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It’s strange to think another year has come to an end and I am already embarking on a journey of another. I do like to reflect back on the year, if not just briefly, to see just how far I have grown. 2011,I feel was a transition year for me. Ten years ago I was entering into “adulthood” but I feel it wasn’t until this year that I truly did.
My husband and I struggled a little with conflicting work schedules and spending time apart. I think that was a really hard lesson for me in the beginning when I had certain ideals of marriage and what it would be like. It was such a bittersweet and beautiful lesson that in the end taught me that love conquers all. I also went through a rough time personally where I think I felt out of place. I no longer felt I belonged with a certain “group” or friends. I had changed from wanting to go out all the time but not knowing what it was I DID want to do. This was also a wonderful journey of rediscovery of who I am and who I have become. My family has become such a big part of my life. My husband and I even chose to take a family vacation for our one year anniversary instead of taking one by ourselves. That meant the world to me that he would do that for me. That is what love is. I had some hard lessons as well this year. I believe God has been teaching me contentment and patience all year long. I have still not come to full term on this lesson. I have learned to look at the world and be thankful for what I have instead of sad for what I don’t. Of course I still struggle with this at times. My most recent lesson this past year was to understand patience. I finally understood after reading a book one day about God’s will. He DOES listen to all of our prayers, and if we have not received what we have asked for, it is because He knows we do not need what we have asked for. We might WANT it, but at this time, for some reason or another, we do not need it. When I absorbed that information,I thought of the few things I have been praying for and have been waiting so patiently for. It is true. I can survive without them. I know God knows best and maybe he is waiting to give them to me at the perfect time in my life.

I have many dreams and goals for this new year. I feel lucky to have acquired everything I have and to be starting this year with a happier heart. My husband and I are able to spend more time together. We are working towards our future but I am able to see the good in today.

I am excited to see what life and God has in store for me this year.

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Yesterday was my 28th birthday. It feels very surreal turning 28. I think in my mind in some ways, I still feel as though I am 18. I feel young at heart and hungry for life. I am thankful my heart is filled with such feelings. I also can not deny the wisdom I have acquired over the years. When I was younger every moment was so fleeting and that was never given a second thought. I feel now with 27 years passed, I am more aware. I notice the small gestures, I observe the little details, and I acknowledge each wonderful fleeting moment. I know that I have much to learn in my years ahead, but I am grateful for what I have now, and I am looking forward to another year of life.

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This has been a rough week on me. I’ve truly found it difficult to muster up the energy and motivation to write. I’ve spent most of the day being in my head and a little down in the dumps, but I know I won’t be here long. I’m not alone.

I thought a lot today about the movie Up. A beautiful story. I feel as though I can relate to the story more than ever right now. I feel like my husband and I are so very happy to be together and we both feel so lucky to have found pure love. But, for those of you who have found your partner in life, you will understand that your zest for life and for adventure continues. You don’t just get married, live happily ever after, and fall off a into La La land. We both still want things for our lives. We both still dream. Now we just dream together.

We save for our future and for these special adventures/goals we would like to aspire to and it’s so depleting when you feel like you take one step forward and two steps back. Life can be hard. I feel like Carl and Ellie breaking their money jar over and over because their car broke down, the house needs repaired, medical bills, etc. Life continues and time passes. It really is so hard when you want something so much and have all the will in the world, but it’s never quite in your grasp.

But, let me tell you something really amazing. When you marry the person God intends for you to, you will know. I know my husband is not perfect and I am well aware of his flaws, but we were made to compliment each other, I am sure. My mind works strategically and pragmatically. I have stressed myself out thinking of exactly how we will accomplish getting back on track and mending our money jar. I will not stop until I feel we are taken care of. My husband has a glass that is always half full. He is always patient. He is always kind. When I am stressed and out of ideas, he reminds me that we still have each other.

Life truly is one big adventure. It’s easy to forget we’re already on the ride.

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80’s Prom!!

my favorite 80's movie!

 

Ok. To be completely honest here, I wasn’t born until 1983. My prom took place in the year of 2002 BUT, I have always been fascinated with the 80’s. There is something to be said of the big hair, mismatched..well, everything, funky music, and those cheesy movies we all adore! Who didn’t wish they had the chance to go to an 80’s prom???

Well, I found out that a Tulsa venue was hosting such an event on May 13th, and I was like “totally rad”!! I told my husband and he was game, so I was counting down the days until I could “danceeeeee with somebodyyyyyy that looooovessss meeeeeee”!!! One day after work, I came home and found this at the bottom of our apartment stairs…….

 

and inside waiting for me.... 🙂

 

 
 

my handsome prom date!

 

 
 

 

 

who ya gonna call???

get into the groove!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

weirdddd science!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

E.T. phoneee homeee

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

pee wee!!

  

 

our endless love!

