One Day

I would love to have a nursery that looks like this.


Easter through the years




I love Easter.

I love the colors, Easter eggs, and chocolate bunnies. This will be the 4th Easter that the hubby and I have celebrated together. We have always had such fun Easters and we do not expect anything different this year.
Bring on the Easter baskets and Easter egg hunt.




Day to Day

The sun has been shinning brightly this past week. Bear and I have been soaking up every bit we can. It is Bear’s spring break and we have beenhaving a lot of fun together. Even though Bear is still doing his grad school thing (reading and writing) we have been able to spend a lot of (needed) quality time together. I love that quality time together. I crave it. My mind and body ache for it. Last Friday we kicked off the spring break week by going to our favorite consignment shop in Princeton. We love the little town of Princeton. Princeton has been the only place here in New Jersey that we have found to be a quant, small town, ‘feel like home’ main street with little shops and beautiful architectural buildings, kind of a place. The consignment store that we have grown to love is filled with an array of accessories, clothes, and shoes. We laughed together as we tried on different types of clothes. I spied on Bear while he was in the dressing room. The dressing rooms are separated by only heavy fabric making it very easy to spy. Not that I would do that to just anyone, but when it is your husband it makes it a little fun. We started laughing and the heavy fabric started to sway. I am sure people out in the store were questioning what was going on. Nothing… besides Bear and I being silly. We left the consignment store with bags filled of new items (for Bear). After our shopping spree we headed over to our favorite burrito place, Moe’s. We grabbed a burrito and headed home. The weekend was spent mostly at home due to all the rain and storms (see in previous post). We laid low and enjoyed each other’s company. Being stuck inside lead us to watch TV and movies. Movie watching for us rarely happens. I have trouble sitting still for that long and Bear and I do not exactly have the same type of taste in movies. So it is always a treat when we watch a movie together. Cuddling under the blanket and hearing the rain hit our living room window was romantic. With Bear being so busy this semester the romance in our life has slowly left. - Clarify: it is okay for our romance to leave, we just have to know how to bring it back. And we sure know how to bring it back!! We have started holding hands everywhere we go and we even made-out. We made-out like we use to when we were first dating. You know that twitterpated feeling you get when you are first dating someone. I still get it with Bear. LOVE THAT! Love that he can still make me feel like I felt when I was 17 and secretively had a crush on him. To spice things up even more we did something that we both really enjoy. Riding the motorcycle. This week the sun was beaming brightly and thank you to day light savings we now have more daylight, we were able to take the bike for its first stroll this season. Being on the back of the motorcycle is so relaxing. The wind blows through my hair and the loud noise drowns out any thoughts that I have. If anything is bothering me a long motorcycle ride usually is the cure. It was great taking a simple 30-minute ride around town. Wrapping my arms around Bear while I hold on tight is romantic. Don’t you think?

Enough babbling. I have more thoughts. More things to talk about from our adventures this week but I willsave them for another day.


Isn't he dreamy...


When Irish Eyes Are Watching

Bear does an Irish jig

I drink green milk

Bear shows off his St. Patrick's Day spirit at the dinner table

Shento and I coordinate our St. Patrick's Day outfit

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone
Hope the luck of the Irish was with you!!


Downpours are not getting in the way of our weekend

The rain has finally let up.
Our area is flooded.
We have been watching lots of TV.
We have spent a lot of quality time together.
Our dog is bored.

No one mourns the wicked

Good news! She’s dead! The witch of the west is dead! This was sung at the Gershwin Theater in New York City last Saturday and we were in the audience. Yes, that is right, we went and saw Wicked. The music, the cast, the set, and did I mention the music was absolutely spectacular.


A message from Bear - This past semester I've seen long (...long, long) hours reading, writing, attending class, and conducting interviews on the weekends. Sometimes it is a lot of fun, and at other times it can wear me down. I've been getting through it though, and rather painlessly, all thanks to Katrina. She has been the most patient, understanding, and supportive partner I could ever hope for. Even when we only see each other for 45 minutes out of the day I am always reminded of how lucky I am to get to spend even that short bit of time with each other. So while I may not have the time to contribute much to this blog it is awesome to be able to look back over it and see all of the awesome times that we've had together. And mostly, it reminds me to be thankful that Katrina does take the time to so lovingly document our life and share it with everyone.


sew me

and very easy to sew...


Me talking about redecorating our living room. 
Here is a glimpse of what I have done. 
It is not completely finished. 

Wedding Video

for the past 20 minutes I have been watching a video that was played at out rehearsal dinner (the night before our wedding). It has pictures of Bear and I from when we were younger to when we got engaged. I have some tears in my eyes. It reminded me how much I love my husband, family, and friends. I have had some amazing adventures with all of them. The love that I feel for the hubby grows everyday. Over the past year we have grown together an incredible amount. We lean on each other, help each other out, and are the best of friends. He is more than I could of ever dreamed of. I also have a great family. My parents have never stopped loving me, even when I probably did not deserve it. They were there to support me and guide me. Friends have also played a big part in who I am today. I am lucky to have a group of great, talented, beautiful best friends. They seem to always be there when I need them (thanks Whit for always answering the phone and listening to me go on and on about nothing. No matter what mood I am in you bring a smile to my face). After moving to New Jersey and not having any friends near by, I realized what the power of friendship really means. Friends are special. They take you away from life and let you be you, your true self. I love laughing about the things we did together in the past.
I love that they know your deepest of secrets.
I love that they have been there though the worst and the best of times.
I absolutely love my close friends and am often saddened that I don't get to see them as often as I would like. I want to thank each and everyone of them for shaping me into the person that I am today. And despite the fact that we don't live close to each other (although, I do live close to one of them. I need to get into NY more often) we have all stayed in contact. I am very grateful to have a close group of friends and one day, hopefully, we will all live near each other so we can have play dates and girls nights out.. I look forward to making more memories, to look back at pictures and reminisce, to laugh at funny moments that happened, and to one day be showing my children the wedding dvd that I spent 20 minutes watching tonight.

(I would post the video but it is sooo long...)


Is it 4:30 yet?

I sit here at work, obviously with nothing to do beside blog and stock blogs (shhh, don’t tell the boss). All that I am thinking about is that big white sewing machine waiting for me at home. I bought some fun fabric today and I can not wait to go home and see what I can whip up (hoping for a skirt).. I love my sewing machine. I thank my Mom everyday (in my mind) that she let me take her sewing machine away from her. I can honestly say that it has been a saving grace here in the Brooks home. Whenever I feel bored, excited, anxious, creative, sad, spontaneous, or just plan happy, I pull out that handy white box and let everything go…
Thanks Mom for letting me take that awesome machine.. I owe you big time.



Is it really March 1... 
The sun was out brightly and it feels like spring is slowly approaching. I sure hope we see a few warmer days and less snow storms.
I am looking forward to feeling the sun on my face!! 
I am looking forward to being able to work in our garden.
and I am so excited for long bike rides near the river!!!