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Vintage Fabric Two Layer Christmas Skirt | sewn by Happy Together
The past month was like a whirlwind for us. It was full of of Christmasy goodness and lots of cherished time with friends. I managed to make a Christmas skirt for miss J using some vintage material from my stash and a green lace I got from Hancocks. She was happy with it and she wore this to church the Sunday before Christmas and miss E wore her dress.

A Horse and Carriage Ride in Loisiana | happy together
We went on a carriage ride to look at lights with some of our friends. I seriously could not believe that horse pulled us all. It was a good time though and something we have wanted to do since moving here.

Christmas Wreath Making with Friends | happy together
We hosted the small group we attend at our church and I ended up taking the ladies into the garage to make wreaths. I went up to Lowes and got a ton of free tree trimmings. I made a garland to go around our garage, a wreath for our door, a centerpiece, and a few other decorations in our kitchen with the scraps, but I still had a ton left over. So an impromptu wreath making party it was!

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I also added little trimmings to random gifts we gave through out the month. I kept a jar of water in the garage filled with the trimmings to use. It was the perfect little touch.

A Simple Naked Cake | happy together
I made yet another naked cake for my friends birthday. I just love making cakes like this. They are so simple and then you can top it with whatever decorations you like. I picked some lovely flowers for this one and it made me excited thinking about spring….even though that is a bit aways still.

Winter Harvest of Radishes | happy together Winter Harvest of Kale | happy together
Our little winter garden has been good to us. We harvested a ton of radishes and the girls loved pulling them out of the ground. Our kale is growing and growing and I use it at least three times a week in our meals. I have never eaten so many greens in my life, but I can say I really feel a difference from eating more of this super food. I like to add it to soups and saute it by itself. It also goes well in smoothies. Always remove the stems to help get rid of the bitterness if you have never cooked with it before. I started a Pinterest board where I pin recipes I have tried and how it went if you would like to follow along.

Farmers Market Buy Local | happy together
I love growing our own food, but I also love supporting others who offer homegrown things we don’t grow at this point. I have made it our goal to attend a local farmers market once a week and make it a part of our grocery trip. Then we are eating and supporting local and getting what is in season. We also never know what we might find so it’s fun. This one week we even got some hand spun yarn! I am working on a little cardigan from miss J from that orange-red yarn right now. She loved seeing the pictures of the sheep the wool came from and is anxious to wear her cardigan made from it’s wool. Oh how that girl wants a farm :)

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The girls have also been loving their trampoline we got them for Christmas. What a great energy outlet it has become! The cold finally came to Louisiana, so they are waiting for the warmth to come back so they can enjoy it more. I on the other hand am enjoying some cooler weather for once ;)

-Jess

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day | happy together Today my youngest and I went with my husband to see him and many others take down the flags from the Avenue of Flags display here in Lake Charles, LA. It is a large collection of flags that have once laid across a soldier’s casket. It is a beautiful memorial set up on Veterans Day in honor of those that gave their life. It was touching and sobering to see those who came to find the flag that was for their spouse, friend, or family member. I’m very glad that our country has special days to help remind us of all the sacrifice that has happened so we can live in freedom. Thank you Veterans for all you have done. We honor you and remember you.

-Jess

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Chicken Day

Chicken Day | happy together
This morning we awoke at our usual time but scurried to get out the door a little bit earlier than usual for a special date. A date with some chickens. Which then turned out to also be a date with some bunnies and turtles too. Our friends own all of these animals and I asked if my girls could come over and help feed them one morning since they both love animals so very much. My girls were so excited they even skipped their breakfast this morning! Fortunately, my good friend had us covered and greeted us with fresh donuts and kolaches from a local bakery. Yum! Now, I want to talk a little bit about photography.

