2014 || The 2nd Six Months

December 31, 2014

The first six months can be found HERE! Now for July through December...

July was a very full month for us. I recapped our the second half of our vacation to DC, with family we celebrated the 4th of July, we were over the moon for our first Etsy Shop sale, and we had several backyard shindigs. Not even half way through July, I was bitten by the autumn bug. Then Pete and I started P90X (yep, we didn't get all 90 days through, but we did make it a third of the way through). I started the hunt for the perfect pair of glasses and tried to decide if I was going to cut my hair off, which I didn't do. I also shared some tips from around my home, a few random facts about myself, and my beauty routine. Finally, July was great for late nights at the drive-in theater.

August started out simple, with a relaxing weekend. I fell hard for booties this month, husband guest posted on the blog in a "Newly Married Series," and we froze some herbs we had been growing. We consumed our fair share of fried green tomatoes, did a little treetop adventure, created the perfect recipe for lemon poppy seed pancakes, and I shared some tips on decorating yours shelves. Toward the end of the month I recapped our lake vacation with the Hills. And last but not least, husband started graduate school.

September was jam packed with events. We went apple picking, counted down to the official start of fall, celebrated three years together, and began our office makeover, which still isn't complete (I need curtains!). In the fall mood, I shared some fashion pieces I love for that season, a free fall printable, along with how to pick a great ombré, and my fall home décor. Early in the month I announced the start of a food blog, which I named Flour Darling. We made some pumpkins from reclaimed wood, I ordered chatbooks and loved them,  we celebrated husband's 24th birthday, and I learned that "It's good now." Toward the end of the month I declared that Mondays be optional and I rejoiced that it was officially fall!

My favorite month didn't disappoint! We started October off by celebrating our first wedding anniversary in Asheville, North Carolina, and I shared a little film from our trip too. We sponsored our first child through Compassion, we visited the pumpkin patch with family, our house got batty, and I shared my favorite fall finds. I shared our Halloween décor and a DIY for some Halloween Luminaries.  Toward the end of the month there was lots of pumpkin carving, Christmas tree tagging, throwbacks to past Halloween costumes, and a weekend visit to my hometown. We also had our second annual Halloween fest!

In November we had our second couple's retreat of the year, I announced I would be designing Christmas cards for purchase, and I shared our transitional Thanksgiving décor. One of the highlights of the month for me was my baptism. There were our family photos, we cut down our Christmas tree, shared our holiday traditions, prepped for Turkey day, and then gobbled till we wobbled!

December was a whirlwind! I shared our Christmas decorations, we had Hill Family Christmas at the Christmas Cabin, and we tried to keep with our 12 Dates of Christmas ideas! With family we toured the Inn at Virginia Tech to take in all of their decorated Christmas trees, we visited a drive-thru nativity, and had our first Java Jammie Christmas with friends! I shared an ornament DIY and our Christmas card tree. We baked like crazy had a progressive dinner with our House Group. And last but not least we celebrated Christmas and our Savior's birth!

Phew this year has been crazy good! And by golly do these posts take a lot of work!! Thank you so much for following along and supporting my blog! It means the world!! My prayer for you in the upcoming year is to have health and happiness. I pray that my little family will continue to grow, walking closer with the Lord and finding joy in the every day! See you all in 2015!! Happy New Year!!!