Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pieces of August.

 This girl and her Frenchie.
 Date nights...
 Testing out the new pool.
 Yaddo Gardens.
 Amusement Park Fun.
 City Strolls.
August flew by, didn't it? 
Scarlett is as wild and sweet as ever and Ty has been working loads of hours. We are planning for an upcoming vacation to Florida in September & then a move 2 days after we return.  Fuuuunnnn…….right?
It seems like I've been trying to get organized and packed for quite some time now without really accomplishing much. This past week we had some free time to get some things accomplished after work but we opted to take strolls into the city instead. Of course Scarlett is always up for that as well. It's kind of relaxing to just stroll through the city and walk about. It's become a ritual that on our way home, Ty and I stop at the Thirsty Owl Wine Outlet and grab some wine to bring home. After spending our anniversary in the Finger Lakes, no wine really compares. But as wine snobbish as we may be now, lol….just sipping some wine with Ty for a few minutes on the porch at night while we listen to music is really therapeutic. It's usually interrupted by Scarlett getting out of her bed for the 15th time to go potty or needing a drink. I guess you can say that we haven't really had much time together lately. That's how life is right now. We make the best of it knowing that it's temporary. In fact today, we actually spent an entire Sunday together cooking on the grill, doing some yard work, shopping, making a big 'ole chocolate cake and eating it while we watched movies. AND I do believe we had a date night a couple weeks ago. I guess I can't complain.

My little sister and mother came to visit the weekend prior. We went to an amusement park and Scarlett rode her VERY first roller coaster. The little dare devil is not like her Daddy in that way. I sent him clips of her riding on the coaster (see that HERE) while he was at work. Clearly he was having a heart attack from his response back…haha.

Lately I've been spending a lot of free time (which isn't much) writing and listening to music. I think I've spent the last 3 nights writing in bed until midnight or so. Maybe it's because life seems so hectic lately that I have felt compelled to write more. It's always been my release; my coping tool. So here I sit in bed at 10:30 pm again…..writing this. And it may or may not make much sense or have a real point but I guess that is what happens when you are overtired.

The next couple of months are going to be stressful. We've got a lot going on and so I hope that things fall into place. I could use some positive thoughts and prayers…. Anyhow, I started my week off at the horse track to have breakfast and mimosas with friends from work. It was a great way to start off a Monday if you ask me ;)The rest of the week is filled with fun stuff. Booze cruises, a night out and more family visiting end of the week. We'll get our packing done….eventually. ;)

Saturday, August 9, 2014


I have never liked gambling. Take me to a casino and you'll find me in the dance club or out by the pool. It just doesn't appeal to me. Maybe it's the fact that I deal with risk all day long. I analyze debt to income (DTI) and Loan to Value (LTV) all day long at work. I see the ins and outs of trends and analysis'. When it comes to my personal or home life, I prefer to stay on the safer side of things.

Matter of fact, I'm pretty sure that I've always been like that. I am not much of a gambler. I like to analyze the risk and take the safe road. Ty on the other hand is a dreamer, and he's in for a chance or two. Recently we have come across some opportunity to do something a bit out of our comfort realm and I've been very hesitant to approach it. Over the last few days, I've been contemplating all the pros, cons, worst-case scenarios and best-case scenarios. The fact that we've never done anything like this before is scary in itself. I am very much a realist and I'm conditioned to stay away from anything that I'm unsure of.

But tonight, I've been thinking about the way I view things. I've never taken a huge risk. Well, besides Ty. Which is debatable because in my heart, I knew that he was not a risk. It's rare that I take a path that is unknown and I've decided I need to take a chance. I'm going to trust Ty and go with this. As hard as it may be to step aside and let someone else make a decision, I'm stepping aside and beside him is where I will stay. I mean, You have to live a little. I'm always saying that I hate the same old routine, I like spontaneity. Here Ty is giving me something and I'm shying away? So we are doing it. I said I was ready for some change in this post, and I guess I'm going to get some.

