Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hello, Goodbye

Hello September, Goodbye August.
Hello Month with a Vacation, Goodbye Pool Days.
Hello Festive Candles, Goodbye Tropical Scents.
Hello Cooler Runs, Goodbye Sweat Sessions.
Hello Hoodies, Goodbye Tank Tops.
Hello Friday Night Football, Goodbye Lazy Friday Nights. 
Hello Baby Brother's Birthday Month, Goodbye Daddio's Birthday Month.
Hello Better Blogging Habits, Goodbye Blogging Dry spell.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Last Weekend Together




Anthony officially starts his new job as a post man this week which also means that this weekend was our last full weekend to have Friday, Saturday and Sunday together. It makes me a little sad to know I can't really plan big things to on Saturdays or even Friday nights but it also makes me a little eager to plan some fun stuff for myself. 

We enjoyed the whole weekend together this weekend. Friday night we cooked dinner together with plans of going to the fair afterwards but we both laid down and fell asleep for a couple of hours. It put a damper on that plan and we decided to skip out on going to the fair since it was so late and opted for some froyo and shopping at TjMaxx and Dunhams. 

Saturday we both slept in, tinkered around the house almost all morning and afternoon and I got in another nap. We met up with my parents and went to Columbus for my Dads company picnic at the Crew soccer game. It was the perfect night for some soccer. 

Sunday anthony let me sleep in and I woke up to Donald's Donuts waiting for me. We played with the dogs all morning, I did some reading while Anthony made some modifications to his kayak. Around noon we decided to hit up the pool before going to Sunday dinner at Grandma Spikers. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Life Lately

I am positive that July went by quicker than June did. This whole year has been flying by and I wish it would slow down. I am excited for leaves changing colors and brightening up the hillsides, everything pumpkin, bonfires, and sweatshirts but I am not ready to say goodbye to sunshiny days, swimming in the pool, and wearing flip flops and tank tops. 

Life around here has been pretty...crazy and a little not normal. I don't want to do another monthly photo dump because I feel like that is all I have done for the last couple of months and then disappearing for the next month. So I thought I would fill everyone in and what has been going on.

Jobs. 
I got another promotion at work and am now a Case Manager due to the coworker I was coverings maternity leave deciding to be a stay at home with her miracle baby. Learning a whole slew of new tasks every single day is starting to be a little taxing on me and the stress levels have went up a few notches. It all comes down to the fact that it has brought me out of my comfort zone. Soon enough I will get a grasp on everything, unfortunately I don't think it is going to be as soon as I would like it. 

Anthony quit Sam's Club after being there for almost 8 years this past month. He was hired at the Dollar General warehouse in what he told everyone would just be temporary until he could get a different job. What we didn't realize was how short of a stint it would be, a mere 8 days! He was offered a job at the post office and he let his supervisor know he begins training on the 10th (tomorrow!) and they wished him luck! This is just a part time position with pretty good potential of becoming a full time one with is own route. This is all going to be a major adjustment but as always we will adjust and then more changes will come. 

Twenty-Five.
I kicked off my birthday weekend getting ready to go out to dinner with my hubby and my co-worker/friend Nora and her husband Brian. We made plans half way through the week and I invited a handful of friends hoping it wasn't too late for everyone to make plans. Unfortunately almost all of them turned me down or didn't answer. I decided that we would have just as much fun going out in a small group, enjoy some margaritas and maybe hit up some bars on Linden Avenue. Much to my surprise Anthony and I walked into Tlaquepaque to meet Nora and Brian to see a table full of all of my friends!!!! I was SO surprised!!!! It was awesome to see all my favorite people in one place! We had a party of 19 people, we all ate dinner, drank margaritas, they sang Happy Birthday to me while I dawned the sombrero. The night did not end there and we hit up Linden Avenue to do some bar hopping. We ended up staying out until 1:30 and Anthony finally took me home. The surprise party definitely went down in my book for the best birthday yet!!! I cannot thank Nora and all of my friends enough for surprising me and celebrating!!!!!! It definitely made turning 25 a lot better. We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with family with little celebrations here and there.

Running.
With turning 25 I made a couple mental notes of some things I wanted to start doing or do in my 25th year. One includes running. Running for many reasons, to lose weight, to stay in shape, to sign up for my first race and hopefully a few more after that, and most importantly to relieve stress. I have found that when my feet hit the pavement and its just me counting miles all of the stress vanishes. It is fun mapping out new courses to run and witnessing some of the prettiest sunsets while I am totally in the zone for spending some time on myself and clearing my mind.

Furbabies.
Tyson and Diesel have been enjoying Summer with having different friends over to stay for different weekends. Mom and Dad went to Tennessee for an extended weekend and their dog, Tank, came to stay with us for a few days and right now our friends Jesie and Kris are on their honeymoon so their furbabe Emma is hanging out with us for a few days. Tyson and her have been running around like crazy and then they crash for a while and then they are back at it again. When we don't have company over I have been taking them on walks at least once a week when I am having a night off from running. Once it gets cooler outside we will be trying to do this much more often but with temps still in the 80s at night the dogs get worn out and we don't go as far.

