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Viva Las Vegas

Hi friends,

Last weekend Paul and I were lucky enough to go to Vegas, Nevada for a mini vacation. We packed in so much stuff in just two short days!!

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Day One

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The Las Vegas Strip

The first day we were there we explored the ‘Strip’. It was so cool to walk around the different hotel casinos. Each one had a unique atmosphere and vibe!

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My favorite hotel that we visited was the Flamingo!! It was such a cool hotel and it even had real flamingos!!

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At the very end of the strip there is the Stratosphere. It is an older hotel but the tallest in Vegas. The view at the top is like no other in the city!!

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Day Two

The second day was completely different but just as fun. We started the morning off by renting a convertible Camaro! Pretty cool!! Having the top down is the best way to see the area’s beauty.

Red Rock Canyon

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Red Rock Canyon was magnificent! It was surreal to go from the city feel in Vegas to the beautiful mountain area in the desert. There is a great visitor center there with a lot of info about the area and maps with all the different hiking trails. Also, there was a 13-mile car loop to see the area where we saw awesome views all around us. The area was indescribable! It was so pretty and different from anything Paul and I had ever seen.

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The Hoover Dam

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After leaving Red Rock Canyon, we made our way to the Hoover Dam. Seeing the Dam it was such a huge engineering feat that the US accomplished! Paul and I could not believe how big it was and the power that it generates.

I would recommend if you go to start out by going on the walking bridge overlooking the dam. It is the perfect way to get pictures of the dam straight on.

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Next, we went to the actual dam and took the power plant tour. This was so neat to see and learn exactly how the water from the lake is generated into power for thousands of Americans all over the area.

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Lake Mead

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Lake Mead is the man-made lake that gets its water supply from the Colorado River. It is what flows into the Hoover Dam. When we passed the lake going to the Hoover Dam we wanted to stop back at it so that we could check it out. At the Visitor Center, we learned that there is a ‘beach’ area that people swim at. Paul and I immediately wanted to do this!!

The view, water, and weather were perfect. Swimming in the lake was the ultimate of relaxation! It was our favorite part!!

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That night we caught red eye flight back home and started another crazy work week. It was an amazing trip and so memorable!

Have you ever been to Vegas? What did you do?

Valentine’s Day Weekend

Hi lovelies,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with lots of love for all the people in your life. Also, may you all be blessed with half-off chocolate and good President’s Day sales!!!

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This weekend we left early on Friday to come to North Carolina and visit Paul’s family. We were also SO excited for Clyde to meet everyone in NC. We were a little worried how he might do in the 5 hours, which turned into 7 hours due to traffic, in the car. I am pleased to say that he was wonderful! He slept on and off and was so quiet. When we did arrive to NC he had a lot of energy, but good thing there were lots of new people for him to meet and play with.

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This Valentine’s Day Paul and I used time to thank God for the people in our lives and our new little bundle of joy, Clyde! He has been such a fun addition t our little family!! I cannot get over how cute, sweet, and snugly he is. There is nothing I love more than taking a nap with him on the couch!!

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Visiting with family has been so nice this weekend. Having it be Valentine’s Day as well had me reflecting on the love I have for family and friends. I am so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life that love and support me. The past few months have been a complete whirlwind with more changes to come. With family that are so supportive, especially Paul, it is nice to have their unconditional love to hold me up in the good and bad.

Also, before coming to NC Paul and I made Valentine’s Day cookies for family and friends. I love baking with Paul and find that it is team building between us.ย The cookies ended up turning out SO cute!

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As we spending the last few hours of today and tomorrow before we go back to NC we will be spending more time with family here.

It has been so nice to get away for a few days and reconnect with loved ones! I hope all of you had a great Valentine’s Day weekend as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ย Name

Life Update! I am BACK :)

Hi friends,

I am so sorry that I have not updated the last two months. Life was happening so quickly I could barely keep up! In this New Year I will be making a concerted effort to blog more. It is something that I really enjoy and have mised greatly. Since tomorrow is a brand new year, 2015!! I wanted to update everyone on the past few months. ๐Ÿ™‚

November

The beginning of November was very exciting because I spent a few days in Iowa for work. I had a great time seeing the state and being in that part of the USA. Once returning from Iowa I went straight to the OBX with Paul to celebrate our first year of marriage! We had an amazing time exploring lighthouses, going to the aquarium and eating some really great food!!

