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playing catch up

things we’ve been up to this spring/summer:

celebrated ANNA’S BIRTHDAY … one year closer to thirty, & she’s feeling good about it.  while she may be twenty-nine now, bartenders still give double-takes when she passes them her license to order a drink (we think she’ll be carded until she’s forty).  :)

moved to a NEW LOFT APARTMENT (which we love).

anna is currently testing out her green thumb on the new patio.

although, there were a few tears as we packed up & left our first apartment we’ve lived in together… au revoir, holly street.

traveled to PARIS with anna’s family!  we ate buttery pastries every day, sipped lots of wine, people-watched in bistros, dined in fancy restaurants, walked the streets until our feet were blistery, traveled to the countryside for a few days, fell in love with rue montorgueil, spoke french with locals, & vowed to visit again.  (we’ll always have paris.)

anna attended her cousin caroline’s BABY SHOWER in virginia.   (update: baby belle is currently an adorable, healthy & happy three-&-a-half-week old!)

anna soaked up every second of time with her east coast cousins on this short trip.

celebrated the FOURTH OF JULY with our parents (it’s becoming a tradition ’round here).  we rode bikes to dinner, sat outside & ate lobster (which felt very festive), watched deuling country clubs’ fireworks shows from the patio, & had a delicious late-night cobbler at robby’s parents’.

took a DAYTRIP TO SANTA BARBARA (the place we were wed) to reminisce.  & reminisce we did.  we ate at the little cafe where we had breakfast every morning of our wedding week.  we visited the hotel where we stayed with our wedding party & friends.  we had a cocktail at the site of our reception & the place we spent our first married night.  we walked on the beach, getting sand between our toes.  ah, the memories.

& we’re currently getting ready for a trip with the smith clan to IDAHO (the place of bob’s birth, home to many lakes, long summer days, outdoor sports, & beautiful scenery).  it will be a blast, we’re sure of it.

(oh, we’re also getting POLITICAL & helping robby’s dad with his run for city council of our hometown.  go bicycle bob!!)

i guess we’ve been busy.  so sorry for the lack of smithlove updates.  we’ll be better, we promise!

xo, anna + robby

p.s. here’s a little reminder to be thankful (from the chalkboard in our kitchen). we thought you might like to see…


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true vintage

ready for a flashback?

here i am with my cousin aimee & sister laura. . . .

tiny laura’s scream in the first photo is classic.  it cracks me up that we all have necklaces on with our bathing suits.  & laura, in her seersucker suit with the ruffles in the back and little chipmunk cheeks (with lips pursed mid-sentence), pulls at my heartstrings.

funky haircuts & all, i think we were pretty darn cute when we were little.

{thanks to my aunt linda for the fun flashback!}

xo, anna

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easter 2012

spring is here!  here are a few photos from our easter weekend with family…

{al fresco brunch by ashley: lentil & roasted vegetable salad + asparagus with toasted pine nuts, shaved parmesan & poached eggs}


{delicious dessert by pam: layers of fruit & cream}



{grandmother & granddaddy with a few of the camp cousins}

we also spent the night with both of our parents, ashley & cousins (including little jack) playing tabboo late into the night. it was a fun, full & memorable spring day.

xo, anna

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baby jack

how do babies manage to capture your heart? could it be the innocent coos? the chubby cheeks? their precious clumsiness? the way their eyes widen when they discover something new? the fuzzy hair? the adorable way they wobble when they walk?

for these reasons & so many more, little jack mason has captured our hearts. anna’s cousin’s first baby, jack is the cutest little person we have every known. (we might be a little biased.)

{he can’t quite reach the pedals to his new tractor, but he’s got quite a grip on the steering wheel!}

we ♥ you so much, jack!

remember, we’re the ones that feed you chocolate cake when mama & dada aren’t looking, let you play with our iphones, & cuddle & kiss your cheeks every chance we get! (we hope you like us too.)

xo, robert & anna

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my first bundt cake





we had a little dinner party with friends at our new table, & we ate this chocolate-coffee cake for dessert. i ♥ baking. it soothes my soul.

xo, anna

{recipe from joy the baker}


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{ranunculus bunches in mason jars at my parents’ house}

robby & i spent a long weekend with our parents – eating, relaxing, riding bikes, & enjoying the sunshine.

we visited the newest dewar’s. i had my favorite, coffee-flavored ice cream.

we also finally put the topcoat on our new table (that i mentioned here & here). it is being delivered to us by my sweet daddy-o this week!

