Thursday, January 27, 2011

A quiet start to the year

It's been a while since I've updated. Not much has been going on lately which is probably why. Last weekend I traveled to Orlando for a Girl's Weekend with my mom and cousin. We spent the weekend visiting the two Universal Parks.  It was really nice spending so much time with my mom even if things didn't go as perfect as we would have liked.

The Good - spending time with my  mom
The Bad - saying goodbye to my mom in the airport - it is amazing, I am almost 27 years old and married but I still miss my parents terribly. As we were saying goodbye my mom started tearing up and I told her to stop before she made me start! I love how close I am to my mom, she really is my best friend and I tell her everything.
The Good - it was 75 degrees when we landed in Orlando on Thursday.
The Bad - it started raining as soon as we got to the park on Friday.
The Good - even though it was raining it was still warm so we weren't cold AND wet.
The Bad - Wet Chucks give some serious blisters on ones feet.
The Good - I found the only wandering medic in the park and got free band aids.
The Bad - Toes wrapped in band aids then shoved into shoes does not feel very good.
The Good - Seeing my mom and cousins faces as they took in each aspect of the park. See picture below for evidence of said excitement.
This was Debra's first experience with Honeydukes sweet shop and lets just say she was very overwhelmed with everything.

There are many other good and bad moments but overall the good outweighed the bad. I cherish the moments I get to spend with my family. I think an annual or semi-annual trip with my mom is in order!  Here are a few more pictures of our trip.
This is the emptiest I think you'll ever see Harry Potter World on any given day!

Next month we are heading to Key West for Valentine's Day with Drew's parents. That should be a lot of fun - we will be able to get another dive in before the cruise.  Ahh the cruise - we have a month and like 12 days before our cruise. I seriously need to get more hardcore into the gym. I'm very excited for the next three months. Key West, 27th Birthday, Cruise, and our 1 year anniversary. How exciting! So far things have been quiet but I will have plenty to post over the next few months.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Year, New Opportunities!

It's a new year. 2010 was a crazy, fun, emotional, hard, exciting, new, and sad time for myself and my family. A quick recap:
- Spent New Years in Orlando with thousands of other people - will never do that again. 
- Andrew and I tied the knot!
- We decided to sell our house (or talked about it)
- I made it to Harry Potter World. 
- My aunt and uncle passed away within 2 months of each other. 
- My grandfather passed away. 
- Our offices moved from Newington to Herndon - while we still live in Dumfries! BLAH
- My best friend had her first baby. 
- I made it to Harry Potter World again. 
- Andrew and I got scuba certified.
- We brought in the new year with close friends at our house playing board games and drinking wine. It was one of the best New Years I've ever had. 

2011 is looking to bring some exciting times for us as well. In about 14 days I will be heading to Orlando for  Girls Only trip with my cousin and my mom. I'm really excited to spend the weekend with my mom and enjoy Harry Potter World just one more time. In March we are headed on a week long Caribbean Cruise with the Moore family and my best friend is tagging along!  In April Andrew and I will celebrate our one year anniversary. I am thinking we may go back to the Homestead - this is where he proposed. He can golf and I can be pampered at the spa during the day, then fine dining at night. We are planning to try starting for a family at some point next year and look forward to adding a new addition one day. Andrew also turns the big 3-0 in November so I'll need to plan something special for that. 

After driving to and from work the last few weeks we decided we are going to definitely put the house on the market this year. Two nights ago Andrew ripped up all the flooring in the kitchen and his dad is coming over Saturday to lay down the new tile.  Andrew put the squares down in the laundry room and I LOVE the tile we picked.  It looks awesome and so much better than the ugly green that is down now. I can't believe we waited so long to do this. While Andrew and his dad do the flooring I'll be steam cleaning all of the carpets upstairs and doing some cleaning. I've been looking at houses and found one that I loved in Sterling but it is pointless to look until we sell what we have. So that is our goal. Wish us luck!