Getaway to Eagle’s Nest Part 1

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Nathan and I took a fun little trip over the long weekend a few weeks ago. Nathan did all of the leg work and found a great little cabin at the last minute, and we headed to the New Mexico high country.

The landscape was gorgeous. Living in the desert, you get kinda used to everything just being brown and tan and dry. But as we were driving everything was green and blooming and lush.

Once you get out of the city, everything just clears out and opens up. All of a sudden we were on winding roads surrounded by cliffs and little rivers. We were headed to Eagle’s Nest which is past Taos and pretty close to Angel Fire. We would really like to go back in the winter when everything is covered in snow-although I am sure we wouldn’t get such a good deal on a room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally Friday: For Your Weekend

Friday, September 26th, 2014

I am so glad that it is finally Friday. I am so over this week. I have big and exciting plans to go grocery shopping and do some laundry. Aren’t you jealous?

In all seriousness, Nathan and I are hanging out with a friend tonight, and I am hoping to maybe get to the farmer’s market on Sunday. What are your plans for the weekend?

1. I made this salmon for dinner last night with some sesame noodles and broccoli. I finished off the meal with these cookies (which we love and make all the time). Nathan loved the meal, and was pretty much overwhelmed by my domestic prowess. It was amazing. So, a note to you: this meal may make husbands/boyfriends give you gratuitous kisses.

2. I’m thinking that this workout may be just what I need to whip my arms into shape.

3. These are so pretty! I love the idea of putting a few on with a airy dress and heels.

4. Moving abroad may not actually be that far out of your reach!

Happy weekend, guys!!

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Molly on Monday: An Introduction

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

So, here it is! The surprise! Molly is my best friend, and when she expressed interest in writing for A Lovely Intention I was so excited!! She will be here twice a month sharing various musings as well as thoughts about her first year of college. I know you all will love her as much as I do. Now, I’ll let her take it away…

 

 

Hi there. I’m Molly. Sydney and I are so glad you are here.

 

I met Sydney through my high school bible study and we instantly bonded over our mutual love of fine food, expensive clothes, and adventures in the city. For two years, we were inseparable, attached at the hip, riding life out together. When Sydney moved to New Mexico, we each bought a roll of stamps and vowed to not let the miles keep us apart. ‘Best friends’ doesn’t seem to adequately the relationship that Sydney and I share. Soul sister, maybe.

 

I grew up in a small, sleepy town in Southwestern, Pennsylvania, on a quant, tree-lined street in a fixer-upper of a house that my parents poured their heart and soul into. The walls bleed love. I am the oldest of four children, a size 9.5, and a Gilmore Girls fanatic. I love C.S. Lewis, pineapple, and reading the Sunday edition of the New York Times. I could eat breakfast food all day long. I am passionate about non-profits, building personal relationships, and Jesus. I am studying English at Grove City College, a small, Christian liberal arts college in the middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania.

 

You can find me on Instagram @wickerm1

 

 

You guys, go follow her on Instagram and get excited for her posts!!!! She has such a sweet spirit and such a way with words. She is so smart and so insightful, and I know her contributions here will be great! She is spot on in her description of our relationship. Good food, clothes we want but can’t afford, and getting lost among the city skyscrapers defined and solidified our friendship before college swept us across the country, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this woman and her presence in my life!

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Taking Stock in September

Friday, September 19th, 2014

I love this little writing, brainstorming exercise. It makes you think and reflect.

P.S. Be sure to read on for a hint at a fun surprise that is coming to this little blog.

