Alaska <3

This post is a few weeks overdue. Whoops. Let me preface this post by saying, this was NOT your typical vacation. We were up with the sun most days so we could see the views going into each port. I don’t think I have ever slept so little on a vacation, haha. Totally worth it.

Also, I totally packed many things I didn’t need and not enough things I did need. I assumed we’d be dressing up for dinners, but in reality… I lived in workout clothes most the time. People did NOT dress up on this ship. I also did not have enough warm clothes, so I wore my green jacket pretty much every day. Whatever.

I have always wanted to go to Alaska. Never did I envision that trip would be on a cruise… but it was amazing. And being able to spend an entire week with my whole family was something I will never forget. I am so grateful that we were able to do this. So, so grateful. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime and so much better than I imagined.

SEATTLE

We flew into Seattle late Friday night… checked into our hotel and planned a breakfast date the next morning. Duh. We went to Tilikum Cafe… and liked it SO much (their coffee was the best, ever) that we went back the next day. So good!

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We explored downtown Seattle on Saturday and then met up with the rest of the family for dinner.

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Next stop… NORWEGIAN PEARL! Sunday morning, Chris and I went to breakfast… and then met up with the family to board. The process was pretty smooth… and it was exciting to be on a ship with unlimited food and drinks. The beeeessst.

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I can’t really remember what we did that day. All I know is there there was a lot of drinking involved. Pretty much the whole week.

I think the first day at sea, Chris and I did a wine tasting. Which was awesome. I loved everything I tried…we met a group of people from Texas who we ran into the rest of the trip AND got a healthy buzz..🙂

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JUNEAU

Our first stop was Juneau. Chris and I planned to hike a couple miles up Mount Roberts trail and then take the tram down. But first, we had to watch the ship enter the harbor… duh. And clearly, as you can tell by my outfit… it was chilly.

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Once we got into port. We walked through Juneau and found our hike. It was mostly through a forest (up a mountain)… but the views at the top did NOT disappoint.

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We might have had a family dinner this night?

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But all the days blur together.

SKAGWAY

Next stop was Skagway. AKA, my favorite. The town was adorable and our hike was top three hikes I’ve ever done. We hiked Upper Dewey Lake and then made our way to the Devil’s Punchbowl. The hike was pretty challenging (around a 3800 vertical I think? over the course of around 4 miles)… but once you got to Devil’s Punchbowl, it was like another world.

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Once we got to the Punchbowl, we saw it was completely frozen. Incredible.

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Chris had my camera, which is why there are so many pictures of me hiking and none of him. Haha.

Next on our itinerary was Glacier Bay! Honestly, I was the least excited for this (because we stayed on the ship the whole time). But it was pretty neat. We saw a good amount of whales AND we saw a couple glaciers cave. We wore our family shirts this day, too.🙂

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Unlimited mimosas made it even better… Because we were out on the deck around 5AM to get prime spots… and then sat in the same spot for about 12 hours.

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Day after Glacier Bay was… KETCHIKAN! My favorite town on the trip.

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Chris and I convinced my family to hike Deer Mountain. Which was no joke of a hike. Literally felt like it took FOREVER and had a pretty decent ascent to the top… about 3200 vertical and about 6 miles round trip from the trail head.

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It was legit through an Alaskan rainforest. Incredible. The views at the top were also incredible.

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We even had time to explore the town for an hour before we had to be back on the boat. I had the best-ever fish and blue moon post hike.

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(That humidity did a number on our hair!)

Our final stop…

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Which was a beautiful, clean city. And the residential area was super adorable. I would live there, for sure.

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Sister was old enough to order drinks in Canada… so we walked the town amongst bar hopping. It was one of my favorite memories from the trip. Spending a full week with my sister and family was seriously one of the best blessings.

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There are so many more pictures… and so many memories. I will always hold this trip so, so close to my heart.

Leaving the family was TOUGH. One of the toughest times I’ve had. Poor Chris… I cried the whole next day.

In between cry sessions, we did manage to have a fun last day in Washington. We visited Mount Rainier. We thought about hiking, but all the short hikes were still snow covered. Plus, we had a plan to catch that evening…

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Sunglasses to hide the puffy eyes.🙂

And now, after recapping that… I want to go back. :( The only thing keeping me going is that we BOOKED our next Europe trip! So, I have been enjoying planning that. I have decided I always need a trip to look forward to.🙂

 

If we were having coffee…

Hey let’s catch up! Life has been BUSY lately… but there’s ALWAYS, always, always time for coffee. Am I right?

…If we were having coffee… I would probably tell you about our first “housewarming” party we had (in which my mom was in town and I made her do all the cooking)… I’d try and pawn off some beer because we have so much leftover.  If you weren’t there (but you probably were because we’re tight), then I would tell you how I am so thrilled with our new paint choices. No more maroon wall!

