Thursday, October 31, 2019

happy halloween.

Excited to see our little trick-or-treater tonight, rain, snow, or what not, it's still such a joy to see her so excited.  Happy Halloween everyone!

- There is magic in the night, when pumpkins glow by moonlight.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

my main man turns 40 today.

I have known Kevin since we were "just kids."  If you are unfamiliar with our story you can read it here.

I have spent the last 10 years sharing a life with my favorite person in the world.  Kevin - you are my favorite.  You amaze me.  You inspire me.  You challenge me.  You have become the most fantastic adult, husband, father and firefighter.  I'm so happy to have you in my life.

I love you.  Happy big 40th Birthday babe.  Here's to the next 40 (and 40 after that).

*photo from our backyard with his official black helmet!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

how we spent our 6th wedding anniversary.

Our anniversary weekend started out with going to the Weber Pumpkin Festival.  This festival used to be called Minges and I have fond memories of going there with my Grandma when we were little, but now Weber has taken over and it's totally changed.  We still had fun, but it was a little crowded and too big.  
Saturday night we went to a new place for dinner called The Butcher and Barrel it was good!  After dinner we just went to a few random places for some drinks.  
Sunday we went to the Bengals game with my BIL & SIL.  We had a blast!  

The weather this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous, couldn't have asked for better weather.  Good times celebrating our marriage, and even more good times hanging out with family.  

Happy Tuesday!  Make it a great week!

Friday, October 18, 2019

around here.

around here she's so excited her hair is getting long enough to go in a pony tail.
around here had dinner with the family, Hadley had so much fun with her cousin.
around here got to see my favorite fireman during the work day!

So very excited for this weekend!  We are going to the pumpkin patch with the family during the day tomorrow.  And then we are going out on the town, just us two and I cannot wait.  It's our anniversary tomorrow.  Sunday we are going to the Bengals game!  It's going to be one fun weekend.  And I am so excited like a little kid.  Love being with my hubby, six years married and ten years together. 

Happy weekend everyone!  Enjoy the beautiful weather we are supposed to get!  

Monday, October 14, 2019

from the weekend.

Started off our weekend with a trip to Chic Fil A, and realized Hadley's not a fan of their chicken nuggets but loves the play area.
This chick right here won her 7th grade volleyball tournament!  She rocked it!
It's so hard to get a good photo of the moon with my iPhone, but it was just gorgeous Saturday night.
The view from our bathroom, tons of trees.  Don't want the leaves to fall just yet!
George says Happy Fall Ya'll!
Sunday night, you would've never believed this kitchen was a disaster.  I meal prepped for the week, and had stuff all over the kitchen.  One habit I've tried to get into is, before I go to bed clear off the counters and put the dishes in the dishwasher.  It's so much nicer waking up to a clean kitchen.
Meal prepped for the first time in awhile, breakfast, snacks, and lunches.  Figured I'll make dinner at home with the hubs.

Happy Monday!  We ended up not going to see the Blink on Friday, didn't want to dodge the rain that was off and on all day.  Maybe we'll make it when it comes back!  Natalie had her end of the year volleyball tournament, and won the whole thing!  She was super nervous, but she did awesome.  Her school got a trophy and a banner for the gym.  Sunday Kev and the kids went to the lake and I had a night of meal prepping.  It felt good to have breakfast and lunches ready for the week.

Have a good rest of the week!

Friday, October 11, 2019

around here.

around here working in the office a lot, planning parties and organizing.  Some of my favorite things to do!
around here this one cracks me up having to use a paper towel to pick up George's toy!  We were playing in the garage and it was covered in dog slobber.
around here she had her first field trip in her last year of preschool.  I was super nervous, but realized she's going to be on many field trips as she gets older.  I hope it gets easier!
around here Hadley picked out the cutest little pumpkin and sunflower from her field trip at the pumpkin patch.
around here took a walk at the trail by our house on a gorgeous day.
around here went for ice cream after dance class.
around here went to the Zoo Brew it was so much fun!

Happy Friday!

Tonight we are going to check out Blink!  Can't wait to see what all the hype is about, and praying the rain holds off until the wee hours of the night.  Tomorrow we have zero plans which is always a good thing.  Sunday the big kids come back home, so we hope to take some family photos and just hang out together.  It's going to be a great weekend.

Have a good one. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

fire prevention day.

Do you have a fire escape plan for your home?  With my husband being a firefighter you would think we have practiced a fire escape plan in our new home.  Unfortunately, we haven't.  Believe me, it's on my list of things to do!  I want the kids to feel comfortable if a fire were to ever happen.

When I lived in Florida growing up, we experienced a house fire.  I will never forget that day.  My Dad waking my brother and I up, walking down the hallway to the front door, seeing the family room on fire, and hurrying out the front door to the street for safety.  I think I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, somewhere around there, to me as a young kid, it seemed like our entire street had fire trucks lined up outside our house.  I don't remember much after that, my parents took us to the neighbors house while they stayed with the firefighters.

