let the holiday season begin!

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it’s official. the turkey has been eaten. the food coma has been cured. and the official holiday season has begun. the happy girl christmas dance has commenced! as i type this, christmas music is finally filling my ears and i’m snacking on leftover turkey biscuits. aaaand i think we are considering getting ourselves out in the middle of all of the shopping craziness – not necessarily to shop, but to just experience it. lina has never done the  black friday thing before, so it’s only right that we do it up a little. hehe.

but, before we get into all the craziness, i thought i’d share with you a few snapshots from our thanksgiving yesterday. i am sooooo thankful to have been here in the states this year, though serving thanksgiving in sweden to different swedes for the past 3 years was an amazing experience. still, it was good to get a little traditional american turkey day stuff on.  in fact, i got all overwhelmed and emotional at one point, actually. if you are american and celebrated thanksgiving, i hope that you had a beautiful day, wherever you are! and to all of you… happy holidays. the time has arrived!

this is how i roll when i’m preparing thanksgiving dinner… wine & messiness.

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it’s thanksgiving morning!!

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A beautiful thanksgiving sunrise! (the storms have all passed. whew.)

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perusing the black friday ads while drinking morning coffee…

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the table is all set. so hard to wait for the food…. I’m hungry!

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lina’s first time putting the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes. and it was perfect!

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f i n a l l y!  mmm…

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and the day is done… a beautiful sunset after an absolutely wonderful thanksgiving day full of food & fun.

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i’m so unbelievably thankful for so very much. xx

wishing you peace & love.

the makings of a perfect weekend.

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“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” – Ernst Hemingway, A Moveable Feast.

thanks to melly for posting this quote on instagram today. i totally stole it from her.

enjoy your weekend, friends! peace & love.

soaking up those late summer days.

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have i got a bunch of photos to share with you?  or have i got a bunch of photos to share with you! whew. i’ve got a bunch of pictures to share with you! there really are quite a few actually. and since they’ve piled up on my computer and in my phone, that means it’s time that i do a simple photo post. so, here ya go… life in asheville in mid-august:

a little natural love:

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sunrise from my balcony. my perfect meditation spot.

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the sunset view from our building. they’ve been amazing lately.

family. friends. home. love.

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doors flung wide open!

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working & studying all afternoon long from the balcony. the best way to focus. hehe.

my zola collection:

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my love’s first days as a student at UNCA!

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opening convocation! the ceremony that officially begins the school year.
first day of class! UNCA
excited & ready to tackle the first day of classes.
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bogged down in work already. she’s so studious.

oh… asheville.

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drum circle
click on the picture to see a friday tradition in asheville! (the drum circle!)

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summer is quickly winding down, but i’m holding on to the warmth in the air, the cafe visits outside, and the sun on my skin. i’ll admit that i am beginning to feel a little twinge of excitement about the coming of fall… but for now, i am soaking up every little bit of late summer that i can muster. i living in the present. day to day. moment to moment.

and sending you all peace & love. happy almost weekend.