is that a shot glass in your pocket, or do you want to marry me?!

without further ado, i’d like to finally announce the very special news that brian and i got engaged last wednesday!

wpid-img_20140903_211839.jpgit’s been a long time coming, and i am so impressed by all of the hard work and behind the scenes effort he put into making the proposal memorable. he’s not usually an over the top romantic person, but this time he knocked it out of the park.

we had been looking at rings for a LOOOOOONG time. a very long time, lol. i’m pretty picky, and we aren’t millionaires by any means, so between my taste and his budget, it wasn’t going to be a quick find.

after awhile we got smart and started shopping online instead. we realized you could get a much bigger/better diamond for way cheaper, leaving more money to spend on side stones and the matching band. at the end of july or beginning of august we sat down and got really focused, and agreed on two different sets we really liked.

after that, i went into the craft room to sew, and i think brian played video games or something. unbeknownst to me, he purchased the ring he knew i favored over the other right then and there! he told me that he had to wait to see if he was approved for the credit card or not.

the next day at work i was SO excited, i showed some of my coworkers the ring i was hoping to get…but to my horror, it was gone! i was so distraught and upset i texted brian right away to let him know the sad, sad news. he was very comforting and reassured me that we could pick out something else i would like just as much, but i wasn’t convinced.

when he received the actual credit card in the mail a few days later, i was still bummed and in no mood to go through the process of looking for yet another ring, only to get my hopes up again. i told brian that at this point he knew well enough what i liked, and i no longer wanted to participate in the shopping. (how evil genius of him to lead me on like that huh?!)

every once in a while i would ask him if he had picked out a new one yet, and he would say no i’m waiting for you to do it. this went on for a few weeks, me getting even more upset in the meantime, but trying to trust God and His timing. REALLY been trying to work hard on that!

wpid-img_20140904_192542.jpgin all of this time, brian had talked to not only my parents, but also my brother, my sister, and my best friend! he asked everyone’s permission, and i think for a few helpful pointers from my best friend too ;)

after the fact, brian told me that he had planned to propose to me at home, in indiana, but my parents wanted him to ask my grandparents for permission as well, before popping the question. he thought about either doing a scavenger hunt with one of our close family members or friends at each new location, or somehow leading me to a surprise party at our close friends’ house with all of our friends and family watching while he proposed. either of those would have been lovely. see, i guess he can be romantic sometimes when he puts his mind to it huh?!

wpid-img_20140903_180949.jpgfast forward to our recent trip to maryland. one of my cousins was getting married, and we decided that since we would be driving up for that anyway, we might as well make a vacation out of it.

my grandparents, and three sets of uncles/aunts/cousins live in maryland, and my other aunt and uncle from florida were in town for the wedding too. we got together quite a few times and it was a lot of fun! wish i lived closer to them all!

on tuesday night, we took my grandparents out to a vietnamese dinner, and i presented them with the surprise quilt i had been working on for them. they kept hassling me about my age, and us about when we were going to get married. when i slipped off to the bathroom, brian took the opportunity to ask them for their blessing, and now he was all set!

wpid-img_20140830_180030.jpgwpid-img_20140830_180104.jpgwhich leads us to the big day…my other cousin works in D.C. and is very familiar with the area. she had the day off and agreed to be our tour guide, which was already awesome, because we didn’t know the first thing about taking the metro or how to efficiently see all the sights in one short day.

IMG_0047IMG_0051brian and i have a shot glass collection. although we haven’t been to many places together (yet) we try to bring one home from every interesting place we travel. before lunch, we stopped by the visitors’ center to shop for our new keepsake. there were actually two we liked a lot, but being the frugal person that i am, i said we really only need one, and we could get another one from baltimore. after much debate, we finally agreed on one, and were on our way.

wpid-img_20140903_112901.jpgat lunch, sitting next to brian in a small booth, i felt the shot glass in his cargo pocket pressing up against my leg. instinctively, i reached out and felt it…only i didn’t just feel one box, i felt two! the first place my mind went, was that brian broke down and bought both shot glasses, lol. so i asked him, “what’s in your pocket?!” he of course said, “the shot glass.” and i said, “but i feel two!”

after being together for quite some time now, i can read his face pretty well, and i knew something just wasn’t right. something was up! but again, i thought he felt guilty for purchasing two shot glasses, when we had made the decision to stick with one. he told me to leave his pocket alone and finish my lunch.

knowing that we still had a lot of walking ahead of us, i went to the restroom before we left. i guess this was brian’s opportunity to fill my cousin in about the real contents of his pocket, about his grand scheme, and to request her help.

after lunch we went to a few museums, but were getting pretty tired. as we headed back to the metro station, my cousin “suggested” the botanical gardens. brian already knew from talking with my best friend beforehand, that i really wanted to go to the botanical gardens. i thought they were beautiful and would be very romantic. it didn’t take much to persuade me.


