Monday, August 22, 2011

trying this again

Well, I just looked on my blog and realized that the last time I blogged was before my moms' wedding in Feb 2010. And in that blog I wrote "hopefull I will stick with blogging this time." LOL!!! Obviously that didn't go far. Oh well, here's for second or third...or fourth chances.

This year has been busy since our wedding last September. In January, Dave quit his job to go back to school full time. He wants to be an engineer...mechanical engineering is his preference. His first semester went well, all A's! Way to go HUSBAND!

This summer I have done a lot of traveling, some trips we've done together, some by myself. In the end of May and first part of June, I went to Spokane, WA to visit my gramma who moved out there 2 yrs ago after leaving behing California and all of it's mess! She is so happy out there and lives in a gorgeous brand new house. I had a great time visiting my family that I don't get to see very often...and I REALLY enjoyed the weather!

The last week of July Dave and myself took a trip to South Carolina with his brother John, and Johns' g/f's son Seth, who is 7. The purpose of the trip was to visit Johns g/f Channon, who back in May, joined the Army National Guard. She was in basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and was graduating at the end of July and we all wanted to go and support her. Dave and I figured, if making such a trip, we want to get our money's we made a whole 8 day vacation out of it. Unfortunately, the trip did not turn out as expected. Flying...for hours...with a 7 yr old...and a 30 yr old with NO patience = NO FUN & HIGH STRESS. It was unfortunate because Dave and I had really been looking forward to vacation time, and alone time. Neither of which we actually got. Between the weather and company, I was miserable. After watching the gradunation in SC we were the govt, to take Channon to her next base. This was going to be nice to spend more time together, all of us. Our next stop was Ft Lee, VA. A pleasant 6 hr drive North. I don't have anything to say about that part of the momma tought me..."if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." After dropping her of a Ft Lee, we had no idea what we were going to do for the next 4 days of our trip. I decided we should drive to Williamsburg, VA. We would be able to see the ocean, and there is a Busch Gardens amusement park also. We did have a great time hanging out by the pool and watching the parks' fireworks show outside our room.

A few days after we got back from South Carolina, Dav and drove to Lake Havasu for a couple of my cousin's birthday parties. We...or at least I...had a great time. No matter how chaotic our crazy family is, I always feel at home, and it was the perfect vacation from vacation and was definately needed.

Since the last trip to Lake Havasu, things have been pretty mellow. I have been working WAY TOO MUCH. It's crazy because, I thought with all the 24-7 time Dave and I spent together on our vacation, I would be OK having to be away for work. But it was almost harder, because I was used to having him there to talk to at any time and then I was either at home sleeping...or working for 5 days straight and it was awful! Oh well, that's over and I've been trying to work my schedule so that I only work 1-2 days and then have 1-2 days off. Some people think that it's crazy, but for me, I don't get too tired and I don't lose 4-5 days in a row to work. I work a couple days, then do stuff around the house, spend time with my family, or shop for a couple days. wash rinse, repeat.

On Tuesday I leave to Phoenix to spend the night with Christina and Phil and the kiddos! I'm so excited for that little trip, and then wednesday morning, I leave PHX for Baltimore to spend my birthday week with Megan. I'm very excited about this also. Not really excited about the weather, but the company. This will be the last time I hang out with her before she becomes a Mrs.

Oh well, I guess this is it for now! Hopefully I will have more news to share soon!!! ;)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mrs. Coppenbarger!?!?!?!?!

Ok, I know I'm not the most reliable blogger...or any blogger for that matter. But, with the wedding coming closer and my stress beginning to rise, I have decided I need a stress relief. So, what's with the title of this blog you ask? I mean, you already know that MY new last name will be Burt. Well, let me fill you all in...
My best friend in the whole world is getting married on Saturday! THat's right, my MOM is gettin' hitched...FINALLY, she might say. My mom has given her life to me, to help make sure that I was taken care and had all the opportunities in life to succeed. And now, it's her turn. She has met a wonderful man, with a loevely 13 year old son. The ceremony will be taking place in the house that I grew up in, which is such a nice touch. And, I have been asked by my mother to stand at her side as her maid of honor, and what an honor it is! I am so happy for my mom and proud of her too, as she now has her happy ending, as I soon will have mine. I love you mom!

