Tuesday, November 24, 2015

hey october!

before christmas comes on in one last shout to the month of october !!! [...well into november. ahhh life! documenting!! cant ever keep up nowadays!] it really really did fly right on by. but we made sure to sneak in our octobery traditions, because i would want it no other way. orange din, yummy mummies, pumpkin seed baking and pumpkin carving. check x 4. and we halloweened! with the very best of witches and ghosts. austin and i were 80's workout which is sooo much fun. so much fun! gosh, halloween always sneaks up on me and always goes by way to fast. it really needs to be an extended holiday

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

hey hey! the hyatts loves the hendersons

matching shirts! not planned, but so on the same level
cabin homey for the weekend!
ole married men now!! [uh to two different lucky gals ;)]

speaking of weddings and love and marriage! it's sort of my favorite topic these days to talk about as we have had sooo many beautiful reasons to celebrate! a couple of weekends ago we traveled to alabama the beautiful to witness the marriage of one of our dearest college friends to his beautiful bride. so exciting.

we have know the groom ever since our bama days!! he was austin's roommate all throughout college along with being his baseball playin' teammate. i have spent so many hours with those two, in their apartment laughing about the most random things, getting beaten sooo terribly in monopoly, cleaning their boy apartment and washing all the sheets, dishes and towels i could get my hands on while they would be away for baseball games, because, someone had to. but above all, really getting to witness a really awesome friendship and bond they have created. it is always such a joy to be around them in their bff element. and yes corny to say! but also really the total truth. the groom was a groomsmen in our own wedding when my stone was the groom and i was the bride! and just as fun, the roles were reversed the other weekend as he said i-do to his forever love. [who gosh, is so perfect for him and someone we are so excited to get to be bff's with forever ;)]

the wedding itself took place in alabama on a beautiful property that we had all to ourselves! the reception in this gorgeous barn and we even had cabins to stay in! so . much . fun! i only wish it could have lasted longer! but you know newlyweds, gotta honeymoon. and us guests, well we had to head back to the real world. but it sure was pretty special to take a quick break and be a small part of someone elses best-day-of-their-lives. ps. the hyatts loves the hendersons! :)

and for a good throwback ;)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

secret gareden river dates

a whole lot of different river scenes from this summer
we discovered this little river right down the street from us when we first moved in to our home and it has become one of our favorite places to bring charlie. he looooves it. as soon as he spots the water and his leash comes off he will go flying right on in. its always just us and quiet and it's been so much fun to picnic to it multiple times this past summer, i will really miss these secret garden-river dates when the cooler temps come rolling on in! but its fall in the south! so i am really hoping we have a couple more trips left of watching this little water puppy in all his water dog glory

Thursday, October 15, 2015

13 things for the bday girl

photo by ali harper

my bff of a mom had a birthday on the thirteenth! and so! in her bday week honor, thirteen little things/mems/random bits that are just some of the reasons why i love her so.

1. she is a really really incredible mother-in-law. year one of holding that title, and she's a super-mommm [in-law]. and you know, she so easily assumed that role long before my husband became my husband! with her emails, baseball good lucks, thoughtful gifts. cards. he is lucky to have her. and i am too!

2. growing up we went to sooo many broadway/off broadway musicals. i have quite the playbill collection if i do say so myself! nowhere close to hers though. i loved those little dates with her. and i loved the shows, i mean. if it wasnt for her love of "rent" then how could i have ever have made this little vid back in my college days

3. she will give you the shirt off her back. literally. my sister and i laugh about this all the time. because its so 100% true. "oh mom, i love your shirt, it's so cute!" followed by "thanks! do you want it??" ha and for the record! i dont think we usually run off with her stuff, even though we may realllly want to. the lady has good taste. but, i have found myself saying similar things these days - mostly when it comes to my sister and brother, oooh you like this thing-a-bobber?!? do you want it?? 

