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NC Fun in the Snow

We have had a very active winter so far and I am not complaining.  We received almost 9 inches of fluffy snow and very little ice in our neighborhood, so of course i decided to put on my skis and take a few runs! Hamilton loved playing in the snow and eating the snow.

 Took a ski run in our backyard!

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Family Time in MI

My first trip of 2018 was to head to Michigan to see the family on my dad's side.  The weather has been crazy all over USA this winter which caused many travel issues both going to Michigan and coming back.  However, despite all the travel hiccups it was totally worth it! I loved being able to spend time with my 94 year old grandma and meeting the newest member of the family - Griffin Phillips (18 months old).

2017 Recap

I have been very blessed with all the traveling we did this year.  We lost Keith Sr. this year and will always cherish the memories we made with him.  This year was tough celebrating many firsts without him; but we will always remember him. 


Mom's First Wine and DesignRaleigh got snow - Hamilton's first snow


Michigan Trip 


Jamie got engagedVolunteer for Cinderalla Day in CharlestonHang out with Aunt Denise & Uncle Mike in Charleston


Marianne Final Flamingle - Bachelortette - St AugustineI said Yes to Matron of HonorWe lost Keith SrCooper River Bridge Run


Kevin & Christina Sisak WeddingMarianne & Robert Teixeria WeddingCelebrate Keith Sr in Ohio


Girls Trip in Savannah GACelebrate 2 years of marriageJamie & Jonathan Engagement Party 


Table Rock Lake TripSisak's visit us in NCMrytle Beach with Keith & Landon


Put in Bay Hilton Head to visit Aunt BarbTotal Eclipse 


Wineries in VA with my husband


NC State Fa…


The past few years we have had fun on New Year's Eve but this year, we wanted to do something different.  So, after planning with Anne-Stuart and Rachel we decided to get tickets to Avett Brother's New Year's Eve concert at PNC.  We weren't sure what to expect but they didn't disappoint.  The concert was awesome, they did a fun countdown with balloon drop at midnight and even an encore.

Oh Christmas Tree

This was the first year we were able to decorate our house for Christmas and Keith and I were so excited.  We even had enough room to put up TWO Christmas Trees - so we took full advantage.  I have been collecting Kate Spade ornaments over the years and envisioned a Kate Spade tree with only Kate Spade ornaments with boxes (presents) of Kate Spade under the tree - so I did just that! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.

We of course had to decorate a traditional tree as well.  We decided to do green and red ornaments and it just turned out beautiful.  This tree was a little bit bigger than I would like but we made it work in our entry way and it was so nice to come home to a house decorated. 

Christmas Eve Eve

We had 3 different homes to celebrate Christmas so we decided to celebrate Christmas Eve Eve at Mom & John's, Christmas Eve at Dad's and then Christmas Day at Melea's house.  It was a full 3 days and so much fun!  Christmas Eve Eve we took pictures but didn't take too many pictures the other times as we were mostly in comfy clothes. We had fun doing our first year of $50 nice gift/white elephant and tried out a new game - Speak Out which left everyone in tears they were laughing so hard. 

Gingerbread Man & House

Well, I haven't made a gingerbread man or house since I was a little girl.  My sister and I thought it would be fun to attempt to make one.  So, my sister and I went to my mom's house before Christmas and attempted using a Gingerbread Kit.  Let's just say it looks much harder than it is. It doesn't look that great but we had fun trying!