Friday, February 20, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

I can't believe I'm at 30 weeks! It seems like this pregnancy has just flown by! I was just looking at a picture of myself at 16 weeks, and how big I felt then...but looking at myself now...there is such a huge difference. I've really popped out!

Artsy photo credit to me. Aw yeah.

It's strange, but now that I'm at my hugest with a little over 20 lbs of weight gain, I feel the most beautiful. Just knowing that I have a little guy growing inside of me, it empowers me so much as a woman. Feeling him move and respond to my pokes and prods, it's always so mesmerizing, I can never truly believe that I have a little human in there. Depending on me and already making me feel like a real Mom. 

Mom. Wow, it's such a weighted word, a scary word to think of yourself as, when you are uncertain of what kind of Mom you will be...but I'm so excited for my new role...

We have started our childbirth preparation classes! I have to say, I was really kind of dreading them, but the instructor is very informative, and she also brings humor to what we are talking about, which really puts me at ease. The breathing techniques are a little hard to get used to, but practicing is never a bad idea. And I was kind of embarrassed about how little I knew about the human body when she did a little anatomy lesson the first week, and just the whole process of giving birth. It really is fascinating to know how my body helps me on the inside during labor. Like it's not all up to me pushing and working, my baby is too, and so are my insides haha. That puts me more at ease as well, knowing that as long as I focus on breathing and doing my part, my body can help me with the rest...

Little Lincoln is about the size of a butternut squash right now, and he is very active still. He is most active at night when I relax. One night I could feel his feet/arms moving across my stomach, and we were able to poke back and forth with each other! It was so cool! The leg cramps/tired nights/back ache/acid reflux has been going full force the last week...but there's really no reason to be overly dramatic about it. I knew it would happen sometime. Just maybe not like, every night? Cool?

Knowing I only have 10 weeks left is a little( a lot )scary, but I'm just trying to focus on doing and eating what's best for my baby.

Thanks again for coming along on this journey with me. Only a few more weeks until I can plaster his sweet little face all over every media outlet available to me lol

~Grace Abigail

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The 10 Minute Morning Makeup Dash

I know we've all had those lazy mornings where we linger a little too long in bed, we wait until the last possible annoying snooze goes off, and then begrudgingly drag our tired booties out of bed, only to come to the realization that, Crap, I have no time to get ready!

Well, this has recently been me on most mornings. Well, almost every morning...I just don't like waking up, okay? My bed is just too comfy. I've never been much of a bright eyed and bushy tailed person, and because of this, I think I really have perfected my 10 minute makeup dash. After I've taken my quick shower and thrown my hair into a messy bun, these are the products and the routine that helps me get out the door that much faster!

Maybelline Baby Skin/ Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream/ Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair/ Real Techniques Blush Brush/ Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium/ L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara/ Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso/ NYC Eye Shadow Trio in Central Park Plums/ Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Honey

Here's my team! I usually start with the base fo' my face, y'all. After I slather on some moisturizer, I apply some Baby Skin primer. This product is supposed to be used to blur pores, but honestly, my skin has been so dry lately, this little guy really smooths and primes hehe my face for whatever foundation/BB cream, so that when I do apply that, the product doesn't get stuck on my dry patches. I really like the Maybelline BB Cream! It matches nicely with my regular skin tone, so I don't have to do a lot of blending, because I only have about 8 minutes left here! Next, I apply this Fit Me Concealer in a triangle shape underneath my eyes, and blend it in with my middle fingers. This concealer is super creamy as well, so it doesn't get cakey, and adds that extra moisture I really need in this dry cold weather.

After my face is done, I move on to my blush. This peachy/coral Milani Baked Blush is so highlighting and adds that extra brightness so I look refreshed and heavenly like, when in reality, I'm super grumpy still. I just wanted to add in that I have been using this Real Techniques brush as well! It's so soft and really blends out my blushes, instead of making them look splotchy! After my cheeks are done, I do a couple swipes of the Benefit Gimme Brow. The little fibers in the brush really add some extra drama to my brows, and I honestly think that filling in my brows makes me look like I actually tried in the morning, but really, it's not that hard to even do! It literally takes maybe 1 minute to do both brows with this thing. 

