Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thank Yous

What a wonderful weekend!! I have been reminded all weekend of the many blessings that God has given me. I am so thankful for so much. To start, my job. I am having soo much fun working at Delicious Cakes! I love designing and selling cakes, working with brides and all of the people that come in daily and I adore everyone that I work with. It's soo fun to be in a positive and joyful environment everyday. I've gotten to design many birthday cakes, a bridal shower cake and lots of Father's Day cakes this past week. I LOVE IT!! I can't even explain how rewarding it is to see the way people react when they see your cake. Even when I have no part in it just to see someone so happy is so cool! Anyway, here is one of the cakes I showed Ben that he loved.

Ben and I left for Waco on Friday afternoon for a couple of our friend's wedding. We had so much fun seeing all of our friends from Baylor and just getting to share in such a special occasion. First we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Friday. It was one big reunion! 

How adorable is this? Ben walked back down the aisle with Brooklyn, the flower girl. 
Still cannot believe Charis is pregnant! Can't wait to see baby Eden! 

The bride and groom-to-be! 

Saturday was a super relaxing day. I ran some errands and did a little damage for the honeymoon, but feel no remorse because when will I ever get to shop for my honeymoon again? I headed over to the wedding around 5:15 and was super excited to see Bryan and Johnna (the bride and groom) and pretty darn excited to see Ben standing up there as a groomsmen too! 

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Wimpee

The wedding was absolutely beautiful! It was so bright and summery with greens and yellows and oranges. My favorite part is always the groom's face and Bryan's was awesome! They were both so excited and so sweet. 
Two of my very favorite boys!! 

The beautiful blushing bride! 
Such a happy picture! More married friends!!
My soon-to-be groom! 3 weeks from today!

We had so much fun at the wedding and reception. The whole time we just enjoyed the company of our closest friends. How nice is it to be around a whole room of people where you can completely be yourself?! Bryan and Johnna were absolutely giddy! After they headed to Dallas a bunch of us got together at Austin's, a bar in Waco, for some more quality time together. 

I don't know how it slipped my mind, maybe it was the Miller Light's, but I didn't get a picture of our humongous table. We kept getting dirty looks because of how many chairs we were using. Too bad soo sad! 

After a yummy egg white omelette with feta and mushrooms (my new favorite breakfast) at Cafe Cappuccino, Ben and I headed back to Dallas. It was a fabulous 2 days spent with fabulous friends!! 


How cute are they?!?!

I must say that my dad is the most fabulous dad EVER! I know everyone says that, but for real. He is soo much fun and still a little kid at heart. I LOVE HIM! And I am so thankful to have such wonderful parents that have been so loving for all these years. Love you mom and dad! 

Daddy's girl! I will forever attend baseball games with my dad! 

I will also have a father-in-law very soon that I am super excited about!! 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Count Down!!

Exactly 1 month from today I will be walking down the aisle and becoming Mrs. Natalie Clark!!! Ohmygoodnes Ohmygoodness....I CANNOT WAIT!! Everything is falling into place and we really don't have much more to finalize before the big day. I love not having to stress out about everything. Believe me, it's rare...I'm a total stressor. Not right now though. Everything is taken care of! 

I dropped Ben off at the airport this morning to meet his best man in Austin and drive to Llano, TX for his Bachelor Weekend. He was very excited! They are camping, fishing, kayaking, etc. All the manly outdoor stuff I'm sure. I can't wait for the Bachelorette Party! Jenni, my maid of honor, has kept it all a secret. All I know is that it is the Friday before the wedding. Woo hoo!! 

Anyway, just had to share how excited I am about the wedding!! Plus, I can't wait to find out where we're going on our honeymoon. It's a total surprise! Apparently that's kind of a theme for our wedding. 

This was the first time I actually acknowledged that Ben and I were dating. I always said we were "hanging out." Definitely one of the best nights of my life. We went to the Rascal Flatts Concert and it ended up being the first night we kissed. I absolutely adore this man!! 

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Perfect Day

Nothing's standing in my my
On this perfect day,
Nothing can go wrong....

Duh! You all know this song, you remember who sang it?!?! Hoku!! Remember her?

Anyway, today was seriously such a wonderful day!! It was my first day of work at Delicious Cakes and I am soo happy that I decided to take this job! The day went by so fast and it could not be more perfect for me! Let me just outline the day for you...

I started off the day with a sweaty 55 minute elliptical session full of intervals followed by squats and plie squats with a medicine ball. By the time I was walking out the gym doors I was ready for a delicious breakfast.

This is one of my favorites! Low-fat Eggo Waffles with spray butter and strawberries. LOVE IT!! 

After a quick shower and getting all my things ready for the day, I headed off to work around 9:30. Don't worry that I got there 15 minutes early at great is it that I don't have to be at work til 10 am!!!! I can leave the house around 9:40, SCORE!!

So first, I talked to my boss about scheduling and I was pleasantly surprised. Originally I was supposed to work T-F, 10-6 and Saturdays 9-3. I didn't mind this at all, but Saturday mornings were kind of a downer just if Ben and I ever wanted/needed to go out of town or had anything Friday nights and so on. As of today, I will be workin M-F!! Soo exciting!! 

