Easter Weekend: Hobbies

What else do you title a post about how you picked up three freaking hobbies in one week?! I feel like superwoman. I mean…the perfectly average, bloated version, but still.man.

Roger and I had one of the craziest weeks, fo sho. It was one event after the other for work, and come the weekend, we played hard, cuz: work hard, play hard, am I right?! To reward ourselves after such a long week, we had a date night at the movies and picked up 3 perfect springtime hobbies: bicycling, photography, and gardening. Let’s just say it was an expensive week.

Here’s a few Easter Weekend snapshots:

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Azaleas are a big thing where I live, and this weekend there was a festival to welcome them.

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We are also known as the rose city, so…there ya go.

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The next few pics are from my favorite stall at this small craft/arts fair.

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Loved this stall so much, I had to get some flowers from them!

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Because people should take photos with their flowers like they’re a bridesmaid!

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The awesome enchiladas I made this weekend…Roger approved! Recipe here.

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Roger took this epic spider shot during one of our bike rides this weekend.

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Dexter came along for the bike ride in a ghetto rigged basket (not shown), and he was adorable (shown…lol).

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And then we gardened…

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

John 11:25-26

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Traveling Tuesday

My husband and I have a trip to Greece coming up to celebrate our one year anniversary.  For those of you who keep up on current events, yes we are slightly worried about Euro availability and the state of Greece in general. But we are still excited.  It will be my first international travel with Roger, and that makes me a little nervous but I suppose if I’ve chosen him as my life partner, I should trust that he’ll make an incredible traveling partner!!! lol. Mostly we’re just too busy to even get too excited about it, which is sad.  But I know we will have the best time once we are there.

So to get me and the hubby pumped, here are my top five Greece photo picks:

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Ok, so the pics aren’t in a particular order, but I am more excited for Greece, now! Pinterest is the best for top traveling tips and must sees for the different islands we’ll be going to in Greece!

Don’t forget Kathleen from Katscript and I still have our $50 Target gift card going on! To enter for a chance to win, simply:

1) Follow me and @katscript on instagram

2) Like the original giveaway photo (pssst, it looks like this!)TargetGiftCard_Giveaway

That’s it! We’re announcing the winner Wednesday evening!

Life with the Dex Man–& $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Who knew that adding a 4 pound dog to our lives would bring such a large change?

In the last post, I introduced you to lil Dexter.  Our dachshund, chihuahua mix. Here’s a little more of his story:

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I wanted a dog.  The hubby wanted one too, he just doesn’t like to show his excitement.  I think part of us wanted to wait to adopt a dog until we were well adjusted to our schedules in our new city and new jobs.  But the bug to own a dog had bitten me long ago, and I was growing impatient.

First, we stopped by the SPCA shelter near our house.  They had some nice dogs, but none that captured our hearts. There’s a dog for everyone, but ours wasn’t in that shelter!

So we pressed on to another shelter.  And there was Dexter in the puppy aisle.  Roger and I didn’t want a pup. We didn’t feel we’d have the time to train him with our busy schedules.  But he was the first dog at the second shelter that we spotted, and I think we both knew he’d be ours.  We looked at every single dog there just to be sure, but we came back to Dex.  A shelter volunteer at Pets Fur People in Tyler, Tx handed him to us, and he licked my face. And that was that.  We marched up to the front counter to adopt the newest addition to our family.

(Pic snapped during the adoption process.)

We’ve learned a lot about him since then. What kind of toys he likes, where he likes to sneak to poop in the house (even though we’re trying to break him of that…any tips are appreciated!), and that he was apparently abused as a wee pup.

Dexter is 8 months young today. According to his adoption papers (but really, how can they tell?!lol). He has marks on his fur from a harness bound too tightly on him.  The fur under his front legs has been rubbed raw. The evidence of this can be felt in his spine. And our heart breaks. How could someone abuse such a precious dog?