4. once upon a wedding [mine!] we were a bit worried it might rain which would have been tricky since we were getting married outside. one day an email popped up from my mom who told me about this southern superstition she had found, how if you bury a bottle of jack daniels upside down one month prior to your wedding at your wedding venue [lots of rules to follow!], it will not rain. which! we ended up doing, because how can you not. [and documented here!] and hey with lots of prayers and good vibes and some help from jack daniels courtesy of my mommy dearest, the most beautiful day and weather we were given! [and also, that she created a wedding binder and was the most on top of it, most organized mob in all the land]

5. she sings! she has been signing around our house [car/church/any and everywhere] my whole life. which is the main reason i am fluent in the musical rent, shania twain, dixie chicks, etc. thank you! growing up she would also sing the national anthem for lots of different sports teams- one of them being uconn basketball! [i was always more nervous for her than she was to be standing out there singing]

6. have i mentions she blogs? once? twice? i remember many moons ago when she first started and i was like blogging?! what is this. and well, like mother like daughter, why try to stop the inevitable. she is a really good writer. i cant say that enough. and creative. from her blogs to stories to songs! i don’t think i have gotten to really give it all the attention it so deserves, but her and colin wrote a song [music aaand lyrics!] for austin and me pre wedding. it was the most incredible thing you could do really, well in my opinion. i am just waiting for her them to record this one pleaseeeee!  [christmas gift 2015?!?! yes?]

7. speaking of christmas!! the christmas atm. a couple of years ago she bought a little plastic atm. and on christmas, she will put little notes in your stockings saying, "take a trip to the atm" so we do! she hands us the plastic credit card and we swipe it in the plastic atm and she opens it up and hands you a twenty. ha i love that about her. austin got to take his own trip to the plastic atm this past christmas, welcome to our world, hyatt!

8. she is a party plannin extrodinnaire. from thanksgiving and the games her and my dad come up with year after year to the pirate parties in manomet to all the b-day parties she had for us growing up.  her love of people gathering together and making everything special and really getting in the spirit, is a lot of the reason why i am why i am! and why i love it all so much

9. she is a really good listener. life is good! and sometimes its kinda not and let's say, a man totales your car and its a really scary headache. she knows that and i know that but sometimes you just want to talk about it! and she lets me. and i cant tell you how much i need and appreciate that.

10. she made me a believer in friday the 13th luck! because well, her bday sometimes falls on a friday. friday the 13th! and she is one good luck charm. can't scare me 13!

11. her name is kathy, but she usally will send emails to lots of family and friends signing off as katwoman or katwomanOUT ;)

12.  her one-liners. both my parents. they just say these things that make me laugh so much.  this is not even close to an example of how good her funnies can be but yeaaaars ago, like fourteen years! she was upstairs and i could hear her say "i have laundry coming out of my ying yangs" ha, and i thought it was the funniest thing. i'm not sure if i ever told her that. its funny what you pick up as kids. and those little things that stay with you.

13. for giving us things like the orange dinner and picnic dins on a picnic blanket in the family room, or ornaments on christmas eve and rabbit, rabbit, rabbit good luck reminders. those little things! that i have already or will continue with my own little fam. i love them all. [and i am wired to not forget them, even if i wanted to! which i don't]

... all these things. and more! happy birthday [and week!] to you katwoman! you are sooo loved. xooxo

Thursday, October 8, 2015

thirty four & still so right ;)

my parents celebrated thirty-four years of love and marriage last weekend! happy anni  from one old married couple to next ;) they are the best these two. i love them. i do. lots and lots of sentimental amounts. nothing new here. and like every year on their anniversary, for the past thirty-four years, they dance to their wedding song, 'something so right', which i have talked about a time or two! [but my moms version is always better]

when it came to our own wedding, it was hard to decide on a song for our first dance. for one reason, i have always really wanted to continue this tradition of theirs and if you're going to listen to one special song on the best day of your life aaand for eternity and beyond, make it a good one, you know? no pressure. so hey, back up just a little! austin knows how much this tradition of theirs means to me. and my obsession with that song.  i have maybe cried a teeny bit while listening to it once or twice. ooor no comment. and what made it even more special was that on one november night austin asked this girl to dance to that very song, right before he got down on one knee and proposed :) so for a while we were thinking maybe we would make it our song too! but there were so many others we loved! so we sort of gave it a rest for a little. and after a trip of mine to nashville to watch colin and band [i mean dustin! dustin and band! ;)] open for keith urban, i had a moment! ha,  keith played  his song making memories of us -  just him, acoustically and in that moment! oh i fell in love with it. i remember how i felt soo vividly!  i went back home, played it for austin and hey, it became our song :) and really in hindsight, i think it was the win-win, best choice! we have our "own" song and can stilllll love on all the others [i'm looking at you something so right, you are the best thing, wonderful tonight, the list goes on] 

