Fort Christmas.

A new tradition we started this year is Fort Christmas. This year it’s in our bedroom since we all share one, but I hope in the future, someday when Max has his own room, to help him build one each year (for as many years as he is into the idea…). I got the idea from one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess. She builds one each year with her husband in their bedroom, so its a little different than our kid version. I think it’s the sweetest thing! They also started a new one this year- 12 dates of Christmas, which she talks about more on her blog. Obviously Dan and I have no way to have a date each day/night for 12 days before Christmas, but in the future I plan to do a similar countdown with family activities the 3 of us can do, and include family members as well if it works that way. I’ve seen other people do this with an advent type of calendar, where instead of candy, they have something fun planned each day, like drive/walk to look at Christmas lights, make Christmas cookies, go sledding (if there’s snow- none here yet!), decorate for the holidays, etc. I love this idea! I’m really excited for the time when Max is old enough to participate in this sort of thing and we can start all of these new traditions for our family! Anyway, back to Fort Christmas. A few years ago, when I was single and living in a teeny tiny apartment by myself, my mom gave me a little pink feather Christmas tree. It already had lights on it and was only about a foot and a half tall. I kind of thought… This is the tackiest thing ever, but this year I have decided it’s not at all tacky- orrrrr it’s the perfect amount of tacky…either way, I LOVE it now. And I am so glad I saved it! Getting a real tree would mean having to kill a tree and also having a huge mess in my apartment. Max has already proven at other people’s houses that he will certainly pull those trees down if given the chance…so I think it’s a good thing we skipped on it this year, although in the future we will probably do something like this (I hope with a fake one….a tinsel tree or white tree would be my favorite!). I built the fort in a corner of our room between the wall and my dresser by tacking up thrifted lace curtains and letting them drape down to the floor. I stacked some old and pretty books under the tree to make a pedestal. It’s totally kid friendly because Max can hang out in there and pull the tree down all he wants without risk of getting hurt, and it’s aesthetically pleasing to me, too! every time I turn the lights on Max runs over to it and ooh’s and ahh’s over it. Adorable!

Oh, and have a wonderful Solstice! To celebrate we are having a really yummy meal tonight by candlelight.

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Wedding instagrams.

While we were setting up I took a few instagrams of tables and displays and such at Bittersweet Farm where our wedding was held. I wish I had gotten a few of just Dan and I before were were introduced at our reception, but I was in high stress mode and it didn’t cross my mind. I kind of feel bad that I let some family drama take over my thoughts for so much that day, I wish I hadn’t. But…oh well, it was still an amazing day! Here are the instagrams I took though…we saw a sneak peek of one of our wedding photos and now we are super excited to see the rest of them!

Back of the loft where our ceremony was held! I made those raffia monogram letters! I love how they came out!

Front of the loft! My lovely bridesmaids and I hung all of the decorations over a hutch that was already in the room. I cut out all of the leaves and hand stitched each one to twine. I’m thinking of cutting them into smaller strands and hanging close together across the bottom half of my living room windows, sort of like curtains!

Guestbook table! I hung wire and used mini clothespins to hang photos from Dan’s childhood and mine, kind of like a timeline. Underneath is the guestbook! I made ours by covering a blank sketchbook with thrifted lace and putting one of our engagement photos inside on the first page with kraft paper photo corners. I used old letter and number stamps (they were my mom’s as a kid!) to stamp our names and our wedding date inside as well. There are still a lot of pages left after the messages and love notes from all of our guests, so I am planning to use photo corners to put the rest of our engagement photos and wedding photos (when we get them!) in there, too! I think it”ll be really sweet to have all of that in one place- something we can look through on our anniversary each year!

Photobooth! I almost forgot about these! We’re pretty excited to see all of the photobooth photos, too! I bet there are some hilarious ones in there! To make the props, I cut mustaches, lips, bow ties and a monocle out of poster board and patterned scrapbook paper and hot glued black painted dowels to the backs. Easy! I used a vintage bread tin from a yard sale to hold mason jars with props inside. The lace was thrifted and just used to drape and make it look a little more put together. The little cups were thrifted, too. Love the colored glass!

Program! One of my awesome bridesmaids made this awesome program! It kept falling down and I’m not sure what happened but I don’t think a lot of people saw it which is a shame because it’s really cute! The little easel came from IKEA.

Centerpieces! My bridesmaids were amazing and set pretty much everything up! A couple of their fellas were there and helped a lot, too! There are antique books under all of the jar clusters. To decorate the jars I cut up thrifted lace curtains into strips and tied twine around the middle of the lace into a bow to hold it in place. For flowers we had babies breath and crespedia. I love how simple and rustic it looks. Ahh, my vision came to life! The frames were $1 from Michael’s- my sister helped me and painted them all gray and them I just painted the numbers inside.

Bittersweet Farm- the main dining room! In the midst of setting everything up, I took this one from the loft balcony. This place is beautiful, seriously. Those exposed beams? Gorgeous! We are thinking we should go back there for dinner once a year each November. That’s all of the instagrams I have! Boo! I really wish I had used the Pocketbooth app to take some photobooth strips or something while we had time. Dan suggested we could still get all dressed up if we wanted and take them. No one has to know, haha. Even though I just told you. But I feel like it’s not the same since it isn’t our wedding day anymore? Maaaaybe we still will, though….for fun!

Giving thanks.

Last week Dan, Max and I had a quiet little Thanksgiving at in our apartment, just the three of us. After all of the wedding chaos we really weren’t up for heading out anywhere so we just relaxed all day! Dan got up at 5  and threw a boneless turkey breast and veggies I prepped the night before into the slow cooker and it was ready to eat by lunch time! We had a pretty simple meal- the turkey and veggies, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (made the night before, easy peasy- recipe here), cornbread stuffing and biscuits. Mmm! We hung out in our pajamas all day and listened to classic Christmas music. Perfect day!

Rocktucket.

A couple of weeks ago I took a Saturday off work to go to the Rocktucket festival in Pawtucket. It was pretty fun! It ended up being a beautiful day and it was nice to be able to spend it together outside. Max’s g-ma Hayes came over and spent the day with Max and gave us a little day to ourselves. There was a stage set up for bands, tons of awesome food trucks (Jake’s Sweet Meat! Poco Loco Tacos! Umm…others, too!), booths selling screen printed tshirts, records, jewelery. On the outside (it was set up like 2 separate events) there was an arts festival, too with booths of people selling there wares. It was right by the river and dam so we got to hang out over there too and it was really nice! We got to see our friends bands play and bumped into lots of cool folks. It was a good day! Instagrams, galore 🙂

Last week Max’s g-ma and g-pa Furtado brought Max and I to their place for dinner and to spend some time. I took a couple of photo’s of Max on the rocking horse! He had a blast! I need to remember to take more photos. I have hardly any of Max’s grandparents!