weekend haps

Hydrangeas and mini daffodils

We celebrated our anniversary last week with dinner (at Grange) and drinks (at Ravens Club) out on the town; cheers to 14 years! And we spent a nice weekend of mostly just relaxing at home, cleaning house, and picking up some fresh flowers to help warm up the place during this chilly, winter weather – amaryllis in full bloom, mini daffodils in a shiny gold pot, and hydrangeas seem to be doing the trick for the time being!

Amaryllis full bloom

Cheers to 14 years!

by Valerie | 01.19.15 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »



It’s cold outside (high of 13 on the 13th – #winterainteasy), but it’s cozy inside…and these over the knee boot socks I’m wearing certainly don’t hurt (I have a hard time resisting a good sweater knit)! Hope you’re staying warm in this wintry weather. Bonus: Ryan surprised me with these beautiful, white spray roses, for our anniversary.

cozy stripes

Home sweet home


by Valerie | 01.13.15 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

I wanna hold your hand…

I want to hold your hand

Celebrating 14 years of marriage with the love of my life tomorrow. He makes me happy every day and I will always love the way it feels to hold his hand.

by Valerie | 01.12.15 | For Funsies | 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 »

42 years and counting

Happy 42nd anniversary, to my Mom and Dad; you two are 42 kinds of wonderful!

by Valerie | 11.26.13 | For Funsies | 1 Comment »

Anniversary eats

On January 13th, we began the celebration of our 12th anniversary with brunch & ended it with an equally delicious dessert. We ventured out for dinner at a new restaurant in downtown A2 & were not disappointed – Vellum was a treat for the taste-buds!

by Valerie | 01.27.13 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »


This Sunday, January 13th, we celebrate our 12th anniversary! I’ll keep this short and sweet… I love my husband more than I could ever express, life is good, and here’s to happiness, love, laughter, and another amazing year ahead and many more to come!

by Valerie | 01.11.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

365 – Day 325

365 – Day 325

Anniversary dinner at Grange.

by Valerie | 01.13.12 | Photography | No Comments »


To quote Buddy The Elf, “I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!” Today, Ryan & I celebrate our 11th anniversary (that’s undecimus, in Latin). We’re planning on a nice dinner at Grange & a relaxing weekend.

Did you know the traditional gift for 11th anniversaries is steel? Corny line alert…get ready for it…here it comes… Ryan, you “steel” my heart & I “steel” love you more & more each day!

Photos by Hillebrand Photography

by Valerie | 01.13.12 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Weekend fun (belated)

Cinco de Mayo

This post is belated, but I had to share some of the fun we had several weeks ago at our Cinco de Mayo (or Cinco de Seis as we jokingly called it) party on May 6th. We enjoyed (as has become a tradition in our house for Cinco de Mayo) amazing food, wonderful friends, & a really great time! Ryan made some really delicious vegan taco meat, grilled veggies, homemade salsa, taco sauce, guacamole, & margaritas & many others brought wonderful dishes to share too.


And on Sunday, May 8th we enjoyed a delicious brunch & enjoyed celebrating our dear friends Jen & Walter’s 1 year anniversary. They shared a slice of their yummy cake with us too – love & cake, what’s not to love!


And Melody was there, looking cute as always…


by Valerie | 05.22.11 | For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

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