IMG_0097all of the monuments and museums closed at 5:30 pm, but for some ODD reason, the botanical gardens closed at 5, and it was already about 4:50, not leaving us much time. brian’s mom is a master gardener, and didn’t get to see the gardens when she went to dc. so here i am trying to get pictures of orchids, and lilies, and all kinds of gorgeous plants and flowers to show her. little did i know that brian was trying to look for a specific location in the gardens that he had seen online.

IMG_0119there were different rooms you could go into, such as the rainforest, or the medicinal, or the fragrance room…all i remember brian saying is, “well we aren’t going into the desert,” lol. the overhead speaker came on informing us that the time was now 5 o’clock, and we needed to exit. my cousin said, “what? it’s only 4:55.” lol

i’m trying to hustle up and get on out of there when brian grabs my arm and says, “stop! come here!” i try to shake free and am like what?! we’ve gotta go! the next thing i know he is handing all of our stuff to my cousin.

due to a time crunch, the actual proposal was very short, sweet, and to the point. and of course i was so elated i can’t remember the SPECIFIC words, but it went a little something like this:

“the reason you felt two boxes in my pocket at lunch is because i’ve been trying to hide this from you all day. (here is where he pulled out the ring and dropped to one knee) i love you very much, i always have and always will. will you marry me?” or something like that! of course i said yes! no i did not cry lol, mostly because i felt like security was going to bum rush us at any moment, lol. i immediately took off the ring he had gotten me for our anniversary, put on the new one, jumped up and down, and gave him a big hug and kiss! true story.

wpid-img_20140904_085059.jpgwpid-dsc_6353.jpg wpid-dsc_6354.jpgwpid-dsc_6364.jpg wpid-dsc_6365.jpg wpid-dsc_6366.jpgi really wish i would’ve looked CUTER for this event!! but having these photographs means so much to me nonetheless, lol. yes i know i have on a diamond shirt…no i didn’t do that on purpose lol but it was pretty convenient ;)

wpid-img_20140903_211933.jpgbrian said he didn’t know if he was going to do it while we were in dc, or while we were by ourselves in baltimore. but since i “found” the ring, he knew he had to do it sooner rather than later, and having my cousin to photograph the event was priceless. plus he ended up getting sick for the next two days and we never went to baltimore, so i guess everything happens for a reason!

it’s funny because every time we went into a museum, we had to go through a metal detector. brian always went last, which i thought was just him being a gentleman. luckily i was distracted with sending my own purse down the line and retrieving it to keep track of what brian was doing. he had to continuously take the ring out of his pocket and hide it in the camera case, then explain to the security guards what he was doing. he would then go to the bathroom to put it back in his pocket, in case i wanted to use the camera. all day long i thought he either had a super weak bladder or a case of the bubble guts. lol!

IMG_0031we are beyond thrilled to be engaged, and to be able to call each other husband and wife soon. we are blessed to have such supportive family and friends. thank you so much for all of your kind words and warm wishes we have received already! we hope to get married next september…but being catholic has a lot of requirements, and due to our current financial situation it’s looking like it will probably be two years :(

now vacation is over, and we are back to the daily grind and routine…but every time i look down at my finger, it brings the biggest smile to my face.  ps, here is my amazing ring! it’s an asscher cut, which is essentially a square emerald…not to be confused with a princess cut! don’t mind my chubby finger haha

IMG_0105lol ok just kidding obviously! that’s the hope diamond!

wpid-img_20140903_181827.jpgi’m trying to enjoy the excitement a little longer and not allow myself to get too stressed…after all, the most important fact remains…i get to marry my best friend and everything will work out in the end!

