Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today's the day :-)

Today is the day that I reach out and take on an opportunity that was given to me... 
One never grows without going out of their comfort zones, and as nervous as I am, I am willing to do just that! Life has so much to offer, but you will never know just what, if you aren't willing to go for it! I'm looking forward to first and foremost meeting up with my love in the "City of Love," and then taking on these countries we have chosen together! 

Here we come, Europe! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The day before...

The DAY BEFORE has finally arrived.. 

I find that I'm nearly pinching myself when I think about the adventure I'm about to embark on...
Each passing moment brings on more of the nerves, but also pure excitement...For me, it's just crazy to think about. 

This WILL be a great adventure and a good learning experience for me! :-) Im frequently reminding myself of this... I have taken the advice of Rach to get a travel journal for this trip in particular. Growing up, I always had journals of sorts, more of ones that I shared between friends! I would have a notebook/journal for 1 week and give it up the next week! We wrote all that we wished to, whether about boy crushes we were having, "secret" conversations.. that clearly weren't that secret when written in a plain notebook, but ya know we thought they were! :-) I then felt really cool when I'd be able to get those lock and key journals, ya know the ones that you hardly needed the key to open the poor thing? Yea, those! So, I've had a few journals in my day.. and have in times past enjoyed opening them up to see just what was written back then.. what crushes or conversations were had with friends, whether in church or at camp.. Yup, I did that too. I fooled around in church :-/  I have a small notebook that primarily Tina and I had at Victory Grove Camp back in 2000/2001 when THE Montgomery family came into the picture for me :-) Yup, those were some good memories too, and I'm so glad to still have that notebook. They provide some good keepsakes. 

I have since then, the past several years, made digital entries off and on more of the fun times and activities that Tim and I have had so that we can look back and see just all that we have done together. For this trip though, after Rach mentioned about doing a journal, I thought a digital entry being saved in a file just might not cut it this time around. When I came across this travel journal with the magnetic cover.. I was sold! Just early this morning, I wrote my first entry.. and found it very fun and relaxing to do. Looking forward to capturing my thoughts, feelings and adventures over these next couple weeks in this "secure" magnetic journal. haha! I'm clearly not worried about the secure part. 

So, today I thought with things winding down... I needed some comfort food to get me through the day :-) Every gal needs her comfort food every once in a while! ;-) 

Pieology & 85 Degrees "Sea Salt Iced Coffee" it was! 

It was great! Ya, see.. I just found out about 85 Degrees less than 2 months ago, and if it weren't for being so invested in Starbucks with their Gold card and such... I probably would go to this coffee place a bit more! I guess for right now, I will just consider it a treat when I do have it :-)
And, no... I didnt have the full pizza in one setting. :-) I will have it in 2 though! ;-) It looks bigger than it really is.

So, now I better get back to finalizing the packing and binder with all itinerary, tickets, maps etc
and then finishing up the last minute laundry, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbing, and dusting, so that when we come back with little to no energy to do much.. we can just throw our things down, and not feel overwhelmed! 

I have this. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Coffee...

Making time to have a cup or two of coffee and chat with my love is quality time for me... The weekends especially are the perfect time for this to happen! 

So, today our conversations consisted of several topics, but one of them being about Europe. :-) During this time, excitement is in the air as we make preparations for a lifetime experience in my book, to Europe. Yup, we are making it happen this year, and I can hardly believe it! Having never been off this continent leaves much to my imagination of what I will experience, what sights I will take in, and all the stories I will bring back from this. I wouldn't be honest if I said that I didn't have any fears, but I know that with this great opportunity that, unfortunately not everyone will get to experience, will exceed and hopefully soften my fears I have. 

I have never been on a flight more than 5 1/2 hours and now will have to experience about an 11 hour flight one way. Sometimes, while here in San Diego, I feel like a minority due to the language barrier, but at least there are PLENTY of English speaking people around, still. It will be interesting when attempting to communicate within some of these countries we go to. Because so few people will be able to communicate with us at times, I guess I also struggle with "trusting" the people around us. We will be using several forms of transportation to get around too, which I am not use to.... Subways, trains, more flights, taxis, on foot.... I try to pretend I will just be traveling between the states here, but for some reason it just doesn't seem the same... I know that focusing on these fears will take away from my experience, so I'm trying hard to set those aside and make the best of everything. :-) I mean, it likely will be my once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Europe!

For so many reasons, it  makes sense to take advantage of this Europe trip next month! Our potential itinerary hasn't been fully planned out yet, but we are working on it... We will being going to Paris, France for sure, some possible cities in Spain (Madrid & Barcelona), Switzerland (Zurich & Murren) and Italy ( Venice & Naples)! 

It all kind of seems like a dream... a dream that will become reality soon!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Beauty...

