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A Week of Thankfulness: Family

Like many of you, I have much to be thankful for.

Today’s post is all about my family.

Let’s start with Will’s family.

Oh man, guys. I married into a good family.

A godly family.

A family full of care, and warmth, and kindness, and goodness.

I’m often overwhelmed at the graciousness of Will’s family, especially his grandparents.

Celebrating 65 years. ❤️

I love them dearly, as my own.

They are most certainly some of the best people I’ve ever met in my whole life.

I love their spunk and godly character, and pray the Lord blesses us with their same love and energy toward others one day.

Will’s parents are also great. I am thankful for their hearts and how involved they both were and are in Will’s life. They raised a terrific kid, who has grown into a terrific man.

I’m also thankful for the relationship Will has with his dad, too. They are very close and I’m thankful we are close enough for them to see each other fairly often.

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(That picture is hilarious!)

I’m also thankful for Will’s brother and his wife, as well as the rest of Will’s extended family. I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas and getting to see everyone.

Christmas 2013!

Now my family.

My parents and I live on the same street.

Cheesecake Factory!

It’s wonderful.

I am so thankful to have them so close, and know they’re always there.

I can’t imagine ever being too far from them.

I have an entire lifetime worth of memories I could share so you would know how special my family is.

Today, however, I will simply say I’m thankful for how hard they worked and how much they encouraged me.

I’m thankful for my dad, a veteran, that taught me the importance of patriotism and diligence.

I’m thankful for all the places we got to travel and see, far more than most.

Carissa-3 years; Brittny-10 years at the Eiffel Tower in Paris - Copy

I’m thankful for my mom. We were blessed enough to have a stay at home mom, but it’s deceiving to say that because she was always doing something for our family to take care of us.

I’m thankful they took us to church every time the doors were open. So thankful.

I’m thankful for the opportunities they gave me, and the many sacrifices they made that I probably didn’t even know about.

I have wonderful parents, and while Will and I do not have aspirations of having kids, I do hope one day we can show this same love to needy kids or in some other form of ministry. 

Then there’s P.

Brittny & Carissa-Christmas 1990

And Layla.

Beyond blessed by this smiley gal

My huge love for these girls is definitely no secret.

In fact, P got pregnant during my blogging hiatus. I never got to share the story of how she and I Facetimed the November Friday morning when she took the pregnancy test that announced Layla’s arrival.

If I told you the days and weeks after that FaceTime session were easy for P, I’d be lying.

But now, a few years removed, I can tell you how thankful I am for those moments and for P’s return home.

So thankful to have here nearby. So thankful to watch the birth of Layla, and to cut her umbilical cord.

So thankful to get to be part of their lives and to watch Layla grow up.

Such love.

I’m also so thankful for my extended family. I have such wonderful memories of visiting them growing up. I used to see them so much more often than I do as a grown-up, which means I need to make time to visit!

I was able to spend last Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family, and it was wonderful. I’m so glad I was able to go.

Layla and grandma

Now Will.

Last, but certainly I not least.

Oh man did I marry up or what?

Will & Brittny-Feb 2003

So often I hear people talk about how they plan to start a family in “x” years. Obviously, I fully comprehend what that means. However, I also find myself thinking about my own family.

Although perhaps people see Will and I as a couple that never decided to start a family, I say we started a family ten years ago when we got married.

Will is my family.

Future Sooner anchors

I am so thankful for his wisdom and leadership.

He is unlike anyone I’ve ever met.

Chilly Willy OU-OSU

I’m thankful for the blessings given to us, and praying the Lord will remind me of the many things I am thankful for as we head into a year of changes and challenges.

I only scratched the surface.I have such an abundance of thanks to go around.

I know there are those who may not feel so thankful for their families today, and I pray for healed hearts. I pray for peace. I pray for change. Most of all, I pray for a church family that can come alongside these and love them as their own.

Day one down. Check in tomorrow for a Work it Out Wednesday of thanks. ❤️

The One Where We Bought a Car & Celebrated a Birthday (And a Look Ahead)

Last weekend was a bit of a whirlwind, and this weekend was much of the same.

As you can seem from the title, not only did we celebrate a birthday, we also bought a car!

Real life.

Where do I even begin?

Let’s start with now I had to go to Coldstone Friday night to pick up the birthday cake Will wanted.

Real life.

Happy birthday Will

Have you guys been in there lately? The smell one is enough to pack on five pounds.

I was insanely close to getting a cup of something horribly delicious, you know, to tide me over before eating the 40,000 calorie cake, but refrained.

Saturday came really early. Will had to work a few hours, so I hit the gym and did a leg circuit followed by a trip to the store.

Afterward, I met these little ladies for some iced tea/coffee.

Farmers market fun

We even made a trip to a farmers market and the library.

Very productive morning!

Are you able to see this video I posted below? It hope you can because it’s kind of funny. 

After my morning with the girls, I quickly got around and was off to run a couple errands with Will.