I shadowed most of the morning and love love loved doing that. I got to see what it is like to take orders for wedding and celebration cakes and put the orders in and see how everything works in the kitchen, etc. About lunch time (well my lunch time), I sat down with the owner and started working on my drawing skills. I will be doing the cake testings with brides and will sketch out their cakes and help with the designs, so I kind of need to know how to actually draw the 3-D cake. I had never done this before, but had soo much fun practicing and think I have quite the knack for it!! 

I started off just trying to actually draw the outline of the cakes and actually had to look up tips on the internet. I was definitely not born an artist, but I then ventured onto adding designs. It's so fun!! 
Then I decided I'd practice some of the traditional wedding cake designs. More than anything I probably need to work on my memorization so I actually know what people are talking about. It'll all come together. 

Once I was left to just draw, I finally broke out my lunch. Sorry, no picture...I was so hungry I gobbled it all down. I packed a lavish whole wheat wrap with red pepper hummus, honey roasted turkey and a little bit of spicy mustard. I don't really remember what it tasted like honestly...I just needed something in my tummy. It was followed by a delish braeburn apple. I LOVE APPLES!!! 

The afternoon was filled with lots of drawing, order fulfilling, order filing and I even got to fill all the icing in the kitchen for the tasting tubes. Why do I love bakeries so much?!?! I do not know, but they make me soo happy!! 

I seriously had so much fun today and the time absolutely flew by. I'm the type of person that loves to stay busy and the bakery is such a fast-paced environment, it's perfect! I can't wait til I was leaving, I was told that I will be putting together and icing a cake!! I'll take pics!! 

When I got home I got to share the whole day with my mom while she finished up dinner and worked on some wedding stuff with her and then enjoyed dinner with my family. My mom cooked up a fabulous chicken and veggie pizza with an Olive Garden salad. YUMMM!!! Now I'm off to watch the Bachelorette and be drawn into all the drama. Gotta love it! 

The only thing that could have made this day more perfect would have been being married to my best friend...ALMOST!!! 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Marathon Weekend/Blogging Failure

So I'm still learning to become a blogger. I wish my brain would just remember that a blogger needs to remember to TAKE PICTURES!!! I had a fabulous weekend that was jam packed with fun things, but I did not take one single picture. I'm a total failure to the blogging world. Maybe I'll start putting a sticky note on my bathroom mirror or something reminding me to take pictures everyday. Even though I didn't get to take pictures, I still want to tell you all about my weekend. I'll find some kind of pictures that will work.

Friday started off with a much needed yoga class followed my some light cardio on the elliptical. I haven't taken a yoga class in a while...I usually prefer pilates, but after starting up with bodyworks classes again I need some stretching. My hips are soo tight and my whole body hurt all week. Alright, let me just say that my yoga skills are kind of pathetic. Since I don't start my job until next week, I go in the mornings around 9:45 which is also when most moms have dropped their kids off at school and come. I was definitely the youngest person in there and quite possibly the most inflexible. One of the poses (I don't know what it was) actually hurt a lot because of the tightness in my hips. Man, my legs were shaking! The class is worth it though for this little pose....
We end up doing this is most of my classes, but this pose was sent straight from heaven! It feels soo good. I could sit in that position all day! 

The rest of the day consisted of a lot of errands. I helped my mom serve pizza in "Mom's Corner" at our high school during lunch. It was a great place to people watch! Later in the afternoon I got to go up to the hair salon while my mom was finishing up and talk to Anita, the woman who will be doing my hair for the wedding. I'm soo excited to take bridals and try out my hairstyle! Everything is getting here so quickly! My mom and I got in a quick power shopping trip afterwards and I came home with lots of good stuff. We are champion power shoppers!  One of our purchases included these sassy shoes...

I might even come up to Ben's chin with these!

After all the errands were done, I started dinner while my mom got her nails done. It was delicious...I made Orange Chicken and Sesame Chicken, both with veggies and rice. Well, I can't take all the credit...they came from a bag, but I did have to do lots of multi-tasking to prepare all the things at once. You should definitely try one of these dinners if you're ever in a hurry. 
I eyes went straight to the Contessa meals when we realized that she was in the freezer section. We love the Contessa in the Berry household!! I think the Vodka Chicken Penne and the Shrimp Primavera will be the next 2 that I try. These meals don't make you feel like you're eating the typical frozen meal either. They are pretty low in  calories and with all the veggies are great for someone trying to get nutrients on the go. I'm a fan!

I didn't really have big plans for the night, but my best friend from high school, Blair and I decided we wanted to go see Sex and the City 2. A group of us ended up going at 10:30 to the Angelika and had a blast. I love the Angelika, mainly for its location and comfy seats, but the fact that they allow alcohol in the theater and the numerous drunk people in the front row kept things pretty interesting. I know there has been tons of mixed reviews about the movie, but I'm not obsessed with the show or anything, just enjoy watching it occasionally and absolutely loved this movie. The attractive men in the film aren't bad either. I give it 2 thumbs up! Definitely a movie I'll watch again with the girls. 

