Celebrating our 10th

Michael and I hit an anniversary milestone last month.  10 years ago, we promised to love and care for each other, through good times and bad, through sickness and health.  We had no real idea what we were signing up for that day, but it has been an amazing journey walking through this life with this guy by my side.

Originally, we planned to make this a big anniversary celebration, complete with an overseas trip.  But that trip has been put on hold due to my pregnancy.  I’ve mentioned before in one of my videos, I think, but we decided not to travel at all during this pregnancy, so a big trip was way out of the question.

Our anniversaries the last five years have become somewhat of a tradition, though.  And I love traditions, so it was still a great celebration.  First, we eat at a fancy restaurant.  Last year, we ate at Al Bernat’s original location.  We enjoyed it so much that we decided to try their new location.  It was still the same great food, but I think we prefer the other location a little more.

I didn’t take many pictures of the food.  I had the 12 oz filet mignon, Oscar style which included asparagus in hollandaise sauce and potatoes.  And Michael had the bone-in sirloin.  And we had brussels sprouts as well, with no bacon.  The restaurant does give out a complimentary dessert in honor of the anniversary.  We chose the seasonal fruit cobbler (apple) which was delicious and I did get a picture.


After dinner, we headed to a bit of a nicer hotel than we usually use.  It was lovely and a nice, short getaway.  The next morning, we had room service bring breakfast.  I was chatting with the woman who brought it, and when she found out that we were celebrating our anniversary and pregnant (ok, I chat a lot), she came back with candy and some Tropicana drinks to celebrate.  It was so thoughtful!

Then, the next day we went to the Moviehouse and Eatery to watch Jumanji.  I have wanted to see this movie since I first saw the trailer.  It was really funny.  I probably won’t be writing a review but I thought it was quite clever that they also incorporated a lot of the actor’s personalities and quirks into the characters.


I love being able to spend time with my husband.  These last two weeks he has been off of work, including celebrating our anniversary and Christmas and gender reveals to boot, have been truly special to me.  I look forward to where this next year and the future will bring for our little family.  I couldn’t ask for a better partner for this life!


The Week of 2015/2016

Last week was packed full of celebration.  It started with our anniversary at the beginning of the week and ended with a celebration of a new year.

The past few years, we have had a larger anniversary celebration some time in the fall.  I love traveling at that time because it’s not quite as busy and we can get some great travel deals.  This year we went to Washington D.C. in September.

But also what has become a tradition for our anniversary is staying in a certain Hyatt hotel in Dallas and eating somewhere fancy on our actual anniversary day.

This year, we went to Bob’s Steak and Chophouse in Plano, TX.  It was amazing.  I had a filet and Michael had a New York strip.  They also gave us a card for our anniversary and these adorable pieces of cake and a candle!

Afterwards, we went to the hotel.  We have been going to the same hotel since our fifth anniversary.  We went there after coming back from a trip to Europe.  The room was so nice, the room service breakfast was so delicious, and the service was so wonderful that we have been coming back every year since.  This year, they sent up some chocolate covered strawberries and upgraded our room to an executive suite.  It was pretty spectacular.

The next day, Michael surprised me by taking me to the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX.  It was really awesome!  I had never been to the Gaylord before, and the resort was decked out in Christmas still.  And they had a running model train exhibit in the main atrium of the hotel.  It was adorable!

The ICE! exhibit was pretty fascinating as well.  We were given these blue coats to wear because it was literally freezing.  They have different themes, and this year it was “Christmas Around the World.”  The entire exhibit ended with a gorgeous, life-size nativity scene, all in glass-like ice.  Simply beautiful!

After the exhibit, we ate some sushi and did some shopping, just spending some quality time together.  It was just phenomenal.

For New Years Eve, we had a game night at our house, and then watched the ball drop at midnight.  Then, on the first day of the year, we started it with a walk with the pups.  Then, we went to Studio Movie Grill and watched The Big Short.  It was fantastic, and I highly recommend it, even if you are like me and don’t really follow the economy.  It’s already up for awards and has an excellent cast.

It was a great start to the New Year, and I look forward to seeing what else is in store for 2016!

Do you have any traditions for the New Year?  Did you do anything on the first day?  One of my traditions is to make New Year goals, which I made a video about that you can see here.

