Cozumel Mother’s Day Part 2

About half of our group or so stayed an extra few days in Cozumel. 3 different families brought their mothers/fathers/daughters and we wanted to play “tourist” with the additional family members. One of our excursions were to jump on the ferry and travel across to the mainland. Our destination… Chichén Itzá.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to Cozumel, I’d definitely suggest taking the ferry across to the mainland. It was about 45 minutes. The cab driver that dropped us off at the ferry station recommended to buy a one way ticket since there are multiple ferry companies that travel back and forth and they won’t accept another ferry companies tickets. It just keeps you from getting stuck for 3 tickets when you only need two.

So this is a real pirate ship that travels around Cozumel but it is actually a dinner cruise from what I’ve researched.


Cozumel Mother’s Day Trip Part 1

In May we headed to Cozumel Mexico. By the time we left I think we all needed a vacation. It was hubby, Abug, my mom, my MIL, and me who were able to go this year along with some other people to round out our trip. It was a lot of fun and after the way my day started I’m ready for some more Vitamin D and Vitamin Sea until my attitude changes!


One Year Ago… Part X – Repost

Today is Hubby and my 5 year date-i-versary. 5 years ago today we went on our very first date. I’m reposting the story about our first date from our story I wrote out back in 2010. This was originally posted on July 5, 2010. Please be sure to check out our story if you want to know what lead up to this and what happened after!!
As per usual, when something you are excited about and looking forward to is coming up, something inevitably always goes wrong. So you must be wondering what went wrong this time… I got a silly summer cold. Yup, you read that right, I got a summer cold the week of dinner club, the week of hanging out with this long lost friend. I’m not one who usually goes to the doctor when I’m sick. I usually just let it run its course and proceed on. I’ll sometimes take over the counter meds just so I’m not completely suffering but I usually just tough it out. Not this time. I didn’t want to cancel. I didn’t want to wait for my next chance to meet up with him. He lived in Kentucky, I mean seriously, how many chances would I get or how often??

So I did what any normal girl would do, I found my old high school year books and looked up his picture. I had to remember what he looked like! Yup, check, he looks like what I remembered from way back when… oh wait, those were from way back when. Well you get the picture, right? 🙂

The day before “the big day” he was able to take a vacation day and come home a little earlier than normal. He got in around 7pm. We talked and texted the whole way (I sure hope he wasn’t texting while driving!!!). I didn’t realize he was going to be in so early so I went over to the J’s house to hang out and help Josh bake a cake. We were texting all through this. He was sending me pictures of shirts he had and pictures of him in a cowboy hat and all kinds of pictures. I think I sent him pictures of the cake I baked.

So the day came, July 25th. I woke up that morning and did the normal morning ritual of going to town with my mom. I’m not really sure we set out on a mission that day but we headed that direction non-the-less. While in town, of course I was watching the time. I had to get home, get my hair fixed, make-up on, and dressed before 4pm. That’s when we had to leave to go to dinner. I volunteered to drive because he left his convertible top down all night and wouldn’t you know, it rained.

While in town I looked at my mom and said, “We should go visit Dotti.” Dotti is the Elizabeth Arden make-up rep at Macy’s. She always loves giving me a make-over and I figured, hmmm… maybe we’d be lucky and she wouldn’t be busy. Dotti hooked me up! I had beautiful make-up! Then we ran home and my mom decided to fix my hair for me. I then got dressed and I was ready to go.

As I pulled out the driveway though, I began to have second thoughts. I was so nervous at one point I almost ran off the road. Bad Nicole, don’t drive on auto pilot. He gave me directions, drive all the way down Cedar. When the road comes to a T take a left. Go about 2 miles. When you start hitting the curves turn on the road to the left. You’ll see a triple wide on the corner, that’s my sisters. My mom’s driveway is the next one on the left. You’ll see the Big shop, make sure and turn there.

I was so nervous I was about to turn around and go home every chance I got. I so almost picked up the phone and canceled 4 times. I mean seriously, what if he didn’t like me. What if I wasn’t the girl he remembered. What if there was something wrong with me or I was too over dressed or I wasn’t dressed up enough or I think you get the picture. Once I came to the T in the road left took me closer to his house, right took me to the highway.

I sat at the stop sign for what seemed like a year and turned my left turn signal on. 2 more turns to go and I’m there. Then all the scary thoughts popped back into my head.

(on a side note, these memories are making my knees weak and shaky just like that day)


A Hermann We Will Go

One thing that hubby and I should have done was eaten breakfast the morning we drove to Hermann.  By the time we got there, we were hungry and immediately hit up the Hermann Wurst Haus for lunch.  We also made sure we ate enough food because we were planning on heading to Stone Hill Winery afterwards to do their tour.  We’ve done the one in Branson and really wanted to see the main winery tour.

While we were waiting for the tour to start, we wandered around the gift shop.  How cute are these lanyards?  They hold your wine glass for you… sweet :).


My Favorite Quote

You Are Everything I Never Knew I Always Wanted
~Alex Whitman, Fools Rush In

I watched this movie for the first time in College.  That quote stuck out to me and I have quoted that forever it feels like.  I even at one point had it printed out on paper and posted on the wall of my dorm room.  To this day I still have the paper.

It just speaks to me because truthfully, how can you guarantee that you know what you want in a relationship?  Truthfully my husband is a lot of what I knew I wanted but at the same time he is some of what I didn’t think I wanted and some of what I didn’t know I wanted, but when he came in to my life, he was that missing link.  I didn’t need a man in my life, but I couldn’t imagine experiencing it with anyone else, especially without him in it to share with me.  If that even makes sense.

All I’m saying is, don’t be close minded, the best is yet to come when you least likely expect it and that’s why I absolutely LOVE this quote.  Is it my favorite?  I’m not sure, but I sure like it!

My Dearest Love

You have no idea how happy I am that God brought us back together. We drifted apart, but partially I think we both had to go make our “mark” on the world. You left yours on a wall in Afghanistan and I wrote mine in the beaches in Costa Rica. We took very different paths from each other but it’s so strange how we wound up back together.

I know there are times when the “what if’s” in life fall into our heads or pangs of jealousy even take over (yes I said it), but at the same time we’re strong as individuals but we’re stronger as a team. Never let those things rule our lives and I’ll try my best too. Sometimes I fall and I need you to help pick me up and guide me back on path, and I believe it’s ok to ask for help. Can’t maybe died in the corn patch, but needing help sure didn’t!

I love you more now than the day you proposed to me. And we’ve had our struggles as every married couple does, but let’s stay on track with each other by our side!



Easter Dessert – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

My husband absolutely LOVES Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I swear if you could make a meal out of them, I’d almost venture to say he’d be in heaven.

I’m kind of at the opposite end of that spectrum… I’m not crazy about chocolate & peanut butter together.  Really I think peanut butter only belongs on toast or PB&J sandwiches.  I know, where’s my sense of adventure?!?!

Well the week before Easter I was perusing through Sweet Tooth blog and found a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake.  I knew that we had to have this, and yes I ate it.  My opinion… definitely NOT Bad!