Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel bug

Julian and I have been talking lately about wanting to take a trip together sometime this fall. We have traveled together (and apart) a decent amount of times, but not many trips with just the two of us. I am torn between us going somewhere we know (Charleston, NYC, Chicago) or someplace that we haven't been to before (Nashville). We want something that is within driving distance (so 10 hours or less from Columbus) and where we can explore over a long weekend.

Just because I think it would be fun, I want to list out the places that I have been over the years. As a kid, we didn't go on many vacations because we didn't have a lot of money. The ones that we did take, were always memorable and my parents always did their best to ensure that we had fun no matter what.

  1. Niagra Falls (first vacation I can ever remember. I was maybe about 5 or so and it rained the entire time!)
  2. Hocking Hills (in Ohio)
  3. Florida (Orlando, Daytona)
  4. Gatlinburg, TN
  5. Washington DC (the traditional 8th grade trip that a lot of schools take)
  6. Nassau, Bahamas
  7. Charleston, SC
  8. Iowa
  9. Colorado
  10. Myrtle Beach, SC
  11. Poconos Mountains, PA
  12. London, England
  13. Wales
  14. Chicago
  15. Wisconsin (Geneva Lake for fun and Madison for work)
  16. NYC
  17. Hawaii
  18. Las Vegas
  19. Sevierville, TN
  20. Punta Gorda, FL (honeymoon)
  21. Ft. Myers, FL
  22. various small trips to states near here (IN, KY, TN, WV, VA, PA, NC for basketball camp, GA, etc)
Any suggestions on places we should visit? 

Monday, July 28, 2014


There are some weekends that are the perfect combination of everything. This weekend was just that.
Friday night, Julian and I went on our second anniversary date of the week. This time, having dinner at Level downtown and then walking around the Short North. We don't really go downtown all that often, and it was nice to spend an evening doing something different.

Saturday, we both had bachelor/bachelorette parties to get to, so we parted ways for the day/night. The girls had a hotel downtown and then we went to dinner at Haiku (a really fun sushi restaurant here in Columbus) and bar hopped. It was a great night, even with getting caught in the rain while walking between two places. As much fun as it was, it reminded me that I am not in my early 20s anymore, and that I am glad that I don't frequent the bar scene. The guys are just a lot pushier than they used to be, so I swear, things were much more laid-back 5 years ago!

Julian and I headed out to his sisters Sunday afternoon to have lunch/dinner and celebrate his grandma's and dad's birthdays. Both of us were exhausted, but feeling pretty good and it was a very enjoyable afternoon spent with family. 

This week will be spent packing up the apartment and trying to get caught up on laundry at home.With all of these busy weekends we have been having, we haven't had much time for our normal routine and I am definitely noticing it in my selection of clothes for work this morning. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I have so many plans for my future. I always have. Some of them change, and some aren't possible, but I am a planner. I like to know what life will be like in x amount of months. In college, I can remember talking with my friends and I always said that I would meet someone right out of school (check), married by 25 (check), house by 26 (well, a little late), baby one by 28 (uh seeing as I turn 29 in less than 4 months, this one is a big fat no).
The point is, even with what I plan, life has other things in mind. As I get older, the more ok I am with this. Yes, I want to have a plan (ask Julian how crazy this drives him, when I ask 50 times "but what's the plan?"), but sometimes that just isn't possible. My plans for the remainder of the summer for example? Pack up our apartment, move, and try to have a little fun! This summer has been so busy that I haven't let myself relax much and I am in dire need of a fun weekend.
This weekend should prove to be that. While it is planned to the max (old habits die hard I suppose), it's full of fun things. Friday night, Julian and I are celebrating our anniversary part 2 with dinner downtown at Level. Saturday, I have my friend's bachelorette party (and Julian has the groom's bachelor party the same day) which should prove to be a night of planned/unplanned fun. Sunday will be spent recovering, brunching and packing. We close in 2.5 weeks and move in 3 so lots to do.
I'm not really sure what my point was when starting this post, other than rambling, but there ya have it. I am a rambler.
And because every post needs a picture, here is one of our little family on our first wedding anniversary. Wow these three years have flown by.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Three Years

Three years ago, I got the chance to marry my best friend. Marriage is definitely not easy, and every day we try to work on making it better. Yes, we fight and sometimes those fights make us question things. BUT, at the end of the day, we love each other and would rather fix what caused us to fight than throw it all away over something that is usually stupid in hindsight.

