BIG MOVE!

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We are moving to Richmond!

     I couldn’t sleep Sunday night…tossed & turned til about 5(ish) a.m. I heard a bird chirp before I finally closed my eyes.

     I played this song (because it so fits our situation) & he started singing to me. I cried even more.

Come With Me – by Shai

“I got a call. A telephone call today.
Somebody’s offering a job a thousand miles away,
And I want to take it, it’s the opportunity of a life time,
But I need a second opinion, an opinion other than mine.

So I, I’m turning to you,
Because you always seem to know what to do.
When times like these arrive, I call,
On my only true friend in the world, my girl.

So I, I want to know,
Should I really, really go,
And if so, Are you coming with me?
I, I got to know,
If you really want me to go,
And if so, Come with me.

I never wanted anything as much as I want you with me.
You were the one who said to follow my dreams,
Of having a house, a car, a view of the stars, and a beautiful wife,
So I need someone I can go with,
I need some love in my life.

So I, I’m turning to you,
Because you always seem to know what to do.
When times like these arrive, I call,
On the only real love of my life, you are my life.

I want to know,
Should I really, really go,
And if so, Are you coming with me?
So I, I got to know,
If you really want me to go,
And if so, Come with me.”

Watch and Listen to this beautiful song!

     One would think that growing up a Military Brat would make me almost immune, definitely not as sensitive, to any moving & to any change – because that’s what we did for so many years. Move, move, move – not only from city to city, but also country to country. But after being in one place for so long after my Dad got out of the Army, (Virginia Beach,) 16 years to be exact, I feel pretty much like a “civilian” & almost forgot what “change” was about.

     A better job opportunity came up for Duane in Richmond, and he’s taking it. We’re taking the plunge & moving. Scary stuff! He asked me to come & I said yes, in a heartbeat!

     I know that Richmond is only around a hundred miles away, not a thousand, but it still seems far for someone who is SO close to her parents. Anyone who knows me, knows how close I am to both of them. I think I’m being a baby about it, but I’ve never lived further than 15 minutes away from them, so this 2 hour thing is a big deal for me.

     I’m sure that I’ll get used to it, and some other major changes involved with the move as well. My mom always said to follow my heart. Duane is my heart, so I am following & going with him. I will always support him & have his back. This will be a totally new chapter in our lives, and we will be ok. Because we’ll be together.

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Our 2nd Anniversary [o5.2o.2013]

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     On May 20, 2013, my Honey Duane & I celebrated our 2nd year together. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. I know it’s cliche, but so true, right?  It seems like yesterday, we were going on our first date, going through our first “everything” together- Holidays, birthdays, and trips.

     In the middle of the night on the 19th, going into the 20th, I snuck downstairs to draw this on our Ikea chalkboard/keyholder.  It took me about 10 minutes to do, since I had to keep going over the chalk to design and darken it.  When he went downstairs that morning, I heard a loud, “Awwww.”  That alone was so worth the waking up in the middle of the night and getting into “artist mode.”

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     In the afternoon, when I got to the house around 5:45 pm, he had a BEAUTIFUL setup waiting for ME! Two dozen red & pink long stemmed roses, for the twenty-four months we’ve been dating. 🙂  He also had the sweetest card. These alone got me teary-eyed.  He didn’t stop there though – he continued to give me the following in steps, and had me “close my eyes” and open them each time – a gift bag with the “Just Dance 4” game for the Kinect and the Nicholas Sparks movie, “Safe Haven.”  He then had me close my eyes one more time and when I opened them, there were two Helzberg Diamonds boxes in my hands! Opened them to find the most beautiful silver charm bracelet with a heart on it, and in the second smaller box, a “LOVE” charm.   *sigh*

Below are a couple pictures of my Anniversary goodies. 🙂

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I’m so in love with my new charm bracelet! It’s my first “real, adult, add your own customized charms,” one. You know how you had the premade, cheapy ones when you were younger…that’s all I ever had. Until now. 🙂

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     I gave him a Helzberg cross pendant necklace, and made him a one-of-a-kind, customized “Fancy Frame” of his name. I will make a separate post for that. 🙂  After the exchange of cards, gifts, and some happy tears, we then left for dinner. I had no idea where we were going, just knew that there were reservations made.  I knew it was at the beach somewhere.  We had dinner  at this romantic place called Zoe’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant.  Everything was amazing. Below is a picture collage of a bit of his food, and a bit of mine. They served THE most delicious Creme Brulee I’ve ever had. EVER!

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     There’s no such thing as PERFECT, but this day was so close to that! I look forward to so many more. Every single day with him is wonderful. DUANE DINIO is the best gift I’ve ever received.  Words couldn’t even begin to describe how much I love him. 🙂

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Washi Tape – My New Found Love!

