Monday, April 21, 2014

weekend in photos // easter weekend

David and I began this weekend thinking it would be relaxing and that we would have plenty of time to do a lot of nothing. The month of April and the month of May were/are very booked up for us and we were excited to be doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend. It turned into anything but that.

Saturday, I got to pick up my new car (yay!) and it took a few hours to sign the paperwork and make sure the car was in good condition. Then the second the tank was full, David and I met my parents in Fredericksburg to give them back the car that they let me borrow for a year after graduation. We had dinner before heading back home. We spent the night watching Gravity on the couch after that (oh, it was so scary!) before both of us fell asleep on the couch.

Sunday ended up being about an impromptu Easter dinner with David's family. David nor I celebrate the holiday but I felt so lucky that they included me in their celebrations. David's Mom even made me a cute Easter basket and David's Dad (who is an international pilot) even grabbed me a growler of beer from Germany. It was so sweet and the day was full of good wine, lots of hanging out on their dock, so many laughs, and more delicious food than I ever expected. And lots of cuddling with their three adorable dogs. I am so happy I have them all in my life.

How was your weekend?


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

my very first car

Almost every free second of the past month or so has been devoted to looking for a car. My parents were kind enough to lend me their extra car for a year while I saved some money but that year is almost up. After a lot of looking, I figured out that there isn't too much more out there that I hate than shopping for a car - between the pushy salesman and how quickly cars move off of lots (you just test drove it yesterday and now it's sold? How did that happen?) there were just so many other things I preferred to do.

Luckily, my Mom is very good at car shopping (she can haggle like no one's business) and actually enjoys doing it so this past weekend she came down to visit and my month-long search was quickly over. I am so happy to say that I have my very first car now! With my own name on it and everything. A 2009 Nissan Versa and I am in love. I get to pick it up later this week and I have been counting down the seconds until I can drive it again. I can't wait.

Do you remember your first car?


Thursday, March 27, 2014

old fashioned letters, snail mail & pen pals

I know that I am not alone in loving the feeling when you open the door of the mailbox and there are letters addressed to you. Email is fun but a letter? It's always better. One of my goals for 2014 was to write more letters and I don't think I've written more than one (and that was a card for a birthday...) Even though letters are becoming a far-flung tradition I want to start up again for myself. I think that it will give me consistency while also meeting new friends (and learning to love my handwriting again since I don't think I've seen it since almost a year ago when I graduated college). I love reading and writing so what could be better! So, here's my idea....
...I want to hear from you. I really do. Send me an email with your address and I'll send you a letter. Maybe a postcard or a small letter. Who knows? So, if you are so inclined please let me send  you a letter! Let's keep up with each other and make sure that we both are consistent in sending something back and forth - at least once a week both ways. There is no way to get closer and better with blog friends than this. I am so excited about this idea and I hope you are, too!


Monday, March 24, 2014

weekend with my grandmother in south carolina

Last week, I spent time in Myrtle Beach to celebrate my grandmother's 86th birthday. My sister Katy and I spent Wednesday - Saturday there to celebrate, spend time with my grandmother and help out with doctor's appointments, cleaning and anything else she needed. As well as spend some time with my sister - on the beach and relaxing with a book or two on my grandmother's porch.
I realized while we were down there that Katy and I have spent every spring break since the beginning of high school with my grandmother to celebrate her birthday. Coming back now out of school was a different experience. I think of how I have changed in so many ways since the first time I spent a spring break there. My nana's house is full of so many dreams and memories and I am so happy to have had all of that time with her -- it's a blessing I will never forget. All I can hope for is seven more years (and then more) celebrating these birthdays with her.
How was your weekend?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

as of lately

As of lately:
• David & I went to Busch Gardens last weekend. It was a pass-members-only preview day and it was pretty crowded. The weather was fantastic, however, and it just made me so excited for spring to come.

• Began looking for a car. It is so hard! I'm trying to find something within my price range, used, low mileage and good MPG. But every time I walk into a dealership I am just bombarded with offers I don't want (and won't even consider, really) and I just don't know how to cut all the crap and find a car for me. It's gonna be a long while until I fine one, I think.

• I'm headed out to South Carolina tomorrow. My grandmother turns 87 on Thursday (!) and my sister and I are going to spend her birthday with her. I love spending time with my grandmother and that, combined with the sun, will be a nice 'spring break' in the middle of this snowy weather.

• When I get back from SC, I'm excited to head to a friend's bachelorette party. But I'm stuck on ideas for what to get her. Any good ideas?

What is your life like lately?

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