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What I Wore {My 2015 Faves}


I don't know about you, but I'm still in a Christmas fog. I have 201 Christmas pictures to sort, I only took one outfit picture this past week, and I can't stop finger knitting scarves while watching Netflix with my family. 

Seems like a good time for a 2015 What I Wore roundup. 

It's always really fun for me to look back over the past year's outfits. The successes, the failures, the unfortunate hairdos... ahhh, good times. 

Years from now my daughter and I will probably look back at these recaps and laugh our heads off at the fashion trends of this decade, but for now, I'm feeling pretty good about the wardrobe I've slowly but surely curated for myself. 

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Merry Christmas to You


It's my favorite day of the year! 
Merry Christmas, everyone xoxo

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

What I Wore


No. 1
(to our church Christmas service)
JC Penny's dress, Nine West heels

No. 2
(out to breakfast and shopping with some blogging friends) 
Maurice's sweater & necklace, TJ Maxx black top, American Eagle jeans, Matisse boots

No. 3
(Christmas outfit shopping) 
Maurice's shirt, American Eagle jeans, Matisse boots, gifted scarf, Fossil purse

No. 4
(kids' school Christmas program) 
Costco sweater, Kohl's top, American Eagle jeans, Target flats

Happy Wednesday, Merry Christmas, and may your holiday season be merry and bright :)

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Monday Confessional: Christmas Edition


How does one love and look forward to Christmas as much as I do, and yet be so far behind in the Christmas preparations? I don't refer to the shopping part, I've had that covered since Thanksgiving weekend. I just refer to EVERYTHING ELSE.

We finally got our tree last Friday. THE 18TH OF DECEMBER. This was not the plan. The plan was to get it the first weekend of December, but basketball, torrential rain storm after torrential rain storm, and extremely busy schedules intervened, until the stars finally aligned and we had a free and dry afternoon. We set out in high spirits, and ended in a hail storm. I kid you not. Drenched. But we got our tree! It's beautiful.
{those streaks are giant rain drops}

And as of this morning, this is what it looks like.

What happened in between is that Blake had a school Christmas program Friday night.

and his final basketball game and awards Saturday afternoon.

In the meantime, Russ was gone working Saturday morning, and coaching a road trip game Saturday afternoon/evening, and since I don't trust myself to get a tree into a treestand successfully and make it straight, I decided to put lights up on the outside of the house instead, especially since, miracle of miracles, we had a dry, beautiful day Saturday. The problem with this plan being that I couldn't find our outdoor lights anywhere, and ended up using my tree lights.

Then Sunday morning we had our church Christmas service.

It was so lovely! But after coming home for lunch Russ put the tree up, I put on my ONE remaining strand of lights, and then plans to go buy more were foiled by Kendall coming down with a flu bug, a circumstance requiring constant moral support because she is quite the tearful patient. 

Lets hope things work out better today. Then, I can move on to actual present wrapping! 

That's right. I only have one gift wrapped.

Christmas superstar.

What I Wore


No. 1
Old Navy shirt & scarf, American Eagle jeans, thrifted suede loafers

Marc New York coat (good ol' Costco!)

No. 2 
Target cardigan, Old Navy tank top, American Eagle jeans, Matisse boots, Maurice's necklace

No. 3 
Costco cardigan, Old Navy top, American Eagle jeans, Target wedges, Wet Seal necklace

Are we all ready for Christmas? My gifts are bought but I've only wrapped one so far!
 More important than that though, today is my annual shopping trip with my friend Jana for a cute Christmas outfit!
 It's our Christmas treat to ourselves. (Along with Starbucks and lunch out :)
Merry Christmas!

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Let's Review


In the past week, we've...

Visited Santa, and been good sports about it for the sake of the little believer...

been a tad excited over a signed copy of one of my favorite lady's newest book... 

hit a deer, who ran off flipping me the bird...

discovered we need glasses (and picked the pair on the right, even though mama strongly fought for the pair on the left)...

had a special date to Red Robin during school hours as a treat for "doing a better job than most of my adult patients!", according to our optometrist... 

taken some puppies to the vet (and been thrown up on by one little carsick fella)...

and chaperoned 26 jr. high and high schoolers visiting Zoo Lights...

where Russ got a little friendly with the Beast. 

'Twas quite the week. 

What I Wore


It's kinda crazy how after 5 years, I'm still motivated to get out of my "lazy clothes" by this little blog link up called What I Wore. I may not be a fashion blogger, but I do feel way more fashionable (and confident) when I put effort into my outfits! So here goes week #270!

No. 1
thrifted top, Old Navy vest, American Eagle jeans, Converse sneakers, gifted scarf

No. 2
Maurice's blouse & necklace, Eddie Bauer jeans, Matisse boots

No. 3
TJ Maxx top, Old Navy vest & hat, Maurice's jeans, Converse sneakers, 
scarf from a recent scarf exhange party.

(You'd think after all this time though that I'd remember to take my pictures before it was dark out! Gah.)

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Hello from Puppyland


Our babies are almost 7 weeks old and it's too bad they're all going to new homes soon because we are besotted fools. I'm not kidding. It's alllll puppies, allll the time. JUST LOOK AT THE FLUFF! 

I shared pictures of them when they were born, and today want to show what they all look like now...




(this sweet lil' guy is still available!)


(she's the teeniest darling little thing!)

I'm gonna miss them so much when they're gone! It's been a wonderful experience for our family.
Who knows... maybe we'll do it again next year :)