2011 Recap

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hopefully everyone had a fabulous Christmas. We sure did. I can't believe another year is almost over! I figured I would do a quick recap for you.

  I sang in one of my oldest and dearest friends' wedding. And Sara was my date.
Visited my buddy, Jamie, in Colorado and celebrated JaeLynn's 3rd birthday!
Celebrated a late, but beautiful, Spring.
Attended a bachelorette party...
and my best friend's wedding.
I said goodbye to my kids...
and moved to a new town.
I went on a mission trip to Haiti
Fell madly in love,
and swam in the Caribbean.
Enjoyed the lake and my parents' new boat.
Had some summer fun with friends.
Headed to Nashville to be in another one of my best friend's weddings.
Attended yet another one of my dear friend's weddings (that's 4 of my 8 bridesmaids married within 8 months of eachother!)
Began sponsoring and fundraising for my friend, Manes, in Haiti. He now attends the University!!
My nephew, Drayke Joseph, was born in Sept.
Jake and I hit the 2 year marriage mark!
We had a surprise celebration for Jake's 30th with each of our families.
I turned 25!
We had a nice little Christmas.
There's another year for the books--
See you in 2012!



Merry Christmas:)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jake, Karlee & Layla

to you and you

Friday, December 23, 2011

Slightly obsessed with everything about this Christmas livingroom from Southern Living (I think??)

Added to my dream home files! Courtesy of Southern Living.

Only two more days...please take the time to drink in the special moments with your loved ones and let us not forget to celebrate the precious baby that was born on Christmas morn!

a holiday house tour

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I spent the day Sunday at my mom and dad's house, baking, decorating cookies, and relaxing. (Oh, and I got my bangs cut!)  I thought I would share some of their holiday decor since this is where Jake and I will be spending Christmas.

The basement is country cozy; a throwback to our cabin Christmases.

Deck the Halls

Monday, December 19, 2011

I posted this home before. It's one of my all time faves. Jill Brinson Sharp's home, in my opinion, is the perfect mix of rustic and chic. I would be delighted to live in it! So, here she is all decked out in her natural holiday attire!

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Project: Christmas Wreath

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I finally found a use for that chinsy "garland" Jake bought last year. Since it is not worthy of mantle or staircase drapery (I apologize if you like it), I used it to cover a $3.99 straw wreath form from the craft store. I tried using just the red but ran out 3/4 of the way, so I trimmed it and added the silver half way.

To make things interesting, I hung it from a 99 cent sparkly wreath hook using red ribbon. And let us not forget the JOY ornament placed in the center.

I hung it from an interior door- one in the diningroom to be exact- as I don't think it would weather the elements too well.

The other side of the diningroom houses our table and chairs, which we don't use very often, but they still needed a little Christmas flair.

Fun placemats huh? Thanks, Mom.

And now, the REAL reason for the season:

Christmas at our house

Thursday, December 8, 2011

sorry, my camera stinks

It's definitely Christmas around our house. We've pulled out the little village and put our tree up. Originally we were going to go with a real tree and enjoy the scent of pine wafting through our little abode, but we decided to go the  lazy  easy route and just move my small white fakey into the livingroom. As long as I "got rid of all the pink ornaments I normally put on it." :)
So, there she is, all propped up and on display.

First wrapped present of the season. I'm a sucker for pretty wrappings.

The farmhouse dreams continue...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Let's take a quick break from all of the Christmas hoopla for a minute. Now, I'm probably teetering on obsessed with farms, white farmhouses, animals, etc. Well, I found another beautiful white home I would love to move into! Let's pretend there aren't any other houses nearby and its sits far off the road, surrounded by rolling green hills- k?!
The epitome of modern-chic-farmhouse. Ahhh...someday....

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