Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday Favorites - 11/21

This has been a hectic week.  I've been working like crazy to try to finish writing report cards.  I'm hoping to be able to finish them up on Monday so I can enjoy Thanksgiving weekend.

I love Thanksgiving.  I have such fond memories of going to my Aunt Mary Ann's house each year.  She is an amazing cook and always made Thanksgiving so special.  I'm cooking at my house this year, but she will be on my mind all day as I make her stuffing and cranberry sauce, and Matt prepares the turkey the way Uncle Carman does.

I'm linking up with Andrea for Friday Favorites.  

I found several favorite things around the web this week.

ONE - All About That Baste
This family's videos just crack us up.  My kids watch them over and over.  So fun!

TWO - Christmas Movies

I love watching Christmas movies, both the classics and the made for TV movies. We especially love ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas. Can't wait to set the DVR for the upcoming weeks.  

THREE - Cabbage Patch Kids
Remember this?  The Cabbage Patch Kid frenzy?

If you can't see it, click here
I saw them in the store the other day and was telling the girls about how much I wanted one for Christmas one year.  Seeing the date - 1983 - when watching this video clip made me realize that I only a year older than Maddie is now.  Crazy.

FOUR - Snow In Buffalo
Seriously. How insane is the snow the poor people of Buffalo endured this week?  Grateful I don't live there.  I love a little snow, but this is insane.  
I thought this was great from Buzz Feed: Buffalo Snow Pictures

And finally, on a much more serious note:
FIVE - Cocktails and Chemo
I have been following the story of Joe, Amanda, and their sweet baby Mira for a while now.  Amanda is a best friend of one of my good friends.  They live in Florida and shared their love story in the face of cancer through their blog Cocktails and Chemo.  The grace and strength they have demonstrated over the last few years is incredible and inspiring.

Joe passed away on Sunday.  They would have been married 3 years on Tuesday.  If you read through their blog, it is easy to see that they shared more love in 3 years of marriage than some ever experience in a lifetime. 

I have been so heartbroken for this amazing, sweet family.  There are no words.  They have been on my mind and in my heart for a long time, but especially this week.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Best Day

One of the very best days of my life was 8 years ago today.  

I got to marry this great guy.

The day was amazing.  Everything went smoothly.  The weather was unseasonably warm for November. The church and reception hall were filled with all of my favorite people.   It was an incredible celebration and we had the best time.

But your wedding is just a day.   It's what happens after that day that matters.  

What makes a good marriage is to be able to say that with all of the stresses, the monotony of the day to day routines, and all of the good and bad days, that you're still having the best time together. 

8 years, and 3 kids later, we are.