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We’re new in the city, so there’s a lot of things we don’t know.

Things like good dentists and good churches, good eye doctors, good grocery stores, good restaurants, and good jobs…

(Hear that? It’s a hint to tell me about any good jobs you know about!)

Anyway, since we don’t have a ton of knowledge on what’s best for this KC lifestyle, we ask people for recommendations.

Is this dangerous? Probably. Because we don’t know what we’re getting when we visit a doctor that a friend of a friend recommended. Or what we’ll find when we visit a restaurant that was suggested by someone we barely know through work.

But the way we see it, we wouldn’t have any information about where we’re going anyway, right?

And this way, we feel we have something, however small, in common with whatever or whoever we’re checking out for the first time.

Of course, we still end up with no clue sometimes.

Like when we drive into a neighborhood to check out a house and find the sketchiest-looking neighbors we’ve ever seen. Or when we get lost on the way to whatever new place we’re trying to find.

Living in a big, new city isn’t easy.

If it wasn’t for Hubs and GPS, I’d be lost all the time, I swear.

At least with a recommendation, I usually have some insight as to where I’m going and how I got lost on the way…

What about you? How do you find the best places to visit or decide what people to trust in a new place? What’s the best way to ask advice for things like this?

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“Q”uiet Time Together

We’re going to bed early tonight.


Because we need some quiet time together.

It’s time to focus on some time for us.

Lately, we’ve been busy a lot. House-hunting, hosting guests on our couch, work, job hunting, running races, watching TV, going to soccer games…you know, just enjoying our life together. And all that is great, and we enjoy it.

But tonight is for us to reconnect and talk. Talk about us, our relationship, the things we’re doing right, the things we need to work on, the hard things that are difficult to say but need to be said…

And then we’re going to fall asleep in each other’s arms.

I think that’s my favorite part of quiet time… and any day.


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“N”ine o’clock bedtime…

Last night I was tired.

So, so tired.

I was tired because I’ve been a little sick.

I was tired because I ran a half marathon on Saturday.

I was tired because my body hurt… all over.

So I went to bed at 9:00.

Hubs and his brother stayed up to watch some show on the history channel. I didn’t care at all.

I went to bed.

I think it was the first night since we’ve been married, that we were staying in the same place, that we went to bed separate from each other.

I’ve been dreading that.

And I don’t really know why.

I know it isn’t a big deal if one of us is more tired than the other one. I just don’t want it to become a habit because I want us to learn how to adapt to each other’s sleep schedules and various needs.

But one night apart didn’t seem to hurt.

And you know what?

I’m probably going to go to bed early tonight, too.

I think Hubs is going to come with me tonight, though.

What about you? What makes you head to bed before dark? How tired do you have to be before you suck it up and admit to needing more sleep? Any secrets for feeling less sleepy during the day? What are your thoughts about separate bedtimes? 

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“J”ack and “J”ill…went to KC…

This weekend is going to be another busy one for us.

Friday night I have to work. Then Jill is coming to stay the night so we’ll be ready to run our half marathon on Saturday morning.

(It’s supposed to rain, so everyone please pray for good weather!)

That afternoon, Jack is coming so we can all go to the Sporting KC game.

In the meantime, I’m still dealing with this pesky cold/mysterious allergies. I’m doing everything I know to do to get better before Saturday, but I’m starting to get nervous I won’t be able to run. I can’t run if I can’t breath, right?

And that would be pretty sad…

(So if everyone can also pray that I get all better and back to normal, it would be awesome!)

So, here’s to our busy weekend…and yes, I know it’s only Wednesday!

What about you? Any tips or tricks for getting over a cold…fast?! Any big weekend plans you’re already looking forward to? 

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Right now, the concept of home is a very complicated one.

Our apartment is home.

But hopefully not for long.

And we still think of Sedalia as the place we “go home to visit” when we stay with our families.

Still, I think we’re happiest and most ourselves when we’re at home…our home…together.

Because after all, that’s the real reason we ever feel at home…because we’re there together.

As we’re house-hunting, I find myself imagining if I could picture us living in the house in question. Usually, it’s a no, and it gets frustrating to see house after house that just won’t work for us.

But the reality is that even if we never find a house that I imagine can become our first house, I know that no matter where we end up, it will become a home…together.

What about you? What makes your home feel most like home? Is it an object? A person? A special touch you add yourself? Any advice for buying our first house?

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“G”ame day!

