2. The night Jeff proposed! This was the most important date we went on! I've written the story several times, and it's definitely on this blog, so feel free to find it. The short version is that we went to Grimaldi's in Brooklyn with his mom, after dinner she went to wait in line for ice cream for all of us and Jeff and I were out on the promenade at the Brooklyn Bridge. Jeff proposed (his mom was still in line and not with us) after saying some nice stuff to me, I of course said "Yes" and the rest is history!
Monday, May 24, 2010
This is a day early, but who cares! This week's Top 2 Tuesday is favorite dates. Obviously I am going to do 2 dates I've had with my husband.
1. Our 3rd date. It was right after my b-day and Christmas, so Jeff brought me peanut butter Lindt truffles (my fav) and a Starbucks card. I thought it was so sweet of him to remember my b-day and Christmas, but he didn't overdo the gifts which would have been weird at this point of a relationship. We went to New Roc City and basically did everything they offer! Mini golf under black lights, pool, go-cart racing, hibachi dinner, etc. I have funny stories about the pool playing and go-carts. I suck at pool, but I played super dumb so Jeff would have to touch me to show me how to aim the stick and stuff. For the go-carts, I had serious issues driving them, and I warned Jeff that I was going to make an ass out of myself beforehand. One of the workers had to help me drive it! I was so embarrassed! As it turns out, my other foot kept pushing the break, there's not a lot of room in those cars! Jeff used this whole fiasco as an excuse to put his arm around me when we were done haha! (A cool aside is that we saw Joe Torre, the former manager of the Yankees, on this date, but we didn't talk to him!) This was also the date we had our first kiss when Jeff dropped me off at my house. It was so cute, he kissed me super fast and bolted to his car because he was a bit shy! It was too sweet! It was this date when I knew that Jeff and I could really be something special. Turns out I was right! :)
We had a pretty uneventful weekend, which was so nice because the next few are a bit crazy!
On Friday, I had parent-teacher conferences till 6:45, so I didn't make it home until well after 7:00. We just watched TV (caught up on Modern Family), relaxed and it was awesome.
Saturday, we went suit shopping for Jeff. He needed a new suit desperately, and a store in town was having an amazing sale where you buy 1 suit, get 1 free along with 2 dress shirts and 2 ties. Jeff got one black suit and one grey suit along with the white and blue dress shirts and ties in colors he didn't have yet. He's all set for the wedding we have to go to this summer and for any other occasion where he might need a suit! We went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner, came back home, and caught up on the TV show Rules Of Engagement, and watched some of the Subway Series. I'm not pleased with my Yankees right now. They're in a bit of a slump and they need to get it together.
Yesterday I lesson planned, did laundry, cleaned the house, etc. Jeff and I also played a computer game together and I watched the Celebrity Apprentice finale. *SPOILER* I'm so happy Bret Michaels won! He's a total womanizer, but he seems like such a nice, genuine, hard-working guy. I liked him much better than Holly, but I'm glad that both charities got a ton of money.
We have a long weekend coming up because of Memorial Day and we will be busy! Friday we are going to a Yankee game, Saturday we are going to see Sex and the City 2 (I already bought our tickets), Sunday we have a fundraiser for Shannon's sister who passed away 3 years ago on Memorial Day, and Monday we are going to LI for the day. Jeff's family from Idaho are coming to visit now instead of July (because of Jeff's grandfather's failing health) and we want to see them.
Speaking of Jeff's grandfather... he's in an assisted living type of place where they encourage the patients to do daily things like get dressed and stuff. Things still don't look good for him, but his mind is still sharp and I think he's going to be with us awhile longer, which is great. I'm not sure if he will ever wind up coming back home, but he seems happy where he is right now. I appreciate all of the kind words and prayers you all have left for us in the comments.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
First, thank you all so much for your sweet comments about my husband's grandfather. Everything is kind of unknown right now, which is hard, but we're all dealing with it the best we can.
