I had started the fall off working TWO jobs in an attempt to save up some money for school, but it was killing me. I would literally open at one place just to have about an hour break before I went and closed the other place. I was on my feet from about 8 AM until midnight every day and it was most definitely taking its toll. The two jobs lasted for about a month and a half before Kevin told me to just quit one already!!
While one would have thought that cutting back to just one job would have totally opened up my schedule and leave me with tons of free time, they would have been mistaken. As soon as I was down to one job, I began filling my time with everything grad school. I made several trips west, to MTSU, in search of the perfect place to call home for the next year. After finding a place to live, then it was time to review a bit since I haven't looked at anything accounting related since I graduated in May!!!
In the midst of all the craziness, Kevin and I did manage to fit in our engagement pictures this fall too! Photographers were one of the first things I started looking at after Kevin proposed. To me, the photographers and videographer is the most important thing to consider when planning the wedding, followed closely by good entertainment. While a pretty location, good food, and a yummy cake are all nice, it's the photos and video that you keep forever, and it's the entertainment that makes the wedding a memorable one and the photos and video the best they could possibly be. Luckily for me, I found my photographer with ease...well...with ease after meeting with nearly a dozen or so other photographers! But she was someone I already knew about and didn't find through google or anything else like that which allowed me to be a bit more familiar with her work since I was already looking at some of her work before Kev and I were engaged. Either way, below are some of my favorite shots from that day!
Before I knew it, Thanksgiving was here...and then before I even had time to enjoy the turkey...it was Christmas!!! I must say that this Christmas was probably one of the best ones I've had in a few years. This year instead of it just being my dad, Kevin and I since almost everyone else goes to Chicago most years, this year Jerry and Kate were here too, which lead to us actually preparing a Christmas dinner at our house. I must say, the task seemed daunting at first. In my house, we're used to my mom cooking most meals. And not that we can't cook, but my mom is seriously an amazing cook who definitely knows her way around the kitchen. Not to mention, she's been doing this for 30 years, and has her timing and everything else down to a fine art...well...with the exception of the rolls!! ;). So it's typically best if e cooking is left to her. But this year, it was up to us. I will say that our timing was definitely a little off. We made macaroni salad, and forgot to boil the eggs until all the ingredients were mixed together, we made baked sweet potatoes, but waited until everything else was almost cooked before they went in the oven (they take about 30-45 minutes to cook!). I will say that the biggest surprise, and success of the meal was when Jerry made gravy from SCRATCH after we realized we didn't have any!! And it was actually pretty good!!! Despite how successful the meal was, I think the best part was just having all five of us in the kitchen. It was definitely a sight to see, and I wish we had video tapped,it, because as much as we were laughing in the moment, we could have totally won some money on AFV!!! It was definitely something I won't soon forget.
Now...we're about 34 hours away from me moving to MTSU. Last weekend for new years, my sorority sister Melissa got married in Nashville. We had such a great time!!! But before the party began, Kev and I took the opportunity to head to Murfreesboro a day early so that we could get the keys to my apartment, get my utilities set in my name, and clean a bit before we started moving stuff in. This weekend my parents came with us, and we brought all the big heavy furniture to move! The place is starting to come together. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to really decorate and make it feel more like home. Although, I don't think anywhere will feel like home without Kevin.
And speaking of...I will say that the idea of leaving Kevin for a year is pretty scary. We are about to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, and of those 5 years, we've lived together for 3! And while we did do things in a rather non traditional way moving in together before we were married, it cracks me up to think we just got engaged...and now I'm moving out! Hey, at least the Catholic church will be happy when we contact them about getting married and we have separate addresses! Either way, it still makes me sad to know that the one person I love more than anything, whom I've created a little family with (with all of our little furry children that is!) will not be waiting for me when I get home from class.
Luckily I will have one of the dogs, Killer, and the two cats to keep me company while at school! And I'm trying to distract myself with decorating the apartment to make the initial separation a little less daunting.
I'm sure once I get in the swing of things with school and work, and with the wonderful world of face time, it won't be as bad as I think it will be and the year will fly by in no time! Only 341 days till graduation! And I have wedding planning to look forward to which will resume in a couple months after I get this first semester of grad school under my belt!
Here is to a great 2012!!!!!