Posted by: drewandbri | November 23, 2011


I have started watching a new show, of which I watched the entire first season yesterday. It’s called the League, and it comes on FX. It centers around guys who play fantasy football together, and it is superb. It’s actually a show that I think couples would enjoy, as there is considerable banter about things that are not football. One of the guys catches flak from his fellow players about the fact that his wife basically runs his team and makes the decisions. This leads me to the topic of females entering into the fantasy sports arena with their significant others.

Bri and I, along with my brother and sister-in-law and some other couples, filled out March Madness brackets this year. I honestly made my worst picks ever, blah blah blah, and I lost to Bri. As my reward, I got to cook her a 3 course dinner, complete with candles and wine and homemade Hibachi. (I would like to clarify that we did NOT have Hibachi that night, but beef stroganoff.. ;))The scoring was flawed, I didn’t spend enough time preparing, heck, my sister-in-law picked the higher-seeded team to win every single game, and that’s how she won. I could rant about this for days, my excuses will just keep in flowing.

Bri and I were supposed to play fantasy football together this year, but I missed the deadline. I’m very disappointed as, despite being sub-500 in my league, I am extremely confident in my potential. I’m just not convinced that most females have the dedication to watch the waiver wire and the speed to get to your computer quick enough to pick up Demarco Murray in the first quarter after he just went 93 yards.

My question is this, should there be segregation in the fantasy sports arena? From a male’s perspective, what do I have to gain? It’s called the Boise State principle. None of the big-name schools want to play Boise State because if they win, everybody writes it off as just beating Boise State. When they lose though, as they undoubtedly do, then they just lost to Boise State. If I beat my fiance, then I lose. If I lose to my fiance, then I still lose, just much worse.

So upon further review, there is indisputable evidence that:

My fiance is SO amazing, she even wants to play fantasy sports with me. πŸ™‚

Posted by: drewandbri | November 23, 2011


I was talking to a friend recently and apparently right after you get married, you’re supposed to go on a trip somewhere? They call it a honeymoon? Well needless to say, that was all the shove I needed to actually pop the question. It’s basically an easy excuse to go somewhere awesome with my best friend. Everyone says that you should just relax for your honeymoon, go to the beach and get massages and drink appletinis, save your energy for other things…But…

Half of the decisions I make in my life are to do have that story to tell my friends later on, however, so I think we are going to do it big. I have saved up frequent flyer miles from trips overseas in the past and using airline credit cards, and I currently have enough for both of us to go to Europe. We are considering going for either 10 days or 17 days, to France, Italy and Greece, and going on a Mediterranean cruise if we stay for the extra week. It will be some sightseeing, some sitting on the beach, and all getting to hang out with my WIFE!Β 

What do you guys suggest?

Posted by: drewandbri | November 23, 2011


In the past, Bri and I have had conversations concerning the word fiance. I think it sounds pretentious when someone says, “Oh my fiance and I are heading to Park Avenue to drink wine and talk about the problems we’ve had recently with our Mercedes'”. Now I have no choice really though, unless I am to refer to her as the amazing woman who I am engaged to, or my future wife, etc. Speaking of, she is pretty amazing. She knows I am not a huge fan of my current job, and so she does little things like sending me a corny joke in the middle of my day every Monday, or silly pick-up line every Wednesday. Check these out πŸ˜‰

2 Hats are sitting on a hat rack. The first hat says to the second, “You stay here, I’m gonna go on a head.”


What did the pony say when he had a sore throat?

Pardon me, I’m just a little hoarse.


How do you ask a dinosaur to have brunch with you?

Tea, Rex?


Posted by: drewandbri | November 18, 2011

The Proposal

Well, I’ll start by saying that Andrew and I have been talking about our future together and marriage for awhile. One day in July we had an unexpected conversation about exactly when we would get married, and agreed that next summer looked like a pretty darn good time to get hitched.Β 

So, I knew we would be getting engaged sometime before the end of the year, but really had no idea when. His sister-in-law would tell me at the beginning of every month, “I think it’s going to happen this month. I just have a feeling!” …well, she was bound to be right eventually, and this month she was. πŸ˜‰ Ironically, we went to dinner and a movie together the night before Andrew proposed – I’m impressed she was able to keep it a secret, as she’s been almost as excited as Andrew and I are!

Anyway, I woke up at 6:29AM on Thursday morning to the sound of someone coming into my room. Obviously I wasn’t expecting company at such an early hour, one minute before my alarm was set to go off. Andrew came in, and told me that since we both didn’t have to work that day, that I could sleep in for a little bit. I was beyond confused, and I know he enjoyed seeing me try to work through what he was saying while I was still half-asleep. Finally he explained that he had called my boss and taken the day off for me, and that he’d taken the day off as well, so that we could spend the day together. I couldn’t even sleep in after that, because I was still worried that somehow he had confused things and they would be expecting me at work still. πŸ˜‰

We slept in, made a big breakfast and caught up on some tv. Then, after getting ready, we headed to Downtown Disney to walk around and eat lunch at a fun restaurant called “The T-rex Cafe.” It’s a dinosaur themed restaurant (Andrew warned you that I really like dinosaurs ;)), and we had a lot of fun!

