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I’m not sure how we’re already a quarter of the way through 2015, but somehow we are.

I also just realized the last time I updated this little blog was the beginning of January. Oops.

Here’s what we’ve been up to in the Moore house…

January was pretty uneventful for the most part. At the end of the month, I was able to go up to New York for a few days for work. A few of the chefs we represent were invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York, and we went up with them. You know, for support. We did work while we were up, but it was a really fun trip with a lot of good food. I also learned that it’s fun to travel with chefs because they pick good restaurants to eat at, and when the chefs in the kitchen find out a group of chefs is dining at the restaurant, they start sending out all these dishes for us to “try out.” I certainly wasn’t complaining.

I grabbed brunch with my old roommate while I was up there and snapped a photo of the building I used to live in in Brooklyn. Oh the nostalgia.

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Instead of fighting the crowds on Valentine’s Day, we had a few couples over to our house for dinner. It was supposed to be a “guys cook for the girls” type thing, but I think it ended up being all hands on deck 🙂 Dinner turned out pretty well, and I was happy to have an excuse to break out my china.

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We also spent a good bit of time in February car hunting. Andrew’s car got hit and totaled (no one was hurt), so we threw ourselves into scouring the internet for a car. We ended up finally finding one last weekend, the same day that Andrew had to turn in his rental car. We are now the owners of two gold Camrys (except Andrew’s is much newer than mine). We really branch out. We’ll replace my car with an SUV in a year or two, but for now, we’ll drive matching cars.

At the end up February, Andrew and I headed up to Asheville for the weekend. When we were reflecting on 2014 at the end of the year, we realized some of our best memories were from weekend getaways, so we’re trying to be more intentional about planning little getaways this year, even if it is just an hour or so up the road. We tried out some really great restaurants in Asheville including RhubarbNightbell, Wicked Weed Brewery, and Biscuithead.

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Last weekend, I drove to Savannah for a reunion with my college roommates. We rented a little carriage house through Airbnb spent the weekend exploring the city. Savannah is such a charming little town, and as always, I loved spending time with my old roomies. I sure do miss living in the same city as those girls.

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Life Lately

Well, it’s been over three months since I’ve visited this little space on the internet. A lot has happened during the time. The most significant thing? We bought a house!

After a few months of searching, we finally found a little bungalow that’s being built near downtown only about 5 minutes away from where we live now. Since we bought it before it was finished, we’ve been able to pick out paint colors, countertops, flooring, etc. It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s definitely kept us busy over the last several weeks!

Before all that happened, we finished out summer with a few trips to the lake, a weekend getaway to the beach with friends, and a trip to Colorado to visit family.

Fall was here before we knew it, which is my favorite time of the year (although I have been talking about Christmas since March…). Fall always tends to be a busy season, and this year is no different, especially with all the house happenings. I also flew up to NYC two weeks ago with my mom and sister for a little girls trip, but I’ll save that for another post. Last weekend, we headed up to Clemson to watch our Tigers beat NC State, and for the first time this year, it actually felt like fall. Then it got back up to the mid-eighties this week…

Here’s a look at the last few months in pictures…

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The biggest, and most delicious, cinnamon roll at Johnson’s Corner in Colorado. It’s even bigger in person – it can easily be split between 4-5 people.

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We spent a beautiful weekend in Hilton Head with friends. One of the few times that I was glad it was still hot in September.

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Last weekend in Tigertown…

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Life in the Lowcountry

Andrew and I just got back from spending a few days in the lowcountry of South Carolina. We started our trip by heading to Charleston around lunchtime on Friday for a wedding I was in this past weekend for one of my college friends.

I met Lindsay, the bride, my freshman year of college when I auditioned for one of Clemson’s a cappella choirs. I had to audition in front of the current choir (talk about intimidating), and Lindsay was one of those members. Thankfully, I made the choir and also made dear friends along the way through the a cappella choir and a larger choir we were part of. I refer to them as my “singing friends,” and it’s like a real life episode of Glee when we hangout! They’re so fun!

Lindsay and her husband met while getting their master’s degrees at the College of Charleston. They have multiple degrees in music and are extremely talented. I always tell her that their kids are going to be so talented – they can just have a little family band! Since Kyle and Lindsay are both music people, I knew music was going to be a major part of the wedding. Let me tell you – they did not disappoint. During the ceremony, a 20 person choir sang two songs, both of which were songs we sang in choir at Clemson. I’ve never heard more beautiful music at a wedding ceremony. It gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes.

The reception was at the Francis Marion hotel in downtown Charleston. Momentum Party Band played at the reception, and they had people dancing from their very first note until the end. I had never been to a reception with a live band before, but I’m a major fan now. Lindsay and Kyle even got up on stage and performed!  I’m not talking about some drunken, karaoke performance – they sounded incredible! I mean, who does that?

I hardly took any pictures all weekend – guess that means I was having a lot of run, right? I posted a few below. The music cake and the guitar pictured were from the rehearsal dinner. Isn’t that the coolest cake? They also had all their guests sign the guitar, which I thought was really unique.

