Thursday, September 18, 2014

Where have I been?

Things went dark around here far too long ago. As many of you may already know, we're expecting a baby this fall. Earlier this year, it was equally hard to keep it a secret and avoid word vomitting about all of the crippling anxiety and fears of being pregnant again after two losses. So it became easier to just say nothing at all. To hold my breath and take it one day at a time, head down and hopes in check.

I'd be lying if I said all of those anxieties have gone away, so I'm not sure I'll ever get to the place where I blog regularly about being pregnant. But it's completley consumed our lives - been the best and most terrifying thing to ever happen to us - so it's not like I'll ignore it all together, either. The bottom line is this: we are feeling so grateful that God has granted us another opportunity to be parents, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome our little baby boy later this year. I will never get tired of feeling him dance around my tummy. I'll also probably never stop worrying about every little thing my body does - wondering if it's normal, if it's anything to be concerned about. I realize the anxieties of carrying a child are only a precursor to what it's like to have a child in this world, their life in your hands. So I suppose this is only just the beginning - the paradoxes of fear and pure joy that make up parenthood. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

So what else have we done these last 5 months, in addition to the minor detail of gestating a child?
  • Celebrated 2 years of marriage
  • Took a vacation with Sean's family to a cabin in Wisconsin (and hit a deer on our drive up there)
  • Had the 5th annual golf tournament in memory of Sean's dad
  • Found we are having a BOY
  • Finished our 10th consecutive season of co-ed softball (I was starting scorekeeper this year)
  • Celebrated my mom's 50th birthday
  • Had a 3D ultrasound of our little man
  • Went to the MN State Fair (and saw 30 Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park in concert)
  • Started the third trimester
  • Had one last night on the town for my friend Gina before her wedding
  • Celebrated Oliver's 8th birthday 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

31 Things I was Thankful for in March

  1. Vacation!
  2. The start of a spring thaw.
  3. Half Priced Books.
  4. A book club that doesn’t look down on you if you didn’t read the book. We’re more of a social and food club, anyway.
  5. The sump pump we had installed in our house last year.
  6. A family that rallies together when tragedy or hardship happens.
  7. Three lunch dates in one week with great coworkers.
  8. The generosity of people who donated to my cousin and his girlfriend’s family after she died unexpectedly.
  9. A renewed focus on prayer. 
  10. A super friendly dog trainer who had great advice on some problem areas we’re having with Oliver.
  11. An extra day off at the end of vacation before heading back to work.
  12. Free bagel Fridays at work.
  13. Redbox movies.
  14. Getting the process started on our new kitchen floor.
  15. Naps.
  16. Friends who make you laugh until your stomach hurts.
  17. Aveda Shampure candles.
  18. A neighbor who calls just to tell you he saw lawn mowers on sale at Menards (since yours broke last year).
  19. Great customer service.
  20. Brunch with family and friends who feel like family.
  21. Sweet baby snuggles with my friend’s newborn.
  22. New recipes.
  23. Patience.
  24. An afternoon roaming the aisles of a quiet bookstore.
  25. Lazy Sundays.
  26. Will power when trying to give up sweets for Lent.
  27. Moroccan Oil frizz control spray. I’d use it even if I didn’t think it helped just because it smells so good.
  28. When Sean’s schedule aligns with mine and we actually have a weekend off together.   
  29. Humidifiers.
  30. A few (though more would have been nice) days that actually felt like spring.
  31. Making fun spring and summer plans with friends.

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Paddy's Day may never be the same

Today is St. Patrick's Day, a typically celebratory event in my family. We almost always marched the parade or at least attended, and then shared homemade Shamrock Shakes at my aunt's house.

This year was going to be different, only we had no idea how different it would be. There was a lot going on and many people had to work, so we scrapped plans to celebrate together this year. It was going to be the first time in my life (to the best of my memory) that I was at work (or school, in my earlier years) instead of celebrating St. Patrick's Day. I was bummed, but I dressed in green and went off to work anyway.

Only, the day took a different turn. While in meetings this morning, I missed a call from one of my cousins. I presumed she had called to see if I was heading to the parade or celebrating somewhere today, so I didn't think much of it. But when I returned to my desk a couple hours later, I also had a message from my mom saying simply, "Call me at home when you get this." My mom and I often talking during the day, so I shouldn't have been concerned. But I was.

