Friday’s Letters

Dear Mom and Dad, this trip thus far has been so much fun! Our accommodations for this conference has been excellent. Mom we saw Shrek walking around the hotel.. you didn’t want to take this photo but you were such a great sport when I laughed so hard while I took this.. Come to find out you were really excited to see Shrek after all.

Dear Hubby, I miss you so much and can’t wait until you make it to Tennessee. I have been indulging in my favorite past time while you weren’t here – shopping. Babe, these are by Gucci … lets put these on my running list of things that I want ok? Thanks! 

Dear Starbucks, I miss thee! Since I have been here, I have not had my daily doses of coffee… All this walking around the conference center is wearing me out. Although, I would love to have one of those cupcakes… guess I need to make those soon. 
Dear Blog Readers, I am presently enjoying my trip and miss being able to sit for hours and catch up on some reading but I am in meetings from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep. However, this trip is definitely worth it. 
Dear Nashville, TN, why are you so hot!?
Dear Nerves, I am sorry that someone got on you with the incompetent persons who were around you.  We will try to better with not getting upset or irritated. 
Dear Miami Heat, THANK YOU FOR WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP! God KNOWS that my husband would not have been able to take that disappointment. You have done a good job!  

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Sometimes and Always

Sometimes: I know a huge trip is coming up and know that I need to get to packing for.
Always: I wait until the last minute and end up just shoving things in my suitcase that I may not even need.
Sometimes: My offenders show up to my office unannounced.
Always: I get irritated when they do.
Sometimes: I imagine myself doing a different job
Always: I am SO thankful that I do what I do and know that it’s exactly where I am supposed to be.
Sometimes: I give my husband a hard time for being super mushy and smothering.
Always: I am thankful that my husband loves me that much because I could be married to a jerk.
Sometimes: I ask for persons to guest blog while I am away on conference and vacation.
Always:  I get some great responses.
Sometimes: My allergies get the best of me… like TODAY!
Always: I want to put in sick leave and go home and lay down.
Sometimes: You know there isn’t a great picture that you have taken over the week that you can post.
Always: There is one that you come across that you can post for good measure that expresses how you feel.
If you still are interested in perhaps doing an introductory post for my readers or want to share something funny while I am away, please send me an email to hellogmsunshine@gmail.com

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Monday’s Musings

Can I just say that this was an exhausting weekend?! Like, I really feel like I can not get enough sleep! and yet, it was just what we needed! 
I have to pack for this trip.. doing laundry and still feel like I don’t have enough for this trip.
Speaking of which, don’t forget, if there are any readers who may want to guest post send me a quick email to hellogmsunshine@gmail.com
I need to get a few to post while I am away and its a way to introduce your blog to my readers and keep me company on my trip. 
This weekend’s movie was “That’s My Boy”.. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to see that or Prometheus but I did know that I wanted to laugh and so “That’s My Boy” it was. I asked my sister what the critics were giving it, which was a first and she said that they were doing a write up that said “Why did they even make this movie?” but I did know that I liked most Adam Sandler movies and Andy Samberg would definitely being a comedy element.. so sure why not.
So glad we did… we were laughing so hard! If you like “Hall Pass” but with a little more edgier randomness in the plot then you will like “That’s My Boy”
Well, it is true… hubby and I took a last minute trip to NYC!

We arrived in New York around 10:30pm and headed to Long Island to celebrate my Brother-in-Law’s 50th Birthday. As exhausted as I was from the drive and perplexed as to why a dinner party would start so late… seeing his face surprised was indeed priceless. 
And nope.. we didn’t stay in New York overnight, we got back right back on the road and hubby drove 5 hours, while being dead dog tired so that we could make it back for church the next day. 
Hubby had to do double duty – Minister of Music at church and playing keys with a special guest during Praise in the Park for another church.. needless to say, for a man who got in at 6am and had to be at church at 8am, you would’ve never been able to tell how exhausted my hard working man was. 
Our in-laws stayed with us this weekend and it was much needed. We missed them. 
It really helped my husband be able to handle this really tough Father’s Day – the first one without his father, with his sister being here.

There were so many funny moments this weekend – one that tickled me so great was that when I arrived, my husband’s bandmates wished him a Happy Father’s Day… Hubby cut me the craziest look and I just bust out laughing and said “What?! I didn’t say anything” … they just laughed and said “that would’ve been a crazy way to find out though, right?” 
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Father’s Day

