Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

Of course, by "woods" I mean dog park. Oh boy, these Huskies love the snow!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Pet Ownership

We are pet people, completely and unapologetically. To me, a house without a pet isn't much of a home. We suffered through one sad year in a no-pets-allowed apartment, and the SECOND we moved we got a dog, then a rabbit, then a foster dog.

We couldn't be happier, but oh my goodness they do add a lot to your life. They bring mostly joy, with a few small negatives. Exhibit A: My coworker has officially sworn off dog ownership after hearing another coworker and I exchange guess-what-my-dog-puked-on stories daily for several weeks. I don't get that decision at all.

Ok, that's not true. I understand a little when I come home to this:
Harley went outside, dug a hole in the mud, then spread that mud all. over. the. house. COOL!

We also get the occasional sibling spat.
Lilly REALLY wants that bone!

But adorableness like this makes up for dirt and slime:

Henry posed like that himself! He's such a great model.
Here's a snapshot if the video won't play for you:

We love our little ones!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This is Late, but I'm Still Thankful

I bet you're wondering what happened to Thanksgiving. Did I even have one? Did I take pictures?? Well of COURSE I did!

And, guess what?? I hosted this Thanksgiving! It was my first hosting experience ever. I studied Martha Stewart extensively in the weeks before the 28th.

Here's how it turned out:
This was our special breakfast. I made creme brulee oatmeal and mimosas. The creme brulee oatmeal didn't turn out AS awesome as I hoped, but it was still yummy!
No one ever wants me to take their picture. Do other bloggers have this problem?
I mean, seriously.

But anyway, we had THE most amazing appetizers, complements of my friend Audrey.
Then I put everyone to work! I don't allow slacking at my thanksgivings!!
Martha helped me a lot with my place settings. Here's what we ended up with:
I ordered orchids and rose hips from a local florist to add into this center piece. Here's a closeup:
Oh man, that wore us out! Even Harley-the-foster-dog looks beat!
Sweet dreams, Harley!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Lot Like Christmas

Is it Christmas where you are? It is here! T and I picked out our tree this weekend.
Tyler posed with our tree.
Here's our tree decorating fuel!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall Isn't Just Fun For Humans

Tyler and I aren't the only members of our family enjoying the season. Henry's also a pretty big fan.

Welcome, Fall!

Tyler and I are TOTALLY stoked for fall! We spent last weekend doing pretty much every fall activity imaginable. First, since we're in Lexington and embracing it, we went to Keenland.
These people really love horses!
They also really love parasols.
This is how you make bets. It seems complicated.
But it's also very exciting!
Keenland was not enough fall for our weekend. Oh no, not by a long shot! We also went to a u-pick farm to pick out pumpkins. This place had me at "petting zoo!"
This goat is so over the petting zoo.

There were lots of fabulous pumpkins, of course.
But there were also tons of squash...
and apples...
and adorable babies!
I'll take one of each, please.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

An EmersonMade Kind of Day

Let's pretend for a moment that I have all the money in the world. (Let's also pretend that world hunger has already been solved, so I don't have to feel guilty about spending it on myself.)

I think I would spend at least one day dressing myself head to toe in EmersonMade. Here's what I'd wear:

1. This professional yet feminine suit dress
2. Of course, like darling Emerson in the above picture, I'll need a belt so I can fake her tiny waist. How about this one?
3. But wait! What if I'm NOT working that day and I need something more casual? Well, luckily I'll have this skirt, too.
I knew this skirt was meant to be when I saw the wellies and chickens in the picture. Sign me up for THAT!

4. Oh no, we have another problem! I can't go into court in that sleaveless shift dress! The scandal! I guess I'm going to need this adorable jacket!
5. I can't exactly go to court (or anywhere, for that matter) without shoes! These are perfect, versatile and hilariously styled in this picture. Love the tiny conversing deer!
6. Now I'm going to need something to carry my files (or farmer's market vegetables as the case may be). This clutch totally won't work, but it will look really cute with my dress/skirt.
7. Now I'll probably need a flower, in case my head or my dress or my clutch gets too plain.
And there you have it. My fantasy day in EmersonMade. It's good to have dreams!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Daily Dose of Happy

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Goodbye, Ann Arbor!

Now that I'm back, it's time to catch you up on what I've been doing with my life. The first (and saddest) thing was saying goodbye to Ann Arbor.

I only lived in Ann Arbor two years, but by the end I couldn't imagine loving another place as much. Why did I love Ann Arbor? Let me count the ways:

1. Great friends. I mean, my friends were (are) seriously AWESOME. Have you read Well, I'm friends with the author and she lives in Ann Arbor. Enough said.

2. An amazing farmer's market. I know I belabored the point, but I loooved that farmer's market! It was walking distance from my house for goodness sakes! It had Amish kids! It was splendid.

3. Our first home. It may have had mice and the occasional bat (and been loud, and been tiny, and had no yard, and have been falling apart), but darn it, it was ours.

4. Our community garden. This one was really sad, since we had to leave a bunch of our plants just as they were beginning to produce. Luckily, we got to say goodbye to our community and our garden at the annual wine and cheese party! It was fabulous!

Here's what remained of our garden:
Our tomatoes were still green!
And we had the prettiest eggplant blossoms.
And the prettiest eggplants!
The other gardeners brought their adorable kiddos.
And of course no one does floral arrangements like the gardeners who grew them!
So very romantic!

This was our farewell to Ann Arbor. We will miss you!