Now it's time for Top 2 Tuesday! This week's theme is things you want to do before you die. Here's mine: 1. Become a mom. Hopefully this one happens sooner rather than later. 2. Travel to Europe. I've never been! The only somewhat far places I've been are a few Caribbean islands and Vegas!
Monday, May 17, 2010
We had a great time in Atlantic City! I didn't really take a lot of pictures because you're not allowed to in casinos and we spent a lot of time there!
We got there Saturday evening and decided to walk around the boardwalk and find some dinner. We've been to AC once before, but it's been a couple years. We wound up eating at Rainforest Cafe because I had never been there. Jeff has and was not a huge fan, but I loved it! I had a burger with guacamole, an onion ring, and cheddar cheese. It was to die for! I also loved the jungle theme and I can see our kids loving this place someday! We spent the rest of the night gambling, neither of us really won much haha.
On Sunday we went to the outlets right near our hotel. We bought A LOT of stuff! Lots of shirts for both of us, I got a new Coach bag which I tweeted a pic of, Jeff got some pants, and we both got new sneakers. I got those Reebok ones that are supposed to tone up your legs and butt as you walk. I walk non-stop all summer, so I figured why not? I got the ones that you can run in as well since I run on the treadmill. The Reebok ones are a lot cuter than the Skechers ones in my opinion, because the Skechers ones looked like platform sneakers. I will keep you posted on how they work. We had dinner at P.F. Chang's, which is nothing new, but this one had really amazing food, probably the best we've had from a P.F. Chang's! After dinner, Jeff wanted to play poker, so he did that while I watched Celebrity Apprentice and tweeted with a ton of you! I had a blast doing that! After the show, I played slots for awhile while Jeff was still at the poker table, and I won $40! That was cool! Once I got Jeff from the poker table, we were going to play more slots, but then Jeff noticed a text from his mom that completely changed our plans.
I haven't mentioned it much on here, but Jeff's almost 89 year old grandfather is not doing well and hasn't been for awhile. At this point he can't walk/move much and the doctors discovered recently that he has cancer. They think it's lung cancer that's spread to his bones, hence why he can't walk, but they're not sure and it really doesn't matter what kind of caner it is because his body cannot handle any treatment for it. He's in the hospital and we were told earlier this week that they want to possibly move him to a hospice, otherwise he will go home. For anyone that doesn't know what a hospice is, it's basically another hospital where they send terminally ill people to be comfortable until they pass away. Jeff's mom told us we really should come to LI sometime this week to see him because things aren't good. We decided to go today since we both had off from work, so we left AC around 11:30am, made it to the hospital in LI around 2:40pm and stayed for awhile visiting. It made me so incredibly sad to see him because he looked significantly older and more tired than he did when I saw him about a month ago, and his mind is still sharp, so he knows what's going on and he really just wants to go home. We're not sure if that's an option yet, but I would really appreciate prayers for him and his family as everyone gets ready to say goodbye. We also really just want him to be comfortable for whatever time he has left, whether that's at home or in a hospice. He's such a sweet man and it's so sad to see him this way. I had a hard time keeping it together at the hospital, but I did it and I think I hid it well to most people that were there (Jeff's mom, aunt, and cousin). Jeff asked me if I was OK afterwards, so I think he knew I was upset. Jeff's grandfather has had a wonderful life and he has lots of people who love him, but stuff like this is never easy.
