family days

10 random thoughts on this fine Wednesday: 1.) Z is so snuggly lately and we love it so much. 2.) I start my new job next week! So excited for some change and a new challenge. 3.) Should we do a fun Halloween costume this year? Comment below some cool ideas. 4.) I am so grateful for my husband. He is the greatest man and I literally could not even imagine a better man to have by my side through life. He is the kindest soul and the most patient human. I love him, a lot. 5.) I finish yoga teacher training next weekend! Officially a yoga teacher! 6.) Life is really, really good right now. 7.) We are going to start budgeting according to Financial Peace University again! We used to do it in Texas and it made saving and spending less stress. It essentially is where you allocate where all of your money goes to (even fun money) so that you know what you will be able to save at the end of each month! 8.) It is finally chilly in STL. Thank you Jesus. 9.) We did a really fun + cute photoshoot with really talented new…
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Relationship Q & A

What’s your biggest piece of relationship advice? Respect each other fully and whole heartedly. Before anyone else comes him, he is the person I love and respect the most and from that place, all else grows. We allow ourselves to change + evolve and our relationship evolves along with it. We never pull each other down or hold each other in the past, we are so fully present in who we are today and love the people we have grown to be more than we knew we could. We prioritize each other because what we have is what we value most. We genuinely enjoy + cherish time together, it doesn’t have to be scheduled or a chore, we really just love being with one another. Even after 11 years, he is the one I choose to love with every piece of my soul and I cannot get enough of him. When did you know he was the one? Our first date. He took me to my freshman year homecoming dance and halfway through I walked off the dance floor and remember putting my hand behind my back and he grabbed it, we walked away from everyone else and everything felt…
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Colorado Day Three

    On the last full day we spent in Colorado, we woke up to rain. We had planned to use the rain as an excuse to stay inside and just relax from the whole week spent outside but we just couldn’t resist going for another hike. We looked up the weather for Colorado Springs and decided that a drive was worth it to see a new city. We set out to go on a long hike with some waterfalls along the way- or so we thought. We ended up not making it to that trail head. After driving on the scariest switchback dirt road on the side of the mountain for an hour, we decided our little car would just not make it all the way. I have never been so afraid driving before, and I am usually pretty brave over these things! So instead we found a nice place that had a lookout area and hiked just 2 miles to this spot that we took some pictures at. It was a beautiful compromise so we didn’t mind. We had such a great trip; as you have seen in all my posts. We decided that as soon as Teddy…
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Colorado Day Two

We woke up really wanting to tackle this trail that we thought would be even better than the Gulch trail we did the first day- turns out, not so much. We were so thankful to have seen this view and had a place to stop to meditate, sit peacefully and just breathe. However, at some point we took a wrong turn, for 2 hours. We got to a really rocky spot that no longer even had a trail to it and realized that we just had to walk down to the bottom of the mountain and get to the road and find the car. We were slightly bummed that the trail beat us, but we still had a beautiful day outside to enjoy and Z loved all the sticks she could munch on! Then we got back to the airbnb (will be doing a separate post with pictures of our beautiful place!) and Teddy made me a homemade margarita! We sat outside and read, tanned and enjoyed the view before dinner. We decided to stick with the theme and go get some tacos and margaritas at a small place in town. We got dressed and took some pictures before we…
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Colorado Day One

What a week we had in Fort Collins, Colorado last week to celebrate our anniversary. We drove most of the day on Monday from St. Louis to our AirBnB in Fort Collins so by the time we arrived we were pretty tired and ready for food and relaxation.  On Tuesday we woke up early and headed in the direction of the mountains. It only took about 20 minutes to be immersed into them, with rockies on either side of us we drove in a bewildered state of awe, climbing elevation and taking in the views. We finally decided on a trail to hike, with no expectations of what was ahead we took off with a hope to see some pretty views and find some stillness. We were elated by what we stumbled upon. We followed a narrow dirt trail that took us through and around green mountain sides, rockie mountain sides and everything in between. We had to keep crossing over a rapid stream and problem solve on what the best way was to get Z over to the other side. She loved it! She jumped right in and would be so proud of herself when she got onto the…
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