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The Happenings

While life has slowed down immensely over the last month {thankfully!} time still seems to be zipping right along. Alex and I have been thoroughly enjoying down time at home, trying to make the most of our empty schedules before the holidays and ski season and a crazy travel year sneak up on us, which I think they just did!

{Jackson has been getting extra attention and lots of walks this week!}

{Jackson has been getting extra attention and lots of walks this week!}

Ski season in Washington is officially kicking off tomorrow. December is upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the holidays are in full-swing. I’d be willing to bet big bucks that you’ll find us at Crystal mountain for day one of Allen Family Ski Season next weekend.

{Random photo... we got these cute little pots for growing herbs in our kitchen.}

{Random photo… we got these cute little pots for growing herbs in our kitchen.}

Alex and I can’t wait for Christmas, but more than anything, we are both just so excited to embrace the holidays this year. It is a big year for us – we’re hosting a swanky holiday party, then both of our families are coming out for Christmas in Washington. I have been busily planning for our party, our week-long Christmas celebration and several trips we are taking between now and mid-March. We’ve also got a couple of tentative trips and a really exciting project we’re working on. Oofta! It’s going to be a great winter!

{Holiday drinking begins with homemade Irish cream!}

{Holiday drinking begins with homemade Irish cream!}

That said, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent the day over at Ryan and Mary’s house, alongside Ryan’s fraternity brother, Mike, and his girlfriend Priya. It was such a relaxing, calm day filled with great company and food. And wine.

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In all this down time I have had, I have been rather lax about posting what we’ve been up to. Last weekend I got together with Carrie, Mary and Jamie to have an afternoon at the new Hobby Lobby, then ran over to Carrie’s to see the beautiful result of their recent kitchen renovation. At some point recently we had a really fun night out in Capitol Hill with the Buffingtons and the Millers, but I can’t remember which weekend that was!

{Cocktails at The Old Sage, a whiskey bar in Capitol Hill.}

{Cocktails at The Old Sage, a whiskey bar in Capitol Hill.}

Last weekend we met Mary and Ryan, as well as Jamie and Evan at Marymoor dog park for a little puppy play date. Our little ham and Berkeley, Mary and Ryan’s dog, decided to have a contest to see which pup could get the dirtiest. Berkeley won.

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Thankfully this dog park is so baller that they have a dog wash station, which we were very happy to pay a visit to.

{This is the coolest thing ever - they have about 5 huge tubs and then a sprayer that you can switch from water to shampoo to water, then you switch it to vacuum to dry the dog! Awesome!}

{This is the coolest thing ever – they have about 5 huge tubs to wash the dogs and each one has a sprayer that you can switch from water to shampoo to water, then you switch it to vacuum to dry the dog! Awesome!}

After our dog park sesh, both us and the Millers realized we were going to pick up our wine club release shipments that day, so we met up in Woodinville to taste at Darby, where Ryan and Mary are club members, then across the street to Trust, where Alex and I are members, then next door to Fidelitas, a winery none of us had ever been to.

So far we are thrilled with our newest wine club, Trust Winery. They do two shipments each year and in each shipment you get three bottles of two wines, so six total wines but three of each. I love that concept. We haven’t tried anything yet – I think these ones will hang out in the cellar for a bit…

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Aside from Thanksgiving this week, Alex and I have really just been home for the most part. Alex had Wednesday and Friday off, whereas I worked at home on Wednesday. He woke up on Wednesday and made cinnamon rolls! Yes, from scratch! Love him.

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Friday we got up, lit a fire and decorated our house for Christmas {I’ll do a separate post with photos of our house all jazzed up for the holidays – we got a ton of cute new stuff this year that I can’t wait to share, but not everything has arrived yet!}.

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Just as I was waking up on Saturday morning Seattle was getting covered in a light blanket of snow. I grabbed a cup of coffee and positioned myself in front of the window to watch the big, wet flakes slowly fall. It is very, very rare for it to snow in Seattle, so I was treasuring the moment.

