it all started with a meow outside my parent’s window. and after a bit of a struggle to catch the tiny stray, there was a photo posted on facebook. the sweetest yellow + white kitten, who was in need of a good home. I instantly commented “[J] will take him!”. and the rest is pretty much history.
he joined our little family on friday. and we’ve been on kitten cloud 9 since.
granted our wedding planning has come to a screeching halt. when we’re at home, he wants to play or cuddle as close to our faces as possible. making it hard to do just about anything. but we’re suckers for him already. and can’t help but give in.
see more on instagram // especially the shot of him cuddling with [J] our first morning together. that’s when he really stole my heart.
so my absence was strictly because I’ve been spending all my free time enjoying our new bundle.
after 5 days in chicago, [J] & I are back home in des moines.
unfortunately our very unexpected trip was not for the happiest of occasions.
we celebrated the wonderful life of [J]’s grandfather.
my immediate reaction when I learn someone I deeply care about passed away is my own sadness. how much I’ll miss them, in my life. but I eventually gain a better perspective. celebrating their life. [J]’s grandfather was the happiest man. he dearly loved his family and would do anything for them. he wasn’t the best joke teller, but could always make you laugh. and there is no doubt in my mind, he lived every day to the fullest. so even though our hearts are heavy, you can’t help but smile and hope to achieve the happiness & success he had in his life.
we drank our way though chicago with family. dedicating each toast to grandpa [J].
here are a couple shots from our visit to eataly chicago & a quick stop at antique archaeology on our road trip home.
to see more of our trip, stop by LLinaBC’s facebook + instagram.
[including a stop at the most amazing donut shop, glazed & infused].
I can’t focus. I am so excited. [J] + I are traveling to chicago this afternoon, to spend the weekend. the city is so beautiful this time of year. and there are so many amazing holiday activities to enjoy.
[don’t let it snow on our road trip. please].
in other exciting news, I was browsing instagram this morning and stumbled upon this gem from a fellow blogger. all 3-wick candles from bath & body works are $8 in store today only! [they’re regularly $20]. their holiday scents will immediately bring christmas to your house. they’re amazing.
now for the week in photos, according to instagram.
it’s been quite cold around these parts. it’s all about the layers. and this extremely warm coat.
[J] got quite creative with the landscaping around his gingerbread house.
and I was channeling the north pole + santa claus.
this shot christmas decorations.
working on a DIY project that I’m very excited about. it’ll be up on all things E blog next week!
snapshot from my morning.
[*editor’s note: do not ask why I have a coffee mug from the view. I really don’t know. I have never even watched the show].
it is time to begin packing!
come on the trip with me instagram + twitter.