Throwback Thursday: {My 24th Birthday}

YAYYYY!!!
So glad to have escaped year #23 (and successfully done so for the last month).  This is not for the obvious “23’s a weird year” or “ugh, this year was such a drag” kind of reasons.
No, I’m mostly pumped because I’m glad to be an even number again.
Shallow and OCD.  No shame.

Peter planned a wonderful evening filled with all the things I love: food, drinks, music and new adventures.

IMG_1572Yes, I know I already posted this picture.  BUT…we got dressed up and went out somewhere.  This is always double-post worthy.  At this point in the evening I have no clue what’s happening.  Pete has an affinity for surprises that the control-freak in me loathes but knows I’m supposed to appreciate.  But every time he does this, I loathe it a little less.  🙂

We arrived at {Mockingbird Station} for our surprise pre-activity dinner.  I’m a bit confused.  We’ve either seen and skipped over or have already eaten at every place here.  But good ‘ole Mockingbird had one more trick up her sleeve… Continue reading

{On the Docket: December}

Somehow it’s already 18 days until Christmas.  18 days, people!

While I look forward to Christmas every single year, I’m still learning how to navigate this season as an adult.  Balancing the parties, family visits, gift buying/budgeting, decorating, writing Christmas cards and still remembering why we celebrate can become overwhelming and daunting for me.  Every weekend packed with events comes with a certain degree of anxiety and stress rather than pure fun and celebration.

As Pete and I have made commitments this December we’ve made decisions that will eliminate a lot of the stress and leave more room for joy.  Our general rules are these:
1.) Leave 2-3 nights/week free.
2.) Make room for quality time.
a.ka.: Don’t overbook and still date your spouse.

Hopefully these rules will also leave time for new traditions this year – reading through the Christmas story throughout the month, serving those in our community and making homemade gifts.

And now that you’ve managed to read through my yearly adulthood Christmas crisis, I welcome you to the events we are 100% joyful & pumped about this month.

{Walls Family Farm}
580589_409404055750028_729535766_nThe perfect family-friendly place to cut down your own Christmas tree!  [Post coming soon!] Continue reading