Monday, August 30, 2010

In 36 hours....

We'll be here...
Drinking these...
Looking at these (well, I'll be looking at them while Dustin is ON them)...
With them...
and her, on her very first trip out of the country...

(and many others to help with her).
Eating here every night (Jungle Surf Cafe. Yum)...
 And waking up to these guys...

We can't wait to add to our memory box!

And, for shits and giggles, as if you haven't seen enough pictures...

2006. Our first morning at Pura Vida Hotel in Alajuela. Already smitten.
Arenal volcano, where Dustin proposed, 2007.

On THE most gorgeous, fun, adventurous honeymoon ever- Osa Peninsula, Bosque Del Cabo 2008...
Relaxing and celebrating one year of marriage, 2009...

We're so fortunate to have been able to visit this amazing place for 5 years in a row. It's so special to us and we are so, so excited to share, yet again, with family and friends this amazing country that we've deemed our own.

Pura Vida!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


  • I can't believe its been 3 weeks since my last post. I must be busy...or lazy.
  • 4 days until we leave for Costa Rica. I am so.freakin.excited. 18 of us, all watching Queen Lily. Hoping for a happy traveling baby.
  • I've barely done any decorating in out new house because I am feeling overwhelmed with it. 
  • I can't believe I am going to be 34 in less than a month. No one ever told me I would get this old.
  • Bear hasn't been doing so great and I'm a little worried about leaving him. I know my aunt will take great care of him but I just hope he doesn't get too stressed when we leave.
  • I am already almost 100% packed for said vacation. 4 days early. I'm ridiculous.
  • I love the sound of thunderstorms at night.
  • I am relatively boring lately.
  • I need to take more pictures of Lily. I have very few from the past 3 months.
  • I wonder if we'll come home from Costa Rica planning our move there, like we did last year. ::sigh:: One of these days.

Monday, August 9, 2010


It's been 2 amazing years since we said our vows. I can't believe how time flies. 
What a magical time we had in Costa Rica with our family and friends. 

And our our first anniversary, we celebrated with our 3 month old in St. Augustine...

And on our second, we worked. We have to pay for this gorgeous house we just moved in to...
...but we still had time to take a picture!
We did have a date night Saturday, thanks to my mom. We celebrated by going to Carabba's, then out for a quick drink, then to a friend's house. Yawning by 9:30, we were sacked out by 11pm. We're that fun, old married couple.

Thanks, babe for an amazing 2 years. Here's to at least 60 more.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Moving on...

I have never really had emotional ties to any house that I have lived in. Our new house will be my 10th home in 12 years. Being that we have lived here for over 6 years should tell you how much of a gypsy I can be. I've never had a problem just up and moving (as long as its near my family). Come to think of it, I treat my cars this way and I used to do this with my jobs as well. Possibly some sort of fear of commitment? Boredom? Who knows. Lucky for Dustin, I'm loyal to my relationships.

I digress.

Here I sit, the night before the last night in this house and I'm feeling nostalgic and a bit emotional. Only two more nights of memories here. It's bittersweet.

It has been six years and two months living here and as I type that it seems impossible because it has gone by so, so fast. Yet, June of 2004 seems like a lifetime ago. This house has seen us through so much and to say that I will miss it would be much too simplistic.

This house...
  • Took me in during a mini nervous breakdown.
  • Taught me how to remodel. Taught Dustin how to remodel. Both with the help of my dad.
  • Saw me through a lawsuit and an overall shitty 2004.
  • Saw Dustin through his college days.
  • Saw me through Luna's, substitute teaching, Passion For Paws Pet Sitting, Herizon MRI, Citrus, Breg, and now Citrus again.
  • Grew a 3rd bedroom, a covered patio, a shed and a paver deck.
  • Had no lawn for several years in the backyard.
  • Harbored Bear in the backyard for many, many hours while he soaked in the fresh air.
  • Saw many, many holidays.
  • Kept many arguments inside these walls.
  • Vibrated laughter on too many occasions to count.
  • Sheltered quite a few guests.
  • Shared the street number of my grandma Mary's house when she was alive. Thank you gram for helping me with this place.
  • Saw many, many plants and cultivated my husband's love for foliage.
  • Had a hole cut in it for a beautiful reef tank.
  • Saw Dustin and I through dating, engagement, and our first 2 years of marriage.
  • Held many dinner parties.
  • Held many parties, period. 
  • Held one colossal baby shower.
  • Saw more paint in each of the rooms than any house I've ever seen.
  • Sheltered many boxer dogs while they were in foster care.
  • Kept me comfortable...well...tried to keep me comfortable...during 9 months of misery, er, pregnancy.
Most importantly....this house is Lily's first home. We brought her here and she filled this house with love, laughter, joy, tears, happiness, frustration, sleeplessness, cooing, giggling, talking, crawling, walking, wonderment and so much more. She made this house our home and safe haven.

So, my little Venice East house. You will be missed. Please provide as many memories for our tenants. and any other future inhabitants, as you did for us. You were good to us and so comfortable. Thank you for seeing us through such an amazing time in our lives.

Tuesday, we begin to build new memories at our new house, which is so exciting. This house will bring tea parties, first days of school, growing tall, growing more teeth, growing more curls, losing teeth, more holidays, new neighbors, a beautiful community (with a pool!), and so much more.