Newfoundland | Snow Days

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As the days grow colder, Caswell grows more and more spritely. All this newfie wants to do is lay outside long enough for her drool to freeze over. #goals -- These are two of my favorite pictures of her from our last snow in March of 2017. She couldn't get enough! We both have our fingers and paws crossed that we have a few more winter wonderlands this season than last season.

I'm happy to be coming back from my blog hiatus now that I have a computer that stays on longer than 20 minutes prior to overheating... I plan on sharing more of Caswell's TPLO recovery journey as well as her continual physical therapy for her hips and of course, her all-around photographic nature. If you can't tell from my sub-head, this is her world and I am just living in it and am blessed to be sharing her "tail."

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Best Nine | Two Thousand Seventeen

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2017 -- What a year! SO many life changes filled these 365 days. I love that my Best Nine consists of Tyler, Taylor, and Caswell.

Tyler and I started off the year by getting engaged on New Year's Eve! To say I was surprised is such an understatement. He proposed at his childhood home by the Christmas tree with my Grandmom's heirloom diamond and sapphire ring. After Facetime chats with my sister and our friends, we rushed over to my parent's house at 11:45 PM to ring in the New Year and share the news.

This year also included travels to Atlanta, Savannah, New York City, Southport, Wilmington, Greenville, Emerald Isle, Annapolis, D.C.,  Asheville, and did I already say Southport?  What can I say, I love to travel and will be more intentional about posting images from those trips and future trips in the year to come.

Some of my favorite moments of this year are included in my Best Nine but many are not. It is also important to remember that while a Best Nine is a great look back on a year, it doesn't show the full picture. It doesn't show the trials, failures, and growth that were also made in a year. It doesn't show the goals that were not accomplished or all around bad days.

I am starting to work on new goals for 2018 in my first set of yearly Cultivate What Matters Powersheets as opposed to last years 6-month set (I had the intention of doing two months per sheet but it never truly worked out.) I am guilty of setting big goals but missing the little steps that are necessary to take to eventually get me there. More to come on this!

Happy New Year friends -- cheers to 2018 and remembering a life well lived in 2017!

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morgannalexandraWhat a way to ring in the New Year....... We're ENGAGED!!! Blessed doesn't even begin to cover it ❀

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morgannalexandraY'all. So excited to have these back from our extremely talented photographers! @allyandbobby you are both incredible and so TALENTED! Thank you for serving others and us SO well with the gifts God gave you. Blessed to call you friends -- 325 days to go πŸ’•#MakeHerOfficHILL

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morgannalexandraWhere you go I'll go, where you stay I'll stay πŸ’•

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morgannalexandraWhen you get to be there to photograph your best friend's engagement -- who also happens to be your big sister πŸ˜πŸ’• love you Tay & Justin // @tayjones09

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morgannalexandraThe snow bear in her natural element... COVERED in snow ❄️ I am starting up my blog again after a year hiatus (oops), now that I have a working computer that doesn’t overheat and shut down every 20 minutes. The old trusty Vostro has officially kicked the bucket after 7 years of faithful service. You can expect to see a little of everything from design work to travels to budgeting but you will most definitely see a whole lot of #newfiecaswellβ€” as she and I are pretty much the same person. 

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morgannalexandra"We love because HE first loved us." 1 John 4:19 // πŸ“· @allyandbobby #MakeHerOfficHILL

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morgannalexandraCan I just say that this little bear looks perfect on film?! πŸ’•Love her to the moon and back #newfiecaswell #MakeHerOfficHILL // πŸ“·@allyandbobby #contax645

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morgannalexandraBig smiles for Friday's and heading home to the lake this weekend together πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌalso this is one of my favorites, serious soft smiles turned laughing // photo by @allyandbobby #MakeHerOfficHILL

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morgannalexandraTomorrow is back to the real world but I am so thankful for a few days of rest and snow frolics with these two❄️


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Christmas Traditions

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Every year after Thanksgiving my family loads up and heads to the mountains to find the perfect Christmas tree. This year was the last year of the original Jones Five (plus 3 pups) before Tyler and I get married in April. Next year he will join the trip and I will have a new last name... crazy!

We usually make a day trip out of finding our tree and enjoy the nearby towns of Boone or West Jefferson. I love seeing car after car with trees strapped to the top, knowing that they are going to be decorated with years and years of memorable ornaments picked up on special trips or hand-crafted in school.

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Tyler and I ended up going to a local tree stand near our home to pick out our first tree and needless to say, we quickly loaded back up in his truck when we saw the prices. Off to Lowe's Hardware we went to find the perfect little tree to fit in a tiny spot that we managed to create in our living room.

While Tyler grew up with a fake tree, I am 100% team real tree. But for me, it's more about the traditions surrounding our Jones Family annual mountain trip that I would miss more than the constant vacuuming around the tree stand. A small tree meant our very few ornaments wouldn't look as silly as they would on a normal size tree. Two ornaments, in particular, are my absolute favorites and are front and center.

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My late Grandmom Jones, whose ring I also have as my engagement ring, would order an ornament from the White House each year. My parents were able to acquire many ornaments from her collection when of my grandparents passed away a few years ago. Each year my brother, sister and I are now gifted one heirloom ornament a year. This ornament is honoring President Woodrow Wilson and has words from his War Message to Congress on April 2, 1917, inscribed on the back, β€œPeace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.”

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This is our very first travel ornament! Tyler surprised me with a weekend trip to his favorite place, Annapolis, over labor day weekend this year. He has such fond memories visiting his grandparents while they lived and couldn't wait to share it with me. It was such a beautiful port town and the Naval Academy presence in the city is one of a kind. Everywhere you look you would see Midshipmen in uniform casual going on with their day.

We both love to travel, me a tad bit more than him ;), but I can't wait to continue the tradition of picking up an ornament on all of our trips. One day our Chrismas tree will be filled with memories from places we visited together as a family... and I'll take a trip over a tangible thing any day!


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