After that, we made a planned stop at a local Honda dealership.

Yep, the B-Love family went car shopping.

The newest (and I use that word loosely) car we own is a 2001 truck.

Real life.

God has had his hand over our cars, that’s for sure.

We knew it was quickly approaching time to begin “upgrading the fleet,” so when we saw Honda was having a super great summer sale, we felt it was a good time to make a move.

Will and I prayed about it all week and asked for godly wisdom.  I love my 1998 Accord, but it was definitely time to retire it to shorter trips.

Soooo we spent the better part of three and a half hours Saturday doing just that!

Oh, and can we please talk about how much cars have changed since 1998!?

My car starts, with a real life key, and drives.

I feel like you darn near need a pilot’s license to operate new cars!

All the buttons.

All the screens.

All the cameras.

All the voice activated stuff.

What!?

Anyway…

Have you guys bought a car recently?

I had no idea how intense it was. Haha

All the back and forth and, “Let me see what we can do...”

It was enough to drive me crazy. Let’s just cut to the chase!

Thankfully Will was on his game and ready to go. I’m am so thankful for his help with this stuff.

After all the waiting, and back and forth, and wheeling and dealing, we had ourselves a car!

Well, sort of.

The one we wanted wasn’t at their dealership, so they’re going to have to bring it in this week.

Here’s the one we test drove.
The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

It’s the same as what I’m getting minus some add-ons.

We are also adding the sports package, so they’ll have to put that on, too. It should be ready before Friday. Woo hoo!

Believe it or not, Will is upgrading and getting the old ‘98 Honda as his daily drive. His truck, while seriously cared for, is old. It has paint fading like crazy, and in need of retirement.

So yeah, definitely some big news in the B-Love house. We bought our first new car. smile

That took up much of Saturday, and we were spent after it was over. We stopped by my parent’s house and chatted about our news, so that was fun.

Because of the time, we decided to go to church Sunday instead of Saturday. We got comfy and took it easy.

But....

Later that evening I had to pick up a delivery.

Half a bushel of the freshest, most delicious peaches you ever did see! 🍑
Just peachy

True story.

Someone from work ordered heaps from a nearby farm, so my mom and I decided to split half a bushel.

Oh.my.goodness.

I’m dead.

In peach coma.

They’re so so good.

I can’t even take it.

I thought there would be too many to use up. Yeah, so not happening.

We ended Saturday night on the couch, in peach coma, watching an X-Men movie.

Sunday we celebrated Will’s 34th birthday!

It’s crazy to think I met him when he was such a baby-22!

We took it super easy yesterday, which was nice.

I got up early and worked out, and then we went to breakfast.

Yesterday was definitely not my best eating day, but hey, it was celebratory, so that’s okay. smile

After breakfast was church, a nap, birthday cake, and prepping for the week ahead.

This weekend was wonderful in a lot of ways. It was nice to get a new car after so long, and also spend Will’s birthday having him totally to myself and enjoying the day.

Another weekend closes, and another long week begins. Thankfully this is my short week, and I have a new car to pick up later this week!

Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Roasted Carrots
-Why you might be selling yourself short
-Thursday Things
-Laser focus

Check in this week for more fun. Now let’s tackle Monday!

the long 4th of july weekend & look ahead

Hey sweets!

It’s Monday, but thankfully my extended weekend continues.

I won’t give a super detailed four day recap, I’ll just hit some highlights.

Since I was off, I got to go to the gym Thursday instead of my usual at-home workout. That was a treat.

I worked my back, shoulders, & biceps, and my arms were so sore the day after!

The rest of the day was all about cleaning.

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

Okay… And a little relaxing too.

Fun socks...-and a Boz photobomb

Friday was much more fun.

I got another gym session in that morning, this time legs.

We spent the afternoon at my parent’s house, and barbecued some delicious veggies!

4th of July fun

4th of July fun

It was good to see everyone, and the vegetables were just as good as I anticipated.

4th of July fun

Afterward, we had an afternoon siesta.

Since he never wants to take pictures...

Mine was a whopping 15 minutes. I’m just not good at relaxing and taking naps most of the time.

I caught up on some laundry, and then later that night we watched the fireworks on the tailgate!

The Bigs were terrified, so we moved them into their kennels and put them in the garage. Poor babies!

With the late night, I slept in until after 7:00 Saturday morning. I hit the gym and worked chest & triceps, and even hopped on the elliptical for some (boring) cardio.

A jewelry store right outside OKC is going out of business and was having a crazy 50% off sale. I had a $30 gift card and was able to get four necklace and earring sets for $1.15.

Nice!

Afterward, Will and I ran a couple errands and headed back home to get ready for the rest of the day.

At the Movies is here, pretties!

Will and I went to church Saturday night for Week One. The famous was decked out and entirely transformed. The place was packed, and it was good to see so many new faces.

Afterward we had a big event to celebrate.

Layla’s second birthday!

Lots ‘o fun. It was good to spend time with my favorite people.
2!!!

