Friday, January 20, 2017

on the eve of my 31st birthday!

thirty-one! i am still getting used to the fact that i turned thirty last [!!!] year! but ready or not..... and because i am wired the way i am wired, sentimentally so, i am flashing back to this b-day week of mine ten years ago! ten years!! i guess i'm at the age where i can say things like that. hmmm. but its true, ten years ago this week i was asking this green eyed boy to a last minute sorority date party which then turned into us spending my twenty-first birthday together later that weekend and the rest is history, as theeeey say.  and then fast forward to now! ten years later, living in the future. that very new crush of mine is my husband. i guess this is growing up!

Monday, January 16, 2017

hyatts in honolulu!

oh my gosh, take me back!!! pretty please. so for documenting, memory purposes! a little late. but warm warm mems! in September austin and i traveled to Hawaii for the very first time! well my first time actually :) austin had been once before in college when the university of Alabama baseball team played the university of Hawaii! so amazing. although, they didn't get to do much playing outside the baseball field, so it felt like the first time for both of us! but i should mention that the reason we even had Hawaii on our vacation radar this year is because of my husband! he has worked so hard for two years taking eight tough insurancey tests and passed them all to get his CPCU designation. the commencement ceremony this year just happened to be in Honolulu and they flew you and a guest on down! thanks for picking me, hyatt!

so after one flight to LA, another one to Honolulu, a lot of pages read, movies watched [father of the bride and me before you!<--- so many TEARS!], zero naps on both our parts [what!?], we arrived! we took off at 8:30 in the morning eastern time and arrived at what would have been eleven at night our time. but only five pm Hawaii! we were so excited to be there and to get out and explore rather than head to bed. so that's what we did! we laugh now, because it was probably the latest we stayed up all vacation! thanks, adrenaline and airport starbucks!

we stayed at the Sheraton on Waikiki Beach in an awesome room overlooking the beach and Diamond Head! [and the Royal Hawaiian hotel which is soo beautiful!]  we quickly learned, Honolulu was b-u-s-y! that's for sure. all hours of the day! but so lively and fun.  it was so easy for us to forget that countries like Japan and Australia are actually a little but closer in distance to Hawaii than Atlanta, Georgia! it's a good meet you in the middle spot, lets say if you have a bff who lives across the world from you ;) the first couple of hours of our very first day in Honolulu were actually spent inside. i'm sorry!!! at a restaurant having brunch and watching the Alabama game :)  everywhere was packed! so i am glad we aren't the only two crazy college fball peeps out there in vacation land. austin had on an Alabama hat and one local randomly yelled "roll tide!" so we felt right at home. but!! the rest our time was spent outdoors, as it should be :) soaking up all the sun, palms, salty water, fresh fish and ma-ti's :)  a few places worth mentioning if you are planning a trip::

Sky Waikiki - a rooftop bar overlooking Honolulu with some really great food! and live music! [although,  i think it turns into a major dance club late night, fyi!!] 

Morimoto Waikiki (inside the Modern hotel) - fresh fish, gaaalore!

Wailana Coffee House - unlimited pancakes. and coffee! the end :)

Duke's Waikiki -  super convenient to the Sheraton & Royal Hawaiian hotel and fun!

and soon our four short days were over and we were off to maui! in one super tiny plane. to be continued :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2016 year in review!

happy new year! and twenty-seventeen! we are so living in the future :)  i love looking back at these years in reviews to see what all we were up to, the big and small moments. i am really going to try a bit harder to document life here, because freezing moments in time is important to me, chelsea coleen :) so let's see, twenty-sixteen..........

january. i had a birthday! a big one! my thirtieth birthday! which i still can't really believe. but i did :) and the entire week leading up to it i received postcard after postcard from so many family and friends! [thanks to my sweet mom who sent out pre addressed postcards to so many to write me a sweet bday note] sweetest, best kind of gift for a sentimental words of affirmation girl like myself, traveled to tampa with austin for a post bday celebration, bought a car! traveled to charleston for the wedding of a college friend of ours! [marrying stone's old baseball teammate!]

