Monday, March 17, 2014

Sporty Casual, With Camo, Of Course

Sporty Casual, University of Redlands top
Top: University of Redlands Bookstore, Jeans: Express (similar), Belt: Express, Shoes: Converse, Bow: c/o Bows for Baja, Clutch: c/o Virginia Bluebell Couture, Ring: c/o Emitations
Sporty Casual, Camouflage Print Bow, Bows for Baja
Virginia Bluebell Couture Clutch, Handmade clutch
Sporty Casual, University of Redlands top
Camouflage Bow, Bows for Baja
Sporty Casual, University of Redlands top

I can't seem to get beyond the jeans and t-shirt phase when I have a day off—so what you see is what you get! There isn't a better way, in my opinion, to spend the weekend out running errands, doing yardwork, taking a neighborhood bike ride, etc., than when it's spent in a casual & sporty outfit. It's just too easy.

University of Redlands—did you know I attended that college during my freshman year in 2006? (I transferred to Boise State to join their cheer team afterward). What a beautiful campus that was... and the friends—man, how I miss them! My dad picked up this t-shirt for me last time he was down there, and I love it. This is my favorite fit for a t-shirt—v-neck and super-soft.

The clutch I'm carrying is made by Kelli of Virginia Bluebell Couture. I've worked with Kelli in the past and her items and quality never cease to amaze me. Plus, to score a completely custom & practical clutch for around $20 is just ridiculous... such a good deal.

Last but not least for today, the camouflage bow was made by my friend Kelsey. She goes to my church and began Bows for Baja to help raise money for mission trips and the Uganda Relief Effort by selling the most adorable handmade bows. When Kelsey asked me if I'd like to introduce you guys to Bows for Baja, I knew which one I wanted to feature—the camo one! Because it just makes sense, right? Anyway, if you guys love cute bows for you, for men's bow ties, or even as an accessory for your kids, please consider supporting Bows for Baja. What a great cause by a very good friend of mine!

Oh, and Happy St. Patty's Day. I've got my green covered in the camo bow, so no pinching me today!

Friday, February 14, 2014

All Love, No Expectations

Happy Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day With No Expectations, Valentine's Day Heart Balloon

Happy Valentine's Day!

Also known as... the day of expectations. The day filled with kisses, showers of candy, presents, bows, wish lists, pink & red, love, puppies, jewelry, and oodles of gushy, romantic Hallmark cards.

Obviously Valentine's Day isn't my favorite holiday. I wouldn't say I dislike it by any means, I just don't typically choose to go all-out and celebrate it.

I think it's because I've been that girl too many times in my life. That girl who gives people expectations of what they're supposed to give me or how they're supposed to act on this "special day." That girl who has broken up with not one, but TWO boyfriends on V-day (... terrible, I know). That girl who felt "disappointed" when the day didn't go as planned. That girl who is absolutely no fun to be around whatsoever.

So a few years ago, I decided to stop being that girl—because truly, she was miserable, even for me to deal with!

These days, I take each day as it comes. I'm learning to worry less and be a little more carefree. I'm learning to let go of expectations. I'm living how I want to live, not necessarily how the media/culture these days says I should live. I've found a happy place and it's so great to finally be here.

Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day. Wishing you lots of love—without all the expectations—on this truly special day. Aren't they all? ♥

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

2014, Christmas Tree Twinkle Lights

Hello 2014! Nice to meet you!

Last night, we joined a few couples for games, good food, and lots of laughter. We went all out and turned in around 11pm. As the clock struck midnight, I was laying in bed, reading my daily Bible verses and reflecting over the amazing year I had just experienced. I listened to the kids blowing their kazoos outside in the cold, the fireworks echoing in our neighborhood, and just closed my eyes to take in the moment. 2014 was here.

Last year, I made 5 resolutions—and to be honest—I didn't stick with a single one of them (except for maybe kicking butt at the gym... marathon training was one of my favorite parts of 2013!). So this year, instead of psyching myself out with resolutions and setting myself up with goals & wishes & hopes for the future—I'm just going to focus on one thing—growing as a person.

