Tuesday, November 18, 2014

She's all ours!

We did it, we closed on Friday.

We’ve closed two times before this and this time was the smoothest.
We closed within 30 days (to lock in a low interest rate) which is not an often occurrence because anything can come up at the last minute.

Well, our “team” pulled it off and we were given the keys on Friday.
I didn’t take any pictures with my “big girl camera” but I did share two on Instagram.

Here she is!
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I’m so excited and can’t wait to move in! I'll try to take some before pictures before the painters come in to share.
Hope you all have wonderful weeks ♥

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday Evening Rambling.

I've been slacking over here. I know it, you probably know it. I just don't want to blog. Boo to me.
Some days I do get behind the computer to write, to read blogs and then I decide I don't want to do it.
I get up, head to the couch and just watch another episode of Parenthood on Netflix.

A lot has been happening over here which is why I'm not really understanding my silence.
But I think everyone needs a break from things they love sometimes.
And that break is happening to my blog whilst not planned.

So what's happening over here?
I guess, we can talk about the easy things because the harder things make me want to crawl up in a bowl of ice-cream and stay there for a while.

House buying the second time around is so different.
At least for me since the first time around I didn't want to do it.
Poor Sean had to convince me on why it was a good investment, blah, blah, blah.

This time around I was all in because after owning a home and going back to apartment living you realize all the perks you miss out on.
Like letting Izabella's poop chill in the yard for a few days without any worries.
And not having to sleep with a broom nearby, you know, that way you can remind the upstairs tenants just how not happy you are with them.
I do remember spending a lot of money on a roof at our old house and being so mad that I couldn't spend it on clothes and shoes.
But ask me now the last time I went shopping. I have no idea. I don't want to shop either! Like at all.

I think un-employment made me realize that I just don't need anymore stuff.
Shopping to me is like a reward. You work then you get to shop.

When I was unemployed the joy of shopping disappeared and although I won't go as far to say that shopping doesn't thrill me anymore, I just don't have to do it as often anymore. I hope Sean doesn't read this post and hold it against me for that one day I decide that I just have to have those killer pair of stilettos.

OK, back to the house hunting thing. Clothes & shoes always put me off topic.

You also realize just how different you are as individuals and what each other wants in a home.
Since I wasn't really into it the last time around I didn't care much about what we bought.
I had some criterias though. Small house, small yard and somewhat updated. I just didn't want to have to worry about upkeep.
Because I didn't care I didn't realize the type of homes Sean actually likes.

He likes the Stepford wives kind of neighborhood, new built homes, while I'm all about old homes with character with what I call a "real" neighborhood. In the end, he realized that I was right, hahahaha. I know it is not classy to laugh at ones own joke but I couldn't help it there. But truly it was a compromise and we're both really happy with our decision.

But yeah, right now, I'm excited for us to live in our new house and for us to make it our own.
Granted, we won't actually move in until January that way we can paint and move things in slowly, on our time.

I will say that one of the important things I did learn from our first house is that this time around I'm going to do it room by room.
None of this, "I need to get this room done right now!" Taking our time this time around is what we're about.

We also realized that when we moved to PA we kinda gave a lot away.
You know the important things like a snow blower, lawn mower, etc.
We figured, hey, we don't need to take this stuff with us to an apartment.
We're regretting those decisions now because we're starting fresh all over again.
There goes shoes and clothes for like six months.

November is a special month for us because on Thursday we celebrate 5 years of marriage! Woo-hoo! Very excited for that and the fact that I get to live life with Mr. Sean. He is truly one of a kind and I love him a lot, a lot. This year has definitely been very, very emotional for us but together we're going along with the bumps. I know that I owe an entire post to that since it was in July that things just hit us over our heads but I'm sure when I'm ready you'll all be the wiser.

Let's see. What else can I share tonight?

I celebrated 6 months at my job on the 28th of October. Granted, I know that isn't a big deal but when you're unemployed for 7 months in a new state with no friends and family you realize just how much a job means to you. And I absolutely LOVE it. I enjoy what I do and I hope I can do it for many years to come.

So we close on the 14th, God's Willing and I'll start the whole sharing house stuff which might be fun.

If it takes forever, forgive me. I just get moments when I want to share everything and then times when I just want to keep everything to myself.
So yeah, there's an update that you could have probably done without but I hope you're all doing well! XOXO ♥

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Winery Fun.

On my birthday weekend, Sean and I decided to go to the winery for some wine tasting. I love that there are several where we live and that we can go whenever the urge hits. We enjoyed a complimentary tasting of six wines. One of the wines I tried was made out of pure blueberries and it was delicious. It tasted just like, you guessed it, blueberries. I ended up purchasing a bottle of it.

I'm thinking that I'll pop it open our first night in our new house. Yes! We put an offer on a house that weekend and after some back and forth, we got it! We had the inspection last Saturday and we're waiting for the appraisal to come in. God's Willing we close on the 14th of November :).

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I hope that you're all having a great week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oktoberfest.

A few Saturdays ago, after an eventful day of house hunting, we decided to check out Oktoberfest in our town.
I love that our town holds all sorts of cute events such as this one.

We were starving by the time we arrived and Sean wanted to try some German food.
We ordered meals that sounded good to us. As for taste, not that great.

I’m thinking it was because it was sitting out a little longer than it should have but we were starving so we ate every bit.

Here are some pictures I took of the event.

