best time of the year

here’s five reasons why it’s the best time of the year:

1. north carolina is beautiful during the fall. i was home in illinois last weekend and basically all the leaves have fallen off the trees…how i lived there for 21 years, i do not know. raleigh is the “city of oaks”, so it makes sense that it’s absolutely breathtaking when the leaves change. 

this is pretty much what the entire city looks like.
although, clearly this is not raleigh. there are mountains. 

2. it’s the season of decorating for christmas. it may be a little early, but most of my christmas decorations are up, even my tree. eeeek. 

milo & otis are really diggin’ the tree…and there’s always at
least one ornament on the floor every morning, those sneaky little nuggets.

3. tis’ the season for duke basketball.  yep, i’m a duke fan. thanks to my brother-in-law who is a die-hard duke fan. i mean, he hates carolina. he’s proud to have another fan in the family.

i decided i need a duke shirt to wear while watching the games at my sister and BIL’s house

4. my birthday is in less than a month! i’m turning the big 2-2 this year. makes me feel old. i’m not sure how i like it.

i do know that i wouldn’t mind receiving this beauty on my birthday. hint, hint [family].

5. it’s time to start buying christmas presents for people! ahhhh. where has this year gone?! i started my list [in class, of course] of gifts to buy…it’s small but will definitely grow over the next few weeks. i love buying gifts for people…almost as much as i love receiving them : )

does anyone else love this time of year as much as i do?

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  1. I do! I do! I do! I live in Raleigh and it is GORGEOUS. The leaves are at least 60% of the reason why this time of year is my favorite. PS – I hate Carolina too! (Because I went to NC State and we have a MAJAH football rivalry … posted about it a few days ago if you're interested). 😉 Have a great weekend!

    Posted 11.12.11 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Lots of exciting things go on this time of year!
    I can't believe you already have your tree up. Your an early bird! I'll be lucky if mine is up by Thanksgiving.

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  3. Jagiri wrote:

    Hi Lauren,
    I've just found your blog thanks to your lovely sister. I really love both of your blogs and can't wait to read more.

    I did tell you

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  4. cookie wrote:

    This first picture is so beautiful! I'm jealous.

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  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm turning the big 3-5 this year and I'm liking that even less than you can imagine. 🙂

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  6. Lauren L wrote:

    I love this time of year doll! PS that first picture is breathtaking!

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  7. Elise wrote:

    Yes, yes, yes! Lauren you are not alone in your Christmas enthusiasm. As soon as Halloween was over I thought to myself, I'm allowed to listen to Christmas music right? I mean Starbucks has the red cups already so…:) Love your blog! Can't wait what you will post next!

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  8. jennifer a wrote:

    I just found your blog and it is so adorable! I found it from "It's the small things"…which I guess is your sister's blog — talk about a lot of talent in your family! I am so excited to check out the rest of your blog!

    Posted 11.14.11 Reply
  9. Sarah D. wrote:

    I think the leaves in Raleigh are the prettiest they have been in the 5 years I've lived here! This weekend I'm starting my Christmas shopping and 100.7 is already playing Christmas music 24/7….love it!

    Posted 11.14.11 Reply

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