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

12 Gifts that Give Back

With only one week until Christmas, I am sure you have all your shopping done. But if you’re like my dad, then you might enjoy a little last minute pressure when selecting gifts. This year I’ve tried to purchase all my gifts through Amazon Smile, which donates .5% of eligible purchases to your charity of choice, or from retailers that give back a portion of the proceeds for the greater good. So to help all of you procrastinators, here’s a list of some gifts that will give twice this holiday season! (And they have nothing to do with ladies dancing or pipers piping.) Continue reading

Of House and Home | Christmas Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I absolutely love fall, but Christmas is even better. Isn’t there something so lovely about a tree and twinkle lights? Generally I decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving because schedules seem to fill up quickly thereafter. It also gives me a solid four weeks to enjoy before going home to Texas for Christmas.

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liquid cheer

Over Thanksgiving, my dad and his girlfriend Jennifer came to stay, along with Dave’s mom. We were thankful to have family around to celebrate, eat lots of food and help put out the Christmas decor! Continue reading