Wordless Thailand

31 Thu, 2011 § 2 Comments

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I will share more soon…with words. 😉

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What is your most memorable trip?

First Year

28 Mon, 2011 § 6 Comments

[photo by David Finch]

Yesterday was our first year wedding anniversary. 🙂

It has been a year filled with significant events & changes; it is difficult to tack down one thing that stands out.

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We brought home our baby.

Our family life has strengthened.

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We traveled across the globe & still felt at home.

[photo by David Finch]

[Technically Thailand & Eisley happened just over a year ago but still feel like yesterday.]

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We exchanged vows beneath the sandstone cliffs.

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We left behind what was familiar & safe…

[photo by David Finch]

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& replanted ourselves in rocky landscape [literally, & some days, figuratively].

[photo by David Finch]

We realized life is now & worth living — now — so we are “going our own way”.

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I suppose what stands out about our first year as husband & wife is the constant change, sense of adventure & growth as individuals as well as a couple we have experienced.  As I reflect over the past year, I am reminded why it is worth taking the road less traveled, why we are together, why we make sense, & why we will always be happy with each other.

Here is to my partner in life.  Every day I know how lucky & blessed I am to be with a man who has the courage to live, who refuses to play it safe & who goes for what will make us happy.

We will never know unless we go for it.

I am happy & feel secure embracing change & pursing a life less ordinary hand-in-hand with Dave.  We know it will all work out, even if we end up on the streets, 😉 because we will always keep happiness close & fill our lives with love & adventure.

I love you, Dave.

Forever

~your Allie-bug

Spring Dreaming

18 Fri, 2011 § 4 Comments

Can you be homesick for a place that felt like home for only a brief time?

Yes.

Can you miss people you only knew for three weeks & could hardly communicate with?

Yes.

Can we go back right now?

…[sigh]

Yesterday was a bit grey & overcast; it got me thinking about where we were a year ago.

It sure doesn’t feel like Thailand was twelve months ago!

With our anniversary approaching, I thought maybe I could share some highlights from our trip…next week.

I also want to share an amazing workout move Dave created…so watch for it…tomorrow [or later tonight actually].

I know I am lame to post “going tos”, but while everyone else was out for St. Patty’s Day, Dave & I were climbing our little hearts out at the gym last night…& I was  too exhausted & in too much pain to type, & it was too dark to take photos of his move.  I hope it gives you a couple things to look forward to though! 🙂

Bouldering felt amazing — other than the MASSIVE flapper I got!  This is always tricky business: should I just cut the skin off & move on or try to nurse it back to reattaching?  It’s a thick enough piece, it might just do it…if I have the patience to nurse it…& if it starts to heal before tomorrow’s climbing trip.  Hmm, I probably should have just cut.

Hope you had a fun [pain-free] night.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Does the back & forth Spring weather have you daydreaming of past or future vacations?

Tonsai Sneak Peek

5 Wed, 2011 § 3 Comments

I have mentioned our three weeks in Thailand a couple times but insist on waiting until our Thai-iversary to really share it.

However…one of my favorite bloggers, Nienke, is currently vaca-ing, & Thailand is one of their main stops!  In all the excitement I could not help but gush about our adventure & offer any advice that came to mind.  I was thrilled when she asked me to share some of my favorite photos from the trip as a guest on Revelblog today.

Here you only get a glimpse of the Bangkok Airport, but if you are interested in seeing a little more of our adventure, click on the photo & take a gander at my post  — then stay around awhile & browse because Nienke has beautiful posts & photos.  This girl is talented, gorgeous & knows how to live & appreciate life.  I also adore how she refers to her home as her “nest”.

Aw, every so often I get “homesick” for Thailand…this is one of those moments.

I hope you enjoy it!

[& I hope you are having a wonderful time Nienka!]

Slow Down

27 Mon, 2010 § 4 Comments

How was your holiday?!  Full of laughter & love?

I sure hope so.

