Friday, September 21, 2012

Living In The Moment

Love this song!

Jason Mraz - living in the moment

If this life is one act Why do we lay all these traps We put them right in our path When we just wanna be free I will not waste my days Making up all kinds of ways To worry about some things That will not happen to me So I just let go of what I know I don’t know And I know I’ll only do this by Living in the moment Living our life Easy and breezy With peace in my mind With peace in my heart Peace in my soul Wherever I’m going, I’m already home Living in the moment I’m letting myself off the hook for things I’ve done I let my past go past And now I’m having more fun I’m letting go of the thoughts That do not make me strong And I believe this way can be the same for everyone And if I fall asleep I know you’ll be the one who’ll always remind me To live in the moment To live my life Easy and breezy With peace in my mind I got peace in my heart Got peace in my soul Wherever I’m going, I’m already home I can’t walk through life facing backwards I have tried I tried more than once to just make sure And I was denied the future I’d been searching for But I spun around and searched no more By living in the moment Living my life Easy and breezy With peace in my mind I got peace in my heart Got peace in my soul Wherever I’m going, I’m already home I’m living in the moment I’m living my life Just taking it easy With peace in my mind I got peace in my heart I got peace in my soul Oh, wherever I’m going, I’m already home I’m living in the moment I’m living my life Oh, easy and breezy With peace in my mind I got peace in my heart I got peace in my soul Oh, wherever I’m going, I’m already home I’m living in the moment

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011

Eleven things I've learned in 2011

There is something about a new year that makes people look back and reflect on the what has transpired in the last year and then set goals for the year ahead. I still can't believe that we are less than 2 days from 2012. I feel like it was just yesterday and we were shouting "Happy New Year" and entering 2011.

2011 brought forth many wonderful memories, adventures, some trials, but mostly I would say it was a FANTASTIC year! To commemorate the year 2011, I've written eleven things that I've learned this year...

1. I've learned that it's okay to try new things and not always like it. It doesn't mean I've failed, it just made me more aware of what I do want. (example: leaving my Lead RN position at the hospital and learning that Home Health nursing wasn't the right fit for me.)

2. Road trips really are the best way to explore. 

3. Italy really is all it's cracked up to be. Can't wait to go back someday.

4. Time seems to go way faster in America. On our trips outside of the US this year, the time almost stood still. Amazing!

5. Patience. I've always thought I was a patient person, but this year has really taught me patience. After over a year and half of trying to get pregnant, I've finally accepted that things don't always happen when you want it, and that in God's timing we will someday have children.

6. My husband is really passionate about travel. I am so proud of him, and grateful for his skills at finding us great travel deals. The memories we have from traveling are priceless!

7. My inner craftiness is still there! The last couple of years I've kind of been in a slump when it comes to my crafts. I've rediscovered my passion for being crafty this year, and I have tons of projects planned for 2012. 

8. Family is everything. We are so blessed to have such an amazing family! 

9. I am a bit obsessed with antiquing. There is just something so exhilarating about finding a treasure that has a story to it. My most recent collection: vintage globes. Must have something to do with my desire to travel the world.

10. I have a weakness for Koi Fusion's Korean tacos.

11. And lastly, I am learning to appreciate the everyday life and not to take things for granted so much. I am incredibly blessed, and I think when things are easy we forget to thank God for all of those little things. I'm working on that.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October Phone Dump

It seems as though I'm still on a blog hiatus... maybe someday I will be inspired to update more frequently. Until then, here are a few photos from my iPhone taken in the last month.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Portland date night

Last night we took advantage of probably the last beautiful warm evening that we will have until next spring, and headed into to Portland for a date night. We stopped for dinner at our favorite food truck, KOI Fusion, for some fabulous Korean tacos. With full bellies we took a stroll along the waterfront admiring the beauty of the city at night. After we walked off our dinner, we went to Papa Haydn's to indulge in some exquisite dessert. Boccone dolce has been a favorite since we went there for Prom almost a decade ago. We also tried out the chocolate version, Autumn meringue, which was equally delicious! And who could resist some French macaroons to go.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Red Hills

We stopped for some local goodness today after church at the Red Hills Market in Dundee. Super charming little place in wine country, with some delicious wood-fire oven pizza and sandwiches! Love spending time with the hubby and finding amazing local cuisine.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9.11 Remember

Where were you?
(photo taken on Staten Island Ferry on 09/11/10)
It is hard to believe that 9/11 tragedy was 10 years ago, but I still remember that day like it was yesterday...

I was a junior in high school and I remember waking up early that morning for school. My parents were getting ready for work, and they had the radio on as they always did in the morning, and they told me that a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center in NYC. I decided to turn on the TV to watch the news. At that point only the first tower had been hit, and as I watched the live news coverage on the screen, I saw a plane go into the second tower. I will never forget that moment. It was both horrifying and confusing. Was America being attacked???

I went to school that day, but as I recall we did not do a whole lot of curricular stuff that day. My heart ached for the people and families who were directly effected from the terrorist attacks, and realized that this was one of those moments in history that will never be forgotten and America will never be the same. 

These photos were taken last year when we had the opportunity to go to Ground Zero on 9/11 during our All You Can Jet trip. It was really neat to be there on the 9th anniversary amongst the families and heroes that felt the greatest impact from 9/11.