Monday, March 31, 2014

instaweek

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highlights from my week:
- i got some happy mail from Gina who i met via the snail mail collective! i love getting random & fun things in my mailbox!
- my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law both have puppies that are 6 months apart (i think!) and they had a puppy play date the other day. it's funny because one is a springer spaniel & huge and the other one (pictured) is a poma-poochie and so tiny!
- speaking of happy mail, i got my first Darby Smart box in the mail a few weeks ago and Thomas & i had so much fun woodburning our own cutting board! read all about how awesome Darby Smart is here!
- we have 2 acres of land which has lots of trees on it, but also a field towards the back that's in the middle of the trees. Thomas recently cut the field so we took our dogs out there to play & they LOVED it!

other
i've been working most of the weekend. tomorrow is D Day at work - we go live with our new system, new chart of accounts, and new legal entity set up. so my work life is about to get super busy! i love blogging because for me it is REST. it helps me to process life & think through things & share things & just feel rested. but things may be a little more quiet around here over the next month or two. not stagnant, just a bit more quiet! :)

favorite reads:
Speak Life | Oak + Oats
the simplified series: stress | Our Yellow Door
whole 30: expectations vs reality | Wonderfully Complex


how was your week?


Friday, March 28, 2014

passport to fun // Dublin



this past Saturday we had our third Passport to Fun adventure! for March, i thought it was fitting to travel to Dublin, Ireland! i tried to pick out food that Thomas loves, and Ireland was so easy! one of his favorite meals is shepherd's pie - in fact, he brought it up a few times about a week before our date which i thought was funny!

i've never actually had shepherd's pie, so i just found a recipe and made it my own. we both thought it was delicious, but i'm not sure how authentic it was! it was very easy to make though! i don't think it normally has cheese on it, but Thomas loves cheese so i added some lactose free cheese on top so we could both enjoy!

i also made a simple salad so we would at least have something that was healthy! plus, almost everything for the salad was green so that helped with the Irishy feel! i realize everything being green in Ireland is a huge stereotype, but so much green definitely reminds me of Ireland! and for dessert, i went with Lucky Charms - another one of his favorites!





Shephard's Pie according to Robyn

ingredients
2 1/2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup beef broth
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 carrot
1 can green beans
1 can creamed corn
2 betty crocker loaded mashed potatoes
4 oz shredded cheese

instructions
1) cook the ground beef & mix in beef broth and worcestershire sauce
2) spread out beef at bottom of a 9x13 dish
3) add in all the veggies and mix together
4) spread mashed potatoes on top of the beef/veggie mixture
5) add shredded cheese on top of the potatoes
6) cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes


what's your favorite Irish dish?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Darby Smart | a DIY box (+ coupon code!)

today i would like to introduce to you Darby Smart! i first heard of Darby Smart through Stephanie when she posted her box on instagram! she told me it was right down my alley, so i just had to check it out!



MEET DARBY SMART
Darby Smart was launched in June 2013 by former finance gal Nicole Farb. despite multiple attempts she often had trouble duplicating projects on Pinterest because she wasn’t armed with the right tools and materials to recreate these projects. She was not alone, and the idea for Darby Smart began.

in addition to turning Pinterest posts into real-life projects, Darby Smart helps leading influencers launch their design ideas. Darby Smart began with 10 designers and now has a yearlong designer waiting list. Darby designers create project kits for all levels of crafting ability – from novice to advanced – giving everyone the chance to craft fun and creative projects with polished results.

with a click of a button, Darby Smart delivers the supplies and simple instructions directly to the customer. Darby Smart rotates a selection of more than 50 kits at a time and new kits are unveiled every three days. kits start around $20 (including fast & free shipping) and are available up to 60 days or until supplies last. this is not a box subscription, so you just pick which project you would like to make & everything is shipped straight to you!


CREATIVE CONNECTIONS
Darby Smart not only enables DIYers to create projects, but it also builds community and fosters creativity. Community members are invited to vote on top trends, and winning trends are turned into DIY projects. Its showroom celebrates its community’s great work by displaying photos of finished craft projects shared by members. Plus, anyone can apply to become a featured Darby Smart designer by submitting DIY designs, which are voted on by the Darby Smart community. Selected designs are turned into DIY kits, and chosen designers receive a percent of sales for their kits.


