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A Little Cabin In the Woods.

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I’m sorry for my lack of posts as of lately. I truthfully haven’t had much going besides work and the occasional date night. As with most places in the Midwest, the snow really put a damper on getting outside on a more regular basis during the first couple of months this year. The two kiddos I nanny for are just too little to spend a ton of time outside, therefore we  stayed inside their house…for the majority of January and February. UGH. Needless to say, I went a bit stir crazy (as did they!)

One of the few highlights over the (slow) last couple of months was our Boden family getaway to Hocking Hills in February.

As a Christmas gift to Marty’s side of the family we rented a few nights at a charming little cabin in Hocking Hills. (We actually did this two years ago and it went over really well so we decided to go for it again! Marty and I are more about ‘experiences’ and would prefer to buy someone an ‘experience’ instead of something materialistic. There is such a thing as too many sweaters.)

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We spent the majority of time relaxing, eating, playing board games and just catching up but we were able to hike for a bit one afternoon (unfortunately we couldn’t stay out too long due to the freezing temperatures and slippery trails.)  The few days away was MUCH needed and, as always, I love to spend time with family.

Do you enjoy family getaways? 

Little Life Updates: January 2014.

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It’s time for a ‘little life updates’ post :) I completely forgot about these posts in November and December so I have a bit of catching up to do with all of you…

- Chang-ing up my hair. My hair was in DIRE need of a cut (my last one hadn’t been since the beginning of March) so I decided to go in for a few inches off. One appointment turned into three appointments as the first stylist didn’t really do much and left my hair looking quite boring. A week later, the second stylist (who was supposed to fix the first cut) used the wrong scissors, chopped awkward layers and took another two inches off leaving me, once again, less than impressed. I was really embarrassed to complain a second time but I only get two haircuts a year and I wanted to be happy with the cut. I ended up booking an appointment with my normal stylist to see if she could clean up the style and, I’m happy to report, she did! I would’ve just booked an appointment with her to begin with but she had nothing available around the time I made my first appointment. Takeaway: take the time and wait for your normal stylist. (I only have a comparison picture from the first cut but you can see the new length in my New York pictures!)

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- Celebrat-ing Cameron’s fourth birthday. I can’t believe I’ve been a nanny for nearly a year and half! There are days that I’m ready to move on and other days that I can’t imagine parting ways from this family. Celebration days are especially fun!

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- Read-ing, read-ing and more read-ing. Can you believe that I completed my challenge of reading fifty-two books last year? I actually ended the year with fifty-eight total! (Find me on Goodreads!) As for the books I read in January:

Books I Enjoyed:

Loved

Books that were just okay:

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What have you been up to this month? Do you have any book suggestions for 2014?

12 Photos in 2013.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to posting this before the new year began so here we are – almost three weeks into 2014 – and I wanted to share my favorite photos of 2013. My photography is slowly improving and I think I’m finally ready to upgrade my Cannon Rebel this year (even if that just means getting a new lens!) Looking forward to more photo-taking in 2014 but until then…here are my favorite photos of 2013:

JANUARY: I didn’t actually take my favorite picture of January but it is my favorite nonetheless. I participated in a spicy popcorn ball eating contest and took second place. Despite finishing about thirty seconds after the first place winner; I was the only girl to enter the contest so I was quite proud of that :) (Thank you Marty for the photo!)Firey Foods Fest 004
FEBRUARY: This photo was taken at the top of the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh, PA. Marty and I stopped to take in the view before heading back to Columbus. 2013-02-16 Pittsburgh 054

MARCH: I didn’t take a ton of pictures in March so I searched through some photos I took while visiting Cincinnati for a girls day out. This photo was taken outside of the Cincinnati Art Museum in Mt. Adams, Ohio. Mt Adams 003
APRIL: I just love Easter and this is one of my favorite pictures from Easter 2013. Easter Weekend 005 (BW)

MAY: Apparently I wasn’t taking a ton of pictures in the beginning-middle of the year (maybe it’s because I prefer the fall and winter months :) ) but the ones that I did have were 1) from my cell phone and 2) from the annual trip to Indianapolis for the Indianapolis 500.  As I was going through the pictures, I stumbled upon this one. Marty and I went for a walk in the rain the night before the race. It was a romantic little walk and, hey, it’s always nice to get away from all of the family for a bit.
JUNE: Another month with very few pictures. I celebrated my cousins graduation and Marty and I took some bike outings; however, there weren’t many exciting photos for June. I did stumble across this photo from National Donut Day. Marty and I rushed down to Buckeye Donuts before the donut celebration was officially over. There is something about this photo I just really love.IMG_20130611_140236

