Thankful

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  This has been a challenging year but I have so much to be thankful for. Forgive the extra long post but there are so many people I am thankful to have in my life. It wouldn’t be the same without any of them

this boy…who I now can call my husband • this family whom I love dearly (including the two monkeys whose faces didn’t make the picture) • old and new friends (is there anything better?) • best friends that are scattered across the country. we’ve been around for a lot of milestones together. love these girls • new sister! • did I mention my husband? • our Denver crew,  minus a few, with an additional face that we love • oldest friend. ever. and my sister • second oldest friend out there. and summer wedding ‘sisters’ • this family plus an extra monkey who mean the world to me • did I mention both my sisters?!

 

 

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InstaFriday!

I LOVE Instagram. I know that I’m not the only one out there! The way camera phones operate these days is outstanding, and let’s face it…who wants to lug their giant cameras around all the time? Insert my iPhone. I love it. It takes amazing pictures {and I’m sure my new iPhone takes amazing ones too! I’ll have to play with it this week and get lots of pictures.} I like being able to share my life with friends and family scattered across the country and I love it even more because I’m able to see my friends and family from a far.. Here’s my week according to Instagram. Want to link up? Go see all the fun happening over at Life Rearranged!

life rearranged

 

Ummm, yeah. That’s snow…and a good amount of it! Hello crazy weather in Colorado! No worries, it melted .2 seconds after I snapped this. Well not really but it melted fast.

How cute is this pup? We got to hang out with him for a few days and it was a treat. I want a dog sooooooo badly but I know that it’s just not the right time for us to get one. Until then we’ll just keep borrowing 🙂

I made broccoli cheddar soup! While it wasn’t as good as Panera’s it was still pretty tasty. Read about it here. I’d make it again, but make some changes.

Hello beautiful! I’ve been wanting one of these FOREVER. I waited. And waited. And waited some more. I knew when I got married my mom would give it to me as a gift. She’s the one who taught me to cook and bake and love the kitchen so I thought it was a fun reason to wait. I’m SO happy that it’s finally time to break it out and use it.

A good friend is having a baby next month and I went to her baby shower on Sunday. Three of us decided to go in together to get the gift and I was in charge or buying it. If you know me you know just how much fun this was. If you don’t know me then I’ll just say that if this could be a profession I’d do it in a heartbeat. Babies make me happy. I sent my girlfriends a quick text showing them most of what we were giving the lucky mom 🙂

Jameson and Ginger Beer? Best drink invention ever. Apparently I didn’t look like I needed the grownup size but this one worked just fine.

I spent yesterday editing photos from my first holiday season photo shoot. yay! Love this family .

Impromptu(ish) dinner party on a Wednesday night? Always a good idea. Chatting a bit too long after work and getting stuck in traffic? That means whipping up something as fast as I can for friends to snack on while I whip dinner together. Whoops. Green bowl on bottom that you can only see a sliver of? That’s good old Pace salsa. And how fun is that awesome platter? It goes so well with my Anthropologie bowls and was a wedding gift from a great friend.

The remains of dinner from the dinner party…and let me tell you those leftovers are so tasty! Want the recipe? Check it out here…It was pretty tasty again and a great dinner party meal. Easily made vegetarian (I subbed veggie stock for the chicken stock and made two bowls of it, adding chicken to one.)

Met some girlfriends here for happy hour today. The menu looked amazing! I tried a delicious new beer (for $3!) and we had some awesome fried pickles, house made corn nuts and green eggs and ham deviled eggs. Yum! Nothing better than gabbing away with girlfriends over treats. Must come back for dinner.

 

And finally….the best part of the week! We’ve been waiting… and waiting…and waiting… and it finally arrived! We are OFFICIALLY married according to the state of Colorado. Yay! Two months later and now I can start the long and tedious (so I’ve heard) process of changing my name.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Hi Monday!

I am NOT happy to see you today 🙂 I was enjoying my weekend thank you very much. Football, friends, beer, Bears win, Broncos win, a little outlet shopping, breakfast (and bacon) with friends, a delicious peach cobbler and more time with friends. Yep I’m ready to do it all over again, like now.

I am SO happy that fall is around the corner but I am SO over the 90˚ weather. As in way, way, way over it. Bring on boots! beanies! hoodies! Did I mention boots? These babies are calling my name. They’re treated and ready to be worn!

Speaking of fall, can we talk pumpkin for a minute? I LOVE it. And am so ready to be wrapped in pumpkin for a few weeks. Starting it off right with Pumpkin Lattes from Starbucks of course. But there is so much more! Pumpkin Beer (Delicious!) Pumpkin Pancakes (Yet to try them but my good friend A mentioned that they’re in my future. Yum) Pumpkin Bread! Pumpkin cookies! I can’t wait to get baking and back to trying more pumpkin beers this weekend.

who wouldn’t want to drink this beer?

 

Also, let’s just talk football for a minute here ok? Bears–WIN! Broncos–WIN! Yep, one happy girl here with a great start to football season. (Aside from the winning, the snacks and company during last nights game were wonderful!)

Happy Monday people!

Hello September!

Wow. I can’t believe that it’s September already! What an amazing month August was! Wedding–most magical day ever. Being surrounded by so many people who love us was the best feeling ever. Plus I married someone pretty awesome! Honeymoon–so relaxing. I’m so glad we abandoned any ideas of traveling through Europe or exploring Belize. We have time to do those things and laying on the beach or by the pool in Mexico with not a care in the world was exactly what we needed. Endless blue skies, turquoise water and powdery sand. Pure awesomeness.

We rang in the first day of September with a barbecue at our house. Nothing fancy, just hot dogs and burgers, beer and great friends. And s’mores. You can’t possibly have a party without a fire pit and s’mores. There was even singing around the fire pit which made it that much more special. We certainly have some great friends.

I hope you’re having a relaxing last weekend of summer (where did it go?!) Although, I would be lying if I said I was sad. I am beyond excited for football and chili, pumpkin spiced lattes, changing leaves in the mountains, boots, hoodies and beanies. Yay Fall!

I’ll leave you with a peek from Zach and Michelle (Our INCREDIBLE photographers) that they’ve posted on their blog (scroll down, we’re part of a featured post!) They snapped the most beautiful wedding photos. EVER.

 

See you soon! Happy September to all!