December 8, 2014

recipe: nutella hot chocolate

I think my husband is on to something.  He has had some serious cravings for a good glass of hot chocolate (I do too...but I think that chocolate is a constant craving), so I decided to go on the hunt for the PERFECT hot chocolate recipe.  The packets just don't do it for us...so please let me introduce you to the best hot chocolate recipe I have found to date.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

You heard me. Nutella. The hazelnut chocolatey goodness from sweet heaven above.  
As I was scrolling through one of my favorite blogs (A Beautiful Mess), I stumbled upon their recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate and decided that it was definitely worth spending my evening cooking over the stovetop in my cute little apron. Some may say I was looking like a southern domesticated housewife, others may disagree with that statement. It's almost Christmas...so just use your imagination and pretend with me for a second.

I started using this recipe and determined that it definitely wasn't enough for the two of us, so I doubled it.  Below is the original recipe:

1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup Nutella
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of sea salt
whipped cream

Warm milk on stove-top (don't let it boil, just warm slowly). Once warm, add your Nutella and whisk it in until completely dissolved. Add cinnamon and salt, garnish with LOTS of whipped cream. Enjoy!

A big thank-you goes out to A Beautiful Mess for an awesome recipe that makes for a very happy husband.  I am finally starting to get a hang of this cooking thing. Read about my other successes and failures in the kitchen here.

December 5, 2014

the tale of a 12' christmas tree.

Marriage can be an interesting thing...especially when it comes to the holiday season.  Who goes where, who does what...it can be a hot sticky mess.  Thankfully, our biggest disagreement this season was which type of live Christmas tree was the best. Peyton thought it was a white pine, but I quickly reminded him that a fresh North Carolina Fraser Fir was the ONLY way to go. After all, my friend Olivia has a great choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm that I have visited for the past three years.  It only made sense that we get a Fraser Fir!

So Peyton kindly obliged (with the bribery of endless cheese curds from Ashe County Cheese) and we started our trek up the North Carolina mountains. We saw some snow, stopped at a few local destinations, got the holy cheese curds, then started our way to Olivia's farm.
After chit-chatting, catching up with her family, and wandering around the farms looking for the best tree possible...we finally settled on this beauty.

A 13ft. tall x 9ft wide tree.  (pardon the blurry photo...it was cold. it was getting dark. and oh crap. we forgot the nice camera, let's take some quick pictures on our phone.) After the photograph of the year was taken, we quickly gathered the Twin Pines Nursery crew of five and began cutting this thirty year old tree. The chainsaw went through halfway...then stopped. Dear Lord... help us all. 
So we went to the opposite side and began sawing again. It finally came crashing to the ground and at that point I realized that tree was ours.

We were going to have to take that tree home and put it up in our house. 
Yep. That's what my face looked like the entire four hour ride home. I wanted a tall tree, Peyton wanted a fat tree. We both got what we wanted. We compromised...that's what we are supposed to do in a marriage...right?

At the sacrifice of getting a 12ft North Carolina Fraser Fir Christmas tree...ABSOLUTELY.

I digress. 

After some trimming and sticking the trunk in a washtub full of water until we figured out what we were going to do, we managed to get our tree in the house with just three people. Surprisingly, it stood on it's own and was a sturdy little Christmas tree. We have yet to decorate it with our ornaments, but here it is for now.  Such a sweet little beauty.

P.S. Does anyone else struggle taking great pictures of their Christmas tree?!?

December 1, 2014

travels| the western USA

I was about to recap our Thanksgiving weekend...then I realized that I completely missed writing about our trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. So, let's play a little catch up.

Peyton and I both travel for work, but definitely him more so than I. Every once in a while I get the chance to jump on a plane and travel with him to one of his speaking engagements or SkillsUSA trips.  A couple of weeks ago, Peyton was given the opportunity to speak outside of Las Vegas to a group of SkillsUSA students.  It was one of the first times I have been able to watch him speak, so it made for a great time. We got to cross three states off our list (one of them unintentionally...more on that later).

