Anniversary Accident

My wonderful, amazing, thoughtful husband planned an oh-so-perfect overnight stay for us in Winter Park to celebrate our first anniversary Friday night.

I started my morning with a quick 5k.  The weather was actually chilly, so it was the first run of the season that I actually felt the chill in my lungs.  Quite the difference from the race in the high 90’s the previous weekend…

I made a batch of Gluten Free chocolate chip scones, and we were off for the evening in paradise.

We made it to the mountain around noon, and made a pit stop to hike up Berthoud Pass on our way to the resort.  Half way up the mountain I realized, my phone had died.

As frustrating as that is technically, for the blog it means I lost all photos that I had taken through the morning, which was kind of a bummer.   But at least Zach had some forethought and brought his d-slr.


Unfortunately Zach’s camera died after one shot on our hike.  At least it was a good one.

The rest of our evening included a stop at a happy hour for drinks and a flatbread.  Relaxing in the hotel.  And a nice dinner out.

While I’d love to share the details with you guys, I guess it’s kind of nice that this little overnight away is really just between the hubby and myself.  Not such a bad thing I assume 🙂

What was your last technical mishap?  Frustrating!?

To The Best 5 Years

5 years ago today I went on a ski trip to Utah.



And just so happened to meet this boy.

For 1.5 years we did the long distance thing while I finished my Graduate degree at Saint Louis University and Zach did his professional thing in Chicago.



Those 1.5 years were full of their ups and down.  Lots of road trips and cherished weekends that always ended too quickly.

In 2011 we made the leap together and I moved to Chicago to be closer to this boy.



This was the scariest and most exciting decision I’d ever made in my life — and what an amazing decision it was.



I was finally able to enjoy a random Wednesday night dinner with my boyfriend, and enjoy the normal routine that we never had living apart.



After a year living in different apartments we took another leap and moved in together.  I still remember the moment (also on a ski trip, go figure) that Zach asked me to move in together. . .



Never one to follow the norm, less than a week later we added to our little family and got our boy. Gus.

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The perfect addition to our happy little family.



That first year we lived together just felt natural.  I loved living with my best friend and knew that what we had was something special.



And then on May 19, 2012 . . . that became official.



Zach proposed to me after a long training and bike ride through Chicago, on the beautiful Northerly Island.



I still get chills. . .

Just months later we made another leap and moved our happy little family across the country to the beautiful Colorado.



Where we got down to business loving life and began planning our BEYOND perfect wedding on September 7, 2013.



While it’s only been 5 years that we’ve been together. . . it feels like the life I was meant to have really began back in March of 2009 the day we met.



So here is to 5 years . . . the best 5 years.  And to 5-0 more!


Love you, Babe 🙂 ❤

All Is Right In The World Again

That’s right folks.

It’s pizza night in the Jara household.  All is right again.


Nothing like a little football and pizza to make me feel like all is normal in our little world again.

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And while I may not be footballs BIGGEST fan, I couldn’t be happier or more comfortable with my night than I am right now.

Perfect way to celebrate 2 months of married life, right?

Ok I swear, I’m done mentioning month wedding anniversaries, I promise.


I’ll try at least ;).

On tonight’s pizza


  • seared poblano peppers
  • chopped purple peppers
  • chopped garlic
  • sauteed spinach 
  • garlic
  • bacon (and apparently Zach used the bacon to grease the veggies…he would
  • mozzarella cheese
  • frozen pizza dough

Question of the Evening:  What’s something that makes you feel at home?

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