At the shelter, they named him Sailor.  He had a brother (more chihuahua than dachshund) named Captain. We couldn’t adopt both–well, we chose not to.  We are one dog type people. I don’t know what happened of him.  I don’t know why these little ones were abandoned, but I’m happy that we were able to show love to such a sweet pup. He’s changed our lives and stolen our hearts! He even comes to church with us every Thursday night as we minister to those struggling to stay clean from addiction.  They love on him, and he loves on them. We are so happy he’s in our lives! (Even if he does poop on our rugs at times!)

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And now for the Giveaway!

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It’s really simple! Me and my friend Kathleen from Katscript are hosting a giveaway for a $50 Target Gift Card. All you have to do is:

  1. Follow me AND Kathleen on instagram (follow the links on our names).
  2. Like this photo on both of our profiles.

That’s it! I hope you’ll take a moment to enter the giveaway!

We will announce the winner Wednesday night (8/26).

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I’m baaaaaack!

Ok, so maybe I was off the radar for, oh I don’t know…three months now, I guess.  But let me tell you, moving half-way across country will take it out of you!

I’m gonna start off small today, but trust that there will be some bigger stories down the line.

What I love so far about Texas:

  1. A place called Rounder’s.  When Roger and I were planning our move to Texas, one of the questions I asked in all seriousness was: are there any good pizza places.  This is the place we went to the very day we moved here.  And I’ve eaten there, I don’t know, 10 times in 6 weeks (the struggle is really real). Soooo good! 
  2. TRAFFIC!!!! For those of you who may know, I moved from Atlanta, GA to a mid-size city in Texas.  There are no overpasses anywhere here.  Well, ok.  There is technically one.  ONE OVERPASS! I used to have to take 2 highways to get to work everyday.  The closest interstate now is 25 minutes away. And I NEVER need to use it….well, to get to work.  To get to Dallas? yes–the interstate would then become necessary.
  3. The manners.  I have found what people call southern hospitality here.  I grew up in Southwest Florida…arguably not the southern-est place in the south—considering all of the snow birds there.  And I think some readers will agree that Atlanta isn’t the most hospitable, either.  But here they have that southern twang, and an over-abundance of politeness and niceties.  Feels like home–well, like how home should feel.
  4. OUR NEW DOG! More on this for sure, but we rescued a 7 month-old dog in Texas…dachshund chihuahua. His name is Dexter. Dex for short.  And no.  We did NOT name him after a serial killer.  We named him after a short, fat cartoon character! lol. “DeDe, what are you doing in my laboratory?”
  5. Shopping. This is bad, but Ross is within walking distance. I live a 5 minute drive from all major retail, and I must say I’m loving it. 
  6. Ministry. Moving here, I knew my husband and I would be more heavily involved in the ministry of our new church than we were at our old church in Atlanta–well, at least that I would be more heavily involved than I used to be.  The thought of this really scared me because, well, I really love my free time.  But somehow or the other, I am really, really enjoying it.  God’s asking me to take down a lot of barriers that I’ve had up for a long time.  And he’s me not to be so afraid all the time.  It’s safe to say that Roger and I will be growing a lot in this season of life. 

So, more stories and things to come, but I wanted to give you a taste today. Don’t worry–updates on Dex, the house, and life here in Texas will be forthcoming. Thank you for hanging in there with me, lovelies.  Good to be back!

Exploring Amelie’s of Atlanta

Weekend updates and reports were given yesterday, and I’m too lazy to go all out for one. SOOOO…here are my thoughts for on one place that I’ve tried twice in one week: Amelie’s

What’s not to love about this French bakery? From their amazingly eclectic decor to their delectable treats, there will always be something new for you to experience on any given visit.  I recommend going out on a limb and trying something that you’re not wholeheartedly sure about.  I haven’t been disappointed yet!

Must tries: Cafe au lait (pronounce, cafe ooh lay) with ANY of their pastries.  None of the pastries are necessarily fresh out the oven (at least on my visits), but their sweet tones really come out nicely with a simple cafe au lait…no sugar added to the coffee, and none needed.

