Adirondack Love

Hi everyone! I’ve been a little lazy about posting. There’s something about the Adirondacks that just makes me want to tuck my computer and cell phone away and disconnect from everything. I’ve been home since Thursday night and while the weather hasn’t been great, it’s already been an amazing few days.
The first thing I did when I got home was to go and visit my new baby cousin! She is six weeks old and is the smallest little bundle of cuteness. For a little baby, she has so much personality (or it could easily be gas, I’ll go with personality). Her smile is contagious and I’m so happy to have another baby in the family!
 
Yesterday morning, Reddick and I woke up to run around the lake. It’s about a 4.25 mile run. We were able to squeeze it in before the rain came in (and for the record, the rain hasn’t stopped…). Once we were done with that we made our rounds and visited my grandmother, aunt and her pup and then eventually this little one…
I’m so excited to see my little Reido again. We’re going to have such a fun week.
This was Reid working on her serious face…
Last night was my other cousin’s graduation. You’ll meet the rest of my family in the next post! And instead of going out, my sister and I decided to bake these last night. YUM.

Confessions to my Readers

I haven’t exactly posted much about what is going on in my head as far as the blog’s future goes, but I thought of a creative way to reveal these ideas to you. My life is changing and I want the blog to reflect the amount of excitement that’s going on in my life. I don’t have too much going on in my regular life right now (until things get crazy) so that’s why you’re seeing these kind of posts. There are some things I share with you and some things I don’t on the blog. I hope this posts helps us get to know each other a little better and keep your attention until school starts.
I’m just going to jump right in and reveal my little confessions to you:
  • My day to day life is not all that exciting. I don’t really think that blogging about my breakfast, lunch and dinner is all that entertaining. Now there are some blogs out there that I read every day that do just that. It’s not wrong, but I think my life is kind of regular most of the time. I eat a lot of Larabars and eggs. If I have a massive waffle with strawberries, bananas, whipped cream and nutella, I promise…I’ll show you.
  • I spend way too much money on froyo. I preach to you guys a lot about spending and saving money, and although I only go once a week, it still adds up. I should stop. Although I do make a rule for myself, if I spend over a certain amount, I’m not allowed to go back for a week.
  • I eat Pringles. MJW loves them and I always steel some when I put them on his plate.
  • I also eat Nutella right out of the jar. Don’t tell me you don’t. I know that you do.
  • Blogging about who to invite and picking our bridal party is therapeutic, unnecessary and completely stressful. I’m still on the fence.
  • I don’t like oats in a jar. I tried, but it’s not working for me. Sorryyy.
  • I want to blog about most details of the wedding but I will not talk about our budget. I will tell you how we are going to do everything we can to save money though.
  • I love sugar. I crave something sweet after every meal and usually it’s ice cream. I probably have a bowl every night. I don’t blog about it, but it’s 100% ok.
    • I’m slightly nervous as to what culinary school is going to do to my weight. We eat a four course meal every day. I have some ideas on how I’m going to deal with this (like not eat the whole thing) but I’m still a little nervous.
    • A few bloggers wrote whole posts on this topic, but I’ll just say it – MJW and I are far from perfect. He rocks and our marriage is going rock, but he makes me slightly bonkers sometimes. We have our issues and just because I don’t blog about them, doesn’t mean they aren’t shaping our relationship and making us stronger.
    • I love to lay in the sun. I use sunscreen, but let’s get real, this girl looks way better with a little color and sun-kissed locks. Although I’m going to work my butt off this summer, there will be some pool time.
    • And the biggest one at all…I’m going to start eating meat again. More on that tomorrow.
    Phew, that feels better.

I wonder what he’s thinking

He looks so deep in thought, doesn’t he? I’ve realized that Reddick likes to do this a lot when he has the house to himself. There isn’t much to look at outside that window other than the back of the Giant Supermarket, but I’m sure he finds something to keep himself entertained.

