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guest blogger: Kristal

Meet Kristal, my 7th guest blogger and such a fun blogger!  You'll have to check her blog out to see her cute son, Isaac!


In her words, straight from her blog...


About the blog title:

I've been thinking about blogging for some time now. I know a lot of people that do it, and I love reading other people's blogs. There's just something interesting in reading about other's day to day lives. So yesterday, while bored at work, I started to set up my blog. And I was doing good until I got to the title...I had never thought about what I would call the dang thing! So I started thinking about parts of my life, and how that could translate to a title...

Good Food...For those of you who don't know, my husband is a foodie - he loves all things food. Eating food, making food, shopping for food, watching shows about food...it's a serious passion of his. Food is Chad's way of expressing himself. He cooks for me all the time. It's his way of taking care of me. He's not the kind of guy who brings home flowers, he's the kinda guy who brings home Gruyère and Riesling. On one of our first dates, Chad cooked for me. And not long after, we started cooking together. His personality really comes out in the kitchen. He's got a serious perfectionist streak that doesn't show in every day life, and if things aren't exactly right, he starts to stress. If was really funny to watch when we first starting dating, because he would try so hard to act calm and collected, but it was so obvious he wasn't! I could see him biting his tongue as hard as possible while watching me precariously cut up onions or haphazardly mixing something together, LOL. The kitchen is also a place where Chad really takes charge. To outsiders, Chad can seem very quiet and shy, but get him in the kitchen, and he's assertive, self-assured, and just all around sexy to watch. ;) He's an excellent cook and he knows it, so his best personality traits come out as a result of it.

Chad and I have also been on a lot of restaurant dates. One of our favorite things to do together is try new restaurants. We rarely eat out because Chad always cooks for us (and because we are tightasses, LOL), so when we do go out for a meal, we want it to be awesome. We stalk Sauce Magazine to find great places around the city and we rarely go to the same place twice because there are just so many options available. We've had some great conversation over amazing dinners as a result, plus we get all kinds of ideas of things we can try to make at home.

Food has just been such an ever-present part of my husband and I's relationship, I automatically equate it with our amazing love. And thus, it's part one of the blog title.

Good Friends...I have amazing friends. All my life, I've been the kind of girl who has 4 or 5 close friends rather than 20 acquaintance-type friends. And those 4 or 5 girls have been the same girls since I was in 7th grade! For quite some time now, we've all been spread out. One went away to dance school when we were still in junior high, two went away for college, and then I moved to Germany for a year. Now, one is in Springfield and two are in Cape. There are two in St. Louis, but even so, we don't see each other often...life just gets in the way. But with my recent wedding, I was reminded again how lucky I am to have such an amazing support group of girls. Throughout the year leading up to my wedding, I think we all had the opportunity to be together in the same room more times than we have since we've graduated high school. I love those moments when we get together, and even though we haven't seen each other in a long while, we pick right back up where we left off. I love those kinds of friends. Each one was so excited for my wedding day...it's like it was the next step in all of our lives. We know we are leaving behind the high school/college years and moving on. Two of us are married and the other three are not far from, and it's awesome to experience it together. I am blessed to have them in my life.

Good Life...I've already established that I have an amazing husband and amazing friends, but more than that, I have an amazing life. Of course, the husband and friends are big contributing factors in that. As is my family, my home, and my goals and dreams. But I think the biggest reason I love my life is because of my attitude. I love life just because. I'm an optimistic, happy person. I find pleasure in the small things. Like everyone, I have crappy days or hard weeks and I've experienced my share of pain in my life. But I choose not to dwell on those things. I've always been a happy person, but lately I've put more and more effort into changing my attitude, rather than dwelling on changing the situation (which more often than not, I can't change anyway!) My mom listens to a lot of motivational material and she often passes it on to me. The one thing I hear over and over is, it's all in your attitude! And I'm happy to report, I've got a good one. ;)

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Life...what more could a girl want!?


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