Have you seen the Big Short?  What did you think?  Did you see any other movies lately that I should definitely see (whether in the theaters or on DVD)?


8 Reasons I Love My Husband

This week, Michael and I are celebrating our eighth wedding anniversary.


So in honor of that celebration, I wanted to share eight short and sweet reasons I love my husband.

  1. He is a loyal friend. When he makes a commitment, whether it’s our marriage vows or a promise to help someone move, he does everything in his ability to meet that commitment.  Maybe he’s just a bad liar, but I’ve never known him to lie about anything, even a white lie.  And I’m not the only one who knows this.  His honesty and integrity is recognized with his clients and coworkers as well.
  2. He is a good man. Whether it’s at the job or in his hobbies, he doesn’t take shortcuts.  He wants to do things the right the first time.  And he wants it to be fair to all involved.
  3. He is generous with his time. He puts others before himself when it comes to time.  He will cancel his own plans if someone needs his help.  And he never complains about it.  It’s something he is supposed to do.
  4. He is generous with his resources. Whether it’s with his funds to support charities or organizations he believes in, or it’s intentionally buying granola bars to give to the homeless man begging at the stoplight on the way home.  He’s purposeful with his money.
  5. He is patient. The son of one of our neighbors just got into the aquarium hobby this past year.  Michael sat with him for two hours talking him through all the things he would need.  He does that with clients as well who may not kno.  Michael will patiently walk through each step with them.
  6. He is a creative. One of the first things a person sees when they visit is our fish tanks.  Michael has done some amazing work with the aquascape of his tank. He combines the colors and shapes of the coral to create a gorgeous scene of living, underwater art.
  7. He knows and values how to make me smile. The past couple of years, I’ve had some really low moments.  And although it’s important to me that Michael can make me smile, it’s even more important that he takes great lengths to bring a smile to my face because he honestly just wants me to be happy, whether it is an inside joke or a surprise bouquet of my favorite flowers.  That boy is pretty sweet.
  8. He is humble. In fact, when I told him I was doing this, he may have rolled his eyes a bit.  I mean, he appreciates Words of Affirmation, it is his love language!  But he’s not the kind of guy to do things for attention.  He’s a wonderful example of 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, “to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

The best thing is that anyone who knows my husband would agree with this list.  This is just the man that he is.  I am so lucky and blessed to walk this world with him beside me.  Happy Anniversary to my Michael!


5th Anniversary Memories

Michael and I recently celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary.  I can’t believe the time has gone by so fast.  I know that seems cliche but it really is true.  Michael is truly an incredible blessing in my life, plus he’s my favorite person ever.  🙂  Since the beginning of our marriage, we have been taking turns planning our trips for our anniversary.  This year was Michael’s turn, and he did an amazing job.  So romantic and sweet!
This year, we went to this adorable bed and breakfast in Fort Worth, Texas called Hattie May Inn.  The house was built in 1904 with some of the original furniture.  Linda was our sweet hostess who told us several stories while giving us a tour.
One of my favorite stories was about one of the original owners.  He had several sons and only one daughter.  His daughter loved to story of Romeo and Juliet, so her dad built her a Juliet balcony that faced downtown.  So sweet!
We also explored downtown Fort Worth, since we had never been here before.  Because our anniversary is after Christmas, we got to see all the beautiful Christmas lights downtown.  It’s one of the perks of having an anniversary at the end of the year.

We watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.  We went to the theater in downtown Fort Worth which was awesome!  It had two floors with theaters on both floors.  Our theater was on the second floor, and the theater, itself, was huge!  The movie was pretty awesome as well.  Lots of action, and a nice little twist at the end. I would definitely recommend it.

On the second day after an amazing country breakfast at the Inn, we visited the Kimball Art Museum.  The current exhibition was the Caravaggio and his followers in Rome.  This was the only place in America that was showing this exhibit, so we thought we would check it out.  The paintings were amazing, unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of any of them because we were too busy looking at them.  My favorite was The Fortune Teller by Simon Vouet.

Overall, the trip was wonderful.  My husband is the best, and I am so lucky to be sharing my life and adventures with him.  I am truly blessed.

If you are in a relationship, how long have you been together?  What has been your favorite trip/activity to do together?