Wednesday, November 30, 2011

our advent calendar

we finished our advent calendar!
we put so much effort into it
and we're really happy with the way it turned out!

we'll hopefully have this calendar for years and years
and i can't wait for the day
that our tiny little children wake up 
and get so excited to look inside the pockets!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

advent calendars

bennett and i started making our advent calendar last night
and it was so much fun!
below are some that i found on the web
and i'll post photos of our finished calendar soon!

Monday, November 28, 2011

back home

i had the most relaxing and wonderful thanksgiving break
although it wasn't nearly long enough.
we spent the week at callaway gardens with bennett's family
and it was so lovely.
we ate a delicious thanksgiving lunch
drank a lot of wine
ate a lot of leftovers
rode bikes
went to antique stores
and went on a christmas lights tour.

i brought my camera along and never even touched it
 so these crappy phone pictures will have to do...

how was your thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

i am thankful

i cannot believe thanksgiving is tomorrow.
how are we here already!?

i have so many things to be thankful for this year.
so many.

i get to wake up on thanksgiving morning next to my husband.
in the same bed.
not two states away.

he is healthy.
no more surgeries. 
no more cysts.
no more worries.

we are moving to tampa in 5 weeks
and i might have a temporary job already lined up.

we both have amazing parents who put us through college debt free
and have always provided for us
and loved us unconditionally.

i graduate in 26 days.

i married my best friend.
and i fall more and more madly in love with him
every. single. day.

we have our whole lives to look forward to.
finding jobs.
getting a house.
having babies.
growing old together.

the list could go on and on.
i am so happy
and so thankful
and so incredibly blessed.

happy thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

6 months

6 months ago today
i stood next to my father behind two large wooden doors.
i heard the piano begin
i took a deep breath
and the doors opened.

at the end of the aisle
stood my sweet bennett.

i barely remember anything.
not the people
not the photographer
not the temperature of the chapel.
all i remember is the way the music sounded in my ears
the way the sunlight poured through the windows
and the way it felt to lock eyes with him
knowing he was my husband
and my best friend
and he would love me
and keep me safe
till death do us part.

i remember choking through my vows
and the way it felt to finally kiss my husband.
i remember walking back down the aisle
hand in hand
and being led to a room 
so we could have a few minutes to ourselves.

but most of all
i remember that door shutting behind us 
and how the tears streamed down our cheeks
and we were so incredibly happy
words cannot even explain it.

these past 6 months have been the most challenging
and the most rewarding months of my life.
we have grown closer than i knew possible.
some days i love him so much
that it hurts.
it honest to goodness hurts.

i can't imagine my life without him.

happy 6 months
my love.
thank you for absolutely everything.

Monday, November 21, 2011


i came across this beautiful blog yesterday 
and i couldn't stop looking at it.
can you believe how beautiful this farmhouse is!?

 love it.
what a perfect place to live.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

a christmasy feeling

we've had a gray sky over nashville the past few days
which is making it very hard to not think about christmas all day everyday.
so here are a few christmasy things to help get you in the mood...

one of my friends is posting gift guides over on her blog (i would kill for that pendleton serving platter)
oh, and she makes beautiful music, too.

bennett and i picked our child from the angel tree to get presents for this christmas. check it out here if you are unfamiliar with the angel tree. i've done it every year with my family, and now bennett and i are carrying on the tradition. it feels so amazing to help out a family in need.

umm... how about the civil wars christmas ep tracks in the snow? can't wait.

and of course pinterest. so many good craft/gift/decoration/winter style ideas!

now if you'll excuse me,
i'm going to go listen to a charlie brown christmas soundtrack and drink some hot chocolate.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

surprise dinner

friday night bennett surprised me
and made us the most delicious dinner...

maple glazed salmon
with asparagus
and a bottle of riesling
(my favorite wine)

and then we watched wallace and gromit
and a few episodes of creature comforts.
needless to say
it was a perfect friday night.

Monday, November 14, 2011

autumn leaves

i dipped some leaves in wax
so now i'll have them for years to come
to always remember our first autumn together
as husband and wife.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

a little field trip

if i ever had any doubt that i married the right man....
i sure don't anymore.
he drove me out to target last night 
just so i could walk up and down the christmas aisles
smelling the tinsel garland
and dreaming up our own christmas traditions.
he even bought us 2 ornaments.
and maybe some peppermint hershey kisses.

this guy is a keeper, i tell ya.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

christmas list

a few things on my christmas wish list...

and if i've been really, really good...this sweater. in love.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

5 happy things

5 things that are making me happy today:

- at least it's not monday
- looking forward to our walk at radnor lake after school
- christmas records (no, it's not too early)
- my hair is finally looking longer
-intaglio. love it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

wedding cake toppers

i made the cake toppers for our wedding
and i painted them to look like us!
they were so much fun to make...
so i've been thinking about selling them!
not ours of course,
but using photos of couples 
to make personalized cake toppers!
what do you think?