2!!!

Birthday!

Then she turned two.

Then she turned two.

My sister made her such a beautiful crepe cake!

Cake

Then we came home and watched the UFC fights.

I even stayed up past midnight.

Who the heck is this girl!?

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The late night meant a late morning, which I hate. I slept until 8 and hit the gym.

I cannot even tell you how nice it’s been to be able to workout at the gym four days in a row, plus a fifth tomorrow! I love my at-home workouts, but I just can’t beat lifting hard and heavy in an actual gym.

We washed Will’s truck and took it easy, and it was son nice not to have anything to do or go.

Today is full of responsible adult things like oil changed and washing my car. Bor-ing.

Will’s first official softball game is tonight, so that should be fun. He actually had two, but one doesn’t start until 9:30, which we know is my bedtime, so I’m only staying for the first.

Will’s parents are also heading here to stay with us tonight, as they have an early morning flight out of OKC. Lots of happenings today.

So let’s talk the rest of this week, starting with food.

This week we’re having:

-Baked potatoes, BBQ chicken on Will’s, and a sweet potato for me instead of a regular one.

-This ropa viela, minus chicken for my portion.

-Black bean enchiladas

As for posts, here’s a peek at what’s coming up:

-A mocha green monster
-My favorite piece of gym equipment (and why you might like it too)
-Things I’m loving
-Gathering water

Off to enjoy the last of my long weekend! 

The One With Fireworks & Look Ahead

Happy Monday, sweets!

I don’t know about you, but I woke up with a little more pep in my step this morning.

It’s Monday, and it’s a short week.

I have to put in three days to get five days off. Pretty fair trade if you ask me!

But first, a little weekend recap!

This weekend went especially fast, and for no good reason, really. It wasn’t full of lots of activities, but the activities we did all took lots of time.

Before I knew it, it was 7:00 last night and I was getting ready for the week ahead.

Friday night… I can’t even remember, so that tells you how memorable it was. Ha! I’m pretty certain it involved watching The Blacklist and calling it a night before 10:00.

You know how exciting we are by now. Why try to hide it?

Saturday started before 5:30, if you can believe it. I hit the gym early to workout before the busy day ahead.

I totally shredded my leg workout. I don’t know if you can tell in this picture, but my hair is soaked.

Super sweaty workout

Gross, yet great, all at the same time. smile

Afterward, I got cleaned up and spent the entire morning over at P’s!

The original plan was to do a dry run on Layla’s birthday cake. Only, yeah.... that didn’t end up happening.

Let’s hope this fancy crepe cake we’ve planned turns out okay this week!

Instead we played with Layla and just had fun.

Saturday snuggles

Saturday fun

I am so blessed to have them so close!

After my morning with the girls, Will and I saw the new Transformers movie.

Girls, movies have gotten so darn long these days! It’s like a half day event. smile

After the movie, it was time to head straight to church.

At the Movies is coming up at LifeChurch, friends! If you remember last year, every week I posted times so you could check out the sermons live. Definitely make time to do it this year.

All the campuses were transformed to various movies. Ours was beautiful! P and Layla are coming next week and I can’t wait for them to see.

Saturday night was tons of fun. A town outside of OKC does their fireworks the week before the 4th, so I went with my mom, dad, and Layla to see.

Beautiful!

Fireworks

Layla was scared at first, but ended up really liking them at the end.

Staying up to see the fireworks was no easy task for a granny like me. I made it to bed a little before midnight.

The late night meant I didn’t get up as early as I hoped.

Aaand I had to go to the store.

I ran a couple errands and made it to the gym around noon. I even ran I to my parents finishing up their workouts!

I did an upper body circuit, and focused on lots ‘o push-ups.

The rest of the day was devoted to laundry and food prep.

Not too glamorous.

Thankfully, though, I only have three days to buckle down and hit work hard before I’m able to enjoy a long weekend of fun!

Not only is it the 4th, but it’s also Layla’s birthday weekend!

So let’s take a quick peek at what’s coming up this week:

-A quick & easy dinner
-Do I need to foam roll?
-Thursday things
-Being free

Check in tomorrow! 

Out and About in Canada

It’s Thursday and I’m home.

Woo hoo!

I loved my time in Canada and was thankful for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful country.

But man, I really love being home.

Today’s post is devoted to pictures and a recap of my time in the great land of Canada.

The weather was mild, but unfortunately it rained for a large portion of my trip. I don’t think I saw the sun once.

I was disappointed because I was hoping to spend some time out and about. Thankfully, though, I was still able to explore a little.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I was fortunate enough to travel in style to Canada and back. Quite simply, it was spectacular. I fear the next time I travel coach I will feel like a heifer being crammed into the back of a cattle car.

The jet I took ruined me in the best way possible.

We got in Sunday afternoon and had a little time to explore before the first round of rain came.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I had dinner at a place called Joey’s, and enjoyed a healthy(ish) quinoa salad.

