So I have been severely lacking in my blog-updating lately and I'm going to try to do better! The last few weeks I have traveled all over the state of Texas (mostly for work) and I've had few opportunities to get on here. I've been to the Panhandle and South Texas, Central Texas and I'm headed to East Texas next week. All in a month's time! The trip to Central Texas was for my cousin's baby shower and Husband's and my anniversary. This week I'm thankful for the trip Hubby and I made and the few days we got to escape normal life!
I'm thankful for new babies in the family! This weekend was Cinnamon's baby shower and we found out they are expecting a little girl! I'm so excited to welcome another little one! And, it's so much fun to buy clothes for baby girls :)
This week, I'm very thankful for WINE. Our anniversary trip was to the wine country in Central Texas and we had such a wonderful time tasting tons of amazing blends! We spent two days traveling to different wineries and broadening our palette. Now, we have to figure out when we can use the goodies we brought back!
Our trip was incredible. We stayed at this amazing Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg and we were spoiled rotten. Our room was quaint and perfect and the breakfast was delicious. It was exactly what we wanted and when we left, Husband promised to go back soon! I'm so glad I found the perfect spot for our trip! Check it out - Corner Cottage B&B.
So this is King George - the Corner Cottage Conman. He tricked all of us into believing he was a starving, homeless kitty and we were shocked to find out that he specializes in conning lodgers into believing he needs leftovers. Though I felt a little embarrassed that I fell for his tricks, I am glad he added to the weekend. Had to make sure I got a pic with him before I left... Isn't he adorable!?
This weekend, one of my best friends Andrea married the love of her life. The wedding was fabulous and I had such a wonderful time seeing her and her family as well as some of my good friends! Here are some pics from the party!
As you know, I attended Syracuse Law School for a year and after many tears and lots of pro-con lists, I decided to take a leave of absence from the study of law (with no intent to go back). It was a difficult decision because I had worked so hard to go to law school and then receive enough scholarships to actually justify paying the rest of the enormous tuition costs. At the end of the day, though, I realized it just wasn't what I wanted.
I love the study of law. I met some truly amazing people while in school, and I experienced something that only those who attend law school can (the sleep-deprived, brain-over-stimulation, classmates-turned-family, love-hate relationship that is law school). I don't regret for a minute that I went to law school, but I also don't regret that I left. When I looked at my priorities and how I wanted to spend my future, I realized that what I truly want is a family and the opportunity to write.
My background is in Public Relations and I love it! I love writing in general and, since I was 8, I've declared my dream of becoming a writer. Though Public Relations is a different type of writing, it's a creative outlet that allows one to write and work with people. For now, it's exactly what I want to do! And, in the future, I hope to maybe write a book -- something creative, not legal or dry. I also want a family. To me, family is the most important thing in the world and I can't imagine a future where I can't spend time with my family like I want. I don't want to be married to my job; I want to be married to my husband. At this point, I do Public Awareness for a company that I've wanted to work for for years and I am married and have two childdogs. One day, we hope to have children and when that happens, I plan to be available to them. I couldn't guarantee that had I further pursued a legal career.
Since I attended law school and went a different direction in life, I love hearing stories of successful people who made similar choices. You would be surprised how many actors and writers there are that went to law school and either finished and went another direction or completed part of it and left to do something else. Lately, I've noticed that I've appreciated authors who chose to write and raise a family instead of continuing a legal career -- and I love it!
Today, I won a copy of Emily Giffin's newest book (release date 7/24!) Where We Belong. I'm excited to read it because every once in a while, you just need a little chick-lit in your life. I started to read a little more about her and found out that she was a lawyer who practice in NYC and then decided to pursue writing. She now has 3 beautiful children. Her legal career inspired her first book Something Borrowed (which I watched with some of my law school friends and completely related to some of the flashbacks to 1L days!).
