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Lately, in no particular order

You know the whole “Don’t let good be the enemy of perfect” and all that? Well sometimes, I don’t post because I don’t feel like I have anything post-worthy. But sometimes it’s fun to just throw a smorgusbord at you all and give you an update on my life, just in case you care. And so, I give you, a few things that have been happening lately, in no particular order. Plus, I have all these pictures on my phone that would go otherwise unseen.

1. I made my puppy smile with a turkey pumpkin. It was cute, I swear.

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2. My mom and my in-laws came to town for Thanksgiving. I did not take enough photos, but this t-shirt did happen.

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3. My husband cut down our Christmas tree again this year at a tree farm in Granville, OH. There was less snow on the ground, but it was still a cold and sort of snotty experience. Last year’s tree was named Tenny. This year’s is Tenny II. We are creative like that.

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4. We decorated Tenny II. I’m sure I will post yet another detailed blog entry about how much I love decorating Christmas trees, and how much each ornament means to me, so that’s something for you to look forward to. For now, you get these:

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5. We made a gingerbread house from a kit. It was surprisingly fun for both of us.

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6. I attended the fanciest work party I’ve ever experienced at a higher education institution. There was no booze, but there was hot chocolate with peanut butter whipped cream, and amazing 12-person band, and an indoor fake ice skating rink. Also, Archie Griffin seriously knows how to cut a rug.

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I have one other piece of super fun news that I will announce tomorrow, but until then…what have you been up to lately?? Fill us in!

 

 

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Fall Favorites {Round Up}

It’s October now, and starting to really feel like fall here in Ohio. I can’t say I’m looking forward to THE-SEASON-THAT-SHALL-NOT-BE-NAMED, which comes after fall and rhymes with “splinter,” but I still really LOVE fall. And now that I’ve had this lovely little blog going for over six years, I’ve shared a number of fall crafts, food, and festivites along the way. Here’s a little round up of some favorites!

Crafties

Last fall, mama B visited in October and helped me deck out the house a little with some sweet decor, which I recently pulled out of the basement to use again. LOVE IT.

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A few years ago, I bought little pumpkins at the Nashville farmers market and came up with a few new centerpieces. I need to do this again!!

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Last year, this sweet little argyle wreath was inspired by my husband’s late grandmother’s fabrics. She quilted all the time, and my mother-in-law gave me a stack of these pretty squares. I used a few on this wreath, and still can’t decide how to use the rest!

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Pumpkin and Squash Treats

SO MANY!! My favorites are:

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake and Protein Bars

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hersheys Kiss Acorns

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup

Festivities and Photos

One of my FAVORITE fall festivities is the Wine and Harvest fest in my little hometown. Best part? The Pumpkin Race! Literally, a few people get into giant pumpkin boats and race across the river. It’s awesome.

Pumpkin Regatta

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, of course, and I love decorating our pretty table. Another wonderful part of fall!

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So that’s it. I love me some fall. A few years ago I took a photography class with my 35mm camera (not digital!) and took random photos all over the place. This one of a paper pumpkin is still one of my favorites. Happy Fall, Y’all!!

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24-Hour Chicago Whirlwind

When Jonathan bought tickets to see Garth Brooks, I was thrilled. When I found out it was in Chicago, I was more thrilled. When I found out it was at 10:30 pm, I was only sort of thrilled…because let’s be honest, I’m a super grandma.

We booked the cheapest flights we could to and from Chicago, and they put us into the City around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, and had us leaving at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday: a full 24-hours in Chicago.

Excellent, however, due to the very late concert time, and the fact that it was waaaaay up in Rosemont at the arena, we opted not to book a hotel. “We won’t be done until 2 a.m. anyway!” we said. “We will go to a 24-hour diner and then to Midway!” we said.

We, however, are old.

So without further ado, let me tell you the story of our 24-hour visit to the windy city with one photo per hour. ENJOY!

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Larabar September Photo Challenge

You all know by now that I love goals, lists, challenges, etc. So of course, a photo-a-day challenge for a month is pretty much right up my alley. Larabar is hosting this lovely little challenge over on instagram, and so far, my pupster Ryman is 2/3 of my photos. But I mean, she’s like, my child, so no surprise there.

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Jump in anytime over on instagram, using the hasthag #SimpleRealJoyful! Follow me @megstermeter to see mine. Can’t wait to see your photos!

Here’s what I’ve posted so far…

Day 1: Simple

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Day 2: Morning

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Day 3: Stretch

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Wisconsin Wedding Reception {Round Two}

We were so lucky to have not one but TWO wedding celebrations. Four weeks after getting married in Nashville, and celebrating a beautiful day with our family and friends, my family hosted a second party in my home state of Wisconsin. It was such a fun way to celebrate with friends and family who would not have made the trip to Nashville, but who have been such an important part of my life and my parents’ lives over the years. You may not know who these people are…but I’m sharing a few pictures anyway! (And stay tuned for a look at our wedding pictures tomorrow!!)

One of the biggest treats of the weekend was to stay at the most classic Bed and Breakfast in my home town. I have always wanted to stay there, and it was so special to have a mini-honeymoon there!

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They were so sweet, and even had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us in our room!

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And can you beat this view of my favorite little town?

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Then, at the party, we used many of the decorations from our wedding to decorate the space. We had great food, gorgeous weather, and so much fun dancing and chit chatting with everyone! We even got my grandma out on the dance floor in her wheelchair. All in all, a great night! DSC_0019 DSC_0020{Welcoming my grandparents}

DSC_0032{Greeting our guests}

DSC_0046{Families meeting each other!}

DSC_0051 {The Pink Ladies 🙂 }

DSC_0061{So many sweet and special words were shared…}

DSC_0076{Dad even got a little teary-eyed sharing stories from my youth}

DSC_0090{It was such a treat to have my mom sing with her old singing buddies!!}

DSC_0101{My silly friends!}

DSC_0105{Happy reuniting!}

DSC_0114  DSC_0125{My sweet daddy}

DSC_0128{My sweet grandpa!}

DSC_0155{Grandma on the dance floor!!}

DSC_0190{Dad, Annette, Jonathan and me}

DSC_0196{Mama, Jonathan, and me!}