Monday, April 22, 2013

Our Magical Easter

Easter Weekend my friend Anna and her family made the trip to visit.  This was their 2nd year to spend Easter with us in the Sunshine state:)

We spent Saturday at the Magic Kingdom and it was a perfect day filled with Sunshine, Cool Breezes, and well....Magic;)

Even though we've been to Disney on Easter before, somehow we've always missed the Special parade.  I loved it! So many Spring colors and Mr. and Mrs. Cottontail!!


We enjoyed a yummy lunch at the new "Be Our Guest" Restaurant.  Anna, Stephen, and Tanner posing at our table in the "Beast" Room:)
This is definitely such a good "quick service" option and recommend for lunch, esp if you have kids.  The fine dining dinner here is so nice, but not sure the lil ones really notice the difference,but your wallet will;) I would suggest the dinner if you get an adults night out!
The afternoon was full of rides, mickey ice cream, popcorn, and fun!  The teacups were a hit with Tanner and Jeff! They had to see who could go faster and Tanner won;) 

Easter morning Anna and I did our own "Hippity Hop 5K" in the Anastasia State Park by our house.  It is one of my favorite places to run since there are trails, sidewalks, little traffic, and it's right by the ocean! 

We then spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach soaking in the Sun.  Had to get a pic by the Sand Easter Egg that someone had made earlier in the day;)

Last, but not least, Easter dinner was a success!  It consisted of Ham, Easter deviled eggs, sweet potato casserole, green beans, biscuits with honey, and sweet tea.  I failed to take a pic of our tablescape but it was a wonderful way to wrap up the weekend with friends.....

Happy Birthday to my Big Seester!

Happy Birthday Banner! @Dritz Sewing

My older sister Beth just  turned 30!! (Her birthday is 3/29 and I am finally sharing this post I started 3 weeks ago!;) I was happy to have a chance to celebrate with her when as her family stopped in to see us on their way down to Disney.

They all had hoped to soak up the FL Sun and have a beach day but it was pretty chilly and windy.  We headed to Vilano Beach to look for shark teeth and enjoy the views in our jackets instead!

The kids all had fun looking for shells.  Unfortunately no one was lucky enough to find a shark's tooth, but Jeff did find a neat piece of sea glass!!


The Schultz Family-Beach Bummin!



Abigail running with her "Daisy" stuffed animal;)
 Later we wandered downtown for lunch and opted for Al's Pizza. Beth and I enjoyed the delicious pepperoni pizza with the kids, while the men opted for a salad. It was a little backwards and not normal for them to be so healthy! We walked off lunch through historic St. George St and the Bay front. 

 No Birthday is complete without cake!  Frosting shots at Luli's Cupcakes:)
We wrapped up the evening by a round of putt putt at Fiesta Falls on the island.  It was Abigail's first time playing and she won!! If you count walking up to the hole and putting the ball an inch away to hit it in.:) Zac, Brie, Jeff, and myself all had a hole in 1...Zac actually had a couple! 

Happy Birthday, Beth! Hope your next 30 are the Best!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Married Mondays...again, a bit behind. A little inspiration in the name of <3...

My heart is sad when I hear people talk about marriage in a negative way or hear of friends  and family struggling with theirs. Throughout my engagement, I would have random people make comments like, "you're sure you want to do that?", "wait a few years and you'll be over the newlywed bliss", "don't let me ruin it for you, but....". I know that everyone has problems and let's be honest, 50% of marriages do fail! I think <3 is a sweet thing and it should be honored more though.  If you're close to taking this step in your relationship, it's important to talk to your married friends and family that your close to about their experiences.  I also think if it's a friend getting married, you should lightly point out that marriage is work and has to be worked at continuously, share your personal experiences or get them a book on marriage advice/"talk" to help bring to light the things couples struggle with.  There should be no shame in taking counseling as it shows your responsible and making the effort to make the right decision.

Personally I think a lot of women, especially younger, wear rose colored glasses and think that it's a piece of cake and sometimes get caught up in the excitement of wedding and honeymoon plans. I think it takes time to get to know your significant other and test your compatibility. Enjoy the courtship and getting to know each other.  Sometimes people get married after little time together and live happily ever after and that's awesome! I would think it's best to play it safe and live life and experience the good with the bad to make sure "your person" (I am a Grey's fanatic) is committed and loves you through it all. I also think this time you get to know yourself better and what you want and ultimately want to make out of your life. You will have time to make sure your significant other is on the same page and has the same views on money, raising a family, religion, and other topics that are important to you. Sidenote- Did you know money is the biggest problem for couples during their 1st year of marriage? This is mostly due to the fact that young couples have never had the responsibility of having to manage all the bills in the real world and/or not used to sharing incomes and the responsibilities.

