Dear husband, thanks.

On June 29 we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary and I just feel like I need to say thanks to the man that challenges me, loves me, pushes me, and respects me.

The last five years haven’t always been easy and I know the next fifty won’t always be easy but thank you for making our life seem easy. Even during our rough times you point out the light at the end of the tunnel making whatever hurdle lie ahead seem easy.

The best piece of marriage advice I received was this “you may not like each other everyday but you will love each other everyday”. These words could not be more true and been more accurate for our life thus far. I can be a bit of a pain in the ass…. but I know even during those rough times our love for each other is still there.

So L, this ones for you.

Thank you.

Now, enjoy the massive photo dump of the last five years.

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Shaniko, Oregon

Last weekend we decided to hop on the bike and embark on another adventure. Thanks to sites like Pinterest I have been able to research things to do locally and find is quick weekend adventures. Because of this research I found so many articles about all the little ghost towns within a 2-4 hour drive.

The first of our ghost town adventures was Shaniko, Oregon. Shaniko was once a bustling town that made most of its income by growing sheep and selling the wool. Once the railroad found a more direct route from Eastern Oregon to Portland, Shaniko slowly died. Then half the town burned down from a brush fire. Today the total population of Shaniko is 25-30 residents.

If you ever find yourself on Highway 97 take an hour to stop and walk around. Loved experiencing this little piece of history and intend on returning soon.

Oh Christmas tree.

Sorry about that post title. I couldn’t pass on such a cheesy opportunity.

Typically we get a sweet little 3 foot tree but this year we went with 6 feet. We could have fit up to ten but I have to take what I can get.

It finally feels like Christmas in our home and I plan on living it up for the next two weeks.

Merry Christmas!

Working on my fitness

Yesterday was day one of Time It Up’s Holiday Hustle. My legs and arms are a bit sore today. You see the last couples weeks I’ve let my workouts go to the wayside. I tend to let life’s emotions get in the way. You win some, you lose some.

I’m felt great completing yesterday’s work out so I know I’ll feel even better if I keep going for the full hustle. As I type this I’m on the elliptical at work. #winning.

I’m not looking for the BIG transformation. Nope. I don’t have time for that much restriction. I’m looking to feel better. I have a dark history of depending on the scale and the number I see. I don’t want to return to that dark place. Yes I still experience some greet area. Last week for instance I weighed myself for fun. I’m 137 pounds. This time last year I weighed 129… I’m 5’7″ and 137 is perfectly healthy but I let that number take me to a very grey place.

So I decided last night screw the scale as I ate Brie cheese as my after workout snack. I’m ok with not having perfect abs as long I know I feel good.

Hopefully I stick to it this time. Who knows what life emotions I’ll feel tomorrow….