2014 is going to bring some big changes, big trials (Air Force Basic Training, anyone?), and so many chances for me to take steps toward the amazing future that lies ahead of me as a wife, a woman of God, a hard worker, and hey... maybe even a mom. I don't know all that I'll face in this new year, but I'm embracing all of you, 2014. Let's do it.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013

Aunie Sauce 2013

When 2013 rolled around the corner, I thought I had just experienced my best year ever—2012. It was a pretty awesome year. And then 2013 hit me with a fierceness that swept me off my feet for a wild ride... and I enjoyed every minute of it. Here were some of the biggest highlights:
  1. I flew to San Francisco in January to begin my 6-month adventure as the Yes To Stylista with Yes To, Inc.
  2. I got baptized in February.
  3. I went from my natural dark blonde to brunette in March, and then switched it up again in August when I cut off 12 inches and donated it to charity.
  4. Daniel & I took several vacations, including trips to: Palm Desert, Whidbey Island & Seattle, McCall, and even went camping for the first time!
  5. I ran 4 races with my mom, including: the Famous Idaho Potato Half Marathon, the Sawtooth Relay, the City of Trees Marathon (my first full marathon!), and the Zeitgeist Half Marathon.
  6. Daniel and I bought a house in September.
  7. I joined the Idaho Air National Guard in November.
2013, thank you. In the time I knew you, I grew so much as a person... more than I ever thought possible. You brought me trials & tears, success, happiness, and some of my favorite memories. 2013—what a year.

2014... see you tomorrow. Happy New Year's Eve!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Tidings of Great Joy Christmas Card, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! This is our 2013 Christmas card... I can't wait to gather these over the years & display them in a lovely little Christmas album. My family's tradition was to take photos with Santa each year (this was our 28th year!). Daniel & I are starting our own tradition with our little 5x7 Christmas cards. It's one of our favorite holiday pastimes to browse through our Christmas album and talk about the outfits, the photos, the memories—oh, the memories! Here's to new memories in the making...

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Love ♥ The Rowe's

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving


I feel like every day is Thanksgiving on this blog. I am always feeling thankful for something... so today I'll just share 13 of the things I'm thankful for at this moment.

I'm thankful for...
  1. Daniel. I can't say it enough. Sunday is our one-year anniversary (already!) and we have a little weekend getaway planned. He is the most supportive, encouraging, uplifting man. I'm a lucky woman.
  2. My family & Daniel's family. I couldn't do it without them.
  3. Our home. 
  4. Heat... we woke up this morning and our thermostat is dead. It's 27 degrees in Meridian and our house is getting colder and colder by the minute. Of course this happens on a holiday, right? So at the moment, I'm sitting bundled in front of the computer typing this with frigid fingers.
  5. Green bean casserole. Looking forward to enjoying that this evening! 
  6. Time spent with my sister! She came to town for a big gala with my mom, and we got to do a girl's night last night. So wonderful.
  7. 24-hour gyms. We'll be on the way to ours on the Air Guard base here soon! 
  8. Prayer.
  9. Answers to prayers!
  10. Open doors.
  11. Days off from work.
  12. Love & friendship (and new, growing friendships—Andi, that's you!)
  13. This coming Monday, so I can share what the heck has been going on in my life! 
Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I'm especially thankful for all of you. ♥

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank You, Veterans

Idaho Air National Guard

Today is the official day to celebrate and remember our veterans, though I am thankful for them every single day. They protect us and our country with honor, perseverance, strength, and hearts to serve others. Each service member sacrifices so much to carry this honor for our country, and I'm so thankful for each and every one of you.

Much of my family is in the military. Daniel is a Tech Sergeant and recruiter for the Idaho Air National Guard and will hit his 11-year mark in January. His brother Adam is also in the Guard, his brother Ian used to be in the Guard, and their Uncle Lenny is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant who used to work on nuclear missiles. Updated to add, thanks to Aunt Linda: Daniel also has three other uncles who are in the military as well. His Uncle Bob, who just recently passed away, was a Marine, his Uncle Bill served in the Army, and his Uncle Mike was a Marine in Vietnam and was presented the Congressional Medal of Honor by the president. He single-handedly took out a cave full of snipers in Vietnam to save his men. He is still active in Veteran Honor Guard and other activities.

On my side of the family, I have several relatives who are in the Army. My uncle is a retired Colonel who was the Commandant at both West Point and the Citadel. He also worked at the Pentagon for sometime. He commanded troops in Desert Storm, Iraq, Germany, Bosnia, and Korea. He is so amazing. I also have five cousins (one is retired) and two cousins' husbands in the Army. I am so thankful for each one of them and the service they provide to our country.

If you're a veteran—thank you. Thank you for giving up so much for us & our country. Today, I salute you.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The 4th

Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade

Oh, the 4th of July. One of my favorite days of the year. It was so fun being able to spend it on Whidbey Island with my family this year. It's been our family tradition for ages and ages, so to take Daniel back to it was just a blessing.

My grandparents were the grand marshals of the Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade (read the news article about them here), so this year—instead of just attending the parade—the entire family joined my behind my grandparents and walked in it! After the parade, they had the annual raising of the flag ceremony, and my cousins (who are both in the Army) were chosen to perform it. It was amazing.

