just us, today

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today is g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.!!! a little breezy… but can you really complain about a sunny 60 degree day in february?!  i certainly am not!  it has been so nice to open some windows and get the fresh air in (which hasn’t happened since christmas, which is kind of weird considering it shouldn’t have been that warm that day either… also not something i am complaining about!)

we are fortunate enough to live near some really great state parksbellevue being one of my favs!  it’s so pretty with the trees, lake… and usually the place we have our photoshoots! so naturally it was the perfect place for our picnic today… even lola came with us!  the kids had a great time and this little weather tease was just what i needed to help with my normal february funk.

they say march is ‘coming in like a lamb’ this year… soooo happy about that little proverb!

happy sunday!

moments.

i saw a quote today… “be in love with your life.  every minute of it.” it made me think… i’m not sure about your life, but loving every minute of it doesn’t always seem to come easy for me.  there is usually so much to stress about! time, money, the list sometimes seems endless.  but then, as i was syncing my phone to my computer all of these pictures popped up before my eyes and i suddenly understood… in between all of the chaos, there are still these sweet moments that are too often taken for granted.   these little blessings that are hidden underneath all the other nonsense that is going on in the world… do not get me wrong, my life is sooo in no way perfect, but i don’t want it to be either!  I am married to the love of my life, we have a beautiful family… we have our good days and bad but at the end of the day, we are happy.  that’s all anyone can really ask for, right?!

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xoxo

snowy staycay

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normally after 24″ of snow (or any snowfall amount for that matter) you would find me complaining and totally over it… but!! i do not have said attitude juuuuuust yet.  which, who even am i saying something like that?!  my skin is dry, my fingers are frozen, and let’s not even talk about my lack of suntan… all things that normally would send me over the ‘i hate winter’ edge! but… not yet. for now i am enjoying the insane amount of snow, the warm, cozy fires my babe has been making, the fort making, and how much adriana is over the moon in love with the snow!!  me, i have never been much of a snow person… but watching that girl make her snow angels and say on repeat how happy she is while playing in it is making me turn the corner… i think… for now anyway… ask me in february if i still love it and my answer may be a bit different!

actually, my answer would probably be different right now if poor danny hadn’t shoveled for 2+ hours this morning… thanks babe!!  i tried to snap a pic of his hard work, but he wasn’t having it… as you can see in the picture above!

nana & i attempted to make our first snowman…. he turned out…. interesting, to say the least. he has been named “stumpy” clearly based on his appearance!  my snowman making skills are in need of some serious help… it’s pretty bad.

there is one thing that i realized this morning (aside from how terrible i am at building snowmen) … that i need to bite the bullet and invest in actual snow boots.  love my hunter boots to death, but they are certainly not made for the snow… which i learned the hard way today because my toes may still be frozen from hours ago! i have my eye on these… love, love, loveeee!

to sum it all up…. thank you winter storm jonas for falling on a weekend, thank you danny for being the best, most adorable curmudgeon husband a girl could ask for, and nana! thank you for making me feel like a kid again with your contagious childish glee!  love love love you two!

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winterfest.

this past weekend, after a long hiatus (hiatus meaning give or take 17 years for me!) – babe and i decided to go ice skating!  keep in mind he is pretty much perfection on a pair of skates from all of his years playing ice hockey… me on the other hand… i think i saw a 5 year old or two whizzing past me! i was pretty horrifying, BUT it was still so.much.fun!!

we went to blue cross riverrink winterfest in philadelphia… it was adorable.  outdoor ice skating right on the water… everything was still pretty festive with lights and decor… fire pits, a lodge… it was the perfect place for a date night.  not to mention that danny was pretty much the most perfect date considering his incredible patience with my lack of ice skating skill and his tolerance for the crowd… that man does not enjoy a crowded place!  but!  we had the best time, and i love love trying new things with him.

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sunday was a much needed lazy day… which consisted of grocery shopping, football and me having the worst cold – but, cold aside… it was nice to have a day with a somewhat clear schedule.

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oh danny, you make life fun.  i love you!

2015.

i really cannot believe that today is the last day of 2015, how did that happen so quickly?!

our year was full of so much excitement… danny & i tied the knot on the beach! someone fiiiiiiinally became potty trained!!! … we vacationed a few times (with the kids and without), celebrated a lot birthdays… (my 30th & babes 35th… eek!),  nick started middle school, nana started preschool and turned 4!! how?! … pop pop & meemaw came to visit us from tucson… there was never a dull moment.

really it was a year full of family… and growing together as one.  there were definitely high points and some low, but the good most definitely outweighed the bad!

i could go on and on and on…. but instead of my rambles, i’ll show you in pictures just how amazing our year was!

