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Friday, December 30, 2011

B-ham and Blue Jeans

In a few hours, Ty, myself, and a drummer friend will be heading to Birmingham, Alabama - my favorite Southern city I've ever visited. Ty is leading worship at the church of some friends of ours for a New Years Eve worship night.
I'm hoping to find some fun things to do around the city in exchange for my having to sit through band rehearsals that I'm not even a part of!

This is my first road trip being pregnant, and even though im not even quite into my 3rd trimester, I'm almost always uncomfortable now. I'm a little concerned about being totally miserable on the way there. I have to dress presentably because when we get there We'll be meeting up with our friends. Which means...dun dun dun...the dreaded JEANS.

Jeans are my worst enemy right now. I hate jeans.
Why you ask?
- they're tight!
- they put pressure on my baby bump!
- i only have ONE pair of maternity jeans, meaning..BUTTONS.
- they just suck.

I was always more of a shorts fan anyway, and now with my growing belly, I'm WAY more of a shorts fan. I'm so ready for spring.

I think i'll like looking back at these posts after Liam is finally here. Im not sure if i'll laugh at myself, or cry because i wish i still had time to be such a whiner...but seriously..I don't know how moms that already have kids handle this...you're in my prayers!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Back in Black! - Well, just back. No black to be seen here.-

Since I've last stopped in here, a lot has changed on Blogspot..and I like what i see! It was May 2011, when I last posted. I was 19, not even thinking about having kids, just finishing up my sophomore year in college, and had been married for just at 3 months.


It's amazing how my life has changed so quickly...it is now December 29,2011 - only 3 days short of 2012.
I am now
- 20 years old
- a little over 5 months pregnant with our first child, Liam Tyler
- in my second quarter of my Junior year in college
- and have been married 10 months (that's almost a whole year!!! woo!)



I have decided to pick this blog back up, yet again, for however long I feel the need to. I am doing this for me, because being 20, a newlywed, college student, and pregnant are just a little overwhelming! Maybe others could do this with ease..but personally..i dont know how someone that only has to sit on the couch and eat cheetos every single day could do pregnancy with ease.
And why yes, i could just write all my thoughts down in a journal, i dont care if people see my real thoughts (maybe someone may need to feel like theyre not alone?), and I am a part of this ever evolving technologic generation and just feel good about myself when I type something out online, and it's not something to do with school.


I had a whole 'nother post in mind for just now, but then i realized my brain was forcing me to type out a written explanation of what I was even doing back here, and why I left! Now that that is over with, here I am - back in the blogosphere!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blogger Stats..

So for all you that have a blogspot..go to your dashboard and click on "stats" and check em out. You can find out what people google'd in order to stumble upon your page..

In my case, I was pleased (and slightly tickled) to find that people who had stumbled onto my page had googled the following:

- "Hippity hoppety Easter's on it's way!"
- "If you dont mind then I dont mind -The Killers"
- "I always can find you again"
- "I had the best day with you today"
- "dont wake me I plan on sleeping in"
- "shes got you high and you dont even know yet"

Apparently,
I talk about really cool music...and Easter (??)

Thats good to know :)

go check your stats!! Its fun!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

These are a Few of my Favorite Things: Cinco De Mayo edition

First, Let me just say, I totally forgot about the music player on my page, and that I had my volume turned all the way up...and I think I just peed on myself..
that scared me to death!!

Happy Cincer der Mayer ya'll!!!

But really, it's a happy day! Mexico defeated the French, and I became Mrs. Shirey 2 months ago today!! Thankfully it's much prettier today than it was that day ;)

This one time, on a road trip with my family (note to self: 25 hours driving across Texas with 5 people is not fun at the time, but I wouldn't trade the memories for anything)we stopped in El Paso for the night, and the next morning we set out to drive across the border of Mexico, just to say we had. Well, we got there, realize it looked a bit scary and slummish...so we all decided being 2 feet from Mexico was enough for us, and continued on our merry (or not so merry) way to Arizona.

What do I love about Mexican pieces of culture that have made their way to the good ol' US of A?

1.) CHIPS, SALSA, AND QUESO.
If I could eat them every single day, with every single meal, I really might. ESPECIALLY if the queso is from El Chile Verde..(OMG)

2.)PINATAS!
Pretty much every birthday party I ever had as a child had a pinata included in it. It was a must. What is better than something you get to beat up with a baseball bat and spills candy out all over the place??? NOT MUCH, PEOPLE!!
And this pinata just looks like too much fun!!

3.) MARIACHI BANDS!!
You can't tell me mariachi isn't fun. I just cant help but stop and smile when i see, hear one! Granted, I've only seen two, and probably neither were authentic, seeing how one was in San Antonio's Riverwalk, and the other was in Epcot's Mexico exhibit at Walt Disney World...but regardless..the music is just so fun! And who doesn't love watching little men with mustaches and sombreros playing trumpets and stringed instruments..cause i sure do!

