Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jumbled Weekend

Sometimes I can't pick a "theme" to blog about, so this post is going to be a bit jumbled.

Yesterday Ryan and I headed to Whitetail for some snowboarding. I started snowboarding 10 years ago, and I first took Ryan 2 years ago. He loved it, so I see lots more boarding for us this season. I am so impressed with how easily Ryan has caught on. I remember it taking me way longer. I always encourage other people to try it, because it's so much fun!

When we came home, I went to an 11pm showing of Catching Fire... ALONE! Several of my friends find this strange, but occasionally Ryan and I go to movies solo. We already went to see Catching Fire together, but I'm currently reading the series and wanted to see it one more time before it leaves the theater. The series is SO GOOD! Usually I can't read a book after I've watched the movie, but it's been the total opposite. Since it's written in first person, you get to know all of Katniss' thoughts, which fills in so many gaps in the story. It's such an easy read, too, and makes me so excited for the two-part ending movies! 

Today we took down our Christmas decorations... Even though it's still the Christmas season, I was feeling antsy. Once the actual day passes, I like to move on and clean up! I'm looking forward to 2014, and want to move along with the excitement that is sure to come our way this year!!

On a final note of this jumbled post, today marks one year since Ryan adopted our precious Posh!! She is enjoying lots of cuddles and brushing today! What a blessing she has been to our family this year!!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Cheap Date

One of my favorite gifts (especially if it's a joint gift for us) is a gift card. They make for perfect date nights! We got a good number of gift cards from family and friends this Christmas, so I see a number of dinner, movie, and coffee dates in our future!

Tonight we went to Zoo Lights at the National Zoo. We gambled and drove rather than take the metro, and we scored an awesome parking spot. 

We had a great time walking around, checking out some of the animal exhibits that were open, talking, and sipping some Starbucks (from a Christmas gift card). I love that the zoo here is free. Ryan and I are huge animal lovers, so we easily spend hours checking them out.

Annual events like this make me a bit sad knowing we won't be here to enjoy them next year, but I know we will find fun activites in San Diego. 

In typical old, married couple fashion, Ryan and I are home and in pajamas by 10pm. I love that we are on the same page about that. We are going snowboarding tomorrow, so this final weekend of the year is definitely going to be a busy one for us! 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Washington, DC!

I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life. I am forever grateful to have Ryan home with me. Each holiday I spend with him is a gift from God!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Slowing Down

I recently did a meditation that talked about how American society has made us believe that we always need to be busy. When you ask someone how they are, "I've been busy" is a common answer. I know I say it often. I feel busy. 

It made me think though, what is busy? For me, it's signing up for overtime each week, cramming laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning into one day, and spending one day running around/dating my husband. On days I'm not busy, I feel like I'm unproductive and lazy... but really I'm just taking time to relax and enjoy my life. My mother instilled this incredible work ethic in me, but I realize I need to tone things down. The time I lose by working extra and running around is irreplaceable. These early years of our careers and marriage should be cherished.

I haven't decided if I want to officially declare a New Years resolution, but I'm considering something regarding relaxing and slowing down. I feel like I'm always living a few steps ahead of myself, and it totally prevents me from fully enjoying what's right before my eyes. I am so incredibly blessed, and there is no excuse for rushing through these blessings without fully enjoying them!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Season

I'm baaaack!!! I didn't actually go anywhere, but I did take a bit of a break on blogging. This time of year is just so busy... So what was I thinking when I signed up for overtime and call each week in December?? One of my college friends visited me earlier this week, so that kept me busy as well. Mix all of that with Christmas shopping and cards, and you're destined to be burnt out... which I now am. Fortunately I am only working two days (thanks to holiday pay) for the next two weeks. I'm already feeling much more relaxed.

Anyway, I love this time of the year. Hot cocoa, Christmas lights, cheesy movies and songs... It makes me so happy! Some people hate it, but I love the chaos of stores at this time of year. We organized a secret Santa at work, which is always a blast. My secret Santa totally spoiled me and indulged my cat lady obsession... So fun!

Since Ryan and I had time off for thanksgiving, we are both working around Christmas. I cannot even express how amazing our families and friends have been. Every day we've received thoughtful cards and presents in the mail. The outpouring of love makes me feel so grateful. No matter how far away we are, we are not forgotten. It means so much to me!

Monday, December 2, 2013


I realized this weekend that this  thanksgiving may be the last holiday I spend with my family for a while. Ryan and I both work over Christmas, so we won't go home then. Come July, we will be picking up and moving to california and let's face it, even if we want to visit family it won't be as simple as hopping in the car for an easy drive there and back.

All of this makes me sad, but I know it's all part of the game. In the same breath, I am so excited to move to California. That's definitely an opportunity I want to have, and I wouldn't trade it for somewhere else. It still is hard though, knowing that in order to fulfill one dream, others may need to be sacrificed. It always works out though.

I always try to be strong and present myself in a positive light, but sometimes I feel vulnerable and want to express my worries and fears. Nobody can be made of steel all of the time. 

With that, it's December and I can't get over it. We have about 7 months. That's about as long as a standard deployment. It seems long when your husband is gone that long, but for this situation it doesn't seem like much time at all. My goal is to relax and do my best to roll with the punches. Maybe it won't work out the way I have tried to plan in my head, but let's face it... Planning and the military don't go hand in hand. This is an adventure, after all.