Category Archives: Love

Heaven on Earth

 

Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls

Y’ALL!!
I am in full recovery mode from a very fast-paced, yet fulfilling and gorgeous Colorado vacay.
There are more than 2,000 pictures to upload and sort through. And I intend to post a bunch soon, along with some trip highlights.
In the meantime, enjoy this spectacular waterfall pic from Fish Creek Falls. It is definitely one of my top 3 favorite places on the planet.

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La Bella Vita

Octopus

This weekend I had the honor of witnessing my beautiful Bella Doveface vow her love to her special person.
It was perfection.
And the quick trip, my first road trip with a friend (yes I’m 30), was so good to my soul.
Bad for my waistline…I devoured the MOST amazing cheeseburger of my life at 2:30 a.m. and a crap ton of other fast food. No shame. No regrets.
Hell, even that was good for my soul.
And all of this soul pampering is represented in that octopus. Strange how the weirdest things can reignite those embers.
It was a cathartic couple of days and reminded me of how blessed I am, and how silly I can be.
Here’s what that little Octopus reminded me of:

1. In love, in life, in friendships you really do get back what you put in. It’s all  hard work, but it’s worth it.
2. You own your happiness. It is ultimately in your hands. It’s so easy to put this responsibility onto others, but it’s between you and God to get it straight. Not your spouse, not your family, not your friends.
3. “The grass is greener where you water it.” Though I super dislike this cliché, it’s true. In this world, things often look shiny and desirable from a distance and it’s generally just because we don’t possess it. Greed manifests itself many ways.
4. Nourishing yourself – mentally, physically, spiritually is vital to your happiness. Hobbies are good.
5. Travel. Your mind clears up in different weather, different terrain. A drive can ease pain, both real and imagined. Distance from a routine can revitalize. A trip can renew your faith and determination to come back and be better.
6. Sometimes you need a good ole smack in the face to put down your stupidity, and pick up your gratitude.
7. The Devil’s chatter is only as loud as you allow it to be. Find the mute button.
8. Loving someone constantly is a constant choice. It’s not simple, it’s not even natural some days. Worth it…every.single.day.
9. You never know what you truly mean to someone. A phone call, a card, a tearful kiss on the cheek, a six-hour drive, it could all mean the world to someone.
10. A smile can get your far.

Most of these beautiful truths were donated to me by my Doveface. And most of all of them I’ve always known, just needed to hear again or figured out on my weekend journey.
That Octopus is proof that revelations can hit you anywhere if you’re open, likely if there’s bourbon nearby. 😉
But most importantly that sea creature reminded me how beautiful life really is. I never imagined myself roadtripping with my love and my Ludo to a 1920s Speakeasy, drinking spiked lemonade, strolling to a park to witness love in front of a fountain, and leaving with ridiculous amounts of gorgeous, handmade pottery.
Ride the waves.

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30th Birthday Extravaganza

Midnight
That’s the midnight moment of my 30th birthday. Though I fully lived out the next 14 hours as a 29 year old.
My birthday week or two (:)) was EPIC y’all. Seriously.
From a super sweet birthday trip to KELLERMAN’S in Virginia…
Dirty Dancing sign<
To birthday cards galore…
Christina CLC card
Matthew card<
To birthday sweet treats and tequila shots all around…
Watermelon cake
Tequila shots
To birthday presents from beloved ones…
Parent presents
Fall Out Boy
These are just a few of the pictures from the awesome last couple of weeks. I tried and failed to make a photo collage.
But trust, the entire time was truly magical. Ironically, I definitely defined “Dirty Thirty” between the Magic Mike birthday dinner celebration that was thrown by my fabulous coworkers and my Dirty Dancing trip surprisingly given to me by my HOT Fishface.
I could not ask for better friends and family. Seriously, I am SOOOOOO blessed and grateful. With celebrations like that, who wouldn’t be ready to ROCK 30!! I’m so ready.
Super thanks and kudos to all who wrote a name in a card, wrapped a gift, sang happy birthday, drove into town to surprise me, took a shot with me, laughed with me, loved me and celebrated with me in any way.
I love you all.
Ludo gift
Painting by my LUDO FRIEND aka Mattamosity.

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2012: Happily Ever After

I heart you 2012. Thank you for all you’ve done, all you’ve been for me.

