It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted, and I feel like so much has happened! My parents sold, packed up, and moved out of our Houston home... they bought and began to move into a new home in Marblehead, MA... I turned 25... So, as the post's title indicates, there has been much to celebrate.
The move out of 11905 Heritage Lane was emotional for our family. We have a lot of memories in that house, but after 14 years, it was time to say goodbye. I'm thankful Andy and I were able to visit one last time this past June. I don't think it has really hit me that we won't be going "home" there ever again, but I learned from God a few years ago, when I was in college and didn't feel like I could call my dorm room "home"--I didn't feel like I had a lot of friends and didn't feel comfortable in my own room, that if I first make my home in the Lord, then I will be able to feel "at home" anywhere I go. This is a heart lesson that I'm sure I will draw on when we move ourselves out to Arizona! Anyway, my parents have always wanted a home in Marblehead, where my mom grew up and where most of her family still lives. The setting is gorgeous--an idyllic New England coastal town, rich in history and full of beauty. They finally settled on a home that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean--and that's a few houses down from where my mom grew up! Andy and I were able to help out a little bit as they began to unpack this past week through the weekend. Here are a couple pictures, one of the view from the deck and a picture of the back of the house, which faces the ocean...
|The Atlantic Ocean|
|Back of the house|
The whole family is excited to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas in the new house in a couple of months! We also celebrated my birthday last weekend, which is always fun :) It was a busy weekend... we went to the annual Pops on the Heights gala at BC, which we've been going to for the past 7 years. The Boston Pops play, and there is always a guest Broadway singer. The BC Chorale performs a few songs, too, so that was fun to see Victoria sing! We also tailgated before the BC v. VTech game, went to the game, and then I came home to a surprise party Andy had orchestrated for me (along with some of my faithful friends...)! It was a fun weekend! Unfortunately, I wasn't a very good photographer. I only have a few pictures from the tailgate and game.
|Chili, sandwiches, cornbread, pepperoni bread, fruit salad...|
|VTech blew out BC... oh well, it was still fun!|
|I wore an ASU shirt! shh... don't tell...|
As I write this, it's a chilly 47 degrees outside! Fall is really upon us! I love it. (Except for the fact that I can't find my black flats, so I have to wear sandals to church. Not fun.) I wanted to post about this Pumpkin Spice Granola I made last night because it filled our home with the most delicious of autumnal scents... You should try it! So easy to make.
|I put mine in little mason jars and made labels.|
|Wouldn't you want to receive this as a little gift? So cute!|
One last picture... I made this yummy and super easy skillet meal the other day, and I was just so excited about it. Skillet Chicken and Mexican Green Rice from Mel's Kitchen blog. We loved it! Another pretty healthy dish, especially if you replace the white rice with brown (but who wants brown rice in a Mexican dish?) Enjoy, if you make it!
|Everything goes in the pan, and the total cooking time is about 30 mins!|