Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

From my family and I to you and yours...
“He who carved the edges of the cosmos curved Himself into a fetal ball in the dark, tethered Himself to the uterine wall of a virgin, and lets His cells divide, light splitting all white. He gave up the heavens that were not even large enough to contain Him and lets Himself be held in a hand. The mystery so large becomes the Baby so small, and infinite God becomes infant.” 
-Ann Voskamp

Merry Christmas and cheers to the new year, 
Brianna

Monday, December 5, 2016

Straight No Chaser 20th Anniversary Tour

My mom and sisters are seriously the best. It had been too long since we had a girl's night out so when we heard Straight No Chaser was coming to town it seemed like the perfect way to celebrate my sisters 25th birthday. I bought tickets the morning they went on sale and just managed to snatch four...who knew it was such a hot show? 

We started off with dinner at Nido's. We are super critical of Italian food but this was seriously amazing. So good I had just about cleared my plate before I took a photo...this is a common theme with me. But seriously, even the remains look tasty, no? Two words: Veal Parmesan. It was so nice to just sit and chat about what we are feeling and everything going on in our lives.
On to the main event. I love a capella and Straight No Chaser has become a holiday staple in my family. Their recordings are great but until you hear them in person it is hard to understand how brilliant it is that all those sounds are created with human voices. "Uptown Funk" sans synthesization...honestly, wouldn't have even thought it was possible. And you just have to appreciate "Single Lady" sung by ten men. But "The Twelve Day of Christmas" will be my forever favorite...they actually managed to make twelve verses of repetition an enjoyable experience. Check it out here
Overall such a fun evening...girls, let's do it again soon! Raise a glass and drink to sisterhood.

L'Chaim. Salute. Cheers.
Brianna

Friday, December 2, 2016

Progress

photo from 11/23/16
These four walls have got a story to tell // The door is off the hinges, there's no wish in the well // Outside the sky is coal black, the streets are on fire // The picture windows cracked and there's no where to run // I know, I know // This house is not for sale 

Drove a spike into the ground and I staked my claim //Standing on the dirt where they'll dig my grave
Now what built these walls is in my veins // No time for looking back, the wolf is at the door // This heart, this soul //This house is not for sale

This house was built on trust // That's what it is and always was // No wrecking ball could knock it down // This house was built on higher ground

I set each stone and I hammered each nail // This house is not for sale // Where memories live and the dream don't fail // This house is not for sale // Coming home I'm coming home


Just a quick house update...we now have siding and (some) shutters! Doesn't it look amazing?? I've taken to randomly walking outside to look at it. So much work still to go (I've pretty much dabbled in every trade by this point #girlpower) but it is so exciting to see it taking on the feel of our home.

By the way, thoughts on Bon Jovi's new album? This song was released just about the time construction began. The first time we heard it on the radio we claimed it as our theme song for this project. (Divine timing, no?) It fits our house and family so perfectly. Love, love, love. The rest of the album is fabulous as well, totally true to Bon Jovi's style.

Happy Friday!
Brianna