Friday, March 28, 2014

What do other people think about you?

I recently had a discussion with a group of ladies from my church about what we think other people think about us and what we think about ourselves. I found it extremely interesting! The results varied, but one thing remained the same. Sometimes what we think other people think of us can be pretty different from how we think of ourselves. Let me explain.

For instance, I know that a lot of people (the group of ladies from my church included) think that I'm laid back and calm. Bill and my family would laugh if they read that. Of course, I can be calm and easy going in the midst of a group or in any public situation, but at home, I'm more type A. I like to cross things off my checklist, and I like having things a certain way. Although, once again, I am able to let things go. I'm not in any way controlling.

With that being said, I thought I would include my list of things that I think others think of me and what I think about myself. Here you go...

What I think others think of me...

Easy going, laid back
Good with words, Writer
Likes to workout
Loves animals, mainly dogs

What I think about myself...

Loves "home"
Takes great comfort in schedules and routines
Family girl
Type A but not a perfectionist 
Picks her battles
Cherishes close friendships
Strong, able to defend herself with words
Reserved, would rather listen than talk all the time
Expresses herself through writing 
Loves dogs, all types

What do you think people think about you? Does it match what you think about yourself? I'm curious...

{Image via...Bippity Boppity Boo}
Little Pink Book

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring is here!

Baby Turkeys!

Spring is here, friends! When I say Spring, I'm not talking 70 or 80 degrees. More like 30 or 40.

I'm excited that the temperatures have been staying above freezing recently! It makes such a difference. Plus, the sun is out more often. :)

We haven't had baby chicks for a couple of years, but we picked up several baby turkeys and two baby chicks a couple of weeks go.

The last time we got three ducks and several chicks that all survived and grew quickly. We haven't had that luck this time around. We've lost two turkeys and one chicken.

Bill told me this usually happens all the time and it isn't unusual to have them get sick.

I'm not a huge fan of it (obviously), but I'm thankful for the six chickens and two ducks that we have right now.

We haven't had any coyotes attack our animals for over a year! Yay!

Bill finished building our new solid fence in our backyard for the animals to enjoy everyday. They'll finally have more room to venture around now. The bigger enclosed area will make it easier to care for them too.

I'll post some pictures of the new fence soon!

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Florida: Our first time back since our wedding

A couple of weeks before we left for Florida, I had no clue we would be going to Florida. No clue.  Ha I was really happy when Bill Senior (Bill's dad) sent me a text asking about Florida! I really didn't think we would be travel back there until another year or two.

After staying in Biloxi for a few days, we traveled 12 hours to Jensen Beach, Florida where we got married. Bill's family loves Jensen Beach and have chose that town as there destination spot for many years.

While we there, Bill's parents woke up super early to walk on the beach collecting seashells and snapping pictures of the rising sun. I woke a couple of times to watch the sunrise, but I opted to sleep in and relax the other days. The hour time difference made 6 a.m. (really 5 a.m. in Illinois) a painful wake up time. :)

We both loved staying at the Marriott. :) I was really wishing my family was there with me on this trip as well. I kept thinking about all the things we did the week of our wedding.

There was a day during that week in Florida, I spent almost the whole day working out by the pool catching up on a few things. It was awesome. I love writing outside and having the opportunity to take a break in the pool.
We only had one "cold" day that was in the low 70's. Otherwise, the weather was really nice with most days in the mid to high 80's. I tried to soak up as much warmth as I could by enjoying the beach and swimming the ocean. I think my favorite part of the trip was simply spending time in the ocean, my happy place.
On our last day at the Marriott, I found this little guy by the hot tub. I looked up at the rock and there was this lizard who was to my eyes sunbathing on his favorite rock. After a minute of watching him, I grabbed my phone and clicked on the rapid shot effect and caught the picture above. Bill thought he was calling for a mate when he saw the orange part below his neck. I've never seen anything like it.

Ahhh... The balcony! I loved sitting out in those chairs throughout the week while eating breakfast in the morning or anytime of the day.

The whole week we ate at new and old restaurants that we loved, went to their cousin's son's basbeball game, visited with Lori's niece, Carol who is Bill's cousin, swam in the ocean as much as possible, walked on the beach, and shopped at different thrift stores and of course book stores. Oh, we also got a chance to go out on Carol's husband's boat where we saw a bunch of people catching fish. We even waded out by the sandbar and walked around. I felt so lucky to have a warm vacation after this long cold winter.

I'm daydreaming of it now.

