life changes

feeling extra thankful for all of the time that we have had together as a family over the past few months!


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the hubs got a call on Monday that he was leaving for training today (yep, two days notice)!!  so many emotions coursing through me right now, i just had to document it.  it is a very bittersweet day for our family (although i have to admit there is very little sweet for me)! i am very, very, very proud of him and the fact that he is chasing his dreams, but i will miss him like crazy.

to steal your words babe “i love you like a zombie loves eating human flesh, they just can’t help themselves. even if they wanted to they couldn’t stop”.

gorgeous pics by marchelle mosley photography


a holly jolly christmas

yep, more catch up pictures. the holidays are my favorite time of year, so it really can’t be helped.

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bug made so many cookies all by herself and shared them with everyone.  she really loved helping pick out and wrap presents this year too.08762349_original

^ the traditional Christmas morning photo on the stairs39 092387492847_originaloh holidays.  come back soon please.

where dreams come true



such a fun place!  my love for Disney runs deep. every time I go here I have a blast.  and seeing bug have a blast here just makes it that much better.  there were princesses, princesses, and more princesses filling our days!49_original7

^ the prettiest princess around!50_original2352_original12

it was cloudy and overcast just the right amount so that we didn’t fry in the heat!

space mountain was having technical difficulties while we were there, but bug was totally game to try it!25


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we also went to Animal Kingdom

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the safari ride was fabulous and you get so close to the animals3557_original39

the little bug freaked out at the bug’s life ride inside the huge tree.  we have learned she is NOT a fan of dense fog.58_original 43

^ the lion king show. best. ever.59_original

41such a great trip! can’t wait til next time!

and off we go again

on to another adventure or two!  the bug is heading back to Indiana to spend a week visiting family while i head off to San Fran for the week (work related, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun).  then back to DC for an adults only weekend at the beach before i am off to Orlando for a week. all of this culminating in a family Disneyworld trip!! woohoo!  it’s been three years since we took bug to Disney and i can’t wait to see her reactions this time around as she has been fully invested in planning and preparing this time around.


she had a smile on her face the whole time [minus one minor chicken nugget incident]

382569_684952887457_1793446402_nread about our family trip to San Fran here

this means the blogging will be sparse, or potentially nonexistent the next few weeks, FYI

the bug puts her spanish lessons to good use

so as i mentioned here, the bug and i went to puerto rico with my family last week and it was a blast!! it was lovely to see all of my family all at once! we got to play card games, get hopelessly lost on back roads in the middle of nowhere, try new food, watch too many movies for a beach vacation, hoard oreos, and much more!

not to mention it was kind of awesome that i could lay on the beach and take a nap, not worrying about the bug since there were 6 other people there to keep an eye on her.


the house that we rented was in a gorgeous private complex and the beach was very quiet and secluded.  it had an awesome little tide pool that was warm and calm and perfect for bug.  there were also lots of little sea creatures to check out [crabs, sea urchins, fish]. 654_original 6

bug was very into her sandcastle building, flipping the bucket over so it didn’t spill, and bossing everyone anyone who would listen around.324_original 8

bug adamantly refused to speak a word of spanish the whole time we were there.  even when i was “conversing” with the little boy sitting next to me on the plane, who only spoke spanish, and tried to ease her into the conversation she wouldn’t.  she just stared at me with that look [ya know, the “girl whatchyou been smokin?!” look].  i also got this same look when i tried to ask “aparcamiento para la publica?”  to the parking lot attendant. and maybe a few other times when i more or less asked one word questions and did a lot of hand gestures…maybe i should join in on those spanish lessons with the bug.

[the correct way to ask would have been “estacionamiento para el público?”. in case you were wondering]

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^ they huddled up like this multiple times over a crab/fish/something…you can tell we’re family.3177

we went to the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats which were really neat! the water was a crazy bright purple color in the morning when we drove by, but when we got back to really check them out in the afternoon they were pink.6543_original 36

^ i wish i would have learned to take panorama photos before this. don’t worry, i have since been informed as to how it works [mind blown]!463549_original

the bug was in auntie and uncle heaven. we have a fun trip to Disneyworld planned for later this summer, but all she can talk about is going back to Indiana to spend a week with the family!!50 53

i might have been in auntie and uncle heaven also!3547_original 63 65111

^ this little guy had the coolest eyes.  they went vertical then horizontal every few seconds!
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we went exploring waterfalls one day, which may have been the highlight of the trip for me! 95


it was really treacherous hiking through the woods, especially in our bare feet or sandals.  we had to have a local guy show us the way to the 2nd waterfall [sidenote: he was awesome and knew all the secrets from the best way to hike it to the best way to jump in].  bug just flat out couldn’t make the hike because of all the climbing and slippery surfaces, so the little monkey clung to my back on the way there and uncle aley’s on the way back. i admit, i felt like a bada** once i carried my not-so-little 6 year old through the woods and then jumped off a waterfall! pat on the back.


^ hey ma! just hanging out in a waterfall, nbd.26895_original 1149994_original 115and i really tried to narrow it down on the sunsets, honestly, but i just couldn’t help myself!  they were all so gorgeous!!


all of my favorite bloggers did it, so i am doing it.  i mean honestly, it’s just a brilliant idea to highlight some of the important/memorable things from the whole year in one post!  then for someone who hates getting on the computer, but wants to quickly catch up on my life through pictures ( its perfect.  so here goes:

– we celebrated being 5 with some bowling [and spontaneous dancing]


– 2 years of marriage were celebrated here when we kicked off our travels in San Diego [it was too good to just do one post of course] and San Fran driving all up and down the amazing Pacific Coast Highway









– shane worked on three big projects: a medical center, Jewish temple and this beaut:


– bug kept busy with ballet, soccer, swimming and spanish lessons


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– we went on lots of adventures this year, some of our favorites were:

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luray caverns and shenandoah valley hiking


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indiana (as much as possible and of course for the holidays here and here)



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– we took full advantage of the perks of living in DC, many, many, many times




– my baby started kindergarten!!! [i may have been slightly traumatized and posted about it here and here]

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– i posted my first blog rant and boy did it feel good!

– hubs and i took an adults only trip to Vieques and Old San Juan [Puerto Rico] and loved every minute of it




– and well so much more happened, but guess what!?  there is a whole blog about it 😉

and now for a massive photo dump of some of my faves:



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