Friday, November 21, 2014

It's Friday!! Happies from my week.

Ah, the weekend is nearly upon us again. Somehow this week went by pretty quickly...and I'm not complaining! Tonight, Caleb is in his cousin's wedding, and I'm showing up after work with my camera to snap some photos. We've got a good mix of free time and fun with friends over the weekend and I'm excited for it! A lot of awesome stuff happened this week. Nothing TOO significant, but a lot of stuff that made me smile, so I thought I'd share!

-When my husband gave me the longest hug after work for no other reason than he missed me.

-Having a massive snowstorm hit Ohio, which completely surprised everyone. Sunday night they called for a few inches and I think we all kind of thought we'll believe it when we see it...well, Monday morning came, and there it all was. It turned into a WINTER WONDERLAND! I wasn't hating it! Look at all that beauty!!

-When a coworker brought me chocolates I paid for weeks ago with his adorable daughter's personal 'thank you' written all over it. Melt my heart!
-Country style ribs in the crock pot. Almost better than that was simply walking into our apartment having it smell like BBQ heaven!
-When I won both my fantasy league match ups last week!
-One of my favorite co workers left me a delicious butterscotch banana cake-cookie for breakfast Wednesday morning. SO tasty!!

-This song and video from Taylor Swift. I'm sorry but girlfriend is awesome. She's obviously poking fun at the media's portrayal of her and her love life and I kind of love it!! Plus? Caleb even likes the song so we blasted it in the car a few times.

-When BHLDN shared my photo on their Facebook, I kind of died. I know a lot of you don't know who they are, but they make gorgeous bridal attire (gowns and jewelry) and having my photo shared on ANY website ever is kind of a pinch-me moment. I was pretty excited!

-This post from my girl, Becky. Seriously...her heart! Just love her, and can't wait until her next visit to Cincy!!

-Coming back to songs sung with Caleb, we had a full out party in the car last night belting Sia's "Chandelier"...guys, he's obsessed with this song. It cracks me up!

Hope you have the BEST weekend ahead of you!! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful for it all.

In my instagram caption yesterday, I mentioned how thankful Caleb and I were for our recent purchase of our new winter coats that we needed. It got a few comments about what others were thankful for and made me want to write a full post on what I'm most thankful for; both serious and silly.
I'm extremely grateful for my husband...obviously. My life wouldn't be near as fun, interesting, or fulfilling as it is without him. He's my rock, and my best friend. I love that we get to hang out together for the rest of our lives...and play house, that's pretty fun, too.

My friends. Every one of those ladies down there? I have such a unique relationship with each of them and I couldn't be more thankful for all of them. I can be so insanely weird with every last one of them, and I love it!


Our apartment. It keeps us warm, it gives us water, its a place to go after a long day of work, its where Caleb and I started our life together...no matter where life takes us, and even though its not always super clean, I'll always remember this little spot of ours.

My jobs. One of which I don't absolutely love by any means, and another that I do...but both of them are really such a blessing. I may vent from time to time about the stress or craziness of having more than one job, but I'm extremely grateful that I've got not one, but two dependable jobs.

Speaking of jobs...I'm insanely thankful for health insurance. The fact that Caleb and I can just call our doctor and pay them a visit whenever we need too, is so amazing. I think sometimes in America we take advantage of modern medicine, and its really such a fantastic thing. I'm so thankful for insurance that covers us when we need it.

On a lighter note?
I'm thankful for my husbands smile lines. I tell him all the time how he's gonna be the hottest Dad on the block one day.
I'm thankful for Disney movies that make me feel like a kid again.
I'm thankful for my local Chickfila and that sweet nectar that they call tea.
I'm thankful for my favorite pair of socks covered in snowmen.
I'm thankful for emojis, they make texting my grandma so much more entertaining.
I'm thankful for my brother's weird personality that's almost identical to mine. Love you, bro!

Be thankful for everything today, no matter your circumstance. Significant or not...it all matters. There's always something to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hiiii! I'm still alive!

