July 2, 2015

Ten Year Dativersary

Ten years ago today, a boy named Kevin asked a girl named Lauren out on a date to see Batman Begins and to Coldstone Creamery after hitting it off at my 16th birthday and a group date with our friends. At the end of the date he got all nervous and asked me to be his girlfriend. I will never forget it!

Ten years have passed with two college graduations, an engagement, a wedding, a move to a different state, a move across the city, buying a house, jobs, new jobs, and fun travels. Therefore, it was only appropriate to celebrate...

I gave him this card and recreated a special hot dog (i'll share the recipe later) and we went out to Coldstone Creamery and a little shopping! Then this weekend we are going to San Diego. The perfect way to celebrate in my opinion!


Our relationship has really been my life. Kevin and I have grown up and grown everyday more in love with each other. Everyday with him is something to celebrate, but today especially, deserves a mention.

I have decided to chronicle our story. Not everyone may be interested in this, but it is my 10 year dativersary with him so it fits and it is good to record it for posterity! :-)

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Kevin and I grew up in the same town in New Mexico. We met in high school. I transferred to the school across town to swim. I met him in freshman english class where we sat next to each other. I instantly was attracted to his smile. Our sophomore year we had no classes with each other. I had a biology class with his best friend and we became fast friends and lab partners. One day at towards the end of the year I was walking to my mom's car to get picked up and saw Kevin. We said hello and I ended up asking him to my 16th birthday party. His best friend was going to come so he might as well too right?! He said yes, and I got into the car. My mom remarked on how good looking that guy was that I was talking to. I didn't think too much of it. :-)

We were both pretty shy at my 16th birthday party. A bunch of us a couple of days later all went out to a movie and that is when Kevin asked me out on a date just us! We went and then after he asked me to be his girlfriend in my driveway.

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We spent the remaining two years of high school with him watching me at some swim meets, me watching him play in the school band at football games, and going to winter balls, spring formals, and proms. We the graduated high school. Kevin graduated salutatorian. We traveled meeting each others family. 

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We transitioned into college life. We went to the same school and even worked the same job one semester. He could have gone to a far more prestigious school but he stuck with me. (He also had a pretty good merit scholarship enticing me.) We studied hard and had lots of fun. Every summer we spent long distance while Kevin did internships. 
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We took an anniversary trip to San Diego the year we were both set to graduate. It is here Kevin proposed to me. Some people thought that the proposal was going to happen here, but I honestly was not expecting it...(looking back I have no idea why I wasn't expecting it...)
five
Kevin found himself looking for advanced degree programs and decided on Arizona. He graduated and packed up. I graduated and packed up with him a semester later. I kind of halfway removed as I was back in New Mexico planning our wedding and studying/taking my NCLEX exam to become and accredited Registered Nurse. I also start a blog...

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We get married, we honeymoon, and I get a job.

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We become homeowners! And here we are today enjoying every bit that life has to offer. I couldn't think of anyone better to have by my side!

I love you Kevin!

July 1, 2015

How Far Have We Come?

I never shared pictures of this weekend, but a couple weekends ago, Kevin and I went back to our hometown and went and watched his cousin graduate college. She graduated from the same college and in the same building we did. Down the road a little way is the high school where Kevin and I met. Currently right now it is undergoing a pretty good sized renovation. We were told it was almost done when we got there. Seeing things so differently made me nostalgic. (Haha you guys were warned here that I am!) It made me realize how much over time you truly do grow and change.

Us with the graduate!

When I graduated college, I thought everything would just fall into place. Little did I know that just a few months after wearing my gap and gown I would be battling my test anxiety, trying to find a job, learning to be a wife, and learning to live with the heat. There were days I sat in a hot house on second hand couches thinking I would never find a job. When I look back I smile at how you can learn to live through it (starting a blog was one of the ways) and knowing that the storm does pass. The shame fades as well.

We have come a long way since those kids who left that town, and it left a little lump in my throat being there and feeling so grateful for the life we have together now. 

Sometimes it is hard to see any significant progress made when living our day to day lives. Sometimes you do need to be nostalgic and look back on the times and where you were to where you are now to see the growth. We are always making progress, even when you can't see it or are unsure of changes to your life. Hopefully, they are ones that are fantastic or will shape you for the better.

Just know that you can get from point A to point B with hard work, dedication, and chocolate. Embrace life and you will be on an amazing adventure! (Make sure you say adventure in a Hobbit voice...it sounds way cooler)


So take this time to be nostalgic. 
What are some of your biggest life lessons so far?
Let me know!
 

