Taking a break

Monday, December 16, 2013


Well hey there! I hope the holidays have been treating you well. Things have been pretty eventful for us lately with all kinds of Christmas parties, birthdays, decorating, shopping, wrapping, and so many other holiday events. I know I haven't been blogging as much recently and with Christmas and New Years approaching, I am finding less and less time to sit down every day and write something.

That being said, I've been thinking that it might be best for me to take a little break from the blogosphere until the new year. A short vacation to enjoy the holidays with friends and family seems to be just what I need to refresh and recharge. That way I can get back into blogging full swing at the beginning of the new year. In reality, it's only two weeks, but with life flying by and the chaos of this time of year, I'm really feeling called to slow down a bit and focus on my family this holiday season. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year!

See you in 2014!

Snow Day!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

No work todayyyy! When I woke up this morning and found out that my work had closed due to the snow, I was not only excited but actually a little relieved. Poor Mike is sick with whatever I had last week, so I'm glad I can stay home today to take care of him.

This is actually our second December snow day. The first one was only a couple of days ago on Sunday. We got about three inches or so and since we had such a busy Saturday, we took the day to relax, decorate our tree, and play in the snow. We even built a snowman!

On Saturday morning, we made our annual trip up to Shovaker's Quality Evergreens to pick out our Christmas tree. It was such a beautiful morning and our tree could not be more perfect for our first little home. We also bought a beautiful wreath for the front door. Shovaker's farm has seriously become our favorite place for trees and Christmas decor. Aside from the beauty of the evergreens, my favorite part is how incredible our house smells after we bring everything home!

If you're off work and school today, too, be sure to kick up your feet, enjoy a little hot cocoa, and relax! Happy Tuesday!

Five on Friday

Friday, December 6, 2013


I know we still have a couple of weeks until winter officially begins but it has really started to feel like fall has left us around here lately and somehow we've skipped right to Spring! I'm sure I probably sound like a broken record this week talking about nothing but weather and sickness but it really has been strange. What's even crazier is that according to the forecast, it's supposed to snow on Sunday. And believe it or not, I can't wait! Usually, I hate the cold and pray every year that we will have a mild winter (for the sake of my immune system mostly) but I'm actually kind of missing the frosty weather. It just doesn't feel like the holidays without a few snowflakes!

Although the turkey is long gone and my focus is shifting to all sorts of wintery, Christmas-y things, I'm finding that my heart is still so full of the spirit of Thanksgiving. There's still so much to be thankful for and these Friday posts really helped put things into perspective. So I thought maybe I would extend them at least until Christmas if that's alright with you... No problem? Okay, let's get to it!

1. Family, family, family. There is really nothing greater in the world than family. Whether they live right down the road or they are miles and miles away, I am so thankful for each and every one of them. I am so blessed to have such loving parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins both on my side and Mike's. I love them all to pieces and I pray that they know how grateful I am for how they've touched my life.

2. Frienship. I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends throughout the years. From growing up in a cul-de-sac full of kids my age, moving year to year with the same group of friends from kindergarten all the way through high school, forming bonds with my roommates in college, meeting my co-workers at Hopkins, and now discovering so many beautiful ladies out here on the blogosphere, I am so happy to have so many wonderful people in my life.

3. Things that make me nostalgic. The other day I was driving down an old road near my college that I used to travel frequently whenever the weather was beautiful and I needed a break from the stress of schoolwork. I used to roll down my windows, blast some feel-good music, and take a sunset cruise down those little back roads that wind through the country. I would stop and take pictures of the gorgeous scenery, the little homes, and horses on their farms with the white fences and red barns. Those roads hold such fond memories for me and it's little things like going back to these kinds of places that make me thankful to have had these experiences in the first place.

4. Nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers. I watched this video this morning and while it made me tear up, at the same time it completely warmed my heart.

We are so incredibly fortunate to have the advanced medical technology that we have today but without the time and care of our nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals, the technology would be useless. It is only because of their hard work and dedication that so many lives are saved every day. Without them, little Ward would probably not have made it. They give up so much time away from their own families to care for ours and I am so grateful for all that they do.

5. The holidays. This really is the most wonderful time of the year. Families gather, people are kinder, smiles are brighter, each day is a bit more magical, and I am constantly reminded that there is so much to love and be thankful for in this life.

Hot Toddy

Thursday, December 5, 2013

This weather. I tell you.

I'm not sure what's going on with good old Mother Nature where you live but she's having some kind of crisis over here. Last week it was 20 degrees nearly every day and now it's supposed to get up to almost 70 today. I'm beginning to think that this might have something to do with why I am sick. My body can't handle the changes! Just let it be winter already!

All I've been able to think about this past week has been my cold. It's hard to think about much else when all you do is lay on the couch all day drinking tea and blowing your nose every five seconds. I just want to feel better and the meds I have definitely don't seem to be doing it for me. So that got me thinking (and googling) and I was curious to see if there were any creative home remedies out there that I could use to fight this nasty bug. I found all of the usuals like drinking plenty of fluids, inhaling steam, and gargling salt water but there were also quite a few bizarre ones too like drinking garlic and cayenne pepper tea, wearing cold wet socks to ease congestion, and listening to jazz music to boost immunity. Seriously? SO STRANGE.

I'm not sure if any of them really work but I did happen to come across one that I am definitely without a doubt going to try: HOT TODDIES. That's my kind of medicine! I found this recipe over on SippitySup and you can bet I'm having Mike stop by the store on his way home to pick up all the goodies! Even if it doesn't take away any of my symptoms, at least it'll be more fun than plain old tea!


Hot Toddy

2 cups water
2 tablespoons honey
2 shots bourbon
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 bags black tea
cinnamon sticks (optional)
cloves (optional)
lemon wedges (optional)

Bring the water to a boil in a kettle. Drizzle half the honey onto the bottom of each of 2 large mugs. Add half the bourbon and lemon juice to each mug. Once the water reaches nearl boiling, but not quite, place one tea bag in each mug and fill them nearly full with the hot water. Garnish with any combination of cinnamon sticks, cloves, and/or lemon wedges.

Photos from Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I feel a bit late for posting this almost a week after Thanksgiving but I'm a little behind the curve with just about everything lately. This cold or whatever it is has really knocked me down, but hopefully I'll be able to get some relief after my appointment with my doctor today.

Anyway, here are some pictures from our cozy little Thanksgiving. Enjoy!