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Mattyx Anthony Nicely

12 Dec

He’s finally here! My friend, Andrea had her baby yesterday! Mattyx Anthony Nicely was born at 1:54 pm, 8 lbs. 20z., 20 inches long and a full head of blonde hair!! He’s one of the most adorable babies I’ve ever seen & It’s impossible to not fall in love with him the moment you have him in your arms. I’m so proud of Andrea and dad, Matt. They’re going to be great parents! : )

In the hospital on the 9th... waiting for Mattyx to come!

so adorable : )

Andrea & Aunty Neily!

12/11/10

YAY MATTYX!!

Father & son : )

Snuggling up to mama : )

lil munchkin : )

Aunt Neily & the little guy!!

I'm a proud aunty!! I love him so much!

Aunt Kelly loves him too!

One day old... Don't I have an adorable nephew?!!

Congratulations, Andrea & Matt. I’m so proud & beyond happy for the both of you!

Oh BOY!

8 Nov

It was this past spring when I found out that one of my best friends, Andrea, is pregnant! From that moment on, I knew I wanted to take on the responsibility of planning her baby shower. I spent months looking at decorations, thinking about themes & bookmarking a zillion webpages that contained ideas I wanted to incorporate (I now have a party planning tab on safari just so I could keep it all organized!).

We found out in July that she’s having a BOY! Mattyx Anthony Nicely is due to come into this world on December 18th & I really hope he comes on his due date- I hear the 18th is a good day for awesome people to be born. ; ) Once I found out the gender, I was able to hone in on color schemes & I was hooked. My apartment was converted into a short-term decoration warehouse & I don’t think anything or anyone could convince me I was going overboard with my planning! We held the baby shower October 3rd at the Marquette Commons & it was a success! I was a happy host but more importantly, I think we finished with a happy mama & happy baby. : )

A Phil's 550 onesie!

Baby Uggs to match mama's

Candy Bar!

Yumm! Homemade chocolate-covered pretzels : )

sweet...

... tooth.

Andrea with her mom & sisters : )

Andrea & Matt (dad!) & his mom

You can see them in the bottom right corner of the photo of Andrea with her mom & sisters, but I made a TON of these paper poms I found at the Martha Stewart Weddings website. Technical difficulties made it so they didn’t hang from the ceiling like intended, unfortunately, but they’re adorable & affordable. Since you can make them in any tissue paper color imaginable, I’d recommend them for any kind of party! You can also purchase them pre-made from Etsy because they are very time-consuming to make on your own. Woooo I can’t wait to be an auntie!

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things- wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda J. Le Shan

Lab Rats

25 Mar

For the most part, I love being an art student. At times when I don’t like it, I have Cara Gould to both keep me company and keep me entertained. For our graphics class right now, we have to redesign the packaging for a kind of food we don’t like. That’s besides the point. At this moment, Cara and I are stuck in the matting room, waiting for food to be delivered and finishing up on our templates. Thank goodness we have Macbooks, otherwise it’d be too obvious if we used a camera to take pictures of ourselves : )

bored 1

bored 2

so cool

'what if someone walked past the matting room and saw us right now?'

'If this is going into the blog, we might as well smile for one.'

PAT!

15 Mar

I have such an awesome & thoughtful best friend. Yesterday, while I was at work, Michelle came into the restaurant with her boyfriend, Matt, and presented me with one of the greatest Goodwill finds imaginable. She found an awesome coffee cup with a bicycle etched into it! I’m guessing the previous owner’s name was Pat, since it’s personalized with that name, but to me, just that made it even more humorous : ) I brewed a pot of coffee at work just so I could drink out of it haha. Wherever you are & whoever you are, Pat, thank you for giving up your coffee cup.

Also something really cool- I just ordered my Grand Rapids t-shirt from The Mitten State, which is a sweet site that was recommended to me by a friend. They sell t-shirts showing the location of your hometown on a hand (sorry, MI residents only!). So far they have GR, Ann Arbor, East Lansing & Detroit but from the looks of it, they’ll be making more for other cities in addition to taking custom orders! The coolest part about the shirts is that a portion of the sales from each one goes to a local charity! It’s a pretty new business (plus it’s local & for a good cause so show your support) so here’s their blog- Mitten State Blog. Order a t-shirt if you can!

the greatest coffee cup i could ever ask for!

current song on my itunes:

Oooookay, off to work on my huge graphics project due tomorrow. Looks like no bowling for me tonight :-/

Crafty Critter

9 Mar

On my way to see Alice In Wonderland with friends Michelle & Mandy last night, we made a pit stop at Michael’s so Mandy could arrange for some photos to be framed. Being the shopaholic & craft-addict that I am, I browsed the aisles until I found some brightly-colored yarn and thought “FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS!”. I grabbed my three favorites and made a beeline for the cash register before I could give anything else the chance to catch me eye.

