Coffee Talk

Coffee = love.

Coffee = love.

Just a random collection of thoughts I would probably share with you over a cup of coffee…

…this was my Nana’s mug and when I use it for coffee I feel like I’m having a cup of coffee with her (even though she was a tea drinker)

…I found a new coffee creamer I’m really loving. Silk Almond Milk creamer. Of all things. A year ago I would have scoffed at the idea of even trying almond milk, and now I can’t get enough of it.

…I can’t put Almond Milk in my cereal though. Whole milk all the way. Some habits are harder to break than others and this feels like one of those habits.

…I am loving my new job. I don’t talk much about what I do, because it’s not very interesting, but I enjoy it and I’m loving the hell out of this new company I’m with. I feel at home here. And it’s a nice feeling.

…I have a window in my office and I love it. I’ve never had a window before and I feel so important. It’s also nice to have a view of the outside world while I’m suck inside all day every day.

…life has been a little hard for me lately. I’ve struggled with some big life happenings and I’m having a hard time. I feel really knocked down and I’m struggling to get back up. I know I’ll get back up and I’ll dust myself off… but it’s proving harder than I thought to actually do that.

…I’m loving this summer. It hasn’t been too hot (though I could take a few less rainy days) and most days are absolutely gorgeous so we’re spending lots of time outside playing, going to the pool, taking walks, and going to the park. All great ways to spend my evening and time with my favorite girl is always a surefire way to make me happy.

…looking for a new place to live has proved to be harder than I imagined. There is a lot to consider and it feels overwhelming. I almost don’t even want to put in the energy to pick a new place to live even though that is something I really (really!) need to do.

…even though I really want to move I’m really sad about actually leaving my home. I love our home and we have so many wonderful memories there. It’s going to be extremely bittersweet.

…I am NOT looking forward to packing. I’ve been purging the heck out of my house and yet I still feel like we have so.much.stuff. I’ve been slowly packing little things here and there so I won’t be completely overwhelmed with packing all at once but still… not looking forward to it.

…I really want a piece of chocolate right now. (fit people can indulge in sweet cravings every once in a while!)

…I really need to get my hair cut and colored… but I’m not actually in the mood to sit through that.

…I’ve been working at my new job since the end of May… and I haven’t repeated an outfit once (seriously). I worked in a far more casual environment for the last several years (think jeans + t-shirts all day every day!) and it is actually nice to wear “nice clothes” to work even though I didn’t think it would be. I feel a little more adult lately.

…I recently drove by the Middle School I attended and noticed the sign out front said it was celebrating it’s 20th year. TWENTY. That’s bananas. And it makes me feel super old.

…I graduated college 10 years ago this year. Next year will be my 15th year out of high school. That also makes me feel old. That’s maddness. Because it feels like yesterday I was finally turning 16…18…21… and now? I’m creeping in to my mid-30s and that doesn’t seem as old as it used to (when I was like 16..18…21…).

…and now I’m done because that’s all I’ve got. Plus I need a cup of coffee. And a snack.

 

 

Mother’s Day 2015

I love being her Mom

I love being her Mom

Mother’s Day was a little different this year, in the way that life is a little different these days, but it was still a nice day that I got to spend with my Mom and my baby girl.

Three generations.

Three generations.

The woman that gave me life and the little girl that made me a Mama. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I got to enjoy a relaxing morning with my sweet girl. We enjoyed our coffee together (hers was water) and just generally had a lazy morning. We weren’t in a rush to go anywhere or do anything. It was nice to spend extra time cuddling and just being with her.

Morning coffee.

Morning coffee.

Unexpectedly, she got me a little gift (with help from Daddy) and she was so excited about my gift that she just had to help me open it. I enjoy opening my own gifts, but I enjoy so much more watching Sydney be so excited about “prizes” (surprises which is what she thinks gifts are) that it is just too cute to not let her open my gifts.

prizes!

prizes!

My parents came over to spend a little time with us this year. There was no big to-do and that was really quite nice. We went out to a nice lunch and then we went over to the park where the pond and ducks are that Sydney loves and we walked around the pond and spent time playing outside.

Walking around the pond

Walking around the pond

Sydney enjoyed very much playing with Nana. It’s funny to watch my mom play with my daughter. Well, not funny I guess but more in the way that when I watch the two of them play together as if no one is watching I know exactly what she looked like playing with me when I was little and exactly what I look like playing with Sydney. I really love playing with Sydney and I really don’t care how silly I look doing it because the sillier I act the more she laughs and that laugh is my favorite sound in the entire world. I’d do anything to get her to laugh.

