Happily Ever After. So often we see this at the end of Disney movies, read it at the end of books, or during wedding times it is printed on things. What does Happily ever after really mean? I know we all know our life isn’t going to be like Cinderella, Belle, or one of the other Disney princess. The whole movie they are struggling, then they get the kiss that changes everything, and they “live happily ever after.” Why in our minds, do the struggles end at the kiss?
Think back to the times you were dating those were the easy times. I mean come on let’s be honest. We were all still on our best behavior, you weren’t living with them, seeing them at ALL times, happy, sad, and every other emotion in-between. So why do we think at the end of the movie their struggles stop? I mean let’s sit back and think about it. If our before the kiss (dating) was the easiest, then that is how it would have to be for Disney movies, right? If Cinderella had it “easy” before the kiss can you imagine what was coming after the kiss? Can you imagine marrying someone just because you spent one evening with them and it was "enchanting." I think we all had to kiss a few frogs before we found our, "prince." What if her enchanting night was a frog? That would be a fun conversation....
"The shoe fit!"
"Let's get married."
....after the wedding.....
I think we could all fill in the blanks with fights they had. Can you imagine marrying someone that you truly had only spent one evening with? I mean come on, think of the fights you had your first year of marriage and you felt like you knew them.
So, back to my question, what truly is "Happily Ever After." I don't think it is at all what is in a book, or showcased at the Disney parade. I think it is the mess we create in marriage. Nothing in marriage is truly neat, tidy, planned out, and clean. I don't think Happily Ever After truly means it all worked out perfectly. I can't imagine being with someone who just always agreed. I would get bored. I think Happily Ever After is truly learning to do life with someone else. It is the opening up, letting go, learning to be loved while learning to love. Yeah, I have always been loved by family, but I let's be honest a spouse's love is different than a way a parent or that type of family loves. Happily Ever After is the waking up before the crack of dawn to work out because I know that I am going to work at school and then at the office for at least an eleven hour day and won't have the energy the workout at night. Happily Ever After is the late nights when we wake up on the couch with the little box popped up on the tv asking if we are still watching. Happily Ever After is working through blending "my parents," and "your parents." Happily Ever After is learning how to live together. Learning how to still fit in, "me" time without the other person filling left out. Happily Ever After is admitting you don't know it all and that I am willing to learn. Happily Ever After is the fights, the hurt feelings, the emotions. Happily Ever After is the look I get when I have yet again burned another meal, or just happen to pull into another restaurant on our way home because I just have no clue what to cook. Happily Ever After is when I get in bed at night and sometimes find little pieces of glass in the sheets because he was too tired to take off his work clothes the night before. Happily Ever After is living on a teacher's salary knowing his dream will get us farther and we need to make sacrifices for it. Happily Ever After is real life. No no one's life is Disney perfect, but as I said before I actually think it would be boring, and it wouldn't let the great times be as great. If all you ever ate was Chick fil A chicken nuggets, they wouldn't taste near as amazing when you get them ever once in a while. I love the mess we have created. The fun times are so much better because of the struggles.
Happily Ever After is exploring new worlds, new cultures, new lives. Happily Ever After is the laugh I hear when I walk in and say, "I think the beach is calling our name." Happily Ever After is the smile I get when I walk in the office after a long day of him trying to run the office alone. Happily Ever After is when he reaches down and kisses me on my forehead. Happily Ever After is when he walks in with my coffee in the morning. Happily Ever After is the smile I see after I drag him to another place, and he ends up loving it. Happily Ever After is OUR LIFE. It is what we have made of it. It is so much better than any Disney Happily Ever After I can imagine. Happy Anniversary, Thank you for being my Happily Ever After. I love you.
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Now, we had different reasons to go Waco than most. Josh wanted me to see Glass Doctor headquarters, Dad always talks about a Czech bakery in West, we love Dr Pepper, and why not stop by Magnolia Market. To be honest with you. I have never watch fixer upper. I know SHOCKING! I wanted to go to magnolia market to eat at the food truck Milo. Milo is ran by a guy I went to college with, and the pictures he always posts reminds me of Eat Street Markets in Brisbane and we used to love to go there and chill. So why not?!?
We went to Magnolia Market first. They really had cute t-shirts, hats, and gee gaw nick nacks. Middle of the week on a chilly day was a perfect day to go. There was tons of free parking once we drove around to the back, and honestly there were no crowds.
After we walked around, tried Milo's truffle fries, and people watched we headed to see Glass Doctor headquarters. I was honestly shocked how small their headquarters were for such a big group of business. It was really good to see it though and really put Dyer Group more into perspective. I am so glad Josh suggested to go, walk around, and interact with headquarters.
Next, we headed to the Health Camp. It is a restaurant that has been featured on many lists. It was a while in the wall old school hamburger and shake place. Wow! It didn't disappoint. There is nothing like an old fashion grilled cheese.
After the Health Club we headed to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. They had a whole special exhibit for Nolan Ryan. I was pumped. They had his original contract, his prospect card, and many other cool things.
I would say we used our extra day very well saw Glass Doctor, and did everything Waco for sure. On our way back to Dads we stopped at the Czech bakery in West, Texas. Yep did not disappoint!
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Last weekend was a rough weekend in many senses of the word. I went to Charlotte after work on Friday, worked for 13 hours Saturday, slept four hours, got on a plane, flew to DC (for 30 minutes), then flew to Orlando. If you know me well, you know I require a lot of sleep. I know my friends with kids laugh at me saying that, but I was the kid would get sick at church camp, just from lack of sleep. So last weekend I slept a total of 10 hours with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night combined. That with everything else going on, it was a rough weekend. I say all of that to say how amazing the weekend ended.
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Well Christmas in Florida felt a lot like Christmas in AU. It is officially winter here, but the last two days have been mid 80's. We woke up early Christmas eve, drove to Cocoa and went to see 800 Surfing Santas. There was a "church service", Christmas carols, and a lot of picture taking. It is a free event but raises money for cancer patients and for the surf museum.
On our way home from Savannah, after two hours of carpool karaoke with 80’s and 90’s country music, we decided to make a quick stop in St. Augustine. I mean when one of the top ten places in the world according to National Geographic to look at Christmas lights is close to our route, why not?!?!? Let me just say, they did not disappoint. It was AMAZING! The atmosphere, the lights, the sounds, the colonial feel mixed with modern, this place should be on everyone’s Christmas bucket list.