today i’m twenty five. that feels so weird to say, it’s so cliche but it feels like just yesterday that i was fifteen years old talking with my friend Malerie about how our twenties seemed so far away.. and now here i am half way through them. people always ask if you feel any older on your birthday, and even though i may not feel older than yesterday, i do feel older than i was a year ago at this time. i’ve grown so much since then and every day i am more proud of who i’m becoming. so here’s to twenty five!
2017 was filled with lots of adventures, exciting changes, and so much good. the year also brought along some struggle and sadness, but out of those hard times came so much love and growth that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I learned so much this year about who I am and who I want to be in the years to come. here’s to 2018!
happy december first guys! i’m going to pretend like my apartment hasn’t already been decorated for christmas for a month now. it’s fine. while i’m writing this, i’m currently on my second cup of coffee and third christmas movie of the day, and thanksgiving is next weekend.. like i said, it’s fine. it’s just my favorite time of year and i can’t contain my excitement! this season flies by, i just want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. aaaanyways. here are a few of my christmas favorites!
the santa caluse (funny story, i was sick a lot as a child and the nurse had me name my IV to make it less scary, and i named it charlie after the kid in this movie)
12 dates of christmas (it’s on netflix and definitely watch this movie year round)
the holiday (not totally a christmas movie, but i watch it every year around this time)
polar express (tom hanks’ character in this looks EXACTLY like my dad in cartoon form)
merry christmas & happy holidays by nsync (OBVIOUSLY)
glow by brett eldredge
rockin’ around the christmas tree by brenda lee (classic!)
under the weather by chris young
i pray on christmas by dave barnes
christmas eve by dave barnes
actually this whole album by dave barnes
winter wonderland by bing crosby
home by michael buble and blake shelton
it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas by perry como
putting the angel on top of the tree with my dad
having matching pajamas with my mom
waiting at the top of the stairs to go open presents with my brothers
collecting mistletoe with family & friends
going to this place and eating freshly made candy canes
watching the santa clause movies with our neighbors
driving around looking at christmas lights
going on snowy jeep rides
filling my parent’s stockings with their favorite things
wrapping gifts in the most creative ways
buying all the christmas decor at target
the school i work at is closed on halloween, so we took the little girl Chloe babysits to disneyland, and let me tell you that was the best decision of our lives because there was NOBODY there! we walked right on to haunted mansion, and were able to ride a handful of others in the few hours we were there. best place to spend halloween if you ask me. ALSO we spotted some places they have already started to decorate for Christmas!!!!! super excited about that if you can’t tell. unfortunately next time we visit, i don’t think we’ll be as lucky and will have to fight the crowds again.
happy halloween!! if it weren’t for christmas halloween would be my favorite holiday. every year we invite family + friends over for dinner and a bonfire, but since halloween lands on a tuesday this year, we celebrated a little early and had everyone over on saturday. it was so nice being home and surrounded by so many of my favorite people, it was pretty cold too, which made it feel even more festive!
2014| this year we forced my brother & the kids we babysat to dress up with us. our original idea was to be the lost boys from peter pan but somehow it turned into this instead, which i’m not upset about. we got tons of compliments on them which made us really proud cause we made/threw together these costumes with things we had laying around the house. this was one of my favorite halloweens, we took them trick or treating in a golf cart, our little fox lost her tail, i’m pretty sure i tripped and fell in someone’s front yard, such a fun night! plus, it was just absolutely FREEZING and eventually started snowing on us!2015|this year we decided to go to the river last minute. best decision ever made if i’m being honest. we had no intentions of dressing up but packed some cat ears just in case. couldn’t just let them go to waste. + + i found this palm leaf and started running around like a witch with a broom, 97 failed pictures later we got this gem. it’s still to this day one of my grandma’s favorite pictures of me.2016| i have to say that last year was my favorite when it comes to halloween costumes & festivities. although, we’ve been planning this year’s costume since july and i’m SO excited about it coming to life. but, sammi and i have called ourselves thelma and louise since carrie underwood and miranda lambert’s song, “something bad” came out. so it was only a matter of time that we dressed up like them for halloween. another diy costume that we put together with stuff we already had!+ this year sammi also painted my face like a skeleton. these photos will forever be some of my FAVORITE photos ever. the lighting & weather that day was just too perfect, i can’t get over how good they turned out!i seriously get so giddy and happy looking back at photos from past autumns. i love it so much and this year is going to be just as great! ugh, can’t it just be fall 93% of the time?? is that too much to ask!?
fall decor just gets to me. i honestly think fall is the definition of me. or maybe i’m the definition of it. regardless, i am not ashamed of my obsession with the season. i was a fan of everything pumpkin before it was cool. anyways, i may or may not have gone a little overboard on my latest target trip. i just couldn’t help myself. it’s fine.
01| i’ve wanted this buffalo print for awhile, but i never could bring myself to get it.. until now.
02| i am too embarrassed to tell you how many antler related things i own, yet i purchased this deer head anyway. zero regrets.
03| HAVE YOU SMELT THIS SOAP!? once you do, you’ll understand.
04| is there such thing as too many pillows? no? didn’t think so either. chloe bought this one, and this one is mine.
05| i carried this vase around the store like it was my child.
06|i tried to find the skull online but it must be sold only in stores. BUT target has soooo many halloween stuff i literally had to force myself not to purchase. like this sign, these lights, this pumpkin, and this
07| we also bought this candle, this candle, and this garland. whoops.
we have finally made it to my favorite time of year!! i know it’s not technically the first day of fall, but i can’t wait any longer! maybe it’s just me, it feels like it took forever to get here this year. but at the same time 2017 has also flown by. i just hope this season lasts for as long as it can. i really thrive in the fall/winter time. if there’s a place i don’t know about that has autumn weather all year round, let me know, because i’m going to move there tomorrow. i am just so excited to wear jackets, jump in leaves, carve pumpkins, pick apples, dress up for halloween, burn fall scented candles. oh and target trips this time of year are just my absolute favorite.
Every year my friend and I celebrate christmas in july, we make cookies, watch hallmark christmas movies, and listen to christmas music. last year we stupidly wore sweaters and just about melted in the heat, this year we were a little bit smarter and settled for festive socks. i really thrive the closer it get’s to christmas, sometimes i wish i lived in a world that was just september through december. leaves changing, pumpkin patches, halloween, chilly evenings, bonfires, sweaters, snow, christmas music, i could go on forever. everyone around me doesn’t want summer to end, but i wanted it over before it started. okay that’s a little dramatic, i love the sunshine and going to the river more than i love candy, but there’s something about the last half of the year that i can’t seem to shake. and i may or may not have been listening to michael buble’s christmas album on my way to work. so, just in case you were wondering, there is only 152 days until christmas! please try to contain your excitement.
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.