When I'm really feeling like I need some extra shimmer on the lids, I apply the pink shade in the NYC trio palette on my inner corners and brow bone, and then I add the middle taupe/brown color to my crease and blend that out. Just to add some depth to my lids. After my eyes are done, and I've curled my lashes, I apply a few layers on the L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. This stuff is awesome! It really grabs every lash and separates them to bulk them up.

And then...if I have any time left, my favorite lip product right now has to be the Revlon Balm Stain in Honey. It's just a nice plumy/pinky balm that you can add a few layers to, so it will be more dramatic, or just one layer can be enough to give you an extra bit of color in the morning. Love, love, love!

...And then you're done! Boom. Grab your coat, purse, shoes, snacks, and run out the door cuz you are ready to get it going, girl!

I wish you guys luck in all of your frantic morning, makeup dashes...now if I could only train myself to go to bed earlier, so I wouldn't have to rush in the morning... * sigh *


~Grace Abigail

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Happy day after Valentine's Day day, my dears! Or, as I like to call it, 50% off CHOCOLATE DAY!!! I hope all of you had a wonderful Saturday, and whether you had a lover to share the night with or not, I hope you did something to show someone you love them...cuz that's what this lil' Holiday should really be about, right?

So, I'm never really one to gush and brag about something, but Valentine's Day is usually the day where I just have to brag about my husband Kyle. He's always been the more romantic one between the two of us. I mean, I can dish it out once in awhile, but he's the kind of man that really shows me how much he loves me all year round, not just for one day in February...So come yesterday morning, I get up to make myself some coffee, and I walk out into our living room, and he has set up a freaking scrap booking station!

Just so no one is confused, he got an album for baby girls, but he picked it because I love owls, and he figured we could use it for just pictures of us. We are still having a boy, lol.

He bought all the supplies for us to do this together. He printed out pictures of us, bought scrap booking papers and stickers and ribbons, and even wrote a little poem and placed it next to everything. UGH I MEAN...It was such a thoughtful gesture, because we are honestly the worst at documenting things that we do together. I mean, we both looked really nice yesterday, but, not one picture was taken! So for him to take the initiative to get everything so we could actually have a physical copy of our memories, was beyond thoughtful. I'm so glad that we'll have this now, because what are we going to do when our kids ask us for pictures of us when we were younger? Are we gonna open the old Facebook machine and click through everything? I'm sure that will be outdated 15 years from now at least...


Also, he wrote this on the bathroom mirror, and also sang me a song on the guitar he had written later on that day....STOP BEING SO CUTE AND NICE, GAWD KYLE.


Also, just so that you all don't think I didn't do anything for him...this is the card I made. I always like to make homemade cards for Holidays, gives it that extra something special...I also wrote a nice little letter on the back that made him tear up. Score.

Later on in the day, we braved the incredibly freezing wind to go to lunch with his Mom and Grandma, had a nice chat with them, and went back home and promptly took a nap. Haha, we're wild, I tell ya. 

* drool * What was left of my piece of pie before I even thought of taking a picture of it lol

Instead of going out to a fancy dinner, us homebodies decided to stay home and make dinner ourselves, and since it was so cold outside, I'm so glad we did. We turned on all the space heaters and sweated it out lol. The menu for the night was steak, roasted garlic potatoes, a fresh spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado, and peanut butter pie for dessert. Loooord, that pie was basically heaven! I used this super easy recipe I found on Pinterest, and it literally made my night. The way to my heart is good food. Done. 

We ended the night with watching Wanderlust( with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston ) and we had so much fun watching it! Hilarious movie full of hippie communes, Paul Rudd weirdness, and some awkward nudity, haha! It wasn't really a super mushy, romantic movie, but that's kind of us. We usually go for ridiculous comedies and sci-fi...heh, nerds!

And that's what we did! Not really extravagant, but it was a day full of love and happiness. I really lucked out with my man...

Love you guys!


~Grace Abigail

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Links of Awesome #12

Hello my dear friends, today I've made another little list of awesome shiz I've found on the Internet. I haven't done one of these in a looong while...so let's get to the fun and pretty things!

Eeeep! So cute. source

K, so, this girl is totally looking badass. Serious hair envy happening. source

Loving this little man's style source

OMG this illustration of Hermione is amazing! Does anyone know the source?

Spongebob is da best. source


- I really like what this girl has to say about blogging!

- This Tikka Masala recipe looks delicious. Plus, it's for the crock pot! Score!

