Friday, December 30, 2011

Tis the Season!

Tomorrow is the last day of 2011.  Um, whoa.  When did that happen?

Anyway, we had a great Christmas.  Lots of parties, lots of family & friends, lots of food comas, and lots of running around.  On the 23rd, Brett and I hosted a family Christmas party at our new house for my side of the family.  We jam-packed about 20 people into our house to celebrate the holiday.  I'd say it was a success!  We were so busy entertaining that I forgot to take any photos.  Except for this one...


That's the veggie Christmas wreath I made!  I'm very proud of it... I felt very 'Martha Stewart'.

On Christmas Eve, we spent the day hanging out at my parent's house.  We played games, had a great dinner, and relaxed.  Oh, we also put together about 50 luminary candle bags for the front of their house.  Pretty outcome!


When we got home that night, Brett and I exchanged our gifts!  We always exchange gifts with each other on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas day because we have too many people to see and too many places to go on actual Christmas day.  Exchanging on Christmas Eve lets us relax and spend some time alone together.  We went easy on the gift giving for each other this year since we just bought our house (along with a brand new washer/dryer and dishwasher...).  Here's Brett's gifts all wrapped up by the tree!

    
The meaning behind all the "this" tags is because there was a common theme for all his gifts.  I got him a bunch of mountain biking accessories like biking socks and sweatbands and also a bottle of Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard beer.  And then the big box was a Stone Brewery mountain biking jersey that he had been eying up when we went to the brewery in California in September.  See the connection??  I know, I'm clever.  If there's two things my husband loves (besides ME of course!), it's beer and mountain biking.  So I think he enjoyed these gifts.  Right, BABE?!

We also watched "Elf" on Christmas Eve after exchanging gifts.  But we only made it about 15 minutes into the movie before we both passed out on the couch...


Christmas morning was spent at my parent's house with my parents and siblings (and Riley).  I always love how my Mom decorates their house.  It's so Christmasy!  The stockings have been growing in number over the last couple years... and I like it that way!


We got Lee & Jess headlamps for Christmas and they LOVE them!  And Yes, their dog Riley is wearing his Christmas sweater.

After spending Christmas morning with my family, we headed up to Erie to spend some time with Brett's family.  With two little nephews in the mix, it makes Christmas time and opening gifts so much more fun.  Everything excites them.  I didn't take many photos while there, but I snap these two of little Andrew.  Is he not the cutest thing ever?!

  
Cue heart melting... NOW.  I love this picture of Brett and Andrew.  So cute!  We stayed in Erie until Tuesday, then headed back to Pittsburgh because I had to work Wednesday through Friday... Boooo.  We also got to see Alan (Brett's Best Man from our wedding) for a brief couple hours Tuesday night when we got home, which was a pleasant surprise.  

And this is what's getting me through these couple days of work (while it seems like everyone else has the whole week off!)...


Tomorrow we are heading down to Lee & Jess's to spend New Years Eve at a huge party downtown in DC with Third Eye Blind and 5,000 of my closest friends!  I can't wait!!  Recap to follow...

Happy New Year!!*

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!
Relax, have fun, & enjoy it!*


{Photo by Brett - 2008}

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's the Holiday Season


Guess what!  Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of the start of this little ol' blog.  I can't believe that I've been blogging for 2 years.  I love it.  Though, I will admit that I've been a pretty bad blogger lately.  Life is pretty crazy.  I barely have time to eat, let alone blog these days.  The combination of buying a new house, starting a new job, and partaking in everything that has to do with the holidays has left me with very little free time.  Luckily, all these things consuming my days are fun things. :)

In the mist of all the craziness, this past Saturday we went to a wedding to celebrate the marriage of our two good friends from college, Anna and Max.  What a FUN wedding.  We got to see a ton of college friends that we haven't seen in years and it was a blast.  We realized that we really need to make a point to get together with these people more often.

Other than that, we are just trying to finish up our Christmas shopping and finalize our plans for the holiday weekend.  Oh, and making sure I spend as much time as possible staring at this beautiful Christmas tree.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Tree Adventure 2011

We found it!  We found it!
The perfect Christmas tree.
Here's a little video documenting our adventure...

 

Now it's really Christmas time!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's Christmas Tree Day!


It is officially the Christmas season and life is sweet!

...the Christmas decorations are out on display...
...the only music being listened to is Christmas music...
...cinnamon is being added to my coffee every morning...
...gold sparkle nail polish is all that's being worn...
...the smell of cinnamon pine cones is filling the house...
...annnnd...

...we are going to get our Christmas tree today!!

Here's to hoping we find the perfect one.
Happy weekend, everyone!*

(PS - Be sure to check out last year's Christmas tree adventure!)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Happy Memory of the Moment

So... every once in a while, a random memory will pop into my head completely out of nowhere.  It's usually a really specific memory of being in a certain place, at a certain time, doing or saying certain things.  Does this happen to anyone else?  Am I talking complete gibberish?

Annnnyway, these little random memories are usually very happy ones and bring a smile to my face.  So I thought I might start sharing them on the blog... just whenever a random happy memory pops into my mind.  A lot of times, I have photos relating to those little memories too.  So I'll probably post a photo or two, accompanying my little trip down memory lane.  So here we go:

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Happy Memory of the Moment


September 2011.  Brett and I.  Sitting at the LAX airport at 5am, waiting for our flight home to Pittsburgh.  Starbucks coffee.  Cinnamon coffee cake for me and blueberry muffin for Brett.  We were reminiscing about the wonderful vacation we just had in Southern California.  We were dreaming about the future and our potential entrepreneurial ideas.  We were talking of our plans to make an offer on the house that we now own (!!).  And all the while, I was thinking about how happy I was to be sitting across from my best friend and knowing that everything we go through, we get to go through together.  It was a quiet and content morning and all was right with the world.  

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lately...

Lately my life has been consumed by 'new homeowner tasks'... hence my random & sporadic absences from the blogging world.  Ever since we officially got the keys to our new house, we have been going & going nonstop.  Packing and cleaning and moving and unpacking and organizing.  And then all the random home projects.  Installing overhead lights, painting kitchen cabinets, making & putting up shelves, breaking down a billion empty boxes so we can throw them out, and the list goes on and on.  All this while still managing to fit in normal things like working, eating, and sleeping.  It's a little overwhelming, but we are having fun with it!  It's such an exciting time!

So since I don't have time to blog everyday,
here is my photo attempt at filling you in on my life recently...


Row 1:
Packing fuel in the form of cinnamon rolls
Moving out of this old house & into our very own home!
A lovely bag my Mom got me last Christmas that I just found
Obsessing over Panera's adorable holiday coffee cups

Row 2:
Eating dinner on the floor of our new empty house on the night we got the keys
Fudge covered ice cream cones for dessert
Pretty morning sunrises
Loving this gold nail polish for the holiday season

Row 3:
Our new kitchen island that we are obsessed with
Indulging in the usual: pizza & beer at Market District
Drinking my first peppermint mocha of the season
Our first home cooked meal in our new kitchen
(and eating it on the island since we have no light in the dining room yet)

Row 4:
My cutesy little nephews on Thanksgiving in Erie
Organizing all of my Toms Shoes in our new house
Cooking dinner at 11pm because we have no other time to
And last but not least, cooking dinner by headlamp...
because Brett was installing a light & had to shut off the power - awesome

So that about sums up my life lately...
Random, but I'm enjoying it!