Love, Fun and Football

Nov 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday {Part 2}

Last week I made Thursday a day all about giving thanks and wrote a post on some of the things in life I was feeling thankful for. I figured I'd keep it up for this week and next, with the Thanksgiving season. It's so easy to lose site of what's important in life. It's so easy to complain, but isn't complaining so ugly? I'd much rather focus on the good in the world- because there's plenty of it.

I'm thankful for music (and musicals!) Hey, I didn't say everything I was going to be thankful for had to be deep and thought-provoking. Sometimes the simplest things are the ones we forget to appreciate. I cannot imagine a world without music. I sing and dance all day long, it just makes me happy!

I'm thankful for me time. It doesn't always happen regularly, and sometimes I go way too long without it, but I think that makes me all the more thankful when I do get a chance to enjoy it. Jared and I both know it's good for the soul to do girls night/guys night regularly and also to enjoy time to ourselves. Sometimes we just need to be with our friends and sometimes a gal just needs a good book and a mug full of warm cider to unwind after a crazy week.

I'm thankful for the health of family, friends and blog friends alike. I've had many people in my life hurting recently, dealing with illness, disease, scares with newborn babies, but I'm so thankful we have a God who heals! I don't want to ever take my own health for granted, I am thankful that overall I'm a very healthy person who gets maybe a cold or two a year. Many people deal with scary, life-threatening diseases every day.

I'm thankful for Swagbucks. It's free money and it's helping my Christmas shopping not put a dent in our debt-free plan too much. I know some of you have signed up and not used it much, if you have questions don't hesitate to ask-- it's not as overwhelming at it might seem at first.

I'm thankful that I live in a place where I get to experience all four seasons. Don't get me wrong, winter is still definitely my least favorite -by far- but I can enjoy it for a little while. Our first snow fall this past week actually brought a smile to my face. In February, don't ask me if I like Ohio and it's winter, though. ;)

I'm thankful for business! Sure, it's just a side hobby- but every penny I've made from designing blogs, business cards and party invitations has gone straight to our student loans. I am so appreciateive of each and every customer who trusts me enough to hire me!

What are you thankful for this week?

Nov 19, 2014

Celebrating Jared

Jared- you turn 29 today! Happy Birthday! Happy final year of being a 20-something ;) I'm kidding, I'm kidding. I know I can't ever make any jokes about you being older than me, because you are always ready with, "But women age faster than men, so you're actually the old one." Touche, my dear. It's hard to believe this will be the eighth time we've celebrated your birthday together. Those first two we weren't even dating yet! Time flies and there's no other way to describe it.

I love celebrating you in fun ways each year on November 19th. I must say, you got pretty lucky, marrying a gal who loves birthdays as much as I do ;) I wish we had a massive bank account and I could buy you anything and everything you wanted each year, but I know it's not about the gifts- as fun as they are to buy. It's about celebrating YOU. Your life, your accomplishments and your future dreams. You are so loved by SO many people- me especially!

There aren't enough words to tell you how much I love you. I could say it a zillion times in a zillion languages and it still wouldn't be enough. You're my everything, Jared, and I hope this birthday is truly the best one yet. Yes, I say that every year- but that's because life just keeps getting better and better for us. Through the good times and the bad, we still make memories, share laughs and learn more together every day. Thanks for making every day a real life fairy tale :) 
Happy Birthday, babe! Enjoy 29!


Nov 17, 2014

Louisville Weekend

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time- you've probably caught onto the fact that I'm a little birthday obsessed. Mine, Jared's, friends, siblings... you name it, I love to celebrate them and celebrate them for as long as possible! Jared's birthday is this coming Wednesday, but we decided to kick things off by spending a weekend together in Louisville. It's just a quick 2-hour drive and it had been over 3 years since our first visit there.
 
We've kicked around the idea of a weekend getaway for awhile and lots of ideas came to mind but we landed on Louisville for 2 reasons:  a Groupon deal I couldn't pass up for the hotel and the fact that Christmas was getting kicked off that weekend. Another thing you may have picked up is that Jared is a Christmas fanatic. I'm telling you, I've never met someone who loves the season more than him. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than by seeing light diplays, streets lit up with candy canes and some holiday entertainment?