{we used safecoat acrylacq in the matte finish, an eco-friendly product with almost no smelly fumes.}

xo, anna

p.s. i am now officially obsessed with downton abbey. how did it take me this long to find out about this amazingly beautiful & captivating series? if you’ve never seen it, i dare you to watch just one!

p.p.s. my adorable owl-printed pj pants (that i’m wearing in the photos above, rolled up to protect them from dripping paint) are truly my new favorites. thanks to bob & pam for the great gift! ♥ ♥ ♥


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the huntington

a few photos from a lovely visit to the huntington library and gardens this past weekend:


{we ate lunch in the tea room}

{beautiful botanical prints}

{vintage lightbulbs}


{famous books, including a gutenberg bible}


i’d highly recommend a visit.

xo, anna

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happy new year

christmastime.  i’m a little behind on our holiday update. to sum it all up, we had a glorious time with family & friends. we ate elaborate meals around large family tables, baked cakes & other treats, wore silly santa hats, attended progressive dinners, opened thoughtful gifts, & i traveled to visit friends in another state.

here are a few pictures to give you an idea…

{saying adieu to 2011 with a glass of wine}

{max makes a great santa}

{my first bûche de noël}

{visiting carrie in fort worth}

{walking the halls of my alma mater}

{ooohing & aahhhing at pretty christmas lights}

2012.   to ring in the new year, robby & i delicately sipped on drinks & nibbled at desserts while listening to live jazz music at pop, a neighborhood favorite. (i tried a flight of champagne, robby had red wine, and we ate fancy churros & chocolate-covered strawberries.) to let you in on a little secret, i’m not a huge fan of new year’s. perhaps a little part of me is sad to see the past year go. i suppose it’s also that large, loud parties with noisemakers & fireworks never excite me. so this year was perfect, just me and my darling husband on the eve of january 1, quietly celebrating the first day of 2012.


here’s to a happy & healthy two thousand twelve!!

xo, anna

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giving thanks

we spent thanksgiving with family in our hometown.

daddy-o carved the turkey.

i baked some chocolate-dipped, gingerbread acorn cookies.

played scrabble by the fire with my hubs.

we went for a beautiful morning run full of fog & fall leaves.

we hung out with the crew at the padre hotel’s rooftop bar downtown.

family. friends. healthy bodies. warm beds. hot baths. twinkle lights. christmas tree lots popping up all over town. apple cider in season at trader joe’s. perfectly chilly weather that begs for scarves & sweaters. romance-filled rainy days. ♥

there are so many things to be thankful for.

xo, anna

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happy thursday, my darlings!

so sorry for ignoring the blog the past few weeks… things always seem to get busier this time of year.

not that i’m complaining. i seriously ♥ autumn. but you already knew that, didn’t you?

here’s a quick little update:

at the end of august we traveled to new york for stasie & shai’s wedding. it was a magical week filled with love. we enjoyed staying at the palace hotel, visiting a few of our favorite places, & spending time with family & friends. oh, how lucky we are to have traveled to new york city so many times … we kind of don’t feel like tourists anymore when we go!






we also spent some time in bakersfield with family. one night, we went on a beautiful bike ride. the sky was stormy. it drizzled a bit. and lightning & thunder kept it exciting.

flat stanley visited pasadena last week, and we showed him around. here are a few highlights. :)



{more on flat stanley here.}

we are celebrating our first anniversary this weekend with a romantic little getaway to a seaside town. (we like to call it honeymoon #2)  i can’t wait for the chilly weather, strolls on the beach, cozy dinners, & time with my sweet husband. it will be a fun & smoochy weekend, for sure!

here are a few sweet moments from honeymoon #1:



have a delicious weekend, my dears!

xo, anna

p.s. have you heard of this?! makes me want to travel to finland. so sweet!


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