Monday, December 31, 2012

Anniversary Care Package

Happy One Year Anniversary Care Package!! 

I did thoroughly enjoy putting this box together and I liked being able to be sappy and girly with it. I covered the outside of the box with red and pink duct tape. and wrote "I love you" on the top with some hearts. 
The Flaps 
Two of the flaps were just pictures of us. Another had two bird cut outs with a heart between them. We're such love birds. The last one had some quotes. 
"I love you with all my butt, I would say heart but my butt is bigger."
"Hey! Guess what? We're getting married soon!"
"I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I'm with you."
"You spin my head right round, right round."
The Inside
Nothing special, just pretty colored paper with hearts.
The Contents

Snacks: Chex Mix, pudding, and mini cereal boxes. 
Randoms: Envelope with some pictures of me holding silly note cards. 
Anniversary Gift: made it myself (made the box too). A 52 reasons why I love you craft!
The deck of cards I used were Bicycle 1800 Vintage Series Playing Cards. I chose these simply because of the way they looked, old and dated. I purchased them HERE on Amazon (2 pack).
I then designed little pieces of paper with borders in Microsoft Word, glued them on each card, and wrote the reasons on there. For the Microsoft Word version of the paper cutouts visit THIS LINK. So you can print them and make your own! You can even add text right to the box if you don't want to hand write the reasons. I had wrote it because it's more meaningful to me that way. I also added a quote to the back side of the cover card "One day we will never have to say goodbye, only goodnight." And on the last card I added a Marine themed LOVE. I punched holes in the cards and clasped them together with metal rings (found at walmart, super cheap). For the cover I also attached two scrabble tiles. J for Jake and M for Miranda. 
The box I made out of an old checkbox. I just covered it with construction paper, added some ribbon, and a colored wooden heart, and a little expression of how much I love him. 
My 52 Reasons
1.      Because you love me
2.       You are a nerd
3.       You make me laugh
4.       You are hard working
5.       You are passionate
6.       You smell good! (yummy man smell) =]
7.       You are SEXY
8.       You believe in me
9.       You are a good singer
10.   You inspire me to be better
11.   You accept me for who I am
12.   You have cute sneezes
13.   You don’t give up on me
14.   Your hands…that’s all that needs to be said
15.   You are so smart
16.   You cheer me up when I’m having a bad day
17.   Your happy/excited arm dance
18.   You encourage and support my education
19.   You want to help me complete my bucketlist
20.   You will let me bring my pups to live with us
21.   Your face after a couple days with no shaving
22.   You give me sweet compliments
23.   You have a tattoo
24.   You are responsible
25.   You are good with kids
26.   You are a good cook
27.   You are faithful
28.   You trust me with your secrets
29.   Your hobbit feet
30.   You are a Marine
31.   You put others before yourself
32.   You like to watch movies
33.   You are my very own Christian Grey
34.   XXX
35.   You gave me your sweatshirts so I’m not as lonely with you gone
36.   You proposed at the ocean (it was beautiful)
37.   You try your best to talk to me everyday
38.   You write good stories *wink, wink*
39.   You encourage me to try new things
40.   Your body is warm
41.   You like Legos (we can build them together)
42.   You have pretty eyes
43.   You are romantic
44.   You treat me like an equal
45.   You like videogames
46.   You like zombies
47.   You can teach me how to shoot a gun
48.   You like to read (bookworms are hot)
49.   You make a good pillow
50.   You are ticklish
51.   You give good advice
52.   You need my help to remember things (you and your bad memory) 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dear Jake: Our 1 Year Anniversary

Seven Years Ago, I met you.
Our friendship began as a simple online thing via Myspace. We chatted, got to know each other, and eventually became fairly close. We tried dating for a week or 2. I remember we went to the beach together once and swam and my little brother was with me. I also remember you calling me one day and asking me to hang out with you at the carnival in town but I was too busy with family. We ended our dating relationship shortly after because we were at different stages of our life and we made better friends than a couple.
Six Years Ago, you left to join the military.
We lost touch and we both moved on with our lives. We had the occasional Facebook comment or message but after awhile most communication between us stopped.

One Year Ago, you reached out to me when I was heartbroken and had just ended a very serious relationship. You were there for me when no one else was because you could relate to what I was going through. We began texting all day every day. We skyped every night until the wee hours of the morning. We played countless games of Words with Friends. I remember you telling me later that you tried reminding yourself you just wanted to be there for me as a friend and you weren't going to try and form a romantic relationship with me. That worked well! We got closer and closer and I decided to take the risk and fly out to see you in San Diego over New Years. My first day there you took me to Coronado beach and as we walked hand in hand you asked me to be your girlfriend officially. I couldn't say no.

Six Months Ago, I flew out to San Diego again and I was so happy to see you. It had been five months since we had been together. We spent your birthday together, and the day after on Coronado beach during the most beautiful sun set you asked me to marry you. You like to tease me and say that I originally said "No," but I do no recall those words coming out of my mouth. I was caught off guard, shocked, nervous, and speechless for a moment. It all happened so quickly, but I loved you. I loved you more than I ever thought I could love someone. I knew you were the one, my other half, my soul mate, and I couldn't risk ever losing you. So I said YES! You tried to put the ring on my finger but it was much to small so instead it was put halfway down my pinky finger.

