LIFE LATELY

I can’t believe it is already mid-March. So many folks around me are whining for springtime, and I love spring, but I just can’t believe how these past few months have swept by.

Let me catch you up. This winter has been all sorts of family celebrating, many websites built by this guy, a quick trip to Brooklyn, NY to move this gal home, a new job working for my church, and creating/dreaming/planning for new Wedding Format things! It’s been a whirlwind to say the least!

We moved Leslie home from Brooklyn mid-January (Leslie is Dave’s older sister). She’s now working with us! With Leslie on board, the Wedding Format is now offering wedding planning and desserts! We’re so excited about this change. We’ve wanted to add wedding and event planning to our repertoire for a long time, but with all of my other responsibilities in the business, I didn’t feel I could give it the time it needed. We’ve had probably too much fun purchasing to improve our company packaging as well as dessert table rentals. Basically, I have heaps of cake stands and platters lying around with nowhere to store them :)

In January, the two head pastors at my church approached me to see if I’d be willing to be their assistant. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and have continually postured myself to volunteer wherever needed. It isn’t very many hours a week, and it is completely flexible. It’s a perfect fit.

Finally I’m feeling like I’m doing everything I ever dreamed to do, aside from slinging espresso drinks behind a counter I own. Maybe Dave and I will save some bucks so we can buy our own espresso machine ;-)

Last week while Dave was out of town, I snuck away for a couple of days to visit my cousin, Stuart, in Kansas City. He is currently interning at the International House of Prayer. I interned there about 7 years ago, and it is still a huge part of my life. I make it back for a visit a couple of times a year, but being there with Stuart was exceptionally sweet.

Alas, I will leave you with a few iphone photos to expand our story from the past few months (and to keep things pretty around here):

1. Dave got me a wedding band for our anniversary — I love it like crazy
2. Apron I made for my brother’s wife for Christmas (modified from this tutorial)
3. While in Brooklyn, we made several visits to Blue Bottle 
4. We celebrated 75 years of heartfelt living with my grandma over tea
5. Leslie made mini bundt cakes, and we photographed them
6. Made hummus for friends who had a new baby
7. Leslie made more cake, and we filmed it
8. (Not pictured) We ate some of that cake!

Christmas Scenes

Merry Christmas my friends! I hope you are all enjoying the season. Des Moines finally had a good dose of snow dropped on her. We’ve been spending free time pushing out our neighbors cars. Let’s hope they’ll return the favor when the time comes :)

I spent the weekend after my birthday sprucing up the apartment, trying to make it feel as cozy and Christmasy as I could handle. I’m not one for very traditional Christmas decorations, but we’re slowly acquiring a few things we love. This year for my birthday my parents gave me a few vintage ornaments; I think they are perfect for our tiny silver tree (purchased from Hobby Lobby last year). Also given to me for my birthday from McKenzie is my larger silver tree! She’s still tiny, and apart from two homemade cinnamon ornaments from my cousin Stuart and the lights she came with, she’s bare, but I don’t mind it at all.