New York — In Pictures

I am so sorry for my complete absence over the weekend.   It has been a whirlwind to say the least, and it hasn’t quite slowed down yet (12 hour work day) but I missed you guys so I wanted to at least share some pictures from the weekend with you all <3.

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Obviously totally out of order.  But an AMAZING weekend full of friend loving, puppy playing, football INSANITY.  And we loved every second of it.

Come back later for more details ❤

Paper Anniversary

One year ago today, I was lucky enough to marry my best friend.


365 days


One Summer, Spring, Fall and Winter


12 months


Together as husband and wife.


My life forever changed the day I met you five and a half years ago babe.  But on September 7, 2013 you made me the luckiest, happiest girl in the world.


And if the first year is any indication, I just hope time slows down a bit.  Because I cannot WAIT to spend the next 50, 75, or 100 years with you as my husband!


Cheers to us 🙂

My Mini Vacation

And just like that, my mini vacation is coming to an end.  I apologize that I have been a tad distant from the blogger world the past few days.

When I walked out of the office Wednesday afternoon, I knew I had a jam packed schedule ahead of me.   What I didn’t know is how exhausted I would be by the end of it because it was just Such.A.Blast.

My Mini Vacation Highlights


running with my favorite boys

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Drinks and celebratory sushi

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A night in the mountains

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A mentally and physically challenging hike in the mountains

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The most fun race I have ever participated in

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And some time catching up with old friends for an old fashioned Sunday Funday.

While I don’t think I could have packed too much more into my mini vacation, I wouldn’t change a second of it.   I woke up this morning, and slowly enjoyed my coffee while I started thinking about everything that I have ahead of me.

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I really don’t know what’s going to happen at this new position.  I know it’s going to be challenging, I know it’s going to be emotionally harsh at times, and I know the hours will be long.

But more importantly, I feel like I am joining what seems to be an amazing agency that really cares about their employees and the work that they do.  I have an amazingly supportive family that I know will have dinner on the table for me after long days, and fully support me when I choose to hit the gym for an hour after a 10-12 hour day, just for my own sanity.

What I want to prioritize during the next couple of weeks is staying level headed during such a huge time of transition.  I want to continue to prioritize my family, my health, and my overall balance that seems to be the first thing to drop when times get busy.

Of course, I fully intend for that to include my LOVE here at Chocolate Medals, so bear with me while I mumble and share with you all my ups and downs of this little roller coaster I’ve been on.  The support I get from you all means more than you know — so I hope you stick around 🙂

And just because. . . 

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Scenes from  my morning bike ride. . .

The beautiful Sloan’s Lake, just part of my bike ride this  morning that may or may not have ended with me stopping at a cupcake shop for “final celebration treats” to wrap up my mini vaca.  Gluten free mexican chocolate for me, and I can’t wait 🙂  Life is all about balance, am I right?

Any advice for me going into all this?