Thursday, November 13, 2014

So We're Moms Now. And We're Moving.

Okay guys. I can't begin to explain everything that has happened since we last chatted. But lets start with the main 2 points. 1) My roommate and I have guardianship of a teenage boy we work with. and 2) We're about to move into a three bedroom house we're renting so there's room for our recently extended family!

That's right. We're moms now. Haha! This young man (who will remain nameless for privacy reasons) came to us needing a place to stay. And of course you can't just have a teenager living in your home without contacting the proper authorities and when said authorities investigated they gave us guardianship. Crazy, right? But goodness it's been awesome! We're so glad to have this young man in our lives! Sadly he is living on our couch right now but when we move he will have a room of his own and he's buying a futon from one of our co-workers. He thinks futons are the coolest pieces of furniture ever. It's adorable. So he's super excited about that. Plus he can paint his room whatever color he wants when we move! It will be his own space! This is really exciting! He is such a great kid and hard worker and now we're looking into colleges for him. I am so incredibly proud of him! He's such a blessing to us! It's been crazy to suddenly become a guardian at my young age. But I am so glad we have! He is ours. Our little family is comprised of two young women, a teenage boy, and an adorably fluffy dog! hehe! I love it! And J has taken all of this really well. Which is pretty awesome! I mean I didn't really know what to expect. It's not everyday a girl tells her boyfriend she has a teenage son! haha! But they get along swimmingly!

Now to moving! I am so excited about this move! We are renting a three bedroom home with a fences in back yard for Gatsby (the puppy) and it's in a cute little neighborhood! Essentially we are living the American dream! haha! Plus it has like a normal sized kitchen. Our kitchen in our apartment is extraordinarily tiny. Like only one person can be in the kitchen at a time. So we're pumped to have some elbow room. I put a picture below of our little home. Just 9 more days until we move in! Which means lots of packing in between classes and work for me. I've gotten empty bread boxes from work for packing. They're like the perfect size! I love them! And I actually won't be here on move in day! We didn't have many options on our date and I was already going to be out of town and then as soon as I get back in town my roommate is leaving town so she just decided they would move while I'm gone. Because she's awesome like that. So I'm getting everything packed early. It's super exciting! :)

Anyway! I just got home from dropping him off at school so I should go be productive myself. I will share more adventures of being a mom of a teenage boy later on. I am sure there are many to come!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rent the Runway Review

I mentioned previously that I was going to be renting from Rent the Runway for J's ring ceremony. And I did! So now it's time I share my results! Below you will see the dress I rented. I had a $25 off code for it being my first rental.

You can find the perfect dress for you by searching through reviews of people with the same measurements as you! This is genius! I could find people with the exact same body type and size as me and see dresses they loved that fit them well! I found this dress by doing that. Some other girls my size have previously rented this dress and raved about it and their pictures they included in the reviews were stunning! And this dress on it's own is just gorgeous! Lace all the way down and a perfect navy blue! Needless to say, I fell in love with it. 
I did a four day rental. So it came in the day before the event. Plenty of time for what I needed! Oh! And in case you didn't know, they send you two dress sizes! So I got the 4 because that's my size, and they sent me a 4 and a 6 just in case this dress was sized small. That's fantastic! I would hate to rent a dress only to try it on and it doesn't fit and I'm out of luck for something to wear. They also already include a package to send the dress back that already has a shipping label. So for the return all you have to do is put the dresses in the envelope and take it to a UPS or UPS drop box. Because my dress return date was on a Sunday and UPS is closed then I slipped it into a drop box. The most pain free experience ever!

I got compliment after compliment on this dress! It was perfect! It was perfect for the occasion and the reviews I read were truthful! And the ease of the process was killer! I will certainly be renting from them again in the future! Heck, I may never buy a formal dress again!

I can't wait for my next opportunity to rent from Rent The Runway! 5 out of 5 starts for both the experience and the dress! You might want to check them out for your next formal event. 

They also rent accessories! In fact they have an accessories service that's just like netflix! You pick three and they send them to you and when you send one back they send you the next one and it's sooo cool! I just can't afford it right now. But maybe in the future!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ukrainian Statistics Infographic

So check out these facts. I am doing some research on post institutionalized children for school and Ukraine is very near and dear to my heart. Let's look at some facts here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Big 20!

