Sunday, January 30, 2011


I really have nothing to report from the snowy mountains of Vermont.
Brad and I have been on opposite schedules again.
I had gotten used to him always being around, that the busier schedule is a learning curve for me.
But, it's good.  More hours means more opportunity to put some money away, which will come in handy down the road.
In the meantime, while Brad's fighting crime, I've been trying to relax and enjoy my weekends as much as possible.

As we all know, I love Facebook & I spend WAY too much time on that silly social networking site.
I love catching up with old friends & getting to read about what my family is up to hundreds & thousands of miles away.
But, my all time favorite thing about Facebook is getting to see my nieces and nephews grow up!
We miss so much up here in the north... those kids {and us} don't get any younger.

My sister-in-law posted some super sweet pictures of my niece & nephew sledding today.
I just loved this shot:

Of course I had to go and play with it in photoshop.

It brings so many memories back of my brothers and I when we lived in Huff's Church!
It didn't matter how little snow there was on the ground,
as long as there was enough to get that sled moving, we were happy.

And I just love Bryn's perserverance. 
No matter how small she is, she is committed to
doing anything she sets her heart out to do.
And Dylan's patience!  He's such a wonderful big brother, just like mine are to me!
Dylan & Bryn make such great friends & I just know they will be best friends when they are older, too.

I miss those two & cannot wait to make a trip to PA to visit with them.
We are always thinking of you guys up here in snow country!
Come visit... we'll show you what real snow looks like. ;-)
And please stop growing up!  I hate missing these wonderful moments!
We love you!

Monday, January 24, 2011

cold love

No matter how cold it is outside, Brad sure knows a way to warm his girl's heart!
Brad worked a lot of hours this weekend, so we didn't get to see much of eachother. 
I was obviously on his mind when he pulled in the driveway last night because he left me this gift on my windshield:

It was a frigid negative 20 degrees this morning, so I made sure to go outside to give my car a nice warm-up
{for half an hour}.
I had to run back into the house to grab my camera because there was no way I was going to miss capturing this moment.
brrrrrr....  It was well worth trecking back outside a second time.
From day one I've told Brad that it's the little things that count...
...he definitely understands what I was talking about.
I must admit, I am one lucky girl to have such a wonderful fella in my life!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

three years

Three years ago, Brad and I were standing on a beach in Jamaica, with some of our loved ones, vowing to always love each other... through thick & thin & through whatever God brings upon us.  It's amazing to know that that was three years ago already.  Time goes too fast when you're spending it with the person you love unconditionally!  I wouldn't trade any of these moments, good or bad, in for the world!  Having the opportunity to face each day with Brad by my side, makes me look forward to the next adventure we will encounter.

When we were in Arizona, Brad's parents treated us to dinner at the Melting Pot for our anniversary.  We shared the moment with Brad's sister, Jenni, and her husband, Rod to celebrate their birthdays, too!  As you will see from the pictures, we had a ton of fun!


Yesterday was our official anniversary.
Brad worked most of the day, but when he got home we had initially planned to make our own Melting Pot dinner.
When we realized we still had to put a grocery list together & go grocery shopping & cook... we decided to make our lives a little easier.  At that rate it would have been midnight before we ate dinner.  So we focused more on a celebratory drink.
When we were in Jamaica, Brad's favorite drink was Snake Eyes (which, luckily, was the easiest drink on the Couples Resorts bar menu to make).

That bottle of rum creme was purchased in Jamaica 3 years ago!
This just goes to show how much we drink.  I think of all of the bottles that came home with us from our wedding, this was the first one we opened.  Even when we bought the bottle of cocunut rum, Brad and I looked at each other & said, "We're going to have this bottle FOREVER."
So, if anyone is looking for a 1/4 drank bottle of coconut rum & rum creme, we're your go to couple! :-)

So, while we were out in town grabbing that bottle of coconut rum, we decided to try a local italian restaraunt, Allegros.
It has been in Bennington for years & somehow we always forget about it when we have something to celebrate.
It's a beautiful little restaraunt with brick walls and simple decorations.  The portions were huge!  Even Brad couldn't finish his meal!!!  It was delicious & we loved it!

We were able to convince our server to take our picture right before we left.

Two years ago, on our first anniversary, Brad bought me The Beatles Monopoly (since the traditional gift for 1 year is paper & we all know how much I love The Beatles & Monopoly).  So, we decided to make it a tradition that we play on our anniversary.

We had tons of fun & Brad won (for a change... I made the mistake of sharing all of my Monopoly playing secrets with him over the years & he definitely uses them against me)!

I am enjoying spending every moment of my life with this boy!
If anyone can figure out how I can stop the clock, please let me know!
It's all going by too fast, but I cannot wait to see what our future has to hold for us!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Arizona {cont'd}

I'm missing Arizona.
Especially after the snow that just got dumped on us.
I'm hoping to return soon....
....really soon!

Sitting by the pool was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  I had no reason to take my vitamin D pills that week.
Although it wasn't warm enough to go swimming, it was beautiful enough to soak up some rays.
You can't do that right now in Vermont.

Everyone spent the week sitting around talking... even the kiddos!
It was wonderful spending time with them. The last time we saw them, Tre was 4, Britton was only 1, & Maddox was weeks old. Presley hadn't been born yet, so it was great meeting her.

What could they possibly be looking at?

I am fascinated by hot air balloons.  Someday I'll go up in one.
I'll never forget the day my mom went up in a hot air balloon with my Grandad for his birthday.
SHE LOVED IT and talked about it all of the time {even after many years passed}.
These were out almost everyday.  Maybe I'll have to put it on my agenda for our next visit.

We miss you all & we're missing that sunshine!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

christmas morning

The kids were up early to see if Santa had come.
They must have been good this year, because Santa sure left them a lot of wonderful gifts under the tree.

It was definitely a Christmas to remember.
I dream of the day we can share Christmas with both sides of the family.
And I'm hoping we won't have to wait another two years before seeing these cute faces again!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

'twas the night before christmas

I love this picture!
Some of my most memorable moments as a kid are when my dad used to read "The Night Before Christmas" to us.
I love watching the look on kids faces when they get to experience similar moments.
My mom was one heck of a collector of "The Night Before Christmas" books.
Us kids have a slew of them in our homes.  It's a great memory of her.

The version that Brad's dad read to the grandkids was the Hallmark recordable book.
It was so precious & now the kids will be able to have Opah read to them every year {even if they can't be with him on Christmas Eve}.