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Snow Day

So we finally had a snow day here in Asheville! Woo Hoo!

After a two hour commute home from work, we finally got home to enjoy the snow!

I love how our house looks in the snow!

house in snow


us in snow


Tesla did not like being contained for this photo…


randy and tesla in snow


She wanted to run around us in circles… as you can see here (blurry picture).


tesla snow day


Randy spreading salt on our road. I played the role of supervisor. All that was missing was a cup of coffee! 😉


randy in snow


I think the best part of a snow day is the peace and quiet. After everyone rushes to get home, it seems like they all stay in their homes. That is when I like to get out and walk around. All you can hear are your footsteps crunching and the snow falling. It is the perfect time to stop and reflect. To marvel at God’s beautiful creation and works.




I hope everyone finds peace today, with or without the snow! 🙂 And I hope that you had time today to stop and enjoy the day!



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Birthday and Music

The blog is back up and running! Woot woot! Moving on!

Last weekend my brother and his wife came up to spend the weekend with us. We got to celebrate my brother’s 26th birthday together! So I put together all of his favorite things!


Red velvet cupcakes!


Cosmic brownies!




Birthday popcorn!


And legos!




A heart-rate monitor! He has been running for a while so we thought he could use one of these.


And they brought their sweet little puppy, Indie. She loved the fireplace! Isn’t she the cutest?


The next day we took them to the Brew and View in Asheville. Here they make one of the best beers, Ninja Porter. The restaurant is covered in movie posters, which my brother loved! There is a movie theater here as well, where you can watch a movie for $3. But unfortunately, the movies they were showing that weekend were nothing we wanted to see. So we just enjoyed the beer and pizza.






We also went to Moe’s Original BBQ. We tired to hit all the restaurants in Asheville that they love.




We had a wonderful weekend with my brother and his wife. We miss having them with us so much! We hope that one day they can move back to Asheville. That day cannot happen soon enough!

Later in the week, Randy and I went to Winter Jam Kiss Country concert at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. I am not much for country music, but I had a great time with my friends.


Me and the girls. We discovered that we are fans of Chuck Wicks this night! 🙂


Randy and Jacob.


I took this photo of Randy and Jacob and just started dying laughing. The guy behind them apologized and said that the couldn’t help but to photo bomb. If you are fans of the Chive then you know what I am talking about. I am glad that the guy behind us had such a great sense of humor!


We had a great, busy weekend and week. The rest of the week we focused on work and organizing the house. We have made some improvements on the house which I am excited to share! Next time! 😉

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!


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Speaking of Change


I have had some technical difficulties with my blog, which I am sure you have noticed. I am working on correcting these issues, which I hope doesn’t change my web address. If it does, I will let you know.

I will not be posting new posts for a little while. 🙁

But don’t go far! I will be back before you know it!

Thank you for your support and I look forward to sharing, with you, the new and improved blog!

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Change for 2014

It has taken me a few days to figure out what my one word for 2014 should be. I also had a difficult time figuring out what I wanted out of 2014. I have plans for 2014, you know, the usual ones… get in better shape, eat healthier, organize my house, and my life, etc, etc. But those are boring and I wanted to do something more. As I was thinking and searching for a new year resolution, I kept coming across a quote. It just kept popping up, where ever I looked. It is from this quote that I was able to figure out what my word for 2014 would be.

“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


I believe it is time for things in my life to change. Even though 2013 had been a wonderful year, it had also been a year of hurts. It is time to let those hurts go and move on with my life. Time to meet new people and make new friends. In order to do that, it is time for me to let go of self-doubts and my timidness (something I have been working on my whole life!). I am ready to meet new people who challenge me, who support me and who encourage me.

I also believe it is time for me to get out of my rut and go out and discover. Even just small things, like trying out a new restaurant instead of going to the same one over and over again. Or trying out a new outfit, or a new recipe, or hiking somewhere new. Just get out of the norm of my everyday life. I want to make everyday an adventure… small adventures, but something new and exciting.

I don’t know how realistic my resolution is this year, but it is something that I want to strive for everyday.

It is my wish for everyone to discover, progress, and enjoy your life everyday of 2014 and every year after.