Our Honeymoon in Florida

18 Sep

Today’s another Blog-tember challenge day!!!

Tell a tale of traveling, a city or country you’ve been to or a favorite vacation.

I had originally planned to tell of my trip to Spain, but apparently those photos are only on my parents computer! so, I decided to share our honeymoon! It was so much fun, even though we had to get up super duper early the day after our wedding to catch a ride up to Portland to catch our flight to Florida! And yes, we went to DisneyWorld. I think we were the only couple who didn’t gain weight on our honeymoon! With all our allergies and doing the crazy amount of walking we did, I think we actually lost weight!

Our hotel was super super nice, but we had to catch a public bus to get to downtown Disney in order to get a Disney bus to go to Epcot, Animal Kingdom or  Magic Kingdom. In other words, it was a little interesting making sure our timing was right for the bus schedules!  I was glad I had packed my ever-trusty Chaco sandals for all the walking we did, but on almost the last day, the heat and swelling of my feet caused some serious blisters!

So we started out at Downtown Disney. So fun there – they had a serious Lego store which I could have splurged at like crazy if I was a millionare, which I’m not. So I didn’t.  I loved the Christmas store (poor OH) , Mickey store and there was a sandwich shop that was primarily where we ate out. (Disney + food allergies = difficult) Plus they had a Pooh and Tigger statues you could catch a photo with!

Then we went on to Epcot – which I absolutely loved. That you can walk through different ‘countries’ was so cool – it would have been so fun to be able to grab food from some of them too. ha. Then, there was a miniature train village set up and I have since decided I want one like it! It was on a little hill side and had everything. SO COOL. I love trains. (yes,  i realize i sounded a bit like a six year old boy when i said that.)

The next day we went to Animal Kingdom. We didn’t enjoy it as much, honestly. It seemed to be geared more for kids.The walk through the ‘jungle’ seeing the animals was cool. And we rode a ‘train’ around the whole place but ended up wishing that we had skipped it and gone straight to the Magic Kingdom.

Sadly, due to the traveling and so much physical activity, I got a migraine the next day so we stayed at the hotel and I slept most of the day away. The OH was sweet and searched out some food and a deck of cards for us later in the day. Thankfully, I felt better the next day so we were able to go to the Magic Kingdom. Sigh of happiness right there.

The rides at all the places were fun, we didn’t get pictures with any characters because the lines were crazy long and I just don’t have that patience, we ran two blocks through a downpour to get to our hotel, we ran a LOT to catch the correct bus, we got blisters on our feet and got ripped off by a ‘christian’ taxi driver and  on the way back my OH had to sit next to a guy that doesn’t believe in deodorant or bathing… but it was a wonderful time. We were ready to be home by the last day. We missed having more options/less expensive food.

We are discussing going to DisneyLand for our 2nd anniversary, which he’s never been to and I went there  for my 15th birthday. Is it kind of obvious that i’m a Disney  nerd??

first row is at Downtown Disney

next bunch odd are Epcot

yes, that is an M&M vending machine… how COOL is that??

next bunch is Animal Kingdom – how often do you get to see a hippo swim right in front of you?

the rest are Magic Kingdom.  – bottom right is Rapunzel’s castle (!) and the last is of a piano man that played incredible!

Have you been to DisneyWorld or Land? What was your favorite part?

New Home Ideas

15 Sep oregon home print

Another wonderful day of the Blog-tember Challenge! It is already halfway through the month , I really cannot believe it. As I’m working on this, my little house is smelling a bit like a wet dog (probably due to the , ahem, wet dog lying in the corner… the bath earlier today was very needed) and classical music is softly playing in the background. Sigh. Calm afternoons are nice.

Sept 15th: Make a mood board. Are you brainstorming a room re-do, or are you dreaming of glamping with gal-pals? Share a collage of any kind!

I have been dreaming of how to decorate our new home once we move!!! These are some ideas I love – enjoy!

What have you been dreaming of doing different in your home? 

How We Met

13 Sep How We Met

Hellooooo all! I do hope you are getting the wonderful weather and beautiful sunshine that I am! so lovely out today!!!

So, today’s prompt (for the blog-tember challenge ) is perfect for me!!! =)

Sept 13th: Your current relationship status. If dating/married, give us a glimpse of your story! If single, share about this special season.

My OH and I will have been married one year and five months exactly as of today!!!  Which means we are still newlyweds, which is so strange to think about that word fitting us!