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I love pictures. I especially love taking pretty pictures. I have taught myself how to shoot in manual mode with raw files and have tried to find my editing style over the years. It’s hard teaching yourself sometimes, but am I ever so grateful for all the people who share their knowledge online. I knew this morning I wanted to really just try and get some fun shots of my girls having fun with the hope to print some out for their rooms. I used my Canon 7D and 32mm f/2 Canon lens. I was happy with the pics and challenged myself in the editing department this time. I would only edit in Lightroom (I have version 3….I know I need to upgrade! lol). I usually do a lot in Photoshop Elements 8 (yes, another one I should update as I think it’s up to 12 or something now). I had bought the VSCO film 1 a while ago because I loved the film look and decided to use that as main editing. I feel like I like the clean and bright sstyle when doing product/craft stuff, but tend to prefer the film or vintage feel on lifestyle photos. I even figured out the right way to export these to the size my blog needs and add a text watermark. It took me hardly anytime to edit a ton of pics! I was so happy. I think I will try this some more and learn more about using Lightroom, especially if I upgrade it. I’m going to go to bed now, so enjoy the rest of the pics. *And make sure to challenge yourself in an area you want to grow in this weekend.* -Jess

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Summer Birthdays

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
This past summer my girls each had their birthdays. Seven and three. They were simple birthday events as each on desired.

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Miss E is still young to really have too many ideas about a birthday party, but she helped pick out decorations (all from Target) and said she wanted an icecream cake.

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We celebrated just with our little family and took time to focus on her and let her open a few presents. Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Miss J on the other hand kept changing her mind about what she wanted. We went from a party at the bouncy house, to Micheal’s for a craft party, to a pool party, to traveling somewhere, etc. Finally she decided she wanted to invite only one of her friends over (so she came with her family). J picked out a cheesecake and I used some decorations I had. I found those green pinwheel fans at Walmart a while back for only $.29 for a pack of two! It must not have been a popular color lol. My mother in law sent some party supplies that matched perfectly. It worked out nice and she had a great time with her friend.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
I have a feeling next year might be more of a “party” kind of year, but we will see. I think it will depend if we move somewhere new where we don’t know anyone or get close to family/friends. I’m just glad that they don’t need to have things a certain way, that they can be content with whatever can be done. I look forward to this new year of their lives, to see them continue to grow up and flourish and bond more of a friendship with their sisterhood.

-Jess

10 on 10

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Time for 10 photos on the 10th (although late as usual…haha). Remember how I said my garden was mostly lost during our month long adventure? Well, my zinnias are at least still going strong! I’m loving all the pretty colors they are making. I used to not care for these flowers as much, but I have so much more appreciation for them now that I have seen how strong and hearty they are. And of course, they are pretty too.

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This past month was full, as always it seems to be these days. But I had one photo session that I had promised last year. It was for a lovely couple who’s to be wed in October. I will have to share some of those pics soon because they are just so pretty! And I just love “love” photos. You know? It’s fun to capture peoples “love” for them to keep forever.

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We have been working on some slow coming projects. I am working on finishing up a crocheted blanket. All that is left is making a bunch of big pom poms to put on the edges and then weave in all the ends. I can’t wait to have it finished. It’s the softest blanket ever! My hubby finished up our new kitchen table. Above is a sneak peak. I have always wanted something with lighter wood, so he made a new top to go on our old one and I helped by painting the table legs white and finishing the top. It’s so good to have a kitchen table back in place. The folding tables were okay, but nothing like a good solid table. Isn’t is lovely?

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We have also been busy ranking our top places we want to go next transfer season (if you are a new reader, my hubby is in the Coast Guard). We have been looking into all kinds of places. Even if we never make it to some spots, I feel a lot more educated about America to say the least.

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I helped put together this display at church for going back to school time. For that back banner, I taped two pieces of kraft paper together, glued on wide ruled paper, then taped on cardstock letters and painted over them. Super easy and makes a big impact! We highlighted the edges of the books and covered them with white papers so the colored edges stand out. Then we hung them with fishing wire to give the illusion that the books are floating in the air.

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We had another mini adventure to Grand Isle, LA too. Our friends offered for us to come on a mini trip with them, so we did! It was a lot of fun, even if it rained a ton. My girls had so much fun playing with their friends and catching frogs and crabs.

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Both my girls had their birthdays recently as well. Seriously, I really feel like time is flying fast with them now. 7 and 3. Crazy! I will have to share pics of our simple parties soon.

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And of course, I get in a thrifting trip every now and then! I was so excited to find this pretty vintage sheet (that I split with my friend) and this pretty gold frame. I’m slowly working on gathering what I want to create an art wall in our living room and I think this will fit in nicely. So there are some going ons with us recently. Miss J started school this week so we are having fun getting into a new routine. So far so good!

-Jess