Love, Fun and Football

Aug 25, 2015

Love Is...

Love means something to different to everyone, but lately I've been thinking about how fortunate I feel to have a rock-solid marriage. Jared is truly my partner in crime life and I can't even really remember a time before we were together. Which is how I like it :) Going through a lot of our ridiculous photobooth pictures lately got me thinking about what love is to us.

Love is... DVRing a Bengals game and waiting an hour past kickoff to start it, when your husband will be home from practice. Avoiding social media is SO difficult! #sacrifice

Love is... doing the chores your significant other dislikes the most. I wash dishes, Jared takes out trash.

Love is... giving each other space when needed, but checking in for a quick hug/hello when that's needed too.

Love is... putting your cold toes on your husband and him allowing it (after a quick yelp, of course) ;)

Love is... texting entirely in emoji's and knowing exactly what the other one means.

Love is... packing lunches for each other and sneaking in a cute note that'll make the other's day.

Love is... being able to talk about anything and everything- silly or serious, and never get tired of discussing, debating and challenging each other. Politics, religion, science, pop culture- you name it, we discuss it.

Love is... giggling in bed for hours over the dumbest Youtube videos we can find and not caring about how tired we'll be in the morning.

Love is... getting through the tough stuff together and just knowing that sometimes life is gonna' flat out suck and we have to lean on each other.

Love is... coming up with key words/phrases that only we know the meaning of. It comes in handy in public or social settings sometimes.

Love is...encouraging each other countless times and always, always supporting each other. I love you, Jared!

Aug 24, 2015

One Epic Weekend

Happy Monday, everyone! Although 'happy' is a hard word to say when you're still mourning the weekend that went entirely too quickly. The past couple of work weeks have been SO chaotic, but I've had August 21st on my calendar for awhile. Friday night was epic, and I don't use that word lightly. After close to 4 years of reading/commenting on each other's blogs Kristin and I got to meet!!!

Kristin lives in Minneapolis but her sister moved into The Ohio State University over the weekend so their whole family made a stop in Cincinnati before heading up north. I'd like to claim it was solely to meet me- but Kristin's dad and step-mom had friends in the area they wanted to see too, so it worked out perfectly. It was originally going to be just Kristin and I getting dinner together but an hour before she arrived I got the text that her entire family was coming out for the occasion. Totally fine by me! 
We ate at The Pub, not far from downtown and had an absolute blast. I was weirdly nervous at first, but had zero reason to be. Kristin and I talk pretty much every single day at some point. We have so many odd things in common it would be impossible for us to NOT be friends. Isn't it crazy that she and I both got engaged on our favorite football fields? And within 1 week of each other?! That's no coincidence! We were destined to be friends.

Her family was SO much fun and let the weirdo from Ohio totally infiltrate their weekend plans and talk about Skyline Chili, the Bengals and all things Cincinnati. Tom- you were hilarious, keep it up! ;) 

I'm seriously so incredibly thankful blogging introduced us and although we might live 700 miles apart, I consider her one of my closest friends and hope we can arrange more meet-ups in the future! Her sister Kara IS a Buckeye now so I feel like more visits to Ohio are a must ;) Love ya, Kristin!!!

Aug 19, 2015

My First barre3 Class


Until I got an email about a charity fitness event happening at the stadium, I had no clue what barre3 was. I'd heard of barre classes in general but didn't realize there were so many varieties! barre3 is described as "where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates."

Last night I not only got to try out barre3 for the first time, but I also did it to raise money for charity AND class was held at my favorite place in the world. We partnered with the American Heart Association and about 50 of us ladies participated. I'll admit I was nervous to join in since I'd never tried it before, but I figured what the heck?! Even if I was horribly uncoordinated I'd give it a go. It would be a workout no matter what.
And a workout IT WAS. Oh my goodness. I was dripping with sweat and my legs were shaking by the time the hour session was up. But you know what? I loved it! The instructors were really awesome and helpful with a lot of us newbies. It felt good to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. Since I decided I wasn't a runner, it's been fun to try new things and have fun so this is just another cool activity to add to my list of ways to stay fit.

I left feeling both relaxed and energized at the same time, oddly enough. Lots of challenging moves, but lots of good stretches that just felt great, too. The classes are pretty pricey so I don't think it's something I'll be jumping into right away- but hellooooo free youtube videos that will kick my butt just as good! ;)

Any barre3 fans out there??

Aug 17, 2015

Oh, Hey.

Remember me? The girl who sometimes blogs. And the girl who lost all track of time last week. It was a blur, that's about all I know. Sometimes I struggle with things to write about this time of year... simply because all I want to do is scream "I LOVE FOOTBALL!" but a person can really only say that so many times on a blog, right? Who knows?! But since I went MIA last week here's a quick update before I (hopefully) get back into the swing of things again.

- The Bengals looked GOOD in our first preseason game. I even recorded the game and re-watched it with Jared on Saturday. We're obsessed, we know. I'm beyond excited about this season.

- Jared was away at his team's football camp last Thursday-Saturday. They had a great time, but wow- I missed him. I know, I know- gag, right? But seriously, being away a few days from each other was tougher than I expected. I don't know how people who travel all the time for work do it.

- We impulsively bought a few things Saturday night on Amazon and I have zero regrets :) We never do stuff like that so we kinda' just went with it. Nothing big or extravagant by any means- but a couple fun things we wouldn't normally buy ourselves. Tuesday will be like Christmas at our house!

- I'm doing a DietBet for the second time and it is seriously SUCH a huge motivator for me. I am on track to "win" again and I plan to share my results and thoughts on DietBet once I weigh-in next week.

- I am SO excited about plans I have for this upcoming weekend and I can't wait to blog about it next week. Counting down the minutes already.

That's all I've got today folks. I'll leave you with this, in case you need a good smile at the office. How true is this???