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six {6} months

time flies. it absolutely does. apparently we have been married for 6 months already. WHAT?! i haven’t even taken the time to recap our WEDDING, must less everything incredible that’s happened since then.


we’ve been to Mexico, we’ve been to Hawaii. we’ve scuba dived in the ocean. we’ve ridden bikes down a volcano on an island. we’ve worked out and laughed and cried and learned more about communication. so much about communication, that is something we will always work towards succeeding at.  each day I feel like we get better. we are both independent, strong-willed individuals and we can butt heads when we’re passionate. but that’s made for the best conversations, ever. the long hours / bottles of wine / candles-burning-conversation that i hope every couple gets to have.


we’ve charted out a good chunk of the next couple years and surprisingly find ourselves living in my parents basement for a little bit of time while we’re in limbo. we have the world at our fingertips and I feel like we’re about to take off.


no one told me it was going to be this good. and if they did? I wouldn’t have believed them.

Brett, you are my favorite adventurer, my teammate… I am incredibly head over heels for you boy.

all my love,


4all images by Ash & James Photography

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and then there was one

My silent grandma passed away this morning.

Slowly she went from talking (albeit quietly) and then no words… and then no eating… and silence. My grandpa has been such a lover through this whole journey. He didn’t want her to stay in the hospital. He wanted to be the one to care for her and feed her at home. It was straight out of The Notebook. If I have any wish for myself, it’s that I end up with someone that is willing to take care of me until the very end. Until the absolute last breath.

I don’t know how he will start to rebuild a life for himself as an individual, being able to take time to go fishing like he used to… and leave the apartment for longer than a quick errand. He has earned a long walk in the park, to ponder and breathe deeply while missing the love of his life.

If there is anything I’ve learned about the situation with Grandma Rosie these past few months, it’s that you absolutely must say what you want to say, and have those conversations you are scared to have, before it’s too late. Who knows when someone will lose their voice? When they cannot respond or express how they are feeling? Communication is so important, and I’ve learned that now. I get it.

Share your thoughts and feelings with your loved ones, before you no longer can.

Cheers to Rosie,

Listening to.
Adding to the wish list.
Munching on.


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my very own Barbie

I have this good friend that lives in LA.  He’s humorous, contemplative, and always up for an adventure.  Jeyk moved across the nation last year, but we keep in touch – so it’s all gravy!  He’s the kind of person you can count on to take you to the doctor when you’re on your deathbed, to chase down an LA food truck because you’ve never done it before, the kind of guy to layer up on a chilly summer day and walk along Santa Monica Beach talking about business, future, friendship… appreciate this guy muchos.

Anyway, today I was going about my business (read: work, working out, thinking [a lot]) and the doorbell rings.

There on my front step, lies a box from Amazon with my name on it.  I don’t recall ordering anything, so I secretly hope a box of Green and Black’s 85% Organic Dark Chocolate was shipped to the wrong person – which is really the right person because I love me some über dark organic chocolate.  Ka-pow!
I sliced open the box, took out the packaging and found a wrapped present.  The note read:

Immediately I laughed, because this is one heck of a thoughtful little gift.  And it really couldn’t have come on a better weekend.

Months back, Jeyk emailed me a picture of this Barbie and said it should be named the Emily Barbie.  Dark brown hair, long braid… somewhat sporty outfit.  The bow and arrow are yet to be mastered, but it’s a character from The Hunger Games, which I think the world of.  This is Katniss Everdeen… the feisty game-changer from the series.  If you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading this blog post and get your arse to Redbox.  Better yet, get the book and read that – there are so many more details in it.
emily barbie 
I’m setting up this little doll on my bookshelf.
As a reminder of feisty characters, a reminder of Jeyk, and a reminder that once in a while, guys will surprise you and do something unexpected.
So thank you Jeyk, for making my day brighter.
Tonight I’m thankful for communication and relationships both near and far.
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