We arrived a little early to do some sight seeing and one of the major items on our bucket list was a picture in front of this sign.  Earlier this year I traveled to Las Vegas for work and didn't look for or take a picture in front of this sign, just so I could have it with my husband. Thankfully, while the polar vortex was visiting North Carolina...we enjoyed the wonderful warm weather and sunshine that Las Vegas offers.
While we were there, one of his good friends recommended that we go see the Ethel M Cactus Garden Lighting and it ended up being one of the most beautiful things we saw our entire trip. Prior to our visit, we had no idea what Ethel M Chocolate Factory was...but we ended up learning that Ethel M Chocolates are a the "fancy" chocolates of the Mars Company.  They have a beautiful cactus garden outside of their factory to help draw people in and at Christmas they decorate the entire garden in Christmas lights.  I would have never guessed that people actually decorate those prickly things.
After Peyton's speaking engagement, we saw a couple major US sights. We were able to see the Hoover Dam, Route 66, the Grand Canyon, and even CALIFORNIA! California definitely wasn't planned, but on our way back to Vegas we got singing in the car and completely missed our exit for a major highway that led to Vegas. So...as we were singing and dancing, we both saw the sign that said "Welcome to California" and about died.  Our first concern was how far away we were from Vegas since we had a flight to catch that evening.  Thankfully, we had plenty of time to spare!
As expected, the Grand Canyon was absolutely beautiful.  It was freezing cold...but it was beautiful.  We stayed in the Canyon which was a real treat and woke up early both mornings to see the sunrise.  The grand Canyon has always been on my bucket list and I am so glad that I got to see it with my best friend. 
So far, we have been North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Only forty two more to go! 

November 7, 2014

high five for friday.

Hallelujah! It's FRIDAY!

So far...we have had a pretty awesome week.  I haven't had too many fails in the kitchen, we have eaten half a pack of double-stuf oreos, and we are excited for our weekend at home.  Here's the top five from this past week.

|one & two| We celebrated "Hollandween" at our house instead of the standard "Halloween". Peyton and I met up at the State Farmer's Market Restaurant in Raleigh for lunch, then walked over and picked out a pumpkin. When Peyton was growing up, his family had a huge pumpkin patch and sold pumpkins to people in the community. His family no longer grows pumpkins, but the love of Halloween is still in their hearts...so, naturally, we had to pick the biggest pumpkin we could find.  Drum roll please....let me introduce to you to our 80 pound pumpkin!! We also carved out a little one from my family's feed store...he's definitely my favorite!
|three| Last week my little sister competed in the Nursery/ Landscape Career Development at the 87th National FFA Convention. She and her team had several different tasks/skills to complete and she did well in every single one of them!  Her team placed 2nd in the nation and she was the 3rd high scoring individual.  She sent my family this picture on an early morning of her competition.  My mom and I both agreed that neither of us were out of bed and she was completely dressed with makeup and hair done. At least we know she is a motivated teenager!
|four| Oh you know...just recording a video in our living room for a SkillsUSA Dancing with the Stars event. Let's just state the facts: it was midnight, I was in my pajamas, he was looking so handsome in a suit. I promise you...we do this for the kids.
|five| My mom and I took a brush-lettering class at Gather and realized that it is much harder than it actually looks.  We really struggled with it, but I have been doing some practicing and came up with this.  It's not perfect, but it's a start!!
Hope you had a great week!

October 30, 2014

a southern mamma's cookin'.

Let me fill y'all in on a little secret.

I married a southern boy that loves his southern mamma's cookin'.

Okay, maybe that wasn't a very big secret, but let me continue. You see, I was not raised by a southern mamma, I was raised by a northern mamma, and she really doesn't love to cook. Let me preface this by saying...I love my momma. She's the best and I ate everything she cooked, but she doesn't love the kitchen. So, growing up we had cereal and lots of leftovers. For example, she made chili, we ate chili, for at least a week.  She made spaghetti, we ate spaghetti, for at least a week.  My family is full of people that like to snack, so big meals were never a priority and seeing my mom spend hours in the kitchen wasn't much of a reality.  

Then I met Peyton...and then his mamma. 
Bless my half northern/half southern heart. 

Because y'all, my only fear of marriage was how I was going to feed this man I married. 

