Thursday, June 30, 2011

princess week continued.

For week of the princess, yesterday for breakfast I got 
Blueberry muffins!! :)

Today was...
a Chick Fil A chicken breakfast burrito.
Confession: google didnt have a picture to do it justice so you dont get one either. If youve never had one, somethings wrong. It's seriously legit!

Tomorrow is my actual birthday and then princess week will sadly be coming to an end.... MAYBE since i have been kind of sick (congestion, snotty nose, etc.) Jon Jon will let me milk it more since this week i haven't given him a run for his money!! haha! #diva

how should i celebrate my last day of 22?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Week of the princess!

Friday is my birthday! Whoop Whoop! I'll be the ripe ole age of 23! This year I have decided to milk its for all its worth.. and since I love it so much I may do it every year until i have children or until its a little out of control. 
With that being said, I told jon jon on saturday that starting tomorrow (sunday) I will be a Princess as to celebrate my birthday week! His response "you're always a princess" :)  I told him I needed prizes everyday and since he loves me and everything that comes with my ridiculous he is going with it.  This is how its happened....
Saturday my lovely servant jon jon told me I wouldn't need breakfast any day at work this week that he was going to bring it to me.

donut holes and coffee :)

coffee and blueberry pancakes and sausage on a stick... kind of like a corndog!
seriously, it may not look like a jam but go to wal mart and purchase them from the frozen food section.. LIFE CHANGING!

i also came back to his apt to do my online class and found these treats...
pistachios and cookies and cream mint oreo ice cream.

yes i love food. yes i got all these photos from google.

I will obv continue to keep you updated on princess week! :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mad World

Um, okay..
do you guys watch the Glee Project? The producers made the show in search of finding the new Glee cast member. This weeks episode was by far my fav! Every week they get a topic to work on... this weeks was Vulnerability. Each week they also make a music video, this week.. was  a JAM! Seriously you MUST watch!  The show comes on Sunday nights on Oxygen, I just watch it mondays on hulu ha! No worries its just like any other show in that at the end someone goes home.
Here is this weeks video...
The assignment was to walk around in what is basically the "times square" of Los Angeles wearing a sign that has something written on it that makes them feel vulnerable. Watch til the end... You wont regret it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

good fiance award.

So, Jon Jon is obviously more romantic than i am as you can tell by our story if you read it... if not go find it!  I decided that since he was feeling a little neglected with the start of grad school i'd sneak into his apartment a couple weeks ago and have him supper cooked for when he got home.  Just to show him I appreciate him and everything he does. he had to work late that night so it worked out perfectly!  I went to the store got the Spaghetti ingredients then the magic happened! Our original plan was to go to eat somewhere so i figured he would come to his apt first then id walk over (we live in the same apt complex) that is not the case. He text me and said he was at my door so i had to make up a story... i told him my stomach hurt to go to his apt and id be over in a little bit. So that is what he did. He opened the door and saw me and the food... mainly the food.... :) and got so excited! His face was seriously priceless! It really was hard for him to control himself.
I like to be humble and give myself the good fiance award... luckily he does too! The award part not the humble part. :)

Here is the sauce, we used wheat noodles but we were too excited to eat so this is the only picture i managed to get. #delicious Jon Jon said it was some of the best spaghetti he has had! 
after looking at this picture I realized it doesn't look like the most amazing thing in the world... but puh-lease it tasted a jam! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

grown up stuff.

Last week, Jon Jon and I went to my new place of living for grad school...
No worries, I got a lot done like...
1. Signed my lease ( does this make me grown?)
2. Got my student i.d.

3. Got some Yogurtland... only the best frozen yogurt place in ALL the world.. seriously.

4. Got some running shoes for half marathon training.

No worries though.. they gave me this puppy
just in case you are wondering there is another on the other ankle to match.

also... just finished my first ever graduate school test... EEPPSSS 
you should know, i have AWFUL test anxiety.