MY BOX
so my box came in the mail two weekends ago & i was absolutely ecstatic! one of the 52 dates my husband & i are doing this year is to create a craft - so this was the perfect kit for our date day! it is really neat that you literally have everything sent to your door & all you have to do is create and have fun with it! no extra supplies needed!



this DIY kit came with TWO cutting boards, a wood burner, stencils, paint, and a practice piece of wood! the card included in the kit has step by step instructions on the back of how to the process should go which is really helpful! we decided that we could make one for ourselves & make the other one for a gift! we debated on how we wanted to decorate our cutting board & finally decided to make a South Carolina state outline!

the wood burner comes with 4 different tips to choose from which is great! there is one that works for just about anything, one specifically for detailing, one for shading, and one for smooth curves. the wood burner wand heats up in 10 minutes & is very easy to use. after only a short time of practicing we felt confident that we could make our cutting board look great!



we loved the fact that we didn't have to spend a bunch of time going to different stores to collect all of our supplies. it was a real time saver & with our busy schedules anything that can save time is a winner for us! overall, the project took us about an hour including brainstorming, practicing, and designing the cutting board! all of the supplies were great quality & that made the project so much smoother! Darby Smart does a great job of envisioning projects & assembling the kits. i also love the fact that you can literally do so many different things with the same kit! the sky is the limit!



YOU
there are all sorts of Darby Smart box kits to choose from on their DIY projects page. the price range depends on what you want to make! a few that i can't wait to try are: monogram coasterschalkboard planters, and mixed media vision boards. there are SO many great projects out there for all sorts of styles! and if you're feeling really adventurous, you can always opt for the mystery box! :)

and friends, i have good news for you! Darby Smart has graciously provided a $10 off coupon code for Robyn's Nest readers! the code is: CRAFTYTODAY - it can be used towards any project purchase of $19 or more and is valid through this Sunday, March 30! free shipping is included with every box so that means you could make those mixed media vision boards for just $9! find your project here & get started!

p.s. if you are going to purchase a box, please consider clicking this link to get to Darby Smart and order your kit. if you do, this gives me points & i would greatly appreciate it! :) 


which Darby Smart project are you most excited about?

Monday, March 24, 2014

instaweek


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highlights from my week:
- i mailed out my #etsyswap2014 package on monday! i am so very excited to see all of the packages that have traveled through the postal service! if you participated, don't forget to link up with Rivers & Roads and Taking Steps Home on April 3!

- i just love tea - especially on an afternoon of a really long day at work! i will probably be drinking tons of tea during the next few months as we do this system launch!

- do you play sudoku?! i am so obsessed with it! Thomas & i have been playing it recently and at the end of one of my books there is SAMURAI sudoku puzzles! they are intense!

- have i mentioned that i love our basset?! i love our sheltie too, but she doesn't cooperate for pictures as well!

- Saturday we had our third passport to fun date! we went to Dublin, Ireland & there will be a post soon! (of course if you follow me on instagram you've already seen a preview picture!)

- over the weekend this blog went through some changes & i couldn't be more excited about it! you can read all about the switch here!

favorite reads:
when you're afraid to pray | Click. Pray. Create.
let it go | Oak + Oats
rewriting expectations | Lovely Does It

how was your week? did you do anything fun this weekend?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

social media | the good, the bad, the ugly

so, Kelsea over at Hey Kelsea Rae & Kirstin at These Moments Called Life have started a link up called total truth thursday. basically, they have different topics & you just write exactly what you think about it. today's topic is social media. i have a love/hate relationship with social media. it's been a constant struggle here lately, so i wanted to process different angles of social media.



the good
>> it helps me to stay in contact with friends. i have a very busy schedule so i don't always have time for long emails or phone calls, but i can send a quick facebook message or instagram comment easily! if it weren't for social media, i don't know if i would know much going on in some of my friends lives right now. i know that' sounds very sad, but that's where i am right now in life.

>> i have a lot of friends scattered around the world. it's so neat to be able to keep up with them & see pictures of their life. for a flattening world, social media is very convenient! i feel like it helps me to connect with people that i otherwise wouldn't get to engage with frequently.

>> it's a great platform to share the gospel. it's so easy to send encouragement to someone instantly. not only that, but it's easy to share with multiple people at one time, so it helps us to be efficient.


the bad
>> if you spend enough time only on social media, you will forget how to connect with people in real life. you won't have close friendships outside of the internet. it is not meant to replace real life & intimate relationship.

