Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Before/After} Backyard Trellis

You saw the plans for the trellis...now you want to see the before and after pictures.
Am I right??

Let's start with the before pictures. This bad boy was made with pipes and a aluminum roof! Sounds high class doesn't it?

First, the boys had to tear that sucker down.
{goofin' off}

Then, it came time to build!
{these were taken out the window above the trellis}
And finally after 2.5 days of nonstop hard work...it was complete.
 I just love the little detail on the top of the hand railing.
 ...and the view looking up.

Pretty amazing, if I do say so myself!!

Gotta love before and after pictures to see your progress!! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stop and Smell The Roses

My little Paisley is seriously the cutest dog alive.
Did you know she NEVER barks...like ever? Not a peep!
(Unless you accidentally step on her and then she will let out a very high pitch squeal!)
And she doesn't chew on anything, unless it's a treat or food.
And she doesn't play with any toys...no fetching...no tug a war...no squeaky animals.
You might think this sounds boring...but I don't.
Paisley is one of those dogs that enjoys the simple things in life.
She enjoys cuddling, a soft blanket, a bowl of food.
Lots of rubs, sitting in laps, going on walks.
Jumping up and down, long naps, looking out the window.
And just enjoying the little treasures of everyday life.

She sure has come along way since I rescued her 6 years ago...
And not a day goes by where she doesn't stop and smell the roses.

 Thanks to our friends M&D who gifted us this gorgeous little rose bush as a house warming gift.
We absolutely love it! :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our first party + In-laws

CV's parent's were in town from the Outer Banks last week...
We thought it would be nice for the whole family to get together, so we did what anyone with a big backyard would do, and invited everyone over for a little party!
CV's mom's birthday was coming up, so it was a perfect reason to get together and celebrate.
We had about 30ish people attend...which called for renting some tables and chairs for the perfect little dining experience.  Add some flowers as centerpieces...and there you have it!

A game of bocce ball started...
 ...along with a lot of conversations.
...and grilling hamburgers/hotdogs/etc!
CV handled the grill...along with his sidekick, Bob.
(Ladies in Cincinnati...he's single!!) :)
Paisley even wore her new little outfit for the party.
And then I stopped taking pics...because I'm the HOST, not the photographer!
The rest of the week/weekend included painting rooms in the house, yard work, planting lots of gorgeous flowers, eating delicious meals, drinking A LOT of wine, and hanging out with the family.
It was great to have the in-laws in town for the week...
Now back to the normal schedule of life...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Our Anniversary Celebration

Our one year anniversary was perfect...
...It started out with a couples massage at Woodhouse Day Spa in Montgomery.
{best massages in the city!} ...followed by brunch at our favorite little pancake house.
...to going to the mall to return WEDDING GIFTS...yes, we returned a few wedding gifts on our one year anniversary. Haha.  Nothing like an anniversary to remind you that you still have pillows in the basement that you still don't need!
...to relaxing and taking a much needed nap.

Then, we headed to a delicious sushi dinner at Ando Restaurant. 
Followed by exchanging letters and eating our one year old cake that's been in the freezer.
 I got out our amazing wedding cake topper to display with it. It definitely fancies up an old cake pretty quickly!

And we also opened 1/3 of our wedding present from my MOH.
The first block said "open on your first anniversary"...and inside was a bottle of wine and a personal note from her. What an amazing gift!!
 Here is a close up of the note: Too funny!
It was a perfect little Sunday.
And even though our anniversary came and went....our waiter at Capital Grille made us a special little dessert this past weekend. It was delish!!

Can't wait to celebrate every day with my hubby until the next anniversary....and the next one...and the next one...
...and the next one! :)

Linking up here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

{In the process of} Building A Trellis

Want to know what we're building this week???
A beautiful custom trellis for our backyard!!!
(to go over the steps that walk down to the basement)
The old one was SO UGLY and was made of aluminum and pipes, so we knew when we moved in we were eventually going to tear it down and build something pretty and new.
Here are the plans for the new and improved trellis:
 The side view of it. 
 Here's how it will look from a birds eye view.
 And if you're looking at the back of the house...here's how it will look.
CV's parents are in town this week to help us paint/fix up the house, so CV and his dad will be building this trellis for us!
I can't wait to see his dad's beautiful handy work!
The lumber & concrete arrived this morning, so they have A LOT of work to do! :)
The before/after pictures will be posted very soon!! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The First Year of Marriage

I always thought my first year of marriage would be easy...
We would be in our "honeymoon phase". We would be happy and carefree. 
And we surely wouldn't experience any real-life challenges. 
Boy, was I wrong.
Our first year of marriage was full of challenges...loss...heartbreak...sadness...hospitals...and sickness.
But also joy...happiness...laughter...gratitude...and an amazing new home.
We've definitely had our share of good and bad...we've experienced the highest of highs and the very lowest of lows.  But I can luckily say that we are getting through it all together...both by each others side.
We are a team...we are in love...
and we are stronger than we were one year ago today.
This weekend we will be celebrating our love....we will be eating old cake that has been living in our freezer for a year...and we will be popping some champagne and toasting to another year of marriage.
Whatever challenges may come our way...I know we will face them together.
(Love you forever, babe! xoxo!)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Love Session {Dominican Republic}

Well, here it is:
The day we met them, we chatted on a million subjects including what we did for a living.  She just graduated from an interior design school (she's only 19 years old, can you believe it??). He is an engineer at G.E. in Austria. (Ironic, since GE is headquartered in Cincinnati)
 Then, of course we told them what we did in the states...including my little photography business.
He mentioned that they (well, SHE mainly) have always wanted to get their picture taken, but they never got the chance...
  And then she wanted to lose some weight before they took any pictures too. 
(She's lost 30 pounds since January! Wowzaz!)
 So there they were...on vacation in the Dominican Republic....lookin' amazing...but picture less.
 So obviously I jumped in and saved the day with a photo session on the beach with the two little lovebirds!
I took sooooo many gorgeous photos of them...but here are just a few! :)
Doing something nice for complete strangers new friends sure does feel good!
I sure hope they treasure these photos...and I hope when they look at them they will think of ME!!
Haha.... just kidding! :)
Hope everyone is having a great week!!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

...Now, on to my NEXT vacation!

It's always fun planning trips in advance....although sometimes it seems like it takes FOREVER for those trips to get here. 
But I love having fun events to look forward to.
All summer I was super excited for me & CV's one year anniversary vacation to Punta Cana. But now that we are back in Cincinnati, I can officially be excited for my NEXT vacation I had planned this year...
...and that's a beach vacation in FL with 5 of my BFFs!
These fabulous ladies have been in my life for, oh I don't know, like 15+ years...and I couldn't imagine my life without them!
And one special lady I have only known for a few years, that I met through CV (CV has known her for 15+ years though)...but she fits right in with our bunch of girls. Especially since she opened her home to all of us when my girls came in town to visit earlier in the year. Super sweet and inviting...which is exactly what I look for in a fabulous friend! :)

We all live in different cities, we are all married (I was the very last to get married!) and combined we have 8 children (obviously none of them are mine), we all have full time jobs and other obligations...so finding the time for a vacation where all of us are free is nearly impossible....
...BUT....we did it!
We picked a date, we booked the condo, some of us booked flights....
Now, all we have to do is....wait.
One girl is coming from Texarkana, one from Memphis, two from Nashville, and two from Cincinnati!
 I just love and adore each and every single one of them...and I'm super excited about the little beach vacation we have planned.
Is it October yet???