Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our Second Year Wedding Anniversary Trip

Travis really wanted us to do something special for our two year anniversary. Our first year of marriage, we would have liked to take a trip, but it wasn't practical since Travis basically lived at school and honestly had almost no spare time. Travis still has to study a lot, but most of his time is spent in clinical sites, and now we can see each other a little more often. Thank goodness.

Travis took it upon himself to plan a surprise trip for our anniversary. Travis is more of a planner, while I go more with the flow. I really wanted it to be a surprise of where we were going, so no matter how hard it was for Travis not to tell me, he didn't.  I was completely surprised. I had NO idea where we were going until we pulled up to the bed and breakfast.

Travis found a cute little place in Grand Rivers, Kentucky for us to stay. It was a such a cute little town. Travis planned on us doing some hiking, but the weather was SO cold and rainy, that it didn't happen. Thankfully, we loved where we stayed, so staying in wasn't a problem. 

Travis booked a stay at the Rose on the Lake. It was a bed and breakfast and it was awesome. We were the only couple that was there for our first time, everyone else had at least one more stay there than us. That's how you know that it is an awesome place to stay.


We stayed in the "Kiss of Desire" room. It was nice.

A killer bathroom, right?


This place also hosts weddings, and I can see why. It is so pretty. 

Travis told me to take a picture so we could remember what the inside looked like because this is what one day we would like to have as a house. Not with the deer head though, but Travis seems to think otherwise. 

And this breakfast was AMAZING!!!!!!! :) And it was each morning we stayed. AANNNDDDD this picture doesn't even show all of it {apparently it couldn't fit in the picture}. They say usually people don't go for seconds, but Travis and I did. LOL.

P.S. We have been asked about how it was to stay at a bed and breakfast. I would recommend it, especially if you stay at Rose on the Lake. Yes, at first we felt a little odd staying with other people, but everyone was so nice. The owners were so down to earth, and the other guests were really nice.

Paducah, KY

Anyways, for the first night stay we went to Paducah, Kentucky. I really liked it, BUT, couldn't explore too much because we got there at the time that everything closed. I think we got there at three and most shops and restaurants are closed from 3-5. We wandered around for as long as we could but it was cold and rainy. 

We found Glisson Winery, a little quiet place to taste different wines.


We then wandered around some more until we could eat at the place that others recommended: Max's Brick Oven pizza. We ended up getting pizza first, and then the appetizer of the Orr's Chili Dip afterwards (we are backwards people, lol). The food was pretty good {sorry I forgot to take pictures}, but we really enjoyed the atmosphere. Actually, we enjoyed the whole atmosphere of Paducah. It was a small town that seemed like a great place to live.

Grand Rivers, Kentucky

The next day we got up and had an INCREDIBLE breakfast (see the pictures above). When we arrived, the Hunters Moon Fall Festival was going on, but the weather put a damper on things. 

We then explored Grand Rivers, which didn't take too long since it's  feels like it is only a street long. 

At first we were going to pass up Patti's Settlement although there was this MASSIVE sign that we couldn't miss. This placed seemed to have such cute things there: a chapel, shops, a mini zoo, coffee shop, miniature golf, etc. 

Some of the guests that we were staying with us recommended to go to the parade {it was a big thing in the town}, but we were lame and decided to stay in because it was cold and the rain started to pick up. It was just so nice to relax and not have to worry about school/work. It was much needed.

That night we got ready to go to dinner at Patti's 1880's Settlement. Our friend, Rob, suggested that we dressed up. While we dressed up, everyone else must have missed the memo because they were in jeans. :)

The food was AMAZING. Travis got the 2 inch pork chop that so many people talked about, and I got the steak that was their special. It was expensive {that's why it was our anniversary dinner}, but it was soooo good and we can't say we left hungry. We really wanted to try their famous Lemon Meringue Pie that consisted of 6-8 high meringue, but we were so full we didn't think it was a good idea to not be able to literally move. 

Check out Trav's 2 inch pork chop! 

The next day, one of the couples told us to go and check out the Bison Park. We drove out of our way home to go and see everything. Paid a whopping $5 and saw nothing... well, we did see a lot of trees. At least Travis and I have a good sense of humor, because we now have a joke about the time when we paid to see trees. 


One thing that I love in our marriage is that we can be doing something, or nothing at all, and I love just being with this guy. He means the world to me. I am truly blessed to get to spend my whole life with this guy by my side. God knew what he was doing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Anniversary Week Begins :)

After closing at work, I came home to this:

Travis is so incredibly thoughtful and so, so romantic. And that's how we started our anniversary week.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Surviving Black Magic

{One of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen. Indiana Sept 2014}
One more thing to cross off the old bucket list: driving a stick shift car. Let's be honest here though, that wasn't really on my bucket list, but now since it's done and over with, we will add to that to it and  cross it off. Ha :)

Who would have known that when we were looking for a new car, that a brand new Toyota Corolla 2013 would even have that option. It is a 2013 for peep's sake! {Isn't this century with the program yet?} It happened to be the best deal when it came to our car shopping experience. It was brand new with a warranty. I would just have to get over my fear and face the music. I just hoped I didn't have to drive it.

But I did end up driving it. Okay, only a couple of times for the entire year and it just happened to be around the neighborhood. I hated it. {Hate is a strong word, but completely accurate for how this car makes me feel}.

It scared me to death, making me so full of fear anytime that I felt like I was having a panic attack just thinking about it. I would literally cry like a baby. {Trav video taped my melt down once, but I will spare you that horrendous video.}

But after hearing my mother in law breaking down about the four hour mark after leaving our house, and another four hours to get home, I was scared about Big Red's travel ability. After 17 years, Big Red, just isn't the same as he once was. But I had to get back home, and tried practicing for the month prior, knowing full well that it was coming.