December 29th, 2012
It sucked not being able to be with you today. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I would have loved to have woken up next to you and been able to surprise you with a nice gift. I would have loved to have cooked us a nice breakfast to enjoy together. I would have loved to have gone out to the beach or gone hiking or had a picnic at the park during the day. A chance for us to have fun together. I would have loved to have gone to a romantic dinner somewhere where we could talk, laugh, and reminisce. I apologize for being sad and down when we skyped today. It was nice to see your face and hear your voice but I just missed you too much to be excited about the day. As soon as we got off Skype I broke down and balled my eyes out for a good 30 minutes. I loved my gift. I will wear it and cherish it every single day. I love open heart necklaces and I love everything that it stands for; "If your heart is open, love will always find its way in." I just want you to come home. I want to be able to hug and kiss you and hold you in my arms. I want to have someone to talk to about all the good, bad, and ugly things in my life. I want to hold your hand and tickle you until you can't breathe. I want to grow closer to you and start a life together. I will never feel whole again or completely happy until you are back in my arms. Thank you for always being there for me, for supporting me, and for believing in me when no one else does.
I love you. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Canon Rebel T3i

I spoiled myself and bought my dream camera last night! I had the money from Christmas burning a hole in my pocket and I have wanted a nice camera for a very long time. I wanted something nice to take pictures of Jake and I when he gets home and of our wedding. So I bought the Canon Rebel T3i. It is 18 megapixel with an 18-55mm lens. My older brother has the same one and loves it. I LOVE IT TOO! I've only played around with it for a little bit last night and today when I got home and here are some photos I got. These were taken without changing any of the settings, just imagine what it will do with the settings adjusted! I'm so excited to take a bunch of photos!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Ryann posing with the tree and presents.
I hope everyone had a fabulous Holiday with family, friends, stories, laughter, and yummy food! I know I sure did! On Christmas Eve my older brother and my sister-in-law stopped by and we exchanged gifts. This was very weird because ever since I was born we always opened our gifts on Christmas morning this was the first year ever we opened all our gifts on Christmas Eve! That was because my brother and sister-in-law could only come that night. 
These are the gifts I got from the immediate family. 

I am so excited about my gifts! I asked for things for Jake and I's home and that's what I got. A crock pot, Snapware (super excited about this one!), bakeware, and awesomely colored mixing bowls! My brother also got me a how-to guide for the camera I'm going to buy! It's a DSLR so confusing to use, therefore a manual is helpful! I also got $100 from my Grandma. I also got to Skype Jake on Christmas Eve...well sort of. He couldn't talk because his roommate was sleeping but he got to watch and listen to me open the gift he got me, which I FREAKING LOVE!
He got me a message in a bottle! It's filled with sand and shells which are important symbols in our relationship because he asked me out on the beach and proposed to me on the beach and we spent a lot of time together in San Diego at the beach! The message inside was also very cute. He tried to tell me he wrote it himself...which I was suspicious about because of the large words and the over all flow of it, so when I went online to "Authenticate" it with a code, I saw that it was a pre-written message and called him out on his fib! It was actually pretty funny. Either way I love it and it's very sweet. 

On Christmas day we went over to my Aunt's house. We ate A LOT of food and I went into a short food coma. We also played pool, my brother and dad had a nice arm wrestling match (my dad won), and we opened more gifts. 

My gifts from the other family members include: a cashmere scarf from my Aunt that she got during her trip to Israel, and money from everyone else. Totaling...well lets just say enough to buy my new camera! In the picture my grandma is opening a new  TV that my Dad, Aunt, and Uncles all pitched in money for. 
Overall, it was a great Christmas. I was missing Jake a lot but we will have plenty of Christmases together in the future! I was also really missing my Gramps. Family get togethers aren't the same without him around! Love you Grandpa!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Yesterday my little sister and I stopped by my future in-law's house to gift them their gifts.
First, last month my sister and I made them a frame with a picture of their dogs, because two of them sadly passed away so we felt really bad and wanted to make something nice for them. It's hard to see in the picture because of the glare but the two dogs who passed away have little halos above their heads. 


Next, comes their real Christmas gift. I ordered a canvas print with pictures of their kids! I think it turned out really good. I got it from Snapfish on Black Friday so I saved A LOT of money on it. I had to use to make a collage of all the pictures but then all I had to to was upload it to the website and Viola! I am actually contemplating getting one for myself with pictures of my dogs...I love it that much!! The picture doesn't do it justice...It looks way better in person without the glare of the flash. haha. So I got a picture of them older and a picture of them while they are younger!

I also got gifts from them (even though I wasn't expecting any) and I loved them!