We met New Years Eve, 2011. Pine Tavern, Bend Or. OH and I had a mutual friend and he invited us (along with other people he was going with ) to dinner, kinda last minute. I had been laying half-dead-from-pain on the couch in some of the most awful-ugly men’s pajama bottoms with a sweatshirt and my hair in a knotted mess when I got a call from my friend telling me about this impromptu invitation. I remember glancing down at myself, debating if I could get presentable in the time allowed. Deciding that a chance to eat at Pine Tavern didn’t present itself very often, I agreed. Throwing my stuff needed for the overnight stay at my friends into a bag and quickly wrapping my long wool scarf around my neck, I ran out the door. By the time we parked at the restaurant, the pain pills I had taken had started working and I started questioning her about this guy.

Walking to the door, I saw a guy walking confidently across the parking lot and I went ‘hmmm’, not even knowing it was HIM! Ha. I was further impressed by him when he opened the door for us – and then proceeded to provide fun conversation the rest of the evening. I spent most of the meal watching his expressions – never had I been that drawn to a guy that quick! The meal ended, we said goodbye (a bit reluctantly on mine and his ends) and then fast forward to evening of the next day and we ended up talking for hours on facebook (good old social media, you can find someone’s friend and send them a message!!) I remember telling my mom that I had finally met a guy that talked as much as I did. (still true by the way). We had our first date the very next afternoon – January 2, 2012.

From that point we had a date almost every day for the next two weeks – which involved him meeting all my family. Yikes! At the end of those two weeks he asked me to be his girlfriend and of course, I said yes!

For the next three months we had our ups and downs – but I grew in confidence that this was the man that I had been praying and waiting for! He took my parents to dinner to ask my dad permission to ask for my hand. Whew!  On April 8, 2012 (Easter Sunday) He asked me to be his wife.

In order for us to have the Jewish wedding that we wanted, his rabbi’s rule was that all couples’ have to be engaged for a year before they will perform the ceremony. It was painful to agree to but we did! That year was a very rough year, I lost my nanny job and health started going downhill a bit. Right before our wedding, April 13, 2013, the company he worked for was sold and he ‘transferred’ to the new company…. (on our honeymoon he found out that they fired him.)  But by the time the time for the pre-ceremony ceremony came around, we were both ready and excited to finally be married!!

How We Met

How We Met

How We Met

How We Met

i love this one. so handsome

                            

How We Met

the Aaronic Benediction

              the Aaronic Benediction

How We Met

Music that Moves my Feet

8 Sep

music that moves my feet

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this is a two-part blog post today- hope you all don’t mind! 

Today’s Blog-tember Challenge‘s prompt :

Music that moves you. Are you a Spotify addict or a Pandora guru? Tell us your favorite artists/stations!

this next bit is something i wrote last night… =) 

As I’m sitting here, I find my mind wandering to all the ‘could haves’, wishes and ‘if only’s ‘. Now I know as much as anyone that it’s no good going down that path. The best thing to do is get a hug. If you can’t get that, eat some ice cream. None in the house? Go to bed. 

hehe. But seriously, how often do our dreams change over the course of our lives? When I was younger, I wanted to be all sorts of things, a business woman (didn’t matter details…), a horse rider in the Olympics, work on a ranch and a writer. Interestingly enough, the one thing that has never changed has been writing. While I admit riding horses for a living would still be absolutely fantastic or being in the business world would do wonders for my wardrobe…. writing is what I’m actually decent at. Along the way I got distracted by early childhood education, culinary school and working to open my own bakery. But a few years later as I sit here alone with my sleeping dog at my feet, I realize writing is what I yearn to do.  So, all that to say that I can’t wait to get this blasted pain from shooting through my temples, into my eyes and down my neck so that I can start typing furiously away at the story that I am loving so far. I’ve found myself talking about my main character as if she were a real person and her story a real life journey. That’s a good thing, right? 

So, here’s to a rather large dose of tylenol, essenetial oils and remembering to put my glasses on. 

~Laura

I am Passionate about…

5 Sep

Today is day 5 of the Blog-tember challenge over at Brave Love. If you want, check out my first and second posts!! 

photo courtesy of Michaela Michael

photo taken by michaela michael

 

So, today’s prompt is ‘I’m passionate about ________”

I am passionate about marriages – learning and strengthening my own and as time goes on I want to encourage other women as well! I am passionate about healthy living – although I do not do all ‘they’ suggest and recommend, I am getting better every year. I am passionate about my faith and learning more of the Jewish life I have married into. =) I am passionate about getting my health back to where it should be. I am passionate about writing, baking, family and reading. 

