2019 Recap

I have nothing but love for 2019. I look forward to 2020 with a lot of gratitude and hopes.

First, Justin took up a job 1335 miles from home. We rang in 2019 in freezing Lake Placid, NY. We sold our country house in Virginia, packed up everything, and moved south to unknown territories. We stopped and enjoyed Nashville on the way. Patriots won another Super Bowl. One of my best friends got married in New Orleans. Soon after we moved into a temporary apartment, Jameson got hit by a car and dodged a bullet from it just fine. We bought a new construction home right away. I got a job working two different offices full time. We flew to Boston for Roderick’s 40th birthday bash. We took up hot yoga. I started That Deaf Girl Vlogs. We spent our 6 year anniversary back in Bluemont, VA where we got married. I became pregnant with our first child. I began Birthfit workouts in our garage gym. My dear mother had a double stroke and miraculously, thankfully survived. I began to find out scary things were happening during my pregnancy and fell into a dark place for a while but also had so many positives moving forward. We moved into our brand new home. We did a maternity shoot in heart of Waco, Texas. We saw Joe Rogan and ZBB live. We explored so much of the Fort Worth/Dallas area and have new found love for it. Thanksgiving was spent in Houston with our good friend Holly and the boys. We had an awesome remote Baby Shower. Justin received a promotion and took up Brazilian jiu jitsu. We enjoyed our first warm Christmas in Texas with Justin’s sister and our nephew.

I know there’s so many more I could add on to this blog post.

I could not think of a better way to close out the year than spend our last night alone with the three pups, surf and turf dinner and a brownie gnocchi with ice cream dessert.

This year has taught me many wonderful lessons. I’m thankful for the extreme hardships and amazing blessings.

2020, let’s do this!

6 Things for 6 Years

Ever since I wrote 5 Things for 5 Years, I told myself to write top things I’ve learned each year during my marriage, adding one for each year.

This year has definitely had a lot of lessons for us. A new job, a big move 1,300 miles away, and living in a small apartment. Facing the unknown has been very scary. It has made us stronger and ready for anything that life throws at us.

For our 6 year anniversary, we decided to make the trip back home to Virginia. It’s always great to see our close friends and revisit our favorite spots but it definitely made us real homesick for a few days.

And for this blog post….better late than never.

1- Communication! It’s always hard for me to get my feelings out right away. I get upset easily if he’s frustrated with something. Especially if it deals with something personal. He’s only human but so am I. I have to think about what I want to say before I make a point without saying anything rash. And he’s learning to be patient with how I communicate. It takes work.

2- Make each other’s decisions for each other. My husband has voiced for a long time that he’s unhappy with the commute and I’ve long supported him on his job search. Once he found a fitting job, it was a rollercoaster of “yes” and “no”. I realized he needs someone in his corner to put his foot down and make the decision for him. Even though it meant major sacrifices.

3- It’s okay to cry. This year was probably our hardest to date. While I’ve been behind him all this time, I kept a lot of feelings in. I fought hard to stay strong and keep my eyes open. But damn, you just need to cry it out and let it go. As hard as it may seem, that opportunity removed the invisible wall we had, brought us closer and more understanding of each other than before.

4- Have patience. I noticed since we moved from a big house with a yard to a small apartment with daily multiple dog walking, my fuse was ready to blow. Alas, we do have a beautiful big home we’re building. It’s coming. I’m learning to be better at patience. I’m constantly learning to go with the flow. Embracing precious time and learning life doesn’t always go as planned.

5- Laugh. When it comes to blowbacks, I always try to laugh and believe that it can turn a lot of things around if you don’t let it hang over your head. I’ve noticed Justin can get easily frustrated over the smallest things and I can tell he notices he wants to try to laugh things off like I do. It’s okay to smile.

6- I realized how important it is to look ahead and see a bright future. What’s behind doesn’t define today. Always change for the best. Most importantly, I’m still learning to be me. Not that I never knew who I am or was, that it’s okay to be me. That it’s okay to be where we are, to enjoy the little things today.