so while we were in the middle of wedding planning i got in touch with our band and asked if it would be possible for them to play something so right on our wedding day. just not for our first dance, but for my parents and as a surprise. they so kingly agreed to not only play their song, but learn it, since its not really on their usual playlist, i guess, come on! and so on that day, they played it! and it was beautiful. my parents danced, just them two  [with my stone brother and sister joining in a little bit after] and the surprise was a success. yay! go team. and can i just say, those two, they move soooo effortlessness. they are good! i guess thats what happens when you have thirty-four years of practice! love you parents of mine!! cheers to you. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

pre-anniverary sentiments!

photography by ali harper
it seems the most surreal to say, but! this sunday austin and i will be celebrating one whole year of love and marriage! one year! and i am feeling aaaall the feelings right about now, already!  i mean, really, a lot of my daily thoughts have been replaced by such things likeee "oh it’s tuesday!! tuesday was my last day of work! and i put a note on my computer saying "getting married. be right back" [which i still have on my bulletin, because, tangible mems, soo hard to throw away]  and yes, even that little tidbit of something maaaybe not the most important! well, it makes me very reminiscent and sentimental! so, i know i am innnn for it when the twenty-seventh arrives!

austin and i are no strangers when it comes to celebrating anniversaries, we kind of specialize in datingveraries and have grown preeeetty good at them over the past eight years ;) but a wedding anniversary! this all new territory, we’ve never done this before! and so thinking back to this time last year, it all just makes my heart swell. i think that’s the best way i can describe it.  it makes me miss and love and feel forever thankful for those those last couple of days leading up to that saturday in september, so much happiness and excitement and so much love all around us. and it  also makes me want to run back in time reeeeal quick fairy god mother style and hug myself who was definitely feeling the butterflies and say hey guess what! it’s not going to rain! and you won’t trip walking down the aisle!  and the rehearsal din dress you bought that was hemmed a wee bit too short? don’t worry! you and mom will find the most perfect one, with a little less than twenty-four hours pre rehearsal! and it will be on sale! and we would probably jump around high-fiving and then poof i’d magically disappear.  [although, i also remember driving to maybe three different stores one afternoon in desperate need of season three of downton abbey because it happened to be my current obsession and i neeeeded to know what happened next, priorities, right? my mom says i was the calmest bride ever :)]

i read this once in a book of mine and i loved it so, “...it took me a very long time not to view sympathy, grief, doubt, the ability to be moved by tears by love and happiness and sadness and music - as weak, despicable traits. he taught me that the ability to grieve deeply also meant that a person had the capacity to love deeply, laugh deeply, live deeply -- and that this was a capacity to be cherished.” gosh. that is me, in a nutshell. i remember reading that and thinking yes! yes! amen! i am right there with you author lady! so yes, this week, this pre wedding anniversary week of ours, i am already feeling all the sentimental vibes, deep, deep deeply! after all, it was only theee most magical day[s!!] of our lives ;)  see you soon one year anni! ps i love you austin parker xoxoo your wife. pps. this tradition to be continued!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

happy third! (and twenty-first!)

today marks year three of charlie's lifey. happy third birthday, puppy! aaaand twenty-first!  two birthday's in one. paaaarty. we love our littlest puppyhuman. sweet and cuddly. wild and wild some more. but consistently happy!!! we always say we need to live life more like him. always happy and grateful. for us! for food! for his toys! for our big comfy bed that he gets to cuddle with his humans in! i really try to appreciate and love on those little things, but he wins the most at this. so haaaappy birthday prince charlay! we will cheers our legal cocktails to you and channel our inner charlie-selves just in your honor!