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Chattanooga Aquarium

When we were in Tennessee we had some time to kill before we had to be at the airport, so we went to the Chattanooga Aquarium… and let me tell you, it was awesome!!  If you have children or if you are one yourself, this place has limitless entertainment.  I went a little crazy with the pics, but I tried my hardest to scale them back for this blog post.

There were actually 2 different buildings, the first one was the River Aquarium, and the second was the Ocean Aquarium.

They had a huge display of seahorses:

seahorse

dragon seahorse

… and turtles…

turtle aquarium

turtle aquarium

turtles on a log

… and PENGUINS…

swimming penguin

I LOVE penguins.  There were so many nesting and loving on each other, and even one guy stealing pebbles from another nest to build the perfect throne for his love.

penguin love

if that doesn’t melt your heart, you’re not human.

aquarium penguins

And if that’s not enough to convince you, there was even a Butterfly Garden.  It was an entirely separate room full of butterflies.

aquarium butterfly room

butterfly room

There were also divers that were feeding the fish in the shark tank…

aquarium diver

Yikes.  I think I’ll keep my day job.

shark

aquarium turtle

So if you’re ever in Chattanooga and looking for something to do downtown, I would highly recommend the aquarium.  I could  have spent hours there!

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The Last 2 Months…

Good morning!  It’s been a while since my last post and I feel pretty guilty that it has taken me this long to come back to the blog.  I wish I had an epic story to explain my hiatus, but the truth is I was just tired and overwhelmed with transitioning to a new place and a new routine.  Although I definitely could have done a better job keeping up, I knew deep down that something had to give and unfortunately, blogging doesn’t pay the bills. Every morning I thought, man I really want to get back to the blog… but every evening I thought “but I am le tireddd”.  (Lame, I know.  But I truly needed the time to recoup so that I can give my best to come up with semi-interesting things to talk about!).  So I don’t have a super cool, legendary reason why I fell off the grid, BUT I do have some super cool, legendary (in my tiny life) news!

But first, here’s the quick and dirty on the last few months…

We decided to become real-life adults and buy some flowers:

front porch flowers

…or at least we tried…

Lilacs in a corona bucket

We picked out the interior options for our house!

kitchen interior choices

And then doubted ourselves, and then changed our minds, and then made a final decision (we think).

I found a new hairstylist… at a salon that serves wine!  And a generous portion, at that!  Maybe I have been living under a rock, but this is brilliant!

hair stylist wine

I took a trip to Chattanooga Tennessee for work (and saw this awesome Buffalo shirt at the airport… someone buy it for me!)

buffalove

Kris and I had never been to Tennessee, so we had planned to make a long weekend out of it and he flew down to meet me Thursday night.  Friday we went to Nashville where we got an incredible tour of a recording studio.

Nashville recording studio

There were SO many buttons… I have no idea how anyone keeps all those cords and buttons straight.  I loved Nashville.  I am a huge fan of live music and I love country, but it was also a bit sad to me.  There were musicians everywhere just trying to make their dreams come true in such a cut-throat, heartbreaking business.  I give them major credit for being brave enough to pursue their dream.

On Saturday we went hiking at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee.

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We made it to the very top of the waterfall, where we had a gorgeous view (the waterfall seemed to be suffering some sort of drought at the time though, it was more of a drizzle.)

fall creek falls TN

At the top of this waterfall, in the heated battle with the Tennessee sun and a lingering hangover, Kris proposed!!!!!!!

fall creek falls engagement

I’m still not even sure that I actually said yes in the moment because I was too busy crying like a baby.  We are so incredibly happy and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.  I am so freakin’ excited to enjoy this time and look forward to our long and happy future together.

fall creek falls

(I’d like to take a moment to point out the difference in water volume between that historic picture and the one I took above… definitely a drought).

Ah, there is still so much left to share and say but I think that will be for another post soon!  Have a great day!