Curvy E Chronicles: Year 1

I can’t believe it’s already been one year since I started the Curvy E Chronicles.

A lot has changed in just one year.

We have grown to almost 100 followers.

I have fallen off of the healthier, happier me wagon more times than I care to admit.

We have added new series!

We have had 1617 views, 431 likes and  76 comments at the time I’m writing this.

I am overwhelmed and humbled by how many people have taken a moment of their time to read through my thoughts, opinions and ramblings! I started this blog to help keep myself accountable and to keep as almost a virtual diary of sorts to keep track of different things. I figured if people wanted to follow along and share in my successes and failures then so be it. But this blog has seen many changes and I hope it sees more as time goes on!

I thought in the beginning I would focus more on me and my journey but really this has changed into highlighting the things I love and the things that I am passionate about. As this blog grows I know I will grow with it and I am so incredibly excited to see what the future has for the Curvy E Chronicles!

So much has changed in one short year and there is so much more to come but I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to stop in an read my quirky, funny and sometimes craziness in my blog! I appreciate the sharing, love and interaction!

Follow along if you like and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

 

 

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A Week In Sin City

Vacation!!!

It was finally that time of year and boy was it so much fun!!!

And to spend a week in Las Vegas no less!!!!

Yes I was very happy to come home but I was more happy about all of the new places and things I got to see this time around while I was down in the city that never sleeps. With such a diversity of entertainment and food how could you see it all in just a short period of time?! This year I made a point to find new restaurants and to see new attractions.

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It’s been awhile since I have flown and I forgot about the amazing views you see flying above the clouds! Spectacular views for so many miles! Next year I am going to carry on my small camera so that I can get some nicer photos!

The week I was down there was for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo! What a blast! The first half of the week was slower I found different and fun things to do and try!

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On my first day down there I found this beautiful lady at check in! She was rocking her Green Greely Hat and I couldn’t be more proud of how she did and how she looked representing the great state of Washington!

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On Monday I found some familiar faces at the Horsemanship competition of the pageant and we had some fun during the main part of the day before heading out to walk the strip and go to dinner!

 

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Bubba Gump Shirp Co. was the first new place I tried on my week long trip! And it did not disappoint! I had the sampler platter so that I could try a lot of the different things they offered. Not mention when traveling restaurants can be a tad spendy when traveling so this being an appetizer offered not only options but plenty of food for me and it wasn’t punching a whole in my trip budget!

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday afternoon we adventured out to Hoover Dam which was a spectacular sight to see! I really recommend any one who hasn’t seen it. The view is amazing and it’s interesting to read all about the different facts of the dam. There were no dam tours at the time we went out so we only got to walk along the top but still it was amazing to see! The history of it all too was incredible!

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I even got to add a new state to the list I have traveled too! Even if it was only briefly I can now say that I have in fact visited Arizona! And I’m pretty sure they don’t recognize day light savings time so

 

I was there an hour a head! Cheesy yes I know but what can I say I was playing tourist!

 

 

As the week moved on it got to be more and more fun and happenings! I attended the speech competition at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant where our Washingtonian Crystal killed it in her speech! And then I got to pick up a very special guest!

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My little brother came to vacation with me in Vegas! (P.S. the rest of my family shows up later) And of course the first place we go! IN-N-OUT Burger! We don’t have one of these in Washington and I was more than a little excited to see my brother and to go and get some burgers animal style! And as you can see in the bottom of the photo he got his fries animal style as well!

 

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Finally my whole fambam arrived in the city of lights and I convinced my husband to finally get sushi with me!!! We went to RA Sushi that was down the strip past most of the major hotels. And I was so impressed not only with the sushi but with the price as well! img_7221Most things in Vegas are more expensive especially when it is on the strip but this was very reasonable! And tell me this doesn’t look amazing!

 

And all in the middle of this I was getting to watch all the different events that Crystal was competing in and getting to see all kinds of friends from all over!

To say the very least it was quite the week of fun! Spending time with everyone I don’t always get to see all the time and to just be away from the hustle and bustle of my everyday grind was nice! The one nice thing about being in Las Vegas for a whole week is that when it comes time to head home I am always so ready for it! I always miss my own bed and all of my adorable fur babies! And now that I am home it’s nice to have a minute to reflect on the incredible time I had the new people I met and the old friends I got to spend some time with! And not to mention the food!!!

Well that wraps of this adventure! Thanks for stopping by and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

 

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend my husband and I took a trip with my parents to the pumpkin patch!

My husband and I hadn’t been in many, many years! Probably since we were small kids. We wanted to spend a fall day looking for just the right pumpkins to put in front of our house! This is the first time we will actually be able to carve pumpkins and put them on display on our front porch! I couldn’t be more excited!

img_6989It was an incredibly nice day in the Northwest and I couldn’t be more thrilled to spend some simple quiet time with my favorite people! My parents are camera shy so I only have a few of my husband and I.

I find these kinds of days to be so rewarding for the soul!

It really makes you take a look and count your blessings twice! I am so thankful to have this amazing man by my side! He makes me laugh so hard that I cry and he loves me unconditionally. We both took the quote “Marriage- getting to annoy one person for the rest of your life” quite literally and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Even when he makes me so irritated I turn red in the face I still manage to laugh because he thinks it’s all fun and games. And this reminds me to not take things in life so seriously.

There will always be time to worry about this, that and the other thing but if you don’t take the time to relish the moments that you get to spend with your family you will be loosing important moments! I know this is sometimes easier said than done but I am so thankful that my mom raised me to know that the time spent with those that are important to us is in fact one of the most important things in life!

Recently I watched a very sad situation in which a son was beginning to take care of affairs for his father who only had two weeks left to live. My heart broke for this gentleman. He was staying strong even though this was probably one of the most difficult things a person can attempt to deal with. But for me this was eye opening. We really never know how long we have to share with our family and friends. But what perplexed me even more is that it took watching someone else go through a terrible struggle to remember not to sweat the small things. And all I could ask myself was…

WHY?

Now why is the question of all time! We always want to know why! Why something happened, why it didn’t happen, why we have to wait, why things happen so fast, why do we do the things we do, or why don’t we do the things we do. The questions always starts with why. But sometimes I wonder is the why really that important? Doesn’t it, in fact, take all of the mystery out of life? Don’t we all need a little mystery? As cliché as this post might be I think we all need a little reminding that we should embrace the mystery of life and to enjoy the time we have! I know I am going to work harder at being present in the moment with those important to me and I am going to work harder at putting the simplest of moments first and relishing in those moments.

Again I know it is completely cliché, I really do! But how often do you find yourself needing a reminder?

 

Keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

Mountain Adventures

It’s hard not to fall in love with the mountain and sometimes taking a small adventure is enough to clear your mind and fill your heart and soul with how beautiful a world we really live in!

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We took a drive through the Colville National forest over the last few weekends and there’s just something about driving down a mountain road to bring you back to center and to look around at the vastness of the sea of trees! I love Washington and a lot because of these amazing trees!

We took this trip after some the wedding I helped to coordinate last weekend and we couldn’t help but stop and take a look at the breath taking views!

What is your favorite escape place?

Where do you like to visit to just get out of dodge and explore?

Leave me a comment!