Destinations, Europe, Journal, Spain

Four Years

June 20, 2014
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Yesterday marks our four-year anniversary! Dennis and I met in college at Vanguard when we were on the basketball teams. We were good friends and ended up dating my sophomore year [his junior year]. Eight months later, we were engaged, and a year after that we tied the knot.

I honestly can’t believe how fast the time has gone.

We’ve been through some really tough stuff over the last few years from when we were dating until now, but we have absolutely grown because of it. We got married so young, that we have been able to “grow up together” in a sense.

Yesterday was fun, because we talked a lot about all of the great things that have happened over these years as well. We have developed incredible friendships, got a super awesome puppy, and are now on this crazy adventure…among lots of other blessings!

So, now we are here in Spain and we had an awesome day just hanging out. Lots of coffee, walks, food and chocolate pretty much sums it up [I know that sounds like every day of my life, but this was EXTRA awesome].

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This coffee and chocolate is from Mayan Monkey. It is considered the “world’s smallest chocolate factory.” They serve coffee, tea, gelato and assorted chocolates. The staff is incredibly friendly and always give me a million free samples. They have a little chocolate fountain and they dip all of my samples in chocolate–seriously, what could be better?!



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Dennis will only sometimes pose for the camera…


And these ladies were lovin’ it.

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We walked around Mijas, enjoying all of the views. There are several different bridges and outlook points throughout the city, guaranteeing a million-dollar view anywhere you go!

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For dinner, we went to a restaurant we had never been to. The staff is super friendly, and when they found out it was our anniversary, they brought out free tapas. The cook even came out to shake Dennis’ hand and give me a kiss on both cheeks.

The tapas were INCREDIBLE. I have never had better cheese in my life–it was covered in spices and came with a strawberry sauce on the side, that was unique, yet surprisingly delicious. The traditional Spanish tortilla was like nothing I had ever had before. It was puffy bread filled with cheese, potatoes, onion and egg.

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Dennis and I were super confused at first when they brought out this gigantic plate of raw meat. We had ordered steak–we pointed to the ones we wanted to make sure we didn’t screw it up–and then they brought this out. We went with the flow, and they brought out a hot stone for us to cook the meat ourselves. It came with a seasoned butter and sea salt flakes. There was literally enough meat for three days, but we dominated it all–proving our American-ness. God bless America.
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They even brought out a free brownie and ice cream dessert for us. The waitress went to a potted plant behind our table and picked the fresh mint to go on top. It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
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We had such a relaxing day, which is exactly what we both wanted after a crazy week of Dennis’ big business launch. The launch is in it’s last few days, which is nice to have that big project checked off. With that winding down, we are hoping to be able to dive into our travel experience more now that we have better bearings on what the heck we are doing.

We are feeling so thankful for each experience we have had in our first four years being married. We know that there are inevitably both good and tough times ahead, but we are looking forward to what is in store.

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We have some fun things coming up in this next week! Our first big adventure since we have been here will be coming soon…

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xo Kelsey


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  • Reply Lisa June 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Kelsey, you guys are living the dream! Few people take the risks the enhance their lives! You’re my idol!

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      You are so sweet, Lisa! It’s not always easy and perfect, but this has absolutely been life-giving. We truly are having a wonderful time. Thanks for following!

  • Reply Penny Giesbrecht June 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Very fun blog! SO glad you two could do this. Europe travel, all travel, is life changing! Congratulations on your anniversary.

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks, Penny! It’s so great to hear from you. Yes–it definitely IS life changing. Thanks, and I hope you are doing well!

  • Reply Katie Englund June 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    PS you’re a model.
    Looks like an awesome day – you guys deserve it. LOVE YOU

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks, Katie! The food was bomb. You guys are coming up on your half year! WOWZA! It seems like just yesterday your pops walked you down the aisle :) Love you!

  • Reply Melissa June 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I LOVE that picture of you by the white wall and plants!!! You ARE a model!!! Betsy says “stop being so pretty”!!! LOL!!!

    Looks like you’re having a GREAT time!! We miss you here at the Davis Center! :)


    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 20, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Haha thanks, Melissa! Tell Betsyboo I’m just trying to follow in her footsteps :) I miss you ALL! I hope everything is going well! Tell Mary I say hi too :)

  • Reply Lisa June 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Such a pretty girl!! It looks like a wonderful day! With coffee, chocolate, free food and steak how could it not be? Congratulations and God bless all the years to come!

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Yeah–we got hooked up with the food yesterday for sure. It was pretty great :) Thanks for following!

  • Reply Lynne Hollingsworth June 21, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Hi Kelsey, I’m a friend of your parents. We lived in Leon Spain for 13 years and are planning to go back to live in January, Madrid area. The South of Spain is very different, but we love the coffee and chocolate there too. fyi, no bread in the tortilla, just potatoes and eggs mainly :-) Enjoy your time there! Besos, Lynne Hollingsworth.

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 22, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Hi Lynne!

      That’s crazy that it’s not bread! It sure tasted like it! How great that you have lived here and are coming back. It’s a great country! Thanks for following :)

  • Reply Kelly Heenan June 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Ah! The raw meat!!! I got that in New Zealand!!!! What the–I have to cook my own food when I go out to eat!?! Crazy right!! These views are making me want to fly out right now!!!!! Love you guys and I admire your marriage! Crazy it’s been 4 years!! I feel like it was just yesterday Dennis told me high school graduation was not important at all and I should miss it for the wedding :P haha!!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Haha Kel that’s such a funny memory… Gosh, it does seem like yesterday! Yes–please fly out here and we can have Dennis cook all the raw meat for us :) Sounds good to me…

  • Reply Stephanie July 2, 2014 at 2:41 am

    This exemplifies living life to the max. Happy belated anniversary to you both. Your smile says it all. So happy for you both. Enjoy every moment!

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan July 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie! We absolutely will enjoy every moment. I hope all is well! Thanks for following :)

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