Saturday, December 27, 2008
This year was a little bit different since it was our first Christmas as a married couple. The Saturday before Christmas, my family came up to Little Rock to have Christmas with us at my brother's house who just moved to Maumelle this summer. It was fun to do something different. And I know my sister in law enjoyed having us all at her new house for the first time. Here are a few pictures from last Saturday celebrating Christmas with my side of the family.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
*Side note: yes, I do realize that we are obsessed with our animals but I figure I could be doing a lot worse things with my life than taking entirely too many pictures of our pets...so just humor me and let me post my pictures! :)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Today is first time celebrating my husband's birthday as a married couple! Actually last year on his birthday we weren't even engaged yet. So...Happy Birthday, hubby! Born on Pearl Harbor Day in 1977, today he is 31 years old.
He is the most generous, most considerate person I could have ever married and I could go on and on but I'll spare you all the details. :)
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
I love a good cup of hot chocolate and I've never had egg nog either actually.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Growing up Santa used to leave all the presents unwrapped but now all presents are wrapped nicely under the tree.
3. Colored lights on house/tree or white lights?
White lights usually
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No not yet but I may have to go get some for our first Christmas together and start a new tradition!
5. When do you put your decorations up?
This is the first year I've put up my own tree that wasn't just a table top tree and I put it up before Thanksgiving so I was proud that I got it up so soon. Usually I'm not one to push Christmas but Thanksgiving came so late that I wanted my tree up for as long as possible. :)
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Probably sweet potato casserole made with (gluten free) yellow cake mix. It's not an actual dessert dish but it might as well be because it is so sweet. It's so good!!!
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
We used to alternate lining up by age to see what Santa brought. There was a door separating our bedrooms and the living rooms and we would have to wait until everyone was ready before we entered the living room. One year we would go youngest to oldest and the next year we would go oldest to youngest. Craig, the middle child would obviously go in the middle every year so it didn't matter to him. :) But my oldest brother, Chris, used to always mess with me and say it was his turn to go first. Being the youngest I was always picked on by my older brothers but I loved every minute of it. My mom always had to film us opening our presents and I love going back and watching our expressions! :)
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I think I just kind of figured it out from kids at school, but still remember the conversation I had with my mom about it. We were driving to Shreveport and I told her I knew who Santa was...it was her and dad... She said i was right. :)
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, Dad reads the Christmas story from Luke then we usually hang out as a family for a while and everyone opens one present Christmas Eve.
10. How do you decorate your tree?
This year I'm doing a vintage theme because my MeMe (my mom's mom) gave me a lot of her ornaments and I also got some of my dad's mom ornaments that are handmade. All of my decorations are handed down from my great grandmother, my grandmothers and my mom. I love how my decorations are not only vintage which is in style now but they are sentimental and are a part of my heritage.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
I love snow! I have to make a snow angel every time I see snow which is not very often.
12. Can you ice skate?
Well, I've only done it like twice and I sprained my ankle both times so I think I'm cursed!!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
A couple of years ago I got an hp laptop that I am still enjoying.
14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Hanging out with family and making memories. This year Buie and I are going to start a new tradition of helping out a family in need. Hopefully it will be a tradition we can continue doing for years to come.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Hmmm... I'm not really a big fan of pies and I'm allergic to most desserts but I like any kind of gluten free cookies. :)
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I would say the reading the Christmas story out of Luke. It is very important to our family to remember the real reason for Christmas. This is a tradition I want to keep on doing with mine and Buie's family.
17. What tops your Christmas tree?
A white metal star
18. Which do you prefer-giving or receiving?
I love shopping for other people! It's so much fun getting something for someone that you KNOW they will love!
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I love Michael Buble's Christmas CD! I've got it playing right now!
20. Candy Canes-yum or yuck?
21. What do you want for Christmas?
I really want the Martha Stewart School for Cooking Cookbook.
22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party?
Well, last night I helped to host a Tacky Christmas party that was really a lot of fun and we might just have to make it an annual event! Everyone wore tacky Christmas sweaters and we played a dirty Santa game.
23. Do you dress up on Christmas or wear PJs?
Christmas morning I usually wear my PJs.
24. Do you own a Santa hat?
Of course! And so does our dog, Conner
25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
This Christmas will be a lot different because it's our first Christmas as a married couple. I'm excited to say that I'll be at my in-laws house for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning this year. So I'll be waking up there Christmas morning! We plan to switch out every other year.
I tag Angie and Jessica
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Here are some possible options:
from Crate and BarrelI also really like this one from Crate and Barrel: I only wish our names could be put on these stockings. This is why I probably WON'T order these stockings. I like personalized.
I really like these from Ballard Designs but I do not like the top of it. I'm not a huge fan of cheetah print. (Sorry, Hilary.)
Another option from Ballard Designs, but once again...cheetah print. What's with the cheetah print??Williams Sonoma Home has a super cute one and it goes with our vintage Christmas theme this year:
.......... after internet searching, I believe I have come to a conclusion.....Pottery Barn offers a solution for the pet stockings that is still classy and coordinates with our stockings (that is, if we choose the William Sonoma stocking above). Here are the stockings I believe we will go with for our three animals and yes, I will have them personalized to say Hazel, George and Conner. :)
If I had to choose today, I'd pick the William Sonoma ones for Buie and I and the striped Pottery Barn ones for the animals, but they're all so cute! What do YOUR stockings look like this year? Do you get new ones every year or do you invest and personalize like I do? I can't WAIT to hang our stockings!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Since Buie works retail, he drove back for "Black Friday" and I stayed through Saturday and rode back with my brother and sister in law. I LOVE that they live in Maumelle now! It was weird being without him for a few days but it was good hanging out with my family. We went to my highschool's state championship football game where my oldest brother is a coach. They ended up losing but we were proud of their team.
Here are a few pictures from the weekend:
Of course we brought Conner, too!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Our first pumpkins we've ever carved! Yup, that's right... the whole time we dated (for three years) we never carved a pumpkin! Technically I carved the face, he just cut out the top. It took a huge knife to cut the top out and I don't think he trusted me to do it. :)
Our pumpkin in the dark. Doesn't it look great?
Our door complete with a new doormat and plenty of pumpkins. (You can see that we need to paint around our door... oh the many projects with a new home!)