Lost in Drawers

August 15th

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Some things hold a specific memory, a particular place and time that will remind you of the journey you are on. They are simple trees. But we got married by these trees, we said our vows under their branches, we prayed by these trees as the late summer sun filtered through their leaves. And we have returned every year to remind ourselves of where we have been and where we are now. And what is now? It was just the two of us then. Then two puppies in the span of three years. And now in our fifth year? One precious baby on the way.

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Fifth Wedding Anniversary

Our anniversary is Friday.

5 years. It’s a just a number, but it’s more than a number. It has been a journey that has taken us to places unexpected and through many a trial and yet by grace we are here – with a child on the way. 6 years ago, we met and soon were building a life together, exploring, making and documenting memories and learning the little details of each other. And then we found ourselves married, living in Dallas, going to school and work and having barely a clue about what all the future would hold. Fort Worth has been a part of this journey, with its familiar comforts and frustrations all the same. We have lived in a few houses, some small, some large, some just so-so. We met and fell in love with our Pomeranian Emory. We traveled a lot through the South, falling in love with New Orleans, the coast and frequenting Disney World, the Happiest Place On Earth. We met and fell in love with Clio, the wonderful Pekingese in our life.

We have had challenges, from the ever present adult responsibility of finances, to work, to embarking on business ventures and to learning how to be a family as 2 young adults + 2 pups. Now we are going to be 3 + 2 pups. And that is a whole new adventure. So, 5 years is just a number, but it comes with memories and emotions and frustrations and stress and love, joy and hope and the great unknown. Things aren’t perfect and we know life isn’t expected to be. We have our own highlight reels that the world sees, and we have plenty of issues, we deal with depression, we have family issues, we have money problems, but we definitely live in gratitude and grace.

It’s the start of year 6, and we are more than ready to step into the future, a future that is all new for us, and the child we have the joy of being parents to. Here’s to many more perfectly imperfect life adventures.

 

 

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What’s Going On

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What the heck is going on around here?! We have a baby on the way. which is amazing and scary and still very new to us. So, these photos are what has been going on – and in no way are strictly a highlight reel. Things have been “real” real around here in our world. Stresses beyond belief, so it’s as if it has been a very long, not so very hot summer. We are struggling in finding a place to live (again), not getting to hang out by the beach, BUT conversely getting ready for our Disney World (again) trip with our family, feeling the baby moving around in there, lots of the (pregnancy) moody blues, as much pool time as possible, and dreaming of winter. We want winter to come as soon as possible.

Oh, and a few baby bump pics, because, well ya know…

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Oh Hey There

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New Orleans Weekend

 

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Going Ons

 

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Its April, April already! Can you imagine? April 1st was Clio’s first birthday, orĀ  as its known around here: the day we celebrate our April Fools Baby. But really, he is no fool! He has stolen our hearts just as his brother Emory continues to do every day. We are so so so blessed to have these little puppy boys in our lives. So, of course we had to have a little party for his special day! Balloons, party hats and most of all, a puppy Sprinkles cupcake for the birthday boy. And being that he is a little tyke – soon enough he was passed out taking a nap. It’s been a special year, and here’s a lifetime of memories to be made with a certain tuxedo’d Pekingese.

And so, we being our spring with birthdays and despite some random cold days, it’s lovely to be on the other side of winter. It’s time for sunglasses, road trips, New Orleans, bicycles and lots of lots of sunshine.

 

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Disney California Adventure

 

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Jumping Jacks

So, we seemed to have dropped off the face of the planet?!!! RIGHT! No, not really at all. That’s all dramatics, or theatrics…well, it is something. But what have we been up to?It’d be easy to give a generic answer about living life and how excited we are about of adventures, blah blah blah…and that would be technically true.

But the truth is that we are doing life and that is always more more intricate and complex. We are getting our heart rates up, riding bikes and jumping jacks. Thanks, mom!

All that being said, we started marriage counseling aka therapy. So, there is that roller coaster of memories and emotions. But this is a good thing right? It is. We are good.

But life is strange, Bo was very gently let down from a job he applied for and really wanted, and we are still looking for the right place and home to call our own. But we take it one challenge at a time, process all the emotions and feelings and do our best. Right? Right.

So, it helps to talk about it – to have family that is involved in your life, to have community! So more of that!

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Disneyland

Spring has been desperately trying to be sprung after a long winter, so for my mom’s birthday we happily flew with her to Cali, Cali, Cali. To where else? Disneyland! The original. It’s been a dream for us to go.

And it’s so different from what we are oh so familiar with at Walt Disney World! You might even call it slightly quaint? The scale is different, but it has a charm all it’s own. We stayed at the original Disneyland Hotel, which was super nice and had touches of the glamor of classic Disney. Very cool, with a retro vibe – something we can get behind!

We got to do character dining at our hotel at Goofy’s Kitchen to kick things off, which was as fun as ever…even if the lighting wasn’t so conducive to all the pictures we took with the likes of Aladdin and Jasmine, Chip and Dale, and of course Goofy.

And a sleep later, and we were walking where Walt walked. I think all of us had no idea what to expect – but the coolest thing that stuck out to us was how much Walt’s stamp was all over the park. His apartment over the fire station, the bench that inspired the whole idea, and so many cool things. It was a really fun day of rides new and familiar, Jolly Holiday Bakery and many other treats, exploring a new park (to us) and most of all – a search for the elusive Dumbo popcorn container!

And to meet Mickey in his sorcerer’s robes to cap a magical day? We knew for sure that it was going be a good birthday for Mom!

Next up? California Adventure and perfect west coast weather!

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Day Date

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It seems like we were stuck in our house for a good long year after Clio had his neuter surgery. But luckily my baby brother came to stay with us for a week, along with my childhood puppy-turned-ladybird Bailey. So, it was an overly full house but a blessing to be with a little slice of family. But Clio is a fast healer and so we decided we needed a day out! We hit up the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the DMA in Dallas and generally had a relaxing day. But not to rest on our laurels, we are also planning for a vacation because for the first time in a long time we haven’t traveled for a good 8 months. And that will not stand!

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