Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Linkups + An Announcement

Well, this week flew by! A perk of taking a Monday off and having a few spring like days to make the days more enjoyable!
This weekend we've got the best plans... a low key weekend at home with lots of sunshine!
Announcement at the bottom of the post. Let's get right to it... 

Linking up today with April, Karli, Amanda and Andrea

{O N E} Farm Days
We took a quick little weekend trip Saturday - Monday up to Derek's family's farm near
Syracuse, NY.  We've got a busy summer coming up so we thought spring was the perfect time for a visit and we're happy to get it in before the craziness.  We weren't sure how the weather would be (since there's still some snow on the ground up there) but we completely lucked out - Sunday was in the 60's and the sun was brightly shining.
We introduced Stella to all the farm animals, his grandma and aunt had a huge delicious dinner waiting for us when we arrived Saturday, relaxed, lots of watching the Maters - how cute is that Jordan Spieth?!, sat out on the deck, enjoyed visiting and soaking up the beautiful weather!
First thing in the morning is my favorite time up there, with no make up of course.
{T W O} An Accidental Rush Ordered Wedding Album
Once the wedding was over, I was over with wedding tasks.  I didn't get around to contacting our photographer to set up our wedding album until January, didn't set an appointment until February and didn't actually order it until March.  They told me the album would be ready in about 6-7 months which I expected.  You can imagine my surprise two weeks later when they said my album AND my mom's albums were ready.  I was sure they made a mistake but no, they accidentally rush ordered our album.  What a nice surprise! I mean our wedding video that they've been working on SINCE the wedding isn't even in yet (hopefully this month).  Anyways, I love the album and have the best time flipping through it.  Repeatedly.

{T H R E E} Spring Has Finally Sprung
Finally finally finally spring has hit here in PA.  Finally wearing spring clothes, finally enjoying driving with the windows down, finally enjoying lunch break walks, finally enjoying family dinners... soon hopefully on the deck.
Stella with Mom and I for a walk during lunch & Stella and Nash waiting for their dinner before family dinner on Tuesday.  Nothing like going home for Mom's cooking and family time.

{F O U R} Baseball is Back
We had our first Phillies game of the season last week.  It was for sure NOT spring like on the day of our game (we have four tickets so we rotate who goes - this game it was my parents and us and my brother skipped out).  No worries, my parents have season tickets and we will have plenty more shots of warm nights at the ballpark this season... even if the Phillies aren't very good.  The Phillies and Mets also had their first matchup of the season this week which is always interesting since Derek is a Mets fan... he made sure to remind me of the score.  Each night.

{F I V E}: Beach Reads
Vacation is coming up and I'm looking for some easy, mindless beach reads
Any suggestions?? GO!

Last but not least, the announcement!! 
Sorry, it's nothing too big or exciting :)

There was such a good reaction to my owning it post on Monday that I wanted everyone to join in on the fun - join me the last Thursday of April (April 30) and possibly the last Thursday of future months to come and own it.  Own anything, big or little.
Share that "little thing you do"
Have a confession session
Things from the past week/month or just in general
Just be you.
If you missed my post, click: here.  To kickoff the fun, I've got three of my favorite girls sharing their owning it posts later next week while I'm away!

Enjoy your weekends and the beautiful weather!


  1. I'll start at the end and work my way back up. YAY For the owning post! Can't wait to join!
    DOUBLE YAY For the wedding albums!!! So so fun!!

    And the trip to the farm looked ahhhmazing!

    Have a great wknd!! Hugs!

  2. Love that you're doing your own link up! You already know I'll be participating ;)
    Looks like you guys had a nice little getaway to the farm! I'm SO happy that the weather has been getting nicer for both of us. I especially want it nice for when we go up to PA to visit my in-laws in a couple of weeks! :)
    Stella...I just love her. Give her some pets from me and Cooper :)
    Hope you have a great weekend girl!

  3. I STILL haven't done my wedding album yet! I am impressed! I still do look at my pictures a lot, though :) Our weather here in Alabama has been wonderful! It's been rainy this week, but before that some days hit in the mid-80s which kind of makes me think we have a hot summer coming. Have a great weekend!!!

  4. Phillies games are the best- regardless of how good/bad they are! ha! Can't wait to link up :) Better start drafting. Have a great weekend!

  5. Isn't it awesome that it finally feels like spring? I'm looking forward to a low-key weekend of sun, too! :)

  6. those pups are smiling!! i swear. the weather has been wacky here--it was all nice and sunny and then cold and rainy.