Yesterday, I entered the veritable dragon’s den. The dentist office. *shudder* Now, if you are like my OH, you don’t understand the shudder nor the nerves that just walking in the door created. But, if you are like me, who has only been to the dentist one other time, you understand. OY. I didn’t want to go but this TMJ I’ve got going on has got to stop. Pain, pain and more pain. So, I survived the appointment – (really, they were super nice. i just don’t like people anywhere near my mouth….) and ignoring the suggestion of scheduling a cleaning, I scheduled an appointment to go back to get fitted for a night guard. Joy and happiness in those two words -(not) And a few hours later I went in to my specialized chiropractor, thank heavens! My hip and back were really starting to hurt again so I was glad to have him help ‘straighten’ my body out. Because, apparently, I naturally lean to the left and my hips turn out to the right. Which causes some serious strain on this ‘old’ body…

And then this morning, armed with…well, nothing, I went to the lab to get my blood drawn for a Lyme Disease test.  But, for some reason, it took forever and a couple years to get everything ‘set up’ in order for me to do it. I was so glad my mom went with me so I had a distraction from the fact that I hadn’t had time to grab breakfast and that my shorts that I’ve been wearing all summer seemed to have gotten smaller and shorter in the past few weeks (probably from some weight gain, who can resist desserts?? and not wearing them for a few weeks…but anyway). They were super sweet about the wait, apologized profusely and even gave me a ‘coupon’ for the coffee shop downstairs. Since I have had multiple blood draws over the years, that part wasn’t a problem and we were out the door in no time. So, now we wait for the results. And if it isn’t Lyme Disease? I have no idea. Will have to discuss that with the doctor (naturopath/acupuncturist) when I go in next week. 

So there’s a little update on my doctors’ visits this week. I was able to have a lovely time with a new-ish friend a few days ago in Portland and I look forward to living near her in the near future. Favorite part of coming home this week? My dog’s face when I pulled up in the driveway. Ears perked up, smile on her face and tail a-wagging. Sigh. Happiness. 

the Lady-bug

the Lady-bug

What are you passionate about?? Or what was your favorite part about this week?

What Makes Me Happy

2 Sep

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Write about what makes you happy, from the little joys to the huge game-changers.

~ waking up without a migraine

~ my dog resting her head on my leg with her big sad eyes

~ snuggling on the couch with my OH

~ my adorable and sweet nieces (Amelie, Olive and Hadassah)

~ that no matter the pain, God is always with me and He always will be

~ my totally-awesome-and-fun passel of nephews (Quinn, Erro, Zion, Jacob, Josiah, Landon, Quintin and Brodey, and Emile(whom i haven’t met yet!!)

~a delicious hot cup of tea

~ finding a great novel I haven’t read yet

~The stationary shop a friend and I found in downtown Portland (called Oblation)

~the fact that once we are settled in Portland, we are going to get a puppy! i’m so excited

~ we will have a wonderful community of support and love when we move 

~my husband is understanding about me not being able to work

~ a clean house

~ and about a thousand other things! =) 

If you want to join in on the Blog-tember Challenge, click here to read more about it! Have a wonderful day! 

~Laura

All About Me

1 Sep

blog-tember challenge about me

 

Well, friends  I am so excited to start the Blog-tember Challenge today! I know many of you know what that is but for those of you who don’t let me explain a bit – it is a challenge to write here on my blog every day this month. So if you get emails every time I post…..you’re going to be getting a serious influx there. Sorry about that. 

It should be super fun, and you’ll get to know me a whole lot better! There is a button over on the right for you to find out more about the link-up challenge! Orrrr, you can click here also. So, let’s get started!

About  me

Imagine the front sleeve of a hard cover novel. Give us your “About the Author” so we can get to know one another, and for fun tell us what your imaginary novel would be about.

Laura Starr Waxman is a culinary school graduate, newlywed and proud mama of a sleepy golden retriever. . Her favorite car to drive is her 1968 volkswagen beetle that was given to her on her 16th birthday. While she had plans of opening a bakery/coffee shop after college, she had to change her plans due to failing health. But she maintains a positive outlook and is searching for new dreams, writing being a part of that. 

On mostly-pain free days, she likes to get out and walk with her dog, or get some serious cleaning done in the house. Her family and friends know she’s slightly obsessed with organizing and straightening things – even the bins in stores are subjected to her habits from time to time. 