I always see these posts from people on their anniversary about how their marriage is all rainbows and sunshine, but that just can't be realistic. Whenever you take two people and put them together, things aren't going to be perfect. I really don't think that marriage is supposed to be easy. How can you appreciate something that you don't have to work hard for?

One of my favorite quotes about marriage that I have found is this:

And, I couldn't agree more. 

Over the past three years, we have had our share of ups and downs. We have had good days and bad. The good days definitely outweigh the bad. We also realize that we are both stubborn and opinionated, and sometimes that leads to some pretty heated disagreements, but it also leads to neither of us wanting to give up on something so great. 

We have had many big changes throughout the course of our relationship including new jobs, family situations changing and now, building a home together. I honestly know that we can accomplish anything we want when we work together, and I can't wait to see what the next 80 years brings us :)

Monday, July 21, 2014


Our weekend was spent painting our new house, and relying heavily on friends who made the world of difference.

Friday night started off with my dad dropping off my 12 year old nephew (who was spending the weekend with us) at the new house while we finished prepping. Taping off all of the baseboards and dusting the white drywall dust off of the walls took 3 evenings. That is crazy.
Colton was pretty excited to help

Julian was not a happy camper
Saturday we began painting, and if I haven't said it before, I will say it now. We have the best friends. Hands down. Our one friend came over and instantly started helping us paint, and my best friend and her husband made the trek all the way from our home town to help too. This is the girl that has helped us move every single time, and I owe her big time. Erica-seriously, let me know if you need anything!

After a day full of painting, we took everyone to get some dinner and then to catch a movie as a way to say thank you. 

Sunday we headed back over there again to finish up the rooms that hadn't been done yet. By Sunday evening when my dad picked up Colton, we had everything painted, and all that is left is the areas where we need to touch up a bit. 
Clearly happy to be done for the weekend!
Our anniversary is tomorrow so we will be taking the day off from any house related work and just celebrating three years of being Mr and Mrs. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Blogmopolitan Quiz

I thought that this was so fun the last time Erin hosted this link-up so of course, I had to participate again! I always loved reading these in Cosmos, and it is definitely fun to fill in my own little answers. 
Hop on over to her page to join in and link up!

In other news, we are painting this weekend! We spent the past two nights taping off all of the baseboards and tonight we are going to remove all of the light switch covers and begin painting some of the smaller areas (closets, pantry, bathroom). Each time we go there, I can't believe that it will be ours in less than a month! Sooooooo excited :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Closing time

Well, we officially have a closing date on our house! It will be August 12. So less than a month. Eek!

I really haven't decided yet if I am more nervous about this or excited, but I think a pretty even combination of both. I am so happy about the fact that our house is almost done, but it is kind of scary. We have always rented, if something broke, it was someone else's problem. Not ours. In 1 month we will be home-owners. It definitely makes me feel more like an adult. Cause you know, working over 40 hours a week and being married never did :)

I guess the biggest thing, is that I am waiting for all of this to sink in. Julian and I have been talking about buying a house for three years, and now that we finally are, it still doesn't feel real. Maybe it will when we spend all weekend painting? (To be honest, I am still kind of nervous that the bank is going to call us up and say "haha just kidding, no money for you!" which would make me incredibly sad.)

We still have so many things left to do though. We have to complete our "sweat-equity" (thus why we are painting this week. We do work and they put money towards our house, pretty sweet deal). We need to figure out when we are moving. We need to pack. We need to start planning for how we are decorating our house. We need to pack. Ugh, I hate packing. Did I mention we need to pack?

Hopefully once all of this house stuff slows down a bit, and things get settled I can find myself more of a routine again. I haven't ran in almost a week, and I don't know if I will get to this week. Every day I am heading to the house directly after work to do some prep and running isn't fitting in like I want it to. There is next week, right?
I love seeing that "sold" sign in the window, knowing that it is ours. :)