Monday, January 5, 2015


The past few weeks have been a nice reprieve from normal life.  No set schedules, hanging out with family and friends, and making sure I didn't miss any of the Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies.

Against his will, we dressed Mr. Maisy up in a Santa suit on Christmas Eve.  He's none too pleased in this photo, but I think he looks quite dapper.

A few weeks before Christmas, we went to see a local band, Holmes Street, at Coda.  They were awesome.  I loved their mix of current songs and oldies that made up the perfect dance mix.  They play at Coda the 3rd Friday of every month, so if you're in the Kansas City area, be sure to check them out.

Since we needed a breather after dancing the night away the night before, we went to see St. Vincent at a local theater that still has all its charming retro decor.  In fact, my parents used to go to this theater on dates when they were in high school.  It may have been the smell of the popcorn there that gave Wade the idea that we need a popcorn machine in our home.  We're planning on opening up the carnival this summer:)

Christmas day was really relaxing this year.  We had a leisurely breakfast, opened up presents for a while, and then ate some more.  Even Mr. Maisy got in on the action.

Wade got a very special pin.  Anyone remember where this pin is from?  It's the highest owner I could bestow.

My mom used the glasses and napkins she received as wedding presents.  I love these all black goblets.  They make things feel even fancier.

No Christmas is complete without making cookies.  You can kind of tell that one looks like the face of a bunny.  Kind of.

After Christmas, we went to Iowa to visit Wade's brothers.  We got some bowling in, although I was not nearly as good as the last time we went, and had a great time catching up.
Wade celebrated his birthday there and was a-ok with turning another year older.

And this pretty girl is just the sweetest ever and makes even chilly days so much fun.

It seems so strange to me that the year is 2015.  It seems like some sort of futuristic time when we should have hover cars and hotels on Mars.  Maybe I said the same thing last year, though.  

2014 was a good year, but I'm really looking forward to 2015.  I've been thinking about resolutions, but don't have any real concrete ideas.  I just want to have patience, be kind, and do the things that fill my soul with love and whimsy.  Well, those sound a lot like resolutions, so I'll just say that those are mine.

Hope you had a wonderful end to 2014 and are having a great start to the new year!!

I'm linking up with Meg's Mingle Monday today:)


  1. Your little family is the cutest! It looks like your last couple of weeks have been fun-filled and great! What kinds of things does the Rio show? Is it a movie theater or a play/show theater? Oh and I definitely understand about the popcorn! We have a mini carnival in my house too! Popcorn, cotton candy, and three candy machines! Hope you are having a great Monday Kari! Happy 2015!!!!

  2. Love the Santa costume, so cute! It looks like a great holiday :)

  3. Those are great resolutions! Mr. Maisy looks very handsome in his Santa suit

  4. How CUTE is you fam photo with Mr. Maisy? (Too funny that "she" turned out to be a he! I love it.)
    So glad you had a good holiday break- I cannot believe it's 2015, either. So bizarre- definitely seems like a crazy future time.

    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. aw so fun! i totally want a popcorn machine now. i really wanted a whirly pop or whatever its called but my husband said no (rude). i like your goals - everyone can stand to be more patient and kind!

  6. What lovely photos, it looks like you had a wonderful time. The Christmas table is absolutely beautiful. Wishing Wade a belated happy birthday, and wishing you both a very happy and successful 2015. CJ xx

  7. Love all of the fun pictures! I like your "resolutions" too. Those are good daily reminders to help enjoy the moment and not just blaze through life as we only have one.

  8. Bunnyyyyyyyy! OMG - the pic with the Santa Suit is my fave... Looking dapper, Mr. Maisy! ;) XO

  9. MR. Maisy! I still can't get over that. How is he handling it all? ;) Your goals couldn't be more perfect.

    p/s the frosting on those cookies literally had me salivating...yum.

  10. I was laughing so much about Mr. Maisy in the car when I read your email that I had to let Scott and my Dad in on the revelation. Love the name change! Those cookies look pretty good to me. I wish I could have one now. I imagine them doughy and warm. Your Christmas celebrations seem so cozy and that popcorn popper is awesome! You won't even have to feel that guilty if you leave some popcorn in there for a week or more. That will only make it more authentically like movie theatre popcorn!

  11. You two are so darn cute - and MR. Maisy, so funny! Looks like you had an amazing holiday! xx

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  13. Looks like you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break, as it should be. I'm loving all of these pictures you shared. Mr. Maisy seems like quite the trooper, and he really makes me want a bunny. Is he litter box trained?
    I hope your 2015 is absolutely wonderful!


  14. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Maisy! I love that we now have to call him MR!

  15. Looks like you had such a lovely Christmas, friend!! How fun to spend time with family, and I love your mom's cute table settings!


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