Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Traditions

I am a huge lover of making traditions. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated strictly to traditions. Mainly traditions for one day when we have kids but we are not waiting around for the kiddos to continue making traditions with each other and our families. 

Ever since I was little my Mom gifted my brother and I an ornament that was significant to whatever we had going on in our lives at that time. When I got married I got to take all of those ornaments with me and now they go on our tree in our living room. When Anthony and I started dating we started buying each other ornaments for Christmas, so now we have quite the collection of ornaments. 
Last year when we got married I bought a personalized ornament for our first year of being married. it is by far my favorite ornament so far!

I have no clue how I am going to top it off this year but we will see what we come up with.

ABC's 25 Days of Christmas.
I love watching all of the Christmas movies that ABC Family plays leading up to Christmas. We kicked off December 1st with Elf and The Santa Claus. Anthony isn't as fond of all of these movies but we both find ourselves laughing during Elf no matter how many times we have watched it.

Christmas Cards.
Ever since we got engaged I have sent out Christmas cards from Anthony and I. The first year was our engagement pictures, last year it featured our wedding pictures and we also did a Bloopers card with Tank and Diesel. This year we will definitely be including our new addition from 2014, Tyson.

Christmas Lights.
 There are some locals around here that really deck out their houses for Christmas with lights and blow ups all over their yards. Last year we attended the Miracle on Main Street for the lighting of the Court House in Zanesville followed by the Festival of Trees and a little dinner date at Zak's. I am planning on going again this year and most likely this time we will be joining some of the girls I work with and their families. Another thing I would really like to do this year is the Columbus Zoo Wild Lights and hopefully we can finally make it because I have been wanting to go for a couple years now and we always put if off and don't make it.

Critter Tree.
When bottle brush ornaments started hitting the stores a couple years ago I fell in love with them. Every year now I purchase one or two for our little tree that I put in our kitchen. Last I was even gifted a few. I have this feeling that here soon I am going to have to dedicate a bigger tree to these little guys which will make it even more fun I am sure.

Christmas Eve Mass.
Every year we join my family at our Church for midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. We both come from Catholic families and our Church is always decorated beautifully for Christmas.

Do you have any Christmas traditions? If so, what are they? I love hearing what everyone else does to celebrate this magical time of the year.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving & Mini Vaca

We ended up leaving Wednesday evening destination Surfside Beach, South Carolina. We arrived at the house around 4 a.m. And went straight to bed. Thursday morning we woke up with lots to be thankful for (getting to sleep in, the sun was shining, our view from our room included the ocean and a post breakfast walk on the beach). We had Thanksgiving at 1:30 and it was amazing! Instead of sweet one crashing after filling our bellies we took a walk on the beach and played pass with a football.

Black Friday we did not fight with a bunch of shoppers, instead we took another walk on the beach and found a bunch of shells. We might have taken an afternoon nap, which never happens especially napping with my husband. He is always at work or too busy to take a nap, so this was perfect. Friday night we headed down to Myrtle Beach for a regatta boat parade. Unfortunately the parade was actually on Saturday so we went to eat at a really good BBQ place and walked along the boardwalk. 

Saturday my mom, Grandma and I went shopping at Kohls and a Ross'. I had heard of people getting really cute stuff at Ross but I really wasn't too impressed wig their clothing or house decor but I did get two really soft fleece throws for $12. Anthony got up before all of us and took some amazing pictures of the sunrise on the beach by the pier. I was really impressed with his camera skills and am definitely getting one of these framed.

Saturday was the Ohio State vs. Michigan game so we had a party at the beach house and ate all the leftovers from Thanksgiving. Saturday was he nicest day of the whole trip so I skipped out on watching the game and played on the beach with my cousin. The rest of the family joined in during half time and after the game we all walked to the pier to get frozen cookie dough on a stick.

Anthony and I ended up going to Murrel's Inlet to check it out. It was a really cool boardwalk with a bunch of restaurants right on the water. We ended up walking around and just enjoying the nice weather, watching the pelicans and other birds and looking  at all the big boats.

When we got back to the house we changed real quick and took some pictures on the beach just as he sun was setting. After that we relaxed in the hot tub and spent some more time together before packing and getting ready to head back to Ohio.

We went to bed super early and woke up at 2:30 a.m. to head home and avoid all the holiday traffic. We pretty much drove straight through and made it home by 3:00 Sunday. After picking up the dogs we came home, unpacked and I cooked some spaghetti for dinner. It was so nice to eat an actual meal instead of road trip food. All in all we had a great trip and were super thankful to spend Thanksgiving at the beach. I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving and now we can officially let the Christmas season celebrations begin!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Changing Tradition

We are leaving in less than two hours to join the rest of the family in Surfside, South Carolina for a beachy kind of Thanksgiving. This is something we have never done before and to be honest I am a little apprehensive about it. Maybe it is the thought of breaking tradition or not being able to spend the Holiday with all of our family. It might also be the fact that I was at work til 3:00 and still have not packed for this trip. I think the not being packed part can be a side effect of the above mentioned apprehension. I know once we get there tomorrow morning it will all be worth it and we will thoroughly enjoy our little mini vaca with the family that is able to make it. I just need to breath.

