Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On being a morning person (or not) and making the best out of every day

 This blog has been seriously abandoned over the last few weeks.  
To be honest, I've been in a bit of a funk lately, which has kept me from bringing my best here, which is what I like to do.

 Tonight on the phone my best friend said, "Can you please put something new on your blog?"  
Since I love her, and I'm on a study break from quizzing Ryan on medical terminology and trauma assessment, that's what I'm doing.

Plus, I happen to love this little blog and the way it has kept me in touch with family, old friends, and new friends.

 My new schedule has been... an adjustment.

I am not what you call a "morning person."  Far from it.  
I must hit snooze at least three times every morning and require a good twenty minutes without talking (or being spoken to) before fully waking up, even once I'm out of bed.
 I also need at least eight solid hours of sleep.  If I get less than that, I am not 
(how should I put this?) at my best.
I am also a night owl.
Before I moving in with Ryan four years ago, I would spend most evenings up past midnight, sleeping in until ten the next day if I could get away with it.  
Unfortunately that schedule doesn't jive with most jobs... and after living in a one room apartment in Korea where Ryan and I were forced to go lights out at the same time, I have learned to push bedtime to a more reasonable hour, making mornings easier as well.

So I've been going to bed early, getting up early, working long days, and spending lots of time with family and friends, which has been great, but has left me little time for much else.  

There are lots of posts to come though, with updates and recaps on our March travels to New Jersey and New York, and photos of what we've been up to lately back in P-Town.  It's been mostly good, and that's what I need to remember.  A funk only exists if you let it. (:

And my sweet husband texted me something this morning that I love.

"Make the best out of today and every day"

Will do, honey. 

Thank you.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In the Words of Mr. Rogers

In the wake of Monday's tragic events, I am overwhelmed with sadness, compassion and grief for all those who were affected by the violent acts.  

I am also overwhelmed with pride that at this very moment, my husband is pouring his heart building a career as a "helper." 

Moments like these make me so grateful for Ryan, my family, my friends, and the simple joys that we too often take for granted.

Live every moment.  Really live--because nothing is promised.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring Weekend


We were blessed with sunny skies and temperatures in the seventies all of last weekend.  This is NOT normal for Portland this time of year, so we took full advantage of the sunshine. 

Saturday we took a long walk and had a picnic in the park with my parents.


Sunday Ryan and I spent the day on the river and the evening with friends over happy hour.

After the teaser this weekend, I'm so ready for spring to stick around!

Monday, April 1, 2013

March Moments





+Submarine ride in Cozumel
+Goodbye to loved ones in Mexico
+Reunion in NYC's Koreatown with friends made in Busan 
+Precious time with family on the east coast
+St. Patty's celebration with my girls
+Spring walks to breakfast
+Birthday celebration for grandpa
+Catching up with old friends (and their little boys)
+Ryan's first fish of the year (and biggest catch ever!)
+Boating with friends  
+Picnic in the park with mom and dad
+Passover seder 

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Just like that, it's April.  

The older I get, the more quickly time seems to pass.  
No problem, just a constant reminder to enjoy every moment.

This will be the first full month we've spent in the US since July 2011.

There are so many things to look forward to in April. 
 On the books: a weekend at the beach with college girlfriends, an engagement party for the sweetest couple, this festival, and my dad's birthday.  
Also, Ryan starts school this month to become an EMT and I'll begin a new job as a preschool teacher.

And... we're finally ready to announce that we're having a baby!  

No, we're not.
{ Couldn't resist throwing a little April Fool's in there. }

April, let's do this.