  7. What a great link up idea! Can't wait to join in on the fun! Also, 2 years later and I still haven't done my wedding album. You've inspired me to get it done!

  8. I am so jealous you get to go to the farm. I really want to live out in an area where there are farms and people we can visit. I need land to be happy but don't think I could make it on my own farm ;)!

    Your phillies played our Nats last night, yay baseball being back, woohoo!

    Love your wedding album. Would you believe I still have to finish mine? EEEP almost 2 years later!

    Have a fabulous weekend.

  9. Ahh I love the pics of Stella with the animals - so cute! I read Where'd you go Bernadette? recently and really enjoyed it - it's a really quick read.

  10. You had the best week! Stella and the farm animals are too cute, and isn't this weather ah-mazing?! Finny has been enjoying daily walks. Can't wait for the linkup, girl!

  11. Your wedding albums came out gorgeous!!! The picture of you holding stella next to the horse is too cute! Have a great weekend! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  12. I loved your owning post! Looking forward to the linkup. I'm totally in! My recent fave read was Lena Dunham's Not That Kind Of Girl. I also looooooved The Glass Castle.

  13. Have you tried the Peach Blue Moon that's out right now? Blue Moon's one of my favorites & the Peach is delicious!! Looks like such a fun time on the farm!! I want the sunshine to come back to SC lol :)

  14. Get ready for a long set of comments - ha! 1. You look gorgeous with no makeup on - natural beauty!! 2. Stella is so dang cute and her meeting all the animals - too cute!! 3. I am SO excited for your linkup!! I cannot wait to join in on the fun!! 4. Your weekend ahead sounds magical and fabulous!! 5. A book I literally canNOT stop reading is Nobody's Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle. It such a sweet read and would be PERFECT for the beach!!! She has one about marriage too and that is on my list to read next! :-)

  15. I can't believe that you were all bundled up like that for a baseball game! Brrr! Your link up sounds like fun, might have to join in :) Happy Friday!

  16. The farm trip looks like so much. I grew up on a farm and that made me feel like I was back in Indiana with my parents. :) Your wedding album is gorgeous. So nice that it accidentally got rush ordered. Score!! Have a great weekend!

  17. Oooh I love your link up idea :) I will definitely start brainstorming a list for it :) I've always wanted to go to a Phillies game (my husband is a huge Philadelphia sports fan). Have a great weekend!

  18. I love looking through our wedding album it brings back so many memories!!!! Love this :)

  19. After I read your post on Monday, I started making a list of crazy things I do! I'm so glad you're doing this link up! Your wedding pictures look so pretty!

  20. Your wedding album is gorgeous! Happy weekend!

  21. Oh my goshhhh so lucky! I love when companies make mistakes like that, it's always they best surprise :) And I am totally coveting those horses!!! I love riding and I haven't been in years

    Lovely Little Rants

  22. It took me forever to order our wedding album too, because like you once it was over I was totally over contacting vendors and working on wedding stuff lol. But it's such a nice and welcome surprise when you do take care of it, and the album arrives.

    Oooh vacation! Where are you headed?

    Happy Friday <3

  23. Syracuse, NY, that is my hometown. Born and raised there. Moved away to the south 16 years ago. Still have family up there. Everytime I see another New Yorker I get a smile. My hubs is a true METS fan. He is loyal to the end even when they have their worst seasons. Linking from Five on Friday

  24. Love the photo of you and Stella!!
    It really is spring here--thank goodness! :)

  25. Hooray that spring has finally sprung!! Looks like you enjoyed a fabulous week! Love those gorgeous photos in your wedding album! How wonderful that you have all those captured memories to look at now again and again ;) Have a lovely weekend! xo

  26. We've had some gorgeous Spring weather this week and just had our first outdoor lunch! Hooray for family meals on the deck! :)

  27. We've had some gorgeous Spring weather this week and just had our first outdoor lunch! Hooray for family meals on the deck! :)

  28. Well, this will probably make me sound stupid - I definitely did not know there were farms in New York. But it's so pretty!!! Love your idea of a link-up. Yay Spring!

  29. I'm reading All Fall Down right now by Jennifer Weiner - its taken me awhile to read between school work but if I didn't have school work I would have been done it a few days.

  30. That farm looks just gorgeous! And yay for baseball season...nothing better than a little sunshine & beers!

  31. The farm looks like a lot of fun!! That's so nice you got your wedding albums rushed! What a nice surprise

  32. The farm looks so peaceful, the perfect place for a little R&R! Your wedding album turned out gorgeous, I can't wait to receive ours! Looking forward to participating in your link-up! Xo, Stephanie