Possibility, Discovery, Adventure, And Becoming

Christmas was pretty low-key at TLC this year, but it seems like life has been moving at a peppier pace than usual, so it was nice to slow down and let the fullness of the holiday sink in for a few days.

(Thank you for surprising us with the snowy Christmas card confetti, Deborah!)

About a week before Christmas, however, I had a bit of a creepy run-in with a handsy guy that decided to follow me around Target (grrr). Luckily, my Mom came up to visit/Christmas shop with me around that same time, and man was it fun to run around with her like we used to back in the day.

Ya know…back when leaving the house without bullet-proofing your bangs was not an option…

Which reminds me, if I ever start separating my hair into quadrants again, promise me you’ll make me step away from the aerosol.

Anywho, Kev and I kicked our old, malfunctioning stove to the curb about a month ago, and although we don’t really spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen, I was stoked that my Mom and I found a new, stainless steel-look stove, (the kind that looks just like stainless steel but that’s made to repel fingerprints- yay!) on sale at Lowes while we were out shopping.

On Christmas Eve, Kev and I plugged it in and fired it up for the first time. We fried up a big piece of ham, threw together some (boxed) au gratin potatoes, and just because we were feeling extra giddy about the new stove, we even tried our hand at Ree’s oven-roasted asparagus. (Holy scrumptious spear alert, Batman!)

We had a ton of fun snapping pics and shooting video together that night…

We spent Christmas day with Kev’s family in Montgomery, and we’re looking forward to ringing in the new year, here at TLC this coming Sunday.

And speaking of 2012- I wish you a fun and fresh New Year…full of possibility, discovery, adventure, and becoming.

PS- The winner of our FLOR carpet tile giveaway was Christyn who blogs at GreyStables.blogspot.com! Congratulations, Christyn!


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  1. Martha says

    You two are adorable! I am the ripe old age of 58 and grew up on those boxed scalloped potatoes. I have tried to make them from scratch, not as good!
    BTW, not sure what is happening with the adoption issue with you but it has been the BEST thing in the world for us. We have 2 adopted kids, now 25 and 21, and it has been the greatest thing ever, Open adoptions, which I know is different from what you are doing, but best of luck and love to you!

  2. elizabeth says

    nice hair…..i think i have a similar picture of myself back in the day. i love coming to your website and seeing all your projects you are working on….and that your tattooed hubby helps! My hubs is a drummer, with tats also, but he loves to tackle the DIY projects I come up with. It’s funny b/c people misjudge him based on appearance that he would like that sort of thing and he’s actually really good at it! One last comment, I emailed you about a month ago through your site wanting help with our daughters playroom. We live in a 50+ year old house…..I have no idea how to do the layout and would love to work with you. I’m patient. Very patient, so waiting isn’t a issue I just wondered how long it usually took to hear back something?

  3. says

    I was reading this post, and I had this overwhelming excitement for your and Kevin to become parents to the little one that will be with you soon enough.

    You guys will be the most amazing parents.
    Glad your Christmas was low key.
    Low key is good.

  4. Bethanie says

    Oh Layla,
    I think we were separated at birth!!! I have the exact hair picture from 1987!!! Give me some Aqua Net!!

    Praying you and Kevin have a wonderful New Year. I look forward to seeing your new show and whatever else the Lord has in store for you this year!
    Much love,

  5. suzyhomemaker says

    the hair shot…totally awesome! BUT–did you carry a butane curling iron in your purse?? you know, for those all important touch-ups between classes??

    butane curling iron, you say…yes, it does (or did) exist. every big-texas-hair girl of the eighties did NOT leave home without it. guilty as charged.

    happy new year, layla. i’ve loved your blog from day one and i’m still a fan!!

    HS class of ’87

  6. Chrissy T says

    Layla- loved the video!! and can really tell how much you and Kevin love each other thank you for sharing!!! Would love to know who is the artist singing in the background???? Can you share that info?- I loved the music too!!!

    p.s. soo happy you didn’t put bricks in your kitchen.::)))) I was one of the people who voted no- we had bricks in our kitchen at our old house and although they looked cool- really hard on our kids knees and so tough to clean– I think you made the best choice:))

    Happy Holidays and here is to a wonderful new year!! You guys are awesome and an inspiration to many!

  7. cathy says

    Happy New Year to you both! I hope 2012 brings you all the happiness, joy and success you deserve…and then some :)


  8. says

    That was a great Christmas, thank you for sharing.. I loved that your wee sweet dog didn’t beg while you were eating.. I thought, there is a dog with manners.. Nice! I’m so sharing with my dog. :)

    The photo of you with your hair in “quadrants” was priceless..and you gave me a good chuckle.. Gotta love that walk down memory lane, stiff and sticky as it was.. :)

    Happy New Year!!

  9. Karen Sunday says

    Your video was beautiful I had tears in my eyes, I hope my married kids are as happy as you guys I think you will make amaing parents thanks for are your inspiration,sincerely Karen