Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Big decisions = big changes


Often you’ll hear people say small changes can make a big difference. Well guess what, big changes also make big differences. But usually, big changes are harder. A lot harder. 

Recently Alvaro & I made a hard decision. 

When we first got married {two years ago this month!!} we started planning a trip to Hawaii. We couldn’t wait. The plan was to go the following summer. However, plans changed and we decided the timing wasn’t quite right. 
No biggie, we’ll go next summer. We started planning, saving, dreaming, and pinning our ideas. Again, we couldn’t wait! We were planning to go in September this year. 

However, when we sat down & looked at the money we’d be making over the summer plus some extra coming in we had a big decision to make. We could either do what we really wanted to do (HAWAII) or do what we knew we should do, make Dave Ramsey proud & pay off some debt.

So after crunching the numbers a couple times, talking about the pros and cons, and deciding what would be best for our family; we decided to put the trip on hold again. 

I know it may not seem like a big deal and it really isn’t, but it is a bummer. I know Alvaro & I were really looking forward to our first big vacation away. 

But there are so many positive things about making that tough/big decision. 
  • We won’t feel any guilt about paying those things off. We were worried we’d be thinking about what we should have done while laying on the beach and not enjoy the trip as much. 
  • This will set us up great for the next couple years. If any great opportunities come up for Al to be apart of a research team or participate in an internship, he can do it! We won’t have to make our decisions on him getting a job to pay the bills. The idea that he can pursue his goals and have the opportunity makes me so excited for him! 
  • These tough decisions are tough now, but I think they’ll get harder as we get older, stuck in our ways, and have kids or a house. While it’s just the two of us, we can sacrifice and scrap by. Also, I think learning these lessons while we’re younger is just going to help us as we get older. 
  • We’re learning and practicing our communication skills. I was able to tell Al that I knew what the right decision was but it’s hard not to make the wrong decision out of emotions. Being able to tell him that and know he understands what I mean is such a great feeling. Neither of us wanted to make the final decision and have to tell the other person that we weren’t going. Instead we were able to talk it through and come to that decision together. We’re a team. 

So hopefully sometime in the nearish future, we’ll be laying guilt/debt free on a beach, enjoying each other, and grateful that we made the right decision. I believe we’ll look back and see this decision as a huge turning point in our lives. 

Deep down we know we’re changing our family tree and just like Dave Ramsey says: 
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Beach Trip!


The first year Al & I started dating we went to the beach for the 4th of July. It was by far one of my favorite days together. 

We didn’t do anything special. Hung out on the beach and watched illegal fireworks from random people almost all day. We dug a fire pit, roasted marshmallows, listened to music, and just hung out. I’m sure the weather wasn’t great. I often mention to Al how it was such a wonderful time.

So this year we’re going back! Our anniversary is June 30th so we’re going to celebrate on the 4th instead. We snagged the last hotel room in Seaside a couple months back & I’m going to find some fun things to do in the area. Maybe an easy hike that morning. But really, I’m just excited about hanging out and relaxing on the beach with my favorite person. 

Also we'll have our new camera so we'll be able to take some great pictures! 
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Monday, June 2, 2014

30 days

Recently Al & I have started watching TED talks a couple nights a week. The other day I came across the video below about trying something new for 30 days. 


I loved the idea! Instantly I thought about 20 things that I’d like to try/start/stop for 30 days. In the end I landed on two things. 

#1 - no social media. No Facebook, twitter, instragarm, or YouTube for vlogs. I removed the apps from my phone so I wouldn’t check them by mistake.

#2 - drink the recommended amount of water each day. For me and my body size that’s 64 ounces a day. I’ve downloaded a fun app to help me keep track.

Honestly I’m pretty excited about this! I hate how much time I absentmindedly spend on Facebook and twitter. And only good things can come from drinking lots of water :) 

Oh and bonus, Alavro is doing the water with me too! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Valentine’s day ... On the farm



Every year my parents go away to the coast for the long president’s day weekend. They go with a few other couples and rent a house. They love it and look forward to it each year. Unfortunately their dog got sick and had to have an emergency surgery 3 days before they were going to leave. So that meant they couldn’t board her while they were going to be away. That’s where Alvaro and I step in :) they asked us to stay at their house and watch the puppies (4), horses (2), and the recently acquired quail. Yes, a quail. What can I say, they are animal lovers. We were happy to help. 

So Valentine’s Day night we grabbed our usual heart shaped pizza, packed our bags, and headed over to get settled in for the weekend. It was dark when we got there, so we hurried and fed the horses and made our way up to the house. Excited to cook our pizza and watch some olympics. When Alvaro went to wash his hands he realized the water wasn’t working. My parents have a water pump and they just moved in a few months back so they are still working out all the quirks. Long story short, we spent about 30 minutes on the phone with my parents, with their friends, flipping breakers, and running between the pump house and the regular house. After about 30 minutes we gave up and decided we’d survive the night and use water bottles if we needed to. Then we’d head to our house in the morning. 

About an hour later while we watched the olympics we heard the faucets start to gargle. The water mysteriously turned on! Wahoo! Made washing the dishes and feeding the dogs much easier! 

The next few days went much smoother. We slept in, lounged around, drank silly amounts of coffee, and watched all the olympics we could. 

The last night there was a huge storm. It was insane! The trees all around us were swaying and the wind was shaking the house. We actually couldn’t sleep cause we were so worried about the trees. We got up, packed, and headed to our apartment at 3am. We were exhausted, but so happy to sleep in our bed. We couldn’t even hear the storm in our place! I went back before work and made sure everything was alright. No trees fell :) 

My husband is such a good sport. Giving up his weekend to help out my parents. All in all, we had a great weekend with some fun memories. 







ruff life for these puppies

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snow Days!


A couple weekends ago we got some snow, a lot of snow! I work at an orthopedic clinic and they actually closed the clinic for Friday. That never happens! Needless to say I was over the moon excited to have an extra day off to hang out with Alvaro. 

The university was closed too, so we got to hang out around Salem. Luckily my Volvo does amazing in the snow! We headed out several times for groceries, snacks, and emergency trips to the coffee shop. It was fun to see all the photos and videos on Facebook & Instagram of everyone enjoying the snow or getting cabin fever. By Sunday our foot of snow had turned to ice and mostly everything was shut down. Luckily we found one coffee shop where only 2 employees were able to make it in! They were open for a few hours and packed!! 

Overall it was a great snow weekend! Alvaro and I hung out, I finished the book that had been taking forever to finish, continued planning our vacation, and drank lots and lots of coffee(!!!). I don’t think everyone in the Portland/Salem/Eugene area would agree with me, but I’d love to have snow days more often! 











Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Upcoming Run - Whidbey Island Half-Marathon


At the end of last year we signed up for the upcoming Whidbey Island Half-Marathon. Alvaro’s Aunt invited us to go with her. We ran through Whidbey during the Ragnar Relay in July and are excited to head back. The town is adorable and we’ll probably go up a day early and spend a day in our favorite city {Seattle} on the way back. 

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After we signed up we realized it’s kind of a hilly course... A little nervous since this will be my first half in a very long time. 

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But I think the excitement and new adventure will be worth it!  Last week was my first real week training for it. I stuck to my schedule and I fell good. I’ve been using the Smart Coach on the Runner’s World website. I love it! Love how it takes the guess work out of it. 

Can’t wait!

If you have any training tips {especially for hills!} please share! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Runner's World


I’ve mentioned to Alvaro a couple times that I really wanted to get a Runner’s World magazine subscription. In honor of me really starting my half-marathon training this week, he sent me the message below today while I was at work. I sure like that guy.