Friday, August 22, 2014

Since the 4th of July?

I was trying to figure out where I left off with blogging.  The oldest thing I have on my camera that I had wanted to share was the 4th of July.  So, why not?

Dave and I went to an area of Pittsburgh called the North Shore (its the north shore of the rivers) for the 4th of July.  They have all sorts of cool stuff going on.

They had boat races during the day!  These boats go really fast!

There were tons of vendors with good food!

There were a ton of people and the city looked amazing when it got dark.

Heinz Field (the stadium where the Pittsburgh Steelers play) was right behind us and had tons of lights around it.

Finally we were ready for fireworks!

It was a really great 4th!  I love fireworks and they put on a really good show!  There were so many people down there that we hung out in the casino for 2 hours after the fireworks and we still sat in traffic to get home!

Tomorrow, I'll show you some photos from when Dave's family was in town and my birthday!

Current news though, Dave had his 6 month scan last week.  Yesterday the doctor told us that it was clean!  Still no cancer!  Next scan will be in November!

Sam :-)

Monday, July 7, 2014


On Monday June 16th my sister and I decided to make some small goals for one week.  We had already not finished 2 different 30 day challenges.  On the first week our goals were:
  • No pop
  • No candy
  • No fast food
  • Exercise 2 times no including our soccer games
  • Log food/exercise
It felt great to finally try and do something whole heartedly about the weight I gained since Dave first got sick.  I didn't gain quickly, it happened so slow over the past 2 1/2 years that it was hard to notice.  At my highest, when I weighed in on that Monday I had almost gained 30lbs!  So my starting weight that day was 177 and my goal where I felt good and happy is at about 150.

The app my sister and I have been using is LoseIt.  I have been logging everything I eat and all of the exercise that I do.  There are a lot of similar apps and they are all very comparable.  We really chose LoseIt because my family has used it before.

After 3 weeks of short term goals each week I'm down 9lbs.  I'm just excited to see progress.  It makes me so happy and determined to keep going.

I've added yoga a few nights a week to my 1-2 days of soccer.  My sister, my friend Candice and I have decided to try a couple challenges.  We are keeping each other motivated.  The ones we chose are a squat challenge and an Ab challenge.

The ab challenge is from back in February, hence the cupid and hearts and such.

It feels good to be getting back to my active self.  Dave and I went to hit golf balls at a local driving range.  Dave wanted to see if it would hurt his stomach (5 surgeries in 2 1/2 years leaves some tummy pain) to swing a golf club.  He took it easy and did very well.  I think we can go golfing on vacation!  He said he thinks he hit it straighter because he wasn't trying to hit the ball super hard.  The day was beautiful and hot!  I got sunburn from 1 hour there.

The view wasn't too shabby either!  You can see the city in the distance.

Last week, my boss set it up so that my group volunteered in the morning on the 3rd.  That way we could eat lunch together and then get out early for the 4th of July holiday.  We were cleaning up the road near our corporate office.  If I've never mentioned it before, I work with Heather from Amarylis Musings.

We walked a whole bunch that morning and it was hot.  I was a sweaty mess.  Our company has a big partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.  So the Pirate Parrot came to visit, help, and film a video.

Heather and I helped him put on a safety vest.  He was a good sport!

Just to keep myself accountable, here's a photo of myself today that Heather just took.

It's not quite where I want to be, but I'll get there!

I don't know if I'll ever get back to this, but this is me rock climbing back right around when Dave and I first met 6 years ago.

Notice how fast I pass up the small child to my right haha

Sam :-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Anniversary

Yesterday was our anniversary.  Dave and I have been together now for 6 years.  It only seems like yesterday that he almost broke my finger during a super competitive game of air hockey...on our first date.

This photo is actually how we figured out when our anniversary was.  A few months into dating, we realized that neither of us knew when our first date was.  This picture was taken the day after our first date and it was taken on June 24th, 2008.

We've had a ton of good times...

We had only been dating a month when a bunch of us went out for my 23rd birthday.

Pumpkin patch

Friend's birthday party



Sporting Events


We've had some hard times, mainly Dave's health.

He's had 5 surgeries, many chemo treatments, and countless hospital visits in the past 2 1/2 years.

We've managed to have good times through the bad.  Dave proposed while in the hospital last November.

Next year, we get to say "I Do!"  Here's to many more years!

Sam <3

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Few Weekends

The past few weekends have been awesome.  We've managed to relax and have a lot of fun.  Dave has been feeling pretty good, which tends to set the mood.

Three weekends ago we went to a baseball game to see the Pittsburgh Pirates with my parents.  We went into PNC Park early and ate dinner at Rivertown Brewing.

The day was beautiful.  I loved just looking at my city while we ate.

The sky is so blue it looks like I photoshopped it!  I promise I have no clue how to do that anyway.  I loved it.  It did get a little hot sitting in the sun while eating, but I didn't think it was that bad.

The restaurant is on the side of the ball park.  Here was our view into the park.

Dave got pretty warm sitting with the sun at his back.

Our seats for the game were amazing!  It hits me everytime I'm at PNC Park, that it just has the best view.

My mom and I took a selfie!

The game was a lot of fun and ended with a win!

The next day, Dave and I went to the casino to watch the Belmont horse races.  The random horses we picked didn't win, but we had a really good time.  While we were there, our puppies got their hair cut....FINALLY!

They were so tired when they finally got home.

It took me a while, but I got a good picture of them together, looking at the camera.  It is in my bathroom, but beggars can't be choosers.

Even one day after getting his hair cut, Jimmy (on the right with red collar), manages to fluff up his beard so that it gets in his eyes.  I don't know what to do with him!

I think my pups are so cute.  I can't help taking and sharing pictures of them!

They snuggle!

Jimmy didn't want to get out of bed!

Dave and I were getting ready for work and as I was leaving the bedroom to grab something, this is what I saw...

They are just too cute!

This weekend I went out to lunch with my Grandma Betty, Dave, Missy, and Owen!

I think this was his first time in a high chair at a restaurant.  All the other times he was in the car seat sling thingy.

He was so excited when he saw my sister opening his food.

He took a nap after lunch.

I was watching him a bit at my house while Missy took a nap.  He's doing this army crawl type thing so I got all the pillows from the couches and made a circle.  He didn't mind too much.

The dogs would hop in and out checking him out.

Toby was even watching Owen for a bit.

The puppies started to play with each other outside of the circle and Owen wanted to know what was going on.  He was like a litte meerkat.

The pups said, "What did we do?"

Toby played with Owen.

Overall my weekends were pretty good lately and I thought I'd share my pictures with you!

Picture heavy post, but that's how I like it.

I have a small update for Wednesday.

Sam :-)

Edited to add:  I forgot to show you that Owen came to my and Missy's soccer game yesterday!

I don't think he was impressed...