High Five for Friday

Since my usual Five on Friday link-up is on hiatus for the summer, I’m joining back in Lauren’s High Five for Friday! It’s always fun to get to switch things up from time to time, so here is my week in review! It’s nothing exciting, but hey, that’s real life sometimes isn’t it?

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IMG_2847 (2) I am loving this denim vest I got on our Gatlinburg trip.  I wore this outfit to work and was feeling pretty cute until I smashed my finger in a cabinet and got blood all over me… Thankfully, several people recommended using hydrogen peroxide.  Between that and Shout, all of it came out!

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IMG_2852 It’s so nice to have a sister who is in PA school to look at my wounds when I injure myself. And then she gives me a cute bandaid.  At least I didn’t need stitches.  My finger was so fat for days though…

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IMG_2863 Lightning struck a building in our neighborhood during a really bad storm! Thankfully, the building it hit was still under construction, so no one lived there yet, and it didn’t catch on fire.  It did leave a big hole in the roof but the builders had it patched up within 24 hours.

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IMG_2872 I exercised some MAJOR willpower and did not have a bite of this pizza that was literally right next to my face the other night.  Being gluten-free makes me feel so much better, but I still really miss “normal” foods.  I did find out later that this restaurant has gluten-free crusts, so I will definitely be giving that a try next time we go there.

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423748_983955827876_952448713_n  Tomorrow is our 6th anniversary! I cannot believe it! We haven’t totally nailed down plans for the weekend, but I am excited to celebrate!

How has your week been? I’d love to hear about it!

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Cruisin’ the Caribbean

Does anyone else feel like the last month has come and gone in the blink of an eye??? August was crazy busy with school starting, and September has also gone by so fast.  I am sorry I have been so inconsistent with my posts lately.  There was so much going on with work, and to be honest, I was having a bit of “writer’s block.”  I could not seem to come up with anything to post about at all. There are so many topics floating around in my head, but I couldn’t seem to get them on paper… er… typed up, lol…  I have definitely missed it and things should somewhat be calming down around here, so I hopefully I can post more.


Our ship: Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

Anyway, one of the things that has kept me busy was getting ready for our cruise! In August, we celebrated our 5th anniversary, but we didn’t do a whole lot at the time since we knew we were taking this trip.  And let me tell you, I might be a cruise addict now.  I had never been on a cruise before (my husband went on one as a kid but doesn’t remember much about it so it was like new for him too) and I had never been out of the U.S. either, so needless to say, I was VERY excited about this trip!  Plus, we were going with our best friends, Matt and Justine! Our ship was Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, and it did not disappoint! I still can’t get over how they can fit all of that stuff into one boat! And the food! Oh, the food!


Lemon Meringue Tart


Lamb (they knew the way to this Greek girl’s heart– lamb was on the menu twice)

They say you gain an average of 1 pound per day, which means I probably gained about 7 lbs, but it was worth it!  Unless you go to one of the specialty restaurants, all of your food is free (well, not free, I mean you do have to pay for the actual cruise which includes the food haha!), but this also includes room service, which we definitely took advantage of.  We also had a wonderful waiter, Antonio, who was from India, and a great room attendant, Ricardo. I was amazed that our waiter knew our names after the first night, and we had to check his name tag 2-3 times before we got his name down.


Antonio (front right), our waiter, and Wong (back right), our assistant waiter

One of the things that I most enjoyed about the cruise was the ports.  Since I had never been outside the U.S., I was very excited to get to visit 4 different countries in one week!  We stopped at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Caymen, and Cozumel, Mexico.  Labadee is Royal Caribbean’s private island, and it was absolutely beautiful! We pretty much laid on the beach that whole day.  At Falmouth, Jamaica, we did an excursion which took us on a tour of an old plantation and we had high tea while there.


High Tea in Jamaica


High Tea in Jamaica


View from the plantation (600 ft. above sea level)


One of the doors to the main house at the plantation

We really enjoyed the tour, but the ride to and from was a little scary! They are crazy drivers!  Also, it was very eye-opening and depressing to see the living conditions of most of the people as we rode through town.  I forget how blessed I am sometimes.  The next stop was at Grand Caymen, where we did a snorkeling excursion.  We got to see a sunken ship and a really cool reef near Grand Caymen— we even saw a shark! That was probably my favorite excursion!  Seeing all the aquatic wildlife in person was very fascinating.


