Our First Christmas

This year, we celebrated our first official Christmas as "The Kamczycs!" After getting married, buying our first home, and all the other excitements 2016 had to offer, we decided to spend our holiday relaxing in the solitude and serenity of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We soaked up every ounce of our surroundings we possibly could, watched hours of Christmas movies and holiday baking shows, braved the cold weather for calming dips in the hot tub, dried off by the fireplace, exchanged stockings, and I can't remember the last time I was so relaxed. 

A few photos from our trip:

I couldn't ask for a better view ;)

I couldn't ask for a better view ;)

We could hear cows mooing in the distance, and a rooster crowing, and it felt like we were an entire world away, sitting in the sky.

We could hear cows mooing in the distance, and a rooster crowing, and it felt like we were an entire world away, sitting in the sky.

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Does my husband know me, or does he know me? He fed all my obsessions: magazines, scented candles, jigsaw puzzles, Elvis Presley, dark chocolate, photography (a fun Polaroid camera!) and orange tic-tacs. He won this year's stocking-stuffing, hands down.

Does my husband know me, or does he know me? He fed all my obsessions: magazines, scented candles, jigsaw puzzles, Elvis Presley, dark chocolate, photography (a fun Polaroid camera!) and orange tic-tacs. He won this year's stocking-stuffing, hands down.

This was the first Christmas in a lifetime of Christmases, and it's one I will never forget.

Our Proposal Story

It's been a couple months since Jason asked me to marry him, and now that the craziness of moving and a new job and initial wedding-planning has subsided a little, I thought I'd write down the story of how he asked. I've told it countless times to friends and family already, and I know it's something I'll never forget, but I want to make sure to get all the little details written down so I can come back and read it and be sappy anytime I want ;)


While Jason and I will both be living in Atlanta soon, we've spent the last couple years of our relationship dating long-distance. This past April, our four year anniversary was coming up, so J bought me a ticket to come up and spend the weekend with him in Pittsburgh. Since that was something we did every month or two, I didn't think anything suspicious of it. 

I'd complained to him a few weeks earlier that as the "photographer" in the relationship, I had a ton of photos of him but was never really in any of the pictures myself (I don't count our 2-person selfies). So, I purchased a small phone tripod and bluetooth remote, and asked if we could snap a few photos together throughout the weekend. He agreed.

He met me at the airport Friday afternoon with flowers (which he'd done a few times before, so nothing suspicious there either :), and told me we were going to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to walk around and take some photos to kill time before our dinner reservation. We started our tour off with a snack (someone had missed lunch and was grumpy. ok, me.) and then made our way around the conservatory, talking and laughing and snapping photos as we went.

At this point, I have zero inclination that he's going to propose. I mean, we had gone to look at rings together a couple months before, so I knew it would probably be happening this year, but we were planning to have a big birthday/memorial day celebration with both of our families a couple months later, so I suspected he'd do it then. Boy was I wrong.

We walked into a particularly gorgeous room, full of tropical plants and a waterfall, and set up the tripod to take a couple more photos. After snapping a few, we walked over to look at them, and J said "I look silly, let's take one more." 

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We walked over and posed for the photo, but then he pulled away. And, well, this happened:

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I wish I could tell you what he said (something about making happy memories of the long distance I think?). But honestly, in that moment, everything went silent and all I could see was his face looking up at me with that adorable, hopeful smile. And of course I said yes.

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I can't believe he got pictures of the whole thing! There were a few tears during the proposal, but a couple minutes later when we were sitting there (and I had finished saying "oh my god" six hundred times), it really sunk in and the waterworks started, ha! We sort of half-finished our tour, mostly hugging and taking photos together and stopping every so often to admire the ring and burst into tears again ;) On our way out, we stopped in the gift shop and bought a hand-blown glass ornament with the shape of a small bonsai tree inside to commemorate the day.

To end the night, Jason had made us dinner reservations at Altius, on the top of Mount Washington. We rode the incline up to the top and enjoyed the views, the food, and each other. It was absolutely the most perfect day. 

And there you have it! Jason couldn't have planned it any better; I felt so special and so loved. I will love him forever for capturing it all in photos. It's hard to believe this is just the beginning, and that I still have a whole wonderful life ahead of me with this guy. He's the best.

Texas State Fair!

Nothing says "Welcome to Texas" like a trip to the fair! It was my director's idea to get our department together for some bonding time with funnel cakes and ferris wheels while giving to charity - on Wednesdays you get a discount by bringing canned goods for the food bank. Only a small group actually showed, but I got to meet some new people and eat some fried food on a Wednesday afternoon, so I was happy. Here are some photos from the (slightly overcast) day, enjoy!Collage 1IMG_9378aIMG_9381aCollage 2IMG_9377a

1. Big Tex (Who I found extremely creepy - he moves and talks. Yikes.) | 2. The Half Man! An impressive illusion. | 3. Ferris Wheel | 4. View of Dallas from the Ferris wheel | 5. Entrance | 6. View of the fairgrounds | 7. My coworker's fried cinnamon roll with bacon - what! | 8. Sheep that was very interested in me | 9. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Wizard of Oz, all in one ride | 10. Another view of Dallas, because, come on. Look at it.