2012, what a year!

2013 will be here tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited. This new year is going to bring some exciting things into my life. We’re going to San Francisco in January, New Orleans in February and Mexico in June. We’ve got some awesome house projects in the works… think new backyard, new deck, new countertops in the kitchen. Plus, half-way through the year Luke and I will become husband and wife – which is hands down going to be the best part of this new year. Before we enter the new year, I wanted to share what happened in 2012 because it ended up being a great year.

January: I lost my job and temporarily settled into a stay-at-home-puppy-mom role. I spent many hours working on house projects and applying for a lot of new jobs.

February: We got out of the house and went to Nostrana for a date night. I vented about my frustrations with being unemployed. I didn’t know it at the time, but a few days later things were about to change for me.

March: After many applications, a very painful rejection and a handful of interviews, I landed a good job with an amazing company. I’m no longer unemployed. We also travelled to Vegas with some friends to celebrate Luke’s 30th birthday.

April: My friends came to visit from Phoenix and we had a super fun backyard birthday BBQ followed by a scavenger hunt bar crawl.

May: We went to the Oregon Coast with a group of friends where we enjoyed waking up to the sound of the ocean and having bonfires on the beach at night. We took Gracie on the “Doggie Dash” and she loved it.

June: I created a Summer Bucket List, we hosted a few backyard BBQ’s and I planted a few peony bushes.

July: Hands down, this was the best month of the year. I travelled to Chicago for work and then Luke met up with me and proposed in the city! We decided on a date and a location: June 15, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

August: My mom and sister threw us an Engagement Party. I was blown away with all the work they did in the planning. We had so many friends that showed up – it was the best to celebrate with everyone! I shared our wedding invitations and I found THE dress. That was quick.

September: We took Gracie on her first camping trip. I also created a Fall Bucket List.

October: We participated in the Color Run and had the best time. We also travelled to Vancouver BC with a few of our friends for a long weekend and to watch the Timbers v. Whitecaps match. I can’t forgot to mention that we went to the Trail Blazers’ Opening Night and watched them beat the Lakers – it was a good way to start off the season.

November: Big month in our house with the Election. I also shared a sneak peak of our engagement photos – which we’re absolutely in love with.

December: We got a small Christmas tree and celebrated the holidays with my parents and then Luke’s aunt and uncle. We counted our blessings and realized how thankful we are to have the family, friends & freedoms that we do.

Engagement Photos (part 3)

Here it is, the final post of our engagement photos. I’ve enjoyed sharing these on the blog and hope that you’ve enjoyed them, too! I think Linnea was able to capture “us” and our personalities perfectly. When Linnea first posted the sneak peek for our photoshoot, my sister called me up and said…these are AMAZING, just imagine how gorgeous the wedding photos are going to be! Ahhhhh! She’s right… June is going to be here before you know it.

Click to see part 1 & part 2  All photos by Linnea Paulina Photography

Engagement Photos (part 2)

Here’s part 2 of our engagement photos. Luke was a little apprehensive about using the quilt, but I thought it would be fun. It was kinda chilly out, so I think it was appropriate. This also might sound kind of silly, but I always forget how red my hair really is because I usually wear it up during the week – it’s kinda fun to see it down, because that is usually not the norm for me. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I have one more post of photos after this one, so check back here on Monday.

Click here to see part 1

All photos by Linnea Paulina Photography

Engagement Photos (part 1)

I’ve spent the last few days going through our engagement photos, trying to narrow down which ones we’re going to print and I gotta say it’s hard to narrow them down – we love them all!
We had such a fun session with Linnea and couldn’t be happier with these photos. Hope you enjoy them too. More to come this week.

Our 2012 Holiday Cards

I thought it would be the perfect year for us to do Christmas cards because we just got our engagement photos back. I’ll share the photos soon, I promise! I just got back from a long weekend in Arizona visiting some girlfriends – so I’m not on top of the blog at the moment – we all know how that goes. In the meantime, I have a little holiday photo discount to share with you all:
A Minted discount code if you use THIS CODE RIGHT HERE you’ll save $25 on an order of $50 or more. I used the code for our most recent purchase and I hope someone else is able to use it as well and save some money!
What do you think of our Christmas cards this year? We love them.
Holiday Photo Cards: Minted

Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaid Dresses

So we’re going with gray dresses for the bridesmaids! There I said it. I finally made a decision. I’d been going back and forth with different blush tones and putting too much thought into it. I wasn’t completely sold on pinks or purples mainly because we’re not sure on the colors of our flowers until we actually get down to Mexico and see what they have. If we went with pink dresses and only had purple flowers available – then it would clash. I decided my best bet was to pick a neutral, but pretty color that any bouquet of flowers would compliment. Is that a totally weird way of picking my bridesmaid dress colors? It made sense to me… so gray dresses it is!

I am also one of those girls that jumped on the trend of miss-matched bridesmaid dresses. When I say jumped on that trend, I mean that I am absolutely in love with the idea. I love the idea that each girl will get to wear a dress that she feels the most comfortable and beautiful in. I’ve never been a fan of symmetry, or a perfectly matched assortment so miss-matched dresses seems like a great fit for our wedding. The last three photos below are some of favorites that I’ve seen floating around on the internet.

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Oh (mini) Christmas Tree

Our tree is up and that makes me one happy girl. I don’t know what it is about a lit up Christmas tree. I could sit on the couch all bundled up with some music, some hot chocolate, my mini Christmas tree and be the happiest girl in the world.

This year our tree is perfect. Last year we bought one of those trees that looks like every other tree out there. I’m also pretty sure it was half-dead when we bought it. You just looked at that thing and the pine needles would crumble and fall to the ground. It was a daily battle between me and the broom to clean up after that tree.

This year I wanted a small, sturdy tree. And we got it! It has thick branches and its height reaches just slightly above the light switches. And the best thing about this tree (other than it being completely adorable) is that its only shed about four pine needles total.

She’s a beauty, right?