Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

On Friday, Dustin and I celebrated 5 years of marriage.  It's hard to believe it's been 5 years!  We've lived in 3 places, owned 2 homes,  graduated law school, and changed jobs multiple times---but we're still here!

Without sounding like too much of a sap, I'm incredibly thankful for these last 5 years.  We got married young (22 & 24), so we've done a lot of growing up together. We've tested each other in many ways, but we've also done a lot of growing.  When we first got married, I worried about leaving my family and making a home with Dustin.  At the time, it was hard to imagine a reality where my parents' home would no longer feel like my own.  But I look around today, and Dustin truly is my home.  This little life we've created is pretty great.

Dustin surprised me with the most thoughtful gift for our anniversary.  He sent pictures of my wedding dress to an artist and she painted it!  He even asked her to take a special request and include my "something blue" shoes.  I sobbed when I opened it---I will cherish it forever.

We also kept with our favorite tradition and ate at our favorite restaurant.  The menu changes daily, and is 4 courses of the most amazing food I've ever had.  I always mean to take photos of some of the dishes, but the food it just too good, I can't!

The restaurant is called Recess, and the menu is printed daily.
June 28th  :)  We got to celebrate on our actual anniversary.

Before dinner photo op.....

And we even got some shots with the other member of our family  ;)

Family pic!  The best we could do, Fletch was not having it.

Here we are on our wedding day.

Little babies, I tell ya!  

As I was looking through wedding pictures to find a pic for the blog, I realized how long it had been since I'd seen my wedding photos.  We had such a beautiful day.  I love looking through the photos and seeing the people who are so dear to us.  I also love remembering all the details--flowers, cake, etc.  


 I love this photo so much, but 
it does deserve a little explaining.  This is at the end of the aisle
and I love how I'm smiling at Dustin, but almost as much, I love
that my Grandma (in green) is holding a barney doll. My niece, 
Avery, served as one of the flower girls and had been crying 
the entire day.  Right before we were heading down the aisle
we literally could not get her to stop. So the wedding planner handed 
her the barney doll from the church nursery.  Problem solved!  So Avery made 
her way down the aisle with Barney.  Plus,
the purple coordinated well with my colors  :)  

 This was Dustin's surprise groom cake-  for my little
tech guy  :)

 Very dear friends who served as our seating attendants

 Instead of throwing my bouquet, I gave it away to my sweet Grandmother who
means the absolute world to me.

 My three beautiful sisters served as my bridesmaids.

I love looking back on this day!  Happy 5 years to us, Dustin!  And to many more.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

It's The Little Things (II)

Back in January, I promised myself that whenever life got a little tiring, I'd do my best to focus on the "little things"  --- the little things that bring a smile, laugh, or just otherwise brighten up the day.

So anytime I start feeling like this:

.........I just think of the little things.....and suddenly I feel like this:

This week's little things:

I went to the cutest antique resale shop last weekend with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, and found a beautiful table.

Here she is in mi casa.....with a little friend who likes hiding underneath it.

Our butterfly bush is in full bloom outside our bedroom window, and it's gorgeous.

Thank you mother nature for coordinating with my 
bedding so well.

Little Fletch has developed a bit of a biting habit.  He's so little, so I hate to discipline him too hard, but I also want to nip the habit in the bud.  So tonight Dustin googled some videos about cat behavior (.....please do not judge us....I swear we are normal), and Fletch sat there enthralled.  Hopefully, he learned something  :)

Speaking of Fletch, biting or no biting, this little guy always makes a long day better.  This is generally how we spend our evenings.  

And lastly, our beautiful landscaping (which I cannot take credit for...previous owners, THANKYOU!) provides the best flower arrangements.

Please watch the clip in the hyperlink  and you will understand
why I say "It's for Free" anywhere applicable....and
sometimes where it doesn't apply at all.

Happy Sunday, folks.  Hope you have plenty of little things to get you through the work week.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Garden Update

It's been a busy few weeks around here, but the garden continues to flourish despite my neglect.  We've had a lot of rain, so everything is surviving just fine.

The arugula and other lettuce are thriving.  All this arugula is feeding my craving for Barefoot Contessa's arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette.  (Recipe here)

In keeping with my goal to stay chemical-free, I'm utilizing a different type of fertilizer this year.  Everything I've read about great veggies/flowers says that soil is king.  If you have healthy soil, you'll get healthy plants.  So I worked Dr. Earth fertilizer into my compost and covered the entire garden in it before planting.  I also used the Dr. Earth to create a liquid fertilizer for my potted annuals.  The plants are loving it, but the stuff stinks!  Phew!  I'm learning that the smellier the fertilizer, the better (think fish emulsion).