Apparently I decided I needed an unannounced blogging break and it was kind of good for my soul! I caught up on a few blogs but didn't worry about a post for a few days and I didn't mind it one bit. But I'm back and here to tell you all about our last few days.

Last weekend was so great. Friday evening we got home and had no real plans, and we actually stayed awake for a couple movies, which hardly ever happens. Saturday we had practically an entire day before we had to be at the wedding we were photographing...and we had an absolute blast that evening, and Caleb actually knew quite a few people there. I've been to so many weddings in the past year its practically my job to teach the guests how to do the "Wobble" and "Cupid Shuffle"... #holla

Sunday we had some friends over and watched the Bengals tear it up with another WIN! We got to celebrate both Caleb's brother's birthday (which its actually his birthday today, Hiiii Jared! Happy birthday, bro!) and also my little brother's birthday. I really can't believe my "baby" brother turned 17 on Sunday. My grandparents baked a coca-cola cake (um, delish) and we gifted my brother a few OSU apparel gifts (his fav)!!

Oh, and I'm really excited to report Caleb and I finally both got winter coats last night. It was psycho, really, how long it had been since either of us had bought a nice winter coat. So, we decided to hit up our favorite shop, Marshall's, and grab ourselves each one. I have to say, I LOVE mine...then we both had the cashier cut the tags for us so we could wear them out. He, of course, found a nice puffy black coat with the Bengals logo, and I found myself an adorable navy coat that came with a cute belt! "Nice. You'll look professional going to work, now" - Caleb.

So we've had a pretty great last few days... and I'm excited for some fun plans coming up! Caleb and I have a good mix of plans with friends and family and also free time this weekend and we're super excited about it. We only have one official wedding left of the year and we're so proud of what we've accomplished in 2014! Can't wait for some free time coming up and lots of relaxing before next wedding season!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

After 4 weeks of no exercise...

Goodness. Going to the gym Tuesday night was honestly not what I wanted to do right after work. Work was a bit hectic, a consultation got cancelled due to unavailability, and I was just plain worn out. Then to top it off, I realized I left my headphones at home (since they weren't in my gym bag)...I made a choice though, and I was going to suck it up and make myself exercise...and I may or may not have stopped by the local TJ Maxx to buy a cheap pair of headphones to get me through...yes, it was necessary.

My goal was really only a mile or two of running, but I surprised myself by running just over 3 miles with little walking. You see, once I'm at the gym, already running, I'm good...its just getting there that's the hard part. But on that treadmill, I was reminded of a few things...

Pushing myself "just one more minute" is so rewarding. When the timer hit 29 minutes and I knew I only had 1 minute of my run left, I upped it by a minute, then another minute, then another minute. May not work for everyone, but it was like a fun challenge against myself. It totally worked and I was able to go further than usual. Ran for about 35 minutes total!

Running is SO therapeutic. I mean, after a ridiculously long day with a few problems, its nice to run your heart out to a crazy workout jam and feel pumped up. I truly feel so awesome once I'm finished with a hard workout...like I could do anything!

I was also reminded of how LONG it had been since I've consistently run... so to say I'm pretty sore today is an understatement, but it was totally worth it. I'm excited to be back in the game. It's about time!!! ;)

Today at work we're doing a service project for our community and I'm really excited about it. Not only are we helping a ton of people out, but we get to wear jeans, AND they asked me to take pictures. Woohoo! Combining both my professions? I could get used to this! Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Trying to decide on travel plans.

Caleb and I have been saying since this past summer that we need to start looking at vacation plans for 2015...that has yet to happen. We always joke we'll just hit up another all inclusive, out of the country resort...however, there's something inside of me yelling BE CRAZY. As busy as Caleb and I are most of the time, you'd think I'd crave a relaxing beach vacation...and while I would love that, I also kind of want some adventure.