Shan is prob gonna be mad, but since I know her password, I decided to do a guest blog without her knowledge (i will prob never know the password again after this, but oh well....). Anyways, roughly a month ago we got engaged and I know that I am the one who is receiving the true blessing! I thought I would just take a chance to tell you guys just a little bit of why I LOVE this woman. I love Shannon because she is a Christ follower and lover first! Sometimes she doesn't see it, but I can see it shine through in every little thing she does, the way she handles situations, her faith is so strong even against things that might frustrate her, she always has a gentle spirit, kind to all people (even those who want a double quarter pounder, inside joke, sorry if you don't get it). It's incredible just to be around her everyday she brings a smile to my face always, the way she laughs at my jokes even when they are ultra cheesy and calls me out on telling stories 8 billion times (remember that dallas...she knows the rest, I wouldn't let her forget). Her eyes tell more about her than she realizes, in them I can see the love that she has for her friends, the compassion and passion she has for speaking out against injustice and the love she has for her family. To be honest I've told her this multiple times, that she is BETTER than the girl of my dreams 1) because she's real 2) because things that I never thought I would need or didn't even think about are present in her, she is truly the one that I believe God has created to make me a better me. One of the other things I love about Shan is that she shares me and wants me to be involved in her life, I've met so many really cool people and some that are just okay (jenn, jk you guys are awesome!) that have really accepted me and loved me for who I was. Just so ya'll know it is an honor to be a part of your lives and to see the faith present in your families that I hope to have if God sees fit in our future family!

Lastly I love Shannon, because she is Shannon. From the moment we started exchanging text messages and started hanging out I knew that she is the one that I loved, and God just took His time molding us and making us into the people we needed to be before He brought us together. Everyone knows that we are both a little unique from our talents and skills and just overall awkwardness and her awesomeness and the families that we come from but all these things make us into the people that we are and the people that God needs us to be to further His plan.

It is truly my absolute joy and honor to be your fiance Shannon Marie, I love you always! I feel bad for all the other boyfriends that they don't have THIS honor (that means you nathan).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

stump face.

my niece, Abigail, loves Iphoto. She seriously thought it was so funny! I will share...

no worries about that scrape on her face.. she hit a stump... so i guess you could call her stump face!

 Also, class is happening and this is how i feel about it. Our first test is next week and Im seriously freaking out! I have no idea even where to begin studying! Why did i go to grad school again?!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Grilled Chicken Salad!

Just like I said yesterday, jon jon and I made some delish dinner last night! It's super light and easy! So i will share it with you! My vote is you should make it for dinner tonight!!

I used her picture because frankly my picture didn't do the meal justice!

I didn't use the blueberries because they are too expensive to buy and I didn't have time to pick fresh ones from my house because I had to read for my class! I also used three corns because one of them was a sorry excuse for fresh corn!


  • 4 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, For Drizzling
  • 3 stalks Celery (inner Light Green Stalks), Finely Diced
  • 2 ears Fresh Corn
  • ¼ whole Medium Red Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1-½ cup Blueberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Dill, Minced
  • 4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • ¼ cups Half-and-half
  • 1 whole Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar (more To Taste)
  • Salt And Pepper (additional) To Taste
  • ¾ cups Crumbled Feta

Preparation Instructions

Place chicken breasts into large plastic storage bag. Pound with a mallet or rolling pin to flatten to 1/4 inch uniform thickness. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat grill and drizzle chicken with olive oil. Grill chicken on both sides until done, about 7 minutes per side. (Rotate halfway during grilling each side to ensure pretty grill marks.) Remove from pan. Allow to cool.
With a very sharp knife, shave kernels off each corn cob. Combine with the onion and celery. Set aside.
Mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, feta, and half-and-half. Stir in sugar, squeeze in lemon juice, and add salt and pepper. Stir, then taste. Add more salt if necessary; do not undersalt!
Slice chicken on the bias to create flat, randomly shaped pieces. Throw into a bowl with celery, onion, and corn. Stir to combine. Pour half the dressing over the ingredients and toss gently. Add more as desired, but don’t overcoat the salad; should be light!
At the end, toss in the blueberries to lightly coat them in the dressing. Serve, then sprinkle individual helpings with feta.

At the end, toss in the blueberries to lightly coat them in the dressing. Serve, then sprinkle individual helpings with feta.

also im linking with Jenn for...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

first day.

first.. why does blogger look weird?

Okay, so today was my very first day of school for my masters... it was crucial. Its an online class and its like one big skype convo with 26 other people. It's weird. Today my teacher said... i dont know how on earth you will manage to read 300 pages a week, but it's gotta be done. Seriously? please punch me in the face now. On top of that my books havent even come in yet, although one is suppose to be in today. The other not until the end of the week but luckily my friends book came in and she scanned it and sent me copies of what we will need for class tomorrow! So tonight after dinner, that is what I will be doing! The class is for three hours on tuesday, wednesday, and thursday.... so so long and its hard to pay attention! Today we just went over the syllabus but im hoping it will get better tomorrow when we talk about real stuff!

Also, im cooking some delish supper tonight with jon jon  and i will share the recipe soon!!

i was so excited for this moment.... 
and anxious.
Three of my other friends who are in the same class sat in the same house and sat through it together. #thankful

seriously, it was so weird.

hi teacher.

