It was only a month ago that we were standing on the 15th story of the Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida watching the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. It was our 10th anniversary and was probably the most romantic and awesome date/night I’ve had in a long time! I’ll never forget it because it was such a great night.
I distinctly remember feeling chills throughout my body while I stood next to my husband and felt his arms around me. I was thinking of the day we very first met when I was merely 16 years old and he was 15. How I had so much fun during that one single day that it only made sense that I would be standing there on my honeymoon in Disneyworld with this man that I just married.
The first place we ever went was to the mall. Mom dropped us both off and we walked around the mall. We crossed a field and went to a Target nearby. On our way back we raced up a grassy hill where I then fell face first into the grass and smashed my styrefoam cup full of soda underneath me. It was horrifying!
The first movie we ever saw was Rush Hour and besides how hilarious it is, maybe that is why I hold such sentimental value to that movie. We ate eggrolls before the movie with Gene’s cousin and her boyfriend and then walked to the theatre and watched the movie.
From these two events on, we were inseparable. Every single weekend we hung out, sometimes on Saturday AND Sunday if we were lucky enough to get a ride. He started coming to my family events (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.) immediately and everyone in my family happily welcomed him in.
We’ve grown together through the last 10 years. We’ve celebrated our Monthiversary every month for the last 121 months. Even if we don’t go anywhere fancy or have a huge celebration, we make it a point to acknowledge one more month of togetherness. We’ve been through our teenage years in high school, to Gene moving out on his own to college while his family moved out of state, to getting our first apartment, to getting our first puppy, to buying our first home and now being married and hopefully starting a family in the near future.
And most of all I am so thankful for having Gene in my life. I respect and admire him more than anyone I’ve ever met in my entire life. He is an exceptional human being and a fantastic husband. We both have our crazy quirks and I think between the two of us we really tend to balance out. He has been my absolute number one best friend since I first met him when we were youngsters.
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I haven’t been able to go through my vacation pictures. I refuse to go through them until I go through my wedding pictures otherwise I think I will NEVER go through my wedding pictures! I’ve got to let the photographer know which ones I want ordered ASAP. I’ve been a slacker in that area of my life.
I guess the biggest news right now is that Gene and I decided for me to stop taking my BC pill. I stopped about a week or so before our honeymoon and I was doing fine but the last 3 days or so I’ve been feeling really odd. Having a lot of period symptoms like bloating, stomach cramps and low back pain. I’ve had some pretty bad headaches and I slept from 7:30 PM to 5:30 AM yesterday. I guess the hormones in my body are all out of whack since I stopped taking the pill so I am really hoping my body gets itself in check soon and goes back to normal. So anyway, I am excited knowing that sometime in the [hopefully] near future we may be making babies! Hah. We aren’t going to “chart” or really plan anything. Just see where fate lands us.
I took Astro to the vet after work yesterday because his nose is all flakey and cracked. He’s been licking it constantly and now the front skin above his lip is all raw and gross. They gave me some prednisone and I gave him one yesterday evening after they ate dinner. Apparently last night he peed on the floor twice and then this morning I was startled awake by the sound of him peeing on the floor next to my bed. I googled prednisone for dogs and found that loss of bladder control is a side affect. Ugh. No more of that stuff for him! Going to keep an eye on his nose and hopefully it will get better. Otherwise he will go back to the vet and we can try something else.
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I just haven’t been writing lately because my wrists. They hurt. Bad. Sometimes I want to chop them off and just go wrist-less because it seems far less painful. Because The Carpal Tunnels. They’re painful. They really have been showing me no mercy. Ow. And there they go again.
I don’t use my computer at home because as much as I use it at work, I am in horrible pain by the end of the day and I don’t want to go NEAR a keyboard. I’m leaving on my Wedding Vacation (read: Honeymoon) on Thursday and I’ll be out of commission for a good week or so. I’m really hoping this time away helps to rejuvenate my spirit and also relax my wrists. Maybe even give ol’ Carpal Tunnel a kick to the wayside.
I’ll be back after June 26th. I’m going to be in Disney World. Having the time of my life with the love of my life. Riding rides, walking thousands of miles, taking pictures and doing, ya know, Honeymoon type things.
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I’m going to be a wife in just a few short days. I can’t believe it! I know, what’s the big deal, right? But it is! It’s the next step in Gene and I’s relationship.. and it is always important when you take the next step. I’m so thankful every day that I have such a wonderful man in my life. He takes care of me like no one else in the world and I feel so grateful for that.
Geniebear, if you’re reading this, I love you so much! I can’t wait to be your wife and the future mommy of our children. I look forward to the journey that we both have ahead of us. Instead of feeling sad about getting older, I feel comforted and have a sense of everything going to be ok. You do this to me. You bring me this calming sense of solitude. Always know that you are loved and cared for because I will always be here for you. Love Forever, Candy.
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As the title states, today is Gene’s 25th birthday. His last birthday as a legally “single” man. And yes, I’ve already reminded him of that… a few times. The birthday card I got him says something about it being Scratch ‘n Sniff and there is a little yellow circle on it.. So he’s scratchin’ away at it and sniffing it and probably wondering why there is no scent. When you open it, it says “Smells like a birthday card, huh?” or something to that effect. Oh man when I found this at Target I was standing in the birthday card aisle just laughing my butt off at the thought of Gene trying to scratch and sniff it. We’re dorks like that.
So we aren’t exchanging gifts this year for a few reasons. One, we are getting married 6 days after his birthday and 1 day before my birthday so we have a LOT going on. Two, we are going to Disney World! in June. Three, we are saving up to get a DSLR. I have been wanting one for ages and I’m determined to get one! I’m hoping before the end of the year I’ll have some sexy DSLR (like the Nikon D80) around my neck.
