D-Size Batteries

…a true story about Gabi, by Chase Webster.

As I stood in the Costco checkout line, I felt ill at ease. “What am I forgetting?” I thought as I quickly scanned my haphazard grocery list scribbled on the back of an old Target receipt. Each item on the list had been violently scratched out, as if I were trying to defeat individual items that stood between me and a hot cup of cocoa in front of the fireplace. Nothing remained. “I must have forgotten to write something down,” I admitted to myself. My mind strained and my eyes squinted slightly as I tried to remember the missing item. “It was so important!” I announced audibly. My voice carried a little further than I had intended, inviting quizzical looks from my fellow shoppers in the next line over. Rhett slept open-mouthed on my chest in his carrier, a steady stream of drool wetting the front of my shirt.

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Up, Up and Away

For our two year anniversary, I decided to plan a surprise vacation for Chase and I.

A surprise trip, you say? How did I manage that? Way back in March, Southwest had a rockin’ sale and I decided to take full advantage of it. Chase was deployed so I had to FaceTime him and say, “Hey…can I spend a bunch of money on a big birthday/anniversary surprise for you? Also, I’m not going to tell you what I’m buying.” While he wasn’t thrilled about not knowing what exactly I was purchasing, he trusts me and said to go for it.

Almost every day until his birthday this summer he asked me what the big surprise was and when I was going to tell him. I was actually going to try to keep the whole thing a secret until our trip rolled around but he was driving me nuts with all the questions! So, for Chase’s birthday over the summer I announced that we were going on a surprise anniversary trip to an unknown location and that I had already purchased the plane tickets (killer deal) and our lodging. He was definitely surprised!

As of today we have approximately 25 days until our trip and until then I’m going to share all of my travel planning tips…without telling you where we’re going. I would hate to ruin the surprise!

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Over the weekend I’ll share tips on finding a great place to stay and renting a car. Fun fact: I’ve never booked my own hotel or car before, but now I know all about it.

I can’t wait to share my tips with you! Follow along over the next few weeks and find out (along with Chase) where we’re going.

Small Victories

About seven months ago at the very bottom of Rhett’s two month update, I decided to share that I wanted to begin training for a half marathon.

Now, fast forward to present day, past the heat and humidity of summer, the necessity to take Rhett out in his jogging stroller for 95% of my runs, and a general and overwhelming tiredness from being a first time Mom. Spoiler alert: I’m not anywhere near my 13.1 miles.


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