June 29, 2015

Do me

I am officially crossing over. I am no longer in my early 20s. Feels weird. I am realizing that there are some things that I need to do before I get older. This kind of goes with my tidbits I shared of what should have already been accomplished.

Stop eating junk food
Fast food, junk food, it is easy and fast after making money at your job all day. I can buy lots of junk food, but I can't buy health. I need to give it up. I eat wayyyy too much!

Maintain/repair relationships with my parents and siblings
Life is too short.

Stop not wearing sunscreen
I do not want wrinkles or thin skin from the sun.

Exercise regularly
I cannot wait to start building a consistent active lifestyle after recovering from this ACL surgery. I want to keep my weight at a normal and healthy level for myself.

Don't delay on my life goals
I feel like changes I have wanted to make, I never really felt I knew when to make them. Truth be told, I will never know. Just go and do!

Give back
As much as I can and when I can.

Travel whenever I can
It is so amazing to be and see different places.

Make my home the best
Even with the love I have for traveling, I want my home to be the base where comfort and safety is felt. It needs to be the best place for me and my family.

Get a massage
Because yeah, why not?!


Sometimes, you just gotta do you!

June 26, 2015

26

It's my birthday Sunday and I turn 26 for the first time. ;-)
I am a person who loves celebrations, I love holidays, and anniversaries are a big deal. I am that girl.

I find myself wishing that I could go back to the simpler days of elementary school, when your mom brought in cupcakes on your birthday and you sat in the middle of the room while your classmates sang Happy Birthday and you got presents and everyone truly celebrating you being born. Because in that time stopped and it was glorious. (except the one year that the teacher forgot to include my birthday with the rest of the summer birthdays...scarred me for life)

Birthdays are cool. It is a time you can celebrate life. which is pretty cool! My big birthday plans consist of eating chocolate and doing laundry.


I have to work the two days before and the two days after my birthday.

Life doesn't always stand still or go in slow motion for us to celebrate it, in fact, in my experience, it rarely does...if ever.

So you have to celebrate its ordinary moments and make them special because that is truly the stuff of life and I don't want to miss it because I was looking for fireworks.


June 24, 2015

25 Things You Should Actually Do Before 25

I have talked before about my husband. I love him. We are absolutely the right people for each other. I have also talked about being married young. You see articles that read: 23 Things To Do Instead Of Getting Engaged At 23 which would be fine if it was offering fantastic ideas or life advice to inspire you if that is not the track you are on. Instead those articles seem to trend to: how can you know yourself, it is a mistake, be you and don't get married. That sucks.



At 23 you are an adult. Grab responsibility and be your own person regardless of marital status. In honor of turning 26 this week, I wanted to look back. There are many things that I feel you need to do before 25:

1. Know how to look after yourself. Keep your home and self clean. You would be surprised how many people don't have a concept of this...so sad.
2. Learn to be financially savvy. This may not necessarily mean financial independence, but it is important to know how to pay bills, live to a budget and understand how a bank account works.
3. On that note, start investing in your retirement. It is an investment in you.
4. Learn to cook from scratch. Good for the health, good for the bank balance.
5. Take the time to tell your parents how much you appreciate them and tell them how much they mean to you.


6. Know your alcohol limit. It doesn’t stop you from staying out until 2:00am, it just means you can do so without blacking out.
7. Get a work out regimen going. Be healthy.
8. Sometimes, take the time to do absolutely nothing but indulge yourself. Rest, relax, have a long hot bath, read a book, sleep all day.
9. If you can, travel as much as possible with people you love. It doesn’t have to be abroad – explore your home country. Road trip, anyone?
10. Give your time to a charitable cause.


11. Go out in fancy dress.
12. Learn at least the basic elements of a foreign language.
13. See your favorite singer/band in concert.
14. Forgive (doesn’t mean you have to forget) and move on.
15. Spend 24 hours without any media – no internet, TV, phone or consoles. 


16. Learn to say no, to yourself and to others.
17. Get rid of that friend who makes your time together a chore. Best thing I ever did.
18. Take pictures. Lots of pictures.
19. Take a dive, start something new.
20. Understand that if you really want something, you’re going to have to start working for it, or be really good at asking for it.


21. Splurge on something that you’ve always wanted.
22. Be grateful for what you have.
23. Try something new with your hair.
24. Host a party.
25. Be you and continue to learn everyday.



Do you agree with this list?
What would you advise?

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