tuesday things | from sea to shining sea

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! Dave went to the Foo Fighters concert and I spent the evening on my couch watching Pitch Perfect (LOVE – I know, I’m behind), while the crash and boom of fireworks from all over Capitol Hill serenaded the pups and me. In fact, we are still hearing fireworks around the neighborhood days later.

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a pic I took of last year’s fireworks

In celebration of of our great country, here are some random things about America for your reading pleasure. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Proposals

He asked me to marry him. I said yes. The end! :)

Oh, you wanted more details? Well here is the longer version …

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my two favorite rings

As you know, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I grew up celebrating at my grandparents’ house in Oklahoma and can count on one hand (with fingers to spare) the number of times that I didn’t make it. Now that I live so far away and my parents are divorced, I really cherish the week I usually spend at “home” that time of year. (It may be like a scene out of Four Christmases, but I love our traditions.) So even as Dave and I became more serious, we spent Christmas with our respective families and met up for New Years.

This past year was no different. Dave went to his mom’s with the pups in time for his sister’s birthday on December 21. I stayed in DC until December 23, when I flew to Dallas for Christmas #1 of 5 … Continue reading

5 Simple Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

cake-pops-286198_1280I’ve always enjoyed Valentine’s Day, even when I was single. I would bake treats and give them to friends with a handwritten note saying how much I appreciate them. Some boycott and say it’s a made up Hallmark holiday, but why not just jump in and celebrate love with all of our fellow humans?

Here are five easy last minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas in case you’re feeling a step – or several steps – behind this year. (Believe me, I am not judging. I made resolutions in February and just packed up my Christmas decor this past Sunday.) Show the special people in your life how much you care! Continue reading