Summer Days, Melting Away

Hey y’all! It’s been a while. So much has happened since my last blog post. However, I’ll get into all that later.

Since i’m back from a three month blogging break I thought i’d just do a simple and fun family post. Last weekend we went on a beach day trip with my side of the family. It was the perfect beach day!

It was about 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the blazing sun was hidden behind thin clouds. The waves weren’t too rough and the sand…well actually… the sand WAS burning, but still! It was lovely!

I’m just going to stop typing and insert the photos from this trip. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Bridal Shower

IMG_3816My sister and mom threw me a great bridal shower on Saturday. Despite the wind and rain it was fantastic! 🙂 The theme was garden southern charm. I loved the decorations and the food was delicious!

We all had a great time. I’m so thankful for those who showed up and stayed. This is the first party i’ve had since I was 9! 🙂

 

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IMG_3824 ❤ Maria Magdeline

 

Spring Birthdays

In our family there are 5 birthdays in Spring. Today i’m going to share our fun activities! I already shared one of my sister’s birthdays. You can read about it in my D.C. Zoo post. 🙂

The next birthday is my eldest sisters. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to celebrate with her because I was suffering from a kidney stone. So, I don’t have much to write about on her special day. Sorry :/ Everyone went out to eat at a Belgian restaurant and then went to the movies I believe.

Onto my birthday! 😀 Christopher took me to the Virginia Beach Aquarium. I forgot my camera so I didn’t get any photos, but it was really nice. I loved seeing the baby sea turtles in the lab and nope, I didn’t touch the stingrays or any of the crabs. No thank you! Lol!

lionking2After the aquarium we headed to the Lion King on Broadway. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to see it because the night before we couldn’t find any tickets, but we finally found some. So, when the show started I nearly cried! It was just so beautiful! Of course, I had to purchase the live soundtrack. 🙂lionking

 

Onto my niece’s birthday! (fun fact: We share the same birthday!) We celebrated by going to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. It was so much fun! 🙂 We all rode rides and spent lots of time together.

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For my dad’s birthday Chris and I decorated the house for him and took him to dinner. Then we took him to the movies to see that super hero Civil War movie.

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Those are all the spring birthdays we’ve celebrated this year!

❤ Maria Magdeline

Going Back In Time

IMG_3632After having gone to the ER and staying in bed for days while passing a very painful kidney stone, Christopher decided that we needed to have one of our adventures. We are known for doing spontaneous things, but because of our wedding/life preparing we’ve had to slow down.

We chose (the morning of) to go to Colonial Williamsburg. It’s one of my favorite places. Just the way everything looks there is so…enchanting to me. The gardens, horse and buggy’s, and the way the actors really get into it is fun. Even-though I never know how to respond to them. Despite all the other visitors, you may come to feeling like you’re actually in that time period.

 

 

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I picked up a couple things while I was there. I wanted way more but…you can’t always get what you want. Lol! I got a cloth doll and some fragrance powder. 🙂

Here I am feeling historically posh…

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There were all types of shops(even a working historical post office) and each house has such cute nice backyards. I just love it! The church is even a real running place of worship.

I can’t wait to go back so I can get some of those soaps and that cookbook filled with historical southern colonial Virginian recipes.

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❤ Maria Magdeline

 

 

 

Family Day in D.C.

Back in early-mid March my family headed up north to Maryland to celebrate one of my sister’s birthdays.
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We took the Metro from MD to D.C. and headed to an Ethiopian restaurant first. Yum!!!

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After our tummy’s were stuffed we visited the zoo. I’m gonna leave you to take a gander at the photos captured from the rest of our trip. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by!

❤ Maria Magdeline

 

Valentine’s Day 2016

So, it’s been about a week since Valentine’s Day. Wow! I’m behind. I’m planning a wedding, re-starting my business, and preparing for life’s major changes(marriage,moving out, etc.). There’s my excuse haha! If that’s not good enough then I don’t know what is.vday2016 021..

