• Life,  Update,  Wedding

    Why We Eloped

    I guess I should start off by saying we didn’t really elope. The definition of eloping is “running away secretly in order to get married” and we were definitely not secretive about it. It was more a wedding that was just the two of us and no one else.  I know some people are shocked that we didn’t go with the big, over the top, party all night, fairytale wedding because honestly that is me and what I have always wanted. However, once we started planning it was causing me more stress than excitement. All my best friends and family lived 2000 miles away from me and couldn’t do normal…

  • Life

    Fall Down Seven, Stand up Eight

    Saturday night I went to see the new Cirque Du Soleil ice show, Crystal, with my friend Christina. It’s not the first time I have seen the stunt defying group and I’m sure it won’t be the last. It was far different than any of their other performances I have seen but nonetheless inspiring. It revolves around a young girl named Crystal and her struggle of not feeling like she fits anywhere. After an argument with her parents she races outside to skate her feelings away when suddenly the ice cracks and she falls into the water. There are many interpretations of what is happening to Crystal during this part.…

  • Holiday

    Somebunny Loves You

    Happy Easter, everyone!!!   I always say that fall is my favorite season until spring rolls around and I start to second guess myself. I am all for chilly, sunshine weather that you can be in with just a cardigan. After all, April does have the perfect date. (Anyone know what movie I am talking about?!) Not much to report except that I GRADUATED!!!!!!!!! I finally finished! (WHERE ARE MY CONFETTI CANNONS?!) I will save my thoughts on all that for a different post. Since taking my last final, I have been in a mix of celebrating and relaxation. Sleeping in has never felt so good. I really don’t think…

  • Holiday,  Life,  New Years

    Cheers to New Years!

    Helloooooooooooooooo 2018!!!! There are few things I love more than a new year. It is so refreshing to think about putting your best foot forward and trying to better not just yourself but your life as a whole. I have a good feeling about 2018. As a general goal setter by nature and someone completely addicted to checking off my to-do list, resolutions are my jam. In the past they may have been silly, sometimes unrealistic and if I am being completely honest, there were many years that I did not succeed at any of them. And y’all, that’s okay!!! Just because you tried at something and did not get…

  • Holiday,  Life,  Update

    The Holiday Season Recap

    I hope everyone had the BEST time celebrating this holiday season! I was wholeheartedly going to post about all the Christmas festivities that Nathan and I did this year individually….but clearly that did not happen. So, I am just going to cram it into one post and try not to bore the hell out of everyone! We are usually in Disney in December so it was a nice change to be able to do some PNW firsts! Zoo Lights was first up which would have been better if I learned to wear proper footwear! It was one of our coldest nights in Portland and I am walking around the Zoo in Toms….…

  • Holiday,  Life

    Be Thankful

      I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones whether it was celebrated on Thursday or any day after. Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday (we all know that is reserved for Christmas) but it is definitely a close second. It is a day where it is openly accepted, even expected to shove as much home cooked food into your face in one sitting. (Let’s all give thanks for the invention of yoga pants!) I love the sounds of the day too; People in the kitchen cooking, football on with a minimum of one person getting mad about a bad call, talk of the Black Friday sales and so much laughter. The sounds and smells…

  • Gift Ideas,  Holiday,  Shopping

    Christmas Gift Ideas

    It’s that time of year again where the weather is cooling down, Christmas commercials are in full swing, school is almost out, and the list of people to get gifts for starts to grow daily. There is something so satisfying when you know exactly what someone wants or would love. It kind of makes fighting for that one spot left in the parking lot worth it. (I SAID KIND OF…) However, it never fails that there is at least one person who you have no idea what to get them. Have no fear, my gift ideas are here! Seriously, put down that candle you’re about to re-gift. Don’t do it!!!…

  • Holiday,  Infertility,  Life

    Today is Your Day

    I used to believe that you could only be considered a mother once you had your own children. What a ridiculous thing to think. There are so many amazing women I know who are mothers in every way possible. There are the traditional moms who did get to carry and deliver their own babies. Some women in this group put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make this happen and others were lucky enough for it to happen naturally and without problems. You all deserve this day for all the hard work that goes into raising a family. (Especially all you single moms out there. Y’all are all superheros in…

  • Life,  Uncategorized

    Bentley is 8!

    My sweet girl dog is eight years old today!!!!! Most people think that I am silly or ridiculous for making such an ordeal about a dogs birthday. However, she is more than a dog, she is a part of my family. I remember seeing Bentley for the first time like it was yesterday. She was born May 9th, but I did not see her till July. She was just the cutest, sweetest little one pound dog that was the perfect addition to my life. It was 2009 and unlike most of the people my age, I had nothing figured out. I had a lot of hurt in my heart and…

  • drinking,  Life,  Uncategorized

    Cheers

    I love happy hour. One of my favorite things to do in public, especially in a bar, are creating lives for people I do not know. Just ahead of me and to the left there is a high top of four older men around the age of retirement. They each take turns leading the conversation that ultimately erupts them into the most contagious laughter. Most people would see this and think nothing more. I immediately am taken to a school playground where one of the guys defended the others against the school bully. This heroic act at the tender age of 8 forged their everlasting brotherhood. They became inseparable. They…