Fires can happen in seconds, and it takes minutes to get out of the house safely.  With this week being fire prevention week, I encourage you to sit down and talk to your family members about fire safety.  You never want to go through it, but if it ever does happen, you want to be prepared.

Image via : City of Cincinnati

Monday, October 7, 2019

from the weekend.

Started off our weekend grilling on the back deck, and watching this little one sing some songs.  Her favorite, like every other kid right now is Old Town Road.  She sings it over, and over, and over.
Did some work from my desk, just love the view looking out into our backyard.  Pretty soon all of those leaves will be gone.
Went to a fall wine festival with my Mom, it was so nice out.  Love just chilling and hanging out with her.
We managed to visit Daddy at the fire house at his new "temporary" home for now.  It's fun to check out all of the different fire houses, at this house we found an old picture of my father-in-law hanging up in the office.
The view from our bedroom upstairs, it was the perfect weekend weather.  The kind you can open up the windows and feel the crisp air.  Fall is here finally!

Happy Monday folks, make it a great week!

Friday, October 4, 2019

around here.

around here making slime with the best slime maker.
around here coloring before bed time has been a favorite this week.
around here went to El Rancho Grande to celebrate our 10 year dating anniversary.
around here George loves laying next to his Daddy haha
around here love when her blinds are up and the natural light is amazing in her room.

Happy Friday!

So excited the fall temperatures are finally here, let's hope they stay here though!  I'm ready to buy some mums for the front porch, see all the leaves change colors, and be a little bit chilled when we go outside.  I'm ready.  I love summer for sure, but ready for a change and here we are the first week of October and it's finally decided to feel like Fall.  Tonight we are going to sit on the back deck after the kiddo goes to bed, tomorrow going to drink some wine, and Sunday watch the Bengals.  Nothing major, but looking forward to the weekend!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

10 years.

Today marks 10 years since my husband and I officially got together.  I still can't believe it when I say it out loud.  Ten years with the same person?  Coming from someone who never wanted to get married?  It still amazes me this many years later.  I have always been the girl that said I'm never getting married, I truly never thought I would find someone that I could be with forever.

I thought it would be fun to do a little Q+A on our relationship/marriage on the blog for our ten year dating anniversary.  Some years we celebrate it, some years we just acknowledge it to each other, either way I'm still glad we at least talk about it.

How did you and your husband first meet?
We met when we were both in grade school, his family is friends with our family and I would see him at family functions from time to time.  I've always thought he was the cutest thing, and secretly had a crush on him.  But I was super shy growing up, I barely even talked to boys until late in high school.

How did you know he was the right guy for you?
At first I was hesitant because I had so many past relationships that ended badly, cheating, lying, you get the drift.  I remember being so tired of that, and was single for a long time.  After a few months, I knew he was going to be someone different.  It's very hard to put into words, but when you know you really do just know.

What is your favorite trait about your husband?
He makes me laugh, all the time.  Anytime we are sitting next to each other, he will always put his hand on me either to rub my back, leg, or just to be close to me.  He always says "I love you" first, when he leaves the house, when he gets off the phone, anytime, he's always says it.

What is his biggest romantic gesture?
He does lots of little things, like cooks dinner, or on the random occasions when I cook he'll do the dishes.  If I need something, he'll always offer to go out and get it right then.  He's not really a huge romantic person, but it's the little things he does that makes it romantic for me.

What is your favorite thing about being married?  What is the hardest part?
My favorite thing is to have a person to share everything with.  It took me three years into being married, just to have the same bank account!  Once I got past all of that, it's great being married to your best friend.  To have that someone to be able to talk to about anything, someone who knows you at your darkest and your happiest times in life and still loves you for you.  I love creating memories with him, and to share so many different experiences with.  And what man would let his girlfriend have the entire basement (at our 1st house) as her lady cave? ♥  The hard parts are having a blended family, some days it's easy, some days it's hard, but in the end it's all worth it for him.

Does your husband help with the blog?
In the very beginning he did, he would help me come up with blog posts or help me think of ways to set it up, things like that.  But the last few years, I do the blog entirely solo.  It's an outlet for me to share our life and have a forever memory to look back on.

How long did you guys date before you got married?
We dated for three years before getting engaged, and engaged for 8 months just before getting married.  Quickest engagement ever, but it was one of the most fun times in my life and I would do it all over again in a heart beat.  Loved planning our wedding!

Where did you have your first date?
To a Reds baseball game.

How did he propose?
It's a super long awesome story, but I'll make it short.  He planned out a full day scavenger hunt of our relationship from the beginning to that day.  I had to put puzzle pieces together that said "Will You Marry Us" with a picture of him and his kids on the puzzle.  It was one of the best days!

Happy dating anniversary babe!  Love you!

(Photo is from our dating years at the lake)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

hello October.

Hello October.

I hope you bring some crisp Fall temperatures soon, because this 95 degrees stuff is a bit crazy.  I'm hoping it'll be a little cooler for the trick-or-treaters at least!  Anyways, October feels like the right time to make a list of stuff. 

  • Add some more Fall decor to the mantle.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch.
  • Get Hadley's Halloween costume together.
  • Carve pumpkins.
What's on your list?