Monday, June 6, 2011


So, I really love pancakes. At my wedding I would be totally okay with having a pancake bar and chick fil a... With that said a couple weeks ago I made some Lemon Blueberry pancakes. They were good, but I totally prefer my wheat white chocolate chip pancakes. You people may totally be obsessed with the lemon blueberry goodness, so i shall share.

its pretty much enough to feed an army so be prepared!!!

  • 1-½ cup Cake Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (additional) Cake Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1-½ cup Evaporated Milk (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Lemon (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Large Egg
  • 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • Zest From 1 Lemon
  • 1 cup Heaping Blueberries
  • Extra Butter
  • Maple Or Pancake Syrup
Preparation Instructions
Heat heavy skillet or grill over medium low heat.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix evaporated milk, juice of 1 lemon (more if lemon isn’t very juicy), and lemon zest. Allow to sit for five minutes, then add egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix to combine.
Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Splash in more evaporated milk if mixture is overly thick. Stir in blueberries. Again, check to make sure mixture isn’t overly thick.
Melt butter in heated skillet. Drop batter by 1/4 cup measures and fry pancakes on both sides until golden.
Serve with softened butter and warm syrup.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

first purchase!

Sooo.... Jon Jon and I bought our first wedding magazine together!! whoop whoop!!

We have already looked at about half of it together and are getting some really great ideas! The first one that i can officially share with you is about the programs. Since we i want an outside wedding its going to be hot in the summer... in louisiana... yes probably not my best idea but hey! We are going to put the programs on little fan shaped things so that way the guest wont be totally burning up! considerate... i know! Not the wratchett kind with the sticks either... they will be shell shaped and you hold the skinny part! I think we may even have colors but im not going to share just yet, it could always change! I know i said in my last post that i didnt want to plan but... i confess its secretly a little fun... but that could change once all the big stuff has to be planned! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

planning... whats that?

so, seeing as I'm engaged now jon jon and I should prob start planning... but how the heck does someone even know how to plan a wedding? When is it too early to start... I mean I guess it's our wedding so technically we can start whenever the heck we feel like it. Plus its not going to be until next summer... this girl has GOT to go to grad school. Lets be real though, I'd rather get married! Who wouldnt?! I have this really cool idea in my head... luckily I stink at making a plan happen and Jon Jon is really good at it! Flowers, tuxes, dresses, bridesmaids, groomsmen, invitations, cakes, beverages... Where do you start?! Plus.. lets not forget the ultimate dance jams that are a MUST HAVE. Venue... well good thing jon jon and i are both frugal and good thing we have a friend with a MASSIVE backyard who is also excited about this wedding! No worries I'm not hinting.. she told us we could use it before we even got engaged! #friendsforthewin
I think if I suck up to my little big sister long enough and dont make her wear this...

surely she will do most of the planning for me if I tell her what I want... :) Afterall what are sisters for.. and she has been married for like 4 years now so planning is still fresh on her mind.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jon Jon and Shan Shan part 4

This past weekend, on Friday May 27 was a year since he drove five hours to surprise me! The day started out like any other.. actually it was a pretty bad day after lunch because i spilt melted chapstick all over my new shorts and I felt bad all day! So I was kind of in a bad mood and kind of taking it out on jon jon... and by kind of I mean i did, until he politely put me in my place! I was sitting in the apt floor and he said... if i tell you something, promise you wont be mad at me? He then told me that our friend Jen was planning a surprise congrats for getting into grad school party for me. He asked if i wanted him to call her and cancel the whole thing because i felt bad! I of course said no, and went to change clothes! On the way to the party we got pulled over from the cops about ten minutes before we were suppose to be there. It was so annoying because we were going to be late! I had even worked on my surprise face! Jon was so confused as to why we were getting pulled over.. he was going 47!!! The cop stopped us and asked Jon to get out of the car so he did! They questioned him and then came over to my side to get the insurance and stuff out of the glove box. The cop then asked me to get out of the car, so i did. I was freaking out because cops sometimes scare me! The cop told us that before he could write the ticket one thing had to happen... Then Jon got down on one knee and said.. Shannon Marie Smith I love you so much will you marry me?! I responded with what any girl would say... Are you for real?! He then said yes i am! Eventually, i said yes! Then our state trooper friend ran out of the second cop car and hugged us! Jon had set the whole thing up with them! We then went to Jens house for the grad school party... Joke was really on everyone else because it was an engagement party! All of my friends were there! Jon knew how important it was for me to tell them and him not too because I wanted to be the first so he had to come up with a scheme to get them all to come! It was fabulous!! 

This my friends.... is only the beginning!! :)