Before Peyton and I reconnected, he was building our log home with his future wife in mind. He built her a beautiful kitchen with the latest appliances and tons of counter space for cooking and entertaining. He had visions of deep fried chicken and pyrex dishes of banana pudding being pulled out of the oven.  He saw fresh garden green beans simmered in bacon for supper and country ham biscuits at the breakfast table. He had big dreams and aspirations for his wife and her kitchen. Well y'all, low and behold, I happened to be that future wife.
But before we continue, just bless my heart one more time, because let me tell you, I cannot cook like his mamma. My mother in law is an amazing woman...her ribs are to die for as well as her BBQ.  Her cobblers melt in your mouth and her sweet tea is nectar from the good Lord above. Who in their right mind wants to follow a true southern mamma.  Not I.  My college education was good for something and southern cookin' wasn't it.

So, for my birthday, I asked for only one thing.  His mamma's recipe book.  I have yet to sit down and gather her famous recipes, but I have had my own share of successes and failures in the kitchen.

Like...those fried pork chops. fail.

Like...those biscuits. fail.

My hope of becoming the next Paula Deen and southern domesticated woman was on the quick and rapid descent for you know where until Britt from The Fisk Files saved our marriage with a recipe of pecan pie muffins. And honest to goodness...they were the best. My southern husband LOVED them. After dancing in my apron and saying a prayer to the good Lord Jesus, I had some confidence.

And this weekend...

The Pioneer Woman came in and saved the day with her hamburger soup. Another win for me and another meal for him.

Thankfully, I have a husband that will eat just about anything. Hallelujah and pass the biscuits.

Anyone else ever wondered how they were going to survive in the kitchen?

October 29, 2014

picnics in the orchard + and windblown hair.

When people say that time starts flying when you get older...it's true.  Just believe them because I kind of want to put the brakes on life for just 2 seconds. Is that too much to ask?  I was curious to see the last time I posted to this little space...and saw it was October 14. Only two weeks ago...pssshh. that's nothing. I'm good, we've kinda moved, and life is a little crazy, but I guess it's about time I tell you what's going on before we gotta shake the dust off this little blog.

Let's just begin by saying how incredibly proud of my husband.  Peyton was nominated and accepted as a fellow in the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. I had never heard of the fellowship until I started proof-reading some of his application (scary... considering grammar sometimes is and isn't a priority on this blog) and realized that it is quite an honor to be part of. I could tell you their mission statement and all...but, in my eyes it is:

a group of leaders that love to engage and solve North Carolina's most pressing issues.

There you have it. Smart people doing smart things...solving tough problems.  Anyways, they had a retreat this weekend in the mountains of North Carolina and I was lucky enough to attend a banquet they had for families.  Once again...smart people talking about smart things at dinner...and man was I lost. But, alas, dinner was fantastic,we had fun, and I got to spend the night in Charlotte. 

Then...I had to leave him with the smart people to go to the mountains with no cell service and no Internet...an already long weekend turned into an even longer weekend. But, let's remember, it's for the betterment of North Carolina and it's people. It was good and he had fun...and that's all that matters. Moving on...

In the midst of his travels, I planned a special time for he and I on Sunday.  I had our beloved picnic basket in the front seat of the car with a sweet note detailing our afternoon.  I packed and planned a surprise picnic in the orchard at the Orchard at Altapass to celebrate 3 months of being married.

Gag. I know that's what you are thinking. But, I love this boy. There's your answer to that.
After not seeing or talking to this boy for about 4 days, it was so nice to sit on a blanket in the orchard, eat lunch, listen to music, and overlook the beautiful mountains. We laughed and enjoyed our time together, something we so desperately needed. It was the last open day of the orchard before they closed for the season and they went all out!  There was live music, sweet people dancing, and hot apple pie with ice cream.  It was a wonderful way to make it finally feel like fall here in North Carolina.
Oh, and apparently we have a new nickname for my husband...let me introduce "King Luscious".
I digress.

We did some leaf-lookin on the Blue Ridge Parkway and decided to stop at Grandfather Mountain to cross the bridge.  Peyton crossed it as a small child and I have always wanted to...so we decided to take the chance and do it together. It was super windy that day (if you can't tell by my hair!!), so I was nervous to cross the mile high bridge. Alright people...it wasn't bad at all!  Apparently, the bridge once had wooden boards and rope...but now its metal and feels much safer.  Even though I didn't get the "true and original" experience, it was still fun.
So. The long weekend that turned into an even longer weekend wasn't too terrible after all. Leaving "King Luscious" with the smart people talking about smart things, and solving tough problems wasn't the best for me, but he enjoyed himself immensely and started forming great relationships with his fellows group.  We ate good food, spent time together and loved on each other every chance we got.  That's what life is about, so go love on someone today.