Today was a Sporting KC game. (Woo hoo!) And they won! (Wooooo hooo!) But I wasn’t there.

I was in Sedalia with friends finishing up a super awesome bachelorette party with friends. And working in the rain for my Aunt’s landscaping business.

But Hubs was there, and having a grand time!

He’s rubbed off on me quite a bit. (I’ve noticed that happens a lot now that we’re married.) And I’m pretty excited about soccer now.

Want an example of how excited?

I got a text yesterday from a friend that said I was the first choice for an alternate for a friend’s indoor soccer team and it made me so proud, I shared it with everyone in the room with me.

And I checked twitter every few minutes during the game to make sure I didn’t miss any changes in the score of the game today.

It’s official. I’m a real fan now.

I’d never played a game of soccer in my life until this fall. I’d certainly never been a real soccer game.

I’d been a fan of the game for longer than that, though. After all, Hubs played in high school, which meant I watched as many games as I could. I even learned what “offside” meant and how to watch for it. (That’s a tough one, trust me.)

What happens next? Blue Royals t-shirts in my closet to match my red Cardinals ones?


I wouldn’t be mad about that.

It doesn’t mean I love my first loves any less. I have lots of love to go around.

There’s room in my heart and my head for another team, I think. Cards, Sporting KC, Royals…the more the merrier, right?

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“F”ridays… but not a usual one

We like Fridays as much as the next person.

But as newlyweds, they’re even more special because it usually means a night that we get to stay up and just hang out with no bed time…since we have to get up at 6 AM on weekdays. Sometimes we stay up late, sometimes we just go to bed early anyway and cuddle, or sometimes we go out. But we always spend it together…

Not this week.

I’ll be at a bachelorette party all night. Hubs is hanging out here so he can go to the soccer game on Saturday with the guys.

It’s going to be a fun time for both of us. But we won’t be together.

This will make the third time since we’ve been married that we’ve been apart at night. Not the third night, (this will make close to 15 or 17 nights, I forget the exact count) but the third reason.

What about you? How do you get through nights or weekends apart? 



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“E”aster weekend

Okay, here’s the deal, this weekend is going to be busy for us.

We have a work, travel, a bachelorette party (that’s me), a soccer game (that’s Hubs), family, fun, food, and oh yea, Easter.

With all this busyness, it’s hard to have a relaxing time to reflect and reconnect with what we should be focusing on this weekend.

So, we’re planning on racing all the way up until late Saturday night and then settle into the beginning our weekend.

The beginning of our time with family.

And the beginning of it all:

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” -John 11:25-26

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For the past few nights, we’ve had unimpressive dinners.

It’s not that we’ve planned this.

We’ve just been busy with volleyball, house hunting, planning a bachelorette party… all that good stuff.

Sunday night, it was so hot in our apartment, we had only tuna salad.

Monday, we had chicken helper. It was pretty good, but Wyatt cooked that meal, so the credit goes to him.

Tuesday was steamed vegetables and leftovers, for me. Wyatt had a PB&J.

Tonight was peanut butter sandwiches before we went out house-hunting…and Chinese food after. (A rare treat because we don’t usually eat out on weekdays.)

We’ve had a busy week.

Remember when we used to cook delicious meals all the time?

Anyway, I’m hoping to do better next week, and every week after we find a house and move into a place with a nice, big kitchen…

Not that I think we’re going to have a house any time soon…

… But hopefully soon.

What about you? When are your dinner hits and misses? What’s your go-to, “don’t-have-time-for-dinner” dinner?

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“B”aby talk

Yesterday was April Fool’s day. A few young couples I know tried to trick us into thinking they were expecting.

I also know several couples who got married around the time we did that who actually are pregnant.

It makes me excited to think about when we’ll have kiddos, but in the mean time, we’re not in a hurry to get started on that.

We’d like to enjoy just being together for awhile before we bring a baby on the scene.

Don’t get me wrong, I might be a little anxious when I start to see all these new little ones in a few months.

So you can remind me of this post then, ok?

On a similar note, Hubs keeps asking if we can have a dog.

I’d like a dog (ONCE WE HAVE A HOUSE!) but I’m still not sure I want that added responsibility… I like the idea of not having anyone or anything depending on us…but us.

I’m sure we’ll get a dog someday, I’m just not thinking it’s time yet.

In the meantime, we’ll enjoy our newlywed-life, just the two of us.

What about you? How long will you/did you wait for a dog? For a baby? Any ideas of things we should do before we take on those things?

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