Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Decade of Love

Ten years. A whole decade dedicated to being your wife.  

When you proposed, you told me that you wanted to have me in all of your memories for the rest of our lives.   Thank you for helping me make some great ones.  Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person, for loving me in spits of my flaws.   

Thank you for the life we've built, the home we made and the three beautiful children we share.  

There is no one else I would rather sit in rocking chairs on a front porch with.   When I catch a glimpse of you from across the room and you wink at me, I still get butterflies.

Our wedding was one of the best days of my entire life- which is saying a lot because I've had some pretty amazing days.  But that day pales in comparison to how wonderful our marriage has been.
And isn't that the dream?  To create a life greater than the greatest day.  

I know our future is going to be amazing but the right now? Is pretty damn spectacular too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Checking one off the Concert Bucket List

There are several musical acts that I've loved for pretty much my entire life and would LOVE to see them in concert.  Without a doubt, I know I can thank my parents for the early musical education I received.   So when I got an email notification that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would be releasing a new album AND touring, I was pumped.  

The day the presale tickets went live, I was sitting at my laptop waiting.  I was able to get tickets on the floor for more money than I should have spent, but I figured it was one of the once in a lifetime concerts that I knew I would regret NOT seeing.  

The concert was on a Tuesday night.  Joe took off work for the next day and we headed to Nashville around lunch time and had dinner downtown.  

Honestly, I was hesitant about how good the show was going to be.  Yes, I love Tom Petty but I was more interested in hearing his classic stuff than the new songs.  I wanted to hear the music I grew up singing in the shower or belting out in my car with the windows down.   He did not disappoint.   
There were new songs, but they were few and far between.  The majority of the show was all of the classics that I loved.  In fact, the only song I did not get to hear was "Wildflowers."   He opened with Mary Jane's Last Dance and closed with American Girl.  

I sang and danced-- it was an amazing night.  And the hubs?  His take away-- "I never knew Lucky from King of the Hill sang all of those songs."  

It's a good thing he's pretty.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Natalie, Lately

Things that are making me happy right now

The cooler weather-- it's dropped below 80 for many days here in the South and I am one happy girl.  It's almost time to break out the hoodies and boots.

PSL-- I know it's cliche, but I love the Pumpkin Spice from Starbucks.  It was one of the first drinks I ever enjoyed from there and I'm still smitten.

Basically anything fall or pumpkin related--  every candle in my house falls into one of these categories.

Spiked Warm Apple Cider-- heat a mug full of cider and add a shot or three of cinnamon whiskey.  Yum!

Birthday planning--  my youngest turns 9 next month and we are in full blown planning mode.

College tours; round 2-- the kids had Friday out of school so I took A for his second campus tour.  He loved it!

And like the rest of the country, this song and especially this version.  I adore Jimmy Fallon.   And wearing a fitted polo?  Swoon.

Even Jolie has it on constant repeat.  In epic mom fail, I didn't make sure she downloaded the edited version but so far she hasn't picked up on the unsavory words.   She sings about the "Skinny Britches" which works for me.   I'm not about to tell her she's wrong.