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20 Totally Random Facts About Me

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  1. I absolutely cannot stand being tickled.
    • I don’t mean in the fun way like “Oh no! Don’t tickle me, hehe!” I mean do not even attempt to tickle me or I will thrash and kick and scream until you’re in pain and regretting the decision to lay those wiggling fingers on me.
  2. I also absolutely cannot stand the taste or smell of celery.
    • I should’ve added this to my list of biggest pet peeves, but it irks me to no end when people say “celery has no flavor!” YES it does and it’s repulsive to me. I don’t care of it’s mixed into soup or slathered in peanut butter. I won’t go anywhere near it.
  3. I love, love, love to cook and bake.
    • I’m certainly not the best chef around, but I thoroughly enjoy whipping up new recipes and creating new concoctions. (Just don’t ask my family about the time I tried to make black bean brownies)
  4. I still love playing video games
    • I could spend all day playing Super Mario Bros on Wii or playing Cooking Mama on my Nintendo DS. Hello my name is Emily and I’m 24-years-old, with an 18-month-old, and I still love video games. Problem? Didn’t think so.
  5. I played volleyball for 14 years, including at the University of Cincinnati, and I miss it every single day.
  6. I could eat breakfast food for every meal.
    • Biscuits and gravy, cereal, pastries, donuts, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, pancakes, waffles, parfaits, oatmeal, and so much more. I could go on and on.
  7. I have always wanted a golden retriever, and my yorkie-schnauzer mix knows it too.
    • I’ve said for years, as soon as I have my own house with a fenced in yard, the first thing I will do is purchase a golden retriever. They’re beautiful, loving dogs and I’m destined to own one!
  8. I thoroughly enjoy reading.
    • Jodi Picoult is my favorite author, but I’m a sucker for the Harry Potter series and all things Christian Grey. Talk about pulling from both ends of the spectrum!
  9. I don’t chew gum.
    • The sound of gum chewing irks me pretty bad but I really can’t stand the thought of chewing on a rubbery, mint flavored item until it becomes flavorless, only to spit it out.
  10. Speaking of mint, I don’t like that either
    • The only kind of mint I can handle is Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and toothpaste. I’m waiting for someone to invent a dessert flavored toothpaste.
  11. I am utterly terrified of public speaking and heights
    • Ask me to give a speech on top of a building and I’ll die right there on the spot.
  12. I also don’t ride rollercoasters
  13. Growing up, I was obsessed with Barbie, Betty Spaghetti, Polly Pocket, and American Girl dolls.
    • The American Girl doll I had was Kit (the one with shorter, blonde hair)
  14. I love spicy food
    • I’m eating chicken, vegetable stir-fry doused in hot sauce as I type this.
  15. When I was in the third grade, a was a member of a recess band called Steps Jr.
    • We sang songs from the band Steps during our 30 minute recess and our classmates would gather around and watch during our “concerts.” And, for those who are wondering, no, I can’t sing worth a lick.
  16. My favorite alcoholic beverage is a Long Island Iced Tea
  17. The very first car I ever drove, I named Karen.
    • She was a 1998 baby blue Chevrolet Malibu
  18. I am not allergic to anything, luckily!
  19. I could spend all day watching the Food Network, and nothing else
    • Unwrapped is my absolute favorite show but I also thoroughly enjoy Best Thing I Ever Ate and The Kitchen.
  20. My hot weather Starbucks order is a venti sugar-free vanilla iced coffee with soy milk and during cold weather I order a blonde roast coffee with soy milk, two Splenda’s, and cinnamon.
    • Every now and then I’ll treat myself with a pumpkin spice latte, a flat white, or a skinny vanilla latte.

Alright, enough about me! Now tell me something random about you!

St. Louis Wedding Dress Shopping + Girls Trip To Saint Charles

A Great Weekend In St. Louis!

If you remember, I shared that I would be making a trip to St Louis for the weekend with my mom, sister, and female members of my sister’s fiance’s family in hopes of Sara finding her wedding dress. But it wasn’t all work and no play!

We actually went to Saint Charles which is on the other side of St. Louis. My mom and I met Sara, Stephen’s step-mom, and half sister at a restaurant called Trailhead. They had half-price pizza and appetizers until 7 so just about all of us ordered pizza. I got their barbecued beef pizza which was absolutely delicious! Sara and I also each got their beer sampler, which was only 8.50 and was pretty much a small beer of each of their local home brews. Although I only truly liked about half of them, it was neat to get to try all the different kinds.

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A picture in downtown Saint Charles!

A Walk Along The River

After dinner we wanted to visit some of the cute shops they have in downtown Saint Charles, but they were all closed, so instead we took a walk along the river and took this great picture with the Lewis and Clark statue.

We just had to get our picture taken with Lewis and Clark and their giant dog!
We just had to get our picture taken with Lewis and Clark and their giant dog!
Macee and Sara posing for a picture in downtown Saint Charles.
Macee and Sara posing for a picture in downtown Saint Charles.

The Search Begins For The Perfect Wedding Dress

So we headed back to our hotel Friday night and got some rest because we had a busy Saturday ahead! After we enjoyed breakfast at the Holiday Inn, we headed to David’s Bridal to begin the hunt for the perfect wedding dress.

Let the search begin!
Let the search begin!

The woman David’s Bridal was really nice, and understood our constant references to Say Yes to the Dress. We just so badly wanted Sara to have her “YES!” moment! Once the woman pulled a few dresses Sara thought she might like, Sara began trying on. Keep in mind that Sara went in to the weekend thinking she wanted a sweetheart neckline, strapless, a-frame (or shape) gown.

