Monday, October 19, 2015

my 26 year old to-do list.

26 ways to live the best 26th year of my life:

1. Choose to be Happy
2. Embrace every challenge that comes my way
3. Stick to a newlywed budget
4. Go somewhere I've never been (LOTS of adventures are calling...)
5. Drink more water than Diet Coke
6. Make more home cooked meals
7. Know my current events
8. Write in our married journal
9. Take pictures/videos
10. Live what I believe
11. Create 3 longterm goals with Dan
12. Look for opportunities to perform small acts of service
13. Read Books
14. Unplug more
15. Exercise regularly and learn to always enjoy it
16. Try new things! (food, hobbies, etc)
17. Be organized because it makes life easier
18. Tell those I love I love them OFTEN
19. Be a good forgiver 
20. Say Thank You
21. Be better at staying in touch 
22. Finally finish the book "Jesus, The Christ"
23. Celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary
24. Grow Kacey's Dance Academy
25. Support others in their endeavors
26. Be a little bit better every day

(kacey.ism 373)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

26 years old.

Yesterday I turned 26 years old. 26 YEARS OLD. How did that happen? How am I suddenly closer to 30 than 20? My mind is a little boggled by that thought. 
Despite feeling a little wary at this new older and wiser age, I had a really wonderful birthday. I've said it before, but if everyone treated everyone else like it was their birthday all the time, everyone would always feel happy and loved and special. 
Raise your hand if you think Dan should start a greeting card business. He always makes me the sweetest cards. If you're wondering what this particular card is about, on my 25th birthday he told me he loved me for the first time on our way home from Sun Valley. It is one of our favorite memories together and here we are a year later, married, and still in love. 
After a day at work and teaching dance (both filled with birthday love) I was excited to get home to Dan. He had fresh flowers, a few perfect presents, and a hug waiting for me. For someone who claims he's not good at birthdays, he did a pretty good job. And then it was off to the tennis courts. We seem to like playing tennis on all our special days--the day we got engaged, his birthday, our honeymoon, my's becoming a tradition and I love it. 
*This family picture would not have been possible without the selfie stick Dan gave me! 
After tennis we had dinner at Caputo's (delicious), and headed to my parents house for Mrs. Backers birthday cake (it is not a birthday without Mrs. Backer's!), and presents with my family.
It's also not a birthday without my family. My parents have never missed my birthday. I feel so unbelievably spoiled to be able to say that. For example, this year my dad flew to New Jersey on Sunday at 2pm, and was back home yesterday by 4:30pm--just so he wouldn't miss my birthday. Like I said, spoiled. I love my family so much.
I got home last night with my arms full of thoughtful, lovely gifts, some birthday cake for breakfast, and a heart full of love and gratitude.
Thank you to my sweet husband, my wonderful family, and my amazing friends for making this birthday another one for the books. xoxo.

(kacey.ism 372)