Trunk or Treat

Our church had their very first trunk or treat this past weekend and we had the best time participating and there was such a great turn out! Everyone's cars looked awesome and the kiddos, oh my goodness, they were all dressed so cute and so sweet when they came up saying "trunk or treat...taaaaaank you". Too cute. 

We decided to be a super family and Josh, Murphy and I were all a version of Superman. We had a wonderful time dressing up and looked pretty legit if I do say so myself. I might be partial, but Murphy was the cutest kid there ;) 

Speaking of Murphy, he did such a great job at the trunk or treat and he left his costume alone and didn't try to pull his cape off, ha! 

We decorated our trunk with things off of our front porch (ha!) and then hit up the Dollar Tree for candy the rest of the decorations. I thought the car turned out really well and we had a lot of fun decorating. 

Although we live in somewhat of a neighborhood, our neighbors are mainly older folks and last year we didn't get any trick or treaters, so I'm really glad we got to participate in Halloween with some kiddos this year. And there's something about spending a beautiful October evening having a good time with your church family that just makes you feel good!

Happy Tuesday, friends! I think I'm going to need about 6 more cups of coffee this morning to get me going ;)


Anniversary Shoot

A couple of weekends ago, Josh and I met with Jessi of Jessi Nichols Photography to have our one year anniversary shoot. She was in town doing fall mini sessions and we thought it'd be the perfect time to get pictures done and get a few pictures with Murphy for our Christmas card this year. 

Jessi was the photographer for my best friends wedding and I was really blown away by her work, it's stunning. She is a DOLL and so easy to work with. She puts you at ease the minute you meet her and you feel like you've been friends forever. The world needs more people like that.

We had an overcast Sunday afternoon with weather a little cooler than what we've been having and it turned out perfect. Murphy even did such a good job of looking at the camera and being a good boy, makes his mom and dad proud :)

He graced us with a few funny ones too.

Now that these are in my possession I can't wait to 1. get them in frames and canvases ALL OVER THE HOUSE and 2. get working on our Christmas card for this year. I thought I knew the direction I wanted to go...then I got back these photos and a few of these shots may have to make their way to the Christmas card. We'll see how it all plays out, ha! 

Jessi, thank you so much for these pictures, we are absolutely in love with your work! You are a gem to work with and such a great person, it was absolutely a pleasure to spend an afternoon with you! 

I am tickled pink to have these pictures to look back on in the years to come and see ourselves after one year of marriage!

Also, today is our sweet Murphy's second birthday and his one year celebration of being adopted! We have a lot of celebrating to do of that little boy tonight. It's crazy how much joy and happiness he brings to the Colvin household. He is truly our child and the love and attention we give him may land us on the "crazy dog parents" list, but we'd have it no other way. We love you SO much Murph man! 



Josh and I made our way up to Asheville, North Carolina to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary and oh my goodness, I tried to tell Josh that I would stay and find us a place to live while he came back to Columbia to get Murphy and bring him back...but that didn't exactly work out as planned, haha! All joking aside, I love the mountains. The scenery is truly breathtaking and I could imagine myself living near mountains forever.

Asheville stole our hearts and we can't wait for our next trip back! For our anniversary we visited the Biltmore and my heavens, what a beautiful place. The grandeur of the home was beyond imagination. And the grounds, absolutely stunning. We absolutely loved wandering around the home and exploring the grounds. There was SO much to see, I'd love to go back in the near future. When we were having lunch at the house it felt like we were in another time, another land. It really was gorgeous.

We also made a visit to the Biltmore winery and the little "town" that surrounds it. Josh is not a wine drinker at all, but wouldn't you know he found a white wine he liked so much that we came back with a bottle? The girl that assisted us with the tasting was fantastic and made our experience so enjoyable. We asked her so many questions about wine and she happily answer all of them! The area where the winery is was so neat. They had a live band playing and different exhibits, shops and places to eat.

I should also mention we went on the most beautiful day we've had in awhile. It poured rain on us leaving Columbia but once we hit North Carolina, it was nothing but blue skies and a cool fall breeze, perfection!

We didn't make any set dinner plans before we went but I had mentioned to Josh a few times that I had heard the Sunset Terrace at Grove Park Inn was great, and that GPI was a neat place to go see. So, we called at 4:45 to see if they had any reservations for that evening and sure enough they did, at 5:30. So we booked it from the Biltmore to the Grove Park and after a mad dash from the parking lot, practically running up a hill and flying through the front doors of the hotel, we arrived at the Sunset Terrace at 5:28, just in time for our reservation. As soon as we walked outside to the seating area, my mouth dropped open. The view we had was incredible. The dining room is nestled inside an outdoor stone type structure overlooking Asheville and the mountains. Josh and I just kept looking at each other and giggling, so in awe of the view we were going to get to enjoy at dinner. The food was delicious and our waiter, goodness gracious, the sweetest man on the planet, I'm certain. They brought us out anniversary macaroons to end the evening, our first taste of macaroons ever and...we might be hooked. SO GOOD!

We're anticipating our next trip back to Asheville, on the drive back to Columbia we both decided that if we had to choose between the mountains or the beach, the mountains take the cake every time!

It was SUCH a great first anniversary and I'm so glad we were able to venture to somewhere new.

Asheville, we'll be back soon!