When I called her back, she told me in tears that my cousin's girlfriend (pretty much his wife, in our eyes), had an accident and died. My cousin and I are the same age and have been close since we were babies. He and his girlfriend have been together for more than 10 years and have two young boys together. It seemed impossible. I was heartbroken, and instantly in a fog.

Just like is tradition in our family, we all congregated together. We gathered food and went to be with my cousin, his siblings and dad, his girlfriend's family, and their friends. We spent the afternoon huddled together, trying to process a fresh and unimaginable loss.

St. Paddy's Day will never be the same in my family after this. We will always remember it as the day we loss Melissa. Rest in peace!
With her youngest, a few years ago at our annual Shamrock Shakes party.
Please keep this precious boy (and his brother, in the photo above) in you prayers.
They are going to miss their mommy so much!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Learning Love Languages

Understandably so, Sean and I sometimes speak very different love languages. It’s not terribly uncommon. Men and women are clearly wired very differently.

After being together for 9 years, you’d think I’d know and appreciate all the ways he shows his love by now. Truth? Not even close. But I think I’m getting better.

Sometimes it’s simply lost in translation. Other times, I’m too wrapped up in the emotional, irrational state of mind that is so often my life that I forget that when he doesn’t love me the way I expect him to, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love me. And I’m sure for him, my love language can sometimes be equally mystifying or even frustrating.

Lately I’ve been paying a little more attention to a few examples of the different ways we show our love, not just for each other, but for others, too.


…throws away the “baby” mail we get before I get home.

…texts me no less than 5 times a day, usually just to say hi or see what I’m doing (when one or both of us is at work).

…calls his mom right away as soon as he as any kind of news or hot gossip to share.

…takes care of all the outdoor chores without ever complaining.

…gets excited to see the dog after being away from him for a while.

…texts his brothers with sports questions and facts.

…never fails to give me a goodnight kiss and say, “I love you.”

…speaks proudly about his family. 

…calls his friends regularly just to catch up and say hi.

…takes care of me when I’m sick or hurt or feeling sad.

{blurry; but I'm sticking with it anyway}

…grocery shop, meal plan, and cook (most of the time) so that we are always set for dinners and leftovers for lunch.

…am a snuggler.

…talk to my mom every single day.

…am always on the lookout for fun surprise gifts or treats that might brighten someone’s day.

…make sure all of our finances, health records, and other “administrative” stuff are always in order.

…let Sean have the window seat on every flight we ever take together.

…schedule regular dinners or outings with friends to keep us all connected.

…worry. (Not always the best thing; but I’m always thinking about people.)

…pray for Sean, our families, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances.

…say “I love you,” a lot.

What are your love languages?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More photos than words

We're back from our vacation and I'm just now starting to get back into the swing of things. On my first day back at work, I swear it took me a couple of hours to remember how to use my brain to formulate any sort of cohesive and logical thought.

But in summary, we had a wonderful time. We spent 6 days in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It had been a long time - months - since we have spent more than 2 consecutive days together. It was a great reminder that we really do enjoy each others' company. The city was beautiful and charming and we loved exploring. What did we do exactly? Well, nothing. We spent most days either by the pool or on a beach for hours on end. At night, we'd roam the city looking for a place for dinner, and then wander the streets browsing in the shops and taking in the sights.

We were probably among the most boring tourists there. We weren't out partying, didn't do any fine dining, and bought virtually no souvenirs. But we relaxed. And that was our number one objective. So the trip was undoubtedly a success! Now, for a *few* (hah) photos.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

