enjoy mine ;)



I stand up.



For my grandma and my aunt.



Cancer.

Such a powerful word that we are all too familiar with. Countless people across the world have personal experiences with this disease. Either fighting it themselves or taking the journey with a family member or friend.

The statistics are alarming. 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Every minute someone loses their fight with cancer. In America, cancer claims the lives of 1500 people every year. What if you had the opportunity to try to save one of these lives?

Stand up to Cancer(SU2C) gives you that opportunity to help. It is an initiative that was started back in 2008 to raise awareness of the disease and the fact that everyone is connected by cancer. It is a major telethon event that first aired Septemeber 5, 2008 on major networks for an hour. It gives you the opportunity to call in during that hour to pledge and have the chance to talk to one of the many stars  that are awaiting your call to pledge. Stars that have fought the battle with cancer and won or stars that have a personal story with cancer and believe in its cure.

To date SU2C has raised more than $180 million for cancer research to discover a cure and stop this horrible diseasing from claiming so many mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends. This year the hour long special will air today at 8:00 p.m. It will air on CBS, NBC, FOX, MTV, and many more.

You are being given the chance to say you helped. You might think your small donation might not make a difference, but think if every person on your block thought the same thing. That's about average 15 houses giving even $20, easy $300. And if every block in the town donates, $1200. Take that across the United States and imagine how much we can donate.

And if you still don't think what you can give matters, don't you want to say you at least tried to help? Helped to find a solution that is in our reach and we want to see in our lifetime.

I stand up for my grammy who lost her battle with cancer when I was 8. I cherish the memories I have of her making root bear floats and homemade apple sauce. The disease took her away from seeing me even graduate 8th grade and sharing in all my special moments.

I stand up for my aunt who won her battle with breast cancer 5 years ago and is a survivor.

I stand up for every person who is affected by this disease on a daily basis.


So who do you stand up for?

For more information on the "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon, click here. And be sure to watch the event Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. Use the hastag #istandupfor to see your message being broadcast during the telethon.




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Toast



As I sit here, I am little more than a week away from easily one of the biggest speeches I will ever have to make aka.
My MOH Speech.




Que that eery music. More like panic music. No, actually more of a jubilant chorus song.

I seriously can't wait for this wedding and I am so happy I get to make this very special speech. But I am also a little bit the nervous one as public speaking is not my forte. Not only that, it is quite the important speech that people will remember and I have to get it right.

Let's go back to the panic music...


I have been researching for months and months on the best tips and these are some of the best I have found...and love.


Number 1- Plan ahead.

If you are like me, this is very beneficial. I can't just wing it. I would be a bundle of nerves if I came up with my speech the day or night before. The mirror will be my best practicing friend.

When you don't prepare, a lot of times it just ends up jumbled and back and forth and not something you would want remember by 150 of the couple's closest friends and family. And possibly on video. Preparing ahead also allows you to jot your notes down on note cards so you don't forget any important parts of your speech.

Number 2- Do Not Embarrass the Bride.

Well, there goes half of my speech. No, not really. You guys are so gullible ;)

But I am thinking this is an obvious tip. Why on the most important day of her life would you want to bring up when she was wasted out of her mind and fell face first into the grass? So best to keep out the very private, secret, embarrassing stories her great grandma wouldn't want to hear.

Instead stick to majority sentimental, cute thoughts. What is the bride's best attribute and why the groom fell in love with her. The goal is to make them feel the warm fuzzy feelings you feel about your best friend and her new hubby. Let them feel why you are standing up there giving this special speech.

But this also doesn't mean bore them. Throw in a mild, humorous story to break it up. Like how she mixed up the ingredients for the recipe she followed the first time she made him dinner. For exampleeeee.

Number 3-Address Both the Bride and Groom.

Everyone always jokes about how it's the brides day and whatever she wants goes. The groom just gets to show up and say I Do. But when you are giving that speech, you are toasting to their marriage and their love, not just that day.

So you want to make sure to include the groom in your speech; as easy as it would be just to talk all about the bride and how gorgeous she looks. You can even throw in how lucky the groom is to have such a beautiful new wife and what he can do to keep her.

Just a thought.

Number 4-Be Yourself.

There is nothing that makes you more nervous than you already are, is being put out of your element. Same goes for your speech. Why crack joke after joke if you know you aren't that funny? (harsh but might be true)
Or if being sentimental makes you uncomfortable but jokes flow from your lips, go with that. It is all about your personality and what will make your speech flow. Don't want to hear crickets. Or at least that's my biggest fear.

My nerves will be jumbling so I know I do not want to make it worse. And let me tell you, funny isn't quite my thing so sentimental is my route. Maybe crack a joke here and there. We will see.

Number 5-Wrap it up

At the end of your speech, you want to make sure the guests now it's the end. So make sure you wrap it up in style instead of just saying OK, yea, now let's toast.

End on a positive note and wish all the health, happiness and love in the future to the bride and groom. And how you can't wait to be there through the ride. I just might have made my closer...

And here's a tip I don't fully agree with..

Do not drink too much champagne before your speech.

And let me tell you why. Champagne calms nerves and gives you a tiny confidence boost to stand up in front of all of those people. I'm not saying get sloshed, just a little happy. And maybe picture them in their underwear. Age old trick.



In the end, we have to remember to have fun. And to speak from the heart to honor the  bride and groom. They chose us for a reason and will love hearing whatever speech we prepare. 



Now, if you'll excuse me I have a speech to perfect and practice!




Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Just dreamin'


dreams.




Are a very interesting thing. They come to in during your REM sleep. That's the deep sleep when you can no longer hear doors closing in the next room and neighbors stereo music. We all love that deep sleep. That's the good stuff.

