Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015 was fast and furious and I can't believe it is already over!  We traveled to see my family the weekend before Christmas and then spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Austin with Austin's family.  We managed to celebrate a little bit here at home, too.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is adding an Old World Christmas ornament to our tree each year.  This year we decided on a gondola to commemorate our first ski trip together earlier this year.  

Wrapping gifts is almost as much fun to me as giving them.  Since our tree was mainly blues and greens, Austin insisted on a little bit of red in our wrapping... the boys got red plaid ribbon and the girls got my pick of gold and pine cones.  

Blue and green are my favorite colors and are pretty much the only colors in our house, so I decided this year I wanted our tree to be filled with blues, greens, and neutrals.  I loved it.  Austin is begging me for more red next year...

When Christmas cards started rolling in, I decided to use mini clothespins and gold ribbon to display them on our pantry door.  The ribbon quickly filled up, and I quickly ran out of mini clothespins - washi tape to the rescue.  This door was such a merry sight all December!

Our trip to my parents' house was super quick, but we managed to fit in three delicious meals, an afternoon of present opening, and one game of Catan.  Mom's decorations were stunning as usual, and our celebration there got Christmas week off to the best start.

Our pretty cross-stitched stockings. 

 Mom and Dad sent us these adorable "kissing balls" this year - we hung ours in a doorway, but I loved Mom's hanging from her dining room chandelier. 

 Dad's smoked pork tenderloin with apple onion chutney, roasted potatoes, cheddar biscuits, and salad with homemade blue cheese dressing

My favorite gingerbread cookies, Mom's fun drink station, and cherry pie with a very festive crust.

These cookies are as photogenic as they are delicious.  
And the leftovers are all tucked safely away in my freezer :)

MK's perfect gift for Mel - a Riley portrait! 

Riley's festive garb was out in full force. 

On Christmas Eve, we headed south and started our festivities in Austin with a Christmas Eve service.  I got one good picture outside the church, and then barely picked up my camera for the rest of our visit there.  I will be picking it up more soon though, thanks to a new lens from my in-laws!!  

More good food and family time followed, and we loved getting to see so many friends and family.  We had a lively game of white elephant on Christmas Eve with extended family, a fun Christmas morning unwrapping gifts and eating two tasty breakfasts, and more family time on Saturday.  We also squeezed in a breakfast date with our favorite Austin friends, Billy and Carly, on Saturday morning.  Thankfully, we made it back to Dallas safely Saturday evening despite the horrible tornadoes and storms that ripped through DFW.  We're staying warm and dry and taking down our decorations this afternoon.  I love a clean house to start the new year!       

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Eve!

I have high hopes for getting caught up on our December during these next few days off from work, but I couldn't resist popping in for a quick Christmas Eve post.  Merry Christmas Eve to all!  

This morning I'm enjoying this view, attempting to organize pictures from our Christmas celebrations so far, and looking forward to sharing our December fun here over the next few days.  Hope your Christmas Eve is filled with peace and joy.  

Friday, December 11, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

This Thanksgiving was wonderfully relaxing and dampened only by the fact that I was sick for our entire visit with my family.  As luck would have it, I started feeling a little off on Wednesday afternoon, and I progressively got worse on our trip to my parents' house that evening.  A Thursday morning visit to an urgent care clinic for a steroid shot that helped a tiny bit, and I did get to enjoy Thanksgiving lunch (what I could taste was delicious as usual!) and lots of laziness on Thursday afternoon.

We took a few pictures Thursday afternoon, and Mom, Mel, and I all had high hopes of getting a shot for our respective Christmas cards.  I think we got some good ones.  Thursday was rounded out with two of our favorite games: Headbanz and Shanghai.  

Friday, we headed to The Woodlands so that Austin and I and my grandparents could see Melanie and Clark's new house (not that new any more, but none of us had seen it yet)!  It was adorable, just as I expected, and I can't wait to go back.

December is absolutely flying by, and I can't believe Christmas is so close.  Since Thanksgiving, we've been busy shopping, wrapping, and decorating.  We're celebrating Christmas early with my family, so I'm off to wrap a few more gifts!  Hoping to pop in next week with some peeks of Christmas at our house.