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My 25th year went by in a heartbeat

It was completely and utterly amazing.

I love looking back over the year, looking through my pictures, and seeing how blessed I have been. I love to reminisce all of the special moments that have happened.

Going through my pictures, this is only naming a few of them. . .

I said “I Do” to the man of my dreams on the very greatest day of my life,

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I started traveling down and navigating the path of being a wife and am learning so very much every day,

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I started graduate school (and am halfway done!) working towards a reading degree to better my teaching and my students,

I have almost completed my fifth year of teaching,

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We bought our first home


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We traveled to Belize for a fantastically amazing honeymoon,

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We traveled to the West coast for an amazing spring break vacation

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. . . and I have spent plenty of moments with those near and dear to my heart.

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With all of these accomplishments and milestones in my life. Who could want anything more?

 Here’s to starting 26, and making more wonderful memories!

This morning, while driving to work, it dawned on me. . .

Rob and I have been married for 8 months, today!

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Who knew how fast time could fly?

It has been a whirlwind eight months.

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But in that whirlwind, it has been so very, very, fun!

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The past eight months have been full of love, laughter, busy times, and enjoying each others company.

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We have had exciting, and fun date nights. . .

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A beautiful summer of relaxation. . .

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Which concluded with my new sister-in-law getting married!!

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We then jumped into a holiday season full of firsts

Our first Thanksgiving . . .

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Celebrated both in Florida and in North Carolina

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And our first Christmas celebrated in our own home!

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And with our family. . .

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The holiday season, having two whole weeks off together, was a blast!

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We even were blessed with a new Godson, whom we absolutely adore. . .

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Receiving my daily Snapchats of that little bear make my day!

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All in all, these past eight months have been extremely fun.

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It is still weird to come home to him at the end of each day.

I also love knowing that he is there at the end of the day and knowing that he will always be there.

Marriage is fun.

No, it’s not perfect. Neither one of us are. We are a work in progress, getting better and stronger with every passing day.

For that fact, and for the fact that I have this amazing man by my side, I am extremely grateful and utterly blessed.

And we’re back with Day 2 of our Colorado mountain wedding adventure!

We woke up, extremely bright and early, to go hike the incline of Pikes Peak on Tuesday morning.

Now you see, we are from FLAT Florida. The last time I was hiking was probably a yea ago while we were in Costa Rica. Which means I was completely NOT ready for the level of activity exertion it would take.

The Behrenbergs, our fantastically awesome family friends who are my second set of parents, have always talked about “The Incline” and how great of a view/time it is and so I really wanted to do it.

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We knew it was an opportunity that we wanted to take and their is a bailout 3/4 of the way up that we could take if we REALLY needed to quit. So we went on!

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If you look at the above picture it seems as though you can see the peak of where we are headed to.

But no. No, no that is only the false peak.

The REAL peak is even higher up than that one. You just can’t see it from the bottom. Or anywhere on the trail until you hit the false peak. Completely misleading I tell ya.

From the beginning of the steps you know it’s going to be murder. You walk about 50 steps and you think “Why did I wake up at 5:00am to do this?”

And then it just gets worse from there. The view, so I heard, was absolutely gorgeous along the way. I wouldn’t look due to my fear of heights, but Rob was the photographer and took many pictures of the surrounding views.

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Jeanna, my sister, and Kelly, the Behrenbergs niece, went up rather quickly.

They were way ahead of us for most of the time. Until we reached the false summit, where the bailout was.

Now the entire time I told myself I was going to take the bailout. I had nothing to prove about going to the top. But then I got to the bailout and Rob was determined to finish the trail to the top so I joined him and climbed on. By the time we had gotten to the bailout, we were 3/4 of the way up. You could see the REAL peak and it surely did not look too far off.

My quads and butt were hating me.

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What we had already climbed.

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Almost there!

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As you can see from what I was wearing and the beautiful blue skies around us, the weather was absolutely gorgeous.

It was nice and cool, only hot because of how much work we were doing. But I thoroughly enjoyed how good it felt to be outdoors, that high up, surrounded by mountains.

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With only taking a little over an hour to tackle the climb, we made it to the top!

And then, I looked at the views!

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What a workout it was.

But it wasn’t over. After we got to the top, we had to hike back down a 3 mile trail to the bottom.

