Saturday, June 23, 2012

Colorado Trip

Joe and I got to go visit Mal in Colorado Springs before she moved back to Texas. It was beautiful, and we had such a good time just hanging out with her and seeing all the places she has grown to love. Mal's currently in Africa living out a life long dream of hers, and she's on my mind. Decided I would post some pics from our Colorado trip.

We had a blast feeding otters and the grizzly bears. Yes, that bear is licking Joe's hand. How cool is that!!! And of course, hanging out with the giraffes was one of my favorite things.

We also took the Cog Train up to the top of Pike's Peak, which was so cool! It was a beautiful day, and we couldn't have asked for better weather.

I can't wait for Mal to truly be back in Texas (hopefully for good) so that we can spend some more time together. I'm so proud of her for what she's accomplished in the last year, and I can't wait to see what road lies ahead of her.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lessons from The Lorax

Joe and I had a mid-week date night tonight, and it was so fun! We went to the theatre in Forney and saw The Lorax. Cheap (or at least cheaper) movie ticket + popcorn for dinner + adorable movie = wonderful date night! It was nice to have a break in the middle of the week to just enjoy being with my husband. And to top if all off, we were the only people in the theatre! Awesome!

If you haven't seen The Lorax, you need to! It was such a fantastic movie. Cute singing animals AND a great message... How can you go wrong!?! As I watched the movie, I couldn't help but relate several of the quotes to marriage. I know that was not the intention of the writers, or Dr. Seuss, for that matter, but they were so applicable. In a time when marriage is viewed by so many as a temporary situation, or as something that is easily dismissed when problems arise, I feel like we need more movies that show the importance of staying true to commitments and following through with good intentions. Here are several quotes from the movie...

"Do you know which way a tree falls? A tree falls whichever way it leans. Be careful where you lean." - First of all, I want a poster that has this phrase on it, because I think my students need to be reminded of this daily. But then again, don't we all. Be careful where you lean. So simple, and yet, so powerful. LOVE IT!

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Teaching people to care about things beyond themselves is not an easy task. I'm so glad that this movie is trying to help kids (and adults) see that what they do is important in making a difference in the world around them, whether for good or for bad. I thought about this quote in the context of marriage. If you don't care about your marriage an awful lot, it's not going to get better. It's not.

"Let it grow. Let it grow. You can't reap what you don't sow." - This was from the song near the end, and I thought the whole song was adorable. But this quote stood out to me. How do people expect to reap good, happy, stable marriages without being willing to sow the seeds of patience, love, perseverance, and commitment first.

Just a few thoughts from a wife that is committed to doing what it takes to keep my marriage in tact. I know we've only been married 9 months, but I can't imagine ever giving up on Joe. I'm saying a prayer for married couples to start stepping up to the challenge, and show this world what true devotion to someone else really means.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I'm Back!

I've been away from blogging for a while, simply because my life has been busy busy busy! So much has happened since my last blog, and I would hate to forget some of the precious memories. Christmas was a whirlwind mainly because Joe was super sick, and two days later, he shared it with me. Not exactly the way we envisioned our first Christmas as a married couple, but we made the best of it, and definitely have some memories that we will never forget. The week between Christmas and New Years was so chaotic because we were packing up our apartment and moved into our house on December 29th. We are now all settled in and loving it! We actually hung the first few things on the walls last weekend, and it was a big step. I've been slightly uneasy about putting holes in our beautiful, clean walls. I'm also thinking about rooms I might want to paint during Spring Break, which is one week away! I figured that would be a good project to tackle on a week off from work, but painting is such a big commitment, so I'm nervous. I'm also in the midst of my 6th grad school course for my masters degree in school counseling, and that's keeping me very busy on the weekends. All of my homework is always due on Sundays, so being the procrastinator that I am, Sunday afternoon naps are a thing of the past.

I plan on going back and putting up some pics about the events that have happened over the past few months, but here are a few from this weekend for now.

We went to the Mavs game for a much overdue date night. So fun!

We were even able to spot Khole Kardashian. She's sitting behind the kid in the orange. She's wearing a long sleeved white shirt. She was by herself, which kind of made me sad. Joe and I teased that we watched her more than we actually watched the game.

We had such a good time just laughing and being silly together. Before the game, we went to Victory Tavern, which is a nice restaurant right by the American Airlines Center. It was delicious, but I forgot to take any pics there.