360 days

Tonight as I was driving home from my parents I saw a house with chasing christmas lights and it made me think about how quick Christmas passes.  Just last week I was finishing up our last bit of wrapping and finalizing plans on whose house we were going to when, and now it’s all done and over. It always feels like a blink of an eye when the next week has rolled around and, as everyone always said, each year seems to go by quicker than ever. It’s crazy to see just how time flies … 

Alright, enough with the adult-look of how things have come to be, Christmas was totally awesome this year! It was my first Christmas with Stephen and I being married, waking up in our own place and all that. While It was crazy going from his parents to mine then back to his and back to mine again, it was still absolutely great!
We started the morning at our place, we broke my usual order and did the stocking first :)  We then swapped presents and had a grand fun time seeing what we hid from eachother over the past few months.  I love how much fun it is to see other people open presents, I really put a lot of thought into gifts, so seeing that they like what I choose is the best part! We went to my in-laws first and had the Ringl-famous Christmas breakfast casserole, followed by table-side laughter and gift swapping. A bit later we got to my parents and started the Wells 1-present-at-a-time Christmas tradition. Mom made her famous pigs-in-a-blanket and we had a ton of fun opening gifts in order from youngest to eldest. Matt and Helena were in St. Augustine and we were looking forward to hearing about Helena’s reaction when Matt surprised her with a christmas surprise, a puppy. My suspicions were right on target that she was ecstatic and very very pleased with his decision.
After a quick nap on the couch (a christmas tradition I am always in favor of) we ate some dinner, played 32-Races on MarioKart  with Mom and Dad Ringl, tested out Samba de Amigo with Jason, which was funny to watch, played our Traditional game of Christmas-Charades and then went back to our place where I soon after passed out in bed exhausted.

So there ya have it, our first married Christmas has come and gone, and I am counting down the next 360 days until the next one :)    I’m very fortunate to have a few days off this week. I actually caught up on laundry, gave the family dog Angel a bath, and soon enough updated our website for all of you! 
Below are a few ‘previews’ of our Christmas-Day fun … check out the pictures page for more 

time to bust out the Sega

time to bust out the Sega

! Samba de Amigo !

! Samba de Amigo !

Ahh, the Calendar

Ahh, the Calendar

a good year indeed

So the year of 2008 has been pretty awesome. Busy, yes. Exhausting, too many times to count. Worth it, without a doubt.  You may be asking yourself “Why was 2008 so awesome and busy Cassie?”  Well that is a great question, let me make a brief list of happenings/accomplishments from 2008 (thus far):

-Bro moved
-Stephen moved
-Got married
-Classes in the Spring
-Moved into our townhouse
-Job search
-papers, homework, tests, papers
-Became a substitute teacher (that was an experience)
-Classes in the summer
-Work, Work, School, Work
-Dad, Bro, Sis-in-law, Mom-R, Dad-R, Stephen, Mom Birthdays back to back
-School, more school, have I mentioned I don’t like school … ??
-Sister’s wedding/reception
-Attended 6 weddings for the year
-Got my mini from Stephen for Graduation (what I call my laptop)
-Thanksgiving trip to St. Augustine
-Term Papers Due Dec 2nd
-College Graduation
-Christmas Shopping, still in progress
-Rock Band (currently in progress)

so there you have it, the year of 2008 for Cassie Ringl, so far (sorry if I left something out).

So I bring this up for a few reasons, but one very main reason. Today I graduated with my Bachelors from college. A great and long-awaited accomplishment that I doubted would ever happen on many occasions. This morning we rushed to the Civic Center so I could wait in line with a lot of strangers to walk across the stage, receive a diploma book, shake some stranger’s hand and of course my favorite part of the day: hear my name pronounced incorrectly for the 738,000 time of my life. Yea, I don’t know why it’s so hard to tell the difference between Cassie and Casey, but for almost everyone in this world it is. So ya, Casey Ringl graduated today, congratulations to him/her!