The best part of the evening was climbing into bed before 8:30. smile

Oh, and can we please laugh at the differences between FaceTiming with Will versus P?

P is engaged and dynamic.

FaceTime ❤️

Heck, even Layla gets it.

FaceTime ❤️

(Her smile!! Killing me.)

Will?

Well, I’m often being carried to different rooms and staring at the ceiling. Look at my face in this pic. Haha

FaceTime...mostly with the ceiling

Aaaand the ceiling again.

Is it FaceTime if you never see a face?

Mostly the ceiling with a Will photo bomb. haha

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Anyway, FaceTiming with him always cracks me up, so I decided to capture the “fun” of video chatting with Will during this trip.

Monday was busy and full of lots of meetings. I had quite possibly the best sandwich EVER for lunch that day (and Tuesday. And Wednesday. smile ) at a place called Chachi’s.

Ridiculous.

I never go bananas over sandwiches, and I still can’t put my finger on why I almost died from its deliciousness, but seriously- so good.

If you have one and haven’t been there, get The Veg toasted on brown bread.

Obviously the highlight of the afternoon.

My Monday evening was fantastic! After work, Angela was kind enough to walk over to my hotel to come pick me up for dinner.

It was so very good to see her in real life and give her a big hug! She’s just as beautiful and vibrant in her pictures, and it just totally lit me up to see her in the flesh.

We walked from the hotel to her apartment, which was so nice and allowed me to see more of the city from a local’s perspective. I got to see where she runs, as well as the fun stuff like the local grocery stores and coffee shops.

Like many metropolitan areas, the masses seem to get around by bike and foot. Sadly, Oklahoma City is so spread out its impossible to be able to do that, so I enjoyed the opportunity Monday night.

We walked to her apartment and enjoyed a glass of wine and conversation. I even got to meet her kitty Merlin, who is way more beautiful than Boz and Lucy.

But let’s just keep that between us.

Then it was on to dinner! The initial plan was to go to a new vegan place (!!!) called The Coop, but it ended up not opening until Tuesday.

Instead, we tried a quaint little place called The Market.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It features fresh and local fare, and offers a seasonal menu. The food was delicious! It was a carrot-y night for me. Haha I got a carrot salad full of all sorts of beautifully colored and fresh carrots, as well as a few other veggies. I also got a side of roasted carrots. Dead.dead.dead.

Angela and I both agreed they were most definitely the most delicious carrots we’ve ever had. I think perhaps they brined them in salt and then roasted them. So darn good.

We enjoyed good conversation until about 9:00.

Proof we met in real life. smile

Great food, better company

Then?

Then it started to rain.

Instead of enjoying a nice walk back, we parted ways and I took a cab back to the hotel. 

To put a bow on the day, Monday night was fantastic.

Tuesday wasn’t as fun, but eventful nonetheless.

It was full of things I won’t bore you with, as well as another trip to Chachis for lunch.

That evening I was able to do a little more exploring and take a few pictures. I had dinner at Bank and Barons, an old bank converted into a restaurant. So so cool. The food was good and the atmosphere was better. I got the Quinoa Chicken Salad, minus the chicken. Ha! They compensated by giving me a “boatload” of quinoa, as seen by P.

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

She has a point...

Oh, and considering this entire post is mainly food related, I feel like I should also tell you I worked out every single day on my trip.

Yes, I’m asking for a pat on the back.

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Not a whole lot to share from yesterday. Meetings, lunch at Chachi’s again (hey why ruin a good thing?), and a trip home.

Home.

Where I belong.

Tonight a Will has softball practice and I can’t wait to sweat all over myself watch and cheer him on.

I’m also off tomorrow, which is pretty darn exciting.

So that sums up my adventure to Canada! Thanks for indulging me! Check in tomorrow!

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31, Reflections, & A Look Ahead

Hello lovelies!

I realize it’s Monday, and we have a week ahead of us, however it doesn’t feel too bad this week because:

1. It’s my birthday, and
2. Will and I both get Good Friday off!

Not too shabby.

Before we get into all that, though, let me hit some of my weekend highlights!

Friday Will and I were both off and had a very productive day.

I made it to the gym before 7, so it wasn’t too busy. I enjoy not having to share equipment. smile

Then, got ready and was able to shop at the grocery store in peace, get a fancy (read: cheap) watch at a local jewelry shop, as well as run a couple more errands all while Will painted our spare bedroom!

Watch

Afterward, we went downtown to a glass shop to get a piece cut for our entertainment center. Then we went and saw Draft Day!

I’m sure you’re shocked we went to see a football related movie. Ha

Friday was a busy and productive day.

Saturday was full of fun and just as packed.

I got an early leg workout in at the gym, followed by a little time with my sister and Layla.

Afterward, I got ready and Will and I made a trip to Lowe’s, and then headed to Norman for the red and white game!

It was a big crowd Saturday, making it all the more exciting. After that decisive and epic victory over Alabama last season, I think we are all pumped and ready for football.

