Wednesday, December 21, 2011

He's finally here!!!

on 12/20/11 @ 3:39 pm the world changed--for the better

"welcome to the world little one.
it is even now, that much better because you are here"

i love being an aunt. yes, i may be biased,  but i have some amazing nieces and nephews...and the amazing expanded by one yesterday. meet my newest nephew, dixon joseph. isn't he adorable?! 
on friday i will be heading north to spend christmas with him and his big sister, verbena. i can't wait!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

'tis the season to be....

my niece verbena meeting santa 
this picture=priceless. 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

sustainable slumber with recycled lumber

i love this bed frame / image found on web

dear santa...there are numerous things i want for christmas and a few things i might actually need...but if there is room in your sleigh for this bed frame, i would be forever grateful. it's "sustainable" made from recycled wood and i absolutely love it. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

a tree of books

image found on web

'tis the be creative...and resourceful! 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

inverted christmas trees??

image found on web
inverted christmas trees seem to be all the rage this year. honestly, i had never heard of it before, so i had to research it a bit. 

apparently, inverted trees do have a long history. In the 12th century, Central Europeans would hang candle-laden trees from the ceiling to represent the Holy Trinity. 

during the 21st century, this has become a retailer's trick to gain more floor space for products...


it appears as though upside-down christmas trees are catching on for home use. see article here

what are your thoughts? would you ever do this??

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

hello, december

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well hello nov...i mean december!!!

wow, how can it be december 7th already? soo many things going on this month. i will be running my 12th half marathon this sunday followed by a 14.6 mile trail run the following weekend...ideally i will wake up on 12/31 and go for my last run in 2011. i would like it to be 13.1 miles long...followed by a mimosa, nap, and an amazing night out on the town. i'm eager to retire 2011 and uncork 2012!!! 

santa has some extra special deliveries this year as my nephew, dixon, is scheduled to make his debut the same day winter begins (12/21/11) and another niece aka "lil' sweetie" is expected to arrive before the new year's ball drops (12/30/11) i am beyond excited!! i will be heading to seattle for the holiday and will get to hang out with Bean. it will be fun to see how she interacts with her baby brother. makes me wish i could have seen how i responded to austin's arrival...fairly certain it was fun until i realized he wasn't borrowed and we couldn't just bring him back to the stork. although, i'm really glad they kept him after all. hard to believe he will be turning 30 on the 26th of this month!! my mission is to make sure he gets a birthday beer...or a nap ;)

admittedly, it's always a hard month because i miss my family back home. my nieces, miranda and mollee, are growing up soo fast--i still want to get them the gifts i've given them since they were small--a book and an ornament-- but realize that miranda is now a teenager--just turned 14 (WOW) and both of them have already read nearly every book in the library (very bright girls) and i certainly don't want to be the un-cool while there will still be an ornament, i have accepted the evolution of gift giving. i have nephews too...levi and ayden who are also growing way too fast. 
i would love to be able to see my family more often. i miss my sister and mom a lot!!...thankfully things like skype exist...we need to be better about using the technology that is available to us to stay connected. i am incredibly blessed to have such great people in my life, even some i am actually related to. ha ha--i'm kidding. 
i think some year, as the kiddos get a little older, it would be fun to do a trip to the beach for christmas...decorate a palm tree and splash around in the ocean. that said, i do love snow and there is something very appealing about having it on the ground during christmas. i am such a sucker for christmas trees (real),christmas lights, and christmas music...such a romantic and festive time of the year. 
i am also excited to be spending 3 fun and relaxation filled days in portland over the new year. it will be nice to get out of eugene (as you may often hear me saying) it's always less stressful to be in a place with restaurants that stay open past 9pm and everything is within walking distance. plus, the city should still be decked out in lights and holiday spirit...wahoo!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

hey you...

boy oh boy did i need to read this. i managed to take 3 days off of "intense" exercise this weekend and have been beating myself up about it. every time i look in the mirror and see "average" or hear about someone else who has done more than me and is STILL doing more... i feel lame. the word failure comes to mind and i say very mean things to myself. 

get over it already emilee. deal with it. if you don't like something, change it. if you can't change it, embrace it...if you can't embrace it...then at least try to accept it. the flaws and imperfections are unique elements that make me ME...and me, at times, pretty... amazing. there... i said it. hey, it's a start :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

in this house

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IF i ever have a family someday...i think it would be awesome to have a wall/message like this.

hell, even if i never have a family, i still love the concept :)