Bee, Bee, Manatee!

I know everyone says this, but I can’t believe I’m writing this! I really, really can’t.

And I can prove why!

When I turned in my application about a month ago, I was usually talking Mr. Manatee’s ears off about one of two things: the wedding, and getting into nursing school. More specifically,

  1. Becoming a bee
  2. Getting into nursing school at our current university, not somewhere in a galaxy far far away (like East Texas)

Now I may have gotten a C in statistics, but when I saw on the website that only 5% of applicants got accepted as bees, I knew enough to know that 5% roughly translates to…


Image via Wormhole Riders

So earlier this month, when I got accepted to nursing school at my university, which is rumored to have a 10% acceptance rate, I calculated (and I had to Google the equation—doh!) that my chances of getting into nursing school AND getting a good email from Mrs. Pengy were…0.005%! Good Lord! Case closed. Or so I thought!

Now that you know I’m a complete nerd, you understand my reaction when I got the news! After stepping out of the shower and checking my mobile email on a whim, I ran to the front door in my towel to yell down the hall after Mr. Manatee, who had just stepped out. I probably scared him half to death! I’m betting my neighbors also think I’m a nut job for hanging my head out the door hollering, “I’M A BEEEEEE.”

No, lady, you are clearly not a bee—you’re a soaking wet person.

Given these odds, I really should have bought a lottery ticket! Either that or I’ll never win anything in my life ever, because I’ve used up all my impossible luck.

Anyway! We’re the Manatees, and we’re madly in love.


At our favorite college bar :)

Mr. Manatee is finishing up his last few months as a civil engineering student, and I’m a newly minted nursing student! We were born 2,563 miles apart, and it’s crazy to think that 100 years ago we may never have met! We met in college on a forced blind date by his roommate, who insisted we were perfect for each other! We were living it up after recent breakups on both sides, and neither of us was crazy about the idea. We finally agreed to meet, and the rest is history!

We’re the perfect balance! I’m a little silly and spontaneous, while he can be very reserved and likes to think things through. I could get lost in a cardboard box and he can navigate his way out of anywhere. We’ve been through some definite ups and downs, but we always get through it together!


We’ve been together for over two years, and we’ve been engaged for a year already! We’re ready to get this show on the road! We’re planning an ombre/watercolor, fun and laid-back celebration with around 100 of our favorite people. It’s hard to put a finger on our “theme,” but we’re going for fresh and fun with a variety of blues, gray, and maybe even a raspberry pink! Although we’re getting married at a B&B, you won’t find any chalkboards or Mason jars at our shindig!

So why the manatee? Well…we spend a TON of time in and around water? Or cuz it’s stinkin’ cute, that’s why!


Can’t wait to share our story with you and get to know the hive better!


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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  1. thimble Member
    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 3:42 pm

    Hooray! Welcome! I can’t wait to read more about your wedding

  2. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:44 pm

    How cute are you two?! Can’t wait to see more about your ombre wedding, love it!

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    rebecca, Guest @ 3:49 pm

    Can already tell you’re going to be one of my faves! So excited to hear about your wedding plans!!

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    sweetbee29 525 posts, Busy bee @ 4:01 pm

    Good luck!! Have you started school yet?? If not, I would encourage you to get as much done as possible. If you have started, you will be fine as long as you have good help. I went to nursing school in San Antonio, where I live.

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 4:07 pm

    Yay, Miss Manatee! I’m also planning a wedding while in school so I’m excited to hear about your journey (I’m in my last year of undergraduate and applying to graduate schools). You two are adorable and your theme definitely sounds fun and fresh!

  6. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:39 pm

    You’re very cute. Welcome!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 4:43 pm

    Welcome! Your self-description is hilarious – especially the part about getting lost in a cardboard box. That made me laugh. :)

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    MsTiger 5 posts, Newbee @ 4:46 pm

    You two are so cute! I can’t wait to read more about your plans!

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    Yikes, Guest @ 4:58 pm

    Uh, good luck planning a wedding when starting nursing school…that’s going to be a lot to deal with. Hope you’re prepared.

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 5:01 pm

    @Yikes: I realize its going to be tricky, but I won’t be the first to plan while in professional school! Some bees have been in law or med school! I start in January, so I have a few more months to get stuff done, and as you’ll read soon, I have most of it done already!

  11. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:05 pm

    What a cute couple, I can’t wait to hear more about you and your fun wedding! And congrats on nursing school, so much good news in such amount of time, you must be so excited 😀

  12. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:06 pm

    *such a small amount of time (I blame the wine I’m currently drinking)

  13. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 5:28 pm

    You two are so cute! Welcome to the Hive!

  14. dalmatian Member
    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 5:34 pm

    Welcome! So excited to have another nursing bee :) And I LOVE ombre, so I can’t wait to see how your work that in!

  15. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:37 pm

    Welcome! Can’t wait to see your ombre details! And the manatee is freakin adorable.

  16. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:08 pm

    Awww, welcome welcome Miss Manatee! Your excitement is super cute.

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    ED13 143 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:32 pm

    Miss Manatee, I’m in grad school full time/work part time/am a part time instructor/have 3 practicums and still manage to plan a wedding – you can totally do it!! And yay, month twins! :)

  18. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:38 pm

    you two are so cute. Your excitement is so contagious!

  19. otter Member
    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:03 pm

    You are PRECIOUS! I can’t wait to

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    mrsmaskatobe 1710 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:05 pm

    Yay! You’re the bee planning a wedding closest to me [OKC] and you’re around my age! Congrats!!! So excited to read more!

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    MissyJ, Guest @ 7:39 pm

    Wow you’re so young! I don’t know understand all the hurry to get married, especially in Texas. Soooo many young brides.

  22. msdoe Member
    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 7:59 pm

    Welcome lady! :)

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 8:00 pm

    Welcome, Miss Manatee! I drive by your venue every day on my way to work and can’t wait to see how it works for you. I’ve hosted business events there with great success and always wondered what it would be like to have a wedding there!

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:47 pm

    Could hardly wait to hear your story and your wedding plans!

  25. Member
    lmc09d 36 posts, Newbee @ 6:05 am

    Congrats! PS I planned while in law school so you will be fine as long as you don’t procrastinate :)

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 6:17 am


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    BrideLawyer 31 posts, Newbee @ 7:27 am

    Looking forward to reading more about your planning! I’m also a North Texas bride so I can’t wait to hear all about your vendor searches and ideas!

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 7:42 am

    Congrats! Welcome :) You two are adorable!!

  29. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:00 am

    Welcome to the Hive, Manatee! Your icon is just the cutest.

  30. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:01 am

    Welcome! Congrats on Nursing School and becoming a Bee!! Can’t wait to hear about your Texas wedding!

  31. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 9:42 am

    welcome! so excited to hear about your watercolor (i’m obsessed too)!

  32. warbler Member
    warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 3:20 pm

    Welcome to the Bee!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:43 pm

    Awww yay! Such a cute icon! Welcome welcome welcome!

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