January 26, 2015

tuesday thoughts.

Heeeeeyyyy Tuesday pretending to be a Monday...I don't really know how I feel about you.

I've been in a blogging rut lately and can't seem to find my way out...but my mind has been all over the place and is dying to spend some time here.

So today seems like a good day for some Tuesday thoughts.
+ my family had to put down our sweet Obi last week due to an incurable illness that was impacting him daily.  Lots of tears were shed, but he got extra snuggles and cuddles in his last days.

+ well, that first item was a downer...moving on.

+ I'm drinking a grape juice box... just in case you were wondering.

+ I have really been thinking about what my passion in life is.  I've concluded...I don't really know anymore.  It's time to figure that out again.

+ we finally cut the Christmas tree down and took it out of the Holland National Forest house. So sad to see it go, so glad to have that space in the living room again.

+ it was 64 degrees here yesterday and is shaping up to be that way again today.  We got the yard cleaned up which is such a relief!

+ did I mention I was in a blogging rut?

+ my pants are fitting a bit more snug these days and the urge to workout has decreased while my urge to eat has increased.  Houston...we have a problem.

+ I have a special birthday trip planned for Peyton and cannot wait until we can go.  Best part is...he has NO idea where we are going.

+ I am getting a hair cut this week. Hallelujah!

+ I am getting pretty good at frying chicken.  So, that pretty much makes me Paula Dean. If anything, at least I have improved from this time in the kitchen.

+ does anyone else just want to sit around and watch Netflix all day? Or is it just me?

+ we are trying to save some money this month, so there hasn't been much extra spending. in other words, that means fewer trips to Target.

+ I managed to get a flat tire on my father-law's gator this weekend. thankfully I'm family now and he pretty much loves me. so, naturally, we'll just blame it on my husband.

+ maybe I'm not in much of a blogging rut as I thought I was...this is getting to be a pretty long list. 

+ and....my juice box just ran out.

+ on that note, I think that's it. 

Have a great week y'all!

January 9, 2015

the highlights.

2015. Let's get it together.

I don't know what it has been about these past few weeks, but I can't get my life together. Lots of unorganized chaos, Christmas stuff still all over the house, and the never-ending pile of dishes that has become my nemesis every single night.  I'm definitely going through withdrawals of winter break. My current career is on the rocks (due to a company aquisition)...and quite truthfully, I have got no clue as to where life is currently leading me. 

Oh well. I digress.

So, in light of all that mess, I have found plenty of time for some fun things. Let's chat about it for a second.
one| my college girlfriend Lakean got married to her sweet boy James Michael. It poured the entire day, but the inside of the barn at their venue (The Farm at Brusharbor in Concord, NC) was absolutely beautiful. It was good to catch up with old college friends and spend a little bit of time on the dance floor with my love.

two| I wasn't feeling that well this week, so on a unexpected warm rainy day, I opened up the doors to our master bedroom and listened to the rain fall on the tin roof. Living in a log home is seriously the best and I have no plans of ever leaving this beautiful place we built together. It's kind of like staying in a mountain retreat...except, I still have to do the dishes.

three| peyton has been dying to see the World's Largest Dinosaurs exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, so we took some time to check out the dinosaurs and eat some lunch.  We chose Beasley's Chicken + Honey and fell in love with the twist on some of their classic southern dishes.

four| we don't have any kids, but our house is full of both old (or vintage, as peyton would say) and new ninja turtle toys.  Oh well...marriage is about compromise...right?

five| hope your week went well! anybody else ready for the weekend?!

January 1, 2015

2014: a married christmas

It's January 1...I know.

but we are feeling a bit remorseful due to the fact that our twelve foot Christmas tree has pretty much stopped drinking water and will have to come down in the next week or so. In other words, we are still celebrating Christmas and the "Hollanddays" at our home. We have spent entirely too much time in front of the TV just to enjoy our tree, the lights, the ornaments, and the memories of spending our first EVER Christmas together.  In the spirit of Christmas, I spent lots of time creating our first married Christmas card and somehow had it sent out relatively early. We have loved it so much, we decided to frame it and put it on our mantle for our Christmas season and years to come.
Oh...and for all of you that have wanted to see the grand finale...the decorated tree...check her out. She turned out to be a real beauty and we have enjoyed our first Christmas tree so so much. I hope y'all have had a Merry Christmas and are ready for a Happy New Year!