Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Five!

{2014 marked the first year of Our Christmas Album – stay tuned for our first photo next week!}

Alright, I’m sure everyone is sick hearing sick people complain (it is flu season after all!), but I just have to vent for a sec… on Monday, after waking up with a fever over 101 for the third time in 3 weeks, I finally threw in the towel and went to the damn doctor. I've been on multiple meds all week and am just starting to feel back to my old self. A self I didn't realize I hadn't been for over a month. Reporters keep informing us that doctors can’t do much for the flu, and if you’re suffering from cold-like symptoms, over the counter drugs work just fine. The message is to wait it out. Well, that didn't work for me! I tried waiting it out, and in the process exposed my germs and was exposed to everyone else trying to “wait it out”. If symptoms persist for, oh I don’t know, A MONTH…. Seek medical attention. It will benefit you and everyone around you. That’s just my two cents…

Anywho, moving on, just in time for the holidays! Next week is Christmas and even though Michigan is lacking the snow part of the holiday season, I couldn't be more excited!! Excited for family and friends (MY SISTER EEEEEK!), excited for a long weekend, excited for more celebration. I’m SO in the holiday spirit! Christmas Eve can’t come fast enough!!

This weekend Max and I will enjoy lazing around. Finishing up some books. Wrapping presents. Watching movies. Whatevs…

{(guilty pleasure) library reading as of late}

{East Kentwood High School Varsity Voices graced GFS with their musical talent}

{finally got around to watching Frozen! I just had to see what all the fuss was about…}

{thoughtful thank-you note from our 1-year shoot photographer}

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our 1-Year Photo’s

For every person I told about Max and I having one year photo’s, at least half of them responded with “that’s a thing?”. Given my obsession with reading blogs, in my mind, it was a thing. Is a thing. Always has been a thing! Apparently, I was wrong, but my thought was, why not? Max (reluctantly) agreed, but in the end we both had a so much fun together! I put my wedding dress back on and he was dressed “fancy disheveled” as I like to put it. One week after our actual anniversary back in October, Chelsea (Jenny & Matt’s wedding photographer) drove from Holland to have a simple one hour session in the comfort of our own home. 

I decided to choose three different set ups for the shoot: 1) our bedroom, casually laughing and playing, 2) our big beautiful kitchen table, cutting into strawberry cheesecake (what we served guests at our wedding) and sipping champagne, and 3) the living room, lit only by candles, reliving our first dance. It truly was a lot of fun! And no, I am not going to have a photo shoot every year. I wanted to do something to commemorate the first year of marriage, as it is so important and was such a special year for us (or maybe I just wanted to put my dress on again!).

I love how these photo's turned out. They are a completely different style than our wedding photo's, but I think that's why I love them so much. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE our wedding photo's, but these are different for a reason. There is no flashy wedding. Nothing fancy. These photo's are simple. They reflect us as a couple. Just us... in our home... doing what we do (besides the dress!). 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wine Club - Holiday Edition

Last week Tieka invited me to her monthly wine night. Since its December, this month’s theme was “Holiday”. Appropriate. I can’t rave enough about this party! It was SO much fun! It was the perfect December evening. There were about 14 girls in attendance, each who brought a holiday inspired wine and a dish to pass (per my request my adorable husband was kind enough to make this recipe… and it was amaze-balls!). From the second I got to Tieka’s the conversation was flowing, the wine glasses were constantly refilled (blind tasting!) and countless appetizers were filling our plates. Awesome night!

Ok, so here’s how it works. Everyone brings a bottle of wine that fits with the theme. You hide the bottle in a non-descript bag, and letter them (A through whatever). Once each bottle has been placed in bags, start serving… starting with letter A. As everyone tastes each wine, they are also rating each on a scale of 1-5 (1 being lowest, 5 being highest… or however you want to do it). Once everyone has tasted each wine/beverage (and rated them) tally up the letters by points. The lady who brought the letter (wine) with the most points wins, and chooses the next month’s theme. The person with the least amount of points will HOST next month’s Wine Club. Simple, right? So easy and so entertaining!

Well guys, I WON! Well, kinda tied. Another gal at the party brought the exact same wine as mine, but I served it chilled while she decided to serve it warmed. I have to admit, I liked it better warm. But apparently the chilled won over the crowd and I was deemed the winner and the person to choose next month’s theme. Naturally I chose champagne! It’s going to be amazing!! I already have my champagne inspired beverage in mind…

If you have girlfriends who like wine, or just need an excuse to get together, try a Wine Club. You won’t be disappointed!

{if you like chips & salsa, and want to impress at a holiday party.. go with this recipe}

{this was only a few of the delicious appetizers... use chalkboard paper for easy labeling of dishes. Tieka got her's at Target but I've also purchased from Amazon and love it}

{winner winner chicken dinner!}

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Five!

{obsessed with all things gold & sparkly}

Given that the plague hit our house this week I feel fairly accomplished! I finally got some cleaning done , had a girls night with Jenny (holiday PLL special!), attended a holiday wine night in Eastown, and the Christmas shopping is (almost) done!

Check and Check!

This weekend I’m excited to continue the holiday festivities with my company’s Annual Meeting tomorrow (see last year here), and toasting a birthday boy on Sunday! 

{Christmas cookie heaven}

{afternoon conversations over champs & travel books (p.s. planning a Europe trip in August!!!}

{party nail to go with the party weekend}

{indulged my sickness with Oreo ice cream while hiding under a heated blanket}

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Greensky Bluegrass

My last concert of 2014. The second time at the Kalamazoo State Theater (see first here) this Fall. I loved every second of it. Greensky was such a fun and interactive band! The light show was phenomenal and the vibe was great. To top things off we were able to squeeze our way to the front of the crowd for the second act. Close enough to smell the sweat and heat up by the stage lights.. I felt like I was literally dancing with the band!

This music is typically the genre I like to save for the summertime, but once inside it didn't matter. The music was great and the company was fantastic. That’s really all that matters.

P.S. Happy 500th Post Chat + Clink + Repeat!!