We actually didn’t do anything on Valentine’s Day. Christopher works on Sundays and that’s the day it was on this year. So, we celebrated the day before. This was our third day of love together.

I got my loving fiance a hydration pack. It’s a little backpack that has a water pack in it and the straw leads to your mouth. You active people know what it is. I also got him an off-brand FitBit. I was not going to be spending $100+ for that tiny little thing. Chris misplaces things more than i’d like…so if he wants that he’s gonna have to buy it with his own spare money LOL!

Each Valentine’s Day he gets me a bouquet of flowers from Strange’s. This year he created the bouquet himself. He selected each flower and it turned out beautifully.

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…and they’re still alive! 

He also got me the traditional box of chocolates and some balloons. 😀 This time he even got me a jumbo sized card…and an average sized more serious one.vday2016 012.

After we exchanged gifts I went back to bed and took a nap and he napped on the couch. Talk about exciting. Haha!

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Once we woke up we drove through the country(where my dad grew up) and rode on the ferry. It was so so cold and windy. I ordered Lily’s Chicken from Bonefish Grill and he got some fancy type of fish. All of the food was delicious as always.

After dinner we drove to the movie theater to see Deadpool. It’s what he wanted to see sooo…sacrifices ya know! It was a good movie, but it’s definitely not a children’s movie. We saw it in IMAX Dolby surround. The seats were electronic recliners with footrests. They were like couches! So, I got to lay my head on his shoulder without my side being crushed by an armrest. Speakers came out of the seats, walls, and ceiling. I was amazed.

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After the movie he got me Hostess chocolate cupcakes from a gas station(yum!) and we drove back home. 🙂

It was a nice Valentine’s Day all in all. I wonder what life’s going to be like next February. We’ll have been married for 9 months by that time.

❤ Maria Magdeline

 

 

Snowed In Part 2

So, as the snow continues to melt I thought it’d be nice to quickly make part 2 of “Snowed In.”

quiltnsnow 004I have finished my fiance’s Star Wars triangle quilt(well I still have to add the binding…bleh!). He loves it. It’s not quite big enough for him to use as a bedtime sleeping quilt, but it’ll be great for when he’s sitting up playing video games or just watching TV.

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I did end up going back outside the next day. Chris wanted to build a snowman. Funny thing is that I ended up building the whole thing. Huh? She turned out kinda cute though.

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We had to walk over 3 miles or so to Walgreen’s to pickup some food the next day. The snow was past my knees. Walgreen’s didn’t have what we needed so we ended up having to go across the main intersection to the grocery store. I’m just glad this is Virginia and not NY. Lol!

So, that’s the quick continuation of “Snowed In.” I’m actually on the phone right now so if this post seems -not so good- then that’s why. 🙂 It’ll be better next time…I pwomise.

❤ Maria Magdeline

Snowed In

 

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A couple of days ago I stocked up on fabric since I knew that we were expected to get many inches of snow this weekend. It’s was funny because I wasn’t the only one who had that idea. Many women were buying enough fabric and supplies to last them the whole weekend.

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I was finishing my fiance’s Star Wars quilt when all of a sudden my sewing machine light started flickering and then the machine stopped working. I was so disappointed. A broken sewing machine meant a boring weekend with nothing to do. Then Christopher came over and told me it wasn’t plugged in all the way. -_- You can imagine how I felt…both happy and embarrassed.

Anyways, snow isn’t my favorite thing. It’s beautiful, but I don’t like being in it because… well, it’s cold. Chris wanted to go out and play in it so I decided to make a sacrifice by going out and trying to have fun. Lol! I only lasted like 10 minutes. I had fun, but my hands were freezing.

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So, I will be staying inside to quilt (because i’m a granny), cook, and just relax in the warmth. Being snowed in is not a big deal for me, because I love being at home. 🙂

Are you snowed in too? If so, how are you spending your time?