Red & white game

WB red and white game

After the game, I had Will take me to Cool Greens for my “birthday lunch.”

I’m a super cheap date. smile

We just bought another matching couch to accompany the one we just got in a few weeks ago, so I didn’t want to do anything over the top. Plus, honestly? It’s one of my favorite local places.

I got their skinny plaza salad. So, so good.

Afterward, we came home and had a relaxing and uneventful evening!

Yesterday I got to spend the morning with my family! I love them very much. We had a birthday breakfast, and Layla even sat by me which was a nice treat. smile

My sister got an action shot of us admiring artwork. haha

It's a Bird, it's a plane, it's a huge pic of food at Jimmy's Egg!

We missed church because breakfast was followed by a trip to Best Buy and a two hour nap (!!), so we will have to watch online this week.

The rest of the afternoon was far less exciting than the rest of the weekend, but it was really nice to relax and not do much!

I did, however, spend a couple hours in the kitchen prepping food for the week. More on that soon.

That afternoon I went over to my parent’s house and had birthday cake! I love my mom so very much. She made me the prettiest, springiest, most beautifully colored cake. smile

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It was delicious.

So that was my weekend!

And here we are again.

And here I am, 31.

How did that even happen!?

Last year felt like a huge milestone, and I suppose it was. I felt old, but I also felt “official,” like I had finally come into my own.

I’ll leave you with a few random thoughts at the end of this post on life in the 30s this far, and would welcome your own comments, too!

But for now, let’s talk food this week.

This week we’re having:

-Vegetable lasagna (with zucchini as the noodles smile h
-Caprese salad
-Philly cheesesteak sandwiches (I’m having leftover lasagna)

Yum!

Now let’s talk posts.

This week we are talking about:

-How you just gained refrigerator rights
-Arms month continues! Sculpting sharp shoulders
-Thursday confessions
-How the Bible helps

So check in this week and don’t miss out!

I close with just a few random thoughts on the 30s (or lack thereof at times smile)

Share some of your own thoughts below! <3

1. I finally feel like I’ve arrived and have more of a seat at the table.

Unless it’s Thanksgiving with Will’s side of the family.

I’m pretty sure we will forever be at the kid’s table there. 

2. I’m still terrible with directions.

And feel like I might always be.

3. I’m more comfortable with who I am, who I’m not, and who I want to be.

4. Oddly enough, I feel way more comfortable and less self conscious about my flaws. While I looked better in a bathing suit 10 years ago, I’d probably rock it with more confidence now.

5. I’m a better wife.

6. I understand the importance of rest and a day off work sometimes.

7. I finally understand God’s grace.

8. I’m (slightly) better at putting on fitted sheets.

9. If I want a giant spoonful of peanut butter, I’m going to eat a giant spoonful of peanut butter. I trust myself way more and no longer fear self-sabotage. It comes with understanding moderation.

10. I realize birthdays are far better than the alternative and therefore appreciate each passing year.

So there you go! Now let’s enjoy our Monday!

More to come…

13 March 2014

Today is my tenth anniversary.

Will & Brittny saying their vows

Will & Brittny in the reception line

Will & Brittny showing Billy her ring

Mr. & Mrs. Loveless to the reception

Will & Brittny running for their car

The brevity of that statement hasn’t quite hit me.

When I look over the last decade of our life together, so many words come to mind.

Love, fun, blessings, regret, laughter, thanksgiving, tears, worry, peace… so many words. Yet, when I try to epitomize ten years of marriage, I have a hard time putting it all into words.

Brittny's 20th birthday with Will-2003

Will & Brittny-Feb 2003

Will & Brittny on her 22nd birthday

aw vday

me and will in front of the treasury

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champions!

Chilly Willy OU-OSU
The mr. & mrs. Getting ready to go

B&W at notre dame

Walking in the rain after the colts game

Who are these dressed up kids!?

It’s amazing how many emotions and experiences can fill up ten years.

Reflecting on a decade together is sort of hard to do.

There are so many days, weeks, and months that make up ten years with someone.

So many moments I’ve tucked away in my heart to cherish forever.

I still can’t believe that I get to be married to Will.

That he picked me out of everyone else.

Is this real life?

Yes, it is.

Will & Brittny laughing at the alter

<3

Ups, Downs, All Arounds: Reflecting on 10 Years of Marriage

This week will mark mine and Will’s tenth anniversary.

Tenth!

I seems so long, yet simultaneously I can’t believe it’s already here.

Today I wanted to take a few minutes, just for my own selfish benefit, to shotgun out thoughts, memories, and things I wanted to remember about our life.

Beware, this post is going to be completely scattered.

-Will and I got married the spring of my junior year in college. We were such a babies!

We naturally picked March 13th because it was during spring break, which meant we could get hitched and go on our honeymoon all in time to get back home for the rest of my semester. It was either that or wait until summer, which wasn’t going to happen.

