Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"I'd Pick More Daisies..."

"If I had my life to live over, I'd try to make more mistakes next time.  I would relax.  I would limber up.  I'd be sillier than I have been on this trip.  I know of a very few things I would take seriously.  I would be less hygienic.  I would take more chances.  I would take more trips.  I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.  I would burn more gasoline and eat more ice cream and less beans.  I would have actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.  You see, I'm one of those people who lives sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.  Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had my life to live over, I'd have more of them.  In fact, I'd have nothing else.  Just moments.  Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day.  I've been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, hot water bottle, rain coat, and parachute.  If I had my life to live over, I'd go places and do things and travel lighter than I have.  If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  I would play hooky more.  I wouldn't make such good grades, except by accident.  I'd ride more merry-go-rounds.  I'd pick more daisies.~Nadine Stair, age 85

I was in need of some perspective & inspiration this morning.
And this hit the spot.

Monday, June 25, 2012

{5 Things I Loved About This Weekend}

Monday... I'm not ready for you.
We had a great weekend, though.  I didn't want it to end!

Continuing on with the {5 Things I Loved About This Weekend} Series,
here are my favorites from this past weekend:

1.  Spending the weekend with Lee & Jess in Maryland

2.  Celebrating Lee's birthday at the Northern Virginia Brew Fest

3. Having gloriously beautiful weather all weekend long

4.  Brett picking wild berries from the woods & not dying after trying them :)

5.  Getting home from Maryland early enough to squeeze in a few more relaxing hours of the weekend

What did you love about this weekend?*

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Lee!

Happy Birthday Lee!

Here's to celebrating the last full year of your 20's... ha!
I see many beers, laughs, and pizzas in your forecast for today...
(obviously, seeing as how Brett & I are visiting this weekend!)
Enjoy it!*

{Photo by the amazing Heather Neckers - Lee on his wedding day}

Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekend, I'm Ready for You

Happy Friday!*

Today after work, Brett and I are heading down to Maryland to visit my brother Lee & sister-in-law Jess for the weekend!  Tomorrow is Lee's birthday and we will be spending it at the Northern Virginia Summer Brew Fest!  And on Sunday we are hoping for some mountain biking action.  Going to be a good weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?
Enjoy it!*

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Happy First Day of Summer!

It's been feeling like Summer for a while here now,
but I gladly welcome the official first day today!

Here are some of my Summer favorites:

...local farmers markets...
...summer dresses...
...iced coffee...
...spending as much time outside as possible...
...warm nights on the patio...
...fresh homemade salsa...
...grilling every dinner...
...fresh fruits & veggies...
...biking, hiking, & camping...
...unlimited froyo trips...
...after dinner walks...
...homebrew hefeweizen beer w/ an orange slice...

I mean, the list could go on and on.  Summer is my favorite season!

What are your favorite things about Summer?
Get outside and enjoy it!*

Monday, June 18, 2012

{5 Things I Loved About This Weekend}

Hi friends!*

I'm starting up a new series here on the blog.  I'm calling it "5 Things I Loved About This Weekend".  Every Monday, I'm planning on posting some things I loved from the weekend.  I always feel like the weekends race by way too fast.  So this is my way of cherishing it a little bit longer & starting Monday off on a happy note.  Hope you enjoy!  And now for my first post of the series:

1.  A relaxing bike ride on the trail near my house

2.  Fresh homemade salsa using veggies from the local farmers market

3.  Enjoying a leisurely breakfast on the patio

4.  Biking with the family downtown for Father's Day

5.  Winding down from the weekend with some Sunday night reading outside

What did you love about the weekend?*

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day
to the most amazing Dad on the planet
who somehow manages to deal with all of us crazies.

Love you, Dad!

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's the Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

I haven't had a chance to sort through my hundreds of photos from our Hilton Head Island vacation yet, but I'll leave you with one of my favorites.  Just our beach chairs, umbrella, and us.  We had the beach all to ourselves.  Pure bliss.  (And no, we did not stay in that enormous house haha)

Have a great weekend!*
PS - I updated my 365 Photo Blog with a few pictures from Hilton Head.
Feel free to hop on over & check them out! :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

And We're Back...

Home again, home again...

We're home from our wonderful week long vacation on Hilton Head Island.
How is it that time always seems to move so fast when you're on vacation?
We got back late last night and I'm fighting to keep my eyes open at work today.

But I just wanted to pop in and say hi real quick!

 After the suitcases are unpacked,
the mounds of laundry are done,
and the hundreds of photos are uploaded,
I will be back to share our trip with you guys!

I hope you all had an awesome week/weekend while I was away!*

{Photo from our vacation - relaxing on our balcony with some beers!}

Friday, June 1, 2012

June! And a Baby Deer!

Happy June!
I can't believe it's June already.  This year is flying by!

Can we just talk about this picture for a moment?!

Yesterday morning, there was an adult deer sitting in our yard as we were getting ready for work.  It was sitting sort of funny, but I didn't think anything of it and left for work.  On my way to work, I get a text from Brett (who leaves for work later than me) saying that the deer just had a baby!  Like BIRTHED a baby deer IN OUR BACKYARD.  Brett said it was covered in slime and was trying to stand up over and over again but just kept falling down in the process.  We have a fence around our yard, so Brett opened the gates before he left for work, in case the baby learned how to walk while we were gone and wanted to get out of our yard.

When we got home from work, the baby deer was still in our yard and was in the process of learning to walk (above photo)!  It was just walking/stumbling back and forth around our yard. It.was.the.cutest.thing.I.have.ever.seen!!! I think it was too scared to come down to the gate to get out, so Brett ended up scooping it up in a basket and putting it over on the other side of the fence.  And then it stumbled/ran straight to its mama!  It was AMAZING!

So that's my exciting story for the week.  It was just such a cool thing to witness.  I never would have thought I'd ever see something like that happen.  It was awesome.

Anywho, Happy June!!  Tomorrow at this time, Brett and I will be on our way to Hilton Head!!  I have been so so busy this week that I didn't have any time to schedule any posts for while I'm gone, so the blog is going to be a little quiet over the next week.  But I'll be back the following week!

So happy weekend and happy next week to you!
I'll catch ya Monday the 11th :)