Encouraged to keep telling our story!

So today we we’ve had the great opportunity to have some friends over to the house and talk about our ongoing journey in life.  We’re talking about a both our faith journey and our journey with veganism.  I’ll tell you what, I think that the world is ready and ripe for change.  People want relationships, people want to feel better, and that’s a good thing.

We watched a great documentary  the other night, “What the Health” on Netflix.  That prompted us to share with everyone we know that they should all watch it.  It certainly reaffirmed our thoughts about what we’re doing being right.  It’s also had some of our friends wanting to make substantial changes in their life.  We know how hard that the change was so its pretty fun to answer questions and help along the way.

It’s also been a really fun day.  I started out with an 8 mile run, it’s crazy hot out here in Virginia these days, so it was a bit of a hard run for me.  I had to take a few walk breaks to make sure I didn’t die, and that was even at 6 am this morning.  (For the record, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, and somehow running has become such an important part of my life.  I just get to get rid of so much stress from doing it.  We’ve got a lot of runs coming up and we’ve just done a few races.  One just last weekend was supporting such a great cause, A fight against Human trafficking.  Here’s a race picture for y’all.)

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Then we went off to our favorite Doughnut shop.  Glory Doughnuts in Frederick, Maryland.  Check out the dough and my BBQ Tofu Club.  What a breakfast.

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We went from there off to Root’s Market in Olney, MD.  Our favorite grocery store shopping ground.  They have so many great products that we can’t find anywhere else and they are almost always the first place to get to roll out new vegan products.

Now it’s a restful afternoon, we’re having this great conversation, yes I’m blogging while talking, but hey that’s because these friends have all encouraged me to do this again.  In the mean time, here’s a few other pics for you all to know that we’re still alive and doing well!

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Hopefully we’ll catch y’all again soon!

#blizzard #jonas

These two hashtags certainly were trending over the weekend here on the east coast! You know, I moved to Virginia thinking that I’d see just a little bit of snow over the winter, and laugh at how much people freaked out about it. But no! God certainly has a sense of humor! Evidently this area gets hit pretty darn hard every 5-6 years, and we moved the year that it was bound to happen. I have never, ever seen this much snow at one time. Now, being from Iowa I’ve seen my share of snow, ice, and cold, but this is something out of a movie. The final total for our city was 36.4 inches. 36.4 inches! I still can’t believe it.

We had plenty of warning for this storm, so we were prepared and got all of the necessities early in the week. I had to laugh on Friday morning because we stopped at Whole Foods on the way home from a doctor’s appointment, and the Califia case was demolished! There were maybe two containers of cold brew coffee left. I guess the vegans are afraid of running out of “milk”, too! Nick happened to have this past Friday off, and so after our Whole Foods run we ran a couple of last minute errands (not essential, but we had time, and it hadn’t started snowing yet anyway), and made sure to have lunch at our favorite Chinese place. We wanted some tasty leftovers!

We were just about 4-5 blocks from home when we started to see flurries. We got home, pulled the car in the garage (my car was safely tucked in at the town center parking ramp), shuffled everything upstairs and by the time we took Olive out a few minutes later it was full on SNOWING. They had said that the storm would start quickly, and they weren’t kidding! So after it started snowing it just kept snowing, and snowing, and snowing until late Saturday night. We woke up Sunday and it was beautiful. So white and peaceful. Thankfully, Nick had done his best to keep up on the driveway, so we were able to tag team it yesterday and get it down to the cement. It only took about 2 hours, but we did it! Oh! And when we sold our house in Iowa we left our shovels as part of the agreement. We bought one back in November thinking we’d never really have to use it. HA! Yesterday I shoveled it into a large rubbermaid and Nick hauled it over to the large mountain across the alley. (he also started a trend – all of our neighbors were seen doing the same thing shortly after!) I guess we might want to grab another shovel sometime in the future…just in case!

Now for some pictures!

After taking Olive for a walk on Saturday morning, Nick snapped a selfie in the middle of the action!
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This is a view from our balcony – this was taken Saturday afternoon while the storm was still raging on!
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Olive was a little upset with the amount of snow that covered the balcony. Her favorite spot in the house is her bed that sits right in front of the balcony door. And the snow totally overtook her view.
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Nick had to make himself a seat to take a break while throwing some balcony snow onto the driveway below. (taken Sunday morning)
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There are cars under there!
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Oh, you know. Just a few drifts and mountains of snow…
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I tried to get Olive to wear her winter hat yesterday, but she was not too excited about it.
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A lot of friends wondered how Olive liked the snow. She LOVES the snow. She had experienced snow last winter in Iowa, but she’d never seen so much! She loves the snow, but on Saturday, the cold, biting wind made her mad. She just kept shivering. Once she caught on that she could go back inside as soon as she did her business, it was a lot better for everyone! But yesterday while we were shoveling, her friend, Millie came over to play and they wrestled and played in the snow in our driveway. She’s happy today to be back in her spot looking out the window keeping tabs on the neighborhood. 😉

Nick’s office is closed today, and he feels confident it will likely be closed tomorrow so he’s working from home. We have no way of getting out of our neighborhood anytime soon. The roads are still completely snow covered. Every now and again you’ll run across a path made by a bobcat machine, but overall? There’s no way to get out. It’s been a good reminder to slow down and realize that we don’t need to be on the go all time time.

