Monday, November 17, 2014

Various Things That I Love

I know, I post pictures of these friends quite often. Seriously though, if they were your friends, you would too. I am so thankful for them. And I'm trying to enjoy as many moments as I can with them before I leave for Florida. Yes, folks. I am moving to Florida. Not forever. Just for the winter. To work.  
While I am not crossing the ocean, I feel like this applies to me. This moving to Florida for 4 months makes me nervous, but I also look forward to the new adventures, new friends, new job. On the other hand, it is difficult to leave my friends and things familiar to me. Just like everyone else, change is not my favorite thing. But it is good for me. 
These are my parents. They are good people you should know. 
 My big brother Blake and I from way back in September, but I like the fact that we are both in the same picture.
 This is Marvin and Janice. I am privileged to attend the same church as them. You won't meet better folks then these. They invited my friend Jess and I to a banquet with them and we both felt so honored.
 Being a little strange, Sherri and I took this freaky picture and set it as someone's background picture on their phone to remind them that WE ARE WATCHING.
 This is my brother Logan. He looks quite decent. He IS quite nice. And he is single. ;-)
 Though not a fan of Pooh, I like this quote.
 My good friend Kaylee from Vermont came for a visit. She has a way of making people feel happier, just by being around her. And it made me so pleased that she and my other amazing friend (Sherri) hit it off so well.
 I laugh when I see this. My pretty sister, beautiful friend and my strange brother.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Two Weeks Down Under (An Overload of Pictures)

Have I mentioned that I love to travel? Seeing new places and people and food and everything else is exciting to me. So, when I got the chance to spend two weeks in New Zealand, I jumped at the chance. Miraculously, my brother-just-younger-then-me agreed to be my traveling companion...which was brave of him. Especially considering the fact that he had never flown before or been outside of the country at all. 

This is just before our departure, Sherri was able to come along to drop us off at the airport. 
 Logan and I
About to go through security. I can admit to feeling nervous here. I have flown a decent amount of times, but trying to navigate various different airports outside of the country and finding the right flights is always a little nerve wracking to me. 
Almost there! 
New Zealand!!!
It is springtime over there. So lovely and blossoming.
The is Grace, the boat. We were able to take this out on the ocean. (I drove!!!)
New Zealand is drop dead beautiful. Pictures don't even start to do it justice. It was like living in a post card.
Putting a puzzle together with Natasha during some of our down time. 
You SHOULD have been there!!!
 We did a tremendous amount of hiking. But the views at the top were always worth it. On the right, btw, is Natasha, Daniel and Janel. Yes, they are the family I went to Europe with. They lived in NZ for 3 whole months and were so kind as to let Logan and I stay with them and show us around. 
Soaking up the view.
 This was at the beach of Split Apple Rock. 
 One of the coolest experiences, driving on the left side of the road, on the right side of the car. Ah...such fun!!!
It was brilliant!!!
 How many kilometers to New York?
 The lovely Janel...who is also a totally awesome cook!!!
 Daniel and Logan
 The middle of New Zealand!
 We love these people!
 All of us together in an 'us-ie' (plural of selfie).
 Our last full day in Nelson, New Zealand.
 On our flight home. We made it, safe and sound. Logan didn't seem to suffer from jet lag, but my days seemed messed up for a little while.
Unfortunately, Logan and I didn't get a picture together when we returned. The picture below is the day we got back. Reunited with my best friends, once again. L-R: Sherri, me (a little bleary eyed), Jess, Kaylee and Shan.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Recent, Random, Favorite Things

Since my name IS Maria, I of course know the songs from the Sound of Music...Actually, I get to hear "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" decently often. Seriously, there must be something about the name because there are lots of songs about various different Maria's. I feel special. 
Umm...rabbit trail. All that to say, the song from the Sound of Music that goes "these are a few of my favorite things..." and then lists a lot things that the singer likes...that is kinda what I'm trying to do in this post. Here we go:

My verse of the summer. Seriously. Read it out loud. There is something so strong and powerful in the words.

 Since Melvin (my happy little bug) broke down, my dear brother Logan has been letting me borrow his truck. And I love it!!! So does my friend Jess. We roar around to lots of places.

 Current favorite song...I think. I have this problem of liking a song and listening to it over and over and over. And then it becomes redundant. So far I still like this one.

A favorite pin from Pinterest. So true. I'm not always the most confident person ever...But I try.

 Ahhh...the warm days of summer...coming to an end. Here is a grainy cellphone picture from a few weeks ago after we got done washing our trucks in the sunshine. That's Brock, me, Sharla (our good friend from NY), Shan and Trent on the mower.

Another pin...what can I say...I heart Pinterest. I also heart these shoes. I want them.

 This photo is one my best pal Sherri took the other day. We went on a photo shoot, which was a lot of fun and I really like the way the pictures turned out. Check out her face book page: Sherri's Photography
Btw. Notice my purse. I'm very proud of it. My dear friend Jess surprised me with it a couple of weeks ago. It's lovely and perfect and smells like leather.

 And this. This happens to me at work. A LOT. Maybe I should pay more attention???

This picture is my recent favorite because it has 2 of my dearest, closest friends in it; Jess and Sherri. They keep me balanced. Jess is the voice of reason and the BEST encourager like ever. Plus she laughs at my jokes. Sherri keeps me from getting too sad, depressed or serious. She is hysterical. I feel sorry for people who don't have friends like these. 

This is from Pinterest...yes. But it was the inspiration for....

...this outfit: (Picture by Sherri, of course.)