Tuesday, May 17, 2011

So much to do!

Right now I feel like my heart is about to beat out of my chest! I just scheduled my final 2 tests in order to become a licensed pharmacist. The first one I have known will be June 2nd, the week after we get back from our honeymoon. The other 2 tests I have been waiting to get the okay to schedule from the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. I didn't think I would already have the permission today, but apparently it comes through email not snail mail! I was able to schedule one of the tests for June 17th and the next for June 20th. I'm not sure how long it takes after the tests to be licensed, but hopefully this means I could be licensed by early July. 

I know we have spent the last 4 years preparing for this, but I still don't feel ready! The fact that my job depends on this test is making me very nervous. Now that I know the dates I think I will be more motivated to study though. I know it's happening now. 

On top of all of this craziness, the wedding is in FOUR days! And since today is almost over, it's really in THREE days! I absolutely cannot believe it. It has been a crazy week so far.

Sunday we had a shower given to us by our very sweet Sunday school class. We had brunch, and they gave us a book they had put together with their advice about marriage. I'm so thankful for their prayers and support!

I have also had a review at school this week, which is hopefully helping me prepare for this test. It was all day yesterday, all day today, and takes half the day tomorrow. Tonight, I also had dinner with some friends at the Last Resort Grill in Athens. It was so much fun. And the food was very yummy as always! :)

Tomorrow, after the half day of review, Charles and I are supposed to go on our sibling road trip. Jason went on the trip with his sisters, so we are going on one too, on a smaller scale. We are just day tripping, no time for over night stays at this point! I also have to practice walking in my wedding shoes and practice dancing with my dad tomorrow too!

Thursday is the only day this week that I don't have the whole day already planned. Jason and I are making dinner for our sweet friends the Grants. Sherry just had surgery to remove breast cancer and is still recovering. The rest of the day will probably be used to do last minute wedding things and maybe try to move a few more of my things. I really haven't had time to move much of my stuff down to the basement yet. But I guess that doesn't necessarily be done before the wedding. We will probably have more time when we get back from the honeymoon. Oh I guess I also need to pack for the honeymoon on Thursday too! There's just so much to do. In hindsight, I think doing all of this in such a short time frame was probably not the wisest decision, but we're going with it and it will be fine.

Friday, Mom and I are getting our nails done, I'm getting my hair done in Athens, and then we have the rehearsal dinner on Friday night. Kristen and Lilly, my wonderful bridesmaids, are going to spend the night since we will have to get up so early on Saturday to start getting ready. I can't believe it's time for the wedding already. The last 30 days have gone by so quickly!

Saturday, we will be married! YAY! :) Then Sunday morning we are headed to St. Lucia. I cannot wait. I feel in dire need of a vacation right now. It will be so nice to just relax and not have to do anything! :)

Can't wait to marry him! :)

4 days until MRS. ELLIS!!!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Kristen Kinamon, Pharm.D

Or technically you could call me Dr. Kinamon... But no pressure or anything! 

Saturday was my graduation from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Friday night we had a senior banquet to celebrate and give out some awards. Then Saturday was the big day!

After six long years of school, I am so very glad to be graduated. It still does feel a little bit surreal. I don't really feel any different today than I did last week. Also the fact that we still have to take the boards and get licensed which means there is still studying to do doesn't really make me feel very done with school just yet. 

So Saturday we got up early to head to Athens. Graduation was on the volleyball court in the Ramsey Center. Charles and Jason's parents met us there. Then I had to put on my cap and gown. Honestly the gowns were a little ugly. Apparently the pharmacy school color is a nasty green so it looked weird on the black. After getting the cap and gown on I had to go back stage to get in line in alphabetical order (hopefully my last line ever!). We waited for what seemed like forever before we finally went in and sat down. Luckily I'm in the middle of the alphabet so I got to watch all the people in front of me so I would know what to do! The dean and our class president gave their addresses then the name calling began. We got a certificate, then we all got hooded. At a graduate school graduation you get hooded. Then we all shook hands with the dean and had our picture made. There are only 121 people from my class that graduated. I'm so glad it was a small number. I can't imagine having to graduate with all of UGA! 

After taking a bunch of pictures we all went to lunch to celebrate!

Getting the gown on

Walking in

Me and Jason

With the future in laws


With the fam :)
Overall, a good day :)

So now we are down to one countdown:

12 Days until Dr. Ellis!! :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

It's MAY!

In case you haven't noticed it is now May 1st! We are officially in the month of graduation and the wedding! Woo Hoo! :)

Friday Mom and I had our final planning meeting with Flint Hill to give the final head count and finish up everything with decorations. It was pretty easy. All of that is officially done. After the meeting Mom and I headed to the mall to do some shopping. I needed some new shorts and stuff for the honeymoon and a dress for graduation and the rehearsal dinner. It was a very successful day! We were able to get lots of good stuff and even found two great dresses. And everywhere we went was having amazing sales. One of the sales was just because of the royal wedding. So thank you William and Kate for getting married on Friday so I could have 40% off at Banana Republic!! :)

Then Saturday my bridesmaids and I went shopping for their shoes. We were able to find some that they both like and feel comfortable wearing. And it was fun to hang out with them! 

Jason has been gone all weekend. He went on a bachelor motorcycle ride with his sisters. They went up to North Carolina and have been riding through the mountains all weekend. He has been sending me pictures all weekend.

River they stopped at

Mountain top view

Jason being attacked by a bear in Cherokee, NC

Jason's bike with new saddle bags
They are on their way home now, but it sounds like they had a great time! Charles and I are trying to figure out what we are going to do for my bachelorette sibling time. We don't have an entire weekend, so it will have to be a day trip.

The wedding plans are coming along. Tomorrow Jason and I are meeting with our pastor and the musician to figure out exactly how the ceremony will go and all the processional and recessional song. Hopefully after tomorrow we will have all the song information for the programs so we can get them printed. Tuesday I have my trial run for the hair. That should be fun! I'm excited to get that figured out as well. Mom and I were also talking about how we need to get all the gifts from the showers washed and ready to use and start moving my clothes and things downstairs to our apartment. Wow. I can't believe in less than 3 weeks we will be married!

Graduation is this Saturday, May 7th. This is definitely a busy time. Our class is having a graduation party on Thursday night. On Friday, we have a class meeting to get our gowns and a senior banquet. Then graduation on Saturday morning! At least I have started studying for the boards this weekend. I am praying for good time management skills over the next 3 weeks!!

6 days until graduation!
20 days until the wedding!!


Jason preached at the church we have been going to last Sunday. He was nervous about preaching on Easter because he never has before. The pastor of the church spoke in the main sanctuary, and they had a second service in the youth room for youth and "young adults". So actually, it ended up being the group Jason is most used to talking to! 

Jason's sermon was about being good enough. A lot of people think that all it takes to get to heaven is to be a good person. But really, that's not true. You have to be forgiven to get to heaven. Jason asked us to rate ourselves on a scale of 1 to 100 of how good we thought we were. According to God's standards we are all 0's!! But the amazing thing is that Christ makes up the difference. Alone we are zeros and will never be good enough for God, but because of Jesus's death and resurrection we can all be 100's. 

Romans 3:20-23
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been known, to which the Law and Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God 

Jason wanted a new pink dress shirt for his Easter message... Here he is :)