Friday, May 30, 2014

Some Scattered Thoughts

Hello there.

Life has been great lately. The days just zoom by, I can't believe it's almost June! In June, we are going to Georgia to watch two very very cool people get married. Woohoo!

I've just been reading a lot. About a book a day. It's getting pretty badthis addiction. Russell comes home and I'm sprawled on the couch, reading. At lunch time, I read books through the Kindle app on my phone. When I get home, I almost entirely ignore our dog, drop my purse on the kitchen counter then grab my Kindle. Russ and I also finally got our Carlsbad library cards. I rented some books I'm pretty excited about. I have to remind myself to look at Russell in the eyes and smile when he gets home.

Work is plentiful right now. I've been doing contracting work since we moved down to Carlsbad and it's going great. Russell's busy crazy season finally stopped so we've been able to go out and watch movies on week nights. Oh, and Russ takes the train to work now.

I went on my first outdoor run this week. I typically stick to the treadmill because I feel like it gives me purpose while I run in a moving stationary workout machinery. With some convincing and prodding, I got the courage to run outside on the sidewalk. I took Lewis and we jogged through neighborhoods while looking for hidden running paths. We found a few. Let me tell you, running outside is definitely worth it when you look down at your dog and see he's running alongside you with his tongue lolling out. I wouldn't have ran as much if Lewis didn't look like he was having the time of his life.

Until next time,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reno Trip

Russ and I spent a couple days in Reno this past weekend. His cousin was getting married and we were there to celebrate! Unfortunately, I barely took any photos that weekend. What I do have on my phone are the pictures below. The wedding venue was beautiful (take my word for it since there are no pics). Below is a glimpse of the venue. It was on a family member's ranch, complete with a little stream, lots of green grass, a treehouse, and a rope swing. I thought these types of places only existed in movies.

Here you have Russell and his brother Joe pushing Wyatt and Ky on the swing. Adorbs. Love this family.

We were also able to see some friends in Reno and go around a couple of places including some shops and a sporting goods store (obviously the guys' idea). Overall a fun yet quick trip.

Oh, and I caught a large shark.
So heavy

P.S. I hope everyone realized that the shark is fake. There is no way I would be on a boat...on the less in waters where there would be sharks. Photo was taken inside a sporting goods store.

Monday, May 5, 2014

“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that”

— rupi kaur

Thursday, May 1, 2014

One Year Anniversary

Russell and I celebrated our one year anniversary on April 27th! I can't believe it's been one year already. To sound cliché, time has flown by. Seriously, being married to this man is wonderful. I can only wait for more years with him.

For our anniversary, Russ and I decided to go to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. His dad owns a bed and breakfast there and he kindly let us stay for free. Our days consisted of eating good Mexican food, going to the beach, and taking lots of siestas. A great break from work and everyday life since Russ has been working 10+ hour days for a work project. It was relaxing to sit at the beach for the sole purpose of listening to the waves and enjoying each other's company.

The water wasn't as warm as it looked.

Coconut Shrimp  
How pretty is this doorway that Russell's dad designed??

Lots of chips and salsa
We even ran into some people we knew while walking around the streets of Cabo. Talk about a small world! We had dinner with them and chatted for awhile. I think we all agreed that Cabo is a good vacation spot for relaxing and getting away.

Oh and on another exciting note, as a present to me for our one-year anniversary, Russ got us plane tickets to New York City and tickets to watch The Phantom of the Opera on broadway this August. I may have cried when I opened my present. How amazing is this?? We're not going until August since we have quite a bit of traveling to do in the summer but I'm already excited. My husband is full of surprises.

It's been quite a year. There have been so many blessings, so many changed plans, a few chaotic moments, and a lot of love. This amazing thing called marriage keeps me swooning head-over-heals in love. You can name every clichéd lovey-dovey phrase and I can guarantee you that I've felt that way at least once this past year. So much feelings. So much joy.

Happy Anniversary, Russ. God has blessed me with such an amazing man, a leader and a warrior. A lover and a companion. I can never be grateful enough.