one of my new years resolutions was to read more, so this month’s book has been the magnolia story.. SO GOOD! i love fixer upper and chip and joanna have the cutest relationship ever. it’s such an easy, simple, read.. i highly recommend it.
sundays are my favorite days, slow and relaxing. i like to spend them catching up on reading, journaling, or just anything that i wasn’t able to get done during the week. sometimes lazy days are good for the soul. plus, a sunday well spent really does bring a week of content. jeans// levis shirt// american eagle flannel// nectar
hello 2017! this year is going to be great, i can already feel it. i’m so excited for what’s to come and for all the changes i’m going to make to better my life. one of my favorite things to do in the new year is to write down my resolutions, i love having a fresh start with new goals and things to look forward to.
the first one is roam.. this sticker actually inspired me. i want to visit places i’ve never been, and just spend more time exploring new areas of the world.
drink more water + eat better. chloe and i are doing whole 30 in january, i’m so excited to start out the year eating so good and sort of detox our bodies.
get a decent night’s sleep. over the past month or two, i’ve joked that i don’t sleep anymore, i just take naps. i want to make sure i’m getting the rest i need.
journal + read more. i love to read and write, but lately i haven’t made the time to. i want to buy some more books and instead of scrolling through social media before bed, i want to scroll through a few pages.
do one (or two) new thing(s) a month. i want to start doing more things that sort of put me out of my comfort zone, and push me into becoming a better person.
this year was by far the hardest year of my life, it was full so much change, hurt, and my strength was tested more than enough times for my liking. but with all of that came lots of growth, learning, and i’ve ended up in a place that i’m really proud of. so here’s my advice to you as we close out one year and open up the door to a new one.. when life gets tough, try not to let it get you down, but instead, look at it as a season for growing and learning, and just as a time where God is shaping you into the person you’re meant to be. everyone has rough patches, but i promise it gets better. so cheers to the new year, good things are coming!
chloe and i are home for christmas and friends of ours came up to adventure around in the snow. we piled into my dad’s and shane’s jeeps and went on a little drive through the mountains, it was a blast and we only got stuck once. sometimes we get so caught up in living life, needing to be places, making all ends meet all the time.. and it can just get overwhelming and exhausting. all growing up my life was spent going on countless camping trips, tons of off-road excursions and doing things that just sort of distance ourselves from the business of the world.. and honestly, to me, there is nothing more important. yesterday when we were driving around, so many memories filled my mind, and i remembered why i have such an adventurous soul. days like this are so special to me because in the end, these are going to be the moments i remember and cherish forever.
my dad: “guys go fall back into the snow and i’ll take your picture”
merry christmas, everyone! i drove home for christmas late friday night and was greeted by the prettiest snowflakes falling everywhere i looked. we haven’t had a snow like this in years and it couldn’t have come at a better time. today we are all cozied up by the fire place enjoying each others company and remembering the true reason for the season.
tonight we attempted to make cookies and then failed miserably. i’m not sure what happened but once we put them in the oven it was all down hill from there. i would share the recipe but clearly it’s not a good one. actually, i bought cheap gluten free flour and i think that was the culprit, but it’s fine, it made for a great memory, we were just sitting on the kitchen floor laughing hysterically. i love moments like that. now i’m off to fall asleep to the sound of The Santa Clause playing in the background. merry christmas eve.
who knew that being an adult would be so comical, i couldn’t make up the things that have happened to us in the past few months if i tried. can’t control it though, so we’ve learned to just laugh through it. i thought i would share some of the awkward, funny, only could happen to us moments that we’ve experienced since moving here.
some random guy in our apartment complex cornered us and tried to sell us a newspaper subscription and wouldn’t take no for an answer. after we told him no thanks, he proceeded to yell at us saying that he was a broke college student and we couldn’t possibly know what it feels like to work for three whole hours in one day then come home and do homework for hours. we politely said no again and then took off running.
then we had pumpkin rot on our carpet.. oh boy this was a doozy. who knew a pumpkin would turn to complete mush in a total of three days? this story starts out on a good note, we won a starbucks gift card for carving the best jack o’ lantern in a pumpkin carving contest #roomategoals! but then sadly it was all down hill from there and we had to scrub moldy rotten pumpkin out of our carpet. you should have seen us, we looked like we were conducting some sort of illegal experiment in our living room. we had bandanas around our faces (cause i’m extremely allergic to mold), and the baking soda + vinegar mixture was bubbling all over. it was a sight i’m sure. but it makes for a good memory, right? right.
we have a neighbor that claps ALL DAY LONG. and it’s not a normal clap guys, it’s this weird monotone clap where there’s about two seconds between each clap. he claps about twelve times and then stops, and that goes on aaaaaaall day no matter what time it is. you know how on friends they have ugly naked guy that lives across the street? well we have old clapper guy. okay, how many times can i say clap in one paragraph?
our freezer stopped working one morning so we called the maintenance guy to come look at it, he stuck his head inside and said “hmm.. it sure isn’t working.. take everything out and i’ll be back in a half hour with a new one.” wait, what? chloe was leaving for work, but i was off since it was a saturday, so i emptied out the fridge + freezer and waited for him to come back. i heard this motorized sound coming from outside and when i opened the door i saw a fridge hooked to some contraption and it was moving up the stairs by itself!
we met new friends and the first impression we made on them was us taking our shoes off and hiking up “suicide hill”, running through sprinklers at 10pm and then swinging on a playground.. we swore we weren’t that weird, and they decided to stay friends with us so we’re good.
i know, i know, it’s only november but tell that to target. it’s like christmas threw up in there, and i’m not even 1% mad about it. they get an A+ for their ornaments this year, i pretty much had to buy them all because i couldn’t choose a favorite. i may or may not have already decorated parts of our apartment for christmas. no shame what so ever though, this is my favorite time of the year so i try and make it last as long as possible. hurry go throw some christmas in your cart before i buy it all.