Hi guys! :)
Today’s post is brought to you by the ARCHIVES! I imported a bunch of old photos into my Google Photo account and had an absolute ball reliving some of those memories. I spent a good deal of time giggling to myself — there are just so many hilarious photos! I sent a few gems to my family and friends… their reactions ranged from “omg I forgot about that” to “burn that photo immediately”!
First, before we dive into the archives, here are two things…
1) I’m still solidly on the salad & vinaigrette bandwagon (this vinaigrette is 100% my all-favorite!)… I will spare you YET another photo of my bowls of lettuce :) and I’ll instead show you this SAMOSA! Can anyone say no to a vegetable samosa? I think not… unless a meat samosa is the alternative! We grabbed a couple of these from Zaika, our friendly neighborhood Indian restaurant. It was the perfect accompaniment to my usual salad! :)
2) We ran out of coffee, so naturally Joel immediately popped out to the grocery store to restock our pantry with this insanely good Gevalia coffee!. We have been drinking this coffee blend for YEARS and there are no signs of stopping. :) Our grocery store has a Dunkin Donuts in the bakery section and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he brought back a couple donuts to the house! :)
Ok, it’s time… let’s take a nice little stroll down memory lane! You are about to see some doozies so hang tight to your seats friends!
After my freshman year of college, my friend Priscilla and I spent the summer working at a Natural Science museum on my college’s campus. We also lived together just off campus in a big, ancient house. It was a typical museum job — we gave tours, set up exhibits, and did other random jobs/tasks for the museum. The museum had a non-venomous snake as a pet, and we would often play with it. Priscilla especially loved the snake and would let it crawl all over her. One time, the snake somehow wrapped itself around Priscilla’s neck… and started SQUEEZING! She stayed calm but I freaked out and ran to get one of the supervisors. We eventually got the snake off but man that was scary! I have no idea why we decided to pose like this for the photo… :)
There was an Italian Ice place called Rita’s close to college campus, and we would sometimes go after work or on weekends to sample their flavors. I still remember that orange shirt from Old Navy and that silver Guess watch… the watch was my prized possession – I got it in 8th grade and wore it for like 14 years!
When my museum job wrapped up for the summer, my highschool girlfriends and I took a road trip down to Virgina Beach. The trip took HOURS longer than it should have due to numerous events along the way, including flat tires, getting lost, and taking detours to pick up more friends at airports. Nevertheless we had an amazing time hanging out at Virgina Beach (yup, my friend Kristi is pouring sand on me out of a cup? lol) and the trip was one of my first big adventures as a young adult! :)
Joel and I started dating during our Sophomore year of college (we were friends for a year before that and were in the same friend group!). We would go on all these hikes together – there were a lot of awesome trails near our college. One time we hiked 14 miles of the Appalachian trail together in one day – it was probably the farthest I had walked in a single day up to that point!
I think this was during our junior year of college. Just LOOK at these babyfaces. I can’t get over how young Joel looks! I think we were in his apartment.
After junior year I spent the summer in Kenya volunteering at a few different hospitals/clinics in Nairobi. I lived at home with my parents and younger sister. After I returned from Kenya, Joel and I got to hang out in Delaware (he was staying with his aunt while working a summer internship at DuPont). We must have found a rope swing while we were tubing down the creek.
At some point we made our way down to DC to explore the city and take photos in front of the White House. I wish I could remember what Joel was saying!
After graduating from college, Joel moved down to Houston and I moved to NYC so that we could start new jobs, so we were long-distance for a while (not the funnest). But as soon as I got into gradschool (University of Texas – School of Public Health) 6 months later, I moved down there to be closer to him! We both spent thanksgiving in Maine with his side of the family — this photo was taken during that trip! I distinctly remember hiding a big ol’ zit on my chin haha
We got engaged shortly after I moved to Texas. We actually took a trip to San Antonio and Joel proposed on the River Walk! It was New Years Eve at the time so there were lots of twinkly lights and the air was very festive. The following summer my friends threw me a combined bridal shower + bachelorette party! I flew up from Houston to Pennsylvania (it was easier for all of us to get to PA) — it was such a blast! We stayed up ALL NIGHT talking and laughing – I love these girls!
This is from our honeymoon! We started our honeymoon in Kenya (we got married in Nairobi). We stayed a few nights at the Windsor Country Club, then flew out to Singapore where we spent a few days on Sentosa Island. The rest of our Singapore trip was spent with my mom (we stayed at her apartment). It was my first time back in Singapore in over a decade, and it was Joel’s first time there ever! We enjoyed a ton of incredible food and got to spend time with family that we rarely see.
When we bought our first townhouse in Houston back in 2008, we decided to do all the renovations ourselves. Fortunately, Joel is very handy and did the lion’s share of work. One of the bigger things we did was to take up the carpet that was in the living/dining room and put down hard wood. We picked out a blonde color in bamboo (we liked that it is a renewable resource) and loved the lighter color!
We bought him some knee pads so that he had some cushioning (all those hours spent kneeling can’t feel good on the ol’ knees)!
The finished product! He did a great job!
Here’s the last one — Grace and I at our friend Rachel’s wedding! We got to hang with all our highschool girlfriends (we try to get together at least once per year), and did our typical staying up all night talking and laughing thing that we always do :)
There are a million more photos but I’ll call it for now :)
What are some of your favorite memories from growing up? What was your first big road trip without parents?
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