Friday, December 31, 2010

Storm's 10 Top Favorite Moments in the Year 2010 and 10 Worst.. Let's Recap

I try to be a positive person, so let's start off with the good of 2010!

1) July 10, 2010- Marrying my best friend.

2)Graduating with my Master's Degree in Social Work, a long endeavor where I must thank friends and family for being so understanding during my hectic grad school career. I even had to miss a few weddings.. So thankful for such understanding friends..

3) Going on a fantastic Honeymoon

4) Living baby squirrels in my wall.

5) Running: This summer I was waking up running 6-10 miles a morning. Ran 9 miles on my wedding day.

6) So proud of my husband for winning an EMMY!!! Yes, a real Emmy.. Like the ones stars receive... How many people do you know that actually have one of these?? Some day we will own an entire shelf of awards Drew has earned.

7)Having my entire family at the Wedding.. This never happens with all the out of state family.. What a miracle!

8)Meeting my baby cousins Ridge and Kennedy.. Major blessing to my Aunt who has always wanted to be a mother and miscarried a set of twins two years prior. 
9) Receiving FREE tickets to Disney World. The simple things in life make me smile.. Did I mention FREE??

10) Buying our first Digital SLR camera. I have been waiting my entire life for this NIKON!! I love him... aka.. LUKE!

And the 10 moments I wish not to relive, but had  valuable lessons behind them.

1) My wedding dress did not fit six months before our wedding. Not because I gained weight, but because they made the ordered dress smaller then the one in the store. MAJOR  FREAK ATTACK

2)  Realizing I forgot to invite two important people to our wedding... and then trying to kiss butt on why I did such a horrible job at remembering them..

3) Pregnancy Scare when a certain friend was LATE!

4) Disney World's "Fantasia"- Enough said.

5) Being Insulted on my Wedding Day... 

6) First ER trip. Passing out at work.. Silly me..

7)  Receiving a $550 Medical Bill on Rehearsal Dinner Night

8) Wisdom Teeth Removal

9) Hitting my head on our book shelf and splitting my head open

10) Gaining the "Happy" pounds.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

What lies ahead for this Storm

As much as I love the Christmas season, I am always sad and happy to see it go. I love the preparation and anticipation that Christmas brings. I am excited to begin a new year, but sad because this year I feel as if I do not have a lot to look forward too. Last year, I was looking ahead towards getting married, a wonderful honeymoon, graduating with my Masters Degree and the possibility of landing a sweeet job.

Now, all of those things have come and gone. I am left with the reality and emptiness of trying to find new things to look forward to in 2011. I believe this is the year where we will get “gazelle intense” about our student loan debt. While I have been paying a substantial amount of my income towards our loans, it simply does not feel like we are making progress.  I know we are and we can see it, but sometimes it feels like forever away! It is amazing to me how God has provided and I pray that we will continue to honor him, by paying back what we owe. I only wish we could do this faster. The loans are such a heavy yoke that I carry with me all the time. 

 Ask I think about 2011 and the unknown of the year, I have to ask myself the question “ will this be the year I run the marathon, drop the weight and keep it away for good or will this be another year of failed weight loss attempts, a mirror that reflects an image I hate and deep longing in my soul to be something else”? 

I find myself very lost at the prospect of moving forward to 2011 and leaving 2010 behind. 2010 will forever be one of the most memorable years of my life and I will treasure this particularly dearly. It was the year of my life where things were planned with careful attention to detail and where dreams met reality.

What will 2011 bring? I am not sure what is to come, but I will keep you posted!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Many of the first's for the Storm Clan

 Christmas morning with Budderball. I gotta say, he is such a quiet dog. So happy he doesn't bark. Also, we don't have to feed him on a regular basis.

 Yoga Pretzels, so excited for this gift!!!!!!
Best stocking stuffer! Havent seen Diet Coke in my fride, ever! I never buy it, I am too cheap!! Such a luxury!!

