Weekend Review

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Dinner

Rx Restaurant & Bar

Snack >> Assorted Cheeses, Shelton’s Apples, Jalapeno Jam, Honey, Toasted Pecans

Dinner >> Me: NC Duck, Cowpeas, Bacon Braised Collards, Fig-Fennel Chutney, Cracklin and Shoot Salad

Matt: Cherry Smoked Guinea Hen, Rx Gnocchi, Redbor Kale, Peas, Carrots, Veloute, Crispy Onions

Dessert >> Sticky Toffee Pudding, Homemade Bourbon Ice Cream 

Drinks >> B52, Muddled Blood Orange Cocktail Special

Can you say “YUMMM” with me?!  Our second visit to Rx Restaurant & Bar did not disappoint.  We left full, but not overstuffed and had seconds in our hands for lunch the next day.  I cannot say enough about this restaurant.  We even had the same waitress and I am just floored by her knowledge of the menu [that changes daily] and other offerings they have.  If you’re in or around Wilmington or planning to stop through in the future, you must try this charming place.  This experience was certainly the highlight of our weekend since we both worked, and it was a great gift to ourselves for our birthdays.  {also pictured bottom left: a small part of my birthday breakfast Matt made- bacon pancakes!! he knows me so well!}

I hope your weekend adventures were perfectly delightful!  Just think, tomorrow is already Hump Day!

xoxo, heather

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Rounding out the Week

Good Friday morning to y’all!  

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It should come as no surprise that I’m back linking up with AprilDarciNatasha, and Christina for today’s Five on Friday.  Let’s be honest, it is always nice to have some consistency in life 🙂

One– 

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kind of participated in the Real Simple #rsgetreal challenge this week.  I say that because, well, I even slacked off with that.  Either that or I had the perfect example to represent a day’s challenge and I would find it gone, taken care of, put away thanks to my husband.  It’s hard to say if I was happy about it or not 🙂  I did, however, appreciate seeing everyone else’s real life captured- and to my fellow type A newlywed wife struggling to always get it right I say, “we’re not the only ones!”.

Two- Did you guys see Downton Abbey this week?! {POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT} Because I… I just can’t.  Ball my eyes out for poor Anna.  You guys, it seriously just broke my heart.  And then I tried to talk about it with Matt and I got the usual look, “can we talk about what happened in real life?”.  Shoot.

 Three- Matt’s birthday was on Wednesday and I so appreciate everyone joining with me to wish him a happy one!  I have always been of the opinion that it doesn’t matter stranger or friend, it feels special being wished a happy birthday by someone on your sweet day- and you guys delivered.  I passed on the sweet messages to him and we enjoyed a delicious dinner at home topped off with the secret family recipe for red velvet cake- his birthday fave.  

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Four- My birthday is TOMORROW!!  Needless to say, I am super excited!  I have to work [and will sadly be missing a sweet friend’s wedding- best wishes, you guys!] but we are headed to dinner as soon as I get off.  We will be returning to the Rx Restaurant you read about here and I cannot wait!  Rest assured I will have something to report about the food situation and I trust it’ll be nothing but positive.  Cheers to 26!

Five- In regards to number 4- a few birthday presents have found their way in my mailbox this week.  The sweet cards and gifts have made my week!  Then I got THIS!  

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I know it’s already halfway through the month but close enough- you might remember this from my gift guide for Christmas.  Thank goodness my sister shares my love for Rifle Paper Co!  I can’t wait for this to find it’s place in our home!

I hope your weekend is full of adventure and rest all at the same time!  Happy Friday!!

xoxo, heather

This Guy

Can I just tell you a little about this guy?

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Besides his obvious good looks, he is the best.  He has a servant’s heart of gold and works tirelessly to provide for and protect this family.  He makes me laugh- sometimes at him but mostly with him.  He drives me crazy to distract me from the running to-do lists in my head.  He loves so well.  He also fights so well- did you know that was possible?  I never could have imagined someone who could keep up with me in an argument all while diffusing the problem that got us there in the first place.  He celebrates the victories of others and encourages the best of everyone he encounters.  He inspires me to be more patient, more loving, more forgiving and gracious everyday.  

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But today, especially, he causes me to be so thankful; so thankful for the gift he is in my life and in so many others.  Today is his birthday!  Won’t you join me in wishing him a great one?!

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All photography by The Beautiful Mess 🙂

xoxo, heather

A good Word

This weekend was the best- the absolute best that I have had in a long time.  We had a few things planned but we were staying in town for all of it.  Work was mixed with play and it was the recipe for a blissful time with my little family.  I know today is the first day for the Real Simple: Get Real challenge but allow me, for just a moment, to ooze the joy I have pouring over from the weekend.