Such romantics. haha

Will kissing Brittny on the cheek with Carissa watching

-The morning of our wedding I distinctly remember starting the day with two packets of instant blueberry oatmeal. Flash forward from 2004 processed instant oatmeal to 2014, and I’m still eating oatmeal. Only steel cut these days. Pass the Benefiber and old lady jeans, please.

-I totally regret my poor bridesmaid’s dresses.

They were hideous.

And I wasn’t even picking out hideous ones to be a total Bridezilla. I’m pretty sure at the time I actually liked them.  Dear Lord, thank goodness my tastes changed. And if you’re reading this and had to wear one of those dresses (Cough:: P), I sincerely apologize. What was I thinking!?

Brittny,Carissa & Kaci Michael-13 March 2004

-Although my tastes in bridesmaid’s dresses might have been appalling, thankfully my house wear selections were not. I went with a very (very, very) simple and classic dish set which I still use to this day and plan on using for a looong time to come.

Dishes

-My wedding cake was layered with both strawberry and lemon tiers.

Will & Brittny getting ready to cut the cake

I still love both flavors and have strawberry cake for my birthday every year.

Um- AMAZING

-Will and I woke up late the day after we got married and barely made it to the airport in time. In fact, we even got into our first married argument at the airport trying to figure out where to go and where to park.

Not much has changed with my directional issues. smile

Oh- and they lost our luggage.

Will & Britt at the airport on their honeymoon with lost luggage

We went to the Poconos. It was a blast.

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-I absolutely loved our first year of married life. Whoever said the first year was the hardest was crazy. For me, it got harder later.

The first year was full of so much fun and wonder. Neither of us had ever been out on our own, so we had a total blast. We were like kids left home alone to play house. Only it was for real. haha

Look at these crazy kids! Such babies.

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Will & Brittny-Falls Creek 2003
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-We had a condo, and our bedroom was on the second floor.

There was a skylight in the living room that you could see from our bedroom, and turns out, when you went to bed each night, the street light from across the street shone right on your face. Awesome.

Will & Britt in front of their 1st home in Lawton,Ok-May 2005

-The very first meal I cooked for Will as his wife was shake and bake chicken (fancy haha), green beans, and instant mashed potatoes and gravy.

Very gourmet. 

Hey, I was 20. Will didn’t marry me for my amazing cooking.

-In fact, one time? I cooked a cookbook.

No guys- I’m serious. I actually freaking cooked the darn thing, in my complete right mind.

In my defense, we got a George Foreman Grill and I heated it up only to realize, “Hey, for some stupid reason they put the cooking guides and stuff, inside the grill part.” WHAT!? Yeah- I think that’s more their fault than mine.

For the record, we did not eat the cookbook.

-It’s no surprise things were tight financially. I was a full-time college student working a student worker job that pulled in a whole $500 a month (cha ching!) while Will was a fulltime youth minister. It was tight, but it was still wonderful.

When we wanted to indulge in a treat, we knew all the super great deals. For example, Back then (haha, waaaay back then), Little Caesar’s pizzas weren’t always $5. It was only on Mondays. So we totally did that pretty much every single Monday. Whataburger had a buy one, get one on Wednesdays, so we would hit that up from time to time. Oh, and let’s not forget Sonic’s brown bag special which we occasionally did too. I remember sometimes even “splurging” on Taco Bueno and walking around our college campus reminiscing.

Cheap meals, good times. Ten years later and the thought of eating greasy fast food almost always makes me feel sick. How times have changed!

Even through being tight and out on our own for the first time, Will still managed to buy me a beautiful Christmas tree that December and surprised me with a weekend getaway that following summer.

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-Getting OU season tickets was definitely one of our first year highlights.

Will & Brittny at last game of the season-2004

Although things were tight, we found a way to swing tickets. I’m pretty sure Will’s entire birthday present from both sides of the family was money for season tickets.

He was so proud to see our tiny names in the football programs that first year. We had so much fun getting up Saturday mornings and driving to Norman for the game. It was a pretty huge deal.

-In February of 2005, I started a blog on The Nest. I had no idea that a community of newlyweds would get me through some serious growing pains while living overseas in Kuwait. I was even one of their featured bloggers for a year. I am so thankful for that place and the fact I have years of memories and posts to read..

-Our first anniversary was totally un-glamorous. I had surgery on both my feet (crazy!), and laid up for two weeks straight.

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My mom and sister had gone to Kuwait to visit my dad, so they let us house sit for them, which was really nice. I managed a short bath that day and changed into nicer sweats (haha).

Very fancy, I tell you.

We had Applebees to go and ate it in my parent’s living room. Me sprawled on the couch, with Will on the floor next to me. Definitely not the first anniversary I had imagined. haha

-When I look back on our ten years, the first one is most definitely among my favorite.

Then, we packed up everything, put it in storage, and spent three years in Kuwait!

