Love, Fun and Football

Jul 2, 2015

My Family is Cooler Than Me

I mentioned it briefly that Jared did a Tough Mudder race last weekend with a big group of his coworkers. This was his second one and the pictures are just too great not to share. I don't think anyone will ever convince me to do a race like this... electroshock therapy? carrying logs? freezing cold ice bath? No, thank you. It takes a crazy, brave soul to do something like and Jared champed it. I've told him about a thousand times how cool it is that he does this.

Other cool family members? My grandma, mom & one of my mom's cousins. They left Ohio last weekend to roadtrip all the way out to New Mexico. OH to NM. In a car. Did you guys catch that? They are some crazy ladies and I just love that they are doing this. My mom has a lot of family out there that they haven't seen in years and it was one of those "why not?" things that they just went for. My sweet grandma is 81 and still roadtripping like a champ- I hope I'm half as cool as she is when I'm that age. I've been enjoying their selfie updates along the way and can't wait for them to get back so I can hear all about it.

Now if you need me, I'll be over here either a) playing Candy Crush or b) reading a book. Boy, what an exciting life I lead ;) I hope everyone enjoys a long weekend, whether you're "cool" like my family or me! I want to know- Who's the coolest person in your family??

Jul 1, 2015

Goals & Progress

Apparently this whole week on the blog has been in honor of my long hair- RIP.

Why hello, July! I plan on completely tackling you over the next four weeks, but I've gotta' backtrack for just a moment. I love making monthly goals because it helps me focus on just a few smaller-picture things at a time. Let's see how I did, shall we? My goals for June were:

1. Cut back on sugar - This gets a half-point from me. I definitely made the conscious effort, but still snuck a few treats in. It'll be a work in progress for awhile but I am getting there little by little. Why is it so tasty!?

2. Get back to the gym - Win! While I only actually went to the gym that we're members of twice, I also had 9 physical therapy sessions, went for a couple evening walks and even played some basketball with Jared one night. I feel good about being more active in general. I've discovered things about my fitness and interests that maybe I didn't realize before (post to come on that topic) so I'm back on track.

3. Work on photobooks - Win! I had hoped to finish the 2013 book but apparently I took a LOT of photos that year. I got dozens of pages done and I'm nearly at the end of this one, it's just taking longer than I thought. In the past I've been really disorganized about photo storage so the searching/choosing pictures takes way more time than it should. I've implemented a great solution to digital storage though and I know photobooks will be less time-consuming as I continue on them.

4. Landscape our yard - We finished phase one of our landscaping so I say it counts. There is still work to be done but we knew it would take awhile to complete all the different aspects. With all the rain we've been having it's not the easiest thing to make time for, but I'm glad we got a good portion of it done and our yard looks pretty great!

5. Make time for personal goals - I didn't really specify what this was one, but it included a variety of things. Reading more books, catching up with friends more often and a couple other personal things. This is the one area I don't feel like I succeeded in this month. I just didn't make the time- plain and simple. Fail.

July- Oh, July, how you scare me! It's the first day of this month and my calendar is completely packed. I've got multiple work events going on (aka- outside of normal work hours) and so my weekends might be a bit non-existent in July. However, that's no excuse to not get stuff done! Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish this month.

1. Read 3 books. My nightstand cannot possibly take any more crowds. I must make time for all the delicious pages waiting on me! I think I need to stop reading your recommendations for books too, otherwise my list will never stop growing ;)

2. Finish the landscaping, part 2. This one will be tough to squeeze in, but it's a must.

3. Meet with a financial planner. Jared and I are ready to take our financial life to the next level. We're debt free (minus the house) and have big goals in the coming months and years. We're looking forward to sitting down with an expert and really focusing on what we should be doing to prepare for our future.

4. Make a couple new meals. I think summer is the easiest time to get off track with meal planning, or to just get boring with it in general. Our dinner rotation definitely needs a few things added in so hopefully I find a couple new winning recipes to add to the mix. Anyone made anything healthy and delicious recently?

5. Keep workin' on that fitness! I'm not sure how to quantify my fitness goals this month, but I just want to keep making it a priority. Getting out more, trying new things, bettering myself in this area!

Happy July, everyone! Are you setting any goals this month?

Jun 30, 2015

My Obsessions

My girl Kristin did an awesome post last week that I knew I was going to copy as soon as I read it. She polled her closest family and friends and asked them what they would say she was obsessed with. Obsessed is a word we all probably use entirely too much, so I thought it would be fun to see what my people said about me. Family/friends weren't allowed to be answers because of course they come first in my life no matter what :) For the most part? Not too many surprise answers, but here are the results after polling 9 people.

