Sunday, January 31, 2010

week 26.




1. this elephant Polaroid
always makes me giggle.
never fails!


















2. i am smitten with
this fun wedding!
i love the bridesmaids dresses so much!








3. i love this sweet
print
--what a great idea
for a valentine!













4. someday i want to
live in a house like this!
or at least, a house half as cute!










5. this video of my niece carolyn
belting out "tomorrow" from annie
is guaranteed to make you giggle.

xo-
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Friday, January 29, 2010

wanderlust. my heart. & deutschland.

[photos from my 2005 trip to deutschland.]
[ disregard the incorrect timestamp on the photo.]

i miss germany.
so much, it hurts.

i think it's time to plan a trip.
xo-
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

anna ballerina.

{via: weheartit.}

i try to get to my zumba class at least 10 minutes early so i can peek into the ballet studio located just down the hall from class. i stand there, giddy, watching the ballerinas gracefully move with the music from the piano. i love their leotards. i love their tights. i love their flats.

i once was a ballerina. i was four. maybe five. i can't quite remember... but i do remember that i insisted on wearing my underwear with my leotard. so, naturally, my muppet baby underwear remained in plain sight for all to see when prancing around.

my mom used to sit on the side with the other moms & whisper "come here!" coaxing me over to the side in between leaps & twirls. she would quickly try & adjust my leotard as to hide the fact my oversized underwear was hanging out.


i decided i had had enough & declared myself finished with ballet. i could not handle the constant shoving-of-the-underwear-back-into-my-leotard. personally, i didn't mind the extra fabric sticking out the sides.

perhaps that was a sign that "grace" is not my strong suit...

le sigh.
xo-

p.s. but my nieces are fabulous ballerinas!
p.p.s. there was once a show called ANNA BALLERINA! amazing? YES!
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Monday, January 25, 2010

an ode to Liz Lemon.


i love this print.
Liz Lemon is definitely my soul sister.
see the best of Liz Lemon here.
xo-

p.s. today in my zumba class- (yes, a zumba class for college credit, score!) i had to just start improvise seeing as how i can not keep up at all!
it reminds me of liz lemon when she took cardio hip hop groove...
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{Quote of the Week.}

week {siebensundfünfzig};
{via: tumblr.}

we will always love you conan!
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

week 25.




1. i think this adorable
Polaroid
speaks for itself.
So stinkin' cute!!

















2. these responses
from kids about love
are absolutely perfect.
they are so wise!















3. i am in love
with this photobooth
series
of puppy
love.
it makes me giggle.














4. i love this bright,
colorful wallpaper
.
one day my walls will be covered
from top to bottom!

















5. I love this wall art.
what a simple,
lovely way to decorate
any wall! i must
do something of the sort
for my walls soon!








xo-

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Friday, January 22, 2010

because every friday should end like this...

a short friday story...

[a five year old me.]


when i was around the age of five i saw the movie grease for the first time.

i was smitten.

i remember the day my mom bought it for me very vividly. i remember her picking me up from kindergarten & me asking her if she found it-- she said no. my heart sank. she said she was joking. & i was elated. i watched it at least seven times that week.

i Loved it. L-o-v-e-d it...
i watched it none stop, dancing & singing along while clomping around in my mom's super cute wedding shoes that looked just like sandy's. i adored sandy. i remember the day i sat at the kitchen table & counted the penny's and quarters in my piggy bank & being short five dollars of the eighteen i needed to buy the soundtrack. my dad kindly gave me the five i needed.

i would stand on our loft blaring it dancing around all day with my cousins jenny & julie. i attempted to get my boy cousins jon & geoff to watch grease & i think they got to the prom scene. then i was convinced riding bikes was cooler.



grease will forever have a special place in my heart.


wouldn't you love to end your friday like this? i think we should!

xo-
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

a message from your heart.


{via: flickr.}

my favorite songs are the ones that feel as though your heart is trying to get your attention-- the feeling that the lyrics were written especially for a you at that moment--you know what i mean?

that is how i feel about this beautiful
kt tunstall song. Her first album really helped me with some sad days when i was in high school. Its amazing what music can do for the soul.


Someday Soon.

I think it's time to put myself away
Seek out a little silence
Close the doors and sit a while
Walk a little

And as I put my words away
The flow slows
See this penny in a stream
Picking it up is easy.

Follow the shape of it.
Jump in.
Swallow it whole.
Jump in.

Even though I know my way around
Possibly there's something new I found
Holding on for finding solid ground
Someday soon.
Someday soon.

I'll turn myself into the grass
And I'll grow
Take this space above my head
And live a little, little.

Gonna wear my feathered headdress
Like an Indian chief.
Gonna stretch out both my arms
I'm gonna test the temperature.

Follow the taste of it.
Jump in.
Swallow it whole.
Jump in.

Even though I know my way around (even though)
Possibly there's something new I found (possibly I, possibly I)
Holding on for finding solid ground (ohh..)
Even though I know my way around (even though)
Possibly there's something new I found (possibly I, possibly I)
Holding on for finding solid ground (ohh..)
Someday soon.
Someday soon.

