During our stay-cation, we decided that we wanted to fix up our place a little bit! We had tons of ideas but were limited due to time and money. Like our normal fashion, we shopped for four days and did all the projects in one day. Hopefully, we won’t do that again.
After the new year, we went to Goodwill to find all sorts of frames for the guest room. I wanted to make it travel themed and wanted to make a wall gallery of pictures and things that we have been given. We love way that it turned out.
We had so much fun decorating. We have had the same decorations since we got married, so it was exciting to get some new things and re-purpose others. I have a couple more things that I want to do, so hopefully I’ll remember to take before pictures!!
Yes, I have been neglecting you. I’m back now and want to be waaayyyy more consistent.
So, it’s almost Feburary, you may be thinking “What in the heck have you been doing since October?” You probably didn’t say that but I’ll imagine that you did :)
Friends, we have done too much. We’ve done way too much for comfort, too much busyness, just plain too much. I have felt like that since we went to the beach at the end of the summer. To some this might not seem like a lot, but for our family it was.
October- I went to NJ, NYC and NY and had a fabulous time. I could not have asked for a better trip! The kids went to Charlotte. Danny got quite a few things done around the house while we were gone. A week long trip takes a week to get ready for and a week to re-coup from.
November- In the beginning of the month we were still trying to get back on track. I had little projects here and there. Then we spent a week preparing for my family to come for Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the kids and I went to my parents new place in FL. Danny came and stayed the following weekend. We also got to see my Uncle and his family, which was an added bonus.
December- We came back from FL, and had Danny’s work party. The next week, I had two Christmas parties and a girls night out. Then that weekend we had a stay-cation for our anniversary. We hit every thrift store in the upstate up to Asheville, NC. It was a lot of fun. Danny took off work, so we had 5 days together. The house got a makeover, specifically our bedroom :) Which then brings us to the weekend before Christmas, we went to Atlanta and came home Christmas Eve. We like waking up on Christmas Day in our home :) Danny’s parents stopped in for Christmas and had dinner with us, as they made their way back from Atlanta.
I am too! Oh, and sprinkle in 4 doctor appointments, an ultrasound, and bloodwork too! Their nephrologist believes that since they are progressing so slowly that transplants will not happen for another 5 to 7 years, if at all!! What a blessing! We know that this isn’t a guarantee but it is exciting all the same! The next round of appointments will not start until the end of Feburary.
We hope that you are looking forward to the new year too!!
xo, nikki :)
ps- enjoy the pictures from October until Christmas!
Today was a very special day for me… for one Danny and I are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary, and my grandma came to visit with me and the babies :)
Well, this morning my sweet husband gave me the Il Divo in Concert DVD. YAY! I love concerts on DVD! I can’t wait to cuddle up and watch it with him tonight. Last week, I cooked him a special meal for our anniversary since he is on call. We had mussels in a white wine sauce, no knead bread, steamed broccoli with garlic, sparkling grape juice to drink, and elairs for dessert . We had dinner by candlelight — which Bentley thought was “beautiful!” and we were serenaded by our wedding playlist! It was so much fun to surprise Danny with this very romantic dinner!
The Mussels– The Before– The After–
Grandma’s visit. It was a short visit… only four hours. That’s right my grandma flew up for FL — which she is visiting right now too– to see me for lunch! I had to make it a very special lunch, so we had Stuffed Portobello with Gorganzola Cheese, focaccia (it turned out great being that it was the first time I’ve ever made this bread!), and Cornmeal Cake with cranberries. It was very gourmet and we both loved it! I’m so glad that she came to visit me, though all of us were sad that she didn’t get to visit with Danny. Bentley loved showing off to her and the fact that she read a lot of books to him. Marseille loved her too, she actually fell asleep on her! I love her so much and it was good to see her, even if it was only for lunch! My focaccia dough rose! I was very surpised :) It turned out pretty, don’t you think?