Thanksgiving 2017 in Indianapolis

Hey friends!! How are you this morning? It is always hard to get back into the swing of things after a nice holiday break, but it sure feels good to be back in a routine.  We celebrated Thanksgiving this year in Indianapolis with my in-laws.  We switch each Thanksgiving and Christmas between my parents and my in-laws and it seems to work pretty well for us.  We are on the same schedule with my sister and her boyfriend/his parents so my parents either get all of us or none of us. 😉  This Christmas we will be in Nashville, which will also be the first time we haven’t had to travel for the holidays since living at home in high school. 🙂 I am pretty excited to get to enjoy our decorations this year and spend a little more time enjoying the holidays rather than traveling.  

Last Wednesday we left for Indianapolis.  It is about a 4 and a half hour drive so it wasn’t bad at all.  We arrived to see our “agenda” on the nightstand.  My mother-in-law is the cutest.  

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We had some soup for dinner at home and called it an early night.  Somehow both dogs and my husband ended up in my bed (my TWIN bed) for a movie to end the night.  I kinda love the snuggles though. 😉 

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Thanksgiving morning we woke up bright and early to head to the annual Drumstick Dash.  The proceeds from the race go fight homelessness in Indy.  My brother-in-law and I ran while my husband, other brother-in-law, and mother-in-law walked.  

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Thanksgiving day was spent just hanging around the house, watching movies and playing cards until it was time to start cooking.  

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We only eat in the dining room on special occasions so that makes it kinda fun!  

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This year we opted for a less traditional meal of surf and turf and lots of sides!  We made steak, lobster, scallops, a delicious salad (romaine, goat cheese, craisins, apples), green beans, roasted carrots, a mashed potato casserole and a sweet potato casserole!  We all agreed it was one of the best meals we have ever had!! 

 

Riley is sporting a new look these days and he wanted to show ya’ll… 🙂 

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Friday evening we headed downtown to the Pacers game!  It was a really close game and they ended up winning it right at the end!  

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I am SO thankful for this guy.  He is my rock.  

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As you can see I didn’t take as many pictures as usual.  I am really trying to focus on being more present and living in the moment.  We had such a fun time in Indy with family and I am already missing my mother-in-law’s amazing cooking.  🙂  We headed back to Nashville on Saturday afternoon to avoid the Sunday traffic and to have some time at home before heading back to work.  We cleaned the whole house, unpacked, did a few loads of laundry, did grocery shopping and meal prepping, completed some Christmas shopping and put up more decorations.  It is such a wonderful feeling going into a new week feeling refreshed and prepared!  I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving?
  2. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
  3. Do you travel each year for the holidays?

Christmas in Indiana Part 2

Good morning!!  I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start!  I just got back from an early class at the gym so I am feeling great!  Exercising will always be my favorite way to start the day.  It just sets me up to make healthier choices throughout the day and puts my mind in a good place.  

So back to where I left off yesterday with my recap of our trip to Indiana.   Sunday morning we opened presents!! My mother-in-law is the best gift giver ever.  

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And then we ate some breakfast!

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A little later, I had an assortment of goodies for lunch!

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And we played a bit of ping pong…my husband has to go easy on me.. he is a lot better than me. 😉

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A few hours later, we gathered in the dining room for Christmas dinner. 

We had a huge delicious meal of steak, swordfish, mashed potatoes, rice stuffing, green bean casserole, cornbread, and a pear and walnut salad.  So delicious!

Christmas cookies!

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My brother-in-law got me the game Taboo for Christmas so we decided to play that night.  We were laughing hysterically and someone, who I won’t name, may or may not have peed his/her pants. 😉 

My mother-in-law’s mom was a huge Cubs fan so my mother-in-law got us all shirts for a picture for her holiday card this year.  I know, dad, I told her it was against all my morals to wear a Cubs shirt.  🙂

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That wraps up our trip to Indiana for Christmas!  We had such a fun and relaxing time with my in-laws over the weekend.   I am sad the holidays are coming to an end, but it is always nice to come home and get back into a routine.  I am soaking up our time at our house now because it won’t be long until we are officially in Nashville!  

Questions:

  1. What is something you cook ever year on Christmas?
  2. Do you open presents or eat first on Christmas morning?
  3. Favorite type of Christmas cookie?

Christmas in Indiana!

Hi friends!! We are back from a wonderful Christmas in Indiana with my in-laws.  My husband is back to work this week and I am spending the week doing errands and getting ready for our move.  

Let’s back up to last Thursday when we headed to Indianapolis for a long Christmas weekend.  We arrived early afternoon and just hung out until we headed downtown for the Pacers game. 

