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A Boy and A Pile of Doggies

Harry Does Ikea | R.Simple Life

Hey everyone. Man it’s been a while. Thanks for sticking around. Harry and I just had a nice long (two weeks!) trip to Michigan, and boy was it busy. But nice. Great to be around family this time of year. It gets a little lonely down south just the two of us sometimes.

As much as I loved being up North, and was really sad to leave, it feels ridiculously good to be home. A bit quieter, a bit lonelier, a bit warmer… but nice. Sometimes you just need your own bed and your own park. Harry’s slept 11 hours straight every night since we’ve been home. So that gives you a sense of how much he missed his room.

I was driving to the grocery store the other night and remembered this time last year. Something about the warm/cool damp, dark air, driving by the hospital… it brought me back to last year, driving with Jon to our birthing class at the hospital. Full of excitement and questions. Listening to Christmas music on the way, dreaming about our little boy. It seemed so far away but at the same time, it felt like yesterday.

This time it was a bit different. I had a different boy in the car with me. The anticipation for January was just as strong, but for a different reason. There was no more wondering what Harry was going to look like, sound like, feel like, act like. I had the squirmy (dare I say it) toddler in the backseat with me. The Christmas music was still playing. I was all at once ridiculously happy and very sad.

This year has held some of the most amazing, happy, warm moments of my life, as well as some that don’t rank as high on the list. At the end of the day, though, I can’t help but feel like the luckiest lady in the world. To have a husband who loves me and thinks of me every day. To miss him as much as I do. To rather share a bed than have the whole queen sized mattress to myself. To have a sweet little baby who is feisty and stubborn, but sweet and happy. To get baby hugs and kisses and to feel the weight of a little sleeping babe in my arms.

To have made it to another Christmas season. This year might be a little weird for me, but I’m determined to make it wonderful. It is the most wonderful time of the year, after all.

Well, hows that for the first post back? I meant to say “Hi! I’m home, and here’s a cute picture of Harry from our trip to Ikea, he loved the pile of doggies.” and that came out. Whoops.

xoxo Mallory

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Edinburgh, Scotland… I Miss You

There is not much I can say about Edinburgh except that it surprised me in the best way possible. I was expecting London to be life changing. I wasn’t expecting to fall so in love with Edinburgh. Its delicious, warm pubs, its bustling but quiet streets. Edinburgh Castle, New Town, Old Town… The White Lady, Zara, Paul… I have been obsessing ever since we left, in 2010.

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We walked 18 miles a day, ate sticky toffee pudding after every dinner, toured the castle for hours, shopped, braved the bus, picked out our future home, and visited Christmas carnivals. Edinburgh was enchanting, and I can’t get back soon enough.

xoxo, Mallory

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Road Tripping

R.Simple Life | Road Tripping with a Baby

As I mentioned on Friday, this kid seriously was a road tripping champion. This picture was taken on our only stop on the six hour drive home. You heard me. A seven month old, a car seat, six hours, one stop. My secret? Lots of toys, and, more importantly, traveling during nap time, stopping for dinner and a little photo shoot in the parking lot, and then hitting the road about 30 minutes before bed time.

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Pure Michigan

R.Simple Life | Pure Michigan

So… sorry for the radio silence last week. The three of us snuck away for a trip to the homeland. Pure Michigan. And while it was crazy, busy, go, go, go the whole time (poor Harry met about 75 people, cut a tooth, and slept in a different place pretty much every time he napped) it was so wonderful.

Summertime in Michigan is fantastic (and if we’re being honest, so are Fall and Winter. Spring can sometimes leave a little something to be desired). We had a blast running around with fireworks and Chinese Lanterns, relaxing by the bonfire watching fireflies, boating on the lake, and eating some really great food.

Every time we go back it gets harder and harder to leave. My siblings are all getting older and are pretty cool now, our little family is growing and it’s so much fun to see Harry around the extended family, the weather is completely 100% better… We miss Michigan so much that we even Zillow-ed houses there. Not that we even have the option to move back for another 9 years, but it’s fun to dream, right?

It’s funny how badly we all just wanted to get out. Move away. Spread our wings. And now, I wouldn’t do anything to get back, but I’d do a lot. It’s one of my favorite places in the world… you’ve got Lake Michigan with it’s gorgeous sunsets, Metro Detroit with any shopping, food, entertainment you could ask for, Northern Michigan with some awesome outdoorsy activities, Mackinac Island with it’s bikes… and not to mention our nearest and dearest spread all around the state. We miss it.

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday last week (we even enjoyed our first date night without Harry on our anniversary). I’ll be popping in this week a few highlights from our trip. But in the meantime, I’ll be sitting in the air conditioning dreaming about the gorgeous old farmhouse we found online. A girl can dream right?

xoxo, Mallory

PS that cute farmhouse up there isn’t for sale. It’s where I spent some pretty great years growing up.

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Corstorphine Abbey

You guys, I have a secret dream. I would do anything to run away to Scotland, buy a giant, old, decrepit building, and turn it into something wonderful. A gorgeous boutique hotel, that I could decorate with warm, red tartan and 12 foot sparkly Christmas trees this time of the year. A place where I could live with my family (and our two Scottish Wolfhounds, because I would have two – Reg and Mac) and work with some great people. An inn that would be so cozy and a breakfast cafe where Jon could show off his mad breakfast skills.

I even have a building and a name picked out: Corstorphine Abbey. I think about this a lot.

What’s your secret dream?

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 23

Plain and simple, today I’m thankful that the Black Friday hoopla has been lost on me. Spent today in New Orleans with family enjoying good food, great weather, and beautiful architecture – instead of in lines.

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 21

International readers. You knock my socks off every day. I love peeking at my stats to see that someone from Sweden or Denmark or Japan or Canada is tuning in to read what I have to say. Can’t believe it, but love it. So today, I’m thankful for international readers.

Let me know if you want a penpal.

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 5

Our December 2011 trip to Scotland. The view from Edinburgh Castle.

Today, I’m thankful for the Air Force and the opportunities it gives us every day. Many of you know that the Mister is a pilot in the Air Force. Some of you know the frustrations I feel due to his employer. But with the not so great, there is the really great. A steady salary to help us pay our bills, put food in our belly’s, keep a roof over our head, and afford us the occasional treat. Health care, dental care, life insurance, and so many more grown up boxes are checked because of his job.

And then there is the fun stuff. The fact that we were able to travel to England and Scotland for a week last Christmas (and speaking of, I am thankful for Scotland. And England). The gym where I am welcome to any spinning class I want. The amazing friends we’ve made. And so many more extra little perks that come with being part of something so big – the military.

So today is a three parter – Thank you Great Britain, just for existing and letting this girl visit as often as she can. Thank you to the Air Force for providing a life for our little family. And thank you to my LT for working so hard, day in and day out, so we have these advantages.

xoxo, Mallory

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