rosemary beach

Rosemary Beach might be the most magical place on earth. We visited a few weeks ago on the back end of a work trip and just fell in love with the beautiful architecture, peaceful beaches and designful way of life. It also happened to be winter, so we had the place to ourselves. We rented a few bikes, explored the town, and enjoyed a little bit of rest for a few days. Rosemary Beach is now our retirement dream. It's good to have long term goals, right? Thank you, city planners of Rosemary, for creating such an aesthetically pleasing little city for folks to enjoy. We certainly did. Until next time, perfect little beach town, we'll be dreaming of you.

snow, glorious snow!

We had the most magical week last week when snow hit Atlanta by storm (quite literally). We were some of the very fortunate few who hadn't any trouble getting home and out of the icy weather, and for that, we were very thankful. We got to spend three days at home, hanging out, watching movies, and being with our neighbor friends (from whom I borrow these images, of course!) It was such an unexpected treat. Thank you, Atlanta, for having some of the craziest weather and letting us experience a real winter.

my favorite christmas gift

The other month, I was telling Kathryn how I didn't have any printed photos of my baby pup. So that little sneaky, thoughtful girl snuck into our house when we were at work and gave Gussy his very own glamor shots session, free of charge! (I mean, that middle one kills me). Then she gave them to me for Christmas. It was the sweet thing ever. Al and I got some really wonderful Christmas gifts this year, but I just had to take a minute to share my favorite.

advent

Christmas is upon us which means we are entering into a season of watching and waiting and preparing for the birth of Christ. What a beautiful thing we get to do. We don't want to miss it this year, with the hustle and bustle, we want our hearts to truly be ready for Christmas to come. So we began to decorate our home this weekend and it just feels cozier and happier and full of a bit more peace. Happy advent everyone!

fall at the lake

This weekend we snuck away from the city to enjoy the changing seasons at the lake. The seasons seem to be having a bit of an identity crisis however, because the leaves have yet to change their golden yellow and vibrant red. Maybe I am just missing it somehow, because all I seem to see is green. But I digress. And not that it totally matters anyways, because we still enjoyed our fall at the lake. The air was crisp and cool, we lit a fire, and breathed deep the fresh mountain air. We went wine tasting in the North Georgia vineyards, braved the outlets for home gear, cooked delicious food, slept in much later the usual, and enjoyed each other's company. What a treat!

puttin' on the ritz

On Monday and Tuesday of this week we cashed in a few vacation days and headed down to the Ritz at Reynolds Plantation to celebrate our second anniversary. Before we left the city, we indulged in breakfast at Empire State South and then meandered to the lake. We spent two days catching up on rest and relaxation and thanking the Lord for this marriage. We learned that we always want to celebrate our anniversary during the weekday because it just feels different and special; like we meant to be celebrating. We were blessed by our time away. Two years down, many many many more to come.

destroy (!!)

This pup has been in full on destroy mode these last few weeks. He got a haircut and all of the sudden, gained all sorts of power and confidence ... and has since decided to tear our material lives to shreds. Shoes, pillows, rugs, blazers, you name it. It's fine though, I guess. Teaching us not to value material things? Last week I came home to my anthro mags ripped to pieces all over the house. It was raining fashion dreams. Instead of throwing my hands up in defeat, I just photographed the scene of the crime. Gus: 8, Al&Meg: 0.

first lake day of the season

We snuck away to the lake this weekend to celebrate Easter with Al's family. The wind on the water was indeed chilly, but getting out into the sun again felt nice. The trees are still winter bare, and it feels like an entirely different lake than the lush summer look that we are accustomed to. On the boat Gus was cautious, to say the least, crawling up into our laps the whole ride, but we are still hoping for a lake dog come summer. We shall see...

catching up

Shooo wee! Where has the time gone? Remember that moment in life when you start a blog and then forget to ever post in it? Yeah, us too. The beginning to this new year has proved to be very busy, and thus, we are just now getting our feet back under us. Both Al and I celebrated birthdays in which, we became more adult than the year before. Years will do that to you.  Al went out of town for a guy's mountain weekend to Pigeon Forge (yeahhh c'mon) while I soaked up all of the goodness that our dear Athens has to offer with sweet friends. THEN WE WENT ON A CRUISE ... to the Bahamas ... with work {both of our work now !!!! } and have finally settled down. Those brackets are no mistake: I start a new job at Chick-fil-A tomorrow and I could not be more thankful and grateful and feel so incredibly undeserving. So here's a little update of the winter. We are looking forward to the Spring and all of the freshness that it is sure to bring.

film

Remember that time in life when we used to take a full roll of film on a camera, drop it off at the drug store, pick it up three days later, and excitedly sift through twenty-six memories in tangible paper form of quickly forgotten life moments? Me too. Until we got a vintage film camera for Christmas. It serves two purposes: one, decor for the homestead, and two, ACTUAL photos. It's great. So here are a few photos from our mountain weekend on said camera. Here's to simpler times, friends!

family planning (part ii)

We rented a cabin in Blue Ridge last weekend to talk through hopes and plans for the New Year. I was a little nervous that we wouldn't be able to get too far with planning, being that there are a few big things up in the air this year, and trying to "plan" the unknown, in a world where you really have little control in the first place, brings me a touch of anxiety at times. But the weekend was more about what we want to become rather than specifically what we want to do. What words do we want to be known for, what non-negotiables do we want to stand for, and ultimately, how can we be more like Jesus? It's freeing to know that you don't have to strive and achieve each and every New Year, you simply get to let the Lord do his thing. Makes the unknowns of the future that much more manageable. My heart left the weekend was such a deep feeling of peace knowing that the Lord has gone before us and is already at work in the things to come.

*We shot our first roll of film this weekend as well from a sweet little vintage camera we got for Christmas. Hopefully there are a few gems on that roll. Having never loaded film into a camera before (hello pre-digital age), there is a very real chance that we didn't do it right and thus, no photos shall be born. We shall see!

thanksgiving 2012

We are grateful that both of our families live so close that we are able to see them often, and be able to split time for holidays. Thanksgiving this year was wonderful. What started off as a majorly rushed and hectic week (work, meetings, house-hunting, cinnamon roll making (!!), holiday parties, etc) turned into quite the delightful holiday. A few notable highlights: Dave grew a mustache, Gus made his first dash for freedom, and after all was said and done, we had a full three day weekend to enjoy: success.