Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Christmas Challenge

Last night I had to finally make the realization that we aren't going to have the most eventful holiday. Money is tight and we are both working. A situation that I suspect a lot of families are experiencing this year.

It sounds incredibly cliche but it makes you think about what the true meaning of the holiday is to you. As an individual. As a partner. As a family member.

For those that don't have a religious connection, it's just a day. But there is still meaning to it. There are still childhood memories that connect you to this time of year. Anticipation. Warm feelings. Being with family. Enjoying each other.

For me, I see lights and food and endless movies. A feeling of warmth and togetherness.

I can't allow myself to be disappointed by what we can't share with each other and be grateful for what we can. This is my first Christmas with Christian under the same roof, in the same city, in the same state, and though we are both busy and exhausted (and he sorta kinda is a bit bah humbug) .. We have to make the most of it.

Because when things are better and life is easier, we will look back on this and see our humble beginnings and be grateful and proud.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

If you know me at all you know that I am obsessed with Pinterest. One of my favorite aspects of it is finding ideas for my wedding that is somewhere in the near to distant future.

My fiance, Christian, proposed in March while we were traveling across the country during my move from Seattle to Cincinnati. I knew we planned on getting married and I knew that someday he would be popping the question but the timing was a complete surprise. Next year, we plan to move to Minneapolis and he had planned it while we were passing through there, which happened to be my first time.

Anyway, my point is, we have no date set. We plan for him to finish his degree in Urban Planning and deciding when we will be moving. We don't want to be too overwhelmed with too many big life events at once.

But I am still having a blast planning all the little details while also sharing it with my niece, Rachael, who is getting married in March. AND one of my best friends, Mandi, who is getting married in June. I'll be playing a roll in each wedding, as well. For Rachael's, I'll be taking all of the photos and for Mandi's I'll be a bridesmaid! So excited.

Feel free to check out my wedding pinboard here: To Have And To Hold.

I would love to get married in the fall. It's my favorite time of year. All the colors! I'm hoping to also incorporate the season into some of the wedding decor as well. Some fall colored bouquets and place settings with acorns.

We will definitely have an eco aspect to the event as well. Re-use is a huge passion of ours. And vintage being a passion of mine :)

So, just a couple of ideas. These huge life events and Pinterest has reminded me why we are so lucky to have the internet and sites like this. I am able to share ideas for my wedding and their weddings while being hundreds of miles away from these important ladies. It makes the distance seem not so far.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Music Monday - the bird and the bee

I came across this band on a friend's spotify page. I love their original music almost as much as their cover songs of Hall and Oates. When I hear Private Eyes and I Can't Go For That play at work while waiting tables, I can't help but hear Inara's sweet vocals in my head.

I also LOOOOOVE their Christmas song: Carol of The Bells


Friday, December 09, 2011

Flashback Friday

A year ago today, I took this photo ..


 This photo is of my fiance, Christian, before we were engaged. We were both working at Victrola on 15th Ave E during his first visit to Seattle. He was working on schoolwork and I was working on a Christmas gift for my good friend, Jared. I was embroidering some Daniel Johnston artwork onto an apron. It turned out really well, unfortunetly I didn't take a photo of the finished product. Here are some more photos from that great week last December.


 Some bokeh Pike Place Market action.

  On the ferry.

We're on a boat.

Us on the ferry heading over to the Olympic Peninsula to visit my family.

  Hailey and Christian

 Meeting Hailey.

  Late night meal

 Just enjoying each other.

  Shelter from the rain

 Rainy, festive market.

  Mary, me, and Christian

 Hanging out with my niece, Mary, on his last night in town.

 Now I am living in Ohio with Christian. Life has taken some turns for us lately but we're eternally grateful for each other.


Monday, December 05, 2011

Music Monday - Noddy

Getting back in the swing of things. Of course, my first edition of Music Monday has to involve a band that is very close to my heart. Thankfully, they recently released a new album.

Photo courtesy of Caitlin Henwright

If you know me at all you know I am speaking of the boys and girl of Noddy. A Seattle band that has undergone many transitions over the years but, I feel, they are at their strongest yet.


Here is their latest music video for Black Heart. You can find all things Noddy at including some free downloads!


p.s. They are also on Spotify!

p.s.s Three of these boys are going to be in my wedding. Bride's Gays, as I like to call them.