The process began with dress number one!
The process began with dress number one!

You see that look on her face? That’s a combination of I’m wearing a freakin’ wedding dress and I don’t know if I really like this one. But it was a great place to start. It was an a-shaped dress like she had in mind, but Sara wasn’t a fan of the straps. On to dress number two!

Now this was exactly what Sara was thinking...
Now this was exactly what Sara was thinking…

This is it! This is the dress! Right? No? Wait a minute…

So Sara walked out and she kind-of smiled and we all thought “wow she looks beautiful.” It was everything she had in mind and she looked great in it. I know, you’re thinking so what’s the problem? Well it just wasn’t “all that.” She looked great, and felt great, but just wasn’t so sure. So on to dress number three.

Now we are really getting somewhere!
Now we are really getting somewhere!

So this was the dress that made Sara kind-of have an “aha!” moment. She loved the bodice of the dress and the neckline, but wasn’t a fan of the mermaid style flare out at the bottom. She said she would love the dress if she could take the top and put it on more of an a-frame bottom. Unfortunately, David’s Bridal didn’t have that kind of dress at their store.

The good news is that Sara had already made an appointment at Frew’s Bridal in Alton, Illinois.

Wedding Dress Shopping At Frew’s Bridal in Alton

We grabbed a quick lunch and then headed to Frew’s Bridal. When we first walked in, we were a little shell-shocked to say the least. All of the dresses seemed to be around $1,300, with a few less and a lot more costing even more than that. Sara was really hoping to stay under $800. Should I mention that the woman laughed at her when Sara told her that? But we continued to look through the store until one of the woman informed us that there was a room full of half-price, as-is dresses upstairs.

We headed upstairs and began the hunt for a dress within Sara’s budget. We pulled five that we thought maybe could work, knowing we didn’t see one that we thought fit Sara’s desired style. But we had an appointment so why not go ahead and try some on.

Well Sara walked out in a few, but she knew pretty much right away that they weren’t for her. We were starting to think maybe Sara wouldn’t find a dress at Frew’s either, until she walked out of the fitting room absolutely glowing

She found the dress!
She found the dress!

Sara loved the way the dress fit her, and even though it technically has straps, it was more of a sheer, lacy material to where she felt like she got a mix of straps and strapless. Look at the gorgeous back of the dress!

Check out the stunning detailing on the back.
Check out the stunning detailing on the back.
The dress has beautiful lace and the belt was too perfect not to buy with it!
The dress has beautiful lace and the belt was too perfect not to buy with it!

As you can see, Sara “said yes to the dress” that was absolutely perfect for her. It’s like she was made to wear it. It’s easy to say she’s going to look beautiful on her big day. It’s a good thing we didn’t turn right back around and walk out of Frew’s. You never know where you’re going to find your perfect dress!

A Perfect Girls Weekend

We ended the weekend with a great dinner in Saint Charles and a visit with my mom’s good friend that lives in St. Louis. As much as I missed my little man while I was gone, it was a fantastic weekend and a successful one at that!

Girls Trip To St. Louis!

An Exciting Weekend Ahead…

It’s time to go wedding dress shopping! No, it’s not for me. I’m not even close to getting engaged, but my older sister on the other hand… She got engaged over Christmas and her fiance is originally from Kansas City. So if we’re from Louisville and he’s from Kansas City, why are we going to St. Louis? It’s the perfect halfway point!

This is where it gets a bit confusing. We’re in Louisville, Stephen (Sara’s fiance) has family in Kansas City, and Sara and Stephen live in Murray, Kentucky. Sara really wanted all the women in the family to be there when she went shopping for her dress, so she thought St. Louis would be a great halfway point for all of us to get together. And by all of us, I mean me, Sara, our mom, Stephen’s mom, step-mom, and two sisters.

Unfortunately I don’t have a recent picture of me with Sara besides the one from the 5k, but I’m sure plenty of pictures will be taken this weekend!

Wedding Dress Shopping

The main goal for the weekend is for Sara to find a wedding dress. She said she was thinking about going for a strapless gown, but she’s open to trying various styles. We have a morning appointment set at David’s Bridal, so we’re starting there! There’s no doubt that shopping for a dress can easily become overwhelming, but after watching way too many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, I’m so excited for Sara to have her big “this is the dress” moment!

She’s also hoping to find mother-of-the-bride and mothers-of-the-groom dresses while we’re there, and then bridesmaid dresses if there’s time as well. She’s going with a navy and yellow theme because both she and Stephen went to Murray State University and Stephen currently coaches there. Bridesmaid dresses will likely be navy, but there’s no telling what color the mom’s dresses will be. Our mom isn’t a fan of wearing either colors.

A Weekend Away From Will

Because we’re going to be spending most of our time in boutiques and shopping, I knew it would probably be easier to not have Will crawling around everywhere. He’ll be going with his dad for the weekend, which of course means I’m going to be missing him like crazy. You never truly realize how much you miss someone until you have to say goodbye to your kids, even for a short period of time. Plus, being five hours away from him isn’t exactly comforting.

But I know Will’s going to have a fun weekend watching baseball and hanging out with his dad. I just hope he’s as excited to see me as I will be to see him when I get back!

I love cuddling with my boy in the mornings!
We love cuddling in the mornings!

Even though he’s been waking me up around 6:30-7:00 lately, I adore my mornings with the little guy. It’ll suck not having that for two mornings, but I guess we can give Daddy a turn! Plus, mommy will be busy with her maid of honor duties, right?

What are your big plans for the weekend? Anything exciting going on?