First, I got a Chihuahua Christmas ornament! I love it because I have a Chihuahua that looks EXACTLY like it and I just love dogs! I also got a Geometric coloring book which is awesome. My sister got one too so we went home and started coloring right away in it. Next, a coaster with a picture of Jake and I etched in it. Along with another etching of Jake and I that has a stand so I can put it on my nightstand. The picture they used of us is important to me because that was taken right after he proposed to me. It made me realize though that we REALLY need more pictures together. I am so NOT photogenic so that's mostly why we don't have many, but we only have about 4 or 5 together so that needs to change! Lastly, delicious truffles that taste like heaven. I love chocolate! So I'm happy! Also, their business is Laser Etching so check out their Facebook: Clearwater Laser Etching. Thanks again for the gifts future Mom and Dad!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Stay Strong

I'm constantly hearing the words "Stay Strong" from people in my life, and other military SOs that I chat with on Twitter and other blogs. Staying strong is really damn hard. It's hard to go on twitter and read other MilSO's blogs when they are reporting getting their homecomings and you are sitting at home still waiting to get yours. It's hard to stay strong when you see pictures of the wives jumping into their husbands arms as they welcome them home and knowing that you won't be able to do that because you live too far away from where he does. It's hard to stay strong when you need a shoulder to cry on and someone to hug but no one is there. It's hard to stay strong when you will be utterly and completely alone on your 1-year-anniversary and every important Holiday. It's hard to stay strong when you see cute couples posting pictures all over Facebook of the fun things they get to do together when you get none of that with the person you love. No memories being made, no date nights, no time spent together at all. It's hard to stay strong when you are so used to being alone that you feel like nothing is ever going to change and nothing is ever going to get better. It's hard to stay strong when you are talking about your future together and how happy you think you will be but knowing you have to wait another 7 months before any of it can happen. It's hard to stay strong when all you think about is spending time with someone you can't spend time with. It's hard to stay strong when your fiance' is having a shitty time and you are worthless and can't do anything to help. It's hard to stay strong when your whole relationships is nothing but  the phrases: "goodbye," "I wish," and "someday." It's hard to stay strong when someone has become the key to your happiness so you can never feel happy with them gone. It's hard to stay strong when you are engaged and can't appreciate nor experience the happiness, joy, and excitement of having a fiance'. It's hard to stay strong when you try to explain things about your fiance' to the important people in your life and no one has ever met him or knows anything about him so they don't understand. It's hard to stay strong when every time you go out with your friends you are the third-wheel. It's hard to stay strong when all the radio plays is depressing love songs that makes you think of him. Each and every day it gets harder and harder to stay strong. Harder and harder to keep on waiting. Harder and harder to listen to everyone telling me it will all be worth it. 

Theta Phi Alpha

There has been exciting progress with getting a new National Sorority to come to campus! We had a presentation at school on December 5th and we got to meet Laura Foley and Michelle LaPlatney from Theta Phi Alpha! It was so interesting to hear what they are all about and so many people from the Greek community were there to support us! We even had a penguin show up =] (the penguin is the sonority's mascot). They had nothing but good things to say about us students and the campus itself and they are just as excited as we are to get things started. It will take about a year to get everything into place, so I will not longer be at SCSU when that happens. However, I look forward to helping in any way I can and staying involved for the years to come. To watch the sorority prosper and grow. I know there were a lot of people who doubted us and didn't believe this would ever happen. But guess what?? IT'S HAPPENING! We are making history and we are doing a great thing for the future of SCSU. Being in a sorority has opened so many amazing doors for me and I have met so many great people. It has changed my life and made me into someone I never thought I could be. It has given me self confidence, leadership skills, and most importantly it has given me the ability to trust people again. I love each and every one of my sisters and I owe a lot of my accomplishments to them. No matter what they are always here for me and that is an amazing feeling. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Care Package

It's Christmas time!!!! 
So time to share Jake's Christmas Care Package!
'Tis the season of giving so I packed little goodie bags for the people he works with. Inside each I put a mini package of cookies, a Rice Krispie bar, and either a fruit roll up or fruit by the foot. I also packed some of those plastic candy canes filled with candy. I chose the ones with Mike and Ike's, RUNTS, and Skittles because they had less of a chance of melting. Along with those I put in some Gatorade for Jake, a card, and Jake's gift.

Thee Box

The Gift
Jake asked for something small and simple. Something he could take around with him since he doesn't get much time in his room unless he's sleeping. He suggested a necklace of some sort so that is just what I got him. 
I am in love with ETSY, an online store for homemade goods. I found a Star Wars inspired I love you - I know necklace and knew right away that would be the perfect gift. I already had a blue light saber necklace for myself that I bought so I figured if I got him this particular necklace we could match and wear the same thing while apart and it would somewhat connect us. 
To check out the necklace I bought him and other work by the seller go here: McMakinDesigns.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Discover the Dinosaurs

Today the family and I went to see Discover the Dinosaurs at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I love Dinosaurs. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a super Dinosaur nerd. I even have a Brontosaurus tattoo on my foot. So we went to this event and saw some animatronic Dinosaurs. It really was cool to see but it was not worth the $16 admission. We walked through it in about 20 minutes and while there were extra things for the kids to do, you had to pay extra money for "tickets" to do the extra things. So total, to do every single event and see all the dinosaurs it would cost $36 per person. That is just ridiculous to me. While it was fun to see today, I won't ever go back unless they seriously lower the admission price. 


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