Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your day is filled with the things that matter the most! Family, friends, and gratitude. In addition to that, hopefully you'll get your fill of turkey and all the fixins, football, and maybe the Macy's parade :) We're experiencing our first Thanksgiving far away and apart from all of our family, but we're thankful for technology that allows us to see them! We're so thankful for many things. Amongst this huge change, I can say that we're beyond thankful for a beautiful new home and welcoming friends! It feels so good to be settled in here! Pictures are actually hung and the boxes are all unpacked! My dad was a Godsend this week and I'm forever grateful. I love our new house. Absolutely love it!! Steven and I are reaquainted and I feel like the happiest girl in the world! We're very much blessed. Not just today, but every day. I'm thankful for a day to stay in my christmas jammies until noon&  just celebrate everything! I'm off to send my dad back to NC and then I'll be attempting Steven's grandma Pat's buttermilk pie recipe. No pressure! Have a wonderful day!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for YOU!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cozy Reflection & Gratitude

Yesterday was a big sad day. The movers came and loaded up every last box and I officially left the key behind to our first house. Not only that, yesterday was Steven's birthday and he's halfway across the country, so I couldn't see him. I tried to make him feel special, but I have a feeling I'll be making it up to him next week, given all his presents are in boxes on a moving truck. I said farewell to my sweet neighbors I glanced back to a completely empty home. I may or may not have bawled like a baby. As I made the drive back to my parent's house, it hit me hard that we will really be Texans, living across the country from everything we know and love. Change is hard.

Life ain't always easy. It's not always a picnic. I'm pretty good about focusing on the positive, especially on here and other forms of social media, so contrary to what some people may think about me, I know that life is not always rainbows and butterflies. My life has been a chaotic mess, mostly in suitcases or boxes for the last few months and I've been husbandless for about 7 weeks, to boot. We bought and sold a house in record time (*NOTE-add your realtors to your top 5 favorites in your cell phone so you don't go over on cell phone minutes like I did, leading to an expensive bill), and we've been writing checks left and right. Temporary unemployment adds on a whole new feeling of restlessness and boredom, but I know I'm kicking butt & taking care of everything that needs to get done with the house. Yet, I feel a little bit unfullfilled. Or lonely. Frustration has gotten the best of us on lots of days. And I KNOW it could be way worse.

 But why am I complaining?! That was certainly a bitter dose of honesty and venting, but as I take today to be cozy and unwind from the last week of travel and packing, I can't help but be so grateful of my family, friends, good food, and love & laughter that has filled this season in my life. I've been able to actually focus on what matters. God matters. Family matters. Positive thinking matters. Prayer matters. REAL friends matter. Good health matters. Goals matter. Pretty little moments in the day-to-day that make me happy, matter. In the end, love matters.

My family and friends have certainly given me so many reasons to miss them and I get sad knowing how far away I'll be, missing out on normal things with them. I know technology is amazing and phone dates will happen and maybe we'll even Skype. I appreciate all my loved ones and all the hugs and tears and farewells over the last few weeks. You are all amazing. Through the sadness and stress though, I'm letting go of the negative. Letting go of the naysayers. Letting go of a few things that I needed to move past. 
Thank goodness for fresh starts and new beginnings.

With that said, I'm soooo excited to see Steven in a few days and I'm so eager to unpack our new house! I'm ready to get back to work and find a new routine. I'm extremely thankful and I believe I'm one lucky gal. Gratitude keeps me moving on and moving forward. It's almost time to celebrate with my very best friend. YAY! Until then, I'll be hitting the pavement with my dad (who is the absolute best, btw). We'll be enjoying some sweet tunes as we trek to Texas over the next few days. He's a total life saver and I can't even deal with the fact that he won't just move to Texas, too. 

Let the new adventure begin:) 

Peace out, Reedhaven. You were so good to us.

I'm majorly looking forward to:


Have you had any major changes lately?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bringing Home Puppy

The official countown is on for my return to Texas! And with that said, soon thereafter, we will be picking up our new puppy, Finley! As we prepare for a new responsibility I came across a few necessities we'll need before his arrival. Our minds are getting right with reading up on some dog training & information books and soon we'll be picking up a few things to make the transition go smoothly! My list here isn't quite everything, but I thought it was a fun start. (Not pictured : Wire crate, food, grooming tools, leash..)

He sure is a handsome boy, right!? I'm a little biased, but he's stolen our hearts already and we haven't even met him! Almost 7 weeks old, our little fur ball is developing an outgoing personality. I get to meet him next week on my second roadtrip out to Texas, accompanied by my dad! We'll be riding through Oklahoma to get to Texas, so we'll be stopping to meet the breeders. I'm sure it may be pure torture not to take him right then and there! We need a couple of weeks to unpack our house and prep, so I'm telling myself it'll be a good thing! 
We are SO excited to bring him back to NC for Christmas, though!! He's going to get so spoiled :)

Any first time puppy parenting suggestions? Let me hear it!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Things that make my heart go pitter patter:

I'm feeling slightly less than glamorous these days, in an empty house 1200 miles away from my hubby, but these images sure have cheered me up a little:

Zac Posen, When I grow up, I want to be a mermaid. Thank you for showing me how it's done.

Happy Weekend, dears.