Six Months.

As if you’d be surprised, blog posts have been few and far between in the past few months. I’m claiming that I have been too busy to take time to write a new post or find something new to tell people about- however, I’m fully aware this is not an adequate excuse! This isn’t even close to everything; I probably don’t have the patience to completely express everything but this is a good glimpse.

My last few months have been relatively uneventful, other than finishing up the last few months of the didactic (academic) portion of my DPT degree career. As of April 24th, I will be done with my 2 year clinical and classroom portion, and moving onto my yearlong clinical. My dreams have finally come true- I was lucky enough to earn a yearlong placement through Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh Physical Therapy department and I couldn’t be more excited. My 3rd year clinical begins on May 4th and I graduate on April-something-2016 and I can’t waiiiiittttttt….

April 15. 2015

Gregory and I have been married for 6 months. It’s been really exciting, fun, wonderful, challenging, interesting, and intriguing.  It’s never been “easy” because it’s a new territory for both of us. We have always been very “together” in everything that we do, but being married is a whole new ballgame! I love every aspect of joining our lives. It’s not a “normal” newlywed marriage I’m still in school and he’s at a new-ish job. But, what is a “normal” marriage in your terms?

When we first talked about marriage, I had many questions about the norms of marriage yet I continually asked when it was going to happen because I was just too excited to start the next phase of our life… “Are we too young to get married? Should we live together yet? Isn’t there research that says cohabitation prior to marriage means you will get divorced? Do you know all of my bad habits and are you SURE you can live with me forever? Are you sure?!!?! What about a family?! Have we talked about all of the things we are supposed to talk about before deciding on forever?!” Yes, I asked a lot of questions. If you know who I am, you probably aren’t surprised by the wide array of rhetorical, unanswerable questions I asked. I had a preconceived notion that I was to know every little thing about my husband before we got married so that I was SURE he was perfect for me. To be honest, our four years of growing up together told me a lot about him; and I’d venture to say I knew a ton about this man before we entered into our “forever” stage.

I was wrong.

I met him when I was 19. NINETEEN YEARS OLD. I thought I was way too young to really know, butttttt the day I met him, I told my mom and best friend I would marry him. I am currently 23 (one month away from 24) and I am 6 months married to the absolute man of my dreams. I thought I was marrying a man who I thought was perfect. I thought our relationship was perfect. I thought I knew everything about him/ I thought I knew the timing of our future plans and how it was all going to go- because, let’s be honest- I needed a plan to move forward.

I am very much in love with the man I married. But, things are different. It’s no longer a question of what will be, or what it is going to be like. Sometimes, things come up and we have to make exceptions to the “what is supposed to happen” plan. I learned that CHANGES are fine! They aren’t going to really matter in the long run; if the change is that big, we will talk about it and plan accordingly (because clearly I need that). He has proved me wrong in so many ways- our perfect is more than that….. He has taught me how to make exceptions to my plan. He has taught me that what I knew doesn’t have to be written in stone. Hey, the best part- making changes to what “should happen” can be a GOOD thing. I have found that unexpected happenings can be good for each of us and that is amazing.

We are open in every aspect of our lives. I can be a little high-strung after a long day of school/studying (Right PT school friends?!); he can talk REALLY loud after a long day of meetings with a bunch of really smart talkative opinionated Accounting co-workers! (Right EY! friends?!!)  I tell him when he is talking too loud. He tells me when I’m being too critical. I tell him when he is being too goofy while I’m studying. He tells me when I’m planning too much. All in all, we have faults, quirks, and negatives to our personalities. For us, pointing those out to the other person helps us makes changes; inevitably, this helps our relationship.

This may be a pointless read for some, and fun for others! I needed to share this because for the past 6 months, I have been in a whirlwind of new, exciting, crazy, challenging experiences that could NEVER be put into words fully. I love writing, and this is my way of making sense of my life and my experiences. Here’s to the next six months, and here’s to hoping I find more time for purposeful blogging….

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Influenster: Neutrogena Naturals!

