To My Husband,

I knew I was making a good decision when I married you, the best one of my life, but I had no idea just how good it would be.  I am so thankful it was God's plan for us to be together and it has been the best blessing of my life watching His plan unfold over the past couple of years.  Being married to you is so good and is the reason I am able to say I am truly content in life.  Over the past couple of months, God has brought us together in an amazing way and has opened my eyes even more to see just how thankful I am for you.

You are more than I could have asked for, more than I dreamed of, more than I deserve.  In the past two years of our marriage, you have shown me real love.  We have been through unforeseeable hard stuff and you've been unwavering.  We've had some times that can only be described as bliss, in an everlasting sense, and those times are because of you.  The best part of my day is seeing each other when we get home.

Everyone that knows you knows you're an incredible man.  I am so thankful though, that I am the one blessed to be your wife and to personally know what a perfect husband you are.

Here's to two years and many more.  You are so much fun to do life with babe.  I love you.


Your Wife



Given that my parents were on mandatory evacuation and you can see smoke right behind Garden of the Gods, this one has just hit too close to home.  Please pray for safety and rain, for this fire and the many others in Colorado right now.  Thank you to all who are fighting as well.  It has been amazing to see how our city has come together.



Thank you to all who have checked in and have been wishing rain our way, please continue to do so, we appreciate it.  Here's a list of resources if you can offer help or if you need help: click here.



Let the entryway saga continue... after tweaking these moodboards more than several times, I have finally nailed some ideas down for our entryway.  I'm thinking a small console table (it's going to have to be pretty small so that both the front door and the garage door can open without hitting it), a lamp, a mirror and a fun pendent lamp for the foyer.  Now I just have to choose what look I'm going for... hence, the moodboards.  I gathered a few inspirational ideas and threw them together in a previous post, which you can check out here, and have since then created these ideas myself for our specific space.

Which one is your favorite?  I've got it narrowed down to a few of these and I think a winner is emerging!  Guess I should also run them past the husband to see what he thinks before I start putting the space together, huh?

Give me your thoughts!

Thank you for your input!  I'll be back soon (hopefully) with an update of our entryway actually starting to evolve.  Happy Tuesday!



This past weekend, Ryan's uncle tied the knot, so our weekend was filled with wedding festivities, which was great.  They got married at the beautiful Glen Eyrie castle (yes, castle) and it was absolutely breath-taking.  It's crazy to think we were in the same position two years ago!  I have to admit, while wedding planning was a blast and such a special time in our lives, we are oh-so-happy to be past that point!

Here's a few pictures...  oh yeah, we stopped for coffee first (of course) at this great new cafe in our neighborhood.  I think they must have had Ryan in mind when they started it because it's a bike shop/coffee shop.  Right up his alley!

And off to the wedding now!

My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I.

It was a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple!  Congrats Chris and Monika!



Once you're married and thinking about the rest of your lives and whether or not that includes kiddos, definite yes for us God-willing, and when you want them, you also start thinking about the stuff you want to cross off your bucket list before you do have kids and all these things become too irresponsible, unpractical, expensive or time-consuming.  Or you just don't want to do anything else at all because you want to snuggle all day with your babe.  That's all you do when you have a baby right?  Sit there and snuggle?  Kidding... I'm sure my delusions of what pregnancy and mothering entail deserve a post of their own for another day.

Anyway, almost an entire year ago (you can tell time has passed since we've crossed a few things off), we came up with a fun little list of to-dos that we would enjoy taking advantage of before it's more than just the two of us around here.  So we've already been crossing stuff off for almost 12 months.

NOTE: I know this is overly ambitious and I am perfectly aware that all of these things will not happen before kids come along, so don't get impatient if it's awhile down the road and we still haven't gone to Vegas.  Also, as I started, I started this list awhile ago and in just that time frame I've found myself caring less and less about the stuff on this list... take it for what you will...

1.  Go wine-tasting at a vineyard
2.  Go on a hot air balloon ride
3.  Go on a vacation with friends
4.  Figure out vocational ideas
5.  Enjoy going to the bathroom alone (TMI? sorry, just heard this is something to be treasured right now)
6.  Go to Vegas
7.  Figure out where we want to buy a house and settle down
8.  Buy a house
9.  Run a half-marathon together
10.  Get the bugs out of our relationship (the little everyday bumps you first encounter that just take time to settle out as you go from two entities to one; I would give this a partial cross-off because I think the settling in period can take at least five years or so)
11.  Take folic acid for at least 3 months (I've been doing this for more than a year now! yay!)
12.  Purchase a DSLR camera and learn how to use it
13.  Take an impromptu weekend getaway
14.  Get our finances in order this is another one that takes tweaking as time passes
15.  Drink a bottle of wine on a weeknight (OK, we totally do this all the time right now)
16.  Make our own homemade beer and another batch of homemade wine
17.  Purge our house, mainly the guest bedrooms and storage (working on this currently!)
18.  Go back to Mexico
19.  Sleep in, sleep in, sleep in
20.  Be married for a couple of years (we're coming up on that in less than two weeks! crazy exciting!)

