May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings

May is shaping up to be a busy month. Lots of travel, weddings/anniversaries, events and such. But let me catch you up. It’s been quieter around here and I’m not apologizing! I live first and blog later.

I like the month of May and look forward to it every year. May typically marks the beginning of real spring weather in the area and a farewell to snow (generally speaking).

I look forward to this month often because it reminds me of so many milestones, the biggest of which is our wedding anniversary at the end of the month. This year is 4 years, a marginally unremarkable milestone but completely special to us. I laughed a little when I read that the modern 4th anniversary gift is appliances… seeing as we just got a new dishwasher, I think we got it covered!

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Friday Five: Valentine and Love Edition

For my work, Friday the 13th (today folks) is technically a “holiday”… or at least that’s what my time sheet says. Today is moving day so we ended up having the day off.

I’m taking advantage of this three-day weekend by sleeping in until 8:00 7:40am (!), getting my eyes checked and having a lunch date with my Valentine. So while I’m enjoying my day off, you can enjoy some random thoughts on love and Valentine’s Day.

1. I usually wear something red or pink on Valentine’s Day. I also usually feel cheesy when I do… but I’m still going to do it. Continue reading

Brad Takes the Reins (and Talks About Me)

I’m back to participating in the Blogger Men Tell All link up. I love having Brad contribute to the blog occasionally, and 5 questions are sufficient to get some input before he gets bored with it.

1. What is your favorite memory with your blogger?

It’s not really a fair question to ask for my favorite memory together. Every moment we’re together is my favorite… next question 🙂

2. What is her best quality?

Her patience. Dealing with me can be like dealing with a 7 and 70 year old within a five minute time span. One minute I may be whining about wanting dinner and the next minute I may be complaining about the kids in our front lawn. She’s always there for me and patient even though I can be very trying on patience.

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Why is the cat wet? {Friday Five}

I feel like Brad and I have a lot of conversations that start with the question:

Why is the cat wet?

I feel like in the realm of domesticated animals, cats shouldn’t be wet nearly as often as ours are… and it’s only one at a time.

Every query has a different answer.

(1.) For example, the cat was wet because he knocked over the water bowl and we needed to clean up to floor. (2.) Another time, the cat was wet because he got stuck in the bath tub and figured his way out of it for the first time. Continue reading

Miles to Go

I know in my head that I’m lucky to have so many family members who want to see us, especially at the holidays. But sometimes, it’s overwhelming. Brad and I live an hour drive from our closest “local” family members and a 4 hour drive from the farthest. (The non-local family members are only a phone call or Facetime chat away.)

The problem is, we’re far enough that a trip take pre-planning but close enough not to skip the occasional year. (But we’re too far for certain people to come visit us, so we have to go to them.)

Last year, we traveled 1,000 miles in the course of one week for family events. That’s the allotted mileage for a single month on our lease used up in only a week. Parents want separate celebrations from grandparents/extended family and then there are other events including (but not limited to) work parties, friend parties/visits, choir concerts and church events. Throw in the various holiday errands and the miles, gasoline and stress add up.

What many don’t stop to think about when making plans to host a holiday event, is how much busier we are at the holidays. Brad and I have to try to split holidays somehow between our families and unfortunately I don’t think what we all pretend is a balance actually balances out for the families. Continue reading