The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine



Fun fun times

Hey all,

This year held SO many of my most favorite occasions.  Occasions that changed my life in the best of ways!

I met a sloth


I went to Vegas with a few of my favorites


I completed two half marathons


My best friends threw me the most beautiful bridal shower ever.


Most amazing bachelorette party ever.

IMG_6816 IMG_6881 IMG_6901I pretty much had the most amazing weekend of my life which included seeing so much family, our FUN rehearsal, and the BEST.DAY.EVER (10.12.14) our wedding!

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My brother got married in Japan.

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And here we are 🙂 I plan on elaborating on a few of the aforementioned events.  It’s been an amazing year, and I’m excited for what the future holds.

Be well.


Colander and a sentence a picture

Okay so when nonna is out of commission (aka broken wrist), we have to FORCE her to not do anything.  It’s cute cause she just can’t stop herself.  We decided that we needed to get her out of the house for din din, otherwise she’d try to make us a five course meal.

imageGetting her to smile for a pic is sooo difficult, I’m proud 🙂


Chocolate milk for the June birthday boys


Sooo much pasta and sugo!!!


Baked tortellini = cheesy delicious amazingness.


Meat and potatoes (the potatoes weren’t as good as nonna’s, but then again nothing really is).


In true Italian fashion you FINISH your meal with the salad.


Logan made a Thomas sandwich!!!




Chocolate cake needs to be eaten without a shirt (incase of spills), that rule is for Dave as well.

Great week so far!

Be well



What a weekend!!!!!!!!

It started with a wonderful brunch at Fiddlehead (awesome restaurant in West Seattle)

Dave-o!! Pretty proud of his birthday present to me–as he should be 🙂
And look at those billy buttons (one of our wedding flowers)!













After brunch we were on our way….on our way to SLOTHS!!!!!!!!  That’s what Dave got me for my birthday surprise.  He took me to this sloth sanctuary to hang out with, feed, and pet what felt like a million sloths 🙂  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day:

The first thing I saw when I walked in the door.  Ok, I'm already peeing my pants with excitement!
The first thing I saw when I walked in the door. Ok, I’m already peeing my pants with excitement!












I thoroughly enjoyed feeding them, I’m pretty sure I fed them most of what the staff provided us.

They are shockingly wiry, but I think they appreciate the pet.











The girl who took us on the tour was VERY informative.  She knew so much about these sloths (as well as all the other animals they had at the sanctuary – which was a lot).  The sloths were quite funny, they love to eat so they roamed around their little habitat going up to all the different people on the tour and trying to “hook” them to get food.  If you haven’t seen a sloth “hook,” it’s adorable and you can see it in this cute video.  Unfortunately, if they don’t recognize your smell or voice they will try to bite you (I know, I couldn’t believe it either), so you have to not let them “hook” you and feed them carefully.

There was a baby named Hemingway, and he was soooo cute:

The big one liked to check in on him every so often.
The big one liked to check in on him every so often.

Hemingway was very vocal (they sound just as cute as they look)!

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Because they are so slow it was easy to get great shots of them!  I have to admit if I could quit my job and move in to the house next door to the sloth sanctuary I would do it tomorrow.  I had so much fun and I highly recommend taking the tour at the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center & Sloth Sanctuary.  They are very nice and it was such a surreal experience.



Dave really outdid himself with this birthday adventure, makes me so excited for the future 🙂  I’ll leave you with Hemingway, the baby sloth, sun bathing.


Be well!

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