I know this might be a bit opposite of most people, but I liked 2016. It was quite the year for us... and not in the way you would expect. After living four years abroad, we spent 2016 at home (Alaska and then Texas). I did make a quick trip to Norway, but besides that our year wasn't that action packed... and maybe that's why it's been hard for me to post daily on Instagram or my blog. I've been having a bit of an identity crisis with my social media accounts...what am I supposed to share with my followers? 2016 has been a year of learning, rest, and rejuvenation. Our 'new normal' has become spending weekends at home and saving money. It's been hard to get used to, but looking back, it was the best thing for us — 2016 is what we needed. We have a lot coming up in 2017, including a move to a new continent (more on that in the next month or two), and I look forward to sharing more with you all as I catch up on past travel adventures and as we begin new ones! If you're still here, that's for sticking with us. :) Cheers to the new year! ✨🥂
We all know there's more than one way to decorate a tree... but I feel this one takes the cake. #genius
I haven't decided if I want to decorate my house for Christmas. I absolutely love holiday decor, but the fact is, we have spent Christmas in [almost] four different countries in the last four years ... if you want to include Alaska as its own 😉. Because of that I have zero decorations of my own and would be starting from square one for Christmas. We have finally gotten to the point we can start buying stuff as Derik's job will be moving us state-side or even continents depending on where there is a need. It's weird to start collecting things again... I almost get panicked about it. Anyway. We are actually going back up to the PNW for Christmas and won't even be here to celebrate...thus the great decor debate😅. In the meantime I'll gladly take festive pictures of this gorgeous Conway watch from @woodwatches_com that I'm gifting Derik for Christmas! This watch has an extra special personal element that I can't to share with you this weekend on the blog! Stay tuned for that. :) Happy month of holiday cheer my friends! I can't believe it's already here!
It doesn't matter where you're going, it's who you have beside you. ❤️
Oh hi guys, it's me! 👋 Finally back from a busy Thanksgiving break with a post on the blog all about Istanbul! Go check it out: link in profile.
Shopping in Istanbul is always a crazy experience: elbowing your way through the Grand Bazaar to squeezing yourself into the tiny little shops around town. Don't forget almost peeing your pants when you hear the call to prayer for the first time ... it's loud. Real loud. Especially if you're in the general area of the Blue Mosque
Finally getting around to editing my pictures from our trip to Istanbul last year. Hopefully they'll be up on the blog soon-ish!
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer David
Handmade pasta?! Sign me up. 🙋🏼 #Mykonos
Always take the scenic route.
Petros (Peter) the Pelican just doing his thing in Mykonos Town. I am pretty sure he thinks 'normal life' is having an entourage of tourists with smartphones and cameras behind him at all times. 👆 That lady better watch out though... he's almost as big as she is!
Travel is not reward for working, it's education for living. @travelchannel
Them blues though. 💙💙💙💙
Our very short visit to Mykonos, Greece is finally on the blog! It also features the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo. Go check it out: link in profile!
I've been feeling super disheartened by the things I've been seeing on Facebook and Twitter lately. People attacking others because they don't hold the same political values or support the same presidential candidate. Guys. We live in America and have the freedom to think and believe what we want, and heaven forbid we are too afraid to be real and share with people on social media (especially our private real-friends only accounts) because we might get crucified for a mere status update. I'm all about discussing differing opinions, as long as it is done in love and RESPECT instead of with the intent to make another person feel like dirt. The pain and anger in the world (especially with America) posted on Facebook and Twitter literally hurts my heart and leaves me stressed out more than anything as I scroll through my feeds. For this reason I have deactivated my personal FB and deleted my twitter app until after the election... possibly even longer. My only wish is that people learn to live by the golden rule and treat others how they'd want to be treated. Now that you've read the novel above, here's a happy picture to get you through hump day! Stay strong and lovely my beautiful friends!
Hands down, the most festive part of town. ;) Happy Monday ya'll! I hope some of you were able to get Columbus Day off! I'm currently taking care of a sick husband (hello fall flu season)... and will be back to work tomorrow! ✌️
Wandered around yesterday and found so much charm downtown! Love all the old buildings. 😍 Also... it's no longer a thousand degrees outside, so walking around is 👌. Still in the mid 80's but I'll take that over 110°.
When your husband says, Hey let's go get a cupcake for your birthday! You take full advantage and buy more than one. ;) Anyone else's mouth watering right now?! It's taking all my willpower to wait until tonight to bite in — they smell AMAZING and are so soft!
Was wishing I had brought my camera along with me to last weekend's farmer's market adventure! This picture and the last two were taken by my trusty iPhone 5. Have I told you how much I love this part of San Antonio?! 🙈🙊
Texas sure knows how to brunch. 👌