Here are some sweet pictures captured from the weekend: 

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Also, we were able to go to church together.  We have yet to formally move our memberships since being in Wilmington.  We both love the church we attend, but let’s be honest.  Working every other weekend doesn’t allow for dedicated attendance- and we both need/want this so much.  So so much.  Matt and I agreed to make a more conscious effort to stay in town as much as possible on our weekends off and to invest more into our city, our home, our church this year.  This Sunday could not have been a more perfect time for us to get started. 

Our church commits to adopting one word for the year, either individually or collectively, to serve as a resolution of sorts.  Our pastor even co-wrote a book about it- My One Word.  As you might have read previously, I already have 5 main resolutions so I was not planning on having a word for the year.  Then, as if I should have ever tried to plan otherwise, I was smacked in the face with a word straight from God yesterday.  

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The title of our current series is Risk.  Risk.  A word that keeps me from doing more than I would like to admit.  Matt and I were just (I’m talking just the night before) discussing some pretty heavy decisions that could be made this year- weighing the pros and cons- planning 14 steps ahead.  Literally, two minutes into the introduction to the sermon, we were exchanging glances and smirking.  We left church yesterday and laughed all the way home.  God could not have spoken any more clearly to either of us.

Needless to say, I now have a word, and I didn’t even plan it.  Naturally.  I really should know better at this point.  This word will be staring me in the face at each crossroad this year, big or small.  Do I let myself be paralyzed by the risks associated with a decision or do I let what I know to be true about my God allow me to make a more informed decision?  The more I know about Him and how He is working in my life, the more my actions will be aligned with His.

I encourage you to check out the sermons here if you’re a planner like me, constantly trying to take the reigns and dictate the outcomes throughout your own life.  

I’ll leave you with some thoughts/ quotes I jotted down:

Proverbs 16:9

“God rarely gives me anything more than the first step”

Luke 14

Judges 6/7

“You need to plan; not to control the outcome but to know what the next step of faith is”

Do any of you have a word for the year?  Similar struggle with planning? I’d love to hear your take on this!

xoxo, heather

 

Cheers to 2014

It’s already 2014.  

This has really crept up on me this year.  I put so much into celebrating the Christmas season and planning our time with family following the holiday that I’ve hardly thought about my resolutions.  In fact, I couldn’t tell you what mine were this last year.  Shoot.  

In 2012, Matt and I wrote down a list of goals in January and you know what?  We accomplished (by the Lord’s grace only) every single one of them. What?!  Does that really happen?  Well it did.  2013 saw a gradual end come to my daily journaling.  Again, I couldn’t tell you why exactly.. maybe just because I refused to wake up in time to do it in the morning.  This is why I can’t tell you my most recent resolutions.  There was nothing done to keep track of them.  That makes me sad.

Lecrae, one of my favorite music artists, made a solid point on social media yesterday.  While we may use the turn of the new year to give a clean slate, God allows us to wake up with the same every day.  So in case I (we) fold on these goals/ resolutions early- let’s remember we can always start over tomorrow.

So without further ado, my list of goals for 2014:

1. Journaling/ Bible Study:  Restart.  Journaling is less of a ritual for me and more of a way for me to get my thoughts out.  In regard to its relationship with the Word, it allows me to digest the wealth of information on paper, to make better sense of its intent and application.  I hope this will allow me to know myself better in God’s eyes and who I am today, in a fairly new role of being a wife, but still maintaining my identity.

2.  Being a better wife:  This sounds so generic, but I know what I mean.  There are ways I feel I’m excelling at this whole wifery stuff (is that a word?  because spell-check is saying no).  And then there are times I can feel the snowball of failure gaining speed and girth as it crashes down an endless mountain, with me right in the middle.  How’s that for some imagery?  Per my friend, Elise’s suggestion, I’ve downloaded the Wife After God devotional to hit the ground running.  Also, I got it on my kindle from Amazon for 99 cents.  <–no idea how that happened.

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3.  Working with intent:  It’s so easy to go to work and do the pharmacist thing and come home and be done with it.  But truly, this field takes so much continuing education to stay afloat with all the constant changes taking place.  Instead of completing CE to maintain my license, I’d love to make it a priority to complete them for the knowledge they afford.  And this also includes just loving people more while donning that white coat.  Sometimes all they need is a big hug and an ear to listen about their day.  

4.  Make Wilmington ours:  Matt and I both agree we could make more of an effort to explore this city; we could do more to create our community here.  Corporate worship hasn’t been so easy since getting jobs in the retail sector, but we have yet to really make a valiant effort in making this a priority.  This could involve becoming members of a local organization, volunteering locally, attending sponsored events, finally moving our church membership, etc.

