Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year: Thinking Out Loud #110

Happy Thursday and Happy New Year! It's been a hot minute since I've posted and so much has happened. Wedding planning is in full force, work is busy per usual, and we've been enjoying every second of engaged life. This is such a sweet season in our lives and we know it will be over in the blink of an eye so we're trying to soak in every possible second. Anyway, let's jump into the last thinking out loud of 2018/first thinking out loud of 2019!

1. 2018 was by far the best year of my entire life. The first few months were a bit of a rollercoaster ride, but every second has been worth it. Brent and I have had undeniable chemistry from the start- both of us had been told by different friends that we should date- and clearly our friends were onto something. We knew after our first date we would get married and here we are less than six months before we get married. Every minute with this guy is so undeniably perfect. We're equally weird, share the same sense of humor, both adore puppies, share a sense of adventure, and put God and families first. This man is so much more than I could ever have dreamed of. I cannot wait to start this New Year and the start of forever with the most incredible man I've ever known💜 

2. For the first time ever I did not have to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas. Brent and I spent both days together celebrating the birth of our savior and spending time via FaceTime with our families. Christmas Eve we went to a candlelight service, always my favorite, and then drove through the city looking at Christmas lights. Christmas morning we were both up bright and early we exchanged gifts, made breakfast, and soaked in the light and love of our first Christmas together and our first Christmas being engaged. It's been fun blending our families traditions and establishing our own. This year we're hoping to be a family of three- us and a puppy of course, no babies here😉 

3. Speaking of puppies Brent and I spent a lot of time, like a LOT of time, at the local humane society. We go to socialize the puppies before they're adopted and frankly sometimes you just need some puppy love to brighten your day. Several times we've come close to walking out with a puppy (or two), but right now neither of us are in a situation to spend as much time with a pup as we'd want to. Once life slows down after the wedding we are both looking forward to adopting a pup and expanding our family. Of course we will be getting whatever pup we choose will be from the local humane society.

4. And while we're still talking about puppies we are going home to see my puppy in a few short weeks 😬🎉Work is graciously giving us some time to do wedding stuff, so we are flying to MI to see all of my family and have a wedding shower. Of course I'm super pumped to be seeing my family- most of whom I haven't seen in over half a year- but I'm also over the moon excited to see Cora and have her meet Brent. She's gonna love him I have no doubt🐶

5. Finally, as the year drew to a close I am beyond thankful for all the love, laughter, and amazing opportunities 2018 brought us. My heart found its way home with Brent. It's a home I know it's safe in forever and I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives falling more in love. I pray that as we begin our lives together we keep our focus on God and grow deeper in both our faith and love.

Thank you for being apart of our journey in 2018. We look forward to sharing even more with in the New Year. Wishing you a blessed and very happy New Year!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

We're Engaged!: Thinking Out Loud #109

Happy Thursday! So I've been MIA for over a month now (whoopsies), but life has been so hectic! After returning from my brother's wedding in California last month elections came, which if you've ever worked in news you know it's a crazy day, but then something amazing happened. I know it's Thanksgiving, but why not take this chance to catch up?!

Let's jump into this weeks thinking out loud and I'll explain it all!

1. On November 2, my incredible boyfriend got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was totally shocked and surprised, and once I got over the fact I thought he was kidding, of course I said YES! The ring he picked out is absolutely stunning, but more importantly I'm over the moon to be marrying the most amazing man💜Our family and friends have been so supportive, it's been overwhelming in the best way possible. We're getting married next year on June 8. Bring on the wedding planning!! AKA PLEASE HELP! We have no clue what we're doing🙆

2. This is probably my favorite picture of Brent and I ever despite my hair being a total windblown disaster in a pony tail. We were out watching the sunset at Newport Beach on our last night in California when someone asked if we could snap a photo of them. Of course we agreed and they returned the favor. Brent surprised me with this kiss, but the love is so evident on both our faces. I'm still trying to process that I get to marry this man in less than a year💍

3. My brother's wedding was absolutely beautiful. It was this incredible garden in Fallbrook, California. The food was delicious, the ceremony was beautiful, and we had so much fun dancing the night away. Most of my family couldn't make the trip out to California, but my closest cousin and her husband made the trip which made it even more fun. Overall it was a great wedding and it was so nice to spend some time with my family. 

4. Of course stopping at Pressed Juicery is a must when in Cali! I got to introduce Brent to the deliciousness that is Pressed. He loved it equally as much as I did and we sat out in the beautiful sunshine eating it. I'm trying to convince him CA would be a great place to live because there's no snow! He's not a fan of the traffic, but I think we'd get used to it after awhile (hopefully). Seriously though no snow is the dream.

5. I don't want to flood anyone with wedding photos or our Cali trip photos so I'll end it here. One of my friends showed me this quote after Brent and I announced our engagement. Several people suggested to each of us that we should date before we even were seeing each other. Clearly everyone could see our chemistry. Our relationship is so easy and effortless it's truly a blessing. I never imagined I'd find someone so perfect, but now that I have him I'm never letting him go!

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the day with family and friends💜

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What the Fork: Thinking Out Loud #108

Happy Thursday!! It's been a super busy week at work, but I'm very excited because not only is it my weekend I'm leaving on vacation🙌My brother is getting married over the weekend so we're flying out to California to spend a few days with them before and after the wedding. I'll be sharing pictures on my instagram so be sure to follow📸 Anyway, let's jump into this weeks thinking out loud

1. Have you ever seen such a big fork?! Yeah me either. I did a story with a group of local school who competed against each other in a "food fight" to see who could get the most food in one minute out of a super market. All the food goes to the local food bank and the winner gets this massive fork. Naturally I went on camera with the fork and had a blast laughing at myself with this hue fork. One of the stores employees pointed out the fork was almost as big as I was. I'm pretty sure that was a short person joke....and I'm not even short. 

2. I am most definitely not qualified to be a cat person. I watched one of my friends cats while she was gone over the weekend and he was so needy. He wanted to be petted constantly and I can't get over how gross a litter box is. He was cute, but I will definitely be sticking to my crazy dog lady ways.

3. I've got some new recipes to share with you guys! It's been so long since I've shared a recipe, but this one is a good one. It's a granola bar that's packed with tons of deliciousness- almonds, cranberries, chia seeds, and more😋The recipe will be coming your way soon!

4. A lot of kids can't have candy on Halloween because so many of them have food allergies or other reasons why they can't. This week I did a story with a woman who volunteers at a thrift store in town and instead of throwing out the toys the store doesn't sell she takes them, washes, mends, puts a bow on them, and then passes them out on Halloween. She was an incredible woman and I had a blast doing the story with her. It's so nice to see people going out of their way to include all kids in Halloween🎃

5. This💜You do belong, you're important, you're valued, and you're loved! Everyone goes through tough times, but that doesn't mean we no longer have a purpose. There is a reason you are on this planet. Sure everyday won't be great, but you are here and have a God who radically loves you. It blows my mind to even think about how he sees us. He sees us through a lens of love. The opinions of others do not affect how he sees you.

Have a terrific weekend and I'll be sharing some pictures from Cali starting tomorrow🎉🎉🎉