they’re back…

…my ridiculous collection of red bins full of holiday decor. This was my stack from just the first trip in from the garage. Haven't even gotten around to our "big tree" (we don't set that up until after Thanksgiving) or any of the ornaments, or gift wrap…but I've gotten the little tree in our room and in the front hallway up and decorated, as well as the table settings, and miscellaneous other things around the house…taking a break but hoping to get more up when we get home from Thanksgiving.



super easy, super tasty.

Pulled this recipe out of Real Simple a while ago, and got around to making it tonight. We both gave it a "would make again!" rating 🙂

Parmesan Pasta with Chicken and Rosemary

Find the recipe HERE.
(But if you want to make it Smith-style, add extra cheese!)


oh happy day.


Yesterday was a very HAPPY day. 🙂

My mom came to town and we did a little shopping, ate lunch together, and explored Valley Junction a bit before meeting up with Page for some dinner. What is it about moms that just always makes you feel better?

 While we were at Gateway for dinner, I was showing my mom the grocery
part of the market and we came across these teas (in super fun package
design) and I just had to take home the happy yellow one. There are
more than a dozen different teas, each with a different purpose, and each in a fun color container. 

It's been a rough six weeks or so between losing my grandpa, losing my job, and worrying about Page's job security with Principal, his employer which has recently announced job cut possibilities as well. It's a lot to take on all at once, and I didn't realize just how much I needed a break, until I got a bit of a reprieve yesterday thanks to my fabulous mama (who always makes me HAPPY).

Thanks, Mom! 🙂

(P.S. – A very happy 18TH birthday to my "baby" brother, Adam!)


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fall tradition


Page and I have always loved a good corn maze and pumpkin patch outing. We missed out last year, being gone on our honeymoon, so it was fun to get back into the tradition this year with Emily and Rob. We went to Howell's Pumpkin Patch and for the first time, I picked out a green pumpkin! Planning to make her into a witch and create a funky hat for her. In my mind, I'm planning for her to look like Elphaba from Wicked, but we'll see how it actually turns out. 🙂 It was SUPER windy but we were hard core about getting our pumpkins and completing the maze. Loved all of the bright colors around this farm – a very fun place to photograph!










The next step…

Life has been stressful this week to say the least. I found out on Tuesday that I will be without a job in a couple of weeks.  I could sit around and feel sorry for myself, but I'm focusing instead on taking the next step…

I have wasted no time, and with some family encouragement have been working nearly round the clock with my fabulous hubby on a business I am SUPER excited about!! Putting the finishing touches on everything, and I owe so much thanks to Page for ALL of his help.

STAY TUNED – I will be back soon with a big announcement! 🙂




Adding a change to my desktop to compliment the changes going on lately. I'm a huge fan of Real Simple and am currently rotating through several of their wallpapers, although this one is particularly fitting today. Big changes in the near future, to go with the changing seasons and realizing the good things I'm grateful for, even when some current events have been less than favorable. Check out the wallpapers here.


“an averaged-out week in the life”



As mentioned before, I began my "week in the life" project last Monday, with the intent to complete it this past Sunday. After I received news that my grandfather had gone into the hospital on Thursday night, I originally planned to roll with it and continue photographing and documenting, not knowing at the time just how grave the situation would quickly become over the next couple of days. Needless to say, I wasn't up for taking pics, and too mentally exhausted to journal much. Reluctantly, I gave up on the week's project.

While I do want to record thoughts from the weekend and memories of my grandfather, I want to put those in a special place all of their own – not have them get lost in an overall project such as this one. While life is never predictable, I just feel that this week was anything but a typical week in the life, and overall just a very sad few days. I feel like the mood that would come across would not be a very accurate represenation of my life, overall, at this point.

I've decided to keep the photos/stories I had for Monday through Thursday. I have a lot of time invested already and I really liked some of the little stories that came out of the first half of the week. I end my Thursday entry talking about the call from my mother and my grandfather's failing health. I will pick up on my "typical week" with tomorrow (Friday) and continue through this coming Sunday. I can now reflect on how things are different a week later, but from a more peaceful place, and still accomplish a rather accurate snapshot of a week in the life. I am content to know that by merging the beginning of last week and the end of this week, I can skip over the parts I don't want to remember, and those that I do, can go in a special place at another time.