things that are pretty.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

our thanksgiving weekend was quite pretty... and imagine all of the pretty food too {because i forgot to take a photo of it all.... too busy eating}....

husband surprising me with this.... probably the greatest combination of things i have ever seen in my life....

lighting up the house.....

drawing on our chalkboard....

and cuddling with this cuddlebug....


1920s flappers, trips to the er, and glittery phones.

look like a cluster? that's because it is. it has been a while. i have a good excuse i promise. after spending a lovely day in madison with husband last saturday, brian suddenly started showing very serious signs of a stroke when we arrived at home. we spent the night in the emergency room and eventually he was back to normal. -- an EKG, CT, MRI, and lots of blood work later, they believe that he suffered from a severe migraine which signaled the signs of stroke- numbness of right side of body, very slurred speech, loss of concentration. he basically couldn't speak a normal word to me (came out of nowhere!) and I had no idea what was going on. things have been okay for the past week --knock on wood-- he is taking some daily medication and we have a follow-up with a neurologist.  but I pray to god that this never happens again because I can't tell you the last time I have ever been so scared.

besides this scare, the past couple of weeks have been nice and relaxing -- filled with very pretty christmas cards, decorating the house for christmas, the smell of pine needles, red wine, breaking dawn {and lots of it}, the breaking dawn soundtrack, bella's ring {basically all things breaking dawn}, gold glittery iphone cases, the most amazing gloves in existence, chunky yellow hats, organizing in pretty baskets, making paper snowflakes, hot cocoa, christmas music {everly, she & him, the civil wars, andrew belle}, stocking up at trader joes and celebrating the fact that I have all of this time to spend with my happy, healthy husband.

another not so nice and relaxing event however..... our laptop died. the same night that we spent in the hospital.  not. cool.  we lost most everything on the hard drive - though I was thankfully able to save some photos and important files -- but have spent majority of the past few days trying to get my laptop back to what it was.  do you know how hard this is?  my iphone won't sync with my itunes, because it's basically not my itunes anymore.... all of my folders are gone... I basically can't find anything.  I can not wait for the day that the glorious macbook pro will be MINE. all MINE.

a special thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers these past two weeks.  we have felt all of them and are grateful.


Saturday, November 26, 2011


I daydream of...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

afternoon bubble baths and writing my latest novel.

rocking my children to sleep and photographing the sun rise.

crunching leaves beneath my boots as I walk to the corner market.

capturing the light of Paris perfectly.

growing old with my husband and taking our grandchildren to the zoo.

hiding in movie theaters for entire days straight seeing everything imaginable with my best friend.

watching my sisters grow old and wise.

saving an innocent animal from harm and surrounding myself with empty notebooks.

sipping coffee in Portland and eating lobster in Maine.

staying up late on Friday nights working on lesson plans for my students with a bottle of red.

seeing my children's faces light up on Christmas morning.

photographing my husband when he smiles and hearing an owl wooo hoo outside my window.

falling asleep by the fire with my dog and finding a snowglobe with an entire village inside of it.




Wednesday, November 16, 2011

today is one of the saddest days of my life.  I realize that a lot of you won't understand this, but that's okay, because a lot of you will.  and even if you didn't, it wouldn't matter.  One Tree Hill is a tv show.  it is a tv show that I have watched and loved and breathed for eight years.  it is a tv show that has changed my life.  and today is the last day it will ever film.  today is the last day that Tree Hill even exists.  today is the end.  and it is heartwrenching.  I am forever grateful to have experienced the love that I have with this show and its cast and its crew and its fans and all of the love around it.  ONE TREE HILL IS LOVE.  and today we are saying goodbye.

".....there is only one Tree Hill.... and it is your home."

xoxoxoxoxox {and endless tears},

ps. my previously-gloated-about-photo was featured in a news article today by zap2it. check it out! just adding it to my list of already-overwhelming-OTH-related-miracles.

may the odds be ever in your favor.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

can. not. wait.
c'mon urban outfitters. you're killing me here.
every girl deserves a pretty bathroom, right? right?

i digress.

my u.o. wishlist is out of control.


weekend in collage.

Monday, November 14, 2011

saying goodbye to naley | making heart-shaped garland | shopping with stacey | editing photos | catching up on brothers & sisters on netflix | ccuuupppcaaakkkeesss | lusting after this | cardigan and scarf weather | the most beautiful way to drink a coke ever | pepermint tea and peppermint mochas... so lots of peppermint | horrible bosses | finding new special-to-us ornaments | downloaded crossed, but haven't yet started it {i know i won't be able to stop once i start} | chinese takeout | waiting for the walking dead to start and then it's over just like that...

and some other things too, but this is all i can muster at the moment.  going on day 5 of this sinus infection and i'm a tad bit crabby.  bully cuddles and blankets, here i come!


this happened.

not to mention the fact that Bethany Joy also retweeted the photo later that day. 11/11/11.  the very last day of Naley. ever. it makes me teary-eyed just thinking of this. but, James tweeted me. and that is how I will remember this day.

but seriously one tree hill is completely controlling my emotions lately. it can't eeeeeeeeennnnnnndddddd!!!

i feel sad and lonely and sad today.

Thursday, November 10, 2011



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

+ we had our first snowfall today {see above}. I paused on my way into work to frolic in the moment for a second and snap a few photos. gosh, snow is pretty.
+ this is awesome.
+ the one tree hill finale tweets & photos might kill me this week.
+ i am so clearly in love with the show revenge, so this photo shoot was pure eye candy for me.

+ some inspiring quotes on my twitter feed to get me through the day:

"today all I see are problems." - man
"today all I see are opportunities!" -God

"Rush hour: coffees, cars, adrenaline, the promise of a new day.
My question: are you going to make it a good one?"

"Because not having someone?
Well, that's the worst curse imaginable." -Once Upon A Time

"If you can't be the poet, be the poem."

"I don't grow tired of it because everytime I write
'fade in' its an opportunity to drive a new road." -Mark Schwahn

"It was the kind of kiss that made me realise
that I was never so happy in my whole life." -Stephen Chbosky

+ devouring Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).  I started it 4 days ago and am almost completely finished.
+ I love this commercial.  no surprise here because anyone who knows me knows that I adore Lowes.  but it's seriously a cute commercial. "....don't stop... doing what you're doing......"
+ shopruche's holdiay lookbook. divine.
+ signed up for dolce vita's ornament swap!
+ are you easily distracted? I am. and this is perfect.
+ I can't wait to see this movie.

happy wednesday!


weekend in collage.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

+ oh, hello friend's lovely november wallpaper.
+ OTH season 9 promo. again. {and again and again and again and again and again}.
+ christmas music.


for all the awards.

halloween at our house.

halloween is lovely and perhaps one of my favorite holidays.  it seems to last forever with all of the costume making, goodies baking, parties, scary movies and treats. halloween is so wrapped up into autumn that it's impossible not to love it. we handed out mini colas and chocolate to the trick-or-treaters last night and they were very excited {and deserving- we saw some awesome costumes}. such a pure holiday that brings me back to my roots and thrown into a childhood version of myself.

I hope your halloween was equally as sweet {literally}.

buh bye october. i will miss you the most.

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