We’re Moving?!

If you have been reading through my blog for the last few months, you’ve probably noticed that I keep talking about moving.  Back in December or so, I was very excited thinking about moving when our lease is up in 2018, yet in January, I talked about how we pretty much decided not to move due to finances and simply rearranged our apartment to make it easier to stay.

Well, our plans changed again.  While I feel kind of annoyed at how back and forth we’ve been about this, we honestly always wanted to move, and we were just trying to make the right decision for our situation.  I’m reminding myself that nothing was set in stone, so it’s totally fine to change our minds. 😉  Through a series of events, we’ve come to realize that moving is definitely in the cards for this year and everything has aligned rather quickly.

In fact, we have taken over a lease at another complex and will be moving this Saturday, the 24th!!

Now we’re just looking for a lease takeover on our apartment, but we’re moving regardless of someone taking it over or not.  (We’re not breaking our lease, just not going to live there for the last couple payments.)

We are so excited about this new place, you guys.  Let’s look at the stats of the differences between our current and new apartments:

Current Apartment:

  • 450 sq. ft.
  • $1176/mo
  • No outdoor balcony/patio/yard.
  • No storage.
  • No dishwasher.
  • No washer/dryer (or hook-ups).
  • Utilities included.
  • Studio floor plan (aka no bedroom).
  • No A/C or air ventilation since there are two windows on the same wall.
  • Non-smoking building with a smoking neighbor that the complex does nothing about (aka the smoke comes into our apartment!)
  • No parcel locker
  • 15 minutes to hubby’s work

New Apartment:

  • 611 sq. ft
  • $1130/mo
  • Private fenced yard (perfect for our dog, plus it comes with a grill and fire pit!)
  • Private outdoor storage unit
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer & dryer in-unit
  • Utilities separate.
  • 1 bedroom
  • A/C!!
  • I don’t know about non-smoking, but the windows are set-up differently so neighbors can’t stand directly in front of them. 😉
  • Parcel locker
  • 15 minutes to hubby’s work

Any tips for moving?!  This is our first move together!  To be honest, I will say that I’m slightly saddened at the thought of leaving this apartment, not because it’s great or anything, but because this has been our first home together.  Still, it will be even better than what we have now, so that’s what I’m reminding myself of.  🙂

We’ve reserved a U-Haul for Saturday, and have already packed up a few things, but still have the kitchen and other random items to pack.  We have set up a forward for our address, contacted our internet and insurance, and called about activating utilities.  Can you think of anything we are missing??

Thanks guys!!  I can’t wait to take you along this adventure with us. 🙂

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤


Our First Dog!

I considered titling this post “An Addition to Our Family,” but then I realized most of you would probably think it’s a pregnancy announcement, lol.

Anywho, I mentioned last week in my “What’s Up Wednesday” post that we were hoping to adopt a dog soon.  Little did I know it would actually happen the very next day!!  Introducing Kona, the newest member of the Newman family!

Joshua and I were planning on waiting until I settled into a good schedule for balancing school and full-time work before adopting a dog, but…that didn’t happen.  😉  I think it’s a good thing, though, because it’s an adjustment either way, and perhaps it’s best to get the biggest adjustment out of the way before I add in school!  This is such a fun way to start off the New Year as well!

We had been actively avoiding looking at the pets section on Craigslist or at the shelter’s listing of dogs because we are huge suckers and wouldn’t resist their cute faces.  If we could, we would adopt allll the animals.  However, on Thursday, I felt such a strong pull to look at the pets section on Craigslist despite knowing better, haha.

Well…long story short, I happened upon a dog who looked like such a sweetheart and fit the age we wanted and our budget.  After discussing her with my husband, a few back and forth texts with the people who had her, and a meeting with her that night, we adopted her!  She’s the sweetest thing ever!  I just know it was meant to be…I totally believe God picked her out for us.

She’s already spayed, has all her shots, microchipped, house trained, rarely barks, and is only about a year old.  She’s friendly, cuddly, and does well with cats and other dogs.  Additionally, she’s only about thirty pounds full-grown, which is perfect for our small apartment.