As an aside, Jeff and I had toyed with the idea of waiting till this summer to get married. I am so glad we didn't because his grandfather wouldn't have been there most likely. It's sad enough that he won't meet his first great grandchild one day, so I'm glad he got to be at the wedding and dance a little bit.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Jeff and I took a personal day on Monday, so we are heading off the Atlantic City this afternoon and staying until sometime on Monday! I'm am so ready for a day off of work! Spring fever has hit big time and both the kids and teachers are soooooo done and we still have 5 weeks left! I have conferences later next week also, so it's nice to have a 3 day weekend before that! I'll be sure to post pics when we get back! I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
My mom and I have always had a close relationship. When I was free on weekends, we would stay up late, eat popcorn, listen to music, and talk about whatever was on our minds. My mom has helped me through those tough middle school years when you feel awkward and ugly, get teased, etc. She helped me through the end of my first serious relationship when I got dumped over the phone after 3.5 years of dating and it was so nice to know I always had someone on my side. She was there to celebrate my engagement (she planned our entire engagement party) and wedding (she knows me so well that her first choice of wedding gown is the one I wound up choosing), and I cannot wait for her to be there when we have our first child someday. She has been an amazing mom and will be an incredible grandmother. If we have a girl, we plan on giving her my mom's name for her middle name. My mom is without a doubt my best friend and I wouldn't be who I am today without her!
I also have a wonderful mother-in-law now! She welcomed me into her family immediately and was actually with us the night we got engaged. She planned our rehearsal dinner, helped a ton with the wedding since she lived near everything and we didn't (I also invited her to come wedding dress shopping with my mom, bridesmaids, and I. I wanted her to be part of something so huge and she was honored to be there!), and most importantly, she raised a wonderful, loving man that I had the privilege of marrying. I am honored to be part of her family now too! I am very lucky to have a MIL that I genuinely like and get along with. Doesn't Jeff look just like her? I think it's so funny!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mom out there, especially mine!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Christmas 2008 when Jeff and I were engaged, my now MIL got me the first book of this series. She got me the second one when it came out as well and I reviewed them here. The series, by Nora Roberts, is related to weddings, so of course I love it! Each book focuses on one of 4 main female characters who run a wedding planning business together, and the third one came out earlier this month, so when my MIL came to visit last weekend, she bought it for me! The deal is she will get me all 4 books as long as she's the first person that gets to borrow them when I'm done! The last one comes out in November and I can't wait!
Anyway, this was probably my least favorite of the 3 books out so far because I never cared for this character in the other 2 books, but it was still a great, easy read and I enjoyed it! I finished it in 2 days! These books are typical chick-lit, they have a happy ending and everything is wrapped up in a pretty bow at the end, which is exactly what I like.
In case you're wondering, book 2 was my favorite so far! I also love that this series takes place in Greenwich, CT because that's where I work and I'm from that area! :D
If you like to read chick-lit, are engaged or a newlywed, or know someone who is, get these books! They're so fun! I will warn you though that there are sex scenes in them. Nothing too graphic, but if that kind of thing makes you uncomfortable, skip those parts.
My next read will be Jen Lancaster's "My Fair Lazy." Her books are hilarious and awesome. If you haven't read anything by her, start with "Bitter Is The New Black" and then read all of her work!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Coach bags (or shoes!) This is the one I'm currently carrying. I got it at a Coach Outlet in Atlantic City a couple years ago. It's my spring/summer bag and I have a great black one Jeff bought me when we first started dating for fall/winter. We're going back to AC in a few weeks, so I might be getting another bag at the outlet! :)
Massages! My very first pro one was on a cruise back in August 2007 and it was a hot stone massage. I was so seasick and the massage helped for awhile! Jeff and I did a couple's massage on that cruise, and we also did one on our honeymoon at the Grand Floridian Spa (we stayed at that resort). I got a hot stone massage in Vegas at the MGM Grand, which is where we stayed. Jeff wanted some time to himself to play poker, so he sent me off to the spa! I didn't complain hahaha! It feels SO good and it's such a nice treat! I already told Jeff I plan on getting several massages when I'm pregnant!
What are your splurges?
Today my husband Jeff turns 28! We went out to celebrate with his mom and sister at the Cheesecake Factory yesterday afternoon, which was a lot of fun! He took off from work today, I originally did too, but then he was supposed to go to Vegas for a work conference, so I switched my personal day to May 17th, and then he decided not to go to Vegas. I didn't want to change my personal day back again because I would look like I was crazy, so I am at work and will hang out with Jeff when I get home this afternoon. It will be nice for him to have a day to himself!
We've also been married for 10 months now, which is crazy to me!