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… I’d tell you all about the surprise 60th birthday party we threw for my stepmom a couple weekends ago. I’d give you the rundown how my sister in and law and I took her out for the day and that spending the day with both of them was so fun. Of course, there was wine.

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I’d also suggest that all your future parties need to have big, gold mylar balloons. Worth every penny.

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…I’d probably show you a couple of Meatball photos and videos. He’s loving his new yard to roam around in… and drinking the pool water… and naps on the big comfy couch during the day. Basically, he’s living the life.

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…I would definitely mention our hummingbird feeder (a wedding gift from a dear co-worker)…because I have been obsessed with hummingbirds ever since I could remember. I’ve been thinking… if i ever were to get a tattoo… a small hummingbird would be it.

…I might mention our upcoming trips… our Alaskan cruise with my family in June AND our Zion Canyon hiking trip in July. I am so excited for both of them. If we were chatting over coffee, I’d show you the new hiking shoes I bought for both occasions and recommend that if you’re looking for new trail shoes. THESE are insanely comfortable. I plan to test them out for a run this week.

Anyway, we’re hiking the Narrows in Zion. This is what it looks like.🙂

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(Source)

… I’d tell you that I am finally on the snapchat bandwagon. It only took a couple years.😉 If you want to see mostly videos and pictures of Meatball with the occasional selfie, I’m “shortstuffcourt” on there.

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^The best filter, ever. Can I wear a flower crown all day, everyday?

…I would tell you how much I LOVE (love, love) my new morning routine. I wake up, work out for about a half hour, come back and shower…drink coffee… straighten up the house and/or do laundry and cuddle a little bit with my baby. I am awake for a good three hours before I leave for work and it.is.magical. I feel so productive.

 

Currently {April 2016}

Hey, let’s catch up.

Currently reading…

Confess. It was pretty good.

Now I’m on to…When Breath Becomes Air.

Currently listening to… 

Die a happy man. I loooove this song.

Current guilty pleasure…

Shopping. Buying all the things. Moving into a place is so expensive. You want to change things and buy new furniture, etc. Luckily, we have saved all the gift cards from my Bridal Shower (about a year ago!) and are working on using them all up. It’s been fun. We’ve bought new pots and pans, new dishes, counter stools, a new vacuum.

You know you’re old when… you’re excited over a vacuum. (But I can’t wait to use it!)

Current nail color…

Nothing.😦

Currently drinking…

Perrier lime sparkling water. Because I have a problem. Hi, my name is Courtney and I am addicted to Sparkling Water (all kinds).

Currently eating…

A salad with roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, dried cranberries, chicken and cherry tomatoes. It’s amazing.

Currently watching.

Well I have been watching a lot of Netflix, because we just got out DirectTV set up yesterday.

Currently needing…

To find a Doggie Day Care in our area that is as amazing as the one we were using in Scottsdale. They sent me this the day we moved.

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To go back to Europe.

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Currently wishing for…

The weekend. I am looking forward to a restful yet productive weekend. Also looking forward to hanging out by the pool on the chaise lounge chairs we bought last weekend. Horray!

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(While our pool was filling up… We had to drain in order to convert to salt water.)

Currently celebrating…

Owning a house!

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Current bane of my existence…

Well, early April it was eating on paper plates. They are the worst.

Now it’s these walls that are being painted next week.

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Currently crushing on…

My shoe rack. Is that an acceptable answer?

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Currently (wish I was ) indulging in…

Wine. And brushetta. And fro yo. (and a throwback to a couple weekends ago in Sedona.)

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Currently thankful for…

All our blessings… Health, happiness, a beautiful home… all the things.

Also, the amazing people that helped us move and unpack.

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Current slang…

How about one that I hate? BAE.

Currently wearing…

Light ripped jeans, a long blouse and booties.

Currently excited for..

So many fun things on the horizon.

Currently feeling…

Blessed. And hungry. Hungry is a feeling, right?

What is CURRENTLY happening with you?

Thursday Things {4-14-16}

Good afternoon, internet friends.🙂

Here are some things from this week…

I am tired of eating off paper plates. I’m tired of living in a disaster zone and having boxes everywhere. But..I am SO excited to move.

This is my new favorite dress… Because, leopard.

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So…after three years… I have let my eyelash extensions fall off. I never intended to have them that long, but I loved them. I don’t have just one reason for stopping other than I didn’t want the maintenance, spend the money or have them forever. I figured now is as good of a time (as any!) to let them fall off and let my natural lashes grow back to their full potential. It sucks. Haha, I know it’s one of those things that eyelash obsessed people notice (like me)… but it still sucks. My natural lashes are now baby ones so I am trying to use castor oil to help them grow and strengthen them.

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I have been an online shopping fiend, lately. Which is dumb because I have all these things coming to the house while we are packing up and moving. Ugh. Why do I do this to myself?

We are going to Sedona on Saturday and I have been looking forward to it for a couple weeks. We’re going hang out at one of my favorite non-Italy wineries with some of my most favorite people to be around. And eat some delicious brushetta which I have become obsessed with post-Honeymoon.