I posted some pictures so take a look if you have a minute or two.  Enjoy! Oh, and happy shopping, only 11 days left til Christmas!!

27 Days

So today is saturday, november 29, which means there are 2 days until Dec 1 and 27 days until Dec 25th! For those of you who don’t know, Christmas is my absolute favorite day of the year :)  Not  only is it my favorite day, i love the christmas season as well. Now, what’s interesting and new about all of this is the fact that I am now married, which has changed my usual “christmas traditions” that I have gotten used to the [prior] 23 christmas’s of my life. My dad is the kinda guy that’s ready to pull out the Christmas movies, cd’s, lights and humming right around mid-October/early-November. Now Stephen on the other hand grew up differently than I did, Christmas wasn’t the center of exitment for him. So, with this new ‘life’ we are starting “our” Christmas traditions.

Tradition/(Rule #1 from Stephen) 
-Christmas paraphanelia does not come out until Dec 1 
  I feel I have done a great job at incorporating this new tradition in our home (which may change down the road…we will revote post-kids in a few years) ;)    The only Christmas item we have out is a Charlie Brown Christmas CD that Stephen himself purchased with an Amazon order to get free shipping. It’s definitely not trans-siberian orchestra, but I have enjoyed it the past few days.

Alright, now what is UBBER exciting for me right now is the fact that we are still at Matt and Helena’s so these rules do not apply at the moment.  Today we are going Christmas Tree shopping with them and after we get to decorate, eat chilli and watch ‘Fred Clause’. This is the day I have been waiting for since last years Christmas Tree purchase (okay, not literally, but I still looove it)!  Of course I can’t wait to get our own tree for our home, but being that we live in a townhouse w/ limited room our tree may be on the ‘smaller side’ this 1st Christmas. I feel I was lucky enough to talk Stephen out of a Christmas Tree-Poster to hang on the wall (of course I’m sure he was joking…I hope).

So 2 days from now I will be technically allowed (which means in the house, these rules of course don’t apply to when I’m in the car/at work) to pull out our Christmas movies, the 1 candle and schedule a tree-shopping day. We don’t really have that much that will change at the moment, but over the years I’ll get the decor to change that ::red and white to wrap on the stairs for giant ‘candy canes’, stockins for the fireplace, and my much desired nativty set (which stephen has begged we build out of lego’s – he’s one-of-a-kind).

Well alright folks, now you have it, my excitement for today typed out on the internet!  Pictures are being added from the trip as I empty my camera onto my lappy (which is another story I will share later!)  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hopefully you have all your in-store Christmas shopping done becuase the craziness has officially begun!  

-Bye for now,
p.s. I need a signature ‘sign off’ phrase … If you have any clever, fun or awesome idea’s drop them my way through a comment, or even a telephone call  ;)

here we go

Well this is me, Cassie, the lovely and lucky wife of Stephen (aka Ringl). Funny story actually, I myself did not know that Stephen had another name other than “Ringl” until after we started dating … no joke! I never thought past Ringl because it was so unusual, and now I sit here today with that very last name.

Now, 3 1/2 years later, we are enjoying life as newlyweds, living in our own place and getting to know the nitty-gritty about one another. For instance, did you know Stephen Ringl likes to collect pieces of old computers, I had no idea, not until he told me I couldn’t get rid of all these boxes he has and we are currently storing. I myself am an anti-pack rat, If it isn’t being used than it should be given to someone who can use it, or dumped at goodwill. I meant honestly, who can use a 15 year-old laptop?  Only 1 person that I can think of … which is one of the many things I am learning to love ;-)

So let’s see, I have revealed a fun fact about our past and a new-found habit … I think that’s a good start for a Friday night.  Now, I will try to pay attention to our most recent acquired Netflix movie  ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’.  I’ll leave you to wonder “which of the 2 Ringl’s added this one to the queue?”    Have fun!