Happy Friday, friends! Wow, it’s been a while – December is my absolute busiest time of year, and I was hoping I’d have the energy to squeeze in at least a few posts but I clearly didn’t! I’ll be back to my regular posting soon; January is such a depressing month, it’s cold, and I’m enjoying *not* being busy for the first time in what feels like forever! As amazing as 2018 was, I feel like I didn’t really get to catch a break and was just going, and going, and going…and going. Going so much to the point where I wasn’t making any time for things I needed to do for me, since I was doing so much for everyone else. I’ve made a few goals for this year, which I’ll be sharing in a post next week along with how well I did on my 2018 goals (you can read those here, in my first post 🙂 ).
For now, an easy way to catch y’all up is to do an Instagram roundup of the past couple of months; buckle in, cause it’s jam-packed!
December started with a quick trip to Nashville, which was my first time in Music City! My friend (and bridesmaid!) Brittany lives just north of Nashville, so I spent the weekend with her, and Shane flew in to meet us on Sunday. We went to see Childish Gambino on his last tour – Shane has been dying to see him live since 2012, but every time he went on tour something prevented Shane from going. Let me tell you, I’ve never seen happier tears than the ones Shane cried that night (lol, don’t kill me for that 😛 ). I actually had a blast that weekend, which I wasn’t really expecting but Nashville was a good time! I’m excited to go back to visit Britt again and explore some more.
After we got back from Nashville, I made it my goal to get the house decorated for Christmas before the crazy rush from my shop got too bad. I spent about 4 hours on the tree alone, just fluffing the branches and cutting and tying the ribbon. This was my first year decorating my own tree and not my parents tree, and I’m slightly obsessed with how it turned out! I wish I could keep it up all year <3
A few days later, the Triad area was hit with a crazy snowstorm – we got over 2 feet of snow! That’s a lot for NC in general, but especially since it was before Christmas – we usually don’t see snow until mid-late January. It ended up lasting nearly a full week!
Thankfully, we were able to escape the snow a few days after it came when we went to Florida for my surprise birthday trip, planned and executed by Shane. He did such a good job planning everything! The first day, we spent the afternoon shopping at the outlets and Disney Springs, and this photo was taken on the second day at Epcot.
Our third and final day, we went to Universal Studios, where Shane was happy to get on the roller coasters – since I don’t ride them he got to utilize the single-rider line at nearly every one he went on, which was great! I was just happy to be back in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and to have my butterbeer too 🙂
Happy Birthday to me!!! This is probably where you’re wondering, so wait, did you stay in Florida or not? The answer is no – Shane and I had an early flight back on Sunday, and I worked literally all day to get orders done. Little (a.k.a. Sami) had flown in from Germany for the holidays, and was driving down on Monday to visit friends in Florida (and go to her favorite place, of course). So after working all day Sunday, I met her Monday morning and drove down with her, then spent Tuesday (my birthday) in Magic Kingdom. It was honestly the best birthday I’ve had in years – since opening my shop, it’s been hard to take the time so close to Christmas to really celebrate. This year, since I actually worked ahead and pre-made my most popular pieces, I was able to manage not one but two trips to Florida for my birthday! Also, Katherine managed to get us last minute dinner reservations at Be Our Guest; I’ve wanted to do the dinner service there for YEARS but it’s practically impossible to get reservations. There was also a Christmas Party that night, where special events happen in the park and they pass out seasonal treats, like hot cocoa and cookies. It was such a perfect day and I wish I could relive it!
Once back to reality, I realized very quickly that I had barely done any Christmas shopping. I’m usually one to get all my gift shopping done well ahead of time (re: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.), but gift giving proved more difficult this year. I headed out the weekend before Christmas to grab some last minute gifts for everyone. This photo was taken in Reynolda Village, which had this adorable Christmas setup in the fountain that I just had to get a pic with.
Merry Christmas Eve! Shane and I took this before heading down to my parent’s for Christmas Eve dinner, which we do in lieu of Christmas Day dinner. My tree looks even better in the daylight, don’t ya think? 😍
Merry Christmas! We started the day by going to my grandpa’s house for brunch, then opening my family’s gifts to us and from us. Shane and I then left for Raleigh, to finish the day at his parents house with his family. It was the first time for both of us to not spend all of Christmas with our families, so it was an adjustment but I think it turned out well! We both got to enjoy time with those closest to us, and with one another, which was also a first for Christmas.
I spent the next few days after Christmas with Little, while she was still in the States. Her family lives outside of Raleigh, so we stayed in Raleigh for another couple of days, then we took her back to Winston to see the house and to get some extra time with her. A few of our friends came up, and we had a great time grabbing dinner and having a game night. I was so sad to take her back to Raleigh on Friday, even though I am working on another trip to go visit her later this year 🙂
January has been pretty meh, to say the least. It’s been cold and miserable, and the downtime in my shop between Christmas and Valentine’s day meant I didn’t have much to do at all. Thankfully, one of our favorite events of the year happens in January – Restaurant Week! Also known as the Queen’s Feast, where high end restaurants have discounted menus for a week. We had a double date with Anna and Sean at Del Frisco’s, which is my favorite steakhouse.
A few days ago, I celebrated half a decade of running my shop, which I shared this picture to celebrate. To think it was really that long ago is crazy – time really does fly by as you get older! I’m excited to see where the journey of being a sole proprietor goes next 🙂
Phew! That’s my last two months summed up; December was as crazy busy as ever, and January has been a slightly welcome respite from the busy, minus the literal freezing temps that I am SO over. Spring, where you at?? I am committing to posting at a normal frequency again, so make sure to check back soon for new posts, like my new goals for the year, my search for a dress for our engagement pics, and more! 🙂