I'm almost 20. It's weird to think about. I'm not really into celebrating my birthday. Never have been. Probably never will be. But this one seems to feel like some sort of milestone. Maybe because I made it through my teenage years? That's reason to celebrate I suppose! Or maybe because I've lived on my own for over a year now without any major catastrophes or break downs! (Yes there have been some mild break downs. But nothing too terribly notable. Actually I almost dropped out of college due to a break down at the beginning of this semester. But ya know, I didn't. so whatever.) Nonetheless. I am actually excited about this birthday! I've made it to my twenties! I have no idea what's coming in life and I'm trying really hard to embrace and enjoy this uncertainty. I'm entering my senior year of college this Spring and trying to keep an open mind about whatever life could bring along through this next decade! So yes, I Caitlin, the one who despises her own birthday, is super excited about this one! Plus Jeff is taking me out to a restaurant we've wanted to try because all I want for my birthday is an excuse to wear this adorable black dress I got at Plato's Closet like a month ago. (I spend too much money at Plato's Closet. I probably could start posting OOTD posts though. That might be interesting. Since almost everything I own is consignment or thrift!

Anyway, I got a little off track there. My point was that I can't wait for my 20th birthday this weekend! It kind of feels like I'm becoming a real adult. Not really, I'm still a child. I still call it a grown up purchase when I buy practical things. Like I still need to buy a dresser. That's a grown up purchase. I bought an air mattress a while back. Grown up purchase. Clothes from Plato's Closet, or random cute things to decorate my apartment, these are childish Caitlin purchases. After all, I still use Christmas lights to light my bedroom. I like to think this makes me cool and like hipster/boho/indie but in reality it's because I haven't bought a big lamp to light my room and I don't have an overhead light. (It does look very hip though!) So I'm not rally about to be a grown up. I'm still Caitlin and want to hold on to some of my childish ways and thoughts forever! But I'm a little more of an adult I suppose. I like this in between.

What birthday excited you most? Are you into celebrating your birthday or do you downplay it as much as possible? Share your birthday stories below! If I get some good ones I might feature them in a post!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Colossians 2:10 - Possibly New Life Verse

Colossians 2:10 "So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority."

We all have the things we struggle with. And they change overtime. But there always seems to be something. I could give you a very long list any given day. Just be careful asking because you'll be stuck listening to me go on and on about my problems. And that's just it. My biggest struggle in this season of life is forgetting that I am made whole in Christ. I am so easily overwhelmed by my own brokenness and my own problems and I forget that despite all for that Christ has made me whole. In fact, because all of that he has made me whole! I couldn't be whole on my own! That's why I need Jesus! But I sit around dwelling in my own imperfections and wallowing in self hatred for them when I need to remember that I am whole and I am a daughter of the King most high! This of course doesn't mean I need to just let myself get away with things but rather means I need to give them to God rather than try to fix them myself. I need him more than I know. I guess this verse is just a great reminder of the fact that I don't have to be so broken anymore.

This is a song I have treasured greatly over the years. This is possibly the greatest version of it I have ever heard. Gives me chills every time. Jeff introduced me to it years ago. Check it out. It also reminds me of this fact of my need for him and his great sovereignty and love.

So anyway, now that I'v randomly shared my struggles with strangers on the internet, any good verses that have hit you recently? Please comment and share!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Funday!

So I am going to take this time to present you with a random collection of pictures, stories, and facts. I believe it is only right to start off with a picture of a cow shaped coffee mug. In case you aren't aware. Coffee and cows are two of my favorite things. And this encompasses both loves in one small utilitarian device. And they sell it at walmart. And I'm in love with it. I just thought I would share. Maybe it doesn't bring as much joy to your days as it does mine, but just know. Someone out there had the originality to even come up with such a concept as a cow coffee mug, and that's a beautiful thing. 

I can't forget to include a recent instagram pic! Jeff got his ring at the Citadel this weekend!!!!!!! I am soooo stinkin proud of him. Like really, three plus years now of working his butt off at that school and its paying off and it's nearly over! I can't believe it's already his senior year! He is freaking fantastic! 

This is just the obligatory picture of Gatsby looking adorable. Of course I needed to share. Why wouldn't you want to see a picture of Gatsby!?!?!