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This guy photobombed me so good :)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Girl's Weekend ♥

When I returned and they were still in bed, I tapped Charmion on the shoulder (I remembered that she was always easier to wake up than Sherie was) and said, “Alright, sleepy time is over!" An hour later, we we were in search for food. I made the mistake of mentioning that I could really go for Belgium waffles, topped with strawberries and whipped cream on the side, because after that, that was ALL we wanted. And well, because the girls decided that beauty sleep was more important than food we had to search. Restaurant after restaurant did not have it on their menu. Breakfast and brunch were over! NO waffles for YOU!

But we were determined not to call it quits and when we happened upon Grand Central Market we decided we could pick a little something to hold us over. I got some macarons and homemade chocolates. Charmion got yogurt and Sherie got grapes. I am clearly not the health freak in this group. After we made our purchases, it was back to checking menus in search of a restaurant that was serving our beloved Belgium waffles.

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And since we were already at Grand Central we stopped.
There is something so magnificent about Grand Central to me.
Everyone is busy trying to get to their next destination and I remember growing up always wondering where people were off to.

It’s a different experience when you are there and don’t have anywhere to go because you can take it all in.
And that’s what we did.
We stopped, looked left and right, up and down and took it all in.
And then a stranger (accidently) bumped my shoulder reminding me that we still hadn’t found anywhere to eat.

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Just when we had almost given up we happened upon Le Pain Quotidien. It seemed like a French inspired restaurant where the servers and several guests spoke French. That was pretty neat, and almost made me feel like we were in a little café in Paris. Almost.

The three of us ended up ordering the exact same things. A raspberry mimosa to drink and Belgium waffles with berries on the side.

The waffles I will admit were different. It was crispier than what I’m accustomed to but it was still very delicious. I'm actually craving it right now.

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When we were almost done eating Stacy walked in and we both squealed when we saw each other.
It felt so good to finally be reunited, all four of us together again.

After we paid our check, we went to Zaras that way we could buy some baby clothes for Stacy’s daughter. I have no control when it comes to buying clothes for little ones. When I’m in that section I just can’t pick one. I ended up buying a little wardrobe for Claire and it has been the most fun having Stacy send me pictures of Claire in her outfits that I put together.

After Zaras, we went to Starbucks and got what we always got. Caramel frappachino with whipped cream on top. We decided to sit at Bryant Park and enjoy our drinks. The weather was perfect that weekend and we really couldn’t have picked a better one.

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Someone didn't get the sunglasses memo.
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There was a wedding party that I could not resist snapping.
Love their colors!
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We also happened to be in the city when the United Nations was holding several meetings. It made the trip a bit more interesting because it felt like every block was blocked off and the men in blue were everywhere. It was neat to also see the ones that had to be in the FBI because of the suits, ha. I was so tempted to take their pictures but decided it wasn't a good idea to get arrested for the blog.

Not sure if one would actually get arrested for taking an FBI agent's picture but I figured this wasn't the weekend to find out.

After Bryant Park we walked over to Times Square and there was a farmers/flea market.
The energy was great and it felt so good to be with my best girl friends in my favorite city in the world.

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As we walked Sherie saw a guy getting people to wrap his snake around their necks. Right away, I felt sick. Snakes make me sick. But Sherie being weird has it on her bucket list to have a snake around her shoulders. We tried to talk her out of it but she was not having it. She got that snake and for a second she felt joy and then few seconds later she regretted her decision. The snake was licking her! SO gross. But of course I took pictures, from a distance. There were other people who also made the unwise decision but they look a lot more comfortable than Sherie did, haha.

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We also walked passed Dean & Deluca.
Is it just me or do y'all also think of Felicity every time you see a Dean & Deluca?

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For the rest of the day we caught each other up on our lives and it was like time had not passed and we just picked up right where we left off. We could not stop talking. The funny part is that although we have not been together in years we still found that we were doing similar things. Things that we hadn’t done in college. It was weird.

Soon it was time for us to head back to the hotel to get ready for the night. We got ready and met up with Jihae who lives in the city (remember that was her dream when we were in college). We had dinner at The Park. The restaurant is gorgeous and the last time I went with Stacy and Jihae we had the best experience. Unfortunately, this time around the food was not so good. I got a simple margherita pizza which was delicious but everyone else was not happy with their meals, especially Jihae. I tasted her salmon and it tasted so awful that I told her that she had to request something else to eat. She did and it was not much better but it was better than what she had. Good for drinks, not so much for food.

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After dinner we went to Jihae’s apartment to hang out at her rooftop and talk. Jihae is 7 months pregnant and Stacy just had her second child five months ago so there was a lot of baby talk. The type of talk that we never use to have when we were together. It’s amazing that we, the 18-20 year old girls that often spoke about boys, shopping, sorority events and midterms were now discussing babies, careers, marriage, the real world.

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The following day we got breakfast together and said our see you laters. We decided that this is something we'll have to do yearly because it isn't right for us to just go years without seeing each other. I felt so sad to see them go (and the hugs felt like they would never end) but I believe in my heart that the friendships I made with these women in college are friendships I will have forever. The friends that have really seen you grow and know parts of your life that others will never know. A bond that can’t be broken. It was this weekend that reminded us why we connected in the first place. Why distance and time cannot come between us. Why after several years apart there were no awkward silences. Why we will always be the best of friends. Why joining a sorority in college was not buying friends but making lasting friendships that I will forever be grateful for.