Happy Holidays!

Our Christmas card photo this year.

Our Christmas card photo this year.

We take this picture every year. One day I hope to have them all to see how we've changed over the years.

We take this picture every year. One day I hope to have them all to see how we’ve changed over the years.

Whew, I’m back. Who knew that when I left to start my new job I wouldn’t be seen back here for nearly two months! To say I have been busy would be the understatement of the year. Ever since that fateful day when I left for the big city I have been going ninety to nothing, and when I did have any sort of downtime I was trying to snuggle up next to my hubby and spend a little time with him.

Recap in shortest amount of words as possible:

– Ran a half-marathon with my family.

-Went to New York, froze my butt off, saw some sights, and stuffed my brain with as much tax accountant knowledge as I could fit.

– Celebrated three different Thanksgivings (with my dad, with my mom and grandparents, and with Jamey’s family) in three different cities.

– Spent a week putting up Christmas decorations and shopping for Christmas presents every chance I got.

– Went to our home town’s Christmas celebration and visited friends.

-Celebrated our anniversary.

– Sister came to visit and we did a whirlwind shopping extravaganza and I finally finished all Christmas shopping.

– Spent the last week before Christmas going to numerous Christmas parties and celebrating Christmas with Jamey.

– Spent an entire week celebrating Christmas and had a total of 6 Christmas celebrations in 7 days.

– Finally made it back home and spent the last two days unwinding, unpacking, and taking down Christmas decorations.

-Also, during most of this time Jamey was studying like crazy for the GMAT and finally took it and made a 710! which in GMAT world if pretty grand and is high enough to where he is a very competitive candidate at all the schools he applied to!

Seeing it all up there doesn’t make it seem so busy, but I feel like I’m still recovering today….

We are actually headed out tomorrow afternoon to Atlanta to celebrate New Year’s with friends, but hopefully I’ll be back to semi-regular posting now! Although , I’m making no promises because in a couple of weeks it is back to training for work and then busy season is upon us….

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Leaving on a Jet Plane….

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Hey guys! I don’t have a roundup of Happiness this week because honestly I’ve been crazy busy and last night from the time I got home from work until late I was packing! I just wanted to let you know that posting may be nonexistent or at the very least more sporadic than normal over the next few weeks. I was hoping to get some posts done in advance but that hasn’t happened! I’m leaving today on a series of trips out of town and I’ll be away from home for the next 13 out of 16 nights, so I won’t have access to my computer/camera! I’ll be in about 5 different cities and I’ll share when I can! In the mean time follow me on insta and I’m sure you will see everything in real time! If I don’t chat with you before Thanksgiving have a great one!

Jamey: The Man, The Mystery, The Mellifluous

He taught me that word just FYI. Here is the meaning if you would have to look it up like I did…..

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Last night Jamey and I were chatting and he said something that got me thinking. He says so many things everyday that only he would say, I’m not even kidding. I’m not the only one that notices it, even his classmates comment about when I’m not there to give my common eye rolls. So, I decided that instead of a parent who posts the funny things their child says, I would post the funny things that Jamey says. I even write them down sometimes so I can remember them.

I’ll give a little background about Jamey first for those of you who don’t know him that well. I think the most meaningful way I can describe Jamey is that he is an INTJ on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Look it up here if you want to read more about that type. He fits that personality trait to the absolute T. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone that embodies there personality type more. He is in the company of Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter, Sauron, Saruman and Gandalf from LOTR, and Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, so some pretty big masterminds. Oh and we are almost complete opposites. I’m an ESFJ, find info about that here. Yeah we know we are pretty doomed. We like to think one day this will come in handy when we have kids…you know, give both ends of the spectrum… They will probably just turn out confused and have more problems that we have money to send them to a therapist with….

PS. He is pretty proud of his like-minded individuals and as I type this he keeps naming more people that I should add to the list…

Okay moving on… He is a mix of Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory, Niles Crane from Fraiser, and Tony Stark from Iron Man. Smarter than almost everyone, scheming and a little conniving, a loner, sophisticated and well-versed, and a little egotistical. Oh, and don’t worry we often talk about the fictional characters that Jamey is most like and he has given his blessing on all these characters. He takes quite a bit of pride in being compared to them. Most people that have met him think that he is either rude or hates them, but in honesty he probably just couldn’t have cared less about meeting them at first, so he comes off that way. Which I say that in all niceness… if it looks like I’m being mean. He is quite content in being a loner and until you give him a reason to be friends with you he probably won’t even try.