- Oh my gluuurb!!! This amazingly talented artist has a YouTube channel where she draws cute cute cuuuute things! Obsessed.

- I want this cloud pillow. For Lincoln of course, not just for me....duh.

- I'm going to be updating my phone soon, possibly to a iPhone 5 or something(yes, I still have a lil' iPhone 4s)...and I'm currently on the hunt for a new pretty phone case. I like thisthis, and let's not forget about this one!

- I really like this little list of different dates to go on during the colder months...I'm especially into the dessert crawl idea.

- Not that I can wear it right now, but this modcloth dress really is making me excited for springtime! Also from modcloth, this Doctor Who cream and sugar set is literally calling my name. Graaaace...Graaaaacceeeee.....

- Watching lifestyle vlogs is my guilty pleasure. This month I recently found this London family who are just the loveliest of people to watch. The video diary that they produce each week is on such a high level of artistic beauty, it truly is inspiring. And they do it all so that they can have a record of events to show to their son when he gets older!


~Grace Abigail

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 26 Weeks

That's totally my husband's t-shirt, hehe

Hello friends! Time for a little preggo update! I'm six months along right now, and I have to say, this is the best time yet in the pregnancy. My little man is squirming and kicking and poking to his hearts desire every day and it's a constant reminder of how super crazy and ridiculous this whole growing life thing is!

Baby and Mommy's Development?: Little Lincoln is about 2 lbs now, and about the size of an eggplant. That seems real big, right? It certainly feels like he's losing some room in there. Like I said earlier, he's in the stage where he is really getting the hang of punching and somersaulting around. He especially loves to kick me right in the bladder...:/ I've gained about 7 to 8 lbs myself, and I'm taking that lovely glucose test I've heard such niiiice things about next week. Looking forward to it! *cough* sarcasm * cough *

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Lots of back pain now! I try a lot of different methods to try to soothe it, but I don't think it's going away. Some swelling of the shins now if I don't elevate my feet at work. I also wake up at least 3 to 4 times a night, having to pee and what not...And I must say, I didn't really believe it before, but I know now what pregnancy brain is. It seems like I just forget random things during the day. Like *poof*, there went my thought! My brain at work is usually thinking about 5 different things at once, and I have to stop myself when I get in a huff and breathe to really focus on one thing...I'm such a scatterbrain these days. I mean, more than usual....

Feeling Ready?: Ehhh...? I'm not sure. I'm totally ready to cuddle my little man, but not getting more than 2 hours of sleep, diaper blow-outs, not having time for a shower...that I'm not that ready for. There's still so much I don't know, that I wish I knew...And of course, the increased financial stress is something we will definitely not be ready for! But, I believe in Kyle and I. Our ability to adapt in stressful situations. Our ability to lean on each other when things get tough. I know we can do this. I keep telling myself that billions of other women have done this before, so why can't I?

My sweet Aunt sent me this awesome care package full of clothes and accessories for Link! It was so thoughtful!

My baby shower is in a month or so, and I'm getting really excited! I'm slowly building my registry, and I've gotten a few outfits already. Every time I touch or hold a little onesie I know he's going to wear, I can't help but be flabbergasted. He's actually going to fit into these?! Uuuugh, I keep telling myself of all the things you need to remember to do when he comes. Hold him as much as you can, savor the cuddle sessions...he won't be small forever! But luckily, I still have a ways to go before he's off to college...


~Grace Abigail

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ponderings of a 26 Year Old...

Have my wrists always been that small? Around '05 or '06

2011. Oh so artsy.

Honeymoon in Cancun. 2012. God I miss that long, thick hair...

Playing outside with the bro. Best snow fort I've ever made. Maybe '07 to '08?

When I was younger, I goofed around a lot. I was very much the dreamy, theater girl who made a lot of silly faces, and liked to keep everyone happy and laughing. I was so good at being the happy go lucky girl that I was, that I usually brushed past the serious questions lurking in the back of my mind of the future. I feel like I kept this up quite well, but when I was by myself, as I crept closer to being out of high school, the thoughts of future me really started to sink in and scare me. I didn't really have any direction as to where my life was going to go... 

