hello…we’re still here!

always eating with an audience 👀#bordercollie #bordercolliemix

Hello, it’s been a while since we posted, but we’re still here! Since our last post, we celebrated Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve/Day, and our anniversary. We visited our home state of Texas, and saw lots of family and dear friends while we were there. We had a pretty amazing dance party with my favorite 2 year old! We’ve had a few winter storms and experienced a seriously frigid polar vortex here in Michigan, but our home is warm and cozy and our hearts were warmed by this year’s Puppy Bowl XV.

Christmas Eve family fun
family photo
#puppybowl #puppybowlxv #bordercollie #bordercolliemix

Maddy doesn’t seem to like playing in the water, but she does LOVE playing in the snow; and winter Frisbee time is just as much fun as summer Frisbee time, as far as she’s concerned!

#frisbeeislife #bordercollie #bordercolliemix

We’ve also been baking our way through Bread Baking for Beginners and our house smells pretty amazing; it’s been so nice to have freshly baked, homemade bread and now that we’ve gotten into the habit of doing this I don’t think I can go back to having only store bought bread in the house. And Galentine’s Day/Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! xoxo

We made our 2nd loaf of homemade bread yesterday (8-hour fermentation no-knead bread); working our way through Bread Baking for Beginners by Bonnie OHara. Maddy would very much like us to give her a piece. 🍞👀😋 #breadmaking #bread #breadbaki

by Valerie | 02.08.19 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Marvelous Maddy, Travel | No Comments »

happy bananaversary

celebrating our 17th anniversary today #anniversary #love #loveofmylife

We recently celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary; I am endlessly thankful for my marriage and the partner I have in Ryan! We enjoyed some delicious dining out last weekend (Bigalora for brunch, Cafe Zola for dinner, and the Allen Rumsey Supper Club for drinks) and treated ourselves to a yummy recreation of our wedding cake for dessert (Cakes by Rubina).

cheers to 17 years! 🍸 #allenrumseysupperclub #cocktails #martini

Happy bananaversary

by Valerie | 01.16.18 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

anniversary weekend

celebrating our 16th anniversary today

We celebrated our 16th anniversary over the weekend and enjoyed a delicious dinner out at Mikette, yummy “bananniversary” cake, lovely flowers, and this amazing latte made especially for me by my sweetie!

anniversary weekend latte love

happy bananniversary

anniversary flowers

by Valerie | 01.16.17 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Happy 45th!

Happy 45th wedding anniversary to my parents today! 💗

I’m wishing my parents a very happy 45th wedding anniversary today!!!

by Valerie | 11.26.16 | For Funsies | No Comments »

infinite happiness

Celebrating 15 years of marriage with the love of my life today - he makes me smile & he makes me laugh everyday! 💗

Today we celebrate 15 years of incredibly happy and fun marriage together; he makes me smile and he makes me laugh every day. Here’s to many more years and infinite happiness with the love of my life…

by Valerie | 01.13.16 | For Funsies | No Comments »

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 »

Outside/Inside

1/12/15

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

14th

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 »

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