We honestly don’t know what her breed is.  Obviously, her coat is brindle and most people think that means she has some pit bull or boxer in her, but our vet says brindle could actually come from any number of breeds.  He actually thinks she may be a mix of a brindle mountain cur hound or black mouth cur hound.  Either way, she’s super sweet and adorable and that’s all that matters!  I’m convinced mixes have the best personalities anyway.  😉

She’s doing so well already and learning fast.  Unfortunately, her previous owners neglected her, so she’s undernourished and has an upper respiratory infection.  We immediately took her to the vet and she’s doing significantly better with just a few days of antibiotics.  She scratches a lot because of how damaged her coat is from being malnourished, poor thing.  We have to constantly tell her to stop scratching because she has scabs from the scratching and keeps making herself bleed.  Our vet recommended putting olive oil on her food to give her coat extra fatty acids, so hopefully her misery will let up soon!  We’ve also been using a bit of coconut oil to give her an extra boost.

It makes me so upset to think about people who don’t treat their animals right and don’t care that they are suffering.  It’s especially upsetting that they neglected this sweet girl.  I just don’t understand how someone can say they love a dog, yet not give them the basic care they need like adequate food, water, and medicine.

So far, there haven’t been problems between Kona and Zelda, other than Zelda acting like she doesn’t live here anymore and hiding under the bed for most of the time.  It breaks my heart to see Zelda so disturbed since she was our baby originally.  She is coming out a little more each day and I’ve heard it just takes time for cats to get comfortable around a dog, so we are trying to be patient and encourage her whenever she does come out.  Kona even sleeps in her kennel at night, so Zelda has free-reign of the house at that point.

Huge progress! This is the first time Zelda chose to be near Kona at all.

We want to socialize her as much as possible, so we bought a seatbelt safety harness and take her in the car with us whenever possible.  We want to make sure she experiences a variety of environments so she’s friendly and comfortable with people and other dogs alike.

It’s definitely a big adjustment having a dog since we are used to just having our cat who stays to herself and pretty much takes care of herself, lol.  We’ve both had dogs before, but this is our first dog together, so it’s a big change!  There’s much more to think about, but it’s totally worth it.  She’s just the best!

Any tips for adjusting to a new dog in the house, whether for us or for the cat?  Thanks!

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

Halloween Decorations!

I want to share with you all how Joshua & I decorated our apartment door and porch for Halloween!  I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks since we totally decorated the last week of September.  I’m sure our neighbors couldn’t tell we were excited for Halloween at all.  What can I say, I love October and getting into the holiday mood, and Michael’s had decorations 50% off, lol.

We bought a glass lantern with a fun skull design, a little plaque that says “Come in and sit for a brew,” and an ornamental stack of books that totally gave me a Harry Potter vibe with “Curses,” “Spells,” and “Potions.”  Actually, all of the props felt like Harry Potter inspired to me and that was definitely intentional.  😉 #Potterhead  We’re nerds, and I feel like Harry Potter-anything is always acceptable.  In fact, I just made Pumpkin Juice last night using this recipe and it was beyond tasty!  I was pleasantly surprised because “pumpkin juice” doesn’t necessarily sound appetizing.  I figured, though, it had to be since the characters were always drinking it!

We also picked up three pumpkins on sale and wrapped fairy lights around the middle one.

Halloween was only something my parents let us celebrate for a couple of years.  When I was about seven or eight, they decided to no longer do anything with Halloween, and they would even turn the lights out to avoid anyone coming to the door.  They didn’t want to celebrate Halloween because it was such a “dark” holiday, yet we always spent Halloween in the dark to avoid it.  #Ironic

Anyway, my husband and I both enjoy Halloween.  It’s fun and I get super excited once October 1st hits.  Time to enjoy the creepy things, the freaky things, dress up and for once in the year not take things so seriously.  2015 was my first time watching The Nightmare Before Christmas & The Corpse Bride, can you believe it?  Also, Halloween is like the epitome of “let’s celebrate everything Harry Potter,” which I’m always down for!  We also ordered from Amazon a Harry Potter sign for our door and it’s perfect.  We love it so much, we are considering keeping it up all year after the holidays.