This probably all sounds really harsh and if you read all the information on INTJs it all sounds very mean, but I think they write that knowing they can get away with it because INTJs are so self-assured that they really don’t care what is said. No lie I just looked over and I asked Jamey why he could read all the negative things about INTJs and not even be phased. He said and I quote, “I’m already critical enough of myself so nothing mentioned about the negative aspects of INTJs ever says surprises me. All the negative things they say are the reason I can be the best at almost everything I do.” That ladies and gentlemen is Jamey and probably most INTJs as well.

Okay, I feel like this is beginning to be all about MBTI and I don’t mean it to be, but Jamey and I are sort of obsessed with them because both of ours fit us like a glove and they also help us to better understand each other which comes in handy when you are on opposite sides of the spectrum…

Without further ado here are some funny things Jamey has been saying lately… I’m only adding a few, but now I’ll keep track of more and when I get several I’ll post them.

-I’m not even sure how this got brought up but I was upset over someone being mean to me I think…. Anyway Jamey got really frustrated and blurted this out in the middle of my rant about how they were being mean and it was upsetting me, “YOU WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE AND UNDERSTAND YOU FOR SOME GOD-AWFUL REASON I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND” I’m pretty sure all I could do was laugh at that point.

– Tonight Jamey talked on the phone to his little brother and through the course of the conversation they talked about football and baseball. It you know Jamey then you know he pretty much loathes any team sport. Soccer was the only one he ever played with much gusto and even that he says he hated being on the team, he just liked being able to run.  Anywhoo, Jamey told his brother it was evident that he now knew more about football then Jamey did and I’m not sure what all his brother said, but Jamey’s words to me about it were. ” He basically told me in no uncertain terms that he was better at baseball and football than me.” I burst out laughing because his brother is like 10 years old…. and Jamey just shook his head… That was just funny on both counts.

– Here is an example from class that Jamey said and then told me about after one of his classmates made fun of him. A girl printed off slide handouts for a presentation they were giving in class

Girl: I hope printing out three slides to a page will be okay

Jamey: (nonchalantly) Yeah, that should be okay unless Dr.’s triad aversion is acting up today.

Classmates: (blank Stares)

– Later in that same class….

Classmate: Y’all didn’t practice for that presentation at all?

Jamey: No, we wanted our presentation to be very organic

Classmate: Jamey, you say the weirdest stuff.

– We were talking about getting a new computer (side story: We just had to send Jamey’s off to get fixed and when he took it into the Apple store they called it “vintage” no lie. Everyone say hooray for two of our most expensive possessions breaking within a month – our previous car! Hooray!) Back to the real story: He was saying he wanted a desktop and I brought up that we don’t have space for one right now. He then proceeded to explain a desk that he saw that we should get and how we could even have it once we had kids because of some feature that boxed up the cords??? “We could keep all that cords in a box, so that the kids couldn’t, like slobber or get their sippy cups on them and mess up our computer” Yes, we know, we aren’t ready for kids yet when our main concern is that our kids will mess our computer up not that they might kill themselves in the process.

Seriously guys, I love this man. He keeps me on my toes and I think all his mysterious ways are what draw me closer to him every day. I’ll never stop learning about him and there will always be something that comes out of his mouth that surprises me. I think we end up being the perfect balance. He brings me down to earth when I can’t get over the fact that I can’t please everyone all the time, and I tell him if there are times when it would probably be good to at least pretend to empathize.  We work, not sure how but we do and I’m ever so thankful that I’ve been blessed with a man that balances my crazy a little!

I think I have a sign on me that says “Talk to me, please”

Especially if you are crazy….

Friday I had to travel to Bessemer to register my car and get a car tag. If you live in Jefferson County you know the pain of the car tag office….If you don’t trust me you don’t want to know it. Let’s just say that the first time I ever went downtown to get a new car tag I was told that it was at least a 6  hour wait…. Please tell me who has 6 hours to wait in line to get a car tag!

