A Belated Valentine’s Day

Happy Monday!  I am through the worst of it now and officially have THREE weeks left in didactic.  Hold me?  My unintentional break from blogging happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day and I didn’t get to share how Chris and I celebrated with you.  Normally I wouldn’t go back to it but since making a marriage a priority is important to me I thought I would still share :)


Chris and I had the opportunity to spend the night down in Savannah for the holiday because my mother-in-law was here to watch the girls.  I had a big test that I could have been studying for but chunking out the time for my main squeeze was just as important.  We happened to have a free night stay that was about to expire so it worked out perfectly and we hit up a a Marriott in Savannah for the night.  Is it wrong that I was just was excited for a full night sleep with tiny interruptions as I was to be out with my hubby?  #MomLife

PA School Tip:  If you’re in a relationship and want to still be in one at the end of your program you must make time for the people that matter.  You can always have the excuse that you don’t have the time but you have to make it.  No excuses.


For dinner we decided on a new-to-us restaurant called Pacci.  Pacci is dedicated to sourcing local and fresh ingredients for their menu.  You could definitely taste the freshness in everything we had!  It was a nice modern place and since we had an early reservation it was pretty empty.

Pacci Savannah
For appetizers we got truffle parmesan fries which were out of this world and the crab cannellone.  The  cannellone had lump blue crab, ricotta, bechamel sauce, lemon preserved tomatoes.  HOLY COW.  I could have just had a few of those for dinner!

Pacci Savannah 2
For my main dish I got the Gemelli Caserecce with garden‎ herbs, market vegetables, shaved parmesean, and added chicken.  Honestly?  It was just ok.  The star of the show was definitely the crab cannellone.


After dinner we decided to walk around Savannah.  I feel so very fortunate to live in such a picturesque city!  It was nice to just casually stroll among the oak trees and do a little bit of shopping.  The ability to just have conversation and not be chasing busy toddlers was a gift in itself.


We the made our way to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar for dessert but unfortunately the line was 45 minutes.  However, you can take dessert to go so we did just that!  A little strawberry suspension cake, chocolate chip cheesecake and champagne from Kroger made the perfect end to the evening.  We enjoyed it on the patio of our hotel and just got to talk about anything and everything.



Overall it was the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. And yes – the quality of sleep was amazing.


How do you make your relationships a priority?


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How I Do It

“How do you do it?!”


That’s a question I seem to be getting a lot lately either from friends, family, or blog readers in regards to the beautiful chaos that is my life.  And I thought it was about time I answer it.


I could say that it’s my time-management skills or the fact that I am “super mom” but the truth is I am nothing special.   You want to know how I do it?  Well here it is ….


I have an amazing husband.


Chris has been my rock, my therapist, and my cheerleader for much longer than since I started PA school but he has filled those roles SO much more lately.  He is supporting me 100%, picking up the slack around the house, playing with the girls, and telling me that I am good enough, smart enough, and doing enough to survive.  This transition has been a big one for everyone in our family and he is handling it with grace and it keeping me in check along the way.  I am the luckiest girl in the world because I married one heck of a man.




I couldn’t do it without him.


There are a lot of other factors that we have implemented that have helped make our lives a little easier in this transition and I will post those tips another day.  Having Chris by my side truly is 90% of the equation … everything else just makes up that 10%.


Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’m lucky enough to have a date with my Valentine tomorrow night :)

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Three Years

It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since this …


But at the same time it feels like it has been forever 😉  Our wedding was one of the best days of my life … second only to Emmalyne being born.  It’s easy for time to fly when you’re spending your life with your best friend. In three short years our lives have changed so much.


We have moved to three different states.

We survived Chris being in Afghanistan for a year.

We got pregnant.

God gifted us with the most amazing baby ever.


Although our actual anniversary is today, we celebrated in Savannah on Saturday.  It is just a lot easier to do big things on the weekend :)  We headed downtown to City Market and hit of Belford’s.

We sat out on the patio and it was a PERFECT night.  Not too hot with a nice breeze.  Our waiter immediately brought us fresh baked bread with honey butter.  The butter was AH-MAZING!

For an appetizer we got some baked brie …

And toasted to 60+ more years of wedded bliss.

Em of course was the star of the show and boy did she put on a good one.  She was laughing and smiling and talking to all of the waitresses and other diners.  She sure loves her daddy!

For my meal I got the blackened salmon and shrimp with mashed potatoes and sautéed seasonal vegetables.  It had a bit of a kick to it but it was pretty good.  While our food was tasty it was rather pricey.  We live to live a little for special occasions but we weren’t “wowed” by the food.  It was good, don’t get me wrong, but when we spend that kind of money (a lot for us but not crazy $$) we want to be floored and have our tastebuds singing.

When I married Chris it was hard to imagine life getting any better.  We were young, in love, and ready to tackle the world.  I never thought I could love him more … and then I saw him become a dad.  Seeing him and Emmie together fills my heart with so much joy that it is overwhelming.

Life as a family of three is pretty amazing.  I am honestly the luckiest girl in the world to call the two of them mine.  As wonderful as the last three years have been I can’t help but be excited for the future because it just seems to get better and better.

Wedding: The Reception

Ready for part 4 of my wedding series?  In case you missed it, here are the others in the series:

The Details

The Wedding Party

The Ceremony


Our reception was held in a huge tent next to the pool at Stonebridge Manor.  It was the perfect setting and size!  I seriously loved every second of our reception and wish I could relive it over and over again because it was so much fun!


The wedding party was introduced to “Brine ‘Em Out” …

Chris and I danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble … it was choreographed, cheesy, and amazing.


And because photos don’t do it justice … here is the video:


My dad and I danced to Paul Simon’s “Father Daughter”.  It’s not a common dance song but it was perfect for us.  My dad also had some pretty awesome moves!