Since we started dating in 2015, our tradition has been to watch “The Corpse Bride” on Halloween night.  This year, we seriously considered handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, but then we realized we have class that night, which doesn’t get out until 9:15 PM.  We will just celebrate around class with watching The Corpse Bride as soon as my hubby gets home from work (early mornings means early evenings, yay!), with glasses of chilled Butterbeer in hand.  (Totally making this recipe.  I’ve never made it before so I don’t know what to expect.  Have any of you made it??)  We don’t have costumes for class unfortunately (#thebudgetlife), but it will be fun if anyone else dresses up.

Of course we had to get the $1 decoration tape for “Keep Out, Haunted House” and “Zombie Zone.”  It doesn’t go with the Harry Potter theme, but I like it regardless.  We wrapped it around our door as you can see in the above picture, and also across our window.  This picture was hard to get because we have trees in front of our apartment and in one way or another, there’s always shadows.

In case you can’t tell with the shadows, we hung a broom on the window trim.  I think it was initially intended for a witch, but it also goes with our Harry Potter theme.  I wrote “Firebolt” in gold Sharpie and drew the Deathly Hallows symbol on the handle to give it a little something extra.

All in all, we are really happy with how our decorations turned out!  Our apartment complex is having a decoration contest, so it’s been a lot of fun walking around and looking at what people have put up.  I don’t think we’ll win any prizes, but it has still been fun to decorate!

What are you doing for Halloween?  Going to any parties?  Are you dressing up?

Have a spooktacular holiday! 😉

-Tialla ❤

Soulmate Tattoos

Two weeks ago, my husband and I got matching tattoos on our arms!  After researching and asking around, we settled on Birch Avenue Tattoo, which is praised all-around as the best tattoo parlor in Flagstaff.

Before I get into the actual story, I want to note that yes, Joshua & I are Christians, and we are okay with tattoos.  I know a lot of people, especially Christians, have problems with tattoos and that’s okay.  We just happen to like them.  🙂

Joshua and I have both been interested in getting tattoos for a while now.  I hadn’t seriously considered getting one until Joshua & I started dating, and after we got married, I had hoped to get one for my 21st birthday.  I was going to get a paw print on my leg in memory of my sweet dog who passed away in 2014.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make it work due to not having the money, so we put it on the back burner until we could allot funds for it.

I’m not sure when it dawned on us, but at some point in the last few months, we thought it would be pretty cool (and sweet) for our first tattoos to match, as well as to get them at the same time to share the experience.  It took us forever to settle on the design, size, and placement because I’m extremely picky when it comes to ink being etched into my skin for the rest of my life, lol.  It needed to be something I really wanted, something that felt perfect; a design meant to capture our marriage.

As you can probably imagine, it took a lot of searching “couple’s tattoos” to find it.  😉  This is what happens when you have OCD and you’re unfortunately a perfectionist.

Joshua had a far easier time deciding, giving a few suggestions and then trying to help me narrow down what I wanted.  He was much more easy-going with the whole process than me, haha.  Finally, after months of searching, contemplation, going back and forth, etc, we finally found the design.  A few more conversations decided how we wanted to customize it as well as the placement.

We settled on two hearts joined by a cross integrated in the heart pattern, with the verse Matthew 19:6 written inside the bigger heart.  If you don’t know, the verse says:

“So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mt. 19:6, ESV)

When we showed up the next week at our consultation appointment, our tattoo artist easily went with our ideas for the design, but then asked us if we wanted to do it that day.  Though I was excited, I was completely shocked, because I was not emotionally prepared to permanently change my skin that day.  Even though I wanted the tattoo, it was still overwhelming to suddenly know it was actually happening and my skin would be forever altered.  I don’t know if this makes any sense, because I still wanted the tattoo…it’s simply that, for things like this, I have to emotionally prepare myself.  Without being mentally prepared for going through with something big, I tend to get overwhelmed.   That’s just who I am.

We went ahead with it, because we knew we wanted it, we were there anyway, and he had an opening, so it didn’t make sense to come back another time.  Also, parking is terrible downtown with exclusively parallel parking, which meant we’d already hunted for a spot and fed the meter.  If we could avoid coming back again anytime soon, we would.