So I drove 9 hours, with 3 dogs in the car. It was terrifying, especially when I got in traffic. I prayed a lot hoping that nothing would happen {and thankfully I had some great people praying with me.} And when I got closer and closer to where we were from, I finally relaxed with each coming mile.  

I drove that dang black car everywhere during that week that I was in town and surprisingly, each time I drove it, I only got worse and worse. You would only think you would get better. There were some hills that I got stuck on, but thankfully I managed just to laugh about it after I cursed them out a couple of times. {Take that you hills because you know it really scared them}. And I may or may not scared my sister to death while driving, but we survived. 

When I finally got home though {back to TN}, I swore to Travis that I would not be driving it unless I needed to. Since then, I haven't had to be in the drivers seat since. THANK GOODNESS. My hope is that I never have to drive that dang car again.

{I did like the fact that Black Magic did happen to have working air conditioning though - that may have been one of his most positive aspects}.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Most Sincere Man

Sincere. The definition is so simple: genuine; real. If there was only one word I could use to describe Travis, that's the word I would use.

I watched the other day as Travis picked up a football with the neighbor kids {before the Ohio State game} and played with them.

He could only play for a little bit of time, so he then invited them over to watch the game with us.

Let's stop right there. 

Travis doesn't even like watching the game with his friends because he gets sooooo passionate about his team. His mouth seems to run.. a lot, so I was a little worried. I gave him the "are you sure?" look, but this guy was pretty excited.

Minutes later I heard the kids starting to cheer and state, "I LOVE the Bucks!

I watched as Travis got pure joy teaching the kids about football. He is just so great with kids and people in general.

And as I texted his mom about having the kids over, I thanked her for raising such an incredible man.

"That is very sweet. He has a big heart and loves kids! Lots of help from God. He is really the One who shapes Travis."

She is so right. God has has hand on Travis. 

Travis is a man of God.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

We're Cover Material!

I received a phone call from the place where we had the wedding, asking us who was our awesome photographer for the wedding because they needed photo credits? Photo credits for what? Well...

We were going to be the cover of their fall activity guide!!!!

Uhhh.... yes. Our wedding photographer {Love Shalmai - now going with a new name} is that incredible!

Or maybe it's  because we are just that awesome. Just kidding. Sort of. Ha.

We waited patiently in the mail for it to come, and when I finally forgot about it, there it arrived. When trying to open it carefully, I still managed to rip a small part of the cover. Boo. It was also folded causing a crease in the middle of the photo, but I'm not complaining because it was pretty awesome. Plus, because I was going back home I hoped that they would have another spare copy that wasn't bent. I just really wanted to hang it up, because how often are we ever going to be on the cover of anything? Never.

When I went to go get the copy, Travis sent me a text asking if he came into the park if they would know he was Mr. August. Ha.

The picture is hanging straight.
Just the angle of taking the photo is crooked.
For our two year anniversary, I got it framed and matted for less than $25! {You can't beat that!} AND, don't you just love the wood frame? It was perfect! 

And yes, sadly, that is the only wedding picture we have up at the moment. After two years, I still haven't gotten them developed yet.  I think it has something to do with the fear that I will get them framed and we will just have to move them again. My mind knows that this home is only temporary, so I'm trying not to get too attached knowing that we will be packing up stuff shortly.

Also, there were two small pictures inside as well.

It's tough being famous. 

Now back to reality. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Karen's Color Runners: The Happiest Run on the Planet

Although Kate's mom was sick at the time, she surprised Kate as she ran the color run last year. Kate wanted to do the run again this year, and in memory of her mom. My mom, sister and I decided to join her, although we planned on walking it. This year though, not only did we do it in memory of her mom, but also for Kate's beautiful baby girl, Kendall. 

Kate planned a nail night over at her house the night before, where Kate so creatively made treats full of color. 

Even the popcorn had color in it! {And it was DELICIOUS!}

They even painted Kate's nieces toe nails. Aren't they the cutest little feet you have ever seen?

Kate was going to order shirts with names on it, but it was going to be a little pricey. So instead, Kate and her sister, being so creative, found letters that you could iron on. It worked out really well. We were short an 'R' but just made an 'R' with a 'P' and part of another letter. 

We were pretty pumped! Although we were supposed to be there and ready to go by 8 AM. And mind you, making sure my momma is up and ready early is not an easy task, but she and my sister both surprised me as when I arrived they were both ready! And not too soon after we got there, they started the race a couple minutes earlier than 8.

I loved that we all did our shirts differently.


Can you see how cold it was? BRRRRRrrrrRRRR!!!!!!

It was really a blast. My mom and sister were so cold, and since my mom was practicing walking on the treadmill, she was WAYYYYY ahead of us {go mom!} Although I was a little worried because they didn't have a cell phone on them. The others kept it at a much more slower pace. LOL.

And yes, there was way more walkers than runners. 

We eventually found my mom and sister who were waiting for us more towards the end of the race. Thankfully!




{All photos were taken by friends}

The crazy thing was that so many people we know were doing the race as well, but, we didn't run into anyone we knew. There was that many people.

Kate wrote this on her facebook:

Losing my Kendall has given me courage and made me bold. I am living like I never have before, doing things I never would have. I hope if Kendall gets to look down from heaven she'll squeal with excitement, "THAT'S my mommy!" Today I made a snow angel in the color of the color run. It may seem crazy but I know I have to live every moment of this life to the fullest. Loving life, loving hard, and following wherever the Lord leads me until I'm with my sweet girl again. I hope I make you proud sweet daughter and one day in heaven we'll make color angels with the real angels.

And that, she will.


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