the husband and i don’t participate in lent, but i have given up many things for stretches of time (and some forever like meat), but the idea of giving up as a showing of faith resonates with me. choosing something that i deeply enjoy and setting it aside as a commitment for six weeks (or whatever stretch if it’s not for lent) can create new personal strength don’t you think? have you challenged yourself to give up something for a length of time that was not necessarily something that you wanted to give up forever, but would truly be a sacrifice for you during that time period? coffee, coke, alcohol, burgers, ice cream, television, ….. i’d love to hear what and how it went if you have, and to all who celebrate, happy easter!
happiest ♥ day! are you sick of seeing photos of me and my cutie pie husband this week? well… of all things this blog is, i want it to be somewhere i can look back on our lives and see what we used to look like and what in the world we were doing so here we are, again! the draw of patxi’s pizza was strong enough to get us out & about two nights ago and oh my it was worth the wait, and we’re still eating leftovers. and that husband of mine let me drag him to williamsburg, brooklyn twice during our christmas nyc trip to shop at catbird (i’m a bit obsessed with their jewelry) for these rings i’m sporting, he even bought me 2 on our second visit as an early valentine gift. thanks my sweet blue eyed boy, i love you! hope you and yours, whether beau’s or besties enjoy this day, it’s a good time to remember everyone you love… xoxo, me.
→ merriest christmas everyone, hope you & yours have a good one! xoxo, from me & him ←
merriest christmas eve to all of you who celebrate.. the husband and i are in nyc and are so loving our time here. we attended sunday mass at st.patricks’s cathedral yesterday and it was just perfect. the message was poignant and straight to the heart. no matter what your religion or beliefs, having a moment that speaks to you, and for me in such a beautiful church, is just wonderful. that it was at christmas time in nyc, all the better. the archbishop of new york, timothy cardinal dolan, shared a personal story relating to the last sunday of advent’s message of visitation and it brought home to me how one person and their actions can make all of the difference in the world. my mother, my husband, my girlfriends, not a large group but wow do each of these people make a difference in my life. your kindness to a stranger on the street or in line at the grocery store, little acts (and big acts) of kindness always make a difference. i don’t know who or how many read this blog, but i am thankful for each and everyone of you and hope for you a peaceful december 24th…..
we’ve hung our last christmas lights for the season..four to five hundred thousand of them.. seriously.
we love having this part of our business but at the same time miss being able to go pick our own tree, throw on the tinsel, fall asleep next to twinkling lights, hang a wreath on the door of little camp1899… do you have any special december traditions? if we were at home we’d count the days with little somethings on our advent calendar, choose a pretty blue spruce to decorate over thanksgiving, throw a holiday party and dress up like ellen & cousin eddie (have to), enjoy eggnog frequently, and listen to as much christmas music as possible (well, i would). but given that that’s not life right now we’re starting a new tradition of spending the holiday in nyc! manhattan is my favorite place ever (and the husbands) so it does heal all wounds of no tree trimming at home. hello rockefeller center, macy’s, holiday windows, ice skating in central park, i hope you’re ready…. because we’ll be there soooonn!!
happiest thanksgiving! there is so much that i am thankful for this year (sleeping past 5 this morning, king size beds, his and my health, mamma mia, pumpkin spice lattes, warm november weather, the macy’s day parade….) but a little special gratefulness today to all of my girlfriends.. you girls make my every day better, more fulfilled, more fun, and i am so so blessed to have each of you in my life, girls you know who you are! xoxo from me to you!
do you have a favorite holiday? i’d have to say christmas but halloween is a close second. i love a good (well it doesn’t really have to be too good) reason to dress up. i’ve been olive oyl and he popeye (couples costumes are the most fun), dolly parton, pippi longstocking, and one of my favorites was cleopatra. we go for home-made costumes, it seems like so many store bought are all about skimpy/sexy versus fun/creative, have you noticed this? when we owned our first home we had huge halloween parties with multiple bonfires, home-made carmel apples, pumpkin beer, contests.. and were always awed by the costumes our friends would create. i can’t sew a lick so make-up has been the piece de resistance of most of my costumes, and as a clown, even though i was a happy one, at least a few people wouldn’t talk to me… coulrophobia is alive and well.
do you plan on dressing up this year? and if you’re passing out candy, do you go with the full size candy bars or miniatures? you know the house that gives away the big candy is always best….
this past sunday was rosh hashanah and it is currently the 10 days of awe leading up to yom kippur.. i’m not jewish but appreciate the meaning & significance of the holiday. → if you’re unfamiliar here’s a post i did highlighting each aspect. do you take a specific time to reflect and plan?
(woody allen/time magazine 1972 & s.spielberg)
do you have any fun plans for labor day weekend? we cannot believe it’s september first, everything goes by so fast. this time last year we had so much work ahead of us that it makes this list seem like a kids to-do list. looking back i don’t know if we could do it again. i think it’s like that with so many things, starting a business, higher education, moving, renovating, building, all in hindsight seem unthinkable. we had brick walls and blue skies as a roof last september and it amazes me to look around and see what the husband has built for us. do you have anything you’ve done that when you look back you wonder how did you ever do it? our business is in it’s fifteenth year and that too seems unbelievable. this blog is approaching it’s two year mark, and what an experience it has been, a whole new world and i’ve learned so much. moving across country and starting all over has been more than i can put into this short story. and now it’s fall (well practically) and i’m already thinking about christmas and thanksgiving and halloween and leaves changing colors and cooler days, and college football (go hogs!). we have friends coming in town, i’ve been baking, we’re cooking out, and i hope you have a good long weekend!!
fourteen years ago at sunrise on the beach we became mr & mrs. we eloped. it was me, him, the minister and two witnesses. a small affair. we are so happy to have chosen to elope, one of our best decisions among many good and not so good ones. we didn’t know all that much about a lot of things at the time, it was more luck than anything, but we know for sure that had we had the big wedding we’d now be looking at pictures of two different people and wondering what the hell we were thinking when we chose this or that.
to elope or not. when we got married we didn’t know our taste just yet, we weren’t all that firm in anything. we wouldn’t have been able to choose timeless wedding things like flowers and cake, attire, music, invitations, everything. all of the things that go into planning a wedding versus a marriage. we would now have pictures to prove just how little we did know.
did you have a big wedding, elope, small intimate wedding, or no wedding at all? are you happy with what you chose, or would you go back and do it all different? we’d love to hear your thoughts!
…and to my sweet husband, thanks for the ride that is marriage, and for the fourteen years so far…i love you.