After we filled out our paperwork, confirmed the design with our artist, and agreed Joshua would go first (I was still freaking out a little bit), we headed to the back.

Joshua actually had an easy time with the pain, barely wincing and talking through the whole thing.  It didn’t bother him very much and he made it look quite doable.  In half an hour, it was done and looked incredible!  He was (and still is) so excited about it.  I’m pretty sure it made his week, if not month.

When it came to my turn, unfortunately, I was caught off guard because the pain affected me way more than Joshua.  I’m still surprised because generally, I have a higher pain tolerance than him, since he has zero pain tolerance.  (Or at least that’s what we thought.)  Yet, I had a pretty hard time with the pain.  You know how it feels when hot oil in a pan pops, splattering your skin?  That’s how it felt to me, except constantly.

It wasn’t fun, but in retrospect, I can say it was worth it.  It didn’t last very long, only about twenty minutes, and the permanence of the design is definitely worth it!  Even the first week of tenderness was worth it, and seems comparatively short when looking back on it.

We love them.  It was so nice to experience it together!  It really warms my heart to think about how we not only got the same design as our first tattoos, but we were there for each other when experiencing it for the first time, and we’ve been able to support each other through the healing process.

We are already looking forward to our next tattoos, and we’re pretty sure we want to make it a tradition to get our future tattoos together, not the same designs, but at the same appointment to make it just as fun.

Until next time! 🙂

-Tialla ❤

Snowbowl’s Sky Ride

Joshua had a four-day weekend this past weekend since he works at a school and they were off for fall break!  Personally, I never knew fall break was a thing, but I was also homeschooled, so that’s probably why.  😉 Either way, four days off meant lots of fun for us!

We aren’t morning people, so our excitement toward days off always centers around sleeping in.  We plan adventures for the rest of the day too, but the most welcome part is getting some extra sleep.  (No matter how early we go to bed during the week, it just doesn’t make a difference in the mornings for us.  Yay for the weekend!)

This is how our weekend schedule looked:

  • Friday: The Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Sky Ride
  • Saturday: Tattoo Consultation (post soon to come on that!)
  • Sunday: Church & work (for me)
  • Monday: Hiking, pizza, & Dancing with the Stars.  (Anyone else watching this season?!  Can we just talk about how Victoria can dance when she can’t feel her legs? #Mindblown.)

Today I’ll be talking about our adventures at The Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Sky Ride!  First though, I want to mention that our Monday plans didn’t work out, because Sunday night I got an awful blistered cold sore, which made me feel miserable.  Instead, we slept the day away, made French Toast Casserole, did homework for class, showered, grabbed Starbucks and pizza for dinner, and then watched DWTS and The Good Doctor.  (Also an incredible show so far.  I am loving it and Freddie Highmore is a brilliant actor.)  FYI, don’t drink caffeinated Starbucks at 8 PM.  We basically didn’t sleep that night.  Yay for more coffee the next day, lol. 😉

We started off Friday with donuts.  Sometime after we first got married, we discovered the joy of getting donuts on the weekend, and now it’s one of our favorite things to do (and the hardest thing to say “no” to when I’m trying to eat healthier/watch calories).  My favorite donuts are apple fritters and we discovered that our grocery store bakery also has blueberry fritters, so I decided to try one.  They are still good, but not as good as apple in my opinion.

Anyway, Snowbowl is a ski lodge here in Flagstaff that also offers scenic sky rides up the mountain during summer and autumn.  I always love going on the chairlift in autumn because of all the changing leaves and beautiful colors.

Being on the mountain is breathtaking, especially when coming back down.  The view is expansive and it feels like we can see all of Arizona.  In a fairly childish way, I always feel like I’m flying because the trees are at a steep angle on the mountain slope, typically putting us above them.

My poor husband doesn’t do so well with heights, but he still came with me, which melted my heart.  I made sure to encourage him by letting him know at the highest point, we were only fifty feet above the ground.  If we fell, at most we’d injure our legs right?  That’s at least what I told him, and it seemed to help him relax a little and enjoy the ride more.