 

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Weird Science

 

 

My husband and I had Saturday off together! The weather was beautiful, the sky was blue, and we were in the mood for science!

We started the day off with the most important meal of the day, breakfast! Pancakes, sausage, eggs, potatoes, delicious! It is a really rare occasion for us to share this meal together, so this was a really nice treat. We were then on the road again and off to the magical destination of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! 😉 It had been years since either of us had visited the OKC Omniplex!

 

 

I felt like I was 10 years old again running from one fun new fact to the next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our favorite part was definitely the planetarium. It’s like star watching with your sweetheart with your own personal guide. (“And there you have the big dipper”.) When we left we decided to head over to Bricktown to walk around (very pretty!) and grab a bite to eat at Toby Keith’s I love this Bar & Grill. We coincidently loved that bar & grill! It was so nice to walk around on such a nice day and just be together. My husband at dinner very sweetly said, “it’s nice to be in this moment with you” “not to be lost in yesterday or tomorrow, but just in this very moment”.

And just to set the record straight, if I could create my perfect man from science, it would be my husband…with a british accent….just kidding!

Wyatt: “Gary? By the way, why are we wearing bras on our heads?”

Gary: {hesitates} “ceremonial”

😉

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Eureka In The Spring

 

My husband had Saturday off and although the weather forecast had my hopes high for sunny weather; instead we were exposed to a bit of an over cast. We soon decided to make the most of our day off together regardless of the weather. We slept in most of the day and then began weighing our options of things to do in Tulsa. Movie…dinner….blah…blahhh….I was craving adventure and spontaneity. EUREKA!!!

We decided to throw our best laid plans to the wind, and jump in the car! We were off to Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

in the car and ready to go!

 

We listened to music that we both love. Radiohead ‘Ok Computer’ from start to finish. My husband loves to fill me in on music trivia as we listen, which I have learned to appreciate.  We listened to the Eels and when the roads got a little “dangerous” we put on a little Interpol. 😉 It was nice to have nothing but each other’s company. We had conversations about life, dreams, how we want to raise our hypothetical children, God, traveling, and old memories we’ve shared. We didn’t leave Tulsa until 5:30, so we watched the sunset and the sky change colors in the horizon.

the perfect vanilla sky

 

views along the way

 

chasing blue skies

 

We had fun being silly and making pit stops here and there.

something fun we found along the way!

 

welcome to Arkansas!

 
 

The sun had now set and we were winding up and around a mountain that did not want to end! We were coming around that mountain, here we comeeeeeeeee!!! We drove through about two miles of hotels which we highly debated just going ahead and staying there for the night,which I think we would have had it not been for our sweet dog and cat waiting for us at home. It was fun to see all the couples walking the streets. I imagined most just got married. We parked our car and walked around. Although all the shops were already closed, it was still fun to walk around hand in hand with my love. At this point we just wanted to find somewhere to rest and eat! Most of the places that were open looked like pubs or coffee shops so we walked the streets looking for a restaurant that was open. Finally we found one that was!

the streets of Eureka

 
 

where we ate

 
 

Our dining experience was a little unusual, but we definitely had a good laugh after we left. We sat outside on their balcony and across from a biker bar. We could hear the whole conversation from across the street and their predicament of what song to play.

As we were walking back to our car, we over heard a conversation regarding the moon. Apparently there was a “super moon” that night. It only happens once every 20 years. My husband googled this and apparently it was true! The moon was closer to the Earth, so full and bright. There was a band playing outside at a coffee shop near our car singing a unique cover of “What a Wonderful World”, and my husband and I just took that moment to hold each other.

the super moon

 

before leaving our destination

 
 

I had so much fun with my husband just taking it one mile at a time. Eureka was fun but I think my favorite part of the experience was a reminder that it truly is not the destination, but the journey.

Also, as we drove off and passed the biker bar that was debating what song to play, I rolled down my window and yelled, “FREEBIRD!!!!”

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It’s that time of year again! Spriiiiiing forward! I personally am extremely excited about this for several reasons: I don’t get off work until 6:30 and by the time I drive home, the sun is gone. This also means, summer is near and I absolutely love summer!

 

My husband and I recently watched ‘Before Sunrise’ off of Netflix. Such a romantic movie. It made me yearn to travel to Europe with my husband, but on a more realistic note, it made me want to watch the sun rise together. I would like to just get in our car, fill up our gas tank, drive in the night listening to a mixture of Adele, Band of Horses, Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Arcade Fire, and if my husband had his way, Pink Floyd. We would just drive without a clear destination until the horizon began to shine with shades of pink and orange. We would then park our car, run as far and climb as high as we could. We would fall into each other’s arms and watch the sky with all its many wonders. I could not say for sure, all the thoughts that might run through my mind at that exact moment, but it is pretty safe to say, ‘this is love’, would be one of them.

When was the last time you watched the sun rise?

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