Monday, December 31, 2012

Adiós Twenty-Twelve

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything as the last three months have been a whirlwind! 
I'd love to be the type of blogger who has fun, witty things to write about and update this thing biweekly. Maybe one day...but today I'll just do a quick run down of what we've been up to:

- Moved to Windermere, Florida!

We survived the move back Florida. I'm still unsure how we accumulated so much stuff between the two of us, but nonetheless we managed to unpack and settle into the new house. I'm so in LOVE with our new house. It's beyond a m a z i n g and more than we need. (Here's hoping to being blessed to fill this home with a few babies throughout the years!) It's the kind of home that I have to pinch myself every morning I wake up and will never feel deserving enough to live here!


Even though Hurricane Sandy was skirting along the coast of Florida on our wedding day and there was 90% chance of rain all day, we managed to have a lovely, rain FREE day! Sure it was a little windy, but we got married outside, took some amazing outdoor photos, saw a rainbow and made it inside for the reception right before the rain started! We certainly were blessed on the first day of our new life together! As for the actual reception, that too was just as spectacular! I for one usually don't have too much fun at weddings. They always seem so predictable, cheesy and unnatural. Now I might be a little biased but our wedding was the best wedding ever! We had a blast! The candy bar, photo booth, food, DJ, and of course the open bar, were all perfect! It was certainly a day we will never forget and we are so thankful for our friends and family who were there (either in person or in spirit) to share our special day with us!

 - Started a new job at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Children
I'm still missing all my coworkers friends in Denver and at PSL! I started my new job and I'm really enjoying it! It's crazy and chaotic and I absolutely HATE being the new guy, not knowing any names, doctors prefrences, or where anything is. Other than that, everyone is really nice and I think I'm going to do well here!

- Had a Very MERRY CHRISTMAS with family and friends!

It was so nice and refreshing to be in Florida for the holidays! No worrying about having to travel, not FaceTiming my nephews and other family members as they open gifts! We were here, in person! We even decided to host Christmas at our house! Little things here and there need to be done are still a work in progress in the house, but we had such a great time having everyone over! It was also a nice change to enjoy Christmas by and in the pool! (White Christmas' are overrated in my Floridan opinion). 

-Getting ready for a NEW YEAR!

As twenty twelve comes to an end, I always enjoy reflecting on the year that has passed and think about all the goals and dreams I have for the coming year! I think the whole New Years Resolution thing is so cliché and just sets you up to fail. That being said, I still try to set new goals for my self each new year. 

I am proud to say that back in 2006 I decided I wanted to lose weight and stick to it. Throughout that year I lost over 50 pounds. I'm even more proud to say that every year since then I have managed to maintain a weight loss of over 60 pounds! It's not easy, I struggle everyday. I have ups and downs, good days and bad days (and really bad days). But I think no matter what your goal is, YOU have to decide when you want to do it, how you want to achieve it! 

Last year, I made a simple goal. Well, more like a project I wanted to do:

Take at least one picture EVERYDAY! Sounds simple enough! WRONG! I love taking pictures, but there were so many days I'd be laying in bed after working 12+ hours and right before I drifted asleep I'd be jolted awake by the realization I'd forgotten to take a picture! So I'd get out of bed, run down stairs, grab my camera and take a picture of something random; door knobs, our dogs, my nails, the clouds, bugs, trees, flowers, etc. I am so happy that today, New years eve, I can officially say I have 366 pictures for each day this year! I encourage you to try this. I hope to one day do this during a pregnancy or with kids. Most people take weekly pregnancy pictures or monthly pictures of their kids, but HOW COOL would it be to have a picture of you growing bump or child's face everyday for a year and see the changes!?

I did a few other Pintrest inspired things (write one thing down you did that day everyday and continue this each year, and while doing so you will reflect on what you did that day a year ago, two years ago, etc.) I also tried saving any $5 I got. I don't use cash very ofter BUT I did manage to save $85!

2012 was such a special year for Phil and I. We are looking forward to all the new year will bring!
I hope you all have a fabulous night tonight and may 2013 be your best year yet!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

There's no place like home. . .

As I sit here in Denver...our last night in LaQuinta Inns & Suites near Denver International Airport I am deeply sad and yet at the same time, eager with excitement and anticipation. 

