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Big Things in 2015!

What a holiday season it was for me! I spent over a week at home in MT for Christmas. There was a total of ten people staying at my parents’ home and it was a fun, full house. We ate, drank and celebrated, but more on that later.

Out for a long exploration around town on our action packed Christmas Eve!

Out for a long exploration around town on our action packed Christmas Eve!

We enjoyed our traditional fondue dinner on Christmas Eve and I found an awesome fondue recipe that wasn’t too “swiss-y”, my family isn’t a huge fan of the overly strong cheese. Well Plated had a delicious recipe!

Winter delivered with a beautiful white Christmas and we spent much of the day in our PJs, opening presents, of course eating and drinking mimosas!

Beautiful Christmas view of the backyard!

Beautiful Christmas view of the backyard!

The best part of the week was spending quality time with my family, siblings and their significant others and it was very special to celebrate with my future in-laws. That’s right – the BF is now my fiancé! Christmas Eve will forever be my favorite day of the year (until my wedding I suppose). We are ecstatic and so excited to start this wonderful new part of our relationship. Having our families there was so special and made for quite a memorable week!

We rounded out our holiday season celebrating with close friends at a lake house we rented at a near by lake back in Virginia. A two-night stay celebrating the new year and our new engagement was a perfect close to 2015!

Closing out 2014!

Closing out 2014!

I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings! Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! Best wishes in 2015, I’m back in action now with lots of DIY projects on the horizon!

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The most memorable Christmas celebration yet!


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#TBT and Good News!

In honor of #ThrowBackThursday I am sharing a photo of me and my brother with our significant others during a trip my BF and I made to Boston in 2012. The trip was originally planned around the men’s lacrosse NCAA Final Four but when Virginia did not qualify, the visit with my little bro became extended. It was a packed-weekend, a Red Sox game, a jaunt to the Samuel Adams Brewery and Hyannis on Cape Cod and lots of quality time catching up.

Fenway Park // Boston, MA // 2012

Fenway Park // Boston, MA // 2012

This #TBT is an extra special memory because my brother proposed to his GF this past weekend and they are now ENGAGED! I am so happy and excited for my brother, he has make extraordinary advances in his career and maturity in the last three to four years and I know she has been instrumental in that growth. They are wonderful together and I am so thrilled to welcome her into our family.

Now it’s almost the weekend and I can’t wait for some R&R after all my recent trips and travel!