I know I am a Newlywed and have a lot to learn myself but I know I will do my best to make sure I can uphold my vows. I want the "happily ever after" and will work at the "ugly" to get there. I recently came across a page on Facebook called "Marriage Works!". They post daily inspirations and I love reading them!  Some of my favorites include:

~Marriage is a marathon, and short-distance runners will never see the finish line. Aim to finish the race w/your mate.

Jeff has helped me find my love for running and to learn to not give up so easy. During our hard times, I was the first to try to give up! I think I just have been let down by so many people and that was my way to deal with it. Thank God, Jeff didn't let me and showed me that what we have is worth fighting for!

~Treating friends & strangers better than you treat your spouse is dishonorable. Show love & respect to your mate.

Why is it so easy for some spouses to invest so much effort in "friend" time when they could be investing in their marriage? There is a balance, and finding it is hard, but quality time with your spouse should be a priority or you will lose communication! Make time for date nights!

The most timeless relationship wisdom ever
~Building a strong, healthy marriage is a progressive action, not a one-time event. Invest everyday to make your marriage work.

Constant reminder that the little things everyday matter. Send a random text, leave a handwritten note, simply thank them for what they do....its crazy how those unexpected things mean so much!

~Following Christ won't guarantee a perfect marriage, but it will guarantee His strength, direction, and grace.

God is good! Learn to look to him for guidance!
Perfect verse to live and love by.

~Maintaining a healthy marriage is one of the best gifts you can give your children.

I hope to give our children a marriage they can want to duplicate with their own!

~Resentment is a negative emotion that can be stored up and left to fester. Over time, it can lead to a complete breakdown in communication.

One of the hardest things to overcome but we have to forgive to move forward.

~Make a commitment to "show up" in your marriage. BE the spouse you would want to be married to.

Good reminders to treat Jeff with respect, honor him, and support his passions. We all want someone to be there for us

Dating While Married--a 4-point plan
~Neither spouse should "boss" the other around. That's not marriage, that's management. Serve one another in love.

Make decisions together and learn to compromise. I can't stand to see this happen as it's just wrong and disrespectful. Don't think you have to "wear the shoes" aren't their parent!

~Make sure your spouse knows he/she is more important to you than your family & friends.

Don't let anyone disrespect your spouse! You should always be each others' biggest fan and everyone
should see it through your actions:)

I love being married to "my person" and am blessed to have such a wonderful husband! We have daily spats, but it's nice being comfortable laughing at how silly we can be. Living under the same house, having pressures in everyday life, and being human can be hard on a marriage but we should all WANT to work a little harder to be positive and finish our true marathon in love

Lastly, a story that was shared on Facebook that I thought was sweet and wanted to share with y'all.....I am a Romantic, what can I say;)

TRUE LOVE ..(A Doctor's note):

It was approximately 8.30 a.m. on a busy morning when an elderly gentleman in his eighties arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9.00 a.m.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. I knew it would take more than an hour before someone would to able to attend to him. I
...saw him check his watch anxiously for the time and decided to evaluate his wound since I was not busy with another patient.

On examination, the wound was well healed. Hence, I talked to one of the doctors to get the supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

We began to engage in a conversation while I was taking care of his wound. I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment later as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no and said that he needed to go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife.

I inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home for a while as she was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. I probed further and asked if she would be upset if he was slightly late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and she had not been able to recognize him since five years ago.
I asked him in surprise, "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?"
He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is."

I had to hold back my tears as he left.
I had goose bumps on my arm, and I thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life."

True love is neither physical nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
Hope anyone that is having problems in their marriage can be inspired to make changes to help it
re-vive! After all. this is the person who you chose to marry and be your partner in life!  For you single people, don't let others scare you.  Follow your heart and take your time.  Everything will fall into place when it's suppose to. 
Your marriage is your garden. Either you tend it well and reap love, or you take it for granted and harvest thorns.

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