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The rest of the weekend has been so super relaxing. Alex read a book in front of the fire. I finished up my Christmas shopping and have just been doing some planning. We had our Pilates class on Saturday. We are relaxed and well-rested… Let the holiday season begin!

Home Improvements

Now that we’re in the thick of our busiest time all year, Alex and I decided to add to the fun by doing some projects and improvements around the house. We have some exciting things planned between now and Thanksgiving – most of the actual work will take place in a few weeks once things slow down and we are in the “shoulder season” before it starts to snow in the mountains.

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A year later and the fence is finally finished! The post caps really complete the look of our cedar fence.

A year later and the fence is finally finished! The post caps really complete the look of our cedar fence.

I have already made a few little updates in our dining room. On a whim, I decided to run to Crate & Barrel and get some new decor for our boring dining room. That is a room that we really struggled with for a while, so it’s been fun to see it come to life a little more.

Before!

Before!

After! I'd still like to get different colored candles and something more interesting as a centerpiece for the table, but a little went a long way.

After! I’d still like to get different colored candles and something more interesting as a centerpiece for the table, but a little went a long way.

Fun napkins and place mats from Crate & Barrel.

Fun napkins and place mats from Crate & Barrel.

A jug and some metallic votive holders.

A jug and some metallic votive holders.

Our little liquor cabinet.

Our little liquor cabinet.

Here is a list of some of the fun {and not-so-fun!} projects we have in the works:

  • Creation of a mudroom – this is our “big project” that we’re most excited about. The entry from our backyard into the house is light colored carpet. Living in a city where it rains 9 months out of the year results in a mud pit of a backyard from October-June. This is not ideal for having a puppy! We’re ripping out the carpet and replacing it with a porcelain tile, then adding some cute hooks to the wall when you walk in to give Jackson a place to get cleaned off in and to hang his leash and our coats.
  • New bookshelf in the office – we’ve lived in our house for 3 years and still don’t have a bookshelf!
  • Fun new chair in the guest room.
  • Decor in our bedroom to jazz it up a bit.
  • Re-vamp the walls in the office to look a little more put together.
  • Stain the back steps leading outside from our back door.
  • Touch up the paint on our front porch.
  • New wine rack! We are really getting into wine lately and we’d like to get a larger wine rack to store our wine collection down in the man room.
  • Not very exciting, but we need to aerate and re-seed our lawn.
  • Even less exciting, a major de-clutter/get rid of stuff initiative is in order. I really don’t think we have that much clutter in our house, but there are some things that we have that we really don’t need now or ever that just need to be donated!

Stay tuned for updates on our projects over the coming weeks as we continue to keep ourselves busy!

A weekend of memories

This weekend we are being especially nostalgic. August 17th and 18th both hold special places in Alex’s and my hearts for a number of reasons.

Our first day with Aspen, August 17th, 2012.

Our first day with Aspen, August 17th, 2012.

Last year on August 17th we got to meet our little puppy Aspen. Alex’s mom flew her out from Illinois to come and live with us.

I'm pretty sure Alex fell in love with her the first day we met Aspen.

I’m pretty sure Alex fell in love with her the first day we met Aspen.

My little pup Aspen!

My little pup Aspen!

August 18th comes with some bittersweet memories. On August 18th, 2004, Alex and I met for the first time when we were moving into our dorm at Iowa State University. While we didn’t start dating for over a month, it really a day that opened the door to the rest of our lives.

Freshman year at Iowa State.

Freshman year at Iowa State.

Three years ago today we closed on our first house! We have lived here longer than anywhere in the last 9 years and we are so happy and thankful to be here. Being a homeowner is an enormous responsibility, but we are loving all of the pros and cons that come with the territory.

Our new front door.

Our new front door.

And sadly, last year we said goodbye to Alex’s beloved grandfather “Papa” who passed away on August 18th.

We are so thankful that Papa was able to come to our wedding. We have such fond memories of him there.

We are so thankful that Papa was able to come to our wedding. We have such fond memories of him there.

There are always memories to celebrate and dwell on. This weekend we’re doing just that!