4 Years

March 13, 2010.

We chose that date based on it being the start of Spring Break week for the U of A.

We had been engaged for a few weeks when we chose that date, I think.  I had been accepted to attend U of A for grad school the next year, so we knew we would have to plan around that.  Originally (months before we got engaged…because I started thinking about our wedding then), I wanted a December 12 wedding during Christmas break.  But by the time we were engaged, two of our friends had gotten engaged and claimed that date.  So, we chose the next break in grad school life: Spring Break.

However, somewhere after planning so many things, the state of Arkansas declared by state legislation that all public schools would have the same Spring Break and they chose it to start March 20, not March 13.  I was devasted.

But we were too far into wedding planning to reschedule…so we pressed on with March 13 as the goal.

I wouldn’t change a thing about that day, except maybe working harder on my diet/weight loss before the big day. 🙂

Four years in, I would do it all over again.  There is no one I would rather share my every day with.  I love serving Tyler. I love when he surprises me.  I love cooking dinner together.  I love riding in the car together. I love when Garth Brooks comes on the radio and we sing as loud as our voices can handle. I love when he keeps my cold feet warm.  I love everything about life with him.

Sure, life isn’t perfect, and this last year has been our hardest yet with lots of life stresses. But, at the end of it all, I was so happy to be praying each night for our marriage, for my husband, for Tyler.  I am so thankful for what we have.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s grace filled.

Happy anniversary, Tyler. I love you bunches, oodles, gobs, and lots.  I’m glad I’m your bride.

Weekend Recap: Anniversary Trip to The Rock

Weekend Recap: Anniversary Trip to The Rock

 We had a WONDERFUL weekend.  We decided to wait a week or so to celebrate our anniversary so that we could do a little getaway.  Originally, we were going to go to Tulsa, but then we won the cutest couple contest at our local paper….and we won a trip to Little Rock!  So off to Little Rock we went!
My parents live an hour south of Little Rock, so we went there Friday night.  Saturday morning, we all went to the Pancake Shop for breakfast before heading out.  It is soooo good.
Me and my man.  The start of a “fat kid” weekend full of yummy food!
 Mom and Dad!  Dad was in a funny mood for sure.  He had the giggles all morning.
 Me and my momma.  Sisters?
After breakfast, we loaded up and headed to Little Rock. First stop was Rock Town Distillery.  It’s the first legal distillery in Arkansas since prohibition!  Really neat!  They make moonshine, gin, whiskey, rum, and more!
We got a deal on Groupon to tour the distillery (with a tasting at the end) so we got to see how it was all made.  This was the mash fermenting.  It was bubbling up and really active.  Neat to see.
They age some of the liquors, so we got to see the barrels, and the bottling process.
After the tour, we needed some food (alcohol on an empty tummy isn’t my fave), so we went down to the River Market area and had some Chicago style pizza at Gusano’s!  It was DELISH.
We saved some room after the pizza and went into the RiverMarket Hall for dessert.  I had a coconut ice cream pop and Tyler got a cannoli. It was his first cannoli, and he LOVED it.
After dessert, we checked into the hotel.  We won a free room and meals at the Capital Hotel, a historic, SUPER nice Arkansas hotel.  Our room was a Junior Suite (like $350 a night nice) and it was totally beautiful.  4 bolster king bed, lounge area, AWESOME bathroom with a 4 foot deep tub….beautiful marble shower….so nice!
We took a nap and then got ready for dinner.  It was FREEZING so I had to wear tights with my dress!  We had won a three course meal at Ashley’s (the restaurant in the Capital Hotel).  It is the #1 rated restaurant in Little Rock.  And it delivered.  We got to try all these fancy foods we had never had before.  Oysters, pork belly, foie gras…and there was even gold flakes on Tyler’s dessert.  It was awesome.  We loved every bite (well, except for the oysters.  Not for us!)
After dinner, we changed into more comfy clothes and went to the Looney Bin Comedy Club.  We had been once before, but the comedians this week were SO funny.  We laughed the whole time….
…which may be due to the two Lobotomy drinks we had. 🙂  Yes, they are fishbowl sized.  🙂
Sunday morning, we got up and got ready for breakfast, also at Ashley’s.  I had some AMAZING sourdough buckwheat pancakes made from local flour (ground at War Eagle Mill!), and Tyler had chocolate french toast with peanut butter-butter!  OMG.  And their local bacon and homemade sausage was to die for.
After breakfast, we got our bags packed, checked out…and went across the street to watch the duck parade at the Peabody.  We heard that Peabody has been sold and will soon be a Marriot, so the duck parade will be a thing of the past in Little Rock. 🙁  So we watched it while we still could!  I love to see the little ducks ride down the elevator, walk down the red carpet, up the steps, and dive into the fountain!  So fun!
After the duck parade, Tyler took me to the mall so I could use my Ann Taylor coupons, and then we decided to head home.  We were going to the Clinton Library, but we decided to just come on home.  Mikey was so glad to see us!  He wanted us to climb in bed and nap…so we obliged! 🙂
We napped, got up, had a little dinner, and then went back to bed!  A GREAT weekend! 🙂  Lots of amazing food, yummy drinks, and fun.  I’m so thankful to have a wonderful husband and great marriage worth celebrating!
It was a fun anniversary trip for sure!  We’ve both been to Little Rock countless times, but it was fun to be “tourists” there! Hope you had a great weekend!

WILW and OHP: I’m Loving LOVE!

Linking up for WILW and Oh, How Pinteresting today!
Today, I’m loving…that today is our 3rd anniversary! 🙂  Happy anniversary to my sweet Tyler! I love you so much more today than I even thought possible on our wedding day three years ago.
Our entry into the world together was so fun.  Bubbles, cheers, and surrounded by family and friends.  The fun hasn’t stopped yet.
The happiest.  It just gets better every day.
Pure bliss.
I’m also loving that Tuesday was my 1 year anniversary at work! 🙂  Yay for great jobs!
I’m loving this sweet anniversary gift Tyler got me at Brick City Emporium. When we were there over the weekend, I commented about how much I loved this piece of art…but I didn’t buy it for myself.  My sweetie went back and got it for me! :)It says Song of Solomon 3:4 “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”
Song of Solomon 3:4- barn wood art
I’m also loving…. this quote about love I saw on Pinterest. 🙂
What are you loving today?

On the Same Page…

For our anniversary, Tyler got me a really sweet,  thoughtful gift.
He did get me a pedastal for my washer (we have one for the dryer…but not for the washer.  It will make my laundry life so much easier to have them both raised!), and he got me a beautiful necklace that is a heart with a cross (its so dainty it was hard to take a picture of…take my word for it…its beautiful!)…but his most thoughtful gift was something for both of us.
He got us each a daily scripture/devotional calendar (like the one below).
 He said we could each put them where we could read them daily (his is on his nightstand…mine is in the closet because our bedroom is dark when I get up).  He said each day we would get a bite of God’s word and always be “on the same page” (get it, you flip the page each day?!).  I thought this was a super sweet thing of him to do to help grow our marriage, keep us connected to God, and connected to one another.
So thankful to be married to a Godly wonderful man!