Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

How does Costco always know exactly what I need?  I don't understand that.  We've been looking everywhere for the perfect travel mats for the pups.  We wanted something small (but big enough for our guys when they're full grown), sturdy (so we can use it indoors or out) and packable.

The mega-store from heaven just started carrying these.  They're so least they seem like they are right now.  We'll find out after we really test drive them this week while we're on the road.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I had a chance to go to a party last night at our friends - Ian and Chris's house.  I didn't really feel too hot, but it was important to me that I make it over there.  On top of being the reason that Brian and I ever met in the first place, these guys have become really wonderful friends to us.  To explain how good they are to us, let me show you this:

This was our housewarming/engagement gift from them.  They loved the fire that we kept burning all day on Thanksgiving, so they thought this was a perfect "housewarming" present.  They're going to literally warm our house.  They're having a cord of firewood delivered to our home at the first of the year.  


What wonderful guys.  We're so lucky to have such great friends.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

The sun came out this morning!!!!  Don't get me wrong, I love Seattle. I love the weather here, but occasionally, the grey skies even get to the best of us.  Here's a shot of the sun peaking through the trees in the backyard...

I think the boys were just as happy about the sun as I was.  They had a blast running around like lunatic puppies and finding mischief.  

Here is how a typical double-doodle trouble gets started in our lives:

Daijo finds a stick.

Venn notices said stick.

Craziness ensues.

And craziness continues.  (You'll have to excuse the bluriness.  I thought about not posting them, but honestly, the blurs make me laugh even harder)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I've started a new project for the wedding.  It involves me gathering brooches.  Lots of them.  I'm foreseeing a great deal of garage sales in my future....

For now, I'm trying to bargain hunt online.  My first batch showed up today, and I'm really excited about how pretty they are.  I think this is going to be really fun!

Woo hoo!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Because it made me smile...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

So, I have a lot of Christmas ornaments.  I'm definitely that girl, and I'm okay with that.  It's kind of my thing.  There are a few though, that just make me especially happy.  Once they're up, they just round out the whole "decorating process" for me.
I don't know why, but this little santa tops my list.

He doesn't have any sentimental value.  I'm not sure what it is - his jalepeno cowboy hat or his candy cane gun, but I love this little santa dude.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Although my parents have a massive nativity scene that I was obsessed with rearranging as a child, I never thought I would have one in my home during the holiday season.
Then I saw this one.
There is just something about it, about the way Mary cradles the baby so's just...honest.  I believe the scene.
So, for several years now, my Christmas decorations have involved a nativity scene.
And I love it.
(and I still rearrange it nearly every time I walk by)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Our friends are too kind...

We didn't expect gifts.  Really.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

In our new kitchen, we have cabinets with glass doors, glass shelves and built in lighting.  It's the silliest thing, but I love it.  This house just feels so "pulled together" it was designed to be a homey little gathering place (with perfect accent lighting).

We had our first party in the house tonight - a housewarming/engagement/holiday party.  It was a wonderful time, full of really beautiful people that just made me happy that we now have the opportunity to open our home to our friends so we can enjoy their company here.

Feels good.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh No!  That crazy lady with the camera is back!!!

I got to spend some time with Melisa and this beautiful little guy again today.  Holy cuteness, Batman!

Guess who discovered his hands?

Yep, hands are cool.

And still all smiles and heart-melting adorable-ness...

You wanna know the coolest thing about today?  I realized that in a couple of weeks, we get to see Brian's nieces (who I now get to claim as my nieces - Yay!) and I get to totally drive all of them crazy with my camera.  That is so going to rock.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We're working hard to get in the Christmas Spirit around here...

Friday, December 3, 2010

I have a story to share with you.

I'm not gonna lie about it, I'm pretty excited to be getting married to my dream guy.  Planning and preparations have begun.  Today, I'm feeling pretty victorious.  I'm not sure why, but I was dreading the wedding dress shopping experience.  I've been trying to keep my mind open to new and different ways to save money on that part especially.    It's a long and boring story, but cruising around online, I found a dress that I loved.  Cruising a little more online and I found it for a third of the price.  Throwing caution to the wind, I purchased a wedding dress online from a retailer in Illinois that I had never seen in person and certainly never tried on.  Oh my.

It showed up today.  And it's perfect.  Perfect as in: I really wouldn't even need to get it altered if I was getting married next week.  It's beautiful, it fits and it's even long enough.  I don't have to go wedding dress shopping!!!

And here is the box that held this ray of sunshine today:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Found this at Central Market this weekend:

It's my perfect fall treat!

Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm not gonna sugar-coat this.  Even with all the amazing ways that my life is blessed right now, I occasionally still have really nasty days.

Today was one of them.

So, here's to the fact that I try to keep wine in the house.  If I want to relax with my favorite guys and a glass of vino, I can.

Sunday, November 27, 2010

Who would have thought that I could be so thankful for a shower head?  There's a handheld in the guest bathroom of the new house.  Bath time for the boys no longer fills me with dread.  Without one of these handy things, it used to take me forever to try and get those silly pups clean.  I would be soaked, and the dogs would be very unhappy.  Now, I won't say that Venn enjoys his baths, but he doesn't seem to hate me quite so much afterwards.