fridays photos

what's better than a crazy photo dump on a friday?
check out our new mail box!!  our mail is so much prettier and bills are so much more fun to pay when you get to use this pottery barn mail box.  i really so love it.
i'm the first to admit i have the absolute most boring hair in the entire world. but i invested ($2) in "the perfect bun" gadget from walgreens and this is a picture of my hur at work!  do you love?

and i attempted a hair bun bow. secretly, i like it a lot.

aye aye! my precious nephew, colton.

love those two boys more than anything.

the sunday after thanksgiving, we go to churchill downs for the afternoon and this year was no exception.  

and lucky for us, john's dad had a horse running in the 7th race so we were allowed to go to the paddock (vip only) and see the horses before the race. i love the track.

the BEST buffalo chicken dip in the ENTIRE world. seriously.
if you feel like you need to make more friends, make THIS recipe here and you will be invited to every type of event for the rest of your life. 

opie. my brother in law's pup. the prettiest sharpei in the entire world. and those wrinkles? ugh, i die.
say hello to our pistachio kitchen aid mixer and our rabbit electronic wine bottle opener.  they're our newest additions to the kitchen and we LOVE them. secretly, i haven't even used the kitchenaid mixer yet but i promise, it'll happen soon!  

have a WONDERFUL weekend!!  



my heavy heart...

today i ask you to keep our beloved dexter and my family in your prayers.

my heart is so heavy today and my eyes full of tears as my sister and brother in law have made the decision to put dexter down today. 
for 10 years, dexter has been an absolute best friend to all of us.   
he would watch tv with us, 

play in the snow,

and snuggle in bed too.  

my heart breaks to think of the days when dex won't be waiting for someone to throw the ball with him,  
or watch him sit on the driveway for hours and hours. 

he's so beautiful.

and never afraid to get dirty. 

he's the best oreo for halloween i've ever seen, 

and he makes my heart full.

dex, i love you so much big guy. 
you will certainly be missed.
thanks for being the best big brother to colton.

i love you. 
rest in peace. 


romantic dinners and friends

our final installment of our honeymoon chapter. so sad, so sad.
one of the nights, we had a romantic dinner on the beach.
we were greeted at the martini bar with a rose, which my husband bit in half. romantic start, eh?
so then i had to use another rose for this photo op. 
which leads me the point... who bites a rose in half? 
we were facing the ocean.
in all honesty, i thought the romantic dinner on the beach was a little bit weird. i'm always uncomfortable when a musician plays music right at our table and we make eye contact the entire time. does anyone else feel weird about that? anyone? bueller? bueller?
but it was still pretty awesome. and i recommend to fight through the awkwardness and do it. 

my husband.

and since we were at an all inclusive, it only seemed right to go to the indian restaurant for appetizers before our romantic dinner on the beach. why limit yourself to only one dinner??  ;)

are you sick of looking at us yet?

john's dad is quite amazing and he booked us this private dinner in the wine cellar of the best restaurant at the resort. 
it's a blurry picture but our table was surrounded in a heart made of roses. 
and this is john after the dinner. passed. out. 
gotta respect his need to finish every.single.morsel. on the plate.

now onto our FRIENDS!  this is brian and claire. we met them in the elevator and they are from LOUISVILLE, just like US!!

we've already had dinner at their house and met their precious little 9 month old daughter, and now i'm excited to have them over on friday night for dinner at our house! who knew we had to travel all the way to mexico to meet some new besties. :)

and this is tommy and krista, on the left. 
not only do we share the same wedding date (10.20.2012 ow!) but we also all love to drink during the day or night. we couldn't have asked for better new friends to hang with during the week!

and i promise,
this is the last picture of the two of us. it's getting creepy, isn't it?

guess what is next?!
WEDDING PHOTOS!!!!!!  i'm obsessed. 


honeymoon: trip in a trip

mr. kentuckyblonde was getting a wee bit antsy at the thought of staying at the resort for seven consecutive days so i agreed to venture out of gates of paradise to ease his need.
we took a cab and a ferry over to isla de mujeres, just across the water a little bit, rented a golf cart and spent the day snorkeling and cruising around the island, enjoying the incredible scenery.
it was absolutely beautiful.
i'd be lying if we didn't look up real estate there a few nights ago when we were reminiscing on the honeymoon.
my mister. 

the ever-so-necessary long arm picture. 

i loved this little hole in the greenery for amazing pictures of the water. 

real life.
contrary to this picture, i actually did most of the driving. because honestly, i'm the better driver. 
true or false: you think this is real?
if you said, true, you were right. hard to believe, but that, my friends, exists.

........the second trip in a trip.......
we ventured to a place called "xplor" which was a little more than an hour away from our resort. it was in playa del carmen and when i saw john's eye light up like a little boy on christmas morning, i knew i made the right decision for swapping a(nother) day with alejandro, tequila shots, and the beach bed.
there were 14 zip line courses. which thisgirl only freaked out on one of them! it was so high and scary! 
and we did a "river swim" and rafting through these caves. it was pretty awesome, except the water was FREEEZING so that wasn't awesome.
one of the zip lining courses ended inside of this cave. pretty sweet, eh?
see, i'm the better driver!! look at that high water inside a cave! AWESOOOOOME!!!

weeeeeeee!!! look ma!! no hands!!!

FIST PUMP!!  ow ow!!  we're crazy.
awww, but you can never have too much fun to skip out on a little kiss every now and then.

so my friends, i hope you have a WONDERFUL thanksgiving and stuff yourself silly!  enjoy family time and 

when in doubt, 
pour yourself another drink. :)


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