Artsy Update

Monday, January 30, 2012

Not much to report from the Baker household, other than the fact that our house is slowly becoming a home. We spent a lot of time this weekend hanging up pictures (finally), and getting things done in preparation for our Super Bowl part on Sunday. Here's a sneak peek of what we got accomplished.

A little while ago (ok, six months ago...), I ordered a 16"x20" canvas of one of my favorite wedding pictures from CanvasPop - I was beyond happy with the final product and highly recommend it. It only took me until this weekend to finally find a frame for it (at Michael's for 50% off - chicka ya!).

While at Michael's buying the above frame, I purchased some supplies to make my own wreath. I've seen so many on Pinterest, so I figured it couldn't be that hard. And I was actually right. I made this pretty little thing using a styrofoam wreath, yarn, a fake flower, ribbon, and a wooden 'B' that I painted white. It was a little time consuming because I had to cover the entire styrofoam wreath with yarn, but it really was so easy. And that says a lot coming from me.

We have these two ridiculously long walls in our house, and I have kind of been stressing over how to decorate them. I finally decided to take one of them and turn it into a wall of black and white art/pictures (there has got to be a better term for this). It looks kind of sad right now, but we plan on growing it out to cover the majority of the wall. (Please disregard the bottom frame that still has the picture it came with. I wanted to go ahead and get it on the wall even though I don't have a picture for it, yet.)

I have been stashing my garter, hanky and hairpiece from our wedding in my nighstand drawer since the wedding, and this weekend I finally did something with them. I put together this shadow box to proudly display all of my fun goodies!

As you can see, we were super productive this weekend! And I have to give Adam props for hanging everything up, and solving my wreath issues/temper tantrum when the yarn kept tangling up. Love that kid.

P.S. Mitchy had his senior football banquet last week. Aren't he and my mom adorable? So proud of that little boo.

The First 365

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yesterday marked our first wedding anniversary! It really is crazy to think we have already been married for an entire year. I can only hope the years to come are even half as great as this one!

To celebrate, we decided against gifts, and decided to spoil ourselves with an amazing anniversary dinner on Saturday night. I let Adam take charge of finding a restaurant and making reservations, and he did good. We went to Kevin Rathbun Steak in Atlanta, and it was seriously the most amazing meal either of us has ever had.

Sunday was our actual anniversary, and we decided to keep it low key. I woke up with Ruthie, since I was planning a surprise breakfast for Adam. If you know me, you know I do not cook (Did you notice the name of this blog?). Thank God Adam loves to cook and is really good at it - otherwise we would have pasta with olive oil every night. Anyway, I decided to make him Eggs Benedict - his favorite breakfast meal! It was definitely tricky, and I probably should have tried a recipe that was more at my level (i.e. toast?), but since he spoils me all the time I knew I could pull it off. And I DID!

The weather was a 10 on the Wizometer, so we obviously had to take advantage of it! We spent the beautiful afternoon on the 4-mile Iron Hill Trail with Ruthie.

I was also in charge of making dinner on our anniversary (me? cooking twice in one day?). We were supposed to have shish kabobs, but we don't have any skewers (kind of a key component of shish kebabs), so we had steak for the second night in a row. I'm sure I did a great job, but it's kind of hard comparing it to the steak we had on Saturday night. Did I mention that food was amazing?

It was an absolutely perfect anniversary, and I pray that we will always have this much fun together. The only thing that could have made it better is if we got up this morning and headed to Jamaica for our honeymoon!

P.S. Shout out to Debbie and Dave for buying us the Kitchenaid Pasta attachment for our anniversary! I cannot wait for Adam to use it. And also to my wonderful parents for the Crate & Barrel gift certificate! We have the best family!!


I love my family. And I love it even more when out-of-town family comes to play!

My brother, Jeff, is a corporate pilot at XOJet, and is constantly all over the place. The good and bad part about his job is that he never really knows where he's headed until he gets to the airport. The best part is that he happened to be flying into Atlanta on Friday afternoon! We were able to grab dinner with him on Friday night, and visit with him briefly on Saturday morning before he headed back to the airport and off to who knows where. Even though his visit was short, I love getting to see him every chance I can.

The even better part is that Adam's cousin, Amy, was also in town this weekend! (Clearly, she came in town to celebrate our anniversary.) So after seeing Jefe off, I met up with Debbie, Kelsey, Meagan and Amy at the Marietta Square. We had such a fun afternoon of chatting and laughing. And of course, eating cupcakes!

I think the most fun stop we made was Eddie's Trick Shop. It's basically just a really fun costume store, that happens to sell wigs.

I managed to embarrass myself (shocking, right?) when I decided it would be a good idea to try on these doughnut handcuffs...

...and they got stuck. It took three employees and a lot of laughs before we finally managed to un-jam the lock. (The guy in the background of this picture who is laughing at me was no help.)

It was such a super-fun day, and I'm so glad I got to spend it with some of my favorite in- and out-of-towners!

New Year, New Goals

Thursday, January 5, 2012

At the beginning of every year, countless people commit to one or many New Year's resolutions. The most popular resolutions year after year include losing weight, managing debt, and to quit smoking. While we can always improve, Adam and I are very blessed that these resolutions don't really apply to us. However, this year I am challenging myself to do the following...

1. Find a forever church
Adam and I have attended church services at a couple venues here and there, but haven't felt home at any of them. My goal for this year is to find a church where Adam and I would like to spend for years to come; where we are comfortable; where we can grow in our faith; where we can find a church family. Any suggestions?

2. Be more patient
This is constantly at the top of my list. Although I have become much more conscious of my impatience, and try to stop myself in the act and tell myself to breathe, I still have a lot of work to do.

3. Run a half marathon
Adam and I decided to run a 10K in 2010, and I absolutely loved it! I felt so accomplished and proud of myself when I crossed the finished line, and could honestly say that I ran 6.2 miles without stopping. I also really enjoyed the training program - it's much easier to drag your butt to the gym when you have some motivation. So this year, I am challenging myself to run a half marathon (13.1 miles - eek!). My friends, Matelyn and Anna, have also taken on this challenge, and we're set to run our first one at the end of April. Wish us luck!

Of course, I also plan on enjoying the married life, spending more time with family and friends, and hope to make a fun trip or two in 2012. And although I don't quite know how 2012 is going to top 2011, I'm pretty excited to see what it has to offer!

Happy 2012!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Can you believe it's 2012?! Adam and I had a great time ringing in the new year with friends at Park Tavern for the second year in a row. They have a pretty incredible deal for NYE - it's an all-inclusive event and includes top shelf booze, dinner/dessert buffet and amazing entertainment by the Yacht Rock Review.

This was my first NYE as a Baker, and also our last first holiday...if that makes any sense. I wore the same NYE outfit I wore two years ago, but who cares - I thought it was cute then, and I think it's still cute now!

Yacht Rock Revue

Here's to the best year, yet!