In indoor gardening news, my valentine's day gift (a ponytail palm....why get flowers when you can receive houseplants?) got a bad case of mealy bugs!  Yuck.  

Happy Valentine's Day to me :)

Those tiny little fuzzy white things are bugs---oh my!  I was worried I'd have to throw the entire plant out it was that bad, but luckily I researched and learned that rubbing alcohol will kill off the mealy bugs.  
Stinking mealy bugs........nothing a little rubbing alcohol and 
an hour of scrubbing leaves can't fix.

Back to the outdoors, the previous owners of this house left the mulch beds full of perennials, so I've gotten to spend most of time (and gardening budget) on my containers.

My favorite gardening find this season.  This container was 75% off from 
Garden Ridge because it was missing several screws.  Dustin helped me make do 
without and ended up hanging the container with just one screw.  

My little gardening helper  :)

As much as I miss our little bungalow, I'm so happy with our new house and all the space it's provided. Last year, I remember spending hours in my garden and yard but never getting to spend any time outdoors to enjoy it because of pesky neighbors.  This year, we're able to enjoy coffee on the porch in the mornings, dinner in the evenings, and cookouts on the weekends.  Glad we moved!

Sunday, June 9, 2013


Well, not even a month after I wrote this post about adding to our family.........  we have.  Well, a pet that is.  Dustin and I have been going back and forth for the last several months about getting a puppy but just haven't found the time or resources to follow through.

Little did we know, but last Saturday night, our decision whether or not to get a pet was made for us.  I had been babysitting my niece and nephew earlier in the day, and while were playing outside near a tree in our front yard I heard my niece scream my name.  [BTW, this is the absolute most horrific sound to hear when you are babysitting].   I run over and see a tiny orange kitten just sitting at the base of the tree.  My little niece scoops him up, and we both sort of stare at each other wondering what to do.

We decided to leave the little kitten out near the tree (in hopes that momma would make her way back to him---we have several strays in the neighborhood.  In fact, just a couple days earlier when I was mulching, a cat darted from our flowerbeds as if she'd been cozied up there for a while... so I was fairly confident kitty would be back with momma cat in no time). He stayed under that tree for the next couple of hours, and my heart continued to break, but I just wasn't sure what to do.  Dustin and I left to go out to eat, and when we returned I noticed that kitty was no longer under the tree.  I have to admit, I breathed a huge sigh of relief, optimistically hoping that his momma had scooped him back up.

Well, not even a second later I see that the poor little kitten had crawled across our entire yard and up onto our porch.  I immediately picked him up, and he instantly starting trying to nudge my chest to nurse.  Oh my....if that didn't make my heart break.  I burst into tears and proclaimed to Dustin that I had to take care of this kitten.  So I rushed out to Walmart to pick up kitten formula and a bottle.

My friend, Ali (who is an animal lover), was sweet enough to come by and helped me bottle feed him and comfort him. I ended up keeping him out on our back porch in a large box that night (still secretly praying that momma would come find him), setting my alarm for every 3 hours to wake up to feed and check on him.  The next morning, on Sunday, we went to a local shelter to check and see if they would take him in.  The volunteer there said she couldn't take on a small kitten that day but that she could find a foster home for him by Wednesday.  She tasked us with keeping him healthy for the next few days, and sent us on our way.  

This is the photo I emailed to the animal shelter
asking them if they could take on another kitten

Well, folks, Wednesday rolled around and I just could not imagine giving this little guy away.  I was in love.  I even made it official by heading to the pet section in Homegoods (never ever wandered near that aisle before) to buy a comfy bed and food bowls for our little guy.

Never in a million years did I think we'd have a cat, and never did I think we'd get a pet this way....but I think it was meant to be.  

Without further ado.....we introduce Fletcher "Fletch" Erro.  Erro means "stray/wanderer" in Latin, and Fletcher is honestly the only name we could agree on  :) 

 Little Fletch is already a part of our family and has made himself quite comfortable around here.

This is how Fletch prefers to spend his time while Dustin 
works from home.  He never gets too far from either of us.

Welcome Home, Fletch!  We are so happy you found us.