4.) Soccer (Futbol). I'm fairly new to the sport of soccer (as said here in America, but frankly futbol makes more sense); I had just gotten into it a few months before the World Cup last year...but I think it's awesome! What a sport, folks! This is perhaps the most popular sport in Mexico (don't quote me on that, I'm just going with what I've heard), and I'm happy to see it gaining a tiny bit more popularity in the U.S.!
Though Mexico was not the team I was pulling for in the World Cup, they're still cool for playing soccer!



That's just 4 of my favorite "Mexican" things!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Settling In.

Next week, my husband and I will have been married 2 months..and a great 2 months it has been! But I am just NOW starting to feel settled in! I won't lie - for a week or 2- home didn't feel like anywhere. Like, my parent's home felt half-way like home, and our own home felt half-way like home. And I'll admit, that feeling wasn't pleasant. But I came to assume many newly married ( particularly young and family oriented) brides experience this..and that i'd get over it. And get over it I did!
I still adore going to my parents house to visit them and my siblings, but the house (aluminum condo, rather) Ty and I live in has become home.

With our settling in, our puppy has begun to settle in as well. I think we may finally have her house broken (thank GOD!)and she's beginning to come out of her shell (we got her from the pound, and she'd been dropped off with her brother at 8 months old...she was VERY skittish when we got her, she must have been harshly treated). She's so funny and LOVES to chase bugs.
Still open to finding her a home with a yard and children, but if we can't, I think we'll be ok.

Little Miss Avey posin' it up!

Life's good here at the Shirey's. We've had some unexpected bumps: car wrecks, $70 shrimp, and doubled electricity bills...but it's all good. We love our life :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rainy Day.

It's pouring rain here in the good ol' West Monroe, Louisiana. An unexpected shower, as well. It really wasn't even supposed to rain today! But with the rain, I had to leave my poor baby, Avey, in her kennel inside all day. Normally, all the wonderfully knowledgeable animal owners would tell me that she's just gonna have to learn to be ok with that and blah blah blah...but in my opinion, kenneled up is just no way for a dog to live. At least not a dog this big, with a kennel this small.
It wouldn't be an issue, i wouldn't feel bad, if her kennel was big enough for her to stand all the way up in..but it's not. Therefore, she only sleeps in it.
She normally spends the day outside playing and chewing things (EX: my front deck, her leash, the neighborhood kids' toys, etc). So I feel bad today..sitting at work until 4...with her locked up in the tiny kennel all alone all day long.

Wow that was boring.

I apologize. I'm just not even in the mood to blog today..I have so much on my mind, but I just don't feel like typing some really deep sermon today..

I really just want to go back to bed!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Name, New Posts, Same Great..err..Taste?

I've changed my blog name up for hopefully the last time!! Obviously I couldn't stay "Soon to be Shirey" forever...considering now I AM a Shirey! Which is cool..and I'm still getting used to it.

Being a wife..I feel like I was literally reborn or something the day I got married..Like..life is different from what I've previously known for 19 years, and everyday I'm learning something new..like a baby. But I kind of like it... :)

I've been keeping an actual journal to help me get my thoughts out, and to help me track things that I've learned so far.

The first lesson I've learned: Do not call your husband (or anyone for that matter) ignorant to his (their) face. Just don't, no matter how bad you want to, and no matter how ignorant they really are being. It's rude, and just because they're being rude..doesn't mean you have to be. Also, it usually results in the other person being very angry (which may or may not include someone sleeping on the couch). So friends, if you ever get the urge to call someone ignorant...stop..drop...and roll. Not really. But for real, just don't do it. Bite your tongue, and save it for your journal.

I'm sorry, dear :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Think Happy Thoughts...decor edition.

Thinking happy thoughts is what I'm trying to do, seeing as how I just got 2 big clumps of bad news today regarding the wedding..
But I know worrying, crying, dreading, and even hoping won't change anything.
Only prayer will. I truly believe prayer changes things. I know it does.
I'm declaring His promise is YES and AMEN!!
(Can I get a witness?? Woop woop!! hahaha....)

So, taking my thoughts to a more fun place...they have rested upon the subject of what I will do for a headboard for mine and the mister's bed. Our room came with a built in spot for the bed, complete with drawers underneath (kind of like a captains bed). There fore, a head board would be difficult to get in there..
Sooooo...here are some awesome ideas I may use!!

This one is my all time favorite. It even matches the colors of our room! I love love love this idea!

The asian chic side of me loves this one..looks more like it would go in my current room, but I stil love the idea!!

THIS one is absolutely gorgeous to me. I love love love the shutters, but set at different heights just makes them so much neater!! I seriously am in love with this look.

This idea may be the easiest, but certainly not any less cute, in my opinion. If I can't find any shutters for a reasonable price, or just decide I'm way too tired of DIY projects involving painting right now..I'll use this idea!

Any other cute headboard ideas?? I'm welcome to any suggestions I can get!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Coming next Saturday, to a Vineyard Near You (if you live in north lousiana)

Emily Wheat, will become Emily Shirey!

