Sunday, July 20, 2014

High Fives to Five!

This guy and I celebrated 5 years of marriage on Friday.
Five years!

It's really flown by.

We've moved more times than I'll count now, changed,
grown and then grown some more.

And I wouldn't want it any other way.
Anth, you're my favorite person to adventure with
and I'm so happy to be doing life with you.

Maybe in year 6 we'll settle down a little? 


The past four...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Gratitude lately...

So many things to be grateful for. 
I'm working on a big photo dump from our trip to Spain, 
but in the meantime, 
here's a little happy list from life lately. 

1. We moved! 
Yes, it happened in June, 
but we're still just overjoyed to be in our new place. 

More space, lots of light, 
and a front porch the size of Texas. 
(Texas Forever)

Jax doesn't mind either. 
He has officially deemed himself 
head of the Neighborhood Watch. 
Thanks buddy. 

Overall, the whole new 'hood is pretty great too. 
It's just around the corner from our old place, but feels so different. 
Everyone! Get in your cars and come visit! 

I'm serious. 
We miss you. 

2. Double Birthday parties. 
What's better than two bday parties? 

Crawfish boil bday parties! 

Not even downpours could rain on our jazzy parade. 
Luckily it didn't stick around for too long. 

Good friends hold umbrellas over you
so you can make sure your dinner is still crawling. 

Happy bday to two of my favs! 
What a great night with wonderful friends. 

3. (surprise!) Care packages from friends. 
My lovely friend Betsy sent me such a thoughtful gift from Chicago. 
Betsy and I worked together at Threadless, 
became fast friends and running buddies 
and are both training for the Chicago Marathon*** in Oct. 

She sent me a bunch of running goodies and these great shorts! 
Happy new pants dance! 

4. And finally beach days with friends. 
Why did it take me two years to drive to the shore? 

I'll probably go every weekend now. 

Cheers to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough. 

***And if you like stories about running/brewdrinking/pizzaeating/toe-nailing pulling, 
Betsy and some of my favorite ladies are chronicling 
our marathon training adventures in a new blog. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Scenes from the weekend...

My momma came to visit! 

We trekked around NYC & saw Once*, 
ate delicious foods, shopped til we dropped
and pack pack packed our house! 

Why do we need to pack? 
Do I get to come too? 

Jax hates moving. 
Even when we're just going around the corner. 

Since we started packing,
he hasn't left my side.

Literally sitting on my lap at the most inopportune times.
What a sweet boy. 

He quickly forgot though after getting treats 
from one of his fav friends JayZ and my momma. 

So excited. 

While we were in New York, 
we got to meet my awesome friend Ashley for lunch. 

We've built churches together in Mexico & New Orleans,  
shared cabins in Bedford, 
and I admire her courageous spirit. 

I also squeezed in an Xfit workout and did my first Murph
It was brutal. 
I'm still sore 3 days later. 

But also super great. 
I really love my x-fit crew.

 And what does one do when her husband is out of the country 
and she's at home packing the house? 

Call in some backup. 
Delicious, delicious, backup. 

Pro tip: 
When moving, always leave out some "packing drinks". 
I swear it makes everything better. 
It's hard to give two shits which box trinkets go into after a whiskey drink. 
Or two. 

Just sayin. 

Tomorrow is moving day! 
Wish me luck! 

*If you ever get the opportunity to see Once, 
I laughed, cried, and cried without knowing I was crying. 
So good! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


It seems like yesterday that this was happening. 

What a great adventure this has been! 

I'm so proud of you for following your heart and pursuing this career. 
I'm grateful to be doing life with you
and can't wait for our next adventure. 

Cheers to what lies ahead! 

 (Thanks to Christina Kerns for the photos I stole :-) )

Congrats to all of our MFA friends, 
you guys are the best! 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Hey there long lost blog friends. 
After a cold and dreary winter, 
I'm back with a happy list to top all happy lists. 
(mainly because I have 6 million photos to share). 

But seriously, life has been pretty joyful lately, 
and here's what's been filling my time....

1. Anthony is done with grad school! 

Words can't express how proud of him I am. 
Through this experience, 
we've both grown so much as individuals 
and together in our marriage. 

Although tough at times, 
it was by far the right decision for both of us. 

These two years really flew by! 

2. Art (Future) Prom 

Yes, we went to Prom. 
And it was fantastic. 

Things I learned about the future while at Future Prom: 
a. Silver is the Pantone of the future
b.Teepeeing is still a thing. 

What a silly and great night. 

3. Trips to see friends. 

I don't do this often enough. 
I'm so thankful that Anthony encourages me 
to get outta dodge and go hang with my Indy crew. 

Chicago friends, you're next! 

4. And speaking of trips, 
I can't say enough how nice it is to be so close to NYC. 

A little while ago, 
Anth and I headed there for the day
to see the Whitney Biennial 
While there, we went to the MoMA and I was blown away. 

(Ellsworth Kelly)


4. Philly friends. 
I know this sounds hokey, 
but I love the people we've met here 
and the friendships we've developed.

Maybe the title of this post should have been 
"I love my friends!"

Either way, I totally do. 

 Hopefully for us, many of them
will be sticking around Philly next year...
because we are too! 

5. And finally, last year for my bday, 
Kara got me a Polaroid camera. 
I've slowly been filling our wall with snaps and 
it makes me smile every time I stop to look at it. 

I would encourage everyone to get one! 

Oh, and topping Jax's happy list? 

1. Spring runs! 
Talk about elated. 

2. Clean toys! 

The pup nuzzled these for about 30 min nonstop. 

How about you?
What's filling you with joy today? 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scenes from life lately....


For reals, that has been my snowday lifestyle as of late. 
Which is pretty rad. 

We just finished the Battlestar Galactica series. 
OMG, take my advice and dooooo it. 

The perfect snowday combo. 
Ellie's Brown Ale out of Boulder & Justin's Dark Chocolate peanut butter cups. 

....or Dogfish Head 75 min IPA...

I wasn't lying about my new found love for beets either. 
I'm starting to feel like an extra for Dexter. 

Also, other than my love for Anth and Jax, 
I've entered into a serious relationship with my pizza stone. 

There may need to be an intervention soon. 

....and some from Jax too...

Loving those Rocky stairs as always. 

After about 6 months of disinterest, 
Jax suddenly decided to try his snout at being a mouser. 

He's got a lot of room for improvement. 

50 degree temps just days after snow and ice
mean frequent dog baths. 


Jax wanted to do his part at the Q. 

and finally, my 5th grade sense of humor couldn't resist. 


How about you? 
How have you been handling the Polar Vortex?