giving thanks, part II

Thanksgiving 2014

I know this is a bit belated (I caught a bug and was feeling under the weather last week and I’m finally feeling myself again), but we enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Low, warm dinner lighting doesn’t make for the best photos of food, but it was all so delicious! I am so thankful to have such an amazing husband, who is not only the best partner I could possibly dream up but also an amazing cook. It was so nice to have our dear friends Michael and Jennifer join us for Thanksgiving dinner (and bring along that delicious apple crisp to share – yum!) with Ryan’s Mom at our house. I hope you had a wonderful, delicious Thanksgiving filled with good memories as well as good eats!

Brussels Sprouts

by Valerie | 12.07.14 | Around our home, Holidaze | No Comments »

weekend haps

Frankenmuth, MI

We’ve had a jam-packed week/weekend of fun activities with Mom and have enjoyed her visit over the Thanksgiving holiday! We did some serious shopping on Tuesday, went to a Pistons game on Wednesday, cooked and enjoyed Thanksgiving on Thursday, a little shopping in town on Friday and decorated the house for Christmas, Frankenmuth (and Bronner’s) on Saturday, and brunch followed by the DIA on Sunday. I think after all the excitement, I could sleep for a solid 24 hours!

Frankenmuth, MI

deck the halls

by Valerie | 12.01.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

cozy day in

cozy evening in

We picked up Mom from the airport last Friday and have really been enjoying her visit; we are so glad she will be staying with us for the Thanksgiving holiday this year! We visited a few of our favorite restaurants and did a little shopping over the weekend together, but (besides a trip to the grocery store for some Thanksgiving supplies) we stayed in by the fireplace on Saturday as it was very icy outside. I don’t know about you, but I for one can certainly appreciate a relaxing, cozy day in on a cold day. We made chili and watched movies and it was so nice to just spend some down time together. Watching Ryan chasing Melody…chasing a squirrel…on ice was entertaining too. And ice skating down the sidewalk with no skates on was an experience. #winterainteasy

On Sunday, before heading to brunch, we took advantage of the above freezing temperatures for the day and cleaned out our gutters. Ryan climbed up on the roof with a bucket attached to a rope and lowered it down when it was full so I could dump it in the compost bin – our system worked well. Now we’re bracing ourselves for another cold front to hit – I’m looking forward to more cozy days in!

Cleaning the gutters

by Valerie | 11.24.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

weekend haps

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After a busy work week, we found some time for some much needed r&r over the weekend – I watched one of my favorite Halloween movies, enjoyed our fireplace, and did a bit of decorating around the house. Ryan did some yard work too, mowing and raking leaves, cleaning up some of our garden beds for the season (he pulled quite a lot of herbs which we’re hoping to dry and use throughout the winter). And Melody enjoyed a nap near the sunshine coming in the window on Sunday afternoon; she’s a professional at that!

Jack-o-lantern

Sun napping

by Valerie | 10.13.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

feeling fall

new sofa - sunshine - late afternoon

This week really began to feel like fall, with the cooler temps; I welcomed my favorite season by lighting a fire in our fireplace and enjoying a hot cup of fresh apple cider. Today we made veggie chili – it’s been simmering on the stove all afternoon and will be perfect for dinner tonight. I picked up some lovely orange mums and these dahlias pictured below. And we got this great new (vintage) sofa, which you can see a bit of in the photo above; it’s a perfect match to our existing chairs and will be nice to have some extra, comfy seating in our front room. The light is so beautiful in the late afternoon in there…

Dahlias

by Valerie | 09.14.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

cookie cakes & cocktails

Garden bouquet

Last week we enjoyed a cookie cake for a friend’s birthday, a Man Men cocktail night with friends, and we found some nice things at an estate sale on Saturday (including a painting and this small, clear glass pitcher I’ve used as a vase for our garden herbs and hydrangeas in the photo above). And it’s been nice to get some rain too – which our garden and yard are always happy for. We even installed a new storm door and made a couple trips to IKEA for some extra workspace setup in our basement. Melody seems to approve of our new purchases – I think she’ll especially enjoy the storm door as now she’ll have a clear view of the backyard and she can keep a close eye on the chipmunks, squirrels, and birds that may drop by; although she is a bit skeptical of the painting which is currently sitting on the floor against the wall waiting to be hung…

Pretty sky

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Mad Men cocktail party

by Valerie | 08.18.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

polychrome powwow

3 a day - R+V

I really enjoy watching the way the light changes in our house throughout the day; the photo above was taken in the late afternoon and I couldn’t help but notice how spectacular the light was in this spot at that moment. While Ryan is away (this place is beautiful!), we’ve agreed to send each other three photos a day just for fun. Here’s my three from Thursday…

3 a day - R+V

3 a day - R+V

by Valerie | 07.27.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Photography | No Comments »

Weekend haps

Mini golf

We’ve had quite the fun-filled weekend! Stumbled upon the car show in downtown Ann Arbor by accident really as we were there for the Open Book launch party at Literati for Ryan & Leslie. Mini golf. Got some new plants and found a use for my grandparents old plant hanger – it’s nice to have something that was theirs in our home. And we found some fun stuff at an estate sale in town on Saturday, including this sweet little Danish demitasse cup and saucer pictured below, vintage Coors porcelain labware, some beautiful wool fabric, and Pflatzgraff TWA bread plates. Now we’re heading to the pub to watch the final World Cup match between Germany and Argentina. Last, but certainly not least, enjoying some sundaes on Sunday.

Demitasse

Grandparents' plant hanger

Sundaes on Sunday

by Valerie | 07.13.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Garden, Work | No Comments »

spring spruce up

Spring planting

We spent two long days over the weekend doing lots of yard work and it felt great to tackle some of those projects! We’re trying to get grass to grow in on our lawn where it needs it (crossing my fingers it works this time), put down some new mulch and pavers for border, and planted some flowers (I’m so excited to have a peony and some lenten roses to enjoy) which I’m hoping will do well – nice to have some color in the yard for spring.

Lenten Rose

Spring planting

by Valerie | 04.28.14 | Around our home, Garden | No Comments »

I can see clearly now

After enjoying a delicious blueberry pancake breakfast, it was nice enough yesterday that we were able to get outside and start some yard cleanup for spring. We also managed to wash our windows on the outside which made a huge difference; I don’t know why we waited so long to do that, but it’s amazing what a difference just washing your windows can make – so nice to have some warm sunshine and clean windows to see the world through!

And today (besides being National Beer Day, Coffee Cake Day, Caramel Popcorn Day, No Housework Day, and World Health Day) is my Mom’s birthday – Happy birthday, Mom!!!

by Valerie | 04.07.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

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