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christmas and NYE 2013 recap.

Umm… where did 2013 go?! Oh, that’s right… back over there! Obviously, I haven’t been blogging very much recently, so I wanted to do a quick recap of some fun moments this past month for documentation purposes. These kinds of posts make a good time reference in the future.

Earlier in December, I finished my first 5k with friends. I can now cross that one off of my bucket list. Wahoo! Surprisingly, it was lots of fun, and it’s something I would definitely do again. As a matter of fact, I’ve been trying to search for my next race. Yup, we dressed up as elves to get us into the spirit.

As far as our 2013 Christmas tree, we decided on keeping it metallic and white. It was pretty much a gold and silver tree this year.

Overall, it was a wonderful holiday season. Yeah, it’s nice to eat delicious holiday food and get lavish gifts, but the best part about this season, at least for me, was feeling blessed to have spent lots of quality time with the people I love.

As for New Year’s Eve, we spent it at the beach, of course!

Later that evening, as we rang in 2014, we popped a bottle and enjoyed the fizz.

To start off the new year with a bang, we drove down the coast this past Sunday. We had a little family picnic on one of our favorite beaches in Big Sur. I think the four of us should just become professional beach bums, hah!

Yup, and that pretty much brings us up to date with life. We’ve got stuffed planned this weekend, so expect a post in the near future.

Happy 2014!

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saying goodbye to 2012.

My 2012 definitely had its fair shares of ups and downs, as well as tears and laughter. Overall, I’d say that it was rather enlightening. Just by testing my limits, I learned so much about myself throughout these past twelve months. Some bad. Some good. The learning experiences along the way, however, have made me a stronger person.

So, with 2013 right around the corner, I thought I’d finally post an entry about some of the highlights from December 2012, considering a month has gone by without any update. December, at least for me, always seems to be a blur. Hmm…? What happened this past month? *Well, maybe if you blogged more, Sarah, this wouldn’t be an issue.*

Holiday festivities consumed most of this month. As I wrote in my previous post, we decorated the tree in a non-traditional way. We, technically just me, wanted to do a purple and orange colored tree. I know, I know. Not very typical, but I thought it would be fun. Turns out, we had a lot of fun with this one. The best part about our 2012 tree was the abundant succulents and air plants that were scattered all over the tree’s branches. Here are some other photos of the 2012 Kee tree:

…and a picture with the pups, of course!

We threw a holiday party for friends, a gingerbread house making party to be exact. Yup, we pretty much were on a sugar high that whole weekend. Unfortunately, I don’t have the pictures of all of our concoctions put together. Looks like I’m gonna to have to bug some friends for the picture of the whole gingerbread village we created.

There was a holiday get together over at the in-laws, too. It was super funny watching everyone do the annual gift exchange. We came home with a cute apron, which I still need to put to good use. As for the dogs, Maui and Hilo were so excited to hang out with their Westie cousins.

We also squeezed in a quick trip down to So Cal. The dogs have learned that the beach never gets old. I wonder where they learned that one from, hehe. 😉

There are hundreds more photos I could share from this month, but I guess I’ll leave it at that. It would take me, oh you know, A WHOLE MONTH to blog about all of the stuff that happened in December. Doh! This is why staying up to date with the blog comes in handy.

Wishing our families and friends a Happy New Year! 2013’s gonna be a great year. I can feel it. 😉

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thankful & cheerful and turkey & tree

We were in charge of hosting Thanksgiving this year, turkey and all. Everything turned out as planned, and everyone enjoyed dinner (at least I hope they did, hehe). Personally, my favorite part was the wonderful company of family. Well, and of course, all of the delicious food. I created a pretty extensive menu because I wanted to make sure there was enough food for our fall harvest. Below are some of the photos that I managed to capture during the holiday.

The day after Thanksgiving marked the the shop‘s anniversary! I can’t believe how time flew by this year. I’m so thankful for all of our customers’ support and business these past two years; we wouldn’t have come this far without all of you. So again, thank you.

As for me, I took most of the day off to set up our Christmas tree. With everything going on from Thanksgiving up until the year’s end, I figured that the weekend after Thanksgiving would be perfect timing to go out and get the tree.

We made a trip out to Half Moon Bay to pay a visit to Santa’s Tree Farm & Village to get our tree. …and you know what’s even more awesome then getting our tree?! I got to be a creeper and take a picture with Santa, haha! Plus, there was no wait or line at all. Heck, yeah!

As soon as we got home, we trimmed the tree and set it up. Did we finish decorating it that day?! Absolutely not, haha! It would’ve been a miracle if we had though.

Eventually, we ended up finishing the tree. …but before finishing the tree, we headed up North to celebrate my uncle’s 40th and Nat’s 25th!

I love that Nat’s party was all about Christmas crafting. A day spent crafting? I couldn’t say no! We spent the day making Christmas ornaments for their tree. At the end of the day, Sean and Nat finished decorating. I love all of the personal touches; it’s so cute!

As for our Christmas decorations, just like every year, we had a decorating theme. We decided to go non-traditional with a purple, orange, and gold Christmas tree. Plus, we thought it would be unique to have succulents and tillandsia plants on the tree. I’m in love with the colors and all of the sparkles.

…and I love our mantle, too. We kept to the same theme as our Christmas tree.

With all of the greens around the house, it smells so Christmas-y. I love it. It makes everything seem so homey and warm. All I need to do now is finish making our holiday wreath. Well, that… and start my holiday shopping, haha. Oh, and finish creating my December Daily album. *sigh* So much to do!

Stay tuned for more pictures.

PS: Can’t wait for next week. It needs to be here sooner.

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…to look a lot like christmas.

People have been sharing their home holiday decor all over the web, so I was inspired to share a peek into our winter wonderland.

Personally, I love the paper snowflake garland because it’s all about the paper crafting!

The tree is glowing and lighting up the room. We decided to do a red and silver tree this year; those were the two storage boxes towards the top of the Christmas decorations, haha! Yup, that’s what you call pure laziness when you don’t want to go through all the different color boxes. …and for those wondering, yes, we have a box for almost every color.

…and of course, some of my favorite ornaments on the tree .

Every Christmas, G’s parents want me to trim their tree as well, so I had fun decorating with them. We decided to explore the attic and garage, and we found a box of old trims and trinkets. Here’s what we did with that old box:

Yup, it’s decked out where I’m at. Now, if I could only finish the holiday shopping. Is it bad that I’ve only bought presents for the dogs. I really need to start working on that… NOW!

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the grand opening!

Opening weekend at Our Paper Place was a major success! It was busy, busy, and more busy… and I’m so grateful to all of the support and encouragement from everyone! People are signing up for classes and crops, and product has been moving left and right. ;) …but for those of you who didn’t get a chance to take a visit into the place, don’t you worry because ordering is already in the works! This week, we have even more boxes to put out on the shelves. Make sure to stop by our place to check out the latest.

As for the latest in my life, all has been good! 🙂 The store keeps my hands full, but that’s a good thing. Oh, and we finally got our Christmas tree up. This year, we decided to do a red/green tree.  It turned out super cute, but it needs just a little umphf! Once we finish, I’ll be sure to take pictures and share. What does your tree look like this year?!

Here are just a few of the fun pictures from this past week:

If you are in town, make sure to drop in and pay us a visit. We love seeing all of you creative artists at our place!

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