<3 c & b



ice, ice, baby

well, i was hoping i would luck out and not get nominated for the als ice bucket challenge, but unfortunately i did lol. it’s not that i don’t want to help raise both awareness and donations for the association, i just didn’t want to get drenched with ice cold water…and i knew brian would have way too much fun at my expense!

in other news…

this was the first week of having students again, and it was tough! and i got sick after only 3 days with them! on friday night i decided that i needed to have fun! not worry about counting calories, not stressing about work, just kicking back and relaxing. brian and i made pizza and played donkey kong and it was the best!

wpid-wp-1408908067687.jpeg wpid-wp-1408938914113.pnggotta admire that concentration haha

 on saturday i ran. then i worked on a quilt. then we went to a few stores so i could try to find a dress for my cousin’s upcoming wedding. no luck. we ate at olive garden and came back home. that was about it lol.

oh! kohl’s was one of the stores we went to. i found a scale on sale for $20, and had a $10 off coupon, so it ended up only being $10. i thought that was a great price for being a nice, glass, digital scale. i’ve never owned one before, so hopefully i don’t get obsessed, especially with all this weight loss i’m trying to do. which leads me to some good news…i have now lost 14.5 pounds!!

wpid-wp-1408908089232.jpegcan i please use this picture again because i’m just so thrilled that i am now on the third tier?! still have some work to do!

fattoday i did some more crafting, made a roast in the crockpot for tomorrow night’s dinner, ran again (tried different intervals today and liked it way better! and even got a bit of a tan while i was at it, lol), did laundry, babysat, and went grocery shopping. (well brian did those last three things with me)

 and completed the als ice bucket challenge (strategically done after my run in 88 degree weather, lol)

now i’m beyond tired and am headed to bed. only 5 work days until i am off for 9 whole days!! i think i can, i think i can!

c & b


Making :  lots of progress with my reading goal!
Cooking :  lots of things with fresh veggies from ashlee’s garden. up next, zucchini brownies!
Drinking :  lots of water. shocked right?!
Reading:  just finished “everything i never told you,” book 23 on my quest to finish 30 before 30. don’t know what to read next. suggestions??
Wanting:  to live closer to my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents
Looking:  for new chicken recipes!
Playing:  the music video for “all about that bass.” LOVE that song!
Wasting:  plastic water bottles :(
Sewing:  anything and everything!
Wishing:  for a bigger house, with a bigger/better craft room, and more storage room, especially in the kitchen!
Enjoying:  orange is the new black
Waiting:  for labor day, when our week vacation to washing dc will begin!
Liking:  my new classroom and how great it looks! (will post pics in a later post)
Wondering:  how my baby sister is going to do at purdue
Loving:  losing weight and feeling great about myself!
Hoping:  i can keep up with the couch to 5k app
Marveling:  at how time flies
Needing:  to save more money for future goals
Smelling:  eucalyptus mint. yum!
Wearing:  a new dress. and a size smaller at that!
Following:  a million people on instagram
Noticing:  more and more gray hairs. ugh!
Knowing:  he loves me!
Thinking:  i need a mani/pedi
Bookmarking:  new blogs to read
Opening:  lots of emails. trying to keep my inbox uncluttered
Giggling:  at brian’s doing the als ice bucket challenge
Feeling:  anxious about my first day with new students tomorrow

this weekend we took my baby sis out to eat for a belated birthday dinner. we made a quick stop at gardenridge to look for a few things, and my mom goes, “let’s take a selfie.” LOL

wpid-wp-1408326424519.jpegthen today we dropped her off at college :'( here’s my mom testing out tori’s new bed in her dorm. she said it was actually pretty comfy lol

wpid-wp-1408326416731.jpegapparently tori’s RA loves pokemon, because these are the signs she made for the girls’ doors, lol

wpid-wp-1408326410147.jpegi’ve been feeling pretty good about myself lately. at the school where i teach, they make us have a photo shoot every so often. the last two or three i did were hideous, and i was determined to make this one cute for once. the theme was “back to school, nerd/geek/dork/etc.” here’s me on the way to work with curly pigtails and glasses. my smurf shirt says, “geek is the new chic,” lol. once they “release” the ones we took, i will for sure share them here. they were pretty fun to take!

wpid-wp-1408326438579.jpegparent orientation was the same day, and although many of my fellow teachers told me that my hair was cute, and to keep it that way, i decided to change into a more professional look, lol

wpid-wp-1408326455167.jpegone of the dads asked if i was going to be teaching the kids spanish…ugh! i’m asian people!!