Our First Christmas! Weird to think we have been married for five months now!!!!
Some days I wake up and cannot believe I am adult, who is married!! It is super crazy. I often wonder am I really doing this? Or is it a dream???? Do I really live with a boy?
Every Christmas morning since I can remember, I would get up and go look at the tree. Maybe it was because of all the wonderful presents or maybe it was the fact that I thought our tree looked so beautiful. Whatever the reason, I always felt a sense of wonder in looking at it. Christmas came this year in a different way. For the first time, I did not get up early to see what presents were under the tree. I did not go to wake up my sister . It was an odd sort of change. I am now a married adult. Weird. I will miss living at home and the traditions I started as a young child. However, I am excited to embark on new traditions for the Holidays filled with fond memories, love and laughter.

Christmas morning this year, I woke up to my best friend, partner and soul mate. We slept in, enjoyed the sleep and then opened gifts. I would say that I must work on stockings. I am not the best when it comes to filling a stocking and it definitely was not a strong suit of mine. So, now I have already started to get stocking stuffers for next year.  I failed in that department, but stay tune for next year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Storms pass through this Christmas Eve

For the past few years, I have had a very sick grandfather who has not been able to attend any family events, including my wedding. As you can imagine, it is very difficult for my family because he is so loved.  My uncle and aunt care for him in their home. Every Christmas Eve, we get together with my Mom’s side of the family for an evening of competitive games, delicious food and roars of laughter. You see my mother’s parents divorced when she was sixteen years old. I have never seen both my grandma and grandpa in the same room for as a long as I have lived. My grandma is not in the best of health and is not guaranteed many more Christmas Eve’s with my family. 

My Aunt and Uncle pleaded my grandfather to come for Christmas Eve. After begging and promising him that they would leave when he was ready, he caved. He came over for Christmas Eve and it was such a blessing to not only see him, but watch him speak with my grandma. This Christmas Eve was one that I will remember for the rest of my life because I have never seen both of my Grandparents together.  It was a truly a magical evening.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

First Christmas

 Drew and I are celebrating our first Christmas together. It is very magical. One day I came home from work and Drew had bought this poinsettia. I tend to kill plants, but I was very excited nonetheless.

My wonderful Andrea made me this super de duper cute apron. I was so excited for it!! She did a great job! I love it and my quilt. I am so blessed to have such great friends!! 

We went to Drew's grandparents house for Christmas. They live in Cadillac, which is about 2hrs from GR. They have a decent amount of snowfall. It was very beautiful to see snow on the trees. We had a great time. Drew and I completed our collection of Home Improvement and Gilmore Girls. In addition, we now have an external hard drive to back up all our photos. I was very excited about this. It is always a worry to lose your precious photos and documents. 
As many of you know, in our apartment complex we are not allowed to have animals. I really want a dog super bad... So, I got a fake dog. This is "BudderBall" and he is from the Disney Movie " Santa Paws." I got him in the mail for FREE!! Drew and I always joke around about who is going to take Budderball to the bathroom or who is going to feed him. The dog next to budderball is my parents dog "Candy". I took a picture, so you can note the size of Budderball.. He is huge and I love him! Maybe someday we will get a dog!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Trim a Tree

Being a married couple, this is our first Christmas Together!
In celebration of our first Christmas, we decided to have a Trim the Tree Party. We really wanted to get a real tree and intend to do so when we have a house, but here we have no where to dispose the tree.  We have a fake tree and it did just the trick. 

Family and friends came over for dinner. They then hung an ornament they brought or a bunch of ornaments we had ready to be put on our tree. .Everyone knows I love Disney and our tree was themed just that!

Our first party was a huge success and we have a lot of fun!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Road

Holiday Road is an amazing 360 degree holiday light show that incorporates 14 houses and 200,000 lights synchronized to music. It is in Spring Lake Michigan and is Free. You can view the show from your car and here the music on a pre-set radio station. It is super cool.
Drew and I, took Rachel and Mom to Spring Lake.

Messy Faces

Most of us can relate to the joys of making Christmas cookies as young children.
I love cookie baking. I especially love all the colors of frosting and the endless amounts of sugary sprinkles. This year we did some major cookie decorations with my cousins. I did NOT eat even one cookie!! Crazy for me!! I love sugar cookies, but I am trying so hard to lose weight.. sighs.. Maybe next year... 

Regardless of not eating any cookies, I had a great time making them!