Why can’t all weekends be four days?

Oh, why – why can’t all weekends be this long?! It was definitely a good one though.

Thursday: Thanksgiving. Danny and I got up bright and early and went grocery shopping.
I was extremely surprised that there wasn’t many people there.
It was my mom’s birthday so my family and I celebrated that as well.
Every year my parents have my father’s parents over for lunch.
Danny and I each did our own thing simply because the timing wasn’t working out.

Friday: I tried on wedding dresses for the very first time. My friend and I and both our mothers went to a small boutique.
I did in fact find a dress I loved. But I’m not super excited.
Probably because I am nowhere near ready to purchase one and I’m not willing to spend the amount of money it was.
I just have so much time until the wedding so it’s not a big deal to me.
And I definitely will not be a crier.
But I was able to find out that I do not like straps or the mermaid style.
Afterwards my mom and I did a bit of shopping. And of course playing with the beast.
Danny went and looked at a house for a potential rental property and put an offer in. So we’ll see where that goes.

Saturday: Danny and I got up bright and early to run errands. I made him sit with me during my oil change.
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We made it to Target & JoAnn Fabrics for some Christmas shopping.
(We’re both really close to being done).
We went out to dinner and had a wonderful time staying in and watching tv.

Sunday: We must not be very well prepared shoppers because we had to make another trip to the grocery store.
But Sunday is football day!
As well as laundry day.
Yesterday I ended up having to help Danny put together a power point – meaning I did it.
(I did claim to miss school a few times since I graduated, so maybe it’s karma).
Danny cooked us dinner – garlic chicken alfredo. It was amazing.
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We changed out rugs for the winter in the living room and Annabel strongly approves.
She has such a hard time on our floors.

^^ yes that’s her with her toy halfway out of her basket

I also was able to get in a lot of crocheting. I messed this blanket up and had to pull out some rows.
But now I’m back on track.




November Sum Up

wow, seriously – it’s December already?!

Got my own office at work

Marine Corps Ball

Danny’s new job and daytime hours (for now)

Thanksgiving with the family

Testing out new crafts

Finally beating Danny at fantasy football

Finding out Annabel loves the snow – I was so worried she wouldn’t

Decorating the house (inside and out) for Christmas

Having a four day weekend for Thanksgiving

Trying on wedding dress for the first time


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your day!
I will be visiting my parents and celebrating my mom’s birthday.
(it’s my first Thanksgiving off in four years!)


I am thankful for:

Danny – which just stating him encompasses so many things I’m thankful for
including how much he spoils me

My wonderful parents who help me so much even though now I’m completely out on my own



My sweet puppy Annabel

My job

My health-although it’s not perfect it’s a hell of a lot better than other peoples’ 

For my education 

Appliances – having a washer and dryer at home 

Getting to live in a nice big house in a safe neighborhood

Having a brand new reliable car


my weekend

Over the weekend Danny and I ran errands.
We had a very successful trip to GoodWill.


And I love our new rocking chair.

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[He’s waiting for me to pull the car around]

We went out with our friends to Granite City – a new bar/restaurant.

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We also had Thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house.
I’m really glad Danny got to go; and that he gets along with my family very well.

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And of course Sunday was football day.

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My mom got me a bunch of bridal magazines some new and some old from people she knows.
She also got me a wedding planner/binder.


It was a good weekend.


Holiday Traditions

Holiday traditions … where to start … at the beginning because as I am creating a new family with Danny and we don’t have any.
We spent this time last year together but he was taking leave from deployment and so the holidays were a little hectic and in the back of my mind I couldn’t stop thinking about him leaving to go overseas.

So before the holidays get here (I’m mostly concerned with Christmas) I want to think of some traditions to start.
I plan on carrying on some that I have from my parents and from his parents but I want something new.

I’m thinking of a special breakfast Christmas morning and maybe watching A Christmas Story Christmas Eve night.

[Another hectic thing – thinking of how we’re going to make our schedules mesh.
How we’re going to get to all the families/parties etc]

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Anything quirky that you haven’t heard of others doing?

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[photos from 2012]