and finally…the other day at target i found a really cute dress at a really great clearance price. the only problem…it was a size smaller than i usually wear. today, i went to a baby shower and decided to try it on…

wpid-wp-1408326397065.jpegblack is slimming, but i am 12 pounds down now, and still going strong! i had lunch with a friend the other day that i hadn’t seen in a while and she said that even my neck looks smaller. what?! lol. at least it’s a compliment i guess. and tori’s best friend said my arms look smaller too. love it when other people notice my progress. makes me feel awesome!



something i really need right about now if y’all could help me out!!

i have been counting calories for over 60 days now, i’ve lost track…and just completed day 1 of week 4 on my running app (couch to 5k)

that moment when c25k is more running than walking, shit just got real! that moment when you test out a new route in your ginormous neighborhood and find out the hard way that it doesn’t connect and you have to more than double back, and you have to pee really bad and your phone dies…yea, that just happened to me lol

i’ve been in a rut lately because i’ve been SOOOO grouchy with not being able to eat or drink whatever i want, and having to force myself to run…ouch! but now my body is holding me accountable. the other night i ate something not so good for me, and my stomach was growling the rest of the night and i felt really guilty! and i went two days without running because it was raining and also because i was dreading the intervals on this current week, and my body was restless…

as i tried to make excuses for wanting a snack, or wanting to skip exercising, i kept seeing signs everywhere, such as this on my instagram feed:

wpid-wp-1406852947101.jpegi also kept getting quotes in my pinterest feed such as:

“fat lasts longer than flavor”

“do something today that your body will thank you for later”

“suck it up, and someday you won’t have to suck it in”

but the biggest motivation thus far, is that i’ve lost almost 10 pounds!! and my clothes are getting too big!! and my tummy is getting flatter!! (that’s me on the second rung!! not literally me, but a representation, lol)

fatevery day it’s a struggle. it was getting worse, but now it’s getting manageable. next maybe it will be enjoyable?? nah!

my friend paige came to visit me the other day. we hadn’t seen each other in awhile and the first thing she said to me was, “you look tiny!” that made me feel freakin awesome! every day brian tells me that all of my hard work is  paying off and that i’m looking great…music to my ears.

guess there’s not stopping or turning back now. it’s a lifestyle change that i really need to keep up with.

i read an article that said it takes 4 weeks to notice a change in your own body, 8 weeks for your friends and family to notice a change (about where i am right now), and 12 weeks for the world to notice. give it 12 weeks. don’t give up. so i need to at least stick with it for another month. on average i’m losing about 5 pounds a month. losing another 5 pounds? i could totally go for that!

on cloud 9




it’s our anniversary! (tomorrow)

july 28th is me and brian’s anniversary. it seems like it has been longer than that! i was looking back at old pictures today…here is the first picture we ever took together:

usfirsthere we are on our first anniversary:

ussecondour second year anniversary

IMG_1508and one from this weekend/our third anniversary!

wpid-img_20140727_201450.jpgthis year brian promised to finally go paint pottery with me (on friday after work)…this should be interesting! then we are going to dinner at the place we first met…bdub’s! i know, classy right? lol. on saturday we are going to do something else too, but we haven’t decided what yet.

we are saving for our trip to dc in september, and we also just bought our new camera not too long ago. therefore, the only thing he asked for, present wise, was zucchini bread and cherry cheesecake. my good friend ashlee has a garden and provided us with the delicious squash. the cheesecake is chilling in the fridge and doesn’t have its toppings on yet, so i didn’t think it was photo worthy, lol


in other news, i returned to school this week, even though there are still three more weeks until my children come back. last week we had training with all of the other teachers from the other centers. i got a lot of great ideas, and can’t wait to try them out in my classroom this year! unfortunately i did not win the asian teacher puppet, but my friend was nice enough to let me take a picture with her, lol

wpid-img_20140722_165247.jpgi’m also continuing to count calories and work toward my goal to run a 5k. i had a very proud moment when i was able to fit into a size 8 lulu lemon work out tank!


slow and steady, but getting there!