february. traveled to new york city for a childhood bff's wedding [and got exceptionally fancy!], celebrated valentines day with my valentine for the ninth year, chocolate chip cookie baked a few too many, celebrated my brothers b-day on v-day!

march. marveled at the blooming blooms and spring sunsets, had our fair share of iced coffees and puppucinos, and well!  really was just a terrible documentor, so moving right along...

april. traveled to arizona for a highschool bffs wedding [we are ready to go back! 88 degrees in april, hellooo!], had din with my dearest dad who was in town for biz

may. celebrated austin's thirtieth birthday at the mountain with friends and fam! and then all over again on his actual birthday :) and also cheersed to my "darling" nana on her 80th birthday! [it was a big milestone birthday kind of year!!], spent memorial day weekend at the lake much like last year!

june. celebrated nine years of dating on the fourth! babies, we are no longer, traveled to manomet for an early beachy summer trip, which still remains one of our best ideas, made a little manomet to do list for those first timers! celebrated my dad on his sixth birthday! [see, milestone bday year!], austin received his CPCU designation!! which required a whole lot of studying and insurance test taking and was the reason for our hawaii trip in september!

july. celebrated the fourth of july in nashville! jotted down some really good books to add to your beach readin' list here and also here! spent one summer night with my past and future aka counting crows concert going with my husband, which was definitely one of my favorite summer days like,  ever!

august. traveled back to manomet for visit number two! annual summer beach trip complete with a pirate party and family happy hours, and made sure to get a few grand slams, reminisced on an engagement shoot of ours in the magical serenbe, had some early morning coffee dates, obsessed over fruit ice cubes, added big green egg owners to our adulting resume, strolled on by the very place we said our i do's

september. hosted a baby shower for austin's cousin [featured here!] traveled to hawaii [honolulu and maui!] for a week of sun, palms, and mai-tais!!, celebrated two whole years of love and marriage

october. celebrated my parents thirty-fifth anniversary and soaked up fall in nashville, followed right by my mom's birthday, crafted some little bats to get us in the halloween spirit, walked in the last day of the Susan G. Komen 3 day for the cure in atlanta with austin [and together raised $1,920!], celebrated halloween as Hawaiians [seemed appropriate this year!] and shared some october traditions of ours

november. spent a couple of saturday mornings having breakfast at the park near our house [in shorts on some days!!], snapped all the pictures of char and his toys, had my parents come for a weekend visit, showered my breastie and her soon to be babe, gobbled til we wobbled pretty much on thanksgiving, road tripped to sarasota for the wedding of one of austin's bffs, saw our faces appear in southern weddings magazine :)

december. decked the halls for Christmas, traveled to boston to spend the weekend with some of the very best, and then of course, a quick twenty-four hours in manomet, celebrated Christmas in nashville for the very first time, spent the very last day of twenty-sixteen at the peach bowl watching alabama roll on through washington [roll tide!]

...and that's a wrap, hello, new year!

Friday, January 6, 2017

christmas scenes from nashville

tickets to Tom Petty in nash this april! yay! [if you don't want them parents, we will happily take them off your hands :)]

plaid twins! love my boys <3
we spent our first Christmas in nashville this year! just hopped in the car and headed on over. no airplanes involved! which is a first for me in a really long time! pre college days! i have grown use to traveling home to connecticut for Christmas from alabama and atalanta! and then last year to cabo :) but since my parents sold our house in connecticut and migrated on south, Christmas has moved and it was nice to take a break from the craziness that is flying pre Christmas! [last year we flew to cabo on Christmas eve and our flight was delayed and then delayed some more... nine hours later, it was finally time to go!] so we really enjoyed our days, spent sitting around the table for hours after dinner on multiple occasions, walks around belmont [and watching charlie jump right on into the fountain ;)], making sugar cookies, attending mass at one of the prettiest churches i have ever been in, playing lcr [it's so much fun! and i think austin's addicted :)], big breakfasts, big dinners, and eachother! its always the best getting to spend [mostly] uninterrupted time with the ones i love the most. thankful for them. and sure missing Christmas and our sparkly pine beauty!!