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Mit Hjem, Mi Casa, My Home

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here's a little tour of my place and the things I love that make it home. 

We've got a picture the the Amy's Denmark trip, a super cool print from Mom, a print from my favorite artist Robin Pedrero, a cross stitch I did for Switzerland, an elephant painting I drunkenly (but gratefully) purchased at the Jax Blues Fest, random tree painting I did, and Route 66 sign I got on one of my motor home trips with Papa and Mimi.
Table below that collage: special music boxes from Grandma Jeanne, Danish elephant, cork from the first wine at the new place, candles from Jenna, and a seashell from Jax Beach. 
Special heart garland from Mom. It goes here perfectly!
My little book nook. With another little Danish elephant peaking out behind Lola
Perfect year-round home for my Danish flag ornament.
Gotta have my KBH picture. Plus a candle from Amy, bridesmaid heart present from Amanda, and David Sedaris.
On the candle: "Just wait until you see what is possible when you shine your light on the world."
And lastly, had to include the produce rack that gave me so much trouble. And little Ruby chillin in the window. 
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A Family Filled Christmas

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I finally have all the pictures so I can share some of my favorite things from this Christmas! 
First of all, just spending it with Mom, Dad, Matt and Grandparents was the best. Mom came up for this awesome week last year but I was definitely missing everyone else! It was great having Pa and Grandma with us too, pealing pecans, sharing stories, and enjoying time together. We, of course, did multiple Christmas light looking trips, watched a Christmas movie, and typical Christmasy things. I spent time with Papa and Mimi on Christmas Eve since I had to leave early Sunday. Christmas Eve dinner couldn't have been tastier and I always love Mom's breakfast casseroles. More things to add to a Florida Christmas would be having fresh squeezed orange juice on Christmas morning from our Backyard Oranges. Listening to Dad play Christmas songs on the piano is always a favorite. We ended the morning with some football before I had to leave for work. 

I was glad I "had" to work on Christmas to be able to spend it with these girls. Coming to work Christmas night to these sweet, smiling girls was totally worth it, and we ended the night driving around to look at lights. The best part about it was hearing a quiet request from the back of the van to dance on the beach. Finding it was from shyest girl here that never asks for anything, I said we had to do it then!
Great end to the day. 

Love my Pa and Grandma!


 Watching Papa light up when he got his sentimental train running. After around 20 years, it takes a little extra work, but it's still chugging. 
Dad playing piano... Always a Christmas favorite...
 

Blessed with these Bests

I still haven't even published my Christmas post but I'm gonna go ahead and just say I got to spend today with these amazing ladies. 
We got to catch up, officially start wedding planning for the Rubartaloma union, personifiy animals, make food babies, and laugh about "getting old" with our recipes and allergies conversations. 

I'm beyond blessed to have these girls in my life.

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A Florida Christmas

Friday, December 20, 2013

       Last year I was fully enjoying a beautiful, snowy Christmas. This year I've been fully enjoying and appreciating Christmas in the Sunshine State.
Some things I've been loving about this Florida Christmas... 
Biking around and finding decorations like this... 
 Atlantic Beach's awesome lights...

Luminaries in Riverside (photo credit: roomie)
 Jax Beach's lifeguard chair display
A trip to the Zoo with The Roomie to see the lights. The chilly air, full moon, starry sky, and hot cocoa made it quite an enjoyable night.

 Sweater weather for coffee on the beach.
And cuddling up for some Christmas reading by the sea.
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"Getting old"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lately, I've been amused at instances that make me feel "old" or "grown up." These are just some of those laughable moments. 

Returning my Halloween costume (or clothes, or rug) so I could eat... And then going back to get the rug later with the discount they gave me for my "next purchase." Smart shopping.

Having this Christmas List... Throw in a tulip and some love birds with these boring house goods and I'm happy.
Particularly this teal beauty... And whoever her love bird is. 
Sending out my very own, I'm single, with no baby, and proud Christmas cards.
Leaving a present for our sweet mailman.

Not even getting out of the car for a party with a yard full of frat boys and chicks in slutty Santa costumes. No. Thanks.

Actually finishing off all my food in the house before going grocery shopping.

When 22 year old boys seem too young...

There are (obvi) some adult things I still struggle with...
Understanding everything that comes with car insurance and any of this other stuff I'd rather not be paying for.

Getting myself to go in and finally get the oil change I need.

Budgeting. This is definitely a work in progress. I will get it. It's 1/24 goals I'm working on for this year. (a post possibly coming soon). Even with my smart grocery shopping, return tricks, and other poor tricks, I still manage to get to the bottom of the barrel by my next check. Maybe it's these necessities like Hendrix and Lola, and even the rug I got a "deal" on. I think I'm right on the verge of getting it though. I just feel it. Next up... a savings account! 

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