January 2015

What a great first start to the 2015 January was! There was time spent with family and friends both spontaneously put together and deliberately planned, a fun mini weekend get away, new recipes tried and of course cozy evenings snuggled up on our couch or in our bed reading and talking about our days and the things God is teaching us personally and together as a family. It was just a really great month!

A few highlights from our January ’15 were:

  • Having our Brother John and nieces, Mary and Evie come and visit for New Years. Technically this was the end of December, but close enough! πŸ™‚
We had a Chess Tornament!

We had a Chess Tornament!

They start strategizing young in this family lol

They start strategizing young in this family lol

We were blessed enough to have some fun family dinners with everyone during their visit, including having one at our home! We watched Christmas movies and made our own Brownie/Cookies in a mug for desert!

We were blessed enough to have some fun family dinners with everyone during their visit, including having one at our home! We watched Christmas movies and made our own Brownie/Cookies in a mug for desert!

  • Celebrating New Years Eve with Mawmaw.
We had dinner in The Champion Room at Walts Hitching Post where Mawmaw and Pawpaw used to go for New Years Eve every year. We both agreed, that they hands down had the best Steak we have ever had in our lives to date!

We had dinner in The Champion Room at Walts Hitching Post where Mawmaw and Pawpaw used to go for New Years Eve every year. We both agreed, that they hands down had the best Steak we have ever had in our lives to date!

At Midnight watching the ball drop and ringing in The New Year with my favorite woman in the whole world.

At Midnight watching the ball drop and ringing in The New Year with my favorite woman in the whole world.

  • Going to Pittsburgh, PA for the first weekend in January to visit with Aunt B, Uncle Doug, Ciara, Savannah, Emily and Nana! Sadly, we don’t have a ton of pics from that visit because we were all too busy enjoying the moments spent together, relaxing by the fire, eating Christmas cookies/candy, talking about life and of course watching some UK Basketball/Penguins Hockey games, and Harry Potter marathon’s on ABC family!
Found a Cane's on the way back from PA. We will definitely be getting our fix now every time we go up to visit our family in Pittsburgh!

Found a Cane’s on the way back from PA. We will definitely be getting our fix now every time we go up to visit our family in Pittsburgh!

  • Trying Hot Yoga for the first time with Kristin and Lizz!! Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about taking this step in my personal practice. I have been a big fan of yoga, and practiced it pretty regularly, since I was a freshman in college, back in 2008, but it was never the intense “let’s burn 1000 calories and sweat a whole ocean in 75 minutes” kind. I can not say this enough…. I. LOVED. IT. Seriously. It was A-mazing! It was easily one of the most relaxing things I did this month, but don’t be fooled I was feeling that intense workout session three days afterwards!
We joined the mat club! Can you tell which one is mine? I'll give you a hint, my favorite color is pink! lol

We joined the mat club! Can you tell which one is mine? I’ll give you a hint, my favorite color is pink! lol

Fresh, bare faced and totally pre-yoga!

Fresh, bare faced and totally pre-yoga with these two lovelies!

  • Random get togethers with Kristin! I love it when a spontaneous hang out turns into an all afternoon shopping, coffee, and just in general hang out session. You can only do those type of days with someone you have known and called your friends for 14 years, and counting!
Grabbing a quick selfies at the end of our adventure before parting ways and going home. The times when you don't even think to take pictures because you are having so much fun are the times that pictures undoubtedly need to be taken! Glad we remembered to snap one to remember this great day together by :)

Grabbing a quick selfies at the end of our adventure before parting ways and going home. The times when you don’t even think to take pictures because you are having so much fun are the times that pictures undoubtedly need to be taken! Glad we remembered to snap one to remember this great day together by πŸ™‚

  • Family dinners and game night with our MomPom and sister Kiki-Di. We try to get together and have a family night at least a couple nights a month, and they usually involve some yummy homemade meal our MomPom whipped up, a movie or UK game and some good conversation. This month though we shook things up a bit and had a game night which was an all around winner in everyones books! It was fun to do an activity together, act a bit silly and just become closer as a family.
  • Carrielis gymnastics meet. We have been going to this talented sisters gymnastics meets and been supporting and encouraging her in this sport for over seven years! It is so incredible to see how far she has come! I remember doing kart-wheels and toe touches with her on the front lawn of the farm back when she only came up to my belly button. And now not only is she the same height as me but she can do tucks, layouts and so much more! Even though she has far surpassed what my gymnast skills ever were she still finds time to do a kart wheel or two on the lawn with me every now and then. lol
Such skill! Seriously the amount of balance and concentration she has to pull these moves off are incredible to me!

Such skill! Seriously the amount of balance and concentration she has to pull these moves off are incredible to me!

Sister love!

Sister love!

Just hanging out with our favorite gymnast after the meet and before the awards!

Just hanging out with our favorite gymnast after the meet and before the awards!

  • Our friends Andrew and Taylor Bishop getting married!!! The love these two have for God and for each other is so beautifully, genuinely deep you just can’t help but be moved by them! We had the best time celebrating this new little family that God has founded between these two and feel so honored that we get to watch as their story continues to unfold!
Mr. and Mrs. Bishop taking their first twirl around the dance floor as husband and wife!

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop taking their first twirl around the dance floor as husband and wife!

Having a blast celebrating the marriage of our wonderful friends with some wonderful friends!

Having a blast celebrating the marriage of our wonderful friends with some wonderful friends!

  • Chill nights spent with friends. Whether it was a couples game nights, or just having dinner, talking and watching Scandal, we had a such a blast just hanging out with our friends Matt and Paige, and Tim and Katie. It really is a blessing to have other young married couples that are in the same phase of life that you are, that love The Lord and want to see His will played out in their families just as much as we do. It just makes life more fun to do it with community!
  • Bourbon Β Bacon Baklava! Carmelita’s! Buffalo Chicken Dip! Homemade Teriyaki Venison Jerky! We had such a fun time just cooking/baking up a storm together a couple Saturdays ago, trying all those fun new recipes mentioned above! The kitchen might have been a bit of a mess afterwards, but it was totally worth the clean up to make some memories together and share those tasty treats with our friends, family and each other.
  • Of course there were the things that we do pretty regularly that we cherish as well like eating and cooking dinner together every night, praying together before we leave for work and when we go to bed every evening, cuddling with our puppies, having our weekly Tuesday evening dinners with Mawmaw and just sharing our lives with each other through out the week. Those are the little things that seem to make a big difference in the day to day, and deserve to be highlighted just as much as the bigger events.
Out for breakfast on an early Saturday morning!

Out for a breakfast date on an early Saturday morning before running some errands together. Yes, we’re that weird couple that enjoys running all our errands together because it just seems to make waiting in the grocery store checkout line more enjoyable when you have your best friend there with you. πŸ™‚

We hope your January was as eventful as ours and that you were able to find time to make memories and cherish the life that God has given you in the once in a lifetime moments as well as the daily ones just like we were. Thanks for catching up with us!

Much love & prayer,

Matt & Blair

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