April 20, 2018

Our first HOME


We started looking at homes last summer, shortly after we got married, but we decided to just slowly look and we'd figure it out eventually. In the fall, after the weather cooled down a little we started looking again more seriously. We went and toured a few before Thanksgiving, just trying to get an idea of what area, size, etc. Before Christmas we were very serious. We knew we wanted a house. We got an official realtor, and went looking at houses almost every night for a couple months. I figure we walked through about 200 homes, and looked at a couple thousand online. But, we finally found the one for us. We moved in on our anniversary, which was so fun. We talked about how a year ago we were getting married, and how we never pictured we would be in our first house a year later. It is funny how sometimes in life you never know how much can change in such a short period of time. We are starting to get settled in, but we are doing some painting this weekend. The previous owner really liked all sorts of bright colors, and we are going for a more neutral look. ;) Here are a few swatches of the two colors we are deciding between. I'll do an update after we finish with the before/after.


January 11, 2018

CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK

New York, NY, USA
Earlier this year, I was planning my trip home for Christmas. My mom talked about driving from Virginia to New York to go and see The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. It sounded really fun, so we bought tickets.

I had been to New York in December once before and I remember the temperature being pretty mild. Well...when we were there it was the COLDEST EVER. They had some arctic air coming in from Canada so there was an advisory for wind chill. If you've ever been to the east coast during winter, you know that the humidity makes the cold temperatures even worse. It doesn't matter how many layers you put on it, it just goes right through you. We still made the best of it and enjoyed our time, but if we look frozen in these pictures, that is why.

We made sure to get pizza for dinner the first night in New York, because you can't go to NYC without getting pizza the size of your head. After dinner we walked 30 blocks to Levain Bakery to try out their famous cookies. (I love cookies) Warm cookies were a really good incentive when I couldn't feel my toes or hands, or anything.

After the cookies, we visited Times Square for a few minutes, and then headed to Rockefeller Center to get in line for The Rockettes. The chandelier was incredible! I was amazed at how well the Rockettes stayed in sync with each other during each dance. They were phenomenal. The photo of the skyline is a gorgeous view from the hotel room.

The following morning we got up and headed back into the city and saw the One World Trade Center. The last time I was in New York, they were still working on completing this so it was really special to see it in person and remember that day where so many lost their lives.

This trip was so special to me because I was able to be with the 5 people who mean the most to me. I don't get to see my family very often so when I do, my heart is full.

January 3, 2018

Dreams for 2018

I decided to make a REALISTIC bucket list for 2018
  • see Taylor Swift in concert
  •  visit at least one of the following National Parks:
    • yosemite
    • banff
    • mount rainier
    • redwoods
    • crater lake
    • glacier
  • start & finish the 1st year of my master's degree
  • hike the subway in Zion
  • go to the Arizona State fair
  • hike The Wave
  • hike Flat Iron
  • buy a house + make it a home
  • master how to cook my favorite meals
  • hang up more photos
  • write in my journal
  • be more present
  • learn a new skill
  • read more books
  • save money for a rainy day
  • learn how to photograph the milky way
  • visit the Oregon coast
  • be promoted to an information security role at work

January 2, 2018

10 FAVORITE MOMENTS 2 0 1 7

WHAT A YEAR! I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE HIGH'S AND LOW'S OF THIS YEAR, THE MEMORIES MADE, THE LESSONS LEARNED, AND THE AMAZING PEOPLE WHO BRING MY HEART SO MUCH JOY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT TRULY MATTERS MOST!

1. ENGAGED



2. BRIDAL SHOWER




3. MARRIED
4. HONEYMOON
5. CAMPING
6. VIRGINIA
7. WEDDING OPEN HOUSE
8. ARCHES + CANYONLANDS
9. DISNEYLAND + CALIFORNIA
10. CHRISTMAS + THE ROCKETTES
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