Thanksgiving Tree

Happy Thanksgiving week!
Growing up my parents always had this cute little 'Thanksgiving Tree' in our dining room. During the month of November we had to add leaves to the tree, and each leaf was different, one said 'Grandma' with her picture and another one might say 'House' with a picture of our house. It was a cute way to be thinking of all the things we were thankful for throughout the month up until Thanksgiving.
This year, I thought CWF and I could start a new family tradition with our own little Thanksgiving Tree.
And here it is! I know it's not much but I think its the thought that counts! I just scavenged some twigs from the yard and put them in this old bottle I had lying around. Then on Thanksgiving when everyone is over I'm going to have them add (glittered) leaves to it and say what they are thankful for.
We have so much to be thankful for this year, and I can't wait to see the tree with all it's leaves!
Do you have any fun (new or old) Thanksgiving family traditions?

Friday Five

TGIF!! I know it's been sparse around here, and I truly do apologize for that (mom), but I am here today sharing a few of my recent favorite things!
1. All the generous and thoughtful gifts we received at our engagement party! Seriously we are so blessed to have such wonderful and supporting family and friends.
Matouk pillows from Horchow // Horchow quilt

 2. The temps finally cooled down this week enough to wear layers! Hooray for sweaters with oxfords underneath! My favorite fall look!

3. A few months ago, I started eating better and making an effort to workout on a more regular basis, and I'm so happy because all my hard work has paid off! I've lost a few pounds and I'm feeling great! My biggest challenge was getting past the thought that 'if I do xx thing (join the gym/buy new shoes/etc) then I'll workout!'. When really if I wanted to workout I could do it without any of those things, and in fact I have been- I don't have a gym membership and instead have found free bootcamp classes, utlize the workouts that are included with my cable service or on online, and jog in my neighborhood. If I can do it, anyone can!
Although a bit of Lululemon never hurts! However, the trick is to use it as a reward and not an incentive!
4. When my family was in town for our engagment party, they took me out wedding dress shopping! Such a fun thing to share with my extended family. In true shopper fashion I can't say I have picked a dress yet- there are just so many pretty options! But at least I have my blue shoes :)
5. This week I was tagged by one of my favorite bloggers, Suburban Charm, for a fun monogram game! And well if you have been reading for a while, I love to monogram everything! (see picture in #1. above!) Her questions to me:
1. Do you follow "traditional" monogramming etiquette, or do you follow "contemporary" monogramming etiquette? I'm definatly a traditional girl!
2. What is the most outrageous thing you have monogrammed? I've monogrammed a lot, but nothing out of the ordinary!
3. Have you ever regretted monogramming something? No, but I do have a lot of things in my madien name monogram, but I don't regret doing it.
4. What's your favorite monogram style? I love the diamond, or traditional block. Interlocking is fun too but I think it's very trendy- I'm in it for the long haul!
5. At what age did you first discover your love of monograms? Not sure, but the first chance I got to decorate my room on my own I put an 'A' everywhere!
I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wedding Wednesday- Our Engagment Story

I promised I would share our engagement story quite some time ago, and since our engagement party is now over I thought it would be the perfect time to share!

This story starts long ago, when my dad, CWF and his parents all talked about our future wedding plans in their backyard (I was eavsdropping nearby) and how we would wait until he graduated Law School. Unfortuantly CWF never had the chance to actually ask my dad (since he has passed) but it was so meaningful to me that they had that conversation all those years ago.
Fastfoward to 2013, two weeks before our Maui trip on our way back from my Aunt & Uncle's 30th Wedding anniversary party (it's a 8 hour drive) in August we started seriously talking about rings and what I liked. Once we were home, CWF did a bunch of diamond research and ended up contacting a close family friend who owns a jewelry wholesale mart in San Francisco.
So of course, I had to seize the opportunity and I made us an appointment the following weekend. We did a lot of looking around and ended up going with a Verragio setting. I tried on my ring and immediately knew it was the one for me. Luckily they were able to size it the same day so CWF had it right away.
It just so happened that on that weekend, they were having a Verragio event and the designer, Mr. Verragio was there himself.

Then the waiting began. I tried really hard to be patient but I just wanted to wear my ring! A few days later we jetted off to Maui for two weeks and I couldn't contain my excitement!

CWF made reservations at our favorite Maui restaurant (Mama's Fish House) at sunset about a week after we arrived (sunset is a hard reservation to get). As we were driving there, CWF pulled over at a  beach along the highway and as we were walking along the sand he got down on one knee! He said so many sweet and wonderful things that I will forever cherish.  But I was really surprised (he had the huge ring BOX in his shorts pocket the whole time) and honestly very thankful he didn't do it at the restaurant (so many people!).

Right after the proposal!

It was so nice to be able to spend a beautiful sunset dinner together after to celebrate! And because of the time difference it was really too late to make too many phone calls.

The view from our dinner table!
One of the most special parts about it all was that CWF proposed on my Grandparents 58th wedding anniversary. I could cry thinking about that :)
One of our friends was on the island too, and the next day took some fun photos of me with my ring!

And I couldn't stop staring!

I am beyond excited to marry my best friend and I am so grateful for everyone who helped make this a special time for us! XOXO