I find when I ACTUALLY sit down to either blog or make a massive mess with my crafting supplies, it is medicine to my soul...but who has time to do this whenever they want to? Sometimes it's not always about the time, but the idea of actually making a mess or sorting through photos that I just dont feel up to sorting when I am so far behind with them anyways. I remind myself frequently though, that its not all about the mess etc, but surrounding yourself with things of interest that bring great pleasure, especially when it's been a tough week.. Sometimes, you just need to make a mess.. :-)
I plan on doing just that this weekend, while Tim dives in on some of his projects he's creating/working on.  I thought I would get a head start before Tim got home from work tonight with the blogging... I had intentions of posting Zoo pictures from a recent trip, but as I uploaded pictures, there was a folder with Sunday afternoon shots of when Ange & Steve were here in March... ( Yes, I still have all of the other ones to blog too at some point... Don't remind me. :-) ) and thought that I would start with these, as I love capturing the beauty of the ocean with my own eyes and my camera happy self:-) I chose a few to share!

We love going down to the ocean (not frequent enough) taking in the the sights and sounds of the ocean. Watching the waves crash up over the rocks with such force at times, feeling the mist, looking for crabs etc just brings great peace and joy anytime we go! Ange loves being near the water and finds that she would do it more often if she had that opportunity. We hadn't taken them to see the ocean or this specific beach yet this trip, and they wanted to go, so we thought this would be the perfect Sunday afternoon activity while they were here. 

Ange enjoying herself..:-)

....Just as much as we were too.. 

Having one of my sisters out here to visit was such a special time for me.. and it was far too difficult that same night to see her/Steve head home...

After we were finished at Ocean beach, we thought it would be neat for them to experience the "Sunset cliffs" attraction that happens each night, before leaving. Without fail, each night vehicles pile in along the cliffs  to watch the sunset and as soon as it's over, they all leave. The thing is, we ended up getting there about an hour early... and had toiled with the idea of just heading back to our place to fix something to eat before they left. We ultimately did just that, but got distracted in the meantime with THIS... 

There were 2 young guys that seemed to be at a special someone's home waiting for 2 special ladies to arrive to surprise them. It was soo funny watching them for the next hour... Putting out the banners, pacing back and forth from being inside to checking for the girls outside. We watched them pick up their bouquets of flowers and carry them around, put them back down, go over to their banners and figure out how to pose for when they arrived etc.  This happened for 1 hour at least!! Ange and I sat chatting in the car about how we had to give them credit for trying and being creative about it... as not everyone would do that! I would have preferred being asked personally, if it were me... (it wasn't though nor did I even go to my prom.)  In the end, I actually think they missed the pose or seeing them come down the sidewalk and all... as they were probably too nervous inside. I'm pretty sure they both said yes though, as they giggled and screeched with delight. It was interesting to hear/see walkers pass by interpreting these banners and their comments they had for them.  I think I would have hated to be Lauren... :-) Thats pretty terrible to be known for or have something like that written, even if it were a joke of sorts.. 

Watching everything unfold, brought us to the beautiful sunset we went there to see.

This day tied together the great week we had together. It always seems to go too quickly.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

He's a Keeper!

If only I could express how blessed I am as a woman to be married to this man... :-) It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but let me tell you..... each day has been filled with so much joy, laughter, and love! I realize more everyday just what a gem I have been given! 
I look forward to many more years of growing closer, learning together, dreaming and living life's dreams, and loving each other. <3 Life is truly a blessing when shared with him.

So, one would think that we would bring our cameras to capture our 2nd Anniversary date, but neither of us did. :-( I always bring my phone wherever I go, and sometimes seem more attached to it than need be, so I even left that home this time too, in order to take in each moment of our time together. :-) I say all this to say, these pictures were NOT taken on our date. The above shot was taken at Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Bill's house the previous weekend, and the ones below were swiped from the restaurant's website... shhhhh! :-) The thing is, it was in the evening anyways, and I'm afraid our attempts at capturing the beauty wouldn't measure up to these. This way, we also didnt have to have "random" people in our shots either. :-) 

Reservations were made for the evening and I was taken to a beautiful restaurant on Harbor Island overlooking the WHOLE city. What breathtaking views we took in...and to be out on the waters' edge. 

We had such a great time celebrating our 2 years together. :-)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Such fun...

:-) :-) :-)

It has been a dream to have a 2nd room for our project room, and now we HAVE it :-)
We spend so much of our time in the evenings in here working on our hobbies! I decided to share some of these shots again all because of a NEW item I got last weekend, which helps tie it together!
I know Leah & I have chatted about storage cubes and finding just the right ones for my corner! I've gone back and forth between green, orange, or green & orange! I really would have preferred originally to alternate the colors with the cubes to tie in the photo, but I was having a hard time even finding the right shades (or something similar) that I felt I could deal with. I know they say that it isnt necessary to have the SAME color, but different hues of that color.. Most of the cubes in green were more of a true green and that's not at all what I wanted. I would read reviews of products I thought might be what I was looking for and even in reviews they were warning about the color difference, so I thought maybe orange would be a safer bet seeing I already had a few "hues of green." :-)

I love these orange storage cubes! They are very sturdy, have nice handles and also lids to help hide even the slightest of items! I have sense been working on trying to organize all of my items... thus the reason for a "not so updated shot!" :-) Between organizing and actually crafting.. well, you know ;-)