Next, we made the two and a half hour drive to Crystal River, a cute little place we had taken a mini vacation to about 6 months ago. When we were there the first time we found a tiny, private beach with a long fishing pier, where we had watched a gorgeous sunset. After hanging out on one side of the beach for awhile, I knew something was up. Andrew was sneakily (but not so sneakily) texting, and seemed to barely hear a word I was saying.

After awhile he suggested going over to the pier to set up some chairs and hang out. Once we got there we stood overlooking the water, and he told me he had a surprise for me. He took out a photo book he had had made for me, that included pictures of our last two years together, and some very sweet song lyrics and words. At the end, it told me to count to ten and turn around, and he was on one knee! He asked me to marry him, and I said YES!

Right after he proposed!!

After that, we made the long drive back to Longwood to tell my family in person. There was no way I could tell anyone before telling my parents, but it was so hard not calling anyone on the 3 hour ride home, so I ended up calling my best friend, (& MOH!) Kristina, to tell her the news! Andrew must have answered dozens of questions from me about who knew, how he asked my dad, etc. on the way home. He also told me that he had someone taking a video and pictures of the proposal as well! Once we get those, I’ll be sure to add some of those pictures. Well, as we walked into my parents house, there was a surprise party with my family and all of our close friends!! I was soΒ surprised!! It meant so much to me to be able to have all of them in one place celebrating with us. πŸ™‚

It was a perfect day! All of the teachers I work with kept telling me that I had found a “good one,” and that I better keep him…Andrew did an amazing job with the proposal, but one of my favorite things about him is that he’s sweet, romantic and thoughtful all of the time. I’m grateful for so many little things he does for me, like bringing me a Pillow Pet and medicine when I’m sick, or sending me a funny picture he’ll think I like, or buying my little brother a birthday gift.Β 

Andrew Beverly, I can’t wait to marry you. πŸ™‚

Posted by: drewandbri | November 17, 2011

The Newbie’s: Explained

Leave your fiance to get your shared blog up and running, and in one night he’s already made three new posts! I figured I should jump in here before he doubles that number when he’s bored at work tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

Andrew made a short and sweet introduction for us, but here’s a little more detailed overview of how our blog will probably work.

You’ll know when it’s me (Bri!) posting, because I’ll use a cute, girly font (once I figure out how to change it..) and color, and Andrew will probably use the default settings. I will also overuse smiley and winkey faces, and call them things like “smiley and winkey faces.” Andrew’s posts will be better written, funnier, and much more sarcastic than mine. I will mostly blog about the adventures of planning a wedding, things I’ve found on Pinterest, funny things my 3 year old students say, and (one day!) being a newlywed and a new teacher. Andrew’s blog topics will be mostly about being a high school sex-ed teacher, sports, traveling, and funny things he’s found on the internet. πŸ˜‰Β 

Our blog name “The New B’s,” has multiple meanings..

  1. We will soon be the “new” Beverly’s!
  2. We are “newbies” in the teaching world – Andrew is teaching his first year of high school Health (which he also wishes could be his last.), and I am in my first year of teaching preschool.
  3. I’m sure there are more, but you’ll have to ask Andrew since he came up with this clever blog name.

Anyway, we are both excited to start our lives together, and to be blogging about it together as well. Not many girls have fiances or husbands who would not only be willing, but excited, to start a blog with them, so I can add that to my very long list of reasons of why I am the luckiest girl in the world. πŸ™‚

Tomorrow I’ll post about the proposal, so that then I can jump into posts about wedding planning!

Posted by: drewandbri | November 17, 2011

these are my students.

One of the assignments I had for my students last week was from the end of the chapter we were on about the dangers of tobacco use. I had them draw a picture of an organ of their choice(heart, lungs,brain, etc) on a sticky-note and write a quote underneath of what that organ might say to keep the individual from using tobacco.

The example I gave was a pair of lungs saying, “I don’t want to get cancer.” Of course, half of the class literally drew a pair of lungs saying, “I don’t want to get cancer.” At least they were listening for once!

I did have a few brave entrepreneurs who thought on their own, though. One student apparently had very strong feelings on the matter, since he turned in a liver that said, “Don’t F***ing use cigarettes.”

I thought for sure it couldn’t get better, but I did have another student that thought even further outside the box. He/She chose instead of a liver, to draw a terrible picture of a set of lungs. Underneath that they had scribbled, “At least do crack, that don’t affect me”

these are my students.


Posted by: drewandbri | November 17, 2011


Even though this is really only our second post, I feel it’s necessary to tell everyone that Briana loves dinosaurs. I just found this today and I already know she loves it.


Posted by: drewandbri | November 17, 2011

In the Beginning

We’re Briana Ciocco and Andrew Beverly, and we’ve embarked on an adventure together. We met under a meteor shower and have never looked back. We both teach students that act like 3 year olds; Bri is a Preschool Teacher Assistant for a class of 13 3-year old’s, Andrew is a high school Health Teacher for 187 mostly freshman students. Believe it or not, sometime in there we managed to get engaged, and well, So it begins…