If you’ve ever spent more than one hour with me then you have heard about my dog Nimbus. I can’t describe how important this animal is to me or how much I love him. I always had tons of animals growing up: cats, dogs, lizards, guinea pigs. But Nimbus is really something special. My mom gave him to me as a college graduation present in May of 2013. He was exactly 7 weeks old, and everything I ever dreamed of.
Our first night together with my sister:
This year I cannot believe it but he turned FOUR years old. And to celebrate we made PUP-CAKES!
2 TBSP Honey
1/3 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter ( + extra for “frosting” )
2 TBSP Flour
2 TBSP Rolled Oats
1/2 TSP Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Water
Mini Muffin Pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Mash your banana and stir together in a medium sized bowl with the egg and honey.
Add in the peanut butter and stir until smooth. I couldn’t get mine totally smooth and it still turned out!
Then, stir in the flour, oats, baking powder, and water until well combined.
Let sit on the counter for 20 minutes or so, and then spoon into your mini muffin pan! Mine made about 10.
Bake for 15 minutes or until your utensil comes out clean when inserted.
Cool, and then frost with additional peanut butter!
The dogs pretty much swallowed these whole so I’m not sure they really appreciated all the flavors and thought that went into making them, but they were still fun to make!
It’s been a long time since I really buckled back down on last year’s new year’s resolution of learning the piano. I made a lot of progress initially when I started last spring, and then it sort of took a back burner to everything else whenever Andy and I moved out of Dallas last summer. I still played every now and then and thankfully Andy kept me really motivated. Now, I have given myself the challenge of uploading one new video every week of a new cover song or progress update on the piano of some sort, to keep me learning and moving forward! I don’t have an end goal in sight, I think after a few months I will just re-evaluate the challenge and see where it’s taken me!
Here it is: my first ever full song on the piano! It’s not even close to perfect, but everyone has to start somewhere.
Before I started started this blog, I kept a journal about some of Andy and I’s adventures whenever I felt inspired. The majority of those writings are centered around our travels and our experience with renovating a travel trailer from the ground up. I was reading through some of these old entries and thought it would be fun to do a series throwing back to those moments and highlighting some of the drama that unfolded during that time. Roameo is such a huge part of Andy and I’s story, and everyone likes prequels, right?
ROAMEO ORIGINS: PART I
June 1st, 2015
Andy and I spent several weeks browsing Craigslist’s travel trailer section, pouring over tons and tons of advertisements in search of the right one. We knew when we had finally done it when we kept coming back and back to the same one, and at long last set up a meeting with the owner. We had to trek almost two hours north to reach the guy’s property, driving a friend’s car due to the fact that neither one of our vehicles have any sort of towing capacity (yes, we know the whole deal about putting the cart before the horse…). To say we were P U M P E D would be an understatement. For all the talking we did on the long drive up about not purchasing it unless it was perfect, I think we both subconsciously knew we were takin’ that bad boy with us no matter what. And to our credit, it looked outstanding when we finally got to meet it! Just needed some scrubbing down and a paint job, and he should be good as new (LOL)!
We hooked the little guy up, high fived the (previous!) owner, and were off on our merry way. And all was well for the majority of the trip. Andy and I were bubbling with excitement over all the adventures we would soon embark on with our new treasure, exchanging ideas and possibilities. And adventure certainly did strike! We had almost reached our exit on the highway when one of the tires blew out on the back of the trailer, and the Mission Impossible theme song started playing. Of course we had to merge over about three lanes to get off the highway, and our tail lights on the trailer were completely out and useless (ahem..) so our blinker was not helping.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a truck came up behind us, put its hazards on, and began guiding us slowly across the lanes of traffic and safely off the highway. We were so relieved and filled with gratitude for these strangers, and expected them to continue on their way once we made it off. But instead, they followed us completely off onto the access road and pulled up behind where we had come to a stop on the shoulder. Three men then proceeded to leap out of the truck carrying tools and changed out our busted tire for the spare! Andy and I just stood there in awe. We are pretty confident that they must have been a pit crew with NASCAR, the whole thing was done in less than three minutes. We didn’t even know what to do or say except gush our thanks on them. They brushed us off and said they were just excited to try out the new jack they had recently bought, got back in their truck, sped away, and left us standing on the side of the highway before we even knew what happened. Talk about a MIRACLE. In that moment we knew we had made an amazing decision purchasing this trailer, and that this was only the very, very beginning of our adventures to come.
Hi everyone, happy April! April is a big month for me. It’s the month I vowed to begin taking my blogging a little more seriously, for one. I’m going to actually post regularly and tell my friends and family of its existence. Huge, I know.
It’s also the start of something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now, which is start my own book club! I’ve been a part of two book clubs now in the past, which always start out so enthusiastically and are amazing but sadly kinda just fall apart after a few months. That is totally not going to happen with this one!
Reading is such a perfect pastime, when I was younger you couldn’t pry my current read out of my hands. Literally, look at this photo of me and my siblings that my mom found just yesterday (thanks mom!).
I’m the one with the book.
But sadly since I’ve become “an adult” I find it more difficult to make time for reading! Andy and I have both gotten much better about this in recent months, which has caused me to become inspired about creating my own book club. My goal is to read ONE book a month, and post about it here in hopes that other interested folks might join me. Because almost everything is more fun in groups, right?
So for my first month, I’ve chosen “Yes Please” by Leslie Knope. I mean Amy Poehler. It’s been on my shelf for OVER A YEAR now and I haven’t even opened it!! See what I mean?! Things need to change.
On the first Monday of each month we are going to do this again, so, get it done!
Over the weekend Andy and I officially celebrated our engagement with all of our close friends and family, we were only missing a couple special people in our bridal party (did I mention we’ve got all our guys and gals officially on board?!)! I know it’s such a tiny step in the grand realm of wedding planning, but it marks the first one for us and that is really thrilling! My best friend helped me plan all the details and decorate our Loft the night before. We had eucalyptus, metallic letter balloons, karaoke, strawberry cake, cheese boards, and lots and lots of champagne. What more can a recently engaged girl ask for?
This party also sort of doubled as our housewarming party, since the Loft has mostly been a complete wreck up until a few weeks ago. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. having everyone over, my locked up inner hostess sang and did cartwheels all night.
I’m so happy with how everything turned out, I can’t wait to do more!!
I hesitate to say this, since I know it is one of those projects that never truly will be, but the downstairs area of The Loft, for our purposes, is DONE.
And by done, I guess I mean it finally really feels like home. A home we can have our friends and family over to. A home where we can feel safe and inspired and comfortable. Yes, there are some design and decor ideas still buzzing around my brain, but those will all just be little sweeteners on top of this monster of a project.
After months of delay and pretending it wasn’t all that bad, Andy and I finally drew up a plan of action and attacked our hallway and bathroom situation. The hallway had just become a messy storage closet that you had to walk through to reach the bathroom or the bedroom. There was this strange crawl space at the top of the stairs leading to the bedroom that was serving as spontaneous storage for paint buckets and trays. The bathroom ceiling was only ever halfway thought out, with a single sad bulb dangling from the center that cast magnificent shadows in every corner, making it impossible to shave your legs in the shower or apply makeup at the mirror. The plumbing pipes were completely exposed in the corner, over which I had hung a curtain as a temporary fix (last summer….). And perhaps worst of all, the original wood flooring was not dark brown as I had assumed. It was just dirty.
We’ve made quite a lot of progress in only a couple of days! We are trying to get everything done before our Engagement Party which we are hosting very soon, so that is serving as some much needed motivation to keep our booties moving.