Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My babies

This is a blog I've been wanting to get around to writing. I love animals and babies. And of course, baby animals are my weakness. :)

My dog Sally is the best puppy in the world. She is almost a year old and the prettiest German Shepard. She is a puppy and acts up sometimes, but she is so smart, loving and playful, I can never be mad at her. I love her way too much.


As I posted in an earlier blog, my cat had kittens. Two of them are dark with some spots and stripes and they are really small. But Simba is so adorable. He is a big ball of yellow fur. He is so easy going and love to be held. He is only three weeks old, but he is walking so much better than the other two and he is already trying to climb out of his box. I cannot wait until he comes to live with Caleb and me. Then our apartment will feel like a home and I will have my little family.

Nicole

Dylan juggling

My camera takes video too, so I had to try it out. Dylan has been juggling about a year and he got juggling clubs for Christmas. This is his first attempt at juggling them. He is MUCH better now.



Nicole

Christmas has come and gone

Wow, the holiday season has FLOWN by. There is so much going on in our lives right now and so much to blog about. I think this post is going to be devoted to our Christmas. I am not kidding when I say Caleb and I got everything that we wanted. I'll try to recap some of the gifts. :)

Nicole's gifts

  • Pots and pans
  • Sheets
  • A BEAUTIFUL watch
  • a new North Face jacket
  • a new camera
  • a toaster
  • SO many gift cards
  • two perfumes
  • a garnet ring
  • A Rachel Ray cookbook!

Caleb's gifts

  • A knife set
  • a video game (idk the name of it, but I have a feeling he will be glued to the tv until school starts)
  • gift cards galore
  • a scarf, gloves, and a hat
  • some books
  • a new wallet
  • a movie

Like I said, we got so much stuff and we feel so blessed. I think the gift cards were the most fun gifts because we have been shopping ALL WEEK LONG and have gotten so much new stuff. There is officially no more room for anything in my room or car. We are going to have fun moving it all, I'm sure. :)

Caleb is ready for snow now.
At Gran's house
At Gran's
Our second Christmas together
All of the gifts I got Caleb
Dylan on his new Zune HD
Sally's gifts
My gifts from my parents
Nicole

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas and moving forward

Christmas was wonderful this year. I'm sad that it's over now. Pictures to come.


But Caleb and I have SO MUCH to do between now and New Years, I'm just trying to make sure everything gets taken care of before the move. My room has been taken over by Christmas presents and things for the apartment. I'll be so glad when everything can have a place in the apartment and I won't have to live in this clutter anymore!

Nicole

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas




Ah, it is officially one week until Christmas!!!!
Caleb and I have been busy buying presents, but we got them all done early this year. I'm starting to get excited.
The kittens are adorable. Two boys and a girl (I think). I one of the boys is a big yellow kitten. I want to take him to Cleveland with us SO SO SO much. I already named him Simba. I love him. I hope Caleb says I can have him.
Christmas at Nanny's tomorrow. I'll try to post presents tomorrow night.
Nicole



Friday, December 11, 2009

Kittens!!!!

My cat Sweet Pea had kittens last night! I can't wait to get home to see them. One of them (or if I can talk Caleb and my mom into it, BOTH of them) will soon be Caleb and my kitten and move to Cleveland with us. Pictures to come when I get home to meet the little guys!

Nicole

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dear Ole Miss,

Well, the end is in sight. I have two finals down, two more to go! Finals week is seriously the worst week of any college students life. I have given up on studying for my French final (which is at 8 am tomorrow) and decided to compile some Ole Miss memories. It hasn't really sunk in yet that I have three more days left as a student at Ole Miss. And I'm not really sure how I feel about that. It's kind of like when I graduated high school. Boy, was I glad to be out of there, but at the same time, I made a lot of good memories and know that I am closing the door on a chapter of my life. No more Grove, no more dorm life, no more Honors College, no more fighting for a parking space, no more bad Union food, no more DM. All of these things will soon be replaced by my life at Delta State and my life with Caleb. It feels good to be moving forward but part of me hates to see it go. I wanted to go to Ole Miss since I was a little girl. It was my dream school and when the time came to make that decision, I really never considered anywhere else. But, dreams aren't always what we want them to be. Ole Miss wasn't right for me. Not that I have anything against it, but it just wasn't a good fit. So part of me feels like I'm losing my childhood dream, but the adult in me knows that I am making the right decision. I'll miss some things and some people for sure but there are also somethings (and people) that I will never in a million years miss. It has been a growing and learning experince. That's for sure.