$11 and some-odd cents later, I was ready for bracelet-making action. I made one late last night after the movie (which by the way, was awesome!). It’s a good thing I have a lot of yarn– this will be a great distraction from my homework, just like my blog : )

Spring colors!

quick little ankle bracelet i whipped up last night : )

Pup-Proof

25 Feb

It’s SPRING BREAK at NMU!! My friend, Lacy is going to California for vacay and since I’m staying here in Marquette, I’ve agreed to babysit her 2 year old poodle, Namu (aka Moon).

Moon likes to get into trouble pretty often so I’ve been in the process of puppy-proofing my apartment. Photographs & mats have been hidden, dvds are up out of reach and I have to pay special attention to sweets. Moon LOVES gum & candy. It inspired my photo of the day, where I’ve reused my mom’s Valentine’s box to hide it away from him. I have a really strong sense that I’m going to be kept super busy over the next 10 days : )

Gum, chocolate, licorice, trail mix, etc- all going in the box & on top of the fridge, away from the crazy canine!

I'm a proud auntie : )

Home is Wherever I’m with You :)

25 Feb

I’ve got a zillion pictures since for my picture-a-day since I haven’t posted in a while. I won’t go for every day, but enjoy : ) Just make sure you listen to the song I posted at the bottom- it’s my new favorite and it’s amazing!!

My Valentine's package from my mom 🙂 Inside: box of chocolates, choco-covered pretzels, choco-covered potato chips (surprisingly good!), cards, wedding mag & a subscription to Martha Stewart Wedding mag-- can't wait to start a wedding planning career & i seriously have the best mom EVER!!! 😀

February 13th- girlfransss ready to go out!! Celebrating Valentine's day with cute shoes & chocolate kiss martinis... and LOTS of them!

Michelle's attempt at heart-shaped cookies for Matt. - "Oh my gosh, they look like butts!! How can I give him cookies that look like butts?!!"

Alley behind Upfront... just looked sweet. Thanks to my favorite lil Asian for freezing her butt off to come take pictures with me!

One of the best places on Earth that too few know about

Flowers from a very persistent friend 🙂

February 22- bowling with gals & friends-- AWESOME NIGHT!! This is one of Annie's sweet dance moves haha. Did I mention 75 cent drinks?? Mmmhmmmmm haha

3rd Street Breakfast

11 Feb

YUMMMM. If you’ve never visited 3rd Street Bagel on -where else?- 3rd street in Marquette, you’re missing out BIG TIME. I woke up this morning craving a Veggie Delight– cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, onions, provolone cheese & aoli (also comes with tomato but I usually opt out on that one) on a toasted asiago bagel– nirvana. My friends Cara & Aurora came along. No lessons or wise words from Ashley today, just good food, friends & convo & you’ve got yourself an awesome morning : )

Veggie Delight, soup of the day & some frosty/caramel/coffee drink. Sooo GOOD.

Feeling a little summer nostalgia today–

This Too Shall Pass

10 Feb

new tattoo

This past Friday, I got a new tattoo on my foot that says “This too shall pass”. The woman who works on my tattoos, Michelle, asked me “are you going through a hard time right now or something?” and I answered “Nope. Actually, life feels pretty perfect right now.”

Well let me tell you a little something about this tattoo & the sequence of events that followed after getting this thing. “This too shall pass” was exactly what I was telling myself while I was sitting in the chair getting it because DAMN did it hurt… worse than my ribcage, which, surprisingly, was like getting tickled next to this. After I got it, I was told that I can only wear the slip-on shoes that have open tops so it doesn’t rub on the tattoo- fair enough (I’ve been doing well until yesterday, when the snow started dumping).

Saying that life felt perfect was pretty much a jinx to myself, if you believe in such a thing. In that same night alone someone stepped on my newly-inked foot, I got in a huge argument with a friend & experienced a series of other unpleasant social interactions. By the time I’d returned home, I wondered to myself “I haven’t had more than I can usually handle to drink. Why is this hitting me so hard & why do I feel so crappy?” All I had to do was wait less than 24 hours later to have that question answered. I was at work the following evening when I suddenly ran to the bathroom & got sick- hellooooo FLU! Wish I’d known that before I’d decided to go out.

