Sunday, December 30, 2012

falling flakes

I didn't realize how much I missed snow until this past week. We had a beautiful white Christmas, and even today its been coming down all morning!  These white days are  perfect for staying inside in pj's all day without feeling too lazy.
A few days ago my sisters and I were given the task of shoveling the driveway. This seems like an easy job, but my parents lane and driveway are both pretty big, enough for at least 6 cars. But we got it done! (not without pulling a few muscles, I should add :))
Snow or no snow, I hope this week has been just as beautiful for you, too!

Monday, December 24, 2012

a Christmas card video

Have you ever heard of a Christmas card music video?
Me neither! But I think thats what we accomplished with this little number. We had so much fun putting it together and being goofy around the house. I think it could be the start of a new holiday tradition :)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with loved ones, doing whatever it is you do!
Merry Christmas xox

Friday, December 21, 2012

a random field

Let me preface this little paragraph by stating that my little sister is awesome with a camera. She is 100% self taught and! (as you can see.)

So last week Kevin and I commissioned her to take a few shots of us together in a random field. (It was supposed to be an old barn, but after getting shot down by the old man who owned said barn, we figured a field would be fine :))
I'm looking forward to incorparating some of these photos into a blog layout, but to be honest I'm feeling pretty lazy when it comes to blog world lately. I'll blame it on the holidays and probably put off making any changes until after the new year. At least I'm being honest, right?

In other news, we've spent the better part of this week catching up with friends, visiting with family, trying not to freeze, and I'm  finishing whats got to be the 80th JFK book I've read in my 22 years. (Bill O'reilly's Killing Kennedy)
So, yeah. I'm spending the week before Christmas reading up on dead Presidents, okay? If its wrong, then I don't want to be right!

Monday, December 17, 2012

our new space

The past few days have been spent unpacking boxes, piling furniture into storage, and finding a space for all of our things. I think the room is starting to feel more like our own. The space is small, but open and cozy. We are so grateful to my parents for letting us stay during this transition time. I think we are going to make some good memories here. Our dogs love the big back yard they are able to run around in without their leashes! I'm also looking forward to catching up with some friends around here who we haven't seen in awhile.

Also, we've kept the news on for updates about Fridays tragedy. I really can't imagine what people in that small town are feeling. It is so heartbreaking, and I find myself not wanting to think about it for too long. I'm just trying to remember the families in my prayers and finding comfort in the fact that their little ones are in a beautiful place now.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted 
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18


Thursday, December 13, 2012

country ride

On one of our last days in Mississippi we visited some friends at their beautiful home in the country. They took us out to ride a few of their many horses. Kevin snapped these pictures of my sister and I while we were out.
It was the perfect break from our crazy week of packing and saying goodbyes. We were very lucky to be able to soak in the fresh outdoor air and ride around on their beautiful horses.
(*side note* these pictures were taken a bit before the horses got really excited and started galloping around the pasture! We were lucky to not get thrown off, but it caused for a good story :))

Last night we arrived home to PA after 2 long days of travel. We are still unpacking boxes and getting everything settled into its place.
Hopefully I'll put some pictures of our new space up this week!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Goodbye Mississippi

I knew I'd be pretty absent from the 'ole blog this week.
From finishing out my last days at work, to Christmas parties & saying goodbye to friends, to my sweet Mom & sister arriving in town; we've been crazy over here! But all in the best ways.
On Monday we will pack up the truck and begin our 2 day and 1,000 mile trip home. People keep asking me how it feels and I can only say 'bittersweet.' So sad to close the door on our time here, but happy to be by family and begin the next chapter.
It's my last time signing off from the South! I'll be back when we've settled in and I'm sure it'll be at least 20 degrees less than what I'm used to :)
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

life lessons & chicken

While packing up the apartment the past few days I've been reflecting a lot on our time here. Living in the south for the past 2 years has been a great experience. Kevin and I have learned a lot about each other as well as about people in general. It has taught me many things that I hope to take with me long after we're gone. The 2 main things I could think of that I wish to take away from our time here are manners & friendliness.

Don't judge my parents too harshly, I did have manners before we moved here! But I never said things like 'yes ma'am, no sir' etc. The only time I heard people talk like that before were in the military. But here, manners like that are ingrained in even the youngest children. I still get picked on by my coworkers when I respond to a 'thank you' with 'yep!' instead of 'you're welcome.'  Maybe I can pick up on that one in the next week or 2 :)

I used to find it so weird that people here thought northerners were so rude & mean! But from living here, and visiting back home I have found that people up north aren't rude, but that people in the south are just so nice! It's so commonplace to say hello to a stranger, and be friendly to absolutely everyone which is not so much the case back home. Friendliness and hospitality are a huge part of the culture here, and I hope to take a little bit of that with me.

Also, I hope to take home my new found love of fried chicken. There are chicken places everywhere!-- and I am definitely miss that.

Hope you have a great weekend, friends!