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

R├ępondez 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!