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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cheers To Two Years!

My honeybee and I celebrated our second anniversary yesterday.  We dated for five years before we got married and every moment I spend with him feels like the beginning. It took a lot of hard work to get where we are now, and it makes it mean so much more. I can still remember the exact moment I laid eyes on him and how silly he was when he tried to impress me in front of all of his friends at his fraternity house.  We seemed like such little kids and here we are seven years later, still laughing and loving life together.  I hope that our marriage is always this way.  I love living life by his side.  He is always so positive when I am not, and he grounds me when I let excitement and crazy life plans float me away.


Favorite Memory:

To be completely honest with y'all, this year was a hard one for us and its been just as difficult for me to open up about. I can remember unexpectedly driving up to my childhood home in a panic last year on our first anniversary [literally that day]. That day we found out that my dad was admitted to the hospital and seriously ill.  For weeks, my sister and I spent the night in the ICU because we didn't know if we were going to see my dad again. It was terrible and no one should have to go through what we did, but at the same time, it was just as important that we were facing it together. I am convinced that it is the reason why my dad is still here and improving each and every day. 

We have all made a lot of sacrifices this past year. My sister moved back home to be his full-time caregiver and my honeybee and I drive up on the weekends to give her a break. It's a lot to take in but a lot of beautiful moments have come out of such an unfortunate situation.  I am not going to share all of the gritty details with you chickadees, but I will say that one of my most favorite memories this year is seeing my dad wake up, show improvement in rehab, walk again, and come home.  There is no better feeling than hearing someone's voice again when you thought that you wouldn't.

Although he is not in the clear, it has been a treat to drive home on the weekends to spend time with him and my sister. Something that I probably would not do as often if he were well. My honeybee and I sometimes will leave for our 2.5 hour trek home late in the night. We always made sure to stop at Starbucks to fuel up on caffeine and spend the entire drive home belting along with the American Country Countdown until the wee hours of the morning, only to get up early and head to work the next day.  He has heard me sing off-key, listen to my cry, and coached me to stay positive on those rides, even when I knew he was battling to do the same. I wouldn't trade those car rides for anything and wouldn't have been able to make each journey without him.


Lessons Learned:

A couple years ago, I had pinned a quote that I absolutely loved and kept coming back to this year: "Embrace the current season of your life." I cannot tell you how true this is or how many times I have said this to myself in the past year. What you think will never pass always will and you will come out a much different and better person for it. I have learned to find joy in EVERY day. Life might be hard, but there is always something that can bring you a little bit of joy.  Just because someone tells you that something cannot be done doesn't mean it's true: If you believe in your heart that something better can be done, do it anyways. Learn to live in the moment, let go of the past, and always put your family first.  You never know when life will slip out from under you and you never want to always wish you had done or said something differently. It's just not worth it. 



TV Obsessions:

Other than my trash TV on Bravo, I am not one to watch whole television series.  I'd rather be jammin' to tunes on my iPod while getting other things done [like m'blog!].  It's so hard for me to just sit and watch something when I am constantly going over my never-ending to-do lists between all of the jobs I have somehow acquired. However, this year was one for the books when it comes to TV shows because we sure watched our share of them.  Orange Is The New BlackBreaking Bad, and Lost were all watched religiously. All of them. Every single episode of every single season. I am not even going to begin to think about the amount of hours we spent in front of our TV, but I blame the Polar Vortex this past winter as the culprit for starting it all.  It was a treat to have something silly to look forward to. We never watched a single episode without each other. I can remember always swearing, "This is the last episode and then it's bed," only to stay up way past our bedtimes on work nights. Breaking Bad was just too good and a lot of ugly cries were spent on Lost.


Life Changes:

This year my honeybee and I made some bigger lifestyle changes. We've traded in happy hours and nights at the bar for hot dates [literally!] at some of our favorite yoga studios. We said goodbye to cheese, eggs, and all animal products in our diets by going plant-based. I never thought that my honeybee would agree to it but he did! He was tired of making two meals and wanted to improve his overall health. We also said goodbye to his high school/college ride and upgraded [oh hey, Beyonce!] both of our cars to something more fancy! Oh, and we added one more family member! Sorry ladies and gents- not a baby but another puppy! We took in my dad's dog when he got sick and he fits in here quite nicely! He has always had the hots for Lucy [our other pup] anyways so that made it easier.


Looking Forward To In Year 3: 

I feel like there is so much to look forward to for year number three with my honeybee! We have a lot of new adventures planned for ourselves.  In August, we are venturing off to Chicago for a little weekend getaway and heading to Aruba in March.  We will also finally get to visit my mom for the holidays in South Carolina.  Thanks to my honeybee keeping me in line for the past year, we will purchase our first home [that is, if my pickiness doesn't get in our way!]. Whatever life has in store for us this year, I feel so blessed to have him by my side. Life would not be the same without him. Cheers to two years!



4 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary!! So blessed I was able to be a part of your day!!!! Cheers to many more!!!

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    1. Thanks lady! Our special day would not have been the same without you! xoxo

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  2. Happiest of anniversaries! Loved reading this and seeing your wedding photos. Such a beautiful couple.

    Also, I love that saying you pinned. So good.

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  3. Thanks so much Cara-Mia! Isn't that saying the bee's knees? I have it written all over my planners and my desks. Such a great reminder!

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