Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Company Cruise Round Two

Tayler, my champ of champs, back massager, foot warmer, food maker, in all ways my dream man, pulled through for us again and earned a free cruise with his pest control company EcoShield. We spent January 7th-January 14th cruising the Caribbean with a slew of friends whom we barely saw because we were so enamored with the buffets. Oh and the islands.

Our "ports of call" aka where we stopped were: St. Croix, St. Martin, Martinique, Barbados and Grenada. The cruise left from Puerto Rico and was probably the coolest cruise I've been on yet. Previously we would leave from Florida and stay around the Virgin Islands, but by moving further south we got to see a whole other side of the world. I couldn't believe how close we were to South America when we were at our last port! Seriously 100 more miles and we would be in Venezuela.

Our goal with this cruise was to have no expectations and roll with whatever came. It was a good move because when it rained in Grenada, we enjoyed it. When we didn't want to fork out $40 to go with the group to a special beach, we had a great time together staying behind. For the majority of the time we hung out at the beach, but we did paddle board in Barbados and hike to a waterfall in Grenada. One thing I did want to accomplish though was to get pictures with negative space that would look good enlarged on the walls of our future home. I loved the ones I got of Puerto Rico.

(This picture cracks me up, last minute I decided to jump into Tayler's arms and I don't think he was prepared)

A look at last year's cruise HERE 
And 2016's cruise HERE


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Looking Back at 2017

2017 was a good one for us! I'd say we had a pretty favorable blessings to trials ratio. A quick summary: We lived in Virginia for the majority of it finishing up our junior year. Tayler turned 25, I turned 22. In the summer we lived in San Antonio for the second year in a row. As for vacations, we started the year off with an EcoShield cruise to the Caribbean, we hiked Angels Landing in Zions National Park in May, we hiked to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon with my dad and little sis in July, and we went to Lake Powell with Tayler's older brother in August. Nothing too exotic but a lot of little good ones. Accomplishments: Tayler pitched a no hitter in February and I opened up a clothing boutique with my cousin in April. We celebrated our second anniversary in April with a trip to Vegas. Tayler broke his hand in March and wore a cast for half a day before panicking and demanding the school trainer cut it off;) I didn't get shingles once which hasn't happened since 2009. So ya a good year!

As for my 2017 Resolutions, I failed miserably. I just went back to look at them and could not honestly cross off a single one! I halfway did a few but yikes, thats what I get for being unrealistic;) This year I've made up a few, but they are smaller and do not require an every day commitment.

Resolutions for 2018
1. Read 2 books a month: one self help, one fiction
2. Buy reusable grocery bags
3. Only buy one new clothing item a month
4. Treat yo-self: Get a haircut (I haven't had one since 2015!)
5. Prepare and apply for Masters program in December 
6. Host a Favorite Things Party
7. Graduate with 4.0 GPA

Things I'm Looking Forward to..
Real Jobs
A house!

2018, I'm coming at you. 15 days late but now I'm ready for you. 

If you're interested:

Do you guys enjoy reading? I'm thinking I might post a monthly review of the books I read, because I always love getting reading recommendations.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Laying Christmas Wreaths at Arlington Cemetery

First of all, Merry Christmas sweet friends! 

Blogging has been at the bottom of the priority list lately, but imagine my surprise when not 1 but 3 people asked me about my blog while we've been in Utah. It confirmed two things for me: one, my only readers are my family but two, they do notice when I don't post. What a pleasant surprise!

On Saturday, December 16th, we had the opportunity to help Wreaths of America lay Christmas wreaths on all the graves at Arlington National Cemetery. It was a very sacred experience and I wasn't expecting it to make me as emotional as it did. But more on that later. 

We headed out at 7 in the morning to make it DC by 10. It was an incredibly easy event to be a part of, we didn't have to sign up or gather at a meeting place or anything. They had 64 semi trucks throughout the park, each with a trailer full of wreaths. I'm sure they gave instructions somewhere, but we watched others and caught on that the bow was suppose to go on the top and Jewish graves did not receive wreaths. Other than those two guidelines, it was pretty simple. 

I mentioned this in my Instagram post, but we had 8 wreaths to hand out between the 2 of us. First we laid some in the World War II section, and then we headed to the newer section of the cemetery. This was my third time visiting Arlington, but it was the first time the real weight of the place settled onto me. I always tried to be mindful and respectful when we visited, but seeing the family members of deceased soldiers form prayer circles around their loved ones made me realize how sacred this place really is. Men and women who, in the most Christlike way, sacrificed their lives to protect ours. 

I am so grateful to the soldiers and their families, past and present, who have given so much for the rest of us. We were grateful to do this small act as a way to express our thanks and say Merry Christmas.