Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love you Tomorrow....

Tomorrow is Kevins 25th birthday!!!!!! How exciting! Now I have been trying to make this birthday special by planning all these special things and what do you know, none of them have worked out! But, I will not give up! Today is going to be our day of celebration in a way. I am planning to decorate the whole house if I can and I still have to go out and find wrapping paper and bags for all his presents because, silly me, I forgot to look for them when I went shopping for his gifts. Kevin is a huge pineapple lover so I decided that I am going to make him a pineapple cake. Not pineapple upside down cake, just a yummy pineapple cake. I don't think he has ever had anything like that before. I also decided to make him his favorite dinner, steak and potatoes. Let us hope that turns out well becaue we are supposed to go look at a house possibly before we eat dinner. It kind of puts a damper on my plan because I wanted to do something really special, like set up candles and what not, however that is going to be mighty hard if we have to go out before hand. Usually dinner is ready when Kevin comes in the door or right around that time, but today, we will have to see how it all plays out. I am not sure what else I am going to do, but I really want to make the day special!!!! I hope he loves everything and I will most definitely post pictures ASAP. After all, like our realator said, he is a quater of a century old! Haha!!!! :) Happy Day all! Hope your day is filled with inspiration, warmth, and love! Look to yourself for all of these and may you find it in others as well.

With Love,

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy 4th!

Over the weekend we went to Pittsburgh to visit Kevin's friends Adam and Jess and see the fireworks down town and just have a good time. Jess is going for her master's there and she has an apartment kind of in the ghetto, but in a decent section of town. It was really fun because right now she doesn't have a room mate so we got our own room which was really nice. We had a lot of fun with Adam and Jess. We tried a bunch of new food places that Kevin and I had never eaten at before and we walked around the city a lot and did some small shopping, mostly just browsed. I loved seeing all the new sites, getting coffee at Starbucks, eating at a yummy pita shop, and watching the fireworks in the city. They were really beautiful and one night we saw the view of the city from on top of a hill/mountain and it was beautiful. We saw Transformers 2 which was a really good movie and we stopped at an toy store with all these old collectible toys. It was really cool! We watched Drop Dead Fred (I love that movie!) and we watched a bunch of old transformer episodes. We had a nice drive both ways through the tunnels and on the turnpike and on the way home we stopped at Kevin's sisters and ate with Her, Her husband, Her daughter Braylynne, Kevin's Mom, and Kevin's Dad. It was really nice and we had a great time there too. Although that was on Sunday we still had a great weekend and a wonderful fourth of July and we were really excited to get the opportunity to visit Kevin's friend in Pitt!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Can you believe it?

We can't!

We are getting married in Jamaica! Hopefully on December 23rd. We leave December 20th and do not return until December 27th! Sometime you don't get the date you want for the actual wedding but we are hoping to get December 23rd because it is our 2 year anniversary! What an amazing way to celebrate, lol! We absolutely can't wait and we will be there over Christmas as fun!!!!! All the details are on our other blog which is Two become one...December 23rd, 2009.

Life is just moving along. Aside from all our new wedding plans and excitement, nothing much is going. Work and classes take up most of my time but, we have also been looking for a house since we are not sure if we will have the money to build right now or not. We have been really trying to work on US the last few days because sometimes being so busy takes a little bit of a toll on our relationship. We need time together, just us.

I have been really trying to take care of my body and myself. I realized (which for some people is not a great realization but, for me its a big one) that I never get the days back that pass by so I might as well live every one with joy and excitement and happiness. Why spend them angry, when I can be happy? If I feel angry I just need to feel it, then shake it off and feel happiness! How great the days are that we are given and also how short. We must enjoy them or we will spend our whole life being unhappy, look back and then say Oh my gosh where did it all go?

Hope you are living a happy life and happy days! Keep thinking positively, everything will balance out, everything happens for a reason and everything will be okay!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Many twists and turns have come our way this week. We are changing a lot with our wedding. Oh the crazy life we lead! But, hey we will get through all the messes that come our way! We all can and we all will. :) Somehow, some way. We will find the strength. Keep pushing and smiling and most of all keep loving and LOVING YOURSELF!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sweet Nights...

The last two nights have been very strange indeed. Kevin has been working at night these last two nights. Although I have been very sad without Kevin it has been quite an experience. Everybody has been telling me that I am crazy for staying up all night and then sleeping with him during the day but, I look at it as a new succulent adventure. When Kevin got home yesterday we got ready and went to bed and you know, it was a good day to stay in bed anyway! Then we woke up around 5 in the evening and went out to get some things and came home and rested again until he had to leave at 10:30 to go to work. Today he will be home around 7:15 and then we are going to get ready for bed and sleep for a few hours but, then we have to get back up because tonight we have to go to bed at normal time because he works at 7 a.m. tomorrow. Today when he gets home will be a nice day because we will get to spend some time together. We are considering getting ice cream at Rakestraws which will be wonderful!
During the night I have been watching tv, doing school work, blogging, updating face book, exercising on my wii fit, reading SARK's books and getting new ideas for my wild life. The last few days although I did lose my temper because I was exhausted, I have been really working on not being disappointed in my life and looking at it as a wonderful ride. I am so excited for the wonderful experiences that are yet to come and I am trying to accept that everything will come in due time!