Yesterday we completed our pre-marrital workshop and we were issued our $45 discount for the marriage license. Gene is going to call the county clerk on Monday and see when we need to go up there to get our license. The workshop got pretty brutal towards the end.. It was SEVEN hours long! Most of it was common sense but it was the kind of common sense that doesn’t really click until you actually HEAR IT from someone. They touched on SO many things that I personally have issues with and it was extremely eye opening to understand that everyone has problems with misunderstandings and that I’m not a horrible person for that. I learned a few techniques to get through these rough times and that just because you argue or have a misunderstanding, it isn’t over. Anyway, there was 7 hours worth of crap in there.. but all in all it was pretty informative and I totally commend the people who gives these things because they are absolutely FREE! And they serve refreshments and food the entire time, too.
Speaking of refreshments, we ate WAY too much junk food! Yesterday we both felt like total crap because of that. How does one pass up FREE FOOD? I have no idea. They need a workshop on that right there. To help people overcome the need to indulge when food is FREE. I can be their first research basket case. Well, Gene and I both. We are equally bad when it comes to this. So anyway, we’re having sub sandwiches for dinner and then ice cream sundaes for dessert tonight.
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I thought I should update everyone on my Chili Saga because I know there are at least three hundred thousand of you that have been waiting and wondering, Did they ever finish off The Chili? Was there any leftover? Did Candace completely lose her shit? Well, on Thursday night we ate Chili with Cornbread and I’ll tell ya right now, we finished off The Chili!!! It was a glorious moment for me and I’m not going to lie, I kind of missed The Chili when Friday evening rolled around. Not to mention, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do for dinner on Friday. I almost felt a little lost and out of place. I had to get my shit together and successfully pulled through with fried onion & potatoes, mac & cheese and baked polish sausage with bbq sauce. It was y-u-m-i-l-i-c-i-o-u-s yumilicious!
So on to more exciting things… The Wedding… Letsee, how much do we have left? Oh yeah, a LOT. Well, not a LOT but there are quite a few little things we need to do and according to my little Date Timeline Countdown Thinga-ma-jig over there, there is only 18 days left! Ohmygosh. And that means I have to have my house completely cleaned in only 15 days because i’ve got family and friends flying in from all over the Country.
We met with the wedding lady on Saturday and gave her the final payment, as well as a few things she will need to decorate the tables and stuff. Talked about final things like cheesecake, flowers, table arrangements, where we will walk, etc. I’m getting really excited now! Probably sometime next week during the week or next weekend Gene and I are going to go up there and hook up our speakers and whatnot so we can get an idea of where to hook up the sound stuff. We also might take our Karaoke Machine to the reception just for fun. It looks like on the actual wedding day itself while us girls are out getting all girlied-up Gene and his brother are in charge of heading up to the country club to get the speaker systems and stuff hooked up. We’re going cheap-o and not having a DJ so we’re going to make a mixed CD and see how that goes.
On April 10th, I have two very good friends (whom I’ve never met before, as we’ve been friends on The Internets for the last 15 years?) flying in from out of state and then on the 11th I have another friend flying in (same situation). Gene’s parents will be staying with us as well. So it will be a full house but I think all will work out fine. We originally planned to have a Karaoke party at our house on the wedding night but I think we are also considering doing Extreme Bowling now. I need to call the bowling alley and talk to them about it and see what is or isn’t possible.
Gene and I have a Pre-Marital Workshop to attend on April 5th and then we’ll go get our marriage license. I know I’ve mentioned this before but a marriage license in the state of Oklahoma is $50 but if you attend a state sanctioned pre-marital counseling you can get a $45 discount. So essentially we’re hoping to get our marriage license of $5!
These next 3 weeks are going to be SO busy. I don’t even have time to get on the computer anymore at home. Things have been so hectic. The good news is that Gene and I booked our Walt Disney World vacation on Sunday night!!! We’re going from June 19th through June 26th. June 25th is our 10th anniversary of being a couple and I really wanted to be on our Wedding Vacation [read: Honeymoon] during our anniversary. We’ll have been together for a DECADE and I want to mark that in an extra special way. A marriage license is.. well.. it makes everything legal but it sure as hell doesn’t define my relationship with Gene. The last 10 years? Now THAT defines our relationship! So anyway, I am more than excited about this because I’ve NEVER been to WDW and I’ve always wanted to go since I was a kid.
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that even sometimes it makes me want to puke :D
I wanted to post something because I changed the main image to be a picture of Gene smooching my cheek on the train in Illinois. I love looking at pictures of us together. They’re always your classic One Persons Arm Stretched Out And Their Face Looking Weird Because They Aren’t Sure If They Are Aiming It Correctly pictures but they usually turn out pretty good :) Best of all, they show our faces and emotions at that very second. And that was such a great week when we were on our trip to Illinois / Chicago Area.
I really love the boy! He is such an awesome friend and I think that is also what attracts me to him so much. And even though I’ve said it a kajillion times, I am going to marry him in April :) I can’t believe it! Only four months away. And we’ll be married. The day before my birthday! We’ll both be 25 when we get married. He turns 25 on April 6th. We marry on April 12th. I turn 26 on April 13th. So sweet :) I’m going to have a “honeymoon day” and birthday at the same time!
Ohmygosh and we might have a baby within’ the next 2-3 years. I can’t believe that!! Eeeeeee. I’m squeeling with excitement. I feel like such a loser!
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