Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On Getting Old & Having To Call Myself An "Adult"

Over the weekend Scott asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I just about wigged out because my birthday is in a couple weeks and I'm going to be turning old.  And by old I mean, 26.  The age where I am no longer on my parents insurance.  Does this mean I have to start calling myself an adult?  Not sure how I feel about that.

I told him I want a bike.  Preferably a Harley.  

Just kidding.

I want a bicycle.  One of those old school ones with the basket in front for Toto Tyson.  I think Tyson would love it and I know I would.  There are so many cool rail trails near us and while I love walking them, I want to bike so badly.  Scott & I have also recently discovered some bike trails near the water that we are just dying to explore.  I have my eyes on a mint green beauty.  :)

You know what else I asked for?  One of those wine sippy cups.  You know.... the water bottle with the wine glass in it.  For when I'm biking.  Just kidding.  Maybe.

And I want one more thing.  A day near the beach.  Or on it.  Whichever.  Maybe I can bike to the beach while drinking out of my wine sippy cup.  Perhaps that is too dangerous.  

After all, I don't need to be putting my health at risk seeing as though I'll be on my own for health insurance beginning on my birthday.  #lame.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Happenings

Summer is flying by.  I can't believe we are almost into August.  Not that I'm complaining because August is the best month of the twelve.  It's my birthday month!! 

This weekend started off with Scott surprising me with Starbucks when he got home from work.  Starbucks soothes my soul.  And apparently Tyson's too.

We went over to my parents house to visit with them before they left for their 35th wedding anniversary vacation.  Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!! 

Tyson & I soaked up a ton of their cable television since Scott & I don't have cable at home.  It was me on the recliner and him perched on top of it.  Pretty typical.  

Yesterday, we went to the jungle.  Literally.  I didn't know that there were jungles in Connecticut but, best believe we definitely found one.  It sounded like one.  It looked like one.  And I have the half dollar size mosquito bites to prove it.  No exaggeration there.  Yes, I said half dollar.

The trail was called the "Rhododendron Sanctuary Trail" and the rhododendrons were beautiful.  Lots of bees though.  Lots and lots and lots of bees.

At the end of the mile long trail was a little pond/picnic area where we ate lunch.  Super cute spot.  We listened to bullfrogs and watched as dragonflies landed on lily pads.  We were out in the middle of no where and it was pretty fantastic.

Our next stop was the sunflower fields at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, CT.  This was the main reason for our 1 1/2 hour ride out.  It's one of my crazy bucket list things to walk through a field of sunflowers.  It certainly didn't disappoint.

They even had an ice cream shop in which we certainly took part in National Ice Cream Day.  Near the ice cream shop, they were also selling bouquets of sunflowers for $5 and all proceeds went to the Make A Wish Foundation.  Obviously, I had to get a bouquet.  So beautiful, and for such a great cause.

Hope you all had bright & sunny weekends.

Happy Monday.....  I guess...   ;)

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Terrible Blogger Chronicles

Happy Friday!!!  I'm actually a little sad that this week is over.  I got to spend each night with Scott this week.  We made dinner together, and took Tyson for evening walks.  We even had a little froyo date last night to celebrate our engageiversary.  And yes, we celebrate that.  :)

It was four years ago yesterday that Scott proposed to me on a 90 degree day in Central Park.  I can't even believe it's been that long.  It's scary how fast time flies.

So this week, all of my posts were very picture heavy with little to no words.  I was too busy relishing every moment with Scott being home.  Next week, we should be back to regular scheduled programming.  :)

As much as I have enjoyed my time with Scott, I am looking forward to getting back to writing posts and reading all of your blogs that I've missed so much!

Hope you all have happy weekends!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Buble Concert

So many of my posts recently are ridiculously picture heavy.  My bad.  Life has been too crazy lately to write anything of substance.  Plus, it's summer.  I'd rather be outside than at my computer.  So, those are my lame excuses.  :)

Last Thursday, Scott & I were lucky enough to go see Michael Buble in concert.  It was pretty awesome and I still have a red mark on my arm from pinching myself all night.  I couldn't believe that THE Michael Buble was singing right in freaking front of me.  

Don't mind my ridiculous expression.  I was only a little bit excited.

The concert was at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.  It is a gorgeous casino and I was so happy that we got there early so that we could walk around a while.  I've been to the casino many times, and still every time I go, I find something else that I had never seen before.  This place is HUGE.

I mean......  isn't this sculpture SO cool???  It never gets old to me.

We were the first ones at the concert.  Literally.  Too excited for words.

Are seats weren't the best seats in the world, but Mr. Buble had a stage set up towards the back so I was so excited when he walked onto that stage.  It was so close to us!

 At one point in the show, he looked right at me, I swear.  And ... well... I think we're in love.  Pretty sure of it.  It's mutual.

 Mr. Buble sang "All You Need Is Love" while red & white paper hearts were blasted out of these huge air guns.  Confetti was flying everywhere!

The confetti was in my hair, stuck to my clothes, in our seats, all over the floor... you name it.  And yes, I was the weirdo hurrying to pick up as many as I could to bring home as if they were hundred dollar bills.  YUP.

