Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wedding Pics

I know it's taken a while, but I'm finally posting some of our official pictures from the wedding. There are alot so I've set up an album on Shutterfly if anyone wants to go look!!

The Guys!!

The Girls!!

Husband and Wife!!

Us with our "Getaway Car"

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blog Trouble

I promise I keep trying to update with pictures, but everytime I have lately I've had some sort of problem.....

Why is it that once I figure out how to use something it has to go in change!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Our close friends Shana and Matt welcomed their sweet baby boy on September 15 weighing in at 5.62 lbs and was 17 3/4 inches long!! The only problem was he arrived 5 weeks before his due date. It's been a rough week, sweet baby Preston has spent all week in the nicu because he had a valve in his heart that didn't close during the 29th week of pregnancy. Luckily medication was all it took to correct this problem.

Finally today Shana and Matt got to hold their sweet baby boy for the first time today!! I felt so special that they decided to share the moment with all us by texting us a picture. I wont show the picture for the privacy of the family, but it was such a sweet moment. I seriously wanted to cry, I knew Shana and Matt had been looking forward to the moment all week. The next big moment will come soon hopefully when they finally can allow their 2 year old daughter, Kyndall, to finally meet her new brother.

Of course they aren't completely out of the woods yet, but this was such a big step for their family. I ask for everyone to keep the Hines family in their prayers so they can bring their baby home soon!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Guess where I'll be!!

John and I are going to be here on Sunday!!

And hanging with my friend Mickey and Minnie here on Thursday and Friday!!

My bags are almost packed and our passports are ready for our delayed honeymoon!!I am so ready to go. We will be flying into Orlando on Saturday and then driving to Port Canaveral on Sunday morning to get onto the Carnival Sensation. We will then be heading for the Bahamas.

John has never been to Disney World, so we decided to spend a couple extra days at the parks. I plan on giving him the whirl wind tour Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot all in a day and a half!! I let you know how it goes. See you in a week!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

1 month into the marriage

Yay!! John and I have been married 1 month!! I know people thought I would never do it, but I've made it a whole month without living at my parents house!!

The first week was a little rough. We had no Internet and no cable!! Let me tell you, I hated it!! Thank goodness for movies and even more so TV shows on DVDs. We watched alot of reruns of Friends,Boy Meets World, and Las Vegas and when I was home alone I got to watch Gossip Girl!!

Apartment living is not my favorite thing though. I am still getting used to a small closet, not enough cabinet space, and only having the one bedroom and the living room. The best part of it is the place only takes like and hour to clean!!

John,me and the dog a gradually adjusting. We took Vegas to the dog park the other day and he loved it. Although I really think he would have preferred to go into the "Big Dog" part. I swear this dog thinks he is bigger than he is!!

Sorry I have no pictures to post!! I need to take some of our cute 1st living space and I'll post those for you to see!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

First Post As a Married Woman!!

The wedding was wonderful!! Everything went off without a hitch and was even more than I could have dreamed of!! I truly had my "dream"wedding.

No one could get over how calm I was the whole time. I decided along time ago that I wasn't going to let anything bother me. The only time I really got nervous was after all the bridal party had gone down the aisle and I was standing there alone with my dad. I was the same way went I competed, I was totally fine until that 30 seconds when they called your name and you were waiting on stage for the music to start. John on the other hand was a little bit different, although he'll never admit it. He managed to fumble the vows a bit, he forgot to repeat after he minister once and we all got a good chuckle out of it!!

I've managed to steal some pictures from some of my friends facebook pages to share with ya'll!! I'll post my bridal pictures soon and some pictures of our "mini-honeymoon"in Vegas!! I get to go on our "official"honeymoon cruise in September!!

Saying our Vows

My adorable flower girls Landry and DeLaney!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

I love what I do!!

So you probably would expect this blog to be about the upcoming wedding, but it's not. I decided to not talk wedding and talk work instead!

I have realized that I love what I do!! This is both jobs I have!! How many people can say they truly love their job? Yes I do complain, but it's not because I dislike it. I'm human like everyone else and need a break at times and hate getting up in the morning , but most of the time I love it!!

Job #1 consist of taking care of my Hunters. I love that I'm not tied down behind a desk all day and that I get to play all summer. Yes there are days that the girls are challenging, but what do I expect they are 4, 13 and 15. Aren't you all jealous of those ages....but most of the time we have fun.

Job #2 consist of teaching my wonderful dancers. There are days there too that I complain. Competition and recital times become stressful. If I got paid for every extra hour I spend doing stuff for these times I wouldn't need job #1. But I was taught along time ago, you teach dance because you love it not because you want to be rich. There are also days I want to kill children and parents, sometimes I swear some just like to hear them complain. But when my kids get up on stage I find myself more nervous watching them then I ever felt when I danced and competed. I also love the fact that so many of my friend I grew up with are now bringing their kids to take dance from me. These are the ones I think I enjoy the most sometimes. I feel special that I get to teach them, that these people feel comfortable enough to trust me with their kids!! I also love the bond I have with my competition kids. I see these kids more during the week, so you begin to feel like family. In fact their families gradually become my family and vice versa.

I feel so blessed to have both of these jobs!!