I have definitely learned that I need to express my feelings; when I am angry I need to say I am angry. Do not be afraid because holding back feelings leads to a blow up in the end. Try new things, stay in bed, indulge your senses, feel your emotions, eat what you want, be YOURSELF. Why hold back? We have one life to live! Live it to the fullest. Waste no more days being afraid. Embrace your inner self and nourish the child within. Write what you want. Just love yourself and realize that it is not worth being upset about things that don't really need to be upset over. Feel upset and then look past it! You don't want to waste your life being upset when we are only given one chance. Just think there is only one June 17th 2009 so embrace it! Love it and be thankful for the day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A life of Succulence

If you have never heard of SARK, now you have and you have no excuse to live a boring life anymore. SARK is an amazing author of wonderful books about living your life to the fullest, nourishing yourself, and being SUCCULENT! I used to adore her books and when we moved I packed them up in a box and put them in our closet in our apartment. Now, I have been meaning to get them out of the box since November but, I just never "found the time." Finally, yesterday I said forget what I am doing right now, I deserve to read my favorite books and I deserve to live a full life no matter how busy I am. So now, you too, have no excuse not to live your life, nourish your soul, and be a beautiful, succulent wild woman. Read her books. The two I started with are Succulent Wild Woman and The Bodacious Book of Succulence. I thought I had another but I don't know if I do. I know I do have one of her work books and if I don't have the other book about "prosperity" then I am definitely going to get it as soon as I possibly I can.

Her books are absolutely the most encouraging books I have ever read. Every time I am feeling down I read them and even when I am feeling wonderful I read them. Her books help bring out the best in me and help me embrace my so called "flaws." Every time I sit down with one of books I just feel so fulfilled, so wonderful, like I want to embrace my life and just live and just be. When anyone is feeling like down, or feeling like the are full of "flaws" I suggest these books and try to bring in all of SARK's wonderful magical words. What an author, what a WOMAN!

So lately, my life has been devoted to succulence. Although I am always saying how important it is to nourish myself, I really mean it now. SARK has dared me to live my succulent wild life and I have accepted her challenge. I am really working toward loving life, nourishing my inner child, feeling my feelings, and just living my succulent wild life.

Our baby plants are getting SO big. We have peppers! We have tomatoes coming hopefully (there are flowers). We are so in love with our dear plants.
Aren't they gorgeous? This is just one guy! We have 6 peppers!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So far this summer...

The summer has been crazy so far. I had about a week off from classes and I certainly enjoyed it. Now I am back into classes and I have two right now online and I start another one on June 22nd. They are a bit overwhelming but, God has given me strength and he has really been helping me be happy with myself and the world around me. I have been really stressed about money lately because working so far this summer has just not been going well. I am praying that something will turn around here so that way I can at least have a enough money to pay for my classes. It is especially stressful because I am not able to buy anything for our wedding and we are building a house so we are really really broke. However, I can't complain. Not having money makes us live a simple life. It has definitely opened my eyes and although I often still want want want, I am really trying to cut that behavior. I have never been a material person but, I do like to get things when I feel like mine are old. I am thinking about all the creative things I may hopefully be able to do with some of my clothes. I am really learning to appreciate what I have and to realize that I do not need new things. I am hoping that it is opening Kevin's eyes as well to the fact that we can live a simple and most importantly HAPPY life.

I am a person that tends to find something interesting, like other cultures and then tries to change myself to be that way. I think one thing that I really need to concentrate on doing is finding myself. I am hoping that in doing this I will have God's support. I am hoping that I can incorporate many different cultures and aspects in my own way to really define who I am. I need to find out who I am and especially because this is such an important time in my life and in Kevin's and my life. I would like to find who I really am and what my true values really are before we have children. I am praying for strength! I am definitely going to nurture myself and love myself and others.

We went to west virginia and I still need to post pictures from there. It was for my uncles surprise birthday party and we had a ton of fun! We also went to a Nascar race on sunday and that was really fun too. We tailgated with our two other friends and I think that was a great way to enjoy the day. The race was kind of boring but it was such a great experience. I would definitely go back!

I hope you all are having a good summer! I hope you are finding yourselves and I know that you have God's support. Just keep Him close to your heart and definitely nurture yourself and love yourself and others!

by Elain Gates