It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!"  ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

Our house is slowly but surely turning into our very own Christmas menagerie.  We have hung lights, ornaments, garland... & baked and cooked! We have really enjoyed the process and the results.  Here's a peek into our little paradise; our Christmas wonderland the past few days...


a thankful heart....

As this month of thankfulness comes to a close, I look over the past month and consider ourselves abundantly blessed! God never ceases to provide for us; our hearts and our home have been filled with love, family, and friends this month and we couldn't be more thankful for each new memory that was made over the past few weeks! 
We hosted our first Thanksgiving in our own home, as a married couple, this past week.  Rob was the turkey AND ham extraordinaire! They were each equally delicious and I have a feeling this will become his job every year! Each one of our amazing guests brought their favorite Thanksgiving side, resulting in a yummy, glutenous feast! 

"Dining with one's friends and beloved family is certainly one of life's primal and most innocent delights; one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal" -Julia Child

He's so handsome ♥

And what Thanksgiving would be complete without the hustle and the bustle,  the pushing and the shoving, & the deals of a pre-blackfriday sale with amazing friends?!

We headed out to Target and Wall-Mart late Thursday night with our equally crazy friends, James and Autumn (love you guys!).  Lots of laughs, eye-rolling, and great deals were found ♥ You can see the excitement in Rob's face in the picture to the left... I basically couldn't stop laughing at the mobs of people. Have I mentioned that I LOVE this time of the year???


...just like a couple of kids....

One of the many reasons Robbie and I are so compatible... we are kids at heart.  So, when I get a text at work yesterday saying, "do you care if I put the tree up?" ...my thought... heck no I don't care, but I'm comin' home for lunch! So after the typical, lugging the huge-bigger than me-pieces of tree up the stairs....


the fun began.... the fluffing, the sorting, the realizing the 10foot tree wasn't going to fit with the 8ft ceiling (duh), and my amazing husband figuring out how to adjust so that I could still have a ginormous tree in front of our ginormous window!...did I mention he's amazing?? 

Since I was on my lunch break, I had to scurry back to work high on Christmas spirit! As my day came to a close, this is what I saw as I pulled up to our house yesterday evening.....

 Quite simply, it took my breath away and all of a sudden I was 5 years old again!

We were holding off on the ornaments, just enjoying the lights...and then the ornament boxes slowly started finding their way upstairs...hmmm.  Again, we are kids at heart! None of this was suppose to take place until Thursday night, at the earliest! Rob grabbed his 2nd year reigning champion first ornament, Luke Skywalker of course... followed by Lilly's 2nd year reigning first ornament, her Medley look a like puppy-dog, followed by my Starbucks coffee cup ornament. All obvious reasons why they are our 1st choices ♥

 We have a lot more ornaments to hang on the tree... we'll see how long we can hold off, maybe after Thanksgiving?! So, I'm sure this won't be the last post of its kind.  Our final tree, decorated in all its glory will make its appearance soon! ♥

Until then, Lilly says, "Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!"


Sunday Hike

On Sunday we decided to go on a little hike and explore a little bit of this beauty we are constantly surrounded with! We found a short trail with falls and decided to go for it! We grabbed Lilly and took off for Helen Hunt Falls.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful hike! Lilly especially liked it! We think we are up for trying a little longer hike next time.  There are such a huge abundance of trails around here that we are ready to tackle!