I also told you guys about how much I loved The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin who also practiced law for a while before deciding to write and stay at home with her family. I guess part of the reason I enjoy reading authors like this is because I can relate to them. I also respect people who can turn down esteemed job titles and take a chance to share their writing with the world. It is never guaranteed that people will like a book you write and there is no job security like that of a corporate legal career, but that doesn't matter.These women probably got push-back, like I did, when they announced their decisions to leave the legal world but they didn't care. And look at them! They are successful writers that can do what they love while sharing their lives with their families. Now, THAT is something I love!
Today my parents are celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary! I'm so happy for them! My dad bought my mom the sweetest gift that he found while he was in Europe - glasses just like the ones they used for their wedding day. As soon as my mom opened the box, her heart melted! Hopefully they get to do something romantic this weekend to celebrate!!
I wish I had some wedding pictures on my computer so I could share some of their sweet moments the day they said "I do" but, alas, these are what I did find. (Sorry, my dad doesn't like to be in pictures so it took some digging!).
She looks SOOO happy
This weekend, we went to a wedding for Husband's cousin Lindsey. It was a small, family wedding and it was beautiful. Lindsey looked so incredibly happy during the ceremony and during the first dance, I don't think she realized that anyone else was even in the room. I'm very happy for her and I wish her many, many years of happiness.
The decorations at the reception were so gorgeous and Lindsey put a huge amount of time and thought into them. Though I wanted to take a picture of EVERYTHING, I tried to limit myself to only a small sampling of her great creativity. Below are examples of how precious her decorations were and some of the things that truly scream "Lindsey."
One year ago today, I married my best friend. I was surrounded by friends and family who had come from all over the country to watch me say "I do" and I was and still am so blessed for all that I have. I can't believe how quickly time flies! Husband and I were talking this weekend about how crazy the year has been and all that has happened. One thing's for sure, though - we are more in love today than we were a year ago and I hope that trend continues over the next 60+ years.
Love is definitely a lesson and every day I feel like I learn more from Husband. I think we each have learned a ton this past year about patience, love, kindness, forgiveness, strength, etc. And we have grown together. It's more than I could ever have hoped for! I look forward to the many years to come and hope they are full of love, joy, passion, family, and life!
Our wedding day was filled with so many people that mean so much to us. It's wonderful to know I was surrounded by those who truly care for us as a couple. We have even received cards and anniversary presents from some of my bridesmaids and their husbands! How thoughtful is that???
I wish I could put a million pics on here from our wedding day, but I can't choose. Here are just a few to capture the evening.
Since I got married, I've tried very hard to juggle work, family, friends, and home duties. Each day, I go home and try to prepare something nice for dinner and then I do the dishes and try to keep things in some sort of orderly fashion. Needless to say, it's hard. In a perfect world, I'd look as happy as the girl in this picture.
Unfortunately, it's not a perfect world. And I work 40 hours a week then come home tired and not ready to clean the house and make dinner and take care of the animals and do everything else that's required of me. At least we have modern appliances today that make housework a little easier, right??
Well, unless you're me..
For the last 4 months, I have had no dishwasher and our washing machine has spazzed out. More time is spent trying to get the spin cycle to work and fighting the machine than I actually spend washing and folding clothes.
Last night, though, we got a dishwasher AND a washing machine installed!! I'm so excited that I'll actually be able to put dishes in the dishwasher instead of having wash EVERY SINGLE dish by hand. I know, I shouldn't be complaining. Some people don't have the option of a dishwasher. Heck, I didn't have one when I lived in New York a couple years ago (though, it is easier when you live by yourself). But for some reason, I feel like I will get 30 minutes of my night back because I won't have to wash every fork when I use it and I can hurry the process along a bit.
And when it comes to laundry, I can do 2 or maybe even 3 loads in a day!! This is going to be great! Now all I gotta do is start dressing as cute as that housewife in the picture above and then maybe, just maybe, I can make it look as good as she does! (I can pretend anyway, right?)
Loving and learning a little more each day.