Making : A concerted effort to get up earlier and use that time to just be quiet.
Cooking : Pasta for dinner. We eat so much pasta.
Drinking : Le Croix. We bought a case of it at Costco, and the more I drink it the more I like it.
Reading: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and loving it. Also a smattering of books on mediation and communication.
Wanting: To just be a wife. I am really ready for school to be done!
Looking: For a small dresser for some of Nathan’s clothes.
Playing: King of the Hill with bed covers and leg space with a certain husband of mine.
Deciding: On whether or not to buy a new computer or continue to share one. It is a battle of necessity and bank accounts over here.
Wishing: For certain aspects of this season of life to pass. It’s been a bit of a tough one in some ways, and we Pawliks are ready for a break.
Enjoying: The way our orange cat is determined to cuddle. She is so persistent in her pursuit to love us.
Waiting: For answers to prayer.
Liking: The few days that we’ve had cooler weather. It makes the husband more cuddly, and I am so so ready to wear jeans again.
Wondering: When we will see family again. I long for endless days off for road trips and hugs from loved ones.
Loving: Nathan. Being freshly married seems to punch you right in the face. It is hard and exhilarating and exhausting and beautiful, and it demands a lot of God-given grace, and I end each day loving the man I married even more than I did when I woke up that morning.
Pondering: This article. The end gets me-how often do we intentionally proclaim that God condemns all abuse and then how often do we act on that proclamation.
Considering: The merits of buying a duplicate pair of these jeans, and then jettisoning all the other pairs I have (except the high-waisted ones, cuz high-waisted=life changing)
Watching: House of Cards. I know, I am late to the party. 
Hoping: Our camping plans work out.
Marvelling: At the way that the “capsule wardrobe” and minimalist dressing trend is sweeping the blog world. The more I read about it, the more clothes I seem to get rid of.
Needing: More sleep, more time at the gym, more time spent on relationships. Less school, less stress, less busy.
Smelling: Like lavender essential oil and coconut oil. The combo has become my go to perfume. Also, this deodorant which makes my pits smell like oranges, holla!
Wearing: Jean shorts and keds. But I am wishing I was wearing jeans, boots, scarves, and slouchy sweaters.
Following: More and more people on Twitter. I am pretty bad at using Twitter, but had to start following some people for a class. You can find me here.
Noticing: The briskness of the air when I take Nathan to class in the mornings. Fall is coming, however slowly.
Knowing: that everything works out- even if I have to fight off my own anxiety to believe that.
Thinking: That cereal is the most perfect solution for every meal.
Admiring: Those who commit to leaving “fast fashion” behind and investing in quality, ethically conscious clothing options.
Sorting: Through all of our stuff. And it is just stuff. I feel like every weekend, when I clean the house, I get rid of more and more of our stuff.
Buying: eggs and milk and cereal. Every week on repeat.
Getting: More and more comfortable with my new haircut.
Disliking: People who are jerks. ’nuff said.
Opening: my Bible and books that aren’t for school. Having to share a computer with Nathan has led me to find different (and arguably better) ways to fill spare time.
Giggling: At the way our boy cat squeaks at us. It is as though he doesn’t understand the concept of meowing just yet.
Feeling: Nostalgic. I never thought I’d like to revisit my old high school town, but lately I miss the people and the vibe and the quaintness.
Snacking: on Caramel Almond and Sea Salt Kind bars. They are so so good, but so so spendy. I’m gonna start buying them in bulk on Amazon to save a few bucks (kidding, sorta)
Wishing: to have more girlfriends that lived closer.
Hearing: Some of my favorite songs on the radio. The popular songs have been surprisingly good lately; a lot of really happy music is hitting the airwaves.

Time for some news!!! We will have an awesome new series on the blog starting on Monday. I am so excited for it because it is a collaboration with someone who is so dear to me. Twice a month you can expect someone other than me to be talking to you here, and I think it is going to be wonderful!

Check in Monday morning!!

 

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State Fair Fare

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

I love pretty much everything about the State Fair. In fact, it may be my most favorite event of the year here. The animals, the food, the people watching-all amazing. The State Fair feels like the emotional start of Fall. It can’t be the literal start of Fall because it is still in the eighties and nineties here, so it definitely doesn’t feel like fall weather; and none of the colors are changing yet. Although, I do count the fact that it was cool enough to wear jeans and boots for our fair outing a victory. One of our friends happened to be in town and was able to go with us, which was such a great coincidence.

We sort of went to the fair on a whim. It was pretty rainy on Wednesday, but Nathan stopped by my office and mentioned that it was free admission day. I am not one to pass up free anything, so we decided that we would spend the money that we would have spent on admission to buy fair food. The food is really the best part of the fair-all fried everything. Normally, we spend money on admission and then don’t get anything to eat because everything is seven dollars and we are college students (read: poor).

