Tuesday, September 30, 2014

3 Awesome Things While I Was Out

In blog world I've become that unapologetically selfish friend who only stops by when she wants you to know something about her life. 

Well maybe that statement also holds true in real life so let me work on it - but hear me out about three awesome things since I last contributed to the internets.

1. Brother made it back safely to the USA


I made a quick trip to Seattle two weekends ago to see my brother in Seattle while he looked for housing. It was pretty amazing to spend only $44 on transportation versus the hundreds/thousands I used to spend when he lived in Europe for 4 years - even though I only had the pleasure of making the trip twice. He's now permanently relocated, owns a fancy new car and is trying to re-learn how to be an American again. 

2. Dad has successfully retired (and my mom is a much younger woman)

My dad exited the work force Saturday night and did it in style. He left the building he's worked at for the last 12 years wearing his favorite hawaiian vacation shirt and a satisfied smirk on his young face. Two hours later while we were out shooting pool at a bar it became his birthday, making mom a much younger woman for about 6 weeks. 

Then mom worked way too hard on an epic all-encompassing celebration for the homecoming / retirement / birthday and we got to spend time together on Sunday. Somehow I don't have any photos to prove that any of that actually happened, just trust me that mom knows how to throw a party.

3.  This Guy


It's pretty special when you're in a long distance relationship and your guy gets to come to town for work. It's even more special when he makes the choice to extend that trip for a few extra days in town on the weekend and genuinely wants to spend our last days together for a while with my family. My family has opened their arms up (more than once) to this special man of mine and it makes me happiest.

We laughed, we played, we worked hard, we ate tasty Portland food, we hiked, we contemplated existence and we filled our happy-tanks together. Now I am trying to quickly get through the rollercoaster of missing that always happens the first week that we're apart. 

Pretty exciting stuff! Plus I wore my boots for the first time yesterday. Hello, Fall! 

23 comments

P!nky said...

You go on being selfish lady. REAL LIFE is so much more important than blog life. Just keep stopping in every once in awhile. Welcome back to your brother, congrats to your dad [and mom] and woohoo boyfriend!

Glad you were able to get extra time together and that he and your family gets along. That's so important!!!

Now, let's get you both on a work trip to DC! ;)

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

yay! sounds like a great time away from the blog. so glad that you got to spend some time with your boo-thang and congrats to your dad's retirement!!!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Kaylee Taylor said...

Congrats on your brother being back! It definitely takes a special couple to make long distance work. I am so happy for you and your guy <3

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

So happy for you for all of these things!

Kenzie Smith said...

So many amazing things! That is exciting that your brother is back in the states! Not to mention congratulations to your dad on his retirement :) I bet he is happy! I am glad that you are able to make your long distance relationship work - you two are so cute together and you look SO happy ♥

Tracey said...

Sounds like you are making the most of your time away from the blog! :)

MakeMeUpMia said...

What a happy and positive post, love it :) Congrats to your daddy!

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Oh girl you look so genuinely happy I love seeing you like that!!!!! Take all the time you need living your life!!! xoxoxo

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Lots of happy things happened while you were away. Love that your dad rocked a vacation shirt on his way out the door!

Amy Fashion Blog said...

congrats on your brother being back home. I bet people look at his fun when he speaks German.

Melissa Suggitt said...

I'm just all smiles for you. this is so awesome :D

brooke lyn said...

boots! boots! I need to get mine out

BLovedBoston said...

You look so incredibly happy and that's all that matters!! I'm sure that party your mom through was amazing!!

Just Me, Angie! said...

It was a great weekend! Tons of fun!

Sarah :: Plucky in Love said...

Sounds like fun! :)

kailyn marie said...

i wanna wear my boooots!

but that squirrel though!

Nadine Lynn said...

Well look at all this! Yay for your brother coming home and congrats to your dad on his retirement. And yay for special boys making you happy :)

Kristen said...

sounds like life is pretty awesome!

Samantha Skye. said...

Yay for long distance relationships! Not really, but it's nice to have someone to relate to in blog world :) I'm glad everything is going good for you! :)

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Yay for Dad's retirement! I wish I could retire... :/ hahaha!
You and your man are so damn cute together... it's radikkalus!

Kasey Lynne said...

LOTS of exciting stuff!
Awesome for your brother being back in the USofA and being closer to you guys. And yay dad for retiring and going out in style! HILARIOUS that he wore a hawaiian shirt!

and you two are so adorable, i can't handle it.

Chelsea @ Delipsch said...

Everything about this post is awesome. That is all. Cheers!

Kay R. said...

Everything about this is so cute and cool! Yay you and your guy :)