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Where in the world...?

I can't believe how long it's been since I've been in touch! The end of summer is quickly approaching and my work load seems to be amplifying. 

My hubby has been on vacation the past two weeks (woohoo) so between work commitments and spending as much time as possible with him, I've been MIA.

Since returning from my experience of a lifetime in Dubai, Travis was in need of some sand and sun himself. While we couldn't set off for an exotic vacation, we were able to travel to Destin, Florida for a mini-vacay. Our original vacation and anniversary celebration plans included The Big Apple, but we decided to hold off on that trip until fall and enjoy the beach one more time this year. Of course, there were some added benefits to visiting Destin. Travis' best friend from high school is in the Air Force and stationed at Eglin Air Force Base. Guess what his name is? It's a good one- Travis!
It's been years since these two have been together.

Travis and his wife Sarah are parents to four wonderful kids, one girl and three boys. The middle-aged boy, Carter, quickly became my sidekick. He refers to me as "friend" and I absolutely adore that! The kids also had fun with two Travis' around; determining which one they were talking about was quite entertaining sometimes as they decided "dad" was no longer appropriate. 

The beach life would not be in my favor (well, as far as productivity is concerned)... All I wanted to do was lay on the beach (under an umbrella, of course), read, and then snooze. Oh, and eat! Speaking of, today starts portion control. This gal has eaten almost everything in sight since getting back on US soil.

Here are some snapshots of our trip.

Travis loves all things military and aviation. He was in heaven!

Carter starting to warm up to me and my attempt to get the family in a photo.

Eglin Air Force Base

My handsome man enjoying all things Florida.

My "friend." I won even more points when Carter discovered I had Cheetos.

The other Travis, Carter, and Owen. Look at those cheeks!

I had to get a shot of the "Come at me bro" shirt. This is for one of my students.
And, look at that rainbow around the sun!

Of course, we can't forget about the food. McGuire's Irish Pub is the BEST restaurant in Destin. Ever since my trip to Ireland I have craved lamb stew. And not just any lamb stew- lamb stew like I had in Ireland. This restaurant did not disappoint! Those "things" that look egg rolls are just that- Reuben Egg Rolls! The meal was even better with homemade root beer.

Thanks for stopping by!


Our Happily Ever After



This is a story of two hearts joining together and the pursuit of living happily ever after.

There is a man I fell in love with- the one who gives me butterflies, makes my heart beat to the point I hear it in my ears, and holds me like there is nothing more he needs.

We began as two college kids making our way through this thing called LOVE. We didn't begin as the typical romance. I turned him down many times before finally giving in to his blue eyes, mischievous grin, commanding demeanor, and persistence (oh, and his incredibly good looks). After the first date (okay maybe during the date) I knew he (it) was different. He looked at me like I was the only person he saw in a crowded room, made me laugh a way I didn't know I could, and made sure I was "escorted" at all times. His protective nature was the icing on the cake.

After one year of dating, he proposed on 8.26.05. I'm surprised he still proposed after I was too scared to follow along with his first proposal attempt. He had driven us to a gorgeous overlook of our small town, but the unknown of the darkness kept me in my car seat. I thought we were just exchanging gifts to celebrate our one year dating anniversary; I had no idea his gift was a promise of "happily ever after." Fortunately, the night didn't end. He drove us to a park, walked me to a gazebo, dropped to one knee, and pulled out a ring. And, not just any ring- my grandmother's engagement ring reset to perfection.

Less than one year later we were united in holy matrimony in God's house. With my dad by my side, I walked down the aisle to begin a new life with another protector. God has always been our guide and we give praise to Him for seven strong years of marriage and to the years ahead and the adventures they hold.

Our pastor told us a key to marriage that we've never forgotten. Never go to bed angry at one another. For some reason, we really grabbed hold of that and my husband has never failed to tell me "good night, sweet dreams." For 2,555 days, I've never had to go without that sweet saying.

We're living our happily ever after- full of laughs and giggles, hugs and kisses, gazes and winks AND the moments in-between. The struggles and disagreements only make us stronger. So, I look forward to our eighth anniversary and the moments shared and lessons learned along the way to that next milestone.

Happy Anniversary, Babe! Thank you for your love!

And, thanks to our friends and family for being a part of our journey!

Here are a few photos of our "happily ever after."
(This happened to be written on our wedding cake.)
College Formal (2006) - This is one of my fav pics.
The Day!
Let's Go Braves! (2007)
Relaxing in the Bahamas (2009)
5 Year Vow Renewal - St. Augustine
Taking a tour of St. Augustine
Celebrating his birthday in Knoxville, TN 
My lovely anniversary gifts. Thanks, babe!

 We're heading to Destin, FL this weekend and will be celebrating more there!

I don't have many photos readily available from our dating days. 
But, I can share this photo of Trav back in the day!  
Look at that long hair & jewelry!

Thanks for sharing our journey!

Take a Hike

This weekend has been filled with love, laughter, and cake!
July is the month of birthdays in my family: dad, brother, cousin Tim, and Esme! It's been a family tradition to celebrate the men's birthdays together, most often doing something adventurous. We've had to skip a few times, but this year our cousins were able to visit. Unfortunately, my brother's schedule just didn't allow for it this year.
July 14, 1955
Let's start with my daddy- my hero! He's a former forest firefighter and IT guy. My dad's health declined in 1999 and he eventually turned to an office chair instead of the wilderness. He's always been a nature lover and his knowledge of anything outdoors amazes me (and those who meet him). We've not been exploring in some time, so this weekend's trip to one of the area's hidden treasures, The Devil's Bathtub, was a true blessing! His health often hinders his mobility, but let me tell you, he was like a twenty-something maneuvering through the woods!
 Back in his football days.
Saturday, July 13 
July 13, 1950 (I think! hehe)
My cousin, Timothy, has been a significant part of our family since I can remember. He and my daddy are like two peas in a pod. And, his daughter Kelly is close to my age. We visited them often just as they did us throughout the years. Our get-togethers always include adventure, and those adventures always come with my daddy's famous "shortcuts" which mean at least an extra 2 hours added to the trip. Tim's quite the nature expert as well, so us youngins got schooled.
The weather was perfect for a hike, followed by dinner, and birthday cake! I was so happy to see Kelly! It had been roughly 12 years since she had been able to make the trip. Travis was also able to come along and this was our first hike together, ever! And, he was certainly the entertainer. You'll see why! Our mommas stayed behind and enjoyed the view from the front porch and a little shopping.  
The start to his shenanigans.
Having a serious conversation about the snake dad scared away, which just happened to head downstream toward Travis. One minute Travis was slowly crossing a creek, the next he was sprawled out on rocks on the other side.
An old mining cart.
The beginning of Travis' scouting of the pool just below the bathtub. He walked the perimeter trying to decide if he would take the plunge.
I so wish I had recorded his jump. The water was no more than 45 degrees and Travis' reaction was priceless, screams included!  
Getting used to it!
Dad testing the water.
He kept going back for more.
It's a good thing I put off my pedicure until this week.
Saying goodbye.
This year's trip to the bathtub was full of unexpected moments, but at least this one didn't end in a "shortcut" back to the vehicle.
We can't forget about Esme's second birthday celebration.
From prissy pup... 
To rambunctious toddler. She enjoyed her weekend on the farm.
Hope you had an enjoyable weekend!