instagram updates christmas edition

 I just loved this label. Bear + Deer = Beer
Sean and Caroline sent us our favorite pizza fresh from Chicago. It was delicious!
I spent my first day (and the past 6 days) of Christmas break miserably sick. Watching Christmas Vacation in the glow of Christmas lights helped make it more tolerable.
I had a Christmas movie marathon, and loved every minute of it.
 This is what makes days when I can barely drag myself out of bed worth it. I love my kiddos.
 We went to see one of my students perform in the Nutcracker. This was my first time!
 Our little man in his slightly too small Buzz Lightyear Jammies. 
Santa brought him some new ones for Christmas. They are adorable and I will post pictures soon. 
 We had a white Christmas! It was barely white, but it still counts.
 Nestled all snug in his bed.



Merry, merry Christmas.


deck the halls

One of my favorite dining rooms designed by Amber Lewis...
decked out for the holidays. Love it.


all i want for christmas

Even though I've come down horribly sick, I'm super excited to be on Christmas break. Now I finally have time to think about fun things like... what I hope to find under the tree this year.



Today I spent the whole day thinking about a door that has very abruptly closed for me, when in reality it just means that it will open more doors that otherwise wouldn't have been there. My career is becoming incredibly exhausting, and right now the only thing keeping me going is knowing that someday I'll finally figure out what I'm supposed to do with my life. But right now I feel hurt and frustrated that I have put in years of hard work just to feel like it has all been a waste. But...
and this is so very, very true. Call me selfish, but starting now I'm going to quit trying to make everyone else happy, and start doing what makes me happy. If I've learned anything over the past couple of weeks, it's that life is short and it needs to be spent wisely.
And this officially concludes my cheesy inspirational quotes. I'm a sucker for these things!


thanksgiving pics

A few pictures from Thanksgiving at my Dad's house.
Our little family
My brother's family :)
I was also briefly domestic...


photo sneak peek

We took pictures with our lovely wedding photographer last weekend. I was a little worried about how they would turn out, considering we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning at the wedding that I posted about here. We were both exhausted and had quite the hangovers, but I think they turned out pretty cute. So lucky that I'm married to such a wonderful guy :)


color of the year

I feel like I'm in the minority when I say that I'm digging Pantone's 2013 color of the year. It also works out pretty well that emerald is my living room accent color!
Get yo'self some emerald in your life...


instagram updates

It's been so long since I've posted! Things should be calming down soon, and I'll be back to my (almost) daily posts. I have many, many pictures to post, but I'll start with some from a wedding that we went to this weekend.

rehearsal dinner with a gorgeous 50th floor view.
winter wonderland!
party people
my love
late night fun with the in-laws!