Anthony has the day off and is spending the day finishing up what needs done, doing a little bit of my packing, taking the doggies to where they are staying, and even grabbing what I needed from the grocery store for tomorrow's feasting. He is truly amazing! I am super thankful for him (:

I hope all of you have an amazing Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with your families followed by some shopping on Friday. Be careful traveling and eat to your heart's desire.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Happenings

It's already Monday and I am not going to lie that when it was time to get out of bed this morning I was more than ready to get this work week started. Not just because it is a 3 day work week filled with a Thanksgiving Feast at the office and then we can begin our mini vaca to South Carolina for Thanksgiving but after taking Friday off due to our water issue in the basement and being pretty much cooped up in the house all weekend I was more than ready to get out of the house.

Saturday we were supposed to go to the Ohio State game however it was shut down pretty quickly when we woke up to freezing rains and a level 3 (so no one on the roads unless you are emergency personnel) Anthony was unaware of this until he left the house to go to Wal Mart and grab a few things for the game and he was on his way home and saw a bunch of wrecks on the interstate. The roads were all backed up and even though the weather advisory was lifted at 11:00 there was no way we would make it Columbus to make the noon game. So we made the decision to watch the game safely from our living room and it just so happened that we had an unopened bottle of wine and the ingredients for nachos, we were good to go!

Saturday night I made a little trip to town and picked up a couple movies at the rental. I ended up getting Neighbors (do not recommend it!) and The Fault in Our Stars. We watched the Neighbors first and I am pretty sure we only laughed maybe twice throughout the whole thing. We were pretty disappointed! I ended up watching The Fault in Our Stars Sunday morning because Anthony really wasn't all that interested. Talk about a tear jerker, I found myself crying through the whole ending of the movie but it was a really good movie. 

After the sob fest was over I had some cuddle time with Tyson on the couch while watching some Lifetime Movies. I took Anthony lunch at his work while the guys in the shop put new winter tires on my car. I spent the rest of my evening doing some online Christmas shopping, editing pictures & packing for our trip this week. All in all it was not an eventful weekend by any means but I took that graciously after such an eventful day on Friday.

Friday, November 21, 2014

When it rains....

I am so glad this day is finally over, well close to it anyways. Normally I am thankful that the week is over but this week has not been anything to really complain about, that was until this morning. Anthony woke up a little before 5 a.m. and he heard water running in our basement. He went down to see water spraying all over the place out of our water softener. So he spent half an hour trying to get it to stop but the shut off valve was broken in our basement. I woke up to see what the hell was going on and it was literally a nightmare. I was down there turning a bunch of knobs trying to see if anything would shut off the water flow but nothing was working. Anthony called one of his buddies to see if he knew anything about it and he instructed us on how to turn the water off out by the road (what the City is only able to do), that turned out as an unsuccessful attempt and we went back in the house to try to figure out what to do. Anthony went back down into the basement and was getting ready to try one other thing and all of a sudden another pipe burst right by the valve and even more water came spraying in all over the place (10x as bad as what was going on before with the softener). I finally called the Water Dept because it was getting close to them opening at 7 and luckily they answered and sent someone over to shut it off to the house.
I called off work and we headed to the hardware store for supplies to redo all the pipes in our basement. We ended up working on everything until 1:00 and after 3 trips to the hardware store and one to Culligan for the softener part, which they don't have because ours is so ancient, we finally we able to sit down and sign. It was truly so exhausting!!!
So no more debbie downer news, here are some of my Friday Favorites.

Reading. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. 
This is seriously one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I don't normally read memoirs but Amy always has a way to make people laugh so I figured it would be a really good read, and it is. All I can tell you is go buy it right now and read it for yourself!!! That is all.

Decorating for Christmas.
We decided to put our tree up before Thanksgiving because we are going to be in South Carolina for Thanksgiving and I did not want to come home with the need to rush to get the house decorated. Plus it would be super relaxing and fun to get home from our mini vacation and be able to just plug our tree in and enjoy it. 

Cuddle Sessions.
Tyson has been extra cuddly here lately. I think he has an inkling that we are leaving next week and he doesn't get to go with us. He is going to have a blast going to his sister's house. We contacted the breeder and they are going to watch him while we are gone. He is going to have so much fun with all nine of their mastiffs and I am so comfortable with him going there which means no worried Momma about how he is being taken care of. 

Cut & Color.
I went and had my hair done last night after work. I told Steph that I wanted something different but didn't want anything drastic with the color. I ended up having her cut 3 inches or more off of it and she weaved heavier blonde throughout. So far I am loving it, but I haven't had a chance to curl it yet so we will see how that goes.

