frosted window panes

by Valerie | 01.31.14 | Around our home, Photography | No Comments »

winter woes

This is me, trying not to squint but feeling the slap of the icy wind and snow in my face and wondering how I could have left Texas for this… This winter has been the worst I can remember in the almost 10 years we’ve lived in Michigan and it’s really starting to get to me; unfortunately, for me, it’s only January and we’ve still got a lot of winter to go – they’re predicting more snow and wind chills dropping to as low as 25 to 35 degrees below zero tonight. I’m truly beginning to feel jealous of animals who get to hibernate through this. I do appreciate the snow and the beauty of winter, but this January has been a rough one – I’m done with the cloudy, windy, single digit down to negative actual temps, and don’t even get me started on the wind chill…enough already!

On a happier note, take a look at all this white…with an adorable, sleeping puppy thrown in for good measure.

by Valerie | 01.27.14 | Around town, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Lucky 13

13 has always been a lucky number for Ryan and, since our first date and wedding were on the 13th, it is a lucky number for me too! Today, I am lucky enough to have been married to such an amazing man for 13 wonderful years and I look forward to celebrating many more.

We officially began working on our DIY project, anniversary gift, live-edge maple table this past weekend (see previous post here) – we cut it down to size, did lots of sanding, and applied the first coat of clear gel varnish on each side. I’m hopeful that by this weekend we’ll have a finished product to enjoy!

Ryan bought me these beautiful mums and hydrangeas, which I happily found a vase for, and they are brightening up our dining room table; he also made us dinner reservations at Lena tonight, which I’m really looking forward to. Happy bananaversary, baby!

by Valerie | 01.13.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

weathering the weather

Last night, the weather in Ann Arbor dropped to -14 with a wind-chill of -38, the condensation inside the windows of our home is freezing and forming ice crystals (see photo above), and we helped two different strangers get their cars unstuck on our street over the past two days after getting about 11 inches of snow over the weekend. This weather has been crazy and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it before. The good news is that the temps here now are finally climbing above 0 – just barely at only 1°F, but I’ll take it! Before the temps turned sub-zero, we were able to take a nice stroll through our neighborhood and capture these wintery photos (see below). Hopefully all those impacted by the freezing temps and snow are staying warm and cozy.

by Valerie | 01.07.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

Winter greens

Brace yourselves for “Winter Storm Ion”. We’ve had a good bit of snow this winter already and it looks like there’ll be much more coming this weekend; luckily, we’ve got a good snow shovel and Ryan doesn’t mind the exercise. Our home feels extra cozy with these great new slippers my parents sent me as a Christmas gift, our toasty fireplace, and these beautiful winter greens I’ve scattered around the house. Our dear friend Jennifer gave us some cuttings from her tree, who she named Freyja, and my parents sent us this lovely Christmas cactus which is in full bloom and is quite the contrast to the blanket of white outside our door.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

Happy New Year!

This was my view of the last sunrise of 2013 and it was quite a beautiful one! We flew home on New Year’s Eve and even managed to stay up until midnight, even though we’d had only 4 hours of sleep the night before and a 2+ hour flight delay in Dallas on our way home. We arrived home to snow and even more snow followed on New Year’s Day. This was my view of the last sunset of 2013…

The fresh-fallen snow really is beautiful…makes the world feel clean and fresh and inspired us to do the same and start with a good house-cleaning on New Year’s Day. We took a walk in our neighborhood and breathed in the cold, clean air and listed to the crunch of snow beneath our feet and just enjoyed our first walk of 2014.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Holidaze, Travel | No Comments »

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