It is said our dreams are a way for our brain to process our days events and that's why we dream about the craziest things. They are also supposed to reveal what our subconscious is trying to tell us. Something we aren't aware of ourselves yet. Say, wanting to move to Texas for example. (yup, keep having this one... weird.)

Personally, I love dreaming. I love reading the dream dictionary to see what it is telling me. It is true, I am one of those. One night I had a bat in my dream. Wasn't Halloween, didn't see one on the TV and didn't read anything about them anywhere so I wondered what this could mean.

To see a bat in your dream symbolizes uncleanness, demons, and annoyances.  Alternatively, bats represent rebirth and unrealized potential. You need to let go of old habits. Your current path is not compatible with your new growth and new goals. It may also indicate some unknown situation and how  you are blindly entering into a situation or deal. You need to evaluate the facts more carefully. The dream may also been a pun on feeling "batty" or feeling crazy. 

Unrealized potential? Unknown situation? Or maybe just batty? I went with just being batty. How different these definitions are doesn't deter me from continuing to believe this. Your mind is a mysterious being and wants to be heard. And now I do sound batty for sure.

Now, I'm sure you are wondering why I am rambling about dreams and their meanings. The reason is that in the past few years since my mom has passed away, dreams have taken on a new meaning for me. She pops up in my dreams here and there and I now see my dreams as a way for my mom to communicate with me.

Just last night, my mom was in my dream. She uprooted my old house (which we are having such a rough time selling) had it put on a truck and she drove it to Georgia. Uh, what??? We have never been to Georgia, we do not have any family in Georgia. So why Georgia, Mom? That one has me scratching my head.

But when I say my Mom is trying to talk to me when she appears in my dreams, this is a good example of this. This dream I think she is telling me it is ok to let the old home, my old home, go. Not just the house, but the place.  I have starting feel moments of sadness being so far away from my family now. I wasn't able to spend the 21st birthday with my little cousin, I can't pop in to see my family as I'm driving around and I just don't see people I know around town. Because this is a new town, with new people.

Don't read more into this though. I love living with my fiance (reference my excitement saying goodbye to the long distance) and I am closer to some friends down here but there are starting to be some moments I miss. So I am convinced this dream my mom wanted me to know it is ok and she's taking the house with her and that's what I need to do. Take my hometown with me, in my heart. This is my new life but I will always carry Harmony in my heart. Deep, I know.

But these dreams are my favorite. I always love waking up from these dreams. I get to see my mom's face and see her alive in my dreams for just a minute. She's vibrant and smiling just how I always want to remember her. I always look forward to having these dreams and I expect a lot more the next year as wedding planning gets really intense. Her telling me to calm down or what not to do. Since she can't tell me in person, she does it through my dreams.

Orrrrr maybe I will just continue to have dreams about my wedding dress having grass stains and the photographer missing. Yes, I am having the wedding nightmares already.

So what do you love about dreaming? Do you read into them or just kind of dismiss them?















I loved the big words today. Feelin' the creativity, 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Show and tell, it's fall!

OK, well almost.

Two things I can't pass up in the blogging world
1. Fall related topics/posts/etc...
2. New Link-ups!

So of course I couldn't wait to participate in the Show and Tell Link up from one of my blog favs..From Mrs. to Mama.



1. Tell us what you are looking forward to this fall?
Basically, for it to be here. Weather, atmosphere, everything! And we are hoping to get some engagement pictures done with the fall foliage (yes, we are way late..it's ok) So that is obviously very exciting!

2. Show us your fall style.

I can.not.wait.to.buy.more.scarves. Ok, ok this a show not a tell. 






3. Tell us your favorite things to do in the fall. If you have children, activities to do with the kids?

Pumpkin picking.
Pumpkin carving.
Fall decorating.

4. Show us your favorite fall beverage.



5. Tell us, how you will be participating in Halloween this year. Plans? Costume ideas? 

That is a very intriguing question. Usually we celebrate our friend's birthday who just happens to be born on Halloween. So it naturally works out for all of us. As for a costume, I definitely want to plan ahead this year. We are always so last minute. Last year it was Power Rangers, maybe this year we will go for superheroes. My dream!


And of course a very happy labor day! Hope everyone got to celebrate in some way!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Social: Wrapping up the summer



It's time for the first September Sunday Social!

But first Happy September everyone!! Only 13 more days until my best friend's wedding and I am obviously so excited!! Guess I better get crackin on that wedding speech. 

This is also the month of someone's birthday. Maybe someone special. Maybe someone I live with. Maybe my fiance. He turns the big 2. 5. Quarter of a century old. 

And wedding planning better be done by the end of this month. Riiiiight. One can wish. But I do want a good chunk taken care, especially my dress!

Well, on to my Sunday Social!





What was your favorite trip/vacation/activity this summer?
Well, I was not fortunate to go on any trips or vacations this summer...sadly. But I had a definite favorite activity(ies)....bridal shower AND bachelorette party for my best friend celebrating her upcoming wedding!


Favorite outfit look of the summer/clothing item?
I just had to relook over my monthly activites to find my outfit. I had to choose from my sexy moving attire, equally attractive work clothing or random errand clothing. Hmmmm.

What is one thing you wish you had gotten to do this summer?
Does it really have to be just one? Taken a vacation, ANywhere. Even a few days off for the move would have been nice. What was I thinking with that?

Favorite Song of the Summer?
"Call me Maybe" for sureeee.


Favorite movie/tv show of the summer?
Pretty Little Liars and AVENGERSSSS!!

I clearly have issues picking just one favorite. It's a sickness. Can't believe the summer is over already! Feels like it was just May about a week ago.