Friday, August 22, 2014

What Have We Learned? Salvocation Edition

Hello, friends! It is finally Friday and it has been quite the roller coaster of a week. I'm exhausted from all of my emotions. To cheer myself up (or maybe make myself feel worse), I thought I would relive our wonderful vacation to the OBX from last month, through another edition of What Have We Learned?

- I learned that only having one way to get on and off the island can be quite problematic, particularly after a hurricane has blown through. (I'm looking at you, Arthur.)

Not actually a hurricane, but close enough.
- I learned that Millie is NOT okay with the ocean. In fact, she is terrified. She does enjoy taking a leisurely dip in the sound side.

Mom? Dad? What the hell is going on here?!?
- I learned that my oldest brother is a big cheat at zombie dice. How else do you explain getting so many brains, and so few shotguns?

- I learned that my other brother thinks he can just steal people's pool rafts whenever he wants. Hey, did you fork over $10 at TJ Maxx for this sweet floatie that has a cup holder? I don't think so.

- I learned that it's best to coordinate with Mother Nature first before you schedule a photo shoot on the beach. Otherwise, you'll end up taking pictures on the windiest day of the week.


- I learned I just want all the seafood, all the time, with a side of carbs. This is coming from a girl who couldn't stand the smell of it just a few years ago.

- From my brother's girlfriend, Emily, I learned that calories don't count when you're on vacation.

- My niece taught me the proper way to play pool--on the table! I've been doing it wrong all these years!


- I learned that when your room directly faces the sunrise, your puppy daughter is going to get up as soon as those golden rays first brush across the window. But at least it's pretty.


- I learned that everything, including sunsets, is better at the beach.


linking up with Leslie for Confessional Friday
All Love,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Expectations vs Reality

I'm having one of those weeks where my expectations never quite match up with reality.

For instance, I expected to be finished with the steroids this week. It was a day I had been looking forward to the moment I got out of the hospital. The reality is, some of my symptoms started to come back the moment I began decreasing, so instead of finishing steroids, they upped my dosage.

I expected that giving myself shots of Humira would be easier the second time around. The reality is I panicked and almost couldn't go through with it--almost.

I expected I would spend this week writing and blogging, since I have one whole week off before my next grad school class begins. The reality is I've let my emotions get the best of me this week, and I can't seem to find the energy or the motivation to do much of anything.

My expectations sometimes get out of control, but it's not always bad--like when I expected a terrible grade on my final assignment, and the reality was I had a perfect score. This week, however, reality keeps falling short of my expectations, and it is getting the best of me.

All Love,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fashionably Late: Nautical Stripes

If you'll recall, I am not letting summer go away anytime soon. In fact, I will not be discussing ANYTHING fall related until I deem it appropriate to do so (i.e., never. j/k, who am I kidding? I am a blogger).

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I feel like there's nothing that screams summer more so than a blue and white striped shirt. I really think this look says, "I'm about to throw on my Sperry's and spend the day on my sailboat!"


I've never stepped foot on a sailboat, and my Sperry's are looking a little worse for wear, but I can totally rock this nautical look.

I found this shirt on clearance at the Kate Spade outlet and couldn't resist--it had a bow on it! I wore it a lot during the late spring/early summer, when the temperatures were still cool enough for a long sleeve shirt. It's the perfect shirt to wear to the office--the color and design is perfect for summer, but the longer sleeves keep me from freezing in my office.

As you can see, I'm ready for Martha's Vineyard.
top // Kate Spade (similar); shorts // J. Crew Factory; shoes // Coach (similar); earrings // lia sophia; watch // Michael Kors; ring // David Yurman; sunglasses // Tory Burch; bag // Kate Spade (similar)


What are your favorite nautical styles?

All Love,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cool It

Dear Bloggers/Teachers/College Students/Commercials:
I write to you today out of love (except for you commercials, you know what you've done). I care about you all very much, but I must firmly tell you all to cool it. Cool. It.
Cool it. I say this to you because I care.
I get it. Summer is basically over, it's back-to-school fever and nonsense, so let's just all get on with fall! Bring on the pumpkins, the oversized cardigans, and the football!

No.

Summer is not over, and let's all cling to every last bit of it until the fall equinox rolls around. In fact, I personally believe we should keep the summer spirit going all the way through the end of September. Oh, what's that, you can't have fun because school is in session? That's what weekends are for, kid. And don't be afraid to get a little crazy every now and then on a weeknight. Will you deeply regret it at work the next day? Of course. But that time you strolled around in your neighborhood in your pajamas, playing the B-flat scale on your flute, will always be a good story.

All too soon, the leaves will be changing and we'll be assaulted with PSL advertisements and an overuse of the adjective "crisp." Before we know it, we'll be neck deep in what is shaping up to be another miserable winter.
Is this what you want?
Join with me, friends. Just COOL IT with all your talk about fall, and let's band together and desperately hold onto the last little bit of summer before it fades away.
No. This is what you want.
All Love,

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Life Changing Moments

Do you ever look back on moments in your life and think, "that was it, that was the moment that changed everything?" Or do you realize it in the moment, that your life will be completely different from that moment forward?

