These days I live for our simple Sunday mornings. It’s one of my favorite parts of the week and our little family tradition keeps us grounded….
It’s been a week of celebrations over here. Today is mine and Rich’s fourth anniversary. We are celebrating in the car on our way to Michigan to kickoff the Michigan Wolverines season at The Big House tomorrow.
It seems like we have been married for forever but at the same time it seems like just yesterday we were married. Without a doubt, this was the year our marriage was tested and I’m happy to be on the other side….
I hope you’re enjoying these new series, I’m enjoying writing them! Between Work Life and Mom Talk, I’m hoping to share my experiences and learn as I continue to settle into each and every new phase.
Today I’m venturing into uncharted territory and talking about marriage after baby. Real talk: it’s hard!…
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I spend my time. I’ve been feeling stretched thin and as a result I’ve felt protective over my schedule. It’s tough to make time for myself, for my marriage and spend time as a family so lately I’ve been more intentional about planning.
With wedding season in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot about gifting and celebrating. Over the years I’ve had many different ideas and I thought I would share a few of those today.
First and foremost, if you don’t have an idea for a gift- use the registry! Since most people forget about the registry after the bridal shower, it’s nice to help fulfill those items as a wedding gift. Also, cash is always good. We typically give cash at weddings, but I like to add something special to the gift as well.
I’m having a great Valentine’s Day so far! I took an early Pure Barre class with my friend Denise and other than that I have zero plans. I’m enjoying relaxing and Rich and I plan on making a nice dinner at home and relaxing inside to avoid the freezing temperates! 🙂
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m in the mood to talk about love.
Last week, I shared four big goals and some tiny tweaks I wanted to work towards info 2015. One of those big goals was to be more patient in the day to day with my marriage. For January, my goal was to check in Rich nightly using the 3×3 questions we’ve been using.
The idea behind this questions is easy- they are a way for Rich and I to check-in on a daily basis. We came up with these after a crazy few months where we were both working long hours and not spending a ton of time together. It started to feel at times like were ships passing in the night, so we decided to do two things to help remedy that feeling.
The first of those was to be more intentional about dating. While it’s great to have a permanent person to sit around with on the couch, that doesn’t exactly seem special. We’ve been making more of an effort to go on date nights, actually get ready and have something to look forward to. This isn’t revolutionary, but does take some effort!
The second thing we did was to start checking in with each other every night before bed. We’ve deemed these our 3×3 questions which take approximately 3 minutes every night.
It’s been awhile since I joined in on the WIAW fun! This is partially because I haven’t taken many food pictures lately and partially because my eats have been rather boring. But I made a delicious date night in dinner after painting our condo all day on Saturday and just had to share.
To stick to the rules, the rest of the day was rather boring. I had some coffee on my way to Barre class, a Think Thin Bar afterwards and some chicken salad eaten straight from the container at lunch. If any locals have had Mariano’s rotisserie chicken salad, you’ll understand.
Anyway, so onto date night…
For an appetizer I served Kissel‘s Cherry & Fennel Jam with Goat’s Brie on mini toasts. These spiced jams are made locally and I’m obsessed. They are made to pair with cheeses and make for an easy and impressive appetizer, which is something I am always on the lookout for. I served some of their Blueberry & Lavender Jam on Christmas Eve and it went over well. The jams are just different enough to be interesting but not too overpowering for non-adventurous eaters.
To celebrate our one year anniversary this week, I’m taking a look back and sharing my favorite wedding pictures! In case you missed it, here are my favorite pictures of getting ready and the ceremony.
When we arrived at Cobblestone Farm, I was blown away. The vision that I had for our reception was a big vision to create- but I had pulled it off.
Cocktail hour was held outside with appetizers in a small tent next to the barn. It was a beautiful day and the farm came with free entertainment. (yes, there were goats at our wedding)
I hope you’re enjoying the look back on my wedding just as much as I am. In case you missed it, yesterday I shared my favorite pictures from getting ready. Today, I’m sharing my favorites from the ceremony!
Hands down, my favorite part of my wedding day was the ceremony. Looking back, I remember feeling as if time was in slow motion and I was able to enjoy every single moment. Before my wedding, a friend gave me the advice to take mental snapshots throughout the day to help me remember it. I did, and when I look back I remember all the little moments clearly. From waiting with my Dad in the back of the church, seeing Rich’s face (and tears) for the first time that day, every reading that was read and the words from my childhood Pastor, Father Tom.