Luckily it wasn’t stairs going down.

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The trail was calm and pleasant. Completely silent except for the wind blowing through the trees and the few voices around you.

We jogged most of the way down which was quite a nice feeling for the lovely breeze it gave you.

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We did it!

It was pretty fantastic to finish and know that you had conquered a pretty great workout before 8am.

The rest of the day was spent lazily around the Behr’s house. The recently just moved to Colorado Springs and generously opened their home to us to stay not 2 weeks later.

Their home is completely comfortable and cozy. It was a perfect place to relax!

We baked cookies for our favors, ran errands, and then went to Garden of the Gods later that afternoon.

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There were people all over the place rock climbing. The photo above shows two guys on top of the rock. It was crazy watching them come down.

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Rob had a blast climbing all over the place on any rock that he could find. He truly is a little kid at heart.

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Garden of the Gods was beautiful. Carla had taken me there this past March when it was completely covered in snow and wow did it look different!

Tuesday was a VERY active day in Colorado Springs. We enjoyed every minute of our day and were loving the beautiful weather in Colorado!

 Wow. It has REALLY been a while now hasn’t it?

It is now the end of July and if you can believe it, I still can’t believe it sometimes, I am a married woman.

Insane.

My wedding was completely perfect. The day was magical it seemed. Completely and totally blessed by God who had is hand over us the entire time.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s start at the beginning.

Before we left for Colorado, on the first of the month, we decided we weren’t busy enough in life and so we bought a house!

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We closed on the 28th of June and went straight to our new pad to celebrate together. Not two hours later we loaded up the U-haul with all of my furniture and unloaded it with the help of my cousin and Rob’s nana and uncle.

It was extremely hot, then it rained, then it was hot again but we had a start to moving into our new house!

Saturday we were back at it again moving in all of Rob’s stuff and finished out the day with a nice meal at Bonefish grill to celebrate.

Sunday, we packed up for our trip and Monday morning, bright and early, we were jet setting on our way to beautiful (and cool) Colorado!

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After a very comfortable flight (Score one for having the exit row!) we landed in Colorado and were greeted by my parents and sister who had been there since the Friday before.

We headed off to downtown Denver and enjoyed a beautiful lunch outside in the gorgeous weather.

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It was wonderful!

After lunch we made the 4 block walk down the street to get our Colorado marriage license!

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Woohoo! Step one was officially complete!

After downtown Denver we drove the short trip to Red Rocks Amphitheater. It was one of the prettiest and coolest places that I have been to.

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Many amazing artists have been through Red Rocks. Rob’s favorite was The Allman Brothers.

He swears that he is related to them in some way.

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It was gorgeously breathtaking!  We loved seeing something so huge and grand. Rob enjoyed climbing around as I enjoyed taking pictures. I couldn’t believe how beautiful every view was!

That night we had dinner with some friends that used to live in Ft. Lauderdale but moved out to Colorado a few years ago. It was SO good to see them!

Their kids are absolutely adorable. Rob, Jeanna, and I had way too much fun with them!

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This, my friends, is just the beginning of our July. Day 1 was super exciting and fun-filled. We fell in love with Colorado the moment we stepped off of the plane. But we had a long and busy week ahead of us.

I cannot wait to tell you all about it. . .

Right after the last week of school my family, Rob, and I drove north to Jacksonville for a little Schneider Family get-together.

I love my family. We are all scattered about which makes it not the easiest thing to all get together regularly. We usually try for an every other year reunion of sorts. This year was the year for our next one. However, due to life happening, my wedding, and all sorts of other stuff we just didn’t seem to have time for one.

Instead we decided to celebrate the special occasions together and spend a weekend celebrating with a bridal shower for yours truly, and a graduation party for my cousin Samantha.

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My Aunt Michelle did all of the wonderful work for both parties of the weekend. She decorated, made al the delicious food and planned two spectacular get togethers. All of the family together was a really fun time.

Saturday morning my family drove north to Jacksonville to meet up with the rest of the clan. We started out with a party celebrating Samantha, as well as a little birthday cake celebrating my grandmother as it was her birthday on the day.

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My Poppy standing up to tell a HILARIOUS joke.

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Love them!