On a side note, I had forgotten how much fun designing your house is. It’s our third home we’ve owned and as much as I didn’t want to leave our last house, this one is going to be amazing. Another blank canvas for me to decorate! A better garage gym! An amazing kitchen and bigger laundry room! What more could this deaf girl ask for?

It’s only been 3 months into the move. While we’re constantly exploring what Texas has to offer, awaiting our home to be built with a yard that’s perfect for our dogs, I have a real good feeling next year will be our best year yet!

Stay tuned!

Highlights from Nashville, TN

“I’ve been living on the wrong side of Memphis / I’m really breaking away this time / A full tank of gas and a ‘69 Tempest / Taking me to that Nashville sign.”

I’ve definitely been living on the wrong side of town.

This is a city like no other I’ve been to. From the hospitality to the food to the music.

After moving out of Leesburg, VA, we stopped in Roanoke, VA for the night. From there it’s only an easy 6 hour drive to Nashville. We wanted to relax for a couple days after such an emotional week. Nashville was almost our halfway point and we wanted to check it out.

Here’s some few tips. If you have dogs, plan ahead. Make sure to call the hotel prior to booking and find out if it’s dog friendly, if there’s a pet fee, weight requirements, how many dogs can stay, if it’s close to a park for dog walks, etc. We even checked out a couple doggy daycare/overnight boarding as well. Make sure you plan ahead to see if require an interview before boarding. Most places here require that to ensure good behavior. Our dogs go to daycare all the time so they passed after 15 minutes. We set them up to stay the night so we could enjoy a night out.

We arrived at the Bobby Hotel not expecting such a welcoming experience. I mean, they were the kindest, laidback, down to earth people I’ve ever come across staying at a hotel. Now, it’s a nice hotel and it had just opened in April 2018. It’s very dog friendly stocked with the cutest dog towel for your pups and treats in their fridge along with alcohol and water for your human companions. Dogs were spoiled in the least.

Our first stop: Hattie B’s

This is the place to go to whenever you’re in Nashville. Their hot chicken is the bomb. If you can’t handle a ton of heat, get mild like me. It was still hot for me but not enough to not enjoy it. Get my flow? Medium was just right for Justin. They have a ton of flavor and it’s so damn good! Make sure you wash it down with their local Nashville beer.

Grab a cupcake at Gigi’s next door. Lots of options and flavor, even gluten-free ones!

Finally, go check out Lower Broadway for the Honky Tonks. We couldn’t make it to all the bars. There’s so many! Hashtag Nashvegas for sure. Tootsie’s was our first stop and there’s definitely a ton of history there. All the bands at every bar we went to were so good! We might have seen the next country music star. This is a sophomore in High School and could potentially be the next Brad Paisley. Not that we need another Brad.

Guys, make sure you end the night with pizza at Mellow Mushrooms. Just trust me. Your body will thank you in the morning.

If you want to feel better about your hangover shakes, do eat some amazing biscuits at Biscuit Love in the Gulch District. Legit to die for. Not gluten-free at all but damn. So flaky and buttery! You got to start off with their Bonuts. Like biscuit and donuts in one. Please see picture and do yourself a favor. Go there yourself and try it!

Country Music Hall of Fame museum is pretty decent. If you’re a big country music fan, do the Studio B tour. It was great until our tour guide made us sing along and I kinda wanted to kill myself. Singing out loud for all to hear is not my mojo.

Do sit on piano played by Elvis Presley and other famous artists before our time.

Grab some local coffee and take a walk to enjoy the murals around town. It’s so cool. The hard work they put into creating art around the city.

With not enough time in the day and the wish to stay another night, we will be back to check out the rest of Music City, enjoy more good food especially eating at Hattie B’s again, and tour Old Opry backstage one day.

What have you done in Nashville?