Thursday, January 31, 2013

2 Things. 2 Important Things.

You know those moments when you finally reach the end of your day,
& all you want to do is kill off some brain cells watching the Kardashians?
Or is that just me?

I've been "learning the ropes" (so to speak) for my new job,
& I've been feeling overwhelmed with changes & new information.
With any new job comes nerves & anxiousness because you want to make sure 
that you do a good job  & make a good first impression. 

Luckily, I've had the best "mentor" (that's what I'll call her).
She has been amazingly helpful in showing me 
all there is to know for when I start my new job.

I don't know about you, but when it comes to my work,
no matter what I am doing, 
I need to put every effort into it & I try so hard to do the best I can.

So I've been taking a lot of mental notes,
& writing a lot of stuff down,
so that this transition goes smoothly.

My brain just feels like mush right now!
& I've been slacking a little bit on commenting on/reading other blogs... 
I promise I'll get back into it this weekend!


Last but not least,
If you LOVED the Newlywed Game link up...
you NEED to know something super important.
 


I have a co-host!

WOO HOO!

Yes!  I'm so excited to announce to you that, Veronica from Passion, Pink & Pearls 
is my co-host from here on out for the Newlywed Game!  

Welcome, Veronica!!

=D


Choose Love.

Today, I asked my friend, Stacy to guest post. 
Take it away Stacy!



Hi everyone, I’m Stacy and I blog over at Siriusly Craftables. Karla and I actually went to high school and did color guard together, and while our blogs have pretty different themes we definitely have one thing in common – we both call Newtown, CT our home. She asked me if I would do a post to talk about some of the really awesome and positive things I’ve seen in Newtown since that awful day on Dec. 14th. In order to do that, let me start from the beginning.

I remember that morning so clearly. I went back to my classroom after a meeting. It was 9:45 and I decided to check my phone to see if my husband had left me any good-morning messages before I grabbed my fifth grade reading group. But I didn’t have a text from my husband and I wasn’t prepared for the text that I had from my mom.

“Shooting at Sandy Hook School. No details yet.”

You know the rest of the story. You may not know the exact details or what it was like to be in Newtown on that day. It was painful. I’m not sure that I can explain the days following. They were awful, and as we listened to the details and the list of names came out we were disgusted by what had happened to those beautiful people.

I was lucky. All the kids I know in that school were safe, as well as all the adults I knew. I was lucky. I was lucky. I was lucky. That didn’t take away the reality of how truly awful it was. But you know the funny thing about awful situations? There always seems to be something beautiful that comes out of them.

So that’s why I’m writing here, on Karla’s blog today. Not to tell you about that awful day because you already know about that day – you already know that story.

I’m here to tell you about the beautiful things that have happened because of that day, least of which are the 26 beautiful angels we have in heaven, watching over our town.

The response was almost immediate. On Saturday the 15th, my mom, husband and I went to church and every kid was given a stuffed animal to hold. Later that week I went to visit two of my most favorite kids in the world and I was told about how they visited our town hall, which was filled with thousands of stuffed animals and they were allowed to take as many as they wanted. We still have thousands just waiting to go to a child in need.

(this is my Aunt sorting and organizing stuffed animals)
  
And then the banners started. Everywhere you looked there were banners to support our town. I haven’t driven someplace since that day without seeing a ribbon or a banner or a sign to support Newtown.

(Banner over railroad leading into Sandy Hook Center – source – We Are Newtown)

Most recently, as I was visiting my mom at work, at our town hall, I was able to see so many of the stunning creations that have been sent from all over the world. I got to read the beautiful, comforting words in letters and cards that people of all ages, sizes, shapes and colors had written - people from all walks of life supporting our little town. It makes me feel like the rest of the world is hugging us. I know that’s not possible and maybe it’s even a little silly, but this is how people have shown us their sympathy and the outpouring is remarkable. It helps.

It says, “Newtown, we may not have know those people but we understand, we grieve with you, we are sorry and we support you.”

Finally, I’ve seen Newtown come together like never before. We’ve always been a tight-knit community but the level of strength and support that has been shown since that day is truly incredible. These are the beautiful things that have happened because of that awful day.

Even as I write this I can think of 10 more things I could add to this list, but I’m sure you all don’t want to read a novel. I just hope that it doesn’t stop here, because while the rest of the world may have moved on we are just beginning to heal and we are still struggling.

I hope that Newtown has inspired us to change, not to take sides and fight, not to get political and debate, but to have real conversations on how we can be a better nation for our kids, for our families and for our communities. Don’t let the love stop here! 