Be adventurous and try their weird sounding soups.  They won’t sound good, but they’ll be the best soups you’ve ever had.  Guaranteed.  Very light and surprisingly refreshing.

If you’re not feeling adventurous, the BLT on a crispy croissant will  not disappoint. It’s also a light fare, so pair with a soup, and finish with a nice almond tea cake and a cafe au lait! #winningcombo

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Life is Beautiful

Hello Blogging fam!

I’ve missed you, and I vow to do a better job at being a more involved blogger.

What I want to tell you requires some sort of prologue, so bear with me.

Roger, my handsome, wonderful man, moved to Atlanta just over a year ago in mid-April 2014 in order to be with me so we could start our lives together as one. We didn’t get married until September 2014, but it was always important to me that we live in the same city before getting married.

(Roger’s Texas crew)

Roger, that same handsome, wonderful man, gave up a lot to be with me.  There’s no way to sugar-coat this, or spin it in any other way.  He gave up his job, apartment, and a tight-knit team in Texas to move to the Big Peach (Atlanta). And I’m forever grateful for his sacrifice. But it has been a sacrifice for sure!

Since Roger started working in Atlanta, he’s had a rough go at it.  I won’t go into all the details, but two jobs later, an hour long commute to work, and some less than ideal work teams, we are ready to find a city that is for both of us.  A new start together, instead of trying to fit Roger in to my old life.

(What I looked like when I moved to Atlanta)

I have lived and worked in Atlanta since February 2010.  I left my home in lush Southwest, Florida for a job in the “big” city.  And it’s been a great city for me.  I’ve met a lot of people who have changed my life forever, and have had some wonderful roomies I’m proud to call my best friends.  But it was my city, at best, and even then didn’t necessarily feel like home once Roger moved to town.

With Roger’s jobs (both of them), it was hard for him to take time off to see family. And being a new wife, that meant it was hard to see my family as well…because I wasn’t gonna leave him hanging while I went galavanting around the US with all of OUR money.  Ya feel me?

Also, our beautiful little home (pictured above) is quite the trek from where I work.  And anyone who knows Atlanta traffic, knows the struggle is real!

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Family is where our heart is. I’m not sure if this is a recent development as a young married couple, but being near one of our families just means the world to us.

I love my family, but it makes more sense to be near his in Texas.  He’s got a beautiful niece and nephew who are growing up faster than what we can keep up with.  We’ve been missing birthday parties and big events in their lives.  So, we’d like to be closer to them at the end of the day.

We started praying for this back in February…to be nearer to family.  And God came through in a big way.  A God-sized way.

Roger and I were both offered jobs at the same company and city in Texas.  And not only jobs…but a place to live and a car to drive.  I don’t know if I’ve fully explained Roger’s car, but we call it the green booger for a reason.  As you may remember reading, we’ve been saving for a truck. Well guess what? The same exact truck we’ve been saving for (a Toyota Tundra), is the “car” that we will be driving in our new city. What?!?! God got it right down to the truck?!

So needless to say, this is not only an answer to prayer, but allows us to find a city with a slower pace (which I feel I desperately need), gets us closer to Roger’s sis and her family (only 1 hour and 45 minute drive), gets us a more reliable second car (the truck to replace Roger’s car), and give us both jobs so that we feel will use our individual talents.  It’s literally a dream coming true in many ways.

I’m not naive enough to believe that a new city won’t come with it’s own trials and tribulations.  I’m giving up my entire support system, after all.  But I do believe it will allow us to have “our”city, where we both can grow and flourish as a couple and as individuals.  I don’t think this new city has everything I need.  No city does.  For that, I’ve got to rely on God. And that’s a good place to be.  A place where I have to rely more on Him, than what I’m familiar or comfortable with.

If any of you guys are praying folk, please lift Roger and I up in prayer! If everything continues on the path we’ve been planning for, we will be moving in JUNE!!!! That’s next month!!!! WHAT?!? Literally crazy.