It isn't a packing up and moving across the country type of risk, but it will involve a move….I'm excited and nervous all in one. I'll talk more about this as things get finalized. I'm not one who likes to speak about stuff much until I know for sure it is going to all work out. In the meantime, we are enjoying this busy summer! Nights in the city trying new places, plays in the park, splash pads, ice cream and early mornings in the park. I have to say, we live in a pretty amazing city & we are taking advantage of that this summer.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Craves.

Summer Craves

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pieces Lately.

Ty planted some seeds with Scarlett early this spring. They quickly grew into plants and outgrew their pods. These photos were taken right after being replanted and although they appear weepy, I can assure you….they are growing big and strong now. Updated photos on them to come. Scarlett loves watching them grow and learning the process of growing plants. She counts them and names them, all of that fun stuff.

Most of my mornings are spent at coffee shops like this before work. It's ironic since I only drink decaf but even their decaf is wonderful and they always have delicious pastries or breakfast sandwiches. I've learned that sometimes it's really relaxing and therapuetic to begin the day sitting outside with coffee and the birds before a busy workday. 
We brought Scarlett to a few fun things this summer. One of them was this day. She rode on a couple of rides that almost gave Ty a heart attack. My little dare devil...
A lot of walks in the city for dinner or ice cream or just to enjoy time together. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Better Late Than Never, 4th of July Post.

I realize that The 4th of July was over 4 days ago. I just haven't had a free moment to catch up and post this. The 4th is one of my favorite holidays. Always has been. A holiday in the beginning of summer combined with cookouts, drinks, family and the fact that we are celebrating America's birthday and honoring all of the people who fought for our freedom makes it just that more awesome.

We had no big plans this weekend besides watching some fireworks. Ty was lucky enough to get the holiday weekend off (a rare occasion) and we took full advantage of getting to spend time together. The long weekend turned out to be way more eventful than we planned. I got wild and made a red, white and blue trifle for our cook-out on Friday. We had some friends from Texas, my older sister and her family over. A small but festive gathering. We walked into the city to watch the parade and on our way out, we tried some food from the Barb-A-Cue & dessert festival. We ended the 4th with fireworks. It was a quieter 4th than I'm used to but it was still good. On Saturday, I had this impromptu idea to head out and play some miniature golf. I thought that Scarlett was finally at an old enough age that she could try it out. We headed to Lake George since they have some of the best mini-golf around. Scarlett was just in heaven with the entire process. It was a good day in her book. Then we grabbed some dinner by the lake before taking an overtired, un-napped Scarlett home. It wasn't a pretty dinner scene at. all. I'll spare you the tantrum details. ;)

Sunday was one of those mornings when you wake up with the sun peeking through the shades and that awesome feeling comes over you that today is going to be a great day. And oh was it.

We all (even Scarlett) slept in until almost 9 am and then we woke up and hung around in our pajamas. Ty made coffee and blueberry scones while Scarlett played and laughed with Ula. If you are new around here, Ula is our French Bulldog that joined our family about 3 months ago. We got outside in the sun around 11. I replanted my some new (and old) plants into new planters. It's been on the to-do list for awhile and Sunday turned out to be the perfect sunny day to tackle it. Scarlett played in her sprinklers with the dog and Ty washed his Harley in the drive-way. I made some Sangria and played some music in the back yard as I got dirty in the soil. Yeah….it was one of those picture perfect days that I'll keep locked up in my memory for quite a while. 

Later in the afternoon, Ty's motorcycle buddies asked us to come out on a ride with them. Since Grandpa came to visit and offered to stay with Scarlett, we hopped on the bike and headed out. It was the first time that I've rode the Harley since Ty got it over 6 months ago. We rode around the entire Lake Sacandaga, which by the way, was scenic and very pretty. I was really into the ride. I could have rode for quite awhile longer if it wasn't for my poor butt that isn't quite used to the VRod yet…

Anyhow, it was a really wonderful weekend. Not too busy but with plenty of fun events. I hope you all had an awesome long weekend as well!