Heavy Heart

On Friday I found that out my dog wasn’t doing well, and we had to put her to sleep on Monday. Because of that, I haven’t been in the mood to write on the blog. I’m sad, but I feel relieved that she’s no longer in pain.  Truthfully, I selfishly kept hoping she’d start feeling a little better so we wouldn’t have to put her down, but that didn’t happen. By the end of her days, she could barely walk, cried when you even touched her, and was almost completely blind. It was selfish to keep her around just because we were too sad to let her go.

It’s kind of full circle that she passed right before Christmas, as she was a Christmas present to me and my sister. Lucy was a dog with such a personality, she was like a human. I could tell funny “Lucy stories” all day long. Care to know my favorite?

My family is a bunch of runners. When Lucy was about 4 months old, my dad took her to the running trails about two miles from my home. He let Lucy off her leash so she could run around and chase squirrels (she was a hunting dog, after all!) and after a while, he realized Lucy wasn’t with him anymore. He spent two hours walking around the woods, calling her name and whistling. She always answered to “Swinging on a Star.” He finally decided he needed to go home and break it to his daughters that he lost the dog. As he drove home and pulled into the driveway, trying to come up with a story to tell us, he saw Lucy sitting on our front porch…just waiting for him. She just looked at him like, “Where have you been, buddy?”

That was my girl, Lucy.

To help keep the memory alive of my Christmas pup, I bought both my mom and myself a  glass beagle ornament for our tree. I rush delivered them, so fingers crossed the package arrives before Saturday. I hope so, because I’d love to be able to give my mom this on Christmas.

RIP Lucy. You sure were a great dog. We are all going to miss you.

Lucy wearing her "flower girl dress" the morning of my wedding

Thank Goodness it’s Friday

Happy Friday, ladies and gents! Anyone else super happy this day is finally here?

Today I am thankful for my dad. I’m a big (okay, huge) daddy’s girl and I’m so proud to be his daughter.

My dad is the type of man who stands up for what he believes in, and doesn’t give a damn who might not like what he has to say. He’s tough but a child at heart, and knows exactly what to say to make me laugh. He is always is there for me when I need him, supporting me in everything I do.

A few years ago he was in a motorcycle accident that we didn’t think he’d make it through — but he did — and I try to remember to thank God for that every day. I’m truly blessed to have him as my dad. He’s the best.

Kicking off November

HAPPY NOVEMBER, EVERYONE!!!

I love the month of November. The weather is [usually] nice, everything is pumpkin-flavored, I celebrate my birthday and my family all comes to town for Thanksgiving. All the ingredients for a terrific month, right?

Since I was a little girl, Thanksgiving has been special for me, mostly because I love being with my family. My big brother went off to college the year I went into kindergarten (yea, talk about an age difference) and since he did ROTC (and then subsequently was away with the Navy), I rarely got to see him. No matter what though, it always seemed like he made it home for Thanksgiving. Now that my older siblings all have children, Thanksgiving seems to be more joyous than ever.

To help further that joyous feeling throughout the month of November, the amazing blog Paisley Print Shoes has kicked off a “challenge” of sorts: every day take a moment to blog, write or just reflect on what you are thankful for that day. It seems simple, but I’m sure just taking a moment of your day to think about what you are thankful for will do a ton for your feeling of self-satisfaction and happiness.

So today, I want to say how thankful I am for my siblings. I’m lucky to come from a relatively big family, one brother and three sisters. Each one of them is different, and completely vital to my existence. I feel lucky to have them in my life, and while I don’t get to see some of them nearly as much as I wish I could, when we do see each other it’s like time has never passed. I’m truly blessed.

Okay, now back to the regular Lewis in Love blogging.

The window in my living room has been bugging me. Something was just off about it, and I couldn’t really put my finger on it.

When we first put up the curtains, I only wanted to put them on the outside of the window, to frame it as one massive window. In the beginning, I liked it.

But then it started to irritate me. It didn’t feel “soft” and “homey” enough. I realized that I needed to add more curtain panels to even out the entire window.

Luckily for me, we have an abundance of matching curtains around here (they were hand-me-down’s from my mother-in-law). All we had to do was iron them (which I hated) and hang them up.

Presto change-o, instant softness!

I love how it looks now. Everything feels a little more tied together. Now I just need to get my hands on some pillows and I will be all set!

P.S — how cute is my new pumpkin centerpiece? I got him at Kohl’s for $6. I love him!

Anyone else participating in Thankful November? How is your Pinterest Challenge DIY coming along? I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!!!

Weekend Recap

We sure were busy this weekend!

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know all about this. For those who don’t follow me, this weekend John and I had a wedding in Annapolis, Maryland for one of my close friends/coworkers. We spent Friday getting our stuff together and packing, then hit the road bright and early Saturday morning. Armed with coffee and bagels in hand, it took us roughly 5 hours to get to our hotel (not going to lie, I was getting antsy).

Leslie and Nick were married on Nick’s aunt and uncle’s property. The shuttle picked us up at our hotel and we were escorted over the Bay Bridge to their house. We pulled off the main road and went down a winding dirt road to their home.

Can I just say…wow. It was a gorgeous house on amazingly big property overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Leslie and Nick said their personal and emotional vows while the sun was setting over the water. I of course was tearing up, which is funny since I pretty much laughed throughout my own ceremony.

After their vows, we ate, drank and danced the night away under a beautiful white tent on the property. It was really lovely, and I know Nick and Leslie are going to have a very long, loving life together.

 

 

On Sunday after a ridiculously long drive home (we hit INSANE traffic as soon as we reached Brooklyn), John and I went for dinner at my sister’s house. She just gutted her kitchen and had us all over to christen the place. Next time I’m there, I’ll take some pictures to share. The kitchen/dining room is GORGEOUS and you guys will love it. Blue walls, chocolate-brown floors and cabinets plus amazing tan/brown/gold granite counter-tops. Talk about swoon-worthy. The before-and-after’s with her house are incredible, maybe that will be a post coming soon…

I have more pictures from the wedding on my actual camera (which died during their first dance…awesome planning, Ashley!) so I will update this post later today!!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Did you go to any weddings? I’d love to hear about it!!