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All the bridesmaids on the way to the ceremony at St. Andrew’s Church in Mount Pleasant.

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After the reception, Andrew and I drove to Fripp Island where my family was vacationing for the week. Since we were already in that part of the state, we decided to add a few days to our trip to enjoy the beach. We had never been to Fripp Island before, but we loved it. It’s very private and we had the most perfect weather – breezy and sunny, without being too hot. Fripp Island also has deers everywhere – they walk right up to the yard and remain completely unfazed when cars drive by.

I love the beach and it was great to spend time with family and have a few days of down time at the end of a busy month. Definitely wishing we were still there!

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Wedding Weekend in Banner Elk, NC: Part 1

We had such a great Memorial Day weekend. My brother got married on Friday, and it was a beautiful, simple, laid back wedding. Katie and Mitchell both wanted a small wedding, so they decided to do a intimate ceremony with immediate family in Banner Elk, NC. We’re celebrating with extended family back in Greenville in a few weeks once they get back from their honeymoon and have a few days to get settled.

Katie’s mom grew up in Banner Elk, and her grandparents still live there today. I’ve been to the area in the wintertime since there are a few ski resorts nearby, but I’ve never been during their off-season. It’s the cutest little mountain town. It was about 10 degrees cooler than Greenville without the stifling humidity. I don’t know if I could get used to all the windy roads up there, but I sure loved that mountain air.

Katie and Mitchell chose to get married at the gazebo where Katie’s parents had their wedding reception. We all met up Thursday for their “rehearsal.” The rehearsal didn’t take too long since there were only a few people involved, so we had plenty of time to scope out the area and take lots of pictures. Everything was so green and beautiful!

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After we finished all our rehearsing and picture taking, we had dinner at Jackalope’s View at Archer’s Mountain Inn. Dinner was delicious and the restaurant overlooked an amazing view of the mountains. I’m kicking myself for not taking any pictures.

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I  just love this picture of our new family!

Stay tuned for part 2…

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Grown Up Snow Days

The Carolinas got hit with a major winter storm this week (at least for us). Greenville got around 5-6 inches of snow, which rarely happens. When this does happen, the whole town literally shuts down. Hardly anything is open and people stay pretty close to home.

One of the few downsides of working from home is no snow days, so even though I worked through the storm, I still loved watching the big snowflakes fall all day while I plugged away.

Andrew and I were itching to get out yesterday, so we went to lunch at one of the few restaurants open downtown. He went and played football  while I finished up work, but as soon as I was done, I talked him into going back out for a walk. Here are a few pictures I snapped along the way.

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Falls Park in the snow

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A snowy, mostly empty Main Street

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“Christmastime is here…”

The Moore household is officially ready for Christmas. The decorations are up, shopping is well underway (well, at least mine is), a few gifts have been wrapped, and we watched our first Christmas movie last night.

Of course, we got to spend plenty of time with family over Thanksgiving as well. We headed to Aiken on Wednesday night and ate lunch with Andrew’s dad’s side of the family on Thursday. We headed back to Greenville on Thursday afternoon and ate dinner with my dad’s side of the family on that night. We finished up yesterday by having dinner with my mom’s side of the family.

Andrew and my sister got in the mood to go Black Friday shopping on Thursday night, so they headed out in the craziness after dinner. My brother went shopping too, so I ended up being the only one who didn’t go, which is very unusual since neither of my siblings are big shoppers. However, I was perfectly content bundling up at home and doing some online shopping from the comfort of my couch.

We finished up decorating our house yesterday and today. Here are a few pictures…

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My aunt gave me that cute monogrammed ornament for my birthday. It was so fun to get our first ornament as a married couple. For the rest of the tree, we used a lot of ribbon, balls, and snowflakes since we are just starting out and don’t have any decorations. I love how it turned out and am excited to expand our collection of decorations and ornaments over the years.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We may or may not have already gotten our Christmas tree.

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I hear you and I get it. I’m not normally someone who goes all out for Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I’m also not a scrooge who bans all Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving. I wasn’t even planning on getting a tree until this coming weekend.

And then I started to think about how everyone else is going to be getting their tree this weekend.

And how it’s going to be crowded and the trees might be picked over.

And the traffic will be terrible.

And then I started thinking about decorating.

All these things led to us loading up in the car and going to pick out a tree. No, we didn’t make a little day trip out of it and go to the mountains to pick out/cut down our tree – I didn’t even start wanting a tree until about 2:30pm yesterday. Instead we went to Lowe’s. Not quite as cute nor romantic, but their trees were priced well and we were able to pick up all our other supplies in one trip.  

In my defense, Thanksgiving had already come and gone this time last year, so technically, I didn’t buy it that early since Thanksgiving is so late this year. And we don’t have all our decorations up. I’m decorating little by little. The lights and ribbon are on the tree, but I still have a lot of my fall decorations out. 

I’ve really been looking forward to our first married Christmas together. I’ve been enjoying the season of “firsts” since we got married in April. It’s so fun to be able to start our own family traditions that will hopefully be passed down from year to year. 

Let the one month countdown until Christmas begin!

 

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