I'm totally freaking out right now. If you ask me if I'm anxious or anything, and I tell you no..I'm lying. But don't get mad at me...I seriously can hardly tell up from down right now I'm so busy. Seriously.
If you're upset at me right now for not getting back to you on something, or not talking much, or not spilling every detail of my wedding to you in depth when you ask..I am so sorry..but I have a wedding ( and a trailer)to pull together by next Saturday..

so there.
haha.

That wasn't too mean was it??

Let me just say what I'm looking forward too SO much:





HONEYMOON!!
Aside from just being awesome anyway, it will be filled with all the things I love!
My new husband, the beach, Lamberts Cafe, cheesy souvenir stores, Gulf Coast Zoo, and seeing Hillsong United live!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines Yummies!!

I absolutely LOVE holidays..any sort of holiday really..People are always complaining about how they hate "hype" and how America uses holidays as a way to sell more goods (well duh..what good store owner WOULDNT?.

But me?? I LOVE holidays because of all the cute baking!!!

And Valentine's Day is up next!

Here are a few of my favorite ideas...
I heart this cake!! (Pun completely intended!) You can't tell me that is not incredible.
Now actually pulling it off?? yeah....I wouldn't count on it. But it IS ridiculously cute.

I really love the idea of actually have a somewhat healthy topping on my baking...or maybe I just love the idea of lots of strawberries..either or.
Nevertheless, I love this. Are strawberries even in season right now??

Stinking adorable. Hands down.(this is the best day i can..ever remember..)
It's an ice cream sandwhich! Can you tell I really love hearts as well?

And now to my all time favorite..
Cake Pops.
I have had my eyes on these things for over a year now..trying to work up the courage to try it. Essentially, they are just cake balls, covered in adorable sprinkles, and punctured by a sucker stick. But i've read that it's really easy to mess up..so I've been nervous about it.
But this year...this year I will try it.

So stay tuned, I may be posting my go of the Valentine's Day cake pops in a few days!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Speaking of Weddings...

I think I totally forgot this was supposed to be a wedding blog!! haha!!

I'll be Emily Shirey in a month and one day!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Excuse my excitement..or don't. I'm excited, so there.

Let me just put some of my wedding inspiration out there...
I so love these little signs. Ahh I hope we can get these together by then!

I'm also in love with these old windows. I'm using several (thanks to Lyndsey Sikes!)at the vineyard!! I can't wait to see them there!

And I love this...I think we're going to be able to string them along the wooden fence that's around the vineyard..but not sure yet. I really hope we get to do it.

There will also be a ton of this..and mason jars.

I love love love the idea of a sweet southern outdoor wedding. Nothing too crazy, fashion forward, or elaborate...but just southern. I love it.

I'm excited to see how it'll turn out :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I remember the sound..of your November downtown..

The above title is a lyric from the Joshua Radin song "Winter".
It only listen to him in the Winter (I'm a seasonal music person), and it always reminds me of a best friend I once had, Angela.

But time passes, we grow up, and things change.
And I do not like change.
I seriously do NOT know how to handle it.
And things are changing too fast for me lately.

Since my last post, things have not looked up in the least. And i do NOT understand. And my heart hurts. A lot.

BUT - there is hope.
There is God. My ever present help in time of trouble. My saviour. My comforter. He's the only thing I have right now...and what a great thing to have He is.

I have an idea for a good blog..but that's on the back burner right now.
I just needed to get this out.

You know what makes me happy when I'm having a bad day?
This silly guy :)

It's probably pathetic..but I love my little dog-acting kitty.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Let me Just say...

I had this MASSIVE Christmas blog saved on here, that I kept meaning to finish up and post. But seeing as it's almost February, the wedding planning is making my crazy, and I really just don't feel like it...I'm not going to post it. lol. I'm just gonna start from where I'm at now.

Well, I guess I should say I had a wonderful Christmas, and having 3 extra christmas's to go to (the Shirey side) was actually cool. And everybody needs a little Yoko Shirey (Ty's crazy Japanese grandmother) comedy hour in their life...

Soooo, without further ado...
Let us continue on, in the year 2011.

Things have been crazy stressful for me as late, and I tend to break down and cry at any moment..just out of pure stress. It's been a crazy year already. We lost my cousin on New Years Day. I'm trying desperately to pass my math class, and if I do not, I'll lose my scholarship... I'm currently failing it. Found out the dog I've had all growing up has cancer. The store I work at is closing..and I'll be out of a job right before I get married. I still have to buy the wedding ring..and various other things for the wedding. I just do not understand how this will all come together.
I trust God, but I'm going to admit, I'm a little scared right now...just the human side of me comin' out I guess.

I know it will be ok..I'm just ready to see God's plan behind all this. I don't understand, and maybe I never will..but I faith that He'll bring me through.

On a better note,
I'll be Emily Shirey in less than 6 weeks! AHHHHH!!!!

All the showers are starting as well, and I'm really excited to see what all we get!
My family's is this saturday!

I'll leave you with a song that's been extremely encouraging to me lately...she's also a really cool christian artist (those are few and far between in my opinion)..and performs with her husband :)