With a HUGE help from Dave, Jill (Phil's parents), James (Phil's brother) and three of his college roommates, we completed the near impossible task of packing three years of our life into three cars, one 26 foot long u-Haul and a few suitcases. 

Phil and I have been boxing and packing our house since Sunday, and found ourselves still packing up until the last minutes in the house. 

Between the two of us (plus Juno and Zeus) we have accumulated more "things" than most families of 8+! Our "things" include bedroom furniture, couches, dinning room table/chairs, washer/dryer, refrigerator, pool table, vacuums, dog crates and countless boxes/suitcases/etc. We ended up filling my LR4 and Phil's Mercedes as much as possible before shipping them. THEN we managed to fill top to bottom, left to right FULL a 26 foot moving truck! I'm not kidding...not one more box would have fit. The saddest part is my beloved treadmill was one of the things left behind! Very, very sad. Throughout the day of packing up the truck, Juno and Zeus' anxiety was palpable. The uncertainty and fear they had of if they would "fit" or not could be seen with their every move! In the end, we decided they could come, too! ;)

The u-Haul!!
The inside!!

My car, Lily, being put on the truck!

Phil's car, Benji, being put on the truck!

My treadmill, sadly left behind in the basement...check craigslist for a listing soon!! ;)

The dogs sitting in the empty house still unsure of their fate!

Since the beds/mattress we're packed, we decided staying in a hotel would be best for all for our last night in Denver...Hence, LaQuinta Inns & Suites. 
(Tonight was also a big game for FSU! We ended up missing pretty much the entire first half (but so did the Noles, so we didn't miss much), but we were all settled in in our hotel room for the second half, and man oh man WHAT A SECOND HALF! Makes me proud to be a NOLE!)

Settling down in the hotel...fate still slightly uncertain!

"We're much more comfortable up here!"

So, bright and early tomorrow morning, I will be catching a flight to Orlando (S-P-O-I-L-E-D, trust me, I know). Phil will be driving the dogs and a half packed Denali along side his Dad, who will be driving the moving truck, and making the three day road trip to Florida. I couldn't be more grateful for them taking the time to move us across the country, all 1,830 miles! They should arrive in Windermere on Wednesday (along with our cars the same day, too...hopefully) where we will all engage in the lovely task of UNPACKING the three cars and 26 foot u-haul! Wish us luck!

3+ years, countless memories, laughs, tears, and great memories took place here on 8th place. I will always hold a special place for this home, and Denver in my heart! Looking forward to visiting all our friends here in Colorado in the future!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Looking for a place to stay!

With the wedding just over 6 weeks away (ekk!) I figured this was the easiest way to get information out to everyone!

We have some people coming from out of town and are going to need places to stay. We have a room block with discounted room rates available at the hotel were our actual wedding is taking place (It's The Ritz/JW Marriott which are technically two hotels, but are intertwined on one property). The actual rooms that are available in this room block are at The JW Marriott.

In addition to this room block, we also have a room block available at The Sea World Renaissance which is only 3 miles away.

The website to book these rooms can be found here: 

Make sure you book before September 26th, as these room are let go then and the reduced price is no longer valid!

In addition to these hotels, there are PLENTY of other nearby hotels which may also be more convenient. The address to the hotel of the wedding is:

Grande Lakes Orlando
4040 Central Florida Parkway 
Orlando, FL 32837 

My advice would be to GoogleMap this address and search for nearby hotels if you need further options.

We hope this helps with any travel plans! Feel free to contact myself or Phil with any other questions or help!

44 days and counting. . . 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Colorado vs Florida

As the days are just flying by and the big move back to Florida is inching closer and closer here I've been going through some real serious periods of highs and lows. The term bittersweet is more true now then ever before for me!


  [adj. bit-er-sweet, bit-er-sweet; n. bit-er-sweet]
2. both pleasant and painful or regretful: a bittersweet memory.

As soon as I start to get sad about leaving all my friends here in Denver, I am reminded how excited I am to be close to old friends and family soon. And this cycle of excitement and depression continues over and over throughout the day. Therefore I've come up with a list of things I'll miss about Denver, and things I'm looking forward to in Orlando. That way I can remember all the happy times and fun memories I've had here, but also still be excited about moving...