Playing with Nana.

Playing with Nana.

I can remember a time when I was so afraid of what other people (strangers even) thought of me and what I looked like…. but now? I could not care less. I really love the version of myself when I’m with Sydney. She makes me the best version of myself I could ever hope to be. I love being a Mom but I feel so lucky that I get to be Sydney’s mom. I wouldn’t change her, or my life as her Mom, for anything in this world.

I hope all the Mama’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year!

Never have I ever…

I bet you think this is going to get crazy kind of like the drinking game? Well, you’re wrong.

In the spirit of the Blog Every Day in May prompt for today I’m going to talk about one thing that I’ve never done. And I’m keeping it clean. Because this is the internet and you never know who will stumble upon what and let’s face it I’m not putting anything out on the internet that would make my grandmother blush.

So… Never Have I Ever….

….gotten a tattoo.

And I really want one. I have been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo of Sydney’s name on my wrist since I was pregnant with her. Now all I need is the guts to actually do it. I’m mostly afraid of the pain. I’ve always said I’d never get a tattoo because I just didn’t think there was anything that I would want permanently on my body… but I know I would never regret putting Sydney’s name on me because it isn’t something I would grow out of. I like this style, on the wrist because it is tasteful and simple.

Maybe one day… 

What’s one thing you’ve never done but really want to?

 

Found Love. Now What?

Five photos.

Hello there! Happy Saturday dear readers. I hope you all are enjoying your day and are on your way to a wonderful weekend! We’re celebrating Apple Blossom this weekend and today is the big parade and we’ll be hanging out at the fire house with some family and friends. Sydney is REALLY excited about seeing the fire trucks and the fire house. I can’t wait to see her face when she experiences all of this for the first time. I’m sure I’ll take a million photos because that’s what I do. Which is why this prompt is both perfect and super impossible because I have so.many.photos that picking FIVE to tell my story was so hard. But here goes…

One.

Best moment of my life.

Best moment of my life.

I’m a lot of things but the best thing I have ever been is a mother. It is the one thing I have always known I wanted to be and I waited my entire life to be her mother. She is a huge part of my story and she is helping me write my favorite chapters and I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

Two.

My home.

My home.

I mentioned this is yesterdays post but it is worth mentioning it again because it is a huge part of my story. I was born and raised in Virginia and while I once thought I could leave this place in the dust when it came down to it I couldn’t leave. I love everything about this state and have such fond memories of taking trips all over this state and I am very excited to share those things with Sydney. I started, recently, by taking her to Dinosaur Land and while it wasn’t quite what I had remembered it to be she didn’t seem to mind (or know, obviously) but she definitely had a great time and that’s all that really matters!

Three.

Another year.

Another year.

I’m 32. I don’t feel thirty-two years old but at the same time I feel wise beyond my years. I’m sure, like most people, I had envisioned my life going a certain way and doing certain things by a certain age. If you had told me when I was doing all this dreaming that I was so wrong but it wouldn’t matter in the end I wouldn’t have believed you. But I know now that I can dream all I want but life is going to go how life goes and I’m going to have to just go with it. For the first time in…uh…ever… I’m ok with that. I’m happy with the decisions I’ve made and where I’ve been in life and I can’t wait to see where the road takes me. I haven’t always made the best decisions and it hasn’t always been easy but that’s life, right? Here’s the the last 32 years and here’s to the rest of my life!

Four.

A good glass of wine.

A good glass of wine.

You know what else tells my story? Wine. Wine tells my story the best. Because I can be a little shy in some situations and wine helps me to loosen up (doesn’t it do that for everyone?!) Plus, all good stories go better with good friends and good wine. I really do enjoy a good glass of wine though and I really like doing wine tasting events. When I started drinking wine I was a little young and was all about the Arbor Mist but now I prefer a much better bottle glass of wine. Virginia does have quite the little wine country and I live in a perfect area to enjoy a lot of the wine country Virginia has to offer.

Five.

Pictures are a wonderful thing.

Pictures are a wonderful thing.

