Coffee Break: May Happenings

Coffee Break: May Happenings


Hello! It’s been a little quiet around here lately, but that’s because the month of May has been full of travel and excitement. Now that we’re back home and well-rested, it’s time for a little Coffee Break. So pull up a chair for a minute or two and sip some of your favorite brew. And take a deep breath before this Wednesday and all it will hold begins. It’s almost like we were sitting at a table together in real life. 😉


Last week, the Novalises set off on our first married vacation! (Besides our honeymoon, of course, but do honeymoons even count as real life? Take me back to Seattle!) It was a whirlwind of fun, family, and more food than our stomachs probably should have consumed. After two years of hard work, Josh finished his Master’s degree, so we started off the week of rest by celebrating J’s accomplishments with the Novalis side of the family. One of the really cool parts of marriage is that you gain a whole other family in the deal, too. A sweet, rare bonus to our vacation week is that we got to see both sides of our family!

After graduation festivities, we headed off to one of the places that holds some of my sweetest childhood memories – Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. It was Josh’s first time visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, so this Tennessee girl had a big job as tour guide. We put on our tourist hats and hit up the favorites – rollercoasters and funnel cakes at Dollywood, slimy and cute sea critters at the Aquarium, and plenty of local breweries and restaurants. My personal favorite was our mini wine tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines – umm can anyone say apple wine?! It was a short three days, but full of lots sleep, lots of exploring, and lots of reading – which is the Novalises’ perfect definition of rest.

Then we headed to Nashville to join the Artavia side for wedding week. Goodness, there aren’t really adequate words to describe the emotions of watching your only baby sister marrying the man of her dreams. One minute we’re ages 5 and 6 and playing with rollie pollies on our back porch, and the next I’m ugly crying as she walks down the aisle toward that redhead kid from middle school who stole her heart. She was the most beautiful and perfect bride, and has grown into such a strong woman.. geez, I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it. I’m also getting teary eyed thinking about the OUT OF THIS WORLD homemade chips and queso at the appetizer bar.. like I still daydream about that stuff y’all. I may just be scouring the internet for the recipe (don’t worry – if I find it, you’ll be one of the firsts to see 😉 ).

That’s enough words for now. What are some ways you plan to get some rest this summer? Any funnel cakes or apple wine on the list?

Until next time,



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Heart eyes, am I right? Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuelson!

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