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(Throwback to last trip to Sedona.)

I have been living-for-the-weekend lately, and I hate it. I need to make the work week more enjoyable, which means I need to change my mindset. I need some tips on how to make the work-week more enjoyable.🙂

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(yup, wearing my new favorite dress.)

I know it’s only April… but our Fall is pretty much jam-packed with so many fun things. I cannot wait. I am definitely one of those people that need something to look forward to… and by something I usually mean a trip/vacation. Tell me I’m not the only one!

We’ve started planning our “excursions” for our Alaskan cruise in June… and I am already excited to hike this hike. It looks AMAZING. All I really want to do when we dock is either hike or hang out in the towns. I don’t need to ride on a train or dog sled (that makes me sad).

THIS is my husband. He’s the best.

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The other day was National Siblings Day… These are my people.🙂

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My salads this week have been amazing: Roasted cauliflower, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted sweet potato, dried cranberries, chicken and cherry tomatoes. So, so good.

And, I’ll leave you with two recent pictures of this little guy…

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XoXo.

FIVE Things Fri-YAY {3.25.16}

It’s FRI-YAY!! Today is the first day that I am feeling like I am on the up… however I have been having some eye issues and generally low-energy, so this Friday could not come fast enough.

Also, two posts in two weeks? It’s a miracle. These are my favorite kind of posts because they are a random mash-up of my life.

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Five things I ate:

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  1. Baked pumpkin oatmeal. Yup. I am still eating pumpkin in March.
  2. Trail mix.
  3. Whipped Greek Yogurt. Obsessed with the texture!
  4. Chocolate covered cherries (not the big real cheery in juice kind… The dried fruit kind from the Sprouts bulk bin. Obsessed.)
  5. Scrambled eggs and toast… because I’ve been sick.😦

Things I’ve read (and loved):

I had to tell the truth. All the feels.

Me before you. LOVED, loved, loved this book.

Confess: A Novel… Reading this now and it’s good!

This image I sent to my sister for some inspiration.❤

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Five things making me happy:

Mail days. I love when my grandma puts stickers on our packages. It’s so cute!

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My #ThrowbackThursday image, last week. Still makes me smile. He could have told me it’s okay to put down the glass of wine for a couple seconds. Haha.

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Getting closer to MOVING. Cannot wait.

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Planning our next European vaca. It’s everything.

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Things I’ve Been Loving Thurdsay

It’s meeeeeee. It’s been so long that I am lucky I even remember my username and password. The thing is, I have missed blogging. It just is a lot of work and I don’t have as much free time as I used to. None-the-less… I fully plan to blog when I can. Even if it’s been a few months since my last post.🙂

What better way to jump back into it with things I have been lovely lately?!

Pictures of Meatball at Doggie Day Care. They love him there.

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Packing up (we’ve bought a house!) and throwing/donating a TON of stuff. It feels so good to get rid of everything we’ve accumulated and don’t use over the past three years.

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By the way, this is our new house.🙂 We move in in about a month. I cannot wait to have my own pool!

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Date nights. We took a long hiatus on date nights because we’ve been busy and trying to avoid spend frivolously… but they are back.

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Reliving our honeymoon. I seriously think about it every day and want to go back… for good.😉

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Going through photos and finding funny ones from our wedding that I forgot about. Like this one right off the shuttle after the reception. LOL. #hotmess

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Hikes and long walks. The so, so weather is PERFECT lately… that’s why we live here!! Also, woof to the picture below. That was one of the hardest hikes I’ve done, yet!

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Lilash… I am not 100% sure it’s working, but because I am letting my lash extensions fall out, I am crossing my fingers it is! Once they’re out, I am also going to try Castor Oil too… It’s going to be a big adjustment and I’m dreading it but know it’s better long-term.

Planning our trips! This year, we have Alaska, a trip to Wisconsin for a wedding, Zion Canyon National Park and EUROPE (Ireland, Belgium, Italy). I’m not going to lie when I say I am probably most excited to go back to Europe.

And, a throwback… because, Thursday.

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Have a wonderful Thursday!

Our Love Story

I have been meaning to give an update on our wedding and honeymoon…and you know, life!… but life has been busy (the good kind of busy, though!).

And, mostly, I can’t talk about the wedding or honeymoon without intense nostalgia (and probably some tears) and wanting to relive it over and over again.

{Chris & Courtney from Brittania Drew on Vimeo.}

The day was absolutely PERFECT. Of course, there were a few things that went wrong or didn’t go as planned – but they were absolutely so minimal compared to the day.

I knew that I would get emotional reading my vows (as you can see in the video), but I never knew how many emotions I would feel that day. I ugly cried a few times that day because I was so overwhelmed with love, happiness and NOT wanting it to be over… (luckily I didn’t ugly cry as much as my sis. Love you!).

I’ll write more when I can.

XOXO