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5.  Hello, patience:  As I was moving our 7 foot Christmas tree outside by myself yesterday (Matt was at work and I was determined) and our sweet pup was doing everything in his power to get in the way, I realized I need more patience.  Yes, more thoughts/choice words occurred where that last comma is, but for all our sake, I have chosen to withhold any further details.  Really, I have grown just a little less patient in all areas of my life.  While this seems like it might be the simplest, I feel it will prove otherwise.  But here goes nothing!

What are your new year’s goals// resolutions?  Anything big planned for the new year?  

Join me in linking up with The Birdie Bowl and The Ledford Life to share yours!

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xoxo, heather

Bringing the Good News!

Wishing the merriest of Christmases to you and yours!

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And the angel said unto them: 

Fear not, for, behold, I bring you great joy of good tidings, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born on this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”
[Luke 2:10-11]
xoxo,
heather + matt + leroy

Let your heart be light!

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It’s Christmas Eve and our celebrations are in full force!  I was just discussing some fun family traditions with friends (haha, Elise) and it lead to some reminiscing on our own traditions old and new.  

Here are some fun things we’ve done through the years plus some of Matt’s and mine we’ve adapted:

1. Watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve

2. Enjoying a delicious family dinner leading up to Christmas> either beef bourguignon or london broil/pork loin

3. Exchanging Christmas pjs

4. Walking the beach on Christmas Eve morning

5. Sit on stairs waiting on parents to film our gifts before we see them (tell me they’re not the only ones- it’s kinda weird)

6. Go to the movie theaters the afternoon of Christmas Day (last year it was Les Miserables, this year it’s Wolf of Wall Street)

7. Biscuits and gravy the morning of Christmas

8. Visiting the grandparents throughout the day

What are your Christmas traditions? Any you’re looking forward to starting this year?

xoxo, heather

Five on Friday

I’m linking up with the lovely ladies of the Five on Friday again- I’ve missed the last few weeks and have really missed it!

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Y’all!  Is it really Friday already?  While most of you are celebrating because today marks your last day of school/ work before Christmas or maybe just your last day of work before the weekend, I’ll be pulling one of those 12 hr shifts and strolling right into a weekend of work;)  Noticing a pattern?!  The great news is I still have joy in my heart; and this week has given me a full tank to run on for this stretch of work.

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That bring’s me to this week’s number 1.  Have you ever prayed and prayed and prayed and PRAYED for something to happen and then stopped?  Stopped because it’s exhausting and disappointing and maybe you’re just scared the answer will be ‘no’?  Well, Matt and I have been in our new city for a little over a year together.  While we’ve so enjoyed making it “our” place, we have struggled to make friends.  Now, don’t hear me say that we don’t have any– because the friends we have made here are so dear to us and we could almost squeeze them so tight to not lose them.  We can acknowledge the great gifts from God they are.  But let’s be real, making friends as married adults [who work retail= funky schedules] is much more difficult than doing it in college.  No forced community here!  

So back to my original point- I’d pretty much stopped praying about it.  Because I certainly wanted the answer to be ‘yes’ and if it wasn’t, then I didn’t want to hear the ‘no’.  Matt and I both, really, were initially concerned when I began this blog, I’d be potentially shutting myself off from the community around us here in NC and opening up to this fictitious community on the web.  Until it’s not fictitious.  That’s right.  You guys are real people and I’ve seen what an online community can do.  And then the other day, I find myself meeting a sweet woman [read: complete stranger] for coffee.  In real life. Elise and her husband are very similar to Matt and me, but really she is just a normal, down-to-earth, breath-of-fresh-air person with whom I was able to sit and talk as though we’d been friends for years.  Praise the Lord!  

Praise the Lord for all our dear friends we’ve made- and are continuing to make.  Thank the Lord that He stays here with us and is continually working on our behalf even when we give up.  Huge win for the week, people!

T W O.

Obviously, it doesn’t compare to number ONE, but I recently stopped by the dollar section in Target.  BAD IDEA.  You guys?!  They had a ton of gold knick-knacks.  I know what you’re probably thinking- crap.  But it was a whole bunch of office notepads, journals, pens, pencils, stickers… <– right, I sound like a child.  Well, it made my day and I can’t wait to ring in the new year with my brand new gold office stuff [FOR A DOLLAR].photo (4)

T H R E E.

Yesterday marked one week until Christmas.  I am extra giddy about this year’s celebrations.  Matt and I will be doing our thing here on the 24th-25th and will be headed to SC following work on the 26th.  This will be the first time my whole family has been together since news of this [my sister] and I know it’s going to be extra sweet when we hug their necks.  We’ll make our way to Matt’s parents’ house and close out the weekend.  It will be quicker than I ever desire but so nice to be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus surrounded by our dearest.

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F O U R.

