Thursday, May 31, 2012

21 and havin' fun!

Yay! It's finally my turn... my 21st birthday!

I am the last one out of all my friends to turn 21, and I am so excited for all them to share in my special celebration! For now I am keeping it low-key and just doing a family dinner tonight and a special birthday date night with Andrew tomorrow. Next week I'm excited to go out to dinner with some of my friends from school as a reunion/birthday celebration!

What to wear for the outing with my girls next week?! Here are a few Pinterest inspired ideas.

Do I buy a new maxi skirt for the occasion?! via
Colored jeans and a cute top?! via
or do I accessorize a cute white sundress and wedges?! via

What do you wear for a fun birthday outing with your girls!?

xoxo ryann

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

poolside page-turners!

I remember when the phrase "summer reading" used to make me sigh and roll my eyes. In high school, "summer reading" meant reading a book (or a few!) that I really didn't want to, writing a report on it, and being ready to discuss it once school started. At least I actually read them, unlike most of my fellow classmates!

However, now that I am an English major, "summer reading" is the best kind of reading for me, because I get to read exactly what I want! Don't get me wrong, I love my major and all the courses I've taken (for the most part), but it's so great having the opportunity to read for pleasure in the summer!

I received a Kindle touch for Christmas that desperately needs some lovin'! I have started creating a list of books I want to read this summer that includes, but is not limited to:

Along with my summer reading aspirations comes curiosity- I've seen a few things about the site Goodreads as I have explored the blogging world- anyone use it and love it? It seems like an awesome site to keep track of what you have read and discover new titles. I just created an account and am trying to figure out what it's all about... look me up on Goodreads, username ryannkroske !

What are your must-reads for this summer? Read any that you just HAVE to share? I love discovering new titles and authors!

xoxo ryann

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

catching up.. instagram style!

Exams are over, so now it's time to play!

I completed my junior year after 3 final papers, 2 final exams, and 1 comprehensive project! I'm finally back home and I can't believe it's summertime. I felt like it took forever to get here, and now I don't know what to do with myself! Since exams have been over, I've gotten to do some pretty fun things, and I've been blowing up my Instagram... it's my new favorite form of social media! If you're on Instagram and don't follow me already, check out my snapshots under the name [ ryannkroske ]! Here's what I've been up to!

Saying Goodbye
This is my ZTA Little sister, Lauren. She has quickly become one of my very best friends, and I am sad to say that she is transferring to UVA next year to become a part of their nursing program. Though I will miss her, I am so extremely proud of all her hard work and her bravery to pursue her dreams! We had a going away dinner for her during exam week and it was a great last hurrah!

Celebrity Spotting!
Oh, casual, just me with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts! Andrew and I went to the BMW Pro-Am golf tournament that happens every year as part of the Nationwide Tour. I went specifically to find Jay and Joe Don (also of Rascal Flatts!)

Quality Time with Andrew!
 Now that Andrew is back from Italy and I'm done with school, it's been great to spend time together eating meals, hanging out with our families, exercising together, or just hanging out!

Catching Up with Friends!
Here is Parkes, one of my best high school friends, and her sweet boyfriend Zach. Andrew and I went on a double date wth them to the annual Greek Festival downtown. Andrew and I have a hard time finding couples to go out with, and it was so much fun enjoying the authentic Greek food and great music with them. Speaking of catching up, my other bestie Natalie is FINALLY back from Spain! If you're reading this, Natalie, it's our turn to catch up next! :)

Wofford Traditions!
Wofford graduation was this past Sunday, and I went especially to see my ZTA Big Sister, Allie, walk across the stage. She has been so wonderful to me these past three years and I can never describe how much she means to me. It was great to see her and celebrate at graduation. Wofford's tradition is so strong, and I just love enjoying graduation in front of our Main building, seeing the grads handed Bibles signed by all the professors, and watching them take the traditional walk through the front gates. I literally cannot believe it will be my turn next year... it's so surreal. 

Transitioning to Life at Home
I'm really ashamed to share this, and I know it's not really worthy of "Instagramming", but I thought it was kind of funny so decided to share. This is my disaster of a room as I try to unpack from school- I'm going to try to get a lot done today. It's my goal to do a lot of organization and cleaning out of clutter this summer, so we'll see how that goes!

Relaxing... for now!
This is my favorite view, by far. Hanging out with my Kindle, my sweet doggy, and this awesome view of my backyard and the lake. It's my goal to read a good bit this summer and I'm taking advantage of every free moment to just relax and hang out before I begin my internship (YES! Employment! More on that later!). 

So, all this being said, I am thrilled to be back to the blogging world and spending more time reading all you all have to say! My Google Reader is full of fun posts to read and I couldn't be more excited! Happy Tuesday!!

xoxo, ryann

Saturday, May 12, 2012

the home stretch!

It is upon me... FINALS WEEK.

I have one paper, two exams, and a comprehensive project standing between me and sweet summertime! ...AND an internship interview Thursday morning along with moving out of my dorm. What a crazy week! Decided to take a little study break and explore Pinterest for some funny exam motivators to make me feel a little better.. I'm not the only one suffering!

Pretty sure this is me on my Chaucer exam on Tuesday. via
What is this "curve" they speak of?!?! If only. via
This is what English majors dream of. SO CLOSE! via
Congratulations to all my blog friends who are grown up and graduated... YOU DID IT! Enjoy your summer and all the exciting new things coming your way. Meanwhile, I'll be hanging out in the library, waiting for my turn next year! Wish me luck!

xoxo, ryann

PS- If you haven't yet, go check out Ashley's giveaway for some fun summer essentials!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

the prodigal boyfriend returns!

Just wanted to give a little update....


After 17 long weeks of ACM studying abroad with his fellow architecture students in Genova, Italy, he's back! I told him I wouldn't be able to make it to the airport to pick him up, but I was actually planning on surprising him all along and being there to greet him! Yesterday was the most wonderful day of catching up, eating at his favorite Mexican restaurant, and just enjoying time together! 

so excited we can't even keep our eyes open!

17 weeks later... things are back to normal!
ACM is all done with schoolwork, but unfortunately I have one more week of class (plus lots of final papers and projects) THEN exams. So, with that being said, I'll be gone from the blog world for about a week and half in order to make sure I buckle down and end the semester right. 

Thank you to all my blog/Twitter friends for your encouragement all along the way and your excitement with me as I counted down the days to his arrival! It's a wonderful thing to have him back!

Hope you all have an excellent week and I will be back very soon!

xoxo, ryann