And that's a snapchat from my boss. He feels befuddled. His face here just makes me laugh! He's crazy. He keeps a nerf gun in the office to shoot them when they're cut. He's an extremely competent and effective manager but has rabbits and interest similar to that of a five year old. Gotta love him!

I think I shall end with this funny picture of the "dad-bird" because I think this is the funniest thing I've read all year!

Anyway, I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Once I have more pictures from J I will post about the ring ceremony!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Life these days

Hello dear readers,

It's time for me to fill you in on what I've been up to!

Up until this week I have been working three jobs while being a full time college student. Thankfully I was able to quit one and now I'm down to two jobs and school and it is truly marvelous! I am working for Mingle Weddings and Outback Steakhouse. Nice little thing I got going for me there. Without the third I have found a little more free time. Mostly that's homework time. But whatever! Moving on to the exciting things in life right now!

First and foremost! I got the most amazing pair of work shoes ever! They are non-slip so they are perfect for when I'm working at Outback and super comfortable and durable for the various terrains that wedding venues bring working for Mingle! Plus they look like Toms! What could be better?!?!?! I got them off Zappos but they are really from Sketchers. Way cheaper and way cuter than my last pair of work shoes that I wore right through. These really have been my favorite thing recently! I love them!

Also! Guess who came to visit me last weekend? That's right! My mom! Isn't she beautiful?!?!?!?!

She's an adorable little hippie who showed up in palazzo pants and a toe ring with homemade laundry detergent to share. She's essentially the greatest! We went to a parade at the Citadel and the farmers market at Marian Square and then tried out a fairly new place called Boxcar Betty's and oh my word it was amazing! We got the Boxcar which is like their signature sandwich and it is by far the greatest chicken sandwich I have EVER eaten! And that says a lot coming from a girl who hits up chickfila like twice a week! Plus the price was great! Basically I'll be going back again soon! And yes, I did take a picture of my food. I've become on of those people. But you have to document an experience like that!

I also took mom to Outback with J. Mom got his picture while we were there. Doesn't he look so charming in this picture? I love it! All fancy in his blazer and tie. I like that boy. I think I'll keep him around. :)

He took me to the beach Wednesday night just to walk around. Look how pretty it was! It was chilly though. So I stole his sweatshirt. I was going to borrow it but then it was so warm and soft that I decided he wasn't getting it back. hehe! (Actually I'm sure he'll get it back at some point. But for now it's staying in my possession.)

I saw that I have this beautiful picture of my amazing roommate in my phone. This is the greatest woman you will ever meet, just FYI. She's also my boss. But that's whatever. She's basically the greatest person in the world. She's going to have to be my roommate forever now. She's mine. You can not have her. So don't even try. I just wanted to share this beautiful woman with you for a moment. But once again, don't get any ideas. Cause she's mine.

I'm trying to do something crafty! I don't really do artsy stuff anymore just because of time. The only time I'm getting artistic is designing table settings for weddings or making flower arrangements for weddings. Nothing I'm not getting paid for. So I decided to start with something small in hopes I'll actually finish it. I'm cross stitching this stripped cell phone case. Simple enough. Surely I won't leave this project half finished, right?

All in all life has been good. I was feeling really sick for a while there and thought maybe my busy life was catching up to me. It turns out that I'm hypoglycemic and anemic. So that's been interesting to learn to adjust to. I don't like it. I don't like having to monitor my eating and such. But whatever. It is what it is! On the bright side! J's ring ceremony stuff is this weekend and I'm renting a dress from Rent the Runway! I'm soooo excited! I promise there will be lots of pictures and a review of Rent the Runway since I've never used them before. And then the weekend after that is my birthday and J's taking me to a restaurant that we keep saying we want to try every time we drive by but we never stop. Mostly because I have this amazing dress that I got from Plato's Closet that looks perfect on me that I haven't had a chance to wear. So I pulled the birthday card to get an excuse to dress up. I don't even really care about my birthday or celebrating it. But I really want to wear this dress. hehe! There will be pictures of that as well!

I'm getting long winded now so I'll let y'all go on about your lives.

So what have my dear readers been up to recently? Any interesting stories or things you guys are excited about coming up?