Maybe walk a little
Someday soon.

xo-
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

dear sunshine- we miss you.


[natalie. fall 2009]

[me & noah. fall 2009.]

[natalie & me. fall 2009]

see sun...?!
we had so much fun basking in your warm light.
please come out again soon.
pretty please, with cherries on top?

Love, Anna.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

week {sechsundfünfzig};
{via: tumblr.}
All your life you are told things you can’t do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough, or strong enough, or talented enough. They will say you’re the wrong height, or the wrong weight, or the wrong type to play this or achieve that. They will tell you no, a thousand times no. Until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly.

And you will tell them yes.
-via.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

week 24.


1. i am absolutely drooling over these dashing tights & skirts.







2. I am loving
this illustration
of conan's hair.
of course we are
team conan!













3. zooey deschanel couldn't be anymore adorable. i love this captured scene from
the go-getter (2007).















4. i am swooning
over this inspiring
workspace
. what a
refreshing spot to
create & blog!











5. i love this.
so sweet &
oh, so very true...
Le swoon.




xo-
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

i wish you love.

{unknown.}
Have a happy Friday!
may it be filled with love & peace.
xo-

p.s.
i started back to classes today...
& i think i am ready to get back into the flow of things.
i wrote about a little tip i use here for inspiration.
&
you should read the cute poems michelle's bf wrote about apples. : )
they made me smile.

also-i got a blog button-- check it out under my archive & feel free to grab one... : )
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Love to Haiti.

"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you,so you also should love one another." John 13:34.


How to Help: Haiti.
With Love & Prayers.
xo-
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Monday, January 11, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

week {fünfundfünfzig};

{via: flickr.}

Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. There are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing.
-miranda july.
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

week 23.



1. i love this
beautiful picture

of such a beautiful
poem.










2. this is how i
imagine my closet
one day looking.
lots of bright colors
& boots!

(oh, did i ever
mention how much
i LOVE boots?!)







3. this darling wedding
announcement

made me giggle.
i think it is brilliant!
















4. what an amazingly
sweet project
!

-such a precious way of
documenting a pregnancy.
how amazing is
the human body?!




















5. in lieu of last
week's ballet inspired
post...
a swoon-worthy photograph
of a ballerina & her love.
isn't it adorable?? : )





















xo-
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

my "sassy" sister.

{Katie, Me, My Mom, Emily.}

once upon a time my big sister katie started blogging. her cute blog inspired me to blog & we fell in love with the big world of blogging.

well, we are stoked that my other big sister, emily, has decided to make a blog! it's pretty funny how different we all are--but we all love each other lots. i think our personalities compliment each other & i would have to say that emily is the "sassy" one... ; )

you'll have to let me know what you think! : )
xo-
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

1-2-3...

{via: weheartit.}

first: i have to admit. i am totally digging britney's new song: 3. it is such a great "anna, get something done today" song! ; ) (and a slight guilty pleasure...)

second: i am so excited to be on or so she says today! i love those ladies & i think their blog is fantastically informative, i have def. found myself bookmarking some of their posts (like this one, and this one) for future reference!

third: check out my new approach to resolutions on my post for buttoned up!... 2010 is going to be a year of new ideas & successes for everyone! i am excited!

happy thursday, sweets!
xo-
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

memories of the sea...

Last weekend I ate dinner with my grandpa allen & my dad. I listened to old stories about when my grandpa was in the navy & his escapades as a seashore patrolman & the time he spent at sea. It was so fascinating-- I can only imagine how fun my grandparents would have been to have as friends.

I adore the pictures of him in his navy uniform... how sweet is the one of my grandma & him?! How beautiful & handsome! : )

I miss my grandma's stories about when she met my grandpa & how she knew he was 'the one'. how romantically wonderful! But I love to hear my grandpa's stories, too! I miss my grandma, but I must say I am so blessed to have my grandpa here to remind us of her love...not that we could ever forget.

I love my family.
xo-
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

{to}: Nathan...{love}: Your Aunt Anna.

{via: weheartit.}



Oh, Nathan-- i can hardly believe you are SIX! six years ago we all fell in love with your big smile & corky sense of humor. six years ago you made me an aunt & showed me how much joy being an aunt could bring!








(your very awkward aunt anna as a teen, the day you were born.)


you have been the sweetest, cutest little boy since day one & you have supplied us with hours upon hours of endless giggles! we always knew you were going to be witty, especially since your mom is so sassy! ; ) stay that way, it keeps your mom on her toes. : )




your sweet smiles & big hugs have helped me remember how important it is to appreciate life & inspired me to be more positive-- you light up all of our lives!







so now you are six & seem so grown up--where does the time go?? keep on smiling, creating, imagining & dreaming, because you have the world at your fingertips, kid. you are a brilliant boy!





but always remember
how much we love you & how very special you are to us, you are our sweet nathan & love you more than you could ever know!




















Love always & forever-
Aunt Anna.



p.s. see pictures from nathan's 6th birthday party here...some ghostbusters stopped by! ; )
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