It’s that time again! My most favorite time of year. Some people call it Fall… I just go ahead and call it Christmas! I love Christmas. I mean,… really. So I have some new Christmas Cards up in my Etsy shop. I also take custom orders if your interested, just shoot me a message!

Branch out for date nights– I just love dates. Matt and I usually end up going on at least one a week, but most of the time we are lucky and it ends up being more than that. At the beginning of our marriage we had heard that it was a good idea to schedule a date night once a week, so we considered it. I know one day we will get there, but for right now we are just loving our freedom as a young married couple, and the surprise, simple joy of hearing my hubby say “LET’S GO ON A DATESIES!” (yep. We add “sies” to almost everything. At first we were making fun of other people who say stupid things like “footsies” or “twinsies”… but now it has reached a new level of shame, and become a habit.)

I digress…

All that to say, we love date night but we always end up doing the exact same thing. Dinner and a movie, or just dinner… or just a movie. I mean, we are really exciting over here. Since the weather is slowly turning I have been trying to think of some fun outdoor things to do. On my list so far are:

-hiking at a nearby nature park

-picnic and playing cards in the Botanical Gardens

-camping

Any suggestions?

Limit coke & dr.pepper addiction to 1 day a week – The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Paint once a week – This was one of my goals last month, and I did pretty good. I have found it’s the most relaxing to paint on Saturday mornings. Generally we don’t have much going on, and Matt likes to sleep in but my internal clock wakes me up at 9 without fail, so I decided to take advantage of our quiet living room and watercolor.

Finish hanging art & decor on walls – I only have our bedroom, the hallway, and the dining room light left to go. Almost there! (post with photos of the new digs coming soon!)

Establish a budget & financial goals – this is WAY past due, but now that we know what our bills will look like at the new place, it’s time to bite the bullet, as they say.

Continue to cook dinners more often and bring my lunch at least 3 times per week – I would like to officially and virtually pat myself on the back for cooking dinners lately. I mean, this has been a war. The primary battle being the grocery store. Let me just say, Wal-Mart is NOT the happiest place on earth. I still cook the same things over and over but I am slowly adding in a few new ventures, the most recent being jambalaya and chili.

Finish reading “The Resolution for Women” by Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Stephen Kendrick – I started this book about a month ago, read the first couple of chapters and LOVED it, but got side tracked. I do that a lot. I make a habit of starting a few books and never finishing any of them. In September I read “Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas and I would very much recommend it. Such a beautiful read.

What are your October goals?

I went on an engagement shoot with the hubbs on Saturday. Even though the day started out  with me being quite the grumpy pants, we salvaged the joyful moments out of the day. It’s the little things. While the couple we were shooting took a break to change into their second outfit, Matt and I stole a few moments to shoot a few of me. It reminded me of all fun we have had over the years taking photos with each other, of each other, and the hours we have spent going through them all, and editing them. Photography may not sound romantic to you, and it isn’t always. A lot of the time it is tedious and tiring. But then there are those times where I feel so lucky to share this passion of images with him. My hope is that I will continue to realize that the little things, are actually the big things.

Life is Good Print by Folk Art Papercuts

1. Grandmommy’s clip-ons

2. I am super lucky to have a SIL that gives awesome hair cuts

3. Matt’s first sashimi & sushi experience – “It’s just the texture…”

4. Engagement shoot at the Fort Worth Water Gardens

5. Forming a Saturday morning painting habbit

6. Mom’s vintage Ray-Bans

7. My sweet niece Anna Joy

8. Sausage, brocolli and onion pasta… It’s a staple.

9. Finally started hanging things on the walls!

10. I make breakfast sometimes.

But I love it. And I won’t give up!!  Life has been crazy busy with work, life, shooting weddings with the hubbs, and then laziness. Since I’ve been such a neglectful blogger lately, I thought I would give us all a bit of encouragement!

Here is the first little glimpse of our trip! San Luis Obispo was beautiful, and so much fun! It’s the cutest little town with shopping and restaurants up and down the streets. All of the stores were nestled into old buildings, even “mall” type stores like Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret and even a ROSS were tucked into beautiful old structures. We didn’t have much time (as was the entire trip) but we got to catch lunch at a little Italian place. SUPER authentic food. I had the most amazing pesto gorgonzola pizza and Matt had fettucini alfredo (he really likes to branch out). It was delightful and the best part of all… drumroll… we got to EAT OUTSIDE! This doesn’t happen in Texas these days (or any days really since we don’t have seasons). Which brings me to the weather. It was amazing, 70 degrees… ahhhhhh.

*disclaimer: I spelled “Luis” wrong in the below image, please excuse me because I don’t want to go back into photoshop and fix it. Call me lazy if you like. ENJOY!

And we’re off! I know you are all sick of my Cali posts but I’m just so excited! We will be flying in today, and I’m sure I’ll have all sorts of fun photos to post in a day or so!!

We have just been blessed enough to go to Paso Robles, CA to shoot the wedding of this lovely couple: Dylan & Kelly! We absolutely can’t wait!

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Bad news everyone. I have fallen, and I mean HARD for this adorable little pink house. It is exactly the style of home Matt and I want someday (hopefully not TOO far off). The little arts and crafts bungalow immediately had my heart. I have never been a pink kind of girl. I’m always more teal or green or grey, and of course I would paint if I bought a pink house… but I can’t help but to be pulled in by it’s charm.

Oh, and if you could only see the inside, (you can on zillow.com)… the previous owners have done a great job fully updating it, while staying true to it’s charachter, with built in book shelves, ceiling beams, and hardwood floors. I have to spot talking about it now or I will go buy it.

In honor of my new found love, here is some coral-influenced home inspiration to brighten up your wednesday!

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We all need a bit of encouragement like this once in a while… or everyday. Plus, I needed an excuse to post this photo of some flowers i put together about a month ago. I had a seriously long day at work, so I think it’s time to go read some Hunger Games.

This weekend, Matt and I decided to keep our FIRST anniversary simple, since we are going to Cali next weekend, by doing some of our very favorite things right here in our new town. Friday night we did our usual of posing to be 75-year-olds by going to Cotton Patch for dinner. (At least this time it was after 5:30) Then Saturday was filled with some Railhead BBQ, which was great, but no Sharon’s (our favorite BBQ place in Abilene). We went thrifting, surprise, at a few different places. This was our first time to go in fort worth and it did not dissapoint! We found a serious amount of really awesome painted curio cabinets and apothecary type pieces for our dream house we will buy (in our dreams).We actually found a pair of L.L. Bean boots for Matt and a cute little bird for my collection that I know I have seen in a retail store somewhere, but at $4.80 and 15% off, how could I pass this cute little guy up? His name is Frankie, by the way. And a little explanation for the brass deer. I found a wealth of brass deer, much smaller than the guy above, on Etsy that I have become obsessed with getting to join my Christmas decor!

Saturday night we went to see Horrible Bosses at the Movie Tavern, which I think is the most awesome concept ever. Dinner and a movie, at the same time. I realize this isn’t a new thing, but for us small town Abilene folk it’s new! Our most favorite date night activities all rolled into one!