Love, Fun and Football

Nov 30, 2015

Much to Be Thankful For

I hope everyone had an enjoyable, festive long weekend! I worked Wednesday, Friday and Sunday but had Thursday and Saturday off- it made for a very confusing and odd schedule but we still snuck in plenty of fun with family and ate entirely too much food.
Love this woman so much!
We spent most of Thanksgiving day at my Mamaw's house- for the first time without Papaw. It was strange not to have him sitting at the head of the table, hollering down for us to fill our plates with seconds and thirds but we still enjoyed being together so much that day. Although we missed him, there are so many amazing things going on in our families to be thankful for. Life truly does go on and we can cling to the happy memories and enjoy our time together. I loved getting to see my cousins and their kiddos and was proud to see my dad who has lost 30 pounds since his birthday in September!!
My Papaw actually made that house! We played with it as kids :)

We rounded out Thanksgiving evening by heading to Jared's parents house for even more delicious food. I only snapped one photo that night- proof that we were in food comas and I pretty much parked it on the couch to watch football after dinner ;)

Our house is almost ready for Christmas. We got our festive candles out and the initial decorating started but Jared came down with a fever over the weekend and wasn't feeling so hot so we'll have to finish up the tree this week once he's on the mend. Hopefully soon!

Jared actually stayed home from a Bengals game yesterday, so you KNOW he must not have been feeling well. At least he got to watch that win from the comfort of our couch- WHODEY :) 

Nov 27, 2015

Plan In Color - SALE!

Hey all! I know most of you are out and about shopping or just enjoying the long weekend, but since I'm in the office I figured I'd shout out a quick reminder. Our Etsy shop has a great Black Friday deal going all day today, the biggest discount we've offered yet! 

Now's the chance to stock up for 2016 and have your planner stickers ready for the new year.

Enjoy :)

Nov 25, 2015

Thankful Heart

A lot of you might not be around today or the next few days but I still wanted to post about the things I'm feeling especially thankful for this time of year. I hope you're getting more time off than me and spending quality time with all your favorite people :)

Though I'll get just one quick day away from this job, I AM thankful for it. It pays our bills, it's helped us pay off our student loans, the benefits can't be beat and the job security is incredible. 

I'm thankful for social media. Sure, it can be a negative thing if you make it- but it's nice to have information, people, stores, brands and opinions at your fingertips - when you want it ;)

I'm thankful every day for the safety and health of my family. I don't take either of those things lightly in the crazy world we live in today.

I'm thankful for my network of connections. It's amazing how someone you met years ago will be that missing link to getting something done, making a deal come together, etc! Pretty cool how that works sometimes.

I'm thankful for Amazon Prime. Lazy/busy person's dream come true.

I'm thankful for Jared and for our marriage. It is constantly growing and evolving into something better and better.

I'm thankful for a church that challenges and inspires us week after week. I'm thankful it's a place that gives us opportunities to give back in our community as well.

I'm thankful for mashed potatoes--- there, I said it. I've been daydreaming about the ones I will be eating tomorrow for about two weeks now.

I'm thankful for the 28 years I had with my Papaw. This will be our first holiday without him and I've been thinking about him a lot lately. I miss him but I'm so glad I had years and years of amazing memories with him.

I'm thankful for this blog. For the opportunities it's brought, for the friendships it has created and for the creative outlet it provides.

I'm feeling extra thankful this week for all that has been given to me in this life. I need to remember these little things a little more often, I know. I live an easy life and know I'm too quick to complain about minuscule things. Here's to being more thankful year-round.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, friends! 

Nov 23, 2015

Jared's Nerdy 30

When I was planning a surprise for Jared's 30th birthday it involved a lot of scheming, a lot of trickery and a little bit of creativity. He'd already made me promise not to do some huge party and I'd assured him I wasn't. I don't think 12 people out having fun together is a huge party, do you? ;) After tossing around a zillion and one options, I landed on hosting a "Nerdy 30" at a local place that just opened up in Cincinnati - Scene75. It's got arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, bowling, food- you name it, it's there! 

Jared had mentioned this place a couple months prior to it opening so I knew he'd be excited to check it out. I told him we were going on a double date with his brother/sister-in-law and that it was nerd themed. Side story- in college, Jared and I went on a handful of themed dates together. We were poor and there was nothing better to do in our tiny college town so we'd dress up like nerds, emo kids, etc and go out on the town. So, it wasn't too difficult to convince Jared to throw on some nerdy gear for a night of fun.

Once we got there I quickly chatted with a host to "get a table" but then we headed back to a private party room and "SURPRISE!" - Jared didn't see it coming at all, which made me SO happy. It was the perfect group of friends and I know he loved getting to catch up with some buddies that we don't see all that often. All our friends were awesome and got into character as well- I was so proud :)

We had about an hour in the party room to enjoy the (delicious!) food and a cookie cake before we headed out for a round of laser tag and an insane 9 holes of glowing, 3D mini-golf. 

After that we all wandered from game to game, area to area and honestly just had fun attracting a few stares and being the grown-up nerds that we all are. 

The night couldn't have been more perfect. My favorite part of the night was honestly just watching Jared laugh and have a great time with all his favorite people for a few hours. I was so glad everyone was able to come and that Scene75 was so much fun! We will definitely go back again, even if we aren't dressed as nerds next time ;)