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Today I realized its getting towards the end of February and I haven’t posted anything in almost a month! This past weekend David and I made a trip to Winterplace, WV for a day of snowboarding. We both share a love of snowboarding and have been anxiously awaiting our first trip together since Day 1 of our relationship! We may have taken a little detour on the way to WV due to good conversation while not paying attention to signs. But I reminded David of my motto – if everything went just as planned then we wouldn’t have any good stories to tell.

For example, we would have missed out on seeing this beautiful view.

Even though there hasn’t been much snow this season there was still plenty on the slopes for us to have an awesome time together and even practice some tricks on the terrain park. Only 15 more days until the annual family trip to Snowshoe!!! And the best thing ever – having a great boyfriend who loves snowboarding as much as I do to bring with me on the family ski trip! 🙂

Oh, and I made this during our road trip. Now available in my Etsy shop.


its beginning to look a lot like christmas

Once Thanksgiving comes the rest of the year pretty much flies by. Its been a busy few weeks and I’m sure the next few will be as well! Here’s some things that have been going on.

ate lots of good food on Thanksgiving

hung out with the fam in Southern Pines

went to an NC State basketball game in Reynolds

went to an NC State football game

NC State won

babysat Clara

started reading The Hunger Games

made a Pinterest inspired candle

went to a Christmas tree lot

found the one

decorated the tree

and last but certainly not least, went ice skating outdoors

do you want a frozen banana?

… no but I want a regular banana later, so, yeahhhh….

{That was a little tribute to the late, great Mitch Hedberg – my favorite comedian}

For my birthday Sarah got me a blender. Per my request. I really just wanted to make banana smoothies using my ever growing stock of bananas in the freezer and I’d read that frozen bananas make the perfect smoothie consistency. I always buy bananas but never eat them all before they get too ripe so I started tossing the over ripe bananas in the freezer. Now how exactly do you peel a frozen banana? The same way you peel a normal banana, you just end up with frozen fingers.

frozen bananas + pretty new blender = banana smoothie!

Only one problem, it didn’t taste good. I think those bananas spent a little too much time in the freezer. Oops.

weekend happenings via instagrams

This weekend was a busy and EXCITING weekend – one that has been long anticipated! My best friend Nia and Austin got married! They are now in Argentina for 2 weeks celebrating their honeymoon. Check out some of her beautiful bridal portraits here by the talented Amanda/sister of the groom at Studio 310 Photography. Also check out the impressive (if I do say so myself) flash mob performed by the entire wedding party.

I spent a little time adding some personal touches to their wedding gift by stamping onto the paper gift bag and replacing an ugly purple ribbon handle with some braided hemp.

On Thursday evening I made my way up to Reedy Creek to help with pre-wedding preparations. Basically their entire wedding was DIY, so there was lots to do. Most of Friday was spent picking wildflowers and arranging bouquets and other flower decor. Saturday morning all the girls walked around the Lexington BBQ Festival (one of Nia’s favorite events that is always on the to-do list every October. this year it just happened to fall on her wedding day).

After spending the afternoon getting ready all the ladies went to the fields by Nia’s house to take wedding photos. Hannah snapped a few quick shots with my phone while we posed and posed and posed for the real photographer.

Hannah also snapped a few shots of everyone goofing around in the fields while Nia had some fabulous photos taken of just her (she was the bride after all). For example, Kacie and Jera practicing sweet dance moves.

And then I snapped a few casual shots of Hannah. Always looking so fashionable!

Check out these white boots Nia has on. A nice touch to the rest of her all white wardrobe!

Part of our bridesmaid gift from Nia was a too cute J.Crew cardigan adorned with vintage clip on earrings and wooden hangers personalized with each girls’ name. The sweaters came in handy later in the evening when it got quite cold.

Everyone ate, laughed, smiled, socialized, and danced the night away until Austin and Nia sped off into the night in Jerry’s prized possession – his Corvette. I was so happy David was able to join in the festivities!

The whirlwind weekend was concluded with a WOLFPACK WIN and a PANTHERS WIN. David and I got to watch the Panthers vs. Redskins and were joined by Amanda (one of my college roomies) and her husband Matthew.

Sunday was such a beautiful day and we were lucky to have nice deep blue skies!

my jeep

I failed to mention my favorite present in my birthday post. You may or may not know that my dream car is a red Jeep Wrangler, an old one – possibly even a CJ7, one that I can take the top down and the doors off and just cruise. So, naturally I told David this was what I wanted for my birthday. Being the great boyfriend that he is, he got me one. From eBay. Shipped all the way from Hawaii. He took me outside, told me something was waiting in the driveway, and there it was! Parked there so perfectly! Only one problem… I forgot to specify I wanted one that I could fit in.

And just in case you’re wondering, yes, the top and doors do come off.

quarter of a century

This past weekend was my 25th birthday. This year it fell on a Saturday, which meant I got a whole weekend (yes, 3 days!) of celebration. Friday night my wonderful boyfriend took me to dinner at Cajun Queen and then to the movies to see Ides of March (hellllllo Ryan Gosling!).

Saturday morning (my actual date of birth) we served at the Habitat ReStore as a part of the What If Everyone service project with Mosaic Church.

Then I spent some time with family at my brothers house adoring my niece Clara Jane. Brian decided my new nickname to be “Auntie M” (think Wizard of Oz)… now Clara just needs to learn to say it!

Next it was time for LASER TAG PARTY! Yes, I specifically requested a laser tag party for my 25th birthday. David planned a great party which involved 12 others joining me at Laser Quest for two intense games of laser tag. [I’d just like to note that I did come in 4th place in our second game. Heck yeah megapizzle!] The games were followed by some hanging out at my house and about 4 rounds of Mafia. Unfortunately for David he didn’t get to actively participate in any round because he was killed off first nearly every time.

Sunday morning started out with church service at Mosaic Church and I was joined by my family, David, and Hannah. Mom made lunch for everyone at Brian’s house, fried rice and ham – by request. Followed by presents and confetti cake. A halloween version of confetti cake, apparently the real Funfetti is not available all year long.

And the whirlwind weekend was wrapped up with a much anticipated ride on David’s motorcycle wearing none other than my new grey boots! I’ve been asking almost every day for 2 months and he finally took me for a ride. Now I’m thinking maybe I should get my own?! Or just make David take me for a ride every week.

Thanks to everyone who joined for any or all of my birthday celebration weekend! Who doesn’t love feeling loved? 🙂


did you catch that one?

Thank Goodness It’s Friday And The First Day Of Fall And Dave Barnes Concert Tonight!

with dave barnes himself at the evening muse, 2010