❤ Maria Magdeline

The Kind of Wife I Want to Be

Considering the fact that i’m getting married in 123 days (WHAT?!) I thought it was a good idea to write this post while I still have the chance. I not only want to document my feelings on what it means to be a wife, but I want to write about the type of wife I want to be.engagementphotos 145..jpg

I plan to look back from time to time, through the years, as a reminder of my wifey goals. 😉 Here goes…

 

-First thing is that I never want to fall asleep angry with him. We are gonna continue to work out our problems right then and there, and then laugh at how dumb the whole thing was.

-If I see something bothering him I want to be there for him and continue to be his shoulder to cry on.

-I want to listen quietly to what he’s saying without interrupting or assuming.

-I want to tell him that I admire all the things he does for me and how hard he works. I want him to know that I notice what he does.

-I want to greet him with a hug and a kiss even if I have a million other things going on.

-I want to master juicy chicken for him…because he hates it dry. *eye roll*

-I want to make sure he has fresh clean socks and clothes to wear everyday.

-When he comes home from work I want him to be walking into a home that’s relaxing, quiet, and stress free…because I know he’s probably gonna be tired. Also, dinner to be made or in the process.engagementphotos 161.JPG

-I want to remember that i’m not the only person in his life and remind him to hangout with his friends and family often.

-I wanna date him even-though we’ll already be married. Surprise him with his favorite candy and a movie night or something like that.

-I want to go to church with him, pray with him, and study the Bible with him.

-I want to continue to be spontaneous with him…random trips and adventures!

-I want to have time to myself where I can do the things I love so that I can stay happy.

-I want to go out with my gal pals and maybe even continue to go on girl’s trips.

-I want to create a home that’s filled with love and laughter.engagementphotos 281

-I want to forgive him for not putting things back where they belong (or for not closing kitchen cabinets).

-While we’re building a family I want to remember that he was my husband first…and he’ll be the one i’ll be with for the rest of my life…long after our kids move out.

-I want to remember that he has ADHD. So, booger flinging is gonna happen and i’m gonna continue to be disgusted by it…but i’m still gonna love him.

-I want to help make him be the man he wants to be and be supportive of his hobbies.

-I want to make wise money decisions with him. If there’s a disagreement then we will write out our reasons for our thoughts and come to a mutual agreement.

 

Thanks for reading! …I can’t wait to look back on this post. 🙂

Also, I hope you liked some of our engagement photos.

❤ Maria Magdeline

Wedding Dress Shopping!

I am so happy to say that I have found my dress! There’s less than 5 months until the wedding…so having my dress has taken off a lot of stress. I can’t wait til’ it gets here! 🙂 xmaswed 047

I searched, with my awesome future mother-in-law, for a dress at a bridal shop that was having a closeout sale. I had found a dress that I really liked, but it was way over my budget. *sad face* She was so nice to shop with though!xmaswed 037

Then, I went to David’s Bridal. (I wonder who David is lol…anyways) My mom and 2 older sisters helped me pick out some gowns. I had like 10 gowns in my fitting room…I didn’t get to try all of them on. Way too manyxmaswed 042.

I ended up choosing the last dress I put on. I loved it!

However, the next morning I was having second thoughts about the dress…which was awful because it was already being paid for. So, I was freaking out because due to the special payment I couldn’t switch my dress. I wanted to give up on the wedding in that moment…haha! After being on hold on the phone for too long I decided to just go back to David’s Bridal and try on some more dresses. My dad and my long time friend Lauren…who is one of my bridesmaids…came along.

Without even knowing it…I ended up pulling my dress, that I chose the day before, off the rack to try on. I guess it was just meant to be. 🙂 I did try on some other dresses, but I decided to stick with the one I already chose.

And NO! You will not being seeing the dress until the wedding.

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Many thanks to Lauren for taking my camera and getting some good memorable shots. I’ll be going to Walmart today to get them printed.

❤ Maria Magdeline