Jun 30, 2011

Humble Pie

     Ate it all day long yesterday. And yesterday sure was long. Did it feel extra long to anybody else? I left the house at O’Dark Thirty to get my pro-lifing on, then headed over to St. Matt’s for my Eucharistic Adoration hour with Marcus {& Jesus, of course}. Except, I had to make a quick stop at the drugstore because my 6 months new Basal Body Thermometer broke {NFP shoutout!}. Wellllll, I got sidetracked by the brand new Real Simple on the floorboard in our trusty rusty Nissan. I blame that magazine for making me leave my keys in the ignition as I headed into the store. The Nissan is the car in which we lost the spare key too. Lost real good. I felt so awful calling my husband to rescue me after I had already been a grumper to him that morning. {In my defense..there is a major sleep shortage in our home right now thanks to 4:40 am alarm clocks} To make matters more insufferable, we both finally had a day off and it was really ugly out. One of the only few we have had since returning from the honeymoon and we planned to go the beach. The Renaissance man had packed for the shore & we were going to head there after lunch. That’s when we noticed that the yucky gray morning and clouds were not going away. Deciding the beach was out, & that we had no idea where the spare key to the Nissan was despite a trip back home to Chesapeake and to his parent’s house in Va Beach to search for it, we made a grown-up decision. “Let’s just go to the bank & the social security office today since we have to get that done and it is too gross to go to the beach,” I reasoned. God had mercy on us in the social security office and at the bank and both were successful, quick trips. I felt a bit better, until I looked out the window and noticed how beautiful it was outside. It had turned into a perfect beach day. But now it was 3:30 and I had a photoshoot in the evening & dinner to make. I began to get excited about the dinner I had planned. It turned into a bit of a fiasco and dinnertime found me half-way to hysterical, swearing off cooking. I wiped my tears, threw the not-so-good dinner down the drain and had greek yogurt for dinner instead. My holy, long-suffering, good-looking man ate leftovers.

     I knew all day yesterday I would look back at it one day and laugh. Well, it must be too soon. I’m not laughing yet, but far be it from me to keep you from laughing at such ridiculousness. And I even left out the broken AC part of this story ;)

     And if you really needed a laugh…here is a little more  humility Marcus caught on camera during our honeymoon……

Here is me, walking along the beach. I look sorta cute

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This is me FALLING. I don’t look even a bit cute

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Still falling & cuteness factor completely gone

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This is me trying to play it off, knowing he documented the whole dang thing

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This is me, crying beneath my sunglasses. Praying that any future children will have more coordination than I display on a daily basishoneymoon 707


So there you have it. humble, humble, humble pie. 

Senior Photos

   All my girlfriends in high school had their senior photographs taken at the beach. Jumping in the sand dunes, playing in the shore, just plain glamorous. I had mine done in a studio with a creepy photographer guy. Though the pictures turned out nicely, I still had a twinge of envy when I swapped senior photo wallets with all my friends at school. Still on the quest to document our sweet little honeymoon, I had to laugh when I stumbled on some pictures…

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Finally got my senior pictures on the beach.

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Marriage is so funny :)

Jun 24, 2011

A cute, cozy cottage

     Now that y’all all know how to make a delicious smoothie, I thought I would continue the honeymoon documentation with a how-to decorate your beach cottage.

Start by hanging an American flag, and lining the  sandy driveway/walkway with oyster shells. A hammock on the front porch never hurts either.

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Screen doors are the best for summer breezes, and bright entry-ways! 

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Lots of windows pour beautiful light into your living room…and make sure to have plenty of places to sit!

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Throw some cute, nautical pillows & decorations around. Huge canvas’ on the wall are perfect, too

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Sperry’s are pretty much essential

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Cute little girls room

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Sailboats for the boy’s room

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Big mirrors reflecting the yummy morning light

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There you have it! A guide to creating your own beachy cottage :)

Jun 22, 2011


     How-To make an amazing smoothie on the first morning of your honeymoon.. follow directions closely for best results

First—find a cute man with a brand new shiny ring and have him add ice and frozen strawberries to the blender.

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As he does this..stare at his ring in complete disbelief that you are finally married. Also take a minute to reflect on how good his tan hands look with that shiny wedding band. Actually take as long as you want. I took about 7 minutes for this step.

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Next, remind yourself you have a smoothie-making photo-shoot to document and watch as the banana & milk are added to the mix

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Then hand the camera to your brand new husband. Find a cute dress and pretend to be helpful.

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Enjoy :)

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ETA: I should mention that I had no idea how to make a smoothie. This one actually didn’t taste that great at all. Milk?! Substitute that for Orange Juice and throw in some sugar for the heck of it. Smoothie’s on day 2 were much more tasty that way.


Jun 21, 2011


that I married a man of many talents:

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Please excuse his lack of clothing and weird sunburn. We were honeymooning, that’s all :)

And speaking of honeymoons, I would not be lying if I said my camera snapped 900 times on our week long trip to Okracoke Island, North Carolina {AKA Paradise} In order not to crash my computer, blogger & the whole internets.. I won’t be doing one large honeymoon blog post. A honeymoon series will be more appropriate! And I would start tonight, but I have a handsome husband to hang out with ;)

Stay Tuned!!

Jun 20, 2011


     Ever since I moved into my new home in May, I’ve been very anxious to blog a house tour. Kind of reminiscent of my boring bed room tour, except better. Instead I am forcing myself to wait until we have more decorations hung up {they are stacked in the closet now} and are generally more settled in. Just on the off chance that you were hanging off the edge of your seat, I thought I would give a little color burst sneak peak

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Fresh & colorful


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