>> people are getting really addicted to social media. i do it too. i compulsively check my phone during down time instead of letting myself just have some quiet. it is becoming a crutch & it is becoming a relationship. it is getting in the way of some relationships. you see people on dates and they're both looking at their phones. families out and no one talking or even looking at each other. as if what's on the phone is more important than the person right in front of you.

>> sensory overload. i have seriously been getting weary of social media. scrolling through feeds seriously just exhausts me. my eyes & mind take in so much at one time in a very fast pace and it is just exhausting! social media fatigue - it is a real thing! every free second of my life doesn't need to be filled with constant things that stimulate my senses - it is okay to have white space. in fact, i'll go so far to say that it is needed! i don't know why we somehow think that we need to always be connected to the world. connection is good when it is needed, but sometimes what is needed is quiet, rest, stillness.


the ugly
>> i don't like how some social media platforms have turned. instagram is one of my favorites & i love sharing photos so much. but it is way too easy for people to share inappropriate pictures with the world. some kids make mistakes with photos they let out & they will bear the consequences for the rest of their lives because it will never be erased! it is just too easy to stumble upon something that could cause you to sin.

>> although one of my points up top was that it's so easy to spread encouragement, it is also way too easy to spread negativity and criticism. cyber bullying is increasingly catching on & it is harming kids that are at such an impressionable age. social media is used as a soap box for anything & everything. reading negative post after negative post can really take a toll on you.

>> literally anything can be posted. for as much truth is posted there is probably ten fold lies posted. internet bullying has led to suicides & the ease of access has led to compromise. vulnerable teens are taken advantage of and led into dangerous situations. anything posted online can never be taken back & anything personal posted could lead someone straight to you.



ways i have balanced social media
>> i turned off my notifications on my phone. sure it's fun to know exactly at the moment when you get an instagram comment or tweet mention, but i don't NEED to know. with notifications turned off, i am not constantly being notified that i have something to check. instead, i can choose to check instagram or twitter on my own time. this has been such a freedom to me.

>> i limit scrolling through the feeds. by the time i get off work each day there are pages upon pages of facebook newsfeed, tweets, instagrams, etc. to scroll through and i just cannot catch up and read everything. scrolling through the feed is like eating a bag of potato chips while watching tv. it can easily turn into spending hours scrolling through the feed just like at the end of a movie you realize you ate the whole bag of chips. it is just a mindless act.

>> i have tried to be intentional with what i post. i do get carried away with instagram sometimes because i just love sharing photos, but i try to post things that are uplifting or fun. social media is not a place i need to go to complain, to criticize something, or to brag about myself. i do enjoy sharing things i'm doing or maybe even things i bought, but i want my social media to be about more than just a way to stroke my pride. i want what i post to be an encouragement to others. at the same time, i need to realize that not everything needs to be shared with the world via the internet.

>> along with being intentional with what i post, i have tried to be more intentional with the time i spend on it. this one is a work in progress. however, if my husband & i have only a few hours together each night - i do not want to neglect him because i just have to see what everyone is up to on facebook. if we are waiting for our food at a restaurant, i want to have meaningful conversation with him instead of my focus being on my phone. i have not done the best at this, but i want to put away my phone & computer each night by 9 and somedays not turn on my phone or computer at all. i don't want to miss life because i am too worried about seeing what everyone else's life looks like.

>> finally, i have been more intentional about reminding myself that i shouldn't compare myself to others. the thing about social media is that it is a highlight reel. it cannot replace relationships because you do not get the whole picture. most people only post good things on social media - so i have to remind myself that even though someone's life looks great doesn't mean that i should expect my entire life to look like someone else's highlight reel. more than that, though, i shouldn't expect my life to look like anyone else's anyways. because God has me where i am for a reason, He has me in this stage of life for a reason. i am not meant to be exactly where other people are. this is my unique journey.


one last thought
the world i live in now is not the world i grew up in. social media has transformed our society. it affects the way we relate to others and the way we live life. my kids are going to come into a tough world. and it's going to be my responsibility to protect them as much as i can without shielding them from reality. parenting is going to continue getting harder & harder. and sometimes i fear for the way social media will evolve.


how do you feel about social media? do the positives outweigh the negatives?
how will you handle social media with your children?



Total Truth Thursday

Monday, March 17, 2014

instaweek


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highlights from my week:
- we don't allow our dogs on the couch, but we were in an extra cuddly mood and let them come up to cuddle with us. they enjoyed it. and actually haven't tried to get up on the couch anymore.