Now here’s a good lesson for everyone. We’ve all heard the phrase “To assume is to make an ass out of you and me”. It’s incredibly true. I assumed that my life was perfect because that’s how it was feeling at the time- it most certainly is not. I assumed that my weak stomach Friday night was just nerves or stress about something. The argument with that friend happened because she assumed I wanted something that I didn’t. As a result of that night, other things have been assumed about me that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The question we have to ask ourselves after we’ve presumed untrue things is “Can I admit that I’m wrong?” and also “Can I take responsibility for that & try to correct it?” If you can’t answer ‘yes’ to these, then you’re shortchanging yourself and often, someone else too. Where does that leave me after all this? I hope for all good things but regardless, ‘this too shall pass’, obladi, oblada & so on : )

'this too shall pass'... as everything does.

“There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama & the people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard you forget the bad & focus solely on the good. After all, life’s too short to be anything but happy.”


2009

30 Dec

I know. I’ve been horrible and negligent to my blog. My excuses: finals & winter break. Between studying & family, I haven’t had much available time to update. But here I am now! Since tomorrow is New Years Eve, I’ve found myself reflecting on the past year, as I’m sure many others are as well. It’s been tough- more challenging, heartbreaking and difficult than probably any other year of my life & I’ll be glad to see it pass. However, keeping that in mind, I think I’ve learned more about myself & what I do/don’t want in my life in this year than any other previous one. For that, I’m thankful.

I’ve composed a list of things, observations & ideas that I’ve learned and want to remember from this year. I can’t wait to see how 2010 adds to it and transforms the things already present on my list.

  • Just because the chips might be whole grain and the cheese is a source of calcium, nachos are still not a healthy snack.
  • Secondhand books are just as good as brand-new ones. Maybe better.
  • Your intuition is with you for a reason. Trust it & it will serve you well.
  • If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then take 1,000 pictures & more. Leave yourself & others with as many thoughts and memories as you can.
  • Yes, for you and most other people, your waist size is bigger than it was in high school. It’s supposed to be like that so stop obsessing. (but please, stay healthy.)
  • When you watch your younger siblings have an attitude & act like little punks, you may say “GOSH, I would never have talked/acted like that.”…. Oooohhhh, yes you did.
  • People make enough of their own excuses. There’s no need for you to make more for them.
  • Getting a tattoo, lip piercing & drastic new haircut all within a couple months of each other causes people to think you’re trying to make some kind of statement or undergoing some kind of transformation. Cool it. (& no, I wasn’t trying to do either of those things!)
  • People will only change for themselves & if they want to. Nothing you say or do is going to change someone’s ways. LET ME REPEAT & CLARIFY: YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR BF/GF CHANGE. PEOPLE ONLY CHANGE FOR THEMSELVES!!
  • Does it come with age? Because I’ll never understand how an older person can pour a glass of scotch or sip on straight vodka and not gag.
  • New Moon is just as good the 2nd time around… & the 3rd…
  • Forgiveness may be divine, but sometimes forgetting is just too damn hard.
  • The closer I am to graduating college, the more I am considering joining the Peace Corps & it excites me.
  • There is no elegant-looking purse for going to a social gathering that’s big enough to carry around my big ol’ Nikon.
  • Facebook chat is and always will be the worst instant messaging program ever.
  • Go to New York City. Once you’re there, walk everywhere & find places you love that DON’T have the publicity & big names. Once you’ve done that, then of course go to Rockafellar Center, Ellis Island, etc. (& by the way, hailing my first cab was even more thrilling for me than I thought it would be!)
  • Online window shopping is almost as good as actually buying the stuff you’re looking at. Just remember to X out of that window before you give them your credit card number.
  • Your ex is your ex for a reason. (This goes back to people only changing for themselves) That doesn’t mean, though, that after time, patience & a lot of self-pampering & loving, that you can’t become friends.
  • You can only say ‘yes‘ to favors for so many people before you have to stop and say ‘yes’ to yourself. I’m still trying to learn this one.
  • Bolthouse Farms drinks have some sort of addictive drug in them.
  • Don’t think that cars are watching out for you & your bicycle. Even in Marquette.
  • According to Stuff White People Like, I’m probably one of the whitest people ever.
  • My heritage is German. That doesn’t make me a Nazi, people.
  • No matter how much it sucks, any music sounds a little bit better after a couple gin & tonics.
  • I still want a lemur.
  • No matter what, 2010 HAS to be a great year because of all that I can apply to my life that I’ve learned in this long year.
  • For gosh sakes, guys, BE NICE TO PEOPLE & TREAT OTHERS THE SAME WAY YOU WISH TO BE TREATED!