I probably identify the most with Charlotte, but definitely wish I was more like Carrie. I'd love to be more fearless and daring, especially in fashion. She can pull anything off! 

Saturday I made a quick trip to the gym for a 45 minute elliptical session followed my 10 minutes of random hills on the bike before Ben got to Dallas. I know it probably sounds so lame, but we spent so much time together the week/weekend before that I missed him a TON by the time Saturday rolled around. I was pumped for a day together laying out by the pool. We laid out most of the day with a trip to a couple bookstores thrown in there trying to find the workbook I needed for pre-marital counseling and a trip to Sonic to hydrate and then headed back to Denton for a night with friends. We were both kind of sad because we wanted to go to the Brooks and Dunn concert, but waited too long to get our tickets and didn't want to pay the scalpers price, but then we planned a night at Joe T. Garcia's and Billy Bob's and were super excited, but that ended up falling through too. No worries, we still had a fabulous night...we went to Southlake with Katie, his sister (my almost sister!) and Devin, a friend of Ben's from high school, and ate at Taco Diner. DELICIOUS!! Katie and I were most excited about their green sauce and I had been craving sangria all day. I convinced Katie to get a glass with me, but she didn't like it so I just ended up having 2! :) 

This stuff will seriously change your life! I put it on everything! 

We ended the night with the movie, The Edge of Darkness. It was good, but I was pretty freaked out when I went to bed. It's kind of like Taken, but creepier and more bloody. Not my fave. 

Sunday Ben and I were invited to the Colonial with some friends. We headed out there around 10:30 or 11 and man was it HOT. It was fun walking around and watching though. Morgan and I got in trouble a couple of times for talking too loud when we were supposed to be silent. All the silence is not for me, but I loved watching the golfers. It's just a sport that I am no good at and it amazes me to watch people that are so incredible. My favorite was watching people practice, like when they would just throw balls in the sand traps and chip them out. They were flawless at it! After sweating buckets, we went inside for a little lunch (of course it was freezing inside). It was mostly the usual sports food, nachos, burgers, etc., but they did have a great fresh fruit plate with banana bread that I absolutely devoured. After lunch we decided to follow Rickie Fowler around. He's only 20!

This is a tame outfit. On Saturday he was wearing ALL orange. Orange shirt, pants, shoes, and hat. A little much if you ask me and Morgan and I had a chat with the boys about this. Of course, they thought it didn't matter what you wear if you're that good, but Morgan and I said that if we were that young we would look really sharp so we would be more respected in the golf world and taken a little more seriously. Any thoughts?!

We didn't stay too long after we decided to start our own golf game. The four of us headed over to Denton Country Club and the boys played 12 holes after a bit of a rain delay, while Morgan and I enjoyed the ride in the carts. They finished up about 8 and by that time I was ravenous! We headed up to the restaurant and I enjoyed a fabulous grilled chicken sandwich topped with carmelized onions, mushrooms, and pico de gallo. Definitely one of my new favorite meals and I will be recreating this at home. Ben and I headed back to Dallas late after picking up the smoker for the Memorial Day festivities. 

Monday Before Ben and I headed to the grocery store to pick up all the food, I snuck in a quick workout at the gym. I had to get some cardio in before I partook in all the good eats for Memorial Day! Once we got home, I started on the homemade salsa and avocado and feta dip while Ben got the rub for the ribs ready. Ben is the ultimate griller/smoker/anything to do with cooking meat and I was pumped to try his ribs. I haven't had ribs in who knows how long, but I wasn't gonna miss out on his famous ones. A couple won't kill you every once in a blue moon! We did sneak some laying out time into the afternoon in between all of the cooking and I especially enjoyed the time I got to spend with my family and sisters. We all laid out together like old times. I miss all of us being at home together sometimes. It's so fun to just sit and catch up on everyone's life and of course, watch little Annie run around and play outside. 
How cute is she?!?! Wait til I get some pics of her in her bathing suit...she was absolutely precious! 

After some good sun and water basketball, Ben and I got to working again on dinner for everyone. I was inside working on the Mac and Cheese and Peach Cobbler while he was outside smoking the ribs, chicken and corn on the cob. I cannot believe I didn't get any pictures of dinner. IT WAS FREAKING DELICIOUS!! I will be eating more of those ribs hopefully when we get married. My favorite is the kind of burnt part at the ends...I picked that off of most everyones! Not that Ben and I were really cooking together because we were in separate places, but it was soo fun being the cooks for the day. I can't wait to cook together more often! 

Of course, Monday would not be complete without the Bachelorette! I will give a complete recap later since this is the most monstrous post ever, but Ben and I went back to Denton to watch the show with his family and had a blast. We all picked out our favorites and enjoyed watching Craig M. and Jonathan obsess over each other. Thank goodness Craig went home! 

I'm working on taking more pictures and will hopefully be back more often. I would like to become a good blogger, so hopefully I won't have anymore blogging failures!