Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 in Review

One of my favorite things about blogging is that you can look back at your old posts and think "wow, that was a great post." Or sometimes think "what the heck was that post about?" Over the past few days, I've been browsing around my posts from the last year and I decided to make a little collection of some of my favorite posts throughout 2011! 


- I posted my first ever vlog! Ahhh, scary!

- My best friend had her second baby...a beautiful little boy!


- We took a Valentine's Day trip to Branson, MO!  


- I got inspired and did my first ever DIY project and tutorial. 


- Michaela and I skyped with stuffed animals!

- We celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary!

- I shared the video of us telling my best friends that we were engaged...the squeals go on for days!

- I started my guest post series, These Three Things...and Michaela was the first guest!


- I got my first ever speeding ticket. Boo. 


- I shared a really honest post about a rough day at work. 

- My baby sister got married!!


- I learned how to curl my hair with my chi! Huge victory!!


- I had my first ever blate with Julie. It went SO SO long lost sisters!

- We got a new puppy...a golden retriever named Radar!


- I finally finally finally got to meet my blog best friend, Michaela!!!!!!!!!!


- We celebrated our first wedding anniversary...

- ...And took a trip to Jamaica in honor of it!


- I turned 26. So flipping old. 


- I finally got around to posting our one year anniversary pictures that I am in LOVE with! Here and here!

So there's the last year according to my blog. 2011 has been SUCH a great year. It was all about settling into life as a married couple, spending time with friends and family and learning about each other more and more. I seriously can't wait to see what happens in 2012...I know it's going to be an amazing year!!

Are y'all doing recaps? Let me know...I'd love to check them out!!

Love, love!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011

This Christmas was one of the best that I can remember. 

Although I think I say that every year. : )

My whole family (parents, sister, brother, brother-in-law) drove in on Christmas Eve. We met up with my grandma and went to a Christmas Eve service...which was amazing! 

Our church.

Christmas morning we woke up bright and early and headed over to my grandma's to open presents. We munched on cinnamon rolls and played Christmas music as we opened our perfection. 

My insane pile of presents. 

We made wedding books for my mom...and she cried. 

We headed back home for a quick change into real clothes and then the rest of the family (aunts, uncles, cousins) came over for Christmas lunch. I ate way too much...which always means it was a success. 

My 80 year old grandma does ALL the decorations in her house by herself!! 

Right before the hubs had to head off to work. 

We had such a wonderful day and I'm definitely blessed with the most amazing family in the world! 

I hope y'all had an amazing Christmas as well! I'm looking forward to reading all the recaps! 

Love, love!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sometimes and Always #7

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I'll be sharing a little bit about ours tomorrow, but for now it's time for Sometimes and Always! Grab the button and link up if you'd like!! : )

Sometimes: I really love the Lifetime Christmas movies. 

Always: I love the crazy psycho killer Lifetime movies more. 

Sometimes: I spend too much time googling "how to make money online."

Always: I never find anything worthwhile. 

Sometimes: I only shave my legs on days when my husband will be home. 

Always: He appreciates that. ; )

Sometimes: My family goes really overboard for Christmas. 

Always: It's mostly my mom. : )

Sometimes: I want to make a scrapbook to document our life. 

Always: I think about it and then never do it. 

Sometimes: I mop the floor. 

Always: It has hair and pawprints again in five seconds. 

Sometimes: We buy the babies new stuffed toys. 

Always: It ends in stuffing everywhere and passed out puppies. So cute. 

Love, love!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

I hope that y'all have the most wonderful Christmas ever...full of delicious food, happy moments, tears of joy, uncontrollable laughter, sweet worship of the Lord, rooms full of family and more love than your heart can hold!!

Merry Christmas!! 

Love, love!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tis the Season

With Christmas being just a few days away, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is at an all time high. 

My goal is to not get so caught up in presents and cooking and wrapping and parties that I forget what Christmas is really about. Christmas is the birth of our Savior...and that's what matters. 

I hope that we all (myself included) remember the true meaning of Christmas and really take time to portray the "Christmas spirit" to others. Hold the door open, help someone with their bags, pay for someone's Starbucks, wish people a Merry Christmas...really take joy in this season of life!

Christmas 2010...our first as a married couple! 

My family arrives Christmas Eve and I simply cannot wait! 

What are y'all doing for Christmas? Share your plans with me!

Love, love!

PS: Thanks to all the beauties who linked up with me yesterday!! I can't wait to read them all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sometimes and Always #6

Time for the weekly round of Sometimes and Always! Grab the button and link up if y'all wanna play along!

Sometimes: I wonder how I still have hair after seeing how much I lose to my brush daily. 

Always: My husband gets totally creeped out when he sees my big hair pile. 

Sometimes: I diligently apply mascara. 

Always: You can't even tell I have mascara on. Stupid short lashes. 

Ten minutes with the mascara wand anddddd...nothing. 

I'm doing something a little different today and sharing some Sometimes and Always comments from some of my sweet sponsors!

Amanda from Sweet Tea Paperie says:

Sometimes: My beagle, Lanie, sticks her head through the curtain while I'm in the shower to drink out of the spigot. 

