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August 21, 2017

Our first family vacation

This past week we took our first family vacation. Growing up I have always taken trips down the shore, especially to stay at my grandparents camper down in South Jersey, however I had never stayed at the beach before. I looked forward to spending a week down in Wildwood with TJ, Landon, my  mom and my practically step-father.

The weather all week was very great. One day it was overcast and on our final night it rained a little- but overall we got a lot of sun! We stayed at Water’s Edge Oceanfront Resort in Wildwood and really enjoyed our stay there. It is two blocks from the boardwalk, so the location couldn’t be more ideal. The hotel was 5 minutes from the beach and we had a great view off of our balcony.

We had a blast on the boardwalk- so many fun activities to do and rides to go on! “Watch the tram car please”….a little joke for those of you who have been there!

Landon was not a huge fan of the ocean, however he didn’t mind sitting on the chair near the water with me holding him (such a momma’s boy). He absolutely loved the pool at the hotel and being pushed around in this little pool floatie.

Most of our days were spent on the beach, getting a tan and enjoying a cool dip in the water, however, we also went to the Cape May Zoo & even saw a Harlem Globetrotters game. The night that TJ and I went to the Globetrotters game, we were chosen to get free upgraded seats – courtside. It was so much fun. We got to sit on the bench with the team players and really felt a part of the performance.

Overall, our first family vacation was a success! Landon was a champ and was so well behaved which made it that much more enjoyable. We had a lot of fun spending time with my Mom and Manny (aka M&M), eating many amazing home-cooked meals that my mom prepared for us and playing cards late at night while drinking Mimi wine (we call her grandma Mimi) We had an awesome time in Wildwood and will look back on this ‘first vacation’ and be thankful for the memories we all shared together!

In Our day to day life on
April 17, 2017

Landon’s First Easter

I love Easter. The meaning behind the day is very special for my family and I. CHRIST HAS RISEN! We celebrate all that Jesus has done for us and His faithfulness. I also love this time of year because the weather is always so beautiful. I love the tulips (can’t help it- I am dutch) and all of the pretty pastels. For Landon’s first Easter we decided, since I was off from work, that we would host dinner this year. Some of our family had never seen our apartment, so we figured this was a good opportunity. We love to entertain and cook, so we volunteered to have everyone over to our place. We had a great time surrounded by our family and loved ones. Landon was very spoiled and received lots of goodies in his multiple Easter baskets. He even got a GIANT bunny rabbit of his own from Grandma & Grandpa Speer in Florida, whom we named Harvey. TJ and I chose to open our basket with L the Saturday before, so that we could enjoy the moment and not feel rushed. I love the pictures of him discovering what was inside of his first basket with his daddy at the park.

Overall, baby’s first Easter was perfect. The weather was great, the food was delicious, and the company was even better! Oh, and Landon even tried sweet potato for the first time- can’t say he hated it! 😉 Hope you all had a great Easter with your family. This was one to remember!

In Our day to day life on
March 23, 2017

Getting to know me better

Spring is finally here! Or is it? It is still pretty cold in New Jersey and I am really looking forward to some warm weather and sunshine. With spring ‘officially’ upon us, I was thinking that it was the perfect time for a blog makeover. I have been envisioning a more clean and professional design, and I am happy to say that I am very pleased with the outcome. What do you think about the new layout? I also thought that now would be a good time for me to take this opportunity to allow my readers to get to know a little more about the girl behind the blog.

  1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

For those of you who know me well, you already know that I lived in The Netherlands for nine months during my early twenties. I had the time of my life there, especially because of the slow paced-laid back atmosphere. If I could transport all of my friends and family to Europe, I would in a heartbeat. I think the South of France sounds appealing. Shall we?

  1. What are your hobbies?

I love taking pictures and am passionate about photography. I am trying to get better everyday and with every picture that I take. I enjoy baking, especially making cookies. I am a very creative person, so anything that allows me to be artistic. I also love to travel and discover new places. I am always planning my next trip or getaway.

  1. What would you change about yourself if you could?

Sometimes I wish I could live more ‘in the moment’, instead of always thinking ahead. I actually have a tattoo on my back that says, “Ici et maintenant” which means “here and now” in French. When I lived in Europe I saw how everyone truly enjoyed the moment. I wanted to bring that mentality back with me, because I feel like a lot of the time I am stuck in this “go, go” mentality instead of taking a second to just stop and smell the roses.

  1. What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love helping people. I am a Registered Nurse and absolutely love what I do. I love being a position where I am able to care for people everyday. I know that I was called to make a difference in the lives of my patients and am thankful that I have the opportunity to do so in my professional career.

  1. What makes you laugh the most?

Here is something interesting about me… I do not have a sense of humor. I always joke and say that “I was wasn’t born with one.” I don’t find many things to be funny. I wish I could watch a comedy and laugh until my stomach hurt, but I can’t. There are very few instances when I actually ‘crack up’, but it has happened. And when it does, I embrace the moment.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am loving being a mom, just as much as my husband is loving being a dad. We hope to grow our family by one or two more! Whatever God has chosen to bless us with. I also see ourselves purchasing our first home. We are saving (it feels like its taking foreverrrr) but we cannot wait to finally own something and make it our own.

  1. How would others describe you?

Others would describe me as a kind and friendly person, someone who is driven and hard working and is always willing to help out where ever she is needed or called to.

  1. Do you have any tattoos?

Yes, I have two tattoos. One on my back, running down my left side near my ribs. In script are the words, “ici et maintenant”, which means ‘here and now’ in French. I also have a dove tattooed on my lower right hip area. It symbolizes my faith in the Holy Spirit and love for Jesus Christ.

  1. Is your glass half full or half empty?

My glass is half full! I always try to focus on the positives in any given situation. I am certainly an optimist and try to happy in any given situation.

  1. Do you like or dislike surprises?

I am in between. There is always something nice about the element of surprise, however I constantly feel like I need to be in control and know what I am doing or what is going on. My husband loves to surprise me and it always drives me crazy, however in the end- I am always happy that he did.