Tuesday, December 25, 2012

and a merry Christmas to you

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

the Hunts

Saturday, December 22, 2012



I remember as a child going to Christmas Eve service at our church.  They told the story of the birth of Jesus and we lit candles while singing Silent Night.  I always went to sleep with butterflies in my stomach anticipating the next day.  On  Christmas morning we gathered at my grandmother's house.  First were stockings, then presents, and breakfast was somewhere in between.  As we got older some of us moved away, some of us got married, some had children.   My grandmother eventually sold her house and bought a condo.  Despite all the changes we continued to to fill up my grandmother's condo every year to celebrate this wonderful season.  While I was in college my grandmother stopped putting up a tree and Christmas moved to my parents house or my aunt and uncles.  But again whoever was in town would come together for the holiday.   Sadly a few years ago my great aunt passed away and then a year later my grandmother did too.  Traditions change quite a bit after that.  They evolved into the end and the beginning of lots of things I now hold so dear to my heart.   

Being a newlywed and making a life with my dear husband has brought on a whole new meaning to the word traditions. As we start to melt our old lives and new life together traditions are born.  Though figuring out timing, and whose family we should be with and when, and when to have people at our house always makes things interesting, we have fallen in love with making a life full of the traditions we love.  And so it begins.  But these times have become the my most favorite things in life and the days I look forward to the most especially this time of year.

No matter what your traditions are I wish you the happiest of the holiday season.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

meet millie

This past weekend I had a very heavy heart after the events on Friday.  It felt like I couldn't pray enough and I still can't seem to wrap my mind around the whole tragic event.
It is something that should never happen.  It is something that no one should have to endure.

Despite the sadness and the overwhelming situation we did have a bit of a silver lining.  We went and picked up our new sweet 6 month old pup, Millie.  She was being fostered in New Hampshire after being brought up from the south with her mom, sister, and brother {all who were adopted as well}.  Dan and I have talked about adopting a dog since we have been married but working in the veterinary world I am quite picky when it comes to taking a dog home.  I have seen a lot of great dogs, a lot of bad ones, and a lot of dogs that just didn't fit their owner's lifestyle.  It is a big decision that's for sure and I can't tell you how excited we are to have added a sweet dog to our family.

To tie everything together read this article.  Animals, especially pets have a way of consoling and making a tough day so much more bearable.  And for the people in mourning and sadness they provide comfort just by being there.  They always love so much.  It is a lesson that we all can learn from them.  Love and love some more...life can change so quickly.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

a gift for your man

My husband is the kind of guy that buys everything he wants so buying him a gift can be a bit challenging.  When we first started dating I bought him gifts that were sort of for both of us.  For example, one year I bought Dan a whole set of pyrex because he didn't have any tupperware in his apartment and he use to put all his leftovers in ziplock bags.  It totally freaked me out...spaghetti in a bag? So I bought him a big old pyrex set that I then inherited in our kitchen when we got married.  Let's just say that wasn't one of his favorite gifts of all time.  I have gotten a little better at the gift giving...promise.

Here are some gifts that I am sure any man in your life will love.

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Happy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

our first year

Sorry for the frugal posting lately.  Some pretty great stuff has been happening around these parts.  And the best thing?  Dan and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary on Monday.  One year down and hopefully 60 more to go.  
God willing.

Dan and I had a conversation about a month ago.  He asked me one night after dinner if I thought that this past year had been a tough one.  Had it?  And well no it hadn't.  It had been the most ridiculously wonderful year yet.  And don't worry Dan told me he felt the same way.  

I could truly write about every little thing I have learned this past year.  I could tell you about the romance and how much we adore each other.  But I won't.  
All I have to say is this...

To my husband:  I love you more than you know and I can't wait for all our years to come.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

holiday gifting // homes, hosts, and hostesses

I thought I would start a series leading up to Christmas on the gifts that you might want to give or receive. I have been shopping around quite a bit online {can anyone say etsy?!?} as well as doing my part to shop small businesses.  I am trying to do better at shopping local and at small businesses this year for the holidays.   And true to form I am also trying to make a lot of the gifts I am giving.  Nothing says happy holidays like homemade treats!  Here you will see a good mix of gifts that you can get just about anywhere and some from small and local businesses.  

{tea towels // french silver, chip and dip bowel // AbbyTPottery, glass wine pourers // pottery barn, double old fashion // target}

Monday, December 3, 2012

the 1st of December

I had wanted to get our holiday decorating all done the day after Thanksgiving but Dan told me I had to wait until the 1st of December to get a tree and start listening to Christmas music.  Why...who knows?  Some kind of rule he thought everyone knew about.  And to honest he kinda had me convinced.  Maybe its one of those things like not wearing white after Labor day?  He is a very convincing man.  That was until we were driving home from Thanksgiving in Maine and saw just about every car on the highway had a tree strapped to the roof.  So we compromised.  I decorated the house with all things Christmas besides our beloved tree, I also mulled cider and listen to Christmas music.

We planned to get our tree the very 1st day of December.  So we headed out Saturday afternoon in full cutting down tree attire.  And it was snowing and dare I say it was....magical.  I almost had to pinch myself because I felt like I was in a lifetime Christmas movie or a Normand Rockwell painting.  You should have been there!
We search high and low for our perfect tree.  Walking around every single one to see if it may in fact be our perfect tree.  It turns out we are tree snobs and get distracted easy.  

Its misshapen there.  
It needs more branches at the bottom.  
Look at that puppy.  
We need a taller tree.  
I don't like that one branch.
Let's get hot cider.  
Wasn't our tree last year fuller?

Needless to say we left without a tree but with two cookies, a gallon of cider, and some mistletoe.  Ridiculous, I know, but the experience was as good as it could have gotten.  We left fully satisfied with our first tree cutting experience.  And we did head out to another place on Sunday and found our perfect little Christmas tree. 

Isn't she a beauty?