a picture is worth...


In April Andrew and I had the opportunity to have a photo shoot done by the extremely talented Carly Brantmeyer. It was so fun and the pictures were absolutely incredible. It was an awesome way to commemorate our first year of marriage.

Another fun part of this year was our new addition, Dani. Our family wouldn't be complete with our 2 four-legged children!

New friends were made...

 ...and of course old friends were kept!

 Us enjoying the first game of the 2009-2010 season! 

And I got my first NEW car!

I could probably post hundreds more pictures to show just how incredible this past year was, but  that would take forever. God has blessed me and challenged me so much this year and most of the time I've stumbled, but He's been walking right beside me all this time. Andrew and I have fought, cried, grown and loved and it's been incredible. New friends were made and old friendships have grown. 2009 was amazing, but I learned about things that I need to do differently. I discovered I am incredibly selfish and that has to change. It's not my resolution because I know it will take years to change that about myself, but I am aware of it now, so I'm hoping to start the change now! 2010 will be a great year just as most of them have been. I hope that everyone has a very happy new year!

6 days to go!


I can't believe that Christmas is less than a week away. Every year it comes and goes faster and faster. But I enjoy every moment of it. The decorating, the visiting, the eating (especially the eating) and knowing the true meaning. Another part that I love and cherish is seeing family that I don't get to see very much.  Every year for as long as I can remember, my grandparents have hosted their Christmas party the Saturday before Christmas. And I was super excited to go up there....until a winter wonderland landed all around them and most of the state of North Carolina. But here in Charlotte, we got rain. That's it. Rain. Yuck. Andrew and I were responsible for 2 casserole dishes and I was going to make some haystacks to give as a little gift. If you've never had haystacks, you're missing out! They are delectable. And extremely easy.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles


Microwave the butterscotch chips and peanut butter on 50 percent power for 3 to 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend to coat noodles thoroughly. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper

I'll let you know how mine turn out! I hope everyone enjoys these final days leading up to Christmas. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year!

'Tis the season!


This Christmas season so far has been fabulous! Seeing friends and family, doing fun things with Andrew, the list goes on and on. Our apartment is fully decorated for Christmas with our beautiful tree and monogrammed stockings for us...and Sam and Dani. We know we're a little obsessed, but these are our children for now. I have a little Christmas shopping to finish up for Andrew and a few family members, but I'm not too stressed about that. The thought of making some Christmas cookies and Chex party mix gets me so excited I can hardly stand it. And I will hopefully be attempting to skate on ice for the first time this Sunday. There is an outdoor skating ring uptown and I can't wait to fall on my face numerous times. I know that that part is inevitable seeing as how I am not especially graceful. But nonetheless, I am extremely excited and can't wait to try it out! I'm sure I'll have some pictures to post on here next week of that excursion. Wish me luck!
 (a few pics of the season thus far)

our beautiful tree!

us at the bobcats game!

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