Nick and I were laughing the other day that we’ll be those people that tell our nieces and nephews in years to come, “Well, when were living in Virginia and winter storm Jonas hit in 2016…” Haha!

Did you experience any part of winter storm Jonas? I’d love to hear about it!

Santa Paws

Our favorite local pet store The Happy Hound was hosting an Christmas event this last Saturday, and we were so excited to take Olive. She’s super social, and loves to meet everyone. They had adoptable dogs, the Grinch, Santa Paws, and all kinds of treats and Christmas-y things. She met so many new friends, and could not contain her excitement. We waited in a line a few minutes for her picture with Santa Paws, and I have to say, I am so happy with how they came out. They’re so funny! Olive is so expressive, and she was not so sure about a giant dog sitting next to her.

Here I feel like she’s thinking, “What in world is that? That is NOT a real dog.” Lil Sis said she was giving him major “side eye”.
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Okay, so now she’s giving him a chance. Figuring maybe he can’t be too bad because Nick doesn’t seem to be afraid of him. 😉
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Now I think she’s thinking, “Okay, I sat here long enough. I’m ready to go and sniff other dogs and eat stuff off the ground.”
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We had such a fun time, and she totally passed out when we got home. It’s definitely super dog-friendly around here, and it’s so fun that there are so many great opportunities to get Olive out and about. It’s so great to see her having so much fun. 🙂

Weekend Fun

After having various members of our family here to visit over the past month, Nick and I are finally back into a regular routine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to have people stay with us, but it’s also nice when it goes back to normal life, too! (as boring as that may be 😉 ) This past weekend, Nick and I didn’t have a single thing on the calendar, so the weekend was free to explore and have fun!

Saturday morning we left shortly before 9, and headed off towards Rockville, MD. I had done a search online to find the elusive pumpkin Dandies, and my search showed that Dawson’s Market in Rockville had them in stock. (the finder also said that a store in Leesburg had them, but they didn’t, so I wasn’t holding out much hope) While they didn’t have pumpkin Dandies (sob!), they did have a bunch of other great things, so I grabbed a couple of the Enjoy Life mixes that I’ve seen floating around on social media, and online. I snagged the pizza crust, brownie mix, and muffin mix. Those were the 3 that they had, and I’m excited to try them all! Since we were so close, we decided to swing by Roots Market in Olney, MD because that place is a vegan heaven! They have sooooo many great vegan options! And! THEY HAD PUMPKIN DANDIES! And gluten free earth balance mac & cheese! Woo hoo! We had just been there a couple of weeks previous (while on our way to BWI to pick up my bro-in-law from the airport) and they hadn’t had either item. So, of course, we had to stop by a new Whole Foods on our way home! They didn’t have anything we can’t get here at home, save for a bag of vegan, locally made, dog treats! It was a day to get a treat for everyone!

Here a just a few of the goodies we scored!
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Yesterday ended up being a beautiful day and so we took off to Alexandria for Doggy Trick or Treating! I know, I know. We totally THOSE people. But you know what? We don’t care! It was so much fun! We stopped at The Dog Park for our goodie bag and map of stores that were giving out treats for Halloween. While we didn’t have a costume for Olive, she did wear a festive space bandana (from her BarkBox) that got a lot of positive comments.
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We walked around for over 2 hours gathering treats from over 25 businesses in Alexandria. Olive met tons of dog friends, got loads of pets, and came home with a bag chock full of treats! Oh, and Nick and I had a lot of fun, too. Before heading back to the car we stopped for a family picture. I’m pretty sure Olive’s face says it all. She was worn out!
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It didn’t take long for her to relax in the car on the way home, either. Isn’t she the cutest?! Oh, and if you notice that funny scar on her leg, that’s from her stitches she had to get a few weeks ago. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time with a playful pup at the dog park. She’s all healed up now, though, and even when she had the stitches, she didn’t let anything stop her from having fun!
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It was a fun weekend! We ended last night with a great night at church, homemade mac & cheese, and “Homeland”. Couldn’t ask for better!

How was your weekend?