28 Things to be Thankful for in February

  1. Virtuwell. Have you used this? It is seriously a lifesaver when getting to the doctor just isn’t convenient. Like when you wake up at 2 a.m. feeling so icky that you can’t sleep and 30 minutes later you have a prescription waiting for you at the 24-hour Walgreens pharmacy.
  2. A fun weekend away with my mom and sister.
  3. FaceTime, so I can see my puppy and husband when I’m away and missing them.
  4. Turning 30!
  5. Safe travels in nasty winter weather.  
  6. Product warranties.
  7. The Olympics.
  8. Tax returns.
  9. Friends who come over to take care of a dead mouse when your husband’s at work. Did I mention said friends are cops? So I'm pretty sure the entire department got quite the laugh at my expense. Still better than the alternative, though, in my opinion.
  10. A sweet note from my husband in my Valentine’s Day card.
  11. Positive feedback/recognition at work.
  12. Answered prayers for a close friend.
  13. A surprise cake while working in NYC on my birthday.
  14. Trust.
  15. Dinner and gabbing with girlfriends.
  16. A successful completion to a tough work project.
  17. Girl scout cookies.
  18. Healthy babies for a few friends this month.
  19. A good book.
  20. Health insurance.
  21. A few days of seasonable temperatures. Enough of this unseasonable cold, please!
  22. A snuggly puppy to keep me company when daddy’s working all the time.
  23. Finding great deals on some cute clothes at the outlet mall.
  24. My husband. I’m just going to be honest, he’ll probably make this list every single month.
  25. New music finds.
  26. The ability to wear jeans to work (almost) any day I want.
  27. Amazon Prime and its super fast shipping.  
  28. Weekends. Enough said. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

365 days ago, I was a different person

I hadn’t intended to write about this day – or even really think twice about it. But then Timehop reminded me of a few photos taken one year ago today, and I couldn’t help but think about what has changed in the last year. Because, 365 days ago, we found out we were pregnant.

We were overjoyed, yet na├»ve, thrilled yet a little bit overwhelmed. We had been waiting for what felt like forever. A year later, still waiting, I can tell you we had no idea just how long “forever” could be.

I was over-the-moon to see the word “pregnant” on a series—yes, a series—of tests. Even though a tiny little part of me knew that something could go wrong, and I instantly became a nervous wreck, deep down I just assumed that this was it.

But it wasn’t it. We lost the baby and started on a fertility journey that still has so many unanswered questions and no clear direction.

A few months ago, I had coffee with a friend who has been struggling with infertility for over two years. While our situations are different, we could relate on a lot of levels. I told her I felt these experiences had changed me, and she asked, “how?” Not because she didn’t believe me, but because she genuinely cared about how this journey was affecting me.

I had to think about it for a minute. There are a lot of ways I could describe it; it’s changed me in both good and bad ways.

My husband might tell you it’s made me depressed. He worries about me and doesn’t like to see me sad, even if it’s only on occasion or in completely normal situations.
My mom and my mother-in-law might tell you it’s made me stronger. I love their faith in me, especially on the days when I don’t feel it to be true.

Some friends might tell you it’s made me distant. Others might tell you it’s made me more empathetic and nurturing.

My faith might tell you it’s made me unsteady. It’s not easy battling conflicting emotions of wanting to lean into faith and prayer for healing, and at the same time feeling discouraged and confused.
My body might tell you it’s made me weak. I am not the same person I was before I got pregnant, and yet I don’t even have pregnancy to blame. The hormones and medical treatments have done damage in their own ways, but my emotions and comfort-seeking eating habits haven’t helped either.

I might tell you it’s given me a new perspective. Of course, sometimes this new perspective can seem angry for frustrated, but I like to think it’s not all the time. Most of the time, I try and focus on being grateful for the blessings we do have, and patient for whatever life has in store for us. I don’t take things for granted, and consider myself incredibly lucky to have a partner like Sean to wade through this messy stuff with.

I may have known 365 days ago that big changes were in store for me, but they weren’t quite as I had planned. Life is unpredictable, and if I’ve learned anything from this, it’s that. The next 365 days will bring about its own challenges. Of this, I’m sure. But I like to think we’re ready to handle it, and ready to embrace the changes that come along with it.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Where did this last week go?

I’m writing this from the comfort of my home office (read: my couch) because we just got 10 inches of snow overnight. Sean took my 4-wheel-drive car to work, which means there’s not a chance in hell I’m braving these messy streets with his, so work from home it is.

This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind. It started last Friday, when I had a quick Valentine’s Day breakfast date with Sean before hitting the road to Chicago with my mom. We spent the weekend just outside of the city to watch my sister’s volleyball tournament. We didn’t do much outside of watching volleyball (hey, it’s what we came to do), but we had a lot of fun. The girls did a great job and ended up 7-2 for the weekend!

