October 20, 2013


Fall in the Northwest | Part 2

It's been chilly and overcast in the Northwest this week. The forecast called for fog the last five days and the temperature is currently 45 degrees Fahrenheit as I write this around 1 p.m. A bit intimidating for transplants from Phoenix like us, right?

Fortunately, we have adapted well to the weather here in the past three months (still only wearing light rain jackets), which is why we planned a day around heading to the pumpkin patch this weekend.

If you read my latest post, you would know that I've been waiting eight years to witness autumn again and that my husband has never experienced it, so we couldn't wait to get out to the pumpkin patch and experience it together.

We got to go with our cousins, who found a great pumpkin patch at Bob's Corn and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, which also has a hay ride, a corn maze, a corn cannon (I've never seen corn shot that far) a market and tons of other fun things to do.

We decided to do the corn maze before we picked our pumpkins and were feeling competitive, so of course it was boys versus girls (girls won). Then, we traversed over three pumpkin patches searching for the perfect pumpkins. 

We had such a great day and I'm looking forward to many more years of this to come!

October 18, 2013


Fall in the Northwest

While growing up in the Midwest, autumn was my favorite season. The leaves burst with color, the air is crisp, there's a festival every weekend, and it meant that it was time to start having hot apple cider again. That being said, it's now been eight years since I've lived in a state that has four seasons. My husband has never experienced it.

Needless to say, we were both excited when the temperatures began to drop and the leaves began to change here in the Northwest this month. To make things even better, my in-laws visited us right when the colors were changing in Seattle, so we all got to experience Washington's beauty together.

We had a great time catching up with our family and enjoying sights all around the city last week.

We were able to visit the Space Needle, EMP Museum, Kerry Park and the Waterfront all in one day!

It was hard to see them go, but we are so happy that we were able to share this experience with them!

Now, we'll just have to wait and see how our first Winter in Washington goes.

Stay tuned!

October 12, 2013


Love and Marriage

I'm taking a break from my usual subject of life in the Northwest today to talk about marriage, because this morning I looked at the calendar and saw that Ryan and I have been married four months today.

The last four months have been filled with questions like, "How's marriage?" "What's life like?" and "How are you adjusting?" and I think that after four months of marriage and living 2,000+ miles away from our closest family and friends, I finally feel ready to answer those questions.

This is what marriage is to me:
  1. Marriage is loving, living and relying on your best friend. We've been doing that for a long time now, so we were initially skeptical that our relationship would change, but moving across the country together has allowed us to strengthen our bond in every way. We couldn't be happier loving this time in our lives, living in our cozy apartment and relying on each other for everything. Whether that means waking up at 5:15 a.m. to carpool to work together or knowing that dinner's going to be made that night when one of us has had a hard day at work. That being said...
  2. Marriage makes you stronger. I've always known that my husband and I were two strong individuals, and before we were married I thought that we were already a unit, ready to face the world together. Once we were married, I was surprised to find that our strength continued to grow, and now we operate better than ever before. Things aren't always easy, but our marriage gives us a reason to fight harder than ever for each other and that reason is better than any.
  3. Marriage is give and take. Being two independent individuals, we were used to this concept before we were married, but somehow, it means more to us to be able to compromise now. I used to be fine having Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough ice cream for dessert because my husband hated Rocky Road, and he used to be okay watching "Revenge" with me if it would mean he could watch his television shows after, but now we actually want and look forward to doing those things for each other because we know it makes each other happy. Love and marriage is a sweet thing.
  4. Marriage makes life sweeter. Really! I never thought I could be so happy just sitting with my husband and talking about our days. Or cooking together. Watching a show. Or going out for a walk. It could be that our schedules don't allow us to spend a lot of time together right now, but we're cherishing every moment we have with each other and life is sweet.
  5. Marriage is work. It is. But it's the best kind of work. It's a give and take of plans, hopes and dreams. Choosing to pursue one course while abandoning another, willing to put some plans off to put "us" in the best situation. It's work, and there are highs and lows, but it's worth it because of our love for each other and because we don't mind the "work" that is involved.
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