When we were getting on the chairlift, I was pretty nervous because I read it was supposed to be “winter-like” conditions with strong winds and 20 degrees Fahrenheit at the top of the mountain, and I had left my jacket in the car.  Turns out, the top was actually warmer than the ride itself, with barely even a breeze, so it worked out!  Coming down was colder due to riding against the breeze, but it was tolerable when I cuddled against Joshua with his arm around me. 😉

The elevation at the top of the mountain is 11,500 ft, and even though I’ve lived in Flagstaff at 7,000 feet nearly my whole life (therefore, my lungs are accustomed to breathing thinner air), I still felt the effects of far less oxygen.  It wasn’t anything major, I was just trying to read a lookout sign aloud and ran out of breath within basically one sentence, lol.

Joshua and I had a good laugh about it and discussed our differences with how  he didn’t get cold at all on the ride (he’s from Alaska, so he’s accustomed to the cold), but I had an easier time at the top of the mountain (because he lived in a sea-level valley in Alaska and I’ve lived in the mountains).

We both took pictures of each other at the top and since we aren’t photographers in any sense of the word, we are both dark against the background.  Oh well, it’s still a fun memory.

I was kind of hoping some of the people sitting at a picnic table nearby would offer to take our picture together, but no one did…they just watched.  I guess I could have asked someone, but I always feel like I’m inconveniencing them.  #ShyPeopleProbs

I realized just now that I didn’t get any pictures of the actual autumn trees with the changing leaves.  I was pretty nervous about dropping my phone on the ride, so I suppose that’s why!

The rest of Friday continued to be fantastic.  When we got back down off the mountain, we ordered takeout gyros from a Mediterranean restaurant called Pita Jungle, stopped home to drop off some things, then picked up sodas and enjoyed a Friday movie night at Joshua’s parents’ house.

Do you have any kind of sky ride or scenic chairlift near you?

-Tialla ❤

My 22nd Birthday!

My 22nd birthday was just a couple of weeks ago on September 13th.  September is always such an exciting month to me because it starts with the county fair, continues with my birthday, and ends with the first day of autumn and fall weather creeping in.  This year, the fall chill has come on pretty suddenly, so it’s been a bit of a shock because it went from being too hot for pants three weeks ago to suddenly too cold for shorts and there’s a definite need to keep a hoodie on hand at all times.  I happen to be that strange, quite solitary blogger who loves cold weather, so I’m loving every moment of this!

On a random note, I find it funny to people watch at this time of year because there are consistently three categories of people once autumn weather hits:

  • Those who have fully accepted autumn and are decked out in cardigans, jeans, boots, and even the occasion scarf
  • Those who are still in summer mode with t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, and sandals
  • Those who fall somewhere in the middle with jeans and sandals or shoes (but not boots), and perhaps a t-shirt but with some kind of jacket or sweater.

I definitely fall in that middle group right now, but I can’t wait for full-on fall outfits of leggings, boots, scarves, and oversized shirts and sweaters!

Anyway.  I turned 22, so how about a little celebratory Taylor Swift? Yes, I’m fully aware this is about as basic as I can get, and yes, I’m shameless.  How often is it that a popular song is about your particular age? 😉


My birthday fell on a Wednesday, but it felt like it started on Tuesday.  Right after a night class my husband and I are taking together on Tuesday nights, Joshua started excitedly counting down the hours to midnight.  He reminded me of the time every half hour or so as my birthday neared, which I thought was adorable and hilarious because he definitely seemed more excited for my birthday than I was.  He had taken my birthday off work, so we stayed up late and he insisted we do whatever I wanted.  I chose s’mores and reading (#lifeoftheparty) since I’m a huge bookworm.  It was honestly an amazing end to 21/beginning to 22.  When midnight hit, Joshua immediately wished me happy birthday, we pondered what life would be like in another year, and made some goals for what we want to accomplish before my next birthday.  And of course listened to Taylor Swift’s “22.” 😉

Around 2AM, we fell asleep, but as I was still excited for my birthday, I woke at 9:45AM and told my husband I couldn’t sleep any longer.  He wasn’t quite ready to wake up yet, so I forced myself to wait about another hour (this was still early for us…we aren’t morning people at all, so when we sleep in, we sleep for hours).