I’d like to share with you some pictures of my favorite items that were donated from around the world to our little town. They are truly inspiring!



(Some of these items came from as far as Africa and Italy. It’s hard to see in the pictures)

We are Sandy Hook. We choose love. And we hope you do too.


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Thank you so much Stacy.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Warning: P.D.A.

Yuck.  Public Displays of Affection used to bother me so much.
In my last serious relationship, we would never ever do anything in public except hold hands.
I was just never a fan of PDA.  
I always felt so extremely uncomfortable.

-FAST FORWARD-

When I started getting more serious with Scott, I began to notice that he was a big fan of PDA.
He would never hesitate to hug & kiss me in public and I secretly hated it.
Of course, I never told him how I felt... but I think he started to notice how uncomfortable I was.
He thought it was hilarious after I mustered up the guts to tell him.
After that, it was as if it was his only goal in life to kiss me more in public just to watch me squirm.

I remember one specific time we were standing in front of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in the middle of a mob of people.  He grabbed my face and started to kiss me... as I was pulling away, he smiled and shook his head "no".  He made it his personal goal to get me over my strange fear of PDA.

I feared PDA so much that when I was a teenager, 
I would often have anxiety just thinking about my wedding day, 
and having to kiss my new husband in front of hundreds of people.
Yes.  It was THAT bad.
Weird, I know.

-FAST FORWARD-

I can honestly say that I am FINALLY over my strange fear!  (Thank you, Scott)
PDA by other people still grosses me out, but if I kiss Scott in public, in no longer bothers me.
& it's not even just PDA --- it's also the fact that I no longer obsess over what people think about me in general.  

When you find a person like that who can help you get over a fear, 
without judging you for having it in the first place... marry them. 
People like that are few and far between.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bedtime!

Today I'm talking about bedtime.
Don't ask.
I just felt like sharing, kay?

For those of you who may not know this about me,
I'm no night owl. In fact, I go to bed earlier than most great-great-grandmothers.
Trust me.

Even in college, my roommates could tell you,
I'd be all pooped out by 8pm.
Yes, 8pm.

E-I-G-H-T  O-C-L-O-C-K.


& I'm still that way.
I just like my sleep.
I work with children all day.
I need the energy.

OK. OK.
I could give a line of excuses all day,
but today's post isn't about excuses.

It's about the fact that Scott & I used some of our XMAS $$
to buy a small TV for our bedroom,
& how scared I was to do it because I felt like it might mess up our marriage.



I know, I'm weird.
I just like my quality time with Scott
& didn't want a silly TV to get in the way..
cause, I'm not good at sharing.

BUT, we got one.
Because when I get in bed at 9pm
(9pm because I compromised with Scott 
& he basically won't allow me in bed before then unless I'm sick!)

Anyway, when I get in bed at 9pm,
he gets in bed with me and lays with me until I fall asleep,
because I'm clingy and I need that.. to fall asleep.
It's a bad habit.  But it's fine. I love it.

Scott would agree to this!

And anyway, 
he wanted some entertainment while he just sits in bed.
Hence the TV.

& guess what people?

I have now been sitting up with him,
watching our new favorite series on Netflix "Rules of Engagement"
(thanks Nicole)
& we both are lucky to get to sleep before midnight!

Oh well! It's actually been kinda fun!  =D

Monday, January 28, 2013

instagramazing weekend {a link up}

Monday's aren't so terrible once you quit your job.
Believe me, I now know.

Yes, in case you missed it, I quit my job.
New one starts in 2 weeks,
training starts tomorrow, 
but for now...
it's time to be instagramazing!

_______________________________________________________________________________

1. Follow the host (that's ME, Karla!) @ Forever Newly Wedded and the co-host, Nicole @ Grub n Marriage.
2. Put the link up button (above ^^^) somewhere in your post or on your blog so that it links back to both of us, and don't forget to add your link when your done!!
3. Make sure to go and visit other blogs that link up!
4.  Have Fun!! This is about showcasing your weekend, good, bad, or ugly!


Here are my Instagram's from the weekend!

Quit my job... Got a nice "farewell" card!
Hubby had an Edible Arrangement delivered on my last day!  <3
An AWESOME keychain from one of the greatest friend's I have ever had.
Got my HURR DID.
Causing a ruckus in the passenger seat.  #mypoorhusband...
Had my parents over for mexican night! =)
Our trippy bedroom light.
I made Scott finish our tile photo.
We went hiking... there was ice everywhere!  
I have this problem where I need to pose ... everywhere I go.
Almost at the summit.
The view.
   