Will & Britt at Al Kout mall in Kuwait-May 2005

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Camels in Kuwait

Now that I’m nearly six years removed from my time in Kuwait (seriously- has it really been that long!?!), I now look back fondly, with rose colored glasses and realize just how great so much of that adventure was. There were definitely bad parts- like my job, which was a huge part of my life there, but there were also a lot of good parts.

Will and I got to travel and see so much and experience so many different things. Going to Qatar, Dubai, and Jordan was so special and I will treasure those trips forever.  During the first year or so, when we both didn’t have to work weekends, I really loved that time too. It was fun to spend time in Kuwait together, even if it was doing totally American things like seeing a movie, going to the mall, or eating at Hard Rock. It still felt so different. We were a tight unit because we really had to hold on to each other.

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-Coming back to the States was a hard thing for us.

It was a blessing in a lot of ways, I mean we were home! But it was such a whirlwind. From moving our entire lives back to America and into Will’s parent’s house, to driving two hours a day to work while we searched for a house and waited to close. It was a bit stressful to say the least.

-Eventually things started to settle down, but things just didn’t seem to go as we had hoped and planned. Will struggled to find something he wanted to do which made things difficult for both of us. It wasn’t easy like it had been before. It got hard. We pulled away, I stopped blogging. I became a total grump and didn’t feel like myself anymore. Love, fun , and happiness abounded always, so this hard marriage stuff was something new for me.

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Things weren’t “bad,” they were just distant. Which, I suppose is “bad.” We were always at each other. My heart was in a terrible condition and far from God. Of course, there were many good times too, but anyone who has been married for a long time probably can relate to some degree that marriage is not always easy.

-I did the stupidest thing ever during that time and decided to get a master’s degree. Genius!

It occupied a lot of my time, and most nights were spent on the couch together watching TV while I slaved away at what felt like meaningless research, all for a piece of paper. In the middle of my program, things began to turn around for us, thanks be to God. Will found something he really enjoyed and that seemed to change his whole disposition. It also helped change my disposition, too. It’s amazing how much a job can leave you downtrodden and affect your whole being.

-For that reason, I interrupt today’s post to say- stop being miserable! If you hate your job, you’re not only making yourself miserable, you’re probably contributing to other people’s misery too. I realize our own personal feelings shouldn’t be predicated upon another, but let’s face it, when you live with someone, it happens.

It was like the bitter winter had passed and spring arrived, with fresh renewal, and I was so thankful for it. 

More flower pics. Geez

-I finished my degree in the summer of 2010 and never want to go back to school again. Haha

School is over!

Finishing school took a huge weight off both our shoulders, and for the first time in a long time, we were ready to be carefree and have fun again. To enjoy life and move forward with new goals and dreams.

-The last two years, have probably been the best of our entire 10 years of marriage.

Christmas 2013!

Sure the first year was bliss, but this is blissful in a different way.

It’s blissful because the “beer googles” are off this time.

The first year I was 20 and completely blinded by love.

This time I am nearly 31, and have had lots of life experiences.

Lots of ups and downs and goods and bads, and through them all love my Will all the more.

So much more.

Cheesecake Factory!

The One Where We Served & I Looked at Old Pics (And a Look Ahead)

It’s Monday, but for me it sorta kinda feels like Friday.

It’s about to be crazy around here, ya’ll.

This week is going to be over before I know it!

But I’ll share more about all that later this week.

For now, let’s just share a few pictures and weekend highlights.

Saturday was busy. We spent the morning with our life group doing work for a member of the church. We all pooled our resources and were able to make a big dent in what needed to be done, which was pretty neat.

Here I am in work clothes. Actually, Will’s, work clothes. This is his Camp Virginia, Kuwait jacket.

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Oh hey- and there’s my memory verse at the bottom of the pic! smile

I had to leave early because I had a hair appointment. Yay for fresh hair and brows!

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We were both wiped out after the morning and treated ourselves to a nap!

And baked sweet potatoes.

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I also uploaded nearly one hundred old pictures this weekend too!

Who are these kids!? wink

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Will & Brittny at lunch after church-2003

It was a blast looking at all of them Saturday night.

Yesterday we got to go to breakfast with my parents and this cute baby. It was nice to see my parents, and I always love seeing Layla.

Breakfast with Lulu

Amidst everything else, we also made time to watch the Thunder lose. Bummer.

Luckily, Lucy was there to console Will. smile

Snuggles with Lucy

This is our anniversary week!

Will & Brittny Loveless(2)-13 March 2004

So between a busy and emotional work week, I’m also on the heels of a major marriage milestone.

With that in mind, this week’s posts are devoted to just that!

Before we talk posts, though, let’s talk food and workouts.

This week we’re having:

-Leftover baked potatoes w/ BBQ brisket for Will and tuna for me
-Salsa chicken (black beans for me)
-Citrus pork/tofu tacos

As for workouts, last week was crazy. I didn’t make it to the gym once!

I’m convulsing a little.

I did, however, still managed to get in some pretty darn good workouts despite only having two, 5 pound dumbbells and one ten pounder. I plan to share more about how to manage a great without with what you’ve got soon, too.

