Monday, February 6, 2012

John's Happiest Birthday! {according to my phone}

John's birthday was last Monday. & BOY! I am so glad that we were together for his birthday this year! That was a present to both of us in and of itself!

I try to get as many photos with John as I can... Living in Virginia (14 hours from my family & friends) has been a challenge. I want photos to show for our time here. {Que future conversation: "John remember when we lived in Virginia?!"} To be honest, moving away from my family was never in my plan. Ever. Not for college or anything. I have too many cute nieces and nephews to watch grow up!

BUT, I firmly believe that being in Virginia has put me MORE out of my comfort zone than I have ever been. Furthermore, I believe the most growth happens when you are living out of your comfort zone. (Ok, deep thoughts from Emily are done-zo). 

How does this relate to John? Well, I made the move to be with John. Being a medical student is seriously a job and a half. There was no way long-distance dating would have worked with us. We would exhaust ourselves by counting down the days til we saw each other again when we were long-distance dating. 

Yes, I may be out of my comfort zone. I may miss my family and friends like crazy. BUT, I know that being here with John and having the luxury of spending each day with him is worth it. There's no better way to build a solid foundation for a marriage than doing it A. with God, of course & B. going through trying times together, thus growing together. 

John's Birthday{Week} Recap

 John's Birthday was last Monday. Yet we celebrated the entire week.

To start his birthday I took him his favorite Krispy Kreme donuts and his birthday card.
He got really giddy when he saw the donuts and opened his card. The card sang the "Stuck Like Glue" song (a favorite of my sister & me.. and John also!) I was able to capture a video of all of this & it is priceless. 
 I had a busy week with work and traveling but Wednesday night I threw him a party at my house. I only have a couple of photos from it. After work on Wednesday I ran to Wal-Mart to get the goods - it was quite convenient that his birthday is near Super Bowl time - it wasn't hard to come by guy-appropriate decor! About 20 of his medical school friends came over. It was perfect! He thanked me over and over- I love his appreciation

Then on Saturday we drove to Charlotte, NC to spend the day. It was a blast. I'm crazy over that city.

On Super Bowl Sunday we completed his week of celebration! We went to a party for the first half of the game but I had work to do on the computer so we chilled out the rest of the night.

 We had dinner at this delicious Mexican place in Uptown. I loved the people watching there :):)

 I ordered my mom a planner from Sweet Tea Paperie - and this was the proof. I just love it! {this is an update for those of you who asked about the brand}

 I have to share this. Georgia Kelley got a new swim suit... Don't ya wish we could all be so excited about swimsuit season?!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Favorite Parisian Memory

I have SO many fabulous memories from my trip to Paris but this trumps them all!

Among many things, Elizabeth has a beautiful voice. However, I don't know that she realizes how angelic it is! I asked her to sing at our wedding and she said "Sure, but you can find someone better!"

Reasons why I am obsessed with this video:
1. Totally impromtu. The piano player, Samy & Elle neither knew the music or lyrics.
2. I love this song. My mom and I talk about how we don't think we will ever get tired of it! Hence, why I suggested they sing it!
3. "Sisters": Elle and I refer to each other as "sisters" - this started because people often confused us for sisters. One man said we should be called the Lee sisters... "Ug-Lee" & "Home-Lee" (the E Qui Qui in me coming out... "ru'e!") I end up crying in the video because of her beautiful voice and Laura's brother's girlfriend grabs the phone and continues filming- I am so grateful she did - minus the fact that I look like a complete idiot! (Laura is behind Elle helping her with the words! She is from France. She was a foreign exchange student at Elle's school for a year. She and her family are BEYOND incredible people!)

Anyway, Elle & I are 5 years apart and met while I was a counselor at Green Valley Bible Camp (Craig Frost Week ROCKS!) and she was a camper. We bonded in the bathroom. Crazy, right? We would skip swim time, sneak up to the showers, and start getting ready an hour before everyone else. I mean, having a lot of hairs requires extra blow-dry time! We slowly become more and more close and before I knew it I was graduating from Harding and she was starting at Harding as a freshman. I constantly see her go through the same situations I went through and I try so hard to give her my best advice and wisdom. My older sister, Amanda did this for me and I owe SO much to her for all the wise advice and tips she gave. I often wonder what it's like to not have a sister figure... I'd be lost as a GOOSE!

Enjoy :) The end is the best so don't get too impatient!


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