Show me YOUR weekend.  
Was it instagramazing?


Sunday, January 27, 2013

What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

Is it a morning cup of coffee?
a lunch date with friends?
a clever Facebook status?
a late night walk around the neighborhood?
that one song that just seems to play at the perfect time?
the ocean?



Who Inspires You?

a best friend?
your spouse?
a phone call from Mom & Dad?
a child?


Well, whatever or whoever inspires you,
be inspired.

The best things happen when we are inspired.
The greatest ideas come from the tiniest spark of inspiration.

Lately, my inspiration is coming from Chalene Johnson.
She inspires me to work longer, push harder, breathe deeper, jump higher, and just live... better.

It's important to have inspiration.

Where do you get yours?
WHAT or WHO inspires YOU?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Household Chores: WHO does WHAT?

Being that it is 2013, 
and the days of women doing most (if not all) of the chores are LONG gone,
my husband and I share all of the household responsibilities.  

Granted, when I first met Scott, he did not know a washer from a dryer,
couldn't fold clothes for the life of him,
never had washed a dish in his life,
& his idea of a home cooked meal was 
Bagel Bites in the oven microwave.

I must say,
he is WAY more domesticated now!

Growing up, my Dad didn't do laundry or dishes, 
it was just something that my Mom did.

Mom, on the other hand, would have my Dad do the "outside" chores,
except for working in her garden.

This seemed to work for them,
they both had very stereotypical duties as male & female.

This wouldn't work for me.  I love getting help from Scott.
In fact, I sometimes look forward to doing chores with him.
We make chores fun.

Since our apartment has no dishwasher,
we need to wash ALL of our dishes by hand.
Sure, it's a huge drawback to apartment living, 
but not when you turn your kitchen into a Karaoke Bar
equipped with wine & music!


& Sure, folding laundry can sometimes be a drag-
but not when you fold laundry with your husband.
We've had some of our most in depth conversations while folding laundry!


Chores can be an annoying & tedious part of life if you have a bad attitude about them.
But really, life is about your attitude.

 
Life is what you make of it.
So go ahead, I dare you,
try to have fun with a chore.
Turn dusting into a dance party,
turn your kitchen into a Karaoke Bar,
it makes the chores get done faster,
and it's tons more fun!

=)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Girl Behind the Blog!

I believe this is my 5893257th link up so far this week.
Next week, I need to take a break from all these link ups!!! 
I totally went on a link up binge.  But that's alright, I'm allowed.

Speaking of link ups, this is one of my favorites with 5ohwifey,
& this time her partner in crime is, RagsToStitches 

It's the Girl Behind the Blog!


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The Newlywed Game {link up with your answers!}

Welcome to my brand spankin` new link-up!

Here are the questions (& Scott & I's answers) for the Newlywed Game!


If you'd like to link up, simply...

1.  Post the button above to your post & link it back to me!
2.  Post the questions & your answers.
3.  Add your link to the bottom of the post where it asks for your link.
4.  Have fun checking out everyone else's answers!  


You can link up anytime from now til Sunday at midnight EST!
I'm excited to see your answers!


1.   What is the worst thing that happened on your wedding day, if anything?

Karla:  Everything went perfect, EXCEPT… the people who were running the whole wedding forgot to put my cake topper on TOP of our cake.  It was weird and bothered me for like 5 minutes.

Scott:  During the garter toss, none of the guys wanted to catch the garter.  Our 7-year-old ring bearer kept catching it.  We ended up having to play musical chairs to get a “winner”.


2.   Who is the better driver?

Karla:  Me.  Hands down.  I drive slower & I actually brake when I see brake lights.  Scott doesn’t.  It’s a HUGE pet peeve of mine.

Scott:  In the snow, I’m better, because I’m calmer.  Karla freaks out when snow hits the road.


3.  If someone had to play your spouse in a movie, who would it be?

Karla:  Ashton Kutcher, or Brad Paisley…just because those are Scott’s celebrity look-a-likes.  But I think that Scott has some of Channing Tatum’s charm (when it comes to all the lovey dovey movies that Channing has been in)

Scott:  Sandra Bullock.  They don’t look anything alike… but they are both extremely sarcastic & funny.


4.  What’s your spouse's favorite comfort food?

Karla:  Barbeque Chicken, or Pulled Pork. 

Scott:  Anything drenched in hot sauce…and I can’t forget chocolate.


5.  Which one of you hogs all the covers in bed?

Karla:  Scott!!  AHH!  Drives me nuts!

