5 12 2013

I really got out of the habit of blogging. I recently realized, though, that this is a very important and crazy time of our lives that I really want to record, though. A lot of things have happened in the last few months, and I don’t want to forget them.  So for my own sake, I’m going to go back and record what I can remember of this whirlwind year.

Here’s a summary for now:
Sweet new nephew
Spring Connection group
Spring skiing
San Fran
Mike’s boards x2
Sis-in-law’s graduation
Washington state

Yup, it’s been a little crazy. Let’s hope I can keep it all straight in my head 🙂


It’s Here

1 11 2012

I’ve been impatiently waiting all of October, and now it’s finally here. I experienced it today, and I can’t believe it’s been 10 months since I have been able to indulge.

Welcome back, caramel brulee latte. 

Although many people rave about your older brother, the pumpkin spice latte, I find that it tastes pretty gross. That’s coming from someone who adores all (well, I guess most) things pumpkin. I think the caramel brulee latte tastes kind of earthy and cozy, just like fall. And thanks to the amazing weather we’ve had down here in FL, it is finally starting to feel like my favorite season.

M.D. will tell you that I am obsessed with caramel brulee lattes. And he can give a prime example of me embarrassing him beyond belief one day in October when I thought the delicious drink had come out early.

Scene: Target. Day: Mid-October. I was on the Starbucks web site trying to figure out when the caramel brulee lattes would return, and there it was. Above a picture, it said “Now Available”. I was so beyond excited. I made M.D. come with me to Target after church to pick up a few things and stop by their Starbucks. We came in, and M.D. watched, mortified, as this happened:

Me: Can I please have a caramel brulee latte?
Barista: We don’t have them yet. They don’t come out until November.
Me: Oh…but I checked the web site and it said they’re available.
Barista: It did?
Me: Yes. On the Starbucks web site. It had a picture and said “Now Available”.
Barista: Well the web site is wrong. Can I get you something else?
Me (pouty): No, thanks. 
Barista: I can make you something that tastes almost exactly like it!
Me (walking away): That’s OK. Have a nice day.

M.D. could not even believe that this happened. If he were to tell you the story, he’d say that I mentioned the web site at least 5 times, when I know it couldn’t have been more than 2.

But none of that matters any more. Because I have my caramel brulee latte in hand, and I am content.

On the Same Page

28 08 2012

Last night my husband and I were discussing our plans for the next few years, including buying a house and kids. I was joking with him that maybe we should have kids sooner rather than later. His response?

“We can’t have kids, I haven’t been on enough cruises yet!”

I always knew we were meant for each other. 

Moving Day

27 07 2012

A lot has gone on in the past few months. My hubs finished his second year of school, took his first boards exam (which he ACED!) and then left me for 6 weeks of officer training in San Antonio. I looked for jobs, found one, quit my job in Fort Lauderdale, started a new job where I can work from home (!!!!) and then picked M.D. up from Texas on a long, fun road trip. 4 days later and this is where I am: In an apartment with boxes all around me. We are moving tomorrow.

I am so excited. This is a huge new adventure for us. M.D. is starting med school rotations, and we have a sweet new townhouse that I am so ready to show him since he was away already when I started looking for a home for us. We’re moving to a city that’s more our speed, where we already have friends living. I couldn’t be happier.

See you on the other side (of the state!)


20 03 2012

Early this morning, my Great Gram left this world for somewhere far better. It’s hard to imagine that I won’t be talking again to my vivacious, loving 97-year-old great grandmother again in this lifetime, but I can’t wait to see her in heaven. I know that’s where she is, and I think maybe, just maybe, she sent this gorgeous sunrise for me.

I love you Gram. Thanks for being such an amazing woman and example for me.

While The Hubs Is Away…

27 02 2012

M.D. has a meeting at school tonight, which means I was left alone for dinner. When he’s home, I have this serious desire to make him a delicious dinner. I really enjoy cooking and it helps me decompress after a long day.

When he’s away, though? I really lack motivation to make dinner for myself. I usually just throw something really easy together (like grilled chicken on a salad, or dirty rice), but tonight I was feeling even less like cooking than usual. My dinner consisted of:

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Pear slices (and not even fresh pear, the type that you find in a can and drenched in syrup)
  • Leftover cookie dough from these amazing things I made for a March of Dimes bake sale we’re having at work tomorrow

I’m considering adding a cupcake to this list. And it wouldn’t be one stolen from the bake sale, because I made extras in case of emergency. Don’t you think this counts as an emergency?

I’m in serious trouble when M.D. gets shipped off for training this summer.

Amazing Weekend

22 02 2012

M.D. had finals through Thursday of last week, so we decided to postpone our Valentine’s celebration til he was done. We had a nice steak dinner at home, and I attempted to choose a good romantic movie from Netflix to watch after.

After seeing some reviews of The English Patient and Hope Floats, we decided to try those. Both were busts. Maybe it was just our mood, but we didn’t enjoy either of them, so we put on an action movie (Unstoppable) and were quite happy with it.

I took the day off of work on Friday since I had to work President’s Day. We slept in and then packed a picnic lunch to take to the beach. It was an absolutely perfect beach day. We hit up Hollywood Beach, which I love because there’s a boardwalk with restaurants, bikers, and palm trees all along it. It’s so cute and I highly recommend visiting if you’re ever in South FL.

M.D. ventured into the water for a bit, but it was too chilly for me when the sun went behind the clouds. I was quite happy to lie in the sun and start up a tan for our trip next month.

I loved the set up our neighbor had going on. They got shade when they wanted, and a perfect view of the water.

It was definitely busy. I was surprised since it was a week day, but I guess I forget that we live in a place where there are tourists all winter. Luckily, we found a nice spot near the water without too many people around.

He looks pretty relaxed for having taken 5 exams that week, doesn’t he?

Squinty, but still a cute picture 🙂

The rest of the weekend was just as perfect as the beginning. Saturday we went out shopping (shocking that M.D. tolerated it) and then out to lunch at Olive Garden. That afternoon we lounged and pretty much did nothing. Sunday I worked on some things for a bridal shower I’m co-hosting in a few weeks, and we spent some time at the pool.

Not too bad for a February weekend!