Feeling 22


I had the sweetest birthday this year filled with love and yummy Nutella crepes. Let me break this fabulous day down for you.

10:00 A.M. – Coffee with Finley and a little Big Bang Theory.

11:00 A.M. – More Big Bang Theory while Finley takes a nap on my lap.

11:30 A.M. – Getting ready for the day while Wyatt runs his “errands.” (More like set up little surprises for me throughout the day.)

12:30 P.M. Drive to Manhattan Bridge. Can’t find parking so we walk about a mile to the bridge holding giant gold balloons. Everyone is staring.

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1:00 P.M. – Finally get to the bridge. Took a moment to breathe in the beauty of it all and then took some BOMB pictures on the bridge. Everyone is staring.

1:20 P.M. After struggling to get a good photo with my “22” balloons we finally get THE PERFECT photo just in time before a biker accidentally snatched my balloons out of my hands and into the air. (There went $50.)

2:30 P.M. We make it back home after getting a $115 dollar parking ticket. We take a little nappie-nap and then get ready for the evening activities.

5:00 P.M. Get on the subway heading to our dinner reservation at 5:30.

5:30 P.M. We make it to La Piscine in Chelsea with the one of the best rooftop views of the city.

6:00 P.M. – My parents surprise me with the most bouquet of flowers at the restaurant. I only wished my parents came with the bouquet. I really missed them.

8:00 P.M After dinner and a little shopping in Chelsea, we obviously had to stop by one of my favorite crepe spots in the city, Golden Crepes. I ordered the Nutella and strawberry crepe and with that my birthday was complete. I could not have asked for a more perfect, relaxing birthday with my husband in our new city.


I look forward to all this year has to offer. I wish for more laughs, new friendships and a baby.

*fingers crossed!

Thank you everyone for all the warmth and love.


©Karissa Marie

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20th Birthday

These pictures mean a lot to me. I wanted to remember where I was at in my life when I was 20. I like ice-cream. I like going to the movies with Wyatt. I put cheese on everything. Naps keep me happy and I love to dress up. Even though I’m in my twenties (wuw…thats weird to say) I will always be a kid. This little girl inside will never want to grow up. I will say though, I think I’ve been through my fair share of battles. I’d like to think of myself as one tough cookie (mmm, cookies) because after much loss, I’m still here, standing tall… ok I’m wearing heels but whatever. I know my brother is looking down on me and thinking “Atta girl.” But to tell you the truth, its still so hard. I would want more than anything in this world to celebrate my 20th birthday with my brother, but that wasn’t part of plan I guess. In spirit, I know he’s here walking with me, everyday. I hope he sees how far I’ve come. I hope he knows that even though I’m trying to move on…I will always miss him, with every step I take. Looking back on my life I wanted to remember that even though my life was dark at times I still managed to smile and eat my ice-cream. I’m proud of myself. I did it. I’m doing it. Taking it day by day. Can’t wait to see what the next twenty years bring. Lots of recovery, happiness and life, I hope.

Whatever it is YOU’RE going through, always remember to smile and eat that ice-cream. Somebody loves you. I love you.
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Before I go I want to give a huge thank you to Aspen from Aspen Groen Media for taking these uh-mazing pictures. She made my vision come to life and took all my stress away. That’s all I ever look for in a photographer and she nailed it. I have much more pictures with her coming up soon so stay tuned and while you’re at it go check out her blog Makeover with Aspen. Like her Facebook pages as well —> Photography | Blog  Thank you Aspen. (Big hug here)



P.s. My birthday was August 23rd. Where are all my virgos at? Beyonce? Mother Teresa? Ladies, we rock.

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