Friday we headed out late afternoon and were checked in at the hotel shortly before dinner. We stayed at the Galt House hotel - let me emphasize that we wouldn't pay this much for a hotel normally, the Groupon saved us big time ;) The hotel has tons of restaurants and shopping within the two connecting towers and it's located near everything else you'd want to see downtown. They were decked out for the holidays and we spent tons of time just wandering around admiring all the festive decor, the interactive displays and even heard some live caroling.



Since our last trip to Louisville we visited the Slugger Museum, we skipped it this time and checked out the Frazier History Museum instead. The building doesn't look like much from outside, but it was a fabulous museum- I think we spent easily 3 hours here. Bonus exhibit? Movie memorabilia from White Christmas, one of my favorite old movies!

Even though it was a chilly weekend, we bundled up and had fun exploring the downtown area all weekend. Lots of decor, historical things to look at, and I even found some beautiful fall leaves sticking around for just a few days longer ;)

Even though we were only there for a couple of days, I feel like we did and saw so much! Louisville is such a fun little getaway because it's a quick drive and there always seems to be something going on. It was tough to get pictures of, but this little park does 40 nights of lights and every night there is an hourly show. 
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Christmas music, lights, lasers- it was so entertaining. I'm not normally the type to celebrate the festivities this early, but I guess I just couldn't help it this year. Somehow Jared convinced me to put up our tree before Thanksgiving, too! This is a first! Celebrating my man's birthday just gets me excited- it's like the kickoff to ALL of the holiday season :)

Nov 13, 2014

Thankful

This time of year always reminds me that I need to more thankful year-round. It's easy to feel the magic in the air, the extra love and the joy of family and blessings around the holidays, but I want to become that person who's thankful every day. Not just the one that says hashtag blessed on every random thing that comes their way, but the one who truly counts those blessings and appreciates them for what they are. You might think the 'thankful' posts are overkill but I wanted to participate today. And I might participate for the next few Thursdays just 'cuz. We'll see ;) For today though...

... I'm thankful for my husband. The guy who understands me, supports me, encourages me and makes me laugh when I'm a stressed mess. I'm thankful for our marriage that continues to grow and that we get to do life together. Whether we're dealing with our debt or tearing up Disneyworld, I know he'll be right there next to me.
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Look at that long hair- holy crap!

... I'm thankful for my job. That one was hard to type, you guys, I mean it. I'm not 100% happy here right now, but I have to tell myself day-in and day-out that it's a stable job that pays the bills and takes care of our needs and has provided some cool opportunities along the way. It's a lot of hard work and many days I leave frustrated, but I have to focus on the good. I remember what it's like to be unemployed and I don't miss those days.
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... I'm thankful for our cars. Jared and I both drive older cars, mine just hit 150k miles last week and she's going strong. Knock on wood. Buying a brand new car just isn't something I'm ready to do, and likely won't do ever. One day I'll get a newer used car, but I plan to pay cash for it, so that time isn't now. I'm just glad Emma the Elantra is still kickin ;)

... I'm thankful for our home. Jared and I feel very fortunate that we were able to start our married life together in a house we bought for a steal of a deal. Sure, it's got its quirks and annoyances about it like any older house, but it's been home to so many memories in the past three and a half years. I know one day we'll move from here and it'll be bittersweet, so I want to cherish our first house now.
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When we first moved in back in 2011 :)

... I'm thankful for friends near and far. It's so hard as we all grow up, move away, get married, have babies, have careers. Scheduling time together is trickier, but I'm so thankful that I can pick right back up with my friends no matter how long it's been. I know they're just a quick call away if I need something and I love how unique each friendship is.
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... I'm thankful for a lot of things of course. My parents, my siblings. My sweet niece. I'm thankful for days off work, for puppies and for fresh baked chocolate-chip-cookies. I'm thankful I married into a great family and for all the cousin-in-laws I have now. I'm thankful for the opportunities I've had to travel and for the talents God has blessed me with. Here's to remembering these things a little more this season and beyond.

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