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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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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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{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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celebrating robby

a few moments from robby’s thirtieth celebration…








robby & the dads went on a bike ride to an al fresco lunch. it was a beautiful, warm eighty-degree day.

we had a relaxing afternoon, munching on snacks like garlicky popcorn & guacamole. for dinner, we had homemade chicken tortilla soup (recipe from the pioneer woman), salad, corn bread & roasted asparagus. i made a birthday apple pie for dessert. robby got lots of thoughtful gifts. ♥



{i found many of the decorations from shop sweet lulu.}

we love you, robby!
xo, anna


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bye bye eleanor. . .

our sweet little fishy, eleanor, has passed away.

i know she was just a fish, but she was one cute littly fish.

{soon after i brought her home.}

my then boyfriend, now husband, got her for me over three years ago at a fish store on fillmore street in san francisco.  this little fishy helped me get through lots of late-night studying, always cheerfully buzzing around her bowl.  she survived two moves with me.  she lived in three cities total.  (she was quite a little traveler, as far as fishies go.)

we will miss her silly antics.  she always tried to jump out of the bowl when we filled it with too much water (sometimes successfully, which caused a mad dash to carefully place her back inside).  she liked to hide underneath her fake turtle friend (she must have felt safe under there) until we tapped on the glass which would always get her to swim toward our fingers.  she liked to nibble on the plants that were in her bowl.  she always seemed to get excited when her water was fresh & clean (buzzing around in circles frantically).

{this was taken only a few short days ago. she had started swimming slower & resting on the bottom of the bowl a lot. i kind of knew the end was near.}

what a cute little fishy she was.

rest in peace, little eleanor.

xo, anna

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a day for love

happy saint valentine’s day!


to us, this day is a celebration of LOVE.  not roses, not candy, not fancy dinners, not heart-shaped balloons.  these things are nice but can seem so very unnecessary & contrived.  we like to spoil each other in surprising little ways.  i hope that our valentine gifts to one another show that.

the hubs got me all of my favorite little treats & arranged them sweetly on our table for when I woke up.

{a handwritten letter, tulips, black licorice, a manicure gift card, chocolates filled with peanut butter, a travel book, & an almond croissant}

I gave him some homemade chocolates in a vintage jello tin, a heart pin, a cross-stitch of a chevron arrow & hung a couple signs around the apartment.





i hope your day is filled with LOVE.

xo, anna


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happy almost ♥ day


i might be making a certain special someone a little valentine’s treat. but shhhhhhhhh! … it’s a surprise.


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by this fresh, flakey croissant delivered by the hubs.


i am one lucky girl. ♥

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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