Dad, 
You are the greatest! 
You are a man of few words and so I will keep this brief:
I am such a daddy’s girl.
You spoil me rotten! 
You don’t like to – you definitely say “No” every time I ask for something
and then somehow, someway my request magically appears without warning. 
I used to be so embarrassed by the way that you would be so direct with people. 
I mean, you would really cut people down really quick,
but then I realized it’s because people may have misjudged you 
and at other times, I learned in life, if you warn people with what you will not tolerate
they will never try you again. 
You taught me how to ask for what I want.
Don’t take “No” for an answer by teaching me how to work hard for that “Yes”
You taught me how to expect my husband to take care of his family
To protect us and provide for us at all cost
To, as you would say “aim straight” and make records
it allows you to have made your name great!
I love you.
Thanks for my smile. 
Thanks for my lisp. 
Thanks for the ability to be able to whistle. 
Thanks for reminding me that although I may be a Mrs. I will ALWAYS be your daughter.
It’s the little things ya’ know. 
Hope you enjoyed your surprises… reminders of home.
See you in a few days. 
Your First Girl, 

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Friday’s Letters

Before I get to my Letters, I have to tell you that I am a lover of good food.. so I can’t let this week pass by without telling you about one of my favorite places – So hubby surprised me with texting me that if he gets a nap in that he would take me to my favorite spot…

When you go, just know that you can not order anything smaller then a half pitcher… first of all its worth the value and if you want to its a good size to share or if you already anticipate the desire for at least two drinks, go with this option.
This right here is a Sangrita… but you can get non-alcoholic versions of any and everything!
This frozen delictable was worth the wait…
This particular night, we were seated on the rooftop, which over looks an area that is near a lot of Embassy houses and down the street from a popular area called “Adams Morgan”
I had my favorite guy, in my favorite place, drinking my favorite size summer-soothing drinks… anxious to eat some of my favorite food!
I started off with some Ceviche and ended with some “Masitas de Puerco” … marinated roasted pork that is cooked with a orange bitters reduction sauce, seasoned to the ultimate perfection and pulls right apart.
Now, I am not a huge pork consumate but I can say that this roasted pork does it to me every time!
Have you ever had food that has made you quicken because it tastes so good?! Everything at Lauriol Plaza does that to you!
So if you happen to be in the D.C. area and want to go to Lauriol Plaza, let me know! We can totally do a meet-up there…
And now, my Friday’s Letters..
Dear Nashville, we are now 5 days away from seeing each other for almost 3 weeks and I have not yet packed one bag. I have waited for this conference/trip for almost 4 years and I am no where near ready. I wish I had a stylist that would come over and get me ready for this trip but I am not that grand… yet.
Dear Hubby, few things… we kinda need to do better with pulling away from our cell phones when we go out to dinner. I feel like we have become the digital versions of those old couples that bring newspapers to read to brunch. I don’t want to be one of those couples that run out of stuff to talk about to each other. YES, YES! I know… from our first date where we had a phone and sidekick we have been on our phones at the dinner table, even when we were texting each other while sitting there… it was cute then… not so much now. What was funnier was looking up and seeing another young couple leaving the restaurant both with cell phones in hand… ok so I accept its a generational thing.. Let’s roll with it until it really becomes an issue because laughing together at what just posted to the TMZ app is kinda hilarious.
Dear Washington D.C. in the Summertime, I straight love you! never thought that I would say that… but driving down the U street corridor provided such an energy that is almost unmatched. The various things that you offer to do for free! I mean, it can’t get no better… thanks for being such a quick getaway when needed.
Dear Kevin Hart, WE ARE COMING TO SEE YOU LIVE! OMG I was SO happy when my little sis was able to make me aware of the pre-sale code. I have always wanted to see this funny man live and now I get the chance to! I am so super hype about this one! Almost as much as hubby is excited about me taking him to see Coldplay next month.
Dear Judgement Free Zone, thank you for existing because I certainly had myself a Happy Meal for breakfast the other day. In my defense, it was my late day at work so they had just stopped serving real breakfast… I had to run to the doctor’s that morning and give about 3 tubes of blood and take a pill that was guarenteed to make me sick… so this was certainly the best treat of the morning.
Dear Body, you surprise me with each test result… we are going to get you together though. I am going to keep pushing until I know what’s wrong with you.
Dear Mom, I know.. relaxing is the key.. I am trying. Maybe acupuncture will work because massages make me even more tense. Who knows why?! only me. I know.
Dear Miami Heat, Thank you for winning last night.. it guarentees that my husband will be in a great mood all weekend… so thanks for that.
His “Why are you asking such a stupid question face” tickled me so much!
Dear Daddy, we know that y’all just moved out of the Nashville house… so your kids have something up their sleeve for Father’s Day.. just you wait and see!
Isn’t he a handsome tall man?
Dear Papi , we know that you just went to be with the Lord only 5 months ago… but we still remember you on this Father’s Day. Love you… I know that you are sending your special prayers down to us as you did when you were here.
 Dear Blog Readers, so if you read this whole thing.. I want to commend you for sticking with me.. and apologize for it being so long.. thank you for being here to share in my thoughts as I spew them outloud… Also, as you can see I am going to be away for quite some time and unsure as to when I will have time to post anything.. so if I have any one who would be willing to guest post here please let me know!  Email me at hellogmsunshine@gmail.com

Dear Ashley, this ones for you! Great link-up!

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