Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oh, Hello - Is It Me You're Looking For?

Welcome to my view from the past six - count 'em - school / snow days of this school year.  Well, tomorrow makes number six.  And not in a row, mind you.  Snowpocalypse '14 and Wintry Mix '14 both wreaking havoc on my lesson planning...

When I finally took a break from Netflix While I keep watching Netflix, I decided it would be a good time for a blog update on the past few months.

First up: we moved! While moving was excruciatingly painful (separate post to come), it is absolutely wonderful to be able to stretch out in this bigger apartment.  Our kitchen and living area is much bigger (at least it feels that way to us), and - most importantly - we have a second bedroom!  John uses this as his office and workshop, which is now desperately needed because....

He is now totally self employed! After lots of prayer and conversation, we decided that it was time for his career path to shift.  What had started as a hobby had quickly become so much more than that and it was time to pursue it full time.  I'm so proud of how he has passionately developed this business and we can't wait to see what happens in the year to come.

On a completely unrelated note, if you happen to be in the market for a vintage guitar, make sure you check out www.truevintageguitar.com . 

Ok, shameless plug over.  

Our Christmas season stayed pretty busy.  Lots of traveling and unpacking - which unfortunately for me, meant no decorating.  All my festive accessories stayed wrapped up in their neat little box, skipped over this year in favor of some respite from the rest of the boxes that were glaring angrily at me, waiting to be unloaded after the move.  C'est la vie.

As usual, we spent part of Christmas in Birmingham with J's wonderfully large family and part in Huntsville with mine.  My sister was able to travel home from Los Angeles so it was beyond fantastic to spend time with her.

After Christmas, we traveled up to Fort Wayne, Indiana to see our dear friends David and Beth get married.  David and Beth have been engaged since we were all in college together, so it's been a long time coming.

There really is nothing like the company of good friends to make a trip.  We all came together from different areas to celebrate our friends, and it was a joy.  Laughter was abundant, that's for sure.

John and I became somewhat of wedding experts in 2013 - we ended up attending eleven! This one, however, remains at the top of the list purely because of the good company.  And, well, the dancing was pretty good too.  We know how to cut a rug!

 The fact that I just used the phrase 'cut a rug' should tell you the kind of circles we run in....

As usual, I had a pretty cute date...
Who loves to dance!

Ok. Guys.  I don't do line dances.  I just don't.  This was a big deal.

With the sweet Nash family.

Loved spending time with these ladies! 

And of course, the beautiful bride Beth! 

This is the last time Beth and I had our picture taken together:

Yep. 2011.

Afterwards, John and I sojourned to Chicago because, well - we could! We hadn't been on a real trip since our honeymoon, so we decided to check out the Windy City.  We'd both been there on separate occasions, but it was the first time for us to go together.

We had a lot of fun, but suffice it to say that we certainly learned a lot about each other on that tiny trip, things we plan to tuck away for future excursions.  That's what is so great about marriage - the little things that you learn along the way being collected and learned from for the future.

Don't let my quaint metaphors fool you - our process of learning about each other was not nearly that, well, quaint.  But there are blog boundaries people.  Blog. Boundaries. Suffice it to say that I love my husband, and we will go back to Chicago again one day :)

Bundled up at the Bean! 

We rang in 2014 in Naperville, just outside of Chicago, with our friends the Nashes.  I can't remember the last time I've seen that much snow! We got to go sledding which was amazing - but cold!

All in all, a great end to 2013 and beginning of 2014.  This year will see some fun trips, the beginning of our fourth (!!) year of marriage, and the start of a brand new career path for John!

2014, I love you already! 

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