All in all, it was awesome.  Everyone must go to a Michael Buble concert.  Stat.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Just Another Weekend Recap!

Another beautiful summer weekend is in the books.  I hope the weather was gorgeous wherever you are too.  Scott & I took full advantage of the gorgeous weekend by going on a long hike.  The end of the hike had a large "fire tower" that we climbed.  The view was well worth the strenuous hike up the mountain & up all those flights of stairs!

There were beautiful 360 degree views.

Even this bumble bee had to stop to enjoy the view!

We decided to give Tyson an at-home haircut.  Saved us the $50 the groomer would have cost us.  Tyson was perfect the whole time!  We cut A TON of hair off!

Scott & I also had our very first Chipotle experience.  The burritos are ginormous.  But, amazing.  And the chips and guac?  Don't even get me started.  Love love love.

Sunday brought more nice weather & another adventure.

We had lunch at a rose garden in West Hartford, CT.  Elizabeth Park.

The roses were mostly dried up, but still beautiful.

It was a great weekend.  Here's to a great week!!  I get Scott back this week while he is on break from school.  Hallelujah!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Thing About Marriage Is

Once in a while, I get inspired to write about marriage. . . a topic I thought I'd be discussing in all of my posts when I first started Forever Newly Wedded.  This little space of mine obviously blossomed into more of a lifestyle blog, but every now and again, I like talking marriage with y'all.  I see it as one of my biggest accomplishments in life.  To be married.  And stay married.  It's not always a walk in the park, although it may seem that way through smiley pictures and the way I gush all over my handsome husband in my posts.  I mean... he is pretty great....

But sure, we fight.  Like any normal couple.  It's rare.  But it does happen.  It happened quite recently actually, and it inspired me to write this.  And I'm going to sound like a broken record here for a moment, but for those of you who are new readers, my husband and I are going through a long season of rarely seeing each other.  It's tested our relationship.  It's tested my strength and patience.  It's tested our communication.

Recently Scott & I got new jobs, one week apart.  Work has taken up most of our time.  After work, Scott goes to school and comes home around midnight.  His new job also requires him to work weekends, which used to be the only time we would ever see each other.  Since that has now been compromised, it's been ridiculously tough.

I'm the kind of gal that needs ... well... attention.  I'll be honest.  It's my love language.  Well, one of them.  I need attention.  I need Scott to be around in order to feel "fulfilled".  So I've been struggling lately.  And right now, we argue about.... The fact that we rarely see each other // When to take time off // What to do with the time off // When to see family and friends and when to be just us // How to make the best use of our little time together.

And as silly as it sounds, sometimes the arguments get heated.  Sometimes I want to just storm off and leave.  Sometimes I want to throw my hands in the air and give up.  Sometimes I'm extremely thankful for having a second bedroom to run to.  Scott is different.  He likes to run to his car.  Buff it.  Detail it.  And needless to say, his car is looking super shiny as of late.

But the thing about marriage is that we know we're going to have to work it out at some point.  We know that at the end of the night, we have no where else to run to but into each other's arms.  As much as I'd sometimes love to run back to my parents house, I'm an adult now.  A married one, at that.  And it's time to put my big girl pants on and face life.  Both the pretty parts, as well as the ugly parts.  Although, I prefer pretty.  :)

I guess what I want to remember here is that...fights or no fights, ugly or pretty... I wouldn't want to face life with anyone else but my husband.  We will get through this season.  There will be a time where he will come home every night once again, I will make dinner for him, and we'll be able to spend more time together.

And then we'll happily find something else to argue about.  :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Am I the only weirdo who blogs while on vacation?

Hi.  Here I am.  Blogging while on vacation.  Actually, this is my all time favorite time to blog.  When things are simple.  I'm relaxed.  Feeling rejuvenated.  It's when I feel the most inspired.

It also helps when you feel like you have something that you want to scream from the rooftops.  And I do.  I do have that something I want to scream from the rooftops and it goes a little something like this..



Ok.  Sorry.  I'm back.

It has been entirely too long since I went to a concert.  Entirely. Too. Long.  So, needless to say, when Scott nabbed these Michael Buble tickets, I peed my pants and screamed and jumped up and down like a bumbling idiot.

You see... I go TOTAL fangirl mode when it comes to any kind of crooning music.  Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett... I love those guys.  Michael Buble is the modern day Sinatra.  He's got the good looks, the charm, and he's funny as hell.  I can't wait to see him.  I've already tried on 5 outfits trying to find the perfect thing to wear.  I mean, sure, he probably won't see me since I will be sitting in row triple Z in the upper upper nosebleed level.  BUT you never know.  I never say never.

Scott & I had a pretty cool day yesterday.  We saw so many awesome things.  And I'm trying so much to enjoy each day.  But really... Thursday night cannot come soon enough.  I'm coming for ya, Mr. Buble.


Such a pretty flower at the botanical garden.
I'm still trying to figure out why this can't be MY backyard. 
The prettiest irrigation system I ever did see.
Blue & purple striped flowers.