Thanks for taking the time to read today! Life is a beautiful, crazy thing full of incredible surprises and I’m glad to be experiencing it with my sweet, sweet man of mine!

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Family {What Dreams and Vacations are Made of}

I’m utterly devastated to be back at work this week after our lovely time in Texas.  I had an amazing time with family, and it’s so hard to be back.  All I can think of is how fast my niece and nephew are going to grow between now and when I get to see them again.  I love them both so much!!! It’s like I left a part of me in Texas!And also, my obsession with my godson/nephew may or may not be very apparent in the pics I took! lol.

I loooooved seeing Roger around his family–to see how much they love him.

But all good things must come to an end.  Because as much fun as I had in Texas, it did a number on my digestive system.  Let’s just say I’ve got a lot of stomach shrinking to do after this week of eating whatever I wanted! Three breakfast tacos every morning, y’all! I was **in heaven.** Fo real.

So anyway, here’s what happened:

{MONDAY}

We landed in San Antonio, and after an hour or so at his parents’ home, we hit the road to see Roger’s grandpa in a small town near Houston.  It was about a two hour drive from San Antonio.  Roger’s sister, Amanda, and her children were in San Antonio this week too so they could spend some time with us. They were on all of these adventures with us!

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(Sometimes to keep kiddos entertained, you’ve got to fork over your phone.  Miss thang is gonna be a photographer fo sho!)
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{TUESDAY}

Trip to da zoo!!! It was our nephew, Caden’s, first time! And he walked THE WHOLE TIME! Not bad for 18 months!

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{WEDNESDAY&THURSDAY}

We spent time at San Antonio’s kiddie park, a place Roger’s parents took Roger and his sister when they were little.  Now they’re taking their grandkids. Time flies! After the kiddie park, we hit the road for Corpus Christi, where Roger and I had our Texas Wedding Reception on Thursday…aka, a party to meet his family.  We had the best time!

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{FRIDAY} 

Our last moments with the fam.  We hit up Market Square in downtown San Antonio for some souvenirs, and cute photo ops.  Then dinner where I ate WAY too much.  THEN…we headed home to play this awesome Mexican card game called Loteria (pretty much bingo).  Amanda’s husband had joined us in San Antonio for our last night there, and we all had a blast with that game!

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{SATURDAY}

Aka, back to reality.  Sadness.  We made it to the airport in the knick of time, but before rushing to security, we got to say one last goodbye to my Caden and Lea.  Love those two! Missing all my family so much!

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(couldn’t resist leaving you with a final pic of the Caden monster!) 

The Weekend Report {Happy Easter! And Beltline Adventures}

I’ve had a good/productive weekend, with a day off Friday, and technically a day off today.  I’m finding as a grown up, days off don’t necessarily translate into sleeping in, but hey, being productive makes me happy, so it’s all good!

Friday started with going into work with my hubby, who did NOT have the day off.  Then to McD’s to get some breakfast for us.  I had an egg white delight because I’m counting calories once again, and actually, I’m not hating life. So there’s that.

Then to Ross to find a dress for the Texas wedding reception this Thursday.  Pics on that next week for sure!

THEN…a mani/pedi so that I can be vacation ready! I went with the neutral gray.  I don’t know if I love it, but I certainly don’t hate it!

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After the church service, Roger and I had an appointment with H&R block to finish up our taxes before the April 15th deadline.  Then to Walgreen’s to have our passport photos made, THEN UPS to have our passport applications mailed off.  We are GOING to Greece, y’all!!!

THEN….as if all of that wasn’t productive enough, and perhaps because it was TOO productive, Roger and I went to Historic Fourth Ward Park for a walk on the Beltline, stoping at a restaurant in Krogg’s Street market that I just HAD to introduce Roger to: Fred’s Meat & Bread.