Little Pink Book

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Beau!

I love staying at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. I was thrilled that we got to stay here for 3 nights before making our way down to Florida. Bill and I had stayed here with his parents in October this past year and fell in love with the place. It has that feel of one of those classic hotels you see in the movies. Think Maid in Manhattan. (That may be a little romanticized on my part. Ha)

Anyways, the Beau has amazing decorations, a small mall, buffet, performing hall, workout center, outside pool and hot tub, and of course a casino.  This is where we saw John Stamos play with the Beach Boys in October. So fun.

Hallway center piece in the Beau.

I like visiting their workout center too... Bill came with me too one time! :)

They have real flowers inside the hotel. I love these decorations. In October, they had massive pumpkins and small ones throughout the lobby.

Onto my favorite part... Their pool! I sat out here a couple times even though it was in the high 60's. I went in the hot tub to warm up. Side note: I really wish I could bring those palm trees home.

Floor design in the Beau. Isn't it beautiful?

After staying in Biloxi, we drove the 12 hours down to Florida. Florida was the last and longest part of the trip! We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot in Jensen Beach where we got married! I reminisced and relived memories from our wedding week all week long! I can't wait to share this part of our trip with you!

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2 Hours from Home

Bloggers, I'm thrilled that I'm a short 2 hours from home!

Two hours if all goes well.

We've been traveling for three days now and stopping at hotels at night.

I'll be the first to admit I'm not good at road trips. It's very hard for me to be in the car for long periods of time. I did okay.

I finished the book Divergent. Wow, that book is intense especially at the end. Definitely a worth while read.

I've been working in the car finishing odds and ends. It's a good distraction.

I'm thinking I'll be pretty busy with work related writing when I get home, but I'm going to make a point of going to a movie or two. I miss movie theatres, friends!

I also miss my family a bunch! My brother, Phil, is coming home this weekend so I'll see everyone except Meg. (Meg, we need to Skype soon!)

At the end of the day, I can't wait to sleep in my own bed!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My Cavapoo has Look-a-Likes

This one looks exactly like Kittle!
That sweetie 

The last three pictures are of Kittle, my family dog who we've had for almost 8 years now! I really cannot believe how similar she looks to all these cavapoo pics I found on instagram!

Kittle usually looks most like the last pic. In the picture where she's sitting on my lap in the car, she had to be shaved because she had too many mats or knots in her hair. I have to say I'm a huge fan of cavapoos (King Charles Cavaleir Poodle). I've never seen a cuter dog!

Really, I think that anything mixed with a poodle turns out great! Just look at Goldendoodles.

I can't wait to go over to my mom's house and take a video of her reaction to seeing me for the first time in 2 weeks! I miss her so much. I'm having withdrawls.

(First 3 pictures are from Instagram. Search cavapoo.)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Palm Trees and Mango Gelato

This week has been filled with walks on the beach, swimming with inner tubes in the ocean,  trips to local restaurants for good food, visits with Bill's mom's niece and family, flea markets and thrift shops, a weeks stay at the Marriot that makes me reminiscent of our wedding, exotic palm trees (as pictured above), and the most amazing fresh mango gelato. It's been an amazing week and a half. I totally didn't deserve such a nice trip!!

I'm really glad we got to go back to the hotel where we stayed at during our wedding week where our friends and family came down to Florida to watch us tie the knot.  :) There are so many good memories from that awesome trip. I was thinking about how I loved having everyone there the other night. I definitely wish I could have brought my whole family on this trip.

Both Billy and I had at least one thing that we ordered at a restaurant that we couldn't eat or drink I should say. At the beginning of the trip, I ordered a Bloody Mary that I couldn't for the life of me finish or start. The taste of it made me want throw up. Bill ordered Tuna Tartare which is basically raw tuna with some lettuce but really fancy. I was the only one that heard him order it, and I thought it sounded odd and a touch gross. I should I have said something. Oops.

On this trip, we got snippets of information about sea turtles. We learned that they almost always come back to their nesting spot even if it's a 2,000 mile swim away. A mother lays 100 eggs at a time and one in a thousand survive into adulthood. Oh, it also takes 60 days for the eggs to hatch. Pretty interesting stuff.

I'll be writing more on this trip, especially since we car for a whopping 20 hours! We're doing good though. We're a solid 2 hours and 3 minutes into the drive. Positive thoughts,  positive thoughts.

(Sorry, the pictures are at the bottom.  Blogging on my phone is challenging with pictures.)