Moving into our house wasn’t the only big project that I was planning for during March – One week after the Firefighter and I closed on our house, I hopped on a plane heading to NYC for my best friends bachelorette party. We both fell in love with the city during our visit back in August and neither of us could wait to go back to celebrate her bachelorette. Continue reading BFF’s NYC Bachelorette Party: Part 1
The Firefighter and I knew that we wanted to go on a pretty amazing trip for our honeymoon, which is why we didn’t take off immediately after our wedding. Waiting until the fall allowed us to recover from all of the wedding craziness and also gave us something to look forward to in the interim.
The Firefighter had never been overseas before, so my goal while planning the itinerary was to try and see as much as possible within about a two-week time period. We decided to start off with a week-long Mediterranean cruise, embarking in Marseille and making stops in Barcelona, Naples, Florence, Rome and Cannes, and spending a couple of days in Paris and London. From start to finish it was a total of 16 days.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m excited because this is the first Valentine’s Day that the Firefighter and I have actually ever been in the same place for – in the past one of us has always been away for work. We are cooking up dinner at home and relaxing. Neither of us are super big on Valentine’s Day, plus…it’s a Tuesday, and we both work tomorrow. It’s a steak dinner and a glass of wine before he passes out pretty early type of night. That’s the life for a firefighter couple sometimes!
I would just like to kick off this post by asking this – Do you have any idea how difficult it is to stick to the Whole30 when you’re in New Orleans? No beignets, no wine, no hand grenade, no seafood with delicious sauces. I’m not saying that someone should send me a Whole30 award, but I’m also not saying that I’d send it back if I got one.
Day 14: Back to Sleepy Reality
Breakfast: Apple Pie Larabar
Lunch: Ground beef-and-turkey meatballs; fruit salad
Dinner: Baked apple and banana with cinnamon and almond butter
The weekend definitely caught up with me this day. Even though I went to bed pretty early the night before, I was still pretty exhausted. By the time work was over and the groceries picked up from the store, I really had no motivation left to do anything at all. Even so, I forced myself to chop potatoes and fruit for this weeks fruit salad. After getting lunch together for the next day, I went to bed and was out by 8:45 PM.
What a whirlwind the last month has been! Most of it was revolved around my honeymoon – preparing for it, being out of the country for 16 days, and getting back in the swing of things once we returned. Now things are back to a semblance of normal in my daily routine with the Firefighter and Thanksgiving is less than a week away!
I have a ton of things to update on, but to kick off I thought I’d do a quick Year of Dates update. We’ve gotten three more months of dates under our belts and I’m sorry to say that it’s almost been a bit difficult to work them in at all! I guess that’s what life does – times get busy and it’s almost too easy to skip planning dates and special one-on-one time with your significant other. Even with the differences in both of our schedules, though, we’ve managed to work in our ‘special’ date nights.
When it came to a wedding gift for the Firefighter, I struggled for quite some time trying to figure out what to get him. I didn’t want to give him just anything, I wanted to give him something that would be meaningful and, ideally, be a gift that kept on giving after our actual wedding day. After a few weeks of brainstorming and browsing Pinterest it hit me – The best gift to give the Firefighter is the gift of quality time by coming up with one planned ate night each month throughout our first year of marriage.