Oh, and try the windblown hair look. It's the best. 

October 14, 2014

a trip to remember

I love writing because writing helps me remember.  I keep a small daily diary through my bullet journal and I spend a considerable amount of time reminiscing on this little space of mine. But last week something happened that I'm not really sure I want to remember...I really have mixed feelings about it because it was such a special time in my life that got messed up by something unfortunate.

Last weekend, our truck was broken into and everything was taken.
Let me start from the beginning. I was given the task at work to pick up a truck from a former sales manager (located in Memphis, TN) and drive it down to a current sales manager (located in Austin, TX).  Peyton wasn't comfortable with me driving alone, so he decided to get on a plane and make the trip with me.  This was our first time flying and traveling out of North Carolina together, so we were extremely excited.  We had planned a few stops along the way to look at some famous sights...one of them being Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock n' Roll. After picking up the truck, we decided to stop by, take a quick tour, get a milkshake, and begin our drive to Texas.  

The tour was amazing and I am so glad that we got the opportunity to stand where famous rock n' roll artists started their careers.  Elvis and Johnny Cash are just a couple of our favorites and Peyton loved getting to share this piece of history with me.
After our tour, we walked out to the truck just to find that our window had been broken and our belongings taken. Everything was in the truck...clothing, computers, work phones...they took it all, even down to the dental floss.  BUT, they did leave a book Peyton was reading for his Friday Fellowship Program.
Ironic? Yeah...we think so too.
After calling the police, filing a report, and having the Crime Scene unit come out and fingerprint our truck, we found a safe hotel and settled in for the evening.  Thankfully we had our wallets, personal phones, and cameras, but the fear of something occurring with our personal information was still on our minds.  So, we spent some time on the phone and started looking for someone that could replace our window on Sunday morning.

Well, if you are looking for the million dollar business...that's it.  Repairing windows on Sundays.  We ended up driving around town with a broken window, went shopping for new clothes, went on a date to the Germantown Commisary (the best part of our trip!) and waited until Monday morning to get a new window.

We hit the road on Monday and took some time to visit Graceland. Peyton and I are HUGE Elvis fans, so it was a must see destination.  We don't plan on going back to Memphis any time soon...so we decided to take the time to see it all.  I fell in love with the house, the property, and all of Elvis' story.  It felt even more special to us since our favorite song is "Can't Help Falling in Love". 
We hit the road again, made a pit stop for the evening, then drove our way into Lousiana and Fort Worth, Texas. Peyton has never been to Louisiana and it has always been on my bucket list to see the Fort Worth Stockyards, so we stopped and ate lunch there.  I really wasn't impressed, but I'm glad I took the time to see it. (side note: our big joke is that Peyton's head always gets in the way of the sign...but don't worry...he was sure to get the full sign this time...but just half of my head!)
Peyton and I made a goal to start crossing off states together, so this trip helped us cross off our first 4 states!  We didn't get pictures with all of the signs, but we did get some!


I lied earlier in saying that the Germantown Commisary was the best part of our trip. We had almost reached Austin, Texas when we stumbled upon this little nugget. It definitely made our day! Have you ever found a town named after you? If so...isn't it the best thing EVER?!?
We finally arrived at our destination, dropped off the truck, ate some good Texas BBQ, and got ready for our flight the next morning. 

Even though we are still feeling lost, shocked, and some anger towards whoever took our belongings, we are so happy that we have each other and that we are safe. After we arrived in North Carolina, we had the wonderful opportunity to close on our home.  After signing our life away and promising the bank lots of money...we celebrated! It definitely was a happy ending to our rough week!

October 1, 2014

sweet scents.

I have never been one to buy perfumes or wear them regularly.  I wish I did...but I am just really bad at remembering to put them on. Heck, some mornings I forget to put in my contacts or put deodorant on. (I write about real life here...and that stuff happens more than I care to mention. Anyone else with me?) So, when it comes time to remember to put perfume on...forget about it. It's not a priority for me. Plus, I never feel like they last the entire day on me, so what's the point? 

