Homecoming

Homecoming

Most weekends over the past six months have been dedicated to weddings and all the events that go along with being a wedding guest. From a Blush Bridal Shower Brunch to Bachelorette parties, or to Bachelor Parties and Rehearsal Dinners, we had such a great time celebrating with our friends as they planned their upcoming nuptials and later said their ‘I do’s’ in front of family and friends.

Happy Wife Healthy Life

Happy Wife Healthy Life

Happy Wife Healthy Life

Happy Wife Healthy Life

Happy Wife Healthy LifeAfter seven weddings since May, we officially had our last wedding of the year Saturday the 18th. The wedding was local and neither Tim nor I were in the bridal party. We were able to spend time together at both the ceremony and reception so it was a nice way to end a busy wedding season. Your perspective on weddings and marriage certainly changes once you’ve joined the married ‘club’ and we truly had a blast this year welcoming so many of our friends into the club as well!

Happy Wife Healthy LifeInitially I was thinking that since our calendar is now a little less full, we would certainly have a pretty open weekend schedule for the remainder of the year. However, we are still finding ways to fill up the days we have off work very quickly. This past Friday night we met friends for dinner at the new Dewey’s Pizza that just opened near us (so good!), and Saturday morning I spent the early parts of the day visiting my parents, eating brunch made by my mama, and going on walks with her and Tebow.

http://www.deweyspizza.com/This past weekend was Homecoming at Tim’s alma mater, Wittenberg University, and he was invited back by the school in thanks for his time spent as a baseball captain while he was a student there. He went to the alumni breakfast and meet-up early Saturday morning and then later my parents and I met him at the football game. The weather was everything you could ever hope for, especially for late October in Ohio. It was also my first football game of the year so I was happy to mark that to-do off my fall bucket list.

Happy Wife Healthy Life

Happy Wife Healthy LifeGoing back to visit really did bring back so many memories for me, and even though I didn’t graduate from Wittenberg I still spent a lot of time on that campus visiting both my brother and Tim during those four years they were students. It is amazing how fast time flies and it’s hard to believe that it has already been five years since he graduated, but what may be even crazier is to think about all we have done since May 2009:

  • Tim graduated from college.
  • We took a trip to Denver, which was my college graduation gift to him!
  • Tim moved to Columbus, and then moved for his first job.
  • I graduated from college and got my first job too.
  • We bought a house.
  • We got engaged.
  • We planned a wedding.
  • Got married!!
  • I started this blog.
  • Bought two cars.
  • Adopted our pup! (Besides getting married, the best thing we’ve done!)
  • Traveled a ton:

…And that’s just scratching the surface of all the great memories we’ve made in our post-college life so far.  It has been a whirlwind these past five years that’s for sure! College can be such a big part and important time of life, but it is also pretty cool to see all the awesome things to come after that graduation walk is taken and that diploma is received.  For those of you who are still in college, be sure to soak in as much as you can, and if you are a recent graduate, just know there are plenty more awesome memories up ahead.

Conversation Time.

  • How long has it been since you graduated from college? Where did you go to school?
  • What have you done/accomplished in your post-college life?
  • What advice would you give to your college self?
Classic Autumn Snack Mix

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

Classic Autumn Snack Mix First, a disclaimer: Today’s post is undoubtedly, most likely the easiest recipe I’ve ever shared on this blog.

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

However, it is also a classic autumn snack mix that was new to me up until last year when I had my first taste of this iconic fall treat. Because of this reason I began thinking that maybe I wasn’t the only person in the world who had never eaten this delicious combination, so I decided it was my duty to share this recipe with all of you  just in case you haven’t tried it yet as well.

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

Last weekend we made a pretty large grocery shopping trip, so when we went Sunday we decided to focus only on the essentials.  Somehow though we headed down the Halloween candy aisle while on our way to pick up a gallon of milk.  That’s when it hit me that I most definitely needed a bag of candy corn and a jar of salty peanuts (essentials, right?) for a pairing that tastes just like a Payday candy bar.

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

A bag of peanut m&m’s happened to catch my eye though as well, and before I knew it those were tossed in my cart as well.  That combination of salty and sweet had me anticipating going home and shaking up a batch so we could snack all afternoon.

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups candy corn
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut m&m’s

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

Directions

Lightly shake to combine all ingredients and serve!

