our trip to the carribean

Matt and I had an amazing time on the cruise! It was hard to come back to the cold here. The trip was a little different than the previous cruise. Matt's parents went with us last time, so we definitely missed them this year. 

We sailed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, then to St. Thomas, and then St. Maarten. We went to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a fort in San Juan, a beach in St. Thomas, and a horseback ride on the beach (and in the water!) in St. Maarten. It was so relaxing to get away from the daily duties from home. Here are some photos from the trip!


guest post by matt - nonsense

rach asks me all the time to do a guest post on her blog, and much to our joint dismay, im not much of a blogger.  but she wore me down, just like i did a few years ago to trick her into marrying me.

so here i am, trying to write a blog and i have no idea what or how to do this.  do i go political and tell half of you how wrong you are (because you are just so, so wrong)?  what about a nice recipe, a life hack, or pictures of pretty suits from last weeks oscars (were those last week, why in the world would anybody watch that/care about that and why are they named after a garbage can creature)?  not sure.  on all fronts.  do i talk about how amazing rach is?  if you are reading this, then you already know all about that.  i'm into credit card churning, do you want to know about that (if so, then read these thousands of blogs about it here)?  fly fishing expertise (check out that cover model)?

i can say this.  we as a family are going through a season of change.  rach got a new job in november, and i started one this week.  its overwhelming but awesome all at the same time and both were answered prayers.  we have an awesome dog, a perfect house, plenty of socks and underwear, an electric car, and many other earthly blessings.  but more importantly we have been blessed with incredible family and friends (some who read this blog and some who dont) who constantly support us, guide us and love on us.

yall are awesome.  yall are my best friends.


ps-this is what olympic divers look like in the air


25 things you probably didn't know about me

Question 1: What's your favorite body part?
My calves.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? 
If so, what? I dominate some KanJam.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve? 
Having to log in to comment.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
When people are just waiting for your story to end so they can top yours.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison (please note that I have blue eyes).

Question 6: What’s was your favorite subject in school?

Question 7: What’s something you are really bad at?

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?
Reduced fat Cheeze-Its or cookie dough.

Question 9: What's your guilty pleasure TV show?
Pretty Little Liars.

Question 10: What is your phobia?
Small, dark spaces.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product or tool?
Banana Boat Summer Color or OPI Nail Envy.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I was late to my interview at my current job! Apple Maps took me the longest route and I had to tell my boss I would be 15 minutes late!

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Vitamin Water 

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
I guess jock. I played volleyball and soccer.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world for one month, where would you live?

Question 17: What's one thing about yourself that you are proud of?
I'm very disciplined. If I say I'm going to do something, I darn well will do everything in my power to accomplish it.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?
Matt bought me a massage for my birthday!

Question 19: If you could hang out with a celeb for an hour, who would it be?
Tony Hale. Fun fact: he went to my college!

Question 20: What's your nerd factor?
I know almost everything about the JonBenet Ramsey murder case. I am fascinated with murder cases. I'm aware it's creepy.

Question 21: What's one thing you wish you could do more of?
Go to concerts with Matt. They are so expensive now!

Question 22: What's your biggest fear?
Rational: Not contributing anything to society.
Irrational: My child going missing.

Question 23: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
Fiction: Can I say all the Harry Potters?
Nonfiction: Bossypants.

Question 24: Do you have any quirks?
Um, how much time do we have....but i'll just say one: if I feel a breeze on one arm, I have to blow air no my other arm to even it out.

Question 25: What is your dream job?
Not working :-) But for this? Travel writer.

Bonus: What's one thing about you that might surprise people?
I'm a pro-life, conservative Christian feminist.


cruisin' to the carribean

This weekend Matt and I are going on a week-long cruise! We are flying to Miami and then shipping out to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St, Maarten.  We did a similar cruise last year with Matt parent's and it was a blast! I wish they could come with us again. Here are some photos from last year. If you have any recommendations for excursions, let me know in the comments!


we were only fifteen

Maybe I only like this song because my boss plays it everyday, but here is Fifteen by Goldroom, featuring Chela.