Bengals/Football got 8/9. The one person who didn't list this? Jared! Haha- his excuse was that since it was my job maybe he shouldn't list it. Disclaimer- it needs listed ;) I mean, have you read the title of my blog?

Mexican food scored 7/9 My college friend Erin specifically listed quality mexican food, and I like that answer best. My dad also said "mexican vacations" which halfway counts- he knows I go for the food, not just the beaches.

Disney and Blogging both got 6/9. I was surprised that many people said blogging but I guess I kinda' do it all day/every day. I just didn't expect everyone to know how deep my love is for it!

New cities/vacations/traveling got just 4/9 but I'll take it. I love seeing new areas and getting time away from the office, especially with Jared! Travel is worth every penny and if I were rich I'd do it even more often.

Honorable Mentions:
Organization/Planners/Lists- 3/9
Dave Ramsey 2/9
Puppies 2/9

Jared listed Jodi Picoult and pretzels which are solid choices that no one else said. I guess that just goes to show you how I spend a good chunk of my spare time at home. Book in hand (preferably a Jodi) and pretzels by my side. I'm a simple girl, really. I don't need much to keep me content but Mickey-shaped pretzels do get bonus points.

The color orange and orange polka dots were both mentioned. I do love me some orange but I had no idea anyone thought I was OBSESSED with it. Although, our wedding theme was sorta' centered around both those things.

And last but not least I got ONE vote for, and I quote, "those disgusting circus peanuts" lol! So maybe I did write an entire post about them... Yeah, I'm pretty obsessed.

Jun 29, 2015

I'm Thankful

This weekend I had a lot of free time, a rarity it seems. We had an open calendar for the most part and I had plenty of alone time and plenty of time with Jared. A perfect weekend blend, if you ask me (which you didn't- but hey, this is my blog after all!). All the free time really gave me a lot of time to think and to reflect. I took things slow, I wrote in my personal journal, I thought about goals and future plans, I prayed for family and friends and most of all I just felt thankful. There are too many things we forget to appreciate when life is busy. The small things that we'd miss if they didn't exist. So today I just feel like shouting from the rooftops a few things I'm thankful for...

A parking garage downtown. Rainy days suck and I genuinely feel bad for those who are walking to work in the nasty weather. I'm glad I don't have to remember an umbrella every day because let's be honest- I would likely forget it nine times out of ten. I don't function well in the mornings.

Technology. I've said this multiple times, but every chance I get to Skype with my little niece just reminds me again how great video chatting is. I hate being miles and miles away from her and missing a lot of her growing up, but Skype helps me feel not quite so far away. She's getting older and talking more, showing me things and one of these days soon we'll get an "Aunt Erin" out of her- I just know it ;)
Sorry, no pics of that cutie allowed. But you can see how happy that little girl makes me :) PS- I miss my long hair!

Vacation days. In the grand scheme of things, I actually don't get that many days off. Much less than most people I know, but boy- does that make me appreciate the days I do have to spare! I've still got a few beautiful days to use before this year is up and I'm clinging to them like gold at the moment. I am SO thankful I have paid time off and want to squeeze the most I possibly can out of those days. Now I just need to decide when to use them!

A good margherita pizza. Enough said.

Pictures. I've been doing a lot of cleaning and purging lately and came across tons of photos I hadn't looked at in a long time. I know how much I love looking back at my mom and grandma's old pictures and I'm so thankful I'll have plenty to pass down to generations after me. The memories just cannot be beat.
Ok, yeah- we were cute as kiddos. #truth ;)

My health. While being injured was a very minor thing compared to many issues people are dealing with every day, it truly opened my eyes to how fortunate I am. Overall I'm a healthy, strong person and I don't want to take that for granted. I want to keep taking care of this body and this life because we only get one.

Other notable mentions?
 - Fantastic multi-colored pens
 - Good coupons when getting your car worked on
 - Disney movies and a hubby who loves them just as much 
 - BW3's Sweet BBQ sauce- nom, nom nom!
 - A good pedicure that lasts 3+ weeks and going strong
 - All of you who take the time to read my crazy posts :)

So today- try to be thankful. Sure it's a Monday, but it only has to "feel" like a Monday if you make it. Take a quick second to be grateful for all of life's blessings today. We are so fortunate!!