When I think back to big moments in my life, I don't think I ever thought at the time the way it would change me. Before my first date with Matt, I was full of nerves and too much food, but it never crossed my mind that I might be on a first date with my future husband. Perhaps I felt it on the drive home, under clear skies and a full moon, blasting the Naked and Famous, but I don't think I could have pinpointed what I was feeling in that moment. Looking back now, I think "yes, that first date completely altered the course of my life," but if you had asked me then, it would have just been an amazing first date.

Yesterday, I had an appointment with my GI doctor. As I walked up the sidewalk--a walk I had made hundreds of times before--I considered how much this visit would change me. In my hand I carried a small, brown bag that contained a box of six Humira pens. I was getting ready to start a relatively new drug for the treatment of my Crohn's and I was a wreck. I was a hot mess of nerves and anxiety, which certainly wasn't helping my intestine situation, but I could not settle down.

My entire summer has been spent in this weird limbo of whether or not I will have surgery, and when I might start this treatment. Even after it was finally decided I would give Humira a shot (pun intended), it took almost three weeks to get to where I am today. I am relieved to finally be doing something, I am relieved to finally be seeing a light at the end of the steroid tunnel, but my future is still a big question mark. Will this work, or make things worse? Will I be completely fine taking this, or will I end up with one of the rare but very scary side effects?

Life changing moments never happen the way we think they should. There's no big reveal, no dramatic incident. It's as simple as a walk on a sidewalk, done a thousand times before, and the realization that everything will change when you walk back.


All Love,


Treasure Tromp

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thirty One

Today my wonderful, amazing husband turns 31!

It's hard to believe this is the fourth birthday we've spent together. Every year we have a great time celebrating. This year, we spent this past weekend in Baltimore. Matt's favorite baseball stadium is Camden Yards, and he's always talked about takings us there. So, I took it upon myself to plan a little weekend getaway to Charm City.

There will be more on that later, but for now let's talk about this guy.


Isn't he just the bee's knees? Matty, I know you complain that you're "getting old" but I disagree. You're (over) thirty, flirty, and thriving, and I'm so proud of everything you've accomplished thus far. Sometimes, I wake up and am just amazed that I lucked out and got this life. Millie and I are so appreciative of everything you do for us, and we don't know where we would be without you. Seriously, who would get me water when I'm parched? How would I warm my feet up when they're cold, without you to sit on them? Who would be there at 7am in the morning to take Millie out to play with the puppy brigade?


You do so much for our family, and I know that will only get better once we have a couple of Kate & Matt Jrs running around. I love celebrating your birthday with you, and I'm looking forward to many more celebrations.


All Love,


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Sad Goodbye

This past weekend, Matt's parents had to say goodbye to their dog, Poe. We found out yesterday, so it's been a bit of a tough week so far.


Poe wasn't that old, but somehow he hurt his back and it caused him to be paralyzed. He wasn't getting better and was in a lot of pain, so they had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye.


He was such a crazy little guy. He loved sitting on the couch and going "deer hunting" by staring out the back window. I'll always remember how, any time I was feeling sad or ill and would fall asleep on the couch, Poe would cuddle up with his head next to mine until I got up.


Please say a prayer and send up some positive thoughts for Poe and our family. Poe Poe is no longer in pain, but we sure are as we try to deal without him here.


All Love,


Monday, August 4, 2014

Fashionably Late: Murica

Hello, friends! It seems like every time I say "I'm back to blogging," I have to let a week pass before I post anything else. Oh well, what can ya do? Life just keeps getting in the way.

I thought I would try to spend this week recapping a lot of the fun we had this summer. We'll start off with everybody's favorite summer holiday, Independence Day. Isn't it just the best? It always makes me want to eat hot dogs, watch the Sandlot, and shoot off fireworks. Not to mention, the 4th of July gets even better when it falls close to the weekend, which means you can celebrate for 3-4 days straight. And that's exactly what we did.


This year, the 4th kicked off our vacation. In the morning, we headed to a German restaurant in Leesburg to watch the Germany v. France game with our neighbors. Next up, we headed to a winery out in the country to sip some sparkling and enjoy the unseasonably breezy weather.


Afterwards, we spent some time with our niece before heading home to finish packing (and for me to attempt to finish another 10 page paper for grad school).

Independence day always makes me want to throw on my very best patriotic attire. I don't go all out, such as sporting shorts with American flag prints, even though I considered it. As usual though, I planned my outfit too late and didn't have enough time to shop for an outfit that would be incredibly patriotic and incredibly tacky.

However, I DID have time to make a quick run to the J. Crew outlet during my lunch break, and they never disappoint. The best part of this outfit is that I can wear it again and again, and not just reserve it for the 4th.



I threw on a red pair of Coach wedges to REALLY show everyone my patriotism, and paired it with some bow earrings from my favorite, Kate spade.



My favorite part about this skirt is the elastic waistband--it accommodates any food baby nicely, which was really crucial for me last night when I wore this skirt out to Ford's for dinner.

skirt // J. Crew Factory (similar); top // J. Crew Factory; wedges // Coach (similar); bag // Longchamp (similar); earrings // Kate Spade; watch // Michael Kors; ring // David Yurman (similar)
And just so Matt doesn't feel left out, here's the only picture I have of him in his outfit. His t-shirt is also from my lunchtime trip to the Crew.

shirt // J. Crew Factory; shorts // Found at Marshall's (similar); sunglasses // Ray Ban



How do you dress for the 4th?


All Love,
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