Now THIS has also played into my fun moments in my craft corner! I have been eyeing this Sizzix machine for some time now, and hoped to be able to get one soon! Some of my family gave me gift cards to put towards this at Christmas! I have since been watching the sales and was able to take advantage of a GREAT one! I'm telling you, they didn't play their marketing games right on this one! I would have thought they were smarter than myself, but I seemed to play the game just right! Makes it that much more worthwhile! :-)

Several of you helped contribute to my Sizzix wants this year and so I received  some pretty fun gifts! Not at all saying that all my other gifts weren't fun, either! I loved all of them:-) 
I have been trying to figure out how best to organize them all, and not have all these smaller plastic cases that all the individual pieces would just get thrown into and then have to fish out when needed. I went to pinterest and watched you tube videos on certain products and was able to get some great ideas! I purchased a "We Are Memory Keepers" Binder ( thanks to Becky's gift card :-)  ), as most of the fillers for the binders and sizes Id need for my embossing folders, framelits etc were recommending 12''x12''s! Standard binders are NOT anywhere's close to that! Actually the binders that seem to fit the 12''x12''s are more the size of 15'' x 13'', so its more of a specialty binder! :-) (I know you all know this too...)

 I ultimately need to get some other specific sizes of protective sheets for my other larger embossing folders etc, but this is a start ":-)

This was one of the you tube/ pinterest ideas for my Sizzix framelits! 
This has been an absolute lifesaver and I find it provides for some neat organization too!!

VENT COVERS at home depot for less than $5.00!!! 

I know none of you are into sizzix items, but if ever you need some magnetic force with some larger area, keep these in mind! They work wonders, and after slipping them into a filler protective page.. it adds that much more protection and organization!

Looking forward to growing my collection of sizzix products and expanding my creativity, as I learn more about this machine and all that it can do!! :-) 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tis the Christmas Season..

Tis the Christmas Season again :-)

It seems like just a short time ago, we were preparing for our very first Christmas together as a married couple, and find it hard to believe that another year has come and is about gone.. bringing us to our 2nd!
This year was full of so many fun trips, exciting events and so many memories that I will forever cherish! I DO still plan on trying to blog about them/or most of them when everything FINALLY settles down. It's on my mental to-do list nearly everyday :-)

Since our move, we have so enjoyed redecorating and have several more plans for cool ideas :-)
Most of "those" projects haven't even happened yet, but Im looking forward to when we are able to do them! I imagine some snapshots in the future.. ;-)

We decided last year that we would create this tradition to set up our tree the day after Thanksgiving each year... and it had already been a time we were looking forward to... weeks before. :-)  I so enjoy sitting in the evening with very few lights, if any on... and watching/looking at the tree.. with a few Cinnamon Apple candles flickering and the aromas filling our place. I love when my husband comes home from a long day at work and comments about how festive it looks and how our place smells so good. :-) As I sit in the quiet.. I cant help but think about how blessed I am this season and every season for that matter. :-) 

The night we retrieved our tree from storage, we also brought some other Christmas decorations that I had originally to add to our place this season! With so many things on my mind and trying to get everything together and ready for our trip home... these decorations have been falling to the back burner.. Yesterday, I started to get them out... Just a few shots.

Ginger decided she wanted to ride, instead of Snap below always wanting to sit..and watch 
everything. She's a bit more playful and energetic than that.. ;-) Snap exclaims that someone has to be on the lookout too!

At the end of the day, they both come home to their log cabin and rest before starting another new day. A side note, my Grandfather made this log cabin from scratch and to look at it up close.. the details of his carvings are amazing! 

Merry Christmas..

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Until next time..

At another time, I'll try to get caught up some more! 
There's the NY trip in June, the IN trip in July, and all the other places we have snapped shots in between!
Most of my days, aside from doing the normal things.. Cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, meal preping, job searching, stamping (when I decide to get EVERYTHING out) etc have been filled with trying to find our next home! We want to upgrade in space and have been looking diligently in what would be right for us! 
So, moving is in our near future and all the fun that comes along with it.

Until next time.. :-)

Cinci in May

In May, due to My Aunt's passing, Mom & I made a trip to Cincinnati and Indianapolis and stayed with Ange. Dad had gone ahead with the Grandparents and was busy most of the week.

We visited the  Farmers Market :-)

These were some beautiful flowers that were made out of wood & Ange bought a few!

We then walked down the street to what would be like a City flee market that they have 1 Saturday a Month with the Cincinnati City Hall behind it. I believe this was also the place that Collingsworth had a live concert that was taped years ago that Ange & I were at!

I think this was a Bluegrass group there for entertainment/music!

This was a neat part of the park where spouts of water at different levels would rise. In the evening, with the lights added, its all multicolored :-)

We visited some other local parks with beautiful buildings and landscaping, and took advantage of some fun shots too!

Couldnt resist! This was left in one of the siderails.

Walked the Purple People Bridge!

Look at this city view! Ah!

Another park..

 I imagined a beautiful wedding here... 

Thanks for an enjoyable time, aside from the main reason of going out there in the first place!