- our sheltie, however, has been jumping on our bed every night now. so we need to break her of that habit!

- here's a neat story! i forgot to keep a newspaper from the day i got married. and i was planning on using it to make something for our first anniversary. i realized the other day that i didn't keep one. so i emailed them telling about my dilemma & they mailed me a printed copy of it! which is amazing since we got married 10 months ago! (10 months ago exactly from today!) i love my city!

- thomas & i have been taking advantage of actually having daylight when we get home from work & taking walks. one night after dinner we went by our alma mater for a change of scenery and walked around campus! it's spring break so no one was there and it was nice! the funny thing also is that we both went there, but not at the same time!

- we celebrated my mom & sister's birthdays this weekend. so we had a family lunch on Sunday & got to see the nephew!

- last night we finally did our taxes! Thomas used to take his taxes to a CPA, but i always do my own. i am all about turbotax unless we get something really complicated. i normally do mine in February as soon as i can, but i was dreading them this year because we got married so we had to figure out how we needed to file to best suit our situation. also, i had never had to deal some things like mortgage and my health account at work. it was different but they are done & i am so happy about that!


favorite reads:
Nate's not my spiritual leader | Simple Moments Stick
20 favorite whole 30 recipes | Wonderfully Complex


how was your week?


Friday, March 14, 2014

real talk // the secret of marriage

this is my first installment of my series on The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller.


growing up, i wasn't the girl that wanted to be a Disney princess. i wasn't the girl obsessing over getting married one day. i wasn't the girl dreaming of a fairy tale. i played sports, collected toy cars, and loved adventure. but even if we don't expect a fairy tale wedding & happily ever after life... i think we all have some sort of expectations about what marriage is going to be like.

one of the driving points right at the beginning of this book is that marriage is still life. and life is hard. yes, marriage is amazing, awesome, rewarding.... but just like everything else in life, you have to work at it. just like everything else.... sometimes you will feel lost, you'll cry, you'll feel defeated & exhausted.

& even though all of that is true.... it is still the most important relationship you will enter. it is the relationship that will show you Christ like none other. it is the relationship that will shape your heart the most. it is the relationship that will show you what grace means, what selflessness looks like. it is, as Tim states, "the most painful, the most wonderful."

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound..."
Ephesians 5:31-32

if you've been married for a day, you know that marriage is the greatest accountability relationship you will ever have. your spouse sees (most) everything that you do. if you were living by yourself, you could spend $600 and no one would know. however, your spouse will hold you accountable to spending money wisely. Tim states, "nothing can mature character like marriage" and he is so right! marriage pushes you to mature because you are now considering another person besides yourself. (even when you don't want to)

society may have you think marriage is about bringing you happiness. your spouse is meant to meet your needs. marriage is meant to bring you fulfillment. but that is unrealistic and that's not Biblical marriage. marriage isn't about "me" it's about "us". your spouse is meant to complement you & you are meant to complement your spouse, but only Jesus will complete both of you. marriage is meant to teach you more about God, teach you how to give grace freely, teach you how to be a servant, push you towards Jesus.


you won't marry the "right" person.

i think this is the biggest expectation we have - we meet someone & fall in love & are convinced that this is the right person! then, a few years down the road either we are different, they are different, or we're both different. and we don't seem to fit together quite as well anymore. are they no longer the right person? no one on earth is going to be 100% the "right" person for us all the time. simply because we live in a broken world, we are broken, sinful, self centered people. marriage is more about making us holy than making us happy or comfortable.

think of yourself when you were 7 years old. think of your dreams, your desires, your interests. now think of yourself today. any chance those dreams, desires, interests are different? that's because we continue to change, every day. so to say we want to marry the "right" person - well we can never know if the "right" person today will still be the "right" fit for us in the future after both of us change.

Tim says it best when he says "Marriage brings you into more intense proximity to another human being than any other relationship can. Therefore, the moment you marry someone, you and your spouse begin to change in profound ways, and you can't know ahead of time what those changes will be. so you don't know, you can't know, who your spouse will actually be in the future until you get there. . . Over the years you will go through seasons in which you have to learn to love a person who you didn't marry, who is something of a stranger. You will have to make changes that you don't want to make, and so will your spouse."


so what is the secret of marriage?