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2015… you will always hold a special place in my heart.

i can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for this sweet little family of mine. xo

it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

IMG_1204… does it get any cozier than a fire with pretty christmas decorations all around it? love! …

TREE… our first family hayride to a tree farm to cut down the perfect tree followed by smores by the fire!  aside from getting stuck in the field, it was a great experience  …

prettytree… even lola has been enjoying the christmas tree! …

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christmasmorning… christmas morning with my little bunny…

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gigis… family time at gigi & poppies… love them so so much, i can’t find the words to express just how much …

gun… danny & maeve may or may not enjoy nick’s bb gun more than he does! …

withsanta… and of course, the season could not pass without a visit to santa…

christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year… even with the crazy long lines, ridiculous traffic, questionable songs (grandma got run over by a reindeer, really?!) there is just something so special about it!  all of the pretty lights, it being totally acceptable to have cookies with your coffee for breakfast…. watching the movie elf almost every night and of course… a christmas story on repeat christmas day… amazing!  it’s hard to believe that it’s already come and gone… and that in a few short days it will be 2016!! how did that even happen??!

i wish there was a way to just slooowwww everything down… to be able to actually enjoy moments without them flying by so quickly… but, that is life… go, go, go!!

but let me just add one thing, the temperature decided to hover around 70 degrees for the weeks surrounding christmas and i have to say that i am totally okay with it!  we didn’t have a white christmas… and i know some will argue that it didn’t feel like christmas because we were in short sleeves and flip flops (danny) …. but! i was a fan.  they say blizzards are coming in february… so you won’t catch me complaining about some current unseasonable weather!

oh christmas of 2015, you were a good one!

apple picking!

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apple picking  crossed off of our fall bucket list!

adriana has been begging to pick apples for weeks now and we finally made it happen today with some of our favorite girls!  we went to hills creek farms, my first time ever going to this particular orchard and it was adorable!

we did festive things like… pick apples (duh), purchase [more] pumpkins, took a “hay” ride (that had no itchy hay on the wagon…my kind of ride!), played on a playground, bought apple cider donuts (obviously), and had a cute little lunch date.  needless to say, we are living fall to the fullest around here!

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now it’s time to start baking with all of these apples we picked today!

happy fall xo

weekending and birthday celebrating

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popcorn movie date on a chilly, rainy friday with my favorite little mini… tinker bell and winnie the pooh movies all day… love! // saturday morning beverages while netflix binging with that husband of mine // couch cuddles with our new blankets that were a must purchase because i was fah-reezing all day long (good idea, babe!) // even lola joined in on the couch cuddle action… and there may or may not have been a nap squeezed in during said cuddle time // two of my most favorite humans on this planet doing their normal adorable thing each time we are there visiting // sister pic with the little nana nugget // partial family pic with the birthday boy // complete heart meltage after taking a gander at this pic and seeing the love that is shared between my poppie and nana, ah… too sweet for words.

happy, happy birthday [yesterday] to my sweet, adorable poppie!  we sure do love you!!

it’s beginning to taste a latte like fall! [a recipe for pumpkin spice syrup!]

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don’t get me wrong, i love a delicious starbucks PSL more than most people… they are just ah-maz-ing!!  with that being said, my wallet isn’t in total agreement with me.  can you believe how much they charge?! ugh, it is just rude.  so! after doing some research i decided to make my own batch of pumpkiny goodness!  granted, i can’t steam the milk or make it quite as fancy as my love starbucks can… but i can at least say that mine is a much cheaper [and healthier!!]  version of one of my fav drinks!

ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice (homemade recipe can be found here)
  • 1/2 tsp additional cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

directions

heat it all up in a pot over medium heat stirring here and there until it’s all melted and has a syrup consistency! the pour it through a strainer into an air tight container and store in your refrigerator. and more importantly, pour it in your coffee and bask in the season!!

this recipe made about 8 oz for me… next time i will probably double the batch!

now all that i need to do is convince my husband to let me purchase this baby… then i can be a fancy barista right in our very own kitchen!  hey babe, christmas is coming… wink wink! xo

this time of year…

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oh fall, it’s a kooky time of the year – isn’t it?

to some it means fashion week… to some it means the return of hockey [miss you already, husband!] … to others it means all things pumpkin spice and really all things pumpkin, pronto! … and of course the return of dreaded allergies – the worst.

but in my little world, it means…

…my fav wardrobe ensamble – jeans, long sleeves and flip flops! i also do not discriminate on the shorts and long sleeve look…. also a favorite.

…but, once it starts to get just a liiiiitle too nippy for flips, the boots return and that is a look i love.  i’m a little late to the party but, boot socks may just be my jam this year.

…each night saying in horror “it’s only 6:30?! and it’s already DARK out!!” ew, this may be my least favorite thing. november 1st… not looking forward to you.

…but, oh the smell of apple cinnamon all throughout our house snaps me right out of my seasonal affective disorder! (can you believe that’s a real thing?)

…trips to linvilla orchards.. gosh, i love that place!  however i will say it’s best to go early in the season… because the longer you wait, the crazier ‘pumpkinland’ becomes!

…and of course it means figuring out each new day and season with my precious peeps. i love them a ridiculously huge amount and each new season brings such fun things for them to experience and even for us to enjoy as their parents.  watching them search for the perfect pumpkin, or hop into a pile of crunchy leaves makes my heart so happy!  [i could do without watching them eat candy apples though… it’s not a pretty sight!]

…hmm, what else… oh! fires in the fire pit in our backyard on a cool night, pretty fall flowers, how gorgeous the trees look before the leaves fall, annual new hope trip [possibly], football!, and of course… thanksgiving!

xoxo