Today is a very special day because it happens to be my beauuuuuutiful sister’s 25th birthday!! Happy birthday, Ana! You mean the world to me and I am so thankful to have such an incredible person as my sister. I love you and I hope your day is perfect!
My Step Dad* sent me this beautiful video this morning that the National Park Service made in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, or “the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 23,000 casualties on both sides.” I am no Civil War buff, but I have a great appreciation for all the men and women who spend their time preserving history and educating the public about this important time in our country’s history. Especially because my Dad is one of them! He is not in this video, but he is one of the many that take part in the frequent living histories that take place in the area. I feel lucky to have grown up in a place that is so rich in history and I think it’s really cool that he does this.
I also think the video is gorgeous and love the music. Hope ya enjoy it too!
My Dad IS in these photos, however. Pretty cool, huh?
*I say ‘Step’ here for clarification’s sake, for anyone reading whodoesn’t know I have four parents, but my Step parents are every bit my parents as my biological parents! They are the best!!
• it’s my one-week Pilates anniversary (still love it)
• my husband came home from his 2-day Nashville trip
• we saw Alexander Skarsgard at lunch today (for serious, ladies)
• it’s Friday
my first best friend
Not so good things about today:
• my little brother is flying overseas, and he won’t be back until next summer.
In this case, the cons kind of outweigh the pros, and so I’m feeling a little mopey. I have gone longer without seeing my brother, but it still doesn’t make it any easier. I will miss him so much and I really do hope the next year flies by.
We had such a fun time in New York and Virginia over Christmas… it really felt more like a month than 9 days. In NY we had no agenda other than eating, walking around, sleeping in, and shopping. I believe we met every one of those goals! Our time in VA was all about family and I was lucky enough to get to hang with not only my parents and siblings, but Grandparents, aunts & uncles as well! We cut down a (somewhat puny) Christmas tree, held baby bunnies, played a ton of games, cooked breakfast and dinner together, met up with friends, witnessed my best friend’s 11 month old baby girl walk for the first time (!!!), but mostly just loafed around with the people I love most in this world. It was wonderful.
Just have to stop in to give a super happy birthday shout-out to my beautiful sister Ana, who turns 24 today. Ana, I know you’re reading this, and I want you to know how much I love you, cherish you, and wish I could be there to celebrate with you!!! You are the best sister a girl could ever ask for & I am grateful everyday to have you in my life!
BTW, your gift will be late.
Ana and I this time last year
By the way – I’m alone again! Julian has once again been shipped off – to NYC this time to film his best friend Marc as he wraps up his new record in the studio over the next few days. I’m sad he’s gone so unexpectedly, but I think it’s a gift in a way because I really need to play catch up on a lot of school work and it’s hard to make myself focus when I have such a dashing, entertaining man hanging around the house all day.
See what I mean about the dashing part:
At least I have three furry kids to keep me company around here til he returns. Things are going well in my world – just had a lovely visit with Julian’s parents, started my 10k training program (so far so good, but it’s early – I’m enjoying the strength training & looking forward to getting some cycling in), been getting good grades at school & learning so much, and the weather is finally starting to feel more Fall-like regularly. I can’t believe it’ll be Halloween in 20 days! We don’t have costumes yet, so I guess I should get on that soon.
Hope you’re all having a beautiful October… xo
Photo: first by Julian / second by Julian’s Mom, Laura
I have the cutest husband ever. Woke up this morning to find a little polka dot package on my desk.
It was an early birthday gift from J, an iPod nano, which I had expressed interest in a while back because of how challenging it is to run while holding my phone. I kind of knew he would get it for me, so he wanted to make when I got it a surprise (my bday is still 2 weeks away). How thoughtful is he!
I also had no idea what color he’d pick. All I said was, “no pink!” but I was secretly hoping he’d get this pretty orange one! I was so happy. I can’t wait to go running again on Monday night. I was so excited, I registered for my first 5k immediately after. 28 days til the big race!
Well, I survived. But just barely. The two week double-header known as packing-moving-unpacking-get a new dog-week-turned-drive to AZ-turn around, drive back to LA-host little siblings-go to Disneyland, Warner Bros, etc-week has officially come to an end…. BREATHE.
The week with my little brother & sister was beyond amazing, but I can’t ever remember being this tired or out of sorts! Remind me to never schedule this many things in one short timeframe ever again. On the plus side, the new house is kind of starting to feel like home, I’m tanner than usual thanks to having a pool in the backyard, and the new puppy sleeps a lot, which is way better than barking/peeing on the floor a lot. As a matter of fact, he’s sprawled out in his bed with all four legs in the air as I type this. And the house is silent… which it hasn’t been since we moved in. I can’t stop taking deep breaths, because I kind of feel like I haven’t breathed since we began this process!
This ought to explain the lack of posting here. I’m sure I’ll be back to normal soon, though I plan on doing an awful lot of this for the rest of the weekend:
He was a Christmas present, so I decided he needed a Biblical name. I suggested Noah, and everyone agreed. Little did we know this would make saying “No!” confusing for him. He was our best friend for 13 long, wonderful years. He was a pain in the neck at times (like when he ate an entire box of candy bars, or an entire package of chicken breast, or an entire tray of muffins, or an entire lasagna, or nearly an entire pineapple upside down cake), but most of the time, he was just a fiercely loyal, sweet cuddle monster – both to his family and to his kitties. We’re fortunate to have been his family and to have so many amazing memories to look back on. Rest in peace, Noah. I miss you already big boy. Coming home isn’t going to be the same without being greeted by your shedding hair and wagging tail.
Happy Memorial Day. In remembrance of the men and women who have courageously stepped forward to serve our country, sacrificing their lives for the freedoms that each of us enjoys today and everyday.
WW2 Memorial at night in DC
Try not to forget the meaning of this important holiday today – no, it has nothing to do with hamburgers or lemonade – if you know a soldier or veteran (and don’t we all these days), express your thanks, give them a hug, appreciate their bravery. I am proud to know so many myself.
Oh, gosh – Google is great at so many things, and creating commercials that make me weep is just one of them. I love their latest, Dear Sophie – even if you aren’t a parent (which I’m… not), it will still make you all warm inside. I totally want to do this for my future baby.