I had to miss their last few games on Monday because I flew to New York City for work. After a small delay because of the Chicago weather, I got into NYC around rush hour. By the time I made it to my hotel, I didn’t have much time to explore. I hit up the hotel gym, which had stunning views of the Hudson River and the Financial District, and then walked to Chelsea Market to explore and grab some dinner.

Tuesday was my birthday. We were on a photo shoot all day, and when I mentioned to our producer that it was one of our talent’s birthdays (along with mine) she called in a favor with the catering company and had a delicious chocolate cake delivered with our lunch. The whole crew sang to us – my face of course turning bright red – and they made us feel incredibly special. Once we wrapped, we headed back to the hotel to rest a bit before heading out to a fabulous dinner. Once again, the team did everything they could to make me feel special – ensuring we ordered anything and everything I could’ve wanted, and once again getting the entire restaurant to sing me happy birthday over dessert. I finished the night watching the Olympics in bed while FaceTiming with Sean and the pup. It ended up being a great day!  

On Wednesday, it was time to finally come home sweet home. I was so happy to see my boys and ready to get back to a routine. Then of course, after just 1 day in the office, snowmageddon rolled in and interrupted said routine, but I’m ok with it!

Now there’s just ten days and counting until the sunshine and beaches of Cabo San Lucas. Of course, with weeks as busy as these, spring will be here before we know it, right?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A few (Ok, a LOT) of my favorite things

I thought I’d share a few 30-themed posts with you in keeping with my upcoming birthday. Up first, 30 of my favorite things!
I could easily fill this list with people and feelings that make my life complete. But I’m taking the Oprah route – talking purely items/object/products here. Very materialistic of me, right? If I were Oprah, I’d roll these 30 things out in style and send you each home with one of everything. But I’m not Oprah, and much to my dismay, I’m not a millionaire. So instead you just get a blog post about them.
  1. Jeep Grand Cherokees: I love my Jeep –and have several friends who feel the same way. Sean says we will never get rid of it. I’ve loved these cars since I was a teenager. When I was 17, I even went as far as to reach out to someone who was selling their Jeep as a private party sale - and meet them to look at it and test drive it – thinking surely it wasn’t that hard to sell the car I already had and just buy a different (and more expensive) one. My mom sure appreciated that.
  2. Olay Ultra Moisture Lotion: My MIL introduced me to this and it’s the best body lotion I’ve found. It makes my skin so soft! It smells great, too, but doesn’t have a fragrance. Does that make sense
  3. Arbonne Clear Advantage: In the past couple years, I’ve fallen victim to some bad adult acne. How fun! My hormones of this past year have not helped any. My mom’s friend sells Arbonne products and had me try their Clear Advantage line. It hasn’t solved the problem, but it’s definitely helping and better than other products I’ve tried.
  4. Essie nail polish: I used to be a total OPI snob (still do love it), but have become obsessed with Essie lately. Let’s face it. I just have a nail polish addiction in general!
  5. Pleasures perfume by Estee Lauder: I’m sad to say that my favorite scent, Pleasures Delight, was discontinued. I’ve been squeaking by on my last bottle, but it will soon be time to find a new favorite.
  6. LaCroix sparkling water: Lime or Cran Raspberry. The fridge is almost always stocked with them. I have a SodaStream that I also love, but it doesn’t compare when LaCroix is what I’m craving.
  7. Netflix: I love being able to watch a movie or TV show at a moment’s notice. I’ve started watching on the iPad while doing cardio at the gym and it makes the time so much more enjoyable!
  8. Lifetime Fitness: I’m a little biased because, technically, I haven’t belonged to another gym. But it’s definitely my favorite place for a good sweat session.
  9. Swedish Fish: I have a serious weakness for these. I have to limit how often I buy them because I can down a bag in no time at all.
  10. My iPhone: Need I say more?