Immediately after the flag raising, the games began! Each year, Maxwelton holds races and games in their small baseball field that the entire community gets to participate in. They have a foot race, a 3-legged race, a sack race and an egg toss. Me—being the ultra-competitive girl I am—had to do each one. The races are broken out by gender and age category, starting with the 3 and under babies and going up in 2-year increments all the way to the 16 and older crowd. When they called for the 16 and older women for the foot race, you can bet I was out there. I ran in my tank top, shorts and bare feet. We made the 50-or-so-yard dash across the field and I won (though, to be fair, I was only competing against 10 or so other women)! Right after that, my sister and I lined up for the 3-legged race, and we won that as well. In the next race—the sack race—I convinced my sister to do it with me, and I took first place and she took second. One year—in the sack race—I wore a dress and ended up flashing everyone because I fell over the finish line... I never have made the mistake of wearing a dress to the games since! Anyway, we swept those darn games, if I do say so myself! Afterward, there was the egg toss and Daniel and I weren't so lucky to make it too far in that one—our egg cracked on my hand in the 3rd round and we were out. Bummer.

After the games & celebration, we went back to my uncle's cabin for a day of barbecue, stories, and relaxation. We finished the evening surrounding a campfire on the beach, roasting marshmallows, and watching the fireworks light up the sky above our heads. It was a perfect day.

I left my camera at home on the 4th—not wanting to tote it around with me—so we can thank my mom for taking all these fun (and possibly embarrassing) photos. Captions can be found below photos. Enjoy!

Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade
The article in the South Whidbey Record about my grandparents. Aren't Nanny and Papa adorable? I just love them.
Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade
My cousin's husband Tony (on the left) and my cousin Patrick with their two little girls. 
Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade
Nanny and Papa—decked out in red, white and blue—for their grand marshal entrance.
Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade
My cousins performing the raising of the flag. Source.
Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade
Sack race victory! I won the foot race & sack race, and Marn and I took home the blue ribbon in the 3-legged race! Also, after seeing this photo, we both decided that maybe sack racing just isn't for us. 
Maxwelton Beach 4th of July Parade
Stoked about the win! We were 3-legged race champs!
Maxwelton Beach
S'mores by the bonfire before the fireworks.
Maxwelton Beach
Enjoying the bonfire on Nanny and Papa's beach. The one-story home directly behind us was theirs for years and years. Now, my uncle owns it! 

I don't get to visit Whidbey as often as I'd like, but now do you see why I love it so much? I feel so at ease on Whidbey, surrounded by my loved ones, and just take every minute to soak it all in. I think it's safe to say that after this visit, Daniel will want to go back a lot more often. Not only did he love Whidbey, but Whidbey and my family sure loved him.

Washington Trip 2013 Posts:
Whidbey Island │ Maxwelton Beach │ The 4th │ Pike Place Market │ Seattle

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Be Our Valentine


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013.

Jacket: The North Face // Scarf: Burlington Coat Factory // Mittens: Target

Well, hello 2013.

Last night we celebrated the end of 2012 with margaritas, homemade Cincinnati Chili, and the banging of a whole set of pots and pans out on the deck of the McCall cabin.
Thank you, Dad & Karen for a wonderful night filled with games, laughter & family fun.

Now it's time to make the trek back to Boise and get this new year off to a great start... with some good old-fashioned 8-5 work.
Oh, joy.

But... I can't kick 2013 off with a bang without some resolutions, now can I?
Here we go:
  1. Balance. Learn the balance between yes and no. I used to always say "yes," and now I usually tend to say "no." It's time to learn to use both.
  2. Stress less. Period.
  3. Kick butt at the gym more often. None of that "lose X amount of pounds" garbage. Just kick butt at the gym.
  4. Keep those eyelashes & eyebrows long and healthy. No more pulling!
  5. Journal.
2013, I think I'm going to like you. Yes, indeed.

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012


2012. I'm pretty sure it was the best year of my entire life. And it was all documented right here for you to see...  falling in love with the best guy ever, getting saved, getting engaged, Daniel got his dream job, we got married, we got a dog... needless to say, 2012 was awesome.

Looking back, I thought it would be fun to round up the most popular (clicked by you) posts of 2012. I know I have my favorites, but you can always see those here. Enjoy!
  1. Curl Your Hair Without Heat
  2. The Trich Post
  3. The Saucy Girl
  4. 3 Words.
  5. THE WEDDING
  6. Different.
  7. Engagement Photos: Part 1
  8. Our Engagement Story
  9. Hi. My Name is Annelise. I have Tricholtillomania.
  10. The Topsy Tail Twist
2013... we'll see you tomorrow! Happy New Year's Eve!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holly Jolly Christmas

Scarf: c/o Kintage

Yesterday was lovely. We spent time with both of our families and enjoyed the best eggs Benedict and Sour Skittles we've ever had. Despite our promise to each other of "no presents," Daniel is the proud owner of an awesome new (and huge) candle, and I'm cruising around in some new neon orange & gray Nike's.