Here are some pictures of that trip:

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Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving Paul and I went to North Carolina and spent time with Paul’s family. It was great to spend time with them through this holiday of thankfulness….and shop on Black Friday!!ย One of my favorite pictures on Thanksgiving was this silly one of Paul with our feast!!

December

December went by SO fast! Work was crazy and when Congress went home I was able to take a breath and work on moving. Paul and I liked our first apartment together but really wanted to move into DC and be closer to work. We were able to find the cutest basement apartment and are loving it! The preparation to move and ‘Moving Day’ was not fun though! But with that behind us right before Christmas, Paul and I were excited to wrap presents and head down to my hometown to spend Christmas with my family.

unnamedIt was Paul’s first Christmas away from his family so my family was determined to make it extra special for him! We made Christmas cookies, shopped, ate great food, went to Christmastown and more. Christmastown at Bush Gardens was a lot of fun!! We were able to see Christmas shows, ride rides and see penguins!

Christmas day was lovely. It reminded me of Christmas’s in the past, when I was a child. It was so amazing to be able to share with Paul some of my families traditions on Christmas. It was also nice to open up presents!!

Here is some of my Christmas loot:

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It Cosmetic brushes I have been wanting to try forever!! They are SO soft.

It Cosmetic brushes I have been wanting to try forever!! They are SO soft.

One of my favorite gifts was a Kate Spade watch from Paul (below). He even got it engraved on the back with a sweet message. I am obsessed with it!!

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IMG_5941IMG_5943I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas! 2014 was a great year and I am looking forward to all God has in store for Paul and I in 2015!!

Your back to blogging friend,

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

This past weekend I did something I have never done before! I went with my husband and in laws to my very first Nascar race!

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Nascar has never been my thing but my husband, Paul, loves the races. In the past I’ve been to smaller type races in his hometown but nothing this big.ย  I did not expect to enjoy it but it was actually very exciting! As the race went on I was focused, cheering and enthusiastic about who was going to win. ….All of which surprised my husband!

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It was freeing to step out of my comfort zone. My attitude has a lot to do with holding me back when trying new experiences. Having a preconceived notion stops me from trying new things. This is a character trait I am trying to break. There are too many opportunities in the area I live and our country to keep myself from trying new experiences!

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Overall the weekend was so much fun and opened my eyes to how I was holding back in other areas of my life.

Moving forward, I want to have and open mind to try new things. To do this I am starting a ‘bucket list’ of sorts. It will be filled with things that I am apprehensive to try but will be trying now to step out of my comfort zone.

The first thing on my list is Yoga. I have never tried it and I have always just assumed I would not be good at it. Not anymore! I want to try my first class with an open mind. Who knows I might be able to bend my body in what seems impossibly hard ways and enjoy it!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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What have you done recently to step out of your comfort zone??

Weekend Happenings: Celebrating America

Hello all!

This past weekend Paul and I went to Baltimore, Maryland to celebrate the 200th year of the Star-Spangled Banner. If I would sum the word up in one word it would be patriotic. Paul and I left that day with our hearts filled with patriotism and love for our country. America is such an amazingly, unique country filled with history. Carving out time this weekend to celebrate the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner was an experience Paul and I will carry with us for years to come.

photo 1We started the rainy day off by touring some Navy, Coast Guard and very old ships. No matter how many ships I have toured there is always something different about each one. My favorite was the Navy cargo ship that was full of huge equipment that the Navy takes all over the world. We even got to ‘play’ on the equipment. It was sooo much fun!!

 

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After exploring the ships Paul and I went around the harbor to see all of the vendors and tents that were set up. Even though the day was colder and rainy there were a lot of people that came out to join in all of the events. 10622964_934719016543522_6396838194102013010_n

10646840_934715266543897_6744316694640286064_nIn the late afternoon we were lucky enough to be able to watch the Blue Angels perform in their Airshow. It was so cool to see the skill of the Blue Angels!