I was a bit concerned about going at night because I have a deep  love for seeing all of the animals that the fair has to offer, and I worried that if we went at night then they may all be in for bed. My worries were unfounded, though. There were plenty of animals to be seen, especially baby animals. There were ducklings and chicks hanging out next to each other in one of the pens. I would have a chicken coop in a heartbeat. I think that chickens are so great. They are so methodical with their pecking and nesting and roosting. Also, fresh eggs. Nothing bad can happen when fresh eggs are involved.

 

 

There are two pigs there-they kind of blend together. They are cuddling, so, obviously, pigs after my own heart.

 

 

I LOVE cows. No joke, they are one of my favorite animals. I think they are so cute. I just want to cuddle one of them. Like, just run up and give one a big hug. Is that weird? Nathan is reading over my shoulders saying that, yes, it is so weird. Whatever. I don’t care. Every year, the cows at the fair are my favorite thing to visit. This year, I got to pet one. It was pretty much the highlight of my whole week. The big girl was just layin’ there eating hay, and the farmer was all “sure you can pet her!” Her cow friend that was standing next to her started giving me the side eye, though (rude).

As already mentioned, the food at the fair is the best part. We really indulged since we felt like we were rolling in cash after not paying the admission fee (ha ha ha). Corn dogs, fried oreos, fried cheese curds (amazing delicious-your life isn’t complete ’til you’ve eaten a deep fried cheese curd), and a fried snickers bar all found their way into my mouth. I’m pretty sure I consumed my entire weekly allotment of calories in one night, and I regret none of it. I didn’t even feel that sick after eating all of it, which makes me a little concerned. I mean, what is wrong with my body that it didn’t just revolt on me??

Nathan and I go to the fair every year, but this was definitely the best year yet. I’ll be cheesy for a moment and say that everything seems more fun when I’m doing it with my HUSBAND! But, this trip really seemed perfect. I just love that sweet man-especially his willingness to buy me as much deep fried cheese as I can possibly eat. A keeper for sure.

 

In Other News

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Wow, now that wedding photos are done let’s get back to regular content. I have a million posts on tap, but I’ll start off with just a quick update/iPhone photo dump. In 3..2..1..

Nathan and I took a quick trip over labor day. We drove through the NM highlands, and stayed at the cutest hotel! I have a full post with pictures from the real camera coming this week. Above is the Rio Grande River Gorge. I had never been but Nathan had. It was nuts-so beautiful!

After weeks and weeks of deliberation, I finally cut my hair. It is crazy that in a matter of minutes my hair went from elbow length to collar bone length. However, it is so low maintenance and Nathan thinks it is sexy. Really, it is a win all around.

Nathan decided that Georgia was actually Simba, and they had a moment. She looks pleased, no?

 

The cats have a general idea of how the windows open, and the gymnastics the go through trying to open it (despite their lack of opposable thumbs) is so funny.

And that’s it for today. I’m back to laundry and house cleaning, cuz my Saturdays are sooo wild.

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Wedding Photos Part 6: The Reception

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014/The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014// The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

 

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

The Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Reception//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Our wedding photographer: Dan Dalstra

If you are into Instagram then you can see more photos using #pawlik2014

Wedding Photos Part 5: The Ceremony

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony//Dan Dalstra Photography

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//The Ceremony//Dan Dalstra Photography

Check out this post to read more about how we planned our ceremony

Our photographer: Dan Dalstra

If you are into Instagram then you can see more photos using #pawlik2014

Wedding Photos Part 4: Just Us

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

wedding present 😉

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Just Us//Dan Dalstra photography

Our wedding photographer: Dan Dalstra

If you are into Instagram then you can see more photos using #pawlik2014

Wedding Photos Part 3: Group Shots

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

 

Pawlik Wedding 2014//Group Photos//Dan Dalstra Photography

Check out this post to read a little more about our awesome support system

Our photographer: Dan Dalstra

If you are into Instagram then you can see more photos using #pawlik2014


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