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A 6 person family selfie. 🙂

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Friday we just hung around the house until early afternoon.  This little one was so happy to be in Indy.  He loves to run and run and run some more in my in-laws yard.  

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Late Friday afternoon we headed to the Murat theater to see Straight No Chaser.  They are an acapella group from Indiana and they are absolutely amazing.  

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They sang a bunch of current songs, fun songs, and Christmas songs.  

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Me, my husband and brother-in-law. 

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Love this guy!

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Afterwards we went to Mimi Blue Meatballs for dinner.  They have the best beans and fried brussel sprouts! so yummy!

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My husband and mother-in-law split this delicious maple pecan cookie. 🙂

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Riley and I on a run.  This little guy was full of energy!

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He got a new toy from my in-laws for Christmas and he wanted to play nonstop. 

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On Christmas Eve we spent the day watching movies and doing a puzzle.  Later we went to dinner at Sangiovese.  

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The food was absolutely amazing!!!  

After dinner we headed to church for the candlelight service.  

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The family on Christmas Eve!!  Love these people! 

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I will finish up my recap of our trip to Indiana tomorrow!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!! 

Questions:

  1. Did you travel for the holidays?
  2. Are you back to work this week or still enjoying vacation?
  3. Favorite meal you ate over the holidays?

Last Wedding Recap, I Promise :) The Reception

 

Happy Friday!! We made it!  Do you guys have lots of fun plans for the weekend?  We have a couple plans, but nothing crazy so I am hoping to get in lots of walks with the pups and some boat time too!  

So today is the last of my wedding recaps… I saved the best for last! 😉 

Since we had our ceremony at my in-laws’ house, we decided a downtown reception would be perfect! We had shuttles bus our guests from the different locations.  Our reception took place at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.  It has tons of windows with a beautiful view of the skyline at night and it was just big enough for our guests, but not too big where the guests are too spread out.  

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My two siblings being introduced. Such cuties. 

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We went straight to cutting the cake after we were introduced so we didn’t have to stop the party later to do it.  I wanted a very simple, elegant cake and my husband and mom chose all the flavors. 🙂  The two champagne glasses below were the ones my in-laws used at their wedding so it was pretty special that we got to use them too.  

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We went straight into the speeches and eating.  We chose to do a buffet because I didn’t want the usual plated dinner.  We had tons of options and the food was really delicious!

My dad and brother gave sweet speeches and my sister (the maid of honor) and Jon’s brother (best man) gave beautiful speeches too. 

Next were the traditional dances.  Jon and I chose Brett Eldredge’s song “Mean to Me” for our first dance.  We both loved it when we first heard it and knew it was the one.  

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My dad and I danced to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland.  It was such a special moment and I may have shed a few tears. 😉

Jon’s mom is a huge Beetles fan so their first dance was a Beetles song. 🙂

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Jon and I share a huge love of live music so when we got engaged one of the first things we decided on was that we were going to have a band instead of a dj.  The band made our night so fun and the dance floor was full all night!

The had us singing all night.

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And some more singing… 🙂

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We did the traditional bouquet toss.

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Us with my husband’s high school friends. 

 

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All of my dad’s friends from law school joined and his friend from work.  So fun!

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The neighborhood girls. 🙂 

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We had such a blast at our reception and are so thankful for all our friends and family that traveled so far to be with us on our special day.  One year down 100 more to go. 🙂

Thanks for all the love on my wedding recaps, it was so fun reminiscing this special day.  I hope you all have the best weekend!! 

Questions:

  1. Do you like to dance?
  2. Can you sing?
  3. If you are married, what was your first dance song?

 

Wedding Recap…Post Ceremony Cocktail Hour, Bridal Party Pics, and Trolley Ride Around Indy

Happy Thursday yall!  I’ve been busy organizing my wedding photos all week… only a year later… yeah, it is about time. 😉 

Today I wanted to show you some pictures post-ceremony when we had a cocktail hour at my in-laws followed by lots of pictures and a grand exit to the fun trolley ride with our friends.  

Me and my sweet girls.

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Love them to pieces! 

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The groom and his men.

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The whole gang.

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After our ceremony, we had a cocktail hour at my in-laws barn while we took pictures.  

Both of our families.

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My dad and father-in-law both made short, sweet speeches.

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My dad is probably telling Jon here, “She is yours now, you can’t give her back.” 😉 

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This sweet couple drove from Nashville to be at our wedding.  They are in their 90s.  They are the sweetest.

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A few more pictures from the house.

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My in-law’s friend offered to drive us away in his Bentley.  We happily said yes!!

