happy list v.1

a happy list

one // Finishing our flooring. John and I pulled up all of the carpeting in the living room, hallway, and master bedroom! Along with thousands of carpet staples. Once all of that was done, we started laying snap-together laminate flooring. We are absolutely in love with how it turned out!

two // Bottle feeding and raising two sweet baby goats. A couple of Friday’s ago, my mom asked me to go out to the barn with her. Along the way, she mentioned two brand new baby goats had been rejected by their momma. Upon arrival we learned that momma goat was trying to kill the babies. Obviously I couldn’t just leave them there so I packed them up in a tub and put them in our Subaru and brought them home. Don’t worry, John warmed up to them pretty quickly and named them Ed and George!

three // Finally watching Lost. Don’t ask me why we haven’t watched this sooner because I have no idea why. Either way, John and I both are totally sucked into this show! There are so many crazy and wild twists and turns. My mouth drops every single episode.

four // Drinking delicious berry Kombucha. Admittedly, I found it very strange to be drinking fermented tea. However, it was absolutely delicious! The Kombucha was a little “vinegar-y” tasting, but I am definitely finding myself wanting more.

five // Going on adventures with friends. Lately we have been trying to go on some sort of an adventure each weekend. So far we have managed to go to a few different places as well as multiple playgrounds with the kids! It is so wonderful to have such amazing friends that are like family.

six // Having a secret pal at work. At my job we do a fun “secret pal” exchange for six months at a time. Receiving sweet and random gifts throughout the month is so fun! Not to mention, I love being able to surprise my secret pal as well.

What has made you happy lately?

wedding: venue

wedding venue

In four days John and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary! Truthfully, it feels unreal how quickly time has flown by. Is it really 2017 already? Not to mention, I never did get around to posting about our wedding or honeymoon last year. Huge fail. Although, I feel like just yesterday we were making our last minute arrangements for our wedding.

the venue

Built in the 1920’s, the Colonial House is unlike any other place in our quaint little town. Our architecture, sadly, is very different than the colonial-style of this home. Full of history and allure, I fell in love with this venue. John and I had visited a couple other venues which were gorgeous! However, none quite stood out like this place.

the wedding day

Originally we had planned to get married outside in the garden with the gorgeous bridge over the creek. However, mother nature had other plans for us! Due to already being overwhelmed with so many other things, I was a lot less bothered by this fact than I thought I would be. Thank goodness. I distinctly remember a few family members “tip-toeing” around me due to the rain all morning ha ha! Even though we moved the wedding inside, I still absolutely loved how everything fell into place.

looking back

Truthfully, I wouldn’t change a thing. Especially when it came to the venue! Everything about the Colonial House was a dream come true. The stunning kitchen that I could do cartwheels in, the winding staircase with a perfect view of the garden, the many rooms with vintage decor. Honestly, the list goes on and on!

august lately

lately

Well, hello September.

So far this has been the year of the never ending summer. Which, admittedly, I should not be upset about. Washington is so full of dreary and rainy days that we complain pretty consistently about no sun. With the constant, and almost unbearable, hot weather we have kept pretty busy! Hence why this blog has been so neglected.

While August was full of fun, it also had it’s downs.

august happenings

We had family photos taken of our entire “little” blended family.

We went on a road trip with friends to Cape Disappointment and Pirate’s Cove and were not disappointed.

At the same time, all of us were able to check out an old abandoned military bunker which was a little spooky.

Ironically, John and I both had horribly disgusting coffees from the most adorable coffee shop.

I purchased my first ever Sand Cloud towel and fell in love. #SaveTheFishies

Together with the same friends we visited at least five different playgrounds for the kids to play at.

John’s mom asked me to be her maid of honor in her wedding.

Correspondingly, we celebrated John’s mom’s wedding and took more family photos.

Surprisingly, we finally managed to explore both the upper and lower ape caves with all three kids.

I went to my first big crystal and rock sale and fell in love with tons of stones.

Sadly, after a horrific accident, we had to rush out to the barn to put my mother’s baby horse down.

Then somehow we wound up fostering two one day old baby goats for over a week.

John and I removed our carpet and put down laminate flooring in our living room, hallway, and master bedroom.

Not to mention, painted our walls and trim.

how was your august?

happy friday

Is it strange that I want to start every post with: how is it already [insert month here]? Granted, I have not been blogging quite as much as I would like… However, I am hoping to improve upon that one of these days soon. Then again, I say that rather often too. If anyone has any helpful tips on how to get more time in the day, I would love to know so please share!

Things that made me happy this week:

+ Getting ice cream at work.
~ Blowing my goal of # of books to read this year out of the water.
+ Going swimming at least once a week and getting Carson signed up for swimming lessons.
~ The weekend almost being here.
+ Preparing our home to be put on the market.
~ My plants blooming and going wild.
+ Adding lemon or grapefruit essential oil to my water.
~ Watching Lost for the first time.
+ Eating grilled cheese sandwiches.
~ Discovering how amazing London Fogs are to drink.
+ Picking out the perfect floor plan for when we move.
~ Finally being able to blog.

What has made you happy this week?

practice self love

love yourself

Practicing self love is more than about burying your toes in the sand, daily yoga, and green smoothies. Although, those are all pretty darn wonderful. In a constantly changing and evolving world, remembering to take care of yourself can easily take a back seat. Self love is an emotional, mental, physical, and psychological act of learning to put yourself first.

Admittedly, I haven’t taken the best care of myself lately. Life has been a stressful whirlwind of activity and projects. Unfortunately when this happens, my health gets put on the back burner.

Easy ways you can practice self love:

  • Read an inspirational book.
  • Soak in a bubble bath.
  • Appreciate your strengths.
  • Honor and pay attention to your emotions.
  • Do what you love.
  • Write a resonating poem.
  • Surround yourself with nature.
  • Appreciate the little things.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • Add fresh blooms to your home.
  • Meditate and quiet your mind.
  • Nurture your dreams.
  • Enjoy a cup of tea.
  • Watch the sunrise, the sunset, or the stars.
  • Learn to forgive yourself.
  • Wear something that makes you feel confident.
  • Treat yourself.
  • Create a nourishing morning routine.
  • Step away from social media and technology.
  • Surround yourself with positivity.
  • Focus on the now.
  • Listening to music that calms your soul.
  • Smile.

What are some ways that YOU practice self love?