Things I'll miss about Denver:
  • My friends...DUH! After such a (semi)memorable bachelorette party this weekend, I am reminded how amazing these people truly are!
  • PSL Labor and Delivery - I love each and every one of you!
  • Our house, which Phil and I have made our HOME over the past three years
  • The beautiful sights in this state, which sadly, Phil and I did not take full advantage of here!
  • Sarah, my nail tech at Pure Nail Spa in Lowry! I don't know if I'll ever get a Gelish Manicure from anyone as good as her! SERIOUSLY, you should check her out if you live here!
  • Heidi's Brooklyn Deil, or more specifically, their Honey Wheat bread! I'm counting on my Denver friends to make some shipments to me throughout the year!
  • 24 hour fitness Lowry - Or maybe the fact that this awesome gym is less than a mile from my house
  • Cool summer evenings, fall, no humidity, 300+ days of sunshine!
  • Paint by wine!
  • Walking to Tavern for dinner with Phil
  • Walking the dogs on 6th Avenue
  • 5:30am Sunrises and 8:30pm sunsets in the summer!
  • Being 4.5 miles from my job and being able to ride my bike there!
  • Juno's vet, Dr. McAbee at VCA Alameda East, who diagnosed her transitional vertebrae and has done so well treating her!
  • Cherry Creek Mall and Park Meadows Mall
  • The advantage of training for half marathons a mile above sea level

Things I'm looking forward to in Florida:
  • Being close to family; my parents, my brother and sister in law (who's expecting a new baby early next year), and my nephews, Taj (9) and Samson (2). I've missed seeing them grow up thus far and can't wait to be more involved in their lives!
  • Being closer to old friends!
  • MARRYING Phil on October 26th, 2012!
  • Winters spent in the pool!
  • Having a pool in our new home!
  • Swimming with Juno and Zeus!
  • Not ever having to shovel snow...EVER!
  • Having more access to FSU things and apparel (instead of CU/CSU/Bronco stuff)
  • Being able to actually GO to an FSU game!
  • East coast prime time TV
  • Watching the ball drop LIVE on New Year's Eve
  • Baking a sea level
  • Orlando outlet shopping, the Florida Mall, Mall at Millenia 
  • Disney and Universal Studios - Halloween Horror Nights, Grinchmas, etc
  • PUBLIX! Publix subs, Publix cakes, Publix cookies...EVERYTHING Publix!
  • Hurricane Parties!
  • No State income tax!

Well, there you have it! I'm sure I'll think of more for both lists throughout the next week or two. Either side you're on, one thing is for sure...PACKING is going to suck! Since we're planning on leaving Denver September 17th (yea that's 19 days away) we probably should get started. . .

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Répondez s'il vous WHAT?

So it's no secret Phil and I are getting married soon (October 26th to be exact!). As far as wedding planning goes, we've pretty much squared away all the major stuff...DRESS, photographer, florist, hair/makeup, etc. Included in that is our invitations, which we sent out in July. We took the websites advice with wording our RSVP cards. Well, we shouldn't have....

We're so sorry for all the confusion and mixups, and probably should have sent instructions with these as even our parents were confused on how to send it back! I hope the following helps with the confusion....

Above is picture of our RSVP card included in the invitation.  In case you can't see what it says:

We have reserved you ____ seat(s)
Number of guest(s) attending ______
I/We regretfully decline ______

Here's how it's supposed to be interpreted:

We wrote a number for the number of guest (Including you) invited. 

The next line, Number of guest attending, was intended for you to write a number of how many people would be attending, again including you (This is where the majority of people got confused).

The final option was intended to be checked if you could not attend, and therefore no one was attending.

This is mine and Phil's first wedding we've planned, and we've learned first hand how difficult it can be. We did not give a "plus one" to everyone invited if we didn't think they were dating anyone special. Therefore, if you got a card with only "1" reserved seat, the invitation was intended just for you. HOWEVER, many people who have already RSVP'd have gotten confused with this. So if you have PLEASE call/text/email Phil or I to clarify. Also, if we did not give you a "plus one" and are dating someone, PLEASE don't hesitate to ask. After all, this wedding is a party and we really want everyone to enjoy themselves! 

