December 23, 2014

12.23.2014 | christmas around here

Christmas is in two days. I can't believe it. This month has gone by so quickly. With school, work and managing a home I've simply been too busy. I so look forward to the day when we have the time to fully indulge in the holiday season. 

Our apartment is very small but I thought I would share some pictures of our decorations. There isn't much room for a lot of decor but I had to add some pieces that would help make the season feel bright. The moment Thanksgiving was over I put up the decorations and we decorated our little tree. Since Wesley is walking and pulling on everything, the bottom half of our Christmas tree has very few ornaments. Most of our ornaments are glass so we had to make do with other forms of decoration. Instead of taping the Christmas cards we received this season from family and friends on the wall, I decided to place them in our tree. It gives the tree a more intimate feel and the cards are something I am happy to let Wesley take off and play with. 

Thank heavens for Tiny Prints this year because it was mid December and I had completely forgotten about sending out Christmas cards to friends and family. I quickly went to Tiny Prints, chose a card, chose a picture of the family and ordered them. They were here within two days and I got them mailed out just in time for everyone to get them by Christmas. I love the way they turned out. And I loved that sending out Christmas cards finally gave us an excuse to get some family pictures taken. Nothing fancy, we just broke out our camera and made due with what we had but it finally happened!
Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2014

12.22.2014 | christmas inventory

Making: New year resolutions
Cooking: Tamales
Drinking: Sleepy Time Tea
Reading: Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises"
Wanting: Still a get away with Jason
Looking: For new recipes
Playing: Trivia Crack
Wasting: Water. Treating myself to more baths.
Wishing: For a white Christmas
Enjoying: My favorite time of year
Waiting: For the new year
Liking: Our Christmas cards
Loving: Our impromptu family pictures
Hoping: To finish school soon!
Marveling: That the year is already over
Needing: New books to read
Smelling: Holiday candles
Wearing: Boots
Noticing: The need for more exercise
Feeling: Grateful
Pinning: Nothing, just viewing

November 30, 2014

11.30.2014 | thanksgiving day

Thanksgiving day was bittersweet for us this year. Jason had to work the whole day :( almost twelve hours, which meant we missed him throughout all the festivities. Each year we rotate between families and this year Thanksgiving was spent with the Carrick side. We woke up early to have a quick breakfast with some of my family before Jason had to head off to work then Wesley and I headed out to the Carrick's for family fun and food. Jason was missed the entire time but luckily he isn't the biggest fan of turkey and wasting the day away eating heavy food (weirdo).

So Wesley and I spent the day with family and food ourselves. It was a long day of leaping from house to house, family to family but it was a fun day. I feel so blessed to have so much wonderful family near by. Wesley is so spoiled. He has aunts, uncles, and cousins galore. 

After our long day of stuffing our faces and moving around like gypsies we ended the day at my mom's house while we waited for Jason to get off work. Once we recieved word that the new Star Wars trailer was going to be released on Friday we stayed up even later. Needless to say we didn't get to bed until well after midnight. Worth it. 
Dara recovering from turkey and mashed potatoes. 

Wesley had so much fun with his older cousins. He is so lucky to have so many cousins on the Carrick side of the family. Here he is with his cousin Austen watching all the other children play outside. He's turning into quite the observer, always watching, a little too timid to engage. I love getting to know all his new quirks. 
Thanks for all the fun this year Thanksgiving. Now let's get the Christmas festivities going!