vacation in seattle

Jan 11, 2018

Over the Christmas break I decided to take Liam to visit my brother and his fiancee. If I hadn't talked about it before, he is not very well traveled in the world and one of my favorite things to do is travel. We spent Christmas Eve with his family and took a flight out on Christmas Day. This has been my fourth trip to Seattle and I would deem it as one of my favorite cities.

The stereotypical Seattle is dreary and rains constantly. Guess what? It's really not that bad. It's actually beautiful in the summer and in the winter, it's less cold than what I am used to so it works for me. It has the seasons and doesn't snow. Yes, it snows but where I live, that isn't really snow. It has so much to do and so much to see. What I love about traveling: food. Yelp is my thing. The nerd in me loves to write food reviews and visit tons of them, it gives me a reason to want to try new places (not that I really need one). In one week, we went from Italian, Thai, Mexican, American, desserts, donuts, and ice cream. Thank god for my metabolism!

But really, it's a beautiful city. Visit sometime.

The market can smell like fish, for obvious reasons but it is so big! It goes down into some stores and has tons of food and flowers. We stopped for some fresh made mini donuts, the line was short and from what my brother says it's normally 30 minutes. Liam stood and watched the guys throwing the fish back and forth, he's like a kid who's never seen anything- it's adorable.

He's super happy, Liam, not the dog (but he is too). He likes to see the world and it's going to be pretty fun to show it and share it with him.

merry belated christmas everyone

Dec 28, 2017

Earlier this month we took our annual Christmas photo.
I could not find my remote clicker so most of the pictures were me trying to run around and get in position. The dogs kept going a little crazy and would not stay put for photos. I did buy a new clicker already so future photos will be much easier! This has been a four year tradition for me and the second one for us as a family. I remember being so nervous putting Liam in my Christmas photo because we were serious but we had our bumps in the road. Commitment was difficult for me and putting someone in my card to send out to all of my friends was a big deal! How funny to look back and here we are, we're married!

We spent the holiday eve with his parents and headed to Seattle to visit my brother and future sister-in-law. Liam has never been to the west coast so it was a great way to get started! We hope everyone had a great holiday and has a very happy new year!


holiday tree findings

Dec 21, 2017

The last few years I have gone out Christmas tree shopping for myself. With the craziness of living between two houses, we decided not to get a tree this year. I picked up a fake tree during Black Friday shopping for my apartment but the Christmas spirit has not been in full effect for me.

A few weeks ago we went out to help a few friends hunt for the perfect Christmas tree for their new home. It would be their first tree in their home, how exciting! For me, it was an opportunity to whip out the camera and actually take some pictures! It was a lot colder than I expected but who doesn't love this weather for Christmas activities! I truly believe I would be confused in warm weather states during the holiday season. Pretty sure I will regret saying that since it was 3 degrees last week.

If there is any one of my friends who loves picking out Christmas tree's it's T. She loves Christmas and wanted their tree to be at least 9-10 feet tall, in person it is gigantic. We were happy to help them pick it out and cut it out!

As we left to take the tree back to the truck, the boys decided it was too much to carry so they wanted to drag it back. T was not having any part of that!

philadelphia christmas market

Nov 30, 2017

We spent last Sunday in Philadelphia, hitting up our favorite place IKEA and walking around the city a little. It was a bit chilly so we didn't want to walk around too much, but I love this city and the food.

As we walked around IKEA, I realized how awesome of a husband he really is to me. I was looking for a glass box we had seen at the beginning of the 'tour' but could not find it in the Marketplace. He walked all the way back through the entire store to see where he could get the box. The display was the last box in the store and he had to fill out paperwork to get it. He's seriously the best.

We stopped at LOVE park near the City Hall. I love seeing the hall. It reminds me of my early days of college when we used to go dancing in Philly and drive by this on our way home, hanging out of windows screaming and singing at each other. We walked around the Christmas market looking at all the little shops, trying not to freeze. We bought him the cutest and warmest mittens (it was cold).

Sipped some hot chocolate.
Ate some appetizers aka pretzels.
I appreciate his enthusiasm to everything we do together. He is like a kid who sees new things that I some times take for granted because I have seen it so many times. He sees it from a whole new light and I love it. It makes me appreciate it all more.

Plus, we got see some awesome German sausages being cooked. Not that I eat it but it was still pretty awesome to see it! It was amazing to spend a whole week together after we got married. We got married and spent two weeks apart so it was like a mini honeymoon as he said (there will be a real one).

the elopement

Nov 19, 2017

On a chilly November day, I walked out of the car to meet my future husband. He was late, of course, but it wouldn't be him if he was on time and in place. I walked across the grass and tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around to see me for the first time in my dress and faux fur. He said the fur shocked him because he didn't realize I would be wearing one. Well, duh it was surprise.

We hugged, we kissed, and we got ready for the ceremony.
It was simple and intimate. We gathered with our friends, said our vows, I cried the entire time I said them. I cried when we got there and I cried when he said his. I thought it would have been him to get emotional, I'm not the emotional one normally (crazy, maybe, but not the lovey dovey one). But in that moment, I knew all of the ups and downs we had gone through in the last 18 months was worth it. It didn't matter anymore and all I could focus on was, this is who I plan on spending my life with and sharing in all of the wonderful moments that life has to offer us.

And then we kissed. We were married, husband and wife in this crazy world together.
It was cold, so cold without that faux fur on but it was worth it to get that ring on his finger properly. I couldn't have been happier in that moment.

We took a few photos around town. The town that brought us together, the Company that brought me to this town to meet him. I left New Jersey almost three years ago in a very different place than I am now. I have grown up so much in the last five years and it amazes me to think that a week ago, I got married to a man who puts up with my independently stubborn nature.

He is so amazingly kind and caring (sometimes too much if that's possible). He works his butt on to finish school, work full time, and take care of the dog. He builds me all of my crazy Pinterest ideas at the drop of a hat and he rarely ever tells me no. He cares for me so unconditionally it amazes me. I love the moments he plays with my hair until I fall asleep and carries me to bed when I fall asleep on the couch before him. It's one thing I miss living apart from each other.

As I put together our photo book from the engagement and the elopement, I came across an email I sent to myself almost five years ago. It had a quote that helped me get through a tough time in my life when I had split up with my then boyfriend. After reading it, it made sense then but means so much more now:
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
It was a long road to you but I could not be happier that I waited for you to come into my life. I have been through so many bad moments so I could appreciate every waking moment with you. All of them that make us stronger together. We have a whole lifetime for adventures. I am so happy to be your wife.

November 11, 2017 

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