saturday we went to dinner at the ram for our friend katie’s birthday. i had never been there before. it was pretty good. we also tried out our second new church, and liked it much better than the first. stay tuned, because i’m definitely going to post a picture of whatever brian creates at the pottery place! :)

c & b

just girls weekend…

i go back to my “real job” on monday…i can’t believe my summer is already over! although with this weather lately, it hasn’t really felt much like summer anyway! i decided to treat myself with one last day off.

knowing that i didn’t have anywhere to be friday morning, left my thursday night wide open as well. my best friend jenny and i took her son grayson for a walk on the monon trail. what a great exercise! it was a nice change of scenery too. after that, her parents treated us to dinner at the monon food company. luckily we had burned a lot of calories on our walk, because i indulged in the spicy steak and bacon mac and cheese. delish!

friday, i met my other good friend angela, at the pool in our neighborhood. it was the perfect day, because it was kind of overcast, so we stayed there quite awhile talking and tanning.


friday night, i met yet another close friend of mine, ashlee, for vietnamese pho. yum yum! and even though we have lived 25 miles apart for years now, she finally made it out to my house for the first time ever! she came bearing gifts of fresh fruits and veggies from her garden, and we traded lessons in crafting. we could’ve had a sleepover, but she had to get back to her kiddos. after she left, a bit before midnight, i stayed up another 3 hours or so crafting, lol. yeah, i’m THAT girl haha

i can’t believe it, but saturday i actually set an alarm to wake up early and run. i just finished week 2 of couch to 5k. groupon is tempting me with different 5k’s too! there is the color run, and there is one at night that’s glow in the dark, and there are beer/wine runs…maybe i could start to like this after all? lol


really i was just preparing and trying to burn some calories before the feast i had at my friend kara’s bridal shower. aren’t these decorations adorable? i even got to see our friend elecia, who is the matron of honor and flew in all the way from new mexico for the occasion.


after that, my sister and i went to see, “sex tape,” and ate dinner at studio movie grill. trying to sneak in as much time with her as i can before she’s off to school next month.

it was a solid few days with all of my favorite ladies!


what baby?

have you ever seen “two weeks notice,” with sandra bullock and hugh grant? it’s one of my favorite rom coms ever. there’s a scene where the pair are interviewing a larger sized lady, and hugh grant mistakenly thinks she’s pregnant, and tells her congratulations on the baby. she gets pretty upset, for obvious reasons, and confronts him with, “what baby?”

one of the main reasons i wanted to get in shape, is because this started happening to me all the time! people would ask if i’m expecting. yes, i’m expecting you to get the heck out of my face thank you very much! clearly, i’m not pregnant, and although one day having a baby will bring me great joy…having a pooch so large people actually think i’m growing a small child inside of me is not a great boost for my self esteem if you know what i’m sayin!

in my previous posts, i’ve been expressing my frustration with hitting a plateau even after maintaining a miniscule 1200 calories a day, and now adding regular workouts on top of that…but i’m pleased to say that when i weighed myself at work this morning, i had lost another 2.5 pounds! that’s a little over 7 pounds total, in about 6 weeks. as you can tell, that made me feel just a little bit better, lol and like i’ve said in the past, it’s not just about the number on the scale, but instead about how i feel about myself, how my clothes fit, and my overall health.

this weekend i needed to wear a dress for some specific errands we had to run. the one i originally wanted to wear, but i got make up on :( fit very loosely…which makes me think i went down a size! this is the one i ended up wearing instead


i want to point out, that the top left picture is from my brother’s graduation about 2 years ago. look how chubby my arms and face are. the bottom left picture is from our good friends’ wedding last fall. i read a passage during the ceremony, but refused to be tagged in the picture on facebook because of my stomach. looking at it now, i am faced with the harsh reality that yes, it does in fact look like i am with child. and finally, the picture on the right is from this weekend. i still have some work to do, but i am getting there, and it feels great!

i wanted to make this post interesting by telling you some amazing household item that weighs 7 pounds, so you could relate to it…but unfortunately i could not find anything. however, what i was able to find, that i for some reason didn’t think of on my own, is that the average newborn baby weighs about 7 pounds lol. isn’t that gross? i’ve pretty much lost the size of a whole human baby! which is funny and ironic, because isn’t that the look i was going for in the first place? ;) lol

so, next time someone makes reference to me being pregnant, i’m going to yell, “what baby?!” lol. no seriously, hopefully there won’t be a next time, because i’m bringing sexy back ;) lol

#cowabunga dude!