Recently, I joined Influenster. To join, it is completely free and requires no form of payment! It is a pretty cool gig. You enter all of your information, social media outlets, and answer questions so they best understand your lifestyle. After you have done the prep work of filling out information, you are ready to go!

The waiting game begins- Influenster chooses certain users to “try” new products out…. for free! This is awesome. Especially when the 2 products I have received so far have been awesome.

The first product to review will be:

Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Wipes

  • These wipes are the moist towelettes that you can use daily to wash your face.
  • They are easy to use and have welcomed no unwanted skin issues!
  • They make my nightly routine, before bedtime, so fast!
  • The smell is incredible: fresh and citrus.
  • You conserve water by using a wipe, instead of turning on your sink
  • #WipeforWater

If you are in the mood to try out a new product, I would go as far as saying this is the next best thing to try! Add it to your next list when you head to the store 🙂

http://naturals.neutrogena.com/products/makeup-remover-wipes

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to each and every one of you who found this blog site. I can imagine this might be a “new years” resolution for many- to keep up with a blog, and write as much as possible. I have found that writing is my way to escape from the mundane day to day activities; writing keeps me busy, happy and interested in new things. This will be my way to tell Gregory and I’s story- so that we will have this to look back on when we need more inspiration.

Without hesitation, I am ready to recap our amazing year. We have had one for the memory books- it’s almost incredible what we have accomplished in 365 days. We have joked that 2015 will be fun simply because we have no “concrete” plans! We got engaged on December 24, 2013 and things haven’t slowed down since. On January 2 of 2014, we booked our wedding ceremony venue at Heinz Memorial Chapel ( a huge deal!!!!!). We found the church that we wanted to say our vows in- the place that solidified our forever promises to each other. At the time, the value was in finding the perfect venue- the perfect place to marry my husband. One year later after the vows, that church has SO MUCH more meaning. We said we would love each other every day, good and bad, in front of a Catholic priest. The meaning of that ceremony is more than a perfect venue- it is where I made the decision that I would forever be Nicolet June Weimer ( I am so incredibly proud to declare this). Following the confirmation of our venue, we continued the beginning of 2014 with signed contracts of many wedding vendors, reception site, and more. We were living in a one bedroom apartment in Shadyside, a neighborhood of Pgh, close to Univ of Pittsburgh. We had mentioned looking for a house…but I was unaware of how serious we were….

Come April of 2014, we started house hunting- it was fun; full of hopes and dreams of the perfect house with everything a young woman could imagine! We saw a few homes that could work- but then we came across “the one.” Our now Weimer parents showed us a home in a nearby neighborhood that had more than what we could imagine- 4 bedrooms, full basement, open floor plan, 2 living rooms, a 2 car garage… we wanted it so bad but thought it was out of our league! Needless to say, we ended up on Bluestone where our family found a home (Myself, Gregory, and Finn as of now). We moved in on June 1, 2014.

This year, Gregory graduated with his masters in accounting at univ of pitt and started work at E & Y. He did have a month off before work began; he perfected the exterior portion of our house!! I finished my first year of DPT physical therapy school, did a 6 week full time clinical, and had 3 week summer vacation. During that break, we bought a new Jeep ( which made all of my wishes of driving in the Pitt SNOW come true!!!!). In August, i began my second year of PT school and somehow finished up wedding planning.

To end September, Gregory’s cousin Robert got married to the beautiful Stephanie and we witnessed a true confession of love. This made us too excited to do the same thing in 6 weeks! We continued on as we came through the homestretch towards our wedding

November 14, 2014: Our parents (Greg’s parents) held an incredible rehearsal dinner at Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh for our out of town guests and family. It was the perfect night to end our relationship as a “single” couple.

November 15, 2014: To date, this is the best day of my life. I married the man of my dreams. I married the man who I was never sure that I even deserved. He treats me with the utmost respect and love. I have, literally, hit the freaking jackpot. He is smart, driven, loving, compassionate, perfect, and even more that you don’t even get to know. He lets me win arguments, and teaches me new ways to deal with those arguments. It’s too much to even reiterate in a simple blog post- he is worth so much more than words. I spent an entire day celebrating our love, our families, our new beginning, and our forever.