Anyways--

Before I got married, I remembered reading a post on The Small Things Blog about scent being closely tied to memory. If you didn't take the chance to go read her post, let me given you a quick synopsis of what it was about.  She ended up buying a new perfume, wearing it on her wedding day, the honeymoon, and for a few weeks after, then stopped wearing it. Now, she pulls it out on special date nights, etc. to remind her of those sweet moments in her life.  I really liked the idea and was in the market for a new perfume, so I decided to take a chance...and I immediately jumped into the search for a new scent.  

I'm not one to drop a hundred bucks on something that I probably won't ever wear to begin with...so I looked for something under fifty dollars.  After many trips to Ulta and Sephora...I finally settled on Vera Wang's Pink Princess.
Here lately, I have really enjoyed floral scents. I have always loved fresh flowers, so Pink Princess had fragrances of Pink Hibiscus creamy honeysuckle to help fill that joy in my life. It was strong enough to last through my entire day...but light enough to provide a little freshness to my big day. I haven't used it in about a month, but I can't wait to pull it out for some special date nights and holidays this fall. 

Do you have a perfume that you absolutely love?  If so, I would love to know what it is!

Another 101 in 1001 goal completed:

10. Find a perfume that represents me  DONE! (7/26/14)

Pictures by Tiffani Evans Photo

September 24, 2014

camp life.

People...if you haven't realized it yet, let me tell you.

Life is Good.
There are so many things in this world that I am so thankful for and spending a weekend at Camp Dixie this past weekend with my husband was the best decision I had made in a looonng time.  Last week was a crazy one and I am so glad that it's over.  I flew to Las Vegas for a work trip, Peyton worked crazy late night hours on our log home so we could pass final inspection, and the thoughts of sugar plums and fairies moving trucks and boxes danced in our heads.  Our hardwood floors are getting their final coats of sealant on them and the moving process could begin as early as this weekend.  It has been a long road coming...but it's finally here and we couldn't be more excited.

In the midst of all that craziness, Peyton was in the final stages of planning for North Carolina SkillsUSA's annual State Leadership Workshop at Camp Dixie. When Peyton and I met five years ago, he talked so highly of it...but being a girl that bleeds the FFA blue and gold, I was a bit skeptical of it.  I had created so many memories as an FFA member and state officer at FFA Camp that I thought nothing could ever compare. What could be better than White Lake in our hot humid North Carolina summers?

During those five years, I happened to drive past Camp Dixie a couple hundred times. Many trips were to drive down to FFA Camp or to the school where my first teaching job was. Every time I passed the camp, I would think about Peyton and how he was doing...just never got the guts to call.   

Five years later, I finally married the man and got to experience his beloved leadership workshop at Camp Dixie this weekend. And let me tell you...it was the best.

Career and Technical Education student organizations are a common thread in our relationship.  We are both passionate about working with students and developing their potential to become future leaders in their industries.  We love hyping them up and reflecting real life opportunities with them. Eating meals with students and reminiscing the good ole' days with advisors brings happiness to our lives. Getting married and doing this together makes this life worth living even better.

My roots are still with the blue corduroy...but the red blazer is starting to win a little piece of my heart everyday..and surprisingly, I'm okay with that.  Seeing students achieve and grow together as a family makes my heart happy and doing all of that with my husband makes life that much better.

Life is Good. Anyone else agree with me?

September 11, 2014

our wedding: the ceremony

Hands down...I was most excited for our marriage ceremony. Here's why.