  11. Moscato: I love the slightly sparkling, light and sweet flavor of a good Moscato wine.
  12. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting: Since I was little, my favorite birthday cake has always been yellow cake (from a box!) with chocolate frosting. Yum!
  13. Orchids: My favorite flower
  14. Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry: I got a sample of this at Sephora and instantly fell in love. I have naturally straight-ish hair so I’m not sure how it works for others, but this helps keep my hair soft and smooth and vastly decreases the amount of time (if at all) I have to spend on straightening.
  15. 5 Gum: I must have at least one pack of Cobalt on me at all times.
  16. Asics running shoes: I am not a runner. But these are my favorite shoes for working out. I’ve tried other brands but Asics has always given me the best support and comfort.
  17. Chipotle: Did you know I used to hate Chipotle? One day I gave it another shot and fell in love. I could eat it every day if you let me.
  18. Social media: I admit it, I really do love social media like Facebook, Instagram, and blogs.
  19. Pottery barn blankets: They are a bit pricey (for a blanket, in my opinion) but are the best blankets to have around! I’ve currently got my eye on the cozy cable knit throw.
  20. Pilot Precise pens: I am a bit of a snob when it comes to the kind of pen I use at work. I am obsessed with Pilot Precise V5 (in blue), so I bought of 2 dozen on Amazon and won’t run out for a long time!
  21. Excedrin: It is by and large the only thing that will cure a headache for me. I swear by it.
  22. My Canon DSLR: I have the T4i (I am nowhere near a professional, so I don’t need anything too fancy) and love it. I pretty much have a camera with me everywhere I go.
  23. Pandora Radio: I love being able to change up my music routine to match my mood.
  24. Keebler Club Multi Grain Minis: This is so random, but I picked up a box at the store one day a few months ago and suddenly can’t get enough of them.
  25. Kindle: I mostly use the Kindle app on various devices (as opposed to my actual Kindle), but I love, love, love it! It is such an easy way to read often and anywhere.
  26. Kitchen Aid Mixer: I’ve always wanted one of these and we finally got it as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. It makes baking and cooking so much easier. I’m constantly looking for more excuses to use it!
  27. Fitbit: I’ve had mine for about 7-8 months now and I love it. Sean has one, too, and we’re super competitive about it. It motivates us to be more active, and helps me keep in check with how I’m doing.
  28. Homemade popcorn: I don’t think I can ever go back to microwaved popcorn. It’s so much better from scratch.  
  29. Etsy: I can find anything and everything on Etsy. It’s overwhelming sometimes all the choices there are, but it’s wonderful, too!
  30. Target: It’s dangerous how much money I could spend there. After their credit card fiasco, I saw a tweet that said something like “Target could change their logo to a giant middle finger and I would still shop there before Walmart.” I feel like that kind of sums it up for me.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday randoms.

Friday. That fabulous day of the week where my alarm seems like slightly less of an asshole, only because I know tomorrow I won’t be needing it. In our house, Fridays are not nearly as exciting when it’s actually a Wednesday for Sean. But I’m happy for the weekend nonetheless.

A few random thoughts for today:

1.  Can someone please tell me what kind of wood to choose for our kitchen floor? I really want to go dark, but then it wouldn’t match any of the other floors in our house. The floor we have now doesn’t match any of them either, though. Why must this be so hard?!? We want something we’ll love, but also something others will (hopefully) love since we might just bite the bullet on moving sometime in the next year or two.
See - I want this please!

2. I have big plans this weekend. I’m going to spend a cozy night at home watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, catch a movie and dinner with my mother-in-law, and hit up the outlet mall with a couple friends. Sounds pretty perfect to me.
3.  There’s been a local news story the last couple of days about a baby who is missing from Wisconsin. The mom woke up to find the baby gone. It sounds absolutely horrible and my heart immediately went out to the family. Thankfully they found the baby today in Iowa. But can I just share with you the text my husband sent me about it yesterday? I may be pining for a baby of our own, but I’m not going to go all Lifetime movie and take someone else’s, thank you very much.  
4.  I made a batch of homemade butterfingers this weekend to bring to a few different Super Bowl gatherings. Sean brought a few of the leftovers to work and people were apparently hounding him for more. So I made a second batch last night just for them. One girl even offered to pay him if she could have a separate bag of her own. Perhaps I need to discover a few more recipes and start my own business? I could get on board with that!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


In less than two weeks, I’ll be thirty. 3-0. It’s sort of strange to think about. In a lot of ways, I feel so much younger – still an impressionable young adult who needs her mommy, has fears of the future, and likes to pretend the right choice is always the easiest one. When I picture where my mom was at 30 –newly married and mama to an 11-year-old and soon-to-be newborn – I’m amazed. In my eyes, she’s always been so grown up, and yet – she was my age. It just boggles my mind sometimes.

