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Tis the Season…

Tis the season to be thankful and for holiday decorating!  This is one of my favorite times of the year because we get to spend time with family and look back over the year and really think about what we are grateful for.

This year I am incredibly thankful that Eric is home with us and able to celebrate his first Christmas with our daughter!  I am also thankful that our family will all be together at our house for the very first time!

This year has been one of many challenges and changes from moving cross-country, a deployment, learning how to be a mommy, buying a house and a new car, to saying goodbye to good friends and making new ones.  The Army presents many challenges that many people wouldn’t even think about if they don’t know someone who serves our country, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I am so proud of my husband, brother-in-law, and the many friends we have made on this journey so far.  It has allowed us to take risks, see new parts of the country make amazing life long friendships, and strengthen our relationship like nothing else could.

This is the first year we could really decorate our own home and it’s extra special that we will get to share it with our family for Christmas dinner!  The interesting part of constantly moving and having half of your things break in shipment is reusing decorations and seeing where they fit in a new space.  Lights that were once outside are now inside and ornaments from our old tree are now used as garland accents outside.  You have to get creative and try to use everything you have even if its unconventional.

I love seeing decorations that we had in our first tiny apartment now being used in the dining room, or the Santa figurines that are passed down from my mom-mom.  Decorations that I grew up with in my parents house we now have as reminders of all the fun-filled traditions that my sisters and I grew up with.  The holidays are such a special time and I love seeing the house filled with decorations reminding us everyday of December!

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New icicle lights with wreathes passed down from my mom-mom and topped with new gold accents
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Garland woven with older ornaments that didn’t match the living room, greenery from our back yard (good idea mom!) and an adorable personalized snowman from aunt nicole!
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Nothing better than relaxing with the fireplace a decorated tree!
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The dining room is all silver, gold, with hints of teal
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Garland that once hung outside of our old house in WA
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We decided on a red and gold theme for our living room, the candy stripped mesh we found at Costco and worked perfectly with our tree. 
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The curtains we switched out with our neutral ones and are from our very first apartment!
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I love that we finally have a mantle to hang our stockings on that are personalized from my parents! The Santa is from my mom-mom and we love it!
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Entry way table, I love using placemats all over to add color or in this case sparkle to end tables and we can use this one year round! (found at TJmaxx)
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This tree that now looks tiny was our only tree in our small apartment where we first lived and now fits perfectly in our dining room where we will have Christmas dinner!

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Happy Holidays and don’t forget to be grateful for all the amazing people in your life!

xo Meg

12ks of Christmas…

This past weekend we got to run a 12k with our friends down here in NC.  The weather has been so nice the past couple of weeks and even got up to 70 degrees on Friday!  Of course Saturday the day of our race the temp plummeted and started raining! Overall the race was pretty low-key compared to the Philly Half, but it was a lot of fun besides the constant drizzling of rain!  The course was about 7.5 miles long and surprisingly pretty hilly.  I didn’t mind the hills because it was a shorter race and it was fun to run around a new area.

I am happy that we signed up for the race because it gave me motivation to keep running through the cooler weather and pushed me to run a longer distance now that the half is over.  It was really cool to have my mom at the finish line cheering us on with the babe, and it was nice to not have to push the stroller up those hills!

After the race we picked up lunch and headed home to warm up and take a much-needed nap!  I can’t believe how tired we all were after this! Literally all four of us passed out on the couch!  Later that night we headed over to Brittany and Steve’s house (pictured below) for a pizza party!  They have an awesome wood burning pizza oven in their back yard and they made delish homemade pizzas and of course some wine!  We had so much fun for such a gloomy weekend!

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Eric and I at the finish line
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With our workout buddies Brittany and Steve! (in the middle)

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xo Meg

Hello November…

Ahh November is here, my fave month not only because it’s my birthday month but because it means we just had Halloween which is one of the best holidays and because it is really starting to feel like fall.  Fall is so beautiful, I’m always down for a beach trip and I love the heat but there is nothing like the leaves changing and being able to break out your boots and scarfs without freezing to death!

Halloween this year was so much fun because my husband was home and we could enjoy the holiday with our daughter!  She was finally able to trick-or-treat for the first time! I wasn’t sure how she would react to everyone dressed up and if she would like trick-or-treating, but we all dressed up in a family costume and we had so much fun taking her around our neighborhood. If you couldn’t guess we dressed up as characters from Harry Potter one of my all time fave childhood reads/movies! She caught on pretty quickly and was running all over by the end of the night!

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Decorating for fall is so exciting, I love all warm colors and all of the flowers and pumpkins, I just think that it makes a house feel so warm and cozy!  This year instead of carving pumpkins we painted them in neutral colors so that we could leave them up until Thanksgiving.  This was a super easy craft that is perfect for kids of any age, I chose metallic colors, but you could do a Halloween theme or even black and white would be cute too.  I think that they turned out super cute and the babe had so much fun painting them!  If only our flowers would have survived it would still look adorable for some reason we tend to kill every plant we buy… so disappointing!

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So here’s to fall, grab a pumpkin spiced late and enjoy the season with your loved ones I know we will!

xo Meg