The long drive was worth spending a 4-day weekend with my family.  Eis, normally a basket case in the car, wriggled her way under the passenger seat & stayed there calm & seemingly happy in her little “den” for the 7-hour drive. 😀

Between Daq [the niece] blaming Dave [the husband] for drawing all over Darryus’ [the nephew] legs

to sunny hikes with my dad & brother [was it really December in EC?]

to happy baby news from my other brother & SIL,

we got a big dose of fun & love over Christmas.

Can you believe I missed saying goodbye to my dad though?!  I was walking Eisley Sunday morning & decided to stop at my grandparents’ to say goodbye & didn’t realize he had to leave for an early meeting.  He looked for me but thought I was on a run.  😦  I was crushed.  Good thing Dave has learned to endure my tears.

Many people might be mourning Christmas’ past.  I am actually relieved to be able to focus & put energy toward other aspects of my life.  I enjoyed the holiday immensely & would lengthen the time spent with my family if I could, but with the recent move & job hunt, the stress of holiday prep was more than I could bare some days.  Again, good thing Dave has learned to endure…

I was so worried about letting everyone down, I didn’t slow down to really savor & embrace what I love most about this time — which is slowing down, embracing contemplative moments & sharing time with those I love.

We did enjoy our night hike…finally painted our shoes

…Daiqri & I created art…my sister shared ideas & inspired future food photography…& some of us even hiked a bit…but part of me feels like those moments were rushed & squeezed in…

Maybe I didn’t really miss anything.  Maybe it just took spending time with my family to make me stop & enjoy the moment…if only we could have had more than those 4 days.  I guess I am mourning, but it is my family I am already nostalgic for, not Christmas.

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How was your holiday spent?  Lots of festivity amidst a bit of chaos?  Were you able to slow down & enjoy the moment?

Stroll Through the Music

14 Tue, 2010 § 5 Comments

Culture drew us here; so it was fitting our last night in Prescott was Acker Night, filled with the musical culture of the community.

The locals call it Acker Walk.

I referred to it as the music stroll, because it reminded me of an [art]gallery stroll in a way.

Each shop [over 100 local businesses!] showcased a different artist or band.  100% of tips went toward raising funds for local youth performing arts programs.

It was a perfect excuse to get out, attempt to socialize, window shop, enjoy music & hot drinks & connect with the community — oh, & take the cameras for a spin & fiddle with night shots.  [That’s my excuse for the “lower quality” photos by the way.]

Each shop window had something different to say;

I’ll let you decide what that is.

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People were strolling.

Children were even roasting marshmallows near the sidewalk!

Photographers were prowling.

The tone of the evening ranged from window-watching classical

[I love violins.]

to rock-n-roll jam-outs to festive, street tap dancing.

You could chill to jazz or sway to folk.

Apparently there were even belly dancers & opera singers!  Alas, we didn’t make it to all of them.

One of our favorite performers of the evening,

The Denise Allen Band, wooed coffee drinkers with their blues & rock vibe.

Her voice was  s e n s a t i o n a l.

Another lovely lady behind glass I couldn’t tear myself away from…

I Am Tamela.

Wow.

I loved her stage presence.  I loved her sound.

I don’t even know how to describe it; all I could say was “I want to be her friend”, which Christine got quite the kick out of.

The restaurant was even smart kind enough to put a speaker system outside so you could hear her from the sidewalk if you weren’t fortunate enough to be inside.

I’m glad they did.

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Any fun traditions in your town that highlight community culture?!

Into the Void

11 Sat, 2010 § 4 Comments

These last couple months have felt like a hiatus.  We couldn’t shake the feeling we were just on a long vacation & not actually moving to AZ.

Today, the hiatus is evaporating as we move into our own place.

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Dave is still in the early stages of his new job.

I’m hoping to find work as a PT Tech.

We don’t really know what life in Flagstaff holds for us…

but we’re excited to find out.

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Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

Thanks Christine for being so generous & letting us crash with you & upset your life these past weeks.

Thanks to our parents & the rest of our family & friends for supporting our decision.

Please enjoy your weekend — enjoy every day!

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