We began the day with checking all my notifications of lovely birthday wishes, and then showered and we were off to my requested breakfast: a local diner here in Flagstaff called Galaxy Diner.  It’s decorated to resemble the 50s, with all-day breakfast and amazing prices.  We both got a hot chocolate, Joshua ordered a steak omelette, and I ordered pancakes with eggs and hash browns.

After breakfast, Joshua was ecstatic to take me to a surprise he had planned.  This was something he planned weeks before and usually I’m great at guessing surprises, but I didn’t guess this one!  He was so intent on me not discovering the surprise on the way, he wanted to blindfold me in the car.  (I convinced him that instead I could just keep my eyes closed because I spent a lot of time on my makeup that day, lol.)  However, he insisted I keep my eyes closed even when we got out of the car and walked down a sidewalk for a bit.  I definitely wasn’t too keen on that part, haha!

Finally, he told me I could open my eyes, and I realized we were at my favorite bookshop!  It’s called “Bright Side Bookshop” and it’s in the heart of downtown Flagstaff.  It is the cutest little shop that has super great titles for typical chain bookstore prices.  It is extremely well organized with labels for literally every shelf and islands with cutesy things like totes designed like library cards, bookish knee-high socks, and collectors’ items.  When we walked in, Joshua told me I could pick out whatever books I wanted. #husbandgoals

I browsed through all the bookshelves, but most seriously looked at the Young Adult section–my favorite genre.  Make it a fantasy Young Adult and I’m sold.  I also spent a bit of time in the younger readers’ section and found the most beautiful copy of “Alice in Wonderland.”  Longtime blog readers may recall that I have a deep love for Alice. 😉 This particular copy caught my eye because there’s just something about a leather-bound book that makes my heart flutter with joy and simply feels magical.

I ended up going with two books.  One is a YA dystopian hardcover titled, “All Rights Reserved” by Gregory Scott Katsoulis and the second book is a YA fantasy paperback titled, “Ink and Bone” by Rachel Caine.

After the bookstore, we ran by the library to pick up a movie I had on hold, then stopped by Starbucks to get my free birthday drink.  If you aren’t part of their rewards program, you totally should be because you not only earn free rewards, but you get a free drink of your choice (and any size) on your birthday!  I ordered the Salted Caramel Frappuccino since I look forward to that every September and it just came out!

We headed to the mall with our drinks because I wanted another ear piercing and I’ve gotten all my piercings thus far from Claire’s. 😉  I already had two piercings in each earlobe and one in my left cartilage, but I chose to get a third in each earlobe.  I love them!  They didn’t hurt at all and recovery has been great, thankfully!  I had trouble with my second earlobe piercings randomly bleeding and getting infected despite my constant care, and my cartilage took over a year to fully heal, so I’m grateful these have been easier so far.

After the piercings, my husband took me to an entertainment exchange store/bookstore here in Flagstaff called Bookmans, where I used store credit to purchase the Grease soundtrack (any other Grease lovers reading my blog?), and a Michael Jackson album I didn’t yet have.  I already have multiple copies of the album’s songs, but I’m a collector of every MJ album I can find, so I scooped it up.  #HappyBirthdayToMe #TooManyHashtagsInOnePost?

After that, mister and I headed home to take some birthday pictures at sunset on a bridge in our apartment complex.

We then headed to our dinner reservation at Olive Garden, where we took advantage of the BOGO to have a meal for the next night!  I ordered their ravioli to eat in the restaurant with a Dr. Pepper and their spaghetti for the to-go meal.  Joshua ordered their baked ziti for in the restaurant and ravioli for the to-go meal.  We loved all of it, and on top of the delicious meal, our waiter was the best either of us had ever had in terms of customer service and friendliness, so that made the experience even better!