After the party some of the family decided to wander around Old St. Augustine (one of my favorite places since I was little) for the evening and have some fun.

We sure did have a TON of fun!

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My “little” cousins, Joey and Natalie

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As we wandered around in and out of stores the women of the family decided that we needed to have a bit more fun than we were already having. They rounded everyone up and pushed us into an old western photo shop and we had a complete blast!

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Watching everyone get dressed in their sexy outfits (for the women) and cowboy get-up (for the men) was a great time. We had MANY MANY MANY laughs and were all so happy that we did it in the end.

You never know what is going to happen. But it is always a good time!

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Love my family!

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Sunday

Sunday morning started out with a girls day. All of the women, that were staying at the hotel gathered around and piled into cars to head to my bridal shower.

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When we walked up to the house we were greeted with this outside in the walkway.

Completely adorable!

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Everything, and I do mean everything, was perfect. Aunt Michelle made the entire day and party perfect. I couldn’t have planned a better party for myself.

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She made the party Dr. Seuss themed because of my grand obsession with Dr. Seuss in my classroom. It was adorable.

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That cutie in the white and black dress is me. I was the flower girl in her wedding when I was 4 years old.

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This gift was a recipe book. Not anything else that your mind can imagine, don’t worry.

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It was so nice to celebrate my future marriage with my family. Since we are getting married far away and keeping it so small most of my family can’t make it to the big day. It was wonderful to have this time together and have them all be so very happy for Rob and I.

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Terri (my mom), me, Mema (grandma), Jeanna (my sister)

After we were all done with the party the men arrived hungry. They ate most of the leftovers and then we said our goodbyes and headed back home to our respective cities around the state.

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This was my favorite gift of the day. My new sign to hang in my classroom in August. Sweetly made by my aunt. How cute?

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The whole gang. Love them all!

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It was such a blessing to share the weekend with my family. We don’t get to see each other often but we always have a good time together. I always treasure our times together. So much fun!

9 days from today I will be walking down the aisle to my favorite person in the entire world. . . .

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We are busy, I mean  REALLY, REALLY busy!

We have had much on our plates for the past couple of weeks and I have been waking up early with my mind racing each day.

Today, with a thousand things on my to-do list I have crossed off one, putting our wedding music together.

I finally chose the song I am walking down the aisle to and every time it plays I immediately tear up and can’t stop crying.

I am going to be a blubbering mess walking down the aisle. . . it might get ugly.

My heart is so very full right now.

I cant describe to you the overflowing joy I have knowing I get to marry Rob and become his wife.

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Thank you Jesus for the biggest blessing you have every given me.

I have so much to be thankful for and happy about. Life has been jam packed with fun and opportunities these past few weeks.

I will hopefully be catching up on all of them soon. Although my schedule doesn’t seem to have any free time in the coming weeks.

As of today here are my next crazy busy weeks ahead. . .

1 day until we close on and move into our very first home – ah!!

4 days until we hop a plane to Colorado

9 days until our forever begins

15 days and we hop a plane to Belize for our honeymoon

Everything is happening so quickly, but I cannot wait for it all. I just wish everything else would fall to the wayside and I could soak up every moment until it all falls into place.

I am so excited for our future. God has blessed us so richly, I can’t wait thank him enough for all that is happening right now.

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It’s only a day away. . .

is the tune playing in my head again and again. I just changed the lyrics to fit ;)

Exactly one month from today, I will wake up the most excited person alive.

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Exactly one month from today I will be readying myself to be the bride of my favorite person in the world.

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Exactly one month from today I will be anxious. . . knowing I am going to become this man’s wife.

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Exactly one month from today, I will be crying tears of joy when I see him for the first time.

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Exactly one month from today, I will be gathering with friends and family to celebrate our new life together.

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Exactly one month from today all of the work I have put into our wedding day will come together and become the most wonderful day of my life.

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Exactly one month from today I won’t care about the details of what color/kind of flowers I am holding or what the decorations look like.

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Exactly one month from today, I will take my daddy’s arm and walk down the aisle knowing that it is the most right decision I have ever made.

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Exactly one month from today I will be the happiest woman in the entire world.

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Exactly one month from today I will look into the eyes of my forever love and promise to honor, love, and cherish him for all of the days of my life.

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Oh how I cannot wait for that day. . .

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