So goodbye Ole Miss. Thanks for the good times and all the memories. Just because I'm not graduating from Ole Miss doesn't mean that I won't always be a Rebel. Hotty Toddy!

Typical night in the dorm room.
Caleb on his Ventures trip to San Francisco
Me in San Fran with HARVEY! Words cannot express how much I love the Honors College for sending me to San Fran. Best 5 days of my life, easily.
The single football game I actually attended. But I watch them all on TV
Us in the Grove freshman year
The one time I went to the Square at night.
My freshman dorm. I was on the 10th floor. It was hell.
The Sally McDonald Barksdale Honors College
The best thing about Ole Miss. I will miss Sally.
The Grove
A quote on the James Meredith memorial. I know what he means.
The Quad. Prettiest Spot on campus in the spring.
In San Fran again. Caleb and I are going back for our Honeymoon. :)
Caleb's freshman dorm room
My freshman dorm room.
And one final look at the Grove before game day.
Nicole

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Finals Week

Caleb here.

I've been writing a final paper all day and night, which I thought I would get done by 5:00PM, or at least hoping I would, because that was when it was due. Thankfully my professor has a pretty lenient late policy. I never learn anything from my past experiences. I tell myself, every time I have a paper due, to start at least a week ahead, but every time I end up doing it the night before. Ugh... Such is being a college student though, I suppose.

Anyway, Only two more tests and then it's goodbye to Ole Miss and hello to Delta State.

Just wanted to write a quick blog to let the world know that I'm still here.

Back to my paper.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Moving and Thanksgiving

46!
Caleb's Great Aunt
Pace, Nicole, Caleb, Trey
Calvert Family Chirstmas Tree


Thanksgiving break was way too short. I guess because Caleb and I stayed busy most of the week packing, moving, traveling and eating. I was really nice to be home with our families for the start of the holiday season. I am so excited for Chirstmas. It'll be here before we know it. :)

Which, Amazon.com makes it WAY too easy for me to make purchases. I was going to "look" for Caleb's Chirstmas presents and before I knew it, I was clicking "submit order". I hope he likes them, though. I think I might have a few surprises up my sleeves. :)

Moving on Wednesday went pretty smoothly. We got a lot of the big bulky furniture (the bed, futon, dresser) down there intact. And I got to clean up a little bit. It's only 29 days until we officially move in. :) :) :)

Thanksgiving seemed to be a weeklong holiday (Which is ok by me, SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!). We spent Wednesday night at Gran's with turkey and all that good stuff. Dylan helped Caleb and I move, so we all drove to Water Valley on our way home for dinner. I think it made her day to have all three of us there, since we are her favorite people. :) And, so she wouldn't show favoritism, she made all three of us our favorite deserts. Dylan got a Banana Pudding, Caleb got a Chocolate Pie and I got Strawberry Cupcakes. Are we spoiled or what?

Thursday for lunch, Caleb and I went with his family to his great aunt's house. It was fun for me because I got to meet a lot of new relatives and everyone was especially nice. It makes me happy to think that in a few years (or whenever we get married) that my family will automatically double in size. I love being around family and people who care about each other. O, and Caleb's aunt dressed up like a pilgrim...how awesome is that? Qwirky family members are the BEST!

For dinner, we went with my family over to Me-Me and Pop's house. Putting my mom, my dad, me, Caleb, Dylan, Carson and the grandparents together is always intresting, that's for sure. We played a couple rounds of some board game, but we had to cut it short because Caleb and I were on opposite teams and things were getting a little heated! :) We are both WAY WAY WAY too competitive. Dinner was turkey (for the third time) and was really good. Somehow or another, the mashed potatos came out the consistancy of Elmer's glue...not good. It was hilarious watching everyone politely eat the worst mashed potatos in the world. Which, Me-Me is a really good cook and has made good mashed potatos in the past, but everyone has a fluke now and again. We all played Apples to Apples after dinner, which is the best family game ever invented. I almost won too, but of course Faith won, as usual.

Friday, we slept super late from our turkey comas but had a late dinner at Grandma Penny's house in Memphis. We had a nice break from turkey and had some good steaks and baked potatos. Yum. And Caleb's Aunt and Uncle were there with Caleb's cousin and his wife and new baby. They baby was just a few months old. Soooo cute. I love babies. :)

On Saturday, Caleb and I got put in charge of assembling and decorating the family Christmas tree. Four hours, 900 lights, and several arguments over tinsel later, we had a very pretty Christmas tree. We were so proud.