Being an aunt to her 12 nieces and nephews is her favorite pastime, along with reading, baking and learning new hobbies. Her newest adventure will be moving to a new city with her husband and dog (they are still trying to decide who will adjust to it better, the dog or Laura).

Imaginary Novel

Amelia Lynn is a young girl dreaming of adventure. When she is called to help take care of her aunt in the city, she is nervous but hopeful that this is her chance to break out of the hold her parents and small town have on her.  What she doesn’t expect are the difficulties of learning the high society rules and strict expectations of her aunts’ world – but she gains an unexpected champion along the way. 

~ This is a novel I am actually working on right now. I am falling in love with Amelia Lynn and her journey. =)

Well, that’s that until tomorrow! Hope you learned more about me, it was a bit harder to write than I thought it would be. heh. 

Happy Labor Day friends!

~Laura

Book Review – August 2014

29 Aug

“Books serve to show a man that those

original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”

Abraham Lincoln

Whew – what a week, I feel like I’ve been behind every single day! Not a good feeling. And with so many library books, I’ve been reading like mad the past few weeks in order to get them all read on time. But, I finally conceded and gave up on finishing one, and never even started another.. . . For some reason I always feel slightly guilty getting a book from the library and not reading it. Like I’ve wasted its time or something. Am I the only one who feels that way? But then my friend suggested a novel to me and suddenly it wasn’t so hard to not read those biographies. I’ve decided that more than one biography at a time is too much. 

So, let’s get on with it shall we? ~~~~~

  • Boundaries in Marriage – by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend – I am loving this marriage book that i am reading for the book study i’m a part of- ( Meaningful Marriage Study). I am finally in chapter 6 and think that I am liking it enough to buy instead of just renewing it from the library. which reminds me, i think it is due soon.. shoot… So this book teaches you proper boundaries in your relationships , specifically your marriage. It teaches you why they (boundaries) are vital for a great relationship, how to protect your marriage from intruders (no matter what form they take) , how values form the foundation and walls of your marriage and why each partner needs to have personal boundaries…and much more. It is not a book focused on changing your spouse, but yourself. It is an absolute-must read. book review aug 2014
  • The Heart’s Pursuit – by Robin Lee Hatcher – this was a new novel for me!! i have never read a book by Hatcher that I didn’t end up loving and this one follows in that list. Wonderful. Wonderful. Silver Matlock is determined to find the man who left her at the altar – and stole all her family’s money. Jared Newman is on the trail of the man who murdered his family. For Silver to join Jared on the trail is to tarnish her reputation but they set off in the desert against all odds to find the two men. Along the way, they must learn to trust and forgive.  
  • Climbing the Mango Trees – by Madhur Jaffrey – This was a very good read. I enjoyed learning about another culture and world. Madhur grew up on a family compound – where forty of more family members were present for dinner – and climbing the trees in the orchard on their land.She was a curious, independent and sensitive child and loved to learn about her family’s history.  Not only does she share stories of her childhood (which are riveting) but also how food can bring back memories. 
  • Orphan Train West- by Jane Peart - a trilogy – bk 1 Homeward the Seeking Heart - I pretty much grew up reading this trilogy and absolutely love it. I haven’t read it for years so it is fun to have it be -almost-new again. Sadly, I had to put this one aside as I tried to catch up on my library books but I think I can finally start reading it again! yay! It is set in 1890 and focuses on three best friends as they leave an orphanage near Boston and  travel by train to be adopted as part of the “Orphan Train”. The girls – Toddy, Kit and Laurel – vow to be ‘best friends’ no matter where they are placed. The first book focuses on Toddy who gets adopted by wealthy Mrs. Hale who has a sickly granddaughter, Helene to be her companion. As Toddy brightens their lives with her optimism, she tries to hide the devastating fear brought on an angry maid’s words.  – side note, as i look online it says that H. the S.H.  is book number 2, while my personal book has it as the first. . .. sooo, who knows what is right. but it’s  a great trilogy either way!
  • Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed – by John F. Ross - This was the biography that I had to give up reading. Which was sad, because it was quite good and I was enjoying it. But, I figure I’ll get it again from the library and make it all the way through.. .. It is based on Eddie Rickenbacker (obviously) and how he became a national icon (i know, you’re like who??)  during World War 2. Starting out racing cars on the dirt tracks and becoming an ace pilot, Eddie was a confident daredevil, innovator and skilled aerial dualist and squadron commander. Part of why I enjoyed this book (what I read of it) was how it tells the story of the beginning of the automobile and the effects it had on life as we know it. Book review - aug 2014
  • As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto: Food, Friendship, and the Making of a Masterpiece – by Joan Reardon -Now this is the one that I dived into whenever I got the chance. It was so fun reading the letters of these two women, one we obviously know, but Avis was a well-known player in her own part. There are over 200 letters between these two friends, who would have never met if not for Julia writing a letter to Avis’ husband about an article about knives in a magazine. They became best friends, pen pals, travelers together and Avis was the champion for the cookery-bookery (Julia’s words) that Julia (and Simca) were putting together over the course of several years. Full of every bit of life they cover politics, cooking and McCarthyism and so much more. If you enjoyed the movie, Julie and Julia, I encourage you to read this book. It shares so much more of the struggle they had of getting the thing put together and then getting published. 
  • The Merchant’s Daughter – by Melanie Dickerson – honestly, I am only on page 5 right now, so I can’t make too much of a review on this one other than I got sucked in by the first sentence. Which I LOVE it when an author can grab you that quickly. (does anyone else get annoyed by having to wait a few chapters before you’re really involved in the story?) It is a re-write of beauty and the beast as far as i can gather. Annabel is faced with an unexpected choice. She is the daughter of a once-wealthy merchant but now is the indentured servant to the beastly and reclusive, Lord Renulf. But even worse is the advances of the baliff. Thinking that a life as a nun is the best way to uphold her faith and get away from the baliff, she is surprised to find herself drawn to Lord Renulf during their encounters. She must decide to stick with her plans or to listen to God’s whisper on her heart. – Right??? I mean, man, i just want to pick it up and read. It has been a while (ahem, a few weeks) since I read a new, really good novel and I’m so excited. 

