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a dry butt is a happy butt

Posted on: 11.29.2012

jon and i just got back from ice skating downtown and it was a blast! i think i had maybe gone once or twice when i was little but i didn't remember how terrifying it was. the idea of falling on cold hard ground in front of thousands of people (i'm exaggerating, maybe 45) was a lot to handle! looking back, it was maybe a little stupid to risk my precious camera to this danger zone which is probably why 1/2 of my photos were a blurry mess- who has time to focus when you're trying not to fall!? but nevertheless, it was so fun! not too cold out and i didn't fall once! from the cute tween couples, to the christmas music playing over the loud speakers, it was a pretty sweet date! (i told jon if this had been our first date, he totally would have scored...a second date. duh) plus, you add on a skyline 3 way for dinner, and it couldn't have been a more perfect night! 

our little tree in the window

Posted on: 11.26.2012

i am sooo excited for christmas, i can hardly stand it! we put up our little charlie brown tree last night (while i finished off most of the thanksgiving leftovers... how ironic)  and i have to say i think it's quite adorable. plus, our front room has these really cool -i call them "steak & shake ice cube windows"- so the christmas lights look really neat from outside... other than lights, so far i've just tacked some candy canes up there for fun. with 2 crazy cats, i'm not willing to risk precious family ornaments!! 

we cleaned, we cooked, we conquered

Posted on: 11.25.2012

...and we still love each other after all of it!! thanksgiving was beautiful and everyone at our table (all 18 of them!) agreed. high five, babe. we rock. after a few hiccups along the way- our turkey thermometer breaking, our dishwasher leaking and having to listen to disgruntled neighbors upstairs moving outi called my mom crying, to which she basically said "jamie, shut up, it's all going to be beautiful and no one will notice any of this little stuff" and the woman was right. the moment our first guests walked in, i felt better. jon's mom hugged me over and over telling me how nice of a job i did and it felt amazing. she has hosted their family's thanksgiving for about 20 years so for her to pass the torch to me, i took it as a HUGE honor ya know? but anyways, the food was amazing, our families loved each other and our house looked great. not to mention our fridge is stocked for a good 3 weeks. *host bonus*

our thanksgiving table!

Posted on: 11.24.2012

a few pics of how i added decor to our twelve foot dining table! 
that's a lotta burlap, people!

thanksgiving, round 1

Posted on: 11.22.2012

well, today was the first of our 2 thanksgivings. whatta lucky couple we are!! we went to my mom and stepdad's today and ate with both of their families (ya know- the cousins, uncles, aunts, people you know you're suppose to recognize) and it was all delicious. i gotta hand it to my mom she makes this day look so easy and it drives me insane. not seriously. but kind of. i am SO NERVOUS about our thanksgiving tomorrow here at our house but i am also beyond excited! after this post, ill be doing unspeakable acts to the poor bird in my fridge. wish me luck! here's a few pics of food, family (specifically that little stud, Beckett) and my dapper giant boyfriend. hope everyone had a great day! cheers to elastic waistbands and tryptophan! 

you can never go wrong with mason jars and twine

Posted on: 11.19.2012

this has been the longest possible week of my life. we're hosting thanksgiving here on friday for both of our families. a total of 18 people, let me tell you!! i'm kind of freaking out. a little. i've never hosted something this big... or made a turkey... but i think it should be fun! i can thank michael's, ikea and my mom's cabinets for all of my table decor i'll be trying to make before the big day... wish me luck! 

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