Summer has been great so far and we are going to continue soaking up the rays and warm weather. I am looking forward to County fairs, swim parties, possibly some camping trips, and maybe some boating. Life is so fast anymore, I just wish it would slow down so we have some chances to absorb it all and document it so I can share every bit over here. I hope you all are having a great Summer!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Time Flies When Your Having Fun!

And just like that we are almost halfway through July and I should be being awarded the Blogger Slacker Award. I have fallen off the creative bus and then ran over by it. I am going to try to get back aboard and my fingers are crossed that I can keep my gears turning.

Summer has been full of fun and I thought I would give you all a big photo dump of what we have been getting into...

June was full of weddings. With me second shooting weddings with Megan and weddings to attend as guests I had a wedding to go to every single Saturday in June. It is a good thing I LOVE weddings! The first one that kicked off my wedding extravaganza was a childhood friends wedding at their family farm for Kaci and Justin. Us three girls all grew up showing horses together. 

Summer = Fresh Fruit (insert heart faced emoji) Has anyone else tried the new Long Islands? They are so good!




3rd Wedding of June was Cassi and Justin's. It was so much fun to get together with my friends that I get to see pretty often but it was fun to get all dressed up.



My cousin Missy had her baby, Albany, in May and brought her to Cassi's wedding. I couldn't put her down! Isn't she so precious!!!! I have some serious baby fever going on, I told Anthony that we need to get our own so I don't have to keep stealing other peoples!


When its not raining we have taken advantage of going fishing. On this particular Friday night Anthony, Chase and I went fishing at a private pond. I caught a bunch of blue gills in the beginning but I quickly got bored so I had the guys drop me off on the bank while they fished out of the boat I put a little dent in my summer reading.



I did some crafting for Father's Day for my Daddio and Grandpa. They are both the ones who gave me my sweet tooth so I thought a nice big candy jar would be perfect. We had a cookout at my Grandpa's house and I got to see my brothers new truck. My parents got a new one the week before and my brother couldn't resist upgrading too! I am so happy for both of them!

We have been spending lots of time chilling on the front porch. I read and Tyson snoozes.


When the weather cooperates (I can probably count on one hand how many sunny days we have had here in Ohio with no rain) we take advantage of taking the dogs for a walk at the Landing. We had never been here before but the majority of the trail is fenced so as long as there is no one else around we let the boys run unleashed.


DoubleCut has had a couple gigs close to home that we have taken advantage of.

Tyson makes Mondays even harder than they actually are. It is so hard to get out of bed to get ready for work when he is still snoozing and keeping Anthony's side of the bed so warm!

Anthony I spent one morning that I had off from work at the laundromat. Life had gotten so ahead of us that catching up with the laundry seems so endless so we got it all done in one shot!

Two weeks ago I started the 21 Day Fix by Beachbody and we have been eating much healthier. This chicken, peppers, pineapple and rice was delish!

Fourth of July Eve we went to another DoubleCut gig. One of my besties is the girlfriend of the guitar player and she loves it when we make it to gigs. It was pouring down rain but we enjoyed people watching and listening to some tunes!



We spend the actual Fourth of July at Anthony's Aunt and Uncle's house in Burton, Ohio. They have the perfect little get away. It is like heaven on earth! 


Another morning spent at the trail at the Landing. We were trying to beat the heat but the sun came out full blazing when we were 3/4 mile in and Tyson thought he was dying!

Wonderful Fourth of July fireworks in our hometown.

A new froyo shop finally opened up in town, Sweet Frog. I have died and went to heaven!!!!

This little guy showed up a couple days after the 4th and stayed with us for a few days while we tried to track down his owners. Luckily on day 4 we were contacted by his owner and he was safely returned. Poor guy got scared during the fireworks and took off.

Last week I wasn't feeling good so I took a sick day. Tyson slept with me the whole day on the couch! He is the biggest cuddle bug ever.


Saturday the sun was out and we were finally able to have a girls day at the pool. It was beautiful day, I got way too much sun and have been nursing my poor skin back to normal after being burnt since then and I am not looking forward to it peeling. After the pool day we hit up Sweet Frog and our men took us all out to dinner at the Japanese Steak House. 

Is everyone having a super busy and fun summer?
How has your weather been? I am pretty sure I can speak for all the Ohioans on here that we are ready for some non rainy days!

Do you have any suggestions for taking care of sunburn and peeling? 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Aging

Today my office manager commented "you must be hitting a milestone birthday this upcoming month" I replied "I guess I am, I didn't think too much about it". Her next comment was what really hit me, "Are you turning 30?" I laughed and said "no 25!". She said that my insurance premium was going up and that was why she noticed. The conversation ended with her reassuring me that I still have the cheapest premium of all the women in the office. 

Her asking me if I was turning 30 wasn't wven what really got me thinking, it was the thought that I am turning 25 in one month. None of my other birthdays have ever really gotten to me but this one has really got me pondering where I am at in my life. So many of my friends have children, their own homes or are working in their dream jobs. I really feel like my clock is ticking faster and faster.... Do you ever question where you are at in your life? Or have you ever reached an age that you dreaded or just realized that you are another year older?