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One of my favorite parts of the day was riding around Indy with our bridal party and taking pictures and sipping champagne. We had a blast!

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My husband insisted we stop by the Colts stadium to get a picture…

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Please don’t drop me! 🙂

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The handsome boys!

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The girlies downtown.

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One last kiss and we were off to the reception! 

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I’ll save the reception for the next post!  If you made it to this point, I am proud of you! 😉 

Such a special day with our favorite people!

Questions: 

  1. If you are married, what were your wedding colors?
  2. How big was your bridal party? 
  3. What would you change if you could do it all again?

 

We Made It… One Year Wedding Anniversary and Way Too Many Ceremony Pictures

Good morning, friends! How was your weekend?  Mine was so wonderful as we were in Cincinnati celebrating two of our good friends’ wedding and running around seeing all our old friends!  I will recap the weekend tomorrow because today’s post is dedicated to my sweet hubby as today marks one year of being married.  

Our wedding day was the best day of my life.  But, it has not been a walk in the park ever since.  Marriage is not easy.  This year has been full of very high highs and very low lows.  Marriage takes a lot of work and commitment.  I am FAR from an expert, but if there is one thing I have learned in this first year of marriage, it is this: You cannot be the best partner if you don’t take care of yourself first.  I am guilty (as are most of us) of putting others first and often neglecting my own needs, but this year has helped me to realize the importance of taking time for yourself and constantly working to be the best you that you can be.  At times this year, when I put myself on the back-burner, I was not able to be the best wife/partner I could be to my husband.  The best thing I did for my marriage this year was to take care of myself in order for me to figure out how to be the best partner I can be to my better half.  

I was talking to a friend recently about the idea of soulmates.  We both agreed that we didn’t really believe in the idea that there is only one person out there that you are meant to be with, but there are a handful of people you are truly compatible with.  This friend then said “It is a CHOICE to be with the person your are with… every day, you have a choice to make… to be with that person or not.”  This truly struck a cord with me.  Marriage is a choice.  Not just at the proposal or on your wedding day.  It is a choice every. single. day.  We all want this AH-HA moment, but that is not the way life works.  There may never be that moment that you KNOW for certain you are with the right person, but instead, you have a choice to make.  And I chose and still choose every day to be with my husband.  And he chose and continues to choose me (I am so thankful).  I think it is important to never stay stagnant in a relationship, but always continue to grow.  There will be ups and downs; relationships are often referred to as roller coasters, but you always have a choice to make.  You have the power to control your future and marriage certainly is not always the easy choice.  It is hard work and it needs constant attention, but it is worth every minute.  Marriage is a beautiful thing.   

Happy Anniversary, Jonny!  I am beyond lucky to call you my husband.  I am so grateful that you have put up with me for almost 8 years and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!  I love you!  

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Switching gears a bit… remember all those wedding recaps I promised you?  Well this week is the week!!  I am going to finish up summarizing our wedding day in posts throughout this week and I am really excited to relive the best day of my life.  

Today’s post is all about our ceremony.  We chose to get married in my husband’s parents’ backyard and then have a reception downtown.  This place means a lot to my husband and it is absolutely gorgeous so this was one of the very first decisions we made after getting engaged.  

My husband walking his momma to her seat. 

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My mom and stepdad walking down the aisle.  

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My little brother walking our doggie, Riley, down the aisle.  Riley was our ring bearer.  My mother-in-law made Riley’s outfit to match the boys. 🙂

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Getting ready to walk down the aisle with my daddy! 

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My daddy handing me over to my husband. 🙂 

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Jon and I are both pretty non-traditional and didn’t want to follow a set order of events for our wedding.   We decided to make our ceremony completely ours and I am so glad we did. 

At the beginning of the ceremony, Jon and I both presented our mom’s with roses to symbolize the joining of our two families. 

 

 We had Jon’s uncle marry us (he lives near us in Texas), my cousin sing, my aunt read, and my little brother play the harp.  It was perfect.

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Early on we decided that we wanted to write our own vows.  I was so nervous to read mine out loud, but it was a very meaningful thing to us and I will cherish the words my husband wrote me forever.  

Jon’s uncle gave a beautiful speech about us and marriage and we were so happy he agreed to marry us.

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We said I do and exchanged rings. 

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And sealed it with a kiss! 

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We were SO excited to finally be husband and wife! 

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Our siblings were happy for us too. 🙂

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Next, the first cocktail hour begins…. 

Questions:

  1. If you are married, how long have you been married?
  2. If you are married, did you have an indoor or outdoor wedding?
  3. Tell me something unique about your wedding/what you want for your future wedding.