Classic Autumn Snack Mix

Conversation Time.

  • Have you ever had the peanut + candy corn combination?  What is your favorite fall snack
  • Do you tend to go to the grocery for essentials, and come out with impulse buys instead?  What was the last impulse buy you made at the grocery?
Anniversary at Valley Vineyards

Anniversary at Valley Vineyards

Tim was in New York for work last week on our anniversary, so we decided to wait until this past weekend to celebrate three years of marriage.  I did however receive a gorgeous bouquet of pretty fall flowers filled with sunflowers and mums while at work Wednesday so that definitely helped the day to feel a little less lonely!

Anniversary Fall Flower BouquetMy gift for him was a pair of tickets to the Broncos v. Bengals game on December 22.  It’s a Monday night game and it should be a fun and (probably) freezing time!  Night time in December in Ohio just screams cold weather, but you can bet I will go prepared with plenty of hand warmers and layers upon layers.  I just love giving tickets as gifts because it’s like you get a two-for-one deal.  You have the fun of that person opening the gift, and then you actually have the event to look forward to and enjoy.  It truly is the best of both worlds!

Saturday night we celebrated with dinner at Valley Vineyards, a winery and brewery located in Morrow, OH between Dayton and Cincinnati.  We love restaurants that come with both an experience and good food, so Valley Vineyards was right up our alley.  Basically for $65  you get a steak or salmon dinner for two, but you don’t simply get served your main dish, you make it yourself.  We chose and then grilled our steaks on a huge outdoor grill during one of their famous weekend cookouts.

Anniversary Weekend - Valley VineyardsAs soon as you walk in the wine and beer tasting begins.  I sampled at least seven kinds of wine before finding my favorite.  I tried Pink Reflections, Red Reflections, Pink Catawba, Concord, Cabernet Franc and Raspberry, but none compared to Blackberry in my opinion.   Oh my goodness was this wine delicious!  It was definitely sweet, but I tend to like my wines on the sweeter side.  I am definitely not a wine expert and would easily take a glass of Moscato over a fancy red any day.  No judgment here on wine choices, to each their own!  Valley Vineyards makes their own wines and also brews their own beers, which you can sample as much as you like as well.  With your meal you get either a bottle of wine to share or four drinks per couple.  Since Tim and I have such different tastes when it comes to our drinks, we decided to each get our own.  He went with a red wine and a beer while I stuck with blackberry wine both times.  I only made it through a glass and a half before I had to give up, but let’s just say our bartender had a heavy hand with her pours so I actually did much better than it may sound.  Plus, the fact that I left 3/4 of my tasting pours behind didn’t even bother her when she had to pour them out!

Valley Vineyards - Morrow, OH

Everyone working at the Vineyards was so nice and laid back and it made for a really enjoyable and relaxing experience.   You were able to create your own dinner schedule and drink, cook and eat as you please so it was great since we weren’t in the least bit of a hurry and really just wanted to enjoy our time with each other.  We were able to stretch out dinner over two hours so it definitely served as a form of both dinner and entertainment.

Valley Vineyards - Morrow, OHThe pictures I was able to take weren’t the best since the lighting was so dark, but I think you get the idea of what it was like at Valley Vineyards.  Along with the steak or salmon entrée and your drinks, the cost also includes sides like grilled buttered bread, rice, veggies, green beans, salad and a baked potato.  There is also homemade dessert bar including pecan pie, cheesecake and chocolate pie, all of which were really good.  (I should know because I sampled them all!)  You can also grab a cup of coffee to-go or to have with your dessert.

Valley Vineyards - Morrow, OH

Valley Vineyards was such an enjoyable place to celebrate our anniversary.  They offer canoeing trips plus dinner and wine nights during the fall, but the last one was October 9 and it was too rainy to go.  Hopefully we will be able to attend one of those canoeing events next year, because it sounds really romantic and not like your ordinary date night.  Vineyards also offer live music on certain nights, and Tim and I both agree that it would be a great place to go with a group of friends as well to beer taste and grill.  There is a nice patio outside as well so in the warmer months it would be perfect for sitting outside and listening to music while sipping some wine.

Anniversary Weekend - Valley Vineyards

It’s hard to believe that another year has already come and gone, but it really has been such an awesome journey so far.  I feel like with each year that passes and with every obstacle we face, our marriage gets stronger and more appreciated.  I am already looking forward to celebrating year four in 2015, but I would be happy for time to slow down just a bit too.  I know how many things can change in 12 months and I can’t wait to see what’s to come in our marriage in the time frame from now until next October!