After the Airshow we made our way over to Fort McHenry. This is where the brave Americans fought 200 years ago to defend our nation. It is also where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner, which is our National Anthem.

That night there was a special ceremony, the Star-Spangled Spectacular,ย  where Paul and I were lucky enough to get seats near the stage. At the ceremony there were many public figures and even the Vice President. Being apart of such a large crowd remembering the courage and strength it took for these soldiers to defend Fort McHenryย  was very moving. We even got to hear from ‘The President’s Own’ Marine Band. The music was awesome!

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My absolute favorite part was the ending of the ceremony when there was a huge fireworks show. It was the absolute best fireworks Paul and I had ever seen! The fireworks were in conjunction to music with the Star-Spangled Banner as the finally. Paul and I could not even believe our eyes when we saw the American flag, in fireworks form, light up the sky!!

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Leaving that night I was struck with such a strong feeling of patriotism and gratitude. Patriotism for our country and how truly amazing America is. And gratitude for the men and women who fought so hard that day for our freedom and continue to fight every day. NameIt was an experience I do not want to forget!

Weekend Happenings

Hello lovelies!

This weekend has been exactly what I needed. One of my best friends,ย Kaitlyn, came and visited Paul and I.

Saturday

Saturday morning we started the rainy morning off at Eastern Market in D.C. It was great to see all the eccentric artwork, DIY furniture and fresh, local produce.

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After filling our bellies with samples we headed to the Capitol. It was Kaitlyn’s first time getting a tour!

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No matter how many times I have been to the Capitol it never gets old. Working on Capitol Hill has given me an even greater understanding about the amazing, hard and important work that the men and women do every day for Americans. It was so nice to explore the Capitol with Kaitlyn and share that with her as well.

Sunday

On Sunday Kaitlyn had to head back home in VA. She is about to start her next semester of Nursing School at UVA! Keep her in your prayers as she works extremely hard to become a nurse.

In the late afternoon Paul had a plan set out to explore some places neither of us had been to.

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The Navy Yard is right on the Potomac in D.C. It was so nice to walk along the water.

In the Harbor was the Pride of Baltimore II. It was a replica of the original ship from 1812. Today the ship travels all around the world.

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After looking through the ship we went to another ship that was docked right by the Pride of Baltimore II, the USS Bary.

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The ship was so neat to explore! It was our first time to see how soldiers live on a ship for months at a time. This ship has not been in use for many years but it was in use during the Vietnam War.

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The White House Historical Association was having a special event at the Decatur House to commemorate the 200 years since the Burning of Washington. (As you can tell, Paul and I really like history.)

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What did you do this weekend?

Life Happenings

Hello all,

No I have not given up on blogging. I have been quite busy! In a matter of a month so much has changed/happened. I have not been able to sit down and really think it all through until now. Life can truly be a whirlwind sometimes!

July

In July I started thinking about finding a new job. In my last position I was in a stagnant place. I wanted to do more with my day. I missed the pressure and craziness that I had all throughout college. I think I am one of those people that loves to be busy and thrives on pressure.

Hence, why I went to Capitol Hill to see if a new opportunity was possible. It was barely 24 hours later, after starting to find a new job, I heard about my current position. After applying and doing a couple of interviews I was shocked and SO HAPPY to learn that I got the position.

I am in awe of how God provides quickly at times when you least expect it!

August

I started August by being in Iowa. This was my first time visiting Iowa and I hope it is not my last!

The state itself is so beautiful. I loved the car rides where I got to see miles of corn, soy beans, and huge tractors. It was so different from anything I am used to.

People always talk about the hospitality of the South, but the people in the Midwest are so kind and giving. In my short trip I meant countless people who shared their life stories, love for their state, and excitement for me that I was in Iowa experiencing all it has to offer.

On my last day in Iowa I was even able to go to the Iowa State Fair! The fair was an experience that everyone needs to have! Really, it should be something that everyone goes to at least once in their life.

I saw a cow made of butter, a pig weighing more than a THOUSAND pounds, I ate a fried Oreo, and even considered eating fried butter!

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With the last few weeks whizzing by I am so happy for August recess and for things to slow down. I have more blog posts planned to come for this month and hope you stick around to read them. ๐Ÿ˜€ Name