Scott:  I like to stay warm.


6.  The saying “opposites attract must be true because 
my spouse and I couldn’t be any more different when it comes to _________?

Karla:  Our interests.  Scott likes corvettes, I like Rockettes…. HEY!
What a great idea for a blog post… Rockettes & Corvettes!!

Scott:  TV shows & movies we like.  I like action movies, Karla likes romantic comedies… and as much as I try, I can never seem to get her into Top Gear…the best show on TV.


7.  If your spouse won $5000, what would they spend it on?

Karla:  Probably a pickup truck, or something for the garage.

Scott:  Shoes, handbags, anything sparkly, jewelry…


8.  If your spouse could be married to any famous person, which would it be and why?

Karla: Katherine Heigl... he's obsessed.

Scott:  Channing Tatum, because he can dance.


9.  Who controls the remote??

Karla:  Scott.

Scott:  Me.


10.  If your spouse were a superhero, what would their "super power" be?

Karla:  Super strength.  He can open up a pickle jar like it’s NOTHING!

Scott:  Super sarcasm.  I can never seem to get her to be serious!



If you enjoyed this week's questions,
& want to link up again,
here are next weeks questions!
Have fun!

{make sure both you AND your spouse answer each question about one another}

one:  What was it about your spouse that made you think they were "the one"?
two:  What is your spouse's most annoying habit?
three:  Does your spouse have to sleep on "their side of the bed", if so, which side?
(if you're laying in bed looking up at the ceiling, which side?)
four:  How are you planning to spend Valentine's Day? (simple or outrageous)
five:  Who usually ends up trying to resolve an argument (aka..being the "bigger person")?
six:  How many kids do you plan to have one day, if any?
seven:  What is your spouse's best friend's name & do you get along with them?
eight:  If your spouse one day told you that they are an ex-convict, how would you react?
nine:  Do you wish your spouse would stop doing a particular routine?
ten:  Did the honeymoon go exactly as planned?




Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Last Day as "Miss Karla"

Today, I say goodbye to a job that I have truly loved.
I say goodbye to a center full of some of the most amazing staff,
who all have such a tough job, but they do it out of love for their students.
Some of these staff members are my friends.  Close friends.  Friends I will miss so much.

I am saying goodbye to a place that I've called my second home for 2 1/2 years.
I am saying goodbye to my usual daily routine.

But the hardest things I have to say goodbye to are the 8 smiling faces that I see 
at 9am when I walk in my classroom every morning.

The 8 faces filled with tears when they get a boo-boo.

The 8 faces that are messy with pasta sauce at lunch time.

The 8 faces that explode with laughter when they play.

The 8 faces that say, "Miss Ka-La" when I ask them what my name is.

My 8 students.

8 kids that I love as if they were my own.

I'm both excited & nervous for the new chapter in life that lies ahead of me-
but today is just a very bittersweet day.


*  


To my co-workers who have been such great friends,
& who have loved and supported me through the tragedy in Newtown--
I want to say, thanks.

You all have such a tough job, 
believe me, I know.

But you all are awesome.
& You all touch the lives and hearts of many little children...
which makes the job worth while.

Thank you all for being so awesome.
Continue to be awesome.

I will miss you all.


& with that..

Cheers to this new chapter.

=)

30 Second Thursday!



Today I'll let the VLOG do the talking! 


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

{newlywed blog hop}

Wow. 
I'm doing SO many link-ups this week.
I just can't stop!! 

Today I'm linking up with my girl, Cheltee & also Kelly
for the newlywed blog hop!

I could always use more newlywedded friends!


We're supposed to share our favorite things about being newlyweds, so here goes nothing!

-  I love that my husband & I are still very much in our honeymoon stage.

-  I absolutely love saying & writing my name, now that I have my husband's last name.

- We go to bed at the exact same time every night.  It makes for great cuddle time!  =)



-  I love that we workout together.



-  We eat dinner at the dinner table every night (except Fridays when we eat on the couch)
It's just nice to cut out the TV & talk!

-  We do the "Rose & Thorn" of the day at dinner every night & I love it!
It gives us something to talk about that we wouldn't have otherwise.

-  I love that no matter where we are or what we are doing, we can have a fun time...
just as long as we are together!  (Cheesy, I know)


-  I love that finally after 2 years, we have our weekends together again!!
(Scott used to work weekends)

-  Most of all, I love being a newlywed because it's a learning experience.
It's fun to learn new things, & being a newlywed has also allowed me to spill my heart out on this blog..
& of course, meet all of you... my readers!  



=D