Monday, December 16, 2013

'Tis the Season

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'Tis the season to be jolly! I love this time of year. It is a time filled with wonderful music, laughter, good food, friends, family, and holiday parties. It is a time of year where churches are filled with people singing and rejoicing. I'm not one for picking favorites, because I have a hard time narrowing it down, but this is by far my favorite time of year. 

Not only is it a fun and exciting time of year, but it's also a time to reflect and be thankful for all of our blessings. I can't help but walk around with a smile on my face, as I think about this time of year when we celebrate the birth of a tiny baby who changed the world forever. I feel that those of us who are in the holiday spirit should spread our good cheer to everyone around us, so put on your best holiday smiles this season! 

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Countdown is On!

As I mentioned in my last post, Adam and I are gearing up for another trip. And I'll be honest...some days I get so excited when I start thinking about it, that I think I'm going to burst!

As some of you know, Adam and I made a pact when we got married to travel as much as we could. We've sacrificed things like a new dishwasher, remodeling a bathroom, etc. to save money so we can go, go, go! It has been great! In the time we've been married, aside from little trips here and there, we've also been to Denver, Puerto Vallarta, Italy, and Ireland. And we've just booked our next trip...FRANCE!

Our "big" trips to Italy and Ireland, were with family. We went with my family to Italy and Adam's family to Ireland. Well, this's just us. I am so excited that Adam and I will be sharing this adventure with each other. We have rented a car, booked our hotels, and are in the process of planning what sights we will see.

Of course Paris is on the list, along with a few small towns in the Loire Valley and the Burgundy regions. I'm looking forward to wonderful food, beautiful sights, and lots and lots of wine.

Because we still have a bit of a wait before we hop on that plane, I've been following Carin's blog, Paris in Four Months. Carin is a photographer from Stockholm, living in Paris. Her photography is absolutely stunning and makes me crave Paris like never before!

On top of wonderful photography, she also likes to eat...which is a major plus. She has great restaurant recommendations and writes about the best places to go and foods to eat.

Here are a few of my favorite photographs that she has featured on her blog recently:
Autumn in Jardin des Tuileries, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months
Walking around the Marais

Midnight in Paris
L'Éclair de Génie
Parisian Flower Shop, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I could go on posting forever, but I'll stop there. I highly recommend you check out Carin's blog! And, if you've been to France recently, let me know what you loved! We're still working on our itinerary and would love to hear about your favorite places to visit, eat, drink, sleep, and shop!