When you're a teenager, I feel like labeling yourself and finding your identity in society is such a bigger deal than any other time in your life. You want to be known as a certain thing or class that everyone will associate you with, and it's very important to know this information, because you don't want to seem like this direction-less vagabond roaming the Earth...Whether it be Artist, Writer, Doctor, Astronaut, or Housewife...you needed to know what you were going to be!

Now that I'm entering my 26th year of life, I finally feel like I've maybe, sort of, realized that...I maybe don't need a label? Haha. I've always sort of kept on with my life under the assumption that one miraculous day, I will suddenly have an epiphany and I'll FINALLY KNOW what my true calling is. But folks, it doesn't work like that for everyone, and you know what else? Labels don't matter. Duh, I mean, I'm sure you've known this for awhile if you're any bit as smart or smarter than me( and let's hope you are ). Every teenager in America probably hears this from their parents everyday, but I think it's taken me this long to realize...I don't need to be something specific. You can be happy just being you. Whatever you are at the moment.

So I guess I'm rocking the late 20's something illustrator/blog writer/banker/wife who doesn't cook enough/almost a Mother label. And I must say...I like it. :)



~Grace Abigail

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cold Weather Pick Me Ups


Brrrrrrr....Man, is it cold outside.

Guys, I know it's really easy to get stuck in a rut in the winter time. It's dark and cold, and you think it'll never be sunny and warm again EVER. There's not much to go out and do, especially when the roads are bad, and it's so easy to fall into that seasonal pit of depression. And after this last week, I feel like I really need to think of some pick me ups. Happy things that remind me to stop and say, hey, it's not so bad. Life will go on. It's not like it's the movie Snowpiercer out there! 
So, I've come up with a few indoor ideas to hopefully, brighten up my cold winter days and nights. And if you( unfortunately ) live somewhere where you're feelin' the bitter cold, hopefully these suggestions will be helpful for you too!

- Cook Something New: Do some searching on Pinterest or AllRecipes.com and find some hot and cozy recipes you've never tried. Maybe you want to try to bake your own bread for the first time, here's a yummy looking recipe! There's so much out there to try, and plus, if you are forced to stay inside to hide from the cold, the smell of your delicious cooking meal will comfort you.

- Read a New Book: What better way to get cozy, then to curl up on your couch with a bunch of blankets( and hopefully cats ) and dive into a compelling story! I've found winter time to be the best time of year to really focus on a book. I've been reading What To Expect When You're Expecting before bed. 

Try a Bright Lip: Sometimes, if I'm feeling down and I can't go anywhere, I slap on my happiest, brightest lipstick and strut my stuff around my apartment. Getting a little dolled up just for yourself is a special treat, and usually ends in an embarressing amount of selfies. But who cares?! Whatever lightens your mood is worth it! This lip color has just been added to my list of must-have, happy colors!

- Stay Active: I know it's just easier to slump yourself on the couch and get buried in hours of Netflix, but it never hurts to keep up with your fitness routine. It gives you that little boost of energy to get stuff done, and you feel a little bit better about yourself for actually leaving your couch for the day. I've been doing simple bicep curls and squats for a couple minutes a day...

- Embrace Your Current Predicament: Hey, spring is quite a bit of time away still. It's not like the outside will bloom anew overnight, so I think it's always a good idea to go out into the cold weather, and really appreciate it for what it is. Take your camera with you, take some close up shots of the dripping icicles, make a footprint collage in the snow, admire the gleaming light shining off of the ice on the sidewalk...Even though the temperature may be unpleasant, there's no reason you should totally shun what's happening outside. Winter is beautiful in its own way. There might not be as many colors as the other seasons, but the grays and whites have their own beauty to show you...

I hope these little suggestions help you through these colder months. To be completely honest though, I mainly made this list for myself, to help me with my current cabin fever....

But let's say it together, we can make it through this! Just grab a sweater and some hot chocolate and you're golden!


~Grace Abigail

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bronze and Berry Makeup Look

Well, look-y here, friends! A makeup look! Yesterday, I spent entirely too much time watching makeup tutorials on YouTube in the morning( as I tend to do on my day off ), and I got so inspired. So, I planned to do a simple, bronze and berry lip look. Some of these products are old faves, and some are brand new ones( to me ), so it's a nice mixture of both. But let's get into how I did this look, shall we?


