Just Peeking

Some signs of spring are peeking out! Here in the mountains the forsythia are in full bloom, daffodils have bloomed and are beginning to fade already, trees are starting to show signs of leaves and flowers, bulbs are shooting up their hopeful green leaves, and the grass is greening up.

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves

Dogwood Buds

Dogwood Buds

Forsythia

Forsythia

Iris Shoots

Iris Shoots

Hydrangea Leaves

Hydrangea Leaves

Inside, in my forest of potted plants, my Christmas cactus is blooming magnificently for the first time since I got it, and just in time for Easter. Christmas Cactus And my Peace Lily is blooming, too! Peace LilyOne of my favorite things about spring is the incredible contrast that the new growth brings to the landscape. Green grass poking up through the brown turf left from last year, colorful flowers bursting out, bulb shoots coming up between the dead leaves (we’ll clean the rest of those out eventually). The fresh pale green color of new leaves is so refreshing. And the birds sing all the time! It’s been especially exciting this spring because we’re in a new house – we see more color outside every day. Pardon me while I run outside to take some more pictures.

Our Nest

Welcome to Nest Anderson! A little spot for our Anderson family. We are two newlyweds living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Writing about our adventures and all that jazz. Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Today is our eight year dating anniversary! It’s been the most amazing ride and I can’t wait to see where we go from here. Life is such a gift!

Some catching up to do

I feel like I have some catching up to do. It’s been quite a long time since I was blogging regularly and I miss it.

Here goes! Let’s see – in the last year I planned a trip to Paris with my grandmother, went on said trip to Paris over my Spring Break, planned a trip to Barcelona and Madrid with my mom, went on said trip at the beginning of summer break, planned the most amazing wedding with my now husband, Scott, started a new position at my school as Administrative Assistant, traveled to Massachusetts for our most amazing wedding, Mini-Moon-ed in Maine, and moved to a new house! Oh, and I took a French class and a Spanish class at the beginning of the year along with planning said trips. Here are some photos of aforementioned adventures:Grandma and Adrianne in Giverny Engagement photo by Leigh McLindenPam and Adrianne at Montserrat DSC_0443Wedding Planning at Friendly Crossways Sam Adams Brewery Our wedding shower Marriage License Just married! Mine Mini-Moon mid Casco BayChristmas at Biltmore Our First Married Christmas Ornament IMG_0325 Moving truck! Kitchen window view Our new house is amazing. First of all, it’s an actual house. We don’t share any walls with anyone, we have a front yard and a backyard, and we have our own driveway. It’s definitely bigger than our apartment was, which makes it so that we actually have places for all of our things. A place for everything and everything in its place. (Credit where credit is due if that’s some individual’s quote.) Our kitchen is brilliant. It’s an eat in kitchen with a giant (very heavy) table so there’s room for hanging out and cooking and no one gets in anyone’s way. There’s a beautiful view of the mountains and we can tell that it will be absolutely lovely come spring time. We have at least three dogwoods … I’m so excited!!! And we can hardly wait to see what else pops up. The two bird feeders that hang outside our bay window are quite popular with the birds. We have a lengthy list of birds that we’ve seen from our window! And of course, a few squirrels.

Married life is wonderful. I’ve been adjusting to my new name and I love it. Otherwise it’s business as usual in the Anderson household. We often sit around fondly recalling moments from our wedding – it was the best – and being thankful for our beautiful new home. So here’s to all of the adventures that await in 2015!

The summer that flew by

That’s how this summer was. Has been. Whatever it is now that it’s September. At any rate, it absolutely flew by! In the blink of an eye. I miss writing and blogging and sharing so here’s a little catching up. Since my last post I have:

1. Finished another year of being an assistant teacher.

2. Switched jobs to work in the office as administrative assistant.

3. Spent two phenomenal weeks traveling in España with my wonderful mom. We flew into Barcelona and met up in baggage claim after a year apart. Suddenly, as I was walking toward baggage claim, I heard someone running toward me and looked over and there was my mom! I took off toward her and we crashed into a huge hug in the middle of baggage claim. It was epic.

Barcelona Metro

We spent a week in Barcelona, seeing as much as we possibly could.

La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Família

Human Towers!

Serendipity Number 1: Summer festival with people building human towers in the square where we were having breakfast.

Ice Barcelona

Ice Barcelona

Mediterranean Sea

Mar Mediterraneo!

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

Montserrat

Montserrat

Park Güell

Park Güell

Barcelona Cemetery

Incredible headstone statue in one of the cemeteries in Barcelona.

Mom in Barcelona

My beautiful mom in Barcelona!

Adrianne in Barcelona

I’m still so glad we got these hats.

And then flew to Madrid for another incredible week.

Flying into Madrid

First dinner in Madrid

First dinner in Madrid

Coronation Day

Serendipity Number 2: We happened to arrive in Madrid on the Coronation Day of their new king!

Madrid!

Tour bus!

Valle de los Caidos

Valle de los Caidos // Serendipity Number 3: We visited Valle de los Caidos on Corpus Christi Sunday during their service and saw part of it when they brought the procession outside.

Prado

Museo Nacional del Prado

Templo de Debod

Opera at Templo de Debod

El Escorial Monastery

El Escorial Monastery Selfie

Stork Nesting on a Gothic Cathedral

Stork Nesting on a Gothic Cathedral

Avila

Avila

Arco San Vincente

Arco San Vincente

Roman Aqueducts in Segovia

Roman Aqueducts in Segovia

Palacio Real

Serendipity Number 4: Spanish Armed Forces practicing for a parade at the Palacio Real.

