The Squirrels Have Arrived!

Hello hive!!

I am so excited to become Miss Squirrel and share all of our wedding details with you! I got Mrs. Penguin’s email late Friday afternoon. Things were pretty quiet around the office. My coworkers were starting to head home and I was finishing a few things up before I saw my last patient of the day. I was sitting in my office, I saw the email, and my heart didn’t even pitter-patter because I figured it was a no-go. Then as I skimmed the page…BAM…I saw a link to the characters. I freaked! YES! In those 0.5 seconds I sent a quick prayer that no one had been selected between Miss Bat and me so my first choice of animal was still available. Double YES!

My brain was running a million miles a minute—I got accepted! I forwarded Mr. Squirrel the email and sent a quick text that said (not to paraphrase or anything) “OMG.OMG.OMG. Check your email!” I snapped an awkward pic to attempt to document the excitement, then pulled it together, put on my big-girl face, and slipped off to see my patient! I feel so privileged to be picked, and I cannot wait to share this journey with all of you!


Miss Squirrel

I was born and raised in a large rambunctious Catholic family in Ohio. We are all up in each other’s business and have a lot of fun together. I now live in the sunny Tampa, Florida where I work as a genetic counselor at a cancer center. I love love love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s incredibly rewarding and every day I am reminded to treasure even the smallest of moments. I craft, therefore I am. Just kidding, I am not that intense! I do love a good DIY as much as the next person and feel like my head is exploding with ideas. (Oh Pinterest…) I love to be outside, whether that is spending the day at the beach, biking, or reading under a lonely tree. A good bargain rocks my world, and I prefer to think of myself as “thrifty” yet impulsive. Generally, they balance each other out.

Meet Mr. Squirrel. Some bees have cute little nicknames for their men. Just know when I say “favorite person ever,” I’m talking about this guy:


He is the best! He is originally from Arkansas and a beer definitely brings out the twang. In spite of that, he is a city boy at heart. Mr. Squirrel loves art, music, and adventures! He is extremely laid-back and can get along with anyone. He hates pickles but since meeting me has learned to appreciate the wonders of a green pepper. He complements me very well (AKA, calms my crazies!). We have big plans for our future and a large drooling hairy puppy is next on the agenda.

There were many reasons I knew we just had to be the Squirrels.

1. From an obvious standpoint, squirrels live in the middle of forest (OK fine…at least a tree on the side of the road). Our wedding is going to be very woodsy and whimsical. Picture long feasting tables that are covered in moss and candlelight. There will be large oak trees with cafe lights twinkling in the air. I imagine we may even have a few squirrels as surprise guests at our reception! It will be playful, full of laughter and love.

2. I was that awkward child who couldn’t pronounce her “R” sound. With the help of a speech therapist, and only minor emotional trauma, around second grade I finally learned how to. Unfortunately, a few R-heavy words still gave me trouble and instead of attempting them, I made a conscious effort never to speak these particular words:

  • rural (Instead I would say country, or outside the ‘burbs.)
  • drawer (dresser)
  • quarrel (fight, argue)

And the last one…

  • squirrel

Can you imagine? Years of my life went by and I can guarantee I never said the word! Unfortunately, there are no synonyms for the word squirrel. At first I tried chipmunk, but a chipmunk is like a squirrel’s third cousin, once removed. It doesn’t even come close. Somewhere in the middle of my teenage angst I decided to buck up and start calling a squirrel what it is…a squirrel. :) I feel like it is just icing on the cake that now I get to be Miss Squirrel! Take that, speech impediment!

Now for your viewing pleasure, I present my “Holy cow, I’M MISS SQUIRREL” face:


I cannot wait to share more wedding details with everyone! Get ready for a little midsummer dreaming. :)

All photos personal


Mrs. Squirrel

Tampa, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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  1. Member
    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 11:07 am

    Welcome and congrats!! :)

  2. Member
    missgemini 620 posts, Busy bee @ 11:16 am

    Excited to read your posts!
    And I’m curious to see your Pinterest boards 😉

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 11:20 am

    Welcome! Your R issues made me think of my mom (the first grade and therefore phonics teacher) who can’t say wheelbarrow, Marlboro or sadly her birthday May Thirty-first without serious concentration. So way to go on taking on the squirrel!

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    missmovies 351 posts, Helper bee @ 11:26 am

    Welcome and congrats! I’m a country girl myself, so I’m thrilled to hear about your woodsy wedding!

  5. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 am

    You are so funny! I’m really looking forward to reading about your wedding plans!

  6. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:39 am

    Welcome Miss S!!!!

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 11:51 am

    Yay, welcome Miss Squirrel! You are absolutely hilarious and I am so looking forward to reading all about your wedding planning!

  8. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:28 pm

    Welcome Miss Squirrel!!

  9. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:37 pm

    welcome! so excited to have you!

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    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:40 pm

    I LOVE The pic!! Welcome!! Can’t wait to hear about your wedding!

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    misscountrygirl727 2658 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:05 pm


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    misscountrygirl727 2658 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:10 pm

    I still to this day have a problem with the word “roar”, unless I concentrate on saying it, it’s going to come out as “woar” and with my country twang it sounds like “war”. LOL

  13. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:18 pm

    Welcome! So glad to have you as part of the hive! :)

  14. mslyre Member
    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 1:36 pm

    Welcome!! Can’t wait to read all about your wedding!

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:41 pm

    Welcome Miss Squirrel, you’re so hilarious!

    …At first I tried chipmunk, but a chipmunk is like a squirrel’s third cousin, once removed…. hahaha I love that.

    My brother had to get speech therapy for his R’s too, he did this weird thing where he rolled his R’s on his cheek instead of the roof of his mouth.

    can’t wait to

  16. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:45 pm

    Yay welcome! I love your surprised expression! And we are dying to get a furbaby too. I think that will be my Christmas present, yayy :)

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 2:18 pm

    @DEBeachGirl: That’s so funny that she has specific words too!!
    @missmovies: Yay! As you’ll soon see, I don’t really consider myself much of a country girl, but Mr. Squirrel has enough country for the both of us :)

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 2:20 pm

    @MissCountryGirl727: aww! I feel your pain! I swear, it’s all mental :)
    @Mrs. Wallaby: I literally think about puppies all day long. I cannot wait!!!! I love that you are getting one so soon after your wedding. I have Mr. Squirrel mostly on that same wavelength!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:06 pm

    The squirrels are adorable and I just love your acceptance picture!

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:16 pm

    i didn’t/don’t have a speech impediment but i too don’t like that word rural…i feel like i’m choking on my words or something! haha. i also would never name my child “Rory” for the same reason! haha

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:49 pm

    Welcome! I have a penchant for squirrels. It’s my sorority’s mascot! Go Alpha Gam!

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    desiree.0615 772 posts, Busy bee @ 6:48 pm

    Welcome Miss Squirrel!!! So excited to hear all about your wedding plans!!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:00 pm

    Welcome! I can’t wait to hear about your wedding! it sounds gorgeous!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:36 pm

    Welcome to the hive!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 9:39 pm


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