I could write an entire post on how perfect our day was, but I can imagine most feel as thought their wedding day was beyond perfect. I can respect that because I know how much all of the brides put into the planning :).

Our year ended with a honeymoon to St. Lucia in December and a beautiful Christmas spent with both families. Both sets of parents understand us as a couple- they accept us as who we are and who we hope to be and there’s nothing more that we could want. We had a honeymoon to remember, and a perfect first Christmas together as husband and wife.

As we end 2014, I look to thank all of those who were involved in making this year memorable. We have so incredibly much to be thankful for. That being said, we are so ready to take on 2015. After this year, I realize that those big moments of a wedding, graduation, and new houses or a new car— they are wonderful, but it’s about those people that share those moments with you… It’s about the advice that got you to that decision; It’s about the guidance you needed to get you to the success you are experiencing now. Thank you, 2014- I have learned so much from you.

Thoughts..

Today is a sad day. I can’t fathom the heartbroken feelings of the parents and families that lost loved ones today in the shooting in Connecticut; all I can do is pray for them to find peace and strength despite their great loss. I’m hurting for everyone affected by this tragedy and can only hope this will never happen again. RIP to the beautiful children and thoughtful staff, teachers, etc that lost their lives today.

 

Today was my last day of interning at Bridges and Blossoms Preschool. I was given mass amounts of hugs, kind words, and adorable good-bye gifts! I am so thankful to have shared this past semester and last fall teaching and learning about these adorable kids. I’ll miss each one of them!  Now that my field study is over, I’m officially finshed with classes for the semester.  I have a final on Monday night for Physics- that of which I am absolutely DREADING– and a final next Thursday before I can head home. I’m so excited for Christmas!! I get to spend a few days at home with my mom and visit older family friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I also get to spend part of Christmas with the Weimer’s which I am also looking forward to! I’m happy for my mom this Christmas- she gets to spend Christmas Day in NJ with her boyfriend’s family.

Everyone say a little prayer for my Aunt Nancy today! Love you and can’t wait to see you next week!!

Only writing this to take a little break from studying, but nonetheless I hope you enjoy! Here is my newest favorite recipe- Pinterest is AWESOME for creative dinner ideas! These were so good and so filling! Plenty of leftovers! 

Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups

Ingredients:
8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
14 oz freshly shredded, low-moisture part skim Mozzarella cheese, divided
3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
1 large egg white
1/3 cup freshly, finely shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/4 oz)
freshly ground black pepper
3 – 4 medium Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/6 inch thick slices)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1 jar of marinara

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package to al dente. Drain pasta (DO  NOT rinse with water) and align lasagna noodles in a single layer on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper.
For filling, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese and egg white until well blended. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Mix in 12 oz. of the Mozzarella cheese and season with black pepper to taste (I wouldn’t recommend seasoning with salt just because the cheeses already have plenty of salt). 
Place 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture over each lasagna noodle and spread into an even layer, going from one end of the lasagna to the other. Align 4 thin tomato slices over cheese mixture then sprinkle fresh basil over top. Snugly roll lasagna noodles to opposite end. Spread about 1/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of an 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Align lasagna roll ups, seam side down in dish. Top each roll up with about 2 Tbsp of the pasta sauce (covering edges of pasta so they don’t dry out while baking). Sprinkle top with remaining 2 oz. shredded Mozzarella. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven, plate pasta and garnish with plenty of basil ribbons. Serve warm.

**Copied from “Cooking Classy” blog

 

Yum!

Tonight’s dinner and appetizer was awesome and I just had to share! Mom- I totally want to make this for you while I’m home!

We had ham and cheese crescent rolls as an appetizer. It was so so easy and tasted amazing! You get 1 tube of crescent rolls, 8 slices of honey ham, and around 8 slices of thin american cheese. You put one piece of each ham and cheese per roll, and bake them at 350* for 17 minutes. Lightly browned and PERFECT when they come out 🙂

Then, I tried something new! And something that totally didn’t go with the appetizer (OOPS!). I tried a healthy version of chicken fried rice. I’ll type ingredients/directions as clearly as I remember!

