2016 is a brand new year

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2016 is upon us! Hasn’t this year passed so quickly? It’s that time again–time to consider what you hope to accomplish in the new year.

To be honest, I love making the resolution but am not always as enthusiastic about keeping the resolution.

In 2016 I would like to:

Grow closer to God

Meditate daily

Complete a juice cleanse


Mentor someone

Exercise every day—even if it’s just for 10 minutes!

Give thoughtful gifts

Clear the clutter

Keep my friendships strong

Craft each month

Master my husband’s favorite dessert

Read Sharp Objects and Nightingale

Spend 24 hours unplugged

Take a risk

Be spontaneous

Shirk all responsibility to do something fun

Surprise someone

Take a road trip

Give someone the benefit of the doubt

Donate to charity

Plan a girls’ weekend

Dig my toes into the sand

What will you do this year?


xo, dCv



Hello all! Welcome back to my little corner of the internet!

I hope the new year is treating you all well! I’m determined to make this a great year, and part of that is taking better care of myself.

I’ve recently gotten back into running, both for exercise and stress management although it’s almost laughable to call what I do “running”. I basically shuffle my feet, try to keep breathing and moving forward, and trudge along our neighborhood streets. My legs are pretty short so taking big strides is a no-go at this point. Perhaps jogging would be a more appropriate term? The word jogging makes me think about retired folks in Florida wearing matching sweats. I just checked it; “jogging” means to run at a slower or more leisurely pace. I guess I’m a jogger–although there’s nothing leisurely about it!

No matter how slow I’m running (ahem! Jogging!), I try to stay positive and tell myself that I’m still lapping everybody on the couch, (according to Pinterest anyway)! I wouldn’t say that I love the feeling while exercising, but I do love the feeling I get when I’m done. If I can start my day off right with exercise the rest of the day will be so much more productive!

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Hope you’re all having a great week!!

xo, dCv  

2014– Year in Review

 Hello! Welcome back!

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I love New Year’s because it is like the first page in a new notebook….blank. A clean slate. A time to start over. A time to make changes. 2015 is just ahead and I am excited about what it will hold!

2014 was overall a really wonderful year.  My husband started a new job in Richmond this past year. No more 3am mornings or super long commutes! Though he sure stays busy, he is enjoying his work and doing a great job.

My mom and I started off our year right at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia for a pageant weekend.

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We took Cole on his first trip to Luray in February and he loved all the wide open space!

Just checking out the cow!

Just checking out the cow!

I celebrated my 30th birthday with my husband, sister, and close friend Michael.

Sara and I

Sara and I

My oldest friend Michael and I at Shortpump Town Center in Richmond.

My oldest friend Michael and I at Shortpump Town Center in Richmond.

We took a family vacation to St. Augustine, Florida in June.

Cole and Brad enjoying the pool.

Cole and Brad enjoying the pool.

Brad, Jordan, and Cole in Florida.

Brad, Jordan, and Cole in Florida.

My friends and I discovered our artistic capabilities at PaintNite!

PaintNite(s) in Hampton!

PaintNite(s) in Hampton!

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We celebrated my parents’ birthdays with lunch and exploring Skyline Drive.

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I’ve enjoyed numerous get-togethers with family, friends and wonderful co-workers this year.

A farewell party for one of my co-workers

A farewell party for one of my co-workers

Christy's baby shower

Christy’s baby shower

First trip to Menchie's with Brad

First trip to Menchie’s with Brad

Our boss's birthday party

Our boss’s birthday party

The wonderful people in my life are what have made this such a great year and have helped me get through the not-so-wonderful times.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is credited with saying “Into each life some rain must fall”. Sadly, our Golden Retriever Cole passed away in late August.  He was 10 years old. It is hard to put into words just how much we miss him. My heart still hurts over losing him. I KNOW we were lucky to have him as long as we did and that we were lucky to catch the cancer the first time. I always said we got a bonus year with him. Although our love for him never changed, we certainly appreciated him more after the first cancer scare. We were much more “in the moment” with him, because any moment could easily have been our last.  He loved being the center of attention, and he was definitely the center of our family.

Celebrating his 10th Birthday on May 5.

Celebrating his 10th Birthday on May 5.

Always ready to play in the snow!

Enjoying every moment together!

Enjoying every moment together!

I’ve had joy and I’ve had tears in 2014. I’m thankful for the memories I’ve made. Now it’s onto a new year with all the possibilities in the world !


xo, dCv