JULY: Such a hectic month. Vacations, bridal showers, bachelorette parties – there was a lot to choose from. I decided to pick a favorite picture of mine from our vacation to Destin, Florida. Although we had originally planned to vacation with our friends, Danette & Shane, a family emergency sent them home on our first day. While we were really bummed about the lost opportunity to spend time with friends, we ended up really enjoying ourselves and making the trip into a romantic couples vacation. This is one of my favorite pictures of Marty from our trip.Florida 018
AUGUST: I had to chose this picture of Gracie (my parents dog) for my favorite from August. IMG_0034
SEPTEMBER:I love this shot from a Saturday farmer’s market in Clintonville. We love our little town (just a few miles north of Ohio State’s campus.) The community is so friendly and diverse. We love it!IMG_0507[1]
OCTOBER: I took some photos of my sisters baby bump at the pumpkin patch. This was one of my favorites!
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NOVEMBER: I feel like the snow started fairly early in Columbus this year. I really loved the contrast between the leaves and snow in this photo.
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DECEMBER: So many exciting and festive things happened in the month of December: baby Landon was born, cookies were made, decorations were hung, and trees were cut down. I know it probably makes me a terrible aunt for not choosing a photo from Landon’s birth; however, I can’t get over this photo of Marty while we were out chopping down our Christmas tree. As I stated in the tree post – our experience was just very romantic and magical. Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset

Some of my other favorites from the year…KC Wedding 010Florida 034 (BW)Florida 028Oktoberfest 00620131212-213558.jpgProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetEaster Weekend 014

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my photos over the last year. They have meant so much to me and I can’t wait to take more photos in 2014. Look out for many pictures of my sweet nephew Landon, our summer vacation on the East Coast and our third annual trip to NYC in December! 

Also, take a look at last years favorites!

New York is Always A Good Idea.

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I can’t believe our trip to New York has already come and gone. We left last Sunday morning and arrived back into Columbus late Friday night. We spent a few days in the city last year (again – right after Christmas); however, we actually stayed for New Years Eve this time.

I can’t tell you how much I love New York City. Such wonderful food and I love the fast pace lifestyle. I also love public transit. I wish there was a subway system in Columbus!!

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Diane’s Recommendations:

  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor : We wanted to find an authentic Chinese restaurant while in Chinatown and this was just the place. Delicious dim sum (though not the best place if you’re looking for a healthier meal.)
  • Saigon Shack : Best bowl of Pho I’ve ever had. Period. Fast paced restaurant and not the best service; however, the food was totally worth it.
  • Ninth Ward : Our favorite bar. We’ve traveled around to so many places and this still ranks at the top of our list.
  • Hale & Hearty : Although this is more of a chain ‘fast food’ restaurant; I really enjoyed it. Marty and I were looking to warm up with a bowl of soup when we stumbled upon a Hale & Hearty restaurant. I had a bowl of the Lentil Chilli and it kept me full for several hours. I highly recommend this place if you’re 1) in the mood for a delicious soup (SO MANY CHOICES) and 2) next a healthier ‘fast food’ choice.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!

You might also be interested in our trip to NYC last year: here, here, and here.

Our Merry Little Christmas.

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We had a very merry Christmas this year!

On Christmas Eve we headed over to Marty’s dads house for the traditional Boden Christmas Eve celebration. We arrived a couple of hours early so I wrapped some last minute presents while watching The Santa Clause (one of my favorites!) Everyone else arrived around 7:30 and (for the remainder of the evening) we played guitar, sang, opened gifts and just enjoyed  each others company until eleven or so.

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After the party we headed to my parents house to spend the night so we could wake up and enjoy Christmas morning with my side of the family. Oh the joys of being married and splitting time between families (I’m only partially sarcastic – sometimes it can be really fun!)

After (what felt like) a few hours of sleep, I was waking back up to enjoy Christmas morning with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and baby Landon!

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I just love these few hours on Christmas morning. I truthfully look forward to this time all year long.

The rest of the afternoon was spent with my family until we headed to Marty’s grandmothers house for dinner.
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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I consumed far too many Christmas cookies – but – tis the season! 

What was the best gift you received? I’d have to say my new Tiffany lamp! I wasn’t expecting it and it wasn’t something I’d ever buy for myself but I absolutely ADORE it and think it’ll look just perfect in our eclectic little house. 

Merry, Merry!

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Merry Christmas!
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Wishing you all a wonderful, blessed Christmas!!

Welcome Baby Landon.

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As I was on my way home from work last Wednesday night I received a text from my sister that read, “So my water just broke.” WHAT! I immediately called her and asked, “Are you serious? Are you sure?” (to which she responded, “What else could it be Diane?” :) ) She told me that she was waiting for her husband to get home and they’d be headed to the hospital.

I figured  I didn’t need to be there while they were getting checked in and settled so I headed home to shower and get a few things done before heading their way (a mere two mile drive from my house!)

A couple of hours later, Marty and I headed over to the hospital. When I found my sister, she was walking the hallways trying to start her labor. The nurses had her do this for two full hours so they wouldn’t have to induce her.

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The next several hours consisted of waiting, waiting and more waiting…until 5AM. She was finally ten centimeters and ready to push!

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And VOILA! Landon David is born! Landon David born on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:34AM. Weighing 6.9oz and 19 inches long.

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Well, actually it wasn’t that easy; however, I will say that my sister maintained a smile on her face until about an hour and fifteen minutes into the process. The last fifteen minutes wasn’t so easy but – as most mothers will say – so worth it.

First diaper change.

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Watching little Landon come into the world was one of the most amazing, overwhelming experiences of my life. I knew watching the birth would be life changing but I clearly underestimated the effect that the experience would have on me. I am so thankful that my sister allowed my mom and I to watch as she brought this little miracle into the world. A son. A nephew. A grandson. A cousin. Landon.