Today’s date is 12/20.  Two days ago it was 12/18.  Speaking of 12/18 [like how I created my own segue there?], my birthday is 1/18; meaning, we are officially on the countdown.  Call me ridiculous, but I think everyone should celebrate their birthday for at least one week.  Then you have to count down for a month.  Am I alone in this?  Sweet Matt’s birthday is 1/15 so our weeks intersect- this means he generally gives in to whatever I plan… oops.  And since we hardly ever have our birthdays off from work, it’s totally necessary to celebrate on more than one day.  

Let’s just call it what it is, I’m doing a lot of justifying up there.  Moving on.

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I linked up yesterday with some lovely ladies to bring you NYE outfit ideas.  I had a blast putting clothes together online- then again, I would be a personal shopper if it paid the bills.  We will be linking up for the next 2 weeks discussing party ideas and goals/wishes for the new year.  Check back for those posts and join us in the link-up!

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Happy Friday, y’all!

xoxo, heather

Back on the Blog Train

Hello, Monday!

This weekend was one full of rest, sweet friends, scrumptious food [lots of it!], and time away from all our to-do lists.  Matt and I took off to Charleston on Friday night to visit our friends for a couple of days.  We did [surprise, surprise] partake of some delicious meals while there, beginning with our victory steaks at midnight when we arrived.  So maybe not the smartest thing we’ve ever done, but the steaks were amazing!  All from a friendly little bet about the gender of our friends’ forthcoming baby, due in like a week!!!

The weather wasn’t anything to write home about, but that led to running the streets of Charleston in monsoon-like downpours searching tirelessly for an open restaurant to feed us.  The city was filled with the Christmas spirit; holiday medleys pouring from the stores/ restaurants into the open air, Charles Dickens-esque carolers serenading the crowds, and bagpipes strolling through King Street.  

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Saturday night’s dinner was followed by a much-anticipated trip to James Island to see their Christmas light display.  Karsen and I were like little children, ooing and ahhing at all the lights.  I gotta say, I was really impressed with how much was put into the decorations.  There were even lots where you could park throughout the drive and see sand sculptures, roast s’mores, ride a carousel, sit on santa’s lap [we did not!], and see holiday-themed artwork from local schools.  They really did it up; I certainly got my Christmas-light fix for the season.  So it wasn’t our local Airlie Gardens, but we were able to enjoy it with friends, making it even better!

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Our trip wrapped up with a trip to King Street for some shopping, aka getting inspiration from Anthropologie [can we please get one to come to Wilmington?!!] and Williams Sonoma, and discovering an adorable USC merchandise store that’s popped up over the last year.  Matt also allowed me to indulge in some Starbucks on the way home- what a keeper!  

We so needed this trip to hug the necks of our dear friends but we are so happy to be home and get to snuggle our pup again!  I hope your weekend was joyful and you’re refreshed for the week ahead.

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Check back later this week for one of my favorite trends this winter season!

xoxo, heather

MIA

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No, not a girl’s name.  I’ve been missing in action for almost a week!  That’s a sin in blogger-land.  A million apologies.  My excuse: work.  Work gets in the way of play so much sometimes.  I’m in the middle of what basically will be 8 straight days.  That’s a sin in pharmacist-land.  

But ’tis the season.  

‘Tis the season, indeed.  I’ve had somewhat of a running holiday bucket list in my head, and we’ve done a pretty good job of checking things off.

1. Get tree. (I work with a pretty awesome pharmacist whose family cuts these down around Thanksgiving each year and brings them back to sell.  Matt and I are starting to love this tradition.

2. Decorate tree and house. While I’ve gotten a lot of new decor this year, I enjoyed unwrapping the sentimental ornaments from this year and last most of all!  Matt surprised me with so many that secretly made their way back in our suitcases from our honeymoon.  So special!

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3. Watch Christmas movies.  -this one is sort of ongoing.  So far we’ve hit Four Christmases, Love Actually, some hallmark favorites (mine, duh!).  Upcoming- Home Alone, Family Man, and of course, A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve.

4. Build Gingerbread House.

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5. Holiday Parties.

6. Hot Chocolate. With marshmallows, a candy cane, and a Hershey’s kiss at the bottom.

7. Elfing.  We’re in the process- hoping to get it all done before the week of Christmas.

8. Drive through Enchanted Arlie Gardens.  -a local garden that is decorated all over with lights, lots of glorious lights.

We’re always adding to it, especially if I hear of something going on locally.  I wish I could just bottle up everything I love about this time of year and replay it over and over.  This time is certainly special, ultimately remembering the most glorious gift of all, Jesus.  My She Reads Truth-Emmanuel Advent devotion has been helpful in keeping it in the forefront.  

What about y’all?  Any sweet new traditions?  What about your holiday bucket list?

xoxo, heather

 

 

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