If it were up to me we'd probably either do a week at Disney in Florida (and visit some beaches while we were there) or a road trip along the East Coast and see a TON of states in about 7-10 days. The other day, a co-worker said to me "You really want to go to Disney for vacation? But you don't have kids"....uh, really?!? Sorry I'm a grown adult who loves all things Monsters Inc, Toy Story and Frozen!! Actually, no, I'm not sorry ;)

So if that happens, you know I'll be asking for tips/advice from all of you, especially from my SIL who went back-to-back years...she's a pro! Caleb and I have only taken one long vacation together, and that was our honeymoon in Mexico - so I'd like to see a little more of the U.S. together. I would love to rent a car and just hit the road with a very loose agenda. Have a couple hotels booked, but just see where the road takes us, literally! Traveling is so much fun, and yes, while we ARE aggressively paying off our debt (finally), we both agree that vacations are a necessity. In the big picture, we'd only get out of debt a month or two earlier and we're paying for them all in cash - so to us? It's 100% worth it.

Where are some fun vacation spots you've been too on the East Coast? I need some fun ideas to present to Caleb! We're open to West Cost stuff, too! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Containing the fever.

We got to visit with some of our dearest friends last night, and finally meet their sweet new bundle of joy, named Charlotte. She was born on October 29th, and I've literally been holding myself back from not skipping work to cuddle her daily. Luckily, last night was my chance. I think I fell in love. No wait, I definitely did.


Caleb and I are nowhere near ready for children...obviously if it happened, we would be overwhelmed with joy, but like I've said before, we plan to wait a few years...enjoy some time of just 'the two of us' before a little one is in the picture. So that's whats nice about having friends with babies...you can snuggle them all you want, and then give them back :)

I really just love to see Caleb with kids...no matter the age. He has this way about him, they trust him, he is so easy to get along with, and has absolutely no shame in wearing a princess tiara to make Nora smile. She is such a good big sister, and we wanted to make sure to show her some love as well...as much as she loves having a little sister, I'm sure she's not used to having to share the attention. Most kid aren't. Shoot, when I was THIRTEEN I was jealous of my newborn cousin for all the attention he got. So funny to look back on. So, I played along with Nora's adorable imagination throughout the evening, as usual... just love her little personality!

Then the guys got back with dinner, and after that? It was time to stare at the baby again. I mean really though, how do these two make the most BEAUTIFUL children!!?

...oh yeah, that's how. #gapmodels (this was taken only about one month ago)

The night went way too fast, as usual, and Nora had to go to bed. It was adorable watching her say goodnight to her new sister.

We love hanging out with them. It seems like we always end up laughing our faces off, watching old videos, and talking about our futures. We always leave their home feeling refreshed and inspired...and last night was no exception. Can't wait to see what our future holds...even if babies are a few years away! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Goodness I got lucky!

Friday night was a lonely night for me, and at first I was kinda bummed about that, until I realized I'm ALWAYS wishing I had a little more time to myself. When I got home from work, there was a card on our half wall with my name on it...from the sweetest husband ever and a gift card to Marshalls. I've been talking about needing a new pair of boots for months (and even wrote a couple posts on it), and he told me since I had a free night, to treat myself to a pair of boots and grab my favorite meal on the way home. Goodness, I love that man.

Would you believe that I found the cutest boots ever and had $10 to spare on the card...then found this dress on clearance, for... TEN DOLLARS?! I almost couldn't believe it either...but it happened!!!!


After I got home and scarfed down some Chickfila, I took a nice bubble bath, read some of my book (that I still haven't finished from the summer), edited only a little bit, and even curled my hair. It was so good for my soul to have some time to myself...doing whatever I wanted!

Saturday Caleb and I photographed a wedding for some friends, and it was such a fun, easy day! Although I had a headache (that lingered all through Sunday as well), it was a great day!

We got home at a pretty decent hour and watched the rest of the Bucks game! I've never been to an OSU game and hope that one day we can make that happen.

Sunday we had an amazing morning at church, so many exciting things coming up for our community and I'm excited we get to be a part of it! We spent the day doing laundry, eating pancakes, and relaxing. That evening we had a movie night with the youth group we volunteer for and it was a blast. We are so lucky to have these fun kids in our lives!

How was your weekend!?