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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Five years ago today...

And just for fun.... us in high school. Nine years ago.
We're hitting that 10 year mark pretty soon. I can't wait ♥

My dearest, as we're embarking on another year of being us, I had to take some time to reflect on years past....

Year one was about settling in, enjoying ourselves and getting over the shock of what we'd done. We were so young, so poor, so naive. It was beautiful. It's easy to romanticize that time, so I'll admit it wasn't easy, but it was the start to something beautiful. And you have to start somewhere!

Year two was fun. We were transitioning out of college, playing with our growing nephew, experimenting with just living life as "adults". We were a little less young, a little less poor and a little less naive. I started this blog (yikes) and you jumped in right behind me to support my crazy. We went through vegetarian and vegan phases, lemon cayenne detox weeks and the Four Hour Body (you were right about that one, by the way). We kept busy, worked a ton of jobs, and just squeezed by... I'm so glad we kept up the hard work.

Year three was about growing as individuals. We were past college, finding our way in the world, through new jobs, new interests, new friends & a new house. We kept ourselves going one day, one weekend, one month at a time. But against the odds, we made it through. Older & more ready to take on another year.

Year four was about growing as a couple. We added a dog to our little clan, settled into new routines and developed new plans. We also settled even more into each other, learning to trust & love in a way that wasn't possible even a year ago. I love how much we've grown and matured over the past 12 months. The way you talk to me, look at me, rest with me is a blessing. I hope you feel the same.

Happy five years to us. I can't wait to see where we're at 365 days from now ♥

To see our marriage evolve over the years, here's all of my marriage posts. And year two, three & four.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Open Road Song

I'm going to see this girl! ♥

It's been a while since I've jumped in the car and gone on a road trip, and I've never actually done a road trip by myself. I got it in my mind that a solo road trip was going to happen this summer. It just felt right & I just knew it was something I needed to do at least once in my life. And why not now?

So I started planning a trip to visit my dad at his summer job in Casper, WY, but the timing just kept not working out. And then I found out my mom was flying to Missouri to visit my sister July 4th weekend.... and then I found out my dad was flying in from Wyoming to be with them too... and THEN I looked at a calendar & saw July 4th is on a Friday.

So I decided to join them.

I'll be making the 12 hour drive in two parts Wednesday after work (crashing with Jessica in Oklahoma) and Thursday, then back in one trip on Sunday. It's going to be a whirlwind trip for sure. But I'm homesick for family time, even if I have to go to a different state to get it!

Have a lovely holiday weekend. Stay safe. But enjoy yourself ♥ See you when I get back. I have some really awesome things I've been up to that I can't wait to share!

PS -- A road trip mix tape, if you missed it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Weekend It Was All About Me

This year I celebrated my birthday over three glorious, perfect, relaxing days. I had never taken off work on my birthday before & when it landed on a Friday this year, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. So I took off Friday & celebrated right through Sunday....

But since I decided to be selfish, I started my birthday celebrations off a little early & had a dinner with some girlfriends on Thursday night. We headed over to Maddens, where we shared mussels & I had my favorite dish in town: braised short rib enchiladas with black bean risotto. For dessert I indulged in my favorite dessert in town: the off the menu toasted marshmallow ice cream. Seriously, if you're ever in Bryan/College Station, Maddens is a must.

Then it was time for Friday. My extra free day. I slept in, ate breakfast in bed while Max watched patiently, and was off to get a massage before I knew it. We were actually really boring on Friday evening. We watched movies, ate pizza & drank champagne. But that was all I wanted to do. After Amelie was over, I fell asleep really happy & a year older.

We casually drove up to Dallas on Saturday to go to the new Pegasus Music Festival. There, we were pleasantly surprised by a great group of bands (including one made up of 12 & 14 year olds) & were completely overwhelmed seeing our favorite band, Brand New, for the first time in a few years. There's just something inspirational and moving getting to see your favorite band live. I threw myself into the music & afterwards we got fancy cocktails and walked around downtown Dallas until well into the early morning.

It started misting on our walk and I was drunk on music. We ended up eating McDonald's while walking around in the rain and asking strangers for a light, before falling asleep eating french fries & watching Southpark. Because sometimes it's not about class. (PS - the last time I ate french fries in a hotel bed. Apparently it's a thing for me now.)

And as if that wasn't enough, on Sunday we brunched. Oh, we brunched. Our friend Alexandra suggested Bread Winners for a brunch place, and it was so spot on! We waited the 30 minutes to get a table in the pub next door, drinking bacon-filled Bloody Mary's and watching it pour rain outside. And then it was time to get brunched in the face. I ordered the crispy pork belly & arugula sandwich on a brioche bun, while C ordered a Tabasco Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict. I can't even describe how heavenly the meal was.

We drove over to Method coffee to say hello to Valorie & then rushed home to watch the USA game, which I'm not going talk about.... and then it was Monday. Back to reality. Back to living life as a now 26 year old.

And now.... some pictures:

Here's hoping my year is just as relaxing, fun & indulgent as the celebratory weekend was! Cheers!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Bucket List

Summer is here! Summer in all its gloriously long days and excruciatingly hot afternoons, evenings, mornings and nights. Summer. When I remember I'm no longer a kid & have responsibilities. And when no matter how hard I try, my makeup and hair will just never stay in place. I love summer, despite it all. I'm a Texas girl, who will complain about 110* weather with the rest of you, but I do it knowing there's no place I'd rather be. (Except for maybe in the water, instead of not in it.)

My spring bucket list ended about the same as where we left it, except I did manage to make a mediocre paella in early June. Not blog worthy at all, and I ended up throwing half of it away. Oh well. Moving forward....

Here's what I'm hoping to do over the next four months. I'm hoping to keep this summer simple, straight forward and attainable:
  1. Run away to a cabin with C.
  2. Read 6 books. (Ambitious, I know. But I have an amazing reading list right now.)
  3. Post a summer cocktail series.
  4. Go to the beach.
  5. Turn my phone off for a weekend.
  6. Daily yoga for 30 days.
  7. Re-watch Gilmore Girls.
  8. Finish the Mixology Academy. (I signed up for it in March & have barely touched it!)
  9. More concerts! More live music!
  10. Spend a day journaling/reading - without TV.
  11. Mani/pedi. Just get another one already.
  12. Buy new sandals, because the one pair from F21 that I bought last year are barely holding up.
What's on your bucket list this summer? See all bucket lists here.