And there you go friends! I hope you find something worth trying out in this list! I am starting a series for the month of September called the  Blog-tember Challenge – where I am taking the challenge to blog every day! I am excited about it  so come back and see me often! 

 What books have you been reading this month??? 

~Laura

Pinterest Workout Challenge #2

27 Aug

 

Pinterest Workout Challenge

Well, it has been two weeks and I am a little disappointed with myself at how many days I have missed. =(  I would do good for a few days and then sleep in….. or forget…. Sigh. So I have made a little list of what I need to improve on:

~ have workout clothes ready for the morning 

~ workout even when my OH is home

~ Get up around the same time every morning

Honestly, I think getting up and working out when my OH is home is going to be the most difficult one! He is only home 3 days a week right now, so I always want to laze about with him instead of lacing up my shoes and working out. But I’ve simply got to. This week, my mom and I have been meeting each morning and walking with our dogs. We walk about 3 miles. Woot!  But I want to also do a workout. . . . I was thinking of continuing the leg workout, but how boring is that when I’ve got a bunch of different leg workout pinned? So, I am going to come back to that one some day and try this new one. 

Trim Your Inner Thighs in 15 Minutes

Ironically, this one has the same moves as the first workout I chose, with a few more added in. So, the goal is to do this before/after I walk with my mom! As this isn’t a stated ‘in 2 weeks’ workout, I am thinking I will set it a goal for myself. 2 weeks and stick with it. 

Are you joining me this week in the workout challenge? What workout are you doing? 

How to be a Professional Procrastinator

21 Aug

Seriously ladies, I am a procrastinator. With a capital P. I learned this from my dear mom ( you know it’s true mom) and it has ‘helped’ me along through college and now, as a stay at home wifey. I love finding lists of ways to be more productive, telling myself that I really will try some of them out and be better at getting things done in a timely fashion. But well, I never get around to it. So today, I  thought I would share a list of my own on how to waste time.=) 

how to be a professional procrastinato

take a nap. every day.

find an addicting video game on your smart phone. play obsessively.

find another game to play when you’re bored with the first one. 

over-request books from the library – get them all within a week – read constantly.

Watch favorite tv shows on Netflix.

Get lost searching new recipes on Pinterest. For hours.

Spend a few hours reading blogs.

Go to Portland with your OH (other half) every other week.

Go visit your mom.

Stare sadly into your mostly-empty fridge.

Make well- intentioned to-do lists.

Check your mailbox – at least twice each day. 

update reading status on Goodreads.com

Play with photos on picmonkey.com

Organize photoon Dropbox.

Play with your dog. If you don’t have one – get one.

Take another nap. 

Hopefully this helps you get into the oh-so-fulfilling life of the professional procrastinator. If not, there’s no hope for you. =)

What are your favorite ways to waste time?? Or,  what’s your best time-saving tip? 

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