+ We had a beautiful ceremony location that was incredibly affordable and flexible.  We got married at the Silk Hope Community Center in Silk Hope, North Carolina.  Silk Hope is in Chatham County and was about a 1/2 hour from both of our parents homes.  Due to the flexibility and affordable costs, it was easily our best option.  We were allowed to set up the day before (no charge), the tables and chairs inside were provided with the rental fee, and we were supporting a great organization as well.  The community center is owned and maintained by the Ruritan Club, so it is a relatively influential building in our community.  I loved how it had an old barn look...and was smack dab in the middle of the country.
+ One of my favorite things about weddings is how love just encompasses the entire space. I believe that weddings are just another way to rekindle the love between married couples. New love is always so refreshing and it just seems to always take people back to their wedding day. I am so glad that we were able to be surrounded by so many couples with amazing, long lasting marriages.  Our preacher and his wife are no excuse.  He still checks her out as he comes down the aisle and she smiles back at him like they just got married yesterday.
+ I had a short note written to Peyton that said "I can't wait to be Mrs. Holland!" and gave it to my sister to hand to him when she got to the end of the aisle. Peyton hadn't shed a tear yet...but the note got him...and I couldn't be happier!
 + My daddy is a pretty calm, quiet, and collected man...not much gets him excited, BUT, he went out and bought a new suit, a shirt and tie, and new shoes that made him feel like he was the man. Neither he or I are super emotional people, so the entire time walking down the aisle we talked about how we could get my momma in a tizzy.  Things like running and skipping down the aisle came into conversation and making his boutonniere, a squirt gun flower...need I say more?
+ Growing up in Career and Technical Education (and being involved in SkillsUSA and FFA) is the conversation that connected Peyton and I.  I love this picture of me walking down the aisle because it had all of our mentors and teachers in the picture. Our agriculture and masonry teachers were there and it just made our day....both of their marriages are strong in faith-based love.
+ We didn't follow many traditions in our wedding, but having a ceremony centered on our relationship with Christ was so important to us. Instead of traditional vows, we recited vows from scripture in the book of Ruth.  
"Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  
Your people will be my people and your God my God. 
Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  
May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, even if death separates you and me."

Agriculture, nature, and trees are important to us, so it felt incredibly natural to have a tree ceremony instead of a unity candle.  We took soil from both of our homes, poured it into the pot of our new camellia, watered it, and will plant it in the yard of our new home.  This tree is the start of something new and young...and we plan to watch it grow with us as our marriage develops.  
+ At the end of the day, all that mattered to us is that we were husband and wife.  Everything we had ever dreamed of came together.  We had beautiful weather (sunny and breezy)...and to our surprise, we didn't have the typical North Carolina July heat and humidity! Love was in the air and happiness radiated from so many hearts of our friends and family. All of the homemade touches and the help from our friends settting up made our outdoor ceremony space so special.  Peyton and his father made the arbor we stood under, my momma found the lace curtains at a garage sale, and our wooden barrels and stumps came from our barns at the sawmill. We knew we didn't need much because we had us...and that's all that mattered.  Fully committed and teammates forever. 
*Pictures taken by the lovely Tiffani of Tiffani Evans Photo

September 9, 2014

ten things tuesday

My mind is going 1000 miles a minute and I am really having  trouble writing cohesive sentences.  Finishing out the log home has my mind a little whacked...so, I thought I would steal  borrow the idea of Ten Things Tuesday from Haley over at The Blue Dishes just for today...then it's back to regular programming here on the blog.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Let's get started.

1. I got at least 8 hours of sleep last night and it. was. GLORIOUS. We have been waking up super early and staying up super late to work on the house, so sleep hasn't exactly been in our schedule...but last night it was.  Let me remind you one more time...it was GLORIOUS.

2. I was in Target shopping for the basics...bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Now that we are married, I have been trying to find things that we can both use.  As a woman, it is so hard to not pick a girly smelling soaps and shampoo!  Anyone with me here? 

3. The company I work for announced that we were acquired by another company yesterday.  I would be lying if I didn't say I was a little nervous and it definitely shook my Monday up a little bit.

3. We finished the back porch, our upstairs floors are drying, and the fireplace got rocked this weekend.  Needless to say, we had a VERY productive weekend on the log home. 

4. 106 days until Christmas...anyone else just as excited as I am!?!

5. Stress eating ice cream, cobblers, chocolate milk, moon pies, and mountain dew. It's a new week and time to cut that mess out.

6. The awkward family photo tear-off calendar is seriously the best.  Can't wait to buy a new one next year.

7. The news has been so depressing lately, so I have really tried to tune that negativity out of my life.  BUT, Princess Kate is having royal baby #2...and that is definitely newsworthy.

8. I'm looking for some new gum. Let me know your favorite flavors/brands of all time. Ready. Set. Go.

9. The lady that lived in our rental home before us left the cable on/forgot to turn it off.  Don't know why...but we sure aren't saying anything. Can everyone say free cable for the Hollands?!?

10. I just want to go back on our honeymoon...is that too much to ask for?!?

P.S. Who can tell me what error I made in this post?