Always: It startles me and I scream like a scene from a Hitchcock movie. 

Sometimes: I go into office supply stores just to browse because I love all the wonderful rows of pens and paper. 

Always: I come home with bags of new sharpie makers and post-its. 

Sara from Seeing Purple Stars says:

Sometimes: When I sit on the floor to play with my boys, my youngest, Owen, attacks me!

Always: I get a foot/arm/leg in my face when he does that. 

Sometimes: I go to the grocery store for 1 or 2 specific things. 

Always: I come home with 10 bags FULL of groceries. 

Amy from Oh So Charming says:

Sometimes: I clean when I can't sleep at night. 

Always: I procrastinate having to clean during the day. 

Sometimes: I get a strange urge to make up a fantastic cookie recipe from scratch. 

Always: I chicken out and remind myself I'm not the best baker in the world!

Sarah from Simply Sarah says:

Sometimes: I try to be healthy and pack a lunch. 

Always: By the time lunch rolls around I'm so ready to get out of the office that I end up going out. Oops. 

Sometimes: I try to limit myself to Starbucks a few times a week. 

Always: Can't. stop. the. addiction. 

Aren't my sponsors SO cute? I just adore them. Go visit them...after y'all link up, of course! : )

Love, love!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Loves

Can y'all believe that Christmas is THIS Sunday???

I totally don't understand how it got here SO quickly, but it's here and we are enjoying every glittered, lit up, pine smelling moment.

Random comment: I heard this on the Christian radio station yesterday and I seriously know that God intended for ME to hear it...and I thought that I would share. They said, "If you still have shopping to do this week, there is one thing that you must take with you as a Christian...patience." Seriously, that hit me square in the face because I am the first one to get mad/frustrated/rude when other people are rude or someone is taking ten years to checkout. I really did think about that all day yesterday as I shopped...and it was a much more pleasant experience for me than normal. 

Sharing a few things that I'm loving this Monday:

- New gold nail polish.

- That my parents came up yesterday to shop with me...and we are done!

- My new candle that smells like a Christmas tree (we are artificial lovers over here)!

- That my husband is home after being gone for a whole week!

- New boots! I'm obsessed!

- That I only work three days this week and then I'm off until the 27th!

- My husband's manly Christmas tree!

There's just something SO stinking cute about a guy and his manliness!

Good luck to all those last minute shoppers! : )

Love, love!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

That Thing Called Worry

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" 
Matthew 6:25-27

God takes care of us...through the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the highs and the lows. 

I needed this verse this morning. And maybe some of y'all did, too. 

Our Saturday that was supposed to consist of shopping consisted of:

Cinnamon muffins. 

Sweet puppy bears. 

Christmas cards from real life and blog friends!

...and not getting out of bed until noon, cinnamon rolls, staying in pajamas all day, cheesy Christmas movies, and take out from Applebee's. I would say that's a successful day. 

We still have plenty of time to Christmas shop. Plenty. ; )

Have a beautiful day in the Lord!

Love, love!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sometimes and Always #5

It's time for another round of Sometimes and Always...which is quickly becoming my new favorite thing. 

Confession: I may or may not constantly think in sometimes/always format now. 

Let's get started. 

Sometimes: I intend to wash my hair, but end up using dry shampoo instead. 

Always: My husband tells me that I'm gross. (It's not my fault he likes to shower three times a day!)

Dirty hair...I'll admit it! 

Sometimes: People text me from random numbers and I have no idea who they are. 

Always: I just chat away and pretend that I know who they are! Better than saying, "Hey I deleted your number because obviously you aren't important to me!" : ) It's like a fun game trying to figure out who they are!

Sometimes: I have random stomach pain and I swear that I am going to die. 

Always: I am a hypochondriac from being a nurse. 

Sometimes: I get really tired of painting my nails all the time. 

Always: I feel weird without painted I can't function. 

Meet my friend......Chip  ; )

Sometimes: I stay in my pajamas all day when I'm off. 

Always: I don't see a problem with it. 

Sometimes: I take really weird/random pictures with Instagram. 

Always: I delete them really fast so that no one can see. 

If y'all have some Sometimes and Always comments to share, grab the button below and link up! They are super fun to come up with and really make you think! I'd love to have y'all join me. 

Love, love!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Rest of the Pictures

First of all, I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the bloggers who linked up with me yesterday for Sometimes and Always! I absolutely loved reading all the posts...y'all were creative and hilarious!! 

I'm so excited to share the rest of our one year wedding anniversary pictures! The ones today are my absolute favorites and I just adore them so much. They were all taken by the amazing Brandi Smyth Photography!

(See the first round of pictures here!)

The amazing banner in the pictures above was created by the sweet Sara at Seeing Purple Stars! She makes so many precious things in her shop and we were blessed to get something so unique! These pictures are so perfect because of that adorable banner. Thank you, Sara!!

We didn't smash cake in each other's faces at our wedding, so it was so much fun to do it for our anniversary. Although I'm pretty sure that the hubs didn't think I was going to actually do it. (insert evil laugh)

All pictures were taken by Brandi Smyth Photography. Do not use them without her permission! 

Love, love!