Products Used: Naked 3 palette, Benefit's They're Real Mascara, Maybelline Dream Lumi highlighting concealer, Loreal True Match in C2, Benefit's Gimme Brow in Light/Medium, Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Laura Geller's Baked Brulee Highlighter in Honey Lavender, Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Rose, Covergirl Jumbo GlossBalm in 245, NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie


Alrighty, I started off by laying a base of the Bad to the Bronze all over my lid and crease. I love these Color Tattoo things! They are so shimmery and thick, it acts sort of like a primer, as well as creating a nice smokey finish. Next, I started layering the Naked 3 colors, Trick and Factory on my outer crease and as a liner. These colors worked well with the Color Tattoo, since they already have a golden brown look to both of them. I also layered them under my lower lashes, to create a cohesive look all around the eye.
Once I blended them out to perfection, I put on some of the lightest highlighter color in the Naked palette, Strange, in my inner corner and brow bone, to add some matte to all the shimmer going on.
After I got my eyes how I wanted them, I applied the Loreal True Match foundation with a damp beauty blender. This has been the only full coverage foundation I've found to actually match my ghostly skin, so I will never forget it! I then dabbed the Dream Lumi concealer under my eyes, and a little on my chin and forehead. This concealer sometimes comes off as a little too pinky for me, but I love how my skin glows with it on! I didn't want a really bright blush, because I wanted the eyes and lips to stand out, so the Maybelline blush adds a nice, subtle flush to my cheeks. Just to add a lil' more shimmer on my cheeks, I added a light layer of Laura Geller highlighter on my cheekbones. 
Moving on to my brows, I combed the Gimme Brow through them, swiping in an upward motion so my weirdo brow hairs don't fall down like they always do. This color is a little light for me, but it really creates the best bulk for my spindly little brows. Next, I swiped on some They're Real mascara, making sure to wiggle the wand through my lashes so every one is coated. I have received so many compliments when I wear this mascara! My lashes used to be soooo much longer( I don't know what happened to my naturally long lashes * cries * )and I feel like these really bring them back to what I had before.

To finish the look off, I wanted a nice bright lip to make the look, not so neutral. I really love the NYX Butter Gloss, but the formula is not as thick as I would like, so I needed to lay a nice base color to blend in with it. The Covergirl glossbalm goes on so smoothly, and the two work so nicely together. 

Close up on those eyes. I also really like how the Gimme Brow doesn't make my lashes look too drawn on. You know?


And there you have it! I think this look is so fresh and feminine! I love the combo of the berry and the bronze together, and....it just makes me so happy! This is a very simple look to accomplish, especially since the Bad to the Bronze is such an easy product to apply. I think it's gonna be a huge staple in my everyday looks from now on!

Thanks for reading, guys! I will be trying to write more of these kinds of posts more often. I mean, at least once or twice a month. Now that I got my inspiration back, I wanna do as many of these as I can before our little man comes in April. When the age of no-sleep takes over...haha!


Love you guys!


~Grace Abigail

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Get ready, because here comes that gushy, nostalgic end-of-year post that all blog readers anticipate!

I love that the first couple days of the new year, we have this brief time to look back on everything that happened this past year. You get the feeling that everything you do is brand new, and you have some time to recharge and prepare. New Years was never my very favorite Holiday, but it was always one I definitely appreciated. The chance to change the seemingly never ending future ahead of you, and the excitement that brand new goals bring, always make me so grateful for these early January days to reflect. Sometimes life gets too busy that we forget to stop and really savor those happy bits of time we should have taken and hidden away in our memory boxes all year...So, I took a minute to look back on all my photos from 2014, and compile a little collection of all my fave moments from 2014.

Early January, two of my best friends and the hubs went on a weekend ski trip together, and I loved every minute of it. What a great bonding experience!

Middle March, Kyle's Dad had a heart attack, and we traveled to Florida to hurriedly say our goodbyes. He miraculously made it through, and it was actually an amazing time. Full of family strength and love, and we all became closer. I think it really strengthened our marriage. This was also when Kyle and I decided that...life is too short, and we began to try for a baby.

April 2014, my business partner and friend, Natasha, and I, launched our first Children's Book! My very first big illustration project. Something I will always feel such pride and accomplishment for. It was an amazing learning experience as well, not just in business, but in how to push on, even though you might not be feeling that creative...

July was hot hot hot, but Kyle and I still found time to get outdoors, explore, and enjoy this muggy Midwest weather.