I know I said I wouldn't mention it, but wedding in 12 days!! I'm having anxiety attacks over moving!! Pray I can make it through the next couple of days!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


It all started at the begining of the month. My mom received a phone call from the lady in charge of my reception venue. She had been contacted by the casting director of a show on The Style Network called "Jerseylicious". The show is about The Gatsby Salon in New Jersey. It seems they have decided to bring the cast to Texas to feature a Big Texas Wedding and wanted to know if my venue had anything coming up. Immediatly my catering/venue manager put them in touch with me!

Well after about 2 weeks of phone conversations with the casting director, I finally got the 100% go ahead. They are coming down here and are going to feature my Big Texas WEdding on their show!! We are all so excited!! I don't know all the details yet, but I will post them as I know them.

I have exactly 2 weeks and 6 days left as an unmarried woman...Can you believe it?!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Engagement Pictures

Wedding day is quickly approaching!! I can't believe I only have about 6 weeks left. I took my bridal portraits this past weekend and my photographer brought me our engagement pics!! I'm so happy with the way they turned out. Our photographer, Jill Harper, is so wonderful to work with and does such amazing work!! I've had two showers so far and need to update about those, but I'm slow and uploading the pictures from the camera, I'll try to get to it this week. For now enjoy our wonderful engagement pictures!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

68 Days

I can't believe my wedding is in 68 days!! While I'm super excited, I'm also nervous. I still have so many things to do and my days and weekends are quickly filling up. I got my invitations today and I have to have them out by this weekend. I have my first shower on the 16th. Will two more smaller family showers to follow in the weeks to follow. This has all going by way to fast and before I know it the big day will be here!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Remembering Lindsey

Last Wednesday I received the news that one of my former dance girls had been in a car accident in the early morning hours. Unfortunatly Lindsey Lear never regained concioussness. Her family had to make the difficult decision to take her off life support Thursday afternoon.

Lindsey was only 21 years old. In all the time I knew her I never saw her without a smile on her face and she never had a bad attitude. Even when we were in the crunch time of competition season, Lindsey still gave her 110%. I'll never forget at a competition one time she had a costume malfunction and exposed herself. Where most 13 year olds would have been mortified, Lindsey just laughed it off.

When she entered a room, you knew she was there. She always had a big hug for you, it didn't matter who you were. Lindsey touched so many lives and it was apparent at her viewing and her funeral, the church was standing room only and there was a 2 hours wait for people to say their final goodbyes. I have to wonder if this young girl knew how loved she was. I feel sure Lindsey was smiling down upon us. I will never understand why God called Lindsey home, but I feel better knowing she is up there watching over me.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Yes I'm still here!!

Hello Candiland readers!! I was informed the other night that I hadn't updated in a while and thought it was about time! Here's what I've been up to....

Wedding planning has just about taken over my life! When it's not wedding stuff it's dance stuff!! With the wedding we are really getting down to crunch time. I hit the 100 day mark tomorrow and still have so much to do!!

We had our first competition Valentine's Day weekend and did wonderful. My petite jazz group has come a long way this year and finished the first competition with a 2nd overall in the 8 and under small group division. All of our other dances did great too, but this group are my babies!! I've had most of them since they started before company when they were 2 and this is the first year I've had them all alone, I have co-taught with Ms. Sandi in the past! We received several platinum and first overalls including our Petite and Jr. Hip-hop crew that I assist with!! We go to Houston next weekend and I'm really nervous that we'll be able to do as well.

Here's a pic of my cuties!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Where did January Go?

Happy February 1st!! I can't believe we are already a month into 2010. If this past month is any indication of the rest of the year, I'm going to be one busy girl!!

Since my last post I celebrated another friend wedding. One of my oldest friends, Angela Riggs, became Angela Bennett on January 16. The ceremony was a little chilly since it was outside, but it was beautiful! It was everything Angela wanted!

Now my wedding plan are into full swing. I got all the big details out of the way before Christmas, so now it' all the small things. On top of doing this dance competition season starts in about 2 weeks. I have been busy day and night rhinestoning costumes, making bows and working on props. It sure is making time fly by!! Before I know it July will be here.

Hope everyone has a good week and if I don't make it to blog again this month, have a happy February!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Best Friends Wedding

On January 2 my best friend Christina Parker became Christina Rosen! After a two year engagement, numerous date changes, and a bridesmaid dress disaster the actual wedding went off without a hitch and was beautiful. I was so honored to be her Maid of Honor, but I did tell her that she has payback coming back in July!!

Christina & Brett Listening to toast

These were some of my closest friends in jr. high and high school!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Another Year Come and Gone

I can't believe it's 2010, where has the time gone? Do you remember all the hype surrounding the change from 1999 to 2000? People thought we were going to have mass riots, the world was going to end and all technology was going to crash. I had just turned 16 so what did me and my friends do, throw a big party!!

Needless to say there wasn't as much hype surrounding 2010, nor did I have a party. I spent a nice quiet evening at home. John has to work until 2 AM, so it was just me, my parents and Vegas. While it wasn't as much fun and bringing in the last decade, I didn't hate it either.

2009 wasn't a bad year, but I can't say a whole lot happened. Well except for getting engaged. 2010 is already starting out to be such a busy year. If the first few weeks are any indication of the upcoming year, then I will be one busy women!!

Happy New Year everyone!! Hope 2010 is great.