New Year, Same Me

I’m going to admit it, I am a big old grump about this New Year. I have never really been into making resolutions, but I am REALLY not into it this year. They never work for me. I don’t like giving things up and I don’t like making a goal to change something because I always end up failing.

Do I want to be healthier? Of course! Would I like to drop a few pounds? Who doesn’t! Would I like to spend more time on things that are important instead of worry about little things? Sign me up!

But making a whole list of things to give up or completely change my life? No thank you. So instead of resolutions, I am making some SUGGESTIONS for myself in this new year.

-hit the gym regularly. We were doing really well at the end of last year, so staying on that plan will be easy.

-eat a few less calories in a day. We love to cook, and we cook a ton. So I am suggesting maybe adding a few more vegetables to what we already cook.

-less guilt about things. If I want to eat a chicken fried steak, I will. No guilt. If I want to have a glass on wine on a Monday after work, no guilt. My suggestion to myself to go to the gym more will help with the guilt!

-pay off more debt. That is our biggest goal this year. We did so good last year, I think we can really make a difference this year.

So there you go, my suggestions for 2017. I pray that this year is the year of more growth, more love, and more adventure. (also more blogging…my last suggestion)

Cheers, 2017!!!

xoxo
HP

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September Shennanigans

First and foremost, I am going to ignore the fact that I have been absent for so long, and wish my main man a happy birthday.

My hubs is THIRTY YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!

Happy birthday, baby! May this year be the best yet!!! I love you big time!!!

Ok, so yes, I have been away for quite a while. September is always so crazy around these parts. There is no one to blame but us. We got married  in September, and both of our birthdays are in September. We thought it was a good idea to throw every expensive holiday into one month. Hindsight, people.

With that said, September is so. very. fun. I tried to document as much as possible.

September 8th we celebrated 4 years of marriage. Guys, I love being married. I love being married to CP. I truly believe we have more fun than anyone else. (no offense guys). We kept it pretty low key this year with a little patio time, and dinner out.

A little over a week later, my parents came in town for a Texas Tech football game. It was the first home game that we were in town for, so we were super excited for some tailgating action!!

A little fun fact about myself, I like to celebrate my birthday for about a week, so this was also a kick off to that! Mom and I did a little (lot) of birthday shopping to get ready for the fall.

On September 21, I turned 32. How in the actual world am I 32? Even though it sounds pretty old, I am gong to accept it and rock it and enjoy every second. My sweet husband gathered some friends for a little birthday happy hour. Color me surprised with my mom and her best friend showed up to celebrate with me!!! Can’t beat that!!

Champs for the 32 year old!!!!

So that brings us to CP’s 30th birthday celebration. He loves golf, and our town has the coolest driving range that was perfect for his party. We rented some private bays and had our own little area the whole night. So many people came out to celebrate my guy and it could not have turned out better!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I think that about wraps up September for us!! We shall bring in October with a fun little trip to Fredericksburg for Oktoberfest!!! What…did you think we would slow down after all of that? 😉

You guys have a great Monday!!!! I’ve missed you all!!!

xoxo
HP

Fall is Coming…

Fall is upon us, people. Even though technically we have a few more weeks until fall officially begins, the weather around here is making me feel like it’s October already. I must say….I don’t hate it. I love mostly everything about the fall. The weather gets cooler, football season begins, red wines starts flowing. Also, I start slowly introducing my fall clothes back into the mix…which are way way cuter than my summer clothes.

I am sure I have mentioned it, but we live in a college town. Every August when the students start moving back in, our town starts buzzing. I can’t explain it, but it has a different feeling to it. It makes me get all excited for all the fun things to come. Tailgates and ball games are some of my favorites!!

I know we still have 4 more months until a new year starts, but I always feel a sense a new beginning in the fall. My birthday is in September, so I turn one year older. I usually go shopping for new clothes in the fall. I just feel a sense of urgency for newness. Sometimes I want to go shopping for school supplies, just for old times sake.

We have one last long weekend that we are spending at the lake, and I intend to soak up every last drop of summer while I am there. But I will come back welcoming this new season with open arms.

*one side note: can we just do away with pumpkin spice everything this year. it’s getting ridiculous.

I hope everyone has a great week!!

xoxo
HP

 

Family is Best

Family is the best thing in the world. Can I get an amen!

This past weekend we had a family wedding. All of my cousins were in town, under the same roof for the first time in over a year. I don’t know how the rest of you do it, but this family knows how to party. We ate, we drank, we laughed, and we DANCED. We danced our little hearts out.

After the weekend was over, and the excitement died down, I realized that family is everything. We love each other, we support each other, and we know how to laugh together. Family is not always easy. Family can be annoying, disappointing, a little too much sometimes. But in the end, family will be the ones that are there. Every new person that we bring into the family just fits right in. My husband claims them as his own, for better and for worse 😉

So here’s to my family. You guys rock!!

 

 

 

 

 

These are my monkeys and this is my circus.

xoxo
HP

Workout Wednesday

Well guys, I am on week four of my new fitness life, and I am pleased to announce that it’s going really well!! My goal was to make it to the gym, or do some kind of work out 3 times per week. I figured that if I didn’t try to over commit myself, I would be more likely to stick to it. And guess what, IT WORKED. The first two weeks I hit my goal, and last week I actually made it one extra time.