1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1.5 cups diced chicken breast
Salt/Pepper to taste
A dash Cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp. sesame oil
3/4 c. Frozen mixed veggies
3 green onions-chopped
1 Egg whisked with 1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. minced garlic

Brown Rice
Soy Sauce/Teriyaki Sauce

I started by cooking the chicken in the wok oil with seasonings to taste. Once finished, I placed it to the side while I finished the rest. I then heated up the sesame oil and placed both the veggies and onion in the pan. I let them soften for a few minutes, and then added the garlic. 5 minutes passed and then I added an egg, already whisked with 1 tsp of oil, into the middle of the pan, cooking it to a soft scramble.

The rice is cooked seperately, about 2 cups– I used the basic brown rice that is quick cook!

After all the ingredients have been prepared, I put them all into the skillet to flavor it with soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.

Needless to say both Gregory and I were impressed with my skills tonight!! It was super easy, done in about 30 minutes, and was relatively healthy!

God is SO good!

So much news to share!

Last week a beautiful litte girl was brought into the world. Congrats to Zachary and Elisabeth on the birth of their daughter Lucia! I’m so excited to get to meet her next month when we come to Texas for New Years! 

This past weekend, Gregory and I went to Winston-Salem to visit with my sister and Donna. We had some of the best sushi we’ve ever had! We got back on Saturday to watch VT Men’s basketball play the ranked Oklahoma State team–and we won! We are 7-0 now; I’m so glad we actually bought season tickets this year. Sunday was pretty uneventful until…..

On midnight Sunday night, Gregory got an email saying that his Pitt decision was available. Of course, I was already sleeping and he had to wake me up to share the good news- HE GOT IN! This means that we will both be Pitt graduate students next year 🙂 His program is only a year long for a Masters of Accountancy. He’s getting his 150 credits so that he can sit for the CPA exam. If you had asked me a year ago, I couldn’t have even imagined God planning out our future like this. I can promise that we would have worked out regardless of where we ended up– me at Maryland or him at Pitt or VT– but it somehow worked out perfectly and we will be in the same place for all of grad school and jobs! I’m so thankful that God has lifted this stress off of me, lately it was all I could think about wondering what exactly would happen next. Probably one of my downfalls to want a “plan” at all times, but at least now that plan is already settled! 

As most probably know, I have absolutely terrible knees that will probably never function at a high level again. After two knee surgeries and still dealing with the repercussions, I have come to terms with the fact that I simply can’t run five miles at a time anymore. When I go to the gym I attempt to run only 1 mile- and let me tell you, it is SO hard for someone who loves to run- and  I also do the elliptical/stairmaster. I don’t think we realize how lucky we have it, at VT we have a free gym membership to a gym that has everything! Anyways, I decided that I needed to find something else to both exercise and relieve some stress. Yoga is definitely the answer!! Melinda and I went to an early morning Hot Yoga session in Blacksburg today, and it was just what I needed. You sweat out all the toxins, stretch, energize, and exercise all without adding stress on your knees! I LOVED IT! Needless to say, yoga may be my newest obsession.

Baby Luci!!!

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Celebratory Drinks for Pitt acceptances before the Lee Brice concert!

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Almost Done!

Only five more of each of my classes before I’m done my second to last semester of senior year! I can’t believe it. I have 8 more days of preschool and I’m going to miss those kids when I leave :-(. That all being said, I’m SO ready for this semester to be over. I will officially be done with my undergrad sciences and won’t have to write anymore research papers on pointless HD topics.

In the past 24 hours, I feel like I’ve scheduled every appointment possible for my short break at home. It will be my last time home for an extended period and I will have to change all my doctors, hair stylists, everything— to pittsburgh people! I’m not looking forward to that change.

I got a confirmation from Pitt that they got my letter and deposit- It’s official! I’m so excited and can hardly wait to graduate and get started! That may change once I actually get started though… It’s going to be ten times harder than undergrad.

Nothing to exciting going on so I’ll keep it short.

Have a good week!