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lately.

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Let me sum up life for you in the last few months in one simple word…..  Work.

Lots of it. Yes there are other things I do from time to time.  Like eating, sleeping, and keep up with the NCAA tournament (my bracket may be busted, but GO SPARTY!!!).

MSU - only the best school ever!(credit: Michigan State Spartan’s Pinterest Page)

My new job is not so “new” anymore.  I’ve been there almost 6 months already!!  I can’t believe just how fast time goes by.  And as I’ve gotten familiar with all of our active jobs, my involvement level has risen.  We have so much going, we are extremely blessed.  I wake up thinking about it at 6am, and before bed I’m typing up a quick to-do list in my phone of items I can’t forget to do in the morning.  I’ve been dreaming about it too.  Sounds scary?  It is.  It’s insanity, but a good insanity. The kind that challenges me, tests my patience, and pushes me out of my comfort zone.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  And I’m not dead yet.

We’ve got some cool projects in the works.  And here’s a preview of a very modern one we are doing with Foursquare Builders:

Home Exterior - by Foursquare Builders in Austin TX

(rendering is property of Foursquare Builders)

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What else is new?  Hmmm….. I got a new car – a little charcoal gray Ford Focus.  This is pretty big news for me because I’ve never had a car payment.   I’m kinda (extremely) cheap, so of course I got a good deal on it.   (Having a dad in the car business is quite a nice perk I might add.)  The only inconvenience was I had to go pick it up in St. Pete, Florida from my dad’s house.  I KNOW, IT’S A ROUGH LIFE.  So my friend Brooke came with for a long weekend and we turned it into a little trip.  I got to see my Dad and the ocean, so I was a happy girl.

No visit to the Tampa area is complete without hitting up Busch Gardens.   I love that place!  It just makes me so happy and reminds me of my childhood spring break visits.  We splurged and did the safari and got to feed the giraffes, which I totally recommend.

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On the long drive back we stopped by my old home, Destin.  It was my first time back since we moved to Texas almost 3 years ago.  I felt so good to be back, even though it was just for one night.  It’s just so beautiful and laid back.  I will always have a special place in my heart for this area.  And, like Michigan, it will always be my home away from home.

Seaside, Florida

Florida Sunrise

Sunrise near Pensacola, FL

We definitely felt the effects of the polar vortex in Texas this winter.  I even woke up to snow on the ground one morning.  Actually it looked more like Dippin Dots ice cream, but whatever.

Snow Day

In the last few weeks Spring has sprung.  The weather has been much warmer,  so it’s time for me to come out of hibernation.  We have a lot of home projects we want to accomplish before the summer heat strikes again.  We’re running a 5k next weekend, and as you may remember, it is my first.  And I’m totally not a runner, so this is a pretty big deal to me.  I hope I can do the whole 3.1 miles without stopping – I’ve never been able to before!

Life is good.

Oh and Nate and Maci are both doing great!

Family.

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beach withdrawls & florida memories

It’s been raining for about 24 hours straight.  This was the view from out my back window this morning:

It seems like good ol’ FB is just blowing up with pictures from people on their fabulous spring breaks.  It really makes me miss that beach town we used to call home, Destin.

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(Photo by Chris Frey, found on Destin Chamber of Commerce’s website)

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White sand beaches…Blue/green water….good friends…amazing seafood = MAJOR WITHDRAWLS.

My memory takes me back to a week after graduating from college, with my silver Cutlass stuffed to max capacity with all the clothes and necessities I could fit.  I remember what it felt like to drive away, looking back at the home I grew up in, one last time.  I didn’t know how much my life was about to change at the time…I just knew I had a dream, and I had to chase it.

I got to FL and the first 6 months of my life was like a vacation: beach everyday, killer tan, exploring all the great spots to eat, drink and be merry.  Being a tourist was like my job and damn was I good at it.

It’s like one day I woke up, it was 2011. It had been 3 years since I moved to the Emerald Coast.   I was working full-time, couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the beach just to lay out and tan. Probably had been months.  And the next thing I knew Nate got that job offer and we were moving to San Antonio.  Ironically, three short weeks later, I was driving away from a place most people dream of living, starting all over again.

I guess my point from this random babble is that we get so caught up with our day-to-day routine that we take things (& people) for granted.  Don’t forget to live in the moment.   You never know where life will take you – so when you have something beautiful right within your reach, take it.  This weekend I encourage everybody to do one thing they absolutely LOVE, no matter what.  No excuses.  Life is too short not to play (even if it’s in the rain). 🙂