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Nothing like a party to get people together for a good time. I’ll take any excuse to celebrate, from birthdays and anniversaries to little known national holidays. My affinity for DIY and Tyler’s love of cooking make us enthusiastic party-throwers. But even when we can’t gather in person, I try my best to make it a fest even online (;

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum

That old folk song regals the evergreen as delightfully green in both summer and winter, sunshine and snow.  We didn’t have any fluffy white ground cover when we went to pick out our own Christmas tree, but by the time we had it up and fully decorated at home, there was a light dusting outside.  And by the time we had this video put together and somewhat edited, there was a good six inches on our lawn.  And by the time we got said video on our blog… well, by some stroke of Christmas luck, it has not melted into Spring yet. Enjoy!

^^^ We cut a tree down every year– always a different one– and save a sliver of the tree trunk on which to write on the type of tree and date.  Thanks to St. Joe’s Tree Farm for creating such seasonal fun.  It is a great place to go if you enjoy perusing the forest on your own, looking for that Perfect Tree.





The Luckiest

Tyler and I started dating on 11/11/11.  That makes it the luckiest day ever on so many levels.  If you know me well, you may know that I love it when 11:11 flashes on my car/phone/alarm clock screen.  I always make a wish, and I usually remind everyone with me to make a wish as well.  It’s just good luck.

I’ve been looking through photos for our Christmas card this year, and I had to laugh over some of the oldies but goodies.  On this anniversary of the start of our relationship, I thought I’d share some photos from our journey together.  The first few months are sparse with the photographic evidence, but I can tell you they were crazy days with lots of fights and lots of love.  Like most intense new relationships.  The more recent months have increased their count of physical memories, mostly thanks to the advent of The Age of Linda With an Iphone.