Oh, and I just added one more:

21.  Convince at least a few of my close friends to start having babies so we can be in it together!  Takers?

Anyway, most of these things are just that - things.  There are a few, however, that are musts.  But then again, if it happened tomorrow, everything would still be amazing even if not a single item was crossed off.  We know God has a plan that is greater than our own.  It's funny how in control you want to be, especially with this type of thing, when in fact, you are very much not in control.

And just for fun, here's a little me-specific list that I'm going to enjoy while I can!

1.  Eat sushi
2.  Use my electric blanket
3.  Drink beer, drink wine, drink cocktails
4.  Play with Samurai swords (Knocked Up anyone?)
5.  Highlight my hair
6.  Jump on trampolines
7.  DRINK COFFEE, or more like start weaning myself off coffee so I don't go into shock
8.  Eat cookie dough
9.  Spray paint stuff
10. Kick my husband's butt when we wrestle... I could probably still do this anyway, but he might feel bad if I'm preggo, so I better do it now!

Whew... tons of words, tons to think about, tons to just give to God.  Thoughts anyone?  Especially from any current mommas or mommas-to-be on bucket list crossing off?  I would love to hear your take on this if you've experienced it or not.



The other night, Ryan and I were trying to think of something to make for dinner and our requirements were that it be fresh and healthy, but still filling.  Gazpacho popped into my head and I knew it would be perfect for the hot summer nights we've been having.  The recipe is from Ina Garten, so you know it's just divine... that sounds Barefoot Contessa-ish, right?  It's also incredibly quick and easy to make, so it would be great for entertaining.

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
  • 4 plum or Roma tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced
  • 23 oz. (3 cups) tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 good olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


1.  Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes and red onion into 1 inch cubes.  Put each vegetable separately into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.

2.  Combine chopped vegetables in a large bowl and add garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Mix well and chill before serving.  The longer it sits, the more flavorful.

The fun, bright colors are also great for a summertime meal.  Enjoy!



Happy Friday!  How's this picture for a good, happy, cheerful Friday post?  A few days ago one of my sister's friends wound up with a pet pig.  Yep, you read that right, a pig.  I couldn't resist putting up a few pictures because you have to admit, she is adorable.  And after several rounds of bacon jokes from Ryan and my brother (poor thing), even they admitted how sweet she is.

Isn't she totes adorbs?!  You just cringed, didn't you?  Haha, me too... anyway, meet Lucy!

Have a wonderful, warm weekend everyone!



As a follow-up to the little teaser I gave you a few days ago of our Bolder Boulder adventures... here's the rest of the story.

Bolder is packed during Memorial Day weekend, complete with an art festival and people crowded onto Pearl Street all day long.  While we were wandering around, we stumbled upon this little tent that was doing free pictures... and you know I didn't pass that up.  Cheesy, yes, but it was free.

Backing up now, before we even got up there, we stopped at the REI in Denver.  Gorgeous building, but four stories of hiking boots later, I was done.  Ryan thoroughly enjoyed it thought, he's been wanting to go there for a few years now and we just got around to doing it.

Now we're in Bolder again, specifically, the Outlook hotel.  Very fun and eclectic.

And just in case you forgot where you were, you have this sign to remind you.  For those non-Coloradoans, Bolder is very green and hippie-esque.

That's me above, dutifully chugging water, and to the right, my store!  Not really, but it's spelled the right way.  Side note - I just spelled "right" "wright"... apparently I need my coffee a little quicker this morning.

Alternate route suggested... I'm sure, considering there's over 60,000 people that run it and another 100,000 that watch!

In good Bolder tradition, we dined at Pasta Jay's the night before.  This place is seriously good, from their garlic bread to the baked pasta dishes to the overall ambiance.

Water and wine... our two drinks of choice.

For the race, we wanted to run it in under an hour, so to keep us on track, I busted out an old high school trick and wrote our splits on my hand, with a little smiley face, of course.  And we did it!  We ran the race together and came in at 58 minutes.  So proud of my hubby turned runner!

The Flatirons, gorgeous.

With that, we headed back home, proud and sore.  A little BBQ at the 'rents for Memorial Day wrapped up a great weekend.

Here we are... Team Chy!  Again, so proud of you babe!