I am feeling great, and starting to see the slightest bit of difference in my body. Others may not be able to see any difference, but I know it’s there. It makes me want to keep going!

Let me tell you this though, I am really freaking sore. I am doing a lot of weight training, so I’m pretty much sore all over. My husband and I did a core routine on Saturday that I am still feeling 4 days later. I was really, really out of shape. I tried to do burpees on Monday, and literally could only do 3 of them. Baby steps, I’ll get there.

I know I have a ways to go, and I am taking it one day at a time. This is going to sound so strange, and super foreign coming out of my mouth, but I am actually enjoying going to the gym. I found a lot of work out programs online that have helped me know what I am doing at the gym. I follow a few girls on instagram that post workout ideas everyday that are helpful!

So, that’s just a little workout update for today. I am really hoping to stay with it. We are going on a vacation for 10 days at the beginning of July, and I have already found some great at home workouts to keep me going even while we are out of town.

The next step, getting this diet of mine under control. I just really love to eat bad things guys.

Wish me luck!!!

xoxo
HP

We Love, Love

Hello, all!!! It’s Monday again. The weekends seem to fly by right before my very eyes. We had quite the eventful one. We have two weddings this entire year, and they happened to fall on the same day. One started at 4 and the other at 7, so we decided to make it to both!!

I love, love. And I love weddings! CP and I met at a wedding, so they kind of have a special place in our hearts. Also, we kinda like getting dressed up and drinking wine and dancing, so they are perfect date nights for us as well!!

*my man is a hottie, btw!

This 31 one year old can’t bounce back like she used to, so I spent the majority of my Sunday napping. And eating. And napping. And eating again.

I hope that you guys have a great Monday, and a wonderful week!! We only have 2 weeks left until our little vacation, and I couldn’t be more ready. I am feeling the burnout BAD.

pray for me to not punch anyone in the face the next two weeks at work 🙂

Tootles!

XOXO
HP

 

Lake Life

WWWWHHHYYYYY can’t every weekend be a 3 day weekend? Even better….why can’t every week be a 4 day work week?

Sigh…grown up life is hard.

We spent our Memorial Day weekend celebrating with family at our lake house. I will never take for granted how blessed we are to have such an amazing place to retreat to! It’s about 3 and a half hours from where we live, which is the perfect distance for really feeling like we are getting away! We spent 3 days floating, wakeboarding, fishing and eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this week I decided it’s time that I made a lifestyle change. I have to get this booty in shape. I spend way to much time in my swimsuit during the summer to not be spending some time at the gym. Plus, it just makes me feel better. So, I am committing to at least 3 workouts a week, and then more than that if we have some extra time!!

If anyone has some workout tips for a girl who is not entirely familiar with the weight room…I’m all ears!

Well, kids…I hope you have a great rest of the week!!

xoxo
HP

when your body says stop

Well, it happened. I’ve officially hit a wall. That invisible wall that pops up when I have pushed myself too far.

I am not sure if I have mentioned this before, but I have chronic fatigue syndrome. I know guys, it sounds fake. But let me assure you, it’s not. I was diagnosed at a young age with Epstein Barr. In other words..I have chronic mono. It comes and goes, usually worsened by stress. And guys, it’s NO BUENO right now.

I have zero energy. My short term memory is gone. I have enough mental capacity to get the minimum at work done…and even that is not going so well. I have lost complete conversations I have had with family members. I have made my husband think he’s lost his mind because I can’t remember simple things he has told me.

We love to travel, go to concerts, see new things, go out with our friends. But my body has said, STOP. REST. I need to get my body back to normal, and my brain back in working order!

So, this weekend is going to be just that. Quiet. Rest. Sleep. I can’t be more excited about that!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!!

xoxo
HP

 

 

You Matter

Honesty time, I had a bit of a meltdown this weekend. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone with it being Mother’s Day and all, but I thought I had this whole infertility thing under control.

Sometimes I feel like because I am not a mother, I’m not enough. Like I can’t understand something because I don’t have children. Like I am on the outside of some super secret club that I don’t have a key to get in to.

I don’t have the right to be tired. “You think your tired? Just wait until you have kids.” I don’t have the authority to help with marriages. “How can you help my marriage if you don’t know what it’s like to have KIDS in a marriage?”

I also have insane feelings of not being good enough at being infertile. Do I not want children bad enough to go through IVF. Is my desire not strong enough to be a momma if I don’t want to adopt?

As soon as these thoughts lies start swirling around, God sends his messengers to bring me out of my dark places. My sister-in-law sent me this:

Boom. Exactly what I needed.

Guys, life is unfair. It’s going to be tough. God does not do anything that doesn’t have a purpose. I don’t know why we can’t get pregnant. There are no answers on earth why. But He knows. I have to trust that with my whole being.

I have to look at all of my blessings. My husband. I wouldn’t trade all of the babies in the world for him. If our life is meant to be a life full of adventures together, just me and him, then OK. That’s what we will do. My family, the greatest support system, my shoulders to cry on. My friends.

This morning my mom sent me this verse.

He is the rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He. Dueteronomy 32:4.

Amen.

You guys have an amazing week!!! Go do something that someone with babies can’t do!

xoxo
HP

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