Palacio Real Selfie

Palacio Real Selfie

Plaza del Sol Selfie

Plaza del Sol Selfie

4. Traveled to Massachusetts to visit family and work on planning our wedding.

Friendly Crossways

5. Taught three weeks of summer camp.

6. Trained for my new position as administrative assistant.

7. Spent a week with my mom before she went back to Kuwait for her second year of teaching there.

Mom in AVL!

8. Had a wedding shower and a bridal shower.

Wedding Shower!

9. Started my new position as administrative assistant.

10. Celebrated my best friend and Maid of Honor’s birthday!

Emily's Birthday!

11. Lots of wedding planning with Scott!

Countdown!

So there you have it – a brief recap of my summer. And now we’re less than a month away from The Big Day!!! I can hardly wait!

Weekend Review: Charleston and Kiawah Island, SC

So it turns out that the beach is a totally doable weekend adventure. And it also turns out that it was the perfect weekend getaway.

Beach things

Packing for the beach!

Starbucks for the road

Starbucks stop for the road.

Tattooed Moose

Tattooed Moose in Charleston for lunch!

Said No One Ever

“That clean shaven man is so sexy.” – No One Ever

King Street

Walking around Charleston, SC.

Half Moon Outfitters

Wit at Half Moon Outfitters.

Butterfly Bushes

Critters

My handsome man

Haint Blue Ceiling

Haint Blue Ceilings: Tradition in Gullah Culture says that evil spirits, or “haints,” can’t cross water. The pale blue paint symbolizes water, so by painting porch ceilings and door frames they prevented evil spirits from entering.

Hominy Grill

Notso Hostel

Driving to Kiawah Island

Blurry photo of the beautiful road to Kiawah Island.

Kiawah Island Beachwalker Park

Ocean bliss.

Scott at the beach

Beach happy

Beachwalker Park

Feet in ocean pic

Scott bliss

To say it was an amazing trip would not be doing it justice.

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.” ~ Kate Chopin

Paris!

Several months ago my uncle called me and told me that my grandmother wanted to take me to Paris! Of course, I said yes. And we decided to go during my Spring Break! Plane tickets were bought and planning commenced. I signed up to take a 7 week French class for a crash course – my first French class after many years of Spanish classes – and, in the words of my fiancé, I learned just enough to be dangerous.

We rented an apartment for the week in the middle of Paris, got Paris Museum Passes to see as many museums and monuments as possible, figured out how to find each other once in Paris, and off we went! (Okay, it wasn’t quite that simple.)

First day in Paris!

Grandma and me on the balcony of our flat overlooking our street in Paris! Soon after our arrival.

Claude Monet's House and Gardens at Giverny

Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny

Giverny - Monet's Gardens

Grandma and me in Monet’s Gardens – seriously gorgeous.

Monet's Flowers

Mmm spring flowers in Monet’s gardens.

L'arc de Triomphe

L’Arc de Triomphe

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors, Chateau de Versailles

Versailles

Chateau de Versailles from the gardens.

Le Tour Eiffel

Le Tour Eiffel

View from Le Tour Eiffel

The view from le Tour Eiffel.

Musee du Louvre

Louvre!

Musee du Louvre

Sculptures in the Louvre

Le Basilique du Sacre Coeur

Le Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Monmartre. Climbing the stairs with Grandma and finally going inside was incredibly moving and was one of my favorite things about Paris.

Selfie at Notre Dame

Selfie at Notre Dame!

Candles at Notre Dame

Candles inside Notre Dame

Stained Glass in Notre Dame

Beautiful stained glass in Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame from the Seine River

Musee d'Orsay

Musee d’Orsay

Le Penseur

Le Penseur (The Thinker) – Musee Rodin

Le Baiser

Le Baiser (The Kiss) – Musee Rodin

Le Petit Chatelet

Le Petit Chatelet – the most wonderful little restaurant where we had one of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure of eating in my life. Roast duck with pistachios and all the other goodness on my plate.

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou – Museum of Modern Art

View from the Centre Pompidou

View from the Centre Pompidou

The door to our courtyard

The door to the courtyard where our flat was.

There really are not enough words for the week I spent in Paris with my Grandma. It was a once in a lifetime kind of adventure and if given the opportunity I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I just feel so incredibly lucky to have been given such a spectacular gift. I know I will, and already do, look back on the time spent together so fondly. The memories we created together, the laughs we had, the stories we told, and the time we spent is some of the best time of my life. I only wish it could have been longer.

Here’s to many more adventures in this lifetime.

Seven Years

7 Years

Celebrating 7 incredible years with the love of my life! It has been quite the last 7 years and I am so excited to see what happens next in our life together! I could blab on and on and on about how much I love him and what an extraordinary adventure this has been, but instead here are 7 things.

1. He is so handsome in plaid – and it’s a good thing because he wears a lot of it. He is handsome all the time.

2. He makes me laugh every day.

3. He helps me see things in a new light and challenges me to be my best.

4. He supports me always.

5. He loves me unconditionally.

6. I love him more than I thought it possible to love someone.

7. And I get to marry him and live happily ever after!

I love you so much, Scott!