After Olive Garden, we drove over to Joshua’s parents’ house for presents (one of which is the hoodie I’ve been keeping with me now that it’s chilly, lol), ice cream cake, wine, and sparklers.  When I met Joshua, I was introduced to having ice cream cake for every birthday and I love it.  Ice cream cake has always been my favorite, but I guess growing up, I just forgot it was an option.  It’s a tradition for everyone in the family and it’s the best!  Spending time with my in-laws was such a fun way to wrap up my birthday outings.

Back home, I opened hubby’s presents to me.  He gave me “Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story” (which happens to be my favorite in the Anne of Green Gables trilogy and the one I was missing!), the new-ish Pentatonix album, and a mug for bookworms that’s totally my favorite of all our mugs now.

We ended the night with staying up until midnight playing MarioKart, which we haven’t done for a long time, so it was a blast!  I have always loved playing MarioKart, so it was just the best to finish out my birthday with it.

I can honestly say that it was one of the best birthdays I have ever had, and it’s all thanks to my sweet husband!  I feel so blessed to spend my birthdays with the one my soul loves. ❤  As part of my birthday month, we also took advantage of $5 movies here at our movie theater earlier during Labor Day weekend, and next week we will be heading up on the Snowbowl Sky Ride to see the changing colors of all the beautiful trees on the mountain.

And that was my birthday!  How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

-Tialla ❤

A Night of Music, Rides, and Food!

It’s taken me a little bit to get around to blogging about it, but back during the first weekend of September, the annual Coconino County Fair rolled into town.  I have attended this fair every year for as long as I can remember and this year was my second year going with my husband!  (See this post for our first year at the fair together.)

Last year, we made the mistake of going on Labor Day, which was the last day of the fair.  Most of the vendors were already packed up and even though we still had fun together, it was a bit of a let down.  This year, we intentionally planned to go on the second day, and at night instead of daytime!  I had never gone to the fair at night before, but I’d heard it was much more exciting with all the lights and music.  I can now say I didn’t hear wrong. 🙂  It was fairly sizzling with energy and excitement!  We had such a blast with the nightlife, and it was hands-down the best fair experience we’ve ever had!

The only downside for going on Saturday night was the sheer amount of people there.  That was definitely part of what contributed to the energy and made it so exciting, but at times it felt slightly claustrophobic when we were elbow to elbow with everyone as we walked around.  Joshua and I are introverts and we both felt a little overwhelmed at times with all the people.  Still, it was totally worth it!

We saw the band Snake Oil, who were absolutely phenomenal.  I mostly took videos with Snapchat, which I have yet to figure out how to embed onto the blog.  If anyone has suggestions for how to embed Snapchat videos on WordPress, I’d love to hear them!  🙂  Snake Oil is an 80s rock cover band, and incredibly talented at that.  The lead singer dresses up as various people, such as Ozzy Osborne, Steve Perry, Freddie Mercury, and more.  They were absolutely mind blowing with their talent and how they completely embodied all the bands’ sounds and style.  Joshua and I are both huge fans of 80s rock bands, so naturally, we had the time of our lives.

After the concert, we headed off to the rides.  Both Joshua and I aren’t super great with rides, as we both didn’t have the greatest experiences as kids with them.  Still, we had quite a bit of fun and mostly just enjoyed the experience and the memories we were making by spending this time together.  Every moment with him is my favorite moment, no matter what we’re doing. ❤

When we finished up the rides, we decided it was time for food, which was probably what both of us were most excited for.  There’s just something about fair food that can’t compare–it’s totally the best!  We’d been saving most of our money for fair food, so we definitely didn’t hold back.  I got a hotdog, and Joshua got a chili dog, and we split a large carton of fries with ketchup and mayo.  (You probably think that’s gross, but that’s okay, we love it, lol.)  We also split a funnel cake with powdered sugar, chocolate, and whipped cream, and then before we headed out for the night, we picked up a bag of cotton candy and a chocolate dipped marshmallow on a stick.

Like I said, we didn’t hold back on the food and we loved every bit of it.  It’s not that often we can indulge in treats like this!

All in all, it was such a wonderful night and always a fun precursor to my birthday on September 13th.  A post soon to come on that!

Do you attend a county fair?  If so, what is your favorite part of it?

Until next time,

Tialla ❤