July/ August, a burst of creativity. In an effort to branch out from my usual cutesy style, I decided to make a few drawings centered around creepy fairy-tales. Can you guess this one?

And of course, September we found out our lives were going to drastically change forever. That little love bug surprised us indeed, but I am eternally grateful for that little flutter inside of me. He made me realize how strong a woman can be...Even when she's puking all day long lol

2014 was a wonderful year. Full of growth and excitement. My life became a little less hectic, a little less I'm-a-young-20-something-and-I-need-to-party. As I am expecting a baby this year, the fact I'm entering into my late 20's, we're expecting a bigger move sometime later this Summer, Natasha and I are trying to publish another Emmie book later this Spring...I know this year will be crazy. A lot to keep up with, a lot of changes that I will need to adjust to...but I know I can do it. My little family can do it. That's what growing older is, right? Testing your limits and always growing. And I can say, I am truly looking forward to it.

What are you guys excited about this year? Any exciting trips? Are you going to graduate from college? Hoping to finish that fantasy novel you started two years ago? Want to learn to cook more?( I know that's one resolution I'm trying to keep this year...) I am so excited for what the future holds, and I hope you are too!


Happy 2015!


~Grace Abigail


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Big and Happy Life Events/Christmas 2014

Hello my darlings! Wow, it feels like the last three weeks have been a total whirlwind! So much has happened in such a short amount of time. I have a lot to catch you up on, so here we goooo....


As you can see, about three weeks ago, we finally found out the gender of our little one! It's a BOY! I have to say, I was quite pleased with myself when I found out that my motherly instincts, were in fact correct. He just felt like a dude, you know? Now all I can think about is robot and monster patterns, greens and bright blues, Star Wars themed baby showers...Eeeeeee! So exciting. Kyle was excited beyond belief! He really wanted a son, and when the woman doing the sonogram told us it was a " for sure boy, " Kyle jumped up from his chair and did a little spin, as well as a very exuberant Yeeeeaaaaauuuhhh! Probably the best moment of this pregnancy so far...


The weekend before Christmas, my sweet, smart husband graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Geology! It was such a crazy day full of tears and family and celebrating with friends, it was overwhelming. As soon as the band started playing music, I was already bawling as I watched the graduates all sit down. Ever since I met Kyle, he has been working so hard to get to that very moment, and it was so special seeing the look of pride and relief wash over his face. I was one super proud wife!


I'm sorry if this grosses people out, haha. I actually don't really like kissing pics, but I thought this one wasn't too cringe-y lol

We went to lunch after the morning ceremony, and the restaurant we went to was connected to the Hotel we actually got married in. We snuck away for a little photo sesh to commemorate such a happy day...


Christmas morning 2014! I got up before Kyle and had a delicious cup of coffee in our quiet and dark living room. I would have to say that Christmas morning has got to be one of those very special days of the year, that you truly feel like you live in a magical land...Just so much joy and excitement and anticipation...Just staring at the glow of our tree lights, it was so calming before our jam-packed day. I got to reflect on how grateful I was for everything that happened in the past year...


My awesome baby bro, Dad, and big sissy. My Dad made a duck and a chicken for Christmas dinner, and it was fabulous. We then lounged around my parent's house, taking naps or watching TV, until Kyle and I had to leave to go to his family's Christmas festivities. I managed to last until, I think around 11pm, which I was very proud of myself for. Whenever I spend a whole day around a huge amount of people, I usually get very worn out. But the amount of love and happiness that I was surrounded with, kept me going. 
It was truly a blessed Holiday. My sister and her boyfriend ended up staying all weekend, and Kyle's Dad has been visiting here from Florida for a couple weeks now too. So much family time, I feel very spoiled ;)

Now Kyle and I are preparing for a trip up to the Chicago area for a New Years Eve party with some of his friends. I think this will be the first New Years we actually get to spend together in maybe...uhh 2 years? He's always had to work before, but now I'm really going to enjoy that midnight kiss! And hopefully, on New Years Day, we will be going to IKEA!!! I've never been to one before, and I'm super excited! Hopefully, I will remember to take pictures of the glory! 

I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a magical one! How was it? Did you receive any killer gifts? You guys doing anything for New Years? I'd love to know!


~Grace Abigail