Conversation Time.

  • Have you ever been wine or beer tasting?  What are your favorite types of wine – Do you prefer more dry or fruity wines?  Do you like reds or whites? Pinot Noirs, Cabernets, Chardonnay’s, or Moscatos like me?
  • What is the coolest date night you’ve ever been on?  What are your favorite places for dinner and entertainment all-in-one?
  • What is the best gift you’ve ever given someone?
3 Years Already

3 Years Already

October 8th is one of my very favorite days of the year.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8th

Today marks three years since I said ‘I do’ to my best friend and the most perfect guy for me.  We have been together over 10 years and to witness a first hand account of young love turning into a happy marriage has truly been one of the happiest and incredible experiences of my life.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8th

We have both changed and grown over the years, but one thing we have never lost is our adoration and care for one another.  They say the first years of marriage are the hardest, and if this saying holds true then I believe we have a pretty good life and marriage to look forward to for the next 50+ years.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8th

Don’t get me wrong, we have certainly had our own share of difficulties, heartaches and lessons learned over the past 1,095 days as husband and wife, but I wouldn’t change any of those moments for the world.  Those trials have made us stronger, more resilient and completely persistent in caring for the relationship we share.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8th

Fresh faced, bright eyed and undoubtedly naive as to what the future would hold, I had no idea what to expect as I took my first steps down the aisle.  All I knew was that the man standing at the end of my walk was the one I always prayed would be there waiting for me.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8th

What I got in return of that leap of faith was a life filled with more love, joy, laughter and the sweetest company that I could ever hope to receive.  Since we were so young then and still are today, we are learning to grow both independently and together as husband and wife.  Of course, we could have experienced plenty of lessons on our own, but the ones we are figuring out how to navigate together are helping to make our marriage that much stronger and more in sync.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8th

True love is not simply the sound of your heart going pitter patter when you’re around that special someone.  It’s not a passing feeling and it’s not always easy, but it’s the joy found in being with someone who puts your happiness first, who would give anything to make you smile, and who protects, encourages and prays for you every day of your life.  Marriage is hard, there’s no doubt about it, but when the thought of not being with that person and sharing your life with them seems next to impossible and completely incomprehensible, that’s in my opinion when you know you’ve truly found the one whom your soul was meant to find.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8th

Along with my wedding anniversary, October 8th is Tebow’s 3rd birthday!  We adopted him December 31, 2011 and was told he was about 12 weeks old at the time.  When we went back 12 weeks from the day, October 8th was the date!  We like to think of it as fate that Tebow came into our lives and we love celebrating his birthday on our special day.

Tebow's Third Birthday - October 8th

Happy anniversary to my wonderful, sweet, loving husband and happy birthday to the sweetest most playful pup I know!  I am so thankful and blessed to have you two boys as my family.  You make every day that much better than the last. xo.

Tim and Tebow - 3 Year Celebration

October Thoughts

October Thoughts

October is my very favorite month of the year with November and December coming in a close second thanks to the festive holiday season.  When I was planning my wedding, actually even before the ring was placed on my left hand, I just knew I wanted a fall ceremony and celebration.  There is nothing like the crisp fall air and beautifully colored trees for creating the perfect setting for saying “I do.”  To say our wedding day, October 8th, 2011 was the prettiest fall day I could ever hope for would be an understatement!

Wedding Day - Oct. 8, 2011

Wedding Day - Oct. 8, 2011Along with my anniversary, there are so many other things I love about October too.  As you can probably imagine, my list is pretty typical consisting of football games, pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, chili making, sweater and boot wearing, pumpkin-flavored everything, and spending as much time in the outdoors as I can before the cold and snowy winter arrives.

Apple Picking in the Fall

Chili

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Boston, MA in the fallThis October I am looking forward to doing all the above, along with attending two weddings, one of which is this weekend, spending plenty of time with friends and family, visiting Tim’s alma mater for its homecoming, getting outside as much as possible, and simply enjoying the beautiful days that this month will surely bring.

Tebow on a Walk in the Fall

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Happy October 1st!!

Conversation Time.

  • What are you looking forward to doing most this October?
  • What are your favorite things to do in the fall?