Chris and his mom shared a dance to Rascal Flatt’s “My Wish”.  It’s one of my favorite country songs so I was pretty excited that Chris chose it!

My sister Heather was my matron of honor but for her speech so had her whole family help her.  I have known her husband Mark since I was 3 years old.  He is a father figure to me and is a very important role-model in my life.  He has always treated me just like a “real” sister and he kind of hijacked Heather’s speech.  He gave Chris a bunch of advice about the “W” girls.  Some key points of wisdom?  Their dad is their hero and their mom knows everything.  Even if you think Debbie doesn’t know … she does.  Haha.


Although my family is very Irish, we have some German blood as well.  One of our family traditions involves the polka.  It was my mom’s request that there would be one polka dance and I whole-heartedly agreed.  This is my aunt Linda and I dancing to “Roll Out The Barrel”.


Our dance floor was packed all night long.  I attribute that to the fact that we have seriously awesome friends who know how to have a good time.  When you get a bunch of sorority girls, lacrosse players, and military men together it is bound to be a party.


Chris and I definitely smashed some cake …

So many of my sorority sisters were there.  I love my Alpha Phis!  When you go through recruitment and hear the actives talk about how your sisters will be your bridesmaids and will be at your wedding they speak the truth.  I am so blessed to have my sorority sisters!

Chris had a bunch of his friends from high school come to the wedding also.  Chris went to high school in Korea so getting this rowdy bunch together was an accomplishment in and among itself.


 My biggest piece of advice for any of you who are about to get married is this … take a moment and sit down with your new spouse and just look at your reception.  Take it all in.  The moment is fleeting and you will want to be able to picture every detail down the road.  Chris and I did this as we ate our cake and it is seriously one of my favorite moments from the whole day.


If you’re married, what song did you and your spouse dance to?  If you’re not … what song do you like?

Weekend Recap

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  Mine was perfect … full of food, fitness, and family so it was a win 😉


Saturday Heather and her family was in town house-hunting in preparation for their big move coming up in July.  I felt like I was going out on a date … tried to look cute, told Chris to behave, and cleaned the house.  Why?  Because up until Saturday Heather was a blog friend and we hadn’t met.  Granted, we have a ton in common.  Our husbands are at the same point in their Army careers, Heather and I are both Alpha Phis, and we both live for LOFT.  Match made in heaven right?  Well it was.  Before getting there though, here is what I wore:


SKIRT: Loft Eyelet Hem (Here)

TOP: LOFT basic scoop neck tee (Here)

SHOES: LOFT Metallic Veronic Sandals (Here)


Can you tell I like LOFT?  Haha.  Anyways, Heather, her husband, and their sweet baby girl came to our house and then we all caravanned downtown to Vinnie Van Go-Gos for pizza.


We sat outside the restaurant and the atmosphere was SO much fun!  It was the perfect location for excellent people watching.  Being unconstrained also allowed Grace to run around and have fun.  The weather was absolute perfect and the company fantastic.  I started off my meal with a Blue Moon … aka my favorite beer ever and a little pint of heaven.  Chris and I shared a medium pizza and topped it with pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, and black olives.


The pizza definitely lived up to the hype of UrbanSpoon and Yelp.  It was DELICIOUS!!  Apparently the single slices you can order are as big as a piece of paper so if you end up there you might want to stick with one.  The medium pizza was more than enough for Chris and I and we ended up bringing some home as leftovers.  A couple things to know about Vinnie Van Go-Go is that they only accept cash so make sure you stop by an ATM before getting there.  Also, they don’t have high chairs so Emmie spent the meal sitting on our laps.


I love the fact that Vinnie Van Go Go’s is located in the heart of City Market in the Historic District of Savannah.  There were a ton of shops Heather and I can’t wait to explore.  After dinner we went on a quest for dessert and ended up going to Cafe GelatOhhh.  Something really cool about Cafe GelatOhhh is that they use organic milk for their gelato.  It was REALLY good.  I got the Chai Latte gelato and wasn’t disappointed.


I always describe chai as tasting like Christmas.  This gelato had Christmas all over it.  Chris got the chocolate chip version and it was equally as good.  Heather got amaretto and loved it as well!  Overall it was an awesome evening and I can’t wait until they move here.  Heather … remember I want my BFF necklace in silver please 😉


Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I was a pampered princess.  Emmie’s gift to me was sleeping 13 hours!  Woo Woo!!  Chris and Emmie woke me up with their gift to me:


How sweet is that?  Chris had it made and blog-stalked my month updates of Emmie to get the pictures he wanted.  Yes he has access to my iPhoto but apparently getting them off the blog was easier haha.  It’s on foam board so it is durable.  We are going to get it framed and then hung in our bonus room!


They also treated me to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and never-ending back scratches.  They know the way to my heart is through French toast and sprinkles 😉


Chris also decided that it was a night-out kind of night.  He thought he was picking somewhere local for dinner and picked Dillingers.  WELL … Dillingers ended up being attached to the mall.  HA.  I did get to go to Charming Charlies though 😉  SO we went in to Dillingers with open minds and it ended up being a disaster.  I ordered the grilled salmon and it was so dry it was like chicken.  Then I tried the chili which was completely devoid of flavor.  Needless to say we will NOT be going back.  BUT Chris saved the day and snuck out to “use the bathroom” and instead bought me a watch I had been eyeing at Charming Charlies:


Overall I had a great weekend.  I even snuck in a HIIT run and shoulder workout on Saturday!  I am so blessed to have great friends and an even more amazing family in my life!


***I am going to be moderating #FitBlog tomorrow night!!  Come out and chat with me at 9PM EST about group fitness :)


How did you spend your weekend?