And finally, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to take a minute and reflect on all the things I am thankful for this year. First and foremost, I am beyond thankful that my mom is healthy and brain tumor free. It was a year ago that she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and the whole holiday season wasn't nearly as happy for anyone. I was so scared that I would lose my mom again, but God heard all of our prayers and this year everyone was healthy and out of the hospital. Second, I am thankful for Caleb and both of our families. We are both so lucky to have supportive and loving families. Even if they don't agree with our decisions or don't like something we are doing, everyone is always willing to talk it out and respect each other. That means so much to me. And the last thing I'll write about, I have really become thankful for both of my little brothers. Being at college has made me miss them more than I thought I could. Dylan is becoming so responsible and I can really see him becoming a young adult. He is so sure of himself and funny, things I wish I could be sometimes. And Carson is such a goofball. Some of the things he says sometimes are so crazy and silly. He pretends to be all tough most times, but deep down, he is as big of a softie as I am. I am so proud of both of them.
Happy Holidays!
Nicole






Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pre-moving moving

Tomorrow is the first official day of moving in! Caleb is loading up the trailor as I type and we're making our way down to Cleveland tomorrow morning. Even though Caleb and I have been so stressed out and dealing with a ton of issues these past few days, I'm still very excited. All of the drama will be worth on January 1st.

I'm going to make a running list of things that I need to buy in the next month. I hope we don't get down there and realize we have no forks or something silly like that. :)

Bedroom
  1. Bedskirt
  2. Sheets
  3. Bed spread
  4. Spray paint (for repainting some decorations)

Bathroom

  1. Cleaning supplies!!!
  2. Shower Head
  3. Toilet Seat
  4. Toothbrush holder
  5. Shower rack

Kitchen

  1. Pots
  2. Pans
  3. Casserole dish
  4. Tupperware
  5. Table cloth
  6. Table decoration
  7. Cleaning supplies
  8. Trash can
  9. Mop and Broom

Living Room

  1. Decorations
  2. Organizing supplies for the desk
  3. Picture frames

Misc.

  1. Storage containers

I'm sure the list will continuously grow over the next month. Guess my next task is to come up with a budget.

Nicole

Sunday, November 15, 2009

We LOVE the Colts



Ok, I just have to put this up. My mom has always loved the Colts, so I come from a Colt loving household. It's in my blood or something. I love the Colts, Caleb loves the Colts, and when we have babies, they will love the Colts and it will be in their blood (or something like that). Anyway, Peyton is the stuff. And they just played an awesome game against the Patriots. 35-34 and it was a glorious win. That makes them 9-0 for the season. Amazing.



Ok, I'm done now.


Nicole

We're homesick already!


Caleb and I were feeling a little home sick for our little apartment, so we made a quick visit today. It was such a nice day for a drive and we really needed to take measurements before we started hauling in furniture.

I'm glad we got to spend some quality time in our apartment today. The first time we saw it, was a brief walk through with our land lord, so we didn't get to check out every detail. Well, today we did, and honestly, the clean freak inside of me is FLIPPING OUT.

Now, I know that no one has been living there in a while and it is an older home. But dust freaks me out. Unexplained dirt in random places freaks me out. Strange smells coming from the closets freak me out. And I know that I can clean my little heart out and all those things will go away, but until they do, I'm going to freak out a little bit. As the French would say, "C'est ma nature" (I just got done doing French homework, btw)

Caleb swears we did the right thing and that it will be ok. I'm going to trust him for now.

And stock up on cleaning supplies.

As promised, here are the pictures:
Caleb: he is so cute.
Taking measurement...doing manly things
In my kitchen!

This is me worrying about all the cleaning I need to do. Not cute.

Sorry I chopped off Caleb's head.
In the kitchen.
In the living room
Living room again
The real front of the house
This is our front door aka the back door and the backyard
This is me driving. On Highway 6 between Marks and Clarksdale, we saw a CRAZY nice Rolls Royce and decided it was Morgan Freeman on his way home from church.

Nicole


From Caleb

Caleb here.

