Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
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Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
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“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
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J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
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Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
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Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
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Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
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No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
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EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More

Half a year later

I honestly don't even know where to begin. My last post was in December of 2014, and it's now July 2015. That's WAY to long to go without posting. So today, I start again. But where to start? Do I make a post about Jack, Lane, Tough Mudder, my new tattoo, the basement, work, beer, the gym, or somewhere else? Too much has happened over the past 7 months to capture it all. There's just no way to get it all into a post, and I'm sure I've forgotten more things than I'd ever be able to share here. So now that I've wasted the first two paragraphs talking about…
Read More

“Best friend”

Can someone define that for me? Is it even possible to really put a definition on the term best friend? We've all had them. From early childhood we've had people or friend that have been our "best" friends. A person we can go to with our deepest thoughts, someone who will be there for us no matter what. We've all had that go-to person that no matter what, will tell us what we don't want to hear, in a way that we need to hear it. (more…)
Read More

J-Dog in the house!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Jan Turner - Day 1"][/caption] This post has been a long time in the making. Well, more like a month in the making. The story goes a little something like this. Jess and Chase had been wanting a puppy for ages, however we were extremely reluctant due to the fact that we live in an apartment. There are extra fees, the clean up, the 2 flights of steps, the noise, etc. All that adds to to a very problematic situation. Couple that with the fact that our schedules didn't really give us a lot of time at home and we just were destined to not get…
Read More

Wrestle Bowl Fest 2010 (Chase turns 8)

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Wrestle Cake!"][/caption] For Chase's 8th birthday we decided to make him a Rasslin' Cake. He's pretty much the biggest wrestling fan on the planet right now and Jess and I are bound and determined to elevate or cooking/baking arsenal. So, after several failed attempts, scouring of the interwebs for the perfect recipe, several trips to hardware stores and/or cooking supply stores, and countless hours standing in front of the oven, we made the best cake we could. It may not have been the perfect cake, but to our 8 year old, it was magical. The party itself was a ton of fun. We had it at the…
Read More

Bienvenidos Atlanta!!

I'm not sure if it was the time difference or not...but the days in El Salvador were LONG! This was a good thing. I remember being at the beach or in the pool and it felt like 5:00. Thinking we should get ready for our dinner reservations, I would check the time and was always baffled that it was only 1 or 2 o'clock. Things moved slowly, time moved slowly, people moved slowly. The last month of school for me was fucking ridiculous a little busy so I soaked up the El Salvadorian pace as much as possible. No where to be at a specific time...no watch..no phone...just peace. [caption…
Read More

Mi mejor amigo La boda de

The day of the wedding arrived and by now, SJ and I were totally ready for the journey. We had made contact with the outside world, got a general idea of where to meet up with Neal, go the times, and were out the door in record time. The wedding was at 11am, so we knew we should be out the door by 8. This would give us time to get to the hotel where Neal was, change, then head over to the location of the wedding. What we didn't account for were road closings and the inability for Google Maps to give an accurate location of the hotel. [caption…
Read More

No habla Espanol…

So we survived travel day! I will tell you that my anxiety level reached record levels that day. It's funny how quickly my adventurous, spontaneous, free spirited ways drift away as I get older. I was literally a scared ball of nerves and felt so out of control. I kept telling SB that had I taken this trip with anyone else...I may have had a mental breakdown! Somehow...that man bring out a patient and level headed Jess. The next day was Thursday. Jueves. (I do remember some things from High School!) We started the day off with a massage on the beach. It was JUST what my body needed after…
Read More

EL SALBADOOOOR!!!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The map that saved our lives!"][/caption] When Neal asked us to come to his and Jude's wedding, I wasn't sure that an excursion to another country would fit within the things we were going to be able to do this year. However, after much deliberating, Jess and I decided to do it. So we budgeted out the next few months and booked the trip. The events that followed were something I will never forget. :) The morning of the trip sprang on us faster than we thought but we were ready. Chase was dropped off with his dad and we hit up the airport. We had…
Read More

Muthaz Day!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sniper Chef"][/caption] Today was Mother's Day, and I have to admit, it was the best one in recent memory. I got to spend it with my two favorite mothers, my own mom and Jess. What made it so great was that it was low-key, stress-free, and full of love. This morning, Chase and I got up and made Jess a fantabulous breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy). Then we sat around and just chilled before heading over to my parents. Usually an afternoon at my folks is filled with stress and hustling and moving food from here to there and dozens of family (which I love the…
Read More