Paul tells us by how he finishes Ephesians 5:32 "This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church."

husbands should do for their wives what Christ did for the church. Jesus gave himself up and became a servant. "He died to his own interests and looked to our needs and interests instead. . . This is one of God's great purposes in marriage: to picture the relationship between Christ and His redeemed people forever."

marriage works when we both willingly demonstrate God's selfless love through Christ towards each other.

"You need to know the secret, the gospel, and how it gives you both the power and pattern for your marriage. . . The reason that marriage is so painful and yet wonderful is because it is a reflection of the gospel, which is painful and wonderful at once. . . The gospel can fill our hearts with God's love so that you can handle it when your spouse fails to love you as he or she should."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

balance | an update



my word i chose for 2014 is balance. you can read all about it here.

we are now two months into 2014, and i did gain some balance in certain areas of my life. my husband & i did whole 30 & achieved a balance in our eating habits. which we are going to stick with as much as we can throughout the year(s).

we have also been intentional about going out on dates as much as we can and achieving some balance with "us" time. some ways we are doing this is through 52 dates in 52 weeks & passport to fun!

we have also been balancing our budget better lately. february was our best month yet & it's the month we did whole 30 - so you can eat healthy & not spend tons of money!

however, when i originally picked the word i was very exhausted from a very FULL year. because of this, i may have imagined a stress free world where everything is perfectly balanced. a comfortable world. but, that's just not life. the past two months have been anything but perfectly balanced and i'm sure the next ten months will be the same.

my job is as busy as ever causing me to sometimes work over the weekends or bring my work home with me at night. it seems like our weekends just get booked & sometimes we can't even get our laundry done or dishes washed over the weekend. the little free time we do have we are not spending well because we're so exhausted. my to-do list just continues to grow with each day that passes.

but you know what?  I have felt more balanced even in the midst of all the chaos.

the word balance means something new to me now. i cannot make my life balanced through my own strength. balance comes from standing on the solid ROCK. when i cultivate my relationship with the Lord & make time with Him a priority - everything seems to flow from there. He is the true balance that i need and when i give my time, to-do list, and priorities over to Him, He fills in all the blanks.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:33-34

what has God taught you so far this year? 
how are you being challenged?


Monday, March 10, 2014

instaweek


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highlights from my week:
- my mother in law got a puppy & he is SO cute! we went over to see him & he fell asleep on my stomach! #puppycuddles

- i left my gym towels laying on the floor & my basset hound took them over. she takes about 10 minutes to get her "bed" comfy & it is so cute!

- Target owl giftcards double as bookmarks! i'm loving this - two of my favorite things!

- we are still making our way through 52 dates in 52 weeks & it's much more fun now that the weather is warmer! :)

- we had a small group leader training on Saturday morning. Thomas & i are going to be apprentices for one of the new small groups for our church plant starting in April & we are excited about it!


favorite reads:
a God worth waiting for | The I Love You's
the tale of my korean dog name sobe | Sunshine to the Square Inch


how was your week?

Friday, March 07, 2014

farmhouse // our bedroom

before we got married & i moved in, this was Thomas's room, so i don't have many before pictures. i did find one picture of the mantle, so i could show you the color it was before we got married. this is the only room that we painted before we got married. it was a really pretty green beforehand & we liked the color. however, we wanted a darker color for our room. since it had been his room before, we wanted to make the room feel different since it would be our room now & we wanted it to feel more "us'. 

our bedroom has got to be the hardest room to take a picture of! the fact that the room is small & the position of the doors do not work in my favor. i got enough decent pictures to give you a feel of what our room looks like in its entirety.


i believe the before color is a Charleston green. the after color is called Juniper Berries - it's a dark teal color. it looks more greenish in this picture, but in real life it's more of a blue-ish. either way, it's a really pretty color & we love it a lot! i love having a mantle in our bedroom, too! you're probably wondering why we have a mantle in our bedroom, though, and that would be a good inquiry! when Thomas bought the house, this room was actually the dining room - see through door & all. they changed out doors & he made this one of the two bedrooms. i'm pretty sure that this room was always a dining room & they just had an fireplace in it, because there's also a closed in fireplace in our living room, just not a mantle.

i don't have pictures of the whole room before & after, but you can kinda get the feel for it just from the mantle pictures. i'm not going to call my husband out for being a slob, because he really isn't. he's one of the cleanest guys i know & if he starts on a cleaning spree he's gonna finish it - even if that means staying up cleaning until 2am the night before my parents come over for the first time (as a hypothetical example). but, with me being almost an hour away during our engagement & having surgery that kept me at home for a month, he was barely at his house to clean it. & when he did clean, his bedroom was last on the priority list. so, this room had a complete makeover & it looks so awesome now! (besides the fact that we desperately need to redo the flooring!)