Nicole and I visited our little apartment today (She'll be posting some pictures a little later). I'm still excited. :) But Nicole doesn't exactly share my excitement. Yea the place isn't perfect. It's a little old and dusty, but I think it's going to be great. It just needs a little love and a lot of cleaning.

We found this neat application on some furniture website where you can lay out your rooms so we did that and got it all worked out. We discovered that our queen sized bed is going to take up most of our little bed room. Ha. But that's okay. We'll make do.

Looking forward to Thanksgiving break. Our professors decided to weigh us down before we get out to make up for the whole week of class we'll be missing I guess. Only four more weeks, including Thanksgiving and finals, until we are out of school. Then we just have to worry about moving to Cleveland.

Until next time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A little more from Nicole

Mini update:

I love my mom. She has started buying/rounding up all kinds of kitchen supplies for us. Today she bought us...


Towels, a Can Opener, Spoons, Measuring Cups, Big Mixing Bowls, Silverware Holder, Hot Pads, a Cutting Board, Spatulas, Tongs, Strainer, and "a few other things"

Agian, my mom is wonderful. And appearently she has a lot of faith in my cooking skills. :)


I also wanted to share some recipe links that I have been drooling over the past few days. I cannot wait to cook. I'm telling you, I'm going to be amazing by this time next year.
  • http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/?p=3708- Ok, this has all of my favorite things wrapped together. Chicken, bacon, cream cheese...how can that be bad? It can't. I think instead of using onion, I'll use mushrooms or spinach (or both). Because they are my favorites.

Nicole

Blogging, Moving, Thinking

Caleb here.

I guess I can't really say this is my first blog. I used to blog on xanga occasionally, but I gave that up years ago. Anyway, my wonderful girlfriend Nicole started this blog so we can tell the world about our fascinating lives. I'm being sarcastic, but I'm excited about beginning a blog. Sometimes I have things to say, but I don't have anywhere to say them. Finally I have a place to pour out my mind. Currently my mind is occupied with our move to Cleveland, Mississippi from Oxford, Mississippi. I was just thinking about how Nicole and I are moving to one of the poorest spots in Mississippi, which happens to be the poorest state in the nation, and just how privileged we are to live in a country where we will be quite comfortable, even as poor college students living off the government, in the poorest region in the poorest state in the U.S. Just something to think on. Apart from that, I'm just trying to get through one more semester at Ole Miss so we can transfer to Delta State and move into our first apartment together in January. So excited. So much to do though. Also, I'm looking fward to Thanksgiving, seeing family, and eating way too much. I'm getting tired so I'll sign off now.

Until next time.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The first blog

So, this is the first blog. I'm starting to blog to chronicle our first apartment and all the fun, mishaps, and love that will happen in it. Caleb and I have been together a little over a year and half and will be making a big switch soon.

We are transferring to Delta State University (Go Fighting Okra!) and moving into a old, shabby apartment together. It's not much, but we are so excited for all the new adventures we are going to have. I can't wait to spend the next few years of my life with Caleb in the Delta.

For those of you who haven't been to the MS Delta, it is unlike any other place. Yes, it's very flat. Yes, there is more farmland than you could have ever imagined. And worst of all, in the summer, there are TONS of mosquitos. But, it has a charm, history and culture all to its own and I'm starting to fall in love with it already.

As for the apartment, it's not much to brag about. One bedroom, one bath triplex. On the plus side, it is only 6 blocks from campus and walking distance to the square in Cleveland. It has an awesomely big kitchen (which I WILL learn to cook in, even if it kills me) and we are allowed to have pets...which means my little home will soon have a new kitten. It needs some TLC, but hey, it's our first place. Isn't it supposed to be a little rough?

Caleb and I are so blessed to have such wonderful and giving families. Between them we have a couch, a bed, a kitchen table, real plates and silverware, lamps, end tables and the list keeps growing. Since we are so broke, all of these things are especially appreciated. Hopefully with Christmas and birthday's coming up soon, Caleb and I won't have to buy too many things for our new home.

I did buy Caleb a gift today. He is crazy and only likes to drink out of glasses, so I bought him a set. He really liked them and we got 16 for crazy cheap.

Next on our list to buy: Pots and pans so I can cook up a storm! I've already started to hunt for and save some of my favorite recipies. I can't wait to cook for my man...wonder how long that feeling will last?

We are planning on starting to move some stuff in over Thanksgiving so it'll be an easier final move in January . I'll make sure to have my camera intow. January 1st cannot get here soon enough!


Nicole