In our last photo, we had taken a similar one the year before. I love looking back on the years before and seeing how we've changed.

One Christmas tradition we started this year is to keep one of our 5x7 holiday cards that we mail out. I plan on making 5x7's and saving one for our album each year so that we can look back and laugh at all the past memories. One of my favorite holiday books is our family Santa photo album. We have 26-years of Santa photos. It's a treat, I tell you.

And though we didn't have a white Christmas here in Boise, it's sure snowing today. But I'll be safe & cozy since I'll be at work instead of hustling in and out of stores to snag the good deals... though we all know I'd rather be curled up by the fireplace with a big cup of cocoa.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS.


Merry Christmas!
Love ♥ The Rowe's & our ugly Christmas sweaters

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Time Is Here.

Sweater: Francesca's // Earrings: Premier Design // Headband: gift

Merry Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the entire year. Since my parents are separated, we usually go to my Dad's and have Cincinnati Chili and margaritas on Christmas Eve. It's usually a party (with the 5 of us who attend—my dad, his girlfriend, me, Daniel & my brother), and we always cap off the evening with the full house singing "White Christmas" along with Bing and the rest of the crew at the end of the movie White Christmas. This year however, my dad is in Seattle, spending the last couple days with my 90-year-old grandpa, Far Far, who was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and who wasn't given much time in the prognosis. Far Far, we love you, and we wish we could make the trip over. We're praying for you and Grandma.

Tomorrow, we'll be celebrating with my mom and family in the morning, and Daniel's family in the evening. I'm looking forward to sitting by the fireside, cups of hot cocoa, and laughs with family. Oh—and hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

My favorite Christmas soundtrack is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Today, I'm singing "Christmas Time is Here," over and over in my head. I love the soft melodies and soothing rhythm of that album. Somehow, it helps bring a peace over any trouble that's in my way... after all, it is Christmas Time.

"Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year


Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share


Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there


Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year..."

-Christmas Time is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving

Photos: Taylor Love Studios // Scarf: Burlington Coat Factory // Jacket: Macy's // Flats: Target

I'm thankful for:
  • Hot chocolate.
  • Turkey Bowl football this morning with family & church friends.
  • Getting married in 9-days.
  • Unexpected surprises. The sweetest girl ever, Cat, who lives in Australia sent Daniel and I a wedding present after seeing our names listed on a registry when she was looking for a gift for a friend. When it arrived, I wasn't sure who it was from, because it said Catherine in Australia. Then I thought about it and remembered my reader/blog friend Cat and emailed her, just to see. Her response? "You've given me so much joy with your posts, that I would give you a little back." Thank you, Cat! I totally cried.
  • All the people volunteering to help on our wedding day.
  • Bridesmaids & best friends (even the one who can't make it—love you, Ash!).
  • Christmas music.
  • Good care for my grandpa, Far Far, who is in the hospital in Seattle.
  • The health of my friends & loved ones.
  • Family—all under one big roof.
  • New opportunities (thanks Yes To Carrots team!).
  • Happiness.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

halloWEAN


It's October 31st.
Halloween.

I won't lie and tell you that I haven't celebrated this holiday before.
In fact, last year I dressed up as a dead person and was horribly "sick" the next day.
And that's all I need to say about that.

This year, I'm doing it differently.
No dressing up.
No handing out candy.
No pumpkin carving.
No spooky home decor.

Sure, I'm dressed in all black today, but not creepy all black.
I'm listening to "Halloween Party" on Pandora.
I'm volunteering at a Christian harvest carnival this evening.
But I'm not celebrating Halloween.

It's amazing the twists and turns my life has taken since last year.
As I told you, in 2011, I went as a dead person... a DEAD PERSON!
This year, I'm so alive.

If you'd like an interesting perspective on the topic of Halloween, read this post.
For another perspective, read this post.

Now—I would never judge anyone for celebrating Halloween, for dressing up, or for having fun tonight.
But I'll be having a different kind of fun.
An "in the world, but not of the world" kind of fun.
And boy, it feels so good.

Happy Hallowean!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The 4th


Happy 4th of July my saucy friends.
Today is a day of remembrance.
Virtue.
Courage.
Pride.
INDEPENDENCE...

... And boating.
Eating cheeseburgers at the marina.
Playing 10 Penny.
Drinking margaritas.
Watching fireworks over the Payette Lake.
Grumpy Old Men marathons.
And good old celebration and making memories with family.

I love the U S of A.

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