It’s a good thing we don’t really like that chair because now it’s covered in dog hair.
I feel like things have been really crazy the past few months and a lot has been on my mind. Can you believe February is halfway over?? I think it’s so crazy. Sometimes I’m a little envious that Reddick gets to sit in this quiet and peaceful condo by himself all day relaxing and (maybe?) thinking. What I would do for five minutes like that…
Hopefully an upcoming trip will relieve a little tension. Today I planned a trip to go down to Florida next month. I am really looking forward to taking a break from the craziness here. I am going to fly into West Palm Beach for a meeting for work and then drive to Orlando for a few days. After that, I’m spending a good solid seven days with my mom, aunt and little cousin in Clearwater. I am going to do all that I can to actually make it vacation, and not spend all of my time working. Hopefully after that little trip, I’ll feel refreshed and a little more relaxed.
Not all of us can always plan a trip to Florida to relax. Here are a few things I do when I need a break during the everyday “normalness”:
  • Workout. I think the best workouts always come after a bad day.
  • Relax in the sauna.  We are so lucky to have a sauna in our building. I always feel so refreshed after I go in there.
  • Go to the library. I love the peacefulness of the library. Everyone is quiet and concentrating on something. I could browse through the books for hours and hours.
  • Take a bath. I feel like I never take as many baths as I should. They are so comforting and might even help me sleep better at night. I feel like the whole condo gets quieter as soon as I sink into the tub.
  • Nap with Reddick. Dogs sleep a lot and sometimes you just have to crawl up next to them and doze off with them. The world will still be there when I wake up. It’s ok to take a little break.
What do you like to do to relax and take time to think?

Planning To Plan

I find it hard to believe that we have been engaged for almost two months! Almost every day I find myself daydreaming back to Christmas Eve and wishing to relive that day over and over again.
I know a few other couples who got engaged around that time and they seem to have everything under control. Their planning has begin, date has been set, dress is picked out…it’s well underway. Our story doesn’t really go like that. Our planning has barely started.
I am a planner. I will be the first to admit that. At first I wanted to jump right in, set a date, get things sorted and have our wedding within the year. Now that I have had some time to think about it, I really want it to be perfect and we have decided to take our time and plan things slowly and carefully. Plus, I love being engaged! I love telling our story and showing people my ring. I think it’s a really fun time in our relationship that shouldn’t be taken for granted, because before we know it, our wedding will be over and done with. There are so many things that I want to happen between now and the end of my wedding, I should really slow down and take my time.
We do have three things that we need to accomplish first, and then we are smooth sailing (right, brides?!). I guess we could call this my first “wedding planning post”. So here it goes, the three things that once they are done, our wedding planning has officially set off…
Pick a date. Stating the obvious, right? If you read our entry for the contest, I said that a New Years Eve wedding would be our ultimate wedding date. It’s a great idea, but not set in stone at all. The cold kind of terrifies me but the snow is so pretty. A summer or fall wedding also makes perfect sense. I guess we need to pick a season and then a date.
How cute is this picture?

Pick a place. And by place I mean place in the world, church, venue, etc. (I guess this is multiple steps.) We live in the DC area. All of our family is in the Adirondacks. We had some awesome times in Orlando. And I’m sure that the Caribbean is a beautiful place to get married, but so is Paris, and Africa (MJW’s idea). We all know that it makes the most sense to get married up north, but who knows where we will choose…

A wedding on Lake Placid (this venue is where I had my prom)
A wedding somewhere in paradise

Selecting the wedding party. For me, this seems like the most stressful part. It kind of makes my stomach hurt thinking about it. I have amazing people in my life and it’s going to be hard to narrow it down. But my wedding mantra has been whatever we decide will be perfect. I’ll just keep saying that to myself over and over again.

My aunt had the cutest little flower girl in the whole world, my cousin Reid! By the time I make all my decisions she might be old enough to be a bridesmaid…
It looks like I have some pretty hard decisions to make, but they will be fun! I can’t wait for it all to begin.
Bring on the wedding advice! What were the first three things you checked off on your wedding planning list?