|Poncho Selfies for the Win!|
1. Thanksgiving Traditions
Every year for 40 plus years, my dad's side of the family has participated in a family football game on Thanksgiving day. We all trek down to an open area of my grandpa's land that has been specifically reserved for said game. Ever since I can remember, we've rushed the quarterback and caught touchdowns in the trees, all in the name of a little family fun. There've been snowy years and years where we played in shorts. But this year was a little different. Enter the poncho game. The torrential downpour can't keep us down, friends! We may have cut the game short but we still got some plays in, all in the name of tradition and burning off some of that turkey. We also had a great time relaxing with our families, enjoying a meal, and spending the Saturday after Thanksgiving shopping and getting a head start on our Christmas shopping!
Aaron was an absolute champ this year and he surprised me by buying all new LED lights and getting them up on our house the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (which turned out to be a fabulous decision because it rained the next three days and got super cold). I love having our lights on to welcome me home from various nights out. Aaron's Grandma took us to breakfast that morning and then proceeded to help me "Christmas-fy" our house all day. I love love love decorating for Christmas, and I tried a few new things this year. I'm a big believer on not spending much, using what I have, and then purchasing a few small new things each year from Hobby Lobby (on clearance) to round things out. I think I'll have a house tour up soon (along with the new dining room updates!).
|Thanks, Aaron, for not dying while you crawled up to the top of our roof to hang lights. The things we do for love.|
3. New Hair
If you know me well, you know that I only cut my hair about twice a year. So when I do go get a cut, I want to get my money's worth. I pretty much always cut off four or five inches, get my layers put back in, and that's about it. But this time around, I decided I was ready for something a little different. I wasn't quite gutsy enough to go shorter than my shoulders, but let's just say that I have significantly less hair than I did a few days ago. It feels so much lighter, and I'm loving learning how to style it a little differently. Thankfully, my hair likes to be wavy when drying so I don't have to do much with it if I don't want to. I don't have a picture of me with the new do yet, but this was my photo inspiration (so think this but just a little longer).
4. Blogging Changes
As you may or may not have seen, I just recently opened up the Moments section of the blog to all interested contributors. I started dreaming of guest posts last January when the blog started, but wanted to decide a good name for them, if I wanted them on a certain day, and how frequently I wanted them. Aaron helped come up with the name moments, and it started up in July. We've had some really awesome contributors already, but then I sort of got caught up in the crazy world of life and fell off of asking people and giving them actual deadlines. So I've decided to gear up and focus on building that section of the blog a little bit. At the heart of the blog, I'm hoping to provide a place for real, honest conversation- one full of laughter, wisdom, and reflection. In the spirit of this vision, I hope to share not only my own voice and ideas on loving, learning, and living fully, but also the voices of others. If this sounds like something you're interested in, you should check out this contact form and contribute. I can't wait to see what you beautiful people come up with!
5. Social Media Break
My smartphone has become more of a "dumb phone" recently, as I removed all forms of social media from it. This change is a result of my desire to slow down, waste less time on social media, and to be more present with those I'm really with (which I shared more about in this post). I still tinker with social media here and there on my laptop, but I have been amazed by the results in only one week. At first it was really weird to not be able to Instagram something fun that was happening (like the Thanksgiving poncho game), or to wake up and have no Facebook to check. But you know what? It has actually been really freeing. I'm taking photos to remember the moment for myself, and not to broadcast it to others (though I do love me some Instagram, and you can totally follow me here- just probably after Christmas ha). I also find myself being more engaged in conversation, being more intentional, and honestly just feeling less stressed and less overwhelmed.
|Looking a little social media lonely around here.|
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