 



Wednesday, March 05, 2014

DIY // customized frame


my husband & i made this frame for my sister-in-law and her husband this past Christmas! we wanted to make them something customized, so we used their last name initial. we also wanted to make something they could update if they want, so we used the clothespin technique so they can change out pictures!
you may remember my thank you giveaway when i gave away a customized frame much like this one! 
well, now you can learn how to make your own!



materials needed:
frame
burlap
spray paint
wooden letter
clothespin
ribbon
picture
spray glue (for burlap)
super glue (for clothespin & wooden letter)



  step 1: spray paint your wooden letter any color you choose.



step 2: spray glue on the backing of the frame & attach your burlap. once it is dry, place it in the frame.



step 3: glue ribbon around the edges to create a border.



step 4: glue your wooden letter at the top corner of the frame



step 5: glue a small clothespin onto the burlap & attach a picture!


ta-da! a super easy & super cute personalized picture frame! this is the perfect handmade gift!

have you ever customized a frame? if so, what did you add on?



Tuesday, March 04, 2014

instaweek


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highlights from my week:
- well, we finished our whole 30! and i couldn't be more proud of my husband for doing it with me! our last official whole 30 meal was ginger beef & broccoli. but we are continuing with whole 30 meals as much as we can!

- i loved the print so much that i got some be brave note cards from Megan's shop to send some fun mail! they are the perfect card to encourage someone with & they fit perfectly in my chevron envelopes! what's not to love, really!

- i am so in love with this spring weather & these shoes! although they are calling for snow this Thursday, i am really hoping that it doesn't happen! sorry winter, i want my spring back!

- Thomas & i are steadily making our way through 52 dates in 52 weeks! since i've been working a lot the past few months we are a little behind. so we played catch up this weekend! :)

- we had a surprise birthday party for my mother in law on Saturday night! my sister in law & grandma in law (is that a thing?) pulled it off stupendously & it was a lot of fun!

- my mother in law also got a puppy for her birthday & we got to play with him on Sunday night! he's a pomeranian-poodle-chihuahua mix & it's called a pomapoochi! he's 8 weeks old and so tiny & cute!


favorite reads:
the loneliness in trying | Simple Moments Stick
in a funk: things to remember | Sarah Ann Rogers


how was your week?


Monday, March 03, 2014

project 12 // 02




project 12 was birthed by Amanda at The Lady Okie & this looked like too much fun not to join in! you take a picture of you & your spouse at the beginning of each month, then you post a short recap of your month. at the end of the year, you have these 12 posts to look back on & remember all the little things that happened throughout your year!

i love this idea so much because this is why i blog! i love looking back on my life & remembering the details. if you missed January, you can find that post here!




|travel|
nowhere - it was a busy month!

|dates|
February 8 / dinner at home & a walk in the park
February 14 / steaks at home & stand up comedy
February 15 / a day of thrifting
February 16 / midtown deli & a walk in the park
February 22 / animal shelter & taking our dogs for a walk
February 28 / passport to Fun: Tokyo (here)

|events|
February 9 / church plant meeting
February 23 / family lunch at my parents house

|other|
February 13 / we built a snowman & snow penguin (see penguin here)
February 24 / we finished whole 30! (read about our journey here)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

passport to fun // Tokyo



yesterday we had our second Passport to Fun adventure! this time we went to Tokyo, Japan! originally we were supposed to have this adventure on the 15th, but our whole 30 got pushed back & so did our travels to Japan. because you just can't go to Japan & not have some rice!

it came together quite nicely for being thrown together the day before. because i've been working so much, i didn't have a whole lot of time to plan. i have a feeling all of these dates are going to be pretty low key, but i prefer it that way & they have been so much fun so far! 

i borrowed The Karate Kid (the remake) from a lady i work with so we watched that! we ate sushi on our window coffee table & sat on pillows on the floor! sometimes it is just fun to eat on the floor! i decorated with some paper lanterns, but i didn't have anything to hang them with so i just kinda set them around. it was a lot of fun to put together & Thomas was excited to get his second stamp in his passport!



please excuse my very horrible quality cell phone pictures!