on my birthday.

Anna {dear friend blog}

Hi! How are you? I hope you’re doing fine.

I’m in a busy season of life, I think. Turns out the year you get engaged and get married and travel on a three week honeymoon to Europe AND get a puppy is one for the busy books. Who knew right? But oh, it’s been a dream!

And wouldn’t you know, today is my birthday! We always make a celebration out of these sort of happenings over here. It’s probably so cliche to say this was the best year yet, but, honestly it was. It absolutely was. And 32? Well, I’m ready for it. The start of another year is so exciting and curious! What kind of surprises will this year bring? Would it also be cliche to say I think it might keep getting better? That each passing year is more divine than the last? Because that’s true as well. How could it not be? At least that’s what I believe to be so. I have more memories than ever, from all the years and all the moments, all bottled up and carried around in my soul. Piling more and more in my heart with each passing month, day, year, second. Surely getting older is the most amazing thing to celebrate. Surely getting older is collecting all the good you’ve had, and the promise of what’s to come.

Last night we stayed up making red velvet bundt cake, so today we can eat it. In the morning we’ll wake up early and have Eggs Benedict and walk the puppy. I’m packing peanut butter and jelly with potato chips for lunch {because it’s my favorite} and tonight we’ll have family over for tacos. I’ll give my class an extra recess {just because!} and wear a favorite dress and buy myself some flowers. I’ll call my mom to tell her that I love her, and wish her a happy birthday too!– I was born on her birthday all those years ago and it’s one of the very best things I could think up to share. I love you mom, to the stars and beyond, and I hope your day all that you wish. ♥♥♥

Today is going to be a good day. And thirty-two is going to be great. ♥


magnolia tree // shakespeare’s garden


Last weekend while I was visiting New York City we took a walk through Central Park to Shakespeare’s Garden, the loveliest little oasis you could imagine. This tree was right in the center and I could hardly take my eyes off the blooms— they were like heaven! I have about 30 photos just like these and it took all my strength not to post them all.

Happy sigh.

It seems as if spring has really sprung. Let the earth rejoice and be glad!

easter weekend 2015

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Just a few photos of our weekend in New York. We drove to Syracuse on Friday night and spent Saturday in Skaneateles, finalizing the dinner menu and wine tasting with our caterer. I want to remember the fun we had wine tasting at 11:00 in the morning before we’d had a proper meal. I want to remember walking through our venue again— and imagining how different and exciting it will be in June. I want to remember spending a relaxing weekend with Zan and my family— Blue Water Grill for lunch, and take-out from our favorite pizza spot for dinner. I want to remember walking on the pier, still cold and snowy while I thought to myself— Soon it will be summer. Soon our day will be here!

I want to remember this weekend as the time we went home for Easter and even though I’m done with winter, and even though I’m desperate for spring— I want to remember that it was a little bit like magic when it snowed. ♥

march magic.

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This past weekend was such a happy dream. I’ve gotten sleep, gone on errands, typed and printed ALL the envelopes for our wedding invites!, had a jaunt through the city, and overall just feel completely rested and relaxed– a feeling I didn’t know I was missing until I came back to it. I’ve basically been on go-go-go mode for a few months now. And not only that, but the weather was completely starting to bring me down. I always forget that winter last such a long time here. It’s seriously tough on the soul.

I made mental plans to visit Wellesley last week, to pick up some more invitation supplies at Paper Source, and get all stocked up on a few refills at Follain– but also, I have been wanting to go to the Wellesley College Greenhouses, too! I’ve heard it mentioned here and there and last week a favorite instagrammer Elizabeth posted a bunch of photos that really had me needing to go. The promise of greenery and warmth was just too good to pass up, and when it snowed all day on Saturday, well, THE TRIP WAS A MUST.

Wellesley College has both greenhouses and botanic gardens. The temperature in the greenhouses are so wonderful and warm. There is even a tropical room, which was naturally my favorite. When spring and summer decide to come around I’ll have to go back to check out the Botanic Gardens. I bet they are lovely when the flowers are in bloom.

Below are some of the scenes I captured while I was there…

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It felt like summer and it was glorious. March magic is real and it exists here.