And then other days, I feel like 30 is exactly where I am and where I’m supposed to be. I feel like I’ve learned a lot of life lessons, earned respect and proven myself at work, and carried the weight of the world on my shoulders once or twice. And I feel like my life has been so full. I’ve done so much, been blessed with so many things. And when I think about all of it, it seems like 30 years have really flown by!

I know some people get a bit anxious about milestone ages. For whatever reason, it really doesn’t bother me. In fact, I’m looking forward to it!

So in celebration, I’ll be posting a few 30-themed posts over the next couple of weeks. And as my husband will tell you, 30 is a BIG number. So when it comes to lists of 30 things, I’ll try and keep them interesting enough to read. And short. Because I’ve been told I’m long-winded. (In fact, someone just reminded me of it at work today.) So I’m working it.

And on that note. The end.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

31 Things to be Thankful for in January

This year, I'll be sharing the things I'm thankful for at the end of each month - one for each day of the month. I've always enjoyed reading this over at Words of Williams, and thought it was a great way to reflect on everything I have to be thankful for - big and small.

So without further ado, 31 things I was thankful for in January (in no particular order):
  1. Days off with my husband (with his new schedule, it doesn't happen as often as we'd like).
  2. Heat. In my house. In my car. At work. Heat everywhere!
  3. An early birthday present from my mother-in-law.
  4. The option to work from home when the temperature feels like 50 degrees below zero. 
  5. Friends that, despite living 250 miles away, can come in town and act like we've never been apart.
  6. Sweat sessions at the gym that end with the ultimate endorphin high. 
  7. A gift certificate (Christmas present) for a night away with my husband.
  8. Relaxing pedicures on cold winter nights.
  9. Target. I know people have a lot of beef with them these days, but I will never stop loving Target. 
  10. Paid holidays. 
  11. Getting to talk to my mom nearly every day. 
  12. My heating pad. 
  13. Great coworkers who make stressful days so much more bearable. 
  14. Will power. Maybe if I appreciate it more, it will come around more often. 
  15. Honest people who turn in something valuable after some dope leaves it behind. 
  16. Digital photography. 
  17. A (working) snowblower.
  18. Great neighbors, especially the ones who will call you to tell you your garage door was left wide open. 
  19. Family game nights.
  20. Puppy snuggles.
  21. A clean house, especially when it stays that way for more than 2 days.
  22. A car that can make it through the snowy streets. 
  23. Forgiveness.
  24. A good book (just finished #4; still on track to read one a week this year!)
  25. Text messaging.
  26. Prayer.
  27. Execedrin, the ONLY thing that ever cures my headaches.
  28. Netflix.
  29. Surprise early birthday parties!
  30. Friends to whom you can tell anything, and vice versa.
  31. A relaxing bus ride home in gridlock traffic.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

And then we decided to go on vacation...

For a few weeks, Sean and I have been tossing around the idea of going on vacation. He only has a few days off to work with, so our options have been kind of limited. We changed our minds almost daily – thinking one day we didn’t need to spend the money and the next day that we needed warmer weather STAT!

Well last night, Sean and I were texting while he was at work. (Sidenote: I’m beginning to notice this is our primary form of communication lately. Stupid work schedule.) I was sharing with him the latest options I had found, which has really become a weekly thing for us. But this time was different. Because right away, he responded with:

“Ok, let’s go.”  

And just like that, we were going on vacation. I must have asked him 10 times if he was really sure we should do it, but he was. And with a racing heart, I hit “confirm” and booked our trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
This kind of decision making is so very typical of us – largely because this is how he works. And we're a team so we make these decisions together. He thinks very thoughtfully about things. Considers all of his options. Sits on it for what feels like forever (just ask how this went when I was waiting for us to get engaged). And then boom, makes up his mind in an instant and sticks to it. I think most of our major life purchases or decisions have gone this way – buying a house, getting engaged, planning vacations, deciding to start trying for babies, picking a restaurant for dinner. You know, the important stuff.

So, um, apparently we’re going on vacation. And with a forecast like this – I just have to say that the sun and sand cannot come soon enough!