The Painted Hills

On June 29, 2018 L and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. In honor of this milestone we took a mini road trip to the The Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds.

The weekend was filled with a lot of eating delicious food and consuming many (too many) delicious drinks.

I cannot wait to see where are next adventure leads us!

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….

How is November already almost over?! End of year goals.

How is it November 28th? Christmas is in four weeks and 2018 is only five weeks away. This month completely flew by for me.

Things around here haven’t been too exciting so I’m ready to liven things up. I really want to embrace these last few weeks of 2017. To help myself along I thought I’d set some goals. Some Christmas related and some not. I guess a mix of holiday cheer and self love.

  • Decorate the house.
  • Decorate my office.
  • Bake cookies to share with the office.
  • Start gathering items for L’s stocking.
  • Purchase a dress for the annual office party.
  • Try to skip blow drying my hair two to three times a week. Last night was night one.
  • Work out at least three to four days a week. I really need to get back into a routine.
  • Drink half my weight in water (ounces) everyday.
  • Post here at least twice a week.
  • Go see The Orient Express. Looks so good!

I know this isn’t the most adventurous list but I truly feel this will help me stay motivated, in the holiday spirit and give myself a little love.

Last year I had hard time getting in the spirit and really embracing the season. This year has been completely different so far. I’m still having a hard time accepting Grandpa isn’t with us and our traditional Christmas Eve gathering is going to look completely different.

I just need to remember to embrace the season. Let myself feel the joy.

Merry Christmas!


So I started this post then needed to step away. Well I didn’t save it so I’m starting from scratch…

I’m in disbelief it’s Thanksgiving. Where has this year gone?! Every year goes by faster and faster. The days are long but the years are short is a very true statement. So given the season I thought I would write down all the little things I’m grateful for.

  • L. I don’t even know how to put into words how grateful I am for him and our marriage. It’s not perfect and it’s messy and we bicker but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Grandpa. I love him so very much. I’m still having a hard time accepting he isn’t with us this holiday season. He loved the holidays and the only way the tree had enough tinsel is if you wrapped it in tinfoil.
  • Nicole. She just gets me. We just get each other. Even though she lives far away we can communicate with a simple text. It helps her not feel so far away.
  • Mom and Sissie. Three musketeers for life.
  • My fur babies. There is nothing better than snuggling their fuzzy faces every night. Walking in the door after a long rough day is the best only because of the excitement the dogs have.
  • L’s family. They are amazing. Each in their own way and I love it.
  • My job. Because of my job I’m able to contribute to our little life.
  • My cars seat warmers. Highly needed. Especially since it’s been 40 degrees every morning.
  • Coffee with vanilla almond milk. My day cannot begin without it.
  • My health. So far i haven’t had an medical emergencies and I’m very grateful.
  • My body. Also because the above my body is able to do some amazing things. I can workout if I want without pain (as long as I have proper form).
  • The snow. It looks like it’s going to be another great ski season. Just hope the snow stays in the mountains.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. If you do participate in shopping today, tomorrow, or any point this weekend please remember the sales associates are human too. They have families too. Not all of them are choosing to work today.

Simple pleasures of a dog

Sunday morning Max discovered a window without a screen. L was outside with the dogs while I was inside. The complete joy on his face is obvious. He just couldn’t believe what he was experiencing. I just love him and simple pleasures he finds everywhere.

Life Update

Yet again I let a few months pass before I returned to this space. I was feeling disconnected from this space and unhappy with the way it looked. I spent some time with L’s mom today and she helped me getting it to look more like me. Hopefully more inviting and welcoming. 
Since July we’ve traveled to Sturgis, South Dakota. I’ve gone to San Francisco to visit family. We enjoyed one last lake weekend to close out summer. Basically just tried to enjoy life. It hasn’t all been great but I’m learning such is life, even if it’s heart breaking and world shaking. 

I’m excited to return to this space more. I hope you’re ready for more of me. 


Restless: searching for motivation 

Morning commute

So I just don’t even know where to begin. I guess the beginning but I’m not really sure when that even is. Last summer I left the insurance world and joined a branch of the construction world. 

This move has had some serious benefits but I’ve slowly been learning I’m not cutout for corporate America. I want out. I need out. 

More often than not I wake up with a pit in my stomach. That pit grows as the morning goes on until I pull into my offices parking lot and I almost crumble. What would happen if I just turned around? Just sat in my car? 

Not everyday is like this but definitely more than I’d like to admit. But I’m not sure how or when to make my next move. My husband thinks I should finish my real estate licensing. I agree with him completely but I’ve been lacking the motivation (maybe confidence). 

I just feel like I’m at a serious crossroads. Basically I need to shit or get off the pot. I’m 31.5 and am so ready for babies. Being my own boss would definitely been more ideal for motherhood. Random fact, the longest maternity leave at my office has been 8 weeks unpaid. WHAT?! Three months definitely feel long enough and 8 weeks is all I’m looking at! 

We leave on a vacation for a week in a week. Once we return I have to get serious. No matter how badly I want to lounge on the couch in the evening I have to get this done. Not just for my dreams of being my own boss but for my mental health as well. 

Happy Wednesday! 

Summer so far

Let me just start since this post the weather has definitely decided to work with me. It’s been so hot and sunny this year! We needed it. 

So far this summer has been great! I can’t even begin to explain but I’m going to try! 

I got to meet this handsome devil IN PERSON! Heart exploded into a million pieces.

A little girls night with my mom and aunt. With my aunts special margarita’s of course.

L bought me a leather jacket. Do I look cool enough?

L working on his truck. I guess that’s one way to do it.

I typically don’t leave for work until 6:30 but this particular morning I had to leave at 5:30.

Sweet boy. Always needs his throw pillow while napping on the couch.

A little Snapchat filter after a pretty intense Betty Rocker workout.

Lake Billy Chinook weekend.

L testing out his captain skills.

After a long day outside these pups were pooped.

I guess that’s one way to nap…

My girl. Always has to be right by my side.

Hot summer drive with all the windows down.

Redneck Luau fun.

Sunset over the lake to close out Fourth of July weekend.