You can go to two locations to get your car tag, downtown and Bessemer. It is common knowledge that Bessemer is the better of the two with waits only tending to be 2-3 hour waits instead of downtown’s waits of 4-6 hours. Well Bessemer is actually closer to our house anyway, so I always go to Bessemer. Oh, and unless you are unlucky like we are you only have to go when you get a new car and after that you can renew online, but if you are in our family you will renew online, it will get lost in the mail and then you will have to wait in line anyway and then pay to get a replacement sticker…. That is another story for another day….

This story is about getting the tag for my new car. I decided that I would go to the tag office early and get there before it opened for hopefully one of the first spots in line… well I’m not sure what time people started lining up, but lets just say I wasn’t even the 30th person in line that day…. I was lucky enough to be in line by some rambunctious and funny women that had taken the day off work to wait in line for their tags (and yes this is common occurrence for people to do…) and they kept me quite entertained most of the time. On my other side was a man to whom I’m not sure I was lucky or unlucky to have been seated by. He didn’t say much for the first 45ish minutes of my wait, but at that time people started getting anxious and his flood gates opened up. He proceeded to first tell me the history of population growth starting with Noah…. yes I said Noah. It took a while to get through… After the history lesson he got to the point of the story by telling me that because of the rate of population growth and the resources available the US would implode within three years and the rest of the world wouldn’t be too far behind. I’m telling you all this so you can prepare, you know, stockpile resources and such…. I’m guessing that is why he was telling me?? I never really figured that one out. Then shortly after that he made a few comments that I won’t repeat on the interwebs…. Yes, a man sitting next to me at the TAG OFFICE felt the need to tell me things that I can’t even repeat on the internet. Then he proceeded to complain about how the government would get Monday off, but he, a veteran, would not.  I can’t even remember everything he told me that morning, but suffice it to say I was kept busy for the entire 3 hours I waited. Between him and the women in front of me discussing the ways they did their hair and how they wanted to go natural and just a million other things that I won’t recall here today…. I can’t even make this stuff up y’all.

Moral of the story: ever need a few hours to kill with endless entertainment go renew your car tag in Jefferson County…..

 

#ThrowbackThursday

This morning I posted this photo on Instagram…..

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Today marks six years together for Jamey and I, so I couldn’t resist participating in throwback Thursday with the very first picture we ever took together. I think we weren’t “officially” dating when we took this, but we were practically spending every second we could together, so you know….Oh high school relationships…. We were talking last night about how fast this past six years have flown by, but how much things have changed since then.

Everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest, and while I understand why people say that, our first year of marriage had nothing on our first year of dating. Saying our first year was hard would be an understatement. I think Jamey would agree and we’ve actually talked about it some. I’m not sure if anyone else in my life even knows all the struggles Jamey and I had during our first year dating. We are completely different in almost every way. We had both dated before, but our previous dating relationships were different so we both had different pictures of how this dating thing should go. Jamey didn’t have a cell phone, so if I wanted to call I had to call his house which for me was unbelievable awkward. Looking back I laugh at how much I HATED calling him…..

We grew up with pretty different family backgrounds, so I didn’t understand family time around the dinner table and he didn’t understand family time spent watching tv or riding around on back roads listening to country music. You would think we wouldn’t run into these differences our first year of dating, but in our small town there isn’t much to do besides hang out at each other’s houses, so you get to know the families at pretty much the same time you are getting to know the person you are dating.

We also have different personalities (like polar opposites on the Myers-Briggs scale) so we had to get to know that aspect of each other and I think senior year everyone grows up a lot as they are getting ready to go to college and such, so on top of getting to know each other we were also growing up together and changing a lot.

I think we also had another element to it. Something about the way we clicked. I totally think God put us together in a very special way and honestly I think that first year together is a lot of the reason why we’ve made every other year work since then. We had to fight to keep us together and to make our relationship work and honestly, I have no idea why we did. So many other young high schoolers would have just called it quits when the going got tough but for some reason we stuck it out. I think we both knew there was more to this relationship than met the eye. I think God was working on both our hearts, showing us that He had special things in store for us ahead. I’m so thankful we listened to it and forged ahead. We have literally grown together side-by-side. It has been an amazing six years and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the rest of our lives.

Okay I’ll stop being sentimental now!

PS. today is also Hewitt’s 4th birthday, so Happy Birthday to our smallest member of the family!