Because there are some changes looming for the B-Love family, I decided to make next week a recovery week. The timing couldn’t be more perfect.

With that on the horizon, I’m going to try to make this week a little bit more intense, hopefully only taking one rest day instead of my usual two days.

Here’s a look at what I plan on doing:

Monday- Kickboxing

Tuesday- Full body at home resistance workout

Wednesday-HIIT Cardio

Thursday-Off

Friday-Back, Biceps, Shoulders, Cardio

Saturday- Legs

Sunday- Chest, Triceps, Shoulders

As for posts, we’re going to have fun this week! Fun looking behind, and fun looking ahead too.

-Reflections on 10 years of marriage

-A rest-pause workout

-Will & Brittny celebrate a decade of marriage

-B-Love news revealed

So there you have it! Check in this week for lots of fun, and lots of old pictures. smile

More to come!

2013 Year in Review

I did this last year, and thought it would be good to do it again this year.

If anything, because I’m 30 now and old and can barely remember which fibrous cereal I had for breakfast let alone 12 months ago. smile

Without further ado, my 2013 year in review!

January
Saw the cowboy ride away (George Strait’s last concert tour)

The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

Feb
Went to Boston for work

Surprised Will with a small V-Day basket

My valentine

Celebrated P’s 23rd at Bolero

Ps bday

Fed my phone to Rocky

Broken phone

March
Celebrated 9 years of marriage

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Took P and Layla to Zam Zams to enjoy some of our favorite Middle Eastern cuisine

Zam zams!

April
Got a promotion at work!

Traveled to Boston for work
Beautiful blooms!

Turned 30 (and didn’t cry or die like I thought I would smile)!!

One of my fun cards

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Had sushi with P
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Had so much fun touring the OU football facilities

The Bell Dozer

From the press box

Play like a champion today

Went to the Arts Festival

The girls

Went to the Red & White game over my birthday weekend.
Red and white 2013

Started Ipsy subscriptions!

Got a spray tanner for my birthday, and (sort of...) mastered it.

tan!

May
Went to Boston for work…again

Boston

Was rocked by the Moore tornado. Thankfully safe , but knew so many affected. It still hurts when I think about it.

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We bought a motorcycle.

The bike!

June
Spent a weekend in a beautiful remote cabin with my family (part of May too… over Memorial Day!)

Beautiful

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Playing with pups

Learned how to roast garlic.

July
Celebrated Layla’s 1st birthday!
Layla turns one!

Went to the Toby Keith Moore Tornado Relief Concert (and sweat like pigs!)

Toby Keith Moore relief concert

Visited Will’s family & shot some paint balls.

Shooting paintballs

Celebrated Will’s 33rd
Will's Birthday!

Started looking for a life group

August
Babysat Layla

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Got my first ever speeding ticket

Bought a dining room table

My new dining set

Kicked off another OU football season

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September
Lots and lots of OU football

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

Went to dinner with my LG girls
Life group girls!

Went to breakfast with P

Coffee slingers

October
Traveled to south bend for the OU-ND game!

BnW OU-Notre Dame

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And made a pit stop in Indy!

Watching the colts game

Got all dressed up and went to a wedding.

Who are these dressed up kids!?

Went to OU-Texas

OU-Texas 2013

Took Layla to a pumpkin patch

The pumpkin patch!  In front of the creepy scarecrow dude

Went to DC for work, got to see Theresa!

A great evening at home with Terry.

November

Went home to cheer on Will’s high school football team
High school football

Shot paint balls
Paintball

Went to our last OU game for the season

OU-IA state  Windy Saturday

Celebrated Thanksgiving in Colorado

The girls

Face timing with my Will

December
Paid off our credit card!!!

Put up the tree!

Beautiful

Battled bad weather

Helped P move into her house

Professionals at work

Had our LG Christmas party, danced the night away!

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my parents

& Christmas Day with Will’s family

Christmas 2013!

It was a wonderful year, full of so many blessings.

I never really set resolutions, but I had a few things I wanted to focus on during 2013.

I wanted to know God more. That’s an ongoing desire, but this year I made such strides in drawing near to God. His grace is so real, and I am so excited about knowing him more in 2014.

I also wanted to be a better wife, family member, and friend. Same thing for 2014. As silly as it sounds, when I turned 30 it was like a switch went off (um, did this switch go off for any of you guys?). I want to focus on loving my husband, family, and friends even more, and blessing them like they bless me.

Just like last year, I want to be healthy. I also want to evaluate whether or not I might need to make some changes to help with my iron and B-12 levels.

I also wanted to give myself more credit in my job. I’m not that mousy 22 year old girl anymore. My second promotion at this company was a great re-validation. I want to continue to evaluate my career this year. There’s tons of changes looming all around me, and I want to really do a gut check and pray about what 2014 holds.

So what about you? Give me your 2013 year in review. Do you make resolutions? If so, share!

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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