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Friday, December 30, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You helped get the house in tip-top shape <3

2.  Spending Christmas with you was seriously the best.  I hope we get at least one more while we're out here in Hawaii!

3.  Yaaaaay reimbursement!

4.  I'm so happy you love your Keurig so much :D

5.  After looking at the picture of us at my brother's wedding and the picture of us at our own wedding side by side, it's amazing to see how we've grown up and changed.  I couldn't imagine being on this journey with anyone else <3

ily! <3

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  I love squishing your face!

2.  Pumpkin rolls <3

3.  Thank you for driving us around the island today!

4.  I'm so excited about the next few days you have off :D

5.  And I'm SO happy we get to spend this Christmas together!!

ily <3

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday Words

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
- Norman Vincent Peale

(Our Christmas tree this year, freshly put up and decorated, which is why there weren't presents!)

Christmas in Hawaii is strange.  The only time I'm reminded that we're nearing the holiday is when we go out to stores that yell at us to buy things.  Otherwise it just feels...well, not like Christmas!  Although it's not like we ever got snow or anything in Alabama, haha.  But it at least got cold there...although I'm not complaining about the weather here at all since it feels so amazing.  I'm loving the cool evening breezes, they make me want some hot cocoa!  =)

I miss a lot of the traditions we'd do each year back home, like visiting Bellingrath Gardens, having big family get-togethers and parties, and just spending time together.  I'm really, really hoping we'll be able to get back to Alabama either next Christmas or the one after it.  Guess we'll just have to pray and wait and see!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  =)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  Thank you for bringing me lunch today <3

2.  You're so fun!

3.  I hope you're liking the new sign in our room!

4.  Thank you for indulging my "ideas" for this past week =)

5.  I can't wait to celebrate my birthday with you this weekend!!

ily <3

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday Words

"And so we make that choice every day, every fight, every disappointment, to keep our promise to be loyal and forgiving, to be a couple that lasts. We remember those words we exchanged, clutching each other's hands, in front of God and family and friends. A wedding is not a theatrical performance: it's the real thing, an adult decision that is supposed to determine the direction and integrity of the rest of our lives."

After coming across this article via a blogger on my Google Reader, this quote caught my eye.  I love Iris's take on vows, especially in a world filled with sham marriages and fake commitments.  These are definitely worthy words to live by.

Monday, December 12, 2011

DIY: Yarn Pom Pom Wreath

Before I get into this post, I just wanted to bring attention to the new button in my sidebar labeled "Blogger Map."  Katie of Latte Love has put together a map showcasing the locations of many different bloggers in the community.  It's open to any blogger anywhere in the world!  If you want to put your blog on the map, or find out some more information, check out this post here.


In order to make our new house more of a home, I wanted to inject a little Christmas spirit into the atmosphere.  While browsing Pinterest for decoration ideas, I came across this lovely wreath made out of yarn balls:

I loved the rustic, silvery colors; it reminded me so much of snow and winter, something we don't exactly have in this part of the world =)  So I decided to attempt to make my own!

I went with a friend to the local craft store and filled my basket with supplies.  After arriving back at home, I set out to tackle the task at hand.  I was actually doing pretty well -- I'd wrapped quite a few styrofoam balls with yarn in beautiful shades of gray, white, and blue.  But then it started to go downhill.  Apparently my hot glue absolutely sucked at making sure the balls stayed on the tubing I was using for the wreath form.  I didn't want to go and purchase another gun or another kind of glue, so I improvised.

I looked online again and came across a tutorial on how to make pom poms.  I instantly loved it, and began making lots of little pom pom balls for my wreath.

Here are the directions I used to make my pom poms:

1.  Use two pieces of cardboard that are the same length (width doesn't really matter).  My two pieces are about two inches long apiece.

Don't forget to accept any help you can get, especially from sleeping pets.

2.  Take your yarn and wrap it length-wise around your cardboard pieces.

3.  Keep wrapping until you have a good bunch of yarn on your hands (play around with your amount of yarn and length of your cardboard to get the size pom pom you desire).

4.  Take another piece of string and tie off one end of the cardboard.

5.  Now cut the non-tied end of the bunch with a sharp pair of scissors.

6.  Take another piece of yarn and tie over your first knot to make the bunch more secure.  Then trim your pom to give it a better shape.

7.  Now it's time to start hot gluing!  And by the way, my wreath form is insulated pipe tubing purchased from Home Depot.  I wrapped it in duct tape originally thinking that would help the yarn-wrapped styrofoam balls attach more easily, so you don't have to wrap it in duct tape if you don't want to!

8.  Once you've glued all of your poms onto your wreath, add some embellishments.  I chose these glittery ornaments I found in packs at Target.  I also used a blue ornament of the same kind to hang in the middle of my wreath.

9.  Hang up your wreath on your door or a wall or anywhere really, and then sit back and admire your work!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial -- Happy Holidays, everyone!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  Oh, Liam.  Need I say more?!

2.  Guess we're learning how much traffic around here sucks, right?  Haha.

3.  Red lipstick!!

4.  Thank goodness our Christmas shopping is done.

5.  You're totally awesome.

ily <3

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday Words

Since today is Pearl Harbor Day, I feel that as a resident of Hawaii, it is only appropriate to use perhaps one of the most famous quotes in history for today's Wednesday Words.

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan… No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people will through their righteous might win through to absolute victory… With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounded determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God. I, therefore, ask that the Congress declare that since the dastardly and unprovoked attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt 

It's a bizarre thing to realize that nearly every day you drive by one of the most historically significant sites in our country.  It's also incredibly humbling.  I'm looking forward to my and Mr. L's first time visiting the Arizona Memorial, which we originally wanted to do today, but the crowds and traffic have kept us at bay.  Perhaps we'll try later in the week...we'll see.

For now, keep the memories of that day close to your heart, and thank a veteran (especially a WWII vet, if you know one) for their service and sacrifice.  Let us never forget the actions that occurred 70 years ago today.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Hawaiian Update

So now that Mr. L and I have been in Hawaii for over a month, and since we finally have internet and my desktop here, I figured now is a good time to recap some of the events that have occurred on this beautiful island!

First of all, we arrived in Honolulu,

(Pardon the blur -- it says "Aloha, Honolulu International Airport"!)

were picked up by Mr. L's sponsor and his wife, and taken to our home for the next ten days, the Navy Lodge...

We explored the grounds of the Lodge, located on Ford Island...

(View from Ford Island of Pearl City)

(Ballistic missile defense radar called the X-Band)

Where we saw plenty of rainbows!

Then our car arrived, and we put the pedal to the metal and drove around the southeastern portion of Oahu...

Where we saw some gorgeous water and beaches...

And beautiful panoramic views.

Then we got a house and moved in...

And went on a couple more road trips to see more gorgeous views!

(Halona Blow Hole) 

("Eternity" beach, from the movie From Here to Eternity


 (Hanauma Bay)

(Look at that gorgeous water!)

We did some other things as well that I didn't take any pictures of, like semi-exploring downtown Honolulu right around rush hour (do NOT attempt this, it was horrible!) and enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving with some good friends of ours.  I'm pretty sure the highlight of this week at least was the topic I covered in my last Wednesday Words post -- getting our mini Schnauzer back =)

(Photo courtesy of Kari from Island Pet Movers)

Well, there's our first month in a picture nutshell =)  I can't wait to take more pictures to show everyone and to start scratching off things to do on our Hawaiian bucket list!  Aloha for now!