Friday, December 30, 2011

wedding bliss

On Christmas Eve morning, 

The ceremony was lovely - full of tender
love, sweet gazes, a few laughs - and all bathed
in bright morning sunshine.  Perfection!

The pretty handmade background made for
fun group & couple pictures.  (totally dorky
but fun...admit it, you've done it too!)

The reception was cozy - like going to a happy 
family gathering.  And while the food was amazing 
(best french toast of my life), their cake took 
the prize for most fun food at this party.  
Who doesn't love pancakes!?

Happy marriage, my friends!  We're so happy 
for you, and can't wait to see what 
wonderful things married life holds for you!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


My first Christmas as a married lady was lovely!
We spent a couple of wonderfully low-key days
up in Maine with my family, and did plenty of 
laughing, eating, and relaxing. So happy!  :)

Oh, and we took about a million pictures...

...of everything!  

I hope your Christmas was equally wonderful!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

things to be happy about

1.  My husband.
He's handsome, makes me laugh 
with his silly faces, and this year we 
get to enjoy Christmas together!

2.  Today's wedding.
This sweet girl get to marry her best 
friend today, and we get to celebrate 
with them! Congratulations, we love you.
(And welcome to the married club!)

3.  Family time.
We head to ME this afternoon for
a couple days with my sweet family.
I'm looking forward to lots of relaxing 
& yummy Christmas food!

4.  Wise words.
I've been spending time in the verses
from this post, and am grateful that
the Word is so applicable to my life.

5.  We're planning a get-away.
(more details soon!)

6.  Christmas!!!
Wishing you and yours a most
wonderful day full of family,
love & faith!

Friday, December 23, 2011


It's our first Christmas as married peoples,
so we're having a blast enjoying lots of cheesy
firsts.  Last night - first Christmas stockings!  

(Yes, we know it's early still, but we'll be
traveling on Christmas.  Plus it was 
fun to cheat & open them early!)

Just to show off how well he knows me,
the hubs put spools of fancy ribbon
in my stocking...amazing!   

Hurray for fun new traditions.  :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


We spent the weekend celebrating Christmas with
all sorts of family, and it was wonderful.  One of the
coolest things about being married is having double
the family...and double the family gatherings!  

Despite all of the Christmas parties & dinners 
in the last couple of weeks, I'm still having a hard 
time believing that Christmas is SO close.  It seems
like it's come so quickly this year!  
How about you?
Are you ready?  Excited?

Saturday, December 17, 2011


We just got tickets to see Coldplay,
and are ridiculously excited!

Hurray for good concerts!


Friday, December 16, 2011

some wise words

Really loving this reminder today...
(and in such a pretty presentation, too!)


Thursday, December 15, 2011

if you're a dork like me...

 ...this might just make your day.

Happy Thursday to the HP lovers
out there!  (And to those just putting
up with my randomness...)


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

diy polaroid magnets

Right after moving into our cute apartment,
I made a whole bunch of these sweet little 
magnets to decorate our blank fridge.  

Since everyone who walks through my kitchen 
stops to look at them, I figured I should post 
about them!  (Plus - they still make me smile 
every time I open the fridge...aka all the time.)

I was initially inspired by a photo on pinterest
loosely followed these directions here
but did plenty of improvising along the way... skipping the download and heading over 
to picnik to stick my photos into their free
polaroid frame.  (Plus free editing, yippie!)

...or gluing my photos to white foam-core
scraps so that I wouldn't have to color
the edges.  (total laziness)

I'd love to know if you've made any 
for your fridge!  (Or as cute little stocking
stuffers perhaps??)  How did you cheat
to make it easier / cheaper?  :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

christmas spirit

Are you feeling jolly yet?  After wrapping a whole
lot of presents this morning and listening to 
quite festive today.  And good thing too, since we
have our first Christmas party tonight!  


Monday, December 12, 2011

warm & fuzzy

 Have you seen this sweet post?  These two 
kiddos enthusiastically send their Dad off 
every morning with lots of kisses and hugs 
- and it's adorable.  (Watch the video 
to totally melt your heart.)

Did you ever do happy things like this?
I vividly remember standing on my tiptoes
(on the heater!) so that I could see out 
the window in the living room and wave
goodbye to my Daddy every morning. 

I felt so loved knowing that he cherished
our crazy antics in the front window,
and got so excited when he would honk
the truck horn and wave back at us.   It was 
a happy tradition in our house for years, 
and even now I still wave and blow kisses
to my family when they drive away after
a visit.  Old habits die hard.  :)

*found via Cup of Jo

Sunday, December 11, 2011

a little reminder

Something worth thinking about,
especially in this season of stuff...


Saturday, December 10, 2011


Now that's true love.
(And I couldn't agree more.)

Friday, December 9, 2011

turkey soup magic.

Thanks to Inbetweenus (a little made up holiday we
like to celebrate each year with our friends), there was
some leftover turkey lurking in my fridge.  So yesterday 
morning I pulled it out, tossed it in the crockpot with 
whatever veggies I could find, and left for work.  
Now is it just me, or do crockpots seem like magic?  
Because when I came home, my entire house
smelled amazing, and there was a delicious soup
ready for dinner.  Ready.  As in sit down at the table
two minutes after walking in the door ready.  
It's magic, I'm telling you.  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

it's pretty accurate...

I've had this card saved as a favorite on
Etsy forever because it's pretty much
dead on.  There are definitely days when I
spend more time daydreaming about hubs
than doing the things I should be!

And yes, I know that's totally dorky
and lame.  I'm ok with it.  :)


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

oh christmas tree...

Anyone else love just sitting and looking
at the Christmas tree?  Ever since we put our
tree up, I've been content to turn off all the
lights and just go sit in front of the tree.  
I love all of the sparkly lights and mysterious
reflections. I love how the tree gets blurry 
when I squint my eyes. I love looking at 
the delicate ornaments and remembering the 
sweet family & friends they came from.

It's these little joys that make Christmas
so special, don't you think?