Regardless, we truly hope no one was offended by all of this because that was certainly not our intent! (I've only put this post together because after sending it out we realized how easily it is to be confused, and we just want to make sure we have an accurate head count! Thanks for understanding!)

Oh, and if you did get an invitation and have not yet sent your RSVP card...


Friday, August 10, 2012

Make like a fetus and head out...

On July 20th, 2009 Phil, Juno and I officially became residents of Denver, Colorado. As if graduating college in April, taking NCLEX (RN boards) in May, packing up our college townhouse in June wasn't enough, I left the only place I've ever called home, Kissimmee Florida, to be with Phil as he followed his dreams to work for his family's business, Instant Software and move to Denver, Colorado!

Over the past three years, so much has happened, and just to name a few. . .

We bought our first house!

Phil worked for Instant Software for a year, up until the company was sold. He then delved into some internet work, and ultimately ended up part owner in mor beverage

We add to our family by adopting Zeus

I ran my first half marathon and many more since then

After SIX years of dating, Phil popped the questions last December and we are engaged to be married in about two months

However, equally important for me, during this time after some struggle, I was hired at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Labor & Delivery unit as a registered nurse. Having absolutely NO nursing experience under my belt, I am forever indebted and thankful for the opportunity I've been given.

Over the past few years, I have learned more than I could imagine. I was oriented by the best preceptor a "new grad" could ask for. Jessie has made me into the nurse I am today. Her patience, humor, knowledge, and leadership is the reason I didn't quit those days I left work in tears.

In addition to Jessie, I am so blessed to work with the best group of nurses and staff anyone could ask for. Denise, Sonda, Jessica, Dana, Carol, Vanessa, Jenny, Amber, Dez, Marigny, Julie, Carolyn, Koca, Whitney, Annie, Bea, Frank, Greg, Maggie, Tina, Mary K., Melissa, Katie, Corine, Danica, Glenda, Meagan, Tracy, Jean, Andrea, Cathy, Jeri, Joan, Dr. Williams, Dr. Breeden, Dr. Jones, Dr. Kahn, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Dabelea, Dr. Porreco, Dr. Adelburg, Dr. Pitts, Dr. Green, Dr. Strouse, Dr. Copeland, Dr. Horvath, Kim M, Mary-Page, Mary-Ann, Becky, Mari, Cindy, and everyone else I work with that I failed to mention, I want you to know I love you and that I am so thankful for all you've taught me. You are the reason I look forward to going to work each day. While it's not always fun and certainly not easy, I am lucky to say that I truly love what I do and who I work with.

You all are also the reason that makes this news so difficult for me to share. However, the time has come for Phil and I to share the news that we will be moving back to Florida next month in September. Ultimately, this is a very positive thing for both of us. And while we would have never considered trying to plan a wedding AND move across the county within weeks of each other, due to some unforeseen quicker than expected changes, we were given no other choice than to embrace this all with bittersweet excitement.

I have always felt deep down that we would move back to Florida at some point, but again, certainly not while planning a wedding (I guess you could say history has repeated itself with moving during a very busy time in our life)! I am so excited to be close to my family again and watch my nephews grow up. I can't wait to see my friends from high school and college on a more regular basis. I definitely won't miss the snow, ice and freezing winters, and the thought of spending Christmas in the pool makes me happy. However, having to walk away from PSL is by far one of the hardest things I've had to do, and definitely the worst part about moving to Florida. Having to leave family and friends in Florida when we moved to Colorado three years ago was difficult and has been hard on me even now. As I return to Florida, having to say goodbye to my new family here is just as hard. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and memories I will cherish forever.

I hope that after the initial shock, disappointment, anger, and whatever else you may feel, that my Denver family will understand that this is what is best for Phil and I and that leaving you all isn't easy for me. I am writing this with tears in my eyes knowing my last day on 3A will be here in 3-4 weeks. As I said before, I can't deny that I am happy to be going back to Florida, but that doesn't mean I don't wish I could take you all with me. I love you all and look forward to visiting (and perhaps working PRN q3 months...?) in the future to come....!!

To my friends and family in Florida...get ready, because we're coming home!