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Better late than never!

     For a while now, I have always heard other Crafters talk about, and post pictures of “Washi Tape” [Pretty crafting tape.] I always wondered what its purpose was, other than having another “pretty collection.”  I now own a whopping 6 rolls! 🙂 [Pictured above, from Michael’s & A.C. Moore.]  Nothing compared to others, but it’s a start! I have a feeling this collection will steadily grow. 😉

     Below is a picture of the first card I made using Washi Tape. I LOVE how it came out.  I don’t take credit for the idea – I saw it when I did a “Washi Tape Project” google image search. I of course put my own spin on it, and it is my handwriting of course.  I used a pre-cut white card from Michael’s, white cardstock for the balloon, and wrapped it in some Washi Tape, and also put the tape down the right side of the card. The “string” is my writing – I used a ZIG fine tipped marker.  I hope you like it!

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Check my other stuff out on my K Joy Creations page. [click on Photos once you get to the main page] & order away! 🙂

 

Monthsaries [Celebrating time we’ve been dating in “months”]

     Do you celebrate them? We do. It’s just a little something to look forward to every month. 🙂 We don’t make a big hoopla about it, like we would a yearly anniversary (which is coming up in two months- our 2nd year anniversary), but we celebrate in little ways – maybe a dinner out, cooking a nice dinner at home, etc.   Today is our 22nd monthsary, and I think we are having dinner at home, but heading out for yummy dessert. (Terebinth maybe, or Back Bay Gourmet.)  I look forward to sweet little moments such as these. 🙂 

     Below is a little picture I drew of “us,” on one of my little doodle/sketch pads. I used pencil, Sharpies, and a “Zig” fine marker.  I think it sorta looks like us! 🙂

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Remember to celebrate not just the big things, but also the little ones! 🙂

 

Roadtrip to Savannah, Georgia. March 7-10, 2013

ImageMy First Time in Georgia!

     Last week, my boyfriend and I took a mini vacation and drove to Savannah, Georgia.  He has been before (but had never done the “tourist thing.”)  It was my first time ever! The furthest south I had ever been before this trip was South Carolina for Easter 2012. Charleston to be exact, and that place was just as beautiful.

     We left on a Thursday, and drove back to Virginia Beach on Sunday. To keep this blog post short, I will post what I posted as a Facebook status, as the highlights of our trip –

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      I had an amazing time with my Love as always. Sometimes you just need to get away from home, and this was one beautiful place to do just that! 🙂  Below are a few more pictures – a collage of our tour on the Oglethorpe Trolley (tour around historic downtown,) and a collage of us on beautiful River Street!

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Below is a Palm Leaf “Rose” that he got for me as we strolled along River Street. Isn’t it beautiful? 🙂

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     I loved every minute of our trip and look forward to returning to sweet Savannah one day!

Take care, dear friends.

*hugs*

Kristine

Valentine’s Day, Yay!

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I have always loved Valentine’s Day, aka V-Day. This upcoming V-day will be the 2nd one I get to celebrate with my Honey. I can honestly say that I feel like we celebrate it every single day, which is how it should be, minus the gifts of course. We always do little things to show we care, or that we’re thinking of each other – like him going to the store to get me my “extra strength” glue stick when I run out of it mid project, him cooking for me, or me picking up a Starbucks reusable hot/cold cup for him. I appreciate every single thing he does for me. Little things to make each other happy is what it’s all about.

In honor of one of my favorite pink, red, & white, shimmery, glittery, “pretty” holidays, I have created a line of special, handmade Valentine’s Day cards. I’ve attached a picture of several. To see the rest of the cards, and to place any orders, please visit my Facebook page – K Joy Creations.  [Go to Photos, then choose the “Valentine’s Day Cards ♡” album.] You may also email me at KJoyCreations2012@gmail.com .

Enjoy this special day with your friends and loved ones. 🙂 “Laugh every day. Live every moment. Love beyond words.”

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For my Love

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          “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
                             Mariah Carey

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There’s just one thing I need 
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree 
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is… You 

I don’t want a lot for Christmas 
There’s just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don’t need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won’t make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you

I won’t ask for much this Christmas
I don’t even wish for snow
I’m just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won’t make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won’t even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeers click
‘Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do
Baby all I want for Christmas is you
Ooh baby

All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children’s
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won’t you bring me the one I really need
Won’t you please bring my baby to me…
Oh I don’t want a lot for Christmas
This is all I’m asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is… You

All I want for Christmas is YOU!!!

     As cliche as it is, this song will always be one of my Christmas favorites. I’m glad I have the best gift ever- the love of my life, my boyfriend, Duane Dinio. He is everything I could ever ask for & words can’t even begin to describe how much I love him. It’s all about the presence, not the presents. ♡