Views from our walk to dinner:

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Saturday was a good day…much more laid back, with chores sprinkled in here and there. I finished up some designs so that I don’t have to take my computer with me on vacation #fullypresent.  And I did laundry and cleaned the house–with Roger’s helps, of course.

Saturday evening, I went to a local park to have professional portraits taken.  No particular reason. Just wanted some nice photos that didn’t revolve around my engagement photos or wedding photos.  The same girl who did our engagement and wedding photos took my portraits…FOR FREE! So that was a blessing!

Here’s an after pic of me:

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After pics, Roger and I headed to a new restaurant to try to explore our city a little more.  Something I always try to do more of, but was super encouraged after reading my friend Sarah’s posts on how she is exploring her own city!

Roger and I hit up a pizza parlor near our home, and had the BEST PIZZA EVER!!! Well, it was definitely up there! Oz Pizza…they make good stuff, yo!

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Then of course, it was EASTER!!!!! YAY! Christ is Risen!

I headed to church with Roger when he went at 7:30 in the am.  And ya know, waking up at 6am didn’t kill me…maybe I should do it more often…use that time to workout…who knows?!

Roger did an amazing job leading worship!

After church we headed to a restaurant for Sunday lunch because homegirl was not cooking lunch to have leftovers when she’ll be out of town for the 7 days following! lol. Then home to rest, finish up some housework, and host some folks for a game night.

This morning?! Headed to the airport for vacay! Can’t wait!  A post to follow next Monday with that update!

Happy Easter y’all!!!!

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(with love, Lindsey & Roger!)

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Hilarious Photo Shoot

Am I way behind in my posts?! Absolutely I am.  But you don’t want excuses, you want pics!

This lovely photo shoot was done on our New Year’s trip to Tally (see our weekend report for more fun stuff that week!).

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 (tryna be like Santa and the Mrs.)

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The weekend report {Babies & Besties}

{Scroll to the bottom for a FREE nursery printable!}

Welcome to this edition of The Weekend Report.

I’m your host Lindsey Galabeas.

Wow.  still weird that I have a new last name…is it bad that sometimes I forget and say my old last name on accident? Whoops!

So, this weekend was amazing.  Rogerio (what my dad calls him) and I drove 10 hours (total–roundtrip) to Tallahassee this weekend for an amazing 24 hours with my best friend from high school.

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(What roadtrip is complete without a selflie or two?)

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(the ever lovely mommy-to-be, Amanda!)

SHE IS HAVING A BABY!!!! And it’s all so exciting! Can’t wait to meet little Sofia Katherine! So.  Anyway, we drove down from Atlanta after work to spend some time with my bestie and her hubby and to attend a baby shower for Amanda.  It was a lovely affair with cute decorations, and some amazing gifts for my lovely friend and her soon-to-be.

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(ps, coolest cake pops ever! AND they tasted good! From MollyePops—they ship!!!)

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(totally made these with Amanda…FROM SCRATCH!!!)

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(Happy to find this bag from Homegoods…I wanted something Amanda could reuse!)

Roger and I LOVE hanging out with Amanda and her husband, Louie.  They are some of the most genuine (almost typed genuinest…haha) people you will ever meet.  They are so warm, loving, and hospitable, and I always eat well when I go to visit (not that that’s important or anything…#fatkid)!

Roger had some bro time which I didn’t realize that he desperately misses here in Atlanta.  So it was cool that he got to hang out with the guys (aka Amanda’s husband and his best friend).  And also we may or may not have added an xbox one to the holiday list.  I am a little weary of this as I fear how it might affect our time together, but I think it could be a good thing.  I can blog while he plays, and you better believe I will want to play some games with him! (Not a gamer at all, but it seems like fun…I’d give it a go!)

Loved our short but so sweet time in Tally, and can’t wait to visit again!

And a little gifty for you all…I designed a little nursery print for Sofia’s new room.  Just a little something that goes with the theme of their nursery.  Here it is:

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(Click HERE for a hi-res download…FREE PRINTABLE!!!)

How was your weekend?

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