Monday, December 26, 2011

All Year Long

We may have to keep these up all year long!  Seeing our friend's and family's faces simply makes our day, no matter the time of year! 
(Plus, it's a great way to distract from the bare side of our fridge)

We hope you had a blessed Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Peace on Earth

From our home to yours,
We wish you peace and joy this holiday season!

 Merry Christmas!

Showered with Love

At the beginning of December, I traveled up to Atlanta to help host a baby shower for my sister in law, Laura.  My brother Bryan and his wife Laura are expecting their first baby in February!  Everyone is pretty thrilled to welcome baby Melton into the world in a few months, or as he's sometimes referred to as: Milton Melton. (I think it totally works...don't you think?)

Hop on over to my photography blog, Hurst Photo to check out the rest! 

Thanksgiving @ the Hurst Home

We hosted Thanksgiving at our home for the second year in a row!  I love having our home filled with family and even more, I like having an excuse to spend days in my kitchen!

My favorite part about our little town are the Christmas lights!  They are strung from the top of City Hall to the surrounding buildings on the square. It's awesome! Heading downtown after Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite tradition of the year! Hands down.  (Check out last year's Thanksgiving here). 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Away from Home {in North Georgia}

I really want to share this year's Christmas details with you from around our home, but first I have some catching up to do from the past couple of months....

During the week of Thanksgiving, Alan and I traveled to North Georgia for a hiking and camping trip (I'll let the pictures do the talking). 

Our first stop: Amicalola Falls State Park

From there, we headed to the Appalachian Trail, where we set out on a hike.  I was looking forward to the view, but the fog had other ideas.
Come morning, the fog was still lingering, so we packed up camp and headed down the mountain.

Our next stop: Tallulah Gorge State Park

Next, we headed to Helen, GA, which ironically looks exactly like a little German town. Weird and quirky, but great fun! 
We had a delicious pizza for lunch, and I ate quite possibly the most delicious dark chocolate turtle with sea salt.  I really need to try to recreate it! Yep, it sounds odd, but it's delicious. 

From Helen, we drove over to the base of Mt. Yonah and started our hike. I was thankful there wasn't any fog when we finally made it to the top! 
On our way down the mountain, we came across several Ranger platoons in training.  It was fun to watch them tackle the mountain...and, we were thankful to have already made it to the top! 
If you ever get the chance to visit North Georgia, do it!  It's simply beautiful! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Catching Up and Giving Thanks

I painted this pumpkin before Halloween.  
It was on display on our back steps until I threw it away. 
2 days ago. 

Yep, that's how life has been as of late. 
Or, as of last time I posted. Back in September.

Not much has been happening around our home since I have been working hard getting my photography website up and running!
Check it out here:

I am so proud of it and am excited for others to see and use it!

I am so thankful for the time I have had with family in the past few months and I'm excited to share all of our adventures with you!

Hopefully I can figure out this whole full-time work - part-time photography business - giving our home some love and blogging about it here - thing! 

I hope you're enjoying the holiday season!

Two years ago today we were in New York City getting married! I am so thankful for my fedora-wearing husband and the home we have made over the past two years!

This picture makes me cold, since we am currently enjoying 75 degree weather here in South Georgia.  We sat outside for lunch today (and I wore sandals).

Cheers to marriage!
We wish you a Merry Christmas!