Ready to snorkel


Justine and Matt are ready too haha

After the excursion, we walked around to some of the shops and got lunch at Margaritaville. For the last port, we stopped at Cozumel, Mexico.  On that day, our friends went on an excursion, so Jeff and I had the day to ourselves. Per the recommendation of our travel agent, we got a taxi and went to Chankanaab Park.  IMG_1070There were a lot of things you could do, include swim with dolphins, snorkel, and kayak, but we just laid on the beach for a while and walked around the nature trails.  After that, we got another taxi that took us downtown so we could shop.

We also enjoyed 2 days at sea (the first and last days of our cruise) which I also really enjoyed as it gave us time to explore the ship and all the amenities it had to offer, though we did spend most of our time laying by the pool soaking up some Vitamin D!  We also saw several shows.


Formal Night


Formal Night

The shows on the ship were incredible, especially the Freedom Ice show, which is an ice-skating show performed right on the ship!  I don’t know how those skaters can do all those tricks on a moving a ship! Another thing we really loved on the ship was our cruise director.  He was absolutely hysterical! Some other cruisers have uploaded videos of him on youtube, so if you want a peek at how crazy he is, check this out:


This gameshow was hysterical!

I probably could go on and on for days about how awesome our cruise was, but I won’t!  I will just say that if you are interested in booking a cruise, I would highly recommend you use Royal Caribbean.  Also, we had a fabulous travel agent through AAA, Christina Hawkins.  She was so helpful in all of the planning and details and questions I had!  We are going to Disney World and Universal Studios at Christmas, and she is helping us plan that trip as well!


Blessed to call these two “friends”


My husband and me <3

Are you planning a vacation soon or have taken one recently? If so, where are you going?  I’d love to hear about it!

5 Years

One of my favorite pictures from our wedding

Today is my 5th Anniversary.  I’ve been MARRIED for FIVE years… whoa!  I honestly can’t believe it in some ways.  Mainly because it just doesn’t feel like we’ve been married that long.  These last five years have flown by.  It really feels like it was just yesterday that I was walking down the aisle to say my vows to the man I was going to spend my life with.


The whole bridal party


My dad made our wedding cake and I am so glad the photographer got this pic. I will always treasure it.



When I said the words, “”I, Sophi, take thee, Jeff, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.” I had no idea just how encompassing those words would be.   We have definitely had better times and worse times.  We have been broke enough that we wouldn’t go anywhere all weekend because we couldn’t put gas in our car.  We have dealt with health issues, as I talked about here.   We haven’t always loved and cherished each other like we should, but we persevered through it all.  We’ve learned more and more what love really is.


My maid of honor, bridesmaids, junior bridesmaid, and flower girl


My dad and me


Another shot that I absolute love

Sometimes I miss the “newness” of the beginning of a relationship.  You know, where you are scared to hold hands at first, then you finally do for the first time.  The first date. The first kiss.  BUT I wouldn’t trade what we have for anything.  I am incredibly blessed to have found my husband.  He is the complete opposite of me in every way, and I love that.  He has shown me how to enjoy the small things, how to think things through instead of making a rash decision as I am very prone to do, how to be a true friend, how to be myself and not care about what others think.  I’ve shown him how to talk to just about anyone, how to be spontaneous, and how to dress.  Important values, I know…


We love to torture my brother. We did this same pose at my sister’s wedding too. I hope we also do it when my brother finally gets married so we have a shot at each wedding.


Our whole family


Holding up my dress so that the fan on the floor can cool me off… still not sure why we thought an outdoor wedding in August was a good idea. It was HOT!!! This picture makes me laugh though!

Even as I reminisce on these last 5 years, I can’t help but get excited about what the next 5 years hold for us!

officially husband and wife!

officially husband and wife!

On our honeymoon

On our honeymoon

 Happy 5th anniversary, Jeff!  I love you more than you know!

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