5 on friday: countdown to the holidays

But seriously, how are we less than a week out from Thanksgiving, guys? I'm honestly a bit clueless as to where the entire month of November has gone. Sure, we've been a little busy welcoming Ryan home, reintegrating as a family of four, and preparing to go to South Africa in less than three weeks, but yikes! This season is just speeding by, and I can't help but wonder where the time has gone! This Friday, I'm linking up with Smidge of This for 5 on Friday and Meet at the Barre for Friday Favorites.

1 // We had our Christmas photos done last weekend, and our amazing photographer, Julie, teased some of the photos online. I'm obsessed. I mean, Spencer's always a handsome boy, but she always manages to capture the best of him, and I can't wait to see the rest!

Photo Courtesy of Kindred Hearts Photography

2 // We bought new luggage for our upcoming trip to South Africa for Christmas, and we're so excited that it finally arrived yesterday! We did a lot of research, and we decided to to with the Haupstadtkoffer Hard-Side Luggage Set in Alex Red. Needless to say, we're obsessed. Not only did it not break the bank, but it's eye-catching, has TSA-approved locks, and is super durable. We bought ours on Amazon here.

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3 // I recently took up a freelance job writing articles for an amazing interior designer, Patricia Davis Brown, who has a fantastic design blog. I wrote about holiday cocktails, and I seriously can't wait to try out some of the recipes I researched and found!

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4 // We're so glad that Ryan is home, and we know we won't be in New York too much longer, so we're doing our best to really take advantage of the time we have left here. There's still a lot we want to see and do before we move though, so we're staying busy. In the next few weeks, we're going to see the lights in Syracuse and Niagara Falls, and we're planning to head back up to Kingston, Ontario to shop along Princess Street because we loved it so much there when we went last week!

5 // And because it wouldn't be a true Army wife post without some sort of complaint about the Army, we are literally still waiting on orders for our next duty station. Because Ryan dropped his packed for a special ops unit, we're waiting to find out if he was picked up to assess. But we should know any day now, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't getting super anxious about it...I just want to know already (but I'm sure he does, too!) Please keep your fingers crossed for us! Until then...

Happy Friday, beautiful friends, and here's to a wonderful weekend ahead! Also, I'm still looking for addresses! If people would like to exchange Christmas/holiday cards this season, please drop your address here so we can send one your way! 


  1. Happy Friday lady ! Oh my goodness your Christmas photo of your little guy is adorable ! I'm about to take a look at her photography, I'm always looking to see what I could do better as a photographer myself. I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is next week, where has time gone ?
    I sent you an email this week with your kind words that you left on my blog, I quickly responded. Check your email and let me know if you received it.
    Have a wonderful weekend !

    1. Hi beautiful friend! I received it and just emailed back - I SO apologize for the delayed reply. And thank you for your sweet words on my little guy's photo up there! We love him dearly!

  2. That sneak peak is just darling. Seriously. I can't wait to see the rest. I hope you have a great weekend. Enjoy NY while you can. I love the holidays in that area. So beautiful!

  3. Oh my goodness, That photo of Spencer is TOO CUTE!!!

  4. Oooo that sneak peak is ADORABLE!! Wow, South America?!?!? Sounds awesome!! I can only imagine the waiting game you must go through, hoping you get news soon!

  5. I MUST see the rest of these photos soon..that handsome, sweet face..oh my! You got some good luggage. My cousin just returned from South Africa..she said it's amazing!! Have a great weekend sweetheart!

  6. Right?! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is coming up so fast! And wow, that holiday cocktail looks delicious. I also love that Christmas photo—can’t wait to see the rest!

  7. That's so frustrating you're still waiting to see where you are off to next. Regardless, it sounds like you have some amazingly fun plans and those pictures are absolutely adorable!!!

  8. Oh, how gorgeous is that photo?!?? 😍😍😍

    Hopefully you find out what’s happening super soon!! There’s nothing worse than playing the waiting game!