Now, the BIG realization I made this evening as we discussed wedding plans over dinner...As the MOH, do I make a speech, or a toast, or say a few words? AHHH! That's a little more pressure that I originally anticipated. Don't get me wrong, it's not as though I can't think of anything to say, quite the contrary, I'm not I could express my heart felt love and gratitude for everything my mom has done for me. And I probably wouldn't know when to shut-up. Not to mention, my track record for keeping my composure during my last speech, at my graduation party for Nursing School, I started off with "I'm not going to cry," and I'm pretty sure I was crying before I finished THAT sentence. Oh well, my tears will be a sign of happiness and joy not or sorrow or saddness...hey, maybe I just thought of part of my speech.

Alright, on to some wedding updates that are far overdue. So, the wedding date was moved back last summer due to some "financial concerns." So, Sept. 25th, is the date and is fast approaching now. We are having some difficulty confirming colors, I know the..."palate," shall we say, fall colors, rich and vibrant. But as for the dresses and the flowers, that is still a work in progress. We may have to have dresses made for the girls for modesty purposes, I want everyone to feel beautiful AND comfortable. I am on a bit of a time crunch because one of my bridesmaids has joined the Army and will be leaving for training in July and won't be finished with classes until...get this...the week before the wedding! No biggie though, Megan, at least you will be able to be there and share this wonderful time with me and all of our wonderful friends.
Tonight, Dave and I sat down with my mom and Nick and went over the guestlist AGAIN, previously the list was tallied at almost 250 people. Now, before your eyes BUG out of your head, I'll have you know that ALL the books say to expect between 50-75% of the people you invite to actually come. But still, nightmares of everyone we invite RSVPing has gone through my head more than once. The venue will hold 150 people comfortably...and we have paid for 150 more, says ME! We were able to get the list to 180 people at this time. Dave and I are set to meet with his mom in a couple of weeks to discuss any more changes that need to made to get the list finalized. Our goal is to get the Save the Dates out by the beginning of March.

I would like to pose a question to the group...should our Save the Date's be intimate and lavish, or cool and casual? Alright, hopefully I continue to stay on the blogger band wagon, (and yes, I did steal that from you Christina.)

Oh, and one more thing, I started a wedding website. It's still coming together, but you can check it out as it continues to come to life. The web address is""

Monday, July 13, 2009


Alright, this will be a short and quick update of wedding plans...they are stalled! We have decided to take a breather for last week and this week. All the planning has made me very stressed. For now, I still do not have an RN job anywhere, although, the VA is making hints to hiring me (whatever that means). The Bridal Fair is next Sunday and so we have agreed to not have any wedding talk, outside of my dress and shoes, until after that day. So, keep checking for the latest update.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just Another Day

Hello everybody, so I just wanted to give an update, a rather boring update. Dave and I have pretty much solidified OUR wishes for this wedding, at this point it's a matter of getting families on board. (which is not an easy task, unfortunately). To add fuel to the fire, yesterday at work I had to have one of our physicians examine me because I felt like I was having trouble taking a deep breath. Turns out I think it's just anxiety...yep, that's right, wedding planning is giving me anxiety attacks. I talked to my wonderful husband-to-be, who was sooooo cutely worried about me, and he calmed me down, as always. **note to self, don't sweat the small stuff** Tomorrow I think I'm due for some good BABY TIME, good friends, good drinks, and wedding dress shopping. Wish me luck.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

First visit to Tubac

Alright, so today we (and by that I mean Dave, myself, his mom, my mom, her boyfriend, and his son) drove to Tubac and met the event coordinator that "will" be our go to woman if we have the wedding down there. The meeting was...stressful; for me at least. I don't handle situations well, in which the ending may not be happy. So, we met and we walked the parents around the property and showed them the chapel and the outdoor ceremony area as well as the ballroom where the reception would be held. All of this was nice and wonderful. Then we moved to the business aspect of the trip, which was, as you could tell, not my favorite. But Dave reminded me of one of his endearing qualities I love about him. His ability to NOT beat around the bush, ask the questions that need to be asked, and not settle for un-anwers. Again, not my favorite part, because the bottom line is that this place is...EXPENSIVE!!! And to top it off, my "under 100 people" has turned into, "please let it stay under 150 people". ARGH! Oh well, as Dave so NOT politely informed on the way home, planning this wedding is not supposed to become a dreadful event. I will keep a smile on my face and cross my fingers that the numbers come back LOW on monday.

Also, in other news, I have been extended at my job at the VA until July 18th. I don't know if I didn't get the job that I interviewed for, or if they haven't been approved to offer it to me yet. I don't really know what is going on...all I know is that at this point I still have a job and I can't ask for much more.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Our First Blog

Alright, we have now taken the first step that was in a LONG list of things to do when planning our wedding (at least that is what all the magazines say). A way for our all of our family and friends to keep in touch with us and feel included in all of the wedding goings-ons!