Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hawaiian hyatts!

we made the long trip to beautiful Hawaii back in September for a week of sun, palms, salty water, fresh fish and ma-ti's :) it was the best and i plan to recap and document in this memory saver of mine soon enough!! as well as list a few recommendations in Honolulu and Maui if you happen to be making a trip!  to be continued <3

Thursday, October 20, 2016

20 miles in pink :)

a few weeks ago, austin and i had the opportunity to walk in the last day of the Susan G. Komen three day for the cure that was taking place in atlanta! we were required to each raise a minimum of $750 and i am so proud to say that together we raised a total of $1,920!! yay! thank you friends and family for donating and helping us! the walk for us one dayers started at 7:30 on sunday morning and so we hurried on down  that morning dressed in our pink :)

there is so much excitement and energy in the air its really pretty awesome.  one volunteer told us they like to call it the three day buffet because you are really well fed the whole time! which is so true! i have always said i felt like i ate the entire time i walked in the event six years ago! ha, it's hard to resist! there are several pit stops throughout the course with water/gatorade, lunch and little snacks which helps break everything up. also restrooms! amen. and then there are the sweet people who come out to cheer everyone on. i love that. so many will set up their own little stands of free goods - mimosas, donuts and coffee [with a dash of baileys!], ice pops, candy, etc!! the walk itself was definitely tiring and hard! going from our casual walks with char to 20 miles, we weren't really prepared for it, but we made it! and had fun along the way. entertaining ourselves with bubble gum and getting to explore so many beautiful neighborhoods of atlanta that we just never seem to get out and do! [atl to do list created!] plus we had the opportunity to meet so many awesome people along the way and learn why they were walking, who they were walking for and how many walks they have been on [10! 15! 25!] i was in awe to hear that, i mean, again you are required to raise at the very least $2,300! which is not easy! and of course, then walk the 60 miles! so ours hats are off to them!!

it makes my heart so happy that we got to experience this together and walk in memory of austin's mom. i know she would be so, so proud of him! i am and i loved having him by my side, especially since the guy participation is on the smaller size! i'm already excited for next year so that we can set up our own fun stand to cheer on these walkers!! because they are so deserving.  [and i hope to join them again one of these years!]

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

DIY bats!

man, i love these little bat guys! they are a fun and easy halloween craft. and necessary!! because its been 80 degrees around here [actually i just checked, its 90!!] and our spooky carved pumpkins are starting to dwindle down and die!! sad. so bats, it is! to add some festive flare to our hyatt house!

you will need:
  • smooth foam balls
  • tooth picks
  • black card stock
  • twine
  • black craft paint
  • glue gun

and of course, how to!
  • paint foam balls in black craft paint
  • cut out wings from black card stock - lots of traceable templates on google images!
  • tape a toothpick to the back of the wing
  • stick wings in foam ball
  • glue wings to twine [or glue the top of the foam ball to twine, whichever!] and hang how you like!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

to the woman who will always make the 13th lucky!

photos by ali harper

happy birthday to the woman who can stand in front of thousands and sing the national anthem. happy birthday to the woman who kisses the clock on 11:11 and taps it saying "diiiing". happy birthday to the woman who would lay a cozy blanket on our family room floor and let us have picnic dinners growing up.  happy birthday to the woman who helped me get my nervous self ready for my very first dance [class night!] and took me to get my hair done. happy birthday to the woman who wrote a song [with the help of my talented brother!] for austin and my wedding.  happy birthday to the woman i can call or text or email [sometimes all three if i'm feeling particularly damsel in distressy] at all hours of the day  ;)  happy birthday to one of the most creative and witty people i know! [years and years of examples right here] happy birthday to the woman who showed us how love and marriage and teamwork go hand in hand.  happy birthday to a woman who is so super stylish and can still fit into her wedding dress thirty five years later.  happy birthday to the woman who is silly and makes me laugh so much.  happy birthday to the woman who loves her family unconditionally and is everyone's cheerleader. happy birthday to my best friend, my mom! for all this and a lifetime of more, you make our lives great and i am so proud to be yours! we love you so much!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


frozen mems from lately!! park and river dates. charlie antics. and a celebration of 2 years of marriage! complete with dancing in my wedding dress with my dearest groom to our wedding song just like my parents have done for the past thirty-five years. <3

Monday, October 10, 2016

fall in nashville!

first. i love those people above!! they are my favorite people in this world and i loved getting to spend the other weekend in nashville with them! of course, we are missing one blonde beauty of a sister of mine!! but i will take what i can get :) austin happened to have business in nash from sunday to tuesday and i was more than happy to "work from home" from nash so away we went one saturday morning! my parent were migrating south from manomet to nash that morning and it couldn't have worked out better.  high five! we also got to be around for my parents wedding anniversary!! see those faces up there! that's what 35 years of love and marriage and teamwork look like.  best role models in life and love. and we got to see that brother of mine! yay. i love rare colin sightings when he is not at work! he is still the funniest person i know and i am so proud of him.  we love you nashville, take care of my people! and also: the 12 south farmers market with its pumpkins and fallness, it really helps to ease those summer blues away! that and the 80 degree weather :)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

think pink!

i love full circle stories. and this is one of them! so yay. six years ago i participated in the Susan G. Komen three day for the cure walk in atlanta. [which actually!! was one of the main reasons i even really started this blog, so i could document and freeze those moments in time!] in order to walk in the event you have to raise a minimum of $2,300, which is daunting, yes!! but incredible!! to see thousands of people walking and to know that every single person there [!!!] raised at least $2,300 for the cause. that's really pretty amazing! and luckily, with the help of some really generous family, friends and co-workers of mine i was able to meet that goal [and then some! $2552 :)]  the walk itself was one of the most rewarding and special things i have ever gotten to be apart of. and hard!!! oh my goodness, it was hard. 

so fast forward six years later, to this year's walk taking place in atlanta! austin and i will be joining in on the last day of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure on october 9th, walking 20 miles over the course of the day and have agreed to each raise $750 in donations.  we will be walking in memory of his mom who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007 and so it means so much. i love that we will get to experience this together and share in something so much bigger than us both. i know that the whole experience made such an impression on me and i'm so happy austin will get to see and feel!! that too! it's a good feeling. so we've come full circle!! same blog. same walk. same guy [from boyfriend to husband!].  six years later :)

and if you are interested in donating that would make all the difference! the link is right here:::  donate now