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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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rockin’ around the christmas tree


we love our sweet-smelling tree. after the crazy wind storm we had here last week, i’m so glad we could find one! i keep finding myself saying, “look at the treeeee!” christmastime is officially official over here.

i’ve been busy crafting other decorations too… an activity advent calendar & a recycled magazine tree.

i ♥ the holidays.

which december traditions make your heart happy?

xo, the smiths

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new season: new mantle



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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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carving pumpkins

for halloween, we went for a “monogrammed” look. :) what do you think?

i had good intentions to roast the pumpkin seeds after scooping out the insides, but i completely forgot & threw it all away!

we placed our little “S” punkin out on the balcony so we can enjoy her more while we’re in the apartment.



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pumpkins & rain boots

while it may still be summer, i am already aching for autumn. i long for crisp fall leaves, a chill in the air, warm cups of apple cider, & cool-weather clothes.





{photos by stephanie & mav of 3191 miles apart}

& here’s a few fall-inspired things that caught my eye…



{photos: j.crew}

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{photos: anthropologie & rifle paper co.}

i’m thinking that when the time comes, robby & i will kick off autumn with a hike in the nearby hills to the hollywood sign. doesn’t that sound just dreamy? I can’t wait. ;)

here’s to hoping fall comes fast this year!

xo, anna


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