The house is quiet, Fishface has gone to get Puppy Boy and it’s just me and my 90s tunes.
It’s 5 :14 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and I just want to hug these last solo moments and reflect on all this year brought me.
It was the year:
* I said Yes to the Dress! Surrounded with my entourage of peeps, I found the white tulle ball gown I’d wear on my favorite day ever.
* I explored the family tree a bit and learned how miraculous God can be.
* Tried Yoga for the first time ever in my life. Amazingness.
* Turned 29 and freaked a little knowing this is the last year of my 20s. Heck, still freaking.
* Blogged a whole lot more. Yay for that.
* Made a couple of new friends. Strengthened the bonds between a few acquaintances, neighbors and longtime best friends. Attempted to rekindle one main artery, but there’s always tomorrow for that. I hope.
* Planned our whole wedding with a fabulous team surrounding me at the finish line. From flowers to shoes to wedding party gifts, contracts, payments, sacrifices, tears, happiness, frustrations, reality, surrealism…you name it…we faced it and October 20th never looked so beautiful. I still promise to write about it 😉
* Grew closer to God. Went to church. Got counseled with Marriage 101 classes and private sessions with the most hilarious godly man. There are no words for how much May through October meant to me as these were the months Fishface and I snuggled up to God, prayed more, learned more, believed more.
* Relished every.single. family experience with my parents. These two humans have no idea how loved they are.  I immensely enjoyed telling them how much I loved them all year-long. Getting my Dad to tear up twice in one year. Maybe three…hehe. Quite the mission accomplished. From daily Facebook messages with Mom to Dad’s jokes from dinners at home to Redbirds games – I treasured every moment with them.
* Stared at each one of my nieces and realized how fast time goes by and how beautiful things become over time. They’re all growing to become such incredible young people, and they are very close to making my heart burst.
* Got to see my sister AND my brother-in-law. Hate they live so far away, but so happy for all they’ve accomplished.
* I married into a pretty fantastic family. The P.B.S. clan (just invented that! hahaha) is so loving and sweet, and I’m glad to be a part of their family.
* Fishface became my P-I-C for life. I glance at him pretty frequently too, and think ‘Wowziers, God sure did good.” He is an amazing man – one I’m so glad to call my husband.
* I realized more about the importance of gratitude and love. These are two important ingredients for nearly any recipe in life.

Here’s to 2012! Cheers to the year, the once-in-a-lifetime memories, the cake, the booze, the first dance, the toasts (oh Lordy those toasts…still crying over those ;), the conversations, the butterflies, the certainty, the songs, the to-do lists, the ceremony, the unity, the bubbles, the purple shoes, the friends, the family, the rings, the “blah blah blah’s”, the work, the victories, the self-satisfaction, the kisses, the hugs, the vows…to the Year of Love! The beginning of it anyway. 2012…I love you.

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Friday is my Favorite

Hey y’all!

1. TGIF! Just like last week. Even though I opted to cover events tomorrow at work, I’m still super pumped it’s Friday. Always. Work tomorrow means shorter day today. Ah, the benefits of not getting overtime 🙂 I’ll take it.

2. One of the fam members posted this video today and I nearly lost every teardrop in my body. Animals rule! My heart just can’t take the precious innocence. Watch and weep. SO touching! Be still my heart.

3. Admitting that I have not had enough water this week. And my consumption of all things sugar has gotten way outta hand.

4. When I leave work today, I’m going to Target. Are you jealous? Heidi did an awesome job of making me drool this week. I think I’ve been banned from the lamp aisle. It’s a serious addiction. Fishface refuses to let anymore lamps darken (ha) our door, until I eliminate a few.

5. Elf comes on like every other day on the Family Channel. Me likey.

6. My niece turned 17 this week. Can’t even wrap my head around it.

7. Speaking of nieces, I love that I’m getting to spend more virtual time with them thanks to Facetime. I might have to break down and get an iPhone for that alone. I love anything that shrinks the distance from here to Colorado.

8. Yesterday may have been the best day I’ve had since our wedding day. I got some super delish emails, one of them being from our photographer. Our wedding pics hit her blog yesterday. WOOT!
Since I haven’t done well on my promise to write about it all, I’ll let Amy & Ed tell you in pictures. I literally lost my breath and cried when I saw them and read Amy’s sweet words. Her blog is one of the reasons I chose her. Amy is a great writer, AMAZEBALLS photographer and an all around beautiful person. I told her yesterday she gave me the best anxiety attack ever. I heart her! Here is one of my favorites. Thanks Amy and Ed! We love you.

Sweet Kiss

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