Tuesday, July 12, 2016

An Anniversary on the Dalmatian Coast

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...is it just me or do the years seem to fly by? It was just yesterday that I met my now-husband wasn't it? Oh wait, it was actually almost 13 years ago. WHAT?! {and by the way, I had to do some SERIOUS maths to arrive at that number!} So although it's been 13 years since I met Dan, these last 3 years have been particularly jam-packed full of love, adventure, laughter, growth, daily struggles, and the beauty that life brings.

We have this thing about taking trips for our anniversaries - hey, any excuse right? Well this was the first year we didn't take a full week since Dan began his job at the end of May and we didn't want to push it. However, we did luck out because even though the UK doesn't celebrate most of the holidays the US does {I'm looking at you 4th of July - or as I pretend the British call it - 'Too Soon' and Thanksgiving - or what they might call *facepalm*}, they do have a Holiday that fell on Memorial Day this year, which happens to be right around our anniversary. So, we did get to take an extended weekend getaway to one of the first places outside of the UK that we wanted to cross off the bucket list... Croatia! 

And what a lovely country it is! We visited Split, home of Diocletian's Palace {otherwise known as the streets of Meereen, Daenerys' throne room and the palace basement that 2 of the dragon's call home for a while!} The palace streets are more like winding secret pathways, and although we spent 3 days winding our way through them, we rarely saw the same place twice. While that may say something about our internal compasses, it was such fun to let ourselves get lost in this mini city and to stumble upon a hidden view, or catch the sunlight coming through another side street, hunt for treasures in the marketplace, or even find a place to stop and try a glass or two of Dalmatian wine {or beer!}.

Besides getting to geek out a little, not only at the GOT film sites, but also on the rich history of the city, we spent our days meandering about the city-like palace streets, eating ice cream, walking along the coast, jumping in the water when it got too hot, and visiting the nearby islands.

My favorite part was our day-trip over to a nearby island, Bra─Ź, where we absorbed the quiet island and became one of the inhabitants for the day. It was peaceful and relaxing and exactly the kind of anniversary I'd hoped for.

Until next time, Croatia!!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Southwest Celebrations

Wow – hi internet! It’s been a while, but I’m happy to be back to let you know about a few of the awesome things I’ve been up to {besides the books and blog-iversary, of course!}. As a quick recap, over the past few months I’ve been back to the US for some awesome family celebrations {more on that shortly}, Dan and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary with a pretty awesome trip {stay tuned!} and even some London-y celebrations. Suffice it to say we’ve continued having an awesome time in London.

As for a slightly longer recap...

Back in May {I'll pause to give you time to recall that far back...}, I had a work trip back to the US for training, and heck when someone else is paying for that ticket, it’s absurd not to tack on a trip home for a fraction of the cost it would normally take! So that’s exactly what I did. I stayed for 2 extra weeks in the US on top of the week of training in Chicago - for a total of 3 weeks! Dan even joined for one of those weeks. And it just so happens that May is always a pretty busy special month for my family, and it was even more so this year because we had a couple extra celebrations to add into the mix! On top of an awesome mother's day I got to spend with my mommy, I had to pace myself for all the celebrations we fit in that 2 week span!

Firstly, my big sis is PREGNANT and although she lives in California, she came back home for a few days and we got to throw her an adorable little shower for her and the little one.

It was so fun to see a lot of the baby things in person – it was the first time I’d seen her since Thanksgiving – and she and her baby bump were so cute. She is going to be a great mom, and it was amazing to see the way she’s already transforming! I can’t wait to be an Auntie this August.

My mom is an excellent baker and made this awesome reveal cake {but sorry, my lips are sealed}

On the day we had the baby shower, it also happened to be my 27th birthday. That felt weird even typing! Especially since there’s some days I feel 79 and can’t remember my age and other days that I feel that I just turned 21 :) {although the next day is usually one of those ‘79’ days!}

So my mom also made me breakfast, lunch and dinner cupcakes! {did I mention she’s a fabulous baker?!} I’d say it was pretty awesome because we got to have an awesome brunch, I saw some friends from back home, and my whole family was together. Greatest gifts ever. Alas, we tried our best here - but since we were brunching it up, there was just no time for pictures!

Another major event that we celebrated that weekend was my little sister's graduation from college! My parents are {finally!} done with college kids now – and have become true empty nesters as my sis left for her new job a mere 2 weeks later. So we had a big ‘ol party with family, friends and CAKE...again!

After all the parties, it settled down for a couple days before we celebrated my parents' 36th wedding anniversary!!

The whole trip was like a rejuvenating mini family reunion, coupled with so many big events {Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Birthdays, Graduations and Anniversaries...whew!}

All in all, I spent 2 weeks partying it up big time. And by partying I mean:

1: Going to Target
2: Drinking lots of Venti Starbucks' with my mom and sisters
3: Catching up with the fam
4: Visiting with grandparents, aunts and uncles in both Las Cruces and Albuquerque
5: Eating a TON of cake {as you could probably guess} and GREEN CHILE. We even brought some back with us and it's pretty much gone...sad day.
6: Spending some quality time with dear friends
7: Soaking up the why-is-it-so-hot-in-May New Mexican sun
8: Getting to stare in awe at the beauty of the Organ and Sandia mountains
9: Having my whole family together in our hometown

Overlooking Albuquerque:

My favorite mountain view: The Organs

So yeah, a pretty wild time ;)

Does anyone else feel like May {and heck, now June} just flew by? What kinds of things filled up your past few months?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Year One!


You guys! It's been a year since I officially launched this little baby blog of mine. In it's first year, we've been through a few adventures together - from projects and random thoughts to major life changes and our wanderings. I'm so glad I have a place to record these moments, and am really thankful anyone reads this at all - so thank you! :)

Tonight I'm celebrating with some homemade fajitas and cocktails while chillin' with my cat and husband. This is the life, folks. So cheers to one year and here's to more to come!