Pictures. Pictures tell my story. I love taking pictures and I have folders upon folders and an external hard drive (or two…) full of pictures that tell my story. I had a really hard time thinking outside of the box with this prompt but I think what it really boils down to is that every picture I see, every memory I capture, it is all apart of my story. This is my story. I’m living it and I’m sharing it right here on this blog and in my everyday life. Sure this story I tell here is a fraction of my entire life story but it is what I am choosing to share, it is what I am hoping to remember, it is what I think is important to put out in to the world at that moment. I’ve always been one to journal and scrapbook to capture my memories and this is one way I have decided to do that. For better or worse… this is my story.

 

 

Found Love. Now What?

Hi There.

What is this? Two blog posts in ONE day? I know. It’s madness. I never post that much but I’m taking on a fun and exciting challenge for May with Belinda over at Found Love Now What. I have been reading her blog for a few months and love it and this month she’s invited her readers to join her in a blogging every day in May challenge. I have been feeling like I need some new material to write about and really liked a lot of her prompts so I’m going to give it a go. I may not use them all and mix in some of my own ideas in there but I’m definitely going to try and blog every day for all 31 days of May. Whew! Sounds like a fun challenge but it’ll definitely be a challenge for me.

Anyway…. Day 1 prompt is to introduce yourself. So here we are.

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

My name is Carrie. Nice to meet you. I blog for fun because I enjoy writing which is the English Major in me. I do a lot of writing as part of my professional career. I dream of one day being able to write “for fun” as a living but I guess we’ll just have to see how life works out.

I think if I asked anyone to describe me I’d like them to use these words: happy, strong, and funny. That’s how I see myself. I’m there are probably a few other words people would use to describe me but these are the qualities that I think I have that I like most about myself. Everyone – myself included – can find a negative thing to say about everything but I’m trying to look for happy and positive things in life these days. I think trying to focus on the happy is helping me to be happier. I’m also strong because I work hard to be. And who doesn’t think they are funny? I know I’m hilarious – especially once you have some wine in me 😉

Fit mama

Fit mama

One of my passions in life is fitness and keeping in shape. I work out for at least 30 minutes a day and chase a toddler around the house for as long as she is laughing. I really enjoy getting my heart rate up but I love even more the great example I’m setting for my daughter by eating healthy and working out  on a regular basis. I don’t make any of my healthy habits about anything more than being healthy because I want her to grow up with a healthy idea surrounding food and exercise. I typically write a Fit Friday post about the latest exercise program I’m working on. Right now you can follow along with my journey through the T25 program if you’re interested.

Early morning cuddles

Early morning cuddles

I have a two and a half (what?!) year old little girl who is the absolute light of my life. She is funny and has an imagination that surprises me on most days because I just can’t believe she’s turning in to a little girl and not a baby anymore. She is so much fun to play with and I could listen to her laugh for days. I actually recorded her laughing because I love that sound so much (so much that I’ll do nearly anything to make it happen).

looking at the ducks

looking at the ducks

I have a puppy that is more like an old man because he’ll be 11 in August. ELEVEN. I can’t even believe that. I’ve had him since he was 4 months old and it’s just hard to believe that was about 10 years ago. He was my first baby and he’ll always be my cuddle bug.

Me and my boy

Me and my boy

Hmm…what else? Well, I’m a native to Virginia. I believe that is a rarity these days because a lot of people I know here are surprised to find out that I was born here and have lived here my whole life. I always thought I would move far, far away from this place but when the time came to move I couldn’t bring myself to go very far. We ended up a little west of where I grew up, but we’re in the process of moving back to where I grew up because it is closer to our family and work. I’m excited about moving but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little sad about leaving the home we brought our girl home to. There will be new memories to be made in a new home, but I’m a sentimental person and there will be a lot of tears as I back out of our driveway for the last time I know that for sure.

I think that’s probably enough for now… there are a whole lot of topics I’ll be covering this month with Blog Everyday in May and I’m really excited to dive deep and really stretch my blogging legs. I’m also excited about finding new blogs to read and maybe adding a few new readers to my little site.

 

Found Love. Now What?

Happy Monday.

I know, I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a Happy Monday but here we are on Monday and we might as well be happy about it, I suppose. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. I know we sure did. It was a busy weekend and it went by way too quickly.

November snow day.

November snow day.

We had a small snow storm on Wednesday afternoon. Sydney and I headed outside for a bit, but she didn’t seem to enjoy herself with the snow even though she kept asking to go outside.

Our weekend started Wednesday when we celebrated my birthday with the family. We went out to dinner at a new restaurant called Spinfire pizza and it was delicious! If you’re in the Ashburn area you should definitely check it out.

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me!

After dinner with the family we went out for some drinks at a bar my friend was bartending at. It was a quiet night at the bar with some delicious pumpkin pie martinis. It was a great way to spend my birthday eve.

Birthday drinks and dessert!

Birthday drinks and dessert!

Thursday was Thanksgiving and we had all the families at my inlaws house and it was a really wonderful day. The food was delicious, the company was wonderful, and I’m thankful we were all able to spend the day together as one family instead of trying to do multiple dinners in one day. It definitely made for a relaxing holiday and I’m hoping we can keep this new tradition going.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday we had a much needed relaxing day. We didn’t do much of anything during the day but we were able to meet up with some friends and their kids for dinner which was a much overdue visit and really a fun time. I had so much fun catching up and watching the kids play I didn’t even take a single photo. That’s how you know it was a good day!

Fresh hair cut.

Fresh hair cut.

Saturday we headed home after I got my hair cut and we spent most of the day just getting some random things done around the house and running errands. It wasn’t a very exciting day until we discovered there was a faint gas smell in our foyer & in the foyer of the neighbors (she discovered it first because it was only smelling up our foyer and we had been upstairs most of the day so we didn’t realize it smelled downstairs).

Fire department excitement.

Fire department excitement.

We ended up having to call the fire department and everything. There wasn’t a gas leak (we don’t have gas) but the house between our 2 houses has been empty and there were some workers in there doing some work (we don’t know what) and they left behind a gas generator that was leaking a little bit which is where the smell came from. It turned out to be quite the exciting little adventure but I’m glad it wasn’t a serious problem or anything!

Sunday we headed out to get our Christmas tree and we put the lights up on the house. It was such a gorgeous day that it felt really weird to be picking out a Christmas tree and hanging all of our lights but it really was quite nice to not be freezing outside all day!

Hunting for the perfect tree.

Hunting for the perfect tree.

And here we are now, Monday morning. It’s my first day at a new job and I’m full of excitement and nerves. I’m excited for the opportunity and I think it will be really amazing for me. I was at my old company for 5 1/2 years so I’m nervous to be starting over after all that time. I’m really missing my old coworkers, but I’m excited about meeting new people and learning new things! So for me it’s a happy, exciting, and nervous Monday but I’m hoping it goes well!

Thirty-two things.

I’m continuing my birthday week theme with thirty-two random things about me.

(some of these pictures only mildly go with these facts but I didn’t want to just go on-and-on-and-on without including some pictures because long blogs without pictures are boring!)

One. I’m a born and raised in Northern Virginia. I love this state because it has so much wonderful history, sites, scenery, and culture to offer that there’s always something to do if you’re looking for something to do.

Two. I never thought I would live my whole life in Virginia, but now I don’t think I would want to live anywhere else.

Three. I enjoy living in “way out here” but lately it’s just been hard living so far away from our family and we’re ready to get back. That’s what all the purging has been about… we’re gearing up to move.

Four. I have one brother and two sisters(in law).

Old friends turned sisters.

Old friends turned sisters.

Five. My husbands sister is married to one of my oldest friends. When they first got together I wasn’t quite excited about the arrangement, but I eventually got over that (& over being a bitch) and love having one of my best friends actually be my sister. It’s awesome.

Six. A few months ago my family discovered that my cousin had a child when he was much younger (the mom told him that it wasn’t his baby & never bothered him about the little boy). He found us this year and he’s 2 years younger than me and I’m kind of sad that we didn’t actually grow up together because he’s actually the closest (in age) cousin I have and I think that would have been really cool to have him growing up.

Seven. My oldest cousin on my dads side is 17 years older than I am & most of my cousins were teenagers when I was born. I’m closer in age to my 2nd cousins then I am to my 1st cousins on my dads side. I’m closer in age to the cousins on my mom’s side but my cousin Tracey is still 5 years older than me.

My baby & my oldest cousin.

My baby & my oldest cousin.

Eight. I ran track in high school (as a sprinter) and was a terrible distance runner but lately I’ve been running (for fun!) and have managed to get my run up to 3 miles. I want to run a 5k this spring & now my goal is to bring my time down a bit.

Nine. I never was a good distance runner because I was a long time smoker. I’ve tried several times to give it up and the only time I was actually successful with longevity was when I was pregnant. Until seven months ago when I gave it up and I really believe I have quit smoking for the last time. And I feel great about it.

Ten. I used to hate wine. It just wasn’t something I enjoyed. I would rather enjoy some fruity concoction any day of the week. Until I got a little bit older and I have found a new love for wine. White. Red. Fruity. Sweet. Dry. I love a good glass of wine.

Wine visits.

Wine visits.

Eleven. When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated college with a BA in English and had every intention of going back and getting my Master’s in Education… but I haven’t. At least not yet.

Twelve. I love so very much being a mother. Don’t get me wrong, it is so very hard, but oh my it is the best and most rewarding hard I have ever experienced.

I'm a mom.

I’m a mom.

Thirteen. When I was pregnant all I could ever think about was eating Oreos. They were my favorite (& daily) afternoon snack. Now? Sydney seems to have my same love for Oreos. All types of them (currently she’s obsessed with the fall Caramel Apple flavor and she has no reason not to love it because it’s delicious)

Baby bump & Oreos.

Baby bump & Oreos.

Fourteen. I enjoy crafting and making things but I never really make the time to do that.

Fifteen. I tried to teach myself to knit… it was a huge failure. I’m not ready to give up, but I haven’t picked up my knitting needles since my last (& first!) attempt so I’m not sure how successful I’ll end up being at that.

Sixteen. A couple years ago I asked for a sewing machine for my birthday because I was going to sew stuff… and I’ve been as successful at that as I was with knitting. I know how to sew so it’s not something I need to learn it’s more about making the time (& space) to actually get some sewing projects done.

Sixteen. My husband & I graduated from the same high school – 1 year apart – but we were quite the opposite of friends back then. Most of our mutual friends that knew us then were really surprised when we got together in our twenties.

Seventeen. I feel like I’m going to be purging my house forever. I also feel really ashamed at how much crap we have in our house that we really and truly do not need.

Eighteen. I’ve always really enjoyed working out and being fit but earlier this year I found Beachbody and fell in love with their exercises. From T25 to 21 Day Fix to PiYo I have found something for any mood I’m in. I feel so much better about myself and I am in so much better shape than I’ve ever been.

Nineteen. I didn’t really enjoy being pregnant – from the beginning I was constantly sick; I had awful heartburn; I became anemic so I never felt like I had any energy; and I just felt H-U-G-E by the end of the whole thing. But? I miss it. I never thought I would actually miss being pregnant but I really do.

I miss napping with my baby.

I miss napping with my baby.

Twenty. Sometimes I feel like an old lady. One night I slept in a ball or with my leg bent somehow and I woke up and basically couldn’t walk because SLEEPING hurt my knee. I hurt myself sleeping. It was really baffling and it made me feel very much like an old lady.

Twenty-one. I wish Friends was still on TV. It really was a great show and I have seen every episode probably a dozen or more times but they never get old and there’s always a Friends reference for any occasion.

Twenty-two. I’ve always wanted to write a book and I have an idea that I think is really good (because why would I think otherwise) but I think I’m finally going to buckle down and write the book I have always wanted to.

Twenty-three. I love reading but sometimes I’m way too tired to actually get any reading done at the end of the night. Sometimes I can fly through a book and sometimes it can take me forever to read me a book. It all depends on how I’m feeling.

Twenty-four. I love taking naps. Naps are basically the best thing ever. Sometimes I try to actually get stuff done when Sydney is napping… but most of the time I just nap right along with her. But not actually with her because then she wouldn’t nap and we would both be cranky and that is never a good thing.

I love this guy.

I love this guy.

Twenty-five. I was married at 25.

Twenty-six. I really hate winter and snow and being cold. I also don’t enjoy the super hot summers we have. I used to love spring for the newness of it all but I the last few years fall has really become my favorite season of all.

Twenty-eight. We bought our first home in 2010 which was the year we turned twenty-eight.

Twenty-nine. Growing up my mom was always 29 so I always had a hard time really remembering how old she was.

Mom & I.

Mom & I.

Thirty. I used to celebrate my birthday for an entire month. And then I had a November baby and well… now I’m celebrating birthday week.

My 29th Birthday

My 29th Birthday

Thirty-one. I hate it when my birthday falls on Thanksgiving day. I was born the Saturday after Thanksgiving and every couple years my birthday happens to be Thanksgiving. My birthday gets overlooked a lot because of it’s general closeness to Thanksgiving but it really gets overlooked when it falls on an actual holiday.

Thirty-two. I can’t even believe I came up with 32 random facts. It felt much harder than I think it should have.