Christmas Cards

Last night Justin and I had a fun evening addressing Christmas cards while we watched I’ll be Home for Christmas. Do you all remember that movie? The entire thing screams 90s from the clothes to the pagers to the fact that Jonathon Taylor Thomas is the lead.



I was eight years old when this movie came out and now this movie is 15 years old. I’m feeling a little old right now! 

Turns out Justin and I had never seen the movie and it was the perfect brainless background to addressing cards. Unfortunately, my cards were missing 15 envelopes, so we still have a few to do, but we did get the bulk out of the way and will finish when the envelopes arrive.


My father in law called while we were addressing them and I told him what we were doing. He laughed and said I was ahead of everyone and especially him since he doesn’t send cards. I sort of feel like this is the new norm. Between the ability to keep up with people with technology and the rising price of postage, I think like a lot of people skip the cards.

I simply cant resist. I think its the newlywed in me; last year I could not wait to send them out and this year was no different!

What about you, do you send Christmas cards? Why or why not? Do you send something in place like an e-card?


Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Since Justin and I live so far from our families we opted to stay in North Carolina again this year. One of my best friends from college, Hannah moved to Winston Salem for grad school. We had Thanksgiving with Hannah and a good friend Sean, who is in Justin’s class at Wake Law.


We had Thanksgiving with a couple of friends. I made stuffing, spinach salad, chocolate bourbon pecan pie and pumpkin pie. We also brought a smoked turkey and a variety of cheeses.


We enjoyed cheese and crackers as well as a delicious avocado, tomato and bean dip that Hannah made for appetizers.Around 3pm we sat down to eat. Justin had the honors of carving the turkey for the first time! Typical me, I had to capture it in pictures 🙂


He did a great job! After the turkey was carved, we sat down to enjoy our feast of smoked turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, bacon glazed carrots, green bean casserole and spinach salad.


After lunch we played a few rounds of Euchre, a midwestern card game that our friend Sean taught us how to play.  We switched to spades around 7pm and ended up playing until the early hours of Friday morning!     tgiving2 I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Hanging Rock

One of the things we have enjoy about North Carolina is its close proximity to everything. We are close to the mountains and the beach. Its nice not being as landlocked as we are in Texas, where you drive 8 hours to get to the beach or the mountains and even more to get out of the state!

A few weeks ago we made a trip to Hanging Rock, a mountain state park about an hour from where we live. The park has a ton of trails that lead to different parts of the mountain and we could have spent all day (or days) exploring them.

ImageWe picked three trails to explore: Hanging Rock, Upper Cascade Falls and Window Falls.

Hanging Rock was the longest but the views were BEAUTIFUL!


We ate lunch at the top of the mountain and took lots of pictures!




This view would be even more gorgeous right now since all the leaves have changed. Justin and his friend Sean went back a few weeks ago to complete the peak challenge, which was 11 miles. I think they enjoyed it!

The Newlywed Nine

I have fallen victim to the Newlywed Nine.  Its similar to the The Freshmen Fifteen in that they both occur from a change in lifestyle. While The Freshmen Fifteen mostly occurs from binge drinking and pizza, The Newlywed Nine stems from eating too much because you are

A) So absolutely blissfully happy


B) forgetting daily that you can’t consume as many calories as your 6 foot tall husband

Everyone warns you about The Freshmen Fifteen. The Newlywed Nine? Not so much.

Prior to our wedding I was so concerned about fitting perfectly in my dress,  I knew that I could not eat whatever I wanted and that exercise had to at least be on my radar.

First time trying on my dress

The day before and morning of my wedding I could not eat. I nibbled here and there, but I was so nervous (more on that later) that I could not stomach anything.


Morning of our wedding. Flowers from Justin made me a little more calm!

At the wedding reception I spent an hour trying to bustle my dress. I know very little when it comes to sewing but I do know that supposedly my bustle “came out” and we had to improvise from there. I did not have time to eat dinner.


In hindsight, we shouldnt have worried so much about trying to pin my dress into a bustle. This happened halfway through the reception

And then came the honeymoon, which was a solid week of eating and drinking, the polar opposite of my weeks prior to the wedding. When we came home, it was so hard to get back in to a routine. Justin began his second year of law school, I started a new position at my company and meal planning definitely got pushed aside.


On our way to Punta Cana for our honeymoon

But this year my goal, along with 87% of Americans is weight loss. But, its more than just that. My goal is to start living a healthier life. I don’t want to just count calories and fat, I want to exercise frequently, eat good clean foods and snack on fruits and veggies. It’s so much more than dieting until I lose the weight, its turning all of my bad habits into good ones.

I have never been so great at committing to weight loss, but I hope a lifestyle change will be different. I feel by writing it down I am entering in to some sort of contract. At least,that’s what I am telling myself. So it begins!

Our first Halloween

Yesterday was our first married Halloween. What we quickly figured out what Halloween isnt quite as exciting when you’re married, childless and don’t have a ton of couple friends.

Pictures from some previous Halloweens:



Growing up my family had a tradition for just about every holiday and for whatever reason one of those traditions was eating tacos on Halloween before going trick or treating. I am guessing this originated while my parents were living in New Mexico.

What is the next best thing to eating tacos on Halloween?

Eating $2 “booritos” from Chipotle! Going to Chipotle was perfect because it allowed us to get out of the house, dress up in a costume (one of the requirements for the discount) and donate to charity!

Since we didn’t have a lot of time to pull together a costume, Justin went as a football player and I as a Christmas fanatic.


continuing the trend- blurry cell picture

We cuddled up and ate our dinner while watching the Hunger Games. Great Halloween if you ask me, because I got to spend it with Justin!