Tomorrow we are kicking off the weekend right by going to the Ohio State game in Columbus. This will be Anthony's first game so we are planning on heading up early so that we can get the whole Buckeye experience. So please excuse me while I go drink another glass of wine to hopefully numb the pain of today away and probably hit the hay before 9:00. Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014


TGMO (Thank God Mondays Over!) 
After a pretty eventful weekend, mainly recovering from a late night of dancing and drinking all day Sunday, I was pretty exhausted today. On top of all the fun festivities the time change is not helping in my favor. Even though I slept in on Sunday morning I had the hardest time sleeping last night. 
Anyways, Mrs. Complainer McComplainerson signing off here and getting on with this little weekend recap...
Friday: we had our annual trick or treat at Grandma's on Harper Drive. Molly ended up spending the night with Anthony and I. We finished the night off watching Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Saturday: We woke up fairly early, got ready, went to Donald's to get donuts, I ran a couple errands and Molly and Tyson chatted it up in the back seat. After errands we headed to Aunt Lori and Uncle Matt's to surprise them with donuts and to take Molly home.
The biggest surprise of the day was Maddy got her first car! a 2012 Chevy Cruze in the prettiest blue color. It was involved in an accident in the back end so there are some minor repairs that need done but other than that the car is pretty sweet! I cannot believe Maddy is turning 16 in a few short months!!!! Where has the time gone?!
Saturday night: we got all dressed up in our Halloween costumes and headed to Cumberland for the Double Cut Halloween Party. I spent the whole night dancing with my favorite girls and drinking way too many Red's Apple Ales. I definitely paid for it on Sunday!
Sunday: As already mentioned was spent sleeping in, taking two naps and going with my Hubby to get some stuff he still had at his Mom's and then stopping by my parents to show them his new (new to us) car. Anthony ended up trading the Chrysler to a friend for an 01 CRV. It is perfect for him because now he has something to haul all of his fishing and duck hunting stuff in plus his kayak on top compared to the two door convertible we had.

Now if we can just make it through another work week and I will be in for another busy weekend. I have a couple photo sessions planned for Saturday and then I am shooting Anthony's cousin's Ballet Recital on Sunday. So fingers crossed for good weather and smiling faces!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Life Lately

Once again the month of October has flown by. This is a picture loaded post of what has been going on around here lately. Lots of fun stuff and I have taken lots of pictures. First off last weekend I had the opportunity to take my first wedding pictures at a really close family friends son's wedding. 
It could not have been a more beautiful day on the farm. 

Christmas Planning. You totally read that right! I have been trying to plan out what I am doing decorations wise to the house this year for Christmas. I have an undying love for blue and green together and after seeing this display at Hobby Lobby I am considering doing some sort of decorating in our house with something from here!!! I also came to the realization last night that we are going to be gone for Thanksgiving this year so in all reality I could start getting Christmas out any day now and it would not be that big of deal since we won't even be here and coming home for our beach trip for Thanksgiving all the Christmas stuff in the house would be done and I could relax!

Last week Jesie and Kris' photographer made a little sneak peak of their wedding pictures which made me even more excited to see the rest of them! Our gift to them is a custom wedding album with the pictures from their photographer so I am super anxious to be able to create it for them!! 
If you want to take a look at some of their other work you can check it out here, they do not disappoint. Justin has some amazing talent!!!

I participated in my first Wine and Paint event and I have the urge to do another!!! I am not a huge fan of the paintings that are being offered in future events but I loved the Ohio State one that we did last week. Now I just need to find a place to hang it in our house. 

 Shopping and Pinterest Inspired Outfits. I snagged this really cute navy vest at TJ Maxx and had been itching to wear it with one of my plaid shirts like I have seen in so many pinterest pins lately. I ended up putting an outfit together with it for the wedding last weekend. 

 Halloween costumes. Joni, Kelsey, Aubrey and I decided that we are going as the Ninja Turtles for the Doublecut Halloween Party that is on Saturday. Sunday we had a little shopping trip followed by craft night at my house to make the costumes. 

 Spinning. I started my first spinning classes three weeks ago and I am loving it! I have never sweat so much in a class before and I leave knowing I have had an amazing workout, plus it is a lot of fun!

Somehow we have gotten into this habit of letting Tyson sleep in bed with us at night. He thinks it is amazing, us not so much. For one he has to sleep in the middle of us because he has a tendency to just roll out of bed when he is in a deep sleep and secondly he takes up all the blankets and we don't sleep very sound. So tonight we are going to start working on him not sleeping the whole night with us. My problem is telling his precious face no and making him be on the floor